Daily Archives: June 18, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by nathan oster Despite the windy, overcast conditions, it was another successful rodeo for the Days of ’49 committee, which reported an increase in gate receipts compared to 2013 numbers. Inside the arena, of course, the competition was as fierce as ever. Andy Mumm and Luke Wozney split the winner’ pot in the bareback riding, each finishing with scores of 66. Chance Darling was the only rider to post a score in the saddle bronc, earning a 69 to capture first place. Callie Nelson won the women’s breakaway, finishing in a time of 5.38 seconds. Casey Good won the calf roping with a time of 19.15. The junior barrels were more competitive, as Dusty Willis took first in a time of 17.439, followed in second by Trinity Hackney (20.824), in third by Jace Sorensen (22.019) and in fourth by Josie Washakie (22.517). Shannon Hill won the women’s barrels, posting a time of 18.041. Jess West was second in 18.201, followed by Katie McMillan in 18.239 and Sarah Taylor in 18.408. The team roping was a Collingwood affair, as Scott and his son J.T. were on three of the top four teams. J.T. teamed with Casey Good to win the event in 6.53. Scott and J.T. were second in 8.68 and Scott teamed with Shawn Billy to post a 9.62, which was good for fourth. Third place went to the team of Kyle and Larry Allshouse, who posted an 8.87. Cameron Caines was the only one of the 10 cowboys who made it the full 8 seconds in the bull riding, posting a score of 72. Kids rodeo results The spotlight shifted to the young cowboys and cowgirls on Sunday afternoon, as the Days of ’49 hosted its annual Kids Rodeo and Merchant Roping. Buckles were on the line in barrels, poles, steer riding and breakaway. Winners in the barrel racing included Colton Britton of Lovell in the 6-and-under division; Jack Schlattmann of Otto in the 7- to 9-year-old division; Paige Flom of Shell in the 10-14 division and Isabelle Borren of Lovell in the 15-18 division. In the poles, Britton and Schlattmann again reigned supreme in their respective divisions, while Scotlyn Flitner of Shell broke through to claim first in the 10-14 division. Trent Metro of Basin took top honors in steer riding. None of the five contestants posted a time in the breakaway. In the merchant roping, Collingwood Construction — with J.T. as the roper, Tyler as the runner — captured first place. Second went to Good Mining, represented by roper Gene Good and runner Lacee Good.
July 15, 1930 – June 12, 2014
Memorial services for former Greybull resident Rose Marie Lindsey of Sheridan will be held Monday, June 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Basin. Rose, 83, died June 12 at Sheridan Memorial Hospital.
The daughter of Lydia and Henry Stern, Rose was born in Bazine, Kan. July 15, 1930. The family moved to Billings in the early ‘40s where Rose received her education.
Rose married David L. Lindsey April 24, 1953, in Billings; they moved to Greybull in 1959 and lived there for 50 years.
Rose was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter AN P.E.O. in Basin. An avid golfer, she was a member of Midway Golf Club and Penny Putter until her health forced her to retire from the game.
She had a green thumb; her yard was a showpiece with geraniums being her passion. Her grandchildren were an important part of her life and she enjoyed helping raise them.
Her husband, David L. Lindsey; son David Thomas Lindsey; two sisters, Irene Montgomery of Las Vegas and Judy Mowery of Billings; and brother, William Eugene Stern, of Billings, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mark and Kathy Bede of Sheridan; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Becky Lindsey of Greybull and Randy and Dian Lindsey of Wenatchee, Wash; sister Mary Lou Mutcher of Billings; brother Robert H. Stern of Lexington, Neb., nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A luncheon at Eagles Aerie 3086 in Basin will follow the service.