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Upside down buck hits world record books

by marlys good

The cabin located in the Ranger Creek summer home group was built in 1939 by the Foe Brothers.  The shed mule deer antlers were “pounded” onto a head-shaped board and hung upside down on a wall adjacent to the fireplace circa the 1950s and have been hanging there since. The cabin has passed down through a lot of hands — from the first residents, Jim and Evelyn Beale, to Fred and Harriett Chamberlain, who sold it to Herschel Bird. It was eventually sold to John Gibler and through Gibler fell into the hands of Ed and Lee Gillis, then to the Gillises daughter, Nancy Gillis Graham and after Nancy passed away, it now belongs to Stan Graham.

The antlers were passed down right along with the cabin.

Graham said the story is that decades ago “someone picked one antler up one day, and found the other antler a few days later” — so they could be about 70 years old.

Down through the years dozens of people have passed through the cabin including the late Colonel Noyes, longtime game warden.  Visitors thought the antlers were “pretty impressive,” many remarked that they were “upside down” and there is even a story of an intruder breaking into the cabin, stealing a rifle worth $50, but with no idea of what the sheds were, leaving them.

The cabin is a perfect summer getaway spot for Stan and Julia and on one trip Stan asked Julia, “What do you think we should do with them?”

“Take them to a taxidermist,” Julia replied.

They immediately thought of Ken Jeziorski, friend and owner of Black Hills Taxidermy located a couple miles west of Shell.

When Jeziorski saw the antlers, his first reaction was, “You don’t have any idea what you have here, do you?” Stan and Julia confessed they didn’t, but Jeziorski did.

“Every night Ken would carry the antlers home with him because he was worried (what could happen to them),” Julia laughs.

Graham’s son Rod took a picture of the newly-mounted antlers on his phone, and some days later showed them to Dave Moss.

When Moss contacted Graham to see if he could see the mount, and bring a Boone and Crocket scorer with him, he echoed Jeziorski. “You don’t know what you have, do you?”

So it was that Mike and Susan Barrett of Dayton, after a snowy treacherous ride over the Big Horns, joined Moss to view the mount and do the preliminary scoring. The two men received permission to “score” the shed and the preliminary scoring showed it was a world record set of antlers. However, to make the Boone and Crocket record book, the antlers had to be scored by a certified team.

The second scoring was done by Barrett and Art Hayes of Birney, Mont. at the Moss residence of Shell, where the horns had been guaranteed a safe shelter.

After calculating, recalculating, measuring, re-measuring and verifying measurements for over three hours, the final score was 323-3/8-inches. It was official. The right shed of the non-typical buck was No. 1 in the world shed (pair) record book and the left side shed was No. 2.

Were the antlers actually “real” or had they been cast? To answer this important question, the Mosses, with the Graham’s blessing, took the mounted head to the Greybull Animal Clinic where Dr. Allen Gottfredson took X-rays and verified they were the “real thing.”

Let the bidding begin! The Grahams by this time knew they had something unique and valuable (they received an early offer of $20,000). But they weren’t well enough informed to know how to handle the selling of the world-record shed. Dave and Charlotte Moss volunteered, not only to keep the mount at their home where it was under lock and key, but to handle the bidding war that they knew would come when the photos hit Facebook and were circulated by email.

A hectic week of emailing, telephone calls and the multiple bids and after a final frenzied morning, it was 10:10 a.m. Feb. 19, when the “upside down buck from the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming” became the property of Richard Dorchuck from Idaho.

Dorchuck will add the newly-acquired mount to those he plans to take on tour, and a story of the world-record mule deer will appear in an edition of “Muley Crazy Magazine.”

The Grahams laugh at all the activity, the excitement generated by a set of 70-year old mule deer antlers. And the Grahams get the last laugh. Thanks to Dorchuck, they’ll be getting a cast of the world record sheds (the only way you can tell they aren’t the real thing is by X-ray) to hang back on the wall, and the 70-year-old upside down buck is financing a new garage for the garage-less Grahams.

“It was interesting,” Stan said with a smile while Julia remains amazed at the total excitement over “an old pair of antlers.”


Happy ending for foals from roundup

By Patti Carpenter

Four foals, dubbed by wild horse advocates as the “Dry Creek quartet,” are now out of harm