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year for beet growers , BY PATI'I CARPENTER The sugar content and quality is above expectations and the beet harvest is about 80 percent done in the Lovell area, according to Ran- dall Jobman, Senior Agricultur- alist for Western Sugar. Jobman said farmers have been feeding a steady supply to the processing plant since the campaign began in early September but have only re- cently increased their harvest. He said the warm temperatures expe- rienced early in the campaign cre- ated some concerns that the beets coul'd rot if left in large piles, but with cooler temperatures in the forecast, those concerns have been put to rest. Lovell plant manager Shannon Ellis said that in spite of the un- seasonably warm weather experi- enced in the early weeks of fall, the campaign is running “exceptional- ly well.” Ellis said though farmers held back on the early harvest, the plant is still running at “full tilt” and on schedule, explaining that it was the accumulation in the piles that was delayed, not the processing. Ellis said the Lovell factory has been very cautious about ac- cepting beets when it’s hot because the beets tend to go bad quickly and “bad beets do not make good sugar.” Both Jobman and Ellis said it was too early to report on the yield but said they expected it to be at least average or above average. “One of the good things out of all of this is that the beets in the ground are still growing, so by not pulling them out of the ground we’ll be getting a lot more out of it,” said Ellis. Ellis said the sugar content was at around 17.5 percent, which Jobman said was normal for the Lovell area which he said normal- ly sees about 17 — 18 percent sugar content in locally grown beets. “We actually have targets based on a five year average that we’re using and we’re meeting -those targets with no problem,” said Ellis. Rec center faces uncertain future Recommendations to halt Rec programs at Byron center listed by board president. BY BOB RODRIGUEZ Byron Mayor Heidi Brightly has received several recommen- dations and related observations in an inspection report that es- sentially would prohibit use of the Byron Rec Center until spe- cific improvements are made, pri— marily by the owner of the site. The former Rocky Mountain High School, owned by Postern Capital LLC, serves as the town’s Rec Center, for which the town pays $1,000 per month for utili- ties, but the rent is free. The re- port from Todd Wilder, appoint- ed by Brightly as president of the Recreation Department Advisory Committee on Sept. 15 after she unilaterally dismissed the former advisers and some instructors on Aug. 26, notes a number of unsafe “deficiencies and discrepancies” in connection with safety, insur- ance and liability issues. Wilder also serves notice on “The fact that we, as commit- tee members, know of deficien- cies in the building makes us per- sonally liable if an injury should occur and we have taken no ac- tion to remedy the situation. By advising the mayor and coun- cil of these discrepancies we have transferred that liability to them.” He also states'that the list is of “deficiencies that were noted during our visit in the building. This was by no means a compre- hensive inspection, just obvious observations.” In his five-page, single-spaced report dated Oct. 18 Wilder ex- plains that besides a site visit on an unspecified date he had “con— SEE ‘BYRON REC CENTER’ page 6 LOVELL, WYOMING - VOLUME 110, NUMBER 20 ' THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2015 756 Ellis reported on the harvest and operations at the Lovell plant during an Oct. 16 Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at the Brandin’ Iron Restau- rant in Lovell. He noted that a new building has been constructed on the plant property that is being used to re- move impurities created as part of the processing. He said the sys- tem, is environmentally friendly. He said it will help prevent the po- tential for a breach in the ponds that could potentially damage the nearby river. He said the plant Brainstorming Saturday PATH CARPENTER Local beet farmers could be seen harvesting their fields near Lovell this past week. also has a new diffuser and it is working very well. Ellis said the plant is, for the most part, staffed up for the tasks at hand but continues to hire and train for future tasks, especial- ly tasks connected with the new building. He expects the need for more hands to increase in De- cember. He said, though off to a slow start, he still expects the campaign to end on schedule in mid-February. “With these fresh beets that are being pulled right now we’re running great,” said Ellis. _ Kids to help design Cowley Fa min Park BY DAVID PECK Kids, put on your think- ing caps. The new Cowley Fam- ily Park to be built next to the splash park will need ideas from the very kids who will use it, and a brainstorming process to take place this Saturday will get the ball rolling on the community funded and led project. Wendy Fuller, one of the or- ganizers of the family park proj- ect, said some local “moms” have seen similar parks in Red Lodge and Laurel, Mont, adding that Lovell native Amy Pollock helped with a similar project in Laurel and has given advice. Fuller said the idea of the family park is a community-built facility where funding comes lo- cally and the community “comes together” to build the facility. “They cost a lot less, and you get more,” she said. Under the concept, the park is kid friendly. In fact, the kids design it, Fuller said, comingup with a theme and key compo- nents. The park, to be construct- ed south of the splash park and adjacent to a planned picnic area, will be enclosed so that young children can’t