Monthly Archives: February 2014
A memorial service and burial of the cremains of Franklin Grant Porter will be held at a later date. Frank, 90, died Feb. 18 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.
He was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Douglas, the son of Marion Grant and Queen Marie Tainter Porter. He lived most of his life on the Porter farm north of Greybull.
Frank was always around town with a smile on his face and a story for all who would listen to it. Frank mostly got around by walking place to place until his later years when he had to depend on his wheelchair.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Marion Grant “Cy” and Queen Marie Porter; two sisters, Louise Porter Farley and Janice Porter Hughes, and four brothers, Robert Porter, John Porter, Bruce Porter and Larry Porter.
Thomas Gerrard Easterly, 50, died Thursday, February 20, 2014. Tom was born to Robert John “Bob” and Constance Anne Stephany “Connie” Easterly on October 16, 1963 in Pierre, SD. Tom grew up in a large family and was the fifth of eight children.
In 1981, Tom graduated from Raymond Central High School in Valparaiso, NE. Following his graduation, he attended South Dakota State University, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Wildlife Science. After completing his post-secondary education in 1989, Tom began his career as a biologist working in both Western South Dakota and Southern Wyoming.
In 1992, Tom moved to Greybull and assumed the position of Wildlife Biologist for the Department of Game and Fish. Throughout his career, Tom focused his efforts on ensuring that the area’s native wildlife species were able to live in a sustainable habitat.
Because of his commitment to the maintenance of the county’s wildlife populations, Tom served as a key figure in negotiations between landowners, private groups, and governmental agencies. Tom played an integral role in several Game and Fish projects in the area, including the release and reestablishment of the Big Horn sheep population in Shell Canyon and on Little Mountain, and the introduction of Rio Grande wild turkeys in river drainages throughout the Big Horn Basin; Tom’s leadership was also a critical element in investigations surrounding the management and sustainment of the basin’s sage-grouse numbers. Tom was the Chair of the Bighorn Basin Sage-grouse Local Working Group, one of seven statewide public working groups initiated by the Governor, that is a collaborative effort of public citizens, conservation groups, industry, and agricultural members working together to conserve sage-grouse. He was also a liaison with University of Wyoming sage-grouse researchers in the Bighorn Basin. Tom served as a member of Paintrock Basin’s Coordinated Resource Management Group to improve forestry management throughout the county and on the Big Horn National Forest Resource Advisory Council, which allocated federal funds for area forest improvement. Tom also worked closely with local chapters of Pheasants Forever, and the National Wild Turkey Federation to improve habitat for both species; he was one of two biologists in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department that were on the National Wild Turkey Federation’s State Technical Committee.
Tom was a true outdoorsman, and his passion and enthusiasm reached far beyond his career. He contributed to both community and regional outdoor education efforts by teaching annual hunter’s safety programs, led community forums to reinforce the need for habitat management, and volunteered on both Greybull and Shell fire departments. Tom was active in the Paintrock Hunter Mentor Program and the Worland Outdoor Education Day, meeting annually with high school seniors answering their questions about the wildlife biologist vocation. Each spring and summer, Tom directed several youth mountain biking clinics, performed regular maintenance on bike trails throughout the region as a member of the Wyoming State Trails Council, and as the former Wyoming representative for the International Mountain Biking Association, promoted the sport’s accessibility throughout the state. Tom was also a long-time member of the Greybull Elks Club, and held many offices in the organization. As part of the Greybull City Council, Tom was instrumental in the revitalization of the City Park’s recreational facilities and athletic fields, and the addition of the skate park. Additionally, Tom’s expertise and spirit of volunteerism was vital in developing and writing the county’s Wildfire Protection Plan.
