Monthly Archives: April 2014

Coming soon: Family Dollar

by nathan oster

Ground has been broken for Greybull’s new Family Dollar store, which is being built at the corner of Sixth Street and Fourth Avenue North.

Dave Murdoch, a preferred developer for Family Dollar, said that it’ll take about 120 days for the building to be finished.  Once it is, it will be turned over to Family Dollar, which is going to lease it.

“We’re probably looking at being open for business in four to five months, realistically,” said Murdoch.

Soon after completing the purchase of the location last spring, Murdoch announced an ambitious construction timeline, saying he wanted the building to be done in time for Family Dollar to move in before the holiday shopping season.

But last October, the decision was made to delay the start of construction until this spring.

“It should go pretty fast from this point,” he said.

Murdoch said a manager from another store will be brought in 60 to 70 days to consult in the construction process.  He has built a number of stores for Family Dollar, including the locations in Lovell and Thermopolis.

Murdoch said the store will be built to the size of 8,320 square feet, and that even though it won’t open until mid August at the earliest, Family Dollar will begin taking applications long before that on its website (familydollar.com).

 

 

 

 

Commissioners support BLM horse roundup

by karla pomeroy

The Big Horn County commissioners last Tuesday approved a letter to BLM Field Manager Michael P. Stewart supporting the BLM’s recent roundup of estray horses in the county.

The letter states, “Based on the background and process as outlined in the attached document (a document established by the BLM office on the roundup), the Big Horn County commissioners support the BLM’s recent decision and action to remove the estray horses from public land located near Greybull. The actions taken were important in protecting public land and the rights and resources of permittee holders in the area, we encourage you to continue to do likewise in the future.”

The Cloud Foundation has been vocal in its protest of the roundup that occurred in March, in which 41 estray horses were rounded up. National news organizations have picked up the story and the public the outcry about the roundup, which were sold by the state of Wyoming to a known slaughterhouse, Cattoor Livestock Roundup Inc.

According to the BLM fact sheet, the state does not round up horses, but, under the state estray laws, after the BLM captures the horses, the state has the responsibility to take possession of them.

One criticism of the BLM has been that there was no public notification. However, BLM fact sheet states that the public was notified that the horses would be removed by the Notice of Intent to Impound, which was published in the Greybull, Lovell, Cody and Powell newspapers. In addition, the commissioners state, all other appropriate contacts were made prior to the gather “including Big Horn County, livestock operators and adjacent landowners.”

In an interview last week, Commissioner Keith Grant said as the liaison for the county with federal agencies, he was notified of the roundup via email from Stewart. He said he did neglect to forward the email on to the other two commissioners — Jerry Ewen and John Hyde.

He said they decided to write the letter in support of the BLM because “We’re very vocal about concerns when we disagree with the BLM and we feel that when we support them we need to be just as vocal.”

He added, “We support them because they are protecting our landowners.”

Grant, and the commissioners’ letter, noted that the estray horses were not federally protected wild horses, such as those in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Herd. “Those in the Pryor Mountains have the genetics to be something special. My horses (35) are special and I spend a lot of money on them,” he said.

The estray horses, however have been estray on public land for about 40 years and were offspring of abandoned rodeo stock from Andy Gifford.

“In addition, the estray horses had increasingly become a nuisance to land owners, a safety issue and a rangeland health issue,” according to the fact sheet.

Two safety incidents over the past several years were noted — a horse had to be euthanized after being struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train and, as the horses frequent a bentonite haul road, a horse died after being struck by a bentonite company employee as he was traveling to work.

According to the fact sheet the Cody Field Office of the BLM has received several complaints over the years from permittees and adjacent landowners that the “reproducing herd impacted their private, irrigated fields and threatened the safety of their livestock.”

In a personal letter to Stewart, Grant quoted a letter from landowner David Neves regarding the roundup.

Neves stated that the majority of the horses were gathered on an allotment where they are allotted to graze on.

