Monthly Archives: December 2013

Legion in position to start building renovations

by nathan oster

American Legion Post No. 32 Commander Paul Linse has announced that renovations to the Legion Hall building on North Fifth Street are expected to begin soon.

Donations from American Legion members and individuals from the community now total more than $6,500, which is more than 10 percent of the total amount Post 32 will require for the total renovation project costs.

Linse said Post 32 has also applied for grants from a variety of sources and feels confident the building will be restored to a state better than the original hall, giving the community an attractive venue for a variety of events and activities.

More important, “the Legion Hall will once again display photos, accounts, news articles, and memorabilia recounting the community’s young men and women who have served the country, usually with distinction, always with loyalty, and occasionally with stark, sudden finality.“

According to Linse, “it will once again proudly serve our community as a reservoir of history, a repository of memories of men and women who served when our country called them, often going to faraway places and returning with stories of extraordinary deeds and exotic locations.”

Linse provided the following information about the building’s history:

“The Legion Hall was built in 1922 as a Methodist-Episcopalian Church.  Its first service was on Christmas Day, 1922.  It was sold for $1 to the American Legion, Greybull Post 32, in 1935.  It became a well-used venue for every service organization, civic club, and group requiring a meeting place.  It was used by unions, boards, and committees. Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, and churches used the building.

“The Legion Hall reached the apex of its influence on the social development of our community after World War II when young men returning to Greybull often found big changes.  Marriages got settled and rearranged at the Legion Hall.

“While no liquor was permitted inside the Hall, many accounts from that era describe how affairs were often settled in the alley alongside the Hall.  ‘No one was ever murdered,’ one firsthand witness to the times recounted.

“The Legion Hall continued to be heavily used by community groups through the 1960s and ‘70s.  The school used the building for classes until 1965 when the band room was constructed at the elementary school.  Its latter years were spent as a storage facility.  Little or no maintenance has been performed on the old building since 1996.”

Linse said he’s been working to get the building added to the National Register of Historic Places.  An application to that effect has been accepted by the State Historic Preservation Office, which  he called “the first step in the building joining other significant historical buildings, objects, and places across the nation.”

The Secretary of the Interior will announce a final determination in early 2014, Linse said.

He added, “P. J. Osborn is given credit for building the original church.  While one account states construction began under the direction of the church’s building committee soon after the church was organized in February of 1922, a later account says Mr. Osborn almost single-handedly built the church in November and December of that year to prepare for the first service at Christmastime.

“Kurt Dubbe, the architect from Jackson who inspected and reported on the condition of the building, was astonished at how stoutly the building was built.  The exception is the roof structure, but even with the compromises and corners cut, Mr. Dubbe cited the extraordinary ‘history of performance of the building.’   We at Post 32 are honored to assume the responsibility for renovating Mr. Osborn’s well-crafted building.”

The community is invited to participate in this restoration effort. Donations may be sent to The American Legion, Greybull Post 32, P.O. Box 140, Greybull WY 82426.   Potential patrons of this project should check with their accountant or lawyer to verify how contributing to their community may also favorably affect their tax bill.  Of course, volunteers are always welcome to help as are donations of materials.



Wrestlers win 3 of 5 duals, place fifth

by nathan oster

Greybull-Riverside saw some new competition Saturday at the Wright Christmas Dual Wrestling Invitational.

For the first time this season, the Buffs faced a field of teams from the eastern side of the state.  Moorcroft, the reigning 2A champion and favorite to win it all again, didn’t send its varsity squad, instead opting to send a team of junior varsity grapplers.

It was that team that lined up opposite the Buffs in the finale. G-R got the better of the young Wolves in that one, winning 45-24 to clinch fifth place.  Shoshoni, which went 4-0 in pool wrestling, beat Wright for the title.

Finishing in third was Natrona JV, followed in fourth by Douglas JV.

The Buffs went 2-2 in pool wrestling, beating Southeast 54-12 and Lusk 37-24 while falling to Natrona JV 36-30 and Wright 40-36.

