Monthly Archives: February 2012

Docs: Stay home, rest if you’re sick

by marlys good

Pink eye, strep throat, bronchitis, or just the old-fashioned flu? All are culprits in the increased absences among Greybull students, staff and among the community at large since the middle of January.

When contacted Feb. 14, GES Principal Brenda Jinks said absences have been as high as 15 a day. “The past two or three weeks were bad; we are starting to see a downward trend now. We’re actually thankful that we have not had it worse than what we had.”

She believes this is because of the sanitary and precautionary measures that have been taken.

”We visited with all the children (in health classes and home rooms) and told them to make sure they wash their hands thoroughly, with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly. We also have quantities of hand sanitizers in the classrooms.”

This is in direct line with advisories from the Wyoming Department of Health to “cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze and cough; wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick.”

According to school district policy, students are allowed eight absences per semester; after eight, a doctor’s note is required.

The janitorial staff wipes down desks, chairs, computer keyboards and computer mouse with germicides. “Our staff is phenomenal,” Jinks said.

GMS secretary Christine McMillan said on normal days there will be “usually five or six students absent.” That has increased to an average of 10-15 since the middle of January, and the staff has also been hit.

“Right now we are holding steady – not going up or down. Kids are out two or three days for sure, and some have been out four days at least.” She described it as “old-fashioned flu, complete with the vomiting, with some strep and a few cases of pink eye and bronchitis thrown in for good measure.”

While GES absences are on the downward trend and are holding steady at the middle school, at the high school there were 21 absent Feb. 13. “It was our biggest day,” said secretary Tina Spragg.

Shauna Ewen, R.N., said they have had an increased patient load at Big Horn Clinic. This encompasses “all age groups and all towns; it is not centered in one town or one age group.”

PA Nick Rasmussen at Big Horn Clinic said that facility has seen a “lot more of the bronchitis and strep” as opposed to flu. “We haven’t been hit with the flu too hard yet, haven’t tested too much for it.”

Those coming for treatment and diagnosed with strep throat are given antibiotics and advised to stay home for 48 hours. Rasmussen added, “At a bare minimum, they should stay home for 24 hours – until the fever is gone, without Tylenol or Advil.”

Patients with bronchitis are generally treated with an antibiotic “and depending on how they look and sound after a physical exam they may be given an inhaler to help with the cough.”

Rasmussen said, “We are just getting ramped up for the flu.” Usually, he said, they do not treat ordinary flu cases, unless “they are very young, old or have ongoing chronic conditions, asthma or something like that. Just make sure you stay hydrated, stay on Tylenol or Ibuprofon, wash your hands and stay home.”

As for washing your hands, he laughed, “If you think you are washing your hands enough do it twice as much, then wash them some more.”

He also advises those over the age of 65 to get a flu shot or the pneumonia vaccine. They will definitely help.”

Dr. Dusty Hill at Midway Clinic said they have had about a 70 percent increase in patients with upper respiratory illnesses. “It has been absolutely incredible,” he said. The clinic has also treated a number of cases of strep throat, several of mononucleosis and numerous cases of pink eye.

The upper respiratory cases are split 50-50 viral versus bacterial and Hill said, “Some start out as viral then go into a secondary bacterial infection. We treat (them) with aggressive antibiotics, a broad spectrum of antibiotics, with cough medications and maybe dialaters to open the airways.”

Pink eye is extremely contagious; it’s spread hand-to-hand and parents are urged to wash/keep all clothing, bedding  and toys as clean as possible.  He explained that the bacteria can live on appliances/articles for several days.

As for sore throats, Dr. Hill said “gargle with salt water, a full cup of water with one tablespoon of salt, once or twice a day. Studies have shown that this can reduce symptoms by half,” and sip on hot water sweetened with honey. Hill said these might seem like “old wives tales” but they have been shown to be very effective.




Board approves calendar, accepts resignations

by nathan oster

Classes will begin two days earlier next fall, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, under the new school calendar for 2012-13 which was approved Feb. 14 by the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees.

The calendar is very similar to the one that was approved for the current school year in that it calls for 175 instructional days for students, 185 total days for teachers and deviates only slightly in terms of vacation days.

Trustee Mike Meredith said it was “a good discussion” this year between officials from the Basin and Greybull schools, who in the past and because of their shared classes and close proximity have always worked together to develop identical calendars.

This year, a consensus was reached, and that consensus was one presented to the two boards.

Some of the highlights of the new calendar:

• Classes will begin Tuesday, Aug. 21.