There is no doubt that Tom, a friend to so many, led a full life in his fifty short years. Tom’s friendship was, at its very essence, selfless, encouraging, and unwavering. He was adventurous and always ready for a day spent outdoors with his buddies – -whether it was filled with mountain biking, skiing, hunting, or hiking, it mattered not. Tom Easterly was soft-spoken, yet stubborn; an independent spirit, yet fiercely loyal to his friends. For the many who are fortunate enough to call Thomas Gerrard Easterly a friend, may they find comfort and solace in the fond memories of Tom that will allow his legacy to live on.
Tom is survived his parents, Bob and Connie Easterly of Haxtun, CO; his sisters Debra Easterly of Pocatello, ID, Diane Easterly Molloy of Lincoln, NE, Cathy Easterly Josephson of Firestone, CO, and Sue Easterly Johnson of Oak Harbor, WA; his brothers Bill Easterly of Loveland, CO, Jim Easterly of Arvada, CO, and Steve Easterly of Appleton, WI; as well as his many nephews and nieces.
Services celebrating Tom’s life will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, February 26, at the Elks BPOE Lodge #1431 in Greybull. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Tom Easterly Memorial and Scholarship Fund at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank in Greybull.
by nathan oster
School will extend further into the spring, and several days past Memorial Day, under the new school calendar for 2014-15 that was approved last week by the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees.
Supt. Barry Bryant said school employees in Greybull as well as those in Big Horn County School District No. 4 in Basin were given the opportunity to vote on two different calendar proposals for 2014-15.
The one that was not chosen — and in Greybull, the margin was close — called for school to dismiss six days earlier in the spring, on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend instead of the Thursday after Memorial Day, as called for by Option A.
Bryant said the vote was close in Greybull, with 55 employees supporting Option A — the “after Memorial Day” version — and 43 supporting Option B — the “before Memorial Day” version. Fifteen school district employees didn’t vote.
Bryant said the district took the results of its voting into a meeting with Basin school officials, where an attempt was made to get as many days as possible to match up on the two districts’ calendars.
They were unable to bridge all their differences, but came “within four or five days” of having identical calendars, Bryant said. The timing of professional development days was one area in particular where there were differences of opinion.
Here are some highlights of the calendar, known as Option A, that was ultimately approved by the board:
• The first day of school will be Aug. 19, which is one day earlier than it started last fall. It will again be on a Tuesday, however, which is by design, said Bryant, noting that teachers like a four-day week to start. New teachers start Aug. 11, returning teachers on Aug. 13.
• Two days — Friday, Oct. 17 and Monday, Oct. 20 — are set aside for hunting vacation.
• Christmas vacation will begin Dec. 19. Teacher return Jan. 5, students on Jan. 7.
• Spring break will be a full week, April 6-10.
• Graduation is Sunday, May 17 or 24.
In other Feb. 11 business:
• After emerging from an executive session, the board voted to offer one-year contracts for the 2014-15 school year to GHS Principal Ty Flock, GMS Principal Scott McBride, Director of Special Services Lee Clucas and Curriculum and Grants Coordinator Sara Schlattmann.
In a separate motion, the board agreed to offer a two-year contract to Supt. Barry Bryant for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. According to the language, the board will have the option of renewing the contract at the end of the first year.
• The board approved on second reading policies dealing with food service procurement, administration of medications to students, and alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
• The board approved an out-of-district request that allows a sophomore girl, who has been attending Riverside High School, to attend GHS for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.
• In the reports section, Bryant said the new modular classrooms at the elementary school are expected to cost an additional $8,000 a year in utilities; it doesn’t appear the district is going to be able to afford to hire an ag teacher next year; the grab-and-go breakfast program is going well, serving approximately 30 secondary students; and that the new middle school design is behind by approximately two to there weeks.
GES Principal Brenda Jinks reported attendance stood at 215, flu and bronchitis ripped through the school causing significant absences in January, and students are showing growth in reading and math.