“The West River allotment has a total of 648 AUMs (animal unit month). I think a horse is figured as 1.2 AUMs per month and if that is correct 35 horses for 12 months would be 504 AUMs.  That makes a huge difference in the amount of forage available for grazing for us or whoever is the permittee of the allotment. When the BLM lets these horse numbers increase then the forage availability is greatly lessened for those permittees.

“All of the horses between Greybull and Lovell were feral horses that someone evidently wanted to get rid of and turned out.”

Grant said, “The BLM shouldn’t be getting beat up on for doing their job.” He said he had people calling him saying it was terrible and the county shouldn’t have let it happen. “I thought it should happen.”

He added that he spoke to Wyoming BLM Director Don Simpson and was told that the national budget for the Wild Horse and Burro Act to manage the federally protected wild horses is about $80 million

“Personally I love horses, but is it right that $80 million of your tax money goes to take care of those colts?” Grant said. “Horses are part of our culture of the West and we’re just emotional about them.”

Quick facts

•There are 33,780 wild horses and 6,825 burros managed under the act.

•There are 10 states with wild horse and/or burro management sites.

•Wyoming has the second highest number of wild horses with 3,459, behind Nevada with 18,764. Wyoming does not have any burros.

•Wyoming’s maximum appropriate management level is 3,725.

•In short-term holding facilities, Wyoming has 206 at Chugwater, 665 in Rock Springs and 185 at the Riverton Honor Farm. There are 294 Centennial/geldings listed under eco-sanctuary.

As provided by the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Act website

Former Ernesto’s building sold to antiques dealer

by nathan oster

Gary and Becky Anderson have purchased the former Ernesto’s building and will soon be opening a new business in that location, at 1336 N. Sixth St.

“We’re going to make an antique store out of it,” said Gary as he pounded nails and sawed boards Monday afternoon in what was once the kitchen.

“We’d like to take some consignments and rent out some booths,” said Gary.  “I also anticipate having a lot of stuff outside — things like old farm wheels, tractor wheels, old tractors, that sort of thing.”

The store will go by the name Big Horn Antiques and More.

Gary is no stranger to the concept.

Since he and Becky came to this community seven years ago, he has continued to run an antique store in a small town on the Washington coastline, called Wildwood Antiques and Gifts.

“I’m like a picker, in that I like to scrounge, recycle, get things to where they’re usable again,” said Gary.  “Even with something like a rusty old bucket, there’s someone out there who wants it, who would put a plant in it and use it to decorate their house or cabin.”

All totalled, he’s put in around 10 years in the antiques business.

One way he’s been able to do it in Washington has been through the use of vendors, who in exchange for having a place to peddle their collections agree to keep the building open for the public.

Gary said he hopes to find some of those type of entrepreneurs here as well.

As for the Ernesto’s building, it’s been closed about seven years.  Gary said he got a good deal on it.  “I can’t pass up a bargain,” he said.

While he does have some work to do where the kitchen was located, the rest of the interior is in good shape.  “Rustic … just the way it should be for an antique store,” he said.

Gary said he hopes to open the store by the middle to end of May and is excited about the venture.  Gary and Becky — the pastor of Greybull’s First Presbyterian Church and the Shell Community Church — certainly have a lot of irons in the fire.

“I like it that way, though,” he said. “I get itchy feet if I’m not doing something.”

Gary, who is on the Shell Hall Board, said he’s planning a grand opening and hopes the community comes to see what his store has to offer, from glassware and artwork to old utensils and assorted farm items.

 

Marlene Louise Arnold

March 29, 1943 – April 17, 2014

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for Marlene Louise Arnold will be held at a later date. Marlene, 71, died April 17 at her daughter’s home in Greybull.

She was born March 29, 1943, in Worland, the daughter of Albert Russell and Flora Louise Vert Wendland. She received her schooling in Greybull and attended Greybull High School.

Marlene worked as a certified nurse’s aide at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin for many years. She enjoyed gardening, attending Bible study with friends, baking and camping.

