Daily Archives: July 31, 2014

Forest fires burn near Lovell, Hyattville

by nathan oster

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity on Tuesday helped firefighters reach 100 percent containment on the Roane Creek fire, which has been burning in the Bighorn National Forest since a lightning strike last week.

The U.S. Forest Service reported the fire in timber and grass about two miles south of U.S. Highway 14 in the Pete’s Hole area on Thursday. High temps, low humidity and strong winds pushed the fire to 25 acres on Friday and to 30 acres by the weekend.

By Sunday, fire crews including one Type 2 IA crew (Yankton), three helicopters, one water tender, two hotshot crews (Tatanka and San Juan), firefighters and support crew had brought the fire to 60 percent containment.

It reached 100 percent containment on Tuesday. Firefighters were continuing to secure control lines and check for hot spots as the day drew to a close.

While many of the firefighting resources were being released, the USFS planned to keep a Tatanka hotshot crew, a 10-person hand crew and a light helicopter on scene to continue mopping it up.

 

Hyattville fires

Two fires in the Hyattville area were also started by lightning last week, according to Big Horn County Fire Warden Brent Godfrey.

One fire, dubbed Hyatt by the Bureau of Land Management, consumed five acres. It was located six miles northeast of Hyattville. The BLM was responsible for containing the fire.

The second fire was approximately one mile west of Medicine Lodge and consumed 81 acres, Godfrey said. Firefighters from Basin, Ten Sleep, Manderson, Hyattville and the BLM responded and were able to get the fire contained.

No structures were destroyed in either fire, Godfrey said.

 

No restrictions…yet

Godfrey said there are no fire restrictions in Big Horn County at this time but he will be reviewing the conditions weekly.

According to the Forest Service, “Fire restrictions are not in force in the Bighorn National Forest at this time. If the hot and dry weather persists, restrictions may be implemented. Partial fire restrictions in Sheridan County apply only to state, county, and private lands.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s happening to honeybees?

by marlys good

What is causing the unprecedented losses of honeybees in the United States that has been occurring within the past decade, but more so in the past seven or eight years? Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)? Parasitic mites? Nosema? Pesticides? Or a combination of all four?

The blame can be spread almost evenly across all four. According to Gary Patrick, owner/manager of River Road Honey, “In the ‘90s we started seeing a change. It was hard to keep colonies healthy. There were stories about whole operations collapsing. Suddenly people were finding their bees were gone; the hive was gone. It was a huge problem.“

In the winter of 2007-08, the loss of honeybee colonies across 21 states averaged 35 percent. A lot of the cause was CCD which is unlike other ailments that affect honeybees because worker bees simply disappear, and never return to the hive. The main symptom is very low or no adult honeybees present in the hive, but with a live queen and no dead honeybee bodies present. Often there is still honey in the hive and immature bees (brood) are present. Varroa mites, a virus-transmitting parasite of honeybees, have frequently been found in hives lost to CCD.

The parasitic mite, Patrick noted “gets on the backs of bees and lives there – on the blood of the bee. It doesn’t kill the bee outright, but it weakens them. It used to be we would lose 10-20 percent of our hives every year; now we lose 30-40 percent, about double.”

Pesticides are most likely a part of CCD. As their use has increased, so have the side effects. One of those is the toxicity to honeybees.

Pesticides damage the ability of bees to gather food and are also killing them. Since bees are the most important pollinators of crops, the use of pesticides has considerably reduced the yields of cross-pollinated crops.

Some pesticides kill the bees directly, such as when they are on the flower at the time of application; other types allow the bees to return home; then they die. Some pesticides have no effect on adult honeybees but cause damage to the young, immature bees.

Patrick said lack of forage for the bees is also a problem. Today “all row crops and irrigated areas, even borrow pits, are sprayed, so there is no longer any natural forage for the honeybee.”

 

Patrick said as beekeepers, he and youngest son and right-hand man Nathan, have to be vigilant. “Staying on top of the queen bee is an issue, a big problem, part of the problem keeping hives alive. Some will fail in raising their queen and we have trouble defining that in time. We have to catch them when they are going bad, keep them requeened.”

About 15 years ago Patrick started migrating his bees to California for the winter. “Before we migrated the bees we went through the winter (here) and it took longer to build them up to make a good crop of honey. I’ve developed a friend in California to receive the bees, he puts them through (his) almonds, takes care of them and sends the back; we split the pollination fees.”

To migrate the bees the Patricks put hives on pallets, load them on a semi (about 408 per load), net them down and send them off to the west coast.

“Come spring we go to California, bring them back and having just come out of the almonds, they are very strong.”

The advantages of migration are spread both ways. Almond growers in California had found their hives decimated, which created a pollination shortage that threatened the almond crop, the first to bloom in the spring.

The loss was a clear indicator that further pollination shortages for fruit, berries, vegetables, tree nuts, oil seeds and legume crops was likely to develop throughout the United State. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture about one-third of the human diet is derived directly or indirectly from insect-pollinated plants and about 80 percent of this pollination is accomplished by honeybees. One researcher into the loss of pollinators stressed, “Because our survival depends on healthy pollination, we must do everything in our power to solve the problem.”

Statistics show that Wyoming has about 65 commercial beekeepers with about 32,000 hives that produce two million pounds of honey per year. A bee farm is defined as anyone with five or more hives so in reality, less than a dozen commercial beekeeping families produce all that honey.

The typical beekeeper has more than two thousand hives. In November he migrates to California for almond pollination, then returns in March to make a crop of honey off the hay fields. (Alfalfa honey is light amber to water white in color with a delicate, spicy taste and is a premium grade table honey.)

