Daily Archives: August 15, 2013

The Speakeasy back in the booze biz

by nathan oster

The Speakeasy got its liquor license back Monday night when the Greybull Town Council agreed to transfer the license to Lori Davis and lift its suspension of that license, which had been in effect since July 8.

The license had been under the names of Myles Foley and Lori Davis — the two principal owners of not only The Speakeasy but also the Historic Hotel Greybull and Mylo’s Coffee Shop — until Foley was informed that as a sitting member of the town council, he was prohibited by state statute to hold a liquor license in the community that he served.

The council suspended the license on July 8.  That same week it began advertising the public hearing, which was required to complete the license transfer. That notice ran the required four times in the Standard.

Nine days the license was suspended, on July 17, Foley and Davis were arrested for selling alcohol without a license.  They subsequently pleaded not guilty and the matter is now in the court system, with a bench trial tentatively scheduled for Sept. 25.

None of that came up Monday night, however, as the council focused instead on the transfer of the license, which occurred on a unanimous vote, as did the lifting of the suspension that had been imposed by the council.

In both instances, Councilman Bob Graham sought and received assurances from Kent Richens, a special council brought in to represent the town in the Foley-Davis proceedings, that the transfer and lifting of the suspension would have no bearing on the criminal proceedings.

Earlier in the meeting, Richins introduced himself to the council, saying he’s worked as the city attorney in Worland for 25 years, Kirby for 13 and Basin for five.  “I’m here to assist,” he told the council.



Technology brings schools, parents closer

by nathan oster

If you’re a techie, there’s a whole lot to “like” about some of the new tools that Big Horn County School District No. 3 will be unveiling in the coming days — and no, it has nothing to do with Facebook.

Starting this fall, parents will be able to make online payments for lunch tickets, track when their children get on and off the school buses and even sign up for news and sports alerts directly from the schools.

“Our kids are so technology-smart nowadays, and it seems as if education has always lagged a little behind,” said Supt. Barry Bryant. “Well we’re trying to bring the school district into the 21st century with respect to technology.

“The idea is to push more information out to the community, make things easier to find and enhance the feedback that we receive,”

When school begins next week, all of the district’s buses will be equipped with GPSs, but that the system won’t be fully implemented until sometime in September, after a Sept. 5 training session for school personnel.

Once it is up and running, personnel will be able to immediately determine the location of a bus.  If a school bus is being driven too fast, or if it is stopped for too long in one place, the superintendent will be alerted.

As part of its two-year contract with Zonar, the district will also have the ability to issue ID cards to students who ride the bus. If they swipe them when they get on and get off the bus, administrators and parents will be able to use a secure app to find out what time they got on an off, as well as where.

“It’s not something that could be read from far away — it’s a quick pass card that uses the same type of technology (that’s used by, among others, Maverik Country Store).  When they swipe their cards, it goes into our system that they are, in fact, on the bus.”

Bryant said the ID cards are just another step in the evolution, noting that the elementary school two years ago implemented a system in which each student had a card which showed where he or she would be going at the end of the school day.

“This will help with that,” Bryant said. “It’s an added benefit – for not a lot of extra money.”

The terms of the two-year contract call for the school district to pay $16,000, most of which is needed to pay for the GPS equipment and for the first year of services.

Using a GPS radio signal, the district also expects to be able to better communicate with its bus drivers whose routes take them outside radio or cell coverage.  Some areas around Shell fit that category.

Bryant said the district has also purchased a number of new iPads, Kindles and e-book readers and that they would continue to be transitioned into the classrooms.  He said the district has about 50 iPads.

“Until now they’ve mainly gone to special needs, but we’re going to be working them into the classrooms some more, and the school board will switch to iPads too as we start to go paperless with all of our meeting stuff.”

Through a new E-funds for Schools program, parents will have the option this fall of paying for their children’s lunches online.  The program will not cost the district a penny, Bryant said, adding that the way it’s set up, the cost is passed on to parents who use the service.

Bryant emphasized that parents will still be able to make cash and check payments for school lunches, just as they have always done, either by sending payments with their children or by visiting the schools.

With the “convenience fee” of about 3 percent factored in, parents would pay more by purchasing lunch tickets online.   And the additional money would go to the company running the service, not the district.

“When parents sign onto their PowerSchool account, they can go to E-funds for Schools, set up their account and check their balances,” Bryant said.

An E-funds for Schools link will also be one of the features of the new Big Horn County School District No. 3 app for Android and Apple users. By downloading the app, you can read the GHS Hoofbeats publication, find links to all the school district’s online offerings, even link up with the school libraries, which have been online for the past three years.

Also on the app, there will be a tipline where information can be shared with the schools anonymously  — whether it be about “some type of threat, a safety risk, or concerns about bullying.”    Bryant himself will receive summariers of the report.

“The idea of the app is to get more information to parents,” he said. “We can push out sports scores and news stories to keep parents more informed.”

