Monthly Archives: August 2012

Average July temp among highest ever for Greybull

by nathan oster

The first few days in August finally brought some relief from an unrelenting stretch of hot and dry conditions across south Big Horn County.

While it may fall short of setting a record, the summer of 2012 has been one of the warmest on record — not only in Greybull but also in Basin, where historical data is more readily accessible.

According to Chris Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Riverton, last month was the fifth warmest on record in Basin, where records date back to 1899.

In fact, July’s average daily temp in Basin — which, it should be noted, is simply an average between the measured high and low for each day — was 77.8 degrees, which is 4 degrees above normal.

The warmest July in Basin’s history occurred in 2007 — when the average temp came in at 79.2 degrees. That year, there was no cooperative observer measuring temperatures in Greybull, so Jones was unable to compare “apples to apples.”

But it was clearly a hot month in Greybull as well, he said. Using figures from the airport (which often provides higher readings during the summer months), he put the July 2007 average for Greybull at 80.2 degrees.

While Greybull’s date is sketchier, Jones was able to draw some conclusions about the summer of 2012.  Greybull has had a weather station in town since 1951, it was a “rain only” station until the mid to late 1980s.

So to get a sense of where Greybull’s summer ranks all time, Jones cautions that no information is available from prior to the mid 1980s.

That said, he drew comparisons to the summers of 2002 and 2003.

Summer of 2012

Prior to the rainfall and a 24-48 hour break in the heat on Friday and Saturday, Greybull had been on quite a streak of hot weather.

Reading taken by Doug Scott, the NWS’s cooperative observer, show that there was just one day between June 23 and July 31 in which the mercury did not top 90 degrees. That came on July 6, when there was an 82-degree reading.  Ten times this summer, the high topped 100 degrees, maxing out with 105-degree readings on June 25 and July 4.

For July, the average high in Greybull was 95.5 degrees.

As for the “dry” part of the equation, Jones said Greybull went from June 10 through July 3 without any measurable precipitation.  Since May 27, just .36 of precip have fallen in Greybull.

How does that compare to other hot summers?

Jones said the average temp in July of 2012, 76.9 degrees, is a tick below the average temps in July of 2002 (77.0 degrees) and July of 2003 (77.3 degrees).”

“Those were the only two years in that period (since the mid 1980s) that were warmer,” he said, adding that the average July temperature during that span has been 73.7 degrees.

“The interesting thing is, in 2002, we had a warmer start to the summer and by August, temperatures were below normal,” Jones said. “In 2003, we had a cooler start, but then we just blazed through July and August.”

So far in August, the average temp in Greybull has been 71.3 degrees.  In June, the average temp was 68.5 degrees, which was the third warmest June since the mid 1980s and 3 degrees above the average for the 30-year period.

“That’s pretty much what we’re seeing everywhere around the state,” said Jones. “We had a very warm start to the summer. June was one of the warmer starts we’ve seen — certainly in the top 10 or very close to that.  And July was very warm, with not much relief coming in terms of precipitation.”

Sixth-cent projects finalized, total more than $24 million

by karla pomeroy

The Big Horn County commissioners met with Barbara Bonds Tuesday afternoon via teleconference call before approving a resolution that will place the optional specific purpose tax (sixth cent) on the ballot in November.

According to the resolution, the sales tax, if approved will generate $24.8 million for projects and interest on bonding the projects to provide funding in a timelier manner.

Bonds said she brought the resolution to the commissioners first since the county must approve it to move forward. Each nine municipalities must approve the exact same resolution. She said Frannie met Monday night and approved the resolution.

The resolutions must be signed and approved and presented the County Clerk’s office by the fourth Monday in order to be on the General Election ballot.

The question that will be posed to the voters in November will include a list of all the projects and the total amount.

The final projects and costs per the resolution are as follows:

Basin, $2,629,022, remodel the town hall annex and refurbish the existing town hall into a community center; fund an operation and maintenance account for the community center; remodel and provide equipment for the Basin City Arts Center and operation and maintenance for BCAC; construct a transmission loop from the north substation to the south substation; upgrade lighting and provide enhanced outdoor recreation facilities in town-owned parks.

Burlington, $3,006,714, pave Poplar, Elm, Husky and Farmers streets.

