Daily Archives: October 10, 2012

County appoints Albers clerk

By KARLA POMEROY

Editor

The Big Horn County commissioners unanimously selected Deputy Clerk Lori Albers to be the new county clerk through 2014.

Albers duties started immediately since the former clerk Dori Noyes began her duties as clerk of district court Oct. 1. Albers will finish Noyes four-year term through 2014. She was one of three candidates interviewed by the commissioners. Albers Deputy Clerk Deb LaBudda and former deputy clerk Beth Lampman were selected as the three candidates to submit to the commissioners by the Republican Central Committee.

Commission Chairman Jerry Ewen said, “We had two candidates currently working in the office. Any of the three could have done the job.”

He said Albers had quite a varied background and experience that could prove beneficial in the role of clerk.

“Her positive, energetic management style will serve the public well,” Ewen said.

He praised the work of the Republican Central Committee for narrowing the list to submit to the commissioners. “I asked if they would rank the candidates and they said they would submit them only in alphabetical order,” Ewen said.

Albers, in an interview this week, said, “An opportunity like this doesn’t come up a lot. I love a challenge. Sure I would have loved to have a few more years but this is a great opportunity and I have the background, especially in budgeting from San Diego State University.”

She said she “definitely” plans to run for the office in 2014. “I would love to have the legacy in this office that Ellen (Cowan Whipps) has. It’s neat that this office is thought of as Ellen’s.”

As for the transition into the new position, Albers said, “I’m hoping the transition between Dori and myself is seamless. We have a great team here. Everyone does a great job with the daily operations.”

She said while the office has made progress in the area of customer service in the past few years, she has some ideas to even make it more customer friendly.

“My short-term goal is to get through the General Election as smoothly as the primary, and we’re on pace to do that,” Albers said. She said then she’ll turn her attention to other items.

While having worked in the office for two years, Albers said she understands most of the duties of the clerk, compared to a deputy clerk but admits she anticipates a few surprises.

She said she has a great staff to work with, Noyes is “just upstairs” and has already offered her help and support.

“I feel fortunate we have a great team and I have some great resources,” Albers said, adding that she has already met a lot of the other clerks in the state and they will prove to be valuable assets of information and experience and assistance. She said she’s already learning a lot just reading the e-mail the clerks exchange.

She said the office will be seeking a new deputy clerk soon.

Background

Albers was raised in Cody and then was transplanted to San Diego until moving back to Wyoming in 2010, residing in Basin. She began working at the county clerk’s office in 2010.

She said she has a wide range of knowledge of the office and look forward to the challenge and new responsibilities becoming the county clerk will present.

In her resume she submitted to the Republican Central Committee, Albers said prior to her move back to Wyoming, she worked at San Diego State University (SDSU) Research Foundation for the 23 years; starting at an entry level position and working her way up, working directly with many diverse executive directors and faculty researchers for 17 years.

“As part of my many job responsibilities I developed program concepts, proposals and budgets, contacted federal and non-federal funding agencies and individuals, secured financial commitments and subsequently administered that funding in a fiscally responsible manner, in accordance with sponsor (federal, state and local) and university guidelines.”

She wrote to the committee, “My skill set and personality are ideal for this position. My experience at SDSU evolved in levels of responsibility and allowed me to grow with the organization expanding my skill set and to develop an in depth knowledge of requirements for each process and project. I worked directly with several research faculty on disparate programs all requiring high levels of detail, accuracy and organization. I handled program and proposal development, budgetary planning, implementation and daily management across all of them.

“I am extremely familiar – and comfortable – with performing many tasks, simultaneously. I have managed staff ranging from two to 10 employees and have a strong team environment management style.

“I believe my excellent working relationship with my coworkers and dedication to our work in the clerk’s office will make this time of transition much smoother for our team as we continue to serve the citizens of Big Horn County.”

Albers has two children, an 18-year-old son Duston and a 16-year-old daughter Bailey, both of whom live in San Diego.

Miracle baby welcomed by Kiernans

by marlys good

Sometimes there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

For Shalyn and Chad Kiernan of Billings that “light” is their 8-pound, 19-3/4-inch long baby boy, Gavin Michael, who came into the world Sept. 4, to complete a family circle that includes his parents, grandparents, Michael K. and Lyna Smith, Jeraline Bachman and Kenny Gilbert, all of Greybull, and Autumn and Wade Kiernan of Billings, and great-grandparents, Marie and Don Gemmell, also of Greybull.

