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61 The Lovell Chronicle I December 24, 2009 www.LovellChronicle.com ITIE GRAY PHOTOS Father Elf Derek Phelps (left) reacts after being told he has to make 5,000 more toys as elf Marie Cruz looks on during the Lovell Middle School Christmas play "Nanny Claus: the North Pole Nanny" staged Dec. 14 at LMS. Rambunctious children of Father and Mother Elf get into a pillow fight during the Lovell Middle School Christmas drama production "Nanny Claus" on Dec. 14 at the middle school. Pictured are (l-r) Ashlee McIntosh, Michaela Werner and Eston Croft. Longtime county treasurer remembered BY KARLA POMEROY Longtime Big Horn Coun- ty Treasurer George Hoffman died Friday at the age of 91 and commissioners who worked with Hoffman during his 32 years as treasurer remember him as an intelligent but quiet individual. Hoffman served Big Horn County for more than three de- cades. He began work with the county as the deputy treasurer, serving under June Lamont. In 1963 he was elected to his first term as County Treasurer, serv- ing until his retirement in 1994. Current treasurer and Hoffman's cousin, Becky Lindsey, said Hoff- man began work with the coun- ty after serving four years in the Army from 1942-46. "We (the fam- ily) can't remember him working anywhere else," she said. Former Big Horn County Commissioner Charlie Monk said, "With the passing of George, Big Horn County. has lost one of its most dedicated supporters. He always had Big Horn County foremost in his mind and what was best for the county." Former Big Horn Coun- ty Commissioner Don Rus- sell worked with Hoffman for 16 years. "George loved it (be- ing county treasurer). It was his life. He just really enjoyed being county treasurer." The love of his work showed in the quality of his work, Rus- sell said. "George did an excellent job of keeping records. He always knew where everything was. We would ask him something and he would say 'just a second, let me look that up.' He would come back with a scrap of paper. I nev- er knew what the scrap of paper was for because he would just rattle it off from memory. "He was a first-class treasur- George Hoffman er," Russell said. Current State Senator Ray Peterson worked with Hoffman for two years while he served as commissioner in the 1990s. "He was great to work with. He was very knowledgeable about the county funds and quick with the figures. We always listened to what he said. You don't ignore that kind of experience." Peterson said George was one of the icons in the county offices, just as the late County Clerk El- len Cowan Whipps was. Lindsey worked with Hoff- man for 13 years as a deputy county treasurer. "I learned a lot from George." She said one of the things she learned was that em- ployees earn their vacation time and deserve to take that vacation time. Hoffman, she said, was dedi- cated to his job and expected oth- ers to work all the time as well. However, as dedicated as he was, she said often times he would be at the courthouse after hours, watching TV in the commission- ers room because he did not have a TV at home. After his retirement, his fam- ily did get him a TV and later a VCR, Lindsey said. Lindsey said a lot of people knew George was sharp working' with figures and frugal with the' county's money but personally he was a kind and generous man. She said there were times when' he would help a resident pay the; county taxes the resident owed.. One time, she said, he helped. pay a person's vehicle registra-. tion and then bought gas for the: vehicle. When Hoffman decided to: retire, he was asked who would be his likely replacement. His re- sponse, %Vell, Becky, of course.' "I wasn't aware of it at the time,": Lindsey said. Hoffman continued to come to the courthouse after his retire- ment to help out when needed but eventually, Lindsey said she had to tell him it was time to re- ally retire and leave the court- house behind. George was born on Oct. 11, 1918, in Stuart, Neb., to Alice and Garhart Hoffman. His moth - er passed away when he was an infant and he was then raised by the Spencer family in Basin. He is a 1937 graduate of Basin High School and a 1942 graduate of the University of Wyoming, earning a bachelor's degree in ac- counting. Along with serving his coun- ty, Hoffman served his country as well, in the Army and Air Force Reserves. Funeral services for Mr. Hoff- man were Tuesday at the Basin United Methodist Church. Me- morials may be sent to Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Ba-: sin, WY 82410 to benefit the Big, Horn County Library and the Ba-! sin Fire Department. Stray dogs and cat BY BRAD DEVEREAUX Since the Town of Lovell built the Lovell Ani- mal Shelter nearly a decade ago, it never seemed quite right. The facility was fine in the summer, if maybe ter are finally getting the warmth they deserve. COLD IN HERE A few animal advocates contacted the Lovell Chron- icle recently because they were concerned about the little cramped at times, bDndition of the