Monthly Archives: March 2013

Hunting seasons topic of meeting

by nathan oster

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will conduct on open house meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 25 at Greybull Town Hall to discuss proposed hunting season recommendations for 2013.

Game and Fish hosts open house season-setting meetings so individuals may talk directly with the wildlife biologists and game wardens responsible for managing big game.

Tom Easterly, the wildlife biologist based in Greybull, said several changes the elk, deer and turkey hunting seasons in the Big Horn Basin are being considered.

One proposal calls for a longer hunting season in Elk Area 41, where the focus continues to be reducing the herd population. “In the past we had one split in there — but for this coming year we’re proposing a little longer break and a second split, which will enable us to run the season into almost Chistmas.” Easterly explained that the breaks create periods of less disruption, which in turn create more favorable conditions for hunters when the season reopens.

Another proposal would create additional elk hunting licenses in different areas around the Big Horns and a longer cow season in Elk Area 40.

For deer, Easterly said there is a proposal to merge some hunt areas.  “If people are curious, they can come to the meeting and see what the maps look like and where the merging has occurred,” he said.

The turkey hunting proposal may be the most significant change, Easterly said.  Instead of having to apply for licenses, hunters would be able to pick them up at any G&F license selling agents.

“It’s a pretty major change and we expect to be getting a lot of comments on it,” Easterly said, adding that the earliest the change could take effect is in the spring of 2014.

A formal open house meeting, during which statewide seasons may be discussed, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 27 at Big Horn Federal Bank in Cody.

Written comments may be submitted at the meetings or by mail to: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Attn: Regulations 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, April 1. All written comments are given to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission for its review.


GHS, GMS thinclads eye openers

by nathan oster

Track practice has begun and athletes from Greybull Middle School and Greybull High School are busy preparing for their respective season openers, both of which are scheduled for Saturday, March 23.

The updated track schedules, which were released last week, show the high schoolers opening on their home oval with the Bill Gerrard Memorial Invitational and the middle school kids debuting at a meet in Meeteetse.

The Buffs are scheduled to attend six additional meets — in Basin, Worland, Ethete, Lovell, Thermopolis and Meeteetse — before the Class 2A West Regional in Lander May 10-11 and the State Track and Field Championships May 16-18 in Casper.

The middle school team is scheduled to attend a total of six meets, including its conference meet May 3 in Thermopolis.  GMS’s only home meet of the season is scheduled for March 26.

Look for previews of the two track teams in next week’s issue of the Standard.

Family Dollar may be coming to Greybull

by nathan oster

Greybull would lose one of its restaurants but gain a Family Dollar store if a proposed real estate transaction is completed in the coming weeks.

Dean and Sheila Waddell, owners of Side Kick Pizza and Subs on North Sixth Street, have announced plans to close their business on Friday, March 15.

On a sign hanging in their front door, and in an advertisement appearing in this issue, the Waddells offered thanks to the community for its support over the years.

Prior to opening at their current location in 2004, the Waddells dispensed coffee out of a drive-through building in the Ron’s Food Farm parking lot.

Over the years they have developed a strong, loyal customer base.

“I’ve loved all the different people who have come in and talking with them,” said Sheila Waddell, emphasizing that it won’t be easy to walk away from the business which has been such a big part of their lives.

But she said the job has required a lot of her time — 10 hour days, six days a week — and that she’s looking forward to taking a couple of months off before she starts to look for another job.

“Plus I’ve got a new grandbaby coming, too,” she said, proudly.

The Waddells were in a position where they had little choice.

They didn’t own the building.  Instead, they leased it — first from Kip and Cindy McIntosh, and then from Michael and Wendy Lannon, who acquired it from the McIntoshes last December.

In an interview Monday, Wendy Lannon said she and her husband, who own the Greybull Motel next door, purchased the property with idea of putting cabins and rentals adjacent to and behind the Side Kick building.

Not long after that, however, they were approached by Dave Murdock, who is a build-to-suit developer for the Family Dollar store franchise.

Murdoch eventually came to terms with the Lannons — then with the Waddells, who had some time remaining on their lease.

Reached on Tuesday afternoon, Murdock confirmed that he has the property under contract. He is buying the part of the lot that fronts Sixth Street and extends 185 feet to the rear.

