Daily Archives: August 29, 2012

Turnout for primary set at 59 percent

by nathan oster

The Big Horn County Clerk’s office has yet to finish processing new voter registrations, but preliminary data suggests that the turnout for the Aug. 21 primary election lagged far behind the turnout for the primary of 2010.

Back then, with several spirited races at the state and county level appearing on the ballot, 72 percent of the county’s registered voters on the day of the election went to the pools.  In terms of numbers, 4,017 votes were cast.

The 2012 primary was a midterm, of sorts, and the 59 percent turnout was a reflection of that.  The only county seat on the ballot was a spot on the Big Horn County Commission.  In addition, voters cast ballots in municipal races as well as for state and federal legislative seats.

Clerk Dori Noyes said on Monday that her office had not completed the process of entering new voter registrations, but that a canvas of the county’s precincts showed that 2,940 votes were cast.  Going into the election, there were 4,975 registered voters in Big Horn County.

According to Noyes, Republican voters cast 2,685 ballots, Democratic voters 202 and nonpartisan voters 53, for the 2,940 total.

Among precincts, Burlington had the top turnout, with 69 percent of registered voters going to the poll.  Emblem, at 68 percent, ranked second, while Byron, at 67 percent, came in third among all precincts.

Greybull, with 55 percent, and Shell, with 52 percent, had the lowest turnouts for the primary.

Statewide numbers were even more bleak, according to a release from the office of Secretary of State Max Maxfield.

“Based on unofficial results from the county clerks, voter turnout for the primary election was just under 50 percent of those who are registered to vote, and only 25 per cent of those eligible to vote,” said Peggy Nighswonger, the state election director.

According to Nighswonger, “this level of voter participation is one of the lowest in the last 30 years.”

Soldier killed in Afghanistan had local ties

by nathan oster

A 21-year-old man with strong family ties to Big Horn County was killed in action Monday, Aug. 27 while serving his country in Afghanistan. Spc. Mabry J. Anders of Baker City, Ore., was one of two soldiers whose death was announced by the Department of Defense on Tuesday night.  The other was Sgt. Christopher J. Birdwell of Windsor, Colo.

According to the Department of Defense release, the two men died in Kalagush, Afghanistan, where they were serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The release states that the two men died of injuries suffered from enemy, small arms fire. They were assigned to the 4th Special Troops Batallion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Mabry, who for a time attended school in Big Horn County, is the son of Dan and Gretchen Anders of Shell and Troy and Genevieve Woydziak of Baker City, Ore.  He is the grandson of Gary Anders of Greybull, Sue Anders of Billings, Mont., Donna Loecker of Basin and Erik and Diana Saam of Shell.

Within hours of the issuance of the Department of Defense release, a tribute to Anders was posted at FreedomRemembered.com.  According to that site, it was Anders’ first deployment. Throughout his service, Spc. Anders received numerous awards including an Army Achievement Medal, a National Defense Service medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and an Overseas Service Ribbon.

According to the site, Spc. Anders will also be awarded a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Army Good Conduct Medal.

Body and Spirit dissolves

by nathan oster

For Body and Spirit, the end came quietly and with little fanfare.

In a letter to supporters dated Friday, Aug. 24, co-founder Sandy McFadden announced that the therapeutic riding and hippotherapy program, based at her arena northeast of Greybull, had closed its doors for good on Aug. 1.

“There just were not enough volunteers and staff to continue the dedication and hard work it requires keeping a program like this going,” wrote McFadden, on behalf of not only herself but also Body and Spirit’s current instructor Deb Brown as well as board members Ray Whatley, David Caldwell, Andrea Whatley, Theresa Caldwell and Marguerite Vandyke.

The purpose of the letter, McFadden said, was not only to inform all the “wonderful” past and present volunteers and clients of the closure and a Sept. 22 auction and barbecue at her ranch that will effectively close the book on Body and Spirit, but also to thank them for their support.

