Daily Archives: January 15, 2014

B&G lease payments suspended


The Big Horn County commissioners voted last Tuesday, Jan. 4, to suspend the Russell Hangar lease payments for B&G Industries at the South Big Horn County Airport.

The commissioners, following a meeting with B&G Industries president Karl Bertagnole and County Airports Manager Carl Meyer, approved the unanimous motion to suspend the required lease payments for six months. B&G Industries is current on their payments.

Meyer told the commissioners that as airports manager it is his responsibility and obligation to review the committed business partner relationship with B&G and make adjustments

“Shared risks and shared rewards are key part of that partnership,” he said.

Meyer presented the proposal to the commissioners to suspend the lease payments for six months. Last month Commissioner Keith Grant had noted that B&G was struggling after some defense contracts were not providing as much work as originally planned.

Grant said the county is fortunate to have B&G. He said B&G stepped up to make the Russell Hangar project possible.

“Karl’s gone out of his way to make it successful. It’s not his fault things have not turned out the way we planned. It’s been good for the county.”

Bertanogle, who expressed his appreciation for Grant’s comments, said, “Our world has changed. We can’t begin to express the challenges we face. We keep pressing on to find contracts. We can only hope the climate improves.”

He said the work is drying up with the ending of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, changes in the Department of Defense and the funding sequestration.

Bertagnole said they have had discussions about opportunities for work but need to turn them into actual contracts.

In voting for the motion, Chairman Jerry Ewen said, “I also support this. This is our shared burden and it’s something the county can do to help your business during challenging times.”

Meyer said the annual loan payment due to the state of Wyoming has already been made for the year so suspending B&G payments will not hinder the county’s ability to keep up with those payments.

Fleek, Foley join chamber board

by nathan oster

The Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce begins the new year with two new board members, Myles Foley and Kay Fleek, who were elected to fill the vacancies created when Jade Smith and Barbara Anne Greene announced that they wouldn’t seek re-election.

Foley is the owner of the Historic Hotel Greybull and a member of the Greybull Town Council.

Fleek also owns a downtown business, Kay’s Korner Kuts, and has previous experience as members of both the Greybull Town Council and the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees.

Foley and Fleek join Julie Owens, who has agreed to serve one more year, as well Julie Bilbrey, Ernie Smith, Sherri Emmett and Donette Prows on the seven-member chamber board, which held its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Smith, owner of Trapper Travel and ad salesperson for the Greybull Standard and the Basin Republican-Rustler, spent 16 years on the chamber board — all of them in a leadership capacity..

“It’s been an interesting, eye-opening experience,” said Smith. “I started out when Rodger Streeter was president; I walked in to investigate whether my business, Trapper Travel, should join, and I walked out as vice president.”

That was 16 years ago.

Since then, there have been a lot more “ups” than “downs,” she said, pointing to things like the selling and installation of the memorial bricks and the excitement everyone felt when the chamber got its own building.  That building is now almost paid off.

Smith said the chamber has grown in the past 16 years and added some nice events like Holidazzle and the monthly chamber monthly luncheons on the first Wednesday of every month.

“I feel much of the credit should go to our current director, Sue Anderson,” she said. “She’s been a very good director for us. I know we’re friends, but I truly do believe that.  She’s very efficient and has done a good job working under circumstances she’s had to work under through the years. She’s tried to do as much as she could for Greybull, often times with short funds.”

Smith said she’s leaving the board to give others a chance to serve and because she’d like to devote her attention to other projects.  “I’ll still be active in the chamber, maybe serve on a committee or something,” she said.

As for Greene, she’s leaving after about a half dozen years on the chamber board in Greybull. Like Smith, she is currently selling ads for the Basin and Greybull newspapers while also serving as a reporter for the Basin Republican-Rustler.




Wrage, Howe advance to State Spelling Bee

by marlys good

”Velociraptor: any of a genus of Theropod dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous having a long head, flat snout and large sickle-shaped claws on second toe of each foot.”

With the correct spelling of that word, Yulisa Mendez, a Burlington Elementary School seventh grader, won the Big Horn County Spelling Bee and earned a trip to the State Spelling Bee in Casper in March.

Going word-for-word almost to the end were Skyler Wrage and Avery Howe, GMS eighth and seventh graders, respectively, who finished in second and third places to earn slots in the State Spelling Bee along with Mendez.

GMS educators Carol Kestner and Michelle Stebner asked their GMS sixth, seventh and eighth graders if they would like to take a spell-off to qualify for the county bee, and “more than half of them wanted to try for it.”

