Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at
The Lovell Chronicle!
David and Susan Peck, Brad Devereaux, Gladys McNeil, Pat Parmer,
Erin Henson, Jason Zeller, Kymbre Moorehead,
Dorothy Nelson, Teressa Ennis,
Mike Kitchen and Don Dover.

The Chronicle office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Early Deadline

Early copy will be needed next week at the Lovell Chronicle due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Because of the holiday on Thursday, the Chronicle will publish one day earlier than normal. Deadlines for ads, letters to the editor, press releases or other copy will be Monday at noon.
The Chronicle will go to press on Tuesday and be available at some newsstands Tuesday evening. The paper will be mailed to subscribers on Wednesday.
The Lovell Chronicle office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, and will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 30. Office hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Holiday Mingle or Holiday Mix-up?

Holiday Mingle Saturday

Christmas in north Big Horn County kicks off this Saturday as Lovell merchants host the annual Holiday Mingle in downtown Lovell. The former Main Street Mingle, traditionally held on the Saturday of the Thanksgiving Holidy weekend in Lovell, has been moved up a week and has a new name.

The idea is, “Let’s try it and see what happens,” Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce Director Suzanne Winterholler said when the change was announced a few weeks ago.

“They (merchants) felt they wanted to give people the opportunity to see what’s available in Lovell before the big shopping weekend on Thanksgiving,” Winterholler said.

The Mingle Committee has planned an afternoon of fun activities for the whole family including a visit from Santa Claus, who will pose with children for photos.

Hundreds of dollars in Chamber Bucks will be offered in a drawing.

People may register for Chamber Bucks at the matinee or during the Santa event at the fire hall.

Participating Lovell merchants will offer pre-Christmas specials during the day, and a Lovell coupon booklet will be distributed at the fire hall and during the tree-lighting ceremony

The Cowley Boys will provide music at Minchow’s Food Court from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wyoming senators weigh in on Reid’s $2.5 trillion health care bill

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) released his version of a health care bill yesterday, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” which spans more than 2,000 pages and costs $2.5 trillion, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. Read the bill and see the cost at the links below.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) believes every piece of legislation in the Senate should be available to the public with a full cost analysis by the CBO three days before consideration by any subcommittee or committee of the Senate or on the floor of the Senate, according to a press release issued Thursday. While he continues to analyze the bill he made the following comments about what he has discovered so far.

“The Reid bill would drive up health care costs for most families, increase taxes on workers and small businesses, and cut Medicare benefits for seniors.  This bill would leave 24 million people without insurance coverage and force millions more to lose the insurance they already have.  Want more taxes?  How about Medicare cuts?  This has them, to the tune of about a half trillion dollars each.  The total price tag - $2.5 trillion.  We need to do better than this and I believe we can.

“Like the Pelosi bill, the Reid bill is government-centered, not patient-centered. It’s chock-full of new taxes and higher health care costs that would threaten jobs, weaken our economy, punish families and small businesses trying to make ends meet, and stick our children and grandchildren with the bill.

“We need health care reform, but it has to be done the right way.  We have to bring down costs so that everyone can have access to the quality, affordable care they need.  I’m focused on an alternative, step-by-step approach to reduce health care costs, preserve the rights of patients to see the doctors of their choice, protect Medicare coverage for seniors, eliminate discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, and ensure that people can take their insurance with them from job-to-job.”

To read the CBO’s letter to Reid, click here (pdf link).

In response to the bill, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said this, “Senator Reid’s 2,074-page health care bill still means higher premiums, it still means higher taxes, and it still cuts Medicare.

“This bill is financed with billions of dollars in Medicare cuts. Taking away health care from seniors is not the answer. Our seniors have relied on Medicare, they have been promised Medicare. Instead this bill cuts Medicare to fund a brand new untested program.

“This bill raises taxes on Americans. Higher payroll taxes and fees will not persuade businesses to hire new employees. This is not the right prescription for our country when one in ten Americans can’t find work.

“The people of Wyoming want practical, common-sense health care reforms. They want the kind of reform that will drive down the cost of medical care. The people of Wyoming want reform that will improve access to providers and create more choices. This bill does not do that. This bill is not reform.”

Click here to read the bill.

Click here to watch Senator Barrasso’s speech from the Senate Floor.

