Monthly Archives: January 2013

Shell Post Office hours to be cut

by nathan oster
The Shell Post Office won’t be closing, but its hours will soon be reduced as the U.S. Postal Service tries to streamline its operations in Wyoming and around the country.
$3 billion. That’s how much the USPS lost last year, according to Gary Sims, manager of post office operations for the state of Wyoming.
Sims was in Shell Thursday night, talking to a group of about 35 local residents who had gathered to discuss the fate of their post office, which is currently open eight hours a day Monday through Friday and three hours every Saturday.
Sims said within the first two minutes of his presentation that the USPS had no intention of closing the Shell Post Office.
“We know how important post offices are to small rural communities,” Sims said, adding later in the meeting that nearly half of the approximately 142 post offices in Wyoming are in line for some sort of reduction in business hours.
Prior to the meeting, the USPS sent surveys to 162 Shell Post Office users. Seventy-two of them were returned to the USPS. And 86 percent (62) of the respondents favored the idea of realigning the post office’s hours of operations. On eight of the remaining 10 surveys, no selection was made.
Based on that survey and its own operational needs, the USPS proposed a reduction in hours to four, Monday through Friday, with the window of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. recommended.
Several other Big Horn County post offices are also looking at reductions. Among them, Cowley would drop from eight to six each day, Byron from eight hours to four.
Sims said the USPS based its recommendations on the amount of revenue that comes across the counter and the amount of mail that each post office receives.
He emphasized that the USPS has no intention of changing Saturday office hours in Shell. The proposal sets those from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We’re not touching Saturdays,” he said, pointing out that Saturday is actually one of the most profitable days of the entire week for the USPS.
Sims said the USPS hasn’t considered closing the Shell Post Office, nor would it as long as someone is available to work there — and right now, a person is in place to do jus tthat.
Mary Flitner, who was among the residents in attendance, said a lot of people use the Shell Post Office to buy their stamps and mail their packages.
Sims emphasized that if Shell customers want to help the cause of their post office, the best way to do so would be by buying stamps and mailing their packages directly from the Shell Post Office, rather than doing so in area post offices such as Greybull, Worland or Billings.
“(Revenue) is the driving force of what will drive decisions regarding this post office,” he said. “You need to do your business here.”
Sims clarified that the USPS looks at “walk in revenue” — and that customers who buy their stamps online or elsewhere and then mail their letters in Shell aren’t adding to the revenue of the Shell Post Office.
Sims said the USPS is proposing no changes to any of the mail delivery routes — and that what is being proposed deals only with the hours of operations of certain post offices in the state.
Sims said the USPS is “looking at everything” in an attempt to solve its financial troubles, including stopping Saturday delivery. Just by dropping down to five days a week, the USPS would save about $2 billion annuallly, he said.
Some audience members asked about whether the USPS could post a stamp vending machine somewhere in the community to make up for the hours cut from the post office. But Sims said the USPS has pulled every vending machine nationwide.
For people needing stamps, Dirty Annie’s currently has a limited number available. And Jim McLauchlan, who owns the business, said he plans to continue to provide that service.
Another topic of discussion centered on packages that arrive for pickup at the Shell Post Office. With reduced hours, customers will have smaller windows in which to pick up their packages.
There are currently four parcel lockers at the post office, and it was pointed out that the USPS could put a key to the locker in the mailbox of the package’s recipient so that it could be picked up after hours.
The final, and perhaps most important, issue of the night dealt with the specific hours of operation for the Shell Post Office. The USPS had suggested 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but Shell residents who attended the meeting asked spoke in unison about wanting those hours pushed back — either from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or from noon until 4 p.m.
After the meeting, Sims said he planned to send a notice to the post office in the near future, informing customers of the new hours. As of Monday, that notice had not arrived in Shell.
Sims said the reduced hours could take effect within one to two months.

Lloyd D. Craft Sr.

