Daily Archives: June 20, 2013

Commission denies contract funding for Lovell, Inc.

by karla pomeroy

The Big Horn County commissioners denied funding for Lovell Inc. for the 2014 fiscal year.

In an official letter to Lovell Inc. President David Peck, the commissioners wrote, “The commission is pleased that Lovell Inc. was able to secure the Wyoming Business Council funding for the economic development planning project. We are very supportive of the work of this project and recognize the strong need for countywide economic development. We also understand the valuable role that a well-developed plan has in guiding economic development. We also understand the valuable role that a well-developed plan has in guiding economic development and increasing the opportunity for greater success of all efforts toward improving the economy of our county.

“Unfortunately, Big Horn County will not be able to contract for or fund the work you proposed in your contract at this time. Big Horn County has received substantial cuts in our funding over the past few years and future revenue projections don’t provide any indications that things will improve in the near future.”

The commissioners continued, “We appreciate the partnership we currently have with Lovell Inc. and the goals of your entity to improve the economy of this county. Despite the fact that we are not able to contribute to this effort financially at this time, please be aware we support your work and will help in any way possible.”

Lovell Inc. had also made a similar request and provided a scope of work to the town of Basin. Basin’s budget, approved last week, has $10,000 for economic development efforts. In a summary budget statement, Mayor Amy Kania said the town is considering a proposal from Lovell Inc. but the council has expressed hesitation for the entire funding going to the group. Kania wrote in her message that the town “is also considering the chamber of commerce to fulfill a specific role. Funding has been earmarked in this budget with spending to await a final agreement or specific development effort.”

As for the grant, the commissioners signed the contract with the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board for the economic development planning grant.

Lovell Inc. Director Sue Taylor said they have a few of the towns who have appointed representatives to the master plan committee to select the consultant and to work with the consultant on developing a countywide economic development master plan.

She said Lovell Inc. has added two websites — growbighorncounty and growbighornbasin to provide more information countywide.

Becoming U.S. citizen double joy for Castro

By marlys good

Tuesday, June 11 was a red-letter day for Marisela Castro. Not only did she become a United States citizen, so did her 17-year-old daughter Jarely.

Explains Marisela, “I was very happy because my daughter Jarely would automatically become a U.S. citizen since she was under 18. I knew that this step was essential because more opportunities would open for her in this country.”

The Naturalization Service held at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center in Powell was the end of a dream that began about 14 years ago when Ramon and Marisela and 3-year-old Jarely came to Wyoming from Chihuahua, Mexico.

“At first life was hard here,” said Marisela, “missing my family, different customs and language. Even though I had studied English during my high school years and in a Science Communication Academy during a short period in Mexico, my English was a little blurry after all those years.”

The Castros returned to Mexico several times, but when Marisela was expecting her second child, that no longer happened. “We preferred that he should be born here,” she explained. Brayan was born in Powell, as was the Castro’s son, Irving, four years later.

By working every day the young family got involved with both life in America and the English language and when Irving arrived the Castros were “seeing Greybull as a home.”

Marisela received her residency and began the arduous task of obtaining her citizenship. “I worked on my English and 100 civic questions for the U.S. Naturalization test, and my reading and writing as well,” she explained. The studying was just part of the process. There was paperwork, numerous applications, fingerprinting … and when all this was completed there was an interview with immigration “of the questions I studied for — as well as reading and writing. The whole process took months.”

Jarely said the long process was difficult for her mother. “The naturalization questions for the interview were very difficult and it was said in her ceremony that about 70 percent of Americans fail most of the questions on American history, so this was quite a struggle for her since her country is Mexico. But at the end she did it and finally reached her goal of answering all 100 questions without any problem. I was very proud of her for accomplishing the task and finally passing her test. She worked very hard and was very positive and confident about everything.”

It was worth it all when she was administered the oath of citizenship at Heart Mountain. “The day was very joyful and special to me because it was filled with promises of better opportunities and the ability to vote.”

