Monthly Archives: June 2014

DeSilva comes “home” again

by marlys good

During commencement exercises for the Greybull High School Class of 1975, one of the graduates receiving a diploma was a dark-eyed, dark-haired young lady from Brazil who had spent the school year as an exchange student at GHS.

Rita proved you can “go home again” last week when she came back to Greybull with husband Alisson, their daughters, Barbara, 20, and Rebeca, 16, and Rita’s niece Ana, 15, to visit her long-ago host family, Darwin and Cecil Yates and their four daughters, Billie, Sherrie, Debi and Darla.

After her year as an exchange student, Rita returned to Brazil and went on to obtain her college degree in mine engineering and her master’s degree in mineral technology. She specializes in iron ore; her job has taken her all over the world seeing new technologies/clients. She‘s been to China, Japan, Sweden, Australia, back to the United States, and to an iron research center in Columbia.

Rita gives a lot of credit for her success in the engineering field to time spent in Greybull as an exchange student where she became very proficient in the English language.

Rita’s daughters have followed in her footsteps; Barbara, who is studying to be a lawyer, spent a year as an exchange student in Sacramento, Calif., and Rita talked Barbara’s host family there into giving Rebeca (whose goal is to be a doctor) the same experience next year.

But in Greybull it was all fun, getting reacquainted, reminiscing, seeing friends she hasn’t seen in almost 40 years, showing Barbara and Rebeca what small town living is all about.

Rita was delighted to visit with Dede Copenhaver Wardell, the Yate “girls,” all grown up now, Bob Leach (her favorite teacher during her year at GHS), and Vicki Hart Collingwood at Big Horn Clinic in Basin.

 

Council race back down to two

by nathan oster

Jennifer (Fink) Lowe has withdrawn from the race for two seats on the Greybull Town Council.

The first-time candidate cited an upcoming surgical procedure as the reason.

“After consulting with my doctor I was enlightened to the fact that the surgery is more involved and recovery more lengthy than I had anticipated,” she said. “I think it unfair of me to take on a position that I cannot dedicate 100 percent to at this time.

She added, “I appreciate all of the support and encouragement I have been given” since filing for office.

Lowe filed her withdrawal papers with the county clerk’s office on Thursday. The move leaves just two candidates, Les Lowe and Harry Richard Capen, bidding for two four-year-terms on the council. The current holders of those seats, Bob McGuire and Ross Jorgensen, aren’t seeking re-election.

Even though she has officially dropped out of the race, Lowe’s name will still appear on the primary election ballot, according to Annette Dillon of the clerk’s office.

The ballots have already been printed and will soon go out in the mail to absentee voters.

Because Lowe has withdrawn and cannot be among the candidates who advance to the general election, a vote for her would carry no weight, however, in terms of setting the field for the general election.

With two seats up, a maximum of four candidates could advance, which would leave the door open for as many as two write-in candidates to enter the race after the primary election.

Dillon said signs will be posted at the polling location in Greybull, informing voters that Lowe has withdrawn and that “a vote for her won’t count.”

Volunteers needed at thrift store

by marlys good

“Volunteers” was the quick, one-word answer of Alice Williams, manager of the Community Outreach thrift shop, when asked what was most needed at the thrift shop.

Just one regular volunteer works in the “back room” processing (sorting, cleaning, sizing and pricing the dozens of donated articles). “We could use two more,” Williams said.

The shelves are well stocked at the present time, although Williams said they could use children’s clothing (especially 4 through youth sizes), children’s shoes, and men’s jeans sizes 30-36.

“We try to keep quality clothing on the floor,” Williams said. “If it doesn’t pass the ‘floor test’ we put it aside for local churches and the Salvation Army who bring a truck and trailer over from Sheridan once a month. What they don’t/can’t use or distribute is baled and sent to Third World countries.”

She admits that despite careful screening, once in a while some clothing that is shelved, or hanging, has a pin-point hole or small stain on it but that is rare.

