Daily Archives: November 21, 2013

GHS student appointed to Naval Academy

by marlys good

For the majority of GHS students, Oct. 21 was just an ordinary day. But for McKenna Powers the “ordinary” day turned into something very special.

“I was in the girls bathroom when I got a text from my mom saying I had received my official appointment to the Naval Academy. I was floating on air the whole day,” Powers said with a wide smile.

“I walked out and Mr. Flock and Mr. Menke were in the hall talking. They just saw my big smile. I told them my mom had just texted me and I got accepted into the Naval Academy. They both gave me a big hug.”

Powers said, “I think most of the teachers just knew. A lot of them had helped me with my application, letters of recommendation, things like that.”

Powers will be inducted into the Academy in Annapolis on July 1,2014.  She is no stranger to Annapolis; she has visited there four times, “But I always get the same feeling. It’s amazing; the architecture is beautiful. It’s just so, I don’t know the word, just awesome.”

For Powers, the official notification was the culmination of a dream she has had, a goal she set, when she was 14 years old; a goal partially inspired by her father, Duane, who spent 20 years as a Navy pilot. “He flew P3s. He’s in Afghanistan right now – he is contracted over there,” she shared

“I’ve always wanted to serve in the military. My dad had visited the Academy and wanted me to look at it online. I thought it sounded like a great school, so many opportunities. It was exactly what I wanted to do. Education is very important to me and it is one of the best educations you can get in this country. The people there, you know, all of them have the same ideals. They are good people; that’s one thing that attracted me to it. All the kids have high goals. You know you can trust them. They have your back. I have a lot in common with them.

“I could go on forever on why I want to go there,” she said with a laugh.

Powers knew she was eligible for a Presidential nomination to the academy because of her dad’s 20-year stint in the armed forces. “So, I’ve actually been pretty positive about it, but I was also a little bit nervous because I knew I needed a medical waiver because of my back injury when I was 14 years old. I e-mailed the counselor and she told me my waiver was granted on Oct. 19.”

Powers has been in and around airplanes since she was a little girl. “My grandpa had the airport in town so I was in the hangars, watching the guys working on the planes. It got in my blood. I always liked helping; I like knowing how things work. My dad always explained everything to me. He would say, ‘Now you know why that is like that. He knows everything.”

An e-mail from her dad said simply: “My dear young daughter, I am most proud of your direction, dedication and abilities. You have accomplished no small feat, an accumulation of many difficult challenges and attention to detail. Stay true to your goals, be healthy and do good things. Love, Dad.”

Powers gives credit to her success to her parents, whom, she says, “always make sure I’m trying my best and are very encouraging.”

Powers had always been a proponent of the “natural look,” although she admits she sometimes will pick up a “Seventeen,” to get “ideas for the couple of times a year I wear makeup. I always start like that at the first of the school year, then think it’s easier to go natural. That’s good because that is what I’ll be doing at the Naval Academy. I won’t be fixing my hair. They’ll be cutting it all off anyway,” she laughed.

Powers is the daughter of Duane and Cindy Powers and the granddaughter of Gene and Louise Powers of Greybull.

Council rewrites pit bull ordinance

by nathan oster

The Greybull Town Council has scrapped its controversial pit bull ordinance on the recommendation of the town’s animal control officer, who stated during its meeting last week that he’d been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from people who opposed the change.

“From all the comments I received, I want you all to know that I did listen,” said Doug Youngerman, the animal control officer. “We went viral I think, because I heard from people from New York to California — and everywhere in between.”

Youngerman, the staunchest proponent of the ordinance amendment last month, urged the council not to pass it on second reading, citing the will of the people and his support for a revised ordinance, which was given first reading by the council in the night.

Youngerman’s comments came during the public comment portion of the Nov. 12 meeting.  Local residents had packed the council chambers, wanting to address their concerns about the proposal.  Youngerman’s statement took some of the bite out of their commentary — although six people did raise questions and/or voice concerns.

Saying he was concerned about public safety, Youngerman in October pitched the new ordinance as a way of addressing the pit bull problem in Greybull.  It would have done several things, among them requiring pit bull owners to keep their pit bull “indoors, in a securely enclosed and locked pen or kennel approved by the town’s animal control officer or in a fenced area approved by the animal control officer, except when leashed.” As it was written, the proposed ordinance would have required pit bulls that are not confined to be on a leash no longer than 4 feet and muzzled at all times, it would required pit bull owners to provide the animal control officer with two color photos of their pet, to post signs on his or her property, warning passers-by that there is a pit bull on the property, and provide the town with proof of public liability insurance in a single amount of $250,000 for bodily injury to or death of any person or persons.

The council gave that ordinance a first reading in October, in part to initiate a dialogue with the community.  What it got in the weeks that ensued was very one sided, with virtually no one voicing support.

