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6 I The Lovell Chronicle I November 8, 2012 Martens family loss noted in Arizona newspaper A family with ties to the 10 months old when her father, Martens agreed, soldiers who were killed or peo- Lovell area was featured recent- ly in the Arizona Republic, the large daily newspaper serving the Phoenix area and the state of Arizona. Rob Martens, a 1983 gradu- ate of Lovell High School and the son of Bob and Elsie Martens of rural Lovell, was quoted in a lea- ture article on Sept. 11 entitled "9/11: GIs still dying, and we've moved on" by Laurie Roberts. Rob's granddaughter Riley Jo Martens, age 7, is pictured on the front page of the paper ac- cepting an American flag from former Homeland Security Spe- cial Advisor Jerry Iannacci dur- ing a recent ceremony at the Na- than Martens Arizona Memorial at San Tan Mountain Park in Queen Creek. Riley Jo was only Navy Hospitalman Nathan Mar: tens - son of Rob and Maria Mar- tens and grandson of Bob and El- sie Martens - was killed in Iraq on Sept. 6, 2005. The memorial was dedicated a little more than a year later. Nathan left wife Erin and daughter Riley Jo. He was a corpsman embedded with a Ma- rine unit and had hoped to one day become a pediatrician, Rob- erts wrote in the article. Rob Martens is featured in the article, which takes the an- gle that many Americans have moved on with their lives while troops are still dying in Afghani- stan and recently in Iraq. "Shock and awe long ago gave way to apathy and indif- ference," Roberts wrote, and Rob "This country has moved on, gotten tired of it," said Martens, who lives in Queen Creek, Ariz. "We live in a society where everything's quick, fast. We want instant gratification. A war that is 11 years old, it's old, boring, yesterday's news, and they don't want to talk about it anymore. They don't even want to think about it." Every year, Roberts wrote, a public memorial service is held on the anniversary of Na- than Martens' death at the Na- than Martens Arizona Memorial to honor all of those from Arizo- na who have died in Iraq and Af- ghanistan, and at the September event this year, about 100 people attended the ceremony, virtual- ly all of them family members of ple with military ties. "The rest of us, it seems, have moved on," Roberts wrote. The article goes on to note some of the 159 sons and daugh- ters of Arizona who have lost their lives in the two wars and the toll their deaths has taken on their loved ones, telling the sto- ry of three families still missing their fallen soldier. The story urges people to never forget the toll and ends with a quote from Rob Martens: .............. "Just remember. Remember all those guys. Once in a while, give it a thought. You see a flag, re- member the cost." The Nathan Martens Arizona Memorial rests at San Tan Mountain Park in Queen Creek, Ariz. COURTESY PHOTO " news, Matthews defeats Cozzens for hospital board seat Various cemetery trustees and fire district directors were elected Tuesday: Orval Bjorns- tad, Don Hatch and Brock Meier to the Byron Cem- etery Board; Peggy Ras- mussen, Lori Hoffman and Shirley Busteed to the Cowley Cemetery Board; Beverly Becker, Margaret Rock and Corine Tilley to the Deaver-Frannie Cem- etery Board; Jack Nich- olls, Brent Reasch, Aar- on Workman and Ralph Winland (two-year) to the Lovell Cemetery Board; Spencer Ellis to the Sho- shone Conservation Dis- trict board; Chad Petrich to the Big Horn County Fire Protection District No. 1 board and Colleen Wagner and Cherie Wam- beke to the Big Horn Coun- ty Fire Protection District No. 5 board. There is a potential write-in race for the sec- ond seat on the Lovell Fire Board that was open in Tuesday's election. BY DAVID PECK Most seats for non-par- tisan special district boards were unopposed Tuesday, but Mary Matthews sound- ly defeated former adminis- trator Dee Cozzens for the designated Lovell seat on the North Big Horn Hospi- tal Board of Trustees, ac- cording to unofficial results posted Tuesday night. Matthews defeated Coz- zens 1,371-789, support- ed overwhelmingly in the Lovell precinct, 939-397. She also carried Cowley 199-177, Byron 148-131 and Deaver 40-38. Frannie vot- ers favored Cozzens 45-41. Don Minchow and Chad Lindsay were unopposed to retain their at-large seats on the hospital board. Min- chow received 1,954 votes, Lindsay 1,915. All four Lovell School Board candidates were un- opposed, as were the three members of the School Dis- trict One Board of Trustees up for election. Tracy Beal won re-elec- tion to the school board with 1,112 votes, and fel- low incumbents Dan An- derson and Rebecca Moncur received 1,087 and 1,083 votes, respectively. New- comer Hans Hawley will take Matt Bassett's seat on the council after receiv- ing 958 