easily run out into the street and parents can watch kids playing in both the family park and splash park, which was completed early this summer. “The entrance to the splash park will be moved,” Fuller said, “and moms can sit on benches while kids run between the two.” South of the family park will be a play hill and t-ball baseball field. The theme of a typical fam- ily park is “very playful,” Fuller said, such as a pirate ship, cas— tle or playhouse. There is always SEE ‘cowuzv PARK PLANNING’ page Love_|| Inc. receives word of reprieve on IRS penalties BY PA'ITI CARPENTER Dave Reetz, interim direc- tor for Lovell Inc., reported this week that he has received writ- ten notice from the IRS, that it plans to abate filing penal— ties related to IRS form 990 in- curred in the years 2012 and 2013. Reetz, with the help of a taxpayer advocacy service rep- resenting the organization, re- cently appealed a notice of pen- alties assessed by the Internal Revenue Service for failure to file a 990 reporting form for those years. Reetz said he was referred to the taxpayer group by the Wyoming congressional dele- gation and is grateful for their help. “Obviously this is very good news,” said Reetz. “This all started with a referral by our congressional delegation to the taxpayer advocacy group and I am grateful for the referral. The guidance of the taxpayer advo- cacy group helped us to write an appeal that made sense and followed IRS guidelines. This is a great relief for our future (Lovell Inc.), to not have this hanging over our heads.” Form 990 is an annual re- porting form required by all non-profit organizations. Lovell Inc. is a non-profit economic de- velopment organiZation Creat- ed approximately eight years ago with the goal of bringing new businesses and jobs to the community. Sue Taylor served as director of the organization during those years. According to Reetz, the or- ganization received a notice from the IRS at the end of Au- gust assessing penalties total- ing $7,962.10 for failure to file the forms following the depar— ture of Taylor. Reetz clarified that the form is not a tax return and does not require payment, but there is a penalty for not fil- ing the form, which is strictly informational. Reetz stressed that he didn’t think there has been any fraud or criminal activity connected with the oversight on the part of Taylor. He did however rec- ommend an audit of the organi- zation’s financial records, which he expects will be completed by Jim Reilly, a certified public ac— countant located in Cody, some— time next week. Strong start to Lovell walking path roject Sixteen walkers gather at visitor center BY DAVID PECK An interested group of walk- ing enthusiasts gathered at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center Thursday to‘discuss the possibil- ity of joining forces with the N a- tional Park Service to promote and develop a walking and/or bi- cycle path in Lovell or the sur- rounding area. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Chief of Inter- pretation Christy Fleming led the meeting as part of an idea to res- urrect a project that was in the works a few years ago since the National Park Service is working on aproject to connect the visitor center’with the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center. Sixteen members of the public attended the meeting, along with two Park Service employees. “We get tons of questions about the wild horses, and then people have to get back into their car and drive over there (to the Mustang Center),” Fleming said in explaining the genesis of the “path to the Mustang Center” project. “It’s not that far, and we decided it would be a lovely walk.” Fleming said she would like to see the sidewalk in front of the visitor center extended past new flower beds being developed, then somehow connect to the town of Lovell, and she also has a future idea for a path around the perim- eter of the Park Service grounds at the visitor center. As planning developed, Fleming said she came up with the idea to bring back the walking path idea for the community. “It was a good time to see if there’s still interest in a commu- nity trail,” she said. An effort a few years ago led to a lot of planning, but ultimately the project faded away due to con- cerns about funding and mainte- nance, but project leader Marilyn Haskell and others were quick to encourage the resumption of the DAVID PECK Aubrey Walker (left) and Jill Carpenter examine possible routes for a walking path in Lovell following the formal presentation by Christy Fleming at the community walking path meeting Thursday night at the Bighorn Canyon NRA Visitor Center. project during Tuesday’s meeting. “I made some phone calls, and people don’t want to give up,” Fleming said. “I was by no means The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431 . Contact us at: 548-2217 o www.love||chronicle.com trying to set the path, but Marilyn gave me all of her notes for every- thing to make this happen in the past. She even had permission for easements.” Ideas included a path from the senior center parking lot west to the Foster Gulch Golf Course and a path around Constitution Park in town. Walking enthusiast Pat Crumrine said walking in town is difficult currently because side- walks zig—zag in many areas — some next to the street and some not -— and have dips for driveways. People want a nice, smooth path like the path around the Powell Aquatic Center or the path along the river in Greybull, she said. Haskell added that parking and access are keys, as well. “Our town has a lot of people who walk. A walking path would be safer and more pleasant for everybody,” Phyllis Bronkema added. SEE WALKING PATH PROJECT’ page 6 |l4879 24558“ 2 a}