Daily Archives: May 22, 2014
by nathan oster
Greybull will have a race for mayor this fall after both Bob Graham and Myles Foley officially filed their paperwork with the town in the first few days of the filing period.
Both men are currently on the council. Graham has spent the past two years as mayor after being appointed to replace Frank Houk, who stepped down midway through his term.
Foley is midway through a four-year term on the council. If he is unsuccessful in his bid to become mayor, he would remain on the council in his present position.
Two seats on the council are also up for election this year.
Incumbents Bob McGuire and Ross Jorgensen haven’t publicly declared their intentions and neither of them filed in the first few days of the filing period.
As of Monday at noon, only Harry Richard Capen had filed for council.
Filing for the three municipal seats will continue through the end of the business day Friday, May 30 at Town Hall.
As for the county seats, all of the Republican incumbents have filed for re-election. That includes Sheriff Ken Blackburn, Attorney Michelle Burns, Assessor Gina Anderson, Clerk of the District Court Dori Noyes, Clerk Lori Smallwood and Commissioners Keith Grant and John Hyde.
Kim Adams of Shell is the only non-incumbent who has filed. She is challenging Burns for the Republican nomination for county attorney.
by nathan oster
Hoping to better tap into the flow of tourist dollars, the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce is making progress in its efforts to open an aviation museum at the South Big Horn County Airport.
Selena Brown, who volunteers for the chamber, said she and other chamber officials are working with the Wyoming Department of Transportation to get the required paperwork filled out and lining up contractors and volunteers to make improvements to the proposed site of the museum, which will be alongside the rest area.
Brown pointed out that the aviation museum was a priority identified by the community during last year’s assessment, and that once it’s in place, it’ll give visitors another good reason to stop in the Greybull area, rather than just passing through.
Tourism is big business — and tapping into all the dollars that pass through the community each summer is the challenge facing not only the Greybull chamber, but all chambers around the state.
The potential is staggering. A report prepared last year for the Wyoming Office of Tourism found that travel spending by all domestic and international visitors in Wyoming was approximately $3.1 billion in 2012. Broken down even further, that comes to about $8.5 million in spending each day.
With its rich aviation history and the old planes highly visible right along U.S. Highway 14, Greybull is positioned for success, according to Carl Meyer, who manages the South Big Horn County Airport.
“The interest is constant,” he said. “This time of year, you can’t be standing out at the airport for any length of time without some out-of-state car pulling up and asking you questions about the airplanes. It’s almost a continuous conversation with the tourists.”
The landscape on airport hill is of course dotted with planes of varying ages and designs — and to see them now, tourists must do so from behind a chain-link fence that separates the planes and airport property from the rest area.
For the airport museum, five planes will initially be showcased, according to Meyer.
Two are C-119s that he described as “fairly unique.” From the Korean War and early Vietnam War era, they are relatively common in airplane museums around the country, according to Meyer.
The same cannot be said for the two PB4Ys that will be in the initial exhibit.
According to Meyer, there are only seven or eight in existence — and two of them will be on the museum grounds. They were primarily used to fly recon missions and as patrol bombers during the World War II era.
The fifth plane is a Beech 18 that is both common and popular among aviation enthusiasts.
Meyer said the county has assisted on the aviation museum’s launch by bearing the cost of moving the crafts to their more high profile location and in the cleanup of the grounds and the finalizing of a lease agreement.
But the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead, seeing it as a significant step in boosting economic development. According to Brown, a trailer will soon be moved into position, hooked up with electricity and filled with aviation exhibits.
A sidewalk will be poured to direct visitors to that trailer, which will serve as an extrance point to the museum. The chamber plans to charge each visitor “some kind of nominal fee,” just to offset the anticipated expenses of operating and maintaining the museum.
“Down the road, we hope to expand the museum,” said Brown.
She said tourists and other visitors will be able to walk freely around the airplanes and — and if a platform can be built — possibly even peer into the cockpit of one of the planes. “We’re going to try to have information about each plane displayed,” said Brown.
The chamber is looking for volunteer help for various tasks associated with the museum’s launch, including the construction of the aforementioned platform. If you’d like to contribute, contact the chamber office, 765-2100.
“Almost daily, we get phone calls about those planes,” said Brown. “And we get them from everywhere —Cody, back East, Colorado, different parts of Wyoming. People just love them … they want more information about them.”
by nathan oster
Cashier and greeter Dixie Cummings and cooks Dorinda Furnell and Deanna Beckhoff took a break from their duties to lead a chorus of “Happy Birthday” Tuesday afternoon as a group of senior citizens celebrated another trip around the sun for some of their friends while dining on carved pork and mashed potatoes.
Other than that, the only thing that made it different than any other day was the setting.
The South Big Horn Senior Center, where they usually gather for meals and socializing, closed earlier this month for the most significant renovation since the facility was constructed in the late 1970s. Starting May 12, lunches have been offered and enjoyed at the Greybull Elks Lodge.
“It’s been working out very well,” said Cynthia Johnson, the center’s executive director. “I was a little freaked out about whether they’d make the adjustment, but they’ve just been awesome about it.
“I want to thank them all for supporting (the lunch program) at the Elks.”