She was a deacon at the First Presbyterian Church.

Her parents, Albert and Flora Wendland, and an infant daughter, Debbie, preceded Marlene in death.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Christa and James L. Arnold, Jr. of Cheyenne; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Robert and Tammy M. Yager of Greybull, Lea A. Cable of Thermopolis, David and Branda J. Steege of Burns; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Memorials in Marlene’s name may be sent to Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

 

 

 

 

Buff boys win Rocky Mountain Invite

by nathan oster

The Greybull High School boys rode individual wins by Kyler Flock, Alex Hebb and Calder Forcella to the team title at last week’s Rocky Mountain Twilight track and field meet held in Cowley.

The boys followed that up two days later with a seventh-place finish at the Wind River Invitational, while the GHS girls too fifth and eighth, respectively, at the two meets, both of which were held under mostly sunny skies.

“They were both good meets for us,” said Coach Jeff Sukut. “Rocky’s was smaller, while Wind River’s was a little larger, but good in the sense that we got a chance to see teams that will be joining us this year at the combined regional, like Big Piney, Kemmerer and Wind River.”

McKenna Powers had another good week for the Buffs, winning the 200 and the 300 hurdles at both meets.  Sukut said Powers is coming on nicely in the 200, as her best time from the weekend, a 27.9, is just a half second off the state-qualifying standard of 27.4.

Sukut said Aftin DeRosa and Sydney Eckman tied for fourth in the 100 meters at Rocky, both running a 14.55.  It was a personal best for DeRosa, who also placed fifth in the long jump in Cowley.

Eckman, meanwhile, may have turned in the most outstanding performance of the weekend.  Running at Pavillion, Eckman blew away the field in the 800 meters, running a 2:38.23, which is just seven seconds off the state-qualifying standard.

According to Sukut, it was the first time she’d ever run the race. “She’s been hesitant, but I’ve been bugging Sydney about running it, and McKenna, who used to run it, has been encouraging her too,” said Sukut.  “She ran the first lap really fast and she ran out of gas a little bit, but I think when she learn to run the race a little better, she’s going to be very good.”

Sukut also offered kudos to Hanna Good, a freshman, for placing sixth in the shot put in Cowley and finishing one spot out of placing in Pavillion.  Her best throw of the week went 26 feet, 10 ½ inches.

Turning to the boys, Hebb was the only Greybull athlete who qualified in a new event, as he ran a 23.39 to win the 200 meters at Rocky Mountain.  He is now going to state in both the 100 and the 200.

Flock is also gunning for the 200-meter qualifying standard, although a slight groin pull hampered his efforts last week.  Flock still managed to win the 100 meters (11.5) in Cowley and placed third in the 200 at Pavillion with a 23.84.

Forcella won the discus at Rocky Mountain with a heave of 133 feet, 2 inches, his best effort of the season, and placed second in the shot at Rocky Mountain and second in both throwing events at Pavillion.

Sukut noted that Forcella’s teammate, Wyatt Nielson, also threw a personal best at Wind River, a 108-11 ½ which was good for fifth place.

Other highlights from last week included the 400-meter relay team taking first at Rocky Mountain and second behind only Thermopolis at Wind River;  Cade Dooley, a freshman, placing third in the high jump and seventh in the 300 hurdles at Wind River; and Clancy Stoffers, another freshman, turning in one of his better times in the 1,600 meters at Rocky Mountain.

The Buffs are scheduled to return to action Saturday at the Lovell Invitational.  Start time is 9:30 a.m.

 

ROCKY MT. TWILIGHT

BOYS SCORES — Greybull 112.5, Lovell 99.5, Rocky Mt. 99.3, Burlington 91.3, Riverside 75, Kaycee 61.3.

