Daily Archives: August 22, 2012
by david peck
Rep. Elaine Harvey of Lovell staved off a strong challenge from Tea Party activist Rob DiLorenzo of Emblem to capture the Republican nomination for the Wyoming House District 26 seat she has held for 10 years.
Harvey carried the Big Horn County vote 1,190-670, winning 64 percent of the vote to 36 percent for DiLorenzo, according to unofficial votes announced by the Big Horn County Clerk’s Office Tuesday night. She also carried the portion of Park County that she represents, receiving 46 votes to 19 for her challenger — 71 percent to 29 percent.
Harvey will now advance to the General Election, and barring a write-in nomination on the Democratic ticket or a write-in challenge from DiLorenzo this fall, she will be unopposed and elected to her sixth term in November.
Harvey carried seven of eight precincts in Big Horn County, winning big in her home precinct of Lovell, 511-214 (70-30 percent) and in Cowley, 165-57 (74-26 percent). She also carried Frannie 33-9, Byron 79-75, Emblem 28-12, Greybull 276-223 and Shell 74-55. DiLorenzo carried Deaver 25-24.
“I’m thrilled,” Harvey said at the North Big Horn County Election Party at the Bank of Lovell Tuesday night. “I don’t take votes lightly, and I appreciate those who supported me along the way. This renews my faith in House District 26 that people wouldn’t let a carpetbagger come in and take over politics.”
Harvey was referring to the fact that DiLorenzo has lived in Wyoming for less than 10 years after practicing law in California for many years.
“I will continue to do my best to serve my constituents individually and collectively,” Harvey continued. “I love this area, and I want to see it succeed.”
Harvey said the hard-fought election has had at least one positive effect, making her hone her message.
“It’s made me introspective,” she said. “I’ve had to look inside myself and say this is how I’ve voted all these years and this is who I am. I’ve had to articulate my message.”
Harvey added, however, that she didn’t like the negative tone of her opponent’s campaign.
“In our state term limits are at the polls,” she said. “I would just hope that every candidate would run on his or her merits instead of trying to tear down the other candidate. If I can’t run on my own merits – on statewide issues and supporting the local area – then I shouldn’t run.
“There were many times in his message where I wondered if he was running for a national office and not House District 26. I seldom heard what he stood for, and I seldom heard him answer a direct question. The legislature is more than philosophy, it’s action.”
by karla pomeroy
Big Horn County Commission Chairman Jerry Ewen edged Linda Harp with 52 percent of the vote Tuesday night to apparently win re-election to his seat.
Ewen was elected to the commission four years ago and with no Democratic candidate, barring an unforeseen write-in, will be unopposed for the General Election in November. Ewen received 1,339 votes of the 2,564 votes cast in the commission race.
He said, “I’m pleased with the results and look forward to another four years. I was also pleased with the race. It was clean and stayed with the issues. I look forward to working on the things we’ve been working on including the BLM Resource Management Plan, dealing with federal land management agencies and refining and streamlining the budget.
“I’m very thankful to all those who supported me during the election and the last four years.”
Ewen won 10 precincts — 225-175 in Basin, 33-26 in Otto, 29-12 in Emblem, 45-3 in Hyattville, 43-29 in Manderson, 254-238 in Greybull, 76-56 in Shell, 98-49 in Byron, 28-21 in Deaver and 28-14 in Frannie.
Linda Harp received 1,225 votes. She said, “It was a good race.” Harp won three of the 13 precincts. She edged Ewen 116-44 in Burlington, 362-348 in Lovell and 124-88 in Cowley.
Totals are unofficial until the canvassing board meets to certify the results later this week.
SUBJECTby nathan oster
Myles “Mylo” Foley and Clay Collingwood on Tuesday established themselves as the candidates to beat in the race for two expiring seats on the Greybull Town Council.
Foley, who owns the Historic Hotel Greybull, was the top vote-getter in the primary election, collecting 261 votes, while Collingwood, who also is part-owner of a business, Collingwood Construction, ran a strong second with 231 votes.
