Daily Archives: December 11, 2013

Hansen is Holidazzle grand marshall

by marlys good

Marion Hansen, owner of the Uptown Café, has been selected as the grand marshal of the 2013 Holidazzle parade.

“She was very surprised,” said Hansen‘s daughter, Joni when her mother was presented with a bouquet of flowers, a plaque and sash Monday afternoon, “but she knew something was going on when I made her come back to the restaurant at 2 p.m.”

Marion Hansen has been a fixture at Uptown Café for years. She was a fixture when it was Parker’s Café, and she worked for then owner Chuck Shirran as a cook, a waitress, you name it.

“She went back to work waiting tables to put me through beauty school,” Joni said. “She told me she didn’t think I would ever graduate,” she laughed. That was years ago and Hansen is still “working;” she just changed hats.  Twenty years ago she purchased the café from Cass Bush, and went from employee to employer.

Changing hats didn’t lessen her hours. Day in, day out, year after year, Hansen has been there. She suffered a heart attack – but was back at work the very next day. Joni said her main reason for purchasing the business was to “give local people jobs” and the business flourished. “We were so busy,” Joni said.

Hansen was a good employer. “She was a great boss, she treats employees with respect and kindness. You have to do something really bad to have her come down on you,” according to her granddaughter Sara.

Then came the controversial reconstruction of Greybull Avenue. Business plummeted and it has been difficult to recover.

Hansen’s son John “has pretty much taken over the business end of the restaurant,” according to Joni, but her mother is still a fixture.

The “grand marshal” said she has loved “the repeat customers, the hunters, bikers, geologists. They became  friends.”

One thing you were sure of. Stop at the Uptown anytime after Thanksgiving and you’d hear Christmas music playing softly in the background. It was a tradition, and Hansen never let the tradition slide.

Thinking back on the dozens of years and thousands of hours spent at Parker’s, then Uptown, Hansen said, “I would do it all over again.”

The honor bestowed on Hansen by the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce and Town of Greybull, “brightened her day,” according to both daughter and granddaughter.


Lots to do on Holidazzle Saturday

by nathan oster

Downtown Greybull will be transformed into a winter wonderland for Saturday’s Holdazzle celebration, which runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Greybull, the event features special events from one end of Greybull Avenue to the other.

In the 300 block there will be face painting, a hot chocolate bar, live Christmas music and a CMA Christmas lounge.

One block down, in the 400 block, Midway Clinic will have a booth. Randy Waddell’s Eye Care for You office will be offering Christmas glasses, Community Outreach will be accepting items for the VA hospital in Sheridan, and there will be a fire pit and s’mores in front of C.C.’s.

Jolly Ol’ St. Nick himself will be hanging out in the 500 block, plus there will be a fishing pond, cotton candy stand, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, a book walk and Christmas coupons at Probst.

In the 600 block, there will be a coffee tasting event at the Historic Hotel Greybull, a free chili dinner in the former Dollar Store building, a Spanish community piñata, and a Christmas light show in the planter.

For those interested in the Holidazzle light parade, look for it at 5:15 p.m.

Prize drawings will take place at 6:40 p.m. at the gazebo in front of the Historic Hotel Greybull.

A complete schedule appears on page 5.




Line break turns out the lights

by nathan oster

There is no such thing as a good time for a power outage, but the one that sent local residents scurry for back-up heat sources during the early morning hours on Friday came at one of the worst possible times of the year.

The Big Horn Basin, and for that matter all of Wyoming, has been in a deep freeze over the last 7 to 10 days, with the mercury rarely if ever climbing above zero during this frigid stretch of early December.

So when the power went out Friday morning at 3:42 a.m., it caused widespread panic.

The temperate at the time, as measured at the South Big Horn County Airport and recording on the website of the National Weather Service, was -15.  If you factor in a 3-mile per hour wind, it was even colder.

When word was received from Rocky Mountain Power that the power would likely be off until around 8:30 or 9 a.m., town and school officials took action.

The school district pushed the scheduled start of the school day back by two hours to 10 a.m.

Over at Town Hall, Police Chief Bill Brenner said officers spent all of the time patrolling, looking for people who were outside and looking for help, while Paul Thur, the town’s administrator, and town foreman Dalen Davis, fired up the generator at the Herb Asp Community Center, thinking it would be a warm place for people to go.

No one took advantage of it by actually going to the community hall, but Thur said it was a good drill, and one that was especially valuable because it tipped off the folks at the South Big Horn Senior Center that their generator was not working properly. Brenner said it was a quite couple of hours, with no disturbances reported, until the power was restored at 7:11 a.m.

