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LOVELL : , x  ; ' What's Inside ... TCT sale meeting 2 Powell wrestling tourney 9 School board day change 11 Aavah fundraiser 14 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 109, NUMBER 27 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 75 PATTI CARPENTER Nvier Hetland gives Santa a high-five in Byron on Friday night at the Byron Recreation Center, where he spent some time visiting with local children. He Sees You When You're Sleeping Lovell first-grader Owen Edwards sings "I've been good" during the number "Santa is the Man" at Tuesday night's Lovell Elementary School Christmas concert at the Hyart Theatre. DAVID PECK Local churches offer Christmas services BY DAVID PECK Local churches will hold special Christmas services and programs this weekend and next week. The Lovell Bible Church will present a spe- cial musical program en- titled "An Old Fashioned Christmas" this Sunday, Dec. 21, at 9 a.m. Direct- ed by Nancey Blair, the program will include tra- ditional music as well as new arrangements per- formed by the choir, along with solos and a children's nativity with singing. The Lovell Assembly of God Church will feature a "singspiration" service with special music this Sunday during the regu- lax church service at 10:50 a.m., as well as a New Year's Eve service with communion at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31. The annual Lovell Stake Christmas Con- cert presented by the lo- cal wards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held this Sunday at 7 p.m. in the East Chapel of the stake Coffee and donuts will center in Lovell. The com- be offered before the ser- munity is invited to attend vice at 8:15 a.m., and a the special performance, brunch will follow the pro- which also includes solos gram. There will be no and small groups. Linnea Sunday school this week. Dickson is directing the The normal evening ser- program. vice will be held at 6 pim. There will be three Christmas Eve services in north Big Horn County on Wednesday, Dec. 24: St. Joseph's Catholic Church will hold a Christ- mas Eve Mass at 6 p.m. The Lovell United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve ser- vice Wednesday at 5 p.m. with the service repeat- ed at 7 p.m. at the Powell United Methodist Church. St. John's Lutheran Church will hold a Christ- mas Eve candlelight ser- vice with children partic- ipating at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. St. John's will also hold a Christmas Day communion service at 10 a.m. on Dec. 25 and a New Year's Eve communion service on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Western Sugar details safety improvements BY DAVID PECK In the wake of fines an- nounced recently by the Wyoming Dept. of Work- force Services Occupation- al Safety and Health Ad- ministration in the Jan. 4, 2014 death of Anfesa Marie Galaktionoff at the West- ern Sugar factory in Lovell, the Western Sugar Coop- erative has emphasized its commitment to safety at the factory. Company spokesman J. Kent Wimmer and Lovell Factory Manager Shannon Ellis said much has been done at the factory to im- prove safety in the year since the workplace acci- dent took place. "Western Sugar plac- es the highest value on the safety of its employees," Wimmer said last week. "We have a strong commit- ment to developing a cul- ture of safety at the Lovell facility, along with all of our facilities across the four states in which we operate. This commitment is reflect- ed by both improvements in safety training and new equipment that result in a safer work environment." Following the an- nouncement in the first week of December of the fi- nal total of $44,500 in fines issued by Wyoming OSHA in the death of Galaktionoff and the subsequent investi- gation of the accidert, Wim- mer issued a statement ex- pressing the company's commitment to safety. "Western Sugar has worked with OSHA and other regulatory authori- ties in their review of the tragic event last January in our Lovell, Wyoming facil- ity," Wimmer said. 'TChile OSHA has now closed its investigation of the inci- dent, we continue to im- prove our safety with addi- tional training and capital investments. This year we have invested approxi- mately $7 million on cap- ital and maintenance im- provements with a focus on safety and plan to contin- ue making substantial im- provements in the coming year. 'TCestern Sugar has cre- ated a new company safety plan along with site specific safety plans. We have hired a new Safety Manager and are currently interview- ing for two additional safe- ty positions to support our safety focus. We will also be receiving support from two top safety experts as we continue to improve our safety programs. "Western Sugar takes our responsibility to pro- vide a safe work place se- riously and will stay com- mitted to building a strong safety culture." SAFETY DETAILS Ellis detailed some of the work that has been done at the Lovell factory during the past year: "Both our supervisors and production employees are trained to report and stop work if it is unsafe. "Weekly safety meet- ings are conducted with involvement from all em- ployees. Ideas and recom- mendations are