Finishing in third was Rod Collingwood, who works for TCT, with 188 votes, followed in fourth by Les Lowe, who works for Tim Kershner Construction and was credited with 85 votes.
The primary was simply round one in a two-round contest. Assuming no write-in candidates topped 85 votes, all four candidates will move on to the November general election. The top two vote-getters in that election will replace Kay Fleek and Jan Johnson, who chose not to seek re-election.
by nathan oster
Just days before voters went to the polls in the primary election, both the Greybull Town Council and the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees ensured that the construction, operation and maintenance of a new swimming pool would be among the issues on the ballot in the next election.
With eyes fixed on Nov. 6, both governing bodies approved resolutions to put the swimming pool issue in front of voters, who will be asked to weigh in on a countywide, sixth-cent tax that would generate more than $24 million for the county’s nine municipalities and a school district bond issue that would raise $5.2 million.
At its meeting Aug. 13, the town council voted in favor of “a resolution approving the proposition for imposition of a one-percent specific purpose sales and use excise tax in Big Horn County” and for that proposition to be placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
The resolution must be approved by at least six of the nine county municipalities for it to appear on the ballot.
Bob Graham, who has been the council’s most vocal support of the swimming pool, emphasized early in the discussion that “how we feel, personally, about the proposed taxes is irrelevant” and that the council was just considering whether to give the community the opportunity to vote on the projects.
The county’s mayors will be meeting at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Aug. 23) at Greybull Town Hall to finalize the sixth-cent issue.
Discussion at the Aug. 13 meeting centered on whether the swimming pool is, in fact, the greatest need facing the town. Rod Collingwood, who is running for town council this year and was seated in the audience, asked whether the town might be better served putting money toward the recertification of its dike.
Councilor Kay Fleek said she hasn’t received positive feedback from her constituents about the sixth-cent proposal, a point echoed by Councilor Bob McGuire.
Graham explained that if the bond for the school issue is defeated, up to $400,000 from the sixth-cent tax could be used to refurbish the existing pool. The remaining $1 million or so that would be needed to complete the refurbishing could then be sought from the Wyoming Business Council, he said.
But if the sixth-cent tax issue is defeated, it’s a dead issue, regardless of whether the $5.2 million bond issue is approved because there would be no money available to operate and maintain the new pool.
Pool concept plan
Before agreeing to place the bond issue on the ballot, the school board on Aug. 14 received a presentation on the pool concept plan, courtesy of Jim Bauer, representing the school district’s architectural firm, Bauer Group Architects.
Bauer said he designed a pool with a 40-year lifespan that was “as community friendly as we could made it,” adding that decisions in the design process were made to minimize the operation and maintenance costs over the lifespan of the pool.
The pool committee evaluated a number of sites before eventually settling on the one located on school property, between the Greybull Elementary School playground and the tennis courts where there is currently grass.
Bauer said the site stood out because of its close proximity to not only the school and the tennis courts but also the city park and a small baseball/soccer field directly behind the elementary school.
Trees that are currently growing on the site would be preserved under the concept plan presented last week by Bauer. However, there would need to be some site modifications, including realignment of some sidewalks and the development of an additional parking lot between the facility and the tennis courts.
Bauer said the front door of the facility would face north and be accessible from the tennis court side. The pool itself would be on the south half of the facility, with the thought being that it would get the most available light in that position.
The concept plan included a six-lane pool, just like the existing pool, as well as a “zero entry area” where seniors and small children would be able to enter the pool. The current pool has no zero-entry area.
Bauer said the concept plan also includes provisions for a future slide, wading area and patio on the south end of the facility. To the north of the pool, in the “business end,” there would be change rooms, showers, toilets, and check-in, office and laundry areas.
Bauer said the proposed pool would seat 40-45 spectators and would have around its outside perimeter storage areas for large items as well as for some of the other items needed around the pool.