Dec. 16, 1928 – Jan. 7, 2013
Funeral services for Lloyd D. Craft Sr. will be held today (Thursday, Jan. 17) at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Worland. Lloyd, 84, died Jan. 7 at his home in Fairfield, Wash.
He was born Dec. 16, 1928, in Worland, the son of Henry and Lena Craft. He was raised on the family farm in Manderson. He served in the United States Navy. After his discharge he married Elizabeth Ruth Kaiser on June 22, 1951.
Lloyd and Liz were in the farming business for many years. They also had a welding business, L.C. Welding, which they operated from 1974-1994. They returned to farming in 1994. The couple enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and doing crossword puzzles.
A few years after Liz’s death, Lloyd married Patricia Patrick Breither June 26, 2005, in Fairfield, Wash., where they made their home.
His parents, his wife Elizabeth, sisters Margret Akers, Helen Benson and Viola Faure, brother George and great-grandson Joseph Geelan preceded Lloyd in death.
He is survived by his wife Pat of Fairfield, Wash.; five sons, and one daughter and their spouses, Lloyd Jr. and Terri Craft of Worland, Doug and Vicki Craft Herron of Denver, Steve and Sally Craft, Jeff and Tess Craft, Kevin and Connie Craft and Chris and Teresa Craft, all of Worland; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Bill and Ione Craft of Greybull and Claude Craft of Basin; 19 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
Burial will be in Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military honors provided by American Legion Post 44.
Memorial donations may be made to the Worland Learning Center, c/o Bryant Funeral Home, Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.

Buffs sweep Lady Rebels, Eagles

by marlys good
The Lady Buffs notched their first conference win Friday night win in a 61-39 victory over Riverside then tacked on a second victory in a non-conference 61-24 game with St. Stephens Saturday.
Junior Ceirra Carlson and sophomore Brett Stephens had a field day pouring in 19 and 16 points respectively against Riverside.
The Buff defense stymied Riverside’s big duo of Cydnie Clark and Brittany Vigil and held the Rebels to just eight points in the first half.
“The girls did a great job on Clark and Vigil,” said Coach Jeff Hunt. “We knew we had to stop them early so they couldn’t get on a run and that’s exactly what we did”
They only ran the game plans for one quarter, “then we were able to work on some other things,” said the coach. Hunt had put together a game plan for Riverside and “we only had to run it for a quarter, then were able to work on some other things.”
Carlson and Stephens “shot really well,” Hunt said, noting that Carlson knocked down three of four from long range. “Between the two of them they scored 35 points and made four of five from the arc. Karlina (McIntosh) also had a great offensive game with nine points.”
St. Stephens hardly put up a struggle Saturday as the Buffs routed the Lady Eagles 61-24.
“St. Stephens was not a well-disciplined team,” Hunt said. “Their JV was a good team, but their varsity team didn’t even make a real attempt to play us. They couldn’t do anything to stop us, nor did they try.”
Hunt used his entire bench; scoring was spread between eight players with Carlson leading the way with 23. Georgi Hall had a season high 10 points and “did a good job finishing around the basket,” according to Hunt.
Noticeable by her absence was McKenna Powers. The junior sustained an injury in the Thermopolis game and “never fully recovered. She will be back next year,” Hunt said, noting “It is a huge loss for us. She is very aggressive on defense and caused some problems for teams. She was our leading rebounder and second on the team in steals. We will definitely miss her.”
Also on the injured list, but expected to return, is Nevin Brown.
The Buffs would like nothing more than to extend their win streak to four when they take on conference foes Rocky Mountain in Cowley today (Thursday) and host Thermopolis Friday.
Rocky Mountain and Greybull are fighting for third place in the conference. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Bobcats beat the Buffs Dec. 15 in their first conference match, and are coming off an overtime loss to league-leading Lovell last weekend.
Hopefully the Buffs put a game plan together that will stymie Jordan Leyba and Dana Bjorhus. But Desi Rangel, who hit the free throw that put the Lovell game into overtime, cannot be overlooked. The game starts at 5:30.