it was a little cold in the winter. The facility is equipped with a gas heating system that circulates heated liquid through the cement floor. But for the past six years or so, the heat was only work- ing at partial capacity, ac- cording to town officials. "There have been a lot of different animal control officers over the years and they must not have real- ized it was staying cool," animal control officer Phil Angell said. "A lot of times, there aren't any animals in there." The town's animal con- trol officer is in charge of the animal shelter. While there have been a number of ACOs over the years, An- gell has held the position for the past three years. He said the shelter has been equipped with extra heaters for years to supple- ment the weak heating sys- tem. The heaters usually kept the shelter at a com- fortable level, and tempera- tures never dropped to lev- els that were dangerous to animals, he said, guessing 40 degrees was the lowest it reached during the winter months. But the heat wouldn't kick on much at all during the late summer and early fall this year, Angell said. Angell and town adminis- trator Bart Grant found the manufacturer of the heat- ing system, and the compa- ny referred him to a techni- cian in Billings that could fix the system. Eventually the town council approved a motion to fix the heating system. Cost of the project was not available at press time. Angell said the heat technician discovered the system was "hooked up backwards," and only heat- ing at a fraction of its poten- tial. After the repair was completed in December, with some ongoing fine-tun- ing, the heat is kept at 70 degrees easily without any supplemental heaters, An- gell said. And with heated liquid coursing through the hard floor, the dogs and cats that wind up at the shel- shelter's heating system. Kathy McDonald of Three Dog Shelter in Cody said she has dealt with the Lovell shelter for the past five years, helping find fam- ilies to adopt ownerless an- imals at the Lovell shelter. She said she would always meet Angell at the Lovell Annex, but when she was invited to meet him at the shelter in early Novem- ber, she noticed the heat- ing issues. She expressed her concern to Angell, who agreed the problem needed to be remedied, and went to the town about the is- sue. Now the shelter is be- ing adequately heated, An- gell said. The Lovell facility was chilly but probably not dan- gerous to most dogs, the ex- perts agree, but 60 degrees is ideal. Large dogs with thick coats are better suited to handle 40 degree temper- atures, but for small dogs, like the Chihuahua cur- rently curled up in a cage at the shelter, 40 degrees is cold. Angell said he al- ways made certain the tem- peratures were not harmful to the animals, also keep- ing the heat on to keep the plumbing from freezing. Lovell veterinarian Jane Undem helps out at the shelter when euthaniza- tion is required for animals not picked up after a peri- od of time. She said she no- ticed the heating problem at the facility, but said it was never so cold that it would harm the animals, and it seemed Angell was working with the town to remedy the problem. Though there was no bedding at the shel- ter, Undem said she noticed that smaller dogs were kept off the floor in kennels to help keep them warm. "Animals need some heat," she said. "For a dog that is used to being kept outside, 40 is pretty comfy. For little bitty dogs it might not feel so good: It depends on the animal and where it comes from. Sixty degrees or warmer would be ideal." Undem added that she thinks Angell genuinely cares about the welfare of the dogs and cats at the have heat again shelter, and other animals essary, and adequate pro- in the area. Angell said he tection from the elements, is not alone, and thanked suitable for the age, species everyone who continues to and condition of the animal. donate animal food and oth- Companion animals (aka er supplies to the shelter, pets) would require ade- : McDonald said the fa- quate space ncessa:0 cility is otherwise in good shape, though it would be nice if it had an outdoor area for dogs to run. Angell agreed that a dog run would be a nice addition, but cur- rently funds are not avail- able for the project. McDonald said a bro- ken heating system is just one of many ways that an- imals can be mistreated, and a bill being presented to the Senate at the upcom- ing Wyoming Legislature, if passed, would create a law that would require shelters and Wyoming residents to meet minimum care stan- dards for animals in their possession. The bill defines mini- mum care to include food of sufficient quality and quan- tity, access to potable water of a drinkable temperature, veterinary care when nec- house with straw or bed- ding, they're usually fine," Angell said, adding that they should also have plen- ty of food and water avail- able. "Dogs without a heavy ities if passed. The Lovell shelter is. bound by state statute tol euthanize any animal that: is there for longer than sixi days, but Angell