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Harley James McKinney

Harley McKinneyApril 23, 1939 – May 5, 2013

Harley James McKinney, 74, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.  A long time resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Mr. McKinney died of complications due to leukemia .

He was born on April 23, 1939, in Basin, Wyoming, the son of the late Cleo James McKinney and Eleanor Etta Stearns.

Harley attended schools in Emblem and Greybull, Wyoming, and graduated as Salutatorian of his class in 1957.  He then attended the University of Wyoming and received his Bachelors Degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1961.  After graduation, he served as a helicopter mechanic while in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1964.

After he was honorably discharged from the service, he was employed in the Middle East and Canada as a Petroleum Engineer.  In 1969, wanting a change of pace, he returned as a student to the University of Wyoming and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1972.  He remained at the University for the next 5 years, this time as an employee.  Harley then began practicing law in Rock Springs as a partner in the law firm of Pickett & McKinney, then later partnered with Steve Palmer, and eventually in both individual private practice and directly with Rocky Mountain Casing Crews until the time of his passing. He was a life time member of the Western Plains Historic Preservation Association Incorporated, Wyoming Bar Association and was past Exhaulted Ruler of the BPO Elks Club Lodge # 624.

Harley had a wide and varied number of interests including travel, history, art and music.  He was a veracious reader and was constantly striving to expand his knowledge of all things, believing that a person should never stop learning.  He also devoted a tremendous amount of time and heart to several youth programs.  Harley’s greatest joys, however, were found in helping others, bringing love and laughter to everyone he met, and in celebrating life.  In line with this, his life will be celebrated, not mourned, in typical “Harley fashion” (bright, fun attire – no black please).  Following cremation, an informal gathering will be held beginning at 5:00 p.m., on May 23rd, 2013, at the Sweetwater County Events Complex, 3320 Yellowstone Road, Rock Springs, Wyoming.  Military Honors will be conducted at 6:30 p.m.

Survivors include two daughters, Tracy O’Neal and companion John Kumer of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Toni Jo Belcher and husband Jon of Green River, Wyoming; daughter-in-law Carol Nelson Nuhn of Cheyenne, Wyoming; nine grandchildren Jessie Ray O’Neal, Connor O’Neal, Brianna Belcher, Brandy Belcher, Brody Belcher, Braxton Hathaway, Aleia Belcher, Lyza Verosky and Sawyer Verosky; several cousins including Carol Higbie and husband Ed of Cody, Wyoming, and Lela Jones and husband Carl of Lander, Wyoming; as well as being survived by dozens of surrogate children and grandchildren, and a countless number of dear, valued friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Cleo and Eleanor McKinney; one brother Loni McKinney; daughter Jennifer Julius-McKinney; nephews Jim McKinney and Patrick McKinney; and niece Kathy Garretson.

The family of Harley  McKinney respectfully suggests that donations in his memory be made to Harley  McKinney Memorial Fund, c/o First Bank, P.O. Box 820, Rock Springs, Wyoming  82902

The donations will be distributed to various youth organizations that Harley supported during his life.

G&F reviews herd unit objectives

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public information meetings in the Cody area to discuss management objectives for the elk, antelope, deer and bighorn sheep herds lying within the Cody region.

The Greybull meeting, set for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at Town Hall, will focus on the Medicine Lodge elk herd and the Paintrock deer herd.  There will be a short presentation on the history and status of each herd unit followed by a question-and-answer session and public comment period.

The Medicine Lodge elk herd is hunt areas 41 and 45, while the Paintrock mule deer herd consists of hunt areas 41, 46, and 47.

Although Game and Fish review herd unit objectives every year when hunting seasons are set, herd objectives will be formally evaluated in five-year intervals to ensure a high level of public involvement.  In addition to the hunting public, landowners and federal agencies are also asked to provide input since they manage the habitat big game uses throughout the year.

“We’ll be discussing herd productivity (fawn:doe and calf:cow ratios), buck/bull numbers, hunting pressure, harvest rates, etc.,” said Tom Easterly, a G&F wildlife biologist in Big Horn County.

“The population objective and where the population is in relation to it really does influence how overall management and hunting seasons are set for those areas.”

Buffs qualify two more at regional

by nathan oster

The Greybull Buffs will be sending six athletes to this weekend’s State 2A Track and Field Championships in Casper after McKenna Powers and Logan Jensen punched their ticket at the regional meet in Lander.

