Daily Archives: March 14, 2013

Council meeting ends with no resolution

by nathan oster

A special Friday night meeting of the Greybull Town Council ended the way it began — with a governing body of four and one empty chair.

Mayor Bob Graham and Councilmen Bob McGuire, Myles Foley and Clay Collingwood failed to reach a consensus in their first attempt to appoint someone to complete the remaining two years of Graham’s council term.

Les Lowe, Rod Collingwood, Ross Jorgensen, Lindsey Casey and Dave Havener had filed letters of interest with the town, but none of them received the three votes necessary to secure the appointment.

With Foley leaving town for a month and legal counsel needing time to determine where the town goes from here, the council isn’t expected to pick the matter up again until sometime in March.

The meeting began with each of the five candidates taking a turn at the podium.  Each offered brief overviews of their background and qualifications, as well as their reasons for pursuing the appointment.

Lindsay Casey went first.  She told the council that she, her husband Brent (a Greybull police officer) and their children had lived in the community for five years and that they are enjoying their time in the community. She teaches dance classes and works as a substitute teacher, but admitted her favorite job is being a homemaker.

Casey summed up her candidacy by saying she simply “wants to stand up for what is good and right, morally.”

Les Lowe noted that he has lived in the Greybull community for 44 years and held various jobs.  For the past eight, he has worked for Tim Kershner Construction.  Lowe ran for office in the fall and got 183 votes in the general election, trailing both Foley, with 494, and Collingwood, 478.

Lowe said he would like to see more businesses brought to town and for the industrial park lots to be developed.

Jorgensen said he has lived in Greybull for the past 15 years. He spent six years as the town’s public works director and is currently employed as a circuit rider for the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems.

In his presentation, he emphasized his work with various governing bodies on water-related issues, as well as his experience in working with funding agencies, managing budgets, reviewing construction plans and dealing with the Department of Environmental Quality.

Jorgensen said he was pursuing the vacant position because, at two years, it wouldn’t require as big of a commitment as a four-year term.  He offered ideas for growing the local economy and said he wanted to make the community a better place for kids.

Rod Collingwood is also a longtime member of the Greybull community, spending all but a couple years of his life here.  He is currently employed by TCT.

In his presentation, Collingwood spoke about the last election cycle.  He was one of four candidates to file for the two openings.  He ran in the primary, received 188 votes and finished third (behind Foley, 261 votes, and Clay Collingwood, 231, but ahead of Lowe, 85 votes), but publicly withdrew from the race prior to the general election.  Because the ballot had already been printed, his name still appeared on the ballot in November; Greybull voters gave him 134 votes.

Collingwood explained his withdrawal from the race by citing “health issues” and “changes with my work.”  Fearing he would not be able to give 100 percent to the job, he backed out.  But he told council members Friday that he was healthy and ready to serve.

“I didn’t want to water down the vote, but as it turned out, there were still some votes that came in for me and had that effect,” Collingwood said, adding that after the general, several people asked him why he withdrew.  “Then this opportunity came about … and here I am before you.”

Havener, currently the pastor of Greybull Alliance Church, told the council that he’s been in the ministry for 30 years, and that of all the stops he’s made, Greybull tops the list.  “I envy those who say they have grown up here,” he said “I’d love to be able to say I’ve been here for 50 years.”

Havener said he was simply interested in serving the community, that he had no agenda, and looked forward to working with others with a common goal of bettering the community.  Like Jorgensen, he said he viewed the two-year position as a more appealing option than a four-year term.


Council discussion

With one seat vacant, Bob Graham, the town’s mayor, announced before the discussion began that he would be voting — but that state statute prohibits the mayor from either making a motion or seconding one. For that reason, the decision of whom to nominate rested with the three councilmen.

Turning to face the candidates and audience, Councilman Bob McGuire said he had given considerable thought to the five candidates and their letters of interest, and that the task before the council would be to find the person who is best for the town of Greybull.

McGuire didn’t say which candidate he preferred, just that his goal was to appoint “someone who is better than me.”

Clay Collingwood said that while he felt all of the candidates hearts were in the right place, he favored one candidate for sticking with it. Foley concurred, saying that he, too, had made up his mind as to whom he would like to see appointed to the vacancy.

Moments later, Foley nominated Lowe for the position.  Collingwood seconded Foley’s motion, pointing out that Lowe filed to be a candidate, answered the questions put to him by the newspaper and people attending a candidate’s forum before the election and stayed in the race until the end. Added Foley: “He stuck with it, went through the process and does represent quite a few people in this town who voted for him.”

