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October 16, 2014 I The Lovell Chronicle 1 3 CANDIDATES OUTLINE PLATFORMS continued from page I in Lovell and have busi- ness ties here in Byron, plus graduating from the former Lovell High School, I am a local girl," she said. She "sees opportunities for growth" in the business are- na and "wants to give back to the community." Pam Hopkinson said that as mayor for the past two years she has worked to "put the town in a strong position for the future." She added that as part of her efforts with the council a data storage firm might re- locate to Byron "bringing jobs." She underscored be- ing available to citizens "in person, at city hall or on the phone" to explain town business without reserva- tion. "I want to continue working to make the com- munity better," she said. DISTRICT 26 STATE REP Joyce Collins, a Lovell resident and member of the Constitution Party run- ning to unseat Republican Elaine Harvey, stressed her belief in following the tenets in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. She warned about "the road to social- ism" due to government "providing things instead of protecting rights." She is running "to give you a choice" and promised that she will "uphold the state and federal constitutions." Incumbent Elaine Har- vey, who lives in Lovell, explained that during her 12-year tenure she has learned a great deal about the numerous facets of be- ing a representative of the people. Areas she not- ed include economic devel- opment, mining, energy policies, medical coverage and Workers Compensa- tion. She said that she is "dependable and doesn't quit" and that she continu- ally "works to prevent gov- ernment intervention in lo- cal areas." U.S. REP dicated that Cynthia Lum- mis "is not serious about getting spending under con- trol" and that he can do it. U.S. SENATOR Curt GottshaU of Lara- mie, an Independent, be- lieves in term limits. And he stated, "I am a pilot, not a politician, and I am com- mitted to returning honor and integrity back to pol- itics. If elected, I promise your voice will be heard on Capitol Hill. Like many, I am disappointed with the current state of our great nation and we must stop standing by idly. It is time to return to a government of the people, by the people and for the people." BIG HORN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Felix Carrizales com- plimented the volunteers who planned and organized the forum, noting that, "It is not possible to run the county or the country with- out volunteers." He ob- served that he is "excited and looking forward" to the possibility of being elect- ed and that "it is important that all are heard from as to what are their needs." Car- rizales added that he wants the county to progress and that he will work with all entities for improvement. Linda Harp alluded to the various boards she has served "as a volunteer and an elected official." With her experience and as a 15- year grant writer, she said she has come to understand the duties of a commission- er. "I will be an advocate for Big Horn County," she stated, "and I am a tire- less worker for what I be- lieve in." Harp noted that she had not planned to run again for office, but that she feels the incumbent must be challenged. Stanley Jones said that "We have rights and I will stand up for those rights under the U.S. and state constitutions. I love my Daniel Cummings, a c0untryand agree with its Constitutionalist, strongly founding principles, but opposes "too much govern- ment which is intrusive and bothersome." He added that "spending is out of control and this must stop" add- ing that the "national debt is leading to disaster." He believes in a smaller gov- ernment to end a bloated bureaucracy. Cummings in- the government has been turned upside-down by too much federal control. We were meant to have local control so we could take care of ourselves and we have the resources." He said having been born and raised in Otto he knows the issues facing the county. COUNTY SHERIFF Bill Brenner said that he has 13 years of law en- forcement experience in- cluding serving as the Greybull chief of police for the past three years. "I am running because we've es- tablished some effective programs, and I want to expand them to the whole county," he said, adding that with his background, including ranching and long-haul trucking, he has "a hard-work ethic rooted in honesty." He wants to serve and protect the peo- ple." Brenner and incum- bent Ken Blackburn both said that they are the first line of defense for the cit- izenry and that they are ready, come what may. Ken Blackburn added his voice for protecting the residents no matter what the threat. One could be coming, he said, and pro- tection is readily available. The incumbent said that he lives by the Boy Scout Law for being "Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent." That is his "mission in my 20 years of law enforcement." Blackburn mentioned that he works to provide the best coverage countywide and that he constantly strives to work within his budget and adding to it by hous- ing prisoners from outside areas. LOVELL MAYOR Angel Montanez stat- ed, "My platform is that it's time for a change" be- cause "things get stagnant and stale and it's time for new blood." The candidate indicated his belief that he can do a better job than the current mayor in areas in- cluding dealing with the town departments, the bud- get and problems includ- ing drug abuse in the town. Montanez also referred to his "advocacy for youth," especially when he served four years on the council. He said that he has numer- ous ideas for grants and improvements. Bruce Morrison high- lighted his more than 15 years service on the coun- cil and refuted his oppo- nent's contention that the drug problem is not being addressed. It is being dealt with, he said, but explained that details are confiden- tial. The incumbent also pointed