100 METERS — 1, Kyler Flock, 11.5.  2, Alex Hebb, 11.6.  6, Ryan Sylvester, 12.0

200 METERS — 1, Alex Hebb, 23.39.  4, Calder Forcella, 24.72.

400 METERS — 2, Dylan McEwan, 1:01.08.  6, Jake Harrold, 1:03.64.

1,600 METERS — 7, Clancy Stoffers, 5:29.

110 HURDLES — 5, Wyatt Nielson, 20.09.  6, Cesar Sosa, 20.43.

300 HURDLES — 4, Cade Dooley, 49.1  5, Cesar Sosa, 50.4.

LONG JUMP — 7, Alex Hebb, 17-4 ¾.

TRIPLE JUMP — 5, Ryan Sylvester, 37-1.

HIGH JUMP — 7, Cade Dooley, 5-6.

SHOT PUT — 2, Calder Forcella, 39-11¾.

DISCUS — 1, Calder Forcella, 133-2.  6, Logan Jensen, 115-9.  8, Wyatt Nielson, 100-7.

400 RELAY — 1, Greybull, 45.9.

1,600 RELAY — 2, Greybull.

 

GIRLS SCORES — Lovell 132, Rocky Mt. 96, Kaycee 87, Burlington 62, Greybull 57, Riverside 33.

100 METERS — 4, Aftin DeRosa, 14.55.  4, Sydney Eckman, 14.55.

200 METERS — 1, McKenna Powers, 27.9.  6, Sydney Eckman, 30.4.  7, Aftin DeRosa, 30.7.

400 METERS — 2, Sydney Eckman, 1:08.93.

100 HURDLES — 3, McKenna Powers, 18.5

300 HURDLES — 1, McKenna Powers, 46.69.

LONG JUMP — 5, Aftin DeRosa, 12-11 ¾.

SHOT PUT — 6, Hannah Good, 24-8 ½.  8, Alex Foster, 18-8¼.

DISCUS — 8, Alex Foster, 50-1.

 

WIND RIVER INVITE

BOYS SCORES — Shoshoni 98, Big Piney 91, Thermopolis 88, Wyoming Indian 65, Kemmerer 62, Dubois 58, Greybull 53, Wind River 44, Burlington 15, Western Heritage 1.

200 METERS — 2, Alex Hebb, 23.79.  3, Kyler Flock, 23.84.

300 HURDLES — 7, Cade Dooley, 48.63.

LONG JUMP — 6, Ryan Sylvester, 17-9.

HIGH JUMP — 3, Cade Dooley, 5-8.

SHOT PUT — 2, Calder Forcella, 42-5.

DISCUS — 2, Calder Forcella, 131-4 ½.   5, Wyatt Nielson, 108-11 ½.

400 RELAY — 2, Greybull, 45.82.

 

GIRLS SCORES — Big Piney 140, Thermopolis 94, Kemmerer 90, Wyoming Indian 65, Shoshoni 55, Burlington 40, Wind River 39.5, Greybull 36, Encampment 20, Western Heritage 13.

200 METERS — 1, McKenna Powers, 28.04.

800 METERS — 1, Sydney Eckman, 2:38.23.

100 HURDLES — 3, McKenna Powers, 18.13.

300 HURDLES — 1, McKenna Powers, 49.65.

 

Board finalizes comp changes for teachers

by nathan oster

The Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees on April 8 agreed to offer new contracts to all of its classified staff members and to approve the recommended changes to the compensations packages of all school employees.

The board announced its decisions after emerging from an executive session.

The decision to keep all of the classified staff mirrored a decision made in March to keep all the district’s certified staff members in place.  Next month the board will consider extracurricular assignments as it continues to work toward putting its staff in place for 2014-15.

The district currently has openings for a speech pathologist and a GHS English teacher.

Several coaching positions remain unfilled, including ones for GHS and GMS assistant volleyball coaches, the GHS assistant girls basketball coach, and the GMS head and assistant boys basketball, head wrestling and assistant football coaching positions.

