Daily Archives: February 16, 2012

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.

Buffs locked into pigtail game

by marlys good

After a lack-luster game against Rocky Mountain in Cowley Friday night, when they got their heads handed to them by the Lady Griz, 42-26, the Lady Buffs came alive and gave the Big Horn Lady Rams all they wanted and a little bit more before bowing out 51-41 Saturday on the home court.

Against Big Horn, Kirbi Anderson played as well as she has all year, scoring 18 points, grabbing seven rebounds and getting three steals.

Coach Marty Wrage said, “Kirbi played well. We tried to set her up, and the other girls did a good job getting the ball up court and getting it into her. She really was an inspiration for us to play well.”

Big Horn, which lost to highly ranked Tongue River by one point Friday night, had to dig deep to stave off the Buffs and finally pulled it off from the free-throw line where they hit 29 of 43 attempts.

The Buffs shot well from the field, 42.4 percent, but made just 13 of 31 from the charity stripe.

With Anderson, Jessica Hunt and McKenna Powers disqualified by fouls, the reserves had to step it up and step it up they did.

“We were tested, getting a little thin, but the players off the bench did a nice job all weekend,” Wrage said. “Our swing players play six quarters every night, they have all year, and with that experience, it is a lot easier to play them. Some bench players have turned from bench to starters and they fit right in quickly. They have played a lot of minutes.”

Rocky Mountain outscored the Buffs in the first half, 18-11, and in the third quarter, 16-10, to take the important conference win Friday. Looking to find positives in the loss, Coach Wrage said the team took an unprecedented 58 shots from the field; unfortunately they connected on just 12.

“W got lots of shots, shots where we wanted them, lots of opportunities. The problem was we missed them – in the lane, on the wing, bank shots. It was frustrating for the girls and it was frustrating to watch.”

Wrage admitted “it is pretty hard to stay positive when you are playing good defense, making it tough for the opponent, getting a lot of shots, and getting rebounds (and still lose)…the best thing is we bounced back and played well Saturday.”

Greybull hosts Tongue River Friday in at 5:30. Wrage said “we are going to prepare this week to play next week (in the Class 2A West Regional pigtail game versus Riverside). We’ll use what we need and get ready for Monday’s game.”

Fans are reminded that the pigtail game is considered part of the regional and there will be an admission charge.

Friday is senior night. Honored will be Alex Powers (out for the season with an injured knee), Kirbi Anderson, Jessica Hunt, Lindsay Kern and Soila Hernandez.

Greybull 6    5  5  10 – 26

Rocky Mt. 8  10  8  16 – 42

GREYBULL —  Michaela Denniston 4, Jessica Hunt 6, Ceirra Carlson 5, Kirbi Anderson 5, Brett Stephens 4, McKenna Powers 2. Totals 12-58 2-12 26.

REBOUNDS – Greybull 32 (Denniston 9, Carlson 8).  ASSISTS – Greybull 7.  STEALS – Greybull 6 (Hunt 3).  TURNOVERS – Greybull 15.

Greybull   5  10  13  13 – 41

Big Horn 12  14  11  14 – 51

GREYBULL – Anderson 18, Denniston 7, Carlson 8, Powers 2, Jordan Kraft 2, Lindsay Kern 2, Jessica Hunt 2. Totals 14-36 13-31 41.

REBOUNDS – Greybull 23 (Anderson 7).  ASSISTS – Greybull 9 (Hunt 3).  STEALS – Greybull 12 (Hunt 4).  TURNOVERS – Greybull 21.

Buffs looking like a No. 3 seed

by nathan oster

In a near carbon-copy from their first meeting, Greybull and Rocky Mountain once again went down to the wire Friday night in Cowley.  And once again, it was the Grizzlies who came out on top.

This time, the final was 51-49.

Back on Jan. 19 at Buff Gym, it was 54-50.

“They were the better team, for the second time,” said Coach Jim Prather. With it being the Buffs final conference game and the two teams jockeying for the No. 2 seed in the conference race, Prather had made the Grizzlies the focal point of practice last week.

But Rocky Mountain came out blazing, hitting three straight triples to build a quick 9-0 lead.

The Buffs battled back, but were hurt by a pair of buzzer-beating shots in the first half.  The first, a running, one-handed 25-footer by Bryce Ward, stretched the Rocky lead to 16-0.

A basket by Cannon Simmons just before the halftime buzzer provided another jolt of momentum for the Grizzlies, who went in at the half leading 26-24.

In spite of all that, the Buffs would not go away.  At one point in the fourth quarter, Greybull led by five.  With two minutes to go, the game was tied.  But just like at Buff Gym, it was the Grizzlies who made the big plays down the stretch.

“We don’t match up well with them,” said Prather. “Their strength is quickness on the perimeter.  They start four kids who are quick, shifty-type players, and we just have a hard time matching up with them.

“On top of that, they have a very efficient game plan offensively that involves running the clock, and for them, looking for high percentage shots like lay-ins and wide-open threes.”

Of his team’s early 9-0 deficit and the two momentum-killing, first-half buzzer beaters, Prather said simply, “You can’t overcome plays like that on the road if you aren’t at your best.