Kestner and Stebner chose 25 “hard words” for the test. Explained Kestner, “This is realistically how the Spelling Bee is run. They know there are some words that the students will know and get right, and others they have not heard of. A well-rounded speller will do very well.”

The top three spellers from each grade, which included Wrage and Howe, advanced to the contest held in Burlington Jan. 8.

At Burlington all of the students were given the same 50-word test. After that list had been corrected, they were given another 50-word test and the top 20 spellers advanced to the oral round.

Of the nine GMS students competing, six of them, Howe, Wrage, Jeremy LaFollette, Kadyn Michaud, Jayden Stebreitz and Jordan Nelson made it into the oral portion of the contest.

Kestner and Stebner accompanied the spellers to Burlington where students from Lovell, Greybull, Burlington and Cloud Peak competed. The only Big Horn County school not represented was Rocky Mountain.

Wrestlers win county dual tourney

by nathan oster

Greybull-Riverside went head-to-head with three of its top 2A rivals last week, and while the Buffs lost by the slimmest of margins to Thermopolis in their 2014 debut, they ended the two days of wrestling on a high note, notching wins over Lovell and Rocky Mountain to claim victory in the Big Horn County Dual Championships.

Coach Mark Sanford was pleased by the wins in Lovell, but said he’d have liked adding the Bobcats to their list of conquests as well.

The dual couldn’t possibly have been any closer. When it ended, the two teams were tied 42-42. Each team won seven matches, and all 14 of the matches ended in either a pin or a forfeit.  G-R won seven.  Thermopolis won seven.

A dual cannot end in a tie, though, so on to a list of tiebreaker criteria the decision went. Still, after seven of those potential tiebreakers, nothing was settled. On the eighth criteria, one taking into account the number of total first points scored in the contested weight classes, the Bobcats finished one takedown up on the Buffs — and for that, they were awarded the win.

The Bobcats came to town with some quality wrestlers, including “a couple who are ranked No. 1 in the state and another one who probably should be,” said Sanford. While second guessing some of his lineup decisions, he said the bottom line is, “This time of year, you want to match up with kids you are going to see down the road.”

Notching wins for G-R were Jesus Burgos (pin), Tanner Bernstein (pin) and Cole Hill, Spencer Redland, Zane Edeler, Jared Chavis and Dylan Roberts.  Hill and Edeler also won exhibition matchups for G-R by pin, which factored into the tiebreaker scenarios as well.

Among the match winners for the Bobcats were Vinnie Castle, the No. 2 ranked 113-pounder in the state, who pinned Tre Nelson in the second period; Ryan Bradshaw, the top ranked 126-pounder, who pinned Marshall Gibbs late in the third period; and Zack Larson, the top-ranked 152-pounder, who pinned Tyler Wollam.

G-R went without Ryan Peoples, normally the team’s 132-pounder.  Anthony Eibert, the 160-pounder, wrestled, but was ineffective due to an injured hand.  He would sit out the team’s duals in Lovell on Friday.

“It was a dual we could have won,” said Sanford. “We talked about it on Friday.  Maybe it comes down to being a little tougher, not giving up, just telling yourself you’re not going to get pinned.  That was the topic of our meeting before we wrestled Lovell — and the kids responded well.”

G-R beat the Bulldogs 45-32.

Among the highlights of that dual were Dylan Roberts’ effort against Jacob Mickelson, a season wrestler who got fifth at state last year.  Mickelson won the match, but Roberts hung in there well, taking the match the distance.

“Dylan’s in his first year of wrestling — and he wouldn’t let that kid pin him.  Now he did get tech-falled, but that’s better than a pin. When he walked off the mat, I told, him, ‘Hold your head up high, you battle well and really got after it.’”

Cole Hill added a 16-0 win at 145, giving G-R a big lead going into a pivotal matchup at 152 between Lovell’s Hyrum Hopkin and G-R’s Jesus Burgos.  A senior, Hopkin has a lot of mat experience. “Zeus put in a heck of an effort,” said Sanford.  After a “cat and mouse” first period, Burgos built a big lead and eventually won 13-2.  “It was a nice win for him.”

G-R also got wins by Spencer Redland, who pinned “a stout, strong kid” in  Nash Jolley; and Tanner Bernstein, who pinned Jared Collins in the heavyweight matchup.”

Sanford also credited Tyler Wollam for wrestling a tough match at 160 and Jared Chavis, who was pinned in his return to the mat at 106.

Sanford thought Rocky Mountain would be an even tougher dual opponent for his team — but once again, G-R won the key matchups en route to a 48-30 team win.

In addition to giving up points on forfeits, Sanford said he likes this year’s Grizzly squad, noting that “they’ve got a really nice group of kids out, with a few standouts and more kids filling in behind them.”