When the vote was taken Foley and Collingwood voted “aye,” Graham and McGuire voted “nay.”  The motion died, however, because three votes were needed to represent a majority of the governing body.

With Lowe out of the picture, McGuire offered a second motion, nominating Rod Collingwood.  But that motion was met by silence, as neither Foley nor Collingwood offered a second.  When sufficient time had passed, Graham stated that motion died for lack of a second.

Hearing that, Foley attempted a second time to nominate Lowe, but was informed by Town Attorney Scott McColloch that since a vote had already occurred, there could not be another one that night.

In an attempt to head off the impasse, one of the three remaining candidates, Jorgensen, withdrew his letter of interest and threw his support behind Rod Collingwood, calling him a good businessman who understands economics and infrastructure.

That left just two candidates: Casey and Havener.   As the discussion began to shift to where the town goes from here, McColloch noted that the council was not yet out of options, citing the two candidates who had not been nominated.

McGuire said he didn’t think it mattered — and Foley and Collingwood proved him right by saying they were comfortable with their decision to back Lowe and did not wish to make another motion.

Foley will be out of town in February, and with plenty of legal questions to investigate, the council agreed to table the matter until March. McColloch suggested that if it cannot be resolved by the council, it may need to go to a district judge.

As of now, the town plans to re-advertise for letters of interest prior to the March meeting.

In an interview Monday, Mayor Bob Graham took the blame for the impasse, saying that as the leader of the council, he should have anticipated that a stalemate might occur and had McColloch research options prior to the meeting.

William “Bill” Russell Lynam

OBIT LynamAug. 12, 1933 – Jan. 28, 2013

Funeral services for William “Bill” Russell Lynam will be held Friday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Basin/Greybull LDS Chapel. Bill, 79, died Jan. 28 in Lovell.

He was born August 12, 1933, in Greybull, the son of Robert and Delberta Lynam. He grew up in Greybull with his sister and brothers. One of his most vivid memories was of hopping a train to Billings where he drove truck until they discovered he was only 15 years old.

Bill joined the United States Navy in 1950. He served on the USS Balduck as a signalman.

Bill married Kay LaPrile Winkler June 1, 1956, in the Burlington LDS Chapel; they were later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.

They began their married life living in a tent at Shell Reservoir where Bill helped construct the Shell Reservoir Dam. He also helped build South Big Horn Hospital. He was a heavy equipment operator and ran scrapers and graders for the bentonite plants for more than 20 years.

He later drove heavy equipment for Big Horn County Road and Bridge.

Bill was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed camping at Shell Reservoir, hunting, fishing, hosting hayrides and mud fights in the canal with his grandchildren.

Bill moved to Lovell where he could be closer to his wife, Kay, who lives in the New Horizon’s Care Center.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers “Diz” Lynam, Joe Castro and Tom Castro, and two granddaughters, Baylee Dickinson and Cassie Croft.

He is survived by his wife Kay of Lovell; four children and their spouses, Vicki Croft of Lovell, Larry and Connie Lynam Dickinson of Thermopolis, Robert and Heather Lynam of Morgan, Utah, and Kurt and Kim Lynam Acton of Cody; his sister, Leota Harkins of Casper; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Burial will be at Mount View Cemetery in Basin.

Betty Jean Cathcart

Dec. 17, 1927 – Jan. 18, 2013

Former Basin resident Betty Jean Cathcart, 85, of Thermopolis, died Jan. 18 at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital. Burial was held at Mount View Cemetery in Basin Jan. 24. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

Betty was born Dec. 17, 1927, in Basin, the daughter of Dallas Clyde and Stella Mabel Clark Cathcart. She grew up in the Big Horn Basin; she was home-schooled. Her latter years were spent at the Wyoming Pioneer Home in Thermopolis before she moved into the nursing home where she received the special care she deserved.

Betty loved and enjoyed helping her family and other people. She collected salt and pepper shakers, figurines, dishes, stuffed animals, and enjoyed dancing and playing Bingo.

Her parents, three brothers, four sisters, and two nephews preceded her in death.

Betty is survived by 11 nephews and three nieces.

Eagles dismantle Lady Buffs

by marlys good

The Tongue River Lady Eagles are the top-ranked 2A team in the state and Saturday they showed they deserve the rank when they completely dismantled the Lady Buffs in a lopsided 61-17 game that left the Buffs, coaches and fans, reeling.

