Monthly Archives: June 2012

Ronald Dwight Harvey

July 26, 1927 – June 8, 2012

Funeral services for Ronald Dwight Harvey were held June 18 at Grace Chapel Church in Story. Ronald died in Billings, Mont., on June 8 after a two-year battle with cancer.

He was born July 26, 1927, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Howard A. and Vera F. Bovee Harvey. When Ron was a young child, the family moved to Greybull. They later moved to Casper. They moved to San Diego during World War II where Howard worked for Consolidated Aircraft Company.

Ron graduated from high school in San Diego in 1944 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1946. He was stationed on Roi-Namur Island during Operation Crossroads. His parents had moved back to Greybull and Ron visited them when he was on leave.

After his discharge he enrolled at the University of Wyoming on the GI Bill and graduated in 1953 with his bachelor’s degree in agriculture.

He married Joanne Ball in 1955.

Ron worked for the Bureau of Land Management for 13 years. In 1967, he and Joanne moved to Lander where he owned and managed a farm and ranch real estate office for 15 years.

After retiring from real estate, Ron spent many years as a “gentleman farmer,” raising hay and horses on a small farm north of Lander.

In 1992, Ron and Joanne moved to Vermont to be near their grandchildren. The couple worked together as tollhouse managers for the Carthusian Foundation, a sect of Catholic monks who operate a monastery on Equinox Mountain in Sunderland, Vt.

Ron and Joanne opened two Curves for Women franchises in Adams and North Adams, Mass., which they operated for five years.

In 2011, they moved to Story to live with their daughter. Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, his horses, clogging, gardening and spending time with his family.

He was a life member of the American Legion and was an active member in Community Churches wherever he lived.

Ron was preceded in death by his father Howard A. Harvey and his stepmother Lois F. Harvey; his mother and stepfather, Vera and Kenneth Hannon and his sister Frances Harvey Phipps of Weiser, Idaho.

He is survived by his wife Joanne Harvey and daughter Susan Grant of Story; his son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Maureen Harvey of Arlington, Vt.; brother Duane Harvey of Lovell and sister Lois Harvey Larsen of Nampa, Idaho; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Contributions in memory of Ron can be made to the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center at Sheridan College for medical education technology. Donations can be made payable to: Sheridan College Foundation, 3059 Coffeen Ave., Sheridan, WY 82801.

Darwin O. Cramer

Feb. 9, 1918 – June 16, 2012

Private family services for Darwin O. Cramer of Powell will be held and burial will be in the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull. Darwin, 94, did June 16 at Powell Valley Care Center.

He was born Feb. 9, 1918, in Vernal, Utah, the son of Megdlene T. Nielsen and Eric A. Cramer.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August of 1940 and served in the 373 Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged in November 1945.

He married Marguerite M. James Aug. 27, 1948. They lived in Red Lodge, Mont., Greybull, Cody, Sidney, Neb., and Powell while he was employed with Marathon Oil Co. He retired after 43 years of service.

Darwin enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, working in his lawn and garden and spending time with his family.

He was a member of the Elks.

His wife Marguerite, his parents, brother Oren Cramer and two sisters, Marjorie Reid and Kathleen Shores, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, James D. and Judy Cramer of Thermopolis; daughter and son-in-law, Thomas and Connie Tucker of Sheridan, and three grandchildren.

Memorials in Darwin’s name can be made to the Elks Scholarship Fund, c/o BPOE 1431, Greybull, WY 82426.

Josie KayAnn Benson

June 13, 2012 – June 13, 2012

A memorial service for Josie KayAnn Benson, daughter of Crystal Rae Howell and Cory Dean Benson, will be held for family and friends at a later date. Josie was stillborn at 8:48 p.m.; she weighed 14.9 ounces and was 10 inches long.

Josie was preceded in death by her grandfather, Bobby Howell of Baggs; her grandmother, Josephine King of Radford, Va., and her great-grandmother Irlanda Eibert of Virginia.

Josie is survived by her mother and father, Crystal Rae Howell and Cory Dean Benson; two brothers, Alejandro Avina and Isaiah Palato; her maternal grandparents, Dean and Anita Eibert of Basin and Raymond King of Radford, Va.; paternal grandparents Curtis and Molly Benson of Basin; her great-grandfather Carl Eibert of Florida; two aunts, two uncles and six cousins.