encour- aged from everyone. These ideas are discussed and prioritized for action. Is- sues are continuously ad- dressed, and the status of completion is posted for all employees to see the progress. "To improve employ- ee involvement, we are im- plementing an extensive safety assessment pro- gram where both supervi- sors and employees review different areas of the fac- tory using a safety check- list. These items are also added to the progress safe- ty action list for tracking completion. "Safety improvement examples range from en- suring all equipment is ap- propriately guarded to im- proving the dust collection systems. We included fall protection with our new beet unloading process and have updated the laborato- ry with new equipment de- signed to further protect our employees. There have been a number of projects improving our floors, stairs and handrails. "Beyond capital invest- ments, we have updated a numler of our processes. For example, we reviewed all Safety Data Sheets for materials used at the fac- tory. These are well or- ganized and placed in a convenient location for em- ployees to access. This will assist employees in mak- ing sure they know what the proper Personal Pro- tective Equipment is re- quired for the job. "We recently pur- chased new heaters for our employee locker rooms for improved comfort." Ellis said he takes the safety of the employees at the Western Sugar factory in Lovell personally. "I have lived in this community all my life and care deeply about the safe- ty of the Lovell WSC em- ployees," Ellis said. "I am totally committed to im- proving the safety of this facility and feel fully sup- ported by the leadership of the company." Byron rules on manufactured homes in C-G Zone continue to.lead agendas BY BOB RODRIGUEZ Manufactured homes and where they're allowed in city limits have for many months been a contentious topic and again comprised the bulk of the Byron Town Council meeting on Tues- day night, Dec. 9, in the Town Hall. As well, it ap- peared that the disputed situation would continue during a special meeting on Tuesday evening, Dec. 16. However, such was not the case, as the meet- ing set a record for brevity: 15 minutes. (A story about the meeting will be in next week's issue). Outgoing Mayor Pam Hopkinson, defeated in No- vember by Heidi Brightly, again had law enforcement present (one officer) during the Dec. 16 meeting as she did for the Dec. 9 gathering. She explained that, "The Lovell Police Dept. has of- ricers working part-time for the Town of Byron until a full-time officer is hired. I had not heard any rum- blings about anything 'bad' happening, just expected a bigger than usual crowd and since we were dealing with Title 11 changes we felt that having an officer present would promote civil dialogue." A large crowd of more than 20 persons attended and there were no problems of unrulyness. This week's meeting drew a crowd of 10 and also was peaceful. She added, "Our town code (2.05.050) actually states that the chief of po- lice is to be present at town meetings when requested." Present last week were of- ricers JeffAngell and Bran- don Jolley, the latter pres- ent "as part of his training," the mayor said. Regarding the officers, in a letter to the mayor and council, Brightly's com- ments included, "I am trou- bled by the presence of the police, department at the last meeting, can you please explain the need to have them attend the meeting? A public explanation at the next scheduled meeting will be sufficient." A copy of the letter, which also questions actions regarding manufac- tured homes, was given the "Chronicle" because of her desire "for transparency." Brightly's letter was not addressed during the meet- ing Tuesday night the 16th. In a somewhat relat- ed item, the council last week approved, 4-0 a reso- lution related to placement of a double-wide manufac- tured home in the Commer- cial General zone on Main Street. Approval means that the home will be con- sidered a non-conforming use. Councilor Drew Wilson abstained with the dom- ment, "I haven't had time to read the resolution." The vote occurred during the regular meeting of 40 min- utes although that session was preceded by a 45-min- ute work meeting with at- torney Joey Darrah and Josh Sanders, chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission. Discussion on the reach of the group was included with thoughts that there will likely be more talking to resolve some dif- ferences of opinion. Darrah drafted the res- olution, which reads in part that the town council "has discovered that a previous administration allowed a manufactured home, which was a non-conforming use, to be placed in a Commer- cial General Zone without a compliance permit or ap- proval from the Board of Adjustments." Also that "the Planning Commis- sion mistakenly approved a compliance permit for the placement of said manufac- tured home without legal authority of the Planning Commission for doing so." The resolution is direct- ly linked to Steve Scheel- er, who in 2012 was able to place a manufactured home in the C-G Zone on Main Street. SEE 'BYRON COUNCIL MEETING,' page 3 III[II!I!I!I!III!I!LI!LIIIII, The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com