Monthly Archives: March 2013

Robertson is Teacher of the Year

By marlys good

Greybull High School special educator Dee Robertson has been recognized as Big Horn County School District No. 3 teacher of the year.  Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill made the announcement.

Robertson will receive an engraved notebook and crystal apple award in recognition of the honor.

Robertson’s interest in special education was sparked when she was in high school and the counselor scheduled her to be a teacher’s aide for the special education teacher. “The special education teacher had me work with students doing different things and I fell in love with it,” she recalls.

An educator since 1984 (starting in Niobrara County), she said “I am inspired by the challenge of finding or creating ways for students to learn; and I love being around high school students.”

Robertson said each student comes to the classroom with a different learning style. “My job is to inspire them by finding the way they will learn and succeed no matter the subject. By the time some of them get to high school they can come with a long line of failure. It is always a challenge, but one that is so worth the struggle.”

Robertson said she knows when she is successful with the students. “When they tell you that you have made something make sense, that you changed how they see themselves, that you really listened and cared, or they thank you for the time you spent with them. That is real and it means the most to me.”

Earning teacher of the year honors, Robertson said, is the “ultimate pat on the back from the district. I came to this job four years ago with a vision of what I wanted my program to look like. I have had the full support of my paraprofessionals, the staff at the high school and the administration in this vision; my job is never done alone.”

Supt. Barry Bryant said, “Dee is an asset for our students and truly deserves teacher of the year. She relates well to our students and rises to the challenge. Her students are constantly engaged in learning.”

Gary Meredith, who was superintendent at the time of the nomination, said Robertson’s flexibility in working with students “has earned her a reputation as an excellent teacher who truly cares about people.”

Robertson said simply, “It looks like I am headed in the right direction.”

G&F: Hunt Area 19 now closed

Mountain lion Hunt Area 19 closed at 8:40 p.m. on March 16, 2013. The area closed because the harvest limit of 20 mountain lions was reached.

Hunt Area 19 is roughly the northern half of the Big Horn Basin: south of the Wyoming-Montana state line, east of Yellowstone National Park, west of the Big Horn River, and north of the South Fork of Dry Creek including lands contained within the South Fork and North Fork of the Shoshone River drainages.

The hunt area will reopen for the fall season on Sept. 1, 2013.

 

Track team debuts Saturday at home

by nathan oster

For athletes from Greybull and the surrounding area, the opening act of the 2013 track season will play out Saturday when the Buffs host their annual early bird meet, the Bill Gerrard Memorial Invitational.

Action is set to begin at 10 a.m. — weather permitting of course.  And as of Tuesday afternoon, that was a big “if.”  At that time, the National Weather Service website was predicting snow flurries and highs in the 30s.

Coach Jeff Sukut said he’s as eager as anyone to get his first glimpse of his athletes in action.

As he sat down to preview the season earlier this week, Sukut admitted that not even he knows what to expect from this year’s team, which enters the year with only one athlete, McKenna Powers, who qualified for the state meet a season ago.

Powers, a junior, is the team’s most accomplished returnee.  She placed in the top seven in all four of her individual events at the regional meet, then built on that in the state competition in Casper, finishing fifth in the triple jump, fifth in the 800, eighth in the 400 and 15th in the long jump.

This year, Powers will again have something to overcome.  She suffered a concussion midway through the girls’ basketball season and didn’t return. But Sukut said she’s been looking good thus far in practice, returning to the form that she showed in her sophomore season.

“I’m expecting good things from McKenna,” he said, adding that she’ll likely continue on in her specialty events — the 400, 800, triple jump and long jump.  Sukut said he thinks her best events are the 400 and the 800.

The other returnee this year is Kenzie Bollig.  Like Powers, she’s a dual threat, specializing in the sprints (100 and 200) and the triple jump.  Last year as a freshman, she placed 9th in the 200, 12th in the 100 and 15th in the triple jump at the regional meet.

Rounding out the girls team this year are newcomers Brittany Cheatham, a senior; juniors Alex Preis and Anne McBride; sophomores Chai Durfee and Lynae McBride and freshmen Aftin DeRosa, Jessica Dowling, Sydney Eckman, Brittany Fink and Florina Villegas.

Sukut said he’s hopeful of forming 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams from the ranks of those girls.

