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4 The Lovell Chronicle l October 29, 2015 people stepping up in our comm unity We're sensing a new generation of leaders in our community, a bit of a changing of the guard — and that’s a good thing. A few cases in point: The gathering of walking enthusiasts who attended the initial meeting Thursday night to get the ball rolling on a community walk- ing and/or bike path for Lovell included a number of young people in the mix, as well as the “old veterans” who have led the effort in the past. it was good to see the young energy in the room. The Rose City Recycling committee that led me effort to forge a new recycling program for the community now that the National Park Service is stepping aside as the primary sponsor was led by a number of 20-somethings. Many young people have grown up with recycling and got behind the effort to research and expand recycling in Lovell. A group of “young moms" is behind the effort to design and find funding for a new “family park” adjacent to the splash park in Cowley. The ladies have come up with an innovative way to allow those who will use the park the most — kids — to play a big role in designing the park and coming up with a theme. There are young people in key positions in our community. At a recent meeting with Lovell lnc. interim director Dave Reetz, new Lovell Town Administrator Jed Nebel (along with Town Clerk/Trea- surer Valerie Beal) was brimming with ideas for ways to bring the community together -- from summertime downtown music to res- urrecting the free community barbecue that used to be held 30 years ago. Those involved with the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce have enjoyed the energ/ and enthusiasm of new chamber office manager Celecia Gallagher, who has built on the great work done by her predecessor, Jackie Heinert. Jackie breathed new life into the position and got many new programs going like the downtown bicycle racks and the turkey trot during the Holiday Mingle, and Ce- lecia is following in her footsteps with even more new ideas. The popular Big Horn Canyon Triathlon and the Hyart Film Fes- tival are organized by the young Zeller brothers, Ben and Jason, who took ideas from a Lovell Inc. organized brainstorming event a . few years ago and ran with them. They didn’tjust talk the talk, as so often happens. They walked the walk. l . , . Matt Dillon has taken a lead position for years now with the Pry- or Mountain Wild Mustang Association, working closely with those who have labored for decades to preserve and interpret our spe- cial Pryor Mountain mustangs. There are many other young leaders in various positions in our towns, and while it’s tempting to list even more names, the list would surely be incomplete and get us in hot water. Suffice it to say, positions in churches, clubs, organizations, education, govern- ment, business and in a variety of other areas are being filled with young men and women with drive and dedication, especially if they perceive that their efforts will bear fniit. Having young leadership emerge in a community is critical to the health of said community. Studies show that so-called “Millen- nials” are becoming more involved in their communities, especial- ly with causes they believe in, rather than simplyjoining clubs and organizations, whereas other recent generations seemed to look inward to their own interests rather than caring about the commu- nity at large. We’re seeing that involvement right here in north Big Horn County, at least among some of our young go-getters. We’re glad to see young leaders brimming with energy and ideas working hand in hand with the experienced hands as we look to the future and build a fonNard-thinking community in Lovell, Byron, Cowley, Deaver and Frannie. — David Peck m W’ng m www .\OVL\\CV\VDY'\iC\L.CDW\ Chropicu, leo WYOMING —-— PRESS ASSOCIATION 2014 Award-winning Newspaper Postmaster: Send address changes to: The Lovell Chronicle, USPS 321-060 234 E. Main, Lovell, Wyoming 82431 (307) 548-2217 Published everyThursday Periodical postage paid at Lovell, Wyoming Publisher: David Peck Editor: Patti Carpenter Production: Karlie Voss, Dustin McClure Staff: Dorothy Nelson, Marwyn Layne, Teressa Ennis, Paul Roland, Leonora Barton, Sam Smith tastiest-:30 in , «transcripts: www.Love||Chronicle.com CHRONICLE You MEAN, THERE ARE CRAZY PEOPLE WHOTRYTO HURTTRICK-OR- TREATERS? Letter to the Editor llllllllS . .,_ {{\\\\\\\\\.\\_ « RIGHT- THAT’S How lTlS // m” ////////// \ \ § \ \ § I THOUGHT WE WERE SPOZED TO BETHE SCARY Who really owns Lovell’s sign? Dear Editor, Does the electronic sign at the Lovell Community Center re- ally belong to the town, or does it belong to all residents and busi- nesses in the town of Lovell? In the report of the town’s Oct. 13 council meeting in the Lovell Chronicle it was stated that the Town of Lovell paid for the sign. Next question: where did the town get the money to pay for the sign? ' The town does not manufac- ture anything, it does not produce any product, it does not sell any- thing. Any money the town has comes from residents’ and busi- nesses’property taxes, sales tax- es and grants, state or federal. In other words, it is 0PM (other peo- ple’s money) and to my nonpoliti- cally correct