Daily Archives: November 30, 2012

Commissioners support economic development grant

by karla pomeroy

The Big Horn County commissioners agreed to help fund the match for an economic development grant for up to $5,763, after action at last Tuesday’s meeting.

Lovell Inc. Director Sue Taylor came to the commissioners asking for the match, stating that the organization is looking at developing a countywide program rather than in just Lovell. “We have every intent to serve every community in the county. We’ve already started working with Basin a little bit,” Taylor said. She said she will be working with other communities January through March and then seek a written and fiscal support from them.

“We need to think of ourselves as a county. This could be an effective tool to get rid of the thinking for north versus south,” she said.

Taylor added, “It’s hard to do regional but we feel we can do countywide.” She said Lovell Inc. is hiring a few people age 50 and over to help run the office in Lovell while she is serving other communities.

Commissioner Keith Grant said he also feels the economic development plan would give them the opportunity to draw the county together. “When I first ran that was one of my goals and it’s been elusive.”

She said they are seeking a $50,000 planning grant from the Wyoming Business Council that requires a 25 percent match or $12,500. Looking at a $12,500 cash match, she said Greybull, Lovell and Basin have committed to helping with the match.

“The missing piece is the smaller communities,” she said. She said they are asking the county to fund the rest of the match and if other communities come on board money would be given back to the county. Taylor said with the Dec. 1 deadline for the grant she did not have enough time to visit the councils of all nine municipalities.

The cash match doesn’t need to happen realistically until next fiscal year, she said, which gives her  time to visit with the other communities.

The commissioners asked if Lovell Inc. would still work with all nine communities even if they did not financially support the match and Taylor said they would.

Taylor said in addition to the grant, ultimately, Lovell Inc. would like to request a quarter-cent sales tax from the voters for economic development so they don’t have to rely heavily on public funds.

Grant asked how Lovell Inc.’s incubator was doing and Taylor said they have three spaces with one tenant and two open spaces.

There will be a public hearing on the grant application at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at the commissioners meeting room at the courthouse in Basin.

Multiple options for sharing spirit of season

by marlys good

Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, two Giving Trees, Christmas baskets, donations to the food shelves at the Community Outreach. Take your pick. There are many ways you can share the “reason for the season” in the community this year.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army will have the familiar “black kettle” on the lawn at the Herb Asp Community Center Saturday, Dec. 1. According to a spokesman, there were more requests for help last year, so funds were nearly depleted.

All money collected goes into the Greybull Unit and is used locally to help meet the needs of people who have fallen on hard times. Needs might include gas, bus tickets, food, clothing, prescriptions, or other emergencies.

Donations can be dropped into the kettle Saturday or checks can be sent to: Greybull Salvation Army, Box 495, Greybull, WY 82426, or left with Kathy Smith at Greybull Town Hall.

Giving Trees

The Giving Tree at Bank of Greybull is up and has 72 “ornaments” on it, with the names of 64 Wyoming Retirement residents and eight residents at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home, along with suggestions for gifts.

Pick a tag(s), purchase a gift, wrap it, place the tag on it and return it to Bank of Greybull. Gifts for those at Bonnie Bluejacket’s must be back under the tree by Dec. 13.

The second giving tree, at ShopKo, should be in place later this week. In addition to WRC and BBMNH residents, the tree will include names provided of senior citizens, who are either homebound or living alone.

The deadlines for returning the gifts to BBMNH residents is Dec. 13. Gifts for residents at the WRC must be back under the tree(s) by Dec. 19.

Christmas Baskets

Big Horn Federal is accepting donations for the Christmas Basket program sponsored by the Greybull Elks Lodge with help from Ron’s Food Farm.

Included in the baskets will be all the makings for a complete holiday dinner, from meat to dessert. Checks can be made payable to: Christmas Baskets and sent in c/o Big Horn Federal, 33 N. Sixth St., Greybull WY 82426 or drop them off at Big Horn Federal.

Toys for Tots

The United States Marines have banded with a Boy Scout Troop in Powell to coordinate this year’s Toys for Tots program.

The program benefits children from infants through teenagers. New toys and age-appropriate gifts can be left in drop boxes located at ShopKo, Overland Express, Big Horn Federal and Big Horn Co-op in Greybull or at REA, TCT, Overland Express and Big Horn Co-op in Basin no later than Dec. 20.