The boys team has no returning state qualifiers, but several with previous track experience, including senior Dylan Brenner (a sprinter), Wyatt Good and Wyatt Nielson (hurdlers), Logan Jensen (discus) and Calder Forcella (discus and sprints).

“They’re all a year older and a year stronger,” Sukut said of his returnees. “I’m looking for good things from all of them this year.”

Chris Ogg technically falls under the category of “returnee,” but will be shelved this year due to a knee injury he sustained in football.

Kyler Flock, a junior who is in his first year at GHS, also has previous track experience, Sukut said, adding that he looks like a good runner.

The rest of the boys’ roster includes senior Herme Mendez; juniors Paul Stewart (also injured at the present time), Payton Gonzalez, Alex Hebb and Jarrod Johnson; sophomores Keegan Jenness, Gerald Fulkerson, Ryan Sylvester, Daniel Kinsman and Nicky Murdoch; and freshmen Cesar Sosa, Treston Tracy, Jake LaFollette and Kyle Collingwood.

As with the girls, Sukut said he’s hopeful of forming several boys relay teams this season.

“I’m excited about the season,” said Sukut.

As for the Class 2A Northwest Conference, Sukut said there’s no dispute.  Lovell is loaded on both the boys and girls sides and should be among the favorites to capture 2A titles at the state meet in Casper.

“Hopefully we’ll be somewhere in the middle of the pack in the conference,” said Sukut.  “We’ll know more after the rubber meets the road during competition.  It’s early in the season. It will take us a little while to get in shape and get to where we want to be as individuals and as a team.”

Saturday’s meet will give Sukut a good indication of his team’s potential this season.

“We’ll establish some base times and distances, when possible compare them to where kids left off last year, and then start building a good training regimen based on that information,” he said.

The meet should be a small one on Saturday. Lovell, for example, is attending a larger meet in Cody.  But several area teams will join the Buffs in Greybull, including conferences foes Rocky Mountain and Riverside, as well as 1A powerhouse Burlington.

Women’s intuition saves the day

by marlys good

It was Thursday, Feb. 7 and Greybull High School alum Audrey Hunt Schuyler and friends, Rose Ann Austin and Lana McCullar, had nothing on their minds except packing for the cruise they were to take the next day. Closets to rummage through and suitcases to pack.

But the best laid plans went awry when the three Citizen Volunteers with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office were called out about 5 p.m. to help search for a 21-year-old female motorcycle rider from Arkansas, Ally Baum, who left the camping area riding her off-road motorcycle about 9 a.m., ran out of gas and was awaiting rescue.

About 70 fellow motorcyclists, including her boyfriend, had been searching since 9:30 a.m. with no luck and finally called the sheriff’s department at 1 p.m. A deputy responded, talked to her on a cell phone (Ally’s phone was not fully charged). According to the official report, Ally said she “was in a desert area near some railroad racks near a possible mile post marker of 143. The deputy told her to stay put; they would find her. Ally’s phone went dead right after that call.

Aided by maps, they narrowed the search to the west side of Red Mountain Road.  The motorcyclists, deputies, Search & Rescue volunteers and a Navy Black Hawk helicopter had been searching the area where they thought she would be over and over again.

Audrey said, “Because they had searched the west side pretty thoroughly, we acted on a hunch (or women’s intuition) and asked if we could search the east side of Red Mountain Road.

“We had our amber lights going, honked the horn as we went and then would stop to listen for her. We stopped to look at some markings in the dirt and were calling her name, when Ally started hollering back, ‘I’m here; don’t leave. I’m here.’

“We followed her voice as she was walking out to meet us.” This was at approximately 9 p.m. The stranded rider was “cold, tired, thirsty and a bit scared.”

Audrey said the day had started out nice, but turned cold and windy. Ally wore boots, pants and a motorcycle jersey and had sought shelter in some rocks to get out of the wind. “We were wearing sweatshirts, coats, gloves and hats and were still cold. We turned the heat up high, gave her our coats and bottled water and radioed to let everyone know we had found her.

“We were all pretty excited to have been the ones to find her and, very tongue in cheek, decided we were ‘sheros.’

“We teased the deputies about the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

It was not tongue in cheek when Audrey pointed out the young rider had “done so many things wrong … not riding with a buddy, not having the appropriate gear, not being sure her bike was full of gas, not letting someone know where she was riding, and not having a charged cell phone.”