G-R will return to action after the holiday break with a Jan. 9 dual against Thermopolis.  The dual will double as the team’s home opener.  Action is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Buff Gym.


Buffs go cold, drop first in Burlington

by nathan oster

Greybull’s winning streak came to an abrupt halt Dec. 17 when the Buffs dropped a 21-point decision to the Burlington Huskies, who entered the game as the No. 1 ranked team in Class 1A.

“They’re the best team we’ve played so far this year — and actually, I’d say they’re the best team on our schedule this year,” said Coach Jim Prather, whose team dropped to 7-1 overall with the loss.

What happened?

The shooting precision the Buffs showed in winning four straight at the Coal Miner’s Classic — when they connected on more than 50 percent of their field goal attempts in the three of the four games and 40 percent in the fourth — was nowhere to be found on a frosty night inside and outside the Burlington gym.

The Buffs hit only 30 percent of their field goals (18-of-60) against the Huskies and went to the line only 10 times, converting five.  It was the team’s lowest scoring output of the season.

“I’d like to think that’s because Burlington is just really good,” Prather said of his team’s shooting woes. “They are long and athletic … and they do a nice job of closing down what appear to be openings.  Before you can get there, there are one or two Burlington players protecting the basket, and what you saw isn’t there anymore.”

Prather said the Huskies also had their way with the Buffs offensively.

In short, they’re “one of the better basketball teams we’ve seen in awhile.”

“They’re a fun group to watch, unless you’re sitting on the opposing bench,” he said.

Prather said his team did some things well, like stepping up their effort in the 1-3-1 zone in the second half, but by then it was too late.  The Huskies also pounded the boards, capitalizing on several second and third shots.

Treston Tracy paced Greybull with 12, followed by Payton Gonzalez with 10.  While it was an off night for him shooting, Kason Clutter still produced team-highs in rebounds, with seven, and assists, with nine.

Prather kept the loss in perspective. While there’s work left to do, he’ll take a 7-1 record going into the holidays.

“We viewed it as a great opportunity to learn,” he said. “It was a non-league game, and we approached it with the idea of testing ourselves against the best team around, a chance to see where we stand.

“Yes, it pointed out some of our deficiencies.  But we’d rather do that in a non-league setting against a rival like Burlington than figure those things out after a loss in league play.  I think it’ll be beneficial for us in the long run.”


After the break

The Buffs will open Class 2A Northwest Conference play when they return from the holiday break on Friday, Jan. 3.  They will be in Thermopolis to play the Bobcats, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

The weekend after that, Lovell and Burlington come to town.

That, however, can wait.  First up is a nice holiday break, a time to reflect on a 7-1 start that has established the Buffs as one of the teams to be reckoned with in 2A. Then the focus will shift to Thermopolis.

“They’re an athletic group and they have couple of kids who were good scorers for them last year,” said Prather. “The Cornwell boy is just a sophomore, but he is really aggressive, drives hard to the basket and can shoot some threes.  Another kid is a good three-point shooter who can get it up quickly. We think we match up well with them, though.”


Burlington 66, Greybull 45

GREYBULL — Payton Gonzalez 4 0-2 10, Kason Clutter 2 0-0 4, Ryan Sylvester 3 0-0 7, Paul Stewart 2 0-2 4, Zack Zeller 1 1-2 3, Bryce Wright 2 0-0 5, Treston Tracy 4 4-4 12.  Totals 18-60 5-10 45.

3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez 2, Sylvester, Wright.  REBOUNDS — Greybull 33 (Clutter, Tracy 7).  STEALS — Greybull 9 (Gonzalez 4).  ASSISTS — Greybull 14 (Clutter 9).


Helen Hurt Naramore

Jan. 20, 1922 – Dec. 17, 2013

Funeral services for former Basin resident Helen Hurt Naramore were held Dec. 21 at Atwood Family Chapel in Basin. Helen, 91, died Dec. 17 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

She was born Jan. 20, 1922, in Ansonia, Conn., the daughter of Nicholas and Teckla Bodyk. She married Ralph N. Hurt in June 1946. After Ralph finished his tour of duty in the United States Navy, the couple settled in Wyoming. They had one son, Ronald. Ralph died in June 1967 in Basin.

