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  • New training requirements prove controversial among Lovell public officials

    RYAN FITZMAURICE, Lovell Chronicle|Aug 31, 2023

    Via Wyoming News Exchange LOVELL — A new state statute that requires all public officials to participate in an eight-hour course regarding management of public funds has bristled some local board and council members. The new legal requirement for all public officials originates from House Bill 60, passed during the 2022 legislative session. The legislation received wide support from across the Wyoming Legislature, passing the house 58-1-1 and passing the Senate 29-1. According to Michael Hansen, an administrator for the Public Funds Division o... Full story

  • Lovell school board approves competitive video gaming

    Ryan Fitzmaurice, Lovell Chronicle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 15, 2023

    LOVELL — In a 5-1 vote, the school board of Big Horn County School District No. 2 approved the creation of Esports, or competitive video gaming, for the next school year during its June 12 regular meeting. With Rebecca Moncur absent and Marianne Grant casting a no vote, the school board passed the new program hoping to get children often missed by other extra-curricular activities engaged within the school. When Lovell High School Principal Craig Lundberg first brought up the idea to the board in its regular April meeting, he said that approxim... Full story

  • BHC law enforcement seeing increased presence of fentanyl

    Ryan Fitzmaurice, Lovell Chronicle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 15, 2022

    LOVELL — A Las Vegas man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for distributing counterfeit pills that contained fentanyl, resulting in the death of Steven Corr Jr., a Cowley native who died at the age of 30 in 2019. Daniel Anguiano, 43, pleaded guilty in June 2021 to distributing a controlled substance, specifically fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl, according to the press release by the United States Department of Justice. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug that is approximately 80100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more p... Full story

  • Burlington graduate launches app to provide rural youth mentorship, support

    Ryan Fitzmaurice, Greybull Standard Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 1, 2022

    GREYBULL — A Burlington High School graduate has created an app that aims to provide rural youth the mentorship they need to thrive. The app, called Positivity Outward, empowers middle school, high school and college students to choose from 45 different mentors from 14 different states and three countries to help them in tasks such as filling out job applications and applying to college, exploring career directions, developing life skills and even navigating mental health challenges. "We have more mentors signing up every week," founder Z... Full story

  • Lovell man in critical condition following shooting

    Ryan Fitzmaurice, Lovell Chronicle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 24, 2020

    LOVELL — A Lovell man remains in critical condition after being shot multiple times inside a Nevada Avenue apartment complex. Lovell resident Brennan Hodges, 27, has been arraigned on one count of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and battery and one count of possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent. According to the affidavit of probable cause, the shooting victim was James Lennox, 32, also of Lovell. Lovell police officers were called to the scene at 12:24 a.m by the victim’s wife, according to the aff... Full story

  • Lovell man pursues shrimp farming

    Ryan Fitzmaurice, Lovell Chronicle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 22, 2019

    LOVELL — Richard Hawley has an idea that he reckons could change the face of Wyoming agriculture. But he needs people to buy in first. It’s not what you’d expect for a land-locked state like Wyoming, but Hawley believes Wyoming could become one of the nation’s largest producers of shrimp. The popular shellfish can be raised just about anywhere, according to Hawley “It’s not as crazy as it sounds,” he said. Hawley, a Lovell resident, currently works as a government liaison for an energy firm called Inductance Energy, but he worked as a staffer... Full story