Monthly Archives: January 2013

Study offers options for GMS overcrowding

by nathan oster
A consensus on up to three potential solutions emerged during the second meeting held in conjunction with a capacity study of Big Horn County School District No. 3’s middle and high school campuses.
The School Facilities Department ordered capacity studies of six Wyoming school districts, and a representative of the architectural firm hired to conduct those studies, MOA Architecture, offered a glimpse Wednesday evening into some of its preliminary findings for a roomful of interested school teachers, administrators and support staff.
Jack Mousseau, an architect with MOA, began with an overview of the “givens” used by the design team, including the 85 percent utilization factor that they were asked by the state to use for middle and high school buildings. The utilization factor, Mousseau said, looks at the functional capacity of the building.
The architects also evaluated the district’s middle and high school enrollment trends, out through 2020. The actual GHS and GMS enrollment for 2011 was 281. For 2012, it was 293. Based on current student numbers and data given to it by the state, MOA projects GMS and GHS enrollment to decline to 267 by 2020.
Mousseau said the architects project an increase in railroad jobs into the near future, but not enough of an increase to change the enrollment projections.
Mousseau proceeded to present the findings of the capacity study, but those findings, it soon became apparent, were somewhat skewed because the architects were working with some outdated floorplan information.
For example, the architects factored the back classroom in the GMS Gym building into the GMS space allocation, when in reality, it is used as a technology office and as the site of one high school computer class a day. In another example, the architects didn’t realize that a room that was once used as a computer lab had been turned into a reading coaching room.
Bryant told Mousseau and the SFD representative listening in on the telephone, Troy Decker, that he would update the floorplan the following day, and all three agreed that the updated figures would change the findings of the study.
While acknowledging that, Mousseau proceeded with his presentation. The study, he pointed out, found that the existing GMS facilities, using the state-mandated 85 percent utilization factor, have a capacity of 168 kids.
The district’s 2011-12 enrollment was 124 (equating to a utilization rate of 63 percent), meaning that there should be space for another 44 students. By 2020, using a reduced utilization rate of 70 percent to account for small school scheduling, the architects found that the school, if left in its current state, would have room to house up to 26 more students.
The high school’s current utilization rate is even lower, coming in at 35 percent. The quantitative analysis put the 2011-12 enrollment at 169, and with a benchmark utilization rate of 85 percent, the building would have a capacity of 413 students, meaning there is currently room for 244 students in the building. By 2020, again using the 70 percent utilization factor, the building would have a capacity of 340, and a projected enrollment of 154, leaving room for 186 more students.
There was considerable discussion about what utilization rate should be used for the district. Decker said 85 percent is the standard set by the state, but school officials lobbied for a lower percentage to be used, noting that not all the square footage can be utilized 100 percent of the time due to staffing limitations.
“I don’t think 85 percent is a good utilization rate for small district; it does’t show an accurate picture,” said Supt. Barry Bryant. “Look at the six districts MOA is studying. We’re small compared to them. We have 500 kids. Cody has 1,700. In Wyoming, over half the districts are small districts.
“The same things (the architects) are seeing here will apply to half the school districts in Wyoming.”
Mousseau said MOA’s final report would reflect that view, although Decker cautioned that 85 percent is “reality,” and that MOA’s role is to observe and “not to make recommendations outside of the mandated methodology.”
Bryant responded that it’s an emotion issue for school districts. “What we see, we live with every day,” he said. “We aren’t trying to get MOA in trouble. They are walking the grounds, seeing the same things we are. We hope that they convey that sometimes the cookie cutter approach doesn’t work … that sometimes things need to be changed because the cookie cutter doesn’t fit every district.”
While there was some debate over capacity, there was little over the functional deficiencies at the middle school, where the hallways are too narrow. According to Mousseau, code requires a 72 inch minimum width for hallways. With the locker doors closed, it’s 76 inches. When open, it’s 56 inches.
In addition to that Mousseau concluded that the building lacks technological infrasture, social space for student and infrastructure and a lack of 21st century educational spaces and infrastructure.
“We know for certain there are suitability issues, and that there is possibly a capacity issue as well,” Mousseau said.