• With Oct. 15 falling on a Monday, the fall break/hunting vacation is set for Monday, Oct. 22.

• For Thanksgiving, there will be no school from Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Friday, Nov. 23.

• The winter break will begin on Monday, Dec. 24 and end Monday, Jan. 1. A teacher inservice is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 2. Students return Wednesday, Jan. 3.

• Late winter break is Friday, Feb. 22.

• Spring break will again be a week long, running April 1-5.

• Graduation is May 19.

• The last day of school is May 24.


Other news

In other business discussed during last week’s meeting, the board:

• The board accepted the resignations of Erica Jensen, a food service worker, and Marilyn Edeler, a fourth-grade teacher at Greybull Elementary School.  Edeler served the district for 35 years.

• Bob Graham, a member of the town council, spoke with the board about the swimming pool project. His presentation was the same one that Sara Schlattmann made one night earlier to the town council.

• Selena Brown was appointed to the school board’s Academic Committee, joining Dale Nuttall and Mike Meredith on that body.

• The board reaffirmed its commitment to leadership governance policies.

• Greybull High School will soon be getting new carpet.  The board awarded the bid to King’s Carpet One of Worland, which came in with a low bid of $79,410, which was around $700 less than McKinnon Flooring, also of Worland.

Joe Forcella, the district’s maintenance supervisor, indicated that the carpet would be installed starting around June 1.  The plan is to do all of the common areas. “Everything but the classrooms,” he said, adding that they would be re-carpeted in 2013.

The high school still has its original carpeting, some 16-17 years after it opened.  Forcella said the carpet has exceeded its anticipated lifespan, which for a school is seven to 10 years.

• GES Principal Brenda Jinks reported that the school had a turnout of about 90 percent for parent-teacher conferences.

• GHS Principal Barry Bryant said the school would be sending 18 of its students to the state science fair, which will be held on the campus of the University of Wyoming.  He offered kudos to the students and science teacher Joel Kuper, saying the school normally averages about nine or 10 state science fair participants.

The high school has no one certified to teacher driver’s education.  Typically it has been offered in the summer. According to Bryant, a teacher is interested in teaching it, but cannot afford the approximately $4,000 required to go through the classes and become certified.

Bryant said he would not support using district funds to pay for someone to become certified.

The district would, however, pay the driver’s ed teacher a $3,300 stipend.

Bryant recommended the district advertise for the position to see if anyone’s interested. If not, the district could consider BOCES funding, though that would require imposing another one-half mill on district taxpayers.  That money, however, could be used for far more than just driver’s ed, including such things as college courses for district students and even programming through the recreation district.

Bryant emphasized that the school gets graded not for how well its students drive but rather for how well they read, write and do arithmetic.  Trustee Steve Hoblit said that while that may be the case, “I still think it’s important.”

Councilman Bob Graham said he would approach the town council to see if some of the additional revenue generated by traffic fines in 2011 could be earmarked for the certification of a driver’s ed teacher.

In his staff report, Bryant noted that Basin and Rocky Mountain teach driver’s ed in the summer. In Lovell, the recreation district teaches the class.

• Forcella ran through a list of major maintenance projects proposed for 2012. In total, the projects come in around $288,000.  The most expensive ones are a fire wall/reconstruction project at the bus barn, the replacement of carpeting at the high school and the continuation of the upgrades to building door hardware.

Forcella’s project list also includes the installation of light for the Buff Gym parking lot, the resealing of parking lots, and the continued development of a site plan working in conjunction with the School Facilities Commission.

Antelope Butte supporters optimistic

by nathan oster

It’s been a busy couple of months for the people working to re-open the Antelope Butte Ski Area in the Big Horn Mountains.

Mark Weitz, a spokesperson for the nonprofit Antelope Butte Foundation, said in an interview Tuesday that he is hopeful that the skiers and snowboarders will be back on the slopes at Antelope Butte by next winter.

“That is, if all the stars align and everything goes perfectly,” he said.

In recent weeks, the stars have aligned, to the point where Weitz said he and other members of the group are “very encouraged” by recent talks with U.S. Forest Service officials and “humbled” by the show of support for the ski area from communities on both sides of the mountain.

Weitz said a legal firm in Denver that works extensively in the skiing industry picked up Antelope Butte’s cause on a pro-bono basis.  “They liked our story … what we are trying to do,” Weitz said.

Once the lawyers got involved, the project “gained more definition” as they helped Antelope Butte supporters “navigate the regulations” and “make the process work as efficiently as possible for both the forest service and the potential ski area operators.”

