Daily Archives: March 5, 2014

Library director gives 30-day notice

by karla pomeroy

Big Horn County Library Director and Basin Branch Manager Nancy Venable tendered her resignation Friday.

Venable delivered the resignation to the Big Horn County commissioners and the Big Horn County Library Board prior to their special meeting between the board and commissioners. The commissioners, following an executive session, accepted the resignation.

In her letter Venable stated, “Please consider this my 30-day resignation notice; my last work day will be March 28, 2014. While I have enjoyed many elements of my position and learned a great deal, there have been many challenges that have forced me to consider the value of employment with the Big Horn County Library System.

“Thank you for the opportunity to meet many of the wonderful members of the county and work with some of the best library staff in Wyoming.”

Venable has taken a position as the Rock Springs branch manager in Sweetwater County.

Commission Chairman Jerry Ewen said, “We don’t have a solid plan (regarding replacing Venable at this time). First, the commissioners will be acting in place of the library board until the new board is appointed (see related story). The director will be reporting to us and meeting with us during our regular meetings. One of things we will discuss with her prior to her leaving is appointing an interim director,” he said.

Ewen said it will take some time to hire a new director. He said they will review the list of qualifications the board used in their last hire. While in the last hire the board opted not to seek applications from current employees, Ewen said in his opinion the position will be opened up in-house, but noted that would be a commission decision.

“That’s how it’s done in private industry. That’s how we do it at the courthouse,” Ewen said.

The county will be seeking its third director in as many years. Longtime director Becky Hawkins retired in 2011. The board hired Julia Kelso, formerly of Thermopolis, in July 2011. The board announced in January 2013 that Kelso’s last day would be Jan. 16, 2013.

Venable, who came to Basin from Havre, Mont., was hired by the now terminated library board in April 2013 and began duties in June.


Community Hall project topic of meeting

by nathan oster

A public hearing on the town’s plan to apply for a grant to renovate the Herb Asp Community Center passed quietly on Thursday night, as no one other than town and recreation district staff and board members showed up to discuss the project.

The town, which owns the facility, has applied for funding through the 2014 Business Ready Community (BRC) Grant and Loan Program.  It is seeking $320,000, and using as the local match the value of the building and the lot.

Administrator/Finance Director Paul Thur explained that the proposed renovation would increase the size of the classroom by about 45 percent while creating an area for a dance studio, relocating the restrooms, improving the roller rink office and building an access to the attic which would be used strictly for storage.

Heather Howe, the director of the recreation district, said she believes the additional classroom space would be beneficial for programs like Messy Me. Instead of having seating for 10, there would suddenly be space for closer to 20.

“Redoing the rec center a little bit won’t replace the pool, but it will allow us to get creative and create a few more recreation opportunities — even if it’s just another class that we can offer to the community,” said Thur.

Howe agreed, saying the district would be able to add one to two activities per month.

“Yes, it’s a lot of money to put into the rec center, which is an old building,” Thur said. “But it’s been there for 77 years already, and with the structural analysis, we feel it could be there another 100 years if we take care of it.  We might as well spruce it up.”

Myles Foley, a member of the town council as well as the recreation board, said he heard from people who were confused about the type of funding being pursued.  It’s a grant — not a loan or a mortgage, he emphasize.

Thur had a Saturday deadline to apply for the grant funding through the WBC.   The WBC will do a walk-through in March and announce its recommendations in May.  Then it will head to the SLIB for final determinations in June.

Thur said he has no read on whether the town’s application will be approved.

“We don’t fit into this 100 percent of the way,” he said.  “This particular grant program is intended to fund projects that are more economic-development type of things.  But this is a quality of life issue. It isn’t going to create jobs, other than short-term positions for contractors.  But I thin it enhances what we can offer, and gives people living here even more stuff to do.”

The group discussed the timeline for the project, and while there was some concern about impacting the Hands Across the Saddle benefit, they agreed that the summertime would be the best time to complete the project.

“We’re busier during the school year (in that building) than we are during the summer,” said Howe, noting that much of the recreation district’s programming takes place outside or in the park.