Greybull 15 20 10 16 – 61
Riverside 6 2 13 18 – 39
GREYBULL — Micheala Denniston 2 0-2 4, Georgi Hall 2 0-0 4, Ceirra Carlson 7 2-6 19, Biri Gallegos 2 1-4 5, Brett Stephens 7 1-1 16, Karlina McIntosh 4 0-0 9, Sarah Bockman 1 1-2 3, Madi Edeler 0 1-2 1. Totals 25-68, 6-17 61.
3-POINT GOALS — Carlson 3, Stephens 1, McIntosh 1. REBOUNDS — 29 (Stephens 9, Gallegos 5, Carlson 4, Denniston 4). STEALS — 12 (Carlson 4, Stephens 3). ASSISTS — 10 (Carlson 4). TURNOVERS — 16.

Greybull 21 17 16 7 – 61
St. Stephens 6 3 9 6 – 24
GREYBULL — Denniston 3 0-0 6, Hall 5 0-0 10, Carlson 9 5-8 23, Hunter Grant 1 0-0 2, Gallegos 2 4-6 8, Stephens 2 1-2 5, McIntosh 1 0-0 2, Bockman 2 1-2 5. Totals 26-62 11-18 61.
REBOUNDS — 32 (Stephens 8, Carlson 7, Bockman 5). STEALS — 15 (Carlson 7, Bockman 3). ASSISTS — 9 (Carlson 3). TURNOVERS — 17.

Buffs snap eight-game losing skid

by nathan oster
After going more than a month without a win, the Greybull Buffs picked up two of them in as many days last weekend, beating conference rival Riverside 58-37 on Friday and then going on the road Saturday to notch a 72-55 win over St. Stephens.
The win over St. Stephen’s was Greybull’s first road win of the season, and it lifted the team a couple games closer to the .500 mark, at 6-8, heading into important Class 2A Northwest Conference showdowns later this week against Rocky Mountain and Thermopolis.
“Hard work in practice pays dividends,” said Coach Jim Prather. “Sometimes you don’t always see those manifested in the final score, but as a team, we felt like we were making progress. Finally this last weekend we were able to put a couple in the win column.”
The Buffs snapped an eight-game skid against Riverside, racing out to a 22-8 lead after one quarter and extending it to 34-11 at the half en route to the 21-point win, which was Greybull’s first in conference play this season.
When it’s Greybull and Riverside, you can throw out the records, Prather had said before the game. Separated by just seven miles, the schools are longtime rivals — and the kids know each other from their various activities.
“When you’re talking about a rivalry game like that one, first you must deal with those emotions,” Prather said. “We knew our kids were going to play hard … and we expected the same from Riverside.
“A lot of times in rivalry games, it takes kids a while to get rid of that extra energy and settle in. But credit our kids. They played with a lot of poise, ball movement was good, and we set ourselves up for some great shots around the basket.”
In the first quarter alone, Paul Stewart and Payton Gonzalez had opportunities for three-point plays after scoring and getting hacked in the act of shooting. Gonzalez had seven of his team-high 21 in the first quarter.
“From the start, we were able to get the ball where we wanted to and the kids were able to capitalize on those opportunities,” said Prather.
Gonzalez led the way for the Buffs, hitting 9-11 from the field as part of his 21-point effort.
“He had an excellent game,” Prather said. “He was aggressive, but at the same time, he let the game come to him. He didn’t force things. When the shots were there, he took them.
“Paul (Stewart) established himself around the basket, and Quinton (Haley) was aggressive around the basket,” Prather said of his two big men, who each netted nine in the win. “Those are the things we’re looking to get from our post players.”
Greybull had a good shooting night, hitting 48 percent of its field goal attempts, something Prather attributed partly to confidence.
Wyatt Good, who turned an ankle in Burlington, returned to the lineup and contributed right away, chipping in eight points to go along with a team-high three assists.
The Buffs followed that up with an even better performance Saturday in St. Stephens. It was a four-point game at the half, but the Buffs put some distance between themselves and the Eagles with a 27-18 third-quarter surge. Haley sparked it, scoring 10 of his 20 points in the frame.
Prather called it “another nice effort in regard to focus and concentration. We ran our offense better than we have in a long time, and that meant we got the ball where we wanted it to go — and we got the shots that we wanted.”
Gonzalez also had it working in St. Stephens, sinking nine of 18 from the field to finish with 22 points. He also had four steals, tops on the team. Stewart also finished in double digits with 10.
Prather called it “a breakthrough win, in the sense that we hadn’t won on the road” to that point of the season. The weekend as a whole provided a shot in the arm for a team that had struggled mightily in its first two games after the holidays.
“If back to back wins don’t elevate the conference level of the kids, I’m not sure what button you can push to change that,” Prather said. “The kids felt great Saturday on the bus ride home. We needed to play well and put back to back games together.”