Weitz said a meeting of foundation members, forest service officials and an attorney from that Denver firm was a productive one — but that two challenges emerged for the supporters of the ski area.

They were given until Feb. 17 to submit an application for a special use permit and to show the group’s “financial capability.”

This week, Weitz had good news on both fronts of the battle.

The application for the special use permit has been submitted, and in just a matter of a couple weeks, the group was able to raise $70,000, doing so through public meetings, its website, phone calls, visits and pounding of the pavement.

“What we had to say was, ‘Now is the time to chip in … or let the wrecking ball come in,’ and that was and is the case,” Weitz said.  “The community rose up in an amazing fashion.”

Weitz said half of the $70,000 was raised on the Sheridan side, the other half on the Greybull side, from communities across the Big Horn Basin.  “It was just awesome, amazing, and it speaks volumes, I think, not just to the supporters, but also to the forest service.  The message is, ‘Hey, these communities really want this … and they’re speaking with their checkbooks.”

With $60,000 that was raised previously, the foundation has $130,000 in its coffers.

Now, it’s a matter of waiting to hear on the special use permit, Weitz said.  He estimated that the process would take 45 to 60 days.  The next hurdle would be acquiring the lodge and the lifts, he said.

“In the meantime, we’re going to be preparing grant applications galore,” he said. “We’re not just going to wait.  We’re going to proceed on the assumption that we’re going to get it.”

Weitz acknowledged that the effort could have been stopped in its tracks, if the communities hadn’t stepped forward to support it.  “With the kind of support we received, we were overwhelmed and heartened,” he said. “Had we not made our goal, had people not risen up, I think we all would have been pretty discouraged.

“We had always heard that there was support for what we’re trying to do.  But saying it … and writing checks … are two different things.”


Shirley Don Oliver

March 3, 1924 – Feb. 6, 2012

Graveside services for longtime Greybull resident Shirley Oliver will be held this summer at Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband Leland. Shirley, 87, died Feb. 6 in Sheridan.

Shirley, born Myrtle Don Brown, was born March 3, 1924 in Holland, Texas, the daughter of Leonard and Josephine Brown. She received her training as a nurse’s aide in Houston during World War II.

She married Joe Harris in 1944. The couple later divorced. Shirley moved to Greybull in 1960. She married Leland Oliver in 1961.

Shirley worked as a cook at the Greybull-Basin Head Start for over 20 years and found the children and cooking very rewarding. The kids called her “Cook Shirley,” which she loved. “Cook Shirley” finally retired in 1997 at the age of 73. She remained in Greybull until 2005 when she moved to Casper to be close to her family.

In 2009, Shirley moved to Sheridan where she tried to help others and touched the hearts of all she came in contact with.

Her parents Leonard and Josephine, her husband Leland in 1996, a daughter, Linda, son Ronald, four sisters, Minnie, Martha, Isabelle and Rosie, two brothers, Wesley and Leonard, two grandsons, Josh and Bryant, and granddaughter, Toni, preceded her in death.

She is survived by five daughters and their spouses, Brenda and Dan, Judy and Doug, Rita and Steven, Carol and Shirley Jo; two sons, Mike and Jeff; 25 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Donations in Shirley’s memory can be sent to the Greybull-Basin Head Start.


Buffs capture third at regional tourney

by nathan oster

Greybull-Riverside didn’t get the performance it was looking for at the Class 2A West Regional in Shoshoni.

The Buffs went in knowing they’d need a good weekend from everyone to put themselves in the best possible position for this weekend’s State 2A Wrestling Championships in Casper, and while there were some important breakthroughs, the majority created not just hills, but “mountains” for themselves to climb.

“I thought it would be tough to catch Lovell and Cokeville,” said Coach Mark Sanford. “And we had only one guy less than they did in the finals — but as was the case all season, they finished, we didn’t finish.”

Lovell won the team title with 202.5 points. Cokeville was second with 182.  G-R landed in third with 135.  Thermop rounded out the top four with 119.5.

“We just didn’t have a lot of guys coming through like we needed on the backside,” Sanford said.  “And when you don’t get into the top four, you tend to have a tougher road at state — and that certainly proved itself to no end with us.”

Two years removed from being state champs, the Buffs will need to overcome some mighty big obstacles this week in Casper, where Lovell, Cokeville and Moorcroft (the winner of the 2A East Regional) will be the teams to beat.

“We had six guys who didn’t place at regionals, which was way too many for us,” Sanford said. “We needed to have about three more of those guys break through and place. Now, out of those six, we drew four No. 1 seeds and one No. 2 seed (in the opening round at state).”