The Lannons retained ownership of the property directly behind that. “We haven’t eliminated the possibility of doing cabins on the back of the property,” she said Tuesday. “We’re just going to wait and see how it’s all going to look.”

Murdock described himself as “an independent contractor” who initially identifies potential sites for Family Dollar stores.  After he provides the information, the corporate folks at Family Dollar decide which site they prefer. He then purchases the property and puts up a building that will work for Family Dollar.

He has used the same approach to develop the Family Dollar stores in Thermopolis and Lovell, as well as those in Dubois and Pinedale that will be opening soon.  Another one, in Kemmerer, is holding a grand opening this week.

For this search, Murdock looked at properties in both Basin and Greybull. Ultimately, Family Dollar directed him to proceed with the purchase of the site in Greybull.

“They have a due diligence process that they use to decide what communities they want to go into,” he said. “It’s an expensive process, too.  You know, though, that they aren’t going to go into a community unless they are confident there’s a demand for their store.”

Murdock said he hopes to close on the real estate transaction around the 15th of April, and that once he obtains the permits he needs, he can usually have a building up and ready to go within 120 days.

“I’m hoping that by the end of October, we will have the building opened up and operating,” he said.

Two of the buildings on site, including the primary one which houses Side Kick Pizza and Subs, would need to be demolished to make way for the new Family Dollar building.

Murdock said the Family Dollar store he envisions would be about 8,320 square feet — which would be considerably smaller than two of its rival stores in the community, Ron’s Food Farm (15,000 square feet) and the Shopko store (approximately 20,000 square feet).


About Family Dollar

According to its website (, the chain already has several locations in the Big Horn Basin, including Cody, Powell, Lovell, Worland and Thermopolis.

Founded in 1959 in Charlotte, N.C., Family Dollar offers customers “a mix of quality name brand products they use every day, from consumable products such as household paper products and expanded food assortment to treasures for every home and even quality apparel for men, women and children.  We also offer a mix of seasonal products, greeting cards, gift wrap and more.”

The company identifies as its “core customer” a “female head of household in her mid 50s making less than $40,000 per year.”

According to its website, Family Dollar has 7,600 stores in 45 states and 50,000 employees.

Murdock said that when it’s finished, the Greybull store would likely require a workforce of between 10 and 12 people.

Enrollment climbs to 509

by nathan oster

Big Horn County School District No. 3 has gained 18 students since Oct. 1, pushing its total student count to 509 and forcing school administrators to hire extra help of meet the needs of its growing student population.

“We’re a good 15 students over where we’ve been the last three or four years,” said Supt. Barry Bryant, who said the elementary school has seen the biggest gains.  As of Tuesday, the enrollment at GES stood at 217, which included a second grade class bursting at the seams with 46 students. The middle school enrollment was 129 and the high school enrollment 163, both as of Tuesday.

Bryant said he didn’t have an explanation for the growth, but that some of the new students come from families who moved here to work for the railroad.

Erin Michelena, who grew up in the Greybull area and did her student teaching in the district, has been helping at the second-grade level, Bryant said.

Looking ahead to next year, Bryant said the district plans to hire at least one more elementary teacher because it wants to move current fourth-grade teacher Kerri Thiel into the role of an ELL/intervention specialist.

Betsy Jean Yorgason

Jan. 17, 1946 – Feb. 26, 2013

Betsy was born January 17, 1946, in Greybull, Wyoming, to James Scott McNiven and Betty Gene Morrow McNiven.

Betsy attended school in Burlington, Wyoming and graduated from Burlington High School in 1965. While attending school she learned a very strong work ethic by working on the family farm. That work ethic remained a part of her up until her final day.

Betsy attended business college in Bakersfield, California after graduation from high school. She then moved on to Washington, D.C., and was the secretary at the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the agent in charge of the Washington, D.C., field office. She was a part of cases such as the “Patty Hearst” case. She gave up this career in interest of marriage and starting a family.

May 31, 1973, Betsy married Francis Leland Yorgason in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Their first child, James Joseph Yorgason, was born March 13, 1974, in Pocatello, Idaho. LeeAnn Yorgason followed two year later on January 17, 1976 in Powell, Wyoming. Their final daughter Susan Michelle Yorgason was born February 12, 1979, in Mason City, Iowa.