The project is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete.

Thur said that if the budgets of both the town and the recreation district set aside line items for facility improvements, the town could proceed with items on the wish list that wouldn’t be covered by the grant, including the exterior logs and improvements to the interior walls.

Greybull, Shell firefighters raising funds

by nathan oster

The Greybull and Shell volunteer fire departments are planning special fundraisers for the early part of March.

Members of the Greybull Volunteer Fire Department will be going door to door to solicit funds from the community on the evening of Monday, March 10.

The fundraising campaign is an annual event, as is the firemen’s ball scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Greybull Elks Lodge.  The Cowley Boys will perform.

Meanwhile, out in Shell, the fire department has announced that its annual Navajo Taco Night is set for Saturday, March 15 starting at 5 p.m. at the Shell Community Hall.

The department is going to hold a ticket raffle for five guns and five Cabela’s gift cards, valued at between $100 and $500.  Tickets are available at Dirty Annie’s or from any member of the Shell Volunteer Fire Department.



MCT brings ‘Aladin’ to GHS stage

Aladdin, Sinbad, Ali Baba, and Scheherazade, all well-known figures from the “Arabian Nights,” will be on stage at the Greybull High School auditorium Saturday, March 8 when the Missoula Children’s Theatre tour presents its version of “Aladdin.”

The cast includes Skylar Jackson as Aladdin and Aspen Cross as Aladdin’s mother.

Princess Dory will be played by Jessie Kysar; Sultan, by Katie  Bame; the Grand Vizier, Jordan Nelson; Keeper of the Book of Answers, Joslyn Alonzo; Scheherazde, Austyn Sheets; Mysterious One, Serenity Kinswoman; Genies, Cassie Fitzsimmons, Mallory Brown, Madelynne Shelley; stubborn donkey, Emery Terry; spunky goat, Grace Sanford; scheming Cassim, Jazmyne Collingwood; Ali Baba, Lindsey Mills; Sinbad, Benjamin Shelley; and Sinbad’s sailors, Brendan Gross, Joshua Lopez and Christian Nelson.

Lots of wise-cracking palm trees, fleet-footed camels, vagabonds and a pack of lost penguins complete the 50-member cast.

According to the release, “Aladdin is a swirling sandstorm of famous Arabian tales ranging from Ali Baba to Scheherazade to Sinbad the Sailor.”

Performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets at the door cost $3 for children, $5 for adults, or $10 total for all members of an immediate family (parents and children).

“Aladdin” is presented locally by the Greybull Art Council and Big Horn County School District No. 3’s BOCES agreement with Northwest College.


Linda Lee Sanders

March 2, 1949 – Feb. 25, 2014

Memorial services for Linda Lee Sanders of Basin were held Saturday, March 1 at the First Baptist Church in Basin. Linda, 64, died Feb. 25, at Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont.

She was born March 2, 1949, in Rochester, N.Y., the daughter of Edward John and Lorraine Smalley Allen. She received her schooling in Holley, N.Y. and attended Edison Community College in Fort Meyers, Fla.

Linda moved to Lovell in 1988 where she went to work as a registered nurse at North Big Horn Hospital. She also put her nursing skills to work at South Big Horn County Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, was a traveling nurse and worked in the ICU at Deaconess Hospital, now Billings Clinic, for many years.

She loved working in her yard, building birdhouses, painting, doing woodworking and craft projects. Linda enjoyed going to the mountains, hunting, trapping and riding motorcycles, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She was a friend to everybody she met and was always willing to lend a hand to those in need.

Her son, Zebulon Richenberg; brother Ed Allen, and her father Ed Allen, preceded Linda in death.

She is survived by her mother, Lorraine Allen of Basin; her daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Sean Williamson of Basin; three grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, Andrew Williamson, Tyler and Brianna Williamson and Calvin Williamson; one brother, Robert Allen of New York, a nephew Greg Allen of Tennessee and a great-nephew whom she loved dearly, Aiden Allen of Tennessee.

Memorials in Linda’s name are being received at Security State Bank, Box 531, Basin, WY 82410. Proceeds will benefit the Moyer Animal Shelter in Powell.