Johnson said about a year’s worth of planning has gone into the renovation project.
Revenue from the tax that supports the South Big Horn Senior Citizen’s Service District is being used to pay for the improvements, which are expected to cost approximately $130,000.
While a new appliance has been added here or there over the years, the kitchen was in many ways in its original condition. After more than three decades of heavy use, it was time for an upgrade.
The focal point of the renovations is the kitchen, but the dining room is also getting a new floor and fresh paint on the walls. An 18-inch, commercial-grade tile will be used in both the dining room and kitchen, one that is “textured, non-slip — and totally maintenance free,” according to Johnson.
Kasie Stewart, who manages the kitchen, said she’s excited about what the new kitchen is going to look like. Among the most eagerly-anticipated improvements are a stackable convection oven, new stoves and additional storage space.
The renovations are expected to take four to six weeks, which would put the senior back in their familiar surroundings by mid to late June.
Funeral services for former Greybull resident Thad Cheatham of Kemmerer were held May 17 at the Kemmerer LDS Stake Center. Thad, 47, died May 12 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near South Pass.
He was born March 30, 1967, in Powell, the son of Clair and Vida Cheatham. He grew up and received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School where he participated in football, basketball, drama and choir. He was selected to the all-state choir and was a representative to Boys State.
He graduated from Cheyenne Aerotech as an A&P Mechanic and fulfilled his life-long dream of becoming a pilot. His line of work allowed him to travel the country. He was considered an expert in his field and often fixed aircraft that others deemed unfixable.
Thad married Susan Wainwright on Nov. 8, 1986, in Kemmerer. They were sealed in the Jordan River LDS Temple on June 24, 1988.
Thad blessed the lives of those around him with his desire to serve and teach others. He was a hard worker and instilled these values in his children of whom he was proud and supportive.
His mother and his grandparents preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife Susan Cheatham of Kemmerer; three sons and their spouses, Tyler, Michael and Jackson; three daughters, Valerie, Catherine and Holland; his father and step-mother, Clair and Arlene Cheatham; four brothers, Max, Lance, Dan and Eric; two sisters, Ann and Teresa; his mother-in-law, Sandy Wainwright and four grandchildren.
Burial was in the South Lincoln Cemetery in Kemmerer.
by nathan oster
For 15 outstanding members of the Greybull Middle School track team, the season didn’t end as it typically does at the Yellowstone Conference meet in Lovell. Instead it stretched a couple of days into the following week — and a Best of the Best meet in Riverton.
Coach Renae Waddell said the group “performed very well” in its 2014 finale.
“I hope they realize they can continue to compete in the future,” she said. “And I really hope all of the eighth graders stay out for track next year. They are a hard-working group of kids that will do great things in the future.”
Several more GMS track records fell at the Best of the Best meet, according to longtime record-keeper Ken Jensen. In the seventh grade girls division, Lindsey Mills set a new record in the 1,600 meters, running a 6:11.02 to beat the 6:20.0 set by Layna Sukut in 2003.
Braeden Tracy beat his own record in the 100 meters, running a 12.12, as well as a record he shared with Jared Collingood in the high jump. Tracy and Collingwood had held the record with jump of 5-3. Tracy went 5-4 in Riverton.
Some eighth-grade records also fell in Riverton.
Serenity Kinswoman ran a 2:38.18 in the 800 meters, beating the 2:38.84 set by Kim Frisbee in 1983.
Kristen Collingwood set a new record in the 1,600 meters, running a 6:33.41 to beat the time of Layna Sukut, 2:38.84, which had stood since 2004.
Max Mills set a school record in the 200 meters, running a 24.97 to beat the mark of 25.10 which was previously shared by Skip Anderson (1959) and Roger Gipson (1960).
BEST OF THE BEST
SEVENTH GRADE GIRLS
100 METERS — 7, Sydney Tschiffely, 14.28.
400 METERS — 2, McKenzie Mazur, 1:07.42.
800 METERS — 3, Brea Terry, 2:37.92.
1,600 METERS — 4, Lindsey Mills, 6:11.02.
400 RELAY — 4, GMS (Sydney Tschiffely, Bailee Foster, McKenzie Mazur, Brea Terry), 58.93.
HIGH JUMP — 1, McKenzie Mazur, 4-8.
LONG JUMP — 3, McKenzie Mazur, 13-1. 5, Sydney Tschiffely, 13-0 ½.
EIGHTH GRADE GIRLS
800 METERS — 3, Serenity Kinswoman, 2:38.18.
400 RELAY — 5, GMS, 1:00.21.
SEVENTH GRADE BOYS
100 METERS — 1, Braeden Tracy, 12.12.
1,600 METERS — 4, Brock Hill, 5:40.06.
HIGH JUMP — 1, Braeden Tracy, 5-4.
LONG JUMP — 1, Braeden Tracy, 17-2.
SHOT PUT — 5, Brock Hill, 31-8 ½.
DISCUS — 3, Brock Hill, 100-6.
EIGHTH GRADE BOYS
100 METERS — 6, Max Mills, 24-97.
LONG JUMP — 5, Max Mills, 16-9 ¼.