Monthly Archives: March 2014

Junior Prom to be ‘Black Tie Affair’

Greybull High School students and their escorts will dance the night away on Saturday (at least from 9 p.m. until midnight) in the Greybull Middle School Gym at the 2014 Junior Prom. It promises to be a true “Black Tie Affair” with all the appropriate decorations.

The grand march preceding the prom starts at 8 p.m. in the GHS auditorium.  The king and queen will be introduced and crowned immediately following the grand march.

Emily Louis, Haley Jones and Jennifer Hoff are this year’s queen candidates; king candidates are Jesus Burgos, Ezra Hansen and Bryce Wright.

Family and friends are welcome to attend the grand march.

After prom party

This year’s after-prom party will be held from 11:30 p.m. until 4 a.m. at Buff Gym; all GHS students are welcome to attend. No one will be admitted after the 12:30 p.m. lockdown and anyone leaving the gym after the lockdown will not be allowed to return.

Fashioned after “Casino Night,” there will be a wide assortment of card and board games, a small volleyball tournament, ladder golf and the popular “Minute to Win It.”

“We just want to keep them busy,” said a spokesman.

The Greybull Booster Club, sponsors of the annual event, will provide soft drinks, sloppy joes, pulled pork and nachos.

Freshmen are asked to bring fresh fruits cut up for snacking; sophomores, desserts such as cookies, bars, brownies, etc.; juniors, veggies and dips; and seniors, chips and dips.

Prizes will be drawn for throughout the evening. Students must be present to win the larger, coveted prizes drawn at the conclusion of the party.

Prom Dinner

“Dinner Under the Stars” is the theme of the Prom Dinner, which will be served between 5 and 8 p.m. at the South Big Horn Senior Center.

Entrees include prime rib, tempura-battered shrimp and chicken fettuccine alfredo, seven different types of cheesecakes for dessert and specialty drinks.

The cost is $10 per person.

The public can come check out the decorations between 4 and 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Karen Sylvester, 272-8503.

Helicopter roundup gets attention of horse advocates

By Patti Carpenter

In spite of efforts by the Cloud Foundation, an advocacy organization for wild horses based in Colorado, approximately 40 stray horses on BLM land north of Greybull were rounded up by helicopters and are currently being held at a stockyard in Shelby, Mont. According to Ginger Kathrens, founder of the Cloud Foundation, the horses are on their way to a slaughterhouse in Canada.

Sara Beckwith of the BLM Cody Office said that since the horses were not wild mustangs, the BLM did not conduct any public meetings prior to the roundup, which took place on March 18 and 19. She said the horses were a herd that procreated over as many as 40 years out of domestic horses that were abandoned in the area throughout the years.

“These horses were very wild in their behavior, much wilder than the wild horses, actually. That is why a helicopter roundup was necessary,” said Beckwith. “Regular wild horses go willingly into bait traps.”

Beckwith was adamant that the horses were domestic horses and were in no way connected to any of the nearby wild horse herds.

“I want to emphasize that these horses were not part of the McCullough Peaks herd or any wild mustang herd. Since those herds are managed using fertility control, it is no longer necessary to do this type of large scale gather with them.”

Beckwith said the roundup was conducted by Cattoor Livestock Roundup, Inc., based in Nephi, Utah. She indicated that the roundup was done in cooperation with the Wyoming State Livestock Board and Cattoor is the only company the state uses.

Catoor states on its website that it is in the business of helping capture, process, and transport wild horses, burros and wild cattle in “the most humane way possible.”

“We have been contracting wild horse roundups for the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and private individuals since 1975. We have humanely captured over 150,000 wild horses, wild burros and wild cattle during these 35 years,” states the company’s website.

“Over the years, we have purchased and built equipment, developed techniques and learned the best methods to assure the safety of the animals.  We employ experienced helicopter pilots and wranglers that really care about the animals. All of this minimizes the stress on the animals during wild horse roundups.”