The store reaches into communities far beyond Greybull. There are a lot of regular customers who love coming in to look for bargains/treasures; they have farm help who come in and outfit the entire family, from the inside out. All are welcome.

Alice said, “We can always use bedding, sheets, quilts…. This winter we had people coming in begging for quilts,” she explained.

A lot of people don’t realize that all medical supplies in the store are free. This includes everything from walkers to canes, to shower/bath seats.

Although the pantry is well stocked, donations of non-perishable food and paper products are always welcome. Shelves can be depleted fast when cold weather hits.

The fenced, gated area in back of the store continues to be used by some as a dumping ground. Just last week someone left a large screen television that had been “gutted,” and a cat-riddled couch. “They were nothing but garbage,” Williams said, which means the thrift shop has to pay to have them disposed of.

They have a man who comes in two hours every weekday to check and clear the fenced in area and a board member(s) checks in every weekend (the store is closed Friday through Monday) and puts all donations inside the locked gate.

The afternoon we visited the well-equipped, neat-as-a-pin store, there were teenagers browsing through the music section, a couple with six or seven children’s books tucked under their arms, a woman checking out the blouse/tops, and another with a basket of odds and ends ready to be checked out.

Everything was sparkling clean, right down to the shelves holding a wide variety of knick-knacks and collectibles.

Anyone who wants to make a difference can volunteer at the thrift shop to be a “processor” in the back room. Williams said, “We need regular volunteers who can be called on to come in and help when needed.”

 

 

Ted Nugent is coming to Emblem

by nathan oster

The Big Horn Basin Tea Party has landed Ted Nugent, the “Motor City Madmen” and one of the nation’s most outspoken proponents of first and second amendment rights, to be one of the featured speakers for its annual picnic planned for Saturday, Aug. 2 on the Fallowfield Ranch near Emblem.

“We get the biggest and the best,” said Rob DiLorenzo, owner of the ranch and chairman of the Big Horn Basin Tea Party.

The theme of the picnic is “Restore Wyoming and the Nation” and in addition to Nugent, attendees will also hear from retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, who is a senior analyst for Fox News.

DiLorenzo said he initiated contact with Nugent, writing him a letter. Not long after, he said he received a phone call from the legendary rocker.

“He said, ‘I’ve heard about you guys and I think you’re doing a great job out there, but I don’t know if we can do this,’” said DiLorenzo. The reason: Nugent had a scheduling conflict. He was booked to perform Aug. 1 in Sheridan — and on the night of Aug. 2 in Tacoma, Wash.

It took a couple of days, but DiLorenzo got the logistical problems worked out.

Nugent is going to fly into Greybull and the South Big Horn County airport on Saturday morning. From there he’ll be escorted to the Tea Party picnic, where he’ll be from roughly noon until 2 p.m. Then it’s back to Greybull, over the mountain to Sheridan and onto a jet bound for Tacoma.

DiLorenzo said he’s excited about landing Nugent.

“I expect a message of liberty, freedom and Second Amendment rights,” he said. “Ted is excited about it. He said he wants to help us.”

Other themes of Nugent’s talk are expected to be “the incompetence of the current administration” and “the fact that the current powers that be within Wyoming want to make us another California or Colorado.”

The biography on Nugent’s website describes him as “a guitar shredding showman” who has sold more than 40 million albums and performed more than 6,400 “high octane concerts” around the globe.

“To millions of citizens,” the bio continues, “Nugent is the nation’s most outspoken proponent of our first and second amendment rights, conducting thousands of pro-gun, pro-freedom, pro-America interviews in major media worldwide. He has served continuously on the board of directors of the NRA since his initial election in 1995, where he consistently sets records for amassing the highest number of votes received by an individual board member.”

This will be the fourth Tea Party picnic in Emblem.

Last year’s drew approximately 400 people.

Gubernatorial candidates Cindy Hill and Taylor Haynes are among the candidates who have been invited and plan to attend. DiLorenzo said he expects most candidates for statewide office to be there.