votes. Bassett did not run for re-election. Brett Crosby won re- election to his at-large seat on the District One School Board, receiving 1,114 votes. Also re-elected was designated Deaver-Fran- nie trustee Joan Zier, and James Thomas received 1,038 votes to replace Ed Riding as the designated Byron trustee. Riding did not seek re-election. Five candidates were unopposed for the North Big Horn County Se- nior Citizens Service Dis- tricts board. Loretta Tip- petts received 1,882 votes, Barbara Walker 1,712, Ron McClure 1,664, Ver- ,a Hawkins 1,618 and Dueane Calvin 1,527. Ewen re-elected to county commission still a lot left for the county to complete in the next four years. The county will con- tinue to work with the Bu- reau of Land Management to see the resource manage- ment plan completed. Harp said, "I am pleased with the results. Our goal was to give people a chance to send a message that not all of Big Horn County is satisfied with the direction we are heading. That more than 800 people took the time to write in is amazing to me." BY KARLA POMEROY Big Horn County Com- mission Chairman Jerry Ewen won re-election to his second term Tuesday night with 3,752 votes. Ewen staved off a strong challenge by Linda Harp for the Republican nomination in the August primary and while Ewen was unopposed on the ballot on Tuesday, Harp had launched a write-in campaign. There were 1,039 write-in votes cast in the commissioner race. Actual tallies for who was written in were not available Tues- day night and will only be counted if requested. Ewen said, "I'm very pleased with the results. I appreciate the support from the county residents. I will continue to work hard to represent the interests of the people the best I can." He said the county will be facing tough economic times ahead and next year's budgeting process will be difficult. He said there is  i ,  i  i   i i !  i ill' i!'ii County matches state election results BY DAVID PECK Big Horn County mirrored statewide results for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and constitutional amendments in Tuesday's General Election, according to unofficial results announced by the Big Horn County Clerk's office. Though President Barack Obama de- feated Republican nominee Mitt Romney Tuesday, Wyoming supported Romney overwhelmingly, and Big Horn County matched that Romney enthusiasm. Rom- ney received 4,289 votes in Big Horn Coun- ty, Obama 868. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 85 votes, Constitution Party can- didate Virgil Goode 40. Romney carried all 13 county precincts. U.S. Senator John Barrasso easily won re-election as Wyoming's junior sena- tor, and Big Horn County supported him with 87 percent of the county vote. Bar- rasso received 4,560 votes in the county to carry all 13 precincts, Democratic chal- lenger Tim Chesnut 554 and Country Par- ty candidate Joel Otto 150. Wyoming voters also returned Rep. Cynthia Lummis to office as the state's lone member of the U.S. House of Repre- sentatives. Lummis carried the day in Big Horn County, as well, with 4,222 votes, carrying all 13 precincts. Democrat Chris Henrichsen received 634 votes, Libertar- ian Richard Brubaker 137 votes, Consti- tution Party nominee Daniel Clyde Cum- mings 114 and Country Party candidate Don Wills 79. State Rep. Elaine Harvey was unop- posed in Tuesday's General Election after defeating challenger Rob DiLorenq.o in the Primary. She received 3,298 votes to win a sixth two-year term representing House District 26 in the Wyoming Legislature. Big Horn County mirrored the rest of the state in supporting three amendments to the Wyoming Constitution. County vot- ers supported Amendment B - the Right to Hunt, Fish and Trap - 4,783 to 355, and also strongly supported Amendment A - Health Care Freedom - 4,248 to 849. Amendment C - granting Authority to District Court Commissioners - passed by a narrow margin in Big Horn Coun- ty, receiving 2,674 votes in favor to 2,138 against. The amendment had an 18,000- vote margin late Tuesday night with two counties yet to report. !i  Happy Veterans Day! TO THE STOCKHOLDERS OF THE BIG HORN CO-OPERATIVE MARKETING ASSOCIATION .... H FN The 89th Annual Meeting of the Big Horn Co-operative Marketing Association, Greybull, Powell, Riverton, Worland, Basin, and Buffalo, Wyoming will be held WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012 AT: Elks Lodge . Registration: 11:00 A.M. 622 Greybull Avenue Lunch Served: Noon Greybull, WY Meeting called to order: 1:00 P.M. Election of one director from each of the following districts will be held according to the Bylaws: District #2 District #4 Director at Large Presently held by Steve Christiansen Presently held by Darrell Horton Presently held by Brett Stutzman PLEASE MARK THE DATE AND PLAN TO ATTEND