Powers and Jensen join the four members of the 400-meter relay team, Dylan Brenner, Calder Forcella, Alex Hebb and Kyler Flock, who qualified earlier in the season by bettering the 2A qualifying standard.

The Buffs didn’t have the firepower to make a run in the team standings, finishing ninth in both the boys and girls divisions.  Lovell won both divisions, collecting 170 points in the girls and 148.83 in the boys.  Greybull tallied 17 in the boys division, nine in the girls division.

McKenna Powers scored all nine for the girls.  To qualify, athletes needed to place in the top eight.  Powers did so in three of her four events, taking fifth in the 400 meters (in 1:05.73), sixth in the triple jump (31-4), and eighth in the 800 (2:33.95).

Sukut said Powers’ 800 time was a personal best, as was her effort in the triple jump, by one-quarter inch. Powers finished one spot out of qualifying in the long jump, finishing ninth with a leap of 14-1 ¾.

She will be the only Lady Buff in action this weekend in Casper.

“Good for her,” said Sukut. “I figured she’d qualify. I just didn’t know in how many events. She was close in her fourth.”

Looking ahead to the culminating meet, Sukut said, “Anything can happen at state,” and that Powers is capable of placing high if she can put it all together.  “I think she’s sitting pretty good (to place) in the 800.”

Sukut said several other Lady Buffs had good meets, but just came up short of qualifying.

Sydney Eckman finished one spot out of qualifying in the 400, placing ninth.  “I thought she’d have a good chance, but not quite,” said Sukut. “It’s pretty good for a freshman to be one place out of going, though, and with the time that she turned in.”

Aftin DeRosa also landed in the “near miss” category, placing 11th in the 100 meters and 11th in the long jump (with a personal best 13-7 ¾.).

In the boys division, the Buffs didn’t enter their 400-meter relay team.  Dylan Brenner was on the senior trip and didn’t attend the regional, but the foursome of Brenner, Hebb, Forcella and Flock are going to state by virtue of a time they posted earlier in the season.

“Looking at some of the times, they’re really going to have to perform to get a spot because it’s tight,” said Sukut. “What we’ll be doing this week (in practice) is working on handoffs and making sure we’re ready to go.”

Logan Jensen was among the athletes who rose to the occasion in Lander. He threw a personal-best 127-10 to place fourth and qualify in the discus. “He improved by almost 3 feet,” Sukut said. “That’s what you hope for as coach, that your athletes will put it all together (at regionals).”

Calder Forcella was one slot behind, taking fifth with a throw of 124-1 ½.  It wasn’t a personal best — but the Greybull sophomore made up for it in the shot put.  He placed seventh in the event with a heave of 38-6 ¼, which was about a half-foot improvement over his personal best.

Alex Hebb may have been the most pleasant surprise for the Buffs. The junior placed fourth in the long jump, earning a trip to state and improving by more than a foot by coming in with a distance of 19-6 ¾.  His previous best was 18-5 ¼.

“He did it on his first jump in the prelims,” Sukut said. “Another case of an athlete putting it all together at the right time.” Sukut said Hebb was entered in the first flight, so when he posted 19-6 3/4, he got to enjoy being in first place “for quite awhile,” until some of the top jumpers took their turn toward the end of the second flight.

Hebb also made runs at qualifying in both the 100 and 200, but came up short, taking 14th and 13th, respectively.

Several other boys also came up a little short of qualifying, including Kyler Flock, who was ninth in the 400, 10th in the 200 and 11th in the 100; and Wyatt Good, who capped his high school career with 10th-place finishes in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

“Overall it was a good weekend,” Sukut said. “It’s always good when kids get in there, compete well and earn a trip to state.”

The state meet will unfold over the course of three days in Casper, starting today (Thursday, May 16) and ending Saturday.



Girls Team Scores: Lovell 170, Thermopolis 108, Big Piney 89, Shoshoni 84, Kemmerer 78, Wind River 27, Riverside 26, Rocky Mt. 24, Wyoming Indian 19, Greybull 9.

100 METERS – 11, Aftin DeRosa, 14.45.  18, Sydney Eckman, 14.96.  19, Mackenzie Bollig, 14.97.  20, Brittney Fink, 15.08.