Donations to help defer funeral and cremation costs may be made to Crystal Howell, Box 919, Basin, WY 82410.

Towns move forward with sixth-cent proposals

by david peck

Mayors and other town officials gathered once again to discuss the proposed specific purpose sales tax Thursday, meeting this time in Frannie.

The officials worked long and hard on the so-called sixth-cent sales tax and agreed to move forward with a list of projects, but according the Lovell clerk/treasurer Valerie Beal, the various municipalities still have some work to do to complete a final list of projects and to decide how much funding to bond for and how much to take in monthly payments.

Beal explained that if the sales tax passes, the towns can accept monthly payments as sales tax revenue is generated, or they can bond for the money, and while the latter method produces all of the revenue up front, the bond accrues interest that must be paid back.

Towns can also select a combination of the two methods, Beal said, for instance taking “up-front” money for a capital project but taking operation and maintenance money over time.

“Towns are still narrowing it down,” Beal said. “They are still working on figures. We don’t have an exact amount yet.”

Working with the municipalities at Thursday’s meeting were bonds counsel Barbara Bonds, who is helping the towns with scheduling and assembling the resolution to be decided by the towns and county commissioners, and Mary Keating-Scott of George K. Baum & Co., who is assisting the towns with the sales tax numbers and presenting the project to the public.

Beal said the assembled officials went through the projects town by town, like they did a month earlier in Deaver, and most of the projects stayed the same, while others were modified. Bonds and Keating-Scott urged the towns to be specific, for instance asking the Town of Burlington name specific streets to be paved, rather than leaving it open.

Here is the current list as presented Thursday night, according to Beal:

Basin – 1) Remodel the currently vacant town hall annex and refurbish the existing town hall for a community center, $200,000; 2) if and when the state builds a new high school in Basin, remodel the existing gymnasium as a recreation center, $200,000; 3) fund operation and maintenance of the recreation center for 20 years, $800,000. Total: $1.2 million.

Burlington – Pave streets in town. Total: $2 million.

Byron – Provide matching funds for a sewer line replacement project on the south side of Byron, memorial park improvements, chip and crack sealing, recreation funding, renovate the pool in the former high school building and operation and maintenance of the pool. Total: $1,760,000.

Cowley – Resurface streets and improve intersections with curb and gutter and new aprons. Total: $2.3 million.

Deaver — Replace in-town water distribution system – mains and service lines. Total: $2 million.

Frannie – Rehabilitate the town irrigation water well, $1,216,250, and purchase a new pickup with a snowplow capacity, $46,405. Total: $1,262,655.

Greybull – Swimming pool operation and maintenance for 20 years, $2 million, and contributing to the construction of a new pool, $400,000, with the rest of the design and construction to be paid for by patrons of School District No. 3 if voters approve a bond issue. Total: $2.4 million.

Lovell – New building for the proposed Lovell-Kane Museum, $1.5 million; improvements to the rodeo grounds including a concessions building and restrooms, $110,000; new golf cart barn for the Foster Gulch Golf Course, $40,000; street paving and curb and gutter in parts of town currently without pavement, $550,000. Total: $2.2 million.

Manderson – Water tank and water main replacement. Total: $1.5 million.

Beal said each town must submit to Bonds final figures including how much funding would be bonded so she can prepare the bond and a resolution that would go the town councils and the county commissioners. Six of nine councils and the commissioners must approve the resolution in order for the sixth-cent tax to be placed on the November General Election ballot.

Lovell mayor Bruce Morrison said during a town council meeting Tuesday night that the towns each agreed to contribute $3,500 to put the bond and the resolution together and to begin the education process, but any promotion of the tax must be funded privately and will require the establishment of a political action committee.

Town joins fight for downtown trees

by nathan oster

A last-minute effort is underway to get trees planted some of the bumpouts that are currently under construction in downtown Greybull.

To date, the project is minus one in the tree category, as crews from S&S Builders earlier this spring removed the only tree that existed on the north side of Greybull Avenue between Fifth and Sixth.

No tree plantings were included in the design of the new downtown streetscape.

