Daily Archives: December 5, 2012

Holidazzle offers deals, community events

by nathan oster

There’s no need to leave town this weekend if you’re looking for dazzling deals and small-town holiday charm.

Greybull’s Holidazzle celebration on Saturday afternoon and evening has all that in spades, thanks to a lineup of events put together by community organization and backed by local merchants.

In the past, the Holidazzle has coincided with the holiday craft bazaar. But this year, it was pushed back a week, so that it could stand on its own.

The fun starts at 1 p.m., when the Grand Theater will open its doors. Shoppers can get in the holiday spirit by checking out the nativity and winter scenes while Christmas movies play on the big screen.  The theater will remain open until 4 p.m.

Santa will arrive in town at 2 p.m., as his reindeer will guide him to the Herb Asp Community Center, which for one day only will serve as his “North Pole.”

The Greybull Recreation District is coordinating the operations at the North Pole from 2 to 4 p.m.  Kids can get their photos taken with Santa, with all proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters.

In addition, they can play in the Bounce House, enjoy pony rides and other fun and games.  Free hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be served and gift bags will be given to all the kids who attend.

Greybull merchants are doing their part to get in on the fun. Several will be holding open houses and/or offering “Holi-dandy” specials, drawings and discounts. Hours vary but in general stores will be open from at least 2 to 5 p.m.

Among the businesses who are participating are: Big Horn Quilts, Sugar Shack, Bighorn Basin Geoscience Center, Mylo’s/Speakeasy, Dollar Plus, H&R Block, Greybull Fitness, Chamber of Commerce, Trapper Travel and Tours, Lisa’s, Probst Western and Outdoor Clothing, Community Outreach Thrift Store, CC’s Pizza, Beijing Gardens, and Moonstar Trading.  Kitchen Nook, a new store at the corner of Sixth and Greybull Avenue, will also be open.

The Holidazzle parade will start at 4:15 p.m. in front of the library. It will proceed to the west, ending at the planter, where from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. there will be carolers and campfires.

“Joy to the World” is the theme of the parade and the celebration, and as of Tuesday, there was still plenty of room for individuals or groups wishing to enter a float.  The deadline to do so is today (Thursday, Dec. 6). Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, as well as to the best lighted entry.

The Greybull Elks Lodge will host a free chili supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Once again, attendees are invited to bring canned goods for donations to Community Outreach thrift store.

Mayor Frank Houk will greet revelers and light the holiday music and light show in the planter at 5:30 p.m.

“A Joyful Celebration” featuring live music, carol singing, holiday readings and more will serve as the finale, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Theater.

Sue Anderson, director of the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce, said, “Everything is looking good, although I hear they could still use some more volunteers for the North Pole event.

“Otherwise, though, everything is coming together well. I invite everyone to come down and join in the fun.”

 

Resignation complicates transition at Town Hall

by nathan oster

A special meeting on “personnel” Monday ended with the town in the market not only for a new administrator but also a police officer and an animal control officer — and with incumbent Mayor Frank Houk maintaining he will leave office at the end of this month, as planned.

During the hour-long session, the council accepted the resignation of Administrator/Finance Director Joe Fischer, who had given his two weeks’ notice at the end of November.

Then, with every member of the police department in attendance as a show of support, Chief Bill Brenner announced that officer Tom Hueckstaedt and his wife Leesa, who was recently hired to be the town’s animal control officer, had resigned. They are moving to St. George, Utah, to be closer to Leesa’s family.

Fischer’s resignation shocked the council.

On the job for just five months, he announced last week that he had accepted a job with his former employer, WESTConsin Credit Union.  He plans to serve the town through approximately Dec. 14.  His first day back at WESTConsin will be Dec. 17.

Fischer said in an interview Monday — and again during the special meeting — that the decision to leave was a difficult one, but that in the end, it came down to wanting to be closer to his family in Wisconsin.

Fischer said he never lost contact with his former employer — and that he decided over Thanksgiving, while re-connecting with his family in Wisconsin, that his heart is in the Badger State.

“It’s not that I was seeking outside employment, but my former employer reached out, offered me an opportunity. I was back there for the holidays, and thinking about family, the future and all that.

“It’s nothing against the town of Greybull. It’s been a real pleasure, but you have to have that work-life balance, and I’ve been missing my family back in Wisconsin.”