The three friends went home, packed and “pretty much didn’t sleep because we were so pumped,” Hunt said.

Audrey, who is married to Don Schuyler, is the daughter of  Mavis Hunt of Greybull.

Doc: Cook, cop saved man’s life


by nathan oster

Jabs, uppercuts and hooks are the language of his sport of choice, but it is a baseball term that best describes what William Pires did Monday night while working at the Overland Express Mart in Greybull.

Dusty Hill, a physician at South Big Horn Hospital, credits Pires with the “save” of the year for his quick response when a customer collapsed inside the convenience store, lost consciousness and had his heart stop beating.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the customer, whose name is unknown, was still clinging to life in a Billings hospital, according to Dr. Hill. He described the man as “a Native American,” likely a resident of New Mexico, and with the appearance of someone who was “down and out.”

The fact that he even made it to Billings was nothing short of a miracle, Hill said, crediting not only Pires but also the on-duty Greybull police officer, Sean Alquist — who responded to the call and stayed with patient even through his time in the ER — with saving the man’s life.

Pires, an aspiring boxer, is from the East Coast, having spent half his life in the Boston area, the other half in New York.  He has only lived in Wyoming for about a year. Before joining the Overland team a few months ago, he worked as a baker at the Maverik and doing miscellaneous work at the Greybull Motel.

Pires said he was working behind the counter, preparing food for customers, when he noticed the bus arrive.  One of the men from the bus eventually made it over to the store’s food court. It was there, at that moment, that Pires noticed that the man “wasn’t stable.”  In fact, he said a friend who was next in line had to help him place his order.

Pires said he continued to watch the man struggle as he made his way over to the cash register, and then begin walking toward the bathroom. He never made it that far, collapsing a few feet from the men’s room door.

Pires immediately left his station to be at the man’s side. He tended to him while a co-worker at the counter called for an ambulance.  Pires said he later took the phone and spoke directly with dispatch, informing the person on the other end of the man’s condition.

From past experience, Pires recognized that the man was having a seizure. “His arms started shaking…he was foaming at the mouth,” he said.

His initial concern was getting the man to stop.  “He’d been seizuring for about a minute and a half and he was biting his tongue the whole time,” Pires said. “I took one of the rags we use, a clean one, and went to his mouth to try to jar it open and get his tongue back in there.

“After I did that, I turned him over on his side and just stayed there with him.” Pires said he used another stack of towels as a pillow to prop the man’s head up.  The rest of the time, Pires stayed with the man, monitoring his condition and breathing pattern.

At one point, which he estimated to last around 40 seconds, he was unable to detect a pulse.  Pires said he was contemplating CPR when the man’s heartbeat returned.  Pires said all he did to get it restarted was “tapping him on the chest.”

Eventually ambulance crews arrived and took over the scene.  The man was transported to the South Big Horn Hospital emergency room, where Dr. Hill took over.  The man “had no pulse and his pupils weren’t responding to light.” Hill said he immediately feared that he and the ER team wouldn’t be able to bring the man back.

“We were getting no response from his heart,” said Hill. “We did CPR for five to six minutes gave him three rounds of Epernepheren.  I said to everyone around me, ‘This is hopeless,’ and that if everybody was OK with stopping it, I was going to give it one more round.

“I gave one final dose of Epinepheren, we did CPR and checked his pulse again, for about the 10th time, and I got a faint pulse in the right femeral artery.  I felt it again…it was very faint, and very sporadic, but it was there.”

The man’s condition gradually improved, to the point where he could be transported, via LifeFlight, to a hospital in Billings.

“Nobody here could believe it,” said Hill.  “Heck, I couldn’t believe it.  I’ve only seen this happen once in 18 years.”

Hill explained that a pH on the man’s blood was 6.87 upon arrival, and that the chances of making it 12 hours after having a pH that low is “less than 1 percent.”  Yet as of Tuesday afternoon, the man was still fighting in a Billings hospital. “I’ve never pulled one out from that far gone,” Hill said.

Hill said Pires “started the whole thing off” with his heroic actions and by doing “all the right things.” He said Alquist deserves a lot of credit as well, noting that ER personnel put him to work and that he stayed there for a good two-plus hours.  “What he did was awesome, too,” Hill said.

