Daily Archives: November 8, 2013

Resignation casts cloud over fair derby

Derby future mulled


After accepting the resignation of demolition derby organizer, the Big Horn County Fair Board discussed options for the Sunday afternoon entertainment at next year’s county fair.

Demolition Derby organizer Timmy Kennedy came to the Big Horn County Fair Board Monday to discuss the notary bill that was turned down at last month’s meeting.

Kennedy said there was a lack of communication with the fair management. He said he was unaware that Security State Bank would be available and provide a notary. He said the bank employees were not available when the drivers began checking in.

Notary is required to check legal driver’s license for drivers, notarize waivers and make sure pit crew members have legal ID.

“The bill does need to be paid and does not need to be paid out of my pocket,” Kennedy said.

He said he was unaware of the new meeting date for the October meeting, which was moved to Sept. 30.

Chairman Felix Carrizales said the board will pay the bill and that this is a good time to “terminate everything else and terminate our relationship here” with Kennedy. Kennedy said, “Perfect becausee I was going to resign tonight anyway with my entire derby committee.”

Carrizales said the board would accept that resignation.

Following the resignation, board member Andy Perkins asked how much the fair board makes on demolition derby. Fair Manager Vangi Hackney said the board receives all the gate revenue, which was about $6,000 this past year with an attendance of 807. The derby was the second highest attended grandstand event this year with the rodeo the highest at 830 and pig wrestling at 537, according to figures provided following the fair at the August meeting.

Carl Nielsen said the board needs something to bring in additional revenue with the loss of the beer gardens revenue.

Perkins said it appears the derby has issues every year and the fair should look at something new.

Hackney said that while at the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs convention in Casper next week she can look at bringing in something for Sunday, such as monster trucks. She said tractor pulls have been suggested but it would be the day after the Washakie County Fair and not sure if there is enough interest.

Carrizales asked Hackney to look into various options for that Sunday afternoon grandstand entertainment.

He added there are some other area residents interested in running the derby so the derby is still an option for Sunday afternoon.

“Beauty and the Beast” debuts Nov. 14

by marlys good

“Camelot,” “Annie,” “Working,” “The Music Man,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” … just a few of the plays performed in the past 23 years through the cooperation of Big Horn County School District No. 3 and the Greybull Fine Arts Council.

For the first time in 23 years, this year’s spotlight will be on “Beauty and the Beast,” a 1991 animated musical romantic fantasy produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, based on the French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont. The show debuts Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the GHS auditorium. It will also be presented Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16.

Director Ted Menke said, “I am not as familiar with this one. I’m probably more of a traditionalist; I like old, familiar ones”

Menke credited GHS/GMS music instructor Michael Jaycox for this year’s choice. “He took the lead on this,” Menke said. “He had seen it, liked it, found it for us and is very excited about it.”

While it wouldn’t have been Menke’s first choice, “Nobody had to bend my arm. The music is wonderful; it’s catchy, has got some fun stuff, lots of movement, lots of dance.”

With just a week to go before the opening curtain, Menke said things are finally coming together. “That’s the way it always works. There are always some who don’t have their lines down, who are involved in other activities — football, volleyball, swimming — you get down into the final week before you can get everyone together on one stage.”

Important components for the success of the musical include: Dorothy Molaskey of the Greybull Fine Arts Council and GMS librarian Teresa Boyer who have been designing the sets; Jennifer Stewart, who is in charge of costuming; with Susan Fox making sure the curtain opens and closes right on cue; and house manager Sandra Menke.

“Masters of the Music” include director Michael Jaycox; rehearsal pianist Marilyn McCoy; Kelli Hoblit, keyboard; John Henderson, trombone; Bob Leach, bass; Patrice Riley, flute; Michelle Anderton, clarinet; Oscar Garay on percussion and Bob Campos, trumpet.

Em Wilson is once again the choreographer with Dale Haller and Justin Wisehart the lighting and sound technicians respectively.

Tickets, at $7 apiece, are available at the Greybull High School office, the superintendent’s office, or can be purchased at the door.


Chamber, lodging folks talk tourism

by nathan oster and jade smith

A brainstorming session that brought together in one room owners of local lodging establishments and chamber of commerce officials produced several fresh ideas for promoting Greybull to tourists around the globe.

Sue Anderson, who in her role as the executive director of the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce will be asked to carry out the wishes of the group, called the meeting “a very positive” first step.

More meetings are planned.

The purpose of them, according to chamber officials, is “to open lines of communication” and improve the working relationship between the chamber and area merchants, many of whom were in attendance at the 2 p.m. meeting on Friday.