Fischer denied that his resignation had anything to do with the impending changes on the town council, where Mayor Frank Houk and Councilors Jan Johnson and Kay Fleek are all in line to depart at the end of December.

“Every couple of years, you get change … that’s just part of the job,” said Fischer. “That’s what my job here is all about, being the person to help facilitate that job.”

In the interview, Fischer spoke highly of his colleagues on the town staff, calling it “a great workplace” and saying “there are a lot of good things going on here. The town is moving in the right direction.”

At Monday’s meeting, Houk stated that he had asked Fischer if any factors other than family influenced his decision — and that he’d been told that there was some angst about the job and the demands placed on the administrator.

“It probably was a job and a half (the way it was created),” said Houk.

Turning to Fischer at one point in the meeting, Fleek said, “I’ve been amazed at what you took on, what you did.  You struck me as quite a worker, a whiz kid.  But at the same time, I’m very disappointed.  I understand the family situation, but it’s really poor timing.  It’s left us in quite a predicament.”

Fischer said he understood. “Obviously, my fiancée (Jacinda Campbell), was out here, and it was a tough decision.  It was never our intent for me to pack up, move everything and travel 1,000 miles … then five months later, do it all again and return 1,000 miles.”

 

Most of Monday’s discussion centered on the next step.  With Fischer leaving in mid December and Houk planning to go at the end of the month, there will be a leadership void for a short time.

In the coming days, Fischer, Houk and Town Clerk Kathy Smith plan to go over the job description for the administrator/finance director position. In terms of timing, the council opted to wait until after Jan. 1, 2013, to begin the process of filling the position.  That was the recommendation of Smith, who said she would not have the time to devote to it in December due to her end-of-the-calendar-year responsibilities.

“We need to go back to the job description,” Smith said. “Joe has indicated that it’s 1 ½ jobs, and we knew it was a big job. So we need to see if we can slide some of that workload in my direction.  I thought we had done a good job of splitting those duties, but obviously, it’s a little much.

“Right now, though, I don’t even want to think about training (Fischer’s replacement) until after the first of the year.”

Houk said the council received a number of quality applicants for the administrator position when it was advertised, and the council members agreed that they would reach out to some of those who didn’t the job to see if they’re still interested.

Councilor Bob Graham said he agreed that the search produced “great candidates” and that the gap between the top four was razor thin.

The council will pick up the discussion in January.

 

Police resignations

Meanwhile, after a long period of stability, the GPD is about to embark on its second officer recruitment process in the last three months.  Just last week, Phillip “Sean” Alquist was introduced as the department’s newest member, replacing Donna Johnson.

News of the Hueckstaedts departure came as surprise.

Their last day on the job will be Dec. 18.

Brenner said he had someone in mind who is “certified” to replace Tom Hueckstaedt on the five-member force.  Alquist is not a certified officer as yet and will need to attend the Wyoming Police Academy in the spring.

Councilor Bob Graham said, “It’s tough to lose  experienced people, especially people you have put a lot of time into, and people who have put a lot of time and effort into the community. But I understand your position … and thank you for your service.”

Hueckstaedt ended the conversation by praising the department, saying, “In my 14 years doing this job, I’ve never been involved in a more professional law enforcement agency than this one.  You guys are very lucky to have what you have (in the Greybull Police Department).”

 

Executive session

The council spent the final half of its meeting in executive session, and when it emerged, it took no formal action.  However, when pressed on whether the developments involving Fischer had altered his plan to leave the council at the end of the year, Houk said no.

The plan is still to seek nominations for the office of mayor at the Dec. 10 meeting — and for the council to fill the position that night, he said. If that happens, Houk will depart at the end of December, and the new mayor will be sworn in, along with Councilors-elect Myles Foley and Clay Collingwood, on Jan. 2, 2013.

 

Buffs go 4-0 in Big Horn Basin Shootout

by nathan oster

It was an encouraging opening weekend for the Greybull Buffs. Playing for the first time since losing all five starters from last year’s team, the Buffs went a perfect 4-0 in the Big Horn Basin Shootout, beating Big Piney 30-26, Kemmerer 55-49, Shoshoni 43-35 and Wind River 49-47.

