Daily Archives: November 14, 2012

County clerk reports big jump in voter registrations

by nathan oster

The general election may be over, but plenty of work remains for Big Horn County Clerk Lori Smallwood and the employees in her office, who this week are keying in the registrations of new voters who went to the polls on Nov. 6.

“We have a stack about 18 to 24 inches tall of registrations,” said Smallwood, whose office has until early December to get them all entered into the system.   Until they are, it’ll be difficult if not impossible to provide an accurate representation of voter turnout.

Smallwood said one of the most experienced members of her staff, Annette Dillon, told her that she could not remember a year with more new voter registration. “In the north end, we had a lot of older people, folks who had never before registered to vote, who registered — either here or in town halls.

“And very late, just before the election, we had a big rush of Democrats who registered.”

The fact that new voter registrations are not yet entered into the system is just one of the challenges that makes it difficult to get an accurate sense of voter turnout.  The other, Smallwood said, is a change that took effect approximately three general election cycles ago.

According to Smallwood, counties around the state are making a greater effort to maintain the accuracy of their registered voter county. After each general election, anyone who didn’t cast a ballot now received a card in the mail, asking them if they’d like to remain registered.  Those who don’t return the card or call the clerk’s office are purged from the county’s list, Smallwood said.

As a result of the “purging” of two years ago, Big Horn County went into this year’s general election with far fewer registered voters than were on the books four years ago.  With all the new registrations coming in, a couple of precincts saw more ballots cast than they had registered voters on Election Day.

In Big Horn County, 5,362 ballots were cast in this general election, with 4,320 being entered on Election Day, the remaining 1,042 on absentee ballots.  The number of registered voters on Election Day was 5,414, which puts the county voter turnout at 99 percent.

Greybull’s turnout came to 98 percent, with 1,089 votes cast and 1,104 registered voters.

Shell, with 293 registered voters on Election Day, cast 267 votes, for a turnout of 91 percent.

Emblem, with 65 registered voters, cast 58 ballots, for a turnout of 89 percent.

Elsewhere in south Big Horn County, Basin came in at 94 percent (769 votes, 817 registered voters); Burlington at 97 percent (277 votes, 284 registered voters); Otto at 96 percent (117 votes, 122 registered voters); Hyattville 98 percent (87 votes, 88 registered voters), and Manderson 97 percent (170 votes, 175 registered voters).

All of the anomalies occurred in North Big Horn County.  In four of the five precincts, there were more votes cast on Election Day than there were registered voters on the books.  In Cowley, 457 votes were cast, but there were just 424 registered voters when the day began.  In Lovell, 1,531 votes were cast, compared to a voter count of 1,480.  In Deaver, 104 votes were cast, but just 102 were on the books when the day began.  And in Frannie, there were 96 registered voters when the day began — yet 97 votes were cast.  Only in Byron did the number of votes cast, 339, not exceed the total number of registered voters on Election Day.

The other big story coming out of this election, Smallwood said, was the number of absentee ballots that were cast, 1,042.  Neither Smallwood nor Dillon could remember a year in which more than 1,000 absentee ballots were cast.  In fact, Dillon said the high, prior to this year, was around 900.

Smallwood had no explanation for the increase. “My guess is, a lot of people knew they wanted to vote but didn’t know if they wanted to go to the polls and do it,” she said. “It’s easier to call and get an absentee ballot.  Plus I think they see people in other states voting early — and want to do it too.

Statewide, more than 240,000 Wyoming residents cast ballots in this year’s general election.

Rec district, school move on with pool

by nathan oster

Greybull won’t be getting a new swimming pool anytime soon.

That much was clear after last week’s general election, when voters rejected not only a bond issue to build a new aquatic center but also a sixth-cent tax proposal that would have funded its operations and maintenance for up to 20 years.

So the question now becomes, how much longer will the existing pool last?  And how much longer will the town and school district, both of which have been providing up to $30,000 annually to the pool, continue to make those commitments?

Barry Bryant, superintendent of schools, said the future “will be up to the board and the town,” but that he “sees it going as is” spelled out in a memorandum of understanding between the town, school district and recreation district, which actually runs the pool.

“With the next big catastrophe over there, it will be shut down,” said Bryant.

That could happen at any time, he said, citing a report done in June by the School Facilities Department.  The report scored the building using a rating system of 1 to 5.  Scores of 4 and 5 were given for things in “good” condition, 3s for things that need attention and 2s and 1s for things that need to be replaced.