Beckwith said the horses were inspected for brands and a notice was published in local newspapers prior to the roundup. A notice appeared in the Greybull Standard on March 6 and in the Basin Republican Rustler on March 13. The state also published a general notice regarding stray livestock in both newspapers on Jan. 2. She said since no one stepped forward to claim the horses, they were sold to the highest bidder.

Though Beckwith stated the horses were not sold for slaughter, an investigation conducted by Paula Todd King, Communications Director of the Cloud Foundation, revealed that the horses were sold to Bouvry Exports, a large Canadian slaughterhouse that also owns the stockyard where the horses are currently being held in Shelby, Mont.

Wyoming Dept. of Livestock brand inspector Frank Barrett confirmed that 41 horses were rounded up in an area south of Sheep Mountain. He said he inspected for brands and observed Cattoor round up the horses using helicopters and then loading them into large horse trailers.  He said the horses were then taken to a livestock auction yard in Worland, where the horses were separated by category and by sex and held in separate pens. He also confirmed that the horses were sold to a single buyer, Bouvry, and taken to the stockyard owned by Bouvry in Shelby. He said he was not aware of the company being in the slaughter business.

Barrett said he was surprised to see the horses were fat and looked good physically. He said the horses were “educated,” and therefore difficult to capture, since they had been chased in the past by motorists, four-wheelers and people on horseback.

“I wouldn’t necessarily call them afraid,” he said. “I would say they were smarter than average, which made them hard to round up.”

He said he was impressed with the Cattoor operation.

“I personally couldn’t have handled it as well as they did,” he said.

Cloud Foundation founder Ginger Kathrens said she felt heartbroken that rescue organizations were not given the opportunity to adopt the horses and save them from slaughter.

“I think it is inhumane that they weren’t even given a chance to be adopted,” said Kathrens. “It doesn’t matter if they were technically wild or not, this was not kind or fair.”

Kathrens said a representative of the Cloud Foundation contacted the stockyard in Shelby owned by Bouvry and offered to purchase the horses. She said the offer was refused and the representative was told that the horses would go to slaughter as planned.

Menke 1/2A Forensic Coach of Year

by marlys good

Ted Menke, coach of the Greybull High School Grey Ghost forensic team, has been long respected in Wyoming High School forensic circles. His expertise was recognized when he was honored as the 2013-14 1A/2A Coach of the Season by the Wyoming High School Forensic Association.

Don Parson, teacher and forensic coach at Green River High School and president of the WHSFA, said, “Ted’s success and skills as a coach are without peer, as reflected by the vote of our membership with respect to this award. Ted has established a very strong program at Greybull High School and brings welcome energy to our activity. It (has been) a pleasure to be able to coach with Ted and learn by his example.”

John Durkee coaches the forensic team at Laramie High School and in a light-hearted vein said, “Ted Menke is the only coach I know who smiles and thanks you for giving him a ballot every single time; even if he missed lunch and it is now dinner time.” On a more serious note Durkee shared, “He is thoughtful when issues arise and will provide advice – even against his own best interests if it is the right thing to do. Ted cares about all the speech students of Wyoming almost as much as he cares about his own students.”

Mark Houser, one of the nominating coaches, said, “Ted has been a consistent presence at Greybull for over 26 years. His effectiveness as a coach is evident by his team’s successes over the decades. Ted is a ‘three-diamond’ coach, which is a remarkable achievement for a coach.”

Wendy Kuper, currently coach of the Rawlins High School forensic team, was Menke’s Grey Ghost assistant coach for six years.

“Ted has been a guiding force in the speech community since he took the position in 1981. He led his team to more than 17 state titles. He is always there to lend a helping hand to any ‘new coach with wonderfully encouraging words of wisdom. There are few coaches in the state more respected than Ted. His advice and contribution to this state activity will be sorely missed.”

Parson emphasized “how respected and admired Ted is by all of us in the speech and debate community. Greybull High School is very fortunate to have a coach, and person, of this caliber in its ranks.”