Every bit as important, the Buffs gained confidence as well, with the knowledge that all four of their victims last weekend play in the Southwest Conference and are teams they might need to beat down the road at the Class 2A West Regional in Riverton.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the team’s effort this weekend,” said Coach Jim Prather.

It was only one weekend, but the Buffs showed one very encouraging trait. In all four games, they outplayed their opponents in the fourth quarter. It happened first in the Big Piney game on Thursday night.  The Buffs trailed most of the game, including 24-18 early in the fourth, before closing the show with a 12-2 run.

“Six of the guys who were played were making their varsity debuts, so it was a complete learning experience from how to prepare in the locker room prior to the game, to how we warm up to proper bench décorum,” said Prather. “It’s a lot of information to process at one time, but I was proud of how all 11 players kept their focus throughout the game.”

Payton Gonzalez fueled the fourth-quarter rally, scoring seven of his team-high 16 points.  Paul Stewart also had a couple of key buckets in the paint in the fourth for the Buffs.

The Buffs built on the momentum Friday afternoon with a six-point win over Kemmerer.

Greybull shot 47 percent from the field and led at every quarter break en route to the win.

“Our focus was on trying to speed up the tempo in this game,” said Prather. “We varied our defenses between man and zone and also worked on our full-court press.  We were able to keep the Rangers off balance enough during the game to cause problems when they were shooting the ball.”

Gonzalez turned in another quality effort, finishing with 20 points after shooting a blistering 71 percent from the floor.  He was also 7 of 11 from the line, including 3 of 4 to salt away the win in the fourth.

“Again, we played 11 in the first half and I felt our depth kept us fresh and we were able to capitalize when Kemmerer began to tire.”

The Buffs again “kept their poise” in their eight-point win Friday night over Shoshoni.

“Even though we trailed most of the contest, the guys stayed focused,” said Prather. “When things started to fall into place for us in the fourth quarter, we were able to get some stops and score on our end to take the lead.

“The players executed well again down the stretch to get a win.  I felt the team tried to run our offense better in this game, the result being a lot of good shots in the paint.”

The weekend ended with yet another come-from-behind victory.

At one point in the second half, the Buffs trailed by 10 points and were just 3 of 22 from the charity stripe.

“Free throws were the story of this game,” said Prather. “Through three quarters, the Cougars were making them and we weren’t.”

The tide turned in the fourth quarter however.  The Buffs eventually tied the game at 44 and won it 49-44, on the strength of a pair of Treston Tracy free throws, another clutch bucket by Gonzalez and a free throw from Ryan Sylvester with 19 seconds to go.

“We can avoid having to battle back in the fourth quarter if we step up to the line and knock down those free throws more consistently,” said Prather. “We wanted to play more aggressively in this game and I thought all 13 guys who played for us played hard.”

Overall, Prather said he was ecstatic about his team’s opening weekend.

“We saw a little of everything from our opponents, and that will help us as we prepare for the conference schedule,” he said. “Roles are starting to define themselves more clearly as 13 different  players saw varsity action.

“Although inexperienced and young, our mental toughness and poise were the strongest parts of our game. That will give us confidence that we can compete as we move forward with the season. Like everyone else in the state, we have a lot to work on in practice, but going to practice 4-0 makes that hard work seem worthwhile.”

 

This week

The Buffs will hit the road this weekend for the Herder Classic in Glenrock. The schedule calls for the Buffs to play Kaycee at 3:30 p.m. and Glenrock at 8 p.m. on Friday and to square off with Lusk at 1 p.m. and Wright at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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“Lusk and Glenrock will be really strong teams with size and experience; they will be the top teams we have seen to date,” said Prather. “Kaycee always scraps and gives us great games.  The matchup with Wright has been hard fought and competitive through the years.

“I would expect tight games, much like we saw in our tournament.”

 

Big Piney 13 3 7 3 — 26

Greybull 5 5 8 12 — 30

BIG PINEY — Howard 0 2-3 2.  Sims 2 6-8 10.  Banks 1 0-0 2.  Jones 1 0-0 2, Jones 5 0-0 10.  Totals 9 8-12 26.

