Daily Archives: August 3, 2012

Filing for special districts begins Wednesday

by nathan oster
Candidates can begin filing Wednesday, Aug. 8 for a number of special district seats that will be up for grabs in the November general election.
The filing period closes Monday, Aug. 27.
A proclamation from the office of Big Horn County Clerk Dori Noyes provides an overview of what seats are open on each of the respective boards.
School board candidates can file for election at the courthouse; for the rest of the seats, candidates can file with the secretary of each of the respective districts.

School Board
Three seats on the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of education are set to expire this year, including those currently held by Steve Hoblit, Dale Nuttall and Selena Brown (who was appointed to complete the term of Darcie Wisehart).
The top three vote-getters in the November general election will join holdovers Dave Haller, Mike Meredith, Jamie Flitner and Jean Petty, whose terms expire in 2014.

Hospital Board
For South Big Horn County Hospital Board, three seats are up this year. Bill Burbridge, Diana Elliott and Jack Preston are the current occupiers of those seats.
Each carries a four year term.
The top three vote-getters will join Sue Antley and Dalin Winters, whose terms expire in 2014.

Conservation district
The terms that are up this year on the South Big Horn Conservation District are currently held by Linda Hamilton, who is serving as chairman of the board, and Walter Hibbert, who is the vice chairman. The winners of the seats will join George Kelso, Nancy Joyce and Ted Zier to round out the five-person board.

Senior Center
All five seats are expiring on the South Senior Citizen Service District, which oversees the South Big Horn Senior Center in Greybull.
The board currently consists of Norma Bennett, Stanley Graham, Shirley Dahlberg, Linda Moser and Joe Sylvester.
Each new term will be for two years.

Cemetery Districts
Voters will be asked to fill seats on the board of directors of several cemetery districts, including those in Emblem and Greybull.
There will be three openings on the Emblem cemetery board, each carrying a four-year term. Those seats are currently held by Karen Preis, Julie Werbelow and Sue Coguill.
The South Central Special Cemetery District, which oversees the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull, has three seats coming up for re-election this year. Those seats are now held by Bob Hawkins, Kelli Hoblit and Michelle Burns.

HATS IV another success

by marlys good
The Herb Asp Community Center was filled to capacity Saturday for the Hands Across the Saddle (HATS) charity fundraiser. For the fourth year in a row, people from in and around the community, in and around the state and as far away as Texas enjoyed a fun-filled evening.
The event raised over $100,000, all of which will be used to benefit people in need of a helping hand.
Guest entertainers Riders in the Sky had toes tapping and got standing ovations, and Wilford Brimley joined his friends on stage for two numbers to the delight of the audience.
One member of the musical group was very impressed with the both the HATS cause and the response from the community, commenting on the “great cause” and the “great people.”
High Water, a band from Billings, provided musical entertainment before the dinner, and for the dancing that concluded the evening.
The raffle proved to be a popular addition to the event as did the 12 custom-made, limited-edition HATS hats — five sold in the silent auction, six in the live auction, and one was offered as the final prize in the raffle.
Ed Craft proved to be the last man standing in the Heads or Tails game.
Everything having to do with HATS is donated — from the planning of the event, to the food, its preparation and serving, items in the silent and live auctions, the entertainment, the set up and clean up at the Herb Asp Community Center, the auctioneering, spotting, and bookkeeping and the dozens of miscellaneous jobs that crop up.
Wilford Brimley summed up the feelings of the HATS committee when, at the conclusion of the evening, he said those attending should “give yourselves a hand. You deserve it.”

Erma J. Chapman Schmidt

Oct. 30, 1919 – March 31, 2012
A memorial service for longtime Greybull resident Erma Schmidt, who died March 31 in Pueblo, Colo., will be held Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Greybull. Erma’s obituary was printed in the April 5 issue of the Greybull Standard.
A luncheon will follow the service.
Private burial of cremains at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery will be held at a later date.

‘Farmer’ John Laws

April 28, 1951 – July 23, 2012
Funeral services for “Farmer” John Laws will be held Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Cody. “Farmer,” 61, died July 23 at his home in Greybull.
He was born April 28, 1951 in Seaham, County Durham, England, the son of William and Jane Laws. He came to the United States approximately 30 year ago.
Farmer worked at General Chemical in Green River until his retirement. Five years ago he moved to Greybull, where he owned the Branding Iron bar.
His interests included fixing things, gardening and farming. He loved being outdoors.
His parents and his first wife, Gail Gamble, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife Gloria Jean Laws of Greybull; his siblings, Bill and Dorothy Laws, Arthur and Julia Laws, Frank and Jenny Bower and Tom and Sarah Laws, all living in England and Anthony and Janette Meese and Gwen and Don Miller of Green River, and a nephew, William Meese.

