Daily Archives: March 19, 2014

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.

For homeowners, tension followed by relief

Chuck and Tina Spragg got a bird’s eye view of the events that occurred Sunday, March 9 when ice jammed to the tip-top of Greybull’s dike, threatening to go up and over.  The Spraggs’ home at 317 10th Ave. N. is  “about 8 to 10 yards from the dike,” Tina said. “I could see everything from our bedroom window. We have lived here since 1982 and I have never seen anything like it,” she said of the massive buildup. “I have seen water come up to the bottom of the dike, but not anything like that.”

Tina said she had heard stories of past floods, and recalls interviewing George (Conoco) Scott for a middle school report. She was too young to have any personal memories of the flood scare of 1962, but heard stories retold by her parents, Esther and the late Red Lindsay.

“They lived in a basement and had to evacuate. Dad ‘evacuated’ all the cars at Core Chevrolet first; then he came back for Mom and I,” she was told.

She said that from the first news of the ice jamming, she was “surprised more than anything. I was not really very concerned.” Part of the reason could be Chuck was working with the Greybull Volunteer Fire Department so she was aware of what steps were being taken to avert a flood.

Gary and Linda Patrick live two blocks south of the Spraggs at 209 Eighth Ave. N.,  in close proximity to the dike.

“When Linda and I came home from church we could see the ice (at the top of the dike) from the ground,” Patrick said. “Oh, my goodness, I thought. It was more than we expected. We changed clothes and started gathering our papers, albums, computers, things like that. Then we took it out to the shop (at River Road Honey).” When they got back and looked at their belongings, “We knew the rest was just stuff, things. We got what we thought was important out.”

“When we got back we went up on the dike but they started bringing in the big equipment and moving the cement barriers up. It was getting congested, so we decided to drive up on the Heights. When we drove over the bridge I thought I could see the ice moving. I felt happy, happy, happy. It was a huge relief.” They continued onto the Heights and parked directly opposite from their home and reaffirmed that the ice was indeed moving.

“I thought, ‘I am going to stay here and watch it until clear water comes through.’ We could see it from the bridge and pretty soon the ice was gone.”

Patrick said they “really appreciated the help of the town, the National Guard … they were great. There is one thing we thought of … it might have been nice to have a pile of sand and sandbags for individuals to fill. I would have liked to fill some and sandbag my basement.”

One block south of the Patricks, Bill and Ione Craft, who live at 210 Seventh Ave. N., watched the activity play out all day. “We watched it all. We can thank our lucky stars for the dike,” Bill said. They were not concerned about actual flooding. “Eddie (son) kept us up on what was happening; He even had us pack our bags in case we had to evacuate,” Ione added.

A sidebar for the Crafts was hearing from “kinfolks here and there, even way back east, who saw pictures (stories) of the ice jam on Facebook. It was kind of fun,” Ione laughed.

“We can sing the praises of the National Guard,” the couple agreed. “They were Johnny-on-the-spot.”

John and Betty Koller live at 234 Fifth Ave. N. in a small gyp block house that withstood both of the town’s early floods.  Luckily, it wasn’t tested a third time.

Betty said she and John went for a walk in the afternoon and the view on Sixth Avenue, “almost took my breath way. The ice was virtually at the top of the dike. We knew it was serious.” They returned home, gathered photos, other important things from the basement, but then decided, “whatever will happen, will happen.”

John said as they were looking at the ice jam he realized two things: 1) “The dike was built to accommodate the river as rising water flowed downstream (tipped from south to north). The ice that jammed the river backed it (water) up to a level surface like a lake so the north end was at greater risk due to the level of the water;” 2) “When we drove out by MI we saw the water was over the railroad spur than runs to the plant. That meant water was flowing around the ice jam. I knew than unless we had rain, or more snow, the water would probably go no higher.”



Elva Chantrill

Funeral services for Elva Chantrill of Burlington will be held today (Thursday, March 20) at 11 a.m. at the Burlington Cemetery.

Elva, 99, died Thursday, March 13 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home. A complete obituary will be printed in next week’s paper.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at haskellfuneralhome.com.


Elizabeth Bader

OBIT Elizabeth onlineNov. 11, 1918 – March 12, 2014

Cremation has taken place and private family graveside services for Martha Elizabeth Bader of Ten Sleep will be held at a later date. Elizabeth, 95, died March 12.

The Wyoming native and lifetime resident of Ten Sleep was born Nov. 11, 1918, in Casper, the daughter of David and Edna Breeden. She was raised on the Upper Nowood, attended grade school at Otter Creek and high school in Ten Sleep. She rode horseback from the ranch to Ten Sleep where she and her horse boarded during the week.

She married Lloyd Bader Oct. 3, 1927, at her family home. The couple joined his parents on the Bader Ranch on the Lower Nowood where they resided for the rest of their lives.