When informed Tuesday afternoon that the man was still alive, Pires pumped his fist.

How did he know what to do?

“I’ve been through a lot,” he said.

Pires said he has a friend with epilepsy and worked with a lot of cognitivite patients while employed by a mental institution as a youth.

“I was trained in how to handle it as a kid … and I guess instinct just kicked in,” he said of his response to the crisis.  He added that his co-workers at Overland also performed well, taking care of customers both in the food court and at the counter, while he was with the man.

Pires said he doesn’t know what the future holds for him.  He admits that he didn’t plan to stay here long and misses his family back East.  But at the same time, Greybull and Wyoming have grown on him.

“I don’t miss having to wear a bulletproof vest or worrying about wearing the wrong colors,” he said. “I’m at peace out here, which is very therapeutic.  I hear birds when I wake up instead of sirens.”

Pires doesn’t know where his boxing career will take him. It’s just something he enjoys.  He’s been fighting in Golden Gloves amateur bouts, and while doesn’t know his record, he’s certain he’s won more than he’s lost.  In fact, he said he hopes to make his pro debut later this year.

 

Council decides: It’s Jorgensen

by nathan oster

Ross Jorgensen, who for six years served as the town’s public works director, was appointed to the Greybull Town Council Monday night, ending an at times contentious internal struggle over who would complete the remaining two years of Bob Graham’s four-year term.

Jorgensen’s appointment, which was approved by a unanimous vote, capped a 45-minute discussion in which the council failed to agree on the appointment of Dave Havener and refused to put to a vote the appointments of either Rod Collingwood or Lindsey Casey.

The council had decided the fate of a fifth candidate, Les Lowe, in January.  The third-place finisher in the November general election, Lowe failed to get a majority of the council votes, as he received the backing of both Clay Collingwood and Myles Foley, but was opposed by Mayor Bob Graham and Bob McGuire.   Three votes were needed to win the appointment, and because he had gone to a vote, he could not be brought up for another vote.

Monday’s discussion picked up where the one in January ended, with McGuire and Graham pushing for Foley or Collingwood to second a motion made initially by McGuire in January to appoint Rod Collingwood.  Graham emphasized that a second from either of them wouldn’t constitute agreement, but rather that it would be a step toward bringing Collingwood’s appointment to a vote and thus, giving him his “due process.”

Graham opened the discussion with a prepared statement. He apologized again for not being prepared for the impasse that occurred, but said he had consulted a variety of people and legal documents since that special meeting — state, county and municipal officials as well as numerous attorneys, including the town’s own counsel, Scott McColloch.

The consensus, he said, “was that we, as a council, have the responsibility, the obligation, the duty to fill the vacant position,” and that the council had agreed during the first meeting of the new year — with McGuire motioning and Foley seconding — to seek letters of interest from community members rather than simply appointing the next-highest vote getter from the general election.

Graham said that wouldn’t be as clear cut as it may seem, noting that while Lowe was, in fact, the third-highest vote getter in the race last fall for the expiring seats of Kay Fleek and Jan Johnson, Art Moser was actually the third-highest vote getter for the seat that Graham vacated to take over as mayor. In the general election of 2010, when voters elected Graham and McGuire, Moser ran a very strong third, finishing just two votes (343-341) behind McGuire for the second seat.  Graham was the top vote getter in that election.

After Graham finished his rehash of the January meeting, Councilor Collingwood asked Moser, who was seated in the audience, if he filled out a letter of interest.  Moser said he did not do so — and was not interested in filling the vacant seat.

That brought the council back to the final four candidates. Pressed once again to offer a second to the motion of appointing Rod Collingwood, Foley said he decided in January that he could not support him and that he was going to stand by that decision.

“Gentlemen, I have a question,” said McGuire, addressing Foley and Collingwood “By rules, we should at least get it to a vote; that’s when you decide.  From what Mr. Graham said, he’s simply asking that every candidate be given the same consideration (as Lowe received).”

That, he said, would be a motion and a second, followed by discussion and a vote.

“At that point, when the vote is cast, same as what happened with Mr. Lowe, if doesn’t pass, we take the next one up.”

Graham added, “It’s only fair … that we give them all the same process we afforded Mr. Lowe, and with respect to the fact that these people are our constituents, they voted us into office, and we should give them the opportunity to be put up for a vote.”