This week
A big weekend looms on the horizon for the Greybull boys, who face Rocky Mountain today (Thursday, Jan. 17) in Cowley before returning to Buff Gym on Friday night to tangle with Thermopolis. Game time is 7 p.m. at both locations.
Rocky Mountain and Thermopolis are the two teams directly ahead of the Buffs in the conference standings. The Grizzlies swept the Buffs last year. “They were one of my choices in the early part of the season to be one of the better teams in 2A,” Prather said. “They’ve got seven fine players, they are athletic, they can put a lot of pressure on the ball, which we saw last year.”
Thermop fended off the Buffs the first time around, winning in double overtime in December.
“We’d like to think home-court advantage is worth a couple of points,” Prather said. “If we get an opportunity to close the deal, hopefully we’ll be able to do that this time. We’ve gotten better in the weeks since we played them. We’ll see how it shakes out.”

Greybull 22 12 11 13 — 58
Riverside 8 3 12 14 — 37
GREYBULL — Payton Gonzalez 9 3-7 21, Calder Forcella 1 0-0 2, Wyatt Good 2 4-4 8, Quinton Haley 4 1-2 9, Ryan Sylvester 1 0-0 2, Paul Stewart 4 1-3 9, Fabian Davila 1 1-2 3, Logan Jensen 0 0-2 0, Treston Tracy 2 0-0 4. Totals 24 10-20 58.
RIVERSIDE — Getzfreid 1 2-3 4, Vollan 3 0-0 8, McKim 2 1-3 5, Mercer 1 2-3 4, Vigil 1 2-2 4, Roussan 1 0-0 2, Schwede 1 3-4 5, Deniz 2 1-2 5. Totals 12 10-17 37.
3-POINT GOALS — Vollan 2. REBOUNDS — Greybull 32 (Haley 6). STEALS — Greybull 19 (Stewart 7). ASSISTS — Greybull 14 (Good and Stewart, 3). TURNOVERS — Greybull 22.

Greybull 16 14 27 15 — 72
St. Stephens 14 12 18 11 — 55
GREYBULL — Gonzalez 9 1-2 22, Forcella 1 0-0 3, Good 2 2-5 7, Haley 10 0-0 20, Sylvester 0 2-2 2, Stewart 3 4-4 10, Tracy 4 0-0 8. Totals 29 9-13 72.
ST STEPHENS — S. Brown 1 1-2 3, C. Littleshield 6 2-3 18, R. Roman 0 5-6 5, S. Teran 5 1-2 12, L. Oldman 7 1-4 17. Totals 19 10-17 55.
3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez 3, Forcella, Good; Littleshield 4, Oldman 2, Teran. REBOUNDS — 46 (Haley 11, Good 10). STEALS — Greybull 9 (Gonzalez 4. ASSISTS — Greybull 21 (Good and Sylvester, 5). TURNOVERS — Greybull 19.