What a run it was for the organization, which McFadden founded in 1999 along with Cindy Hinckley, an occupational therapist.

In the letter, McFadden thanks Hinkley for “all the hours and years she put into the program,” as well as Marsha Hill, a physical therapist, “for all of her hours and years dedicated to making our program a success.”

McFadden also wrote about the impact that the nonprofit organization made on the area.

“For 12 years, the program has helped improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of over 70 clients, and over 300 volunteers have served in the program … hence the name, ‘Body and Spirit,’” she wrote. “Over the  years, we have had over 25 horses, of various breeds, serve as the motivator for the clients.  Without the influence of the horse, this program could not have existed.”



The final chapter for Body and Spirit will be written during the Sept. 22 auction, which is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.  All equipment used in the program — saddles, halters, bridles, helmets, etc. — will be sold.

McFadden announced that 100 percent of the proceeds from the auction, as well as all of the remaining funds in the Body and Spirit accounts, would be directed to The Shack and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming.

Following the auction, there will be a barbecue.

All of the events will be held at the McFadden Ranch, which is located off Road 26 between MI Swaco and Wyo-Ben.  It was there, in that very arena, that lives were changed — and for the better, according to McFadden.

“When we founded it, our hope was that it would last forever, but to be honest, I don’t think we thought it would grow as big as it did or last as long as it did, especially in this small of a community,” she said.

Body and Spirit worked with clients from throughout the Big Horn Basin, from Powell and Cody to Thermopolis and Meeteetse.  The last session, which benefited three clients, wrapped up the week before last Thanksgiving.

“We were going to try to keep it open until this fall, but in July, we discovered that it wasn’t going to work,” McFadden said. “So I was prepared for this day.  I knew it was going to happen.  But still, when the board finally voted on it, I was still like, ‘Oh, this is really it.’ It was hard.”

McFadden said she’ll forever be grateful for the volunteers — and there were hundreds of them — and for the wonderful moments that she and others enjoyed while working with their clients.

“It was always very heartwarming to see the clients come in — whether it was in a wheelchair, walking in on their own, or in the arms of their mother or caregiver — and get this big grin on their face,” McFadden said. “It was just the smell, the noise, the snorting of the horses, the sound of the horses’ hooves on the arena floor … they just couldn’t help but smile. They’d get on their horse for 30 or 45 minutes and you could just see them come alive.  It was fantastic for them, just as it was for volunteers, who often said it was therapy for them, too.

“I just want to thank the entire community for their support of our program over the years.”

Peggy V. Trenkle

Nov. 11, 19__ – Aug. 22, 2012

Funeral services for Peggy V. Trenkle were held Aug. 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Burlington. Peggy died Aug. 22 at her home in Otto.

She was born Nov. 11, 19__ at Basin, the daughter of Archie John and Ellen Lucille Daniels Crichton. She grew up in the Burlington/Otto area, attended school in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School.

She married Donald “Don” E. Trenkle Nov. 11, 1962.

Peggy worked as a teacher’s aide in the Basin schools for five years. After her husband died she got her substitute teaching certificate and did lots of “subbing” in Burlington. She was a Postmaster Relief at Emblem, Burlington and Otto for many years.

Peggy loved the ranching life and taking care of livestock; she enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. She was always willing to lend a helping hand. The most important thing in her life was her family.

Her parents, her husband Don Trenkle on Aug. 18, 1999, her brothers, Sgt. Robert Crichton who was killed in Vietnam on July 17, 1970, and Archie John Crichton Aug. 31, 2006, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Herman and Darcey Trenkle of Casper, Frank Trenkle of Otto, and Emma and Rick Strotheide of Rushville, Neb.; one brother, Gerald “Hoot” Crichton of Shoshoni; her sister, Martha Crichton of Greybull; sisters-in-law Joanne Crichton of Greybull and Beryl Trenkle of Casper; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Burial was in Mount View Cemetery at Basin.

Memorials in Peggy’s name are being received at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the Burlington Ambulance.