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and include hamburgers and hotdogs. Water or pop will be sold for $1. Seating is limited. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit bighornbasinteaparty.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gerald H. Holm

OBIT Jerry HolmDec. 14, 1928 – June 19, 2014

Gerald H. Holm, known to most as Jerry, passed away at Spirit Mountain Hospice on June 19 at the age of 85. Jerry was born December 14, 1928, in Greybull to Clifford and Irene (Henderson) Holm. He attended schools in Greybull and Cody.

After graduating high school, Jerry served in the U.S. Army stationed in South Korea from 1946 to 1948. In 1948 he attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1952 with a B.S. degree in journalism. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and other various college scholastic organizations.

Jerry worked as publications manager and in advertising sales for several Wyoming and California newspapers. Later Jerry worked for Consolidated Freightways which took him to Montana, Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho. His later years found him in banking where he served as Loan Officer or Marketing Manager at various banks in Wyoming and Montana.

In 1972 while living in Greybull and working at the local bank, Jerry met and married the love of his life, Norma Lou Dow from Basin. He immediately stepped in and helped raise her three children, Claudia (Tim) Wade, Patra (Rick) Lindenthal and Dan (Tammy) Dow. After Claudia graduated in 1974, the couple moved with Patra and Dan to Miles City, Mont. In 1977 Jerry, Norma and Dan moved to Gillette, Wyo., where Jerry worked in banking.

Jerry and Norma moved to Rio Rancho, N.M., in 1989 where he worked for Woodworkers Supply until his retirement in 1992. They had 25 wonderful years together before Norma died of pancreatic cancer in 1997. After Norma’s death Jerry moved back to the Big Horn Basin and lived in Powell and then Cody. The last eight months of his life were spent at Emeritus at Absaroka Assisted Living. Over the years his three step-children loved and cared for him and he enjoyed sharing their lives.

Jerry loved golfing with friends and listening to and singing barbershop quartet music. He spent many hours painting with watercolors and was a member of the Cody Country Art League. He also enjoyed working with wood and it was not unusual for friends and family to receive “Jerry made” wooden gifts. Throughout the years Jerry continued to write and had several articles published.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Irene, his sister Joyce Chamberlain, brother-in-law Dale Chamberlain and his beloved wife, Norma.

Jerry is survived by his children Claudia, Patra and Dan, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Irene Talbott, nephew Brad Chamberlain, niece Tracie Chamberlain Wempen and cousins in Powell and Cody.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held in August with family and friends.

(PAID OBITUARY)

 

 

County 4-H shooters compete in local shoot

Big Horn County 4-H members had perfect weather for their county shoot Saturday, June 21.

Lovell’s Kade Gifford was the high-point winner in the competition this year.

County 4-H Educator Gretchen Gasvoda said, “We are fortunate to have dedicated and passionate leaders to help all our members be successful. Special thanks to the Basin/Greybull Gun Range Club for partnering with 4-H, allowing the kids to practice on Monday nights and host our county shoot at their range. Thanks to the Lovell Gun Range for allowing the members to practice on the north end, preparing for county and state competition.”

She also expressed appreciation to Big Horn REA for donating drinks Saturday.

Gasvoda said there would be numerous youth preparing for state competition, which will be in Douglas July 10-13.

Results from the county shoot are as follows:

Shotgun

Senior Grand Champion: Cody Strauch

Reserve Champion: Drayton Griffin

Intermediate Grand Champion: Will Dalin

Reserve Champion: Morgan Haley

Junior Grand Champion: Weston Haley

Reserve Champion: Davis Wrage

Archery Bare Bow

Intermediate Grand Champion: Will Dalin

Reserve Champion: Luke Serfass

Junior Grand Champion: Tucker Hatch

Reserve Champion: Weston Haley

Rifle

Senior Grand Champion: Kade Gifford

Reserve Champion: Isobel Boreen

Intermediate Grand Champion: Will Dalin

Reserve Champion: Lane Herman

Junior Grand Champion: Tucker Hatch

Reserve Champion: Nathaniel Boreen

Pistol

Senior Grand Champion: Zane Edeler

Reserve Champion: Drayton Griffin

Intermediate Grand Champion: Morgan Haley

Reserve Champion: Will Dalin

Junior Grand Champion: Nicole Boreen

Reserve Champion: Weston Haley

Archery-Sited Bow

Senior Grand Champion: Drayton Griffin

Reserve Champion: Reece May

Intermediate Grand Champion: Harley Flom

Reserve Champion: Morgan Haley

Junior Grand Champion: Jeremy Holloway

Reserve Champion: Davis Wrage

Redi-Mix tourney led by local golfers

by nathan oster

Midway Golf Club hosted the annual Big Horn Redi-Mix tournament last weekend. Twenty-eight golfers made up 14 teams to compete in the match play tournament and Midway golfers had a great weekend.

Players from Sheridan, Nevada, Casper, Douglas and Worland competed in the event. The tournament was divided into three separate flights with the top two finishers in each flight plus the next highest point winner competing in the championship flight following match play competition.

The flight winners for the tournament were:

Flight A — 1, Jeff Vail and Mike Greear (Worland); 2, Mike Longshore and Andy Anderson.

Flight B — 1, Bob Fink and Chuck Hopkin; 2, Dave Walton and Carl Olson.

Flight C — 1, Dennis Swafford (Casper) and Bob Holden (Douglas); 2, Frank Kelly and Jim Ryles.

These six place winners and the next top point winners, Dave Williamson and Sterling Stroffle of Worland, competed in the championship derby. A pair of golfers is eliminated on each hole until the final two play the final hole. The winners of the championship derby were all from Midway with Frank Kelly and Jim Ryles placing first followed by Dave Walton and Carl Olson for second and Bob Fink and Chuck Hopkin placing third.

The tournament provided some great competition for the golfers. All golfers had a chance at a $10,000 hole-in-one sponsored by Overland Express. There were only two deuces on Saturday but there were six on Sunday. Golfers had a legitimate shot at the hole-in-ones, but did not get the ball in the cup. Meals were provided for the golfers by Carmen Olson.

“The course was in great shape and the grounds crew along with a bunch of volunteers had it ready for the tournament,” said Eddie Johnson, a member of the club. “The clubhouse personnel did an outstanding job of keeping thirsty golfers served and providing food during the course of play. This is always a competitive tournament and it is nice to see the amount of people that show up and play. While it was down a few teams from last year, it was a great success for our course.”

The next event is the Linda Madden Memorial tournament on July 4. This annual event gives scholarships to local students each year and has grown since its inception. All golfers are invited to play in this four-person tournament.

Midway is also planning a ball-drop fundraiser for Saturday, July 19 at 1 p.m. Bob Hawkins will be flying a helicopter with numbered golf balls in a net and dropping them on the driving range of the golf course. The ball that lands closest to the pin will share a 50/50 split of the proceeds raised by the selling of tickets. Tickets are going to be $20 each and there will be a limited number of golf balls sold. Interested people can get a hold of the clubhouse or a member to see about buying a ticket.

 

 

Dump for free on Saturday

Big Horn County residents can dump their trash for free at either the north or south landfills between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.

The free-dump day was requested by the county’s mayors and recently approved by the Big Horn County Landfill Board.

A free dump day has not been allowed for several years.

Town employees in Greybull will be stationing compactor trucks at two locations for people who are unable to take items to the landfill. Those locations are the parking lot across from town hall on South Fifth Street, and the Ron’s Food Farm west parking lot on North Sixth Street.

The landfill is requesting that metal be separated from loads, that each family make only one trip, and that trucks be limited to 26,000 GVW.

“Overall, this is a great opportunity for all of us to clean up our properties,” said Mayor Bob Graham.

A free community barbecue has been planned in conjunction with the event. Ron’s Food Farm and the Town of Greybull are providing the food and the Greybull Fire Department has agreed to handle the cooking. Burgers and hotdogs will be served at the Fire Hall between noon and 1:30 p.m. A can will be set out for people wishing to donate to the fire department.