Here’s a weight-by-weight look back at regionals and ahead to state:


Kyle Strasheim went in as the No. 4 seed. He lost his opener to James Teichert of Cokeville, getting pinned in 3:10, but rallied to win his next two, pinning Tia Hampton of Wind River in 2:38 and Chester Broadbent of Shoshoni in 2:16 to finish third.

Sanford said Strasheim (15-20) had a good tournament and set himself up well for state.  As a No. 3 seed, he gets an opening-round bye but will likely face Thomas Garvie, a junior from Lingle-Fort Laramie who is 17-7 and a No. 2 from the East.  “(Garvie) was the No. 1 seed going in and he got upset,” said Sanford. “He’s a quality kid, and we’re going to hit him in the quarterfinals.”


Senior Matt Grovenstein pinned each of his first two opponents (Mark Ballou of Shoshoni and Lovell’s Preston Blankenship, who didn’t make weight at 113) to earn a date opposite Macen Peterson of Cokeville in the final.

Sanford said Grovenstein got the better of Peterson at the Wind River tournament and on the verge of winning the match 8-7 when he was called for stalling.  That point lifted Peterson into a tie, and in the overtime, it was Peterson who scored the first takedown to get the win.

Sanford said he questioned the stalling call — and that it was a tough break for Grovenstein. “He put himself in a position to be a No. 1 seed and had the match in hand,” Sanford said. “If we’d had done a couple things differently earlier on, it wouldn’t have come down to that.”

With his second-place finish, Grovenstein set himself up well for state.  He’s 21-8, but unfortunately, on the same side of the bracket as Luke Lovett of Moorcroft, who is the No. 1 seed from the east.  Lovett has beaten Grovenstein twice this season and is 29-2.


Chris Ogg went 1-2 and did not place at 126.  Sanford said the key match for the freshman was his opener against Tyler Clemetson of Shoshoni, which he lost 8-0.  Ogg responded to win his next time, beating Johny Mickelson of Lovell 12-4, but then bowed out when he was pinned by Garrett Julian of Kemmerer, who went on to take fourth.

As a non placer, Ogg (27-13) drew a No. 2 seed in Tyrell Lawrance of Moorcroft for his opener at state. “That’s a kid we can wrestle with,” Sanford said, noting that Ogg came within a point of him, 9-8, the last time the two squared off.

Ogg is also on the same side of the bracket as Colter Brown, the No. 1 seed from the West.


Levi Kelly went 2-2 and did not place at 132.  All four of his match ended via pin.  Kelly won two of them, beating Jake Loyning of Rocky and Zack Noffsinger of Wind River while losing to eventual champion Colton Lantz of Big Piney and Tyrell Toomer of Cokeville.

“There were a lot of quality kids at this weight, and Levi didn’t have any criteria to seed himself,” Sanford said.

Kelly (14-16) will face Lantz, the No. 1 from the West, in his state tourney opener.  Sanford said Kelly had one very good moment in his regional matchup with Lantz, reversing the Big Piney senior and putting him on his back.  But by the time the referee got into position, Lantz had worked his way out of it.


Jesus Burgos went at 138 for the Buffs and more than held his own, winning three of his five matches.  Burgos beat Hyrum Hopkin of Lovell in the opener round, was pinned by Marty Thoman of Wind River in the semis, then won his next two by pin (over Alex Dayton of Cokeville and Jake McAdams of Big Piney) before being ousted by the eventual third-place finisher in Lovell’s Dimas Patina.

“Jesus did a good job,” Sanford said. “I would have loved getting that last win, but still, a good tournament for him.”

Burgos (16-22) did not get a favorable draw either, as he’ll face Cokeville’s Brock Teichert (32-14 and the No. 1 seed from the West) in the opening round at state.


Stephen Kerr entered as the No. 5 seed, but lost two of his three matches, including a showdown in the opening round with Adam Beck of Lovell and in the consolation round against R.J. Seaman of Hanna.  “That last one was the match we needed to have,” Sanford said. It ended 5-3, but the two were tied at 3 all at one point in the third. “We needed to make some things happen on our feet and we just didn’t get it done.”

Kerr (19-16) must face Kemmerer’s Blake Mastrud, 40-4 and the No. 1 seed from the West, in the opening round at state.


Luke Zeller did what he needed to, pinning Zeke Collins of Lovell and eking out a 3-1 decision over Jake Jones of Rocky Mountain in the semifinals.  But Nathan Grant again got the better of him in the final, winning 3-1.