Ernie Smith, a member of the chamber’s board of directors, led the meeting, with help from Selena Brown, who facilitated the discussion.

Attending were chamber representatives Sue Anderson, Sherri Emmett, Julie Owens, Jade Smith and Julie Bilbrey along with Myles Foley and Lori Davis of the Historic Hotel Greybull, Michelle and Marissa Maas of the Sage Motel, Sharon Shafer of the Antler and K-Bar motels, Cor and Maria Bijvank of the Greybull KOA, Marian VanGrinsven of Maid Marian’s B&B, Wendy Lannon of the Greybull Motel and Sharon Willis of the  Yellowstone Motel.

In total, they represented all but two of the lodging facilities within the chamber’s service area.

Bijvank may have been the most vocal in the lead-up to the meeting, saying he felt the chamber has not be effectively marketing the town to tourists.  By meeting’s end, he said he felt better, calling it “reasonably productive” and saying he hope that it leads to more meetings of all the town’s lodging establishment owners.

“We need to talk about what we want from the chamber,” he said. “These are our businesses, and what’s good for our local economy is good for everybody who lives here.”

Bijvank made a presentation to the group on Friday, sharing informational materials he has developed for his campground guests.  The intent of all the brochures was simply to answer the question, “What is there to see and do around Greybull?”

These publications highlighted several activities, including sightseeing and day trips from Greybull, hiking, fishing, motorcycle tours, jeep trails, geological sites and about the wild horse range. Attendees commended Bijvank on his ingenuity, with several of the lodging representatives asking for copies of their own of the brochures to distribute to their guests.

“The brochures worked fine for me,” said Bijvank, who said his numbers for this past season were down by about 2.6 percent. “I’ve found that it’s easier to keep them one they are here than it is to get them in.”

Bijvank said motel owners saw even sharper declines in their business.  While he doesn’t feel like the chamber helped all that much, the biggest factor, he said, might have been the additional motel rooms that were added in Cody.  “I think that had a big effect on the overflow of people going to Greybull,” he said.


Meeting dialogue

Early in the meeting, Ernie Smith read the chamber’s mission statement, which is, “to advance and enhance the lifestyle of Greybull area businesses and people. The chamber of commerce will work to attract new businesses and promote Big Horn County and the town of Greybull.”

Additional ideas that came out of the meeting included:

• Putting more area activities on the chamber-managed community website, Greybull.com;

• Creating a greater presence on Facebook and other social media;

• Putting catchy slogans on buildings and signs;

• Branding the “value” of staying in Greybull in terms of it being more that just a place to spend the  night; and

• Scheduling activities during the summer months that would give visitors something special to do at night in Greybull.

The group also showed a great interest in getting the Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting back up and running, as it has long been a “must see” for visitors.

Interest was also expressed in perusing the possibilities of a combined museum featuring the area’s geology/paleontology, airplanes and military exhibits. A board will be formed in the coming months to work with the chamber on reopening the Museum of Flight as soon as possible.

Other topics discussed included special music/theater events and area activities that may not be as well known such as caving and geo-caching.

The group also agreed to push for more signage that would help motorists entering Greybull from the east, via U.S. Highway 14, to navigate the complexities of Greybull Avenue.  The group believes a lot of tourists mistakenly end up in the right-turn lane, which requires them to turn once they reach Fifth Street and before they even get to the stoplight.

Bijvank said he believes the ideas, if implemented, will make a difference in future years.

Anderson agreed.  In an email to chamber members on Monday, she said she’s already working on developing a separate Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce page on Facebook and, in a follow-up interview, said she is going to push for a professional to give the chamber’s website a fresh new look, like the one that was recently done to promote Thermopolis (thermopolis.com).

The next meeting of the lodging/restaurant owners and chamber officials is tentatively set for February.  If you would like to become involved in the marketing of Greybull, contact Ernie Smith, 765-2368, or Anderson, 765-2100.





Opening soon: Suzy’s Boutique

by marlys good

Suzen Yarborough will open her new shop, Suzy’s Boutique, located at 16 S. Fifth St. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.

The boutique will feature clothing, designer wear, jewelry and accessories, purses, shoes, home décor, and much more. Yarborough said her merchandise is “a good quality, in excellent condition, trendy and in styles that will appeal to both young and old.”

Yarborough wants to give back to the community, and is doing so with a “wig boutique,” for people who are suffering from hair loss for whatever reason. She admits that this is the feature closest to her heart. She has wigs donated by her mother, her daughter, and a “bunch of wigs” donated by Katie May. “I washed them, styled them, and they are hanging here ready for anyone who needs one.

“‘They can come in, pick out a wig, a scarf, a hat, any headwear (free of charge),” she said. She will also welcome any donations of mastectomy articles, which will also be made available free of charge. “Come in, take it, and return when you don’t need it anymore.”