Naomi M. Reed

OBIT Reed PicDec. 4, 1921 – March 20, 2014

A memorial service for former Greybull resident Naomi M. Reed of Pine Bluffs was held March 25 at the United Methodist Church in Pine Bluffs. Naomi, 92, died March 20 at Life Care Center of Cheyenne.

Naomi, the daughter of Frank and Martha Schmidt Huebner, was born Dec. 4, 1921, at the family home in rural Houston County, Minnesota. She graduated from Houston High School. She graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in LaCrosse, Wis., in 1945.

She married Richard Reed March 8, 1946, at the South Ridge United Methodist Church where she was baptized and will be buried.

The Reeds moved to Casper in 1950 where she worked as a registered nurse. The family moved to the Basin and Greybull area where she worked for Dr. Gregg, South Big Horn County Hospital, Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home and later for Dr. Stoetzel in Pine Bluffs.

She was preceded in death by her son, David, in 1952; husband, Richard, in 1998; her parents; four brothers, Vernon, Kenneth, Daniel and Hollis, and a sister, Lillian.

She is survived by her daughter Linda; her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Kathleen Reed; sister Ruth Kraft; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Michael and Erin Reed; one granddaughter, Jennifer Lake and her husband Travis, and three great-grandchildren.

Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery, South Ridge United Methodist Church, LaCrescent, Minn..

Memorial donations can be made to the Pine Bluffs Senior Center or the Pine Bluffs United Methodist Church.



Winferd Lyle McPeek

March 27, 1915 – Feb. 26, 2014

No services are planned for Winferd Lyle McPeek, who will be buried at Mount View Cemetery in Basin. Lyle, 98, of San Dimas, Calif., died Feb. 26, 2014, at an assisted living facility in San Dimas.

He was born March 27, 1915, at Mulhall, Okla., the son of Winferd and Carrie McPeek. The family moved in 1917 from Oklahoma to Lander where his father hauled feed for a cattle company. In 1920 the family moved to Casper where they homesteaded on Casper Mountain.

When Lyle was 8 years old the family traded their homestead for a farm on the Greybull River. They loaded all their belongings in a railroad stock car and moved to Basin, where he received his education.

Lyle later bought a farm on Dorsey Creek where he raised registered Hampshire hogs. He enjoyed elk hunting and fishing in the Paintrock basin.

Lyle sold his farm in the early 1970s and moved to California where he married Opal Dell Clark. In 2003, Lyle moved to the assisted living facility.

Lyle lived a long and good life. He loved California because of the warm winters and close shopping facilities. He spent most of his time tending to his large garden.

Lyle was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Dell Clark, in 1987; a stepdaughter, Diana Dell Deans; his parents Winferd and Carrie McPeek; two brothers, Keith McPeek and James McPeek; three sisters, Laroice Mayland, Helen Caufield, and his twin, Lela Snyder.

He is survived by two stepdaughters, Gale Huff of San Dimas and Susie Ewing of Carlsbad, Calif., and a step-granddaughter.


Kenneth “Ken” Lavere Hamilton

March 4, 1923 – March 13, 2014

Graveside services for Kenneth Lavere Hamilton were held March 17 at the La Verkin Cemetery in La Verkin, Utah. Ken, 91, suffered a heart attack and died March 13 at the Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah.

He was born March 4, 1923, in Davis City, Iowa, the son of Ernest and Sadie Henderson Hamilton. The family moved to Greybull when Ken was 5 years old. He received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School in 1941.

In 1941 he moved to San Diego, where he worked for Consolidated Aircraft Co.  He returned to Greybull a few years later. He married Grace Light; the couple had two children, Lavere Ernest and Nancy Rose.

Following their divorce in 1956, Ken returned to California where he worked for Douglas Aircraft Co. He married Ellen Faulkner Jan. 10, 1959. They moved back to Greybull where he was employed by the Town of Greybull and served as a volunteer for the fire department.

Because of the cold winters, the Hamiltons returned to California where he worked as a security officer for Hughes Aircraft Co. He worked for Hughes for 19 years and retired in 1985. The couple then moved to La Verkin.

