Daily Archives: July 3, 2012

Conga riders come to Shell

by nathan oster

Shell will once again be the rendezvous point for a group of pink-clad motorcycle riders who share a common desire to raise money for breast cancer research.

Conga V riders from around the U.S. and Canada will be in the area toward the end of next week, fundraisers planned in Greybull on Friday, July 13 and in Shell on Saturday, July 14.

The Silver Spur, which is hosting activities on Friday, July 13, is planning a Hawaiian luau with a pig roast as well as a poker run and music/karaoke.

The spotlight shifts to the Antler Inn in Shell on Saturday, July 14, where Caveman Kitchen BBQ will be selling food and there will be DJ karaoke, an auction and the annual head shavings for charity.

Al Martin, owner of the Antler Inn, said he is excited about the festivities and “it’ll be an all-day long thing on Saturday” and the public is invited to come out and join in the fun. “We could still use more donations,” he said.

The organizer of the Conga ride is a woman named Flo.

She founded the WWR Conga for a Cause, and through her website, gowitheflo.org, is coordinating the fundraiser ride, which in her case begins in Canada and passes through the states of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Bicycle riders will also be getting in the act, as the Peaks to Conga ride from Cody to Shell is once again in the works.  For more information, contact Todd Stoelk

County, USFS, BLM and State Parks issue fire bans

Big Horn County issued a partial fire ban last Thursday until further notice, the Forest Service issued one Sunday and on Monday the State Parks expanded their ban to include Boysen and the BLM issued fire restrictions just before the Fourth of July.

County Fire Warden Brent Godfrey said the commissioners agreed to the partial ban and Chairman Jerry Ewen signed a resolution outlining the restrictions last week.

The fire ban is authorized through state statute when, according to the resolution, ” fire danger in the county is extreme because of drought, the presence of any excessive amount of flammable material or for any other sufficient reason.”

The partial ban is for all state and private land within Big Horn County.

Under the ban, discharge of fireworks and all outdoor fires are prohibited in unimproved areas, defined as cropland, agricultural land, and undeveloped land which predominately remains in its natural forested or range condition.

Exceptions to the ban are:

*Trash or refuse burned between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. inside containers equipped with spark arresters and are located within a cleared area that has at least 10-foot radius, and comply with all other laws and requirements.

*Camp fires contained with an established fire ring at an established campground provided the fire is in compliance with BLM, Forest Service, and National Park Service regulations in effect at the time.

*Charcoal fires within enclosed grills.

*Use of acetylene cutting torches or electric arc welder provided the torches or welders are used within cleared area with at least a 10-foot radius.

*Propane or open fire branding activities provided the branding activities are conducted within a cleared area with at least a 10- foot radius.

*Use of chain saw provided the chain saw has spark arresters properly installed and functioning.

*Federal, state or local fire or law enforcement officers participating in fire, emergency, and law enforcement activities.

*Fireworks discharged only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. through July 3, and from 8 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. July 4. Fireworks, as always, are prohibited on county land, state land and other public lands.

Violation of the fire ban could result in a fine of up to $100 and/or imprisonment of up to 30 days in jail.

Forest restrictions

Stage I fire restrictions went into effect on the Bighorn National Forest at midnight Sunday, July 1.

Low snowpack and an unseasonably warm and dry spring have prompted the restrictions. “The three main reasons I decided to put the order in place are the dry fuel conditions, the excessive number of unattended camp fires on the forest, and the depleted fire fighter resources,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Bass.

The following prohibitions are in effect until further notice.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal broiler, grill, or barbecue, or a coal or wood stove without a permit, except within agency approved fire grates at Forest Service designated developed campgrounds, picnic grounds, or in an area posted by a Forest Officer allowing fires.  Liquefied and bottle gas stoves, lanterns, or heating devices, or a fully enclosed (sheepherder or large tent-type) stove with a ¼ inch spark arrester type screen may be used, provided such devices meet the fire underwriters specifications for safety

Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.

Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame or arc; except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material at least 10 feet on all sides from the equipment, and with an 8 ounce chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.

Violation of these regulations is punishable as a class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months, or both.  Anyone negligently or willfully starting a wildland fire could also be held responsible for the costs of that fire.

As people plan Fourth of July celebrations, the Forest Service reminds everyone that fireworks are illegal on federal lands. Anyone discharging fireworks can be fined up to $5,000 and spend up to six months in jail.

For more information, contact Bighorn National Forest offices in Sheridan, Lovell, or Buffalo, or visit the Bighorn’s website at www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/.

State parks

Visitors to Wyoming state parks and historic sites are urged to keep vehicles on roads and designated parking areas and away from tall grassy areas.

Also, on Monday, Boysen State Park began operating under a complete open fire ban with only charcoal grills with a lid and propane grills allowed throughout the park.

Exhaust pipes and other engine parts on the undercarriage of vehicles can get extremely hot and can easily start a fire in areas with tall grass.

During the past week, a hot exhaust pipe and dry, tall grass combined to start a small grass fire just east of Keyhole State Park.

Also, again as a reminder, use and possession of fireworks in all state parks and historic sites is illegal.  The fireworks display previously scheduled for Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis has been cancelled.

A list of sites and description of open fire bans follows:

Boysen, Glendo, Guernsey, Hawk Springs, Curt Gowdy, Medicine Lodge, Hot Springs, Seminoe and Sinks Canyon State Parks– open fire ban. All campfires are prohibited. Charcoal grills with a lid and propane grills are allowed

Bear River and Keyhole State Park– open fire ban. All campfires and charcoal grills are prohibited. Propane grills are allowed

For more information about Wyoming’s State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, please call 307-777-6323.

BLM Cody, Lander and Worland Issue Fire Restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wind River/Bighorn Basin District (WR/BBD) issued fire restrictions for all public lands administered by the Cody, Lander and Worland field offices, effective July 3.

The restrictions on public lands follow restrictions previously implemented by Big Horn, Carbon, Hot Springs, Natrona and Washakie counties. In addition, fire restrictions went into effect on July 1 for the Shoshone National Forest and on July 2 for the Bighorn National Forest.

“These fire restrictions are a result of our continued coordinated relationships with wildfire managers throughout the Bighorn and Wind River basins,” said WR/BBD Fire Management Officer Chuck Russell.

The only exemption is the temporary, local exception to the fireworks ban on public lands at a gravel pit northwest of Worland from July 3-July 5 to celebrate Independence Day.

The prohibition includes the same restrictions as the Forest Service and includes the regular year-round wildfire prevention restrictions on BLM-administered lands throughout Wyoming, which include:

Discharging or using any fireworks.

Discharging of a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition.

Burning, igniting or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive material.

Operating any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1 (c).

Violation of this Fire Prevention Order is punishable by a fine of not more than $100,000, or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both. Restitution for total suppression and damage costs incurred will be borne by the violator.

To learn more about fire restrictions and other fire information, visit www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Fire.html.

Good wins second straight cutting title

by nathan oster

Lacee Good did it again.

The Shell teenager and 2012 Greybull High School graduate won her second girls cutting state title in as many years at the Wyoming High School Rodeo Association’s State Finals held June 20-24 in Douglas.

And she did it aboard Hemi, the very same horse given to her by the late Kim Asay of Powell and which she rode to the state title — and within a couple of points of qualifying for nationals — during the summer of 2011.

This year, however, Good is advancing to nationals, a.k.a. the High School National Finals Rodeo, which will be held July 15-21 in Rock Springs.

While last year’s triumph was more of a come-from-behind story, Good entered this year’s state finals with a target on her back.  She was sitting in first place going in — and she backed it up with an impressive performance in Douglas.

The state competition consisted of three rounds.  Good placed second in the first round, won the second round and came back with another second in the third round.  When the dust settled, she was the high-point girl, topping the nine other girls who competed for the crown.

So what’s the secret to her success?