Title money was used to purchase the app.  The district paid $1,300, but is getting two years of service for the price of one, Bryant said.



Sharing produce a boon for gardeners

by marlys good

And how does your garden grow? Just fine thank you, echo avid gardeners Suzen Yarborough, Dallen Smith and Lenny Yenny.

Yarborough’s garden is so prolific she’s provided her family, friends and neighbors with all they can eat, and is now taking the excess to the Community Outreach thrift shop for the food bank.

There’s horseradish, kale, squash, peppers, cucumbers, garlic, cucumbers. You name it, Suzen probably grows it. And it‘s all pesticide free.

“I don’t use chemicals of any kind on anything in my yard,” Suzen says. “I pull my own weeds.”

She has gardened for years, but went pesticide free when her daughter was diagnosed with cancer several years ago. “I wanted to grow all kinds of vegetables, pesticide free, for her. And I love knowing that I’m giving my kids and grandkids vegetables that are so healthy.” With the bountiful harvest, Suzen adds, “I’m getting my neighbors healthy, too.

“My niece from Billings came down and took a bunch of kale home. She makes kale chips; she said they are delicious and they are good for you.”

While there has been much talk about late gardens, and hail damage, Yarborough said she “started it early, probably earlier than most, and it took right off.”

Admitting this year’s garden is too big, she said it consumes hours of her time every day. “I get heat stroke and have to stop,” she laughed.

She is a gardener, but has never preserved or canned the fruits of her labor

“I just share the wealth,” she said with a smile in her voice. “I give it away.”


Kale Chips

1 bunch kale; 1 Tbls. olive oil, 1 tsp. seasoned salt.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a non-insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.

With a knife carefully remove leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite-size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.

Bake 10-15 minutes – until the edges brown but are not burned.

(Broccoli is also delicious this way. Cut into flowerets, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with seasoning salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.)


Smith grows a picture perfect garden, with all the popular veggies, beans, corn, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini (“Roll up your windows and lock your car doors or you’ll be getting some,” he laughs) along with rhubarb, strawberries and raspberries.  “Strawberry/rhubarb pie is my favorite,” he said.

This year he installed a drip line that runs on a timer and his garden flourished; he has far fewer weeds, which translates into fewer hours spent in the garden.

With eight children, Smith said there’s not usually much left over to preserve, but if there is extra they do some canning. “Last year our potatoes lasted us through the winter.”

He enjoys his garden, explaining, “Lots of times it’s fun to get out there, fun to see stuff grow and do well, and it’s a way to get rid of some of the stress.”

His kids help plan, weed and harvest. “Sometimes, just like when I was a kid; it’s joyful, sometimes it’s a chore for them.”

His favorite fresh food? ”I love that fresh corn on the cob.”


“Don’t buy it; come here first,” Yenny tells her children.

The gardening enthusiast always grows enough to keep her family, friends and neighbors supplied with fresh produce and has even put ads on Internet’s Free Share when plants over-produce.

“The growing season was different this year. It started off good, then got cool, so the plants grew great big, I don’t know why. The zucchini put on all kinds of fruit, then it would stop, the fruit would rot and you’d have to take them off. Now it is doing beautifully.” In fact, she added, everything is earlier, doing beautifully and is very prolific. The tomatillos have taken over the yard, the rhubarb is thriving, the Swiss chard “renews” itself again and again, raspberries have been plentiful, the mint, sweet basil and oregano fill the garden will their scents.

Yenny planted eggplant for the first time this year. “I put in a lot,” she laughed. “You know you put in one or two, and you get one or two. You can fry it, make egg plant Parmesan, and this year I made pizza rounds. You cut it in rounds, put on some pizza sauce and put it in the oven; take it out, add some cheese and put it back in the oven.”  Easy and very good, she said.

The longtime gardener uses no pesticides. She has lots of ladybugs in the garden, but “they are good. Praying Mantis kill a lot of bugs, but we don’t have them here. Back home (she’s from the east coast) I purchased some and we had them all over the garden.”

Yenny just plain enjoys gardening; it’s rewarding, but it’s also a lot of work. “My husband (Chancey) enjoys it too. He is my biggest helper; he’s out there right alongside me.”

Yenny cans and preserves “everything. Tomatoes are my favorite; you can make all kinds of things” Her spaghetti sauce includes lots of veggies and spices, and they could vary from batch to batch. Ingredients might vary, “but it always tastes the same,” she laughed. “One year the tomatoes were scant so I took tomatillos and ground them up and put them in with the tomatoes. I use whatever I have.”

She dries the herbs to use throughout the winter.

One of her favorite recipes includes the fresh mint.

“You take chicken pieces and fry them in a little oil (no flour, etc.). Then you take them out of the oil, and put in a whole big bunch of fresh mint (washed and dried) into the oil; cook it until it’s crisp then put the chicken back in.”  Delicious with the crispy mint, she said.

