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, I r: j ' ! '  i  I  :I" I i'ii i i :,?!iiI''i iiii ! /i  't) :? i'llI!,l LOVELL What's Inside ... Care Center culture change Page 3 Lady Bu//dogs capture regiona/title Page 7 Hunter bags large big horn sheep Page lO New specia/ ed teachers Page 14 , DAVID PECK The Lovell up to beat the Shoshoni Lady Blue for the Class 2A West Regional volleyball championship Saturday afternoon in Riverton. Exploding off the bench after a key point in the title match are (l-r) Erin Robertson, Bonnie Rodriguez (hidden), Mercedes Haney, Maddie Baxendale, Shyann Wilske and Schuylar Davis. Pumpkin Fest this weekend BY DAVID PECK Love to carve pumpkins? Proud of your work? It's Pumpkin Fest time in Lovell. The Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with downtown merchants to sponsor the third Pumpkin Fest, which or- ganizers hope will provide color and fun to downtown Lovell dur- ing the Halloween weekend. The event is simple. People, organizations and businesses are asked to carve jack-o-lanterns and drop them off at the Chamber of- fice (287 E. Main) this Friday af- ternoon, Oct. 28, during the down- town trick-or-treat event from 2 to 5 p.m. or any time during the day before that. Persons presenting pumpkins for the festival will receive one en- try for a $25 gift certificate draw- ing for every pumpkin they drop off. The pumpkins will then be placed along Main Street and lit at dusk on Friday night and again Saturday night. People are invit- ed to bring their family down for a look. People contributing pumpkins do not need to worry about provid- ing a light. The Hen House is pro- viding Glow Sticks to illuminate the jack-o-lanterns - 125 of the sticks each night. The event will conclude with a free dance Saturday night, Oct. 29, at the Lovell Recreation Build- ing -- the old B&G Lumber build- ing. The dance is sponsored by Bairco, the Lovell Building Center and The Hen House. Music will be provided by the Cowley Boys. Chamber of Commerce presi- dent Sue Taylor said the beauty of the festival is that people can "lend" pumpkins to the festival for two nights, then pick their pump- kin up on Sunday for display at their home. She said the dance is an evening of family fun. Taylor said the event was started two years ago by John STEVE HOOPER THE KEENE SENTINEL Keene, N.H., is lined with pumpkins during its annual festival that now brings nearly 30,000 pumpkins to the community each year. Lovell's pumpkin festival is this Friday and Saturday. Lafko of The Hen House, hop- ing to pattern it after a festival in Keene, N.H., which started with 600 pumpkins in 1991 and dis- played nearly 23,000 in 2010 after nearly 30,000 in 2009. In Lovell's case, the pumpkins will be displayed on two blocks of Main Street at storefronts and in the downtown parks - the veter- ans memorial park, the park next to Lovell Drug and the downtown mural park. The festival featured pump- kins and scarecrows two years ago, and there was an effort to ex- pand the festival last year, but a lack of participation has sent the festival in the direction of seek- ing promotional assistance and broader participation through the chamber of commerce. Chamber board members are contacting the Bulldog Boost- er Club asking the club to use a pumpkin theme as they wish teams good luck as they head to state volleyball and host a first- round football playoff game. The New Horizons Care Center is also participating in the festival. Taylor said the chamber hopes to expand the festival be- yond the two downtown blocks in the future, and she said there may be a two-story Halloween cat dis- played in the Lovell Building Cen- ter parking lot. Water and sewer project resumes Monday BY DAVID PECK The digging will have to wait a few more days. The long-awaited South Phase of the Lovell Water and Sewer Infrastructure project started up last week with a Wil- son Brothers Construction crew milling asphalt on Nevada Ave. from Seventh St. south to Wyo- ming Street on top of the Nevada hill. But then the project came to a halt again. Initial plans were to begin laying sewer line later in the week, but rainy weather delayed Wilson crews working on other projects and manholes needed for the project were also delayed. "The rain hit them hard," project engineer Frank Page said. "They are working hard to finish up those projects. There has also been a delay in getting manholes completed and here." The manholes - concrete structures placed below ground for maintenance access - are be- ing made in Billings. The proj- ect will include 36 new manholes overall, 12 this fall, Page said. The manholes are sched- uled to be delivered Monday af- ternoon, and Page said Wilson Brothers will start removing the milled asphalt Monday morning. "If the manholes are deliv- ered, they should start laying sewer line at Seventh and Ne- vada on Tuesday," Page said. "Once they have one week under their belt for the sewer line, the water line replacement will begin about a week later." Deaver post office in jeopardy BY PATTI CARPENTER Forty-four rural post offices in the state of Wyoming are on the United States Postal Ser- vice's growing list for possible closure. The Deaver post office was recently added to that list. An official meeting was held on Oct. 20 to discuss its fate. Around 60 residents attended to learn about