BVEA annual meeting played to good crowd/3 board seats elected

Sen. John Barrasso said, “It’s always better in Wyoming,” and talks of the current U.S. conditions and need to produce energy in the United States. PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis

U.S. Senator John Barrasso, keynote speaker

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The 84th BVEA annual meeting and Valley’s business expo were held last Saturday with U.S. Senator John Barrasso on hand as a keynote speaker.

A good crowd turned out for the event, which was held at Mountain View High School, posted their ballots for the BVEA board election and to enjoy the breakfast hosted by the Coop.

Three board positions were up for grabs. Rick Maxfield, District 2, and Marvin Applequist, District 5, retained their board seats. Maxfield was opposed by Rebekah Eyre. Applequist ran unopposed. He is the third generation of his family to hold this seat for the Farson area.

The third seat, which has been occupied many years by Kim Charles, District 1, was open as Charles was stepping down from his position on the board. Charles said he had served on the board for 35 years and was recognized for his term of service. Lacee Bernard was elected to this seat over Tad Guild.

Prior to the BVEA business meeting, Barrasso spoke to the group and took questions from the floor. Barrasso has been a solid supporter of Wyoming, Wyoming’s energy resources and the need to use the resources in the United States for the country to be energy independent. And this message came forth in his remarks last Saturday. He started by saying he supported BVEA and its work and coal.

He said, “It is so good to be here,” and noted he had talked to the FFA members who had prepared and served the breakfast. He also repeated a line he often uses, “It’s always better in Wyoming,” when asked about Washington D.C. He spoke of the Cowboy Code and doing what needs to be done.

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