The report rated the condition of the building in the following categories: substructure, structures and shell, interiors, services, plumbing, HVAC, fire protection, electrical, equipment and furnishings, special construction and demolition and site systems.

The pool scored a “2” in 12 of the 28 categories, including the roof structural system, exterior windows and doors, roof coverings, interior doors and interior specialties, floors, ceilings, sanitary waste, HVAC controls, electrical service and distribution and aquatic facilities.

Bryant summed it up by noting that the building is simply showing its age.

The pool was built in 1971, and the life expectancy at the time was 30 years, meaning, “It’s already 10 years past its useful life,” Bryant said.

The Greybull Recreation District manages the pool, and through the first four months of the fiscal year, Director Chris Waite said things are still going well.  “We are funded through June 30 and we haven’t gone over our projections, spent more than we did last year, or anything like that.  Functionally, there is always something here or there, but overall, it’s working out.”

Waite said the pool is ahead of last year’s pace in terms of revenue generated, citing the success of programs like AquaZumba as well as the water workouts, which “continue to have pretty consistent attendance.” Waite said more lap swimmers are using the pool than at this time one year ago, but that open swim attendance remains flat.

Bryant said Waite and his team have done “an excellent job” managing the pool.  “The problem is, they are working with a nearly 42-year-old pool,” he said.

When the pool fails, it’ll trigger another conversation.  The School Facilities Commission has allocated $141,000 for the demolition of the pool.  With the pool operational at this time, that project is on hold for the moment, Bryant said.

Glenn Mowell

June 17, 1932 – Oct. 22, 2012

Glenn Mowell, 80, of Lafayette, La., died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Lafayette General Hospital, after a yearlong fight against multiple myeloma.

He was a man of few words, profoundly intelligent, a loving husband, father and grandfather and a good friend to a lucky few. He made his mark on the world with his hard work, his wisdom and quiet presence.

Glenn was born on June 17, 1932, in Greybull, Wyo., the son of Rex Mowell and Rose Peterson Mowell. He proudly joined the United States Marine Corps in 1950, serving honorably in Korea. On his return he began his lifelong career in the oil field, which led him to Bolivia where he met and married his beloved wife, Flora Alinda Chiarella Mowell. Together with their children they lived all over the world, but he always called Wyoming home.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Mowell; daughters Carla Mowell and Cindy Cormier; son John Mowell; and grandchildren Hannah Weir, Sofia Weir, Hunter Mowell, Ethan Mowell and Jason Cormier.

He was preceded in death by his mother Rose Mowell; brothers Dale Mowell and Vernon Mowell; sisters Nancy Mowell and Shirley Lassiter.

In accordance with his wishes, his remains will be scattered on the Big Horn Mountains.

The family is planning a memorial gathering this summer in Shell.

(Paid obituary)

Myra Leon Johnson Morris

Dec. 6, 1920 – Nov. 8, 2012

Funeral services for Myra Leon Johnson Morris will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Powell. Myra, 91, died Nov. 8 at the Powell Valley Long Term Care Center.

She was born Dec. 6, 1920, in Burlington, the fifth of 11 children born to Levi and Olive Dustin Johnson.  Her siblings were Levi Merle, Iva Jane, Erma Olive, Leonard Dewey, George Walter, Ruth Marie, Carl Elbert, Chauncey Dustin, Laura Gertrude and Bernard Russell.

She was raised and educated in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School. She graduated from beauty school in Ogden, Utah.

She married Leslie A. Morris on Dec. 15, 1940, in Burlington. Over the years the family resided in the Manderson, Worland, Shell, Greybull and Cody areas.

Five children were born to Leslie and Myra: Buerma Lee Morris Edwards Lynam, Robert Leslie Morris (Lana), Carl Dean Morris (Sheryl), Kenneth Leon Morris and Leroy Dustin Morris (Sheri). Myra had 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Burlington Cemetery.

Donna Mae Ziemke Greene

Nov. 8, 1934 – Nov. 6, 2012

Graveside services for Donna Mae Ziemke Greene were held Nov. 9 at the Whaley Cemetery in Shell. Donna, 77, died Nov. 6 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.

She was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Tracy, Minn., the daughter of Ernest Richard and Winnie Manila Olson Ziemke.

Donna married George F. Greene June 25, 1951.  She spent most of her life in Greybull where she worked at Coast to Coast, wrote the Shell News and authored a cookbook. She was employed by the State of Wyoming as a driver’s license examiner for 15 years.

Donna enjoyed baking, entertaining and the companionship of others. She will be remembered for her unconditional love.