Parents may register by calling Big Horn County Healthy Families, 568-3500. Presents can be picked up at the Big Horn Quilts store in Greybull Friday, Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Glen W. Boreen

July 5, 1919 – Nov. 18, 2012

Glen W. Boreen, 93, died Nov. 18, 2012, at his home in Winlock, Wash.

He was born July 5, 1919, in Spooner, Wis. He attended the Evaline School until 1933 and graduated from Winlock High School in 1937.

During World War II Glen served in England as a top turret gunner and flight engineer on the Boeing B-17. He flew 25 combat missions over Europe, several with Curtis E. LeMay as his pilot.

Glen was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster for heroism.

After his discharge, he returned to Winlock and with his father Bill and brother Lloyd founded Boreen Lumber Co. in 1948. He retired in 1985.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Isobel Nelson and Eileen Barnett.

He is survived by his wife Floy of Winlock; one daughter, Zan Simpson in California; sons Phil Boreen, who ranches at Otto, and Jerry, Steve and Mark Barnett of Washington; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Devere Sue Hein

Nov. 20, 1933 – Nov. 11, 2012

Devere Sue Hein, 78, died Nov. 11 at her home in Green Valley, Ariz., where she had lived since the mid 1990s.

She was born Nov. 20, 1933. She attended school in Greybull for a brief time and graduated from Laurel (Mont.) High school. She attended night school to gain accounting skills and took courses at Casper College while working at Provident Savings and Loan.

In 1964 Sue and her daughters Sandra and Jacque moved to Libya to join their husband/father Marvin. The family spent over 20 years living in the Middle East and Europe.

Sue worked as a confidential administrative professional for several departments within ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia and also provided logistical support during Desert Storm working for the Department of Defense.

She loved to paint — in oils, watercolors, china painting and stained glass. After retiring to Arizona she was active as a Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteer, logging more than 600 hours, and was a Titan Missile Museum docent for nearly a decade.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Marvin, two daughters, Sandra and Jacque, her sister Estelle, one granddaughter and two grandsons.

Of all the places she had lived and traveled, Wyoming always held a special place in her heart. Family and friends will memorialize Sue’s life next summer in her beloved Wyoming Rocky Mountains.


Harriett Louise Edwards

July 22, 1924 – Nov. 22, 2012

Funeral services for Harriett Louise Edwards will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem. Harriett, 88, died Nov. 22 in Cody.

She was born July 22, 1924, in Greybull, the daughter of Arthur Leslie Bird, son of a Maine sea captain, and Anna Laura Andersen, a Danish immigrant.

Harriett graduated from Greybull High School in 1942 and worked as a telephone operator until she married W.B. “Billy” Edwards Nov. 13, 1943, in Billings. They made their home on the Edwards family farm at Emblem after Billy returned from service in World War II.

She was active in the Zion Lutheran Church and the Emblem Community Club.

Her parents, her husband, her twin brother Harry Lester and brother Everett Bird and sisters, Alice Bird Stilphen, Helen Bird Lynn and Ruth Bird Walters preceded her in death.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Carole Edwards of Denver, Dan and Kathy Edwards Kinchen of Loveland, Colo., Richard and Connie Edwards of Battleground, Wash., Jeannie Cook of Cody and David and Chris Edwards of Emblem; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Emblem cemetery.


Rory John Hook

Oct. 10, 1991 – Nov. 23, 2012

Funeral services for Rory John Hook will be held Friday, Nov. 30 at 2:30 p.m. at the middle school gym in Manderson. Rory, 21, died Nov. 23 at Trinity Hospital in Minot, N.D., from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle rollover.

He was born Oct. 10, 1991, in Havre, Mont. He attended schools in Farson, Pavillion and Basin and graduated from Riverside High School with the Class of 2010.

Rory was known for being an exceptionally hard worker. At the time of his death Rory was employed by Richens Welding and Roustabout Service in Garrison, N.D., as a welder.

Rory lived life to the fullest giving 100 percent in everything he did. He made friends with everyone he met and touched many lives. He will be missed.

