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www.LovellChronicle.com October 28, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 23 TOWN OF DEAVER Don Wenstrom Jr. Mayor BIOGRAPHY: I was born in Livingston, Mont., in 1958 and raised in the small towns of Sidney, Miles City, Livingston and Gardiner, Mont. I worked a few years in Jeffrey City and then moved to Pow- ell in 1982. Judy Anderson and I met and married that year, and moved to Deaver in 1983. We raised three sons together and nu- merous foreign exchange students. I remodeled one of the original Deaver houses during those years. After Judy passed away, I met and married Rose Davis Gaskin, and we have a 2-year-old daugh- ter. I've worked at the BPM bentonite plant for the past 15 years, do mechanic work and am currently remodeling houses in Dearer. Fred Yates Mayor BIOGRAPHY: I was born and raised in Fishtail, Mont. I received my education from Fishtail School and Absarokee High School and have been a rancher all my life. I also owned my own commercial and ag trucking business in Montana for 15 years. We moved to Deaver in 1993. I am married and have one son and two daughters. Mark Cozzens Council BIOGRAPHY: I was born in Powell and raised in Deaver. I attended Northwest College on a musical scholarship. I currently work at Park County School District No. 6 as transportation supervisor. I have been married to my wife, Leanne, for 20 years. THE CHRONICLE RECEIVED NO RESPONSE FROM THE FOLLOWING CANDIDATE: Gary Fulbright Council WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO SEEK OFFICE OR TO SEEK RE -ELECTION? WENSTROM: After serving so many years on the town coun- cil, when Rod announced he wouldn't run for mayor again, I decided to put my hat in the race. I truly love this small town and have been privileged to be part of the improvements in our community over the years. I want to continue with town improvements and hope to serve our community as mayor. YATES: I was approached by several members of the commu- nity and asked if I would consider running for mayor. COZZENS: I am an incumbent and I was on the council pre- viously before this term. I finally got back to where I have some time on my hands to help bring more ideas to the coun- cil. I have pride in the town. WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE - STRENGTHS, EXPERIENCE, LEADERSHIP STYLE, ETC.? WENSTROM: My time serving Deaver as councilman for more than 20 years has given me much experience to draw upon. I've learned from the situations that arise in town leader- ship, and I'm familiar with the people and the specific chal- lenges that a very small municipality faces. As a foreman at a production plant for 13 years, I've gained experience as a supervisor. As a graduate of the Big Horn County Leader- ship Seminar, I've become comfortable with my own leader- ship style and familiar with the pressing economic problems our area faces. But, in a nutshell, I feel qualified to be mayor because I love this town and want to lead us through any challenges we may face. YATES: I have been a town council member for seven years, I was a school board member of the Fishtail school system for eight years, chairman of the board for three of those years. Having been on the school board and town council I have gained experience and insight in the operation of govern-  merit entities:i'served on the joint powers board to establish a fire district{in, the Deaver/Frannie area. COZZENS: My strength is that I have a strong voice. I have a general knowledge of the people living here and in the com- munity. I'm not conservative. I'm a little pushy as a council- man. I want to get things done. VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE CYNTH A CLOUD 2 0 1 S TAT A U T() R LI AEN M()RE A-l W\\;V\v.CYNT[I IACI O(J[).((),l WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND/OR ON THE COUNCIL IF YOU ARE ELECTED? ARE THERE ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE TACKLED? WENSTROM: I really appreciate what we've accomplished as a town. Having served on the council with Mayor Hiram Questions Beaver, Mayor Craig Sorenson and Mayor Rod Wambeke, I've learned from them. I want to continue improving our town by way of grants and volunteerism. I also want to con- tinue the camaraderie among our townspeople, and encour- age volunteerism and personal involvement. Another goal is to make our town more youth-oriented -- finding ways to help educate, enhance and encourage our youth in aca- demics, sports and recreational opportunities. An issue that needs to be addressed is the budget shortfalls. This is not only due to the current economy, but also due to the way the state has changed the distribution of municipality monies. All the towns are feeling a pinch this year- this was a major topic at the WAM convention in June, Another issue is ad- dressing the school closure within our town. We, as a town, must look at all the options and decide what is the best way to handle this new situation. YATES: I don't see any need for any major changes in the com- munity at this time. As for issues, a tight budget is the msjor concern, especially in a community with fixed income fami- lies. Also important is the decision on what will transpire with the school buildings that are no longer in use. This is- sue will take community input. COZZENS: Like to see more growth. We've cleaned it up pretty well over the years. I'd like to see more sidewalks and more on the street improvement type issues. WITH TIGHT BUDGETS FACING OUR COMMUNITIES, WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR YOUR COMMUNITY IN REGARD TO EXPENSES? WENSTROM: First, we must stay within budget. Second, we'll be actively pursuing grants for town improvements whenever possible. Third, the town will have to make a deci- sion on what to do with our now-empty school. Because that decision is completely ruled by our economic situation, I'll make sure that all the townspeople are involved in that pro- cess. What we do in regard to the empty school will affect our entire town. YATES: To maintain our town services without any major rate hikes, continuing our excellent service to the community. COZZENS: We've had to cut back on expenses. We were thank- ful for ARRA funds, putting people to work on the sewer project that just got done. HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON THE TOWN COUNCIL? WENSTROM: I am, as a resident of Deaver for 27 years, dedi- cated to the well-being of my town and its citizens. I like to lead from the front, meaning I roll up my sleeves and do my part to make our town better. I'm very privileged to live here; to have the neighbors and friends I have; to help and be helped by these wonderful people. I hope to serve them as mayor soon! YATES: With my experience on the different boards and the council I feel I can continue with good leadership in the Town of Deaver. COZZENS: I would like to see the town grow more. I would also like to address cleaning up weeds and junk. LOVELL VOTERS your best choice for town council Jim Szlemko I 1/4 Town Councsl I I would appreciate your Vote for Re-election to the NBHH Trustee North Big Horn Hospital Board of Trustees I am: -* A long time resident of Lovell = Experienced and Qualified = Dedicated to compassionate, quality health care from trained caregivers using modern clinical systems. Thank you, Bruce Wacker Paid by candidate Congressman FOR / EXPERIENCE / LEADERSHIP / CONTINUING PROGRESS RE-ELECT BRUCE MORRISION MAYOR Paid by candidate l ',ynthia M. Lummis Our Values. Our Voice. I pledge: To end wasteful government spending. To eliminate deficits and reduce the debt so we can return America to prosperity for our children and grandchildren. 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