The miracle story began in November of 2011. Chad and his father-in-law had enjoyed a successful hunting trip, bagging two cow elk, which they had to drag out of a draw. Chad felt tired all the following week but attributed it to just “being out of shape.”

Turned out to be a bit more than that. The following Thursday he noticed a lump on his neck. A trip to a specialist diagnosed his problem as Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Chad underwent surgery immediately and was facing six months of chemotherapy which was scheduled to start the day after Christmas.

The young couple was in shock. They had wanted to start a family and knew the chemo would make that impossible. They decided to stop birth control and Shalyn became pregnant soon after.

To make sure the baby was normal, doctors started ultra-sounds “ultra-early.” The couple hit another snag when doctors found a lime-sized tumor on Shalyn’s ovary when she was three-months pregnant.

Specialists performed surgery to remove the tumor and the ovary. The baby survived. After a week spent in the hospital doctors said no further treatment was needed and Shalyn was dismissed, cancer-free.

The next six months dragged by. Shalyn suffered through terrible bouts of morning sickness the entire time, but kept eating a little each day, fighting to give her baby every chance.

Meanwhile, Chad finished his chemo in early June, was doing well and was in remission. They removed the port from Chad’s chest in early July and the family had a real celebration.

The 10 months of worry, wondering, hope and prayer came to a happy ending on Sept. 4 when Gavin Michael arrived at the Billings Clinic. The new father said Gavin’s birth left him “overjoyed. I can’t explain how I felt.”

Although the family calls Gavin a “miracle baby” the miracle actually began 10 months ago, the lowest point being when Chad was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Chad said if he had not been diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo chemo, the decision to start a family would probably have been postponed; the ultrasound would not have been taken, and Shalyn’s “borderline malignant” tumor, would not have been discovered. Both Chad and Shalyn know there were a lot of “what ifs” before they welcomed their new son.

“He’s growing fast,” Chad said proudly. “He’s a pretty needy lad right now,” he laughed, referring to the sleepless nights and restless days. But he and Shalyn relish every moment.

“Everything happens for a reason,” said Shalyn. “Someone was definitely looking over us the whole time. I am so thankful that Chad is in remission and that Gavin was born healthy. We just feel really blessed at this moment.”

Emily Anne Bucklin

Dec. 22, 1944 – Oct. 5, 2012

No services are planned at this time for Emily Anne Bucklin, 67, who died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Sheridan.

Anne was born Dec. 22, 1944, in Greybull, the daughter of Donald L. and Dorothy Chase Gould. She grew up and received her education in Greybull.

She enjoyed gardening, doing crafts, reading, and local Big Horn Basin history.

Her parents and her husband preceded her in death.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Vera Gould of Sheridan; one sister, Donna Gould of Phoenix, Ariz., and three nephews, Jay Gould of Jackson, Don Gould of Sheridan and Peter Stevens of Chicago.

Memorials in Anne’s name can be made to Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home, 388 S. U.S. Hwy. 20, Basin, WY 82410 or to the Sheridan College Foundation, Peggy Gould Nursing Scholarship, Box 6328, Sheridan, WY 82801.

Buffs get their first conference victory

by nathan oster

Healthier than they have been at any point since week zero, the Greybull Buffs rode an electrifying performance by sophomore Fabian Davila and an opportunistic defense to their first conference win of the season on Friday night.

The 30-6 victory not only broke the seal on the win column for the Buffs, who improved to 1-5 overall, 1-4 in Class 2A West Conference.  It also represented a turning of the page for a team that endured its share of hardships over the previous five weeks.

“It was definitely an emotional game,” said Coach Justin Bernhardt, who logged his first win as a head coach in Wyoming. “When you think about all the work, all the time we put in as a team and a coaching staff … it was a great feeling.  I didn’t think we’d have to wait this long.

“I’m usually not a rah-rah type, but I got pretty excited.  I broke out the pom-poms for this game … hard not to, considering all we’ve been through.”

From the opening kickoff, it was Greybull’s night.

Davila is usually one of, if not the fastest player on the field — and he showed off his wheels on the opening kickoff.  The sophomore found a crease in the Kemmerer coverage and took it 91 yards for a touchdown that seemed to set the tone for the entire night.