200 METERS – 14, DeRosa, 31.08.  16, Bollig, 31.4.  19, Fink, 32.0.  24, Lynae McBride, 34.02.

400 METERS – 5, McKenna Powers, 1:05.73.  9, Eckman, 1:08.57.  20, McBride, 1:18.66.

800 METERS – 8, Powers, 2:33.95.

400 RELAY – 8, Greybull (DeRosa, Eckman, Fink, Bollig), 56.57.

LONG JUMP – 9, Powers, 14-1 ¾.  11, DeRosa, 13-7 ¾.  14, Eckman, 13-1.  19, Fink, 11-7 ¾.

TRIPLE JUMP – 6, Powers, 31-4.  14, Bollig, 27-8 ¾.


Boys Team Scores:  Lovell 148.83, Wind River 114, Shoshoni 86.5, Thermopolis 77, Big Piney 76, Wyoming Indian 47, Kemmerer 39.66, Rocky Mt. 34, Greybull 17, Riverside 15.

100 METERS – 11, Kyler Flock, 12.08.  14, Alex Hebb, 12.27.  18, Payton Gonzalez, 12.81.  22, Gerald Fulkerson, 13.2.

200 METERS – 10, Flock, 25.15.  13, Hebb, 25.25.

400 METERS – 9, Flock, 55.91.  13, Ryan Sylvester, 58.53.

800 METERS – 16, Jarrod Johnson, 2:24.5.  25, Keegan Jenness, 2:36.77.

1,600 METERS – 14, Johnson, 5:28.99.

110 HURDLES – 10, Wyatt Good, 18.76.  13, Wyatt Nielson, 20.38.  14, Cesar Sosa, 21.54.

300 HURDLES – 10, Good, 47.10.  18, Nielson, 51.74.  19, Sosa, 52.84.

3200 RELAY – 8, Greybull (Jenness, Sylvester, Nielson, Johnson), 10:19.24.

LONG JUMP – 4, Alex Hebb, 19-6 ¾.  14, Sylvester, 16-3.  21, Fulkerson, 13-9 ¾.

TRIPLE JUMP – 13, Sylvester, 36-4.  16, Gonzalez, 34-9 ¼.  21, Sosa, 29-10 ½.  22, Fulkerson, 28-5 ¾.

SHOT PUT – 7, Forcella, 38-6 ¼.  11, Treston Tracy, 35-5 ½.  14, Logan Jensen, 34-5 ¼.

DISCUS – 4, Jensen, 127-10.  5, Forcella, 124-1 ½.  16, Nielson, 85-6 ½.

GHS announces top graduates

by marlys good

Hunter Grant, Sarah Bockman, Michaela Denniston and Dane Gifford share valedictory honors for the Greybull High School Class of 2013. Luke Zeller is the salutatorian.

For Hunter, Sarah and Michaela, being valedictorian is the realization of a goal set when they entered high school.

“I always tried my hardest to do well; I definitely wanted to be valedictorian since I was a freshman,” Sarah said. Her sentiment was echoed by Hunter, who added that her next goal is, “To do well in school after this.” Michaela always strived for straight A’s. “I always wanted to do my best; I knew how important it was.”

Michaela, the daughter of Collette Meyer of Greybull and Jerry Denniston of Basin, plans to attend Arizona State University located in downtown Phoenix, where she will major in health sciences, pre-professional. “My final goal is to be a physician’s assistant,” she shared.

In June she will attend the National FBLA conference in Anaheim, Calif., and fly directly from California to Arizona to live with her sister (in Paradise, a suburb of Phoenix) and get a job.

“I will definitely miss the friends I made here and my family since I’m moving away, and the teachers who have really helped me a lot throughout my entire schooling. I am definitely ready to go to a bigger city; I won’t miss the small-town environment. I am ready to get out there and explore.”

Hunter, who attended school in Greybull as a third grader before moving back to Georgia, returned to Greybull the second semester of the eighth grade. She has lots of good memories of Georgia, notably living closer to “things,” like malls and movies, plus “it was warm all the time,” she laughed.

But in Greybull she realizes “I was allowed to do more than I would have in Georgia because you know who everyone is and my parents know everybody. I have liked being in all the different activities; everyone supports each other. I have learned a lot and I have a lot of good friends, a lot of good memories.”

Sarah said she will always remember “all the fun times with friends, whether on trips, activities, or things that go on in school – dances, homecoming, prom. There isn’t much I won’t miss, unless it’s the work.”