Jeff Hymas, a spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power, said the outage affected close to 1,360 Rocky Mountain Power customers in Greybull and was caused by a downed power line just outside one of the company’s substations, known as the Nahne Jensen substation, near Greybull.

Hymas said the cold weather “was a contributing cause to that downed power line,” as the wind and cold apparently caused the line to break.  Rocky Mountain repair crews were able to get the line repaired, working through the subzero temperatures.

When the power came back on shortly after 7 a.m., the temperature at the airport was still hovering around -15, according to the NWS website.

Thur said he would be meeting with the town’s emergency management coordinator, Ernie Smith, in the coming days to discuss the emergency management plan and in particular, what it says about power outages and where people should look for relief.

Hymas went a step further, encouraging people to prepare for the worst.

“There’s always the potential for power outages, whether it’s because of bad weather, vehicle accidents or other causes, so it’s good to be prepared,” he said. “There’s a lot of good information on our website (rockymountainpower.net) for preparing in advance and staying safe during an outage.

“I’d encourage everyone to review that information, put together an outage kit and have supplies on hand that would make an outage less inconvenient.”




Chapter F PEO participates in pillow campaign

by nathan oster

It’s been a busy stretch for members of the Chaper F PEO organization.

Not only did they plan and carry out the Little Shoppers on Saturday, but they also responded to a challenge put to them by Marguerite Van Dyke to expand their philanthropic efforts in the community.

The organization’s 35 members produced 40 pillows that will be delivered to the Ronald McDonald House in Billings later this week.

They did it through the “Benjamin Smiles” program, which honors the memory of Benjamin Mollett and was established by his parents, Arnold and Vicki Mollett, who reside in Cody.

Benjamin was diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve in 1998 and died the day before Thanksgiving in 1999. The family spent most of that year, at least when Benjamin wasn’t hospitalized, at the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City.

Vicki did a lot of sewing that year, including a quilt and a pillow for Benjamin.

“He picked out the fabrics and he loved bright, funky fabrics,” according to the Benjamin Smiles website. “He would have me make pillows for his friends. A small pillow, something to hold onto, but capable of many washings, is a great gift for a sick child.”

The Mollets said on the site that they realize the heartache that childhood cancer brings to many and that their desire is to be able to spread Benjamin’s smiles across the country with the little pillows.






Katherine “Kay” Gilbert

Oct. 26, 1916 – Nov. 14, 2013

A private family memorial for Katherine “Kay” Braden Gilbert was held in Oregon. Kay, 97, passed away Nov. 14 in Gresham, Ore.

Kay was born Oct. 26, 1916, in Independence, Iowa, the daughter of Web and Leta Braden. The Bradens moved to Greybull early in their marriage (Web’s mother was one of the founders of the First Presbyterian Church in Greybull).

Kay grew up and received her education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School. She attended Colorado A&M and graduated with a degree in education.

She married Lowell “Gil” Gilbert. After she moved to Oregon she became a teacher and was recognized for her outstanding talent and contributions. She taught fourth grade for several years and then focused on the second grade. She loved the interaction with the children, their enthusiasm and her joy came from watching them learn and succeed.

Kay was an excellent seamstress. Although one of her daughters preferred pants and cowboy boots, Kay saw to it that she was always in a beautiful little dress for Sunday school.

She loved to travel and she and Gil traveled to almost every state, to all the continents (except Antarctica) and to several countries on each continent.

She loved her family, her friends and meeting new people. Music and dancing were a big part of her life. Kay grew up with a deep faith and was truly thankful for the blessings she enjoyed and shared through her life.

The way Kay lived her life and the example she set left a lasting impact on those who were privileged to know her.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gil; two daughters, Coralee Nockles and Renee Bankston; her son, Kent Reedy, and five grandsons.

Leroy Owen Beckwith

Jan. 22, 1934 – Dec. 9, 2013

Funeral services for Leroy Owen Beckwith will be Monday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Basin. Leroy, 79, died Oct. 9 at a hospice in Laurel, Mont.

He was born Jan. 22, 1934, in Basin, the son of Leroy Louis and Dorothea Johnson Beckwith. The family moved several times, but ended up back in Basin where Leroy completed his education and graduated from Basin High School.

Leroy married Helen Edith Reno on Oct. 30, 1955, in Powell.

He joined the United States Navy in January 1955. After graduating from boot camp he was transferred to the Naval Air Station in Glenview, Ill., as part of the Naval Air Reserve Training Program. He served at Shore Commands in Colorado Springs, San Diego, Washington, D.C. and Fallon, Nev. His Sea Commands included the USS Saratoga, USS El Dorado, USS Estes, USS Valley Forge and USS Sacramento. He also served an Overseas Command in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

Leroy retired from the Navy in 1975 and went to work for the VA Medical Center in Sheridan in the nursing, fire and grounds departments. He retired in October 1990.

