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LOVELL What's Inside ... New fair manager 2 Rose City Lanes 8 Battle in Big Horn 9 Jolley Mustang Center Director 12 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 107, NUMBER 22 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012 75 DAVID PECK Lovell senior Cody Savage, shown here hugging his father, Bret, celebrated his birthday in style Friday as he played a key role in Lovell's thrilling 29-28 win over the Big Horn Rams in a Class 2A semifinal football game in Big Horn. The Bulldogs travel to Laramie to meet Lyman for the state championship Saturday at 10 a.m. Senior center to honor vets on Friday BY PATTI CARPENTER The North Big Horn Senior Center is inviting area veter- ans to attend a special luncheon to be held in their honor on Fri- day at noon at the center. Pro- gram organizer Rich Fink will act as master of ceremonies at the event, which will also in- clude special guest speaker Ger- ald Swan. Swan is the State Veterans Service Officer for the Wyoming Veterans Commission. Swan is a Wyoming native who enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1984. His career spanned a 20-year period, during which he was an Air Transportation Spe- cialist and later rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. According to his biography, his career en- compassed the globe with as- signments at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dako- ta, Kadena Air Base in Okina- wa and Ramstein Air Base in Germany. During his extensive career serving in the Air Force, Swan participated in and supported a number of operations includ- ing: Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, Op- eration Desert Calm, the Task Force Full Accounting, Opera- tion Allied Force, Operation En- during Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. He has served in the State Veterans Service Of- fice since 2008, where he assists Big Horn Basin veterans and their families with applying for their federal and state veterans' benefits. North Big Horn Senior Cen- ter Director Denise Andersen will also address the veterans. Lovell Elementary School music teacher Chauna Bischoffs stu- dents will perform patriotic mu- sic. Dale Fowler will act as bu- gler at the event. A color guard consisting of local veterans - Terry Wilker- son, Frank Wilkerson, Reed Wil- liams, Alan Sessions, Jim Thom- as, Jerry Anderson and Butch Fink - will present the flag. All veterans attending will be recognized for their service and will receive a free lunch courtesy of the Bank of Lovell. The public is encouraged to attend this popular annual event honoring veterans in the community. PATrl CARPENTER Citizens of Lovell line up to cast their votes on Tuesday morning at the Lovell Community Center. AIIred, Dickson re-elected to Lovell Town Council BY DAVID PECK Incumbents were general- ly re-elected to office in north Big Horn County municipalities Tuesday, though there were some newcomers elected to town coun- cil seats, according to unofficial results announced Tuesday night by the Big Horn County Clerk's office. In Lovel.1, Scott Allred and Brian Dickson were re-elected to the Lovell Town Council. Allred topped the ticket with 589 votes to win his third term on the coun- cil, while Dickson garnered 430 votes to earn his fourth term. Two candidates who accepted write-in votes in the August Pri- mary received support on Tues- day. Jack Brinkerhoff received 335 votes and Stephen Fowler 300. The Byron Town Council race saw a switch from the Primary. Todd Wilder, who topped the tick- et in August, finished third Tues- day, just out of the running. This time, Pam Hopkinson topped the ticket with 167 votes, one vote ahead of Sydney Hessenthaler. Both will take a seat on the coun- cil. Wilder finished third with 120 votes. All three Cowley candidates were unopposed. Dexter Woodis received 262 votes, Rob Johnson 247 for the two four-year seats on the council, and Dennis Wood- ward received 282 votes for a two- year seat. Voters in Deaver returned a former mayor and town council- man to office. Rodney Wambeke accepted write-in votes in Au- gust and on Tuesday was elect- ed to the town council, receiving 54 votes to top the ticket. Incum- bent Michael Beyer was returned to the council with 34 votes, and former councilman Paul North received 16 votes. Steve Gillett was unopposed for a two-year seat on the council and garnered 56 votes. Frannie voters settled four council seats on Tuesday. Incum- bent Vance Peregoy topped the ticket with 48 votes to win one of two four-year terms on the coun- cil, receiving 45 votes in the Big Horn County side of town and three in Park County. Elected to a four-year term after accepting write-in votes in August was Terry Moore, who received 40 votes, 38 in Big Horn County and two in Park. John Miller placed third with 28 votes (27 plus 1). Delbert Johnson topped the ticket for a pair of two-year terms on the council after accept- ing a write-in nomination in Au- gust. Johnson received 45 votes, 44 votes in Big Horn County and one in Park. Nadine Kreutzer was re-elected to the council, re- ceiving 42 votes (39 plus 3), and incumbent Brenda Kawano fin- ished third with 28 votes (26 plus 2). Voters crush sales tax BY KARLA POMEROY Big Horn County voters voted two-to-one, 67 percent, against the sixth-cent sales tax