Helen and her son Ron returned to Gillette. Helen married Kenneth Naramore in Gillette in February 1976. He died in December 2001.

Helen moved to Oklahoma City in 2002 to be near her son. She enjoyed traveling, reading, shopping and all the grandkids.

Helen had an interesting career in banking, including serving as president of the Wyoming Women’s Banking Association.

Her sister, Mary; her parents, Nicholas and Teckla, and her husbands, Ralph Hurt and Kenneth Naramore, preceded her in death.

Helen is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ronald G. and Judy Hurt of Oklahoma City; stepsons and their spouses, Dr. James and Karen Naramore, of Gillette, Bill and Janet Naramore of Dallas; stepdaughter and her husband, Gary and KennaLou Rose of Gillette; one brother, Walter Bodyk of Naugatuck, Conn.; two grandsons, eight step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Mount View Cemetery.


Christmas worship services set

In keeping with the true spirit of the season, area churches have scheduled special services beginning Dec. 22 and extending through Dec. 31.


First Presbyterian Church: Christmas Eve, 9 p.m. communion, carols, candlelight; choral reading “Journey to Bethlehem” by Carole Adams.

Grace Lutheran Church: Christmas Eve, 8 p.m.

Grace Fellowship: Sunday, Dec. 22, 6 p.m., carols, communion, fellowship. Refreshments after the service.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church: Dec. 24: Confession 3-4 p.m. Mass 5:30 p.m. Dec. 25: Mass 9 a.m. Dec. 31: Mass 5:30 p.m. New Year’s Day: Mass, 9 a.m.

Alliance Church: Sunday, Dec. 22, annual children’s Christmas program during regular worship services, 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve service, 6 p.m., candlelight and carols.


Zion Lutheran Church: Christmas Eve services, 6 p.m.


Shell Community Church Christmas Eve services, 7 p.m., a reflective and joyful celebration that will include communion, carols and candlelight. Refreshments follow the service.


First Baptist Church: Christmas Eve services 6 p.m. Carols, special music; continuing Advent theme of “God’s Promises.”

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church: Christmas Eve 5:30  Eucharist, the Rev. David Fox presiding. Sunday, Dec. 29: Christmas Lessons and Carols, 10 a.m.

United Methodist Church: Christmas Eve, 7:30 p.m., with candlelight, carols, special music and communion.


Community Bible Church: Christmas Eve, 5 p.m. A time of fellowship that will include candles, carols and communion.


United Methodist Church Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. Special music, candlelight, carols and communion.




Tip leads to lockdown of local schools

by nathan oster

Greybull school buildings were placed on lockdown status for about 30 minutes on Tuesday morning after the high school received a tip from the office of Big Horn County Attorney Michelle Burns that a student might pose a threat to the schools.

The student, who was not identified by authorities, was found in a classroom at GHS a short time after the lockdown began and no disciplinary action against him will be taken, said Supt. Barry Bryant.

While the student was given the option of staying in school, he chose to accept school officials’ offer to take the rest of the day off.  He was released from school into the care of his mother, according to Bryant.

In a conference call that also involved her deputy county attorney, John Frentheway, Burns said she had received an anonymous tip from a confidential source that a student had stolen some weapons and that the same student had a potential complaint with the school and/or some members of the school.

“The circumstances surrounding theses allegations are still an ongoing investigation and we can make no further comment,” said Burns.

Frentheway initially relayed the information to GHS, then to the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office, which dispatched the Greybull Police Department.

Chief Bill Brenner was the first to arrive on scene.

“We showed up, investigated and found that there was no danger … that the information was inaccurate,” said Brenner, who characterized it as “a misunderstanding.”

Brenner added, “Due to the circumstances, we all thought it best that he take the rest of the day off. It appears the student did nothing wrong.”