Elks crown local Hoop Shoot winners

by nathan oster

There weren’t as many participants, but the competition was still fierce at this year’s Elks Hoop Shoot, which was held Saturday morning at Buff Gym.

Shootouts were required to settle several divisions, as contestants battled it out for the right to advance to the next round of the competition, which will play out Saturday, Feb. 10 starting at 10 a.m. at the Livingston gym in Cody.

The local champions who advanced to that competition include Davis Wrage (8-9 boys division champion); Kylin Stephens (8-9 girls); Payten Sorensen (10-11 girls); Sydney Tschiffely (12-13 girls) and Morgan Dowling (12-13 boys).

There were 21 participants this year, down from the 45 who were entered last year.

8- AND 9-YEAR-OLD BOYS — 1, Davis Wrage, 12-25.  2, Weston Haley, 5-25.  3, Jake Schlattmann, 5-25.  Other participants: Cale Wright, Johnny Coyne, Chase Oster, Miles Houk.

8- AND 9-YEAR-OLD GIRLS — 1, Kylin Stephens, 2-25.

10- AND 11-YEAR-OLD GIRLS — 1, Payten Sorensen, 9-25.  2, Kendall Stephens, 3-25.

10- AND 11-YEAR-OLD BOYS — No participants.

12- AND 13-YEAR-OLD GIRLS — 1, Sydney Tschiffely, 15-25.  2, Kendall Wright, 14-25.  3, Skyler Wrage, 12-25.  Other participants: Morgan Haley, Ky Sorensen, Tatem Edeler.

12- AND 13-YEAR-OLD BOYS — 1, Morgan Dowling, 14-25.  2, Braeden Tracy, 11-25.  3, Eduardo Burgos, 10-25.  Other participants: Brock Hill, Ralph Petty..

Lawmakers go to work in Cheyenne

By David Peck
In the Wyoming Legislature it sometimes pays to be persistent, and in the case of Sen. Ray Peterson (R-Lovell), he’s hoping the third time is the charm for his bill on Medicaid fraud.
Peterson’s bill to authorize civil recoveries for Medicaid fraud has passed the Senate in each of the last two sessions overwhelmingly, only to be defeated in the House of Representatives.
He’s trying again in 2013 as the general session of the 62nd Wyoming Legislature begins this week in Cheyenne. The session convened Tuesday and is expected to run through Thursday, Feb. 28, with three days (March 1, 4 and 5) set aside for additional work if needed.
After the first attempt in 2011, Peterson modified his bill to eliminate the “whistleblower” portion of the bill, wherein someone reporting fraud could receive some of the settlement or penalty, a practice allowed in about a dozen states, he said.
The bill (SF 83) creates the Wyoming Medicaid False Claim Act, which authorizes civil recoveries for the state. Currently, he said, Wyoming is operating under the federal false claims act, and the only option is criminal prosecution.
The bill passed 30-0 in the Senate in both 2011 and 2012. Two years ago it was defeated in the House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee, and last year it was killed in the House Judiciary Committee.
“I don’t know how it will fare this year,” Peterson said in a pre-session interview last Thursday.
The bill was received for introduction Tuesday in the Senate.
Another bill Peterson is sponsoring (SF 25) entitled “Recreation facilities and systems-detraction” would set up a method for public recreation system to split off or separate from an existing district and has been requested by citizens in Clark who wish to separate from the Powell Recreation District.
Assessed valuation in the Clark area has been rising and helping to fund the Powell Rec District, Peterson said, but residents feel the valuation can support a separate district in Clark.
“They don’t feel they’re getting their fair share back and want to go off on their own,” Peterson said, noting that Clark has only one vote on the Powell Rec Board in the form of board member Larry Dodge, who is leading the effort to separate, he noted.
“I expressed my concern about them going off on their own,” Peterson said “I told them they could be rich this year but paupers later, and it also creates another special district.”
Peterson said the issue has been percolating for two years and he has urged the two parties to work things out, but nothing has really changed, he said, so Clark residents have asked him to draft the bill to establish the separation process, which is somewhat similar to the process the Deaver-Frannie Fire Dept. used to separate from Powell and form a separate fire district in Big Horn County.
The separation bill was also received Tuesday for introduction in the Senate.
Peterson said he has also been asked by House Revenue Committee Chairman Mike Madden of Buffalo to co-sponsor a bill to require a worker who has been terminated for testing positive for an illegal substance in a drug test to pass another drug test before applying for unemployment benefits.
The new chairman of the Senate Revenue Committee, Peterson said he will miss the appropriations committee on which he served in recent years but is also looking forward to chairing Revenue.
“Part of me says I’m going to miss Appropriations, but the other part says, ‘Whew,’” Peterson said, noting the many days of hearings Appropriations members must attend every year.
“I’m looking forward to chairing a committee,” he added.
Peterson drove to Cheyenne Saturday and expected to attend Republican caucus meetings Sunday. The session convened Tuesday, and Gov. Matt Mead addressed a joint session of the legislature Wednesday morning.