While there has been talk of planters going in the bumpouts at the intersections, Rodney Ross, a member of the Greybull Tree Board, said his desire, and the desire of many people he’s spoken with, is to have “trees in the ground, instead of in a pot.”

The problem is, the project is proceeding toward completion.

“We have a very small window of time here,” Ross told the council.

The tree board met last week to brainstorm ideas and involved the council on Monday night.

“Our suggestion is (to) get the state to hold off on filling in the bumpouts with cement and from pouring the sidewalks, especially on the west end, until the council, the chamber, people downtown and whatever citizens want to be involved can come up with an idea,” Ross said.

“We have to live with these things (the bumpouts),” said Ross. “We want to make them the best we can.”

There is already a tree in front of the Bank of Greybull, but the tree board is looking at three other bumpouts (those in front of Probst Western Store, the former Wyoming Classics building and the Scott McColloch law office), as well as possibly a fourth (in front of the Historic Hotel Greybull).

The council agreed to do what it could to help, including contacting WYDOT to work out the parameters of any potential beautification.

Bret Reed, of Engineering Associates, said there will be benches and planters in the bumpout areas, as well as a display of the memory bricks that have been sold by the Greybull Area Chamber of  Commerce.

In the contract, the completion date of the project is July 30.

In other business:

• The council recognized Kathy Smith, who will be reducing her role with the town when its new administrator/finance director, Joe Fischer, joins the staff on Monday. Smith, who lobbied for the hiring of an administrator, will remain the town clerk while assuming the municipal court clerk responsibilities of Kay Mattis, who is retiring at the end of this month.

The council thanked Smith for “22 years of faithful service” that often times was “above and beyond the call of duty.”

• Police Chief Bill Brenner was asked about several items in his monthly report, only one of which — a drug dog search in the Riverton/Lander area — was something other than a typo in the computer-generated report.

Brenner confirmed that the GPD did, in fact, send its K9 officer, Santana, and handler, Officer Shannon Armstrong, to Fremont County to assist in a drug search of school campuses in that area.

Brenner said that with so few drug dogs around the state, there is great cooperation among agencies with K9s.  Riverton has sent its drug dog to Greybull to assist with searches, he said, adding that in this case, Greybull was just returning.

“That’s the farthest we’ve ever gone, and we try to limit those trips to just one per year,” Brenner said, adding that “We don’t charge them (when we help them) and we don’t pay them (when they help us).”

• Bret Reed if Engineering Associates asked for and received the council’s OK to release the retainage for the 2010 sewer upgrade project. The project’s completion date is approaching, Reed said.

On another topic, the council gave the thumbs up to proceed with the energy-efficiency upgrade to the Herb Asp Community Center — with the stipulation that the bids must meet the approval of the engineers.  The bid opening is set for later this week.

• The council approved a variance to Kate Seneca to proceed with the construction of an 8-foot privacy fence between her property at 441 Second Ave. N. and a property located adjacent to the east.

In doing so, the council followed the recommendation of its Planning and Zoning Commission, which supported the request because the 8-foot fence would be just between the houses and the garages which are set back to the rear of the sites.  According to the minutes, the P&Z ruled the fence wouldn’t be unsightly or create any traffic hazards.

• The council approved its proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year on second reading.

• Steve Hoblit of Grace Fellowship Church approached the council to request two handicapped parking spaces in front of the church.  He said the church would like to paint them blue.

In the past, the council has approved similar requests from churches, including one from First Baptist.  It followed suit for Grace Fellowship, approving the motion with no dissenters.

• The council continued to wrestle with ways to regulate motorized skateboards and motor-driven cycles.

After discussion last month, Town Attorney Scott McColloch made tweaks to the proposed ordinance, including additional language that stated “no person shall enter any roadway, except while crossing a street in a designated crosswalk, upon roller skates, skateboards, motorized skateboard, toy vehicle, motor driven cycle without a 5-foot caution flag nor operate same without an approved safety helmet, knee and elbow pads and all such operation shall be subject to the uniform act regulating traffic on highways.”

The council further tweaked the proposed ordinance on Monday, removing the words “roller skates” and “skateboards.”

The council also tried to better define what type of vehicles would be subject to the ordinance.  Rodney Ross, in attendance to speak about another issue, asked where the town would draw the line.  He cited an adult couple in Greybull who frequently use motorized scooters to get around town.