GMS Principal Scott McBride set building enrollment at 125 and said professional development has focused on reading and math. With respect to reading, “We have focused on literacy in the content area,” he said. “We have implemented text frames and close reading in every classroom. Vocabulary has been another focus we’ve been working on.” As for math, he wrote in his report: “We continue to develop the RTI program and monitor student performance. We have purchased math manipulatives through SIG to provide multiple avenues for students to develop understanding.” He added that tardies have been a problem, with 103 in January. Thus far, 614 tardies have been recorded at the middle school.
Ditto the high school, where as of the night of meeting there had been 497 tardies. Nearly a third of them, 157, occurred in January alone. Principal Ty Flock updated the board on several other initiatives. He said GHS has been approved to offer an AP calculus class for the remainder of the school year and to administer the examination. He called it “a big step for the high school,” noting that it’ll look good for students who take the class and want to apply for scholarships. “Hopefully we can look at more AP classes down the road,” he said.
Flock also reported that the school is about a month into its transition to a “workshop model,” which represents a philosophy shift. It’s not being implemented in every class, as some don’t work well with the model, he said. The idea behind it, however, is to give students additional help during class, which in turn will cut down on their homework and hopefully reduce the number of students who need to attend Buff Time.
The Big Horn County Commissioners are teaming up with Lovell, Inc., and Grow Big Horn County to create a county-wide strategic plan for economic development.
The county has retained Community Builders, Inc. (CBI), a Wyoming consulting firm, to assist with development of the strategic plan. As part of the planning process, the team will be conducting an online survey in all of the communities in Big Horn County.
“We want to know what residents want for their local community,” said Jerry Ewen, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. “While there are some basic economic development functions that apply to all of us in Big Horn County, we think that there are different desires and visions in each community.”
“There is so much more to economic development than just recruiting businesses,” added Sue Taylor, CEO of Lovell, Inc., and Grow Big Horn County. “By creating a comprehensive plan that address all of the building blocks of economic development, each community can work at its own pace and use the plan to create the future it wants.”
According to Joe Coyne, principal consultant with CBI, economic development strategies are commonly used by local governments and private organizations to encourage growth in a responsible manner. “Most communities in Wyoming are currently investing in infrastructure to support growth. Those towns and counties that are able to support a local economic development agency are also making significant efforts to help existing businesses grow,” Coyne said.
“Everyone has a stake in our future, and we would like to hear their thoughts,” added Taylor. She encourages all local residents, workers, businesses, and property owners to take the online survey, which can be found at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/GrowBigHornCounty-CommunitySurvey.
The survey will close on March 20, 2014. CBI will then compile all results and present them to the Big Horn County Commissioners and Lovell, Inc.. The planning team will then begin evaluating specific development projects, facilities, and scenarios for each community in Big Horn County. The completed economic development strategy and implementation plan should be completed by May 31, 2014.
To pay for CBI’s development of the economic development strategy, Big Horn County successfully obtained a Business Ready Community Planning grant from the Wyoming Business Council of $37,500. That grant is being matched with $12,500 from the towns of Lovell, Greybull, and Basin, and from Big Horn County.
Anyone interested in this project is asked to contact Lovell, Inc./Grow Big Horn County CEO Sue Taylor, (307) 548-6707, firstname.lastname@example.org.
With support and cooperation from surrounding communities and the Bighorn National Forest, Antelope Butte Foundation (ABF) is moving closer to its goal of reopening the ski area, located in the Big Horn Mountains between Dayton and Greybull.
ABF held an inaugural event in November, in conjunction with Sheridan College’s Outdoor Adventure Club. The event, called “Butte-ify the Bighorns,” raised more than $33,000.
“Strong community support is helping move Antelope Butte Foundation closer to its ultimate goal of reopening the ski area,” said ABF President Mark Weitz.
On Jan. 24, ABF presented a proposal to the Forest Service to gain access to the Antelope Butte facilities this summer in order to stop degradation due to a water leak, and to begin making improvements with “an army of volunteer support,” said Weitz.
“We want to take advantage of volunteer efforts, while also focusing on fundraising, working on multiple fronts toward our goal. ABF’s proposal was well received by the Forest Service.”
