Daily Archives: April 17, 2014
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.
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.
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 will be observed with the following special services scheduled in community churches:
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 Community Church: Good Friday service with communion, 7 p.m. Easter Sunday Worship, 8:30 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Lyman (Dick) Sanders was born on May 14, 1930 in Basin, Wyoming to Elden Sanders and Isabelle (Belle) Lyman Sanders of Otto, Wyoming. He entered into eternal life on April 7, 2014. He had been a resident at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home for about 3 years. Richard was the eldest son of eight and was a devoted son and brother, always happy to help and provide strength and guidance. His siblings always looked to him for his expertise and advice.
Richard, or Dick as so many knew him, was not a fancy person. He never tried to be at the forefront of things but quietly worked in the background or sat silently somewhere watching everything that was going on. He was always quick to help others whatever the problem, whatever the time of day. Others looked to him for his knowledge of anything electrical. He graduated from Greybull High School and attended many technical training schools, one being training on television repair as televisions became more and more common in the home. Mostly he was self-taught with an intense passion for anything to do with electricity. It was often thought that Dick could fix anything that was broken. Many sought him out for his abilities and desire to make things work again.
Richard always had a love of flying. He became a pilot in the 50’s and in 1958 bought an airplane. He was an extremely adept pilot and logged hundreds of hours flying for business and pleasure. He and his father, Elden, owned Sanders Automation Electronics and Richard flew for years in order to get to remote areas for work. He also worked for Continental Oil Company where many of his inventions were used in oil field operations.
Until after he turned 80, Richard held the oldest Master Electricians License in the State of Wyoming. He worked as the Town Electrician for the Town of Basin until he retired at the age of 75. Over all of his years working for the town, he was in probably every building in Basin at one time or another, either doing all the wiring or fixing something. His name was usually the first one to come up if someone had an electrical problem. Most nights he could be found working after he had finished his day for the town either wiring a house or a business or maybe putting in new wiring at the fairgrounds. When there was a power outage, he was the one who climbed up the pole to get the lights on until the town got the first “bucket truck” that allowed him to be lifted up to the power lines instead of strapping on his climbing spikes to shinny up a pole. For 40 years, he set up the Christmas lighting for the town. Many times he would have his children help him to make the lengthy strings of lights needed for the streets and courthouse display.
Richard was always close by to help his parents with keeping the store in Otto running. He went out almost every day to check on his folks and to make certain that refrigerators or freezers were working or to help his Dad with a tractor or a lighting problem somewhere. He often recalled the time they all moved to California during the war so that his Dad could work in the shipyards of San Francisco. But even though he recalled most of the time in California with fondness, he was much like his Mother, Belle, in his love for Wyoming and the Big Horn Basin. He loved the outdoors and spent whatever spare time he could find driving around the area, stopping to picnic or fish or maybe even camp for a bit. Several remember the times when he would de-scent little skunks to make them house pets. He especially loved his dachshunds and his family recalls many, many “different” pets such as flying fish, mini alligators, pet pigs, skunks and other unusual creatures.
Richard married Leslie LaVonne (Peggy) Green on November 22, 1950. Ten children were born to their union. Over the years, Richard and Peggy moved their group from one place to another, from Otto to the CONOCO community of Linch to Casper, to Greybull and eventually back to Basin. They divorced after almost 30 years. On July 22, 1987, Richard married Beverly Walborn in Basin and welcomed her two children into his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Elden and Belle Sanders, his brothers and sisters-in-law, Grant and Patty Spagh Sanders and Leon and Eva Henry Sanders, two sons, Richard Edwin (Rick) Sanders and Joseph Patrick (Pat) Sanders, a grandson, Bowen Leslie Sanders, his ex-wife, Leslie Lavonne (Peggy) Sanders, his son-in-law, Lee Layer, and many others who went before and were there to greet him on his passing.