To resolve the issue, the council agreed that any vehicles that the state would register should be exempt from the proposed ordinance.

“It’s very tough to regulate these things,” said Police Chief Bill Brenner at one point. “That’s why the State of Wyoming has steered clear of it and why they leave it up to the towns to decide.”

• Acting on a request from Brenner, the council approved a contract to house prisoners at the Big Horn County Jail.  Brenner said the agreement has been very informal in nature, and that the county is requesting official signed documents because it its refinancing the loan on the jail.

• Finally, Brenner reported on a number of updates he made to his department’s “guidelines manual.”

The updated manual addresses the use of personal electronic equipment — things such as personal laptops, iPads, iPods and e-readers — while officers are on duty.  They are prohibited in the updated manual. Personal cell phones are excluded.

Brenner said language was added to the manual regarding officer-involved shootings, at the request of the Division of Criminal Investigation. Brenner said the GPD has never had guidelines for this, but the DCI recommended it because there have been departments in the area that have had to deal with officer-involved shootings.

The guidelines manual also requires officers to incarcerate, rather than just cite and release, kids older than 18 but under 21 who are busted for underage drinking.  The old statute allowed officers to simply cite offenders. Kids under 18 who are busted will continue to be released to their parents.

Brenner said the guidelines manual addresses social networking websites — officers cannot go on Facebook, for example, and post pictures of their uniforms or discredit the department or the town in any way.

The chief also said the new guidelines manual ends the “ridealong” program and prohibits officers from  using their police vehicles for personal use, with no exceptions.

The council approved the guidelines manual.

• Mayor Frank Houk reported that a group of eighth graders are doing summer school work on the hill east of town. Their mission is to come up with a way to “make an impact” on motorists entering town, be it with lighting or landscaping.

They plan to make a presentation to the council next month, Houk said.

Adrian L. (Larry) Probst

Nov. 17, 1917 – June 5, 2012

Adrian L. (Larry) Probst, age 94, was born on Nov. 17, 1917, in Petersburg, Neb., to Lawrence and Crescentia Probst. Larry passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in Greybull, Wyoming.

He graduated from high school in Gillette, Wyoming, and is where he married Ora D. Ryan on Oct. 4, 1942. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Larry settled in Greybull, Wyoming, in 1945, where he and his wife operated Probst Western Store for over 40 years.

Larry lived for his quarter horses and roping competitions. He was instrumental in establishing the Rodeo Club which supported the annual Days of ’49 celebrations and was a very strong Greybull Booster his entire life. In his later years, Larry and Ora spent many happy hours on the golf course.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ora; son, Kevin Probst; and granddaughter, Bethany Miller Amrich.

Larry is survived by his daughter, Pamela Miller (Tim) of Casper, Wyoming; son, Jeffery Probst (Nan) of Greybull, Wyoming and Green Valley, Ariz.; and his grandsons, Ryan Miller and Tyson Probst.

A viewing was held from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2012 at the Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull, Wyoming followed by the Rosary that was said at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2012, at the Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull.

A Funeral Mass was held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Greybull, Wyoming with Father Ray Rodriguez as the celebrant. Burial followed in the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery at Greybull. Following the burial, a reception for family and friends was held at the Greybull Elks Lodge #1431.

Memorials in Larry’s name in support of the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery will be received at the Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Ave., Greybull, WY 82426.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Lyle Edward Nelson

Sept. 11, 1938 – June 3, 2012

Funeral services for Lyle Edward Nelson were held June 8 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Worland. Lyle, 73, died of cancer June 3 at the Worland Rehabilitation and Care Center.

He was born Sept. 11, 1938, on the family farm south of Manderson, the son of Julius and Stella Pence Nelson. He grew up in the Emblem, Burlington and Greybull areas. He graduated from Greybull High School in 1956.

He married Jacqueline Braig Dec. 10, 1955. The couple had five children and were later divorced.

Lyle, after a season of farming, attended Barnes Business School in Denver to learning bookkeeping. He returned to Wyoming and worked at Broadbent and Healy Music Store in Worland as a bookkeeper, sales person, and instrument repairman.