Ken and Ellen joined the LDS Church and were sealed in the St. George Temple. Both he and Ellen did genealogy research and temple work for their ancestors. They enjoyed their callings in the LDS Church and Ken was pleased to become a High Priest. He also served on the Senior Citizens Advisory Board in Hurricane, the Council for Aging in St. George, and was a lifetime member of BPOE 1431 in Greybull.

Ken was the guiding light for his family, a blessing to all who knew him, and remained optimistic and cheerful to the end. He will be greatly missed.

His wife, his parents, one son, one daughter and a granddaughter preceded him in death.

He is survived by four children: Nancy Hamilton of Florida, Deedra (Boyd) McGaha, Patricia Gehring and Sharron Young, all of California; two sisters, Verla Kershner of Greybull, Verna Lou (Don) Brown of Grand Junction, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


Steven Mark Geoghegan

Jan. 30, 1948 – March 16, 2014

No services are planned for Steven Mark Geoghegan, 66, who died at his home in Greybull March 16.

Steve was born Jan. 30, 1948, in Napa, Calif., the son of Robert and LaVina Griggs Geoghegan. He grew up, received his schooling and graduated from high school in Napa Valley. Following his high school graduation, he attended a technical school in California.

He served in the United States Marine Corps for two years. Steve was a commercial painter for 26 years and then worked construction and concrete for 10 years.

Steve moved to the Big Horn Basin in 1995. He married Jill Colette Aldous May 15, 2002, on the lawn of the Big Horn County Courthouse in Basin.

His mother, LaVina May Griggs Geoghegan; brother Robin Edward Geoghegan and sister, Suzan Gladys Geoghegan, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Jill Geoghegan of Greybull; two daughters and sons-in-law, Randy and Shelly Lanee Meech of Sebeka, Minn., and Troy and Sharon Justine Burgau of Brainerd, Minn; his father, Robert Geoghegan; father-in-law, Walter Aldous of Idaho; mother-in-law, Joan Line of Utah; five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

GHS hosts Gerrard meet Saturday

by nathan oster

Greybull High School athletes are scheduled to see their first competitive action of the spring on Saturday when they host the annual Bill Gerrard Invitational.  Field events start at 10 a.m., with running events to follow at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Coach Jeff Sukut has 23 athletes — 18 boys and five girls — and it’s once again a young group, with 11 freshmen, three sophomores, five juniors and five seniors.

McKenna Powers, Aftin DeRosa and Sydney Eckman are the three returning letter-winners on the girls’ side.

Powers, the only senior of the bunch, placed fourth in the open 800 and sixth in the triple jump at last year’s state meet.  She reported to camp in good condition after spending the winter running indoor track with the Worland Warriors.

Sukut said that in addition to the 800 and the triple jump, Powers will also probably run the 400 meters and possibly even the 300-meter hurdles, “which I think she’ll be very good at,” he said. Powers hasn’t run the 300 in the past, but her stamina and speed should more than make up for any flaws in her technique, said Sukut.

Eckman, a sophomore, placed ninth — one spot out of qualifying for state — in the 400 meters last year at the regional meet.  She was also a jumper, but a broken finger will likely prevent her from doing much of that early this season.

“I’m looking for her to probably find a place in the 400,” he said. “She missed qualifying last year by just a half second.”

Sukut said he is also looking for improvement from Aftin DeRosa, another sophomore who showed good potential last year in the sprints.

Joining those three returning letterwinners are a pair of freshmen in Hannah Good and Alexandria Foster.

The boys team figures to be stronger, thanks to a “very talented and deep” freshman class who will supplement an already solid core of letterwinners that includes Cesar Sosa, Nick Murdoch, Daniel Kinsman, Ryan Sylvester, Calder Forcella, Alex Hebb, Kyler Flock and Logan Jensen.

Jensen is the top returnee, having placed fifth in the discus last year as a junior.

“I’m to see more good things from him this year,” said Sukut.