Her parents, Ernest in 1963 and Winnie in 1980, granddaughter Tereasa in 1978, her sister Elaine Andrews and her brothers-in-law Lee Andrews and Floyd Farr, preceded Donna in death.

She is survived by her husband George F. Greene of Shell; three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Cheryl of Shell, Steve and Shirley of Billings, Mont., and James and De Anna of Cheyenne; two sisters, June Farr of Glasgow, Mont., and Dorothy Joosten of Balaton, Minn.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Iris Grace Holloway

June 5, 2012 – Nov. 7, 2012

With grieving hearts we announce the death of baby Iris Grace Holloway. She was born June 5, 2012, in Laramie, to wonderful parents, Katrin and Joseph Holloway and proud brother Wyatt William Holloway.

Her time with us was too brief; every moment with her was a moment of joy. She left us on Nov. 7, 2012, but will live on forever in our hearts.

Iris was a beautiful baby with a strong spirit and a smile that brightened our whole world. We feel so fortunate to have had her in our lives and to know she now watches from above at peace among the stars.

Iris is survived by her parents and brother of Laramie; grandparents Joe and Janice Holloway of Basin and Gerald and Annette McDonnel of Lander; great-grandparents Myron and Florene Gassman of Howard, S.D., and many aunts and uncles.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home in Riverton with the Fr. Demetrio Penascozo as celebrant with burial services following at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander. A visitation was held from 12:30 p.m. to service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Iris Grace Holloway Memorial Fund at the Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union in Lander.

To sign the online guestbook, go to www.montgomerystryker.com.

(Paid obituary)

Sixth graders enjoy perfect week

by nathan oster

Greybull Middle School teams were busy last week, with games against Cody, Worland and Rocky Mountain.

Two wins in three starts pushed the seventh graders’ overall record to 5-2.

The week began with a 35-11 loss to Cody.  According to Coach Ken Jensen, Cody’s perimeter players forced Greybull into 38 turnovers, which spelled defeat for the young Buffs.

The Buffs rebounded nicely Thursday against Worland, shooting a torrid 63 percent from the field.  Miguel Gomez and Max Mills each pumped in 18 points as Greybull rolled to the 41-28 triumph.

Jensen said the 63-percent figure was more an indicator of “the shots we took” than “our shooting abilities,” adding, “We ran the offense better than we have all season, which resulted in getting lay-ups instead of 10-foot shots.”

Greybull’s third and final game of the week went right down the wire.  The seventh graders led Rocky Mountain by as many as 12 before the young Grizzlies rallied to cut the margin to two with less than a minute to play. A Gomez layup with 30 seconds to play, however, preserved the 36-32 win for Greybull.  Jose Araiza was credited with an assist on the play.

Gomez led the scoring with 16, followed by Mills with nine, Eduardo Burgos six, Morgan Dowling three and Araiza two.


Sixth grade

The sixth graders enjoyed a perfect week, beating Cody 29-13, Worland 32-7 and Rocky Mountain 34-9.  Their overall record stands at 6-1

The win over Cody was much easier than the first go-round, which was won by Cody.  In the rematch, Greybull built a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back, eventually winning by 16.

Ralph Petty led with 10 points, followed by Braeden Tracy with nine, Brock Hill six, Gerardo Corral and Jaden Bilbrey, two apiece.

Six of the seven players who saw action against Worland scored. It was no contest from the opening tip, as GMS built a 12-0 lead after one and never let the young Warriors off the deck, eventually winning by 25.

Saturday’s game against Rocky Mountain followed the same script, as five of the six Buffs who saw action scored points.  Brock Hill led with 11, followed by Ralph Petty with nine, Tracy eight, Abraham Mendez four and Corral two.

Dean Carroll

Sept. 27, 1946 – Oct. 29, 2012

Memorial services for Dean Carroll of Cowley were held Nov. 2 at the Lovell Bible Church. Dean, 66, died Oct. 29 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dean was born Sept. 27, 1946, in Huron, S.D., the son of Grace and Henry Carroll. He grew up and received his education in DeSmet and graduated from DeSmet High School.

He joined the United States Army in 1966 and served in Germany. He was discharged in 1968. In 1978 he moved to Wyoming.

Dean was very involved in the 4-H program in Big Horn County as a leader and as superintendent of the horse show. He volunteered countless hours to help the youth of the county. He was always there to lend a helping hand and wanted all the children to be successful.

His passions included his family, 4-H, horses, being outside, and tinkering on his many projects. He lived life to the fullest; he worked to live instead of living to work. He never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Grace Carroll and his brother Philip Carroll.