Petty adds to collection of state titles

by nathan oster

Connor Petty won two more state titles, the sixth and seventh of his prep career, to power the Worland Warriors to a third-place finish at the State 3A Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend in Gillette.

Petty, who grew up in Shell and is the son of Jeff and Jean Petty, has been attending Worland High School for the past two years, staying with the family of one of his Warrior teammates to cut down on the travel while he pursues his goals in the pool.

While he misses Greybull High School and his friends there, Petty said the arrangement has worked out well to this point — and that he remains hopeful of one day swimming in college.

Performances like the one he turned in at the state meet in Gillette will do nothing but help his cause, as for the second straight year, Connor was named the 3A swimmer of the meet and swimmer of the year.

Petty won three goals as a freshman — winning the 100 freestyle and swimming on two winning relay teams — and two more as a sophomore when he took top honors in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly.

Petty didn’t known until about two to three weeks before the state meet what he’d be swimming in Gillette.  His coach, Kevin Heyer, decided to put him in the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle, as well as on two relays.

Petty delivered in a big way, winning both individual events.

His winning time in the 200 IM, a 1:59.16, was more than five seconds faster than his closest pursuer in 3A, and it would have been good for second place in 4A behind only a swimmer from Kelly Walsh High School, Jeremy Young, who swam a blazing 1:56.83.

Petty also cruised to victory in the 100 free, swimming a time, 47.71, that was more than a second faster than anyone else in 3A and better than only two freestylers from Cheyenne in the 4A competition.

Petty’s other contributions to the team’s cause including swimming a leg on the 200 freestyle relay team, which took second in 1:32.92, and on the 200 medley relay team, which took fifth in 1:47.52.

In an interview Tuesday, Petty deflected individual praise, saying the team’s third-place finish was the highlight of the meet, as far as he was concerned.

“We didn’t know if it was going to be possible, but we wanted to be in the top three — and we were,” he said.

Lander topped the 3A competition, scoring 274.5 points.  Powell was next in line with 195.5, followed by Worland with 176.5.

Petty said his goal going into the season was simply to “help the team reach its goals” and to swim well in whichever events his coach asked him to swim.

He had set some goals as far as times in his two individual events — he fell short in the 200 IM, but exceeded his goal in the 100 free.  In both events, he bettered his times.  But in both events, he still ranks second all-time at WHS, behind only the times posted by his former coach, Guy Fulfer.

Petty is only a junior, so he’ll have one more season at WHS. He said his goals are going to be to set a state record or two, win all of his events at state, and help his team as much as possible. He doesn’t know where swimming will take him — just that he enjoys it.

“I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it,” he said. “But I have to work hard every day, too.”

Petty will swim in one more meet — the Senior Sectionals coming up shortly in Seattle —before shutting it down for the offseason. Come late spring/early summer, he will crank it up again, driven as always by a desire to make himself, and by extension his team, the best that they can be.



Lady Buffs state bid thwarted

by marlys good

The Greybull Lady Buffs gave it all they had but a 35-32 loss to Kemmerer Saturday morning dashed their hopes of a bid to the State 2A Basketball Championships in Casper this weekend.

“This (Kemmerer) was a team who was No. 1 on their side all season. They had lost just one conference game before the tournament. Kemmerer has two of the top players in the state, (Vickery and Tiller) and their points at the end of the game showed how good they are,” said Coach Jeff Hunt.

“Our girls did an outstanding job setting the tempo of this game. Kemmerer likes to run and gun but we never allowed their press to bother us. This was the most disciplined I’ve seen us play and it was a lot of fun to watch.”

The Lady Rangers took an early five-point lead but the Buffs narrowed that to a single point, 10-9, at the first quarter break and by halftime had eked out a three-point, 18-15 advantage.

The Buffs dictated the tempo of the game and the combination of a tough defense and patience on offense worked to the Buffs advantage. “We made them play out of their comfort zone,” Hunt added. “At times we had the ball for over a minute per possession.”