Councilman Collingwood questioned the fairness of that, but after being assured by McColloch that he could also offer up a motion if he didn’t like McGuire’s, Collingwood took the first step toward a compromise

Collingwood motioned, and got a second from Foley, to appoint Dave Havener, the pastor of the Greybull Alliance Church.

Foley and Collingwood had refused to consider Havener in January.

“From listening to Dave, I now think he’d be a good choice,” said Foley. “I like his opinions, his ideas, his personality.”

Collingwood agreed, saying, “He’s a good choice.”

McGuire wouldn’t go as far.  Instead he emphasized the qualifications of both Rod Collingwood and Jorgensen, which he believed exceeded those of Havener.  In addition, he stated that he had a conversation with Havener after the January meeting.

“I told him I believe he has a value to the community in his current position as a minister of religion, and that being on the council could create fractions within his congregation,” McGuire said. “I told him I have more value in him being where he is than in causing problems, and as we visited, he seemed to agree with that.”

Councilor Collingwood said he got a different sense from Havener. “I don’t have the same opinion as you,” he said.

McGuire concluded, “I can’t support Mr. Havener when there are two other candidates who are much more qualified to work for the council and would be more effective to the community at large.”

Havener was the only one of the four remaining candidates who didn’t attend Monday’s meeting, and while Foley admitted, “I wish he’d be here tonight,” he stuck with his support for Havener, as did Collingwood, who said the question of whether there’d be a conflict with his congregation was for Havener and not McGuire to decide.

Before it went to a vote, Casey walked to the podium and asked Collingwood and Foley what had changed since January, when they wouldn’t support Havener.

“Two months of thinking about it,” said Collingwood.

Added Foley, “I originally had (Lowe) in mind, but after think about it for the past month, and what Mr. Havener would bring, I have changed my mind.”

Collingwood said he, too, wanted Lowe, but admitted that he hadn’t considered the case for Moser.

When it was put to a vote, Collingwood and Foley voted in favor of Havener; McGuire and Graham opposed.  Like Lowe, Havener failed to receive the three votes needed, which ended his candidacy.

Reached Tuesday, Havener said church business prevented him from attending the meeting. “I wish I would have been there,” he said, adding that he “probably would have accepted” had the vote have gone differently.

“The way I approached it was, if the Lord wants this to happen, it’s going to happen,” he said. “I wanted to be involved in our community and thought it was one way that I could contribute.”

When informed of Jorgensen’s appointment, Havener said he was “not worried in the least,” saying he felt Jorgensen was one of, if not the most qualified of all the applicants in the field.

 

Common ground

Now down to three candidates, the council shifted gears again.  McGuire said he had some of the same questions as Casey. He reiterated that his goal from the start was to appoint someone better than him, who would “bring something to the table” and make the council better.

“I’m not sure what you two have decided to use for your criteria, but I’m left with some questions,” said McGuire. “If this were an open job application, I’d take the most qualified candidate, and quite frankly, I haven’t seen that from either one of you.

“For whatever reason, I can’t get a second and (move Rod Collingwood) to the discussion phase. If I’m forced into it, I’ll make a motion we accept Ross Jorgensen.  That’ll be my motion.”

After a long pause, in which neither Foley nor Collingwood responded, McGuire turned to the two and said, “Gentlemen, I’ve got a question.  I’ve made two motions.  What agenda is out there? What is your criteria for making this selection.  I’m calling you both out.”

Foley reiterated his belief that the third runner-up, Lowe, should be the choice, but was quickly reminded by McGuire that that is no longer an option — and that the council had only three remaining candidates: Collingwood, Jorgensen and Casey.

Foley discounted Casey, saying she has “a conflict of interest” and that it’s an obvious one (her husband Brent is a Greybull police officer) — but McGuire countered, “it’s not obvious; we haven’t discussed it.

McGuire added, “This is an open meeting. We are on record.  Do you gentlemen want someone on this council who is qualified?”

Turning to McGuire, Collingwood responded, “Who are you to say who is qualified and who isn’t? You are making your own opinions, I am making mine.”

“But these are our choices,” said McGuire. “There are no more letters of interest.  This is it.  I can back up my choices and decisions.  We’re not getting anywhere here and I want to know why?”

“I made a motion (for who should be appointed) based on what was fair,” said Collingwood, a point later echoed by Foley.