Sanford said the top four kids at 152 all hail from the West – and any of them could win it.  In addition to Grant, Jones and Zeller, Cokeville dropped its 160-pounder, Bronson Teichert, into the 152-pound class, and he was a fourth-place finisher at regionals.

Heading into state, Zeller (31-7) and Teichert are on one side of the bracket, while Jones and Grant, who waged an “epic battle” at regionals, are on the other.


Nathan Hetzel claimed G-R’s only regional title, as the senior won all three of his matches in Shoshoni. In the final, he won by default, as Thermopolis standout Chris Ryan did not take the mat. Sanford said Hetzel again crossed paths with Lovell’s Jacob Beck — and again, Hetzel came out on top, although it took overtime. The final was 5-3.

Looking ahead to state, Hetzel (28-7) could see Beck again in the semifinals. If he wins that, and Ryan rolls through his side of the bracket, it could be Hetzel and Ryan battling it out in the final.


Spencer Redland was a big contributor at 170 pounds, as the sophomore won three of four and captured third place.  His only loss was to Jordan Johnson of Cokeville, who went on to take second.

Redland’s biggest win was over Jesse Hawk of Dubois.  His brother Adam, a former state champ for the Buffs, is an assistant coach this year.  “(Adam) told him before the match that every time he loses to him, it’s because of a mistake, and he encouraged him to wrestle smart,” said Sanford.  Spencer responded to the challenge, wrestling “an outstanding match. He didn’t make any mistakes. He took advantage of his openings.” In the end it was a 6-2 Redland win.

Going into state, Redland (14-8) will be a No. 3 seed and will face Nathan Ballard of Lovell in the opening roud. He’s on the same side of the bracket as Clayton Slavina of Moorcroft (No. 2 from the East) and Lovell’s Tony Rodriguez (No. 1 from the West).


Dylan Brenner lost two of three and did not place at 182.  The match he needed to win was his opener against Kyle Benefield of Hanna.  Brenner was competitive, trailing just 5-2 going into the third before eventually losing 12-4.

Brenner (11-16) was G-R’s only non-placer at regionals who didn’t draw a No. 1 or No. 2 seed for his state tourney opener.  He’ll have a very winnable match against Tanner Wyse, a Southeast freshman who is 4-15. But it’ll get tougher in the quarters, where the opponent could be Sterling Baker, 35-7 and the No. 2 seed from the West.


With returning state finalist Gabe Villegas out due to injury, Sanford moved Rob Nuttall up two weight classes to 195.  The Greybull junior battled valiantly before losing 9-2 to Miles Galovich of Thermopolis and 10-5 to Eli Moody of Lovell.

Because he was giving up so much weight, Nuttall “needed to outmaneuver” his heavier opponents and just couldn’t break through, Sanford said.

Nutall (8-7) will face the Riggen McIntosh of Lingle, the No. 1 seed from the East, in the opening round at state.  If he wins, a rematch with Moody awaits.


Zane Edeler was another sophomore who had a super weekend, as he won his first two, both by fall, before running into Lovell’s powerhouse, Mark Grant, in the final.  Grant again got the better of him — recording the pin in 3:31.

But Sanford said it was a great showing for Edeler, noting that he won the match he needed to win, beating Wyatt Fig Houston of Hanna in the semis.

“Zane ended up putting himself right where he needed to be going into state,” Sanford said.

Edeler (21-16) drew a Shoshoni wrestler who is 5-22 for his opener. If he wins that, he’ll likely face Kemmerer’s Logan Welch, a wrestler he defeated earlier in the season.  But if he takes care of business, Edeler could find himself opposite Grant once again in the final.  Sanford said he can wrestle with Grant…”he just needs to go for it and not be afraid to make a mistake.”


Trenton Kelly went 1-2 and did not place at regionals.  His only win was a pin of Charles Oldman of Wind River.  Before and after, he lost matches to Justin Irene of Hanna and Jacob Asay of Lovell.

Kelly has an opening round bye and will likely face Lusk’s Tylen Arnett, the No. 1 seed from the East, in the quarterfinals.


Sanford said the Buffs probably didn’t position themselves well enough to challenge for the state title, but a top four finish remains the goal.  “And even that’s going to be tough,” he said, noting that the Buffs would likely need to fend off Wright, Lingle and possibly even Thermopolis.

Buffs rout TR in regular season finale

by nathan oster

With their head coach under fire and a group of seven seniors playing for the final time at home, the Greybull Buffs were not going to be denied victory Friday in their regular season finale against Tongue River.

