Easterly Memorial Award recipients announced

by nathan oster

Pictured (l. to r.): Bill Easterly, Marty Welling, Ethan Nixon, Cannon Cook, Elizabeth Voss, Bill Robertson.

Outdoor enthusiasts from Worland, Basin, Greybull, Lovell and Cowley have been selected as this year’s recipients of the Tom Easterly Memorial Award, which guarantees them a free lifetime Wyoming game bird/small game license and lifetime conservation stamp, with a combined valued of $482.50.

Bill Easterly, in town for the annual PEAKS to Conga fundraiser, presented the awards to Elizabeth Voss, 17, of Worland; Cannon Cook, 14, of Greybull; Ethan Nixon, 17, of Lovell, and Marty Welling, 14, of Cowley, Saturday afternoon in Greybull. 

The fifth recipient of the award, Brittni Miller of Basin, was unable to attend.

“Five is the most we’ve ever given in a single year,” said Bill, adding that the overseers of award had a difficult time selecting the winners.

Thirteen people applied for the awards, which were opened up to youth between the ages of 14 and 17 who reside within the boundaries of the Greybull Biologist District, which includes Basin, Burlington, Cowley, Greybull, Manderson, Ten Sleep and Worland, and who have continuously resided in Wyoming for at least 10 years preceding the date of application.

The award was established in honor of the late Tom Easterly. Easterly served as the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Greybull area biologist from 1992-2014. His passion was introducing young hunters to the sport of bird hunting and he shared the importance of well-managed wildlife habitat with them.

This marks the fifth year the awards will be given to area youth.