McGuire continued to press for a second of his motion for Jorgensen, and after a long delay, expressed frustration.  “My perception is that for whatever reason, you don’t want Mr. Jorgensen, Mr. Collingwood or Mrs. Casey on the council.”

Collingwood eventually seconded the motion for Jorgensen, saying he was doing so “in the interest of going through the procedure.”  In the discussion phase, McGuire cited Jorgensen’s “understanding of the inner workings of the town and his skill level,” while Graham pointed out that Jorgensen volunteered his time last month helping Town Clerk Kathy Smith fill out an application for funding for a water project.

“Ross was able to help in getting it prepared and sent off, and that kind of dedication to this community means a lot.  If that’s not a qualification to sit on this council, then I question what is.”

Before he was put to a vote, Jorgensen was asked why, at the January meeting, he had pulled his letter of interest.  Earlier in Monday’s meeting, Graham was asked how Jorgensen could still be a candidate because of that, and the mayor stated that his withdrawal was never acted upon by the council.

Jorgensen had said in January that he was pulling his application because he wanted to throw his support behind Collingwood’s candidacy, feeling he was most qualified for the job.  He reiterated that Monday night, saying, “I didn’t want to see a stalemate. It isn’t good for our community.

“I just wanted the council to pick someone — because a council of four, two and two without a tiebreaker, doesn’t serve the best interest of our community.

When Mayor Graham called for a vote, all four hands went up in the air, and moments later, Jorgensen was sworn into office.

 

New appointee excited about challenge

by nathan oster

The newest member of the Greybull Town Council said he was “surprised” by his appointment but is looking forward to serving the community.

“I think we have the makings of a good council,” said Ross Jorgensen, who ultimately emerged as the council’s unanimous choice to complete the final 21 months of the four-year term that Bob Graham was elected to serve in 2010.

Jorgensen was sworn into office and joined the council on Monday night.

In his letter of interest, Jorgensen noted that he has lived in the community for over 15 years and cited 28 total years of experience “working for and with local, state and federal government agencies.”

Jorgensen served as the town’s public works director for six years (1997-2003).  During his tenure, he not only oversaw daily operations of the department, but also wrote and secured an 85 percent grant from SLIB for an 11-block sewer line replacement project and a 50 percent grant/50 percent loan to do another 11 blocks of sewer line replacement.

Jorgensen is currently employed by the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems as a circuit rider.  He has held the position for the past 5 ½ years.  It entails providing training and technical assistance to water and wastewater operations specialists in the areas of system operations and repair, Wyoming DEQ and US EPA reguluatory requirements.

“I assist town and district clerks with loan/grant applications, water and sewer rate analysis and policies and procedures required by state and federal agencies,” he wrote in his letter of interest. “Along with other staff members, I provide board training for town council and district board members in the areas of statutory requirements, construction planning and design review and budgeting.”

In addition to serving as the town’s public works director, Jorgensen also worked as a  project manager in the construction of the Washakie Rural I&SD water system which consisted of the installation of 82 miles of water lines and service connections.  Jorgensen’s letter also states that he “worked closely with the district board and Wyoming Water Development, USDA Rural Development and the Wyoming State Lands and Investments Board, which funded the $17 million project through grants and loans.”

As for his qualifications for the vacancy, Jorgensen noted in his letter that the town has come a long way in upgrading infrastructure, but that much work remains. “I am certain there is quite a bit of cost cutting that can be done in the area of planning work that can be done in house instead of paying $125-plus per hour consulting fees to an engineering firm.

“The more that the council and staff is involved in the planning, the more we fully understand what to expect for the dollars we spend and we get the product we want and not what an engineer thinks we should get.

“I believe that my experience will serve to help in the yearly budgeting process that has revenue fluctuating every year.  Increasing regulatory requirements continue to burden our shrinking budgets.  Out of necessity, we need to keep the reserve funds up to get us through the rough times.”

Ross and his wife Elaine have two grown children, Erik and Erin, both of whom attended and graduated from Greybull High School.

 

Dorothy A. “Dot” Kimbro.

OBIT KimbroMarch 7, 1929 – March 7, 2013

Dorothy A. Kimbro, formerly of Basin and Greybull, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Kingwood, Texas.