Betsy lived for service, especially where children and church were involved. She operated a daycare out of her home in Charles City, Iowa, for 25 years. Much of her pride and joy came from this opportunity to teach and care for these children along with her own. She served her church and various communities in many different capacities. Along with service she had a lifelong love of music and taught herself to play the piano.

Betsy is survived by the love of her life and eternal companion, Francis Leland Yorgason of Perry, Utah; son James (Rossana) Yorgason of Pleasant View, Utah; daughter Lee Ann (Norman) Nix of Las Vegas, Nevada, and daughter Susan of Farmington, Utah. Betsy is also survived by two grandchildren, Noelle Krystine and Nicholas James Yorgason.

On behalf of her family, a special thanks to Doctors Lance Bryce and Brian Dawson, Advocate hospice staff, especially RN Misti and CNA Lola, special friends and nurses Callie Johnson and Sunshine, who were so close in the end and who all gave her impeccable care.

Funeral services were held at the Perry, Utah Stake Center, 685 W. 2250 S. Perry, Utah 84302 at twelve o’clock noon on March 1, 2013. Burial was held in Burlington, Wyoming. Services were under the direction of Serenicare Funeral Home of Providence and Ogden, Utah.

(Paid obituary)

Nancy Tolman Murphy

OBIT MurphyNov. 6, 1941 – March 4, 2013

Funeral services for Nancy Tolman Murphy will be held Saturday, March 9 at 11 a.m. at the Hobble Creek 14th Ward in Springville, Utah. Nancy died March 4, 2013, at her home in Springville.

She was born Nov. 6, 1941, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of David Elden and Nedra Carlston Tolman. She was raised in Arlingon, Va., and graduated from Wakefield Senior High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from BYU and for many years taught ninth grade English at Vernal Junior High.

She married William George Murphy, a Greybull High School graduate, on Aug. 18, 1967, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.

Nancy’s greatest joys were her family and the gospel. She loved music, sports, reading, gardening and the changes of the season.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities.

Her husband William George Murphy preceded her in death.

She is survived by her six children and their spouses: David and Gina Murphy, Theron and Jody Murphy, George and Brinli Murphy, Dale and Wendy Murphy Eaton, Michael and Amy Beaver and Stephen and Charlotte Murphy; one brother and sister-in-law, David and Connie Tolman, and 22 grandchildren.


Carlson named all conference

by marlys good

GHS junior Ceirra Carlson has been named to the Class 2A All-Northwest Conference team. She joins Emilee Reasch, Amanda Robertson and Kim Shumway of Lovell, Brittany Vigil and Cydnie Clark of Riverside, Shauna Loman and Kallee Wilson of Rocky Mountain and Dana Bjorhus and Jordan Leyba of Thermopolis.

Bjorhus was named Northwest Conference player of the year, with Lady Bulldog Coach Chris Edwards honored by his peers as the conference coach of the year.

Lady Buff Coach Jeff Hunt said Ceirra’s selection “was no surprise. Ceirra had a great season and her stats are comparable to the conference player of the year (Bjorhus).” Carlson averaged 13.3 points per game, had 118 rebounds, dished out 57 assists and had 74 steals.

“Ceirra scored in double figures 22 times and nine of those were 15 points or higher,“ Hunt pointed out. “She was a threat every time she stepped on the court. She was also one of the best defensive players on the court, every game. She has received compliments from throughout the state.

Summing it up, Hunt said,  “It was just a great year for her; I’m looking forward to watching her play next season.”

Ceirra is the daughter of Mike and Shelby Carlson.

Gonzalez makes all-conference team

by nathan oster

The Greybull Buffs put one player, Payton Gonzalez, on the Class 2A All-Northwest Conference team, which was released following the completion of last weekend’s state tournament in Casper.

Gonzalez, a junior guard, led the Buffs in scoring, averaging 11.2 points per game, and in steals, finishing the year with 65.  He also ranked second in assists with 55 and pulled down 61 rebounds, including 29 on the offensive end.

He was also one of Greybull’s top shooters, connecting on 43 percent of his two-point attempts, 60 percent of his shots from the charity stripe, and with 26 treys on 106 attempts, was the team’s top threat from behind the arc.

“No one puts in as much gym time as Payton. He attends every open gym, every summer league game, and every tournament we participate in and that hard work has paid dividends,” said Coach Jim Prather. “In his first year as a varsity starter, Payton was our leading scorer. He also was our team leader in steals, forced turnovers, and deflections.