Rory is survived by his mother Jana Hook and brothers Jace Hook and Ira Hook, all of Manderson. He considered Matt, Sherri and Mary Griffin of Thayne as his second family, as well as Tom and Debbie Christiansen and the Norm Heath family.

Burial will be in the Manderson Cemetery.


Dale Talbot Hunter

Oct. 31, 1963 – Nov. 18, 2012

Memorial services for Dale Talbot Hunter will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at the R/C Model Airplane Field in Basin owned by Bill Stoelk. Dale, 49, died at his home in Basin on Nov. 18.

He was born Oct. 31, 1963, the son of Mary L. and R.D. “Dale” Hunter of Helena, Mont., former Basin residents. He attended Cortez (Colo.) High School.

He served in the U.S. Army for two years, specializing in Tow/Dragon Missile Guidance Systems. He was a PFC with E. Co., 701st Maintenance Battalion, stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., and served a tour of duty in Germany. He was honorably discharged Feb. 21, 1984.

After his military service Dale lived in Colorado, Utah, Rock Springs and Illinois. He lived in Big Piney for several years before moving to Basin 12 years ago.

Dale was employed at Optimum Service Company for many years. He was an avid collector of motorcycles and muscle cars and loved both R/C helicopters and R/C cars. He was a certified mechanic.

His mother and father, his grandmother Lola Mary Rutherford of Basin, and his grandfather Eddis Talbot Rutherford of Willard, Utah, preceded him in death.

Dale is survived by his biological son, Charles “Chuck” Hunter of Havana, Ill., and his granddaughter, Isabelle Lola Hunter, also of Havana; five step-children, Deanna Perkins of Sheridan, Chelsy Herchkorn, Samantha Herchkorn, Richard Herchkorn and Ashley Herchkorn all of Greybull, his sister, Julie Hunter-Hill of Helena and three step-grandsons.

Memorial contributions in Dale’s name made be made to the National Rifle Association or to the family of Dale Hunter, 719 S. McKinley, Havana, IL 62644.


Swimmers topple Lovell in dual action

Nineteen swimmers and divers from Greybull-Cloud Peak (G-CP) heated up the waters at the Lovell swimming pool before the Thanksgiving break when they defeated Lovell 110-60 in middle school dual competition. The locals captured seven of 11 possible first-place finishes.

“G-CP took the lead after the first event and never looked back.” said head coach John Kunkel. “G-CP and Lovell were pretty evenly matched in team size and Lovell has some very good swimmers and a diver. But the depth of talent G-CP has this year was too much for Lovell to match. And, with dual-meet scoring allowing two relays per team to score, G-CP was able to get a huge boost from their first- and second-place finishes in those events.”

Swimming their way to individual first-place finishes for the locals were Felicia Aguilar, in the 50 breaststroke; Kristen Collingwood, 100 freestyle; Megan Mikus, 200 freestyle and Makyela Sorensen, 50 backstroke.

Adding more top finishes were Sorenson, Jordan Flitner, Collingwood, and Dasha Kelso in the 200 free relay; Julianne Carlson, Collingwood, Flitner and Mikus in the 100 free relay, and Taylor Brown, Kelso, Carlson, and Sorenson in the 200 free relay.

Coach Becky Sorensen added, “I have tried to put each swimmer in every event that they are capable of swimming at least once during the season, whether they wanted to swim it or not.   As the season draws near the end, we are getting down to fewer and fewer events on the list and some of the swimmers had to swim events at this meet that really pushed them.  I was pleasantly surprised not only by the determination they showed but the fact that we placed well in most all of the events.”

Kunkel added, “The divers were again able to bunch their places and capture most of the diving scores. They are eager to get back to practice so they can work on their routines for the upcoming conference (meet). “

Sorensen commented, “With only the conference meet left, it’s time to get the swimmers focusing on the events that they truly excel at, the events they will be swimming for their team at conference. I am excited to see what happens when we put these swimmers, who have worked hard all season, in events that they can really shine in.”

The conference meet is Saturday, Dec. 1 in Worland. Starting time is 10 a.m.


200 FREESTYLE — 1, Megan Mikus. 2, Julianne Carlson. 6, Allison Lungren.

100 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 2, Dasha Kelso. 3, Morgan Haley. 5, Josalyn Smith.