to the various proj- ects he has helped spear- head including a new wa- ter and sewer system and the current Main Street work, He said that budget- ary matters are being han- dled well and that heis ea- ger to continue working for the betterment of the town. TRUSTEE, SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 Alan Bair, a retired teacher who wants to be the representative for By- ron, said that he has been in the community 44 years and that he and his wife have seven children who went through the district's schools. "The district has some great programs," he said, "but like all districts has some weaknesses." Bair said that there needs to be "some pushback" against "heavy-handed federal in- trusion for programs forced upon us." David Monk explained that he enjoys being on the board despite the fact that it is an unpaid job "and a lot of work." He said that his goal is "to give back to the community through such service." He noted that he wants to continue helping improve the system, as "our students consistently meet and beat the state average test scores." Monk said that the current iPad program is working well and that the district facilities are outstanding. Jack Cordner, a for- mer mayor of Frannie, said that he "is no stranger to issues" that must be met by boards "including bud- gets." He stated that "pa- rental involvement is im- portant for the education of our children" and that with his background in social work he can help. Cordner said that he also wants to change the situation of hav- ing three of the current sev- en board members from the same geographic area. After the forum, Lovell resident Bruce Jolley told a reporter that he didn't get on the schedule and that he advised prior to the start of the forum that he was present, but didn't get to speak. He is seeking re-election as a trustee for School District 2. Call Susan Wilkerson (307-548-7512) with questions or ideas. October 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 & November 1st 0 Hair I~ Polish .... i; .......................... :::~:: '~:~ 240 1/2 East Main (alley), Lovell 548-245~ / WILSON BROTHERS LOOK BACK continued from page 1 and dozer doing land level- ing for Dad." It's been a pleasure to work locally, Kim said. Not only are the people patient, they are often kind. "How many widows have brought you donuts," Councilman Dickson asked with a smile. And Wilson recalled United Methodist Pastor Paula Morse bring- ing lemonade to the hot and tired workers. Jerry Warman has brought work- ers many cases of water over the years, and has also helped with cleanup. "They may not always understand, but they're agreeable," Wilson said of the residents. Doing work locally is a benefit in many ways, Wil- son added. Not only is a lo- cal project cheaper to bid, the workers enjoy the lux- ury of a short drive to go home at the end of the day, with the vast majori- ty of workers hired locally. He said there are normal- ly around 20 workers on a given job, "and it all stays right here," he added. UNEARTHING HISTORY Digging up the streets of Lovell has been a bit like looking back in time, Wil- son and Dickson said. The first water lines installed around 100 years ago were wooden pipe with wire wrapped around the pipe. Next came steel pipe. Nei- ther has been in use for many years, but workers have found remnants of the old pipes. Ductile iron was used from the 1960s on, and a lot of the pipe was still in use when the project started. PVC is the standard now. The problem with duc- tile iron pipe is that it is eaten up by the soil chem- istry, Dickson said, forming huge holes in the mains. "We've found big holes (in the mains) in all phases of the project," Wilson said. "The only thing that kept it together was mud. That kept it from blowing out, but it has leaked." "It starts rusting in place (due to the soil)," Dickson added. "It holds water until the pressure changes." "When you dig it up the rust just falls out and there's a big hole left," not- ed Wilson. As for the sewer, tile has been the standard for decades, starting in about the 1930s, and some of the service lines were cast iron. Now, the tile is being re- placed by PVC. "The tile was good stuff and would still be here to- day if it had good rubber in the joints and if the ground wasn't heaving," Wil- son said. "There's nothing wrong with the tile, except that it gets roots in it and loses its seals." PRIDE IN THE PROJECT Now that the project is wrapping up, both Wilson and Dickson can look back on the infrastructure proj- ect with pride. "Think of all the ser- vices you've installed," Dickson said to Wilson, not- ing that there are about 1,200 water taps in town, each with a service line and most worked on by Wilson Brothers. "What's so amazing about it to me is that Lovell is the only town in Wyo- ming with a totally new water and sewer system, and they did it in 10 years, which is really, really some- thing," Wilson said. "Other towns are piecemealing it, and every year that goes by, the more expensive it gets." Wilson noted the fore- sight of the Town of Lovell, and Dickson said that, while Lovell's rates have been considerably high- er than other towns to pay for the project, other towns' rates are climbing. When he surveyed rates a few years ago, he said he was told, "Yours are right where the other towns are going to be when they do their proj- ects (later)." The USDA-NRCS in Big Horn and Washakie County will be hosting a joint Local Work Group Meeting on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 2 pm at the Big Horn County Weed and Pest/UW Ext. Building located at 4782 Highway 310 in Greybull, WY. The meeting will include a discussion on the 2014 conservation programs and state/local resource concerns. Also being discussed will be the ranking worksheets for allocation of the 2014 Farm Bill Program funds. This meeting is open to the public. 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