Byron, $2,645,909, begin a sanitary sewer project, including preliminary analysis and design, lagoon dredging, lift station and improvements; chip and crack seal all streets in town; improvements in Memorial Park; and park and recreation improvements in town-owned parks.

Cowley, $3,457,722, resurface streets and install curbs and gutters on corners of intersections.

Deaver, $3,006,714, construct water transmission and distribution line.

Frannie, $1,898,222, repair or replace irrigation well and purchase a replacement for the town’s existing pickup; and if remaining funds are available demolish the old Legion building, landscape the site and pave or gravel the parking lot; and construct a seasonal-use restroom in Fleming Park.

Greybull, $2,601,343, participate with Big Horn County School District No. 3 in the construction or reconstruction/remodel of a swimming pool; fund and operation and maintenance account for the pool.

Lovell, $3,307,386, construct a museum building; construct restroom and concession faciltiies in the rodeo grounds; pave dirt streets within the town; and construct a cart barn at the municipal golf course.

Manderson, $2,255,036, replace water lines and water tank.

The question as posed is a ‘Shall Big Horn County be authorized to impose a 1 percent specific purpose sales and use excise tax … for the specified purposes.” Thus a yes vote would suppport the sales tax increase and a no vote does not support the tax.

Livestock sale prices skyrocket

by nathan oster

Big Horn County’s 4-H and FFA members couldn’t have been disappointed with the results of the junior livestock sale.

Prices were up across the board, as the 138 animals that sold brought $190,756 before add-ons. The sale two years ago was widely regarded as one of the best ever because it generated $193,000 (also before add-ons) — but in that one, it took the sale of 171 animals to reach that total.  Last year’s sale was down, with buyers shelling out $175,066 for 170 animals.

Sara Schlattmann, longtime clerk of the sale, called this year’s “one of the best sales I have ever seen for pricing.”  She added that add-ons “were the most ever as well.”

The sales averages this year were also up considerably from last year.  The 60 hogs that sold brought an average of $4.30 per pound, the 53 lamb that sold brought an average of $6.58 per pound, and the 24 steers that sold went for an average of $2.72 per pound. The averages in 2011 were $3.07 for hogs, $5.54 for lambs and $1.88 for steers.

Billie Tillett had the day’s top sale, a steer that brought $5,600, with NEPCO paying that sum.  The animal weighed 1,400 pounds, meaning that NEPCO paid $4 per pound.

Samantha Clark had the top hog, which brought $2,700 and was purchased by North Big Horn Hospital and Custom Ag Solutions.

Kirbi Anderson had the top lamb, which Russell and Russell CPA bought for $1,500.

Rodeo draws good crowd, but cowboys miss out on prize money

by nathan oster

With more than $800 in carry-over prize money, it should be easy to promote next year’s Big Horn County Fair rodeo.

This year’s rodeo wasn’t a good one for the cowboys and cowgirls who converged on the Big Horn REA Arena Saturday night.  There was $500 in the pot for the bull riding — but when no one turned in a good ride, all of that money was placed in a carry-over fund for next year.

The same goes for portions or all of the prize money that was supposed to be paid out in the bareback, steer riding, breakaway and saddle bronc competitions.

The complete results of this year’s rodeo follow:


BAREBACK — 1, Dillan Hansen, 62.

CALF ROPING — 1, Riley Milward, 15.19.  2, Tate Edeler, 16.54.

BREAKAWAY — 1, Tara Edwards, 6.

SADDLE BRONC – 1, Grant Powers, 61.

JUNIOR BARRELS — 1, Makyela Sorensen, 19.202.  2, Payton Sorensen, 19.914.  3, Matthew Werbelow, 20.967.  4, Tori Steed, 21.437.

WOMEN’S BARRELS – 1, Shannon Hill, 18.244.  2, Taylor Werbelow, 18.341.  3, Sarah Taylor, 18.362.  4, Kathy Ruby, 18.381.

TEAM ROPING — 1, Lacee Good-Phil Caines, 10.49.  2, Scott and J.T. Collingwood, 11.19.  3, K.L. Spratt and Colter Sellars, 13.55.  4, Travis Griemsman and Cole Francis, 16.64.

WILD HORSE RACE — 1, Lawrence Griffin, Cody Cannady, Shawn Stoffers.  2, Ian Caulder, Dustin Lara, T.J. Willis.