Cynthia Diane Davis Christensen

Jan. 1, 1956 – July 22, 2012
Memorial services for Cynthia Diane Davis Christensen were held July 28 at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull. Cindy, 56, died July 22 at her home in Belgrade, Mont.
She was born Jan. 1, 1956, in Basin, the daughter of G.W. “Bill” and Shirley Unterzuber Davis. She received her schooling in Basin and graduated from Basin High School in 1974. While living in the Big Horn Basin, Cindy worked as a lifeguard, for Wheeler’s Market, Big B, Children’s Cottage in Thermopolis and the Lander Training School.
Cindy married Ronald Christensen May 28, 1977, and they moved to Plentywood, Mont. Cindy had many friends in Plentywood and worked at the Sheridan County courthouse. The Christensens later moved to the Bozeman/Belgrade area where Cindy worked at many jobs until forced to retire due to ill health.
Despite personal challenges, Cindy was always concerned for others. She believed that there were no strangers, only friends she hadn’t met. She was known by her family and friends for never missing sending a card or making a phone call on special occasions or holidays.
She was not afraid to die; she knew where she was going.
Her father G.W. “Bill” Davis on Feb. 24, 2011, her son Scott on April 8, 1992, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chester and Annie Christensen, and her grandparents preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Ron, and son Michael, both of Belgrade; daughter-in-law Kelly of Glendive, Mont.; daughter and son-in-law, Shari and Steve Droll in Minnesota; her mother Shirley Davis of Basin; sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Ron Robbins of Douglas; brothers and sisters-in-law, Terry and Suzy Davis, Jerry and Pauline Davis and Tom and Sherry Davis, all of Boise, Idaho, and five grandchildren.

Lavonne Jones Allen

April 30, 1940 – July 24, 2012
Funeral services for Lavonne Jones Allen were held July 30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between Basin and Greybull. Lavonne, 72, died July 24 in Basin.
Lavonne was born April 30, 1940, in Lovell, the daughter of Rulon Dalley and Mildred Sanders Jones. She grew up in the Big Horn Basin and attended school in Burlington and Greybull.
She married Alfred Leslie Allen Aug. 22, 1969, in Evanston. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Lavonne enjoyed camping and doing genealogy. Her family meant the world to her and she loved spending time with them.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rulon and Mildred Jones, her husband Alfred Leslie Allen on Sept. 18, 1990, three brothers, one sister, one son and a grandson.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Brad Allen of Lyman and Troy and Keisha Allen of Rapid City, S.D.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Rob and Joan Allen Cooper of California City, Calif., Floyd and Cindy Allen Wixom of Hayden, Colo., and Mike and Timi Allen Fronaphel of Lingle; three sisters, Irene Johnson of Richmond, Utah, Ruth Ledford of Greybull and Joy Shaw of Denver, 24 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Burial was in the Otto Cemetery.

Martha Mercer

Jan. 8, 1918 – July 28, 2012
Funeral services for Martha Mercer will be held Friday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at Atwood Family Chapel in Basin. Martha, 94, died July 28 at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Worland.
She was born Jan. 8, 1918, at the Ziesman ranch south of Hyattville, the daughter of Reynold and Martha Kosanke Ziesman. She attended school in Hyattville and Worland and graduated from Worland High School in 1937.
She married Chester Mercer Jan. 1, 1938, and made her home on the Mercer family ranch near Hyattville where she dedicated her life to family and the ranching business. She lived at the ranch until June 2012.
Her mother died when Martha was 11 years old and she became the family caretaker, a role she continued to hold for the rest of her life.
She enjoyed the outdoors, going fishing with Chet and her family, sewing, carpentry, crafts and gardening.
Her husband, Chester Mercer, in 2008; five sisters, Esther Rea, Agnes Allen, Alice Bunnell, Rouene Hanlon and Gretchen Ziesman, and three brothers, Paul, Fred and Reynold Ziesman, preceded her in death.
She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Carolyn Kelsey of Loganville, Wis., and Brad and Shirley Brown of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Ziesman of Lewistown, Mont., one grandson and a great-granddaughter.
Memorial donations to benefit the Hyattville Community Center can be sent to Security State Bank, Box 531, Basin, WY 82410, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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