When it was her turn to step to the microphone to address the audience and speak about the her new citizenship, Marisela admitted, “The moment I stood up and went straight to the microphone, I felt vey emotional and I had a knot in my throat

“I am very proud and very thankful with this country for offering me many great things. I have always been surrounded by wonderful people in this country and have been blessed with their support. I worked very hard and I finally made it. If you are a good citizen anything is possible to obtain.”

Jarely said the day her mother passed the test she was not only very happy “but thankful with her because without her I wouldn’t be a citizen. My mom to me is a great example that anything is possible no matter what, even if you don’t speak perfect English; all that counts is the effort you put into your purposes and the inspiration to become a person with more privileges and better opportunities.”

The close knit family now shares another common bond. All five, Ramon, Marisela, Jarely, Brayon and Irving are officially citizens of the United States of America.

HATS books Baxter Black

by marlys good

HATS will be “doffed” this year on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Herb Asp Community Center. The fifth annual charity event will feature entertainment by Baxter Black, cowboy, poet, philosopher, former veterinarian and radio and television commentator.

Black drew rave reviews when he appeared at the 2009 fundraiser, and guests will enjoy the same quality show this year.

Black was born in Las Cruces, N.M., attended college at New Mexico State University and Colorado State University and graduated in 1969. (He began riding bulls in rodeos while in high school and continued riding through college). He practiced veterinarian medicine from 1969 to 1982, specializing in large animals, such as cows and horses. During his last veterinarian job, he spoke on the side. His charisma and humor appealed to the crowds and added to his popularity. He continued his job as veterinarian for two more years and during that time, spoke at over 250 events.

Speaking jobs kept coming up while his career as a poet was just beginning. He continues to speak at agricultural conferences, writes a column, speaks on the radio and has a segment on RFD-TV.

He resides in Benson, Ariz. with his wife Cindy Lou. He has no cell phone, television or fax machine. According to his web site, one of his philosophies is: “In spite of all the computerized, digitalized, high-tech innovations of today, there will always be a need for folks to be a cowboy, ‘Ya either are one, or ya aren’t.‘”

This year’s HATS includes the silent auction, starting at 4 p.m. that will include about 30 items, a dinner catered by Chris Dalin and Rob Howe, the fun “heads or tails” mini-fundraiser, live music provided by CODE BLUE out of Salt Lake who will be joined by Bill Brimley who has entertained at every HATS fundraiser, a raffle with a chance to buy tickets for roughly 25 specific packages worth over $250 each, and the live auction with about 30 items on the block.

Included in the live auction will be a $3,000 composite deck package; beautiful and unique furniture crafted by local artisans Bill Van Grinsven, Terry Wood, Dave Mattis and Jerry Ewen; two Shoofly drawings; Ann Hanson print; three original quilts;  Gist Beltbuckle; a trip to the NFR complete with airfare and motel in Las Vegas; a Labor Day baseball package to watch the Colorado Rockies face the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, Sept. 1, and the LA Dodgers on Sept. 2; Denver Bronco tickets; Pittsburgh Steelers game package with an autographed game jersey from Brett Keisel with other items being received daily.

Also this year will mark the second year of the HATS hats. Thirteen numbered hats will be sold during the course of the evening and each winner is guaranteed to win a gun.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event.

Tickets for this year‘s HATS are $50 each and are available at the Greybull Building Center, Ron’s Food Farm or Security State Bank in Basin.

All money raised goes directly to Hands Across the Saddle and is used to benefit families in need/crisis across the Big Horn Basin, extending from as far south as Thermopolis and as far north as Powell/Cody.

Rec district seeks coordinator of sports programs

by nathan oster

A reshuffling of the deck has the Greybull Recreation District in the market for a program coordinator to oversee its various adult and youth athletic programs.