said he of-: coat can't take it. It would .tea:Imshcs: that de.adlinel exercise, suitable air' tern- be like you or I walking on as far a's' hecan becaUse het peratUre, adequate ventila: ice with our bare hands, d )esn't like:putting the an' I Those pads just aren't that thick." McDonald agreed that there is a lack of laws that allow law enforcement to take much action against pet owners who keep their furry friends outside in the cold, or without quality food or plenty of water. Another bill that was passed over in the previous session that could make reappearance at the 2010 session is SF 133, the Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act. This bill would estab- lish more regulations, pen- alties and facility checks for shelters and other facil- tion, regular diurnal (daily) lighting cycles (natural or artificial) and an area kept clean from excess waste or other contaminants. These new regulations could force change at the Lovell Ani- mal Shelter and other shel- ters across Wyoming. Angell said, though he hadn't reviewed the pro- posed bill yet, he would be in favor of a new law that gives law enforcement the authority to intervene in cases of animal mistreat- ment, because now there isn't much he can do in some cases if an owner chooses to leave their pet outside in less-than-ideal situations, "A lot of bigger dogs have a heavy coat, and if they have a kennel or dog- BHC School District No. I Board, 2nd Thursday. BHC School District No. 2 Board (Lovell), 2nd Monday, board room, 7p.m. BHC Treasurer at County Annex, 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Big Horn Basin chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America, Skyline Care in Powell, 2rid Tuesday, 7 p.m., 754-5921. Big Horn County 4-H Leader's Council, 1st Monday, Extension Office on Hwy 310, 7 p.m. Big Horn County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2rid Tuesday, 1 p.m., W&P office at 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Lions Club, 1st and 3rd Tuesday, Byron Town Hall, 7 p.m. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., NHCC multi-purpose room. Compassionate Friends Support Group, last Wednesday, Long Term Care Center Conference Room, West Park Hospital, 7 p.m. Contact Melodye Trusty, 578-2416. Cowley Riding Club, 3rdMonday, 7 p.m. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, Lange's Kitchen Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hos- pitality Room, 7 pm. Lovell Guitar Club, Thursday, 8 pm. Call Steve, 548-7227. Lovell Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Lovell Lions Club, 2ndFrlday, noon; 4th Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., 548- 2431. Lovell Riders, Inc. meeting, 2nd Thursday, Fire Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Town Council, 2nd Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Woman's Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room, 1 p.m. Contact Deanna Wagner, 548-7793. NAMI Big Horn County, 1st Thursday, 548-2431, 548-6865. North Big Ham County Health Coalition, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548-6410. Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m., North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody. Plndroppers Quilt Club, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Big Horn Federal hos- pitality room. Spokes-noFolks, call 548-2431; 548-2883. TOPS @ VVY169, every Thursday, St. John's Episcopal Church base- ment in Powell, 6 p.m. 754-2652, 664-2394 Tri-Mountaln View Masonic Lodge, 2nd Thursday, dinner 6:30 p.m., lodge meeting 7:30 p.m. VFW Meeting, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Big Horn County Annex bldg, Lovell. Veterans Representative, 1st Wednesday, Powell Workforce Center, Sponsored by FDIC;E'sured Big Horn Federal ( Greybul Powen, Theopolis, Cody, Worhmd, Lovell imals to death. He is con- stantly looking for new av-: enues to find the misplaced! animals homes, and said: anyone interested in adopt-! ing a new pet should call the, Lovell Police Department:. at 548-2215. Currently twol mixed-breed dogs and onel cat are available. The best way to keep family pet at home and out', of the shelters is to keep it,' outfitted with vet tags, and register it with the town, I Angell said. Owners can also install a microchip be- neath their pet's skin that stores information about the pet's owners. MINCHOW'S FOOD COURT 353 E. Main. Lovell 548-7979 OPEN 11 am - 9 pm Mon.-Thurs.. Fri. & Sat. 11 am - 10 pm Sunday 11 am - 8 pm ---- 100% Beef Burgers T: 1  lCe-tm & Fries SUBS&SALADS RED EAGLE FOOD STORES 1:) QUAUTY EON SERV Ce :i!: .... ::' .............. GAS FOR LESS ..... ...... Weat o, ,ave, NORTH BIG HORN SENIOR CENTER 757 Great Western Ave. Lovell qll M-F, 12 NOON TO 1:00 PM. No reservations required 60 + just $2.50 Non Seniors $4.75 We have all you need for a / . hot meal or picnic! @ecJ ld  Featuring ChesterFried and WondeRoast Chicken'.  Open: 8 am. 8 pm Mon.-Sat. 9 am - 6 pm Sunday ' 9 E. 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