The Buffs controlled tempo and the boards and shot nearly 44 percent from the field en route to a 57-39 win over the Eagles. It was quite a reversal from their first meeting, which was won by Tongue River 72-64.

“The kids did a nice job of not letting everything that was going on become a distraction,” said Coach Nolan Tracy, who guided the Buffs in the absence of Jim Prather.  “They didn’t let it become a distraction…in fact, they used it as motivation.

“It was as hard as I’ve seen them play since the Lovell game.”

The Buffs put up 57 points, but Tracy said the key to the win was their defense, and in particular, their ability to stop the high-scoring Stephen Yellowtail. The senior from TR netted just 12 points, 10 fewer than in the first meeting between the two teams.

Greybull played a zone defense with an emphasis stopping on Yellowtail. Tracy said the team refers to it as its “Wizard” set — “where you are making sure you’re keeping track of the one player most capable of beating you.

“We ran full-court press most of the game too — not necessarily to get steals, but to control tempo,” Tracy said, adding that the Buffs also did a good job defending Tongue River’s complementary players.

Offensively, Kason Clutter set the pace for the Buffs. The sophomore netted 20 points and dished out four assists, all while committing just three turnovers.  Neil Getzfreid, one of the team’s seven seniors, also went out with a good night, netting 14 points.

In the record books, it will go down as nothing more than a non-conference victory.

But to Tracy and the Buffs, there was far more at stake.

Tracy was head coach of the Buffs for two seasons in the late 1990s (1997-98 and 1998-99) before Prather arrived in town.  For the past 13 seasons, the two men have shared the Greybull bench, with Prather calling the shots and Tracy being his top assistant.

“I talked with the team a lot before hand, and I told them it meant absolutely nothing in terms of our seed for the regional — but that it was critically important for us as a team,” Tracy said. “I emphasized to them that if you watch the NCAA tournament, the teams that go deep are the ones who enter on a roll, and not the ones who lose three or four in a row to finish the season.

In Greybull’s final two games, it beat two of the top teams from the Northeast in Big Horn and Tongue River.

“I’m proud of the way the kids are handling things,” he said. “We know what to expect (from the teams we’ll see at regional’s).  I have a great, positive outlook right now. If we can continue this momentum, I think we’ll do all right.”


This week

Heading into the regional, the Buffs have seen four of the five teams from the Southwest, the only exception being Shoshoni. They are 2-2 against that quartet, having beaten Big Piney 72-31 and Kemmerer 55-40 while losing to Wind River 38-32 and Wyoming Indian 82-63.

With the No. 3 seed, the Buffs drew the Chiefs. Expect the “Wizard” to return in some fashion, as John Soundingsides is to Wyoming Indian every bit of what Stephen Yellowtail is to Tongue River.  In fact, Soundingsides went for 65 last week in a win over Shoshoni.

“If you look at the stats, one kid takes the majority of the shots,” Tracy said.  “Obviously, we need to know where he is at all times.”

The Buffs and the Chiefs will square off at 5 p.m. today (Thursday, Feb. 23) at Riverton High School.  If the Buffs win, they’ll face the winner of the Lovell-Big Piney-Shoshoni game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. If they lose to the Chiefs, the Buffs will next take the court at 1:30 p.m., either at RHS or Central Wyoming College.

“The great news is, we only need two wins — and it doesn’t matter what order we get them,” Tracy said. “We’re going there to win two games. We would like to win two in a row to begin with so we don’t have that loser-out game … but the mindset has to be one of confidence and knowing what you’re doing.

“Friday night our kids showed they believed in the system and in each other.”

Tongue R. 12  8 13 6 — 39

Greybull 15 15 19 8 — 57

TONGUE RIVER — Moore 2 2-2 7, Jolovich 1 0-2 2, S. Yellowtail 6 0-2 12, M. Yellowtail 2 0-2 4, Dockery 3 4-6 11, Gross 0 3-4 3.  Totals 14 9-18 39.

GREYBULL — Austin Frazier 2 2-2 6, Edward DeCabooter 1 0-0 2, Kason Clutter 9 0-0 20, Quinton Haley 1 2-2 4, Travis Sylvester 1 0-0 2, Neil Getzfreid 7 0-3 14, Hayden Goton 1 1-2 3, Brady Shoemaker 3 0-0 6.  Totals 25-57 5-9 57.