“ABF presented a professional proposal to move forward on their efforts to ultimately open the Antelope Butte Ski Area,” Bighorn National Forest Supervisor Bill Bass said. “While I could not approve all of their proposal, progress and agreement was reached to develop a reasonable process and timeframe.”
The next step in the process is to complete an appraisal, which will include both a salvage and operational value.
“After the appraisal, we hope to enter into a purchase-sale agreement with the Forest Service for the improvements,” said ABF Board Member Carrie Sisson. “Once we enter into a formal agreement, we will be able to gain access to the lodge, better evaluate options, and start work toward making improvements.”
Weitz said he has heard from countless people who want to help get the ski area re-opened.
“We hear the community loud and clear,” Weitz said, “Contractors, electricians, engineers, professionals, individuals, groups — saying ‘how can we help?’ If ABF can gain access and start making improvements, it will allow people to contribute and keep the project’s momentum strong.”
According to Bass, ABF must focus on acquiring the real property with the intent to eventually qualify to be ski area permit holders. This will require ABF to assume some financial outlay and risk.
“This grassroots effort has demonstrated a very professional business approach,” Bass said. “But ultimately, the ski area must be either re-opened or removed from National Forest Service Lands. Future discussions will be aimed at establishing reasonable timelines considering Forest Plan Direction and the Public interest/Trust.”
In order to garner broader support and expertise, ABF has partnered with the Mountain Riders Alliance, an organization dedicated to making a positive change in the ski industry by supporting the health and sustainability of smaller, community ski areas. MRA also has projects in Alaska and Maine.
“We have been collaborating with MRA to become involved in a new and growing national effort — focusing on the importance and vitality of community ski areas,” Weitz said.
Jamie Schectman, co-founder of the Mountain Riders Alliance, said the two groups hope Antelope Butte will “become the poster child for how communities can work together to reopen, restore and rejuvenate their Mountain Playgrounds.”
“In the short term, we are sharing best practices, facilitating industry introductions, assisting with messaging, and collaborating with ABF’s legal team and the USFS to ensure ABF’s mission is achieved,” Schectman said.
In the longer term, Antelope Butte may become part of a network of MRA “Mountain Playgrounds” — a portfolio of community focused ski areas that together can benefit from economies of scale by reducing expenses, increasing efficiencies and helping to ensure sustainability.
To learn more and/or contribute to ABF, please visit www.antelopebuttefoundation.org and www.facebook.com/AntelopeButteFoundation.
About Antelope Butte Foundation:
Antelope Butte Foundation’s mission is to provide affordable, accessible skiing, mountain recreation, and related training and education for all, especially youth and beginners. The current board of directors is made up of nine professionals from the northern Wyoming communities of Sheridan, Basin, and Greybull who are dedicated to reopening the ski area for future generations.
Oct. 27, 1931 – Feb. 13, 2014
A celebration of the life of Ned G. Lieuallen will be held Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Fort Laramie. Ned, 82, died Feb. 13 in Fort Laramie.
He was born Oct. 27, 1931, in Berthoud, Colo., the son of Beach and Bessie Sloan Lieuallen. He grew up and attended schools in Colorado and Wyoming and graduated from Wheatland High School in May of 1950.
He joined the National Guard on Sept. 11, 1950. He served in the 141st Tank Battalion during the Korean War. He was promoted to tech sergeant in July of 1951, and was honorably discharged from the National Guard in June of 1952. For his service in Korea he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Overseas Bar and the United States Service Medal.
Ned was a true entrepreneur with a pioneer spirit. He was employed by the State of Wyoming as a brand inspector for 10 years. He owned and operated Lieuallen Trenching and owned and operated a local restaurant in Basin, but he was always happiest when he was farming, riding and running cattle.