GREYBULL — Payton Gonzalez 2 0-1 4, Calder Forcella 1 0-0 2, Wyatt Good 4 1-3 10, Quinton Haley 1 0-0 2, Ryan Sylvester 1 0-0 3, Paul Stewart 3 1-4 7, Treston Tracy 1 0-0 2, Aidan Jenness 0 0-2 0.  Totals 13-32 2-10 30.

3-POINT GOALS – Good, Sylvester.  REBOUNDS — Greybull 25 (Haley 7).  STEALS — 4 (Good 2).  ASSISTS — 5 (Forcella 2).  TURNOVERS — 18.

 

Kemmerer 14   9 15 13 — 49

Greybull 16 12 15 12 — 55

KEMMERER — Tiller 1 0-0 3, Corbridge 3 3-5 11, Simpson 5 1-4 12, King 2 0-1 4, Kascoli 4 0-1 8, Deeter 3 1-4 7, Sumsion 2 0-0 4.  Totals 20 5-15 49.

GREYBULL — Gonzalez 6 4-7 20, Forcella 1 0-0 2, Good 2 0-1 4, Haley 2 0-0 4, Sylvester 1 1-4 4, Stewart 7 0-2 14, Tracy 3 0-0 7.  Totals 22-47 8-18 55.

3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez, Sylvester, Tracy. REBOUNDS — Greybull 31 (Stewart 6, Haley 5).  STEALS — Greybull 14 (Gonzalez 4).  ASSISTS — Greybull 13 (Gonzalez 4).  TURNOVERS — Greybull 28.

 

Shoshoni 9 11   9   6 — 35

Greybull 11  2 13 11 — 43

SHOSHONI — Parish 2 2-2 8, Thoren 6 3-7 15, Pingetzer 1 0-0 2, Mills 0 0-2 0, Johnson 2 4-7 9, Lutz 0 1-4 1.  Totals 3-8 10-22 35.

GREYBULL —   Gonzalez 4 6-11 16, Good 3 0-0 8, Bryce Wright 1 0-0 2, Haley 1 1-2 3, Sylvester 1 2-2 4, Stewart 3 0-0 6, Logan Jensen 1 0-0 2, Tracy 1 0-0 2.  Totals 15-49 9-14 43.

3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez 2, Good 2.  REBOUNDS — Greybull 37 (Haley 10, Good 7, Tracy 7).  STEALS — Greybull 12 (Gonzalez 3).  ASSISTS — Greybull 8 (Gonzalez 3).  TURNOVERS – Greybull 22.

 

Wind River 14 12 12 9 — 47

Greybull 12 12 7 18 — 49

WIND RIVER —  C. Bearing 4 4-6 12, Reinecht 1 3-5 5, Lindstadt 4 1-4 9, Weliever 2 4-4 8, Roanhorse 5 2-4 13, Snyder 0 0-2 0.  Totals 16 14-25 47.

GREYBULL — Gonzalez 5 5-9 17, Forcella 1 0-0 2, Good 2 4-7 8, Wright 0 0-2 0, Haley 2 0-2 4, Sylvester 1 2-3 4, Stewart 3 1-8 7, Fabian Davila 1 0-0 2, Tracy 1 3-4 5.  Totals 16-46 15-35 49.

3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez 2.  REBOUNDS —  Greybull 42 (Haley 11, Stewart 8).  STEALS — Greybull 12 (Gonzalez 4).  ASSISTS — Greybull 11 (Forcella 3).  TURNOVERS — Greybull 26.

 

William Elijah Greene

Sept. 29, 1929 – Nov. 28, 2012

Memorial services for William Elijah Greene will be held at a later date. Bill, 83, died Nov. 28 in Basin.

Memorials in Bill’s name may be sent to the First Baptist Church in Basin to benefit the Deacon’s Benevolent Fund.

A full obituary will be published in next week’s paper.

 

Barbara Jean Strange Stewart

Jan. 9, 1931 – Dec. 3, 2012

Funeral services for Barbara Jean Strange Stewart are today (Thursday, Dec. 6) at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Basin. Barbara, 81, died Dec. 3 at South Big Horn County Hospital.

She was born Jan. 9, 1931 in Spearfish, S.D., the daughter of Harry Edward and Opal Irene Gumm Strange. The family moved to Powell when Barbara was 8 years old. Barbara attended schools in Powell and Elk Basin and graduated from Powell High School in 1948. She attended Northwest Community College and the University of Wyoming.

