Daily Archives: August 22, 2013

Marshal: Plug-in likely cause of fire

by nathan oster

While cautioning that it’s still under investigation, a state fire marshal said Tuesday that there is a high probability that a dried-out, plug-in air freshener caused the house fire Friday afternoon at 516 11th Ave. N. in Greybull.

“I’m pretty sure of it,” said Richard Embrey, who investigated the fire.  “Historically there have been cases throughout the country where fires have started because of the Glade plug-in malfunction … if you will.

“When those go dry, they have a tendency to get hot because the electricity is still going through them, heating up the element.  They’ve been known to cause fires elsewhere and I think that’s what happened in this case.”

No one was home at the time of the fire, which was reported to authorities shortly after 4 p.m.  In fact, the owner of the home, Matt Good, was out of the state on Friday, visiting his father in Minnesota.

Embrey concluded that the fire started in the living room and credited Greybull firefighters for their work saving the structure. “The structure itself is still solid,” Embrey concluded. “It’s not a total loss; I think it could be fixed up and lived in again.”

At the present time, however, the home is uninhabitable.  Good has temporarily moved into a trailer house that once belonged to his great grandmother, Ina Harvey, and is still owned by his family.

Embrey encourages anyone who purchases the Glade plug-ins to check them regularly.

“A few years ago, they came out with a public service announcement warning people that once those plug ins went dry, they should change them immediately or take them completely out of the wall,” said Embrey, citing a study done by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

As for the fire itself, Paul Murdoch, the Greybull fire chief, was on the road and unable to respond.  But he offered kudos nonetheless to the members of his department who responded to the fire call.

“Our guys did a good job on it,” he said. “It was fully engulfed when they got there. Flames were coming out of the windows.  They saved the house pretty well.  Structurally it’s still in good shape.  The fire didn’t burn anything up other than furniture,” although considerable smoke and water damage was reported.

Assisting the GFD at the scene were members of South Big Horn County Search and Rescue, the Greybull Police Department and the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office.






Town gears up for community assessment

The Town of Greybull is hosting a Rural Resource Team visit September 17-19, 2013. The community sponsors of this event are the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greybull Economic Development Board.

The Resource Team is being invited into the community to assist in:
1) developing an objective community assessment based on community input; 2) holding listening sessions for the community at large (where the team listens to the community suggestions); 3) facilitating a resource team town meeting; 4) delivering a resource team report to the community, complete with resource team members’ personal recommendations; and 5) providing post-resource team support and follow-up.

The resource team consists of a panel of knowledgeable individuals from outside the community who are actively involved in some area of rural community development. They volunteer their time and services as a resource team member.

The community is invited to attend any of the one-hour listening sessions, which will be held Tuesday evening and all day on Wednesday and on Thursday morning, in order to answer the following three questions:

What are the major problems and challenges in the community?

What are the major strengths and assets in the community?

What projects would you like to see accomplished in the community in the next two, five, 10, and 20 years?

On Thursday night, the resource team will facilitate a town meeting where 1) the listening session responses will be read; 2) Major themes in the community will be provided; and 3) the resource team members will give the community a preview of their recommendations to be included in the resource team report.

In an effort to foster as much community participation as possible, community sector representatives will be asked to assist in publicizing the resource team visit and recruiting individuals to attend the listening sessions. All community members are invited to attend one of the listening sessions, even if they have not been previously contacted.

For information on the resource team effort, the listening session process, or the listening session agenda, contact community resource team planning leader Julie Bilbrey at 765-9319.



HATS: Gets better every year

by marlys good

HATS V was another unqualified success and between the ticket sales (including pre-sale, tables and at the door), live and silent auction, raffle and the fun “heads and tails” contest $63,905 was raised. The entire amount will benefit people in need of a “hand across the saddle.”

This year’s breakdown includes: ticket sales, $20,000; raffle, $3,100; live auction $38,100; silent auction, $1,930; heads or tails, $775 (won by Kim Coyne).

From its inception in 2009 to HATS IV in 2012, 350 families and individuals from Thermopolis to Powell and all the communities in between were assisted to the tune of $350,000. This does not include assistance provided in 2013.