Both young women plan to attend the University of Wyoming. Hunter is looking to pursue a degree in business while Sarah plans on pursuing a pharmacy degree.

Hunter is the daughter of Jeff and Karen Grant; Sarah is the daughter of Steve and Margaret Bockman.

Dane Gifford, son of David and Tracy Gifford of Greybull, moved from California to Greybull when he was in the third grade. An outstanding scholar, Dane plans to attend the University and pursue a major in music education. Degree in hand, he plans a career as a high school music teacher.

That was not his first career choice. At one time “I wanted to be a lawyer,” he shared.

The shift began in the sixth grade when he took up band under the baton of Darcie Weydeveld. He went on to become proficient on the flute, saxophone and oboe. “I really got into it in my sophomore year,” he said. “It’s just fun to play.”

His best memory of high school? “I guess it would be the fourth quarter band concert of my freshman year. I just liked the songs we played, especially ‘Out of Nowhere.’” Marc Graham was the band instructor. It was during his sophomore year that his desire to be a lawyer veered to a career in music.

He’ll miss the music, his history classes, and “some of my friends. Most of them are going to Northwest College.”

His advice to younger students is, “Try to choose a variety of classes; that way you’ll have an idea of what you like when you go to college.”

Luke Zeller, son of Todd and Sarah Zeller said, “It hasn’t quite hit me yet that I am going to be graduating. I imagine it (graduation) will be pretty emotional, something along the lines of the last state wrestling tournament.”

He’ll miss being involved in sports, (football and wrestling) and other clubs and all the trips taken as an athlete/member. He’ll miss all the fun he’s had participating in both sports and clubs, but he has stored up dozens of good memories. Luke said he’ll also “miss just being able to see my friends every day, the friends I’ve known since kindergarten.

His involvement in activities also led to his “scariest” high school experience. “It was a Student Council trip this year when we went to Cheyenne to the state convention. I had to get up and speak in front of about 600 students. It was just about a minute of talking and I was done; it was all over. I’ve given different presentations, Science Fair, History DAY, FBLA. It was not like I was a stranger to it, but it was by far the largest audience I have spoken to.”

His route to class salutatorian started at the end of his freshman year. “At the end of the year I realized I still had a 4.0, so I figured I’d just try to keep getting a high GPA.” He didn’t take the easy way. “This year I really took hard classes, three different college courses the first semester, and two now. Nominally that doesn’t show.” His GPA slipped to 3.9, but I learned more because of it.” He is not going to miss “all the hard work,” he laughed.

He would advise incoming freshmen to “get involved. Definitely. Do as many of the things as you can because in a few years, you won’t be able to and you’ll look back and wish that you had.”

Eighteen vie for commissioner seat

by karla pomeroy

Eighteen Republicans have put their name in hoping to be appointed as the next Big Horn County commissioner.

The vacancy for the late Thomas “Scotty” Hinman, will be filled by official appointment from the commissioners but first the Big Horn County Republican Central Committee must narrow the list to three candidates to submit to the commissioners.

The candidates are Linda Harp, Fred Willert, John Hyde, Michael Scherman, James Szlemko, Monte Lewis, Heath Hopkin, Lisa Kimsey, Richard Russell, Michael Riley, Bill Burbridge, Selena Brown, Barbara Anne Greene, David Banks, Felix Carrizales, Robert Kampbell, Stanley Jones and Joe Wildman.

Each applicant will meet with the Big Horn County Republican Central Committee at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Big Horn County Weed and Pest meeting room.

The applicants will be sequesters and then a question committee will ask each applicant the same set of questions. Applicants will also be provided an opportunity for a three-minute summary.

Precinct committee people will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

The Big Horn County commissioners, expecting the names of the three candidates to be submitted to them on Friday, will set up interviews for the three finalists on Monday, March 13.

Cundall to speak at GHS graduation

by marlys good

John Cundall of Rock Springs, former GMS math teacher, high school football coach and athletic director for Big Horn County School District No. 3, will be the guest speaker at commencement exercises May 19 in the Buff Gym.

Cundall, who has taught in Rock Springs since leaving Greybull two years ago, said, “The class of 2013 was a special class to me while I was at Greybull. I had worked with many of them in various ways from the time they were little kids until I left Greybull after their sophomore year. They were always a great group to have in class and work with. Even though I’ve not had the day-to-day contact with them the last two years, I have, through school activities and officiating, been able to somewhat keep tabs on them so that has been nice.

