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December 1, 2016 I The Lovell Chronicle I 5 COURTESY PHOTO A snowplow clears the road on U.S. Highway 14A which was closed for the winter season this week. Blowing, drifting,snow forces winter closure on Highway 14A Blowing, drifting snow and poor visibility has accelerated the annu- al fall roadway closure of U.S. 14A between Lovell and Burgess Junction. The highway was of- ficially closed for the sea- son Tuesday. Last year's seasonal closure went into effect Dec. 1. "It's winter on the Big Horn Mountains ' said Ja- son Fleming, Wyoming De- partment of Transporta- tion maintenance foreman in Lovell. "Winter weath- er and slick roads present safety concerns for snow- plow drivers and travel- ers on this high-mountain highway." The annual fall clo- sure of U.S. 14A is in ef- fect at milepost 76.04 on the Lovell side of the Big Horn Mountains. The sea- sonal road closure at Bur- gess Junction is just east of milepost 98.1. WyDOT annually clos- es this 22-mile stretch of scenic mountain road in the Big Horn Mountains of north-central Wyoming about at the conclusion of the fall hunting season. It usually reopens by Memo- rial Day weekend. Police Report BIRTHS We are interested in printingthe births of North Big Horn County babies. Please call and person- ally report these births by con- tacting the Chronicle at 307- 548-2217. The Lovell Police Department received the following calls for the week of Nov. 21 -27: Nov. 21: A Lovell resident called for as- sistance unlocking a vehicle and was in- formed that the police department no lon- ger provides this service. The individual was referred to a local locksmith. Nov. 22" Police are investigating a report of a suspicious individual by a resident get- ting ready to occupy a new rental unit. Nov. 23: An alleged fraud at a local business Sheriff's report Born to Aaron and Hillary Bassett Bertoch at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck, N.D., on Nov. 17, 2016, a baby boy, Caleb James Bertoch, weigh- ing 7 lbs. 5 oz. Grandparents are Steven and Debbie Bas- sett and David and Stacey Bertoch. Great-grandpar- ents are Karma Allred, Fran Bassett, Jack Bertoch and Duane and Lois Bird. DEEDS Warranty deeds issued from the Big Horn County Clerk's office recently were: Rodney L. Crosby, trust- ee, and Josephine M. Cros- by, trustee, of the Rodney I~i Crosby and Josephine Crosby 2015 Trust dat- ed May 18, 2015 to Cros- by Farm Trust, LLC; W2, S2NE4, N2SE4, NW4NE4 Sec. 05, Lots 2, 3, 4, Sec. 05, NW4NW4 Sec. 08, Lots 106, 107, T56N R96W; Lot 7, Sec. 30, Lots 3, 5, 6, Sec. 31, T57N R96W; E2 Sec 36, SE4SE4 Sec. 25, T57N R97W. Enid J. Bassett, trustee of the Bassett Family Trust dated January 29, 1997 to Enid J. Bassett, trustee, Sue Anne Bassett, trustee, and Bradley J. Bassett, trustee, of the Enid J. Bassett Liv- ing Trust dated June 3, 2016; Lots 62, 69, T55N R97W. Joseph N. Hooper, Dan- iel S.P. Hooper and Ele- na R. Hooper to Steven W. McIntyre and Carmen E. Horne-Mclntyre; Cowley 2009 Annexation Subdivi- sion, Lot 4, (Part) NW4NE4 Sec. 32, T57N R96W. Jenkins Storage, LLC to Mikel A. Moser, trustee, Di- anna L. Moser, trustee, of the Moser Solo 401K Trust dated March 12, 2014, (Part) Lot 52, T56N R96W. Shelley Dodson, act- ing power of attorney, and Laurine M. Frost to Shel- ley M. Dodson, trustee of the Laurine M. Frost Re- vocable Trust dated Octo- ber, 1, 2003; Cowley Orig- inal Town, Lots 3, 4, Block 39, Lots 3, 4, Block 38, (Part) Lots 41B, 42A, 42B, 42C,~ (Part) S2NW4, N2SW4 Sec. 13, T56N R96W. CIRCUIT COURT Persons fined in the Fifth Ju- dicial Circuit Court in Big Horn County before Judge Thomas Harrington recently were: Cameron D. Hughes, Worland, operating vehicle with improper equipment, $65. Alexis Smith, Basin, fail- ure to take hunter safety course, $75. William C. Lelbach, Greene, N.Y., speeding in a 70 mph zone, $90. Brianna R. Brumwell, Cowley, speeding in a 70 mph zone, S90. BY SAM SMITH The unemployment rate in Big Horn County in- creased slightly from 3.8 percent in September 2016 to 3.9 percent in Octo- ber. The October rate was unchanged from October 2015's jobless rate. According to the Re- search and Planning Sec- tion of the Wyoming De- partment of Workforce Services, Big Horn Coun- ty had 220 workers unem- ployed in October 2016, a small increase from Sep- tember 2016 when 219 were unemployed. The October numbers were also a slight increase from last year when 218 were jobless. The number of em- From September to Oc- tober, most county unem- ployment rates changed very little. However, Teton County's unemployment rate rose from 2 percent to 3 percent and Park County's unemployment rate rose from 3.6 percent to 3.9 per- cent. Unemployment rates often increase in October in some parts of the state as the summer tourist season has ended and the winter season has not yet start- ed. Falling unemployment rates were seen in Camp- bell (down from 6.9 per- cent to 6.3 percent), Natro- ployment (not seasonal- ly adjusted and measured by place of work) fell from 291,600 in October 2015 to 281,100 in October 2016, a decrease of 10,500 jobs (or -3.6 percent; a statistically significant decrease). LOCAL JOBS AND PAYROLL In the first quarter of 2016, Big Horn County had an average monthly em- ployment of 4,053 work- ers, a 3.3 percent decrease from last year's first quarter of 4,192. The 2016 first quarter's total payroll in Big Horn County was $39.8 million, a na (down from 6.6 percent S1.6 million decrease from to 6.3 percent), Fremontlast year when the payroll (down from 6.4 percent to was $41.5 million. 