The match started to shift at 145, when Hill won by pin, and continued at 152 and 160, which were the two key matchups of the dual.

At 152, Tyler Wollam rallied late to win by fall.

At 160, Burgos also won by pin after executing a great “double leg” takedown against “a really strong kid” in Ian Davidson.

“When we got those two wins, it put us in control,” said Sanford. “I knew that if we did what we were supposed to do from there on out, that we’d win it.”

Edeler, Redland, Bernstein and Nelson added to G-R’s point total, all winning by fall.

“Our effort on Friday was much better than it was on Thursday, when we were just coming out of the Christmas break,” said Sanford.

Looking ahead, Sanford said his team will match up better with the Bobcats down the road.  Even though they won’t face off again in a dual, the two teams will see each other frequently in tournament settings.

Jorge Carmona, the team’s 120-pounder, is set to return soon, as is Ryan Peoples, the team’s normal 132-pounder — although Sanford noted that Dylan Roberts, who has been going at 132, has been impressive.

G-R will wrestle at the Don Runner Invitational this weekend.  In attendance, in addition to a few teams from the 2A East, will be all the 2A teams from the western half of the state — making it a good preview of the regional meet coming up in February.

“We’ll get a lot of important head-to-head matchups that we need to see,” said Sanford. “Hopefully we come out on top in those.”




James Howard “Jim” Galusha

OBIT Jim Galusha 2July 28, 1959 – Jan. 11, 2014

Funeral services for James Howard “Jim” Galusha are Thursday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull.  Jim, 54, died of cancer Jan. 11 in Thermopolis.

Jim received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School in 1977. He attended college in Casper and Powell, pursuing interests in electronics and music. He worked for Burroughs Imaging Systems in Casper from 1982-84 at which time he went to work as a field engineer for Mosler Safe and Alarm.

He married Shawna Wood in 1980. They had a son, Brandon, and were later divorced.

Jim moved back to Greybull in 1986. He worked at Wheeler’s IGA in Basin for 15 years. In January 2005 he went to work for Wyo-Ben.

He was a past officer and trustee of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3086 in Basin.

Jim enjoyed all kinds of music, especially classic rock and roll. He played the saxophone, bass guitar and guitar. He and his friend David Van Gelder played in bands off and on over the years and he enjoyed the music “gigs” and the songs they put together.

He married Kim Leithead Ferguson in September 2004. They shared happy times together listening to music, watching movies, camping and spending time in the mountains until her death in January of 2011.

Jim was an avid hunter; he enjoyed visiting and relaxing with family and friends. He was a humble man, very accepting of life and was concerned more about others than himself.

His grandparents; his father Wray T. Galusha; his stepfather Norman “Ben” Benedict; his mother Virginia “Eileen” Benedict, and his wife Kim preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brandon and Sarah Galusha, and his grandson, Logan, all of Andrews, Texas; two sisters, Wrayleen Marcus of Greybull and Minnie Miller of Thermopolis; stepbrother Leonard Benedict of Rolling Meadows, Ill., and his father-in-law, Scott Leithead.

Burial will be in Mount View Cemetery in Basin.

Memorials in Jim’s name can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.


Floyd Ernest Collingwood

OBIT Floyd E. Collingwood1June 21, 1921 – Jan. 9, 2014

Graveside services for Floyd Ernest Collingwood were held Jan. 14 at the old Shell Cemetery. Floyd, 93, died Jan. 9 at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin.

Floyd was born June 21, 1921, in Shell, the son of Raymond St. Clair and Clara Ruth Larsen Collingwood. He lived in the Big Horn Basin his entire life and received his schooling through the eighth grade. He later attended airplane mechanic school at Curtis Wright Technical.

He married Helen Jacobson April 19, 1942, at Red Lodge, Mont.

Floyd was inducted into the Army Air Corp Nov. 2, 1942, and achieved the rank of technical sergeant before his honorable discharge on Sept. 28, 1945.

A hard-working man, Floyd did dirt excavation, was a construction contractor and car dealer and owned a trucking company.

He enjoyed four-wheeling.

His parents, his wife Helen, sister Evelyn, three brothers, Wesley, Allen and Lawrence, and his son Elvin preceded Floyd in death.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Cecelia Collingwood of Greybull and Terry and Judy Collingwood of Casper; his daughter Billie Menzel and one brother, Clinton Collingwood, both of Greybull; his sister and brother-in-law, Bill and Joyce Collingwood Wilkinson of Sidney, Mont.; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials in Floyd’s name are being received at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426. The proceeds will benefit the Humane Society.


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