“To be named all-conference and be only a junior is quite an achievement. This year eight of the 10 selections were seniors. Seniors dominate these types of selections, so for the other coaches in our league to recognize Payton’s body of work during his junior season shows the respect he has earned in our conference. If the past is any indicator, Payton will be in the gym when we start in April to work on improving his game. We are fortunate to have him coming back to play for the Buffs next season.”

Greybull finished fourth in the conference and 9-18 overall.

Cody Savage, who led the Bulldogs to the 2A title last weekend in Casper, was named the conference’s player of the year.  He was joined on the all-conference team by teammates Dylan Hultgren and Ryan Clark.

Other first-team all-conference selections included Bryce Ward, Kirby Winland and Michael Bernhisel of Rocky Mountain, Tanner Abbott and Kacy Conner of Thermopolis and Clint Getzfreid of Riverside.

All-state team

The 2A all-state team was released on Tuesday and it included the following players:  Cody Savage and Ryan Clark of Lovell, Bryce Ward of Rocky Mountain, Tanner Abbott of Thermopolis, Mathew Wigglesworth of Big Horn, Levi Peterson of Moorcroft, Travis Romsma of Burns, Hunter Dockery and Travis Smith of Lusk, Alvin Spoonhunter and Trevor Williamson of Wyoming Indian and Jordan Sims of Big Piney.

Herrins honored for 72 years together

by marlys good

It was Oct. 12, 1940 when Marcella Johnson and Dan Herrin entered St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in St. Paul, Minn., clasped hands and vowed: “…for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, honor, and cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.”

After weathering 72 years of “better, worse, richer, poorer, sickness, health,” Marcella and Dan are as committed to each other as they were as newlyweds.

Dan and Marcella were both 18 years old when they began dating, and 22 years old when they exchanged vows.

As teenagers, what drew them together?

“There was a group of young girls and young boys, and Dan and I were both the oldest,” Marcella said, bright eyes flashing. “He was very intelligent, good-natured, a real gentleman.”

Dan said Marcella was his first and only girlfriend. “She was good-looking, pretty. I just liked her looks,” he said.

Dan worked “in a hamburger joint,” he laughed, putting in 10 hours a day, seven days a week, for a hefty $19 paycheck. Marcella worked 40 hours a week at a union-run printing plant and earned $14 per week.  Their first home was an unfurnished four-room “upper duplex” they rented for $17 a month.

Times were lean, but it was a happy time, both recall. “We didn’t think about it. Things (like that) didn’t bother people back then,” Marcella said. “Nine months and 10 days from the day we were married Julie Ann was born,” Dan said.

Dan joined the Marine Corps when Julie was 3 years old. He was stationed in California and Marcella wanted to see him again before he shipped out to Pearl Harbor (and eventually Okinawa) so with 3-year-old Julie in tow, pregnant with their second child, Marcella boarded a train and set out.

It was wartime and “the train was so crowded. People were standing up; but I didn’t have to,” she laughed. Dan and Marcella spent a couple of days together before he left and she returned home.

He was overseas for 15 months. When he returned Dan recalled taking a cab to his home, opening his arms to be welcomed by Marcella and Julie, and Ellen, just learning to walk, shyly looking on in the background, not realizing it was her “Daddy.”

Dan went to work as a federal meat inspector and life returned to normal. An avid hunter and lover of the outdoors, Dan had been hunting in Wyoming, and always wanted to come back to live. The opportunity came when a small meat-packing plant in Casper went federal. Dan jumped at the job opening and in the early ‘60s and they moved to Casper. By this time the family had grown to include sons Charles (now deceased) and Daniel.

Marcella had never been to Wyoming but came “because Dan wanted me to. That’s the way it was; it’s always been that way.”

Although life has had its ups and downs, the couple said they have never argued very much. Marcella said Dan has always been a hardworking, dependable man, “always understanding and respectable.” She said it’s important that “you marry someone you LIKE. That is as important as loving them. And it is important to have a sense of humor. Dan has a better one than I have,” she admitted.

Dan said the couple’s successful marriage “just evolved that way. We were attracted to each other and we love each other.”

Summing it up, Marcella said simply, “It is just like we were supposed to be together.”

Lifelong Catholics, their faith is and has always been an integral part of their marriage. They renewed their wedding vows on their 50th anniversary.