Regarding salaries and benefits, the board approved the recommendations of the committee:

• For certified staff, that means movement on steps and lanes.  The district will continue to pay 100 percent of retirement.  Its direct contribution to medical insurance will also remain the same, although staff members have been told to expect to see a 6-percent increase in their premiums.

Supt. Barry Bryant said the state legislature is pushing to have school districts start paying less than 100 percent of their employees’ retirement contributions, but that for next year, the district will keep it at 100 percent.

In one other negotiated point, the new package freezes movement on the BA 45 and BA 60 lanes.  Bryant said all certified staff renewed as of March 11, 2014 are grandfathered as long as they are continuously employed by the district.  Doing so, Bryant said, is at least in part an incentive for employees to go ahead and get their master’s degrees.

• For classified staff, the new package includes a 30 cent addition to the hourly rate. The district will continue to pay 100 percent of retirement contribution. Direct contributions to medical insurance remain the same, as do all other benefits.

Para-educators will get an additional hour per week to conduct team meetings with the teacher/special ed staff.  They will also get two paid professional development day of training approved by the building principal and special education director.

 

Other business

In other business discussed April 8:

• GES Principal Brenda Jinks reported that enrollment stood at 212 on March 5, 2014, and that 65 of those students are receiving reading interventions and 30 students are receiving math interventions.

• GMS Principal Scott McBride said the school is closing in on its goal of getting all of its students out of RTI.  As of the night of the meeting, the percentage of the student body stood at 82 percent. McBride also highlighted some student achievements, including Kendall Wright and Makyela Sorensen who made it to State History Day, as well as all of the science students who attended the state science Olympiad and science fairs.

• It’s a busy time at GHS, according to Principal Ty Flock.  Interviews for the GHS language arts position being vacated at year’s end by Ted Menke got underway last week.  Flock also highlighted some changes that will be made in the language arts curriculum, and said that with both Menke and Spanish teacher Jared Collingwood moving on, a number of extracurricular vacancies have been created.

With school winding down, students are busy getting ready for a number of events, including junior interviews on Thursday, April 24, the district music festival which GHS is set to host Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 27, and the awards ceremony, spring play and state skills competition in early May.

Finally, Flock said there have been some discussions about changing the format of Buff Time, but that nothing came of those talks.  One plan that was considered, but ultimately not approved, would have created a “study hall” period during the day for all students.  To do so, however, would have required an extension in the school day, which turned out to be the big sticking point.

• Lee Clucas, the director of special services, said the district was 100 percent compliant on Transitions for the 2012-13 school year.

• Sara Schlattmann, the curriculum and grants facilitator, announced that the annual Consolidated Grant luncheon meeting had been set for April 30 at Big Horn Federal.  Another event on the horizon, she said, is the ELL open house on Thursday, April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• In his monthly report, Supt. Bryant reported that Cindy Hinckley, who has provided occupational therapy services in the district for more than a decade, has announced that she does not plan to return next year.  The district has been in contact with Gottsche to see if it could provide some of the services that Hinckley has been providing.  “It’s a position that is hard to fill,” Bryant said.

Bryant said he and two building secretaries attended a training session on what to do in the event of an “active shooter” incident.  The idea, he said, is to evaluate the district’s lockdown procedures and finds areas in need of improvement.

Lastly, there have been some snags in the design of the new Greybull Middle School that could potentially delay the opening of the new facility.  The plan has been for the building to open in the fall of 2015.

But Bryant said three issues popped up. For one, the district is going to have to replace a sewer  pipe coming out of the GMS Gym, at a cost of approximately $15,000.  Secondly, soil tests have found that more compaction is going to be needed in order to support the building.  And thirdly, the new GMS building will need three-phase power.

A new one surfaced this week when the district learned that a wall it had hoped would suffice as a fire wall would not.  The choices for the district are to either build another wall — or to put in a sprinkler system.