Ed M. Huddleston

April 20, 1920 – Aug. 22, 2012

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ed Huddleston was held Aug. 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greybull. Ed, 92, died Aug. 22 in Helena, Mont.

He was born April 20, 1920, in McRae, Ark., the son of Virgil and Ada Mae Vickers Huddleston. He was orphaned at a young age and was raised in a foster home. Ed joined the CCC in 1939 and served a year in Wyoming. He joined the United States Navy, serving from 1940-1946. After his honorable discharge in November 1946, he returned to Greybull where he married his sweetheart Edith.

Ed was a member of the VFW, Knights of Columbus and a lifetime member of the Elks.

Ed was an avid baseball fan. He played men’s league for many years and then coached Little League for several more years. He cherished the relationships he gained through coaching Little League players, the young adults who worked for him at his Ed’s 66 Service, and the kids he drove during his 17 years driving school bus.

Ed also loved bird hunting and fishing Shell Canyon.

His parents; his wife of 50 years, Edith; one brother, four sisters, his daughter Carol and granddaughter Ange preceded him in death.

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Shirley Bishop and Bonnie and Ray Rutherford; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established at Big Horn Federal Savings and Loan, 33 N. Sixth St., Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the South Big Horn County Senior Center in Greybull

Win comes at steep price for Buffs

by nathan oster

With one notable exception, Greybull High School’s week zero game in Basin Friday night followed the script authored by first year coach Justin Bernhardt.

The Buffs got the win they were seeking against their longtime rivals, trouncing the Rebels 33-0, and they showed that they were picking up the new offensive and defensive systems brought in by Bernhardt, who coached at Rocky Mountain College.

But the win came at a high cost. The quarterback hand picked by Bernhardt to run his spread offense, strong-armed sophomore Calder Forcella, broke the thumb on his throwing hand.  Now in a cast, he might be able to play defense — but not quarterback, at least for the first four weeks of the regular season.

“It’s a big, big loss,” said Bernhardt, who also had a starting offensive lineman, Oscar Gomez, go down with a knee injury.  Unlike Forcella, however, Gomez’s injury is not believed to be serious.

Fortunately for the Buffs, they didn’t need four full quarters of Forcella to beat the Rebels.

Greybull got all the points it would need in the first quarter.

The Buffs didn’t score on their first possession, but still made a statement on the drive, marching all the way to the Riverside 1 yard line before a fumble ended the drive.  Riverside turned it back over on the next play, however.

Given a second chance, the Buffs capitalized.  A 6-yard run by Forcella capped the scoring drive.

The Buffs continued to build on their lead with a pair of Forcella touchdown passes in the second quarter.  The first covered 11 yards and went to Rob Nuttall, while the second was a bomb, as Forcella hit a streaking Fabian Davila on a scoring play that covered 73 yards.

Leading 21-0 at the half, the Buffs tacked a 1-yard Forcella run in the third and a 5-yard pass from Nuttall to Luke Zeller in the fourth, accounting for the 33-0 final.

“Considering there were just 12 days between the opening day of camp and the first game, I’d say it went pretty well,” said Bernhardt. “The kids ran the systems well, for that short of a time, and we were able to run quite a bit of stuff.

“There are still things we need to clean up — three turnovers was too many, and we had some broken routes and assignments.  But it was a good start.”

While it was a battle for bragging rights, it was, essentially, a tune-up game, and for a team trying to replace 14 seniors, it was much needed.  Bernhardt gave passing grades across the board.

Bernhardt said he was “proud of the effort” turned in by the offensive line, made up of center Paul Stewart, guards Oscar Gomez and Aiden Jenness and tackles Logan Jensen and Cache Griffin.

“They had to play in the trenches the whole game, and they’ve had to learn the zone blocking system — when to double, when to scrape, those types of things,” Bernhardt said. “They’ll get it … it’ll just take time.”

Bernhardt also credited Jesse Chestnut, who carried 20 times for 107 yards.  Like the linemen, he’s adjusting to the zone system, as well. “He just runs so hard; he’s a load for defenses,” said the coach.