 

 

Contract awarded for new school

by nathan oster

It took some creativity to get it done, but Big Horn County School District No. 3 on June 10 officially awarded the contract for the construction of its new middle school to Sletten Construction, which came with a base bid of $4.965 million.

Even though it was by far the lowest of the three submitted, the bid was still the source of great consternation for board members because it came in $790,000 over the engineer’s estimate.

The district’s architect, as well as a third-party architect, had estimated a cost of $4.174 million for the base bid, which did not include any extras such as the installation of a new air conditioning system for the GMS Gym.

Supt. Barry Bryant reminded the board during last week’s meeting that the SFC had appropriated $4.693 million. That total, however, included such things as contingency costs, FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment), an allowance for abatement and other expenses.

Staring the nearly $800,000 gulf, Bryant said the possibility of rebidding the project was discussed internally, as was the idea of redesigning the school by pulling the building away from the current GMS Gym. The problem with rebidding, Bryant said, is that there are no guarantees that it would result in a better price. He said the state is making a big investment in its school buildings and that contractors and subcontractors will be busy in the months to come — and not necessarily looking for more work, which could drive up their bids. There’s also inflation to consider if the project must be rebid and pushed back by a year.

“This isn’t the best time to bid; usually that’s in January,” said Bryant. “But what we’re seeing is, for some trades, there’s more work than tradesman to do it.”

The area where there was the most difference between the architect’s estimate and the low bid was in HVAC and plumbing. The estimate was $913,000; the bid from Sletten came in at $1.357 million, or 49 percent over estimate.

The factors that drove up the cost of the project, Bryant wrote in a memo to board members, included additional fire sprinkling for the GMS Gym, soils condition discovered by geotech survey, the lack of three-phase power on site, the amount of work available to certain subcontractors and the low estimate that was set for the cost of a remodel.

Bryant’s recommendation, which the board ultimately approved, called for a greater investment of school district dollars now as a way of ensuring that the project proceeds on its present course.

Since the new elementary opened, there has been in the general fund a $65,000 “building enhancement” line item. Bryant’s proposal was to use $50,000 of that total for the construction of the new middle school.

Bryant’s plan also calls for the district to earmark $75,000 in each of the next two fiscal years from the major maintenance funding that it receives from the state. Annually the district gets about $400,000 in major maintenance funding.

By doing that, the district could cover about $200,000 of the nearly $800,000 shortfall.

Another $167,000 could be covered, Bryant said, by moving around money that has already been approved for the project, including $100,000 from the owner’s contingency and $67,000 in unallocated funds. Doing so, he noted, draws the contingency down to $175,000.

Bryant’s plan is to approach the SFC later this month for the remaining $471,000 in “unanticipated” funding. “If the stars line up, we can make this work,” Bryant told the board. “By us putting some money in the deal, it makes it more sellable.”

Citing already tight timelines, Bryant said he feared a delay of two to three weeks now could mean “we’re out a whole year.” He added that the idea of the district getting nothing is still a possibility, noting, “We got a one-time small school allowance” to get to this point.

What the higher-than-anticipated bids also mean is that the district won’t have the money to put air conditioning in the GMS Gym, although Bryant and the board agreed that major maintenance dollars could be used down the road to accomplish that.

“We got our middle school in an unconventional way, in that we didn’t follow the model. It was done by a capacity study and by an architect coming in and saying this is what it’s going to cost,” said Bryant. “One of the arguments we’ll make to the commission is that their estimate for a remodel is way low because you have to open it up to things you have no control over — you might find asbestos you weren’t aware of, or that you have to add additional spinkler systems.

“I think this is a good solution; it’s not ideal,” he said. “But if you don’t put some skin in the game, you don’t have a chance. This gives us a 50/50 chance. I think it could go either way.”