Mousseau presented four options for public input, two of which — one calling for sixth graders to be moved to the elementary school, the other calling for eighth graders to be incorporated into the high school — were immediately rejected the teachers and administrators.
The consensus of the room appeared to be that the best option was the one calling for elements of the current middle school — either the computer lab or the library — to be consolidated into the high school and for the GMS building to be remodeled in such a way that additional hallway space would be created.
By moving computer labs from the middle school to the high school, it would free up two rooms with capacities for 20 and 13 for use as general teaching stations, and with some renovations, the building’s circulation could be improved.
According to MOA, this option would also allow unused teaching stations and other spaces at GMS to be converted to larger and/or smaller learning space. That, in turn, would provide ‘hang out’ spaces during lunch period and for special education spaces.
However, one downside is that students would need to leave the building to access the computer labs. In addition, the high school would needed to be reconfigured to include the computer rooms.
As an offshoot of that option, Mousseau said the media center could also be incorporated into the high school library/media center. By doing so, corridors could be widened, which would alleviate some of the overcrowding as well.
Option 1 would have put sixth graders in the elementary school, but teachers and administrators agreed there is no room left at the elementary school. For it to happen, an addition would need to be built. And besides that, Principal Brenda Jinks said sixth graders belong at the middle school, not at the elementary.
“I wouldn’t support changing our middle school configuration way from 6 through 8,” said Bryant, noting that if sixth graders were moved out, it may not justify having a principal, a secretary and a counselor at a middle school with just 80 students. “We try to get the most bang for the buck,” he said.
Kim Coyne, a special education teacher at GES, said the school is bursting at the seams the way it is. “We’re already teaching in the closets,” she said.
Option 2 would have moved eighth graders into the high school, but it too failed to generate support from those in attendance. The recommendation was based on GHS having excess capacity in the eyes of the state. While better than the first option, Bryant said it would likely be unworkable. In addition, some renovations to the buildings would be needed.
Of course, a new building tops the school district’s wish list. Mousseau acknowledged that it would solve all of the district’s problems with respect to overcrowding and other deficiencies at GMS.
“But ultimately, this one is also the hardest to prove out from an economical standpoint,” he said. “The reason is because there is so much capacity identified (elsewhere on the campus), and it’ll be difficult, until you are effectively utilizing the space in this building, to convince the state to build a new middle school.”
Cheryl Hunt, who is teaching at the middle school this year, said she found it ironic that the state would even consider sacrificing library space to create more space in a building. “The state needs to look at, what are we here for? True, we don’t want to be throwing money into the wind. But what are our priorities? If it truly is reading, it’s ironic that you’d be willing to get rid of library space so there’s room in the hallways as a way of preventing kids from crawling on each other.”
Mousseau said the next step would be for MOA to re-evaluate its data, based on updated figures from the school district. Another meeting to present the findings will then be presented.

No more April 15 deadlines for Bergstrom

by marlys good
CPA Bruce Bergstrom has put away his ledgers and is “closing the books” on his accounting practice which has been a mainstay on Greybull Avenue for the past 39 years.
His decision to retire has nothing to do with the fact that he will turn 73 in June. Simply put, Bruce told his clients, “Barb and I want to move on to the next chapter in our lives.”
For Barb, who worked “lock-step” with Bruce in the family business, retirement means travel. For Bruce, well, he’s giving himself six months to decide which direction his retirement will lead. “The first thing I’m going to do is clean the garage,” he laughed. “I don’t have a bucket list.”
Visitors or clients to the accounting office are aware of the antiques, collectibles and memorabilia that cover nearly every surface of the walls. What will happen to all of that? Bruce just laughs. “Well, Barb said it’s not going home!”
With new owner and GHS native and graduate Jim Reilly of Cody coming to the office just one day a week, Bruce said his home-away-from home for the past 39 years will probably “be my man-cave on days Jim isn’t here,” so his irreplaceable treasurers can remain where they are until Bergstrom figures out what to do with them.
Bergstrom received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Colorado State University. With the exception of a year spent working for the U.S. Forest Service in Cody and two years spent in the military as a U.S. Army statistician, Bergstrom has always been in the accounting field.
He and Barb came to Greybull in 1973 when he purchased the accounting practice of the late Bill Shelledy after Shelledy accepted the full-time position as president of Big Horn Federal Savings Bank.
Bergstrom’s original practice was housed in two upstairs apartments in the Greybull Hotel then owned by Joe Carey. Six months later the offices relocated downstairs to the former Vital Air office.