50 FREESTYLE — 2, Taylor Brown. 4, Tre Nelson. 5, Cassie Fitzsimmons. 10, Paige Flock. 15, Brandon Briscoe. 16, Giselle Ruiz.

DIVING — 2, Megan Mikus. 3, Kristen Collingwood and Jordan Flitner, tie. 5, Julianne Carlson. 6, Makyela Sorenson. 7, Tucker Nelson.

50 BUTTERFLY — 2, Felecia Aguilar. 3, Flitner. 4, Mara Welsh.

100 FREE — 1, Collingwood. 2, Haley. 4, Kelso. 5, Tre Nelson. 8, Smith. 9, Taylor Brown.

50 BACKSTROKE — 1, Sorenson. 3, Hannah Coy. 4, Welsh, 9, Ruiz. 11, Briscoe.

50 BREASTSTROKE — 1, Aguilar. 3, Flock. 4, Lungren. 5, Fitzsimmons.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, G-CP (Sorenson, Flitner, Collingwood, Kelso). 2, G-CP (Welsh, Tre Nelson, Haley, Aguilar).

100 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1, G-CP (Carlson, Collingwood, Flitner, Mikus). 2, G-CP (Brown, Smith, Haley, Tre Nelson). 3, G-CP (Coy, Fitzsimmons, Tucker Nelson, Aguilar). 6, G-CP (Flock, Lungren, Ruiz, Briscoe).

200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1, G-CP (Brown, Kelso, Carlson, Sorenson). 2, G-CP (Mikus, Welsh, Smith, Lungren). 5, G-CP (Coy, Fitzsimmons, Flock, Tucker Nelson).


Young wrestlers hold key for G-R

by nathan oster

For Greybull-Riverside, never has the old adage, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” seemed more appropriate.

With just two seniors and four returning lettermen, the Buffs will be young this year, but Coach Mark Sanford isn’t using that as an excuse.  In fact, he said the team’s goal for this season is the same as it was last year … and every year before that.  Come late February, the Buffs want to be among the teams fighting for the 2A title.

“Absolutely, we can be a factor,” said Sanford.

The Buffs begin the season in a difficult position, in one respect.

Three wrestlers who would have been big contributors this season are injured and not expected to return.  The list includes Chris Ogg, who recently had knee surgery; and a pair of seniors in Rob Nuttall and Dylan Brenner.  Nuttall injured his ankle during football, while Brenner was unable to even participate due to a neck injury.

Put those three in the lineup … and the Buffs would really be in business.

Without them, the Buffs have a mix of experience, some promising newcomers and some raw talents.

Luke Zeller is a good wrestler to build around.  The only senior on the team last year, Zeller captured the 152-pound title in 2A last year. “Obviously he’s an accomplished wrestler,” said Sanford. “But he still have several tough kids in his weight class. In fact, the top three in his weight class last year were all juniors.”

Jake Jones of Rocky Mountain and Nathan Grant of Lovell were the others.

By year’s end, Sanford predicted that Zeller could be at 160.

The only other senior on the team is Herme Mendez.  He wrestled as a sophomore, but not last year. Sanford said he’s “looking a lot more aggressive” than he did two seasons ago and should provide depth in the upper weight divisions.

The seven-member junior class forms the nucleus of this year’s team.

Kyler Flock, a transfer from Upton, “should be a benefit to us right away,” said Sanford, noting that he’ll likely start the year at 120 pounds.  ”

Matt Brown has rejoined the team after swimming with Worland last year.  Sanford said he sees Brown fitting in at 182.

Spencer Redland is a returning state placer for G-R, capturing fourth last year as a sophomore.  “We’re looking for good things from him,” said Sanford. “He’s at 195 right now … we’ll see  if he stays there.”

Zane Edeler is another returning state placer.  Last year as a sophomore, he capture second place in his weight class. He’ll likely give it a go this year at 220.

Tanner Bernstein joined the team this year after playing basketball for Riverside as a freshman and a sophomore.  While he lacks high school experience, he was on the team in middle school and in the USA program. He’ll be in the upper weights.