All aid, amount and to whom, is strictly and completely confidential. No names are released. Beverly Brimley, co-founder of HATS along with husband Wilford Brimley, noted that “several people on different occasions have come forward and become part of the silent auctions, saying they want to give back because they have been helped.” She said they also have had people who say they can’t afford to purchase a ticket, but “I have $10; can I put that in?”

On the same note, Brimley said as they were taking tickets Saturday evening they had “more than one person donate a ticket, telling us to give it to someone who came up who needed one, and so we gave them to random people at the door.”

Brimley emphasized that everything connected to the annual HATS benefits “is by volunteer and donation, whether you see it or not, everything is volunteer. Every dime earned goes directly to aid those in need. HATS is people giving from their hearts – giving their money, their talent, their advice and their help. There is no end for where it comes from. Everybody has something to give, and boy, do they; it is amazing to me. It just gets better and better. People are good.”

This year’s HATS was especially enjoyable thanks to the Town of Greybull and the newly air-conditioned Herb Asp Community Center. “It made for a perfectly wonderful evening,” Brimley said.

The capacity crowd enjoyed the delicious dinner catered by chefs supreme Chris Dalin and Robb Howe and served by a professional crew of black and white clad Lady Buff basketball players under the watchful eyes of Coach Jeff Hunt and his wife, Carrie.

Code Blue from Utah opened the festivities and was well received by the crowd. Baxter Black, in his second appearance at HATS, delighted the diners with his monologues and poetry.

Zieb Stettler of Thermopolis, who has volunteered his time and sound equipment at the HATS saddle bronc/barrel racing events, got his first opportunity to join the fundraiser and his equipment and expertise made a huge difference Saturday.

The featured guest himself had suggested the new stage location and table arrangements, which were also appreciated by the ticket-holders. “Baxter was happy as he could be to be back, and was so complimentary” of the community and the fundraiser, Brimley said.





Jacob Roy Robertson

Nov. 10, 1976 – Aug. 14, 2013

A service to celebrate the life and commemorate the memory of Jacob Roy Robertson will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Eagles Lodge in Basin. Jake died Aug. 14 at the Billings Clinic.

He was born Nov. 10, 1976 in Laramie, the son of  Brenda Storer Maden and Clarence Nelson. He received his schooling in Laramie.

Jake’s kind, loving and free spirit will be forever missed.

He is survived by his wife Brandi Jo Robertson of Basin; his mother Brenda Storer Maden of Laramie; father and step-mother Clarence and Sandy Nelson of Albany, Ore.; brother and sister-in-law, Steven Dale and Dasa Robertson and nephew Steven Dale Jr. of Laramie; sister Melissa Robertson and niece Meaghan of Denver.


Leland Guy Morris

April 1, 1932 – April 4, 2013

A graveside memorial service for Leland G. Morris of Basin will be held Saturday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. at Mount View Cemetery in Basin. Leland. 81, died April 4 at Washakie Medical Center in Worland. His obituary was printed in the April 10 issue of the Greybull Standard.

A potluck reception will be held in Washington Memorial Park in Basin following the service.


Ty Ross Aagard

Oct. 25, 1987 – Aug. 14, 2013

A “cowboy style” Celebration of Life for Ty Ross Aagard of Manderson was held at the home of Marcy and Del Friedly in Powell Aug. 17. Ty, 25, died suddenly Aug. 14 in a farming accident in Manderson.

Ty was born Oct. 25, 1987, in Cody, the son of Olaf Aagard and Patti McIntosh Hufford. He attended school in Powell. At the time of his death he was living and working as a farm and ranch hand for his fiancée’s (Michelle Mullins) family.

He loved his work and also loved riding and training horses. His hobbies included leatherwork and working cows. He took great pride in loaning his trusty old horse “Clarence” to 4-H kids.

Ty was preceded in death by his mother, Patti Hufford, and one brother, Travis Aagard.

He is survived by his fiancée Michelle Mullins of Manderson; his father Olaf Aagard of Cody; one brother, Trent Aagard of Casper; and his sister and brother-in-law, Marcy and Del Friedly of Cody.

A memorial fund to benefit 4-H kids has been established at Security State Bank, Box 531, Basin, WY 82410-0460.