Much in common
Jim Reilly, who purchased the Bergstrom business, is no stranger to Greybull. The son of the late Hugh and Vi Reilly, Jim graduated from Greybull High School in 1973; he is married to Greybull native and 1974 GHS grad Linda Haller. They have four children, Patrick, a dentist in the military; Melissa, a CPA; son Sean, who recently graduated from BYU with a major in Spanish; and daughter Lauren, an accountant.
It’s ironic that Reilly’s two daughters became accountants. Bergstrom’s two sons, Bret and Beau, moved in a completely different direction from their dad. Beau, a geologist, lives in Colorado and works for InterTech E&E, a CMBA company, as a GIS specialist; Bret, who lives in Laramie, works for the State Engineer’s Office in Cheyenne as a natural resource analyst. The Bergstroms’ youngest child, daughter Brooke, lives in Worland
Reilly said he met Bergstrom when he first moved to Greybull, and the friendship, both personal and professional, continued when Reilly moved to Cody and established his business. Neither of the two men made his career choice early on. Bergstrom admitted he hadn’t even taken a bookkeeping class in high school, and it wasn’t until he got a D in a thermal dynamics (or something similar) in college that he decided he’d better take another look at doing something else, he admitted with a grin.
Reilly took bookkeeping in high school, “but it was my least favorite class,” he laughed. He wavered and waffled about career choices his first couple of years at the University of Wyoming. Then he talked to his accountant brother-in-law, transferred to Brigham Young University, changed his major to accounting and the rest is history. He received his degree in 1983, the family moved to Cody and Reilly established James Reilly CPA, PC. Linda steps in and helps out during tax season.
Bergstrom and Reilly would talk on and off, the way professionals will, asking each other “what would you do” in situations that were a little unusual. The rapport was always there.
Also on the table was whether Reilly would be interested in buying his business if Bergstrom decided to retire.
By that time, Reilly had a daughter majoring in accounting, who wanted to move back to Cody. “I kept hanging on for that. I didn’t want to hire her right out of college. I wanted her to get some experience, bring something, a fresh outlook, to the business,” Reilly said. Melissa cooperated and worked in Alaska for two years before joining the family business.
Bergstrom said his decision to retire “had been coming for a long time. I always knew I would know when it was enough,” he admitted, adding that owning your own business is not an eight-hour-a-day, five-day-a-week job. It’s more like 24/7 and family vacations are rare. But it’s difficult to leave a job you really like.
Bergstrom said he made his decision in October, “and called Jim and told him ‘I’m outa here!’”
Bergstrom had enjoyed the clients whom he has come to count as friends he’s made over the years. “What I will miss most are the mental gymnastics we do. Using your mind that much keeps you young,” he said with a smile.
With Melissa entrenched in the practice, Reilly was ready to step up to the new challenge. He already serves many clients living in Greybull, which includes being the continuing auditor for Big Horn County for the past 25 years. He will see clients one day a week in Greybull beginning in February, and hopes advanced communications/technology will allow him to work with local clients through his office in Cody.
Reilly said he’s confident that buying the practice was a good decision, one that was fully supported by his wife. “She trusts my judgment,” he said.
The purchase “has given me a shot in the arm, a chance to meet new people, new clients, and there are no ‘skeletons;’ Bruce is a quality man and a quality CPA,” Reilly said.
Bergstrom admitted that it is hard to leave his long-time business and the clients who have become more like family over the years. “At the risk of sounding maudlin, Barb and I have thought of you more as friends than clients and we will miss each and every one of you,” Bergsrom told his clients in a letter announcing his retirement.