“We definitely needed something like that to start the game,” said Bernhardt. “We wanted to get the momentum right off the bat; that’s why we wanted the ball, and didn’t defer when we won the flip.”

Bernhardt said the electrifying return was a payoff for “a lot of extra time” that the team devoted to special teams during practice last week. “When I saw it open up the way it did, I knew he was gone,” Bernhardt said.

After that crushing blow, the Buffs never let the Wranglers off the canvas.  Greybull found the end zone again with 5:54 to play in the first on a 10-yard pass from Calder Forcella to Connor Petty. The Buffs scored twice more before halftime to go up 24-0, getting a 13-yard run from Forcella and a 40-yard, Forcella-to-Davila hookup with just 1:13 left in the second quarter.

Greybull didn’t score another offensive touchdown.

Kemmerer appeared to be on the verge of breaking through early in the fourth quarter, but Davila stepped in front of a pass and returned it 99 yards for his third touchdown of the game, which gave the Buffs a 30-0 lead.

The Rangers finally did get on the board, connecting on a long pass play as time expired.

But it was too little, too late.

The Buffs owned the night — offensively and defensively.  They gained 127 yards on the ground, 137 through the air, and limited Kemmerer to less than 190 yards of total offense.

“We had had a good week of practice, and it was fun being able to run the systems we put in during two-a-days and against Basin,” said Bernhardt. “They were 4-1, yes, but we were getting most of our guys back, with the exception of Rob Nuttall and Cody Strach, and we were confident.

The Buffs didn’t play a perfect game, Bernhardt said.  Twice in the first half, they turned the ball over inside the Kemmerer 20-yard line.  One was on an interception, the other on a dropped pass on a fourth-down play.

But those missteps were washed away by the numbers on the scoreboard at the final horn.  Bernhardt said that while he, his coaches and players are “pretty excited to finally get the monkey off our backs,” it was also “bittersweet” from the standpoint of what might have been.

“There was some realization, I think, that if it wasn’t for some bad breaks, that would have been the team on the field all year.  They were 4-1 going in. It wasn’t a shock to beat them, but to beat them like that … it just said a lot about the kind of team we have.”

“Other than the Lovell game, I don’t think there’s been a game this season that we wouldn’t have won, had it not been for the injuries.  We could very well be 5-1, instead of 1-5, right now.”

 

This week

With just one conference win, the Buffs would need a miracle — and help from other teams — to make the Class 2A West Conference playoffs.  Four teams already have three conference wins — and just to get into the playoff conversation, the Buffs would need to win each of their final two games, which is tricky since they wrap up the season against No. 1 ranked and unbeaten Lyman.

This week, though, figures to be a lot easier.  Big Piney, 1-5 overall, 0-5 in the conference, is the opponent. The two teams will square off Friday in Big Piney.  Kick off is at 3:30 p.m.

“Like us, their record isn’t great,” Bernhardt said. “But they have a solid football team with a good quarterback who makes a lot of plays for them. They have had a couple of close ones, like us.  But if we play with the same enthusiasm we played with against Kemmerer, and clean up some of the stuff we need to clean up…it should be another pretty good day for us.”

 

Kemmerer 0 0 0 6 – 6

Greybull 12 12 0 6 – 30

G – Fabian Davila 94-yard kickoff return.

G – Connor Petty 10-yard pass from Calder Forcella.

G – Forcella 13-yard run.

G – Davila 40-yard pass from Forcella.

G – Davila 99-yard interception return.

RUSHING – Greybull 36-127 (Forcella 15-67, Paul Stewart 5-11, Jesse Chestnut 16-49); Kemmerer 40-100.

PASSING – Greybull 9 of 18 for 137 yards; Kemmerer 8 of 16 for 90 yards.

RECEIVING – Greybull: Petty 2-32, Davila 4-88, Bryce Wright 3-17.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS – Greybull: Calder Forcella and Jesse Chestnut tied for the team lead with 25 defensive points.  Chestnut had three tackles for loss, Forcella had two interceptions.  Paul Stewart, with two tackles for loss and two sacks, trailed with 22 total points.  Payton Gonzalez finished with 15, Luke Zeller 13 and Bryce Wright 10.

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