She was born in Longmont, Colorado, March 7, 1929, the oldest daughter of Gus and Helen (Higgins) Abrams. She was raised on the family farm between Loveland and Berthoud attending schools in Campion and Loveland, graduating from Loveland High School in 1946. She attended Colorado Women’s College in Denver, Colo., before transferring to Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University University) in Fort, Collins, Colo. There she met K. Russell Kimbro and they were married Jan. 23, 1949. They made their home in Shell, Wyo., living and working on the family farm until 1959, when they purchased Horn’s Home Furnishings in Greybull. After I was destroyed by fire in 1964, they purchased the Reilly Motel which they operated as the K-Bar Motel until her retirement in 1992. They moved to Basin in 1999 where she resided until Nov. 2012 when she moved to Kingwood, Texas, to be closer to her son, Dave.

Dorothy was an accomplished musician, serving as organist and pianist for the First Presbyterian Church in Greybull and the Shell Community Church in Shell for many years. She also served her church as a Deacon and in many other roles as needed. She was an active member of Chapter F P.E.O., Big Horn Chapter of the National Society of D.A.R., past worthy matron of Lewisia Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, Shell Garden Club and the Shell Coffee Club. A voracious reader she worked and volunteered for the Greybull Library. She enjoyed playing golf and worked and volunteered for Midway Golf Club. She loved games of all kinds, playing in a variety of bridge clubs, Yahtzee with her good friend Dawn, or any form of card game with almost anyone. She loved to travel and kept journals of the places she visited. She was an accomplished genealogist and put together several family books of her and of Russell’s family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Russell Kimbro in 2001, and infant twin daughters in 1949.

She is survived by her sister, Marilyn Fishburn of Loveland, Colo.; son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Becky Kimbro of Kingwood, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Rod Richardson of Laramie, Wyo.; granddaughters, Andrea (Bret) Nielsen, Danielle (Justin) Mitchell and Alyson (Lee) Stevens; grandsons, Geof and Bryan Kimbro; three great-grandchildren; two nieces; one nephew, numerous cousins and many friends.

Services will be held Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church in Greybull at 10 a.m. A viewing will be held at the church a half hour prior to the services. Internment will follow at Whaley Cemetery. A potluck luncheon will follow at the First Presbyterian Church.

Pallbearers are Geof Kimbro, Bret Nielsen, Justin Mitchell, Bruce Fishburn, Larry Meade and Jerry Ewen. Honorary pallbearers are Donald Olson, Robert Nielsen, Loren Good and Augie Garcia.

Services are under the direction of Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc.

Memorial contributions can be made in Dorothy’s name to Big Horn Federal, Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426 to benefit the Greybull library.

(Paid obituary)

Shirley Mott

April 18, 1926 – March 7, 2013

Word has been received of the death of former Greybull resident Shirley Mott. Shirley, 86, died March 7 in South Aurora Medical Center in Aurora, Colo., from injuries suffered from a fall outside her home in Aurora.

Shirley was the daughter of George and Geraldine Flitner Mott. (George was a businessman in Greybull in the 1930s and 1940s.) Shirley was raised in Greybull and spent a lot of time on the Flitner ranch on Shell Creek until she left Greybull to attend high school elsewhere.

Her career took her to Denver with a company that serviced the administrative needs of many oil companies.

Shirley led a full life, had many interests, and remained active prior to her hospitalization.

A memorial service will be held in Aurora in May.

George “Joe” William Andres

April 11, 1939 – Feb. 15, 2013

A memorial service for George “Joe” William Andres of Cody will be held in Cody at a later date. Joe, 73, died Feb. 15 in Hot Springs, Ark.

He was born April 11, 1939, in Greybull, the middle of three children of George and Mary Andres. He grew up and received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School in 1957. He served two years in the United States Army.

He married Joyce in Tulsa, Okla., Feb. 14, 1988.

He was a 22-year resident of Cody. George retired from Baker Hughes, Inc., where he had worked as a supervisor for 33 years. He enjoyed bowling and restoring tractors.

His parents, sister Betty Lou, and aunt Betty preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Joyce; daughter and son-in-law, Jon and Renee Fazendine of Hot Springs, Ark.; stepsons Jimmy Jewell of Newport News, Va., Joe Jewell of Cody and Gary Wayne Higgins of Sioux Falls, S.D.; his sister, Peggy Fowler of Surprise, Ariz.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

 

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