‘Mission Accomplished’ for GES fifth-graders

by nathan oster
The fifth graders at Greybull Elementary School spent part of the day Wednesday learning the thrills, challenges and rewards of discovery during a Challenger Learning Center space simulation project.
Challenger Learning Centers are the teaching model of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, which was formed shortly after the 1986 explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
In the aftermath of that tragedy, the family members of the lost crew came together, firmly committed to carrying on the spirit of their loved ones by continuing the Challenger’s educational mission.
According to the Challenger Web site, “They envisioned a place where children, teachers and citizens alike could touch the future, manipulate equipment, conduct experiments, solve problems and work together — immersing themselves in space-like surroundings.
“The goal: to spark youth interest and joy in science and engineering, a spark that could change their lives.”
GES fifth-grade teacher Kim Curtis said she received an email in September, asking if her classroom would like to be involved in a NASA mission.
She accepted — and when NASA learned that there were just 34 total students in the two fifth-grade classrooms, Nathan Boyer’s students were also invited to participate.
Before the mission, Curtis and Boyer needed to prepare their students for the type of work that would be required of them in the space simulation project with the Challenger Learning Center based in Colorado.
In advance of the simulation, students trained for four specific jobs so that they would be able to leave their outpost and rescue a lost exploration ship that had lost contact with the command center.
There were communications specialists in direct contact, via Skype, with Mission Control. They were responsible for relaying messages from each team.
Transmission specialists were responsible for decoding messages sent from the distant outposts on five different planets (Uranus, Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Pluto).
Navigation specialists were in charge of plotting the route that the lost space craft may have taken, using an X/Y axis.
Cargo specialists had to determine the amount of supplies needed to make the rescue.
When the big day arrived, Curtis and Boyer didn’t need to do much. Each of the students was assigned tasks to complete, falling within the realm of the four jobs they had learned about.
After two hours, that mission was accomplished when the missing ship was found a short distance from Saturn. Students watched with pride as a NASA video showed astronauts being transferred from the missing spaceship onto one that had come to rescue them.
“Three of the kids told me, ‘This was the best day I’ve ever had in school!’” Curtis recalled. “For me, it was a fun thing to watch. The kids learned how to work as a team and how to collaborate.
“This program is just great. I think the kids realized why they are learning math and reading, and how to apply the things that they learn.”

Five file for vacant town council seat

by nathan oster
The Greybull Town Council will have a pool of five candidates to consider when it convenes Friday night at 6 p.m. to fill the council seat that was created when Bob Graham moved into mayor’s office.
The five candidates who filed letters of interest at Town Hall prior to the end of the business day on Friday were Dave Havener, Les Lowe, Lindsay Casey, Ross Jorgensen and Rod Collingwood.
Havener is pastor of the Greybull Alliance Church.
Lowe, who works for Tim Kershner Construction, ran for election last year, finishing third behind the eventual winners, Clay Collingwood and Myles Foley.
Casey is a contract dance instructor for the Greybull Recreation District.
Jorgensen is a former town employee currently employed as a circuit rider for the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems.
Collingwood, who is employed by TCT, filed for a seat on the council last year but withdrew from the race prior to the general election.
The filling of the council vacancy is one of two items on Friday’s agenda. The council will also be asked to approved the makeup of the new economic development committee that it agreed to form earlier this month.

Tunnel project nears completion

by nathan oster
G.K. Construction has passed the midway point of a project that will to alleviate landowner concerns about the deteriorating condition of a 500-foot tunnel between Shell and Greybull that was build in the early 1900s.
Chris Knodell is a project manager for States West Water Resources, Corp., an engineering firm based in Buffalo and Cheyenne that is managing the Shell Canal Tunnel Rehabilitation Project.
“I’d say we’re over 55 percent done,” said Knodel. “We’ve been in construction mode for a little over a month. We were hoping to get done by April 1, but it looks like we’ll get it done easily by March 1.
“So things are good, well ahead of schedule.”
The tunnel that is being dug up was built around 1909, without rebar, and in recent years, has begun to cave in, said John Ed Anderson. Fearing the worst, he Shell Valley Watershed Improvement District began pursuing funding to remove the tunnel and put in its place an open trench along the 500-foot stretch.
An engineer’s estimate of the project costs came in at $1.2 million, but Anderson said the project is on track to be completed for approximately one half of that cost. “Bids came in lower than expected,” he said.
In addition to removing the tunnel, G.K. is also cleanup up the ditch banks for approximately 500 feet on both sides of the tunnel. All together, more than 140,000 yards of soil are being moved for this project. “Of that,” Knodel said, “We’re estimating that about 10 percent is hardrock that they are having to use special techniques to get excavated.”
Knodel and Anderson concurred that the removal of the tunnel would bring a greater sense of security to landowners. “Before, there was probably a significant risk that the tunnel could shift or collapse,” Knodel said. Had that happened, it would have left about 3,700 acres downstream of the tunnel without water.
The tunnel is located approximately eight miles east of Greybull, so a collapse would have meant disaster for properties lying between the tunnel and Greybull, including the Poverty Flats area and the Greybull Heights, among others.
The Shell Canal Company received a Wyoming Water Development Commission grant to fun 67 percent of the project costs. The Shell Canal Company took out a loan, payable over 30 years, to fund the remaining 33 percent of the costs.
The project is progressing under the watchful eye of Ed Welsh, who has been on site round the clock looking for fossils that unearthed by the heavy equipment. As of Thursday, he said he had found “some dinosaur bones and fish scales,” adding, “This is an area known to be very productive (in terms of dinosaur finds). In fact, right now, we’re only a few feet away from a crocodile locality.”