Good said she rides her horse every day.

“It was just luck, too,” she said. “I wasn’t planning on going in there to win the competition, necessarily. I was mostly just thinking that I would be happy if I just stayed in the lead (in the points race) and won the saddle (which goes to the high-point winner) … but then I ended up winning state, too, so that was nice.”

It was Lacee’s third trip to the state finals.

She’ll make her first appearance at nationals this year and believes she has “a good chance.”

And the reason for that is her horse.

“I have had a lot of good cutters around the state who have helped me out say I have a horse that can compete with the Texas girls’ horses — and you usually don’t see a whole lot of Wyoming girls who are able to do that,” Good said. “I think I have a good chance — especially with Kim and her spirit on my shoulder rooting me on.”

As she did last year, Good credited the late horse trainer, who died last year, with setting her on the course to success.  The relationship between horse and rider is the key, she said.

“I believe I’m better now than I was a year ago,” she said. “I’ve spent a lot more time with my horse. I understand her better and she understands me better.  Paired up, we make a good team.”

Good plans to follow her dream this winter when she moves to Texas. Her cutting horses will accompany her on her journey. “They have enormous cuttings (in Texas),” she said. “I’m going to go down there and try to better myself in rodeo and cutting.”

Her ultimate goal?  “I want to make it to the world finals in cutting,” she said.

Lacee is the daughter of Pablo and DaNae Good.

Geckos win trophy in Rawlins

by nathan oster

“We made memories that are life long.”

So began Joe Forcella, talking about his Babe Ruth team’s weekend trip to Rawlins, where it won two of four games to lay claim to the third-place trophy.  With a 21-5 drubbing of Cowley factored in, the team’s record stands at 11-5.

The Geckos “stunned” Rangley, Colo., 15-0, in its opener Saturday.

Justin Bacus hurled a gem, limiting Rangley to just four hits while fanning five in five innings of work.  “Justin pitched a perfect game, in my opinion,” Forcella said, “because he trusted his teammates to come up with big plays (behind him).

“Our defense was unbelievable.”

Greybull broke the game open with a seven-run second inning before adding three more in the third and four in the fifth.  For the game, the Geckos finished with 16 hits. Fabian Davila and Dawson Forcella (two doubles) each had three hits to lead the way.

Calder Forcella (triple), Zack Zeller and Cade Dooley each contributed two hits to the cause.

The Geckos faced Rawlins in their second game of the tournament and had the hosts on the ropes, leading 7-1 going into the bottom of the fourth, before a seven-run flurry sealed their fate.  Rawlins got to one of Greybull’s top pitcher, Calder Forcella.  The final was 8-7 — and no one felt worse about it than the manager.

“I’ll take the credit for the loss,” Forcella said. “I felt we needed a change on the mound, but the defense was playing so well I thought we could play through it.”

Forcella called it “a great baseball game,” noting that his team hit the ball well and played great defense. “Our younger players grew and our leaders became stronger; they lifted each other up when they needed it,” he said. “I was really proud of Cade Dooley, Dawson Forcella, and Riley Hill for being 13 and playing like a 15 year olds.  Dooley made some unbelievable catches, while Hill found his bat.  Dawson did an outstanding job catching.”

Osborne had three hits, scored twice and knocked in a run.  Hill had two hits and two runs batted in.  Calder Forcella also had three hits for Greybull.

Forcella went the distance on the mound, giving up 11 hits but walking only one in five innings.

The Geckos got back on the winning track in their next game, beating Craig, Colo., 12-8 to advance to the semifinal round.  Forcella said difference was his team’s ability to maintain its composure — noting that a big swing in momentum occurred when Craig’s coach was thrown out of the game.

Osborne, who gave up two hits and four runs in three innings of work, picked up the win, while Zeller earned the save for twirling three strong innings of his own, in which he surrendered four hits and four runs.

Zeller had two hits and three RBIs, Calder Forcella had three hits and two RBIs and Osborne had three hits and one RBI.