GMS honored for ‘closing achievement gap’

by nathan oster
The public is invited to attend a special event Friday morning in celebration of Greybull Middle School receiving one of the 2012 Distinguished Title I School awards.
Cindy Hill, the state’s superintendent of public instruction, is scheduled to attend. She is expected to present the award to the school, staff and students during the ceremony, which runs from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the GHS auditorium.
Greybull Elementary School received a similar award in 2010.
Supt. Barry Bryant said only two schools from each state were chosen for the award and that GMS was selected for “closing the achievement gap between student groups” on the Proficiency Assessment of Wyoming Students.
Barry Bryant said it is a nice honor for the school.
“Especially now, as we move further down the NCLB as the requirements get higher as far as still making AYP,” he said. “The middle school made some really big gains last year.”

New council gets to work

by nathan oster
There was a changing of the guard on the Greybull Town Council Thursday night, as Bob Graham was sworn in as mayor and Myles Foley and Clay Collingwood began their four-year terms.
Gavel in hand, Graham thanked the outgoing council members, Kay Fleek and Jan Johnson, as well as Mayor Frank Houk. “I just want you to know, I appreciate all of you, how you’ve helped me grow on this council and with the town,” said Graham. “It’s a little different sitting on this side after spending 15 years on the other side (as a town employee).
“Thank you for your help and confidence in me. I hope I can fill those shoes and move the town forward for the next two years.”
Graham then turned to Foley and Collingwood, saying he looks forward to working with them. He lauded Foley for his concern about the community and desire to make it a better place, and said Collingwood, with his family’s deep ties to Greybull, would be an asset. “He has a lot of devotion to this town.”
Councilor Bob McGuire urged the two new council members not to be afraid to speak up, adding it’s all part of the learning experience.
After the meeting, Graham outlined a number of goals for the next two years.
One is to continue along the path of replacing water lines. “One of the things I take pride in for the last six years has been our water projects, and how we as a town have gotten back going with those and rebuilding infrastructure for our community. I think we’re down to only about 22 blocks left to replace.”
Graham said the town was planning to address them, but had to shift money away from the project to cover the cost of recertifying the dike. He is hopeful, however, that work on the remaining blocks will be completed by the time he leaves office.
“There aren’t five communities in the whole state that have completely updated water distribution systems,” Graham said. “Almost every one of them is way behind on infrastructure because they’ve had to spend money elsewhere.”
As for other priorities, Graham said he’d like to see more progress on the cleanup of the refinery site and that he views the dike recertification to be a crucial step, saying it will “ultimately keep insurance rates where people can afford to get loans to own a house.”
Lastly, Graham offered a big vote of confidence to the Greybull Police Department, which came under fire during the lead-up to the election. “I’m the last member of the council remaining that had to build that police department,” he said. “I really think we have built an excellent police department. We have an excellent staff, a great police chief.
“That was a real strain on the council when I came here — trying to build a police department from scratch after basically being told (by the sheriff’s office) that they wren’t going to continue providing the service. We were scrambling, trying to figure it out. It has all worked out very well.”