“It was disappointing in the sense that despite giving up the three threes early, and despite the two buzzer beaters, we were still able to get a five-point lead in the fourth quarter and we still had our opportunities in the last minute with free throws and possessions that we could have gotten out of there with the win. But we missed the free throws and had a couple of turnovers.

“We have to play our best ball for the duration of the game to win on the road, and that’s especially true come playoff time.”

Statistically it wasn’t a bad game for the Buffs. They had just 14 turnovers and shot a respectable 42 percent from the field.  But they didn’t capitalize on their trips to the charity stripe, sinking just 5 of 13, or 38 percent. Rocky didn’t help itself from the line either, as the Grizzlies hit 9 of 29, or 31 percent.

Kason Clutter paced the Buffs with 13, followed by Hayden Goton with eight.

With the loss, the Buffs relinquished the grip on the No. 2 seed in the conference.  Heading into the final weekend, Greybull has three conference losses.  Rocky has two and plays conference top dog Lovell, but even if they lose, the Grizzlies will own the tiebreaker over the Buffs based on head-to-head meetings.

Does it matter come regional time, being a 2 or a 3?

“I don’t think so,” said Prather. “You are going to have to win two games to advance. Ultimately we are going to have to beat two pretty good basketball teams. It doesn’t matter where you are seeded. In fact, it could be a bright spot.  Historically, three seeds have done pretty well in that tournament. Every year, a three seed makes it through. Maybe this year it’ll be us.”

Prather admitted being concerned about how his team would play Saturday against Big Horn, especially given the toughness of the loss just hours earlier in Cowley.  But to their credit, the Buffs “dispelled that by playing aggressively from the get go,” Prather said.

Facing a team that had been playing well, and which one night earlier had beaten Tongue River, the Buffs built a 17-10 lead after one, and led at every quarter stop en route to the 61-54 victory.

Greybull’s two big men had big games, with both Hayden Goton and Neil Getzfreid netting 14 points in the win.

“It was a point of emphasis all week to get the ball to certain spots,” Prather said. “In that game, Hayden and Neil had big games.  They finished, and when they didn’t, they were able to draw fouls.”

On a positive note, the Buffs were back at full strength, welcoming Quinton Haley back into the rotation.  Wyatt Good, who also missed time recently, also contributed quality minutes in both games for the Buffs.


This week

The Buffs will close out the regular season by hosting Tongue River on Friday. Tip times are 4 p.m. for the junior varsity, 5:30 p.m. for the varsity.  It will be Senior Night, as the Buffs salute the following players who will be playing for the final time on their  home floor:  Austin Frazier, Edward DeCabooter, Travis Sylvester, Neil Getzfreid, Hayden Goton and Brady Shoemaker.

To beat Tongue River, the Buffs will need to contain Stephen Yellowtail. They didn’t in the first meeting, a 72-64 win for the Eagles. “If we can do that,” Prather said, “We will give ourselves a good opportunity to win.”


Greybull 10 14 11 14 — 49

Rocky Mt. 16 10 10 15 — 51

GREYBULL — Payton Gonzalez 0 1-2 1, Austin Frazier 3 0-0 6, Wyatt Good 2 2-3 6, Kason Clutter 6 1-3 13, Quinton Haley 1 0-0 2, Travis Sylvester 2 0-2 4, Neil Getzfreid 3 1-2 7, Hayden Goton 4 0-0 8, Brady Shoemaker 1 0-0 2.  Totals 22-53 5-13 49.

ROCKY MT — M. Bernhisel 2 5-6 10, S. Wocicki 4 0-2 8, J. Jewell 2 1-5 5, K. Winland 1 0-7 2, D. Romero 4 2-6 14, C. Simmons 2 0-0 4, B. Ward 3 1-3 8.  Totals 18 9-29 51.

3-POINT GOALS — Romero 4, Ward, Bernhisel.  REBOUNDS — Greybull 31 (Getzfreid 8).  STEALS — Greybull 13 (Clutter 3).  ASSISTS — Greybull 12 (Clutter 5).  TURNOVERS —Greybull 14.


Big Horn 10 14 13 17 — 54

Greybull 17 14 12 21 — 64

BIG HORN — Williams 3 2-2 8, Wigglesworth 9 0-0 19, McCafferty 6 0-2 13, Chapman 0 2-2 2, Mort 1 0-1 2, Ibach 1 0-0 2, Newman 2 0-0 4, Eisele 2 0-0 4.  Totals 24 4-7 54.

GREYBULL — Frazier 4 4-5 12, Edward DeCabooter 1 0-0 2, Good 1 0-0 2, Clutter 2 2-2 7, Haley 2 2-3 6, Sylvester 1 3-5 5, Getzfreid 5 4-4 14, Goton 6 2-6 14, Shoemaker 1 0-0 2.  Totals 23 17-25 64.

3-POINT GOALS — Wigglesworth, McCafferty;  Clutter.  REBOUNDS — REBOUNDS —Greybull 34 (Frazier, Goton 7) .  STEALS — Greybull 9.  ASSISTS — Greybull 17 (Sylvester 6).  TURNOVERS — Greybull 19.





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