3-POINT GOALS — Clutter 2;  Dockery, Moore.  REBOUNDS — Greybull 36 (Getzfreid 11).  ASSISTS — Greybull 20 (Sylvester 7).  STEALS — Greybull 11 (Sylvester 3).  TURNOVERS — Greybull 21.





Indoor arena project advances

by jennifer butler

With three new members on the Big Horn County Fair Board, there appears to be confusion and disagreement about whether or not the plans for the indoor arena should progress.

At the regular meeting Monday, Feb. 13 previous board members, Alfred Anderson, Mitch Shelhamer and William Bridges were in the audience to discuss the arena. While on the board Anderson, Shelhamer, Bridges and current board members Matty Moody and Karen Sylvester moved to apply for a Daniels Fund grant that would fund the beginning stages of the indoor arena for the Big Horn County Fairgrounds. This past month current and previous board members met with Big Horn County Grants Writer Maria Eastman to discuss the process and what needs to be down to complete this project.

After the meeting with Eastman, board chairman Felix Carrizales said he was concerned about whether the project could be completed and completed successfully. He said he had talked to members of the community who had also voiced their concerns about the project.

Carrizales said he was told this project was “stupid” and expensive. He added he felt rushed and did not want to get caught in something that he was not prepared for.

Board member Tim Flitner said, “It is in full motion. I am for it. It was decided by the previous board, and there is no reason why we should slow it down.”

The previous board members explained to the new board about the grant process. Anderson said the board did not need to worry about money because the funds would come.

Carrizales made a motion to put the arena on hold until further information could be gathered. The motion died for lack of a second. Carrizales, contacted later, said he “stands firm” in his decision. He added he would like to see the funds go into repairs instead of purchasing new.

Other business

In other business Monday:

•Flitner moved to eliminate the bareback class and the versatile contest during fair. Flitner said “we are holding kids hostage” because of how many classes the fair has. Flitner said all the classes should be finished by 5 or 6 p.m.

•County Operations Manager Fred Werner said he has filled the position for fair maintenance. He said the position will work under Werner’s supervision.

•The board is planning a volunteer day in March that will help beautify the fairgrounds.

•The fair theme was selected during Monday night’s meeting. Last month the board decided to hold a contest for members of the community to enter what they think the fair theme should be. The board had several entries including “There is country in the air at the BHC Fair” and “a country fair with a Wyoming flair”. They agreed to “Barn in the U.S.A.,” a play off the Bruce Springsteen song, “Born in the U.S.A.”

•Carrizales said he wants the community to voice their positive suggestions to the fair board through letter, email or meeting attendance. He added if sending a letter please include name and address. Carrizales said the community can send letters to his personal mailing address, P.O. Box 204, Burlington, WY 82411 or to the fair office P.O. Box 709, Basin, WY 82410.


Bartender Challenge brings in $3k for CARES

by nathan oster

The 2012 Bartender Challenge was another huge success, as the Smokehouse Saloon and its many patrons throughout the day Saturday raised more than $3,000 for the Wyoming CARES organization.

Denny Freier, who along with her husband Doug owns the Smokehouse, said the event might top $4,000 by the time it wraps up at the end of this month.

The Bartender Challenge featured a balloon pop for prizes donated by local business and a mixed couples dart tournament that was won by Kenny Hernandez of Worland and Mitsie Brown of Basin.

A coat rack made by Dallas Edeler brought in $500.

The bar’s “cuss jar” generated another $116.

And a late addition to the lineup was a whipped cream pie in the face contest that brought in a whopping $585.  “We could have raised a lot more … but we ran out of whipped cream,” said Denny. “Next year we’ll have more of it.”

And as of Tuesday, a spin wheel at the bar had brought in $817, and there are still prizes on it.

“What a great day,” said Denny. “Not only did we meet our goal, but we went way beyond it.”

On Monday, she sent $3,331 to the Casper office of CARES.  When the $322 that she had sent in prior to the event is included, the Smokehouse’s contribution to the cause climbs to $3,653.



Public invited to interviews for superintendent

by nathan oster

The first of four candidates for Greybull superintendent will visit town next week and the public is invited to listen in on that person’s interview with the community stakeholder committee from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the GHS auditorium.

Subsequent interviews with the remaining three candidates are planned for the same time and location on Tuesday, Feb. 28, Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8 — and the public is invited to attend them all.

Gary Meredith, the district’s current superintendent, said each candidate will be interviewed by four different committees. In addition to the open interviews with the community stakeholders, each candidate will also meet with committees comprised of school staff and central office/administration as well as the full school board.