Saying goodbye
The meeting marked the end of the terms of Mayor Frank Houk and Councilors Jan Johnson and Kay Fleek.
Houk spent 10 years on the council, including the last six in the mayor’s chair. Town Clerk Kathy Smith presented Houk with a desk block, featuring thermometer, clock, hygrometer and photo frame.
Johnson spent eight years, or two full terms, on the council. For Fleek, it was one term, four years. Both received plaques in recognition of their service to the town.

Martha Jane Highland

OBIT HighlandApril 25, 1930 – Jan. 6, 2013
Funeral services for Martha Jane Highland will be held Monday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. at Atwood Family Chapel in Basin. Martha, 79, died Jan. 6 at her home in Basin.
She was born April 25, 1930, in Greybull, the daughter of Edward E. and Ruth Richards Blank. She graduated from Basin High School and was a nurses’ aide prior to her marriage to Herbert B. Highland on June 5, 1953. The couple exchanged vows at the First Baptist Church in Basin with Pastor Floyd Ellison officiating.
Martha’s love for her husband and six daughters made her an exceptional homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, sewing, knitting, singing and tap dancing.
Martha was a Jehovah’s Witness for over 50 years and was very active in the ministry.
Her parents, her husband Herbert Highland, two daughters, Kay Highland Fredrichsen and Rebecca Flora Highland, and one brother, Harvey Blank, preceded Martha in death.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Karen and Rocky Brink of Thermopolis, Cindy and George Foster of Basin and Sara Brow of Falmouth, Mass.; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Jim and Mary Ann Blank of Basin and Gary and Alisha Buxton of Oregon; sister and brother-in-law Ray and Mable Bristow of Buffalo; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Burial will be in Mount View Cemetery in Basin. A private family gathering will be held at Martha’s home in Basin following the burial.
Memorials in Martha’s name will be received at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1156 South Road 11, Worland, WY 82401.

GPD announces hirings
Hess spent 7 years with Lovell P.D.
by nathan oster
The Greybull Police Department moved quickly to fill the patrol position vacated by Tom Hueckstaedt, hiring Greg Hess away from the Lovell Police Department.
Hess grew up in Lovell, graduating from high school in 1982. He moved to Colorado for a time, only to return to his hometown “10 or 12 years ago.”
It was the school system in Lovell that drew him back. He and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters, both grown and out of the house. One daughter, Kristen, now lives in Greybull, where she is married to Casey Good. The other, Alicia, resides in Arvada, Colo.
Hess joined the Lovell Police Department a little more than seven years ago and served not only as a patrol officer, but also as the LPD’s firearms instructor.
So why the move to Greybull?
“I’ve heard a lot about Chief (Bill) Brenner and the way he runs his department,” said Hess. “My wife and I decided it was time for a change.”
Youngerman hired as town’s ACO
The Greybull Police Department has hired Doug Youngerman as its new animal control officer. Youngerman, who replaced Lisia Hueckstaedt, has been on the job since Dec. 27.
Youngerman and his family (wife and two boys, ages 17 and 23) have lived in Greybull for the past 12 years. Most of his working years were devoted to the railroad, including a stint as the Train Master in Greybull. Retired since 2002, he said he’s excited about his new job.
“I took the animal control officer job because I love animals,” said Youngerman. “I would like to have no dogs be sent to the pound, but if they are, I’d like to be able to easily reunite pets with their owners by having all implanted with a microchip.”
Youngerman said he’s on the job to help the animals and will do whatever he can to find owners to take the homeless pets that he picks up.
To contact Youngerman directly with any animal issues, call 272-4264.