6.1 percent), and Converse The average week- , tober, a small increase From October 2015 2016, a $5 decrease from from 5,477 in September to October 2016, unem- last year when the weekly but a large increase from ployment rates rose in 17 wage was $762. last year when 5,370 were counties, fell in two coun-The Research and Plan- employed, ties, and were unchangedning Section of the Wyo7 Big Horn County had in four counties. The larg- ruing Department of Work- 5,712 in the work force in est increases were seen in force Services reported October 2016, an increase Campbell (up from 3.8 per- that, from first quarter 2015 is under investigation by local police, from September when the cent to 6.3 percent), Con- to first quarter 2016, to- Nov. 25: A resident reported a cat stuck on county had 5,696 in the verse (up from 3.4 percent tal unemployment insur- a power transformer near her residence, work force and an increase to 5.3 percent), Natrona (up ance (UI) covered payroll from last year when 5,588 from 4.8 percent to 6.3per- decreased by $243.5 million were working or seeking cent), and Weston (up from (-7.6 percent) in the state. The Rocky Mountain Power Company was called to assist. Note: The calls listed above were re- ceived by the Lovell Police Dept. Persons arrested are presumed innocent until prov- en guilty in a court of law and charges made upon initial arrest may be amended or dismissed as determined by the County Attorney. Annual Christmas pranks return to Cowley ployed workers in Big Horn (down from 5.6 percent to ly wage in the county was County was 5,492 in Oc- 5.3 percent)counties. $757 in the first quarter of work. The Research and Plan- ning Section of the Wyo- ming Department of Work- force Services reported that the state's seasonal- ly adjusted unemployment rate fell significantly from 5.4 percent (as revised) in September to 5.1 percent in October. Wyoming's un- 3.1 percent to 4.6 percent) counties. Unemployment rates decreased in Teton (down from 3.8 percent to 3 percent) and Lincoln (down from 4.1 percent to 3.6 per- cent) counties and were unchanged in Albany (2.8 percent), Big Horn (3.9 per- cent), Goshen (3 percent), and Niobrara (2.9 percent) Employment fell by 9,367 jobs (-3.4 percent), and the average weekly wage de- creased by $39 (-4.3 per- cent). As in previous quar- ters, the largest job losses occurred in the mining sec- tor (including oil and gas; 6,092 jobs or -23 percent). In terms of dollars, UI covered payroll represents employment rate has now counties, approximately 91.5 per- The Big Horn County Sheriffs Office son, where ornaments are removed fallen for three consecutive Campbe!l and Natro- cent of all wage and sala- received the following calls for the week from one yard and replaced with items months but remains higher na counties had the high- ry disbursements and 43.8 of Nov. 21 - 28: from another yard. than its October 2015 lev- est unemployment rates in percent of personal in- Nov. 21" A Cowley resident complained Nov. 25: A Byron resident reported hors- el of 4.3 percent. Season- October (both 6.3 percent), come in the state (U.S. Bu- that her boyfriend took items with- es and donkeys on her property. The an- ally adjusted employmentThe next highest rates were reau of Economic Analysis, out permission following an argument, imals were posted on Facebook and the of Wyoming residents in-found in Fremont (6.1 per- 2014). Analysts have noted The items were returned after a deputy brand inspector was Called for assistance, creased significantly, rising cent), Converse (5.3 per- that "minerals related em- intervened. A brief search for two missing, hunters by an estimated 1,813 indi- cent), Sublette (5.3 per- ployment is one of the key Nov. 23: Deputies received a complaint found the overdue hunters were OK viduals (.6 percent) from cent), and Sweetwater (5.3 predictors of sales and use about a vehicle driving erratically in the Frannie area but were unable to locate the vehicle. A new resident in Cowley was alarmed to find someone in his yard moving his Christmas decorations. The resi- dent was assured that this is an annu- al prank that occurs every holiday sea- and just returning later than expected. September to October. Wy- percent) counties. Alba- Note: The calls listed above were re- oming's labor force and ny County posted the low- ceived by the Big Horn County Sheriff's Of- employment both declinedest unemployment rate (2.8 ce. Persons arrested are presumed inno- from year-ago levels. Label percent), followed by Nio- cent until proven guilty in a court of law, force fell by 3,602 individ- brara (2.9 percent), Teton and charges made upon initial arrest may uals (-1.2 percent) and em- (3 percent), and Goshen (3 be amended or dismissed as determined by ployment fell by 5,997 indi- percent) counties. the County Attorney. viduals (-2.1 percent). Total nonfarm em- tax revenue" in Wyoming (CREG, 2010). Employment rose in seven counties and fell in 16 counties. Total payroll increased in eight coun- ties and decreased in 15 counties. 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