He is survived by his long-time companion Linda Dunn and her children Robert Dunn of Fort Laramie and Linda Lee Pokorski of Hot Springs, S.D.; his sons and daughter-in-law, Mike Lieuallen of Sheridan, John and Billie Lieuallen of Sheridan, Jesse Lieuallen of Dallas and Shawn Young of Buffalo; two daughters, Michele Lieuallen of Florence, Mont., and Diane Lieuallen of Casper; two step-sons, Kit Moore of Thermopolis and Irvin Moore of Rock-Springs; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Jan. 30, 1937 – Feb. 5, 2014
A graveside service for Shirley Ann Nelson of Englewood, Colo., will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at Mount View Cemetery in Basin. Shirley, 77, died Feb. 5 at the Littleton Adventist Hospital of lung cancer.
She was born Jan. 30, 1937, in Norway, Kan., the second child of Julius Benjamin and Stella M. Pense Nelson. After a short stay in Kansas, her parents returned to the Big Horn Basin to farm where she grew up. She attended school in Manderson and Basin, and finished her education at Greybull High School where she excelled in reading, music, typing and shorthand. She was president of the National Honor Society her senior year. She participated in band, choir, saxophone sextet and was on the staff of the Paintbrush.
She earned her degree in secretarial science from the University of Wyoming in 1960. She worked for Husky Oil Company in Cody before joining Sen. Milward Simpson’s staff in Washington, D.C., for many years.
Her remaining working days were spent as a secretary, bookkeeper and financial accountant in Denver. She was a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.
Shirley was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She sang in the choir, served as librarian, and as a temple worker through 2013.
Shirley never married but was a large part of her extended family.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Julius and Stella Nelson and one brother, Lyle.
She is survived by five siblings: Julius Loren Nelson, Carolyn Nelson Bosch, Linda Nelson Schneider, Marvin Nelson and Debera Weiner.
July 7, 1918 – Feb. 12, 2014
Cremation has taken place and private services for Carl Benjamin Emmett will be held at the Emmett cabin in the Big Horn Mountains later this summer. Carl, 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 12 at South Big Horn County Hospital.
He was born July 7, 1918, in Worland, the son of Jacob Daily and Esther Mae Benjamin Emmett. The family moved to Greybull before Carl was a year old; he lived in Greybull his entire life. He attended first and second grades in the old stone school building and completed his final 10 years in the “old” Greybull Elementary School that was razed several years ago. He graduated with the Class of 1936, the last high school class to graduate from the building.
He married Charlotte Ruth Howe Aug. 3, 1937. They exchanged vows in the house he has continued to live in for the past 80-plus years.
Carl worked as an engineer on the railroad for 42 years; he retired from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe in 1980.
Carl was a charter member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce; started the Days of ’49 rounding up wild horses to be used in the rodeo; served on the school board for 13 years; was the local chairman of the Brotherhood of Engineers for 20 years; on the Greybull Fire Department for 25 years serving several times as the fire chief; was on the Greybull Town Council for 13 years; was the Mayor of Greybull for six years and on the Museum Board for two years.
Carl was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he was an elder; a life member of Boy Scouts; past master of Masons Lodge; 50-year member of the Blue Lodge Masons, Royal Arch, Commandery and Eastern Star of which he was a past Worthy Patron.
Carl enjoyed hunting, fishing and trips to the family cabin. He liked woodworking and working around the yard. He considered himself very fortunate to have such a good life, good children and a wonderful wife for 69 years.
His mother and father, his brother James L. Emmett, his wife Charlotte Emmett, daughter Sheila Kay Vorhies; granddaughter Gina Emmett and two great-grandsons, Robert Cole “Scruffy” Emmett and Dolan Tyrell Scharen, preceded him in death.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Carl Deuane Emmett and Gary Jacob and July L. Rimer Emmett, all of Greybull; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Word has been received of the death of former Greybull resident Marlynn Kay Campbell. Marlynn, 70, died Feb. 3 in Bozeman, Mont.
She was born Feb. 19, 1943, in Sheridan, the daughter of Lynn and Marjorie Severance. She grew up and received her education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School.