The Baders enjoyed playing cards with friends and neighbors, going to community dances and square dancing.

Elizabeth had a curious mind and spent her life learning new facts and traveling to new places. She loved being surrounded by her family, star-gazing, moon-watching, reading, crossword puzzles, bird-watching, rock hunting, a good cup of tea and taking pictures of scenery, wildlife and old cabins.

Her parents, her husband, two infant sons, a sister and three brothers preceded Elizabeth in death.

She is survived by her children, Erwin Bader, Linda Harris and Eileen Whetham, and six grandchildren.

Donations in Elizabeth’s name can be made to the Ten Sleep Senior Center in care of Bryant Funeral Home, Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.


Five GBAC wrestlers win titles in Cody

by nathan oster

Logan Saldana, Dylan Alexander, Danner Davidson, Nick Schlattmann and Anthony Eibert led a strong showing by the Greybull-Basin Athletic Club at a U.S.A. wrestling tournament last weekend in Cody.

Saldana won the 40-pound division and Alexander the 80-pound division in the Intermediate competition, while Davidson (120), Schlattmann (145-152) and Eibert (170) all won their titles in the Cadet competition.

Forty-five team members participated in Cody.

GBAC will be in Thermopolis this weekend, its final tuneup before the Greybull tournament on March 29.


PEE WEE DIVISION — Ryne Harder was fifth at 40; Bennett Sanford was fourth at 45A; Elizabeth Holloway was fourth at 45B; Taft Winters was fourth and Derek Nicholson was sixth at 55-60.

BANTAM DIVISION — Gunnar Tanksley was fifth at 45; Michael Gormley was fourth at 50A; Loomis Alexander was second at 50B; Kyler Winters was third at 60; Joe Bassett was third and Alejandro Avina fifth at 70.

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION — Logan Saldana was first at 40; Nathaniel Boreen was third at 70; Jake Schlattmann was fourth and D’Von Sjostrom was sixth at 75; Dylan Alexander was first, Morgan Love was fourth, Grant Winters was fifth and Titus Nicholson was sixth at 80; Jack Gotfredson was third and Caroline Schlattmann sixth at 87; James Love was third and Jonah Oster was fifth at 95; Connor Paxton was second at 100-105.

NOVICE DIVISION — Kody Gotfredson was second and Avery Swiftney was fourth at 80; Cash Duncan was second at 85; Chase Oster was fourth and David Briscoe was fifth at 95; Tate Clutter was second at 130.

SCHOOL BOY DIVISION — Jacob Cook was second at 84.

CADET DIVISION — Danner Davidson was first at 120; Nick Schlattmann was first at 145-152; and Anthony Eibert was first at 170.


Powers, Flock roll from indoor to outdoor

by nathan oster

Kyler Flock and McKenna Powers begin the track season with a couple of steps on the competition after spending much of the winter running indoor track for the Worland High School team.

The two seniors were welcomed with open arms, according to their coach, Ed Wise.

“Both of them are really hard workers who did everything they were asked to do,” said Wise, whose girls finished ninth and boys 15th at their recent state meet, which was the culminating act of the indoor season.

Both athletes showed “tremendous improvement” according to Wise.

Powers was the only state placer, as she ran a leg on Worland’s 4×200 relay team, which took seventh place. She finished 10th in the triple jump, barely missing finals. “She competed very well there,” said Wise, noting that it took “two girls who came out of nowhere” to keep her out of finals in the event.   Powers went 32 feet, 2 inches in the prelims.

She also placed 18th in the 400 (1:06.05) at the state competition.

And in the 800, she cut 15 seconds during the course of the season.  She started around 2:55 and ended around 2:40 — “which for our training facilities, is just tremendous,” said Wise. “Across the board, she improved in all of her events, and that’s what you want to see.”

Flock did the same thing, cutting 3.5 seconds off his time in the 400, 1.6 seconds in the 200 and a whole tenth of a second off his time in the 55 meters.  “That may not seem like much, but it’s huge in races like the 55, where the gun goes off, you blink your eyes twice and it’s done,” said Wise. “He’s gotten stronger and better every time out.”

At the state meet, Flock placed 33rd in the 200 (25.02), 21st in the 400 (55.88) and ran on Worland’s 4×200 relay team, which took 12th in 1:43.55.

With the outdoor season now underway, Flock and Powers are expected to be the anchors of the Greybull High School team, which is being coached again this season by Jeff Sukut and Nolan Tracy.

“They’re right now at about mid- to three-quarter season form, just because they came through the indoor season,” said Wise. “They’ll have a tremendous advantage, if they stay healthy and keep working — and with these two, that something I’m not worried about.  They’re great kids and they give it their all. I enjoyed having them around. I’m just sorry they are seniors and won’t be able to come back.”


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