Bryant said he was at the elementary school when he received word of the call that had been placed by Burns’ office to GHS.  The district was immediately put on lockdown status. An announcement, saying this is a lockdown and not a drill, was made in all district buildings. All the doors were locked and restrictions were placed on the movements of students.  The district also stopped the movement of students from Riverside High School to GHS for classes.

The lockdown began at 8:10 a.m. and ended around 8:40 a.m.

While it turned out to be nothing major, Bryant said, “We appreciated the heads up” from the county attorney’s office.  “In instances like these, we’d rather over-react than under-react.”

Frentheway said the attorney’s office was erring on the side of caution as well.  “How solid the tip was, we couldn’t be sure,” he said. “We felt that even though it could be challenging for everyone to shut the schools down, until we found out there wasn’t a risk, we felt it was a step that needed to be taken.”

He cited cases across the nation in which public officials either ignored potential threats or didn’t take them seriously enough — and then regretted their decisions when tragedy struck their communities. “We weren’t going to take that risk,” said Frentheway.








Three place, team takes 10th in Forsyth

by nathan oster

Coach Mark Sanford called his team’s effort at the Matador Invitational in Forsyth, Mont., “a step in the right direction.”

Greybull-Riverside placed 10th and in the middle of the pack in the final team standings, accumulating 74 points during the two day varsity tournament.

Colstrip, Mont., placed first with 241 points.  Other Wyoming teams that made the trek across the border included Cody, which placed fourth with 165 points, and the Powell junior varsity squad, which was ninth with 104 points.

The tournament attracted 20 teams, and unlike the Powell tournament during the season’s opening weekend, there was no pool wrestling in Forsyth.  Instead, wrestlers were placed into large brackets at each of the weight classes.

Three Buffs navigated their way into the placing round, with Spencer Redland taking the top prize at 220, while Cole Hill and Zane Edeler each earned fifth-place finishes at 152 and 220, respectively.

For myriad reasons, the Buffs were far from full strength in Forsyth.  In five of the weight classes, they didn’t enter anyone.

At 106, Jared Chavis won his first match, but then dropped two straight to finish 1-2.

Tre Nelson finished with a similar line at 113; his win came in his second match, with losses in his first and third tilts.

Marshall Gibbs, in a “very crowded backet” at 126, lost his first match, won his second and then lost his third to finish 1-2.

At 132, Christopher Ogg opened with a win — but it was a costly one, as the GHS junior came away with an injury.  He defaulted out of his next two matches as a precautionary measure, finishing 1-2. Sanford said Monday he didn’t know the extent of the injury.

Dylan Roberts also gave it a go at 132.  He won his first match, but then dropped two straight to finish 1-2.

Ashton Wollam went 1-2 and didn’t place at 145.

Hill’s campaign at 152 began with a pair of victories — both coming against Billings wrestlers — but he couldn’t get past his semifinal opponent, losing by fall.  He also lost his next match, which dropped him into the fifth-place match.  In it, he dominated a Billings Skyview wrestler to secure fifth place.

Anthony Eibert went 2-2 at 160, going win, loss, win, loss.

The Buffs did most of their scoring at 220 pounds, where they had three wrestlers entered.

Redland was the best of the bunch, going undefeated.  One of his victories came at the expense of a wrestler from Colstrip who had beaten him in the past. Not only did he win … but it came via first-period pin.

Edeler won his first two matches, then fell in the semifinals and again in the consolation round to drop into the fifth-place match.  In the second of those two setbacks, Edeler was up big when he got caught and pinned. “That was disappointing,” said Sanford. “But he came back strong, winning his next match and taking fifth.”

The third G-R wrestler at 220, Billy Jones, went 0-2.

Sanford said he was encouraged by his team’s performance.

“On Saturday morning, they let a lot of those kids who lost early to get exhibition matches against other kids who had been beaten out — and for the most part, everybody got a win in that,” he said.

Jones picked up his first win as a Buff, beating a heavyweight opponent.

Chavis, Gibbs and Wollam also tasted victory in that phase of the tourney.