Since Heather Howe’s promotion to fill the director’s post, the district’s board of directors had been looking to fill the assistant director position that she held during the last part of Chris Waite’s tenure.

But the board deviated from that plan Monday night, hiring Trista Williams to serve as a supervisor and office assistant.  Williams had been serving as the assistant director on an interim basis.

After emerging from an executive session, the board agreed to create the new program coordinator position “to work toward improving athletics in the district.”

The job description that appears in this week’s issue sets the parameters. It’s a part-time job, and the new hire will work under the guidance of the director in “supervising, planning, creating and organizing adult and youth leagues approved by the rec board.”

The program coordinator will also assist in the supervision of league sports, support the staff during special events, large programs and summer activities.

He or she may also coach or teach programs, assist with the roller rink, prep fields, maintain equipment and maintain the security of facilities and programs.

The application period closes July 5.

 

Lifeguards needed

Howe said there’s good news and bad news to report with respect to swimming lessons.

She has lined up a place, the pool at the Greybull KOA, and developed a waiver form for participants, similar to the ones children are asked to sign for other recreation district activities.

The dates have even been set.  The district is planning two weeks of lessons, starting Monday, July 8 and running through Friday, July 29.  There will be two sessions — one starting at 10 a.m., the other at 10:30 a.m. — and they will be geared toward beginning swimmers.

Howe emphasized that space would be limited, with just 10 spots available in each session.

Cassie Russell will oversee the two-week program.

The bad news?  It’ll all be a moot point, if the district can’t find another lifeguard.  Howe said she’s hired one lifeguard, but that at least two are needed.

“They don’t have to be certified lifeguards, either,” she said.

If you’re interested in serving as a lifeguard, basically between the hours of 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Monday through Friday for two straight weeks, contact Howe, 765-9575.

In other business Monday night:

• The rec board awarded the bid to install new flooring in the kitchen area of the Herb Asp Community Center to Loren Alberts of Basin.

Alberts was the lowest of three bidders, coming in at $1,997, and to reinforce the award, several board members stated that they’d hired him in the past and that he’d always done a good job.

• The rec board plans to seek estimates for a new air conditioning system for the Herb Asp Community Center.  “We need to get started on it,” said Mike Carlson, the board chair.  “If we keep waiting for a grant or for someone else to pay for it, it’s not going to happen.”

• As part of the pool report, the board announced that Amy Kania, the pool manager, had officially submitted a letter of resignation.

• Howe announced that she’d discussed intramural and league sports issues with GES Principal Brenda Jinks.

The school is getting a new PE teacher in the fall, and Howe said she may organize more “kickoff days” with elementary gym classes, timing them to coincide with signup periods for the various sports offered by the district.

There is also going to be a push to offer more sports camps, not only for kids in grade three through five but also “junior” camps for kids in grades kindergarten through second.

Howe said an organizational meeting for baseball would be held next March, long before the season.  The district recently agreed to play a greater role in organizing the sport.

• In her director’s report, Howe stated that Double R Service had installed door wraps on the doors leading to the kitchen, conference room and both bathrooms, at total cost of $389.  The doors now close and latch properly, whereas before, they did not.

The storms that rolled through the area last week, bringing hail, high winds and rain, did some damage to the Herb Asp Community Center.  According to Howe, there were leaks and puddles of water on the floor.  Several tiles showed water damage.

Lastly, she said the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services program that paid for Ivy Roberton to assist in recreation district offerings had been cut drastically — to the point where Robertson can only be paid for 220 more hours between now and January, 2014.  Howe said Robertson’s been invaluable, particularly in roller rink support.

Bonnie Jeanne Sullenberger Kelly

March 8, 1924 – June 13, 2013

A Vigil Service for Bonnie Kelly will be held Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greybull. The Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart.

Bonnie, 89, died June 13 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.

A luncheon in the basement of the church will be held immediately following the Memorial Mass.

A complete obituary will be printed in next week’s newspaper.