Wrestlers drop dual, finish ninth in Thermop

by nathan oster
Greybull-Riverside won only one match in a dual with 3A buzz-saw Powell Thursday, losing 67-6 in the home lair of the Panthers.
The Panthers, currently the No. 2 ranked team in 3A, dominated the Buffs, who were missing a number of regulars due to illness or injuries. With the exception of Luke Zeller, who won his match at 160 pounds by pin, the rest of the Buffs who took the mat got blanked by the Panthers.
The Buffs had no one at 106 or 113. Marshall Gibbs, at 120, lost his match by pin.
At 138, Jesus Burgos scored a takedown on his opponent and was down by only two points heading into the third period. In it, he got taken down and put on his back. He avoided the pin, but still lost 11-4.
Cole Hill dropped a 10-1 decision at 145. Coach Mark Sanford said Hill’s opponent was a quality wrestler. Hill simply wasn’t able to score points on him, he said.
G-R 152-pounder Anthony Eibert was pinned in the second period.
After Zeller’s win at 160, the Buffs suffered four straight losses. Tom Bernstein, on the mat for the first time this season, got pinned in the first period. Matt Brown, at 182, battled his opponent, Tyler Patterson, to a 4-1 loss. Patterson is the No. 2 ranked kid in 3A, Sanford said. “He didn’t do a lot, but he didn’t let us do much to him, either,” said the coach.
Spencer Redland, at 195, suffered a 6-3 defeat at the hands of Spencer Shultz. “It wasn’t our best match,” said Sanford. “We gave up three takedowns … and we had several opportunities to have takedowns that we didn’t take advantage of.”
At 220, Zane Edeler of G-R was pinned by Zach Thompson, who is also a ranked wrestler in 3A.
While the dual was one-sided, Sanford credited his kids for hanging in there. “Even though the kids they were wrestling were a little more advanced and had more experience, we didn’t cower to them, which was nice to see,” he said.

Thermop Invite
The Buffs ran a strong fifth at the Thermopolis Invitational, scoring 124 points, which was 12 more than Wind River. Star Valley JV won it with 220, followed by Lovell with 175, Columbus, Mont., with 154 and Kemmerer with 127.
“Not as good as I was hoping,” Sanford said of the finish. He had thought a third-place finish would be about right for his team. “We needed to do a few things that would have put us into the third spot or so.”
Eleven of the 14 Buffs placed in Thermopolis, headed by Luke Zeller, who won the team’s only individual championship. Zeller, wrestling at 170, had an opening round bye and pinned his next two opponents to earn a spot in the final opposite Lovell’s Nathan Grant. In it, Zeller prevailed 4-3. It was the third meeting of the season between the two rivals; Zeller has now won two of them. Sanford said the key for Zeller was getting the first takedown of the match.
The Buffs didn’t have wrestlers at 106 or 113.
At 120, Marshall Gibbs lost his first two matches. In a “second-chance tournament” for wresters who failed to win a match on the first day, Gibbs placed second, losing to a wrestler from Riverton who had beaten him on day one.
At 126, Ryan Peoples went 0-2 and did not place.
The Buffs were open at 132.
At 138, Jesus Burgos placed fifth. He lost his first match to Dalton Perkins of Wind River, but then proceeded to win three of his next four, including, in the fifth-place match, a redemption pin of Perkins.
Cole Hill took fourth at 145 pounds. Sanford credited Hill for the way he came back strong after losing a tough 16-12 decision to a Columbus wrestler in the semifinals. Hill won his next match by pin, then significantly narrowed the gap with John Bartlett of Dubois, who had pinned him at the Don Runner. In Thermop, Bartlett won, but only a margin of two points, 4-2.
Anthony Eibert placed sixth at 152. He won his first two matches by pin, but then dropped three straight, including a 17-2 loss to the eventual champion, Jacob Shumway of Star Valley.
Jarrod Johnson and Tom Bernstein each placed for the Buffs at 170. Johnson went 1-2, finishing fourth. Bernstein went 1-3 and took sixth. The two wrestlers faced off in the consolation semis, where Johnson was credited with a 4-1 decision.
Matt Brown went 2-1 to capture third in the 182-pound weight class. Sanford credited Brown for avenging an opening-round loss to Billy Galloway of Star Valley. Galloway won the first matchup 9-3, but Brown came back to win the finale 2-1.
The Buffs had three wrestlers entered at 195. Spencer Redland placed second, winning his first two and losing only to Sterling Baker of Dubois in the final. Sanford said Redland wrestled a far better match against Baker than he did in Pavillion.
Herme Mendez, in his return to the mat from a lengthy absence, won two and lost three, finishing sixth. Luke Young won his first match, but then dropped two straight and failed to place.
Tanner Bernstein and Zane Edeler rounded out the scoring for the Buffs, finishing fourth and sixth, respectively, at 220 pounds. The two faced each other in the consolation semis, where Bernstein scored a second period pin.