the few avenues available to them to fight the clo- sure, and to hear about the more likely alternatives should a deci- sion be made to close the post of- fice in their town. Manager of Post Office Op- erations Gary Sims spoke to the group of concerned citizens on be- half ofUSPS. Sims is responsible for overseeing the study that is looking at the Wyoming closures. He started off by saying, "If you do nothing, if you don't voice your opinion, if you don't fill out the surveys, if you don't ask for the appeal if they decide to close it, you will lose your post office." It's not a "done deal," he said, but if the proposed closure for Deaver were to occur it would happen in March of 2012. He explained that, like most government agencies, the postal service is in "dire straits." Ac- cording to Sims, the postal ser- vice lost $8 billion last year and is losing literally $300 per sec- ond, seven days a week. "This is why management in Washington is considering clos- ing small rural post offices," ex- plained Sims. "When the first mandate came out about four months ago, they said they were considering closing only six of- rices in Wyoming. Now they are looking at closing 44 in Wyoming alone and 3,800 nationwide." He explained that although the Deaver post office has a full- time career postmaster, there are only a few hours of work to fill his day. Also, the annual revenue for the Deaver post of- fice is $22,157, which is slightly less than the $27,000 in sales re- quired to keep the office off the closure list. "If you don't speak now you will lose your post office for sure." - Garj Sims Manager of Post Office Operations Residents expressed their concern about how the service would work if the post office did close. Sims responded that there were about three good op- tions, but none of them would be staffed with a postal employee. One option would be for a local business to assume the responsi- bility; the other would be for the town to take over the function. Either alternative would provide reduced services. Another option is to use the existing building, which already has boxes in it, but with no counter services. He also discussed the possibility of a cluster of outdoor boxes, where a carrier from another post office would deposit mail. One citizen asked if the com- munity cduld ever get the post office back once it is lost. Sims answered, "In my opin- ion, once it is lost, the commu- nity won't get it back." Sims distributed a survey at the meeting and encouraged res- idents to not only check off the multiple choice boxes, but also to write in comments on the form. "This is your last chance to be heard," he said. "If you don't See 'POST OFFICE,' page 6 Shoshone Municipal Pipeline marks 20-year anniversary BY DAVID PECK The Shoshone Municipal Pipeline marked a milestone re- cently: 20 years of delivering fresh, high quality water to com- munities in the north Big Horn Basin. Water began flowing from the then brand new water treat- ment plant west of Cody and into the pipeline on Oct. 14, 1991. Ac- cording to an article in the Oct. 17, 1991, Lovell Chronicle, water entered the Cody water lines on that Monday and was expected to reach Byron, Lovell, Deaver and Frannie later that week. Since the tap was turned, the pipeline has delivered more than 21 billion gallons of water from Buffalo Bill Reservoir to the 17 participating agencies: the mu- nicipalities of Cody, Powell, By- ron, Lovell, Deaver and Frannie and the customers on the North- west Rural Water District in the Heart Mountain, O'Donnell, South Fork, Deaver/Frannie, Lovell Rural, Sage Creek, North Cody, Cooper Lane and Garland areas. All of the treated water pro- duced has been of much higher quality than called for by cur- rent EPA standards for drinking water, the Pipeline Joint Pow- ers Board said in a prepared re- lease, Results of all water tests are available at the pipeline of- rices at 50 Agua Via in Cody, and consumer confidence reports con- taining water information are distributed by each of the cities and towns and the Northwest Rural Water District by July I of each year. Anyone with questions about any of the tests is welcome to contact his or her local water de- partment or call the pipeline of- fice at 527-6492. LONG-AWAITED PROJECT Former Lovell mayor John Nickle was one of the founders of the pipeline project, along with Cody mayor Dorse Miller and Powell councilman Lloyd Snyder. Also active in the planning stag- es were Frannie mayor Bryan Lee, Deaver mayor Hiram Bea- ver and Byron mayor Alan Bair. Chet Blackburn represented the rural water users. Lovell had been seeking a source of higher quality water for many years. An effort in the late 1970s that included an active lo- cal committee, Nickle said, inves- tigated the possibility of tapping into the artesian wells north of Cowley that the Town of Cow- ley uses for water. Lovell looked into a pipeline from the artesian source but at a cost of $53,000 per mile for the pipeline and an estimated project cost of nearly $2.6 million, the Lovell mayor and council opted to look in an- other direction. Nickle said that several of the communities needed a bet- ter source of water and/or were nearing the end of the lifespan See 'WATER,' page 6 nlll!lrl!l!!l![rlllr jjl[iJ! The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548.2217o www.lovellchronicle.com