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i October 20, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 13 Bragonier to discuss book about game wardens BY GIB MATHERS Retired Game Warden Dave Bragonier, of Powell, will discuss his wild book on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Powell Branch Library. The presentation, be- ginning at 7 p.m., is free to the public. Refreshments will be served. Bragonier is referring to his 1999 book, "Wild Journey: On the trail with a Wyoming game warden in Yellowstone Country." "I'm going to mention a little about some things I was involved in," Bragonier said. The book chronicles some of Bragonier's ad- ventures in the backcoun- try and at least one mis- adventure by two of his colleagues. Although Bragonier had been a Wyoming game warden for years, he didn't patrol places like the North Fork of the Shoshone River until the 1970s when he im- mediately began investigat- ing the shooting and aban- doning of big game there. At the time, he was the only game warden in the area. "The illegal hunting activity had me running ragged," Bragonier said in his book. A misadventure in the extreme was the 1945 mur- der of two game wardens in the Sierra Madre Moun- tains west of Saratoga by a resentful poacher. Bragonier had to rely primarily on old newspaper accounts to get the scoop. No books were written de- picting the murders. Byron news Memories of names, faces and places E. DENNEY NEVILLE 548- 7829 nevilleart@tctwest.net Between the two older build- rags, one that used to be Dorothy's store and west of it, Byron's old post office and Matt Cozzens' gas station, m a small vacant space. Its empti- ness caught my attention and I im- mediately thought of Charles Coz- zens. Years ago, his firecracker stand occupied the empty space there. I imagined the faces of young boys leaning into the large opening at the front of it, their eyes serious with interest as they clutched in their sweaty hands a few quarters and some small change, nervously excit- ed and poised to strike a deal with the local business tycoon of things pyrotechnic for overcoming bore- dom. Growing up in a small town like Byron, names, faces and places be- come links in a long chain of expe- rience, and in a sudden moment there, I heard from the past the loud boom of a two-inch, Salute firecrack- er, remembered the feel of the shock wave and the smell of the smoky odor drifting up from the dark hole it blew in a muddy ditch bank. Why did it suddenly seem sig- nificant? The memory of it fixed in a long chain of events that caused me to suddenly recall a series of mostly inconspicuous moments. A loud boom, a smoky mud hole in a ditch bank, a small empty lot, a name and some faces. They just showed up as if wanting to be sig- nificant and important in the great scheme of things. This suddenly became important; the name, the faces and the place of a less com- plicated time brought a welcomed smile to my face. I felt the cathar- sis of nostalgia. It caused a smile on my face and disengaged me for a recuperative moment from the tedious demands of aging, and the second and third degree--powder burns, leaving a prideful history of scars essential for important educa- tion, and old age braggadocio. Thus, we did learn much from the experi- ence of spending small fortunes on noise and smoky mud holes that now gives us a well-earned smile when needed. Thanks, Chuck. To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward. Marga- ret F. Barber The Troll has been alerted that the Byron bridge will be ready for traffic in time for Halloween. He has agreed to be less truculent with the Halloween traffic that uses the bridge this year, as long as the Three Billy Goats Gruff don't try again to annoy him with their "the next goat is fatter" routine. The bridge should be safe and sufficiently spooky for this years "Hallowieners ." On Halloween evening, the By- ron Recreation Dept. will host a Halloween activity in the Town Complex and a trunk-or-treat in the street in front of the town hall. Drive carefully. Frankie will be on duty. COURTESY Extreme Drilling Company recently drilled several new wells near Byron. The well pictured above has a hole depth of 4,500 feet and is located just north of the Byron Cemetery. real time work of adding, with less nimble fingers, more links to a long chain of connected experiences. Well, our local merchant of ex- plosives went on to a higher degree of learning, and now teaches at Val- ley State College in Orem, Utah. Those of us that made him wealthy with our meager monies by pur- chase of his pyrotechnic munitions specific for noisy entertainment also got a degree in our education--first, Oil wealth was discovered in Byron in 1906 ... and now again, 105 years later. Extreme Drilling Company moved its equipment into the By- ron oil field a few months ago and has drilled several new wells in the surrounding area. The one in the photograph, just north of the Byron Cemetery, is a horizontal produc- tion well with a hole depth of 4,500 feet. Three more production wells at 5,000 feet have