When the Yenny clan gathers for its traditional Sunday dinner, the table is sure to be heaped with veggies fresh from the garden. Pop something on the grill and voilå, “dinner’s served.”


Tammy Virginia Hall

!OBITHallJuly 26, 1982 0 Aug. 4, 2013

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for Tammy Virginia Hall of Manderson will be held Saturday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between Basin and Greybull. Tammy, 31, died Aug. 4 at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora from complications of cystic fibrosis.

She was born July 26, 1982, in Worland, the daughter of David and Charlotte Hall. She grew up in Worland and graduated from Washakie County High School in 2001.

Tammy loved hanging out with friends and family; enjoyed puzzles and doted on her dogs; loved orchids, lilies and roses and the color blue. She enjoyed any activities with her family.

Her sister Trista Hall and her grandparents preceded Tammy in death.

She is survived by her parents, David and Charlotte Hall of Manderson; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Barbara Wall of Manderson and Kirk and Lisa Kissack of Glenrock; nieces Brooke and Alison Kissack of Glenrock and nephew Justin Wall of Manderson;  godson Joshua Repo Dean Denniston of Powell and adopted niece Adrianna Williams of Sheridan.

Memorials can be made at Pinnacle Bank, 644 Big Horn Ave., Worland, WY 82401.

Robert M. “Swede” Christensen

OBIT ChristensenOct. 8, 1932 – Aug. 5, 2013

Funeral services for Robert M. “Swede” Christensen will be held at a later date. “Swede” died Aug. 5 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper after a brief illness.

He was born Oct. 8, 1932, in Greybull, the son of Christian Hall and Florence Doughty Christensen. He grew up and received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School.

He married Carol Kitzerow July 17, 1956, in Billings, Mont.

Mr. Christensen worked as a control room operator at Pacific Power and Light for over 35 years.

He enjoyed gardening, carpentry and was an all-around lover of nature.

His son, Robert “Bobby” Christensen; father Christian Hall Christensen; mother Florence Doughty Christensen; brother Charles Fells; sister-in-law Bee Fells; sister-in-law Joyce Christensen; father and mother-in-law, one niece and his brother-in-law preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Carol of Glenrock; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jeff and Karla Samona of Spearfish, S.D.. and Tim and Lisa Wiederrich of Sturgis, S.D.; sister Christina Bush of Yerrington, Nev., brother, Christian “Jay” Christensen of Sierra Vista, Ariz., sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Clarence Hall of Worland, brother-in-law and his wife, Sheldon and Marjorie Kitzerow of Sun City, Calif.; one grandson and two granddaughters.

Donations in Mr. Christensen’s name may be given to a charity of your choice.


Locals among Midway Open winners

by nathan oster

Golfers from Greybull, Worland and Powell were the big winners in last weekend’s Midway Open.

The annual tournament is a three-man best ball event with scores counted from gross and net for part of the tournament and net and net for the other part of the tournament.

“It’s a tournament within a tournament,” said Eddie Johnson, the club president.

Thirty golfers teed off Saturday morning, and when it was over, a familiar pair was on top.  Scott McColloch and his son Michael McColloch, winners of last month’s Security Invitational, added the Midway Open title to their collections.  The two Greybull golfers teamed with Jordan McKamey of Worland to take the gross-net side of the tournament.

Finishing in second was the team of West Hernandez, Wade Hernandez and Shawn Warner, all of Powell.

In the net-net, Aaron Grosch, Andy Anderson and Jacob Craft of Worland placed first followed by the team of Lonnie Koch, Dave Walton and Frank Kelly, all of Greybull.

Several other games were played in conjunction with the tournament.

In the derby, where local golfers are paired with guests and a team is eliminated on every hole until only one is left, Aaron Grosch and Tyler Craft took first, followed by West Hernandez of Powell and Mike Greear of Worland, who were second, and Ryan Tobin and Dave Walton, who were third.

Michael McColloch was the Long Drive winner both days.

In the Closest to the Pin contest, Lonnie Koch emerged victorious on Saturday and Ryan Tobin on Sunday.  West Hernandez was Closest to the Line both days.

“The crew at the golf course worked extremely hard getting the course ready for the golf tournament,” said Johnson. “Lonnie Koch, Bob Fink, Jim Ryles and Carl Olson spent a lot of extra hours working the outside.  The golf course was in great shape and played well over the weekend.”

Johnson also credited the ladies inside the clubhouse for all their efforts and the Basin City Arts Center for providing the meal, which he described as “one of the best we have had out there in a long time.

“I really appreciate all the hard work that everyone did to make this tournament successful.”

There are only a few events left on the 2013 golf calendar, including a twi-night game on Aug. 30, the Midway club championship in September, the Eagles one-man scramble in September and the annual meeting scramble in October.

“The golfing is great, the course is in great shape and there is still plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the summer.  Come on out and have some fun at Midway Golf Club.”

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