The three-point advantage gave the Buffs some momentum but the Rangers grabbed it back when Tiller hit a three-pointer to open the third quarter.

The lead changed hands several times and the Buffs tied the game late in the fourth but couldn’t get over the hump. A three-pointer at the buzzer fell short and the Lady Buff season came to an end.

“I was so proud of these girls,” Hunt said.

The Buffs opened the tournament with a 65-57 loss to Wind River, a team that returned three all-conference players from last season and a couple of athletes who consistently score in double digits. “They are a tough team who can score a lot of points. We had a difficult time matching up with them and they took advantage of that,” Hunt said.

The game turned into a foul-fest with 54 fouls called and 85 free throws shot. The Lady Cougars were 21 for 46 and the Buffs were 16 for 35.

The Cougars shot 44 percent from beyond the arc and 34 percent from the field. Ceirra Carlson led scoring with 11 points with Karlina McIntosh adding seven.  Brett Stephens grabbed nine rebounds to lead the defense.

The loss left the Buffs in the loser-out bracket Friday and they came up with a huge 31-28 victory over Shoshoni to keep their state hopes alive.

The game featured two of the top scorers in 2A, Greybull’s Carlson and Shoshoni’s Olivia Thompson, going head-to-head.  The Shoshoni defense stifled Carlson but Stephens “took over early in the game and was a beast on the boards,” said Coach Hunt. “She touched every rebound and had 10 of her 12 points in the first quarter, most coming from offensive rebounds. She did a great job stepping up when Ceirra was covered so well.

“Our girls were very patient on offense. We moved the ball well and waited for open shots. In the end the difference was our girls played as a team offensively and spread the points out.”

Sophomore Madi Edeler stepped it up a notch defensively and grabbed eight boards in a good effort.

“This was truly a defensive win for us,” according to Coach Hunt. “Our girls took them out of their game, and we forced them to take a lot of shots they don’t usually take. ”

Looking back at his team’s play in the regional tournament, Hunt said, “It was disappointing not to make it to state, but I’m so happy with how we played. We surprised some people and really showed how good a team we actually are.  Our girls played their hearts out in every game and fought to the end through each one of them. I’ve seen several teams just lay down and be finished, but we never did.”


Greybull 14    9  11  23 – 57

Wind River 13  12  15  20 – 65

GREYBULL — Ceirra Carlson 5  6-6 18;  Jordan Flitner 1 0-0 2; Brett Stephens 2 3-8 7; Madi Edeler 2 1-6 5; Karlina McIntosh 2 2-4 6; Florina Villegas 4 0-2 8; Jordan Kraft 2 4-7 9. Totals: 18-65 16  -35 57.

3-POINT GOALS — Carlson 2, J. Kraft 1. REBOUNDS — 23 (Carlson 5, Villegas 5). ASSISTS — 5 (Edeler 2). STEALS — 9 (Carlson 3). TURNOVERS — 19.


Greybull 12  8  3  8 – 31

Shoshoni   8  7  6  7 – 28

GREYBULL — Carlson  1  4-11 6; Flitner 1 0-0 2; Stephens 5 1-2 12; Edeler 0 1-2 1; McIntosh 1 2-6 5; Villegas 1  0-1 2; J. Kraft 1 0-1 3. Totals: 10-44 8-23 31.

3-POINT GOALS — Stephens, McIntosh, Kraft. REBOUNDS — 30 (Edeler 8). STEALS — 16 (Carlson 8). ASSISTS — 3. TURNOVERS — 29.


Greybull   9  9    8  6 – 32

Kemmerer  10  5  11  9 – 35

GREYBULL — Madi Kraft 0 1-2 1; Carlson 4 2-4 11; Flitner 0 1-2 1; Stephens 2 0-0 5; McIntosh 3 0-0 7; Villegas 1 2-2 4; J. Kraft 1 1-3 3. Totals 11-38 6-10 27,

REBOUNDS — 18 (Stephens 9). STEALS — 6 (Carlson 2, Stephens 2). ASSISTS — 6 (Stephens 2, J. Kraft 2). TURNOVERS — 21.


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