been drilled on the Garland side of the Byron field. There may be more wells drilled next year. The old oilfield just keeps on giving. "There wasn't anything written at all until I put it together," he said. Were lake trout ille- gally introduced to Yellow- stone Lake or were they planted inadvertently? Bragonier said lake trout were introduced to Yellowstone National Park's Shoshone and Lewis lakes in 1890. From there, the fish could have reached Jackson and Jenny lakes and then the Snake River to Heart Lake. Streams feeding Heart Lake are very near to the Yellowstone River drainage and it is conceivable that an eagle, osprey, pelican or other bird could have trans- planted a lake trout to the Yellowstone River drain- age. Or a lake trout could flop across the Continen- tal Divide. "At %he Part- ing of the Waters' on Two Ocean Pass a fish can actu- ally swim across the Conti- nental Divide," Bragonier wrote in his book. Bragonier will also dis- cuss his observations of grizzly bear management that gained momentum in the mid 1970s. Copies of his book will be on sale that evening, but the tough old game warden won't be pocketing any of the proceeds. 'Tm just going to do- nate all that to the library," Bragonier said. Bragonier was a Wyo- ming Game and Fish De- partment game warden from 1958 to 1992. get your copy of J,00.luv00. ! .q at the courtesy -':"' counter of or have it delivered via USPS with a year-long subscription by calling 548-2217 Cowley news Area farmers are busy harvesting beets DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 The weather is cooperating for the farmers so far this fall. The beet farmers are working all day and late into the night digging and sending trucks to the factory in Lovell. It is amazing to see that the beets on both sides of the high- way by the sugar factory are stack- ing into mountainside heights. If my memory is clear, last year the weather turned the third week in October and the big freeze occurred. By this time last year the farm- ers had their beets in. There was such a wet spring this year that sugar beets and corn, beans, etc. were planted late. It has turned cool but fortunately rain has not spoiled the harvest. Last weekend you could look toward Powell and see the dust and dirt blowing in the air as the workers were digging the land. It was an awesome sight. Fall can sometimes be the most glorious season and it has been so. The Cowley Recreation Dis- trict took time to share some im- portant bicycle safety rules by post- ing a letter to parents of the Rocky Mountain Elementary students in Cowley. The Recreation District let- ter listed 10 safety rules for riding bicycles and asked that each child from preschool to eighth grade par- ticipate in the program. The child's name is listed on the bottom of the letter for a signature, the grade he or she is in and the shirt size, from small through extra large. A parent's signature is required and if parents have more than one child in the family who qualifies, they are asked to make a copy of the let- ter or pick one up from the Town Hall whose office hours are Mon- day through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For each child who participates in the program, the Cowley Recre- ation District is offering a free T- shirt and a chance to win a new bi- cycle. They will give out one new bike for each grade. They ask that the entry form be returned to Cow- ley Recreation, Box 264, Cowley, 82420, by Nov. 1. The letter also states that bike riding is fun and healthy, but each rider should be sure to follow the basic safety rules while riding. It also states that learning the rules of the road is very important and should be reviewed each year. They also mention that more children go to the hospital emergency room for bicycle related crashes than for any other sport and the Cowley Recre- ation District wants all children and adults to be safe and enjoy the wonderful outdoors. Nothing in the letter indicates when this function will take place, but the school dis- trict will be notified. It was sad to say goodbye to Jerry Tippetts of Lovell. People from his age group can recall our youth and a special program that was held each year on the stage of the church called "Amateur Night." Most young people from every age group from small chil- dren to high school participated and sang, acted, played an instru- ment of some kind and enjoyed a special evening with friends and family. One year when we were about 13, twin brothers Jerry and Gerry Tippetts appeared at our amateur night to sing and play their guitars. Wow, were the girls impressed, and though their tal- ent was excellent, what young girls around that age noticed more than anything was those handsome dark, curly haired young men up on that stage. Wow, what an excit- ing introduction to Jerry and Ger- ry Tippetts, those gallant shy boys from Lovell who came to Cowley one wonderful night. We send sympathy and love to Jerry's wife Loretta, his children, grandchildren and all who loved him and mourn him. f)r. 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