She married William Henry Stewart June 25, 1950. They farmed on Owl Creek for 16 years. After selling their ranch they lived in Thermopolis, Wilsall, Mont., Cody, Powell, Meeteetse, Worland, Hyattville and Basin.

She taught school in Owl Creek and at Hamilton Dome and substitute taught at Hyattville and Basin. She was also a bus driver.

She and her husband were foster parents to 57 children.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill on Aug. 14, 1995, and her son Edward on Oct. 6, 2003.

Barbara is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lyndal and Susan Kaye Caddell of Norman, Okla.; her son and daughter-in-law, James David and Shirley Stewart of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and five grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Riverview Memorial Gardens in Worland.

Memorials in Barbara’s name may be sent to American National Bank, 700 Big Horn Ave., Worland, WY 82401. Proceeds will go to Midway Clinic for medical equipment.

 

Dorothy Maxine Bollman

May 19, 1930 – Nov. 27, 2012

Memorial services for Dorothy Maxine Bollman will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Basin. Dorothy, 82, died Nov. 27 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.

She was born May 19, 1930, at Delta, Colo., the daughter of Iri Robert and Mamie Vera Thompson Blackburn. She grew up in the Delta/Hotchkiss area and received her schooling in Delta and Hotchkiss.

Dorothy married Wesley L. Bollman Nov. 30, 1952, in Hotchkiss.

Dorothy and Wesley moved to Basin in 1985. Wesley was the Nazarene preacher in Basin and Dorothy served as choir director and Sunday school teacher. She later joined the First Baptist Church in Basin and was active in Bible study and in the Heaven Bound singing group.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wesley Bollman, one sister, one brother and one grandson.

She is survived by her children: Dale Bollman of Basin, Rick Bollman of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Karen Stafford of Grisham, Ore.; one sister, Doris Latimer of Casper; two brothers, Warren Blackburn of Montrose, Colo. and Tom Blackburn of Boise, Idaho; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

 

Margaret Louise ‘Weezie’ Scott Brown

Dec. 8, 1936 – Dec. 1, 2012

A memorial service for Margaret Brown will be held Friday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the Cody Methodist Church.  Margaret, 75 and a former resident of Shell, died Dec. 1 at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell after suffering for many years with Alzheimer’s.

Margaret was born on Dec. 8, 1936, in Greybull, to George and Jewell Scott.  She attended school in Greybull and was a member of the First Baptist Church where she often sang at services.  She later joined the Methodist Church in Cody and sang in the choir.

When she was 15 years old, Margaret met the love of her life, Jerry Brown, at the soda fountain in Ortman’s Drug Store in Greybull. The two were married shortly after in 1953. They moved to Cody and started Jerry’s Roofing Company in 1957 and later began Brown Construction. Margaret participated in the businesses as the “office staff.”  This was in addition to being mother to four active children and involved in all their activities.

Margaret loved the Girl Scout organization and was a proud member for over 50 years.  She received her 50-year pin honoring her time as a Scout, Scout troop leader, Counsel member, and Etoquinnow Board member and president.  She served over 25 years on the Etoquinnow Board, with 20 years as president.

Music held a special place in Margaret’s heart.  She was a member of the Barbershop Belles and Sweet Adelines for many years.  She felt honored to be a part of this singing group that was invited to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall and Disney World in Orlando.

In 1998, Jerry and Margaret moved to their ranch in Shell where they lived until this year.

Margaret is survived by her children Jerri Lynn (Steve) Meyerpeter of San Diego, Scott (Kelly) Brown of Shoreview, Minn., Lisa (Kenny) Michelena of Shell, and Julia (Wally) Hames of Meridian, Idaho;  her five grandchildren, Ryan (Katie) Brown, Erin Michelena, Stacie Brown, Kara Michelena, and Kersey Hames; one sister, Marjorie (Kitz) Kitzerow; one brother, Doug (Sue) Scott, and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband and best friend Jerry (in May 2012), her parents, brother Dave, and an infant granddaughter, Marisa Brown, preceded Margaret in death.

A memorial has been established at Big Horn Federal, P.O. Box 471 Greybull, WY 82426. Donations will benefit local Girl Scout Troops.