This week
It may not appear that way from looking at the scores, but Sanford likes the way his team is trending.
“We wrestled a little better than last week (at the Don Runner),” he said. “We had a few more kids on the mat, which is always fine and good. But we also saw kids come back and win some matches or just wrestle better against (opponents they had seen earlier in the season).”
The Buffs will host their annual tournament this weekend at Buff Gym. Friday night, the Buffs will face Wright in a 6 p.m. dual, followed by Moorcroft. The tournament is set for Saturday, with action starting at 10 a.m.

Too little, too late for Buffs

by nathan oster
The Greybull Buffs couldn’t overcome slow starts last week in games against Class 2A Northwest Conference rivals Rocky Mountain and Thermopolis.
The Buffs dropped both contests, losing to the Grizzlies 55-45 Thursday night in Cowley and to the Bobcats 56-50 Friday night at Buff Gym, and now stand at 6-10 overall, but just 1-4 in conference play.
Coach Jim Prather said he didn’t see the slow starts coming, noting that his kids had turned in a good week of practice, understood the game plan and were familiar with the opponents.
“I thought the ingredients were there for us to come out ready to play from the opening tip, but for some reason, we were a little tentative in both games and it cost us,” he said.
The Buffs knew the Grizzlies would present a challenge, but they had a plan to address the Grizzlies’ strenghs, which are quickness, the ability to spread the floor, beat teams off the dribble and hit from long range when defenses collapse.
The Buffs used a 1-2-2 zone, instead of their more customary 2-3 zone, because Prather wanted them to focus on stopping Rocky’s shooters. It didn’t work, as the Grizzlies buried five triples in the first half alone to build a 28-16 halftime lead.
B. Ward hit four of the five in the first half and finished with a team-high 17 for the Grizzlies.
“Those threes kind of set the tone,” Prather said.
The Buffs had a chance to trim the Rocky lead to 10 at the half, but failed to convert a layup.
By the end of three, Rocky had upped its lead to 16, 43-27.
At the buzzer, 10 points separated the two teams.
The Buffs hit 13 of 44 from the field, 30 percent, but turned it over 24 times.
Prather credited the Grizzlies, saying, “They took what we gave them, which were those perimeter shots early,” he said.
Waytt Good paced the Buffs with 12 points, followed by Calder Forcella and Paul Stewart, each with nine.
The Thermopolis game followed a similar script. The Bobcats led the Buffs 20-8 after one quarter. After that it was a different ballgame. In fact, over the final three quarters the Buffs outscored the Bobcats 42-30.
“Early in the game, their press caused us a lot of problems,” said Prather. “In the locker room at half, we characterized the turnovers as ‘unforced errors.’ We didn’t throw it where we normally would throw it. And against a team like that, if you are not accurate or are tentative with your passes, they will swoop into the passing lanes and cause turnovers.”
Like Rocky, Thermopolis made the Buffs pay from long range, sinking seven three-pointers.
The Buffs trailed by eight at the half, but a 16-5 run got them within two, 39-37, heading into the final minute of the third quarter. The Grizzlies closed out the frame with the final two baskets, however. Both were threes, the last one tickling the twine just as time expired.
“Those were daggers, for sure,” said Prather. “One of them was made by a kid who, I don’t know if he’s shot a three all year long. … He caught the ball, threw it up at the last instant, and it went in. When you dig yourself a hole, like we did, plays like that can make it seem insurmountable.”
Paul Stewart led the Buffs with 14, while Payton Gonzalez netted nine.
The two losses were crippling to the Buffs’ chances of avoiding the regional pigtail game.
But Prather said his team walked out of the gym both nights feeling good.
“We were competitive with both teams — and both of them, as well as ourselves (if we win the pigtail game) will be at regionals,” he said. “We’re going to have to play one of them to continue our season. The kids believe that if we can iron out a few rough spots, we can play with those two teams.”
Prather also credited his team for shooting 42 percent in the Thermopolis game.