Richard is survived by his wife, Beverly Lackman Walborn Sanders of Basin, sisters, Dorothy Sanders Lytle (Kent) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ellen Sanders Gotfredson (Bill) of Worland, Wyoming, brothers Merrill Lyman Sanders (Sharon) of Cody, Wyoming, Elden Lyman Sanders (Connie) of Byron, Wyoming, Paul Lyman Sanders (Mary Ann) of Logan, Utah, daughters, Corby Sanders Layer of Basin, Wyoming, Karie Sanders Pine (Lanny) of Longmont, Colorado, Margo Sanders Lawton (Bob) of Sandusky, Ohio, Marsha Sanders (Marshall) of Del Norte, Colorado, Shawna Sanders Watts (Lee) of Longmont, Colorado, Heather Sanders Munsell (Wayne) of Clearwater, Florida, Erin Sanders Bartko (Joe) of Longmont, Colorado, son, Robert Louis Sanders (Marci) of Brush, Colorado, stepson, Kirby Walborn (Karmae) of Hardin, Montana and stepdaughter, Perri Walborn Jacobs (Lee) of Malta, Montana as well as 26 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, relatives and others who were so dear to him and looked to him for his strength. The Family would like to thank the staff of the Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home for their loving care of Richard and to all of those who have reached out to help.
Funeral services will be held at the LDS Church between Basin/Greybull on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11 A.M. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service in the Relief Society Room. A visitation will be held at the Atwood Family Chapel in Basin, Wyoming from 3 P.M. – 5 P.M. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Burial will be at the Otto Cemetery in Otto, Wyoming next to his parents.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.
by nathan oster
The Greybull Buffs set a number of personal records and eclipsed some state qualifying standards as well in action at Friday’s Burlington Invitational and at Saturday’s LA Kohnke Invitational in Powell.
With more 3A athletes competing in Powell, the Buffs fared better scoring-wise in Burlington, where the boys collected 74.5 points, good for fifth place, and the girls landed in sixth with 40 team points.
In Powell, McKenna Powers scored all 18 of Greybull’s points in the girls division, good for seventh place, while the boys landed in fifth place with 32 team points, trailing on Powell, Cody, Lovell and Thermopolis.
Coach Jeff Sukuk called it a good weekend for his team.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” he said. “We’re about at the halfway point of the season and times are coming down and the distances on our jumps and throws are improving. We still have a ways to go, but we’re making progress.
The weather certainly helped, as Friday, in particular, was a great day for track.
“When it’s ideal like that, it helps bring out the best in all the athletes,” said Sukut.
In Burlington, the Buffs got wins from Kyler Flock in the 100 and 400 meters, Ryan Sylvester in the long jump and McKenna Powers in the 300-meter hurdles. No Buffs were victorious in Powell, with Flock (second in the 100) and Powers (second in the 300 hurdles) coming closest.
Other individual highlights from the boys division listed by Sukut are as follows:
• Kyler Flock and Alex Hebb posted AQ times in Burlington, with Flock running an 11.21 to place first and Hebb running an 11.34 which was good for second. Also posting personal bests in that event for GHS were Ryan Sylvester (11.81), Calder Forcella (11.93) Dustin Fox (11.96), Dawson McEwan (12.74), Dylan McEwan (12.39), Mason Stebner (13.52) and Dante Sylvester (14.45).
“It was a fast track,” said Sukut..
• Sylvester AQ’d and placed first in the long jump, going 20-1 ½.
• Clancy Stoffers, “an up and coming runner,” placed third in the 1,600 in Burlington and third in the 3,200 meters in Powell. “He’s running well,” said Sukut.
• Calder Forcella placed third in Burlington and seventh in Powell in the shot put while teammates Elias Ewen (30-4), Logan Jensen (37-2), Nick Murdoch (23-9) and Jake Harrold (22-1) all posted personal bests.
• It was a similar story in the discus, as again Forcella led the charge placing second in Burlington and fifth in Powell. Logan Jensen added a sixth in Burlington while teammates Nick Murdoch and Elias Ewen turned in personal bests.
• Greybull’s 400-meter relay team didn’t run in Burlington and dropped the baton in Powell.
• The 1,600-meter relay team placed third in Burlington. The foursome of Dawson and Dylan McEwan, Cade Dooley and Dustin Fox shaved more than 10 seconds off their time, finishing in 4:04.