Father Tom Ogg of St. Mary Magdalene and Sacred Heart Catholic churches in Worland and Greybull, representing Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original faith-based marriage enrichment program in the United States, sponsored by the Catholic Church, presented Dan and Marcella with a framed parchment certificate for being “the Longest Married Couple in Wyoming.”

Father Ogg said, “It is such a joy and blessing to recognize fidelity and permanence in marriages these days.”

Worldwide Marriage Encounters was conceived to focus positive attention on marriage and to honor those who had been married the longest in the world, the United States, and each individual state.

Nominations were open to all couples, regardless of religion and WWME received hundreds of nominations from family, friends, neighbors, pastors, church secretaries and from the couples themselves. Nominations were sent via email, phone calls and letters that were compiled into an Excel spreadsheet and sorted by state and length of marriage.

Hospital plans unveiled to rave reviews

by barbara anne greene

The reconstruction and modernization plans for South Big Horn County Hospital brought oohs and ahs for those seeing the presentation from Dan Odasz from Plan One Architects. Odasz presented a three dimensional view of the proposed additions and new construction at the Feb. 21 monthly board meeting.

While the final colors and finishes haven’t been chosen, the concept of the new look is beautiful. It features a covered entrance with room for two vehicles for drop off. Odasz said even though the phases they are working on are in the back they needed to design the front as well in order to be consistent in roof height, aesthetics, etc.

Phase one was completed last year with the radiology and lab addition. Phase two construction will be the new emergency room and mechanical plant addition. This will be on the west side or the back of the facility.

Phase three construction will be the inpatient services addition. This will also be in the back next to the emergency entrance. There will also be a side entrance that faces north.

Phase four of construction will be the dietary and central warehouse. This will be built on the south side of radiology and have much closer access to the nursing home. There will be a loading dock as well. New water and sewer lines will be a part of this project.

The existing nursing home will stay the same.

Eventually the board hopes to have a new outpatient clinic, administration and physical therapy additions as well. That is when the covered entrance comes in.

The request for bid will go out end of April or beginning of May. Odasz noted there was a lot interest from contractors already. The project estimate is as follows: Emergency room and mechanical plant addition — $2,992,685; inpatient services ‑ $1,390,603; dietary and central warehouse; $2,055,325; legal fees — $50,000; cost escalation for one year – 1 percent — $65,000. Total $6,553,613. The total new construction will be 17,000 square feet.

Copies of the plans and costs are available at the hospital for the public to view.

In other business at last Thursday’s meeting:

•Board member and treasurer Jack Preston gave the financial and treasurer  reports which were approved and accepted unanimously.

•Hospital administrator Jackie Claudson gave a nursing home, clinic and hospital reports.

“The nursing home is doing amazing,” said Claudson. The residents enjoyed the Valentine party and the students from the Basin school who came to visit. The staff is doing well with the new computer system. They are doing the documentation and doing a nice job.

In the clinic/hospital report, Claudson indicated that the biggest thing going on is the continued learning on the new computer system. She is talking to staff regularly to continue to move the system forward. “They are all trying very hard.”

Claudson also discussed that as a critical access hospital they have to do a community health survey every three years. There will be a group coming to help do the survey that was hired by the Wyoming Hospital Association. In addition to community involvement the board will also need to be a part of it. This will happen sometime in March.

•Board president Diana Elliott talked about a seminar put on by the American Hospital Association that three of the board members attended. The seminar was called, “Making a difference for patients. The boards role in quality and safety.”

Elliott said, “As a board we are answerable  to the whole community. Not just the voters who elected us and not just for the tax dollars they entrusted us with. We are answerable for the quality of health care. Quality care from the staff, doctors, nurses, lab, x-ray, dietary, housekeeping, maintenance … the whole. Our job is to make ourselves aware of the problems, issues and make sure they are fixed.”

The board does not fix these problems but they need to know about them and that there are procedures in place to fix them and that the procedures are followed through with, she added.

The board agreed to have a work meeting at least once a year. They will be reviewing the mission and vision statements to make sure they reflect what the board wants them to say. They will also get more involved in the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) at the hospital so they understand more what is going on and that actions are being taken to fix issues if there are any.

Board member Sue Antley recently attended her first one. She said, “It was very interesting and done very well.” The QAP is held once a month. Representatives from each department meet at least four times a year with the QAP coordinator.