Friday, January 29, 2010

Final float down Big Horn Canyon Saturday at Hyart

After a huge turnout Thursday at the screening of footage from the final float down Big Horn Canyon and an earlier trip down the river, the National Park Service is showing the films again, Saturday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Hyart Theater in Lovell.

"Last night we had a huge turn out for Historic Movie Night," said Christy Fleming of the NPS. "208 people turned out. We stuffed the Auditorium to overflowing and still had to turn away over 100 people."

After speaking to Hyart management, Fleming worked out a deal to show the films at the historic theater in Lovell, which should have no problem with over capacity.

Rocky Mountain vs. Lovell, Jan. 28

After leading throughout most of the game, the Lovell Lady Bulldogs held off
a Rocky Mountain run late in the game to clinch the 60-53 win. For a
full report, check out the Feb. 4 edition of the Lovell Chronicle.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Q&A about genetically modified sugar beets

Opponents of genetically modified sugar beets have filed a request for a preliminary injunction last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern Division of California. If approved, the injunction could force farmers to return to planting traditional seeds in the future. The vast majority of U.S. farmers – about 95 percent – planted the seeds in question during 2009. 

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Since Roundup Ready beets were approved for use in 2005, farms all over the country quickly began using the seeds. The seeds are genetically modified (GM) to withstand the herbicide Roundup, which many farmers favor because it requires fewer applications than other traditional herbicide chemicals and does a good job of protecting sugar beets from weeds.

Monsanto spokesman Garrett Kasper answered the following questions via phone and e-mail interviews with the Lovell Chronicle Tuesday:

Could this litigation affect the 2010 growing season?
As of now, the Court has not taken any action since Dec. 4 that would restrict growers' choice to plant Roundup Ready sugar beets in 2010. While we are unable to predict how the court will ultimately rule in the remedy phase, or if the judge will alter the court schedule based on this request, the plaintiff’s request for an injunction at this point in the case is unwarranted simply based on sound factual and legal principles.

How would you respond to those who have concerns about GM crops?
Opponents of GM crops often describe them as “untested” and “unsafe.” This is simply untrue. In fact, many opponents of biotech or GM crops do not have any background in science or agriculture, and rely on something sensational they’ve seen on the Internet and forwarded on. Many opponents of GM also use scare tactics that unfairly attack this technology, and/or intentionally leave out key details, which can be very misleading.

How is the process in GM plants different than what is happening in nature?
A plant’s DNA is like its own internal roadmap. It naturally grows and develops as it has been programmed to by its previous generation. With breeding, seed companies introduce the absolute best lines to each other to grow stronger plants with the best traits possible (farmers have been doing this for thousands of years with animals and crops). Breeding techniques provide plants with very good information on their maps.

With biotech, we’re able to take breeding a step farther and introduce genes to the plant that adds additional information to their roadmap. For example, we have the technology to make it resistant to glyphosate (aka Roundup). While it kills weeds throughout the field, the plant is immune to that herbicide application (when applied properly). We also have introduced the Bt protein, which kills insect larvae before they destroy the plant or its root system. There are other options, too, such as drought-resistant technology and the ability to “stack” traits.

Is the Roundup Ready system safe?
In the past, combinations of horribly unsafe, harsh chemicals were required for weed control. Roundup has been used for many years. Other chemicals go into the soil, but Roundup is applied to the leaf and is non-leaching. As far as herbicides go, Roundup is one of the safest on the market.
Also, Monsanto is working with some of the best scientists in the world. If they foresee a problem, they can make adjustments. That is an issue with any herbicide treatment, but something easily managed.

What are the advantages or the Roundup Ready system?
It’s a quality of life issue for growers. It’s purchasing chemicals, storage and handling fees, the labor involved in spraying a dozen more times a year, compared to spraying Roundup once or twice a year. The time and energy spent is radically different with the Roundup Ready system.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Big Horn Canyon movie night

In August of 1965, a diverse group of 29 men began what would be referred to as “The Last Trip.”
Leaving a sand and rock covered beach south of the confluence of the Shoshone and Big Horn Rivers in five rubber boats, these men floated down the Big Horn River through Big Horn Canyon.

On Jan. 28, 2010, starting at 7 p.m. at the Big Horn Canyon Visitor Center, Wes Meeker of Lovell will share his story and film footage of that historic trip. A second film, taken by five adventurous men in August of 1949, will be shown afterwards.
An expanded story will be in Thursday's Chronicle. 

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Today's Chronicle, Jan. 7, 2010

On the Web:

County designated natural disaster area

Belt-tightening in Cheyenne has ripple effect

Local high schools return to action

Lovell Library closed Jan. 18-22

Veterans and their families invited to outreach

Front page pdf

In print:

Homing pigeon racing
RM vs Powell JV wrestling results
NBHH hires new PA
Toys for Tots, Share a Stocking reports
Cowtown to re-open
LPD investigations
Guest columns: Sue Taylor of Lovell Inc., and Bob Rodriguez
Snow pack report
Battle of the Books
Beetle kill in the Bighorn NF
Debate over coroner's records
Friends of NRA banquet