Jesus Burgos didn’t place at state, which was a disappointment, but gained valuable experience last year, said Sanford. “We’re hoping that he puts himself in that position again and takes the next step this year.”

Jared Johnson rounds out the class. He’s never wrestled before, but is “a hard worker.  Hopefully the learning curve goes quickly. I’m excited to see how he progresses,” said Sanford.

The Buffs have only two sophomores in Oscar Gomez and Luke  Young.  Young, who attends Riverside, is “a big kid” likely to wrestle at 182 or 195.  He does have past experience as a middle school wrestler.

Gomez, who placed in the shot put last year as a freshman, will likely be the team’s heavyweight. He played basketball last year, but joined the mat team soon after that season ended and did get some work in during the offseason.  “For him, it’ll just be a matter of getting mat time,” said Sanford.

The freshman class of wrestlers includes Tristian McMillan, Brad Johnson, Luis Burgos, Marshall Gibbs, Colton Davis, Anthony Ebert and Cole Hill.   As a group, they have good potential, Sanford said.

Hill is the most accomplished wrestler of the bunch, having competed in “some pretty big matches” already in his young career, first as a USA wrestler, then as a member of the Greybull-Cloud Peak squad.

McMillan, who should go around 130, wrestled in the USA program.

Johnson has never wrestled before but shows promise.

As does Burgos.  A “scrapper,” he could start the year at 113.  By season’s end, he could find himself in that difficult-to-fill 106-pound class.

Gibbs didn’t wrestle in middle school, but was on the USA mat squad and is “working hard” so far in camp.

Davis and Ebert both attend Riverside.  According to Sanford, Davis is “a tall 120-pounder,” while Ebert is “a hard worker” who did gain some wrestling experience in middle school. He’ll settle in somewhere between 145 and 152.

Add it all together … and what do you have?

Sanford believes the Buffs could be a contender.

“But it’s going to depend on our young and inexperienced kids — and how well they can move up the ladder,” said Sanford. “The four returning letter winners we do have — in Luke, Spencer, Zane and Jesus — are a good foundation. And we have some others who have wrestled in the past. But it’s all going to come down to our young kids.”

As for that team goal, Sanford said, “We hope to vie for a title every year … that’s our hope anyway.” Heading into the season, Moorcroft appears to be the team to beat, with Cokeville right on its heels.  Thermopolis and Lovell will also be in the mix.

G-R will face Worland, a 3A power, today (Thursday, Nov. 29) at the Riverside High School gym, starting at 6 p.m.  The Warriors were loaded with sophomores last year and figure to be among the top contenders for the 3A crown this year. Friday and Saturday the Buffs travel to Powell for what it typically one of their tougher tests of the season, with several 3A and 4A squads in attendance.


Library fundraiser a huge success

Linda Reed and Judy Morris sample pies during the Yippie Pie Yi Yea fundraiser at the library.

by marlys good

The “Yippie Pie Yi Yea” fundraiser held Thursday at the Greybull Public Library was a huge success with wall-to-wall attendees. An estimated 100-125 “tasters and patrons” were present to taste the 26 pies, listen to guitar music provided by Emelyn Pimentel and Ron McClure, and the humorous western “pie” songs offered up by Rev. Becky Anderson.

When all the tasting was done, the  $50 Judges Choice gift card went to Cathy Kunkel for her “Greek Honey Nut Pie,” and the $25 People’s Choice award went to “Gene Autry’s Peanut Butter Pie” baked by Deborah Rosser.

In the three drawings Ken Mazur and Iyrna Whaley won decorative rope baskets and Nathan Oster won a pottery pie pan.

Chris Waite, director of the Greybull Recreation District, had made a variety of unique pottery pie plates that tasters could elect to use and keep, for a donation to the Greybull Recreation District scholarship fund.

Carolyn Walton of the BHC Library Foundation said the fundraiser added $1,215 the Endowment Challenge which will qualify it for the ninth 3:1 match from the state. Walton said, “This puts us just under the initial maximum offer to match up to $98,500.”

Including the proceeds from “Yippie-Pie,” the Foundation has raised $95,630.

Walton said: “The foundation members marvel at the response to this Endowment Challenge and will be happy to think that we just might end up with a $500,000 permanent endowment for the library when this is all over the end of June.”


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