Daily Archives: December 18, 2013

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.


Nolan “Whiz” Beck

Died Nov. 27, 2013

A graveside service for Nolan “Whiz” Beck of Marathon, Wis., will be held Friday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Hyattville Cemetery. Whiz died Nov. 27 after an 11-year battle with cancer.

Whiz met his wife Debbie in Hyattville in 1977 when he was working as a fishing guide in the Big Horn Mountains. They were married Aug. 5, 1978, in Ten Sleep. The couple resided in Big Rapids, Mich., where both attended Ferris State University. Whiz graduated with his bachelor’s degree in science education in 1979 and took a job in Student Services as hall director at FSU. In March of 1981 he accepted a job at the University of Wyoming where he pursued his master’s and doctorate degrees in educational administration with an emphasis on effective leadership, law and student affairs.

While residing in Laramie, Whiz joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was active and committed to the beliefs of the gospel and families.

Whiz took up officiating basketball and officiated at numerous levels, including at several Wyoming state championship games.

In 1996 the Becks moved to Wausau, Wis., where Whiz became the director of student services at UWMC. He remained active in the LDS Church.

His passion for education was always evident; he was a champion for the underdog and students who struggled in school or those who were told they would not make it. He was active in raising funds for student scholarships at UWMC and the Marathon School Foundation.

He served as bishop for the LDS Wausau Ward from 2002-2007.

Whiz retired in 2011 after more than 31 years in higher education at Ferris State College, the University of Wyoming and the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County.

He loved to hunt and fish, but both took a back seat when his two grandchildren came along.

He will be remembered for his passion for life and his optimism.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Deborah “Debbie” Beck of Marathon; five children and their spouses, Jake and Holly Beck Montague and Travis Beck, all of Salt Lake City, Stephen and Heidi Beck Cannon of Nashville, Tenn., Tyler Beck and Troy and Jordan Beck, all of Rexburg, Idaho; one sister Brenda and her companion Ann Bouts of Victoria, Australia; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Vilma Beck of St. John, Mich., and Terry and Sherri Beck of Ashley, Mich., and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations will be used to assist three areas: the UWMC Scholarship Fund; Marathon School Foundation “Who You Are Makes a Difference” fund and the Hope Lodge in Marshfield for cancer patients and their families.


Delna June Neves Johnson

OBIT Johnson1June 9, 1917 – Dec. 15, 2013

Services for Delna June Neves Johnson, 96, will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at the South Jordan River Ridge Stake located on 10194 South 1050 West, South Jordan, Utah.

Prior to the funeral a viewing will be at the church from 9 – 9:45 a.m. Interment will be at the Summit, Utah, Cemetery at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. There will also be a viewing from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at Jenkins Soffe South Valley at 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10600 South), South Jordan, Utah.

Delna June Neves Johnson passed away peacefully in her home at Legacy Assisted Living, surrounded by family members on Dec. 15, 2013.

She was born in Burlington, to Samantha Johnson Neves and Richard Carl Neves on June 9, 1917. She married Arthur Shumway Johnson March 20, 1937. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Delna loved her faith and lived it every day of her life. One of her greatest joys was to go to the temple every Friday with her friends. She served in many positions from primary teacher to Relief Society presidency.

Her family was her greatest joy. Loved by all who were lucky enough to call her mom or grandma or “gramma grape.” She was such a joy to us all.

Her beautiful crocheting was enjoyed by most everyone who came in contact with her. Not long after she got to know someone they had a crochet blanket or potholder in their possession. She was loved by everyone that knew her. She made so many friends everywhere she lived, from Wyoming to Sandy, to Summit to South Jordan, Utah, and finally Legacy Assisted Living.

She is survived by sister Carla Loveland; children, Jeanne and Ray Lee-Sarinana, Buck and Laura Johnson, Richard and Roxana Johnson, Gerald and Annie Johnson, Judith and Neils Johnson-Knudsen, Bill Johnson, Kathy Bouck (Glen), Robert Johnson (Mary), and Kelli Grim (Todd); 34 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her beloved husband; mother and father; grandson Doug Johnson; three brothers and five sisters.

In lieu of flowers, Delna has asked for donations to the missionary fund. Online condolences may be made at www.jenkins-soffe.com.

Paul Herren

April 1, 1938 – Dec. 16, 2013

A graveside service for Paul Herren, 75, of Greybull, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at the Odessa Cemetery at Shell with Pastor James Scott officiating.  Paul died Dec. 16 at the RiverStone Health Hospice Home in Billings, Montana.

Paul was born on April 1, 1938, in Shell, the son of Hans Herren and Frieda Sophia (Wright) Herren.  He grew up in the Big Horn Basin and received his schooling at the old stone schoolhouse in Shell.

He worked for Tillman “Tim” Graham and learned to operate a Cat.  He went on to work for M-I SWACO as a heavy equipment operator for twenty years.  Paul loved riding horses, “cowboying” and gardening.  He enjoyed traveling the back roads with friends and visiting with family and friends.  He was a “true” friend and enjoyed life to its fullest.  Paul lived his life in this valley and never got away from “his” mountains.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his three children, June Rose (Herren) Dickinson of Riverton, Robert Grant Herren of Greybull, and Marilynn (Herren) Tritschler of Dayton; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Roy Herren of Billings, Harry Herren of Greybull, and Johnny Herren of Greybull, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burial at the Odessa Cemetery will follow the Dec. 20 funeral service.  A reception for family and friends will then follow at the Shell Community Hall.



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