All of these wrinkles have combined to push the anticipated cost of the building higher. They will need to be resolved in order for the district to put the project out to bid, something it had originally hoped to do by the end of this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egg hunts abound this week

Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home will host an Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 19 for youngsters of all ages. The hunt, on the nursing home lawn, starts at exactly 10 a.m. so don’t be late.

Saturday evening the Herb Asp Community Center will be the site for a “roller skate egg hunt.” Children of all ages are encouraged to take their favorite basket or bag to the center at 6:30 p.m. and hunt for eggs on skates. There will be candy and prizes for everyone. The cost is $2 per person.

From 8:30-10 p.m. teens (from sixth grade through seniors in high school) take over the community center for a dance with an outdoor egg hunt thrown in just for fun during the evening. Cost is $2 per person or $3 a couple. The events are sponsored by the Greybull Recreation District. For further information call 765-9575.

The Shell Community Hall will host a community breakfast and egg hunt Easter morning. Breakfast is from 8-11 a.m. A full breakfast will be provided; those attending can bring fruit and/rolls to share. The Easter egg hunt starts at 10 a.m.

The Easter bunny will be out early Easter Sunday hiding his brightly colored eggs in the Greybull City Park. Youngsters 12 years of age and under can start hunting them promptly at 1 p.m., weather permitting. Make sure you get your youngsters there on time.

A special area of the park has been set aside for the younger children.

There will be candy, prizes and visits from both the Easter Bunny and the Greybull Lions.

The free event is co-sponsored by the Greybull Lions Club and the Uptown Café.

 

Holy Week services scheduled

Holy week will be observed with the following special services scheduled in community churches:

 

Greybull

First Presbyterian Church: 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Communion “The Last Supper in its Passover Meal Context.” Easter Sunday worship 10:30 a.m. followed by fellowship.

Grace Lutheran Church: Good Friday, 7 p.m. Observation of the death of Christ. Easter morning, 10:30 a.m., celebration of the resurrection of Christ.

Grace Fellowship Church: Easter Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Special Resurrection Day musical, “The Boy Who Believed,” presented by Puppets of Grace.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church: Holy Thursday 7 p.m.; Good Friday, 3 p.m.; Holy Saturday, 8:30 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 9 a.m.

Greybull Alliance Church: Easter Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. with a special Easter message.

 

Shell

Shell Community Church: Good Friday service with communion, 7 p.m. Easter Sunday Worship, 8:30 a.m.

 

Emblem

Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem will observe the memory of the death of Christ on Good Friday at noon. The resurrection of Christ will be celebrated Easter morning at 8 a.m.

 

Manderson

The Manderson Community Bible Church will host an Easter Sunday breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Manderson Town Hall, followed by the Easter worship service at the church at 10 a.m.

 

Basin

The First Baptist Church will host the community Sunrise service at 7 a.m. followed by a community breakfast.  The Easter Worship service at 10:30 will include special numbers by the Bell Choir and the Brass Quartet.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church: Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.; Good Friday, Stations of the Cross, 5:30 p.m.;  Easter Sunday worship, 10 a.m.

 

County appoints new library board

By KARLA POMEROY

Three new library board members were appointed Tuesday, just over a month after the Big Horn County commissioners terminated the board.

The new board is Steven Harper of Lovell, one-year term; Ted Menke of Greybull, two-year  term; and Mary Bair of Byron, three-year term.

Chairman Jerry Ewen said, “We had really good candidates. It’s not an easy decision but we did reach a consensus.”

Commissioner John Hyde added, “We did have an awful lot of good candidates for that job. We were very pleased to see that, and that that many people took an interest.”

Others applying were Jack Cates, Annette Chaudet, Barbara Anne Greene, Frank Houk, Jeannette Many Horses and Halli Neves. Lynnette Murray had submitted an application but withdrew when she could meet the interview times, adding that were several qualified candidates.

Interviews were conducted Monday.

Next direction

Ewen said the new board will need some direction from the commissioners. He said they have been made aware of training available through the State Library.