“We finally realized we have a good team and can play with anyone,” Forcella said. “I was really proud of Jake Gifford for stepping his game up on baserunning.  He pinch-ran several times and scored 90 percent of the time. He was into the game.”

The win sent Greybull into the semifinals and a date with Cody, which “typically blows teams out,” Forcella said. “But we stayed right with them.” By the end of the game, Cody had earned a 7-4 win — but the Greybull team had earned the respect of their rivals from Park County.

Cody did all of its damage against Zeller, plating seven runs in the first two innings.

Forcella slammed the door after that, working four scoreless innings in which Cody mustered just two hits and giving the Greybull offense time to recover.  That, it did, pushing across one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth to close to within 7-4.

“We plugged along but playing back-to-back games took its toll on us,” Forcella said. “Calder and Dawson as a tandem pitching and catching really shook up their batting.  When they did get a big hit, our defense was right there.  Again Dooley, Osborn, and Fabian Davila didn’t drop a ball that was catchable.  We fought hard and didn’t give up, and Cody knows that they can’t overlook us like they have in the past.”

Davila, Zeller and Dawson Forcella had Greybull’s only hits in the game.

With the third-place trophy came some extra recognition for one Gecko.  Dawson Forcella, who caught all four games, was named the most valuable defensive player of the tournament by the umpires. “He earned it,” said his father. “There were times he beat the runner to first coming out of the catcher’s stance for a backup.

“But I will be the first to tell you that our entire team played like champions.”

Cowley win

Before heading to Rawlins, the Geckos turned the lights out on the Cowley A’s, trouncing their rivals from the north 21-5 Thursday night in their home finale.  A 12-run third inning sent the Geckos to the win.

Zeller was the starter and winner on the mound and nine different Geckos recorded hits in the game, with Fabian Davila leading the way with four and Zeller three.

This week

The Geckos will face Cowley at 6 p.m. today (Thursday, July 5) in Cowley.

Warren Brinkerhoff

Feb. 8, 1973 – June 29, 2012

Funeral services for Warren Brinkerhoff of Gillette will be today (Thursday, July 5) at 10 a.m. at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Chapel in Gillette with Ray Mapel of The Christian Motorcycle Association officiating.   Warren, 39, died June 29 while doing what he enjoyed — riding his motorcycle in the Big Horn Mountains.

Interment with military honors provided by American Legion Post #42 will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery.  Harley Davidson attire is welcomed at the Celebration Of His Life.

Warren was born Feb. 8, 1973, in Greybull to Linda Kay Ingersoll and Herbert Warren Brinkerhoff.  Warren grew up and attended school in Greybull but graduated from Riverside High School in Basin.  Warren served in the Wyoming Army National Guard for 14 years.

Warren married the love of his life, Kari Ann Allen, on June 8, 1991 in Basin.  Together Warren and Kari raised two children, Brittani and Hagen.  He worked in Worland until 2000 when he moved to Gillette.  He was employed by Anadarko Petroleum, a job he loved and for which he was grateful.

Warren loved his family, hunting, and riding his Harley.  He has that one thing everyone wants: He squeezed every inch out of life EVERYDAY.  He had that rebel side to him that everyone admired but never could seem to find.

Warren is survived by his loving wife of 21 years Kari; son, Hagen Brinkerhoff; daughter, Brittani (Garth Phelps) Brinkerhoff of Gillette; mother, Kay (Bob) Deaver, and son Camron, of Gillette; five brothers and sisters, Hope Brinkerhoff of Gillette, Guy (Shannon) Brinkerhoff of Worland; Danny Brinkerhoff and  Autumn Brinkerhoff of Worland; Phillip (Stormy) Brinkerhoff of Gillette; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws all of whom he loved dearly.

Warren is preceded in death by his father Herb and his grandparents.

A memorial fund has been established in Warren’s name at the First National Bank of Gillette.  Memorials and Condolences may be sent in his name in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Art Court, Gillette, WY 82716.  Condolences may also be sent via the website at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com.

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