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Both will be held at the Lovell Fire Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. "During the work- shops we will focus on our community's strengths and how we can enhance those strengths through a physical project and a new special event," Taylor said. "We will not be plan- ning to plan a plan. We will be making something happen in the next six to 12 months. "Each session will in- clude a summary of the progress made in the past 12 months, a brief presen- tation to plant seeds for ideas and a participant work session to set goals for the following year. Each session will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and will last no more than two hours." The Week 1 goal is to choose a physical improve- ment to complete within 12 months. The Week 2 goal is to choose a special event to hold in the next 12 months. Nov. 20 Holiday Mingle to kick off Christmas season BY DAVID PECK Big Horn County holi- day revelers should mark their calendars now for the upcoming Holiday Mingle, sponsored by the Lovell Area Chamber of Com- merce. For the second year in a row, the Mingle will be held the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving - Nov. 20 -- after being held for years on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Returning events in- clude photos with Santa Claus, a chamber bucks giveaway, the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree with hot chocolate served, a matinee mov- ie at the Hyart Theatre, children's games and ac- tivities, coupons from mer- chants and cinnamon rolls provided by the Lovell Lunchroom Ladies. New this year will be living windows through- out the downtown shop- ping district. The schedule of events includes: 1 p.m. - Matinee mov- ie at the Hyart 2:30 - Santa Claus and activities at the Lovell Fire Hall 5 p.m. - Santa lights the Christmas tree 5-7 p.m. -- Living win- dows downtown 7 p.m. - Evening mov- ie at the Hyart All day - Merchant specials and downtown shopping. DAVID FLICK Members of the Lovell High School Dance Team kick up their heels during a halftime performance at the Lovell-Thermopolis football playoff game Saturday afternoon. Pictured are (l-r) Tiana Orremba, Jessie Harrison and Sara Calvert. We've got spirit! The Lovell High School Band drum line performed at halftime of the Lovell- Thermopolis playoff football game Saturday afternoon. Pictured here getting her whacks in on the bass drum is Emily Baird. Commissioners in findings of facts show no 'palpable omission of duty' BY KARLA POMEROY The Big Horn County Commissioners approved the findings of facts and conclu- sions of law for the denial of the petition to remove Georgia Antley Hunt as the Big Horn County attorney. The commissioners, who deliberated last month, asked their attorney and hear- ing officer Tom Jubin to write up the find- ings of facts. The commissioners approved them at their regular meeting Tuesday. According to the findings of facts, the parties agreed that the petitioner, Letitia "Tish" Abromats of Greybull, "has the bur- den of proving every element of any claim asserted by her as grounds for removal un- der Wyoming statute 18-3-907 by clear and convincing evidence. 'Clear and Convinc- ing Evidence' is such that the mind readily reaches a satisfactory conclusion as to the existence or nonexistence of the fact in dis- pute and is that kind of proof that would persuade a trier of fact that the truth of the contention is highly probable." The findings of facts went through each of the five allegations finding that Abro- mats had not met the burden of proof and found that the issues did not "constitute a palpable omission of duty within the mean- ing of the removal statute. Under the NCIC report disclosure issue Antley Hunt ran an NCIC check on Abro- mats to provide to an attorney who was considering representing Don and Brenda See 'HUNT FACTS,' page 7 Appeal of removal petRion undecided BY KARLA POMEROY The Greybull couple who filed the peti- tion to remove Big Horn County Attorney Georgia Antley Hunt from office has not de- cided at this time whether to appeal the Big Horn County Commission decision that de- nied the petition last month. Phil Abromats, who represents his wife Letitia "Tish" as the petitioner, said, "We are investigating whether or not to appeal the ruling to District Court and will reach a decision on that shortly. It is not clear, how- ever, that the court could hear the appeal before Hunt leaves office, and if it cannot, it might simply dismiss any appeal as moot." Regarding the commissioners' decision, Abromats said in an e-mailed statement, "The commissioners' decision accomplished much of what we hoped for." He said he be- lieves the deicision"represents a unanimous