“Well, it wasn’t the outing we were hoping for,” said Coach Jeff Hunt. “They are definitely the best team in the state, but we shouldn’t have lost that badly.”

The Lady Buff offense sputtered and almost died for the third straight game. The lid hasn’t come off the basket since it went on during the Rocky Mountain game in Cowley Jan. 17.

“We are definitely in a slump on offense right now” Hunt said. “The girls are still working hard; we just aren’t shooting well.”

Saturday the Lady Buffs hit just 8 of 44 from the line and their top scorers, Ceirra Carlson and Brett Stephens, were held to just two points each.

The Eagles, meanwhile, shot 45 percent from two-point range and 55 percent from beyond the arc.

Hunt said the team will forget Saturday’s loss, “work a bunch on shooting and get refocused on our season goals” this week.

The Lady Buffs are in Basin tonight (Thursday, Jan. 31) for a rematch with the Lady Rebels at 5:30, travel to Lovell Friday for a 5:30 p.m. rematch with the Lady Bulldogs, and host Wyoming Indian Saturday in games at noon and 1:30 p.m.

Greybull’s only conference win was a relatively easy one against Riverside on Jan. 11, but that is no indicator of what will happen this time around.

The Rebel duo of Cydnie Clark and Brittany Vigil is hard to contain. The Buffs managed it last time, but it probably won’t be easy to do it twice in a row. Anything can happen when the rivals go head to head.

Lovell tops the conference, and had an easy time with Greybull when they played Jan. 4. WIHS is hard to prepare for with its unorthodox method of play.

Hunt just hopes the lid is off the basket. “We’ll just take them one at a time and try to get our game back on track. The best part of working with these girls is they come out and work hard every day to get where we need to be.”


Greybull   9    0    6    2 – 17

Tongue R. 18  15  18  10 – 61

GREYBULL — Michaela Denniston 2 1-2 5, Georgi Hall 2 0-1 4, Ceirra Carlson 1 0-3 2, Biri Gallegos 2 0-1 4, Brett Stephens 1 0-0 2. Totals 8-44 1-3 17.

TONGUE RIVER — Rawlings 13, Myers 10, Simpson 2, Bolin 2, Melstrom 2, Main 4, Nielson 20, Unassigned 6.  Totals 24-53 6-10 61.

THREE-POINT GOALS — 2 Meyers 2, Rawlings 3.  REBOUNDS — Greybull 17 (Carlson 6, Gallegos 6). STEALS — Greybull 13 (Hall 4, Carlson 3). ASSISTS —Greybull 2. TURNOVERS — Greybull 25.

Wrestlers rise to the challenge

by nathan oster

Greybull-Riverside wrestlers made the most of their only appearance of the season at Buff Gym, beating Wright in dual action Friday night and then chalking up a third-place finish in their annual Greybull Memorial Invitational on Saturday.

With only 11 teams in attendance, it was a relatively small meet — at least compared to what the Buffs will see this weekend at the Ron Thon Invitational in Riverton.  But Coach Mark Sanford still liked what he saw.

“As a whole, I’d say we made some nice gains,” Sanford said. “Individually, some nice things happened.  But at the same time, there were also some things that didn’t happen that should have, and need to (in the future).”

The Buffs opened the weekend with a 51-26 win over Wright.  Among the Buffs who posted impressive wins were Cole Hill, a 5-2 winner; Luke Zeller, who got a pin; and Tommy Bernstein, who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by scoring a pin when he trailed 4-0.

Marshall Gibbs and Jarrod Johnson also won exhibition matches for the Buffs.

The Moorcroft dual was more of an exhibition because the Wolves were up against their event limit for the season.  But several Buffs notched wins or were impressive in defeat.

The winners for G-R included Zeller, a tech fall winner at 160; Rob Nuttall, who scored a second-period pin in his return to the mat; Spencer Redland, who notched an overtime decision over the No. 2 ranked 195-pounder in 2A; Jesus Burgos, and Herme Mendez, who won with a first-period pin.

Sanford credited Marshall Gibbs and Cole Hill for wrestling well in defeat.

As for the tournament, Moorcroft, one of the teams to beat in 2A this season, nearly doubled up its closest pursuer, finishing with 255.5 points.  Lovell was second with 128 points, followed by G-R with 100.  The Powell JV took fourth with 98 points.  Shoshoni rounded out the top five with 95.5 points.

The Buffs had no individual champions, as Burgos, Zeller and Redland all lost their finals matches and placed second.