Charles McLemore Emmett

Aug. 25, 1929 – Aug. 16, 2013

Charles McLemore Emmett, 83, passed away at his home in Basin on Aug. 16 with his wife of 59 years, Lois, by his side.

Charles was born Aug. 25, 1929, in Lovell, Wyo., And was the fifth child of 10. He was raised on a farm northwest of Deaver, Wyo., and graduated in 1949 from Deaver High School. Charles participated in sports and speech club.

He served as a tank gunner in he Army and overseas in Korea. After his honorable discharge from the Army in September of 1953; he was in the reserves until 1958.

Charles married the love of his life, Lois Schildhauer on July 4, 1954, in Lovell. Charles went to work for George Rakes Inc.  in Glendive, Mont. and continued to work there for more than 30 years, until the company was sold in 1988.

Charles then went to work for Dunnik Bros. until he retired a year later.

In 1990 Charles and Lois bought, restored and ran the Glendive Campground until 1995. During their time living in Glendive they always talked about moving back to Wyoming. Finally, in 2003, they decided to sell their home and garden land and moved to Basin, Wyo. to be closer to family.

Charles was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman most of his life. He was a licensed pilot and flew for many years, a self-taught taxidermist and an accomplished woodworker who built everything from birdhouses and furniture to a canoe.

Charles was a member of the American Legion and lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers and one son, Ronald Gene.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; three children: Sherry (Bruce) Meidinger of Bismarck, N.D., Thomas (Karen) of Green River, Wyo., and Larry (Julie) of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren: Brett and Lorna Meidinger, Kayla (Rusty) Lang, Charles and Katie Emmett; three great-grandchildren: Elliott, Adrian and Cambria Lang; one sister, Betty (Terry) Todd of Cody, Wyo., one brother, Jerry (Evagene) Emmett of Billings, Mont. and numerous nieces and nephews.

A viewing was held from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull and the funeral service followed at `1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Atwood Family Chapel.

Burial followed at the Lovell cemetery.

Memorials in Charles’ name are being received at Security State Bank, Box 531, Basin, WY 82410 and will benefit the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation, Meadowlark House, 1106 North 30th, Billings, MT 59101.

Atwood Family Funeral Director’s, Inc., assisted the family with arrangements.

(Paid obituary)

Roping has become a family affair

by marlys good

It was 1975 when brothers and team roping enthusiasts Gary and Bob Good gathered their team roping friends together for what became an annual roping event. It became the Bob Good Memorial in 1985 after Bob’s untimely death on Nov. 11, 1984. Still going strong, it will kick off for its 29th year Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Greybull rodeo grounds.

Three generations of the founding fathers will be competing this weekend, either in the team roping itself or in the kids barrel racing.

Sandwiched in with the Friday, Saturday and Sunday ropings are barrel racing contests (the Pat Good and Gerritt Swiftney memorials) for two age groups — 8 and under, 9 to 12 — and a calcutta, complete with a dinner and live music at Lisa’s Saturday night at 7:30.

Ronna Good Collingwood, daughter of Myrna and the late Bob Good, said, “You never know how many (ropers) there will be until they show up,” adding that numbers dipped about five years ago, “I think because of the economy and the cost of gas).”

You might not know how many ropers will show up, but one things if for certain: there will be at least three generations of the two founders in the arena at one time or another.

The late Bob Good will be represented by his four offspring, sons Curt and Pablo and daughters Ronna (her husband Scott Collingwood) and Teresa Pollen; his grandchildren Matt Paumer, Janelle Roush, Jake Olson, Gene Good, Lacee Good, Misty Irvine and Heather Garson; and his great-grandchildren Maddy Miller, Brendan Boyd, Daya Olson, Josie, Emerald and Colt Collingwood and Isabel Irvine.

Gary and the late Pat Good will be represented by their son “Sam,” their granddaughter and grandson, Bobbie Sue Hoflund and Casey Good, and their great-grandchhildren, Cash and Devlin Hoflund.

Gary’s daughter Sherri Wilkinson, and her cousin Ronna have become important cogs that keep the event running smoothly year after year.

Collingwood emphasized that all the events at the rodeo grounds are free and the public is welcome to attend. There will be a concession stand so stop by, watch the fun and enjoy an afternoon(s) of roping and barrel racing.

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