This week
The Buffs have played more games, 16, than any other team in the conference to this point in the season. So having just one game, a road trip to Tongue River on Saturday, may seem a bit unusual.
The Eagles “are similar to Rocky and Thermopolis in that they don’t have a lot of size, but are athletic. They like to play a full-court, pressure defense and shoot a lot of threes. Their pace is up-tempo. They like to score a lot of points.
“Their new gym has been a tough place for us to play. For whatever reason, we haven’t gone over the hill and guarded well. For us to compete, we have to defend. If the game is in the 70s, it won’t work in our favor.”

Greybull 6 10 11 18 – 45
Rocky Mt. 12 16 15 12 – 55
GREYBULL – Payton Gonzalez 2 5-8 9, Calder Forcella 1 7-10 9, Wyatt Good 4 3-4 11, Quinton Haley 1 1-2 3, Paul Stewart 3 3-5 9, Fabian Davila 1 0-2 2, Aidan Jenness 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 19-31 45.
ROCKY MT. – Jewell 3 1-4 7, Bernhisel 2 1-1 6, Wocicki 2 2-4 7, Winland 6 4-10 16, Ward 6 0-0 17, Simmons 1 0-4 2. Totals 20 8-23 55.
3-POINT GOALS – Ward 5, Bernhisel, Wocicki. REBOUNDS – Greybull 40 (Haley 12). STEALS – Greybull 10 (Good 3). ASSISTS – Greybull 6 (Forcella 3). TURNOVERS – 19.

Thermop 20 8 17 11 – 56
Greybull 8 13 16 13 – 50
THERMOP – Thomas 5 2-3 14, Abbott 5 2-4 15, Haun 2 0-0 4, Bridges 1 0-0 3, Conner 2 1-2 5, Schmidt 6 0-0 11, Cornwell 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 5-9 56.
GREYBULL – Gonzalez 4 0-0 9, Forcella 3 0-0 8, Good 3 0-0 6, Haley 3 0-0 6, Stewart 7 0-0 14, Treston Tracy 2 2-2 7. Totals 22 2-2 50.
3-POINT GOALS – Schmidt 3, Thomas 2, Abbott, Bridges; Forcella 2, Gonzalez, Tracy. REBOUNDS – Greybull 30 (Forcella 9). STEALS – Greybull 6 (Stewart 3). ASSISTS – Greybull 10 (Forcella 5). TURNOVERS – Greybull 14.

Mary Rose Gustafson

OBIT GustafsonMay 22, 1942 – Jan. 21, 2013
Funeral services for Mary Rose Gustafson of Worland will be held today (Thursday, Jan. 24) at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Worland. Mary, 70, died Jan. 21 at Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation.
Mary was born May 22, 1942, in Greybull, the daughter of Willie and Theola Mae St. Jermain Morrison. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Albert Edward Sparks. She grew up in the Big Horn Basin and received her education in Greybull.
She married Clifford Bonar in February 1960; they had five children and made their home in Greybull and later in Worland.
She and Clifford divorced. She married Russell Gustafson in 1983; they had one daughter and were later divorced.
Mary worked as a cook at Antone’s Restaurant in Worland for over 35 years.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; past member of the Eagle Lodge in Worland and served on the Parent’s Council for the Head Start Program. Mary loved to read and listen to music, especially the music of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
Her parents, son Michael Bonar and sister Dorothy Woods preceded her in death.
She is survived by five daughters and four sons-in-law, Carla and Keith Kelley of Basin, Pamela and Jerry Spadt of Worland, Sheila Kemble of Fargo, N.D., Melissa Bonar and Roberta and Bernie Swalstad of Worland; one brother, Lee Sparks of Sutherland, Ore.; two grandsons and one great-grandson.
Burial will be at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