Hebb was on cusp of placing at the state meet, but finished 10th — two spots out of medaling — in the long jump.  “A year older and stronger,” Hebb “should do well this season,” according to Sukut, who added that he figures to run the 100, the 200 and on the 400-meter relay team.

Hebb was a part of the foursome that captured fourth place at the state meet last season.  Joining him on that squad were Kyler Flock and Calder Forcella, both of whom return, and Dylan Brenner, who graduated in the spring.

“We need to find one replacement,” said Sukut. “We were happy with our placing — and we were competitive throughout the season.  But at state, we ran in the slowest heat.  We didn’t get to run in the fast heat, and that makes a difference.”

Sukut said a number of kids, including several freshmen, are auditioning for that fourth spot on the relay.

Another returnee with quality experience is Forcella, who placed 10th in the discus at state despite having one of the best 2A throws of the regular season. A year older and stronger, and with the newness of the state meet out of the way, he should fare better this year, said Sukut, adding that Forcella will also run in the sprints.

Kyler Flock, who like Powers ran indoor track for Worland, will be a contender in the 400 meters, as well as a member of the 400-meter relay squad.  He didn’t qualify to run the 400 at the state meet, but is “looking good, both in terms of form and conditioning” through the first two weeks of practice.

“Kyler should be in the ballpark for making some noise at regionals, and maybe at state, too,” said Sukut.

Wyatt Nielson, a hurdler, should also be a contributor for the Buffs, as should Ryan Sylvester.  A junior, Sylvester missed a lot of time last year due to other activities, including Science Fair, but is good to go this year. He’s primarily a jumper, but will also do some running for the Buffs.

The complete list of boys includes seniors Hebb and Jensen, juniors Forcella, Kinsman, Murdoch and Nielson, sophomores Sosa and Mason Stebner and freshmen Cade Dooley, Elias Ewen, Dustin Fox, Jacob Harrold, Dawson McEwan, Dylan McEwan, Clancy Stoffers and Dante Sylvester.

“I’m really happy with that group of freshmen … to have as many of them as I have,” said Sukut. “I always tell the kids, track may not have to be their No. 1 sport, but my role as track coach is to improve their athleticism, their speed, their coordination and their flexibility, all of which should pay off in their other sports — whether it be volleyball, basketball and football.”

Sukut said his goal, as always, is to get as many athletes as possible qualified for the state meet.  “Looking at the numbers, we’ve got a young squad again,” said Sukut. “The talent pool, especially with the freshman boys, is good. And with the assets we already have in place, I’m hoping we can put together a boys team that is a little more competitive this year.

“For the girls, the numbers dictate that the focus is going to have to be on seeing their times and distances improve as the season progresses.”

The Bill Gerrard Invitational has its usual place on the spring schedule, going first and on the same weekend as a larger meet in Cody that is expected to attract the larger 2A and 3A schools of the area.

The Greybull meet will be “primarily a 1A and 2A meet,” said Sukut, noting that the field is likely to include Burlington, Ten Sleep, Meeteetse, Rocky Mountain, Riverside and possibly some athletes from Lovell.

“We like smaller meets, particularly at this early stage of the season,” said Sukut. “Some of our younger kids will have opportunities to place — and that will in turn give them more confidence in their abilities.”




Art in the Dark winners announced

by nathan oster

More than 150 people cast votes for people’s choice in Friday’s annual Art in the Dark exhibit at the Historic Hotel Greybull.

In the end, the winner was entry by Cesar Garay, titled “The Nameless,” which showed a girl in black with a cone head lying flat on a bed.

In describing the piece, Garay said, “As a kid I always had what anybody else would consider nightmares, but to me there were not. It was such a consistent thing for me to dream of strange things that it became normal.

“Pitch black figures were always coming to me in these dreams. Faceless people clothed in nothing but dark colors with skin of solid black. I don’t remember ever fearing these strange figures in my dreams, nor did I ever know what they were. I combined my interests in Middle and Victorian ages with past dreams. Music is an important part of my life and also played a role in this piece to give it a realistic, eerie feel.”