mind the sign should belong to all the residents and businesses who actually provided the funds to buy the sign. State law prevents the use of town property for private gain and the town cannot provide gifts or donations, which pre- vents businesses from advertis- ing on the sign. However, recent events called community-orient- ed events were advertised on the sign and products were sold and money changed hands for private gain, and it is possible some per- sons participating in each event did not even live in the town of Lovell. Every business in Lovell is community oriented and benefits not only the town but the county and state, as well. Businesses pay property taxes, collect sales tax- es and provide jobs for town res- idents. What could be more com- munity oriented than that? At the recently held eco- nomic meeting town growth was stressed, so what better way to promote growth than advertising businesses to tourists and trav- elers? Lovell residents already know what is here and where it is located. The town council is not the owner of town monies but only the administrator of the funds. They still work for all the businesses and residents of the town. While towns, counties and the state all preach for economic growth they enact laws that restrict econom- ic growth and these type of laws should be amended or repealed. To some, my nonpolitically correct thinking of resident own- ership, not government owner- ship, may not succeed in a court of law. It may entice like-minded residents and business owners to call for our state representative residing in Lovell to introduce legislation to amend or repeal laws such as these so communi- ties can grow and prosper. Jim Szlemko Government is an amusing body of people Like me, I’m sure all of you are tuned in to the national debate of those people who are seeking the US. presidency. And, like you, I have my personal favorites. Some of the people I work with are hardcore conservatives and they love to share all kinds of tidbits from conserva- tive think tanks, radio commentators and conspiracy theorists. Some I agree with; some are just amusing. While it is time for a dramatic change at the highest levels of government, there is nothing more intriguing to me than the actions of the local governments in Byron and Lovell. In fact, every Friday morn- ing at an editorial meeting, some people I work with want an update on the Lovell police chief, and the Byron Town Council. I guess I’m not the only person that enjoys a good fight at city hall. When the new mayor was seated in Lovell, I found it incredible that one of his first actions was to fire the chief of police. Who does something like this? My first thoughts were a personal vendetta. Nothing against the new police chief, but firing someone who has been on the job 24/7 for several years and has an investment in the community seems to me like the mayor has a little too much power. I sure would be interested to see Nick Lewis run for mayor of Lovell at the next election. As a kid growing up in Byron, I don’t remem- ber much about the city government. Honestly, I couldn’t even tell you who the mayor was at that time. That is not the case today. Byron seems to them. The Lovell Chronicle welcomes letters from its readers and will make every effort to print Letters longer than words may not be printed. Letters must be signed and include the address and telephone number of the writ- er. Unsigned letters will be discarded. Writers Ralph C. Jensen Guest column have the same structure as Lovell. If the mayor wants, or doesn’t want something, in this case, she does it her way. When I recently read that the entire Recreation Department staff was fired in Byron, I thought, who fires a group of vol- unteers? I have enjoyed reading about the Byron town council taking matters into their own hands to limit the reach of the mayor. And by the same token, the ap- parent meetings between the mayor and city attorney that no one knew anything about, or that council members were not privy to. Seems like it all comes down to this. The mayors in both communities have wrested all the power and decision making abilities from each respective community and each local council. In my earlier career, I reported on a lot of city council meetings and school board meetings, and transparency is the only way government should be able to function. We don’t seem much transparency in Washington, DC, and maybe not in Cheyenne, either, but at the city level, it is crucial. I keep think- ing there should be a recall election for both mayors. Now, let’s talk about some very interesting news in the North Big Horn Basin. I lifted this item from the most recent issue of the Lovell Chronicle. are limited to two letters in any 30 day peri- od.All letters must conform to the law of li- bel and be in good taste. They may be mailed to The Lovell Chronicle, Box 787, Lovell, WY or delivered to our office at 234 E. Main St., Lovell. strict p.m. Tuesday deadline will be enforced. - Police investigated a report of suspicious persons near a residence but were unable to locate the individu- als. A resident reported a sick-looking squirrel in his yard. Police were unable to locate the squirrel. Ralph C. Jensen is the editovr-in-chief of Security Products magazine.