GMS recipient of national award

by nathan oster
Greybull Middle School finds itself in some elite company. Only 66 schools in the nation can call themselves a National Title I Distinguished School — and GMS is one of them.
David Holbrook, a representative of the Wyoming Department of Education, presented a plaque to GMS Principal Scott McBride during the school’s awards assembly held Friday morning in the GHS auditorium.
Holbrook, speaking for Supt. of Public Instruction Cindy Hill who was unable to attend, told students and staff that each state may select two schools for national recognition — one for exceeding its adequate yearly progress for two or more years, the other for significantly closing the achievement gap between student groups.
GMS’s nomination was based the school meeting the criteria of significantly closing the achievement gap, Holbrook said.
According to the Department of Education, GMS closed the achievement gap in the following ways during the 2011-12 school year:
• In the sixth grade, the school moved the percentage of its Free and Reduced Lunch students scoring “proficient” or “advanced” in reading from 68 percent in 2010-11 to 95 percent in 2011-12. The non-Free and Reduced Lunch group increased from 74 percent to 92 percent. This equates to a 9 percent close in the achievement gap for this subgroup of students in reading.
• In the seventh grade, the school increased the percent of students at “proficient” or “advanced” in reading. The Free and Reduced Lunch group moved from 48 to 79 percent, the non-Free and Reduced Lunch group moved from 74 percent to 83 percent. This equates to a 22 percent close in the achievement gap.
In seventh-grade math, the percentage of students testing “proficient” and “advanced” moved from 48 to 74 percent within the Free and Reduced Lunch group, and from 79 to 88 percent within the non Free and Reduced Lunch group. This equates to a 17 percent close in the achievement gap.
• In the eighth grade, the school increased the percent of students “proficient” and “advanced” in reading from 47 to 67 percent within the Free and Reduced Lunch group and from 81 to 88 percent within the non-Free and Reduced Lunch group. This equates to a 13 percent close in the achievement group.
Faculty from the school will be invited to travel to Nashville for the National Title I Association conference.

Good Samaritans clear streets

by marlys good
“Baby, it’s cold outside” or “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” Take your pick. Either would be appropriate considering the cold temperatures and snowfall that have hovered over the area since Friday, Jan. 11.
Although the cold and stormy weather was predicted, people were lulled by the 52-degree high recorded Thursday, Jan. 10. Twenty-four hours later snow was falling and the mercury had dropped into the low teens. Since that time the airport has registered overnight subzero temperatures that dipped to -7 early Sunday morning. By noon Monday the mercury had “shot up” to 11 degrees, which felt almost like a heat wave.
The area was blanketed with snow Friday that fell horizontally due to the brisk wind, but sidewalks had been cleared – just in time for the 4-5 inches of new snow that fell Tuesday. The good news was there was no wind; the snow lay where it fell.
It was business as usual for the Good Samaritans who donned stocking caps, coveralls, gloves, boots and the warmest, heaviest winter coats they owned to sweep sidewalks and clear driveways.
A lot of the Good Samaritans use four-wheelers with a snow blade, which was the “shovel of choice” for Earl Dooley, who was out bright and early Tuesday. Dooley has almost a regular route of friends and neighbors he helps out, but added, “When I see snow that needs moved, I do it.”
The phone rang again and again at Downtown Auto but there was no one to answer it because both Buzz Collingwood and Justin Wisehart were out clearing snow.
Collingwood uses a small tractor with a blade, as does Terry Kunkle. But Ricky Madsen was spotted on Greybull Avenue clearing the white stuff away with an old-fashioned snow shovel and broom.
Although the snow caught many residents by surprise, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Riverton said a winter weather advisory had been issued Monday night.
Sidewalks and streets should be cleared by the time temperatures hit a predicted 20-25 degrees above late this week.
But don’t put those blades, shovels and warm clothes away just yet; this is still the middle of January – and it IS Wyoming.

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