“They are a great group and I am humbled and honored by their invitation to be their speaker at their graduation ceremony.”

In his graduation address Cundall said, “I will touch on some things that I believe are important as we work through the day-to-day trials and tribulations that life presents us. I very much am looking forward to it.”

Cundall, a Wyoming native, was raised in Glendo. After graduating from Glendo High School, he attended Chadron State College where he earned degrees in mathematics and business.

He has been a teacher and coach for 24 years. His “tours of duty” have taken him to Rushville and Gering, Neb., Kemmerer, Campbell County (Gillette) and Greybull. Seventeen of his teams appeared in state football playoffs, 10 of those advancing to the semifinals, six advancing to the state championship, and two of them winning it all.

He has been part of five Shrine Bowl staff, served as president of the Wyoming Football Coaches Association for several years and is currently the executive director of the Wyoming Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game.

He and his wife Kris have three children. Chloe and Clay graduated from Greybull High School. Chloe lives in Rock Springs, is married to AJ Muller and is finishing her education degree while working in the SWSD 1 school system. The Mullers are expecting their first child this summer. Clay attends Chadron State College where he is majoring in education and plays football for the Eagles. Kyra graduated from Rock Springs High School. She is an accounting major at the University of Wyoming.

Elks distribute $12,600 in scholarships

by nathan oster

Local students walked away from a dinner ceremony Friday night with more than $12,600 in scholarship money, courtesy of the Greybull Elks Lodge.

Scholarship recipients this year included:

• Daniel Davison of Burlington, who won the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Award.  The scholarship is worth $4,000 — with four annual distributions of $1,000.

• Emily Jones of Burlington, who won an Elks National Foundation allocated $1,000 scholarship award.

• Amantha Robertson of Riverside, who won a $600 local scholarship from the Greybull Elks Lodge.

• Luke Zeller and Michaela Denniston, both of Greybull and both recipients of $500 scholarship awards from the Jerry Schmer family.

• Holly Huber of Greybull, who earned a $1,000 Wyoming Elks National Foundation vocational scholarship award.

• Sarah Bockman of Greybull, recipient of an Elks National Foundation allocated $1,000 scholarship award as well as a $4,000 Elks National Foundation Legacy Award that pays out $1,000 annually.

• Wyatt Good, who is in line to receive an Elks National Foundation Emergency Education Grant.  This grant was established to help families of deceased Elks Club members. Wyatt’s dad Chris, who died Aug. 31, 2008, was a member of the Greybull Elks Lodge.

Eleven GMS track marks fall

by nathan oster

Greybull Middle School athletes set 11 new school records during the spring track and field season.

Braeden Tracy was the young Buff most responsible for the assault on the record books, as he established new sixth-grade marks in the 100 meters (12.99 seconds), high jump (5-0), long jump (16-6) and shot put (31-5).

Five school records fell in the sixth-grade girls division. McKenzie Mazur set two of them, establishing new marks in the 1,600 meters (6:15.69) and high jump (4-1).

Brea Terry set a new school record in the 800 meters (2:47.66).

Sydney Tschiffely is the new record holder in the long jump (13-5 3/4).

Tatem Edeler now owns the triple jump record (26-2).

Records in the seventh- and eighth-grade divisions are considered tougher to reach because they span a longer period of time. In fact, some date as far back as the 1970s and 80s.

The only two new records that were set this year in those divisions came in the seventh-grade boys division.  Miguel Gomez had a hand in both.  He set a new mark in the triple jump (35-10 1/2) and joined Jovani Garay, Max Mills and Eduardo Burgos on the record-setting, 800-meter relay team (1:55.56).


Elizabeth “Betty” Lucille Lipp

Sept. 20, 1940 – May 6, 2013

Elizabeth “Betty” Lucille Lipp, 72, of Greybull, passed away Monday evening, May 6, at the Advanced Care Hospital of Montana in Billings.

A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc., assisted the family with arrangements.

Harley McKinney

April 23, 1939 – May 5, 2013

Funeral services are pending for Harley McKinney of Rock Springs. Harley, 74, died May 5 at the veterans hospital in Salt Lake City from complications of AML.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s Greybull Standard and Basin Republican-Rustler.

Cards can be sent to: The McKinney Family, Box 213, Rock Springs, WY 82902.