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The U.S. Department a prepared draft environ- mental assessment (EA) to address a request from the Monsanto Company (Mon- santo) and KWS SAAT AG (KWS) for partial deregulation or similar ac- tion to allow the contin- ued cultivation of Roundup Ready sugar beets. The EA considers three options, including the agen- cy's preferrel alternative, of Agriculture's Animal which would authorize pro- and Plant Health Inspec- duction of Roundup Ready tion Service (APHIS) an- sugar beets under strict nounced in early November APHIS permit conditions. "APHIS takes its role in protecting plant health very seriously and is well aware of the importance of this de- cision for sugar beet grow- ers and processors," said Michael Gregoire, deputy administrator for APHIS' biotechnology regulatory services. "We are issuing this environmental assess- ment to share our decision- making process as trans- parently as possible and allow for public comment." The EA includes three alternatives: 1. Deny the request for partial deregulation or any similar administrative ac- tion. This alternative would halt any authorization of production until APHIS completes the EIS. 2. Authorize the pro- duction of RR sugar beets under APHIS permit sub- ject to mandatory condi- tions to prevent any poten- tial plant pest risks. This is the APHIS preferred alter- native. See qBEETS,' pap 7 Lovell sugar campaign going well, records broken Things are looking great for the 2010 sugar campaign at the Lovell Western Sugar factory as workers recently passed the halfway point of processing beets this campaign. So far, about 230,000 tons of beets have been processed at the Lovell fac- tory, according to plant manager Ray Bode. The quality of beets remains ex- cellent and the factory has been run- ning smoothly with virtually no inter- ruptions since the start of campaign, Bode said. The factory has produced more than 67 million pounds of sugar so far this campaign. Final harvest estimates state an average 17.34 percent sugar content for beets grown in the Lovell factory district. Beets are holding up well in sto- rage piles outside of the factory, Bode said. Barring any unforeseen weather between now and February, Bode said he anticipates that the campaign will finish with beets in excellent quality. Bode said the Lovell factory staff has been working great this year with everyone thinking ahead to keep the factory running smoothly. He said there have been no major injuries or accidents. Their hard work paid off when the Lovell factory set a production re- cord by beating historical daily pro- duction in October of 2010, Bode said. The team beat their own record later in October, putting the factory high at 1.034 million pounds of sugar pro- cessed in one day. School holiday concert season begins next week BY DAVID PECK Local school choirs and bands have been working hard this fall in preparation for winter concerts that will be presented over the next four weeks. The concert season begins with a Lovell High School Choir and Swing Choir concert next Thursday, Dec. 2, and concludes with a Lovell band concert, tentatively scheduled for Monday, Dec. 20. The concert was moved from its original date of Tues- day, Nov. 30, due to a conflict with other activities. Here's the concert schedule for the month of December: Thursday, Dec. 2 - LHS choirs, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 - RMMS band and choir and LMS choirs, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 - LMS musical, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 - RMHS band and choir, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 - RMES music, 6:30 p.m. and Lovell K-3 concert at the Hyart Theatre, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20 - LMS/LHS bands, 7 p.m., LMS Commons. Board considers ACO hospital choice BY BRAD DEVEREAUX With a new law passed by congress this year, rural healthcare facilities such as North Big Horn Hospital will have to make a few adjustments to comply with the new law. CEO Rick Schrooder. came to the board with some early information about a change that will be coming in the near future during the regular weekly board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 16. Schroeder reported he recently attended a meeting in Riverton about Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOS, the details of which are spelled out in the Patient Protec- tion and Affordable Care Act passed this year by Congress. ACOs are encouraged under new law and would work with a network of smaller rural hospitals to provide specialist care to patients. Goals of the ACO program are to improve patient care while reducing unnecessary costs for Medi- care recipients. Schroeder said hospitals in Cheyenne and Casper are taking steps to become ACO facilities, which would allow for easier patient transfers for other hospitals in the ACO network. Schroeder said small rural hospitals like NBHH See 'RURAL HOSPITALS,' page 7 Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Hogen brings western experience to district ranger position BY DAVID PECK A man with plenty of experience in western forests is the new district ranger for the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District of the Bighorn Na- tional Forest. Dave Hogen started work on the district on Oct. 12, replacing Dave Sisk, who retired earlier this year. Hogen Wyoming from tral Oregon, where he was a forest fisheries biologist for the Fremont-Winema National Forest out of Lakeview, Ore. Hogen has roots in the Midwest and West. Born in Vermillion, S.D., his fami- ly lived in Idaho and Iowa, and he graduated from high school in St. Anthony, Idaho, in 1991. Hogen attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, graduat- ing with a Bachelor of Sci- ence Degree in fishery re- sources in 1995. During school he started working seasonally in west central Idaho as a fisheries tech- nician in the Payette Na- tional Forest, then was hired full time upon his graduation. He later started a master's program at the U of Idaho, researching the life history of the Bull Trout, earning his mas- ter's degree in 2002. He worked from 2000 to 2005 as a district fisheries biol- ogist for the Council and Weiser Ranger District of the Payette National For- est in Idaho, then became the lead fisheries biologist for the Fremont-Winema National Forest from 2005 until this year in Oregon. During his five years in Oregon, Hagen had stints with two different For- est Service details, work- ing as the acting district ranger back at the Council and Weiser District in the Payette National Forest and as the assistant na- tional fish program leader in Washington, D.C. "I was able to get some exposure in different lead- ership roles," he said, "as a district ranger and in Washington." PERSONAL Hogen and his wife, Vickie, have a 9-year-old son, Bryce, and are rent- ing a place just north of Dave Hogen Deaver where they have room for their dogs, cats and five horses. Hagen said his priori- ties are family, a large- scale garden (he owns a 1970s Massey Ferguson tractor), downhill skiing and hunting and fishing. Vickie is an experienced ski patrol member and has held a number of office po- sitions. He said they are happy to be living in small-town Wyoming. "After doing some de- tails, we wanted a con- nection in a small town," he said. "We want to par- ticipate in the community and help out in the com- munity and hope the com- munity can help us raise our son. We've upgraded. We moved to a community with a stoplight." PHILOSOPHY Hogen said he main- tains an open-door poli- cy for co-workers and the public. "I try to be very avail- able," he said. "I strive for consensus but there are decisions that have to be made that don't allow for it due to timeliness. "I'm interested in be- ing active in the commu- nity. I definitely want us to make the best tie to the mountain we can - a part- nership with Lovell, Grey- bull, Basin and the moun- tain." Hogen said he's try- ing to "reach out and meet some folks" and welcomes people to call him or swing by his office for a chat. He said if he's busy he'll make a point to get back to peo- ple. . IIIUl[l!OIJIil[l!!!Pllli, The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548.22!7. www.lovellchronicle.com