finding that, while perhaps not worthy of removal by clear and convincing evidence, See 'PETITION,' page 7 Budget constraints put a halt to volunteer program for involuntary holds BY KARLA POMEROY A funding SNAFU has put a halt to the Volunteer Observation Specialists (VOS) program that has been in place for involun- tary holds. Lovell Chief of Police Nick Lewis came to the Big Horn County commissioners seeking help to ensure the program doesn't stop, but no funding action was taken by the commissioners last week. Lewis said when someone threatens suicide the person is taken to the emergen- cy room, examined by a physician and eval- uated by a mental health physician. If the person is determined to need further obser- vation they are placed on an involuntary hold for up to 72 hours. He said in the past, law officers and EMTs were handling the 24-hour supervi- sion for these "holds" so that the individuals did not have to go to the Big Horn County Jail for the observation. A task force came up with the VOS pro- gram and Lewis said he brought up the $15/ hour pay for the volunteers. The volunteers, along with hospital expenses, would be cov- ered by the Big Horn County Attorney's Of- rice, Big Horn County Sheriffs Office and the Lovell Police. "Lovell Police agreed to pay for a third of See 'FUNDING WOES,' page 7 Thursday, November 11, 2010 Volume 105, Number 22 Byron residents voice ideas for unused Byron school BY BRAD DEVEREAUX would happen if a business Is it best to keep an tried to set up inside the old building around to try former school and failed. to make it useful again or Todd Wilder said the is it better to bulldoze it to School Facilities Commis- the ground and start over sion is currently willing to with a brand new project? pay for the total cost of full Considering this question or partial demolition of the takes an examination of building, but if the town de- countless factors including cides to take ownership of age and condition of the the former school and later building, possible uses for decides to tear it down, the the building or land and the cost of demolition would surrounding area's ability fall on the town's shoul- to support a business that ders. moves to the facility. Bret George said a com- Stakeholders of the for- mercial engineer toured the mer Rocky Mountain High Byron school about a year School in Byron are being ago and said the bones of faced with a tough choice the building are still struc- when considering differ- turally sound. George not- ent future options for the ed maintenance costs could building that was vacated be expensive. by Big Horn County School "If the town takes own- District No. 1 this sum- ership of the building, we mer. are 100 percent liable for A group of interested whatever goes on there," parties met at the Byron George said. "The SFC is Complex Thursday to dis- ready to cover the cost of cuss the future of the school demolishing some or none and brainstorm ideas of of it, but once the town ac- what to do with the emp- cepts the building, we ac- ty building. Sue Taylor of cept it 100 percent includ- Lovell Inc. helped the By- ing those costs." ron School Committee by Some residents were facilitating the meeting, in favor of total demolition The group of about 40 of the building. The SFC is people brainstormed for willing to cover the cost of more than an hour about demolition (full or partial) the future of the Byron and return the land to fin- school, the oldest part of ished grass in the near fu- which was built about 74 ture. If the town decides years ago. to try to use the building, An idea that kept corn- the SFC will not cover cost ing up at Thursday's meet- of demolition years later. ing was the possibility of Estimated cost of demoli- attracting businesses to set tion is $1 million to $1.5 up shop in the former By- million. However, follow- ron school. Many agreed it ing demolition the school would be nice to have a few district would still own the businesses in the space, land and the town would but others pointed out the have to negotiate a pur- challenges for businesses chase agreement to pur- moving into the facility, chase it. such as maintenance of the Taylor asked the group building, splitting utility to think about what the bills and actually finding viable businesses to move See 'BYRON SCHOOL,' in. Others asked what e8 MICHAEL MCKNIGHT A volunteer work crew works on the steeple of the new Bible Church Main Street facility recently, including Pastor Kurt McNabb (top right). Helpers include (from bottom left) Andrew Newman, Cole Killinger and Noah Geerligs. See a story on the new church building on page 6. 1! I!i!l)ill!i! [i![i UII The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548.2217. www.lovellchronicle.com