• Cesar Sosa jumped a personal-best 33 feet in the triple jump.
Meanwhile, Powers continues to shine for the GHS girls. She placed in all four of her events at both meets. Her only win came in the 300 hurdles in Burlington, where she ran an 50.18. She had previously qualified for state in the event.
Powers also ran a personal best in the 200, finishing in 28.46, and came within a second of posting an AQ in her first-ever go in the 100-meter hurdles. She placed fifth in 18.71 in Burlington and fifth in 18.17 in Powell.
In other highlights from the girls division:
• Sydney Eckman placed second and ran a personal best 1:08.08 in the 400 meters in Burlington. She placed 10th — two spots out of the medals — in Powell.
• In the field events, Hannah Good set a personal record in both the long jump (11-10 ¼) and shot put (26-0) and Alex Foster PR’d in both the shot put (20-5) and discus (40-9).
The Buffs were scheduled to compete at Rocky Mountain on Tuesday and at the Wind River Invitational today as they close out the pre-spring break portion of their schedule. They will return to action at the April 26 Lovell Invitational.
From there it’s on to the Meeteetse Invitational on May 2. That same day, several Buffs could be competing at the Wyoming Track Classic in Casper. As of this week, Kyler Flock, Alex Hebb and McKenna Powers were in contention for those spots, based upon the times they have already posted this season.
Boys team scores: Lovell 171, Rocky Mt. 134, Burlington 80, Shoshoni 76.5, Greybull 74.5, Riverside 51.5, Meeteetse 20, Western Heritage 1.
110 HURDLES — 8, Wyatt Nielson, 20.11.
100 METERS — 2, Alex Hebb, 11.34. 4, Kyler Flock, 11.5.
1600 METERS — 3, Clancy Stoffers, 5:37.38.
400 METERS — 1, Kyler Flock, 55.87. 7, Dylan McEwan, 1:02.34.
300 HURDLES — 7, Cesar Sosa, 52.43. 8, Wyatt Nielson, 53.55.
1,600 RELAY — 3, Greybull, 4:04.41.
HIGH JUMP — 6, Cade Dooley, 5-6.
SHOT PUT — 3, Calder Forcella, 40-8 ½.
DISCUS — 2, Calder Forcella, 125-0. 6, Logan Jensen, 112-7 ½.
TRIPLE JUMP — 7, Ryan Sylvester, 38-9.
LONG JUMP — 1, Ryan Sylvester, 20-1 ½. 7, Alex Hebb, 18-7.
Girls team scores: Lovell 164, Shoshoni 85, Burlington 75.5, Rocky Mt. 68.5, Meeteetse 42, Greybull 40, Western Heritage 34, Riverside 13, Ten Sleep 1.
100 HURDLES — 5, McKenna Powers, 18.71.
400 METERS — 2, Sydney Eckman, 1:08.08.
300 HURDLES — 1, McKenna Powers, 50.18.
200 METERS — 2, McKenna Powers, 28.46.
SHOT PUT — 5, Hannah Good, 26-0.
TRIPLE JUMP — 3, McKenna Powers, 30-9 ½.
LA KOHNKE INVITATIONAL
Girls team scores: Powell 166.5, Cody 141.5, Lovell 120.5, Worland 85.5, Thermopolis 32.5, Meeteetse 27.5, Greybull 18, Ten Sleep 4.
200 METERS — 6, McKenna Powers, 29.24.
100 HURDLES — 5, McKenna Powers, 18.17.
300 HURDLES — 2, McKenna Powers, 51.06.
TRIPLE JUMP — 6, McKenna Powers, 31-2.
Boys team scores: Powell 249, Cody 150, Lovell 79, Thermopolis 47, Greybull 32, Meeteetse 31, Worland 10.
100 METERS — 2, Kyler Flock, 11.65. 5, Alex Hebb, 11.96.
200 METERS — 3, Kyler Flock, 23.96.
3,200 METERS — 3, Clancy Stoffers, 12.03.29.
LONG JUMP — 7, Ryan Sylvester, 18-7.
SHOT PUT — 7, Calder Forcella, 40-4.
DISCUS — 5, Calder Forcella, 128-2.