The concept plan that Bauer presented last week was for a facility of 14,320 square feet. The existing pool is 10,440. The proposed pool would have an occupant load of 400, precast and masonry for the walls, a sloped metal roof and an interior ceiling made of aluminum panels to minimize corrosion.
The pool would be constructed with energy efficiency in mind, Bauer said, noting that there would be windows around its perimeter as well as translucent panels to the east, south and west to maximize natural light around the year. Those translucent panels are available with a factor of R-22, as opposed to the older ones which are R-7 and R-8, he said.
The tax issues facing voters in November will be a sixth-cent, specific purpose sales and use excise tax that would generate $2.6 million, with $2 million of going to establish a $2 million fund for pool O&M for the next 20 years, and a $5.2 million school district bond issue for the construction of the pool.
At last week’s meeting, Bauer broke down the budget for the proposed facility.
As it stood Tuesday night, he was estimating $3.99 million for the construction of the pool, $1,500 for site work relating to sidewalk modifications, $335,000 for site work relating to the pool construction, $179,000 for pool fixtures and equipment. With all those things factored in, the total climbs to $4.5 million.
But with fees and the required contingencies factored in, the total project budget climbs to slightly more than $5.5 million, Bauer said. The contingency requirement is standard. With respect to the fees, Bauer said money would be needed for testing, design, building permits and plan reviews.
Bauer said the pool committee wanted to keep the budget around $5.2 million, but agreed to the add extra width to the deck area so that there would be enough room for contestants to move around and to go with high-efficiency systems that are more expensive but would be less expensive in the long run.
With the bond issue set at $5.2 million, and 3 percent of that required to go to O&M, and the school district set to receive at least $400,000 from the sixth-cent tax, there would be around $5.6 million to complete the project, Bauer said.
In response to questions from board members about whether money could be trimmed from the project, Bauer emphasized that anything was possible — and that what he was presenting was only conceptual.
Aug. 7, 1925 – Aug. 17, 2012
Cremation has taken place and a memorial graveside service for Gene Marion Rice of Basin will be held Monday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Meeteetse Cemetery. Gene, 87, died Aug. 17 at the Washakie Medical Center in Worland.
He was born Aug. 7, 1925, in Meeteetse, the son of Isaac Taylor and Dusky Lee Farmer Rice. He grew up and received his schooling in Meeteetse.
Gene served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was assigned to the 122nd Mechanized Infantry Unit in the Pacific Islands.
He married Patricia Jean McGraw Aug. 10, 1946, in Cody. Gene worked for Amoco Oil as the area foreman for many years. He retired in 1986.
Gene loved to fish and gardening; he also enjoyed boating, camping and spending time with his family.
His parents; two daughters, Marion Patricia Rice, 18 months old, and Margret Katherine “Peggy” Rice Lowry, in 1970; his wife, Patricia Rice, on April 23, 2007; two sisters, Gladys and Florence, and his brother, Wade, preceded him in death.
Gene is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Mark Cheshier and Angela and Dave Tharp, all of Basin; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
March 20, 1981 – Aug. 13, 2012
Gabriel Jesus Robles Noyes, age 31, of Greybull, Wyoming, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in a one-vehicle rollover one-half mile south of Greybull.
Gabriel was born March 20, 1981, at Powell, Wyoming to Glory (Gonzalez) and Gabriel Robles.
Gabriel attended school in Greybull for the majority of his education moving in with the Noyes at the age of 14. His love for the area and the outdoors brought him back to the Noyes on June 4 of this year to begin a new start with his parents, Jack and Linda. “We are thankful for the time we had with our son and were able to enjoy every minute of the short time we were given.” Gabriel’s love for his job in construction was expressed daily by him, and Gabriel’s cowboy hat was not far away when on the job.