Yarborough was a mainstay at the Greybull Fitness Center. She loved the job, she loved the people, she loved the interaction with the people who popped in to use the varied fitness equipment.

Then the center closed and Yarborough drifted, looking for something to keep her occupied, to keep her focused. She was getting ready to go back to college to study to be a vet tech, specializing in reptiles. All that changed when her friend Angie Brenner (owner of Body Therapy by Angie) contacted her.

“If you were going to open a business, what kind would you like to have?” Brenner asked her.

“A consignment shop,” Yarborough admitted. “I just thought we were friends talking. Then Angie asked me to come in and talk to her, and she said, ‘Suzie, I want you to open your business right next door to me.’

“I was in shock. I was needing something in my life; winter is coming, I had nothing to look forward to that would keep me busy. So basically, Angie made this happen. God bless her. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Yarborough has gotten solid support from her family, and as the sole owner/employee, she needs that support. “I am extremely nervous. Scared to death. I was losing sleep over it,” she admitted.

The new enterprise had no start up-money. Everything accomplished has been through the help of the “community, Angie and my family. It is still a work in progress,” she admitted.

Any items donated that she cannot use, will be donated to the Community Outreach thrift shop.

“I’m trying to make the store kid friendly, fun. I’m working with what little space I have; it has character and I’m working to make it warm and inviting.”

Suzy’s Boutique will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Carlson, Powers, Stephens named all-conference

by marlys good

Three Greybull Lady Buffs, Ceirra Carlson, McKenna Powers and Brett Stephens, have been named to the Class 2A All-Northwest Conference volleyball team.

Coach Sara Schlattmann, who was honored by her coaching peers as the Northwest Conference coach of the year, said she was excited for her three standouts.

“Brett, Ceirra and McKenna are very deserving of the honor. The three have led most of the statistical categories throughout the year and are our floor leaders. Each played a very unique and different role for us. Brett was the vocal leader on the floor and did a great job of directing the offense.” A two-year starter, Stephens was credited for her hard work in the off-season that Schlattman said “paid off for her. She will be asked to lead our team again next year.”

Powers, a three-year starter for the Buffs and two year all-conference selection, “was our big middle hitter. She had an amazing season and has improved 200 percent from the first time she stepped on the floor in high school until now. She was scrappy and just the hardest worker; she always finished her conditioning drills first.”

Schlattmann said Carlson, a four-year starter, led the team in kills and passing and worked tirelessly each year and throughout the summer to  improve. “Again, as I compare Ceirra now to where she was when she entered our program, it is amazing to see the growth. She had certainly left her mark. It was also a great honor for her to be selected to the all-state team, particularly since we were not at the state tournament.”

The three Buffs were joined on the all-conference team by Staci Dellos of Riverside; Mercedes Heney, Chayli McArthur, Emilee Reasch and Lauren Hinckley of Lovell; Haylee Hoffman, Sierra Schmidt and Kayla Lofink of Thermopolis and Haley Strom, Hannah Winland and Shauna Loman of Rocky Mountain.

Reasch was honored as the Player of the Year.

Schlattmann said she appreciated “that the other coaches chose me, and I was quite surprised. To be honest, I think the honor was more deserving of someone else. I am really lucky to have inherited a good program and a great, hardworking and dedicated group of girls. They are certainly the reason I was given this honor and I am very proud of them.”

Jolley, Dietrich earn all-state honors

by nathan oster

The girls swimming season ended on a high note for the Worland Warriors, who got big contributions from three Greybull High School students, Brianna Jolley, Elizabeth Dietrich and Brittany Butz.

“The team did awesome,” said Coach Kim Wyman, whose team ranked fifth out of 12 teams in the 3A competition. Amazing, considering she took just seven athletes, five of whom made finals.  Jackson, which won it, had 22 swimmers who made finals.

“It boiled down to a numbers game,” she said of the fifth-place finish.  “But on an individual account, we had many successes.”

Carolyn Kennedy and Saydria Russell paced the Warriors, as they have done all season long.  But Jolley and Dietrich, in particular, played big supporting roles.  Jolley took 10th in the 100 butterfly, with a season-best time of 1:08.73.

Both girls were on Worland’s “amazing” two relay teams, which placed second and earned all-state honors in the 200 freestyle and third in the 400 freestyle race.  The latter made Lady Warrior history, turning in the fastest relay time to date in that that event.

Speaking of the Greybull trio, all of whom qualified for state competition, Wyman echoed what she’s been saying all year long: “Thos girls are wonderful, and we are glad they came down to join us.”

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