Leroy and Helen served with the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program at various evangelical camps, churches and retreat centers throughout the United States.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Basin, the U.S. Naval Reserve Association, and the National Rifle Association.

His parents and his wife Helen preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Jody and Tina Beckwith Rowan, of Ellensburg, Wash., and Germann and Jody Beckwith Hoebelheinrich of Sheridan; son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey and Marilyn Beckwith of Longview, Wash.; sister, Sybil Hannah of Thermopolis; two brothers, Larry Edward Beckwith of Lander, and Robert Eugene Beckwith of Sheridan; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Burial with military honors will be in Mount View Cemetery. A luncheon for family and friends will be held at the First Baptist Church immediately following the graveside service.

Memorial donations can be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Petroleum Building, Suite 103, 111 West Second St., Casper, WY 82601 in memory of those who have MS, including Leroy’s wife Helen.


George F. Greene

OBIT GreeneOctober 1934 – November 29, 2013

George F. Greene, age 79, died at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Friday, November 29, 2013. George was the youngest of four children born to William D. and Zella B. (Forbes) Greene (Peavler). He married the love of his life, Donna Mae (Ziemke) Greene, on June 25, 1951.

George was known for his strong viewpoints. He loved sharing his pragmatic view of life with anyone he came into contact with. His insights and blunt advice will be missed by all but mostly by his children and grandchildren. As George’s illness progressed, the phone became his social outlet. He’d chuckle when solicitors would call, and he could fill their day with a questionable story, flirt with a soft voice, or question the product they were offering. He would then count the number of times the solicitor would call again just to say hello and check on him.

George had many deep passions in life: dancing with his wife Donna, lending a helping hand to those who needed one, and hunting and fishing with family and friends. Once, he was pictured in the Greybull Standard holding four German Brown trout, each nearly 30 inches long. When asked how he caught them, he said he was using his favorite Thomas lure. Years later, he admitted he had a little non-traditional help. He would often recall his favorite hunting experience of riding his horse, Lightning, into a herd of elk on Willet Creek with his 1894 Winchester .32 caliber. It was a productive day.

He was an accomplished flint knapper, arrowhead hunter, teller of tall tales, and a true outdoorsman at heart. He taught his grandchildren to look for broken arrowhead points 30-40 feet from an Indian fire ring because that was the general throwing range. Each of his points is a signed work of art and a cherished treasure to those who were fortunate enough to receive one.

George was an active bird watcher. Although he was hard on the neighboring peacocks, he would provide more than 40 pounds of bird seed in a given week to ensure the wild birds in his neighborhood were well fed.

George was employed as a heavy equipment operator with M&I Drilling for more than 25 years, an independent roofing contractor, and an avid trapper. Much to the chagrin of those around him, he caught nearly 500 skunks in one season.

George is survived by his three sons: Mike (Cheryl) of Shell, Wyo.; Steve (Shirley) of Billings, Mont.; and James (De Anna) of Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandchildren: Nikole and her children, Dade and Izak, of Greybull, Wyo.; Trenton and his daughter, Reese, of Lone Tree, Colo.; Shadd and his daughter, Jadyn, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Shane of Greybull, Wyo.; Wendy of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Mark of Corvallis, Ore.; and Kevin of San Francisco, Calif.; brother: Kenneth (Red) Greene of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews.

George is preceded in death by his wife, Donna Mae (2012); granddaughter, Tereasa (1978); parents, William D. Greene (1974) and Zella Peavler (1968); step-mother, Eva (2010); brother, William (2012); sister, Lois; and in-laws, Elaine (2003) and Lee Andrews (1997) and Floyd Farr.

Cremation has taken place with a celebration of his life to be held at Grouse Creek in June 2014.




Local teens witness 64-yard field goal

by nathan oster

Brock Hill and Shayla Cheatham were witnesses to history Sunday in Denver, as the two local teens and Punt, Pass & Kick competitors were standing behind the end zone waiting to be introduced at halftime when Matt Prater’s kick sailed over the crossbar in front of them.

Covering 64 yards in total, it was the longest field goal in NFL history and it the sent Broncomaniacs into a frenzy that didn’t subside until the Broncos had wrapped up their 11th win in 13 games and clinched a berth in the AFC playoffs.

“What an atmosphere,” said Shayla’s mother, Shalene Cheatham.

A lifelong Bronco fan, Shalene had never attended a Broncos game before Sunday.