Gabriel is survived by his mother, Glory; his sisters, Rose, Diana and Damien of Phoenix and his father, Gabriel of Coffeyville, Kansas, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; and his grandfather, Henry Gonzalez of Billings, Montana. Gabriel had a second family in Greybull, Wyoming to include his parents, Jack and Linda Noyes, special cousin Stacy Scott, special aunt Janice Tucker and grandmother Doris. This family, in addition, included many other aunts, uncles and cousins. Gabriel is also survived by Alicia Caldwell of Greybull who is his special lady.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at the Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull. Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be spread over his beloved Big Horn Mountains at a later date.
Memorials in Gabriel’s name for educational scholarships can be made at River-Rail Community Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 808, Greybull, WY 82426.
Gabriel’s high school art teacher Karyne Dunbar had recently visited with him at her annual Art Shelter show and said that since Gabriel’s return home, he had a smile that was on high beam.
We all love you, Gabriel.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc., was in charge of arrangements.
On Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, Sam peacefully went to sleep in the Lord.
Sam is best remembered for his passion of cattle trading and his auctioneering talent. His love for the livestock sale barn started early while helping his father manage the family-owned Sunset Sale Barn in Greeley, Colorado. The staff at Brush Livestock became his second family as Sam attended the monthly dairy sale for 65 years. It was there that he officially adopted his beloved “Puddin” – Man’s Best Friend.
It was Sam that the Greeley Christian School called upon for the annual Benefit Pie Sale. His auctioneering talent merited “outrageous” prices for a standard pie to the delight of the school. He was an active member of the Greeley Seventh-Day Adventist Church for 63 years.
Born Feb. 17, 1925, to Webb and Rose Scheller, Sam called St. Francis, Kansas, home until the age of 13. Sam was the oldest of four children, Bill Scheller (Norma), Shirley Scheller Achabal (AJ, deceased) and Bette Scheller Brown (Gary). Being the oldest, Sam was once again called upon to help his mother hook up the horses and plow the fields while his father transported cattle. Following the flood of ’35, the family moved to Longmont, Colorado where Sam met Ruby Pierson and the two were married.
Wheat farming north of Pierce, Colorado became Sam’s livelihood for the next 59 years, where he and Ruby raised their four daughters: Sharon Scheller, Sandy Scheller Shelhamer (Mitch), Sheryl Scheller and Shirley Scheller Soto (Tommy). But it was cattle trading that continued to be his passion. Sam moved to Basin, Wyoming to be near his daughter Sandy and his two grandchildren: Misty Cuin (Mat) and Nathan Forshee (Adrienne) and five great-grandchildren: Caden and Wyatt Bolken and Tyne Cuin and Kruze and Cachelynn Forshee; four nephews Cleto Achabal (Pam), Bill Scheller (Colleen), Steve Scheller (Amy) and Travis Brown, and one niece, Tina Vorbeck (Bob).
In celebration of Sam’s life a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at the Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado.
Memorials in Sam’s name can be sent to the Worland Adventist Christian School, P.O. Box 433, Worland, WY 82401-0433.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. at Basin/Greybull, Wyoming is in charge of arrangements in Wyoming and Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley, Colorado is in charge of arrangements in Colorado.
by nathan oster
The Greybull Buffs who take the field on Friday night in Basin won’t bear much of a resemblance to the team that lost to Thermopolis in its 2011 season finale, which not only capped the careers of 14 seniors but also signaled the end of the coaching tenures of head coach Josh Heinemeyer and two longtime assistants in Jeff Sukut and Jim Prather.
Everywhere you look this fall, there is change.
Justin Bernhardt, who as a prep played for former GHS Coach John Cundall in Nebraska before going on to serve as an assistant at Rocky Mountain College, is the new head coach of the Buffs. His assistant coaches are former Buffs Jeff Hunt, who coached middle school football, and Jared Collingwood.
The team that they inherit has question marks, mainly due to the loss of those 14 seniors.
But as a trio, they like what they are seeing from the kids.