Second place went to the Payton Gonzalez entry, which showed a torso on a table that was inspired by the old Gatorade commercials in which people sweat colored Gatorade.  On top of that, Gonzalez added a lot of his own personal interests — basketball, welding, automotive — to his finished piece.

Third place went to Shanae Cummings, whose table with a horse image was positioned at the top of the hotel stairs throughout Friday night’s show.

“I was excited to continue this tradition within the GHS visual arts program that Karyne Dunbar began years ago,” said Teresa Boyer, the art teacher at GHS.  “Students came into class last fall telling me about their Art in the Dark project ideas and couldn’t wait to get started.”

She offered thanks to Myles Foley and Lori Davis — owners of the hotel — as well as to GHS band teacher Michael Jaycox and his students for providing music for the show.

“It was wonderful to see the community come out to support our students,” she said.  In all, about 50 works were on display at the hotel Friday night.

The next big event on the art calendar is the dual art show with Big Horn County School District No. 4, which has been scheduled for April 11 at Shell Hall.




Vision for new GMS still evolving

by nathan oster

CTA has reached the 35-percent mark in its design of the new Greybull Middle School.

Jim Baldwin, the project manager, Jim Beal, the principal in charge and project designer, and Karen Kelly, the education project leader, shared CTA’s vision for the school with staff members and the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees on March 11.

The project is officially a go, as funding for the new building was appropriated by the Legislature during its recent session in Cheyenne. All along, CTA was operating under the assumption that it would be, and now that’s cleared the 35-percent hurdle, it will look to meet the 65-percent deadline this week and the 95-percent deadline by April 11.

If those deadlines are met, CTA would be able to “put the drawings on the streets” toward the end of April and to bid the project toward the end of May.

CTA spent the day on March 11 meeting with teachers and administrators who will use the facility.  Once again, those discussions resulted in some tweaks.

Among the changes that have been made since the 10-percent presentation is a relocation of the primary entrance to the building.  It is now on the northeast part of the site, at a point where it could be accessed from the parking lot in front of the high school. In fact, CTA is now proposing no changes whatsoever to the parking configurations — just restriping. The change was made, at least in part, to keep costs down.

The grounds of the school also feature a fenced-in courtyard between the north end of the new middle school and the south end of the high school.

As it’s now designed, there would be two secure vestibules at the front entrance to the building. And as is the case at the current GMS, visitors would need to be buzzed in by someone in the front office.

People passing through those vestibules would immediately enter a commons area, and from there, they could access the science room or one of the other three classrooms currently included on the ground floor.

The second floor, as well as the first, would have space for an RTI classroom, as well, as three other large classrooms and one special education classroom.  A conference/breakout room would also be set up on the second floor.

Among the changes that took place between the 10 percent and 35 percent presentations were the elimination of a round room and the relocation of a stairway.

The computer labs are still ticketed for the space on the west side of the GMS Gym, which is now home to the Special Services offices.

In other March 11 business:

• Sharon Collingwood was hired as the new middle school counselor.

• The board accepted the resignations of Darla Henderson, the food services supervisor, and Mary Packer, a custodian at Greybull Elementary School.

• L.D. Anderson, Inc., of Shell was awarded the bid to demolish the Greybull swimming pool. Anderson’s bid came in at $111,497.  Capital construction funding will be used for the project, and at the moment, the district doesn’t have enough to cover the expense.  But Bryant is meeting with the School Facilities Commission this week to secure the remaining $37,500.

• The board approved an out-of-district request for a student to attend GMS for the remainder of the school year.

• Clerk Jean Petty expressed frustration about recent legislation that prevented school teachers from getting the same type of raises as the ones given to University of Wyoming employees —and with her conversations with key lawmakers who didn’t appear very interested in anything she had to say. Petty said school boards and the teachers themselves need to be better advocates for the teachers and all that they are doing to educate the youth of this community.

• After emerging from an executive session, the board agreed to follow the superintendent’s recommendation to offer contract to all current certified staff members for the 2014-15 school year.

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