Several modifications to the new building have been made already. As now proposed, it would come in around 16,000 square feet. The ceiling of the second level has been lowered by a few inches, stairs and entries have been moved as has the elevator, and the administrative offices have been redesigned.

The board agreed to award the bid to Sletten — although it’s contingent upon the district receiving the $471,000 in funding from the state. It was not a unanimous vote, as Trustee Steve Hoblit voted in the dissent. He expressed concern throughout about the skyrocketing cost of the project.

“I’d like a new middle school too, but they’re just draining us,” he said. “We have no assurances we’ll be getting more money anytime soon…and how can we spend money that we don’t have?”

Chairman Mike Meredith pointed out that the district isn’t asking district taxpayers to pass a bond, and that state money would be used to make up the majority of the shortfall between the budget and the low bid. “We’ve started pushing the old bus down the road and we’re not going to quit,” said Meredith.

Hoblit disagreed. “That’s why our country is in debt,” he said.

 

Other news

In other business discussed at the June 10 meeting:

• The board approved several policies on second reading, including one that moved payday for all school district employees to the 15th of every month, effective July 1. The district has been paying its classified employees on the 10th of the month, its certified employees on the 20th. Bryant said there was some opposition to the proposed change, as two employees stated that it was going to force them to change the automatic payments that they had set up for themselves.

The other three policies given second reading last week — dealing with personnel records and files, military leave and staff complaints and grievances — all came via recommendations from the school district’s attorney.

• Several personnel moves were approved by the board.

Joel Kuper, who teaches science at GHS, was hired to fill the speech coaching position that was created with Ted Menke’s retirement. Kuper has previous experience as a speech coach and judge.

Turning to GMS positions, Kyndra Goton was tapped to be the assistant girls basketball coach while Cody Kalberer got the nod to be the assistant wrestling coach.

Brant Ogg was rehired to serve as an assistant coach for the Greybull-Riverside program.

Klinette Brandon, who grew up in Powell and has taught in several Wyoming school districts, was hired to teach special education at GHS and GMS.

• The board approved an out-of-district request from a family that lives in Basin and wants their five children to attend school in Greybull.

• The school board accepted the resignation of Mike Carlson, who had been serving as the chairman of the Greybull Recreation District’s board of directors. Carlson took a job that prevents him from attending meetings.

• There has been some shuffling of employees in recent weeks after the district was unable to find a solid candidate from outside to replace Kerri Thiel, who had been serving as an interventionist at the elementary school.

When opened up to internal candidates, Kim Curtis, a fifth-grade teacher, expressed interest and was hired. That, in turn, created an opening for a fifth-grade teacher, which was filled with the transfer of Jamie Keisel.

Keisel had been hired earlier this spring to teach language arts at GMS, so there is now an opening for that position. As of the night of the meeting, three candidates had applied.

• The school district ended the school year with 522 students, nine more than it had one year earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Car show big success

by marlys good

Mike Howe has been trying to generate public interest/support for a classic car show for several years. When none was forthcoming, “Cheryl and I took it upon ourselves to do it,” he said, and the results were enjoyed by the estimated 700-800 people who stopped by the city-owned parking lot adjacent to the Herb Asp Community Center Saturday to view the 53 beautiful, well-preserved automobiles.

“We had been hoping for 50 entries, so the three extra were a bonus,” he laughed.

The “People’s Choice” award went to the 1967 Pontiac owned by Leonard Jennings of Greybull; The “Mayor’s Choice” was the 1956 Chevrolet pickup owned by Rex ????? of Otto. The oldest vehicle entered was a 1932 Ford.

The cars were showcased in a parade sandwiched between the kiddie and main parades. A steady stream of fans stopped by the lot before the show closed at 4 p.m.

Putting the show together was a lot of work but “it was worth it; we wanted to add to the community,” Howe said. And the show did just that.

Would the Howes like to do it again next year. “We WILL do it again,” Howe emphasized. They are mulling options/ideas to enhance the 2015 show which will be discussed when the ‘49er and Classic Car Show committees meet Monday night.

 

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