The interviews with the community stakeholders group will be set up like an open forum, Meredith said.  Members of that committee, made up of nine to 12 people, will take turns asking questions of the candidate.

“Basically, folks can observe the interviews, and if they choose, can put in their input with members of the committee,” he said. “Just because they show up doesn’t mean they will be able to ask a question.  It’s more of a time to observe…and listen.”

Pool estimates come in lower

by nathan oster

A spokesperson for the swimming pool committee told the Greybull Town Council on Monday that a new pool could be built for far less than the $8 million that was originally estimated, but that the key remains getting a majority of the county’s other municipalities to go along with the sixth-cent tax proposal needed to operate and maintain the facility.

Schlattmann said she used the $8 million figure because she wanted to err on the high side —and not say one thing to the community one month and then come back later saying it would cost even more.

Since that meeting, Point Architects, for a fee of $1,000, was able to produce a better picture of the new pool’s costs — and the numbers that firm provided came in far below the $8 million estimate.

The existing pool is 9,000 square feet.

Point estimated that it would cost $4.35 million to build a new pool of exactly the same size and with the same features, including a diving board on the deep end of the six-lane pool.

A slightly larger, 11,500 square foot pool with not only the diving area and six lanes but also a zero entry area and small water slide would cost around $5.2 million to build, according to Point’s estimate.

Both estimates included contingencies of 5 percent.

The committee’s plan is to ask the school district to put the bonding question to voters in the fall general election.

So what would that bond issue cost the average homeowner?

Schlattmann said she got figures from the county assessor’s office showing that the district bonded $2.3 million for the high school.  That bond, it should be noted, will be paid off in full later this spring.

For the pool, Schlattmann “doubled that and rounded up” to come up with estimates of what the bond issue would cost. For the owner of a $100,000 home within school district boundaries, it would cost at least $55 per year. The owner of a $200,000 home would have to pay at least $110 more per year if the bond is approved.  And for agricultural land valued at $216,000 the cost would be at least $120 per year.



The bond issue is only half of the committee’s equation for success. Operation and maintenance has been and continues to be the biggest obstacle in the swimming pool talks.

Because districts cannot bond only for construction and not O&M, and because those O&M dollars to cover a 20-year period must be accounted for before construction commences, the committee has proposed the imposing of a countywide sixth-cent sales tax.

Schlattmann said Point offered bare bones O&M costs for the two new pools that it proposed.

The pool with the same dimensions as the current pool would cost about $74,000, just for “minimal operating expenses” to keep it running.  When the other needs are factored in, that pool’s O&M rises to around $185,000, Schlattmann said.

The larger pool would cost about $200,000 when all things are factored in, which includes Point’s original “minimal operating cost” estimate of $89,000.

Schlattmann said she recent made the pitch to the mayors of seven of the county’s nine municipalities.  “I thought they were receptive to it,” she said “The big concern was whether they had a project in their community that would be supported by their community.  Not a water or sewer project, but something bigger than that.

“I didn’t hear, ‘Heck no,’ from them, but they just weren’t sure how it would go over with their town councils,” she said.

Schlattmann said Greybull’s share of the sixth-cent tax revenue would be around $2.6 million.

The downside of the sixth-cent idea is that just to get on the ballot, it would need to be supported by the governing bodies of six of the county’s nine municipalities, as well as the Big Horn County commissioners.

And if it makes it onto the ballot, the question of the sixth-cent tax would need to be approved countywide — not just in Greybull or the other communities where the governing bodies put forth projects that would benefit from a sixth cent of sales tax.

Schlattmann said she’s planning to meet with the mayors again in March.

“If six of the nine come back supporting it, then we’ll move forward with it,” she said.


Survey results

At last month’s meeting, Schlattmann was asked to present the findings of the committee’s informal survey of community residents. While they didn’t talk “with a huge number,” Schlattmann said the committee reached “a good cross section” of the community by visiting the senior center, surveying fans in the stands at a home football game and surveying users of the community hall.

Four questions were asked.

When asked if they would like to have a pool, 144 answered “yes” and four “no.”

If that meant supporting it with their pocketbooks, 108 answered that they would support a bond issue for a new pool, while 25 said that they would not.

An indoor pool was strongly preferred by respondents, with only eight of the 132 people surveyed saying that they would prefer an outdoor pool.

Lastly, the committee asked people what they would like to have in the pool.  People were given the open of marking items, and of those who responded, 104 said they would like a diving area, 94 said they’d like a wading area, 42 wanted a slide and seven wanted something else, such as a hot tub.

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