Watch video on Sen. Reed's Website.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tomorrow's Chronicle: Nov. 19, 2009

Kane Cemetery vandalism

Open burning passed in Lovell     Discuss

New LHS basketball coach Brian May

Local man being tried for sex crime

Next year's football schedules

A still-evolving plan to remodel Lovell High School

Beet farmers plugging away with another quota

The weekend Holiday Mingle

Unknown driver in accident near Cowley

Toys for Tots 2009, Lovell Woman's Club news, NWC music clinic, Lovell Town Council, Congressional reps visiting area, Commodities distribution, Burlington blue ribbon ceremony.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

In the shade

A buck sits in the shade of a tree on the Pryor Mountains this fall. 

Today's Chronicle: Nov. 12, 2009

In the paper:

•Western Sugar only accepting healthiest beets
•H1N1 vaccinations in Big Horn County
•Dry pack Canning: a plan for the future
•Five years of the re-opened Hyart
•BHCSD2 update about LHS remodel
•Blue ribbon celebration in burlington
•LMS swimming begins
•LMS basketball
•New girl scout program
•FCCLA supports troops with care packages
•Car burns while on test drive in Byron
•Talkin' Cars, Just Sharon some thoughts, Police beat
Letters to the editor, obituaries, plus more local news and photos.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

BLM Waives Recreation Fees for Veterans on Veterans Day

The Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for veterans and military personnel, along with their families, on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11.

BLM Director Bob Abbey encouraged veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces to recreate on BLM-managed or other Federal lands on November 11, saying, “We want to thank the men and women who have served or are serving our country through military service. This is a small, but special way in which we can express our gratitude and our appreciation to them.”

The waiver of entrance and/or standard amenity fees on Veterans Day applies annually, starting in 2006, to public recreation lands under the management of the BLM, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation (all agencies of the Department of the Interior), along with the U.S. Forest Service (part of the Department of Agriculture).

The Veterans Day fee waiver takes place on Nov. 11, even if the Federal observance of the holiday should occur on a different day. This year, the Federal observance of Veterans Day falls on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

November 5 - Record high temperatures

Several locations across central and western Wyoming either tied or broke record high temperatures on Thursday, Nov. 5, when an unseasonably mild southwest flow, snow-free basins and enough wind to mix out the the valleys and basins pushed temperatures into the 60s to lower 70s.

No records were broken in Big Horn County, though temperature sensors at the Greybull Airport recorded a balmy 64 degrees on Nov. 5, then heated to 70 degrees on Nov. 6.

The following table, provided by the National Weather Service, shows locations that reached or exceeded record highs (orange), and also some locations that came close to record highs today (yellow):

New Record High Nov 5
Old Record High

1999, 2001
63 (tie)

Rock Springs



High Nov 5

Record High



Article and graph from the NWS.

The warm weather follows a brutally cold October in Wyoming. Most notably, Casper experienced the coldest October on record (since 1939) with a month average temperature of 37 degrees, which is 8.7 degrees below normal. Several other cities including Riverton and Lander had near record-cold Octobers as well.  

What is the cause of this abnormal weather?  Could it be global warming or is it just a few days of fluke temperatures? What do you think?

Friday, November 6, 2009

It's windy in Lovell

It's windy today. Taken by Erin Henson north of Lovell around 3 p.m.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Town of Lovell sued over 2007 murder/suicide

A complaint has been filed in the 5th Judicial District Court of Big Horn County against the Town of Lovell and a Lovell police officer that alleges the officer’s negligence led to a murder/suicide involving two Lovell residents in November of 2007.

Read the online story here

Today’s Chronicle: Nov. 5, 2009

An update on the sugar beet harvest, as farmers wait for another quota to deliver their crop to the factory.

FOBHL’s response to Sen. Max Baucus’ request for a federal investigation of Big Horn Lake.

Construction of the Lovell Library addition.

Steve Coleman, the new student resource officer
at Big Horn County School District No. 1.

A dispute about receiving donations between the Big Horn County Sheriff and Search and Rescue.

The Town of Lovell’s plans to buy a new pickup.

Plans for the Veterans Day program.

The Lovell Lady Bulldogs and Rocky Mountain Lady Grizz competing at State Volleyball.