The commissioners, when meeting later Tuesday with Acting Director Donna Capellen, asked her to coordinate with the State Library and the new board members on a day and time that they could meet. The commissioners will be in attendance and they invited a representative from the Big Horn County Library Foundation Board to attend.

Clerk Lori Smallwood said the meeting will be an opportunity for the State Library to provide training and an opportunity for them to ask questions. Then the board can organize with election of officers and set future meeting dates.

Financial
management

Ewen said he discussed having the financial management of the library system brought over to the clerk’s office with the managers at this month’s meeting and “they are eager to do this.”

Smallwood said having the county handle the financials for the fair board has gone well. “It’s 19 more employees, most of whom are part time. It will go with normal flow of work,” she said.

She added that she would like to follow county auditor Jim Reilly’s recommendation of starting the changes with the new fiscal year, July 1.

Commissioner John Hyde asked if that would hinder the board’s oversight over the library system. Smallwood said the board will still have oversight and can approve the vouchers before submitting them to the county, just as the fair board does. The board will also still provide a recommended budget to the commissioners.

“What it does to is take away any accounting concerns and provides a double check on hours and how things are reported,” Smallwood said.

Ewen said it will also free up a lot of time for the library staff by them not having to do payroll and process the bills.

Keith Grant moved to direct the county clerk to set up the necessary process to take over the library payments. The motion was approved unanimously.

Foundation
concerns

Carolyn Walton and Mary Flitner from the Library Foundation presented the check from the Wyoming Community Foundation from the Sykes Foundation for the tech bar upstairs in the Big Horn County Library.

Walton said the WCF cannot provide funds to anything except a non-profit organization and thus the check was issued to the Big Horn County Library Foundation rather than the county library.

Capellen said they were notified they had been awarded the grant and the funds will be used to reimburse funds already spent on the project.

Walton then asked about transparency when they provide funding to the library system. In the past they provided funding to individual libraries but have been directed by former director Nancy Venable not to do that any longer.

She said the foundation board wants assurances that the funding they provide is going to the projects that they intend them to go.

Walton said they have $4,500 they usually provide the library system for audio books and wanted assurance that the funding would be distributed equally. She and Flitner said they have received requests for $1,500 each from the Basin, Greybull and Lovell libraries.

Capellen said she can generate a report for the foundation, but noted the funding would be split between the five libraries including Deaver and Frannie. Walton noted they have not received any such request from Deaver and Frannie.

Walton said the initial request was from just Basin, Greybull and Lovell libraries for $1,500 each. Deaver and Frannie have not requested funding or at least such a request has not been presented to the foundation board.

Capellen said the audio books are not rotated between the libraries but are available through interlibrary loan program.

Walton added that it also appears that the past few years there seems to be a spirit of competitiveness between the libraries rather than cooperativeness and she hopes that will change.

Mary Flitner said the board would also like the libraries to only submit items for things when they don’t have funds in their own budget. In the past they have found out they have funded things when there was money in the regular budget.

Ewen said, “These questions are valid and relevant but should be addressed with new board and director. It’s education and communication.”

In discussing the monthly costs and attendance at the libraries, Ewen asked if she could provide a report on what it takes to operate the Deaver and Frannie libraries, noting they have the least usage of the libraries.

Capellen said she would get the figures but noted that Deaver and Frannie don’t have building costs or utility costs as they are provided by the town, much like Greybull.

Algernon “Al” Dove

Feb. 28, 1930 – April 5, 2014

At his request, no services will be held for Algernon “Al” Dove who died April 5.

Al was born in Allentown, Pa. When he was 16 years old he hopped a train and thereafter roamed Texas, Nevada and Arizona going from ranch to ranch, rodeo to rodeo. After a cold winter spent in North Dakota, he moved on to Montana and Wyoming.

He worked on various ranches from Shell to south of Ten Sleep and finally settled in a small cabin on the Nowood in Manderson.

In March, Al fell and broke his hip. Due to complications, he was taken to the Billings Clinic, where he passed away.

 

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