proposal, soundly defeating the $24.8 million worth of projects in the nine municipalities, 3,486-1666. None of the 13 precincts supported the initiative with the largest margin in Lovell with 81 percent opposed, 1,192-278. In the south portion of the county, Burlington had the tightest margin with only 14 votes separating those in favor (125) and those against (139), just 52 percent. In Basin, the proposal was defeated 505-239, 67 percent. Otto had 84 votes against and 38 in favor, 68 percent. Manderson voted 91-65 against, 58 percent. Hyattville voted against it 66-18, 78 percent. In Greybull, where the initiative began to build a new swimming pool, voters defeated the tax 626-430, 59 percent. Greybull voters also defeated the school bond to help renovate or construct the pool, 535-493. In the north end, the closest race for the sixth-cent was in Deaver, 52-46 against, and Frannie, 52-43. Cowley opposed the tax 284-147, Byron 203-117. Big Horn County Commission Chairman Jerry Ewen said, "The people's wish is pretty clear." The commissioners did not put a project on the ballot but gave final approval to a resolution to put the initia- tive on the ballot. "That's why we do things this way. It's the democratic process and the people have spoken." He said there were some valid projects proposed and now commu- nities will have to "get creative in funding those projects." "I think we need to look forward because all of these projects are viable projects," Lovell Mayor Bruce Morrison said. "We look forward to doing them at another time. I agree with those who say there's a need to trim them down. If we trim 'em down to a reasonable level I think people will be more willing to go with us. "It's by no means a dead issue. We've got to find ways to fund com- munity projects." While the new tax proposal was defeated, voters in north Big Horn County overwhelmingly supported their senior service center, extend- ing the mill levy for the North Big Horn County Senior Service Dis- trict 2,071-306, for 87 percent of the vote. Every precinct supported the continuing property tax. The South Big Horn Senior Citizens Service District tax was ap- proved in the south end of the county, as well, 2,093-564. Festival of Trees added to Holiday Mingle BY DAVID PECK There will be a new wrinkle added to the annual Holiday Min- gle in Lovell this year - the first Festival of Trees. Patterned after an event for- merly sponsored by the Bank of Lovell, organizers say the event is a way to provide decoration and traffic for Lovell businesses, as well as funding for three local causes. Committee members Gary Emmett and Sue Taylor said in- dividuals and businesses will do- nate decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces - 10 from each category - that will be offered to the public in a si- lent auction format. The high- est bidder for a particular item will not only win that item but will choose where the bid money goes. Money will go to three causes: the needed digitization of the Hy- art Theatre, the North Big Horn Hospital Share A Stocking pro- gram and the Lovell Food Bank. "Right now our goal is 10 trees, 10 wreaths and 10 center- pieces," Taylor said, noting that the auction items will be placed at various business locations in town. The festival will kick off at the Holiday Mingle on Saturday, Nov. 17, where a map will be pro- vided for the locations and ba- sic rules will be spelled out. Still seeking donations of items, Em- mett noted that if someone wants to donate a tree only, "we can get it decorated." "We encourage individuals as well as businesses to donate and share their talent and benefit the community," Taylor added. The festival will run through Monday, Nov. 3, when the win- ners will be announced. Emmett noted that a person can bid on an item and donate it to another business, organiza- tion or family in town if he or she chooses. He said donated and dec- orated trees must artificial. "We would really like to see this grow and we may add ginger- bread houses at some point in the future," Taylor said. The Festival of Trees com- mittee includes Emmett, Tay- lor, Natalie Wardell and Keela Mangus. HOLIDAY MINGLE Santa Claus will once again greet children at the Holiday Mingle on Saturday, Nov. 17, in Lovell. The event begins with a matinee movie at 1 p.m. at the Hyart Theatre with the admis- sion price being a canned food item for the firemen's Christmas basket program. The featured movie will be "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" starring Jim Carrey. Photos with Santa, sponsored by the Lovell Police Dept., will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lovell Fire Hall, along with kids activities. The annual lighting of the downtown Christmas tree will take place at 5 p.m. at the Down- town Mural Park, and members of the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce Board will serve hot chocolate. Santa will light the tree with his magic elf dust, and a drawing will be held for Cham- ber Bucks, which can be spent at local businesses. Shoppers can sign up for Chamber Bucks at the mati- nee, the fire hall or just before the drawing at the tree lighting ceremony. The annual event will con- clude with living windows in downtown Lovell, where favor- ite Christmas characters will be brought to life. Many stores will offer specials on that day and evening.