Craft joins newspaper staff

Connie Craftby nathan oster

Connie Craft brings more than two decades of sales experience to her new job selling advertising for the Greybull Standard and its sister publication, the Basin Republican-Rustler.

Craft is no stranger to Greybull. The daughter of Bill and Ione Craft, she graduated from GHS in 1975. Four years later, she had earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Black Hills State University.

For the past 20 years, she’s held various sales positions while living in Riverton, most recently as a sporting goods manager for Horizon Manufacturing/Rack ‘em Racks, based in Lake Zurich, Ill.

While she enjoyed her 15-plus years spent on the road selling, she was ready for a change. “The wheel bearings were wearing out on my briefcase wheels,” she joked. “It’s been everywhere with me. We have put on a lot of miles. But life as a road warrior doesn’t hold the enjoyment and exhilaration it once did.”

A single mom for 22 years, Connie has been married about a year to Tom Gustafson. Connie has two grown children, Emily and Nicki, and Tom has three, Kyle, Kim and Kevin.

Connie said she and her husband were looking to move, started looking around the Greybull area, and next thing she knew, the puzzle pieces started falling into place. She and her husband bought the Marvin and Bev Hankins home. Then the job opened at the Standard. Day one was Monday.

“I still can’t believe we’re actually here,” she said. “It’s like coming home. I love the Big Horns so much. We get to spent time with Mom and Dad and we can recreate whenever we want. I love to hunt and fish and hope to do a lot of that, as well.

“But I also view this job as a way to give back to the community and make a difference to the paper. I’m excited about the idea of putting my stamp on something in this community that I love.”

Connie can be reached by phone at 765-4485, and by email at