He is survived by his wife, LaVonne, of Cowley; two daughters, Lisa Carroll of Powell and Kola Hein of Cowley; two sons, Michael Carroll of Huron, S.D. and Randy Hein of Deaver; two sisters, Pat Tyrrell of DeSmet and Joyce Kadlec of Pipestone, Minn.; brother, Tom Carroll of Monett, Mo.; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial fund has been established at First Bank of Wyoming in Lovell. Funds will be used to help 4-Hers in Big Horn County.

Joanne Joyce Cowan

Aug. 10, 1935 – Nov. 2, 2012

Longtime Basin, Wyoming resident Joanne Joyce Cowan, age 77, passed away at her home in Basin surrounded by her loving family on Friday, November 2, 2012.

Joanne Joyce Cowan was born Aug. 10, 1935, in Hay Springs, Neb., the daughter of Arthur Henry and Ethel Mae Nicholson Schildhauer. Joanne moved with her family to Greybull as a young girl and graduated from Greybull High School in 1953.

She met and married the love of her life, William “Bill” H. Cowan, on August 1, 1954, at Greybull. To this union were born five children, Roger, Steve, Linda, Les and Mike.

Joanne was a hard worker all of her life and worked at the movie theatre in Greybull, Harry’s Drive-in in Greybull and the Greybull bank. She took the first EMT class in the Big Horn Basin, sold real estate, B-J Realty, since 1972, was a Big Horn Deputy County Coroner since 1990 and was bookkeeper for many years for Cowan’s Radio Service.

Joanne loved her family, enjoyed family gatherings, and loved spoiling her grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, bird and squirrel watching, sewing, especially sewing wedding dresses and quilts, collecting clowns, decorating her Christmas tree, painting, bowling, motorcycling and raising Boston terriers for years.

Joanne was a 50-year member of OES Lewisia Chapter 16, as well as being past matron. She was also a member of the Wyoming Stork’s Club.

Joanne is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill and three brothers.

Joanne is survived by her children, Roger (Julie) of Missoula, Mont., Steve (Brenda) of Gillette, Wyo., Linda (Rick) Himmelspach of Billings, Mont.  Les (Saygi) of Moline, Ill., and Mike (Kimberly) of Basin; eight grandchildren, Josh Cowan and Caleb Cowan both of Gillette, Allyson Cowan of Missoula, Mont., Cassandra Cowan of Basin, Kelsey Cowan of Missoula, Amanda Cowan of Basin, Travis Himmelspach of Billings, and Natalie Cowan of Moline, Ill.; her sisters, Evelyn Uber of Haxtun, Colo., Ila Birrell of Salt Lake City, Arlene Blakesley of Worland, Wyo., and Lois Emmett of Basin and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Basin on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with Pastor Kent Dempsey as officiant. Burial followed at Mount View Cemetery in Basin. A reception for family and friends was held at the First Baptist Church gymnasium immediately following the burial.

Memorials will be received in Joanne’s name at the Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, WY 82419-0531 and will go to an EMT fund.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.

(Paid obituary)

Sally Good

Aug. 25, 1926 – Nov. 1, 2012

Funeral services for Sally Good were held Nov. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Basin. Sally, 86, died Nov. 1 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.

Sally was born Aug. 25, 1926, in Osaka, Japan, the daughter of Ktchisablow and Sane Asano. She grew up in Osaka where she graduated from high school. She then attended a Business Technical School in Osaka.

Sally married Thomas Leo Good on Oct. 11, 1951, at the American Embassy in Kobe, Japan. Sally and Thomas moved to a ranch on Beaver Creek in 1953. The move was a huge “culture shock” to Sally but she was grateful to her husband‘s family who took her under their wings and taught her about rural American culture.

She was an immaculate homemaker, great cook, an exceptional seamstress, making clothes and afghans; enjoyed gardening and enjoyed painting with watercolors and oils; she won many awards at the county fair. But above all else, Sally loved her family. She was devoted to her children and was active in their lives.

Sally attended the First Baptist Church in Greybull for many years, and currently attended the First Baptist Church in Basin. She was active at the South Big Horn Senior Center in Greybull.

Her parents and her husband Thomas Leo Good preceded Sally in death.

She is survived by her two sons, Don L. Good of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Jim H. Good of Denver; her daughter and son-in-law, Bruce and Mary J. Waldo of Tualatin, Ore.; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Burial was in the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull.

Memorials in Sally’s name can be sent to the Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Ave., Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the South Big Horn Senior Center in Greybull.

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