“It was good to have those guys who did get beat out get to wrestle again,” said Sanford. “As a whole, I think we took steps forward.  We didn’t make the kind of big mistakes that we did the previous week.  So we got that cleaned up, I think.  Yes, we lost some matches, but we were battling in them.

“What everyone needs to realize is, when you’re facing better competition, it’s not like they’re running anything different. They are just running it harder and faster.  We need to react to that. We are doing the right things. But to beat that level of competition, we just need to do it harder and faster.  Everybody who went took a step forward, though.”

G-R will compete in a dual tournament this weekend in Wright, with action scheduled Friday and Saturday. Sanford said he likes the tournament because G-R will get to see how it stacks up against 2A teams from the eastern side of the state.  But with it being a dual tournament, G-R will be hampered if it has a lot of open spots in its lineup, as it did in Forsyth.




James Joseph Stafford

OBIT James Stafford 1March 5, 1965 – Dec. 14, 2013

A memorial service for James Joseph Stafford of Otto will be held today (Thursday, Dec. 19) at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Basin. James, 48, died Dec. 14 at South Big Horn County Critical Access Hospital.

He was born March 25, 1965, in Hayward, Calif., the son of James John and Sondra Lee Chivers Stafford. James had a thirst for knowledge and obtained his master’s degree in international relations from Troy State University.

He enrolled in the U.S. Navy as an aviation officer. He served in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and to a Presidential recall for service to the United Nations.

He married LeAnn Sullivan on Oct. 15, 1998, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

James came to the Big Horn Basin in 2000 to fly for Hawkins and Powers Aviation. He had served as a med-evac helicopter pilot for many years.

James was a very loving father and son and will be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by infant siblings Michelle and David.

He is survived by his wife LeAnn Sullivan Stafford; his daughter, Sara Katherine Stafford, of Otto; his parents, Jim and Sondra Stafford, also of Otto, and one brother, Charles Edward Crozier of Ray, N.D.

Memorials in James’ name can be made to a local animal shelter.


Rita Lee Oliver Oryall

OBIT Oryall, RitaAug. 27, 1962 – Dec. 13, 2013

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for Rita Lee Oliver Oryall of Sheridan will be held next summer at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery where her cremains will be laid to rest with her parents. Rita lost her long battle with cancer on Dec. 13.

Rita was born in Greybull on Aug. 27, 1962, the daughter of Lee and Shirley Oliver. She was raised and received her education in Greybull and graduated with the Class of 1980.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Shirley Oliver, and her niece, Toni Nelson.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Oryall; her son Randy Shirley; one daughter Samantha Oryall; two sisters, Judy Slater and Shirley Jo Farley; a brother, Jeff Oliver; two nephews, Chuck Dunn and Michael Nelson, and three nieces, Mistie Propp, Stacey Nelson and Christina Harmon.


Joseph Nixon Jensen

Aug. 11, 1939 – Dec. 15, 2013

A funeral service for Joseph Nixon Jensen of Greybull will be held today (Thursday, Dec. 19) at 1 p.m. at the Greybull-Basin Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joseph, 74, died Dec. 15 at the Billings (Mont.) Clinic.

He was born Aug. 11, 1939, in Cody, the son of Ronald Clifford and Dorothy Ann Nixon Jensen. The family moved to Denver when Joseph was an infant and returned to the Big Horn Basin in 1954. He graduated from Burlington High School.

Joseph entered the United States Navy on Oct. 23, 1961. He served as an airman until his honorable discharge on Jan. 16, 1965.

He was the manager of the Wyoming Gas Company for several years before he retired. He loved cats, guns and photography.

He married Barbara Mason Shirran on July 8, 1990, in Greybull.

His parents and his wife preceded him in death.

He is survived by his stepdaughter, Liesa Barnum; one sister, Janice Jensen of Wheat Ridge, Colo., two step-grandsons and one great-grandson.

Burial with full military rites will be in the Burlington Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Joseph’s name directly to the Humane Society.


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