That included the meeting, where questions were raised about the kennel definition — Youngerman clarified that in the eyes of the town, it’s four animals of the same species — and about the process of passing the ordinance.  Mayor Bob Graham stated that by killing the ordinance on second reading, the town would essentially be starting the process over.

Bruce Wiley, a local dentist, had some of the most pointed criticism of the ordinance.  He called on the town to reject it and said any new proposal should not single out any one breed because studies have shown that virtually all dogs have the potential to kill or injure — and have done so at some point in time.

He added that if that’s the standard, perhaps other “lethal pets” such as horse, cats, pigs, pythons, lizards, tarantulas, spiders, fireants … and even fawn deer should added to the list. Each has caused a death somewhere, he said.

The council also heard from a man who didn’t like the part about requiring pit bull owners to take out a $250,000 insurance policy.

Council members didn’t challenge any of the speakers and when the ordinance came up for second reading, they rejected it, just as they said they would.

Later in the night, they gave first reading to a revised ordinance, one that does not include mention of any one breed but rather focuses on clear definitions for “potentially dangerous/dangerous dogs” and “vicious dogs.”

A vicious dog, the new ordinance states, “shall include any dog which attacks, rushes, bites, snaps or snarls or in any manner menaces any person, vehicle, or animal outside the premises of the owner or keeper or does so to any person, vehicle or animal where the same are lawfully entitled to be or shows any plausible tendency to do so without provocation.”

A “potentially dangerous dog” or “dangerous dog” shall include “any dog that, when unprovoked, engages in any behavior that requires a defensive action, to prevent bodily injury, by any person who is outside of the premises of the owner or keeper or who is lawfully entitled to be on the premises of the owner or keeper.”

The ordinance now on the table would require any owner of a potentially dangerous dog to register the dog with the town clerk within five days of that determination or as otherwise ordered by the municipal judge.  All such dogs would be required to be licensed, vaccinated, microchipped by the animal control office and have an approved tag affixed to its collar.

All dangerous dogs shall be maintained in a separate register by the town clerk.

The owner of a dangerous dog may have the dog removed from the register provided there has been no further actions by the dog as described in the ordinance for 36-month period, the dog has died or is permanently removed from the town.

The new ordinance does include a stipulation that the owner of a dangerous dog “shall provide proof to the town clerk that there is in full force and effect a homeowners or renters liability policy with a single incident coverage of at least $250,000 for bodily injury or liability to any person which may arise as a result of the owning, keeping or maintaining such dog.”

In terms of confinement, the ordinance reads as follows:

“All dangerous dogs shall be kept or maintained in a securely confined yard or approved change link kennel or other kennel approved by the animal control officer.

“All dangerous dogs shall be on a leash no more than 4 feet in length and which will prevent the dog from escaping, muzzled sufficiently to prevent the dog from biting and under the direct control of an adult person.

“The owner of a dangerous dog shall display, in a prominent location, a sign, approved by the animal control officer, warning the public that a dangerous or vicious dog is located on the owner’s premises.

“The owner of a dangerous dog shall provide to the animal control officer sufficient photos of the dog, which show the physical characteristics of the dog, within 10 days of a conviction or as otherwise ordered by the municipal judge.”

Vicious dogs won’t be allowed at all, as the ordinance makes it “unlawful to own, harbor or keep” a dog that fits that description.

 

GMS teams roll on

by nathan oster

Greybull Middle School’s eighth-grade team posted three wins last week, as the boys ripped Burlington 44-18, Cloud Peak 40-13 and Ten Sleep 49-22 to build momentum for what may be the toughest part of their schedule.

The eighth graders turned in “the best team effort and play” to date in their 26-point win over Burlington on Nov. 12. “Everyone played hard and it showed on the court,” said Coach Jared Collingwood.  “Burlington has a good team, but our pressure defense and fast-break points put us in control early.”

Braeden Tracy, with 14 points, and Miguel Gomez, with 11, “had their best games thus far,” said the couch. “Both played excellent and where we need them to be playing by the end of the year.”

Other scorers for GMS included Max Mills with nine, Riley Hill with four, and Korbin Adams, Brayan Castro and Morgan Dowling, each with two.

GMS already owned a victory over Cloud Peak when the two teams met for a rematch on Friday.  The second game followed a similar script as the first.  GMS eventually won by 27, getting 10 from Gomez and Adams, nine from Tracy, four from Riley Hill, three from Max Mills and two each from Ralph Petty and Zack Keisel.

The eighth graders shook off a slow start to pull away from Ten Sleep on Saturday morning.  Again, it was their pressure defense that set the tone by leading to a lot of fast-break points.

Tracy netted 10, Hill, Mills and Brayan Castro eight apiece, Eduardo Burgos five and Mason Werbelow, Jovani Garay, Gomez, Adams and Morgan Dowling two apiece.