Patrick has appreciated the good years and weathered the bad years since purchasing his business from Glen Peters.

“Everything pretty much has to be lined out just right; keep the bees alive and healthy and after that it’s up to God to bless the process and make it all work.”

 

Amy Sue Coguill Love

July 29, 2014

 

Funeral services for former Greybull resident Amy Sue Coguill Love of Gillette will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem with Reverend Jais Tinglund officiating. Amy passed away Tuesday, July 29 at the RiverStone Hospice Home in Billings.

Burial will follow services at the Emblem Cemetery.

A full obituary will follow in next week’s paper.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc., assisted the family with arrangements.

 

 

Charles W. “Charlie” Shannon

Sept. 21, 1926 – July 22, 2014

A memorial service for former Greybull resident Charles W. “Charlie” Shannon was held July 26 in Pueblo, Colo. Charlie, 87, died July 22 in Pueblo.

He was born Sept. 21, 1926, in Clark County, Ark., the only child of Charles H. and Effie Shannon. Charlie was inducted into the United States Army in 1945.

Shortly thereafter he met LaVerne Quisenberry; they were married Nov. 10, 1945.

Following his stint in the Army, Charlie worked as a barber for several years, was an ordained Southern Baptist minister and served as a bi-vocational pastor in Wolf Point, Mont., for five years.

The family moved to Greybull in 1962 where Charlie served as director of the Department of Public Assistance and Social Services. He retired in 1987.

After his retirement he and LaVerne worked as volunteers and in interim ministries until their second retirement in Pueblo in 2002.

He was active member of the First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Kathleen Shannon.

He is survived by his wife LaVerne of Pueblo; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Roger, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Dennis and Shirley Shannon of Parker, Colo.; his daughter and son-in-law, Gene and Linda Shannon McKenzie of Larkspur, Colo.; his former daughter-in-law, Patricia Thomas of Cody; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Charlie’s cremains will be scattered by family members on top of the Big Horn Mountains.

 

 

 

County shooters claim victory at State Shoot

Tucker Hatch of Burlington and Weston Haley of Greybull paced the 17-member Big Horn County shooting sports team at the State Shoot held July 10-13 in Douglas. More than 600 kids from across the state competed in the event.

Hatch, competing in the junior division, took first in .22 Rifle Light Target division as well as in Archery Class B, while Haley captured his firsts in the Shotgun division. The two young shooters also joined forces with Paige Flom of Shell to win an Archery team competition.

Team members have competed in weekly practices since May, polishing their talents and honing their skills.

“We are fortunate to have dedicated youth, parents, leaders and supporters,” said Gretchen Gasvoda. “Special thanks to Code Red Tactical for sponsoring shirts for our state shooters.”

 

22 Pistol

Junior Division: 4, Nicole Boreen (Otto).

22 Rifle

Light Target

Junior Division: 21, Jeremy Holloway (Emblem).

Sporter Jr Division: 1, Tucker Hatch (Burlington).   11, Nathaniel Boreen (Otto). 13, Conner Hatch (Burlington).

Intermediate Division: 22, Will Dalin (Greybull).

Senior Division: 5, Kade Gifford (Lovell). 13, Dawson Wood (Cowley). 20, Drayton Griffin (Shell). 30, Cody Strauch (Greybull).

 

Air Pistol

Junior Division: 10, Nathaniel Boreen (Otto).

 

Air Rifle Light Target

Senior Division: 40, Drayton Griffin (Shell).

 

Archery

Class B

Junior Division: 1, Tucker Hatch (Burlington). 13, Paige Flom (Shell). 19, Weston Haley (Greybull).

Intermediate Division: 29, Karina Boreen (Otto).

Class D

Junior Division: 33, Jeremy Holloway (Emblem). 71, Tyler Dalin (Greybull).

Intermediate Division: 12, Harley Flom (Shell). 16, Morgan Haley (Greybull). 58, Will Dalin (Greybull).

Senior Division: 15, Reece May (Cowley). 22, Kade Gifford (Lovell). 36, Drayton Griffin (Shell). 49, Cody Strauch (Greybull).

 

Outdoor Skills Competition

Junior Division: 8, Jeremy Holloway (Emblem). 18, Weston Haley (Greybull).

Intermediate Division: 49, Morgan Haley (Greybull).

Senior Division: 23, Drayton Griffin (Shell). 44, Cody Strauch (Greybull).

 

Shotgun

Junior Division: 1, Weston Haley (Greybull).

Intermediate Division: 20, Will Dalin (Greybull). 40, Morgan Haley (Greybull).

Senior Division: 24, Drayton Griffin (Shell). 31, Dawson Wood (Cowley). 32, Cody Strauch (Greybull). 84, Kade Gifford (Lovell).

 

Shotgun with Handicap

Junior Division: 1, Weston Haley (Greybull).

Intermediate Division: 30, Will Dalin (Greybull). 46, Morgan Haley (Greybull).

Senior Division: 16, Drayton Griffin (Shell). 25, Dawson Wood (Cowley). 55, Cody Strauch (Greybull). 78, Kade Gifford (Lovell).

 

Pistol : 9, Senior Team 9 (Drayton Griffin, Kade Gifford, Cody Strauch).

Sporter: 4, Junior Rifle Team (Tucker Hatch, Nathaniel Boreen, Conner Hatch).

Unsighted: 1, Junior Archery Team (Tucker Hatch, Paige Flom, Weston Haley).

Freestyle: 12, Junior Archery Team (Harley Flom, Morgan Haley, Jeremy Holloway, Karina Boreen).

Freestyle: 7, Senior Archery Team (Reece May, Kade Gifford, Drayton Griffin, Cody Strauch).