GHS sports teams to debut next week

by nathan oster

Summer is winding down and a new school year is on the horizon.  If you want proof, visit the Greybull High School campus early next week.

Athletes who are going out for the fall sports of football and volleyball can lace ‘em up for the first time on Monday, the opening day of training camp.

Coach Justin Bernhardt has a full week planned, starting at 7 a.m. when players will be required to turn in their physicals before they can practice.

A team meeting will follow at 7:45 a.m., followed by offensive team meetings — one for linemen, the other for backs — from to 8 to 8:45 a.m.

The first practice is set to begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11:10 a.m., with a second session to follow later in the day from 5 to 7:10 p.m.

The team’s opening week schedule calls for a two-a-days to continue through Friday.  A Saturday practice, from 10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., is planned.

The team will round out its fall camp with two more practices on Monday, Aug. 20 before the start of school — and the beginning of after-school practices — on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Bernhardt and the Buffs open the season with a Week 0 game against Riverside on Friday, Aug. 24.  The game will be played in Basin, starting at 7:30 p.m.


Coming off a state tournament experience last year, the Lady Buffs are eager to get back on the court.

Coach Brittany Miller said she will lead her team through two-a-days every day next week.  On Monday and Tuesday, the first session runs from 7 to 9 a.m.  The start time will be moved up an  hour to 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.

All five days, there will be an afternoon practice from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday is a “to be announced” day on the camp schedule, Miller said, noting that in the past she has deferred to the team to set the starting time.

The Lady Buffs will open at the North Big Horn Invitational, with matches in Lovell on Friday, Aug. 24 and Saturday, Aug. 25.

Eugene Roual Ilg

Aug. 22, 1928 – Aug. 5, 2012

Memorial services for former Manderson resident Eugene Roual Ilg will be held today (Thursday, Aug. 9) at 10:30 a.m. at Atwood Family Chapel in Basin. Eugene, 83, died Aug. 5 at St. Vincent Healthcare/Hospital in Billings.

Eugene was born Aug. 22, 1928, in Basin, the son of Alfred Edward and Ester Olivia Wilson Ilg. He attended first through eighth grades at Hyattville, then attended and graduated from Manderson High School.

He married Veda May Watts April 16, 1953, at the United Methodist Church in Basin. He farmed and ranched at Bonanza while raising his family. He served on the Big Horn County Woolgrowers and Weed and Pest Control boards. After he retired from ranching, he worked as a night watchman at Holly Sugar in Worland.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Ester Ilg; grandson Gregory Paul Ilg and great-grandson Levi Flint Vega.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Veda Ilg of Worland; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Penny Ilg of Milton-Freewater, Ore.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn and Dave Muston of LaPorte, Texas, and Kimberlee and Steven Steelman of Adel, Iowa; three sisters, Phyllis Tharp of Manderson, Shirley Lenssen of Vancouver, Wash., and Pat Hill of Lynnwood, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Betty Ilg of Worand; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in Mount View Cemetery.

Memorials in Eugene’s name are being received at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, 1006 Big Horn Ave., Worland, WY, 82401. Proceeds will go to Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Virginia “Eileen” Benedict

May 24, 1931 – Aug. 3, 2012
Funeral services for Virginia “Eileen” Benedict were held Aug. 7 at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull. Eileen, 81, died Friday, Aug. 3 at Washakie Medical Center in Worland.
She was born May 24, 1931, in Lovell, the daughter of Howard and Leonora Virginia Brown Wyckoff. She spent her childhood and attended school in Lovell. In 1949 she moved to Greybull. She married Wray T. Galusha in 1950. The couple had three children, Wrayleen, Minnie and James. They later divorced.
Eileen married Norman “Ben” Benedict in December of 1963. They both loved collecting and “antiquing” and were seen at many garage sales and auctions over the years.
Eileen was a caring mother, a talented seamstress and gardener and made a good home for her family. She enjoyed reading, needlework and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Her caring nature was a source of comfort to family and friends.
She worked for Community Outreach in Greybull for 11 years. She began as a volunteer and was later the store manager. Eileen enjoyed the many people she came to know through her work.
She moved to the Wyoming Pioneer Home in Thermopolis in 2009. Although she missed Greybull she quickly made new friends.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband in 1989.
She is survived by two daughters, Wrayleen Marcus of Greybull and Minnie Miller of Thermopolis; a son, James Galusha of Greybull; a step-son Leonard Benedict of Prospect Heights, Ill., one brother, Ken Wyckoff of Powell, two grandsons, two granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.
Burial was in the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery. Memorials in Eileen’s name can be made to the Wyoming Pioneer Home, 141 Pioneer Drive, Thermopolis, WY 82443.