“Ten Sleep had some size, but our kids were quicker and more athletic,” said Collingwood. “Everyone contributed both offensively and defensively. It is always nice to get everyone in the game and see them score or do something they have been working on in practice.

“We are beginning to shoot better from the free-throw line, something we have emphasized in practice. This week with five days of practice we will spend a lot of time shooting free throws and working on executing our half-court sets on offense.”

The eighth graders figure to face stiffer competition on Saturday when they host A and B games against Worland and Thermopolis.  First up are A and B games against Thermopolis, starting at 9 and 10 a.m., followed by an A game against Worland at 11 and a B game against Worland at noon.

“Everything will be in the high school gym and it should be a good test for us to see how we handle bigger schools and a little tougher competition,” said Collingwood.

 

Younger teams

The sixth and seventh graders played Burlington Tuesday and won 38-26.

“It was a tough game; they are as good a seventh-grade team as we’ve seen all year and they played a 2-3 zone against us,” said Coach Ken Jensen. “We haven’t seen a zone all season, and haven’t had time to put in a zone offense, so we just had to attack the basket and use our size advantage.

“The game was close most of the way, and we just kind of wore them down and pulled away at the end.”

Brock Hill led the scoring with 16, followed by Zack Keisel and Ralph Petty with 11 each.

On Friday the team notched a 44-27 win over Cloud Peak in Manderson, again using its size advantage to jump out to a big early lead.  Jensen said he was able to mix and match different combinations, giving lots of players quality time on the court.

Brock Hill again led the scoring and Ralph Petty also hit double figures. Branden Welsh, Jordan Preciado, Zack Keisel, and Ethan Dalin also scored in this game.

The team made it a perfect week with a 41-21 win over Ten Sleep.  With the win, the team improved to 8-2.

“Once again, we were just too big and physical for our opponent,” he said.

Seven players scored, led by Brock Hill with 17, Zack Keisel with nine, Gage Hunt with six, Jordan Preciado with three, and two apiece from Wyatt Bush, Ethan Dalin, and Ralph Petty.

The sixth graders got in a game of their own last week as well, losing 28-13.  Forty turnovers proved “too much to overcome,” said Jensen, whose team was led in scoring by Preciado and Dalin.

The sixth and seventh graders will face off against Worland and Thermopolis Saturday in Worland.

Shootout cancelled for next year

by nathan oster

Basketball fans should enjoy the upcoming South Big Horn County Shootout because it will probably be the last one for awhile.

Nolan Tracy, the activities director for Big Horn County School District No. 3, announced that the event will not be scheduled in 2014-15, due to changes in the winter sports season dates that will take effect next year.

The Wyoming High School Activities Association’s board of director last month approved on second reading a proposal to push the start date for boys and girls basketball, as well as wrestling, to the Monday after Thanksgiving.

By doing so, it effectively shortened the seasons.

“We thought about changing it to another date, but couldn’t get it worked out,” said Tracy.

Greybull teams have traditionally gone to tournaments in Glenrock and Wright on the second competitive weekend of the season.  Attempts to get those tournaments pushed back a week were unsuccessful.

As thing stand right now, Tracy said Burlington — which has been one of the co-hosts of the Shootout in recent years — plans to do a smaller scale tournament the second weekend, but would it would primarily involve 1A teams.

So the Buffs will go to Wright and Glenrock in 2014-15 — and then pick up a few games at a tournament in Big Piney over the New Year’s break to make up for losing the Shootout.

David Ernest Oglesbee

Sept. 4, 1946 – Nov. 12, 2013

Memorial services for David Ernest Oglesbee were held Nov. 16 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Lewiston, Mont. Dave died Nov. 12 in Lewiston.

He was born Sept. 4, 1946, in Joliet, Mont., the son of Ernest Garvin Oglesbee and Violet Josephine DeLisi.

Dave attended Greybull High School and graduated with the Class of 1964.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1965 and served four years as an E5 second-class aviation electrician. After his discharge, he began his career as a fireman with the Lewiston Fire Department. In 1988 he became the fire marshal and division chief of the department’s Fire Prevention Bureau. He retired in 1998 after 28 years of service.

While employed with the fire department, Dave obtained his associate of science degree from the College of Southern Idaho.

He married Bonnie Clark in 1967. They had two children, Michelle and Jim. They were later divorced.

Dave married Judy McDonald on June 13, 1982. They raised a blended family with their children, Michelle, Jim, Mike, Pam, Sherry and Cristal. They later raised their granddaughter Macyna.

Dave spent his spare time building and flying model airplanes and helicopters. He loved to spend time with family and friends, listen to music and spend time outdoors. Dave had a quick wit and wry sense of humor.

His parents and nine siblings preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Judy; his children, Michelle, Jim, Pam, Mike, Sherry and Cristal; sisters Betty, Lora, Ruth, Estelle and Lois, and eight grandchildren.