At 120, Gibbs went 1-2, losing to the eventual champion, Ryan Bradshaw of Thermopolis, in the quarterfinals, and did not place. In his other matchups, he beat Jordan Arnold of Rocky and lost to Justin Theiault of Powell.

Ryan Peoples had a weekend to remember.  The first-year 126-pounder won his first high school match, beating Hudson Jones of Wright in the first round of wrestlebacks.  He did it in dramatic fashion, coming from behind in the final period before eventually pinning Jones with just two seconds left to go.  The win was sandwiched between two losses, so from a placing standpoint, it was a dry run for Peoples. “But still really good for him to get a win,” Sanford said. “Hopefully he’ll realize he can do it.  He just has to improve on running moves and technique.”

Ryan’s brother, Chase Peoples, got the start at 132.  He went two and out, but showed promise in his first match by scoring the first takedown.

Burgos went in as the No. 2 seed — and that’s where he finished.  He opened with a sub-minute pin and then added an 11-2 win over Wind River’s Dalton Perkins, a wrestler he had lost to earlier in the season.

In the final, Burgos faced Tom Reynolds of Moorcroft.  While he came up on the short end of a 2-1 decision, Burgos “had a good tournament,” Sanford said, noting that Reynolds scored one of his points on a stalling call that went against Burgos and that Burgos nearly scored a takedown in the final seconds that would have given him the win.

The Buffs didn’t get the outing they needed from their freshman, Cole Hill, at 145.  He won his first match and was up 10-0 on Anthony Estes of Rocky Mountain when Estes reversed him and put him on his back for a pin. Hill never recovered, losing his next match to Alex Fergus of Wright, 5-1.

Anthony Eibert went 1-2 and did not place at 152, but Sanford credited him for the way he kept battling in his opener against Daniel Managa of Wright, taking the match into the third period.  Eibert’s weekend did include a pin of Cody’s Carl Pate.

Zeller breezed into the final with a second-period pin of Jared Wantulok of Powell and a 13-3 win over Kodiak French of Wright.  In the championship, he faced Lovell’s Nathan Grant for the fourth time.  This time, it was Grant who came out on top, winning 5-3 to even the season ledger at two wins apiece.  Sanford said a second-period takedown keyed Grant’s win, as it left Zeller in a position of having to come from behind.

Tom Bernstein went 2-2 but did not place at 170.  He got pinned in his first match by Dakota Ray of Moorcroft, but battled his way back, pinning Matt Cormaney of Wright in 1:58 and then decisioning Tanyon Gray of Moorcroft 5-4 before getting stuck by Alex Minge of Shoshoni, who went on to place third.

Jarrod Johnson also wrestled at 170, but went 0-2 and did not place.

Three Buffs were entered at 182.  While Luke Young and Herme Mendez each went two and out, Matt Brown made it all the way to the placing round, finishing fourth.  Brown had a good day.  Brown faced Bradley Hess of Wright for the second time in as many days — and while he didn’t win, he closed the gap.  After beating Mendez to stay alive, Brown topped Clayton Svalina of Moorcroft 5-2 in what was “his best match of the tournament.”  Brown nearly rode that win to a third-place finish, but came up short 8-6 despite erasing a 5-1 deficit, against Hess.

Redland took the mat for the first time in the semis, where he beat the tough Tel West of Moorcroft 5-2 to earn yet another matchup with Sterling Baker of Dubois.  In the final, Baker again got the better of Redland, 15-2.

Zane Edeler went 1-2 at 220, but with just five wrestlers in the weight class, that was good enough for a fourth-place finish.  Edeler did win his one match by fall, pinning Marc Stroud of Cody.  But he also lost to the eventual champion in Cody Flynn of Dubois.

Tanner Bernstein rounded out the scoring for G-R, placing fourth in the heavyweight division.  Bernstein is a light heavyweight, but Sanford thought his style would be effective against the big guys — and he was right.  Bernstein opened with a pin, but may have been more impressive in his next match, a gritty 4-0 loss to the top-ranked heavyweight in the state, Tanner Allison of Moorcroft. “We really wrestled him tough,” said Sanford.  Bernstein followed that up with a pin over Wes Homewood of Rocky Mountain before bowing out to Rowdy Gard of Powell, 13-10, in the third-place match.  “Very proud of Tanner,” said Sanford. “He did things this weekend that I knew he was capable of doing. Hopefully now he realizes it too.”

The Buffs will travel to Riverton this week for the Ron Thon Invitational.