The roster for the first week of practice was in the 20s, but since then it has grown, with several new kids joining the program this week with the start of school. While they won’t be eligible to play in the opener, they should have the required 10 practices under the belts before the season-opener against Big Horn.
“When the dust settles, I think we’ll end up with around 35 kids, which is right around where we thought we’d be,” Bernhardt said. “So far we’ve got 13 practices in, and for throwing three new systems at them — offense, defense and special teams — I feel really good about how they’ve picked stuff up.
“Obviously, with three new systems, we will need to sharpen the knife a little, so to speak. It’s going to take some time until we are all clicking like we should. But that’s to be expected.”
Bernhardt has installed a simplified version of the offense that he ran at Rocky Mountain College. Think fast-break football on offense.
“We’re running the spread, no huddle,” he said. “The kids were able to pick it up quickly and we have the personnel to do it.”
Bernhardt likes the quarterback he has to run that system in Calder Forcella. A sophomore, “Calder hasn’t seen very many reps at quarterback at the varsity level, but he’s got good mechanics and good footwork,” Bernhardt said.
In the backfield, Bernhardt has a bruiser in Rob Nuttall and a speed back in Jesse Chestnut.
“Both of those guys run really hard and come down hill at you,” Bernhardt said. “Yes, we’re going to be in the spread, but we still want to be a run-first team.”
Bernhardt has yet to sort out the wideout position, but recognizes depth will be a key. “The more we can rotate our receivers, the faster we can run our offense,” he said, adding that Luke Zeller, Fabian Davila, Wyatt Nielson and Bryce Wright have emerged as the leaders in the battle for the top wideout positions.
The offensive line, in particular, has been a work in progress, especially after Cody Strauch and Zane Edeler went down with injuries. Both are expected to return to action within a couple of weeks. “We should be in pretty good shape when they do.”
For the opener, the Buffs are expected to deploy Paul Stewart, Aidan Jenness, Oscar Gomez, Logan Jensen and Cache Griffin on the line.
Bernhardt also wants the “high pressure” approach on defense — and the key to that, he said, will be getting pressure on the opposing team’s quarterbacks.
“One of our biggest strengths will be our coverage checks, and some of our different looks which allow our safeties to play in the box against running teams and underneath versus the pass.”
Paul Stewart, who along with fellow end Victor DeCabooter terrorized quarterbacks last season, is back to anchor the line. Nuttall, Chestnut, Strauch, Wright and Jordan Nielson will get most of the reps at linebacker.
By emphasizing rushing the passer, Bernhardt knows that there will be times that his defensive backs find themselves on coverage islands, but he believes Luke Zeller, Forcella, Davila, Wyatt Nielson and Burgos will be to the challenge.
“Teams are going to be throwing a lot our DBs…we know that,” Bernhardt said.
Bernhardt believes that in the first couple of weeks of the season the defense will be ahead of the offense. “We’re going to rely on our defense to carry us until the offense starts to gel, which will hopefully be sooner rather than later.”
Being new, Bernhardt deferred when asked to size up this year’s conference.
“It’s hard for me to get a gauge right now when I watch film on the majority of the schools and don’t have a roster, or know who was a senior last year and who is coming back this year,” Bernhardt said. “Besides there are four new coaches in our conference this year … there will be a lot of different systems than we saw on film.
“From what I have seen, I think we can compete with anyone.”
On Friday night, the Buffs will open against Riverside. Start time is 7:30 in Basin.
It is a Week 0 game, meaning that it won’t count in the standings.
But that won’t matter to the kids, who are steeped in the Greybull-Riverside tradition.
“It’s a big game for us,” Bernhardt said. “For the majority of our kids, this will be their first live reps at the varsity level, their first time seeing those live bullets come down the range, and it’s going to tell us a lot about how far we’ve come during camp and what we need to do to get better the rest of the year.”
Greybull has won the last three annual meetings with Riverside, including last year’s 35-21 trouncing on the Buffs’ home field.