Marlynn attended Denver Vocational College where she specialized in stenography and secretarial work. She married and the family moved to Bozeman where her husband attended Montana State University and she began working at the Bozeman ASCS office. They had their first child, Todd.
The family moved to Capitol, Mont. where their daughter Kim was born. The family moved to Libby and in 1973 moved to Glasgow where Marlynn went to work for Langen & Langen law offices. She later followed Judge Langen to the Valley County Courthouse to be his secretary. She also worked for Probation Officer George Melikan. After Judge Langen resigned, Marlynn worked at the courthouse as deputy clerk of court until she retired in February 2006.
Marlynn enjoyed garage sales, Bunco, trips to Four Bears casino with good friends and volunteered at the Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament for many years. Marlynn’s positive manner left everyone she met “feeling good.” She will be missed.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Angela Campbell of Nampa, Idaho; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Charlie Smith of Bozeman; brother and sister-in-law, Lynn and Sharon Severance of Sheridan; stepmother, Esther Cover of Sheridan; close friend Larry Roberton of Opheim, Mont., and four grandchildren.
Marlynn was cremated. Her ashes will be spread this summer.
by nathan oster
Thursday’s dual against Cody was a microcosm of the Greybull-Riverside wrestling season to date.
Coach Mark Sanford said his squad wrestled tough against a quality 3A foe and that the dual was there to be won — if just a couple of matches had gone Greybull-Riverside’s way. They did not … and the result was a 44-36 loss that left the team with a 5-5 record in duals.
“I told the team afterwards that we let another one slip away,” said Sanford. “Time and time again, we’re getting opportunities to close and to finish … and we just aren’t doing it. Until we figure it out, it’s just going to keep happening.”
Cody boasted a solid lineup, anchored by Max Dickerman and John Beaudrie, both of whom placed at the recent Ron Thon Invitational. Dickerman, who was fifth at 126 in Riverton, fended off a valiant effort by Marshall Gibbs, winning 14-0. As for Beaudrie, he was the 160-pound king at Ron Thon, but moved up to 170 for the G-R dual. The move paid off for the Broncs, as he made quick work of Anthony Eibert, winning by pin in 38 seconds.
Those two wins accounted for only 10 of Cody’s points, though. The Broncs had to earn the rest — and that they did, winning by forfeit at 182, by decision at 113, and by pin at 106, 120, 160 and 285.
The last two were the heartbreakers of the bunch, as Sanford felt both Jesus Burgos, facing Dallen Jones at 160, and Tanner Bernstein, facing Malik Oliar at 285, had winnable matches that would have tipped the balance toward G-R. Burgos, who led at one time 2-0, was pinned in 3:29, while Bernstein fell in 2:32. Sanford said that in both matches, Cody wrestlers showed their cradling prowess. Once they got their opponent on his back, they quickly ended the match.
The regular season in the books, G-R will head to Lovell this week for the Class 2A West Regional. Sixteen Buffs are expected to take the mat, all of them hoping for at the very least a top eight finish. Those who are lucky enough to be in the top four at regionals will earn seeds for next week’s State 2A Wrestling Championships in Casper.
“We have to be wrestling our best and putting guys into the placing matches in as many weights as we possibly can,” said Sanford. “If we can do that, it’ll make the state tournament so much better for us. The path would become so much easier. (If you place in the top four) your first round match is easier, you can get a win and start moving forward. Something as simple as placing third instead of fourth can make a big difference in your second match at state.”
Cokeville is the team to beat, but Sanford said that if Shoshoni falters at all, second place is within reach, not only for G-R but also Lovell and Thermopolis, which are also gunning for a top-three finish.
Wrestling action starts at 3 p.m. Friday and will continue through the third-place and championship matches on Saturday. As it is a state event, admission fees will be charged. For Friday’s session, adults are $4, students $3. For Saturday’s, adults are $6, students $4. For both sessions, an adult pass costs $9, a student pass $6.