Lyle was the bookkeeper for the LU Sheep Company and founded Worland Computer Services in 1969. He did computer work for four banks and assumed the bookkeeping work for a number of local businesses into the mid 1980s.

Lyle married Linda Baker Edmonds Feb. 3, 1978. They continued to make their home in Worland.

Lyle enjoyed woodworking, carpentry and other do-it-yourself projects. Lyle and Linda enjoyed traveling and visiting family and spent a month or two every year traveling in their motor home, visiting new parts of the country.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

His parents preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Linda of Worland; his children and their spouses, Robert Nelson, Kevin and Karen Nelson, Mark and Marcia Nelson of Thermopolis, Chandra and Wes Pinkerton, Kristene Watson of Worland and Robert and Karlyn Edmonds of Wemtumja, Ala; siblings, Loren Nelson of St. George, Utah, Shirley Nelson of Denver, Carolyn Bosch of Sandy, Utah, Linda Schneider of Worland, Marvin Nelson of Cody and Debbie Weiner of Orange, Calif.; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Worland.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Bryant Funeral Home, Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.

Ruby Howe

April 28, 1928 – June 8, 2012

Longtime Greybull resident Ruby Howe, 84, died Friday, June 8, 2012, at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home. A family memorial will be held at a later date.

Ruby was born April 28, 1928, in Erda, Utah. She married Martin Howe in 1952. They sheep ranched on Beaver Creek for years before retiring and moving into Greybull to live.

They had been married for 35 years when Martin died in 1987.

Ruby worked hard and loved her family; she enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow up. She was gracious, kind to family and friends and lived with dignity.

Ruby is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Martana and Brent Keller of Cerulean, Ky.; one sister, Irene Warr, of Salt Lake City; one granddaughter and her family, Mardi and Pete Fordham, Alecia and Jazmin of Cadiz, Ky., and one grandson and his family, Nathan and Emily Downer and Lydia.

Majors sport perfect 6-0 mark

by nathan oster

Two weeks into the season and the Greybull Majors have yet to taste defeat.

Managed by Nolan Tracy, the team sported a perfect 6-0 record after a 7-0 drubbing of Worland Thursday night at the Art Schutte Athletic Complex.

Greybull plated five runs in the first and two more in the third in support of Brock Hill, who went the distance on the mound, surrendering just a single hit in five innings.

Morgan Dowling scored twice and had two runs batted in to lead the offense.  Max Mills, Dade Greene and Hill also knocked in runs for the winners.

The win came on the heels of five other triumphs for the team.

“It’s been a great start to the season,” said Tracy. “We have several returning 12 year olds and the 11 year olds played for me on the Minors team.

“We have experienced, knowledgeable players which helps in early season games.”

So does good pitching — and Greybull has been getting that from the foursome of Alex Schlattmann, Ross Padilla, Hill and Dowling.

“Plus the boys have batted really well and played tough defense,” Tracy said.

The team’s win streak included a 14-3 thumping of the Worland A’s, a 12-0 rout of the Worland Giants, a 10-5 win over Otto and a sweep of a doubleheader with Thermopolis, by 14-0 and 25-3 scores.

The Majors were scheduled to host Thermopolis on Wednesday, with games at 5:30 and 7 p.m.  The team plays in Otto today (Thursday, June 14), with the first game of the twinbill starting at 5:30 p.m.

Peterson tops women’s field in Emblem

by nathan oster

Brenda Peterson took first in her heat and first in the women’s main in the go-kart races held Saturday at the former beet dump site near Emblem.

Until this year, Brenda and her husband Kevin, who live near Emblem, had been the only Big Horn County riders in the Park County Kart Club.

Two more, Mike Riley of Burlington and Chris Palan of the Frannie/Deaver area, joined them for the Emblem races.

While none of them joined Brenda in the winner’s circle, it was another sign of the growing popularity of the sport here in Big Horn County.

At its peak, attendance for the event was estimated between 150-200.

“It was nice coming around one of the corners and having my own cheering section,” laughed Brenda, who was also the top female driver in the season-opening races May 3 in Powell.

Asked about the secret to her success, Brenda said, “Just don’t make a mistake that gives them a chance to pass.”

In the men’s division, Kevin placed third in his heat, fourth in the main.

The next go-kart races are planned June 30 in Powell.