Filing for special districts begins Wednesday

by nathan oster
Candidates can begin filing Wednesday, Aug. 8 for a number of special district seats that will be up for grabs in the November general election.
The filing period closes Monday, Aug. 27.
A proclamation from the office of Big Horn County Clerk Dori Noyes provides an overview of what seats are open on each of the respective boards.
School board candidates can file for election at the courthouse; for the rest of the seats, candidates can file with the secretary of each of the respective districts.

School Board
Three seats on the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of education are set to expire this year, including those currently held by Steve Hoblit, Dale Nuttall and Selena Brown (who was appointed to complete the term of Darcie Wisehart).
The top three vote-getters in the November general election will join holdovers Dave Haller, Mike Meredith, Jamie Flitner and Jean Petty, whose terms expire in 2014.

Hospital Board
For South Big Horn County Hospital Board, three seats are up this year. Bill Burbridge, Diana Elliott and Jack Preston are the current occupiers of those seats.
Each carries a four year term.
The top three vote-getters will join Sue Antley and Dalin Winters, whose terms expire in 2014.

Conservation district
The terms that are up this year on the South Big Horn Conservation District are currently held by Linda Hamilton, who is serving as chairman of the board, and Walter Hibbert, who is the vice chairman. The winners of the seats will join George Kelso, Nancy Joyce and Ted Zier to round out the five-person board.

Senior Center
All five seats are expiring on the South Senior Citizen Service District, which oversees the South Big Horn Senior Center in Greybull.
The board currently consists of Norma Bennett, Stanley Graham, Shirley Dahlberg, Linda Moser and Joe Sylvester.
Each new term will be for two years.

Cemetery Districts
Voters will be asked to fill seats on the board of directors of several cemetery districts, including those in Emblem and Greybull.
There will be three openings on the Emblem cemetery board, each carrying a four-year term. Those seats are currently held by Karen Preis, Julie Werbelow and Sue Coguill.
The South Central Special Cemetery District, which oversees the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull, has three seats coming up for re-election this year. Those seats are now held by Bob Hawkins, Kelli Hoblit and Michelle Burns.

HATS IV another success

by marlys good
The Herb Asp Community Center was filled to capacity Saturday for the Hands Across the Saddle (HATS) charity fundraiser. For the fourth year in a row, people from in and around the community, in and around the state and as far away as Texas enjoyed a fun-filled evening.
The event raised over $100,000, all of which will be used to benefit people in need of a helping hand.
Guest entertainers Riders in the Sky had toes tapping and got standing ovations, and Wilford Brimley joined his friends on stage for two numbers to the delight of the audience.
One member of the musical group was very impressed with the both the HATS cause and the response from the community, commenting on the “great cause” and the “great people.”
High Water, a band from Billings, provided musical entertainment before the dinner, and for the dancing that concluded the evening.
The raffle proved to be a popular addition to the event as did the 12 custom-made, limited-edition HATS hats — five sold in the silent auction, six in the live auction, and one was offered as the final prize in the raffle.
Ed Craft proved to be the last man standing in the Heads or Tails game.
Everything having to do with HATS is donated — from the planning of the event, to the food, its preparation and serving, items in the silent and live auctions, the entertainment, the set up and clean up at the Herb Asp Community Center, the auctioneering, spotting, and bookkeeping and the dozens of miscellaneous jobs that crop up.
Wilford Brimley summed up the feelings of the HATS committee when, at the conclusion of the evening, he said those attending should “give yourselves a hand. You deserve it.”

Erma J. Chapman Schmidt

Oct. 30, 1919 – March 31, 2012
A memorial service for longtime Greybull resident Erma Schmidt, who died March 31 in Pueblo, Colo., will be held Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Greybull. Erma’s obituary was printed in the April 5 issue of the Greybull Standard.
A luncheon will follow the service.
Private burial of cremains at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery will be held at a later date.