On the other side of the ball, Riverside threatened to score on several occasions, but each time, the Buffs kept them out of the end zone.  Jordan Nielson, with 25 defensive points, and Bryce Wright, with 20, were the top playmakers on defense.  Each plays the outside linebacker system in Bernhardt’s 4-3 defense.

Chestnut, with 22 points, Nuttall, with 19, and Logan Jensen and Davila, each with 10, were also credited with double figures on the defensive stat sheet.

“The whole defense played really physical,” Bernhardt said. “The kids just need to learn how to react, how to contain, and to shore some stuff up.”

For the Greybull seniors, the win capped a perfect career against their primary rivals to the south.  Four years, four wins.

“You could tell in warmups … there was a little chipping going on,” said Bernhardt of his introduction to the rivalry.  “It was friendly, nothing nasty.  You could tell the kids knew each other.  It wasn’t a week zero game in that sense.  Both teams wanted to have bragging rights.”

This week

The Buffs spent two weeks installing an offensive system  — and won’t deviate from that, even though their primary triggerman won’t be available for up to a month.  Bernhardt said Nuttall, the backup quarterback, “knows the offense as well as anyone.”

While he isn’t the passer that Forcella is, Nuttall “showed that he can run the read option pretty well,” Bernhardt said.

The Buffs will need their offense clicking this week.  Big Horn, which crushed Thermopolis in its week zero game, will be in town for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night. Bernhardt said he watched the film of that game and came away thinking the two teams match up pretty well, talent wise.

“They spread it out — not necessarily in the spread schemes that we run, but they have a quarterback who is very athletic, a tailback who runs hard and a line with decent size.  They’re a solid team.

“We’ve got to make every rep at practice this week count … I basically think it’ll come down to who wants it more.  I think our guys will work hard.  We’ll be prepared.

Greybull 6 15 6 6 – 33

Riverside 0   0 0 0 – 0

G – Calder Forcella 6-yard run.

G – Rob Nuttall 11-yard pass from Forcella (Forcella run).

G – Fabian Davila 73-yard pass from Forcella (Davila kick).

G – Forcella 1-yard run.

G – Luke Zeller 5-yard pass from Nuttall.

RUSHING – Greybull 34-173 (Jesse Chestnut 20-106, Forcella 9-58, Nuttall 2-7, Chris Ogg 2-2).

PASSING – Greybull 9-of-15 for 129 yards (Forcella 8-12 for 124 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs; Nuttall 1-3 for 5 yards and 1 TD).

RECEIVING – Zeller 5-32, Nuttall 2-11, Wyatt Nielsen 1-13, Davilla 1-73.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS – Jordan Nielson led with 25 points, followed by Jesse Chestnut with 22, Bryce Wright with 20, Rob Nuttall with 19, Logan Jensen and Davila, each with 10.


Mustard Seed Mission benefits BBBS

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming received a check for $3,500 from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Basin as part of the Mustard Seed Mission.

The check was presented to Jennifer Prentiss of BBBS by David and Teresa Caldwell on behalf of St. Andrew’s.

The Mustard Seed Mission was formally launched by the Episcopal Foundation of Wyoming Jan. 6, 2009, by the Rt. Rev. Bruce Caldwell. Its purpose was to provide grants to local parishes that were to be used to promote local outreach.

To seed the project, the foundation offered $12,000 to every parish with the stipulation that the money be used to fund mission (whatever form that took). Each parish had a year to develop its Mustard Seed Mission project before reporting on what they accomplished to the Diocese community at the Wyoming convention in October.

While each project was different and unique, there was a common thread: the $12,000 was a seed to be planted and cultivated. The idea was not a “single harvest“ but continued harvests off the planting of that first seed.

A second donation of $3,500 was also presented to the Big Horn County Group Home in Basin. Both organizations assist local youth, which is in keeping with the spirit of the Mustard Seed Mission.

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