Punt, Pass and Kick was her ticket to Denver, and the experience didn’t disappoint.

As of Tuesday, official results had not been posted on the NFL’s PP&K website.

Shalene said her daughter won’t be advancing to the next round.  She placed fourth in the 10- and 11-year-old girls division in Denver and only the top finisher goes to the next round — and that is, if her score ranks among the top scores in the nation.

The competition was held Sunday morning at the Broncos’ Dove Valley training complex.  It took place outside, where it was “snowing, blowing and about 12 degrees,” said Shalene. “It was cold.”

Shayla didn’t perform as well as she had in Riverton, where she doubled the distances on the pass, punt and kick she turned in at the local competition.

“She was sad and disappointed about her performance,” said Shalene. “But she had a good attitude, overall.  She wasn’t disappointed about being fourth.  So many kids go out for Punt, Pass and Kick.  And she made it that far – and got to see a Denver game, too.”

Shalene said her daughter was “right behind the goalposts” for the epic kick. “She said it was like the ball was coming right at her.”  They tried, after the fact, to see if TV cameras caught Shalene, but they couldn’t find her in the crowd.

Shalene said her daughter was introduced to the crowd at halftime and got to throw a pass on the Sports Authority Field turf.

“It was great, the whole experience,” said Shalene. “The crowd is just amazing.  Everyone is so into the game.  You can just feel it.  Every single minute, they are pumping their energy out.”

Missy Hill said seeing the record-setting kick was also the highlight of the weekend for her son Brock, who placed third in his 12- and 13-year-old boys division.  “He didn’t win, but we still had a blast,” said Missy.

Brock was on top of his game, too, for the competition.  Like Shalene, she said she didn’t have a distance total for her child. “I don’t know how he could have done any better,” she said of her son, who may have been the most accurate performer in his division.

The trouble is, the kids who took first and second “were monsters,” she said. Both had throws that topped 150 feet.  In fact, the two have turned in the best scores to date nationwide in their division.

“I think Brock’s score (from Denver) would rank third or fourth in the nation, too,” said Missy.

Like Shalene, she said the crowd left an impression on her. “This year the Broncos are good, so the whole vibe of the stands was different than it has been in the past,” when the Hills have gone to Denver to follow their other son, Riley’s, PP&K efforts. “But the coolest thing for Brock was standing in the end zone when Prater kicked his field goal.  That was amazing.”

Buffs unbeaten in Shootout competition

by nathan oster

With three wins in three starts, the Greybull Buffs got just what they wanted out of the season-opening Big Horn Basin Shootout.

“To say that we were happy would be kind of an understatement,” said Coach Jim Prather, still basking in the glow of his team’s 61-45 win over Big Piney, 58-38 triumph over Kemmerer and 59-45 victory over Wind River.  “Over the course of the weekend, we were shown some things that we knew we could do well but had to prove, like outside shooting. We were pretty consistent in that area throughout the weekend.

“But we were also shown some things that we knew we probably need to work on, thing like stamina and physical conditioning.  But that’s what early season tournaments are for.  To play three and come away with three wins was certainly a good start.”

That they got off to a hot start shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the team returned the nucleus of last year’s 9-18 team and welcomed back Kason Clutter, who as a sophomore was a starter on the 2011-12 team which made it to the state tournament.

The chemistry the group developed in summer league and on their annual team trip to the West Coast when they played a combined 25 games in 30 days was apparent on the Buff Gym floor last weekend.

The Big Piney game was quite a contrast to last year’s game, which the Buffs won 30-26.  This  year “it was a much more up and down game,” and as a result, each team had 18 points on the board by the end of the first quarter.

“As the game wore on, we got adjusted to the kind of offensive sets Big Piney was going to run,” said Prather. “Offensively, I thought we were pretty consistent throughout.  Scoring 61 points and shooting as well as we did, especially from three-point range, gave us a glimpse of where we think this team can go this season.”

The Buffs came out firing against Kemmerer, scoring the first 16 points of the game en route to a 20-point win. “That set the tone for the whole game,” said Prather.  While the Buffs suffered “a little letdown late in the first quarter and into the second,” it was a good learning experience in terms of playing with the lead.

“The kids played really well,” said Prather.

Every varsity player scored and three finished in double digits, with Treston Tracy netting 18, Klutter chipping in 13 and Payton Gonzalez netting 10.

The final game of the weekend — and perhaps in Shootout history — pitted the Buffs against Wind River.  Early on, it was all Cougars.  In fact, by late in the first quarter, the visitors held a 20-7 edge on the scoreboard.

“Believe it or not, it went about the way we talked about in the locker room before the game,” said Prather. “Not that we wanted to put ourselves in that deficit, but in years past that Saturday afternoon game against Wind River has been a tough one for us.  The last few years, it’s been ugly basketball.  Saturday was no exception.”

The Buffs came out flat, and it took them until the end of the first quarter to find themselves.  The trio of Bryce Wright, Ryan Sylvester and Logan Jensen were credited for righting the ship, as they came off the bench to provide energy and make some big defensive stops.

From that 20-7 deficit, the Buffs ran off 17 unanswered points to take a four-point lead, 24-20, before Wind River snapped its scoring drought.

By game’s end, Tracy had turned in one of the best games of his scoring career, finishing with 29 points.  On many of his field goals, Clutter assisted.  The senior point guard showed off his passing skills throughout the weekend, as he often would penetrate the lane, draw defenders to him and then find the open man for an easy basket.  Many times, the recipient was Tracy.

“He has a special talent in that regard,” Prather said of Clutter.

Overall, it was an encouraging start for the Buffs.  Prather believes they are further ahead at this time of the season than they were a year ago, and the coach said he liked what he saw from the squad.

“We played everybody in every game,” he said. “We believe we’ve got 10 players who can play.”


This week

The Buffs will learn a lot more about themselves during a five-day stretch beginning Friday.

First up are four tough games at the Coal Miner’s Classic in Wright.  Last year, the Buffs failed to win a single game on this trip, going 0-4. The competition will be “a better caliber of teams,” said Prather.

The Buffs open against the No. 2 team in the state, Lusk, at noon on Friday then square off with a “a much improved” Glenrock squad at 4:30 p.m.  Saturday they face a talented Big Horn team “which played a close game last weekend with Lusk” at 9:30 a.m. before capping the tournament with a 3:30 p.m. game against Wright.  The Panthers, of course, are coached by Pat Neely, who in 1996 led the Buffs to their first state championship.

The Buffs will then close out the season with a showdown against 1A power Burlington on Tuesday in Burlington.  Like the Buffs, the Huskies sport a perfect 3-0 mark after the Shootout.


Big Piney 18   8 14 5 — 45

Greybull 18 19 15 9 — 61

BIG PINEY — Salmeron 2 0-1 4, Fear 3 2-2 11, Salmeron 1 0-0 2, Pape 0 0-4 0, Stoutenberg 3 0-0 6, Jones 3 3-7 9, Shafer 5 2-2 13.  Totals 17 7-16 45.

GREYBULL — Payton Gonzalez 5 3-8 15, Calder Forcella 3 0-0 8, Kason Clutter 3 2-2 9, Ryan Sylvester 2 2-2 7, Paul Stewart 4 0-0 8, Zack Zeller 2 1-2 7, Treston Tracy 3 1-2 7.  Totals 22 9-16 61.

3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez 2, Forcella 2, Zeller 2, Clutter, Sylvester.  REBOUNDS — Greybull 28 (Tracy 8).   STEALS — Greybull 12 (Forcella, Sylvester 4).  ASSISTS — Greybull 19 (Clutter 7).  TURNOVERS — Greybull 19.


Kemmerer   4 15   7 12 — 38

Greybull 16 14 17 11 — 58

KEMMERER — Corbridge 6 1-2 15, Deeter 2 7-12 11, Daughetee 0 0-1 0, McCloud 2 2-4 6, Chaulk 1 0-0 2, Hazle 2 0-0 4.  Totals 13 10-20 38.

GREYBULL — Gonzalez 4 2-2 10, Colten Flitner 0 1-2 1, Forcella 1 0-0 2, Clutter 5 2-2 13, Sylvester 0 1-2 1, Stewart 1 1-1 3, Zeller 1 4-6 6, Bryce Wright 1 0-0 2, Logan Jensen 1 0-0 2, Treston Tracy 8 1-2 18.

3-POINT GOALS — Clutter, Tracy.  REBOUNDS — Greybull 30 (Clutter 7).  STEALS — Greybull 19 (Gonzalez 5).  ASSISTS — Greybull 14  (Clutter 8).  TURNOVERS – Greybull 23.


Wind River 20   5   8 12 — 45

Greybull 11 15 16 17 — 59

WIND RIVER — C’Bearing 6 1-2 15, Roanhorse 2 1-2 6, Reinick 3 0-0 6, Hankins 2 1-2 5, Roanhorse 5 3-4 13.  Totals 18 6-10 45.

GREYBULL —  Gonzalez 2 2-2 7, Clutter 6 2-4 15, Stewart 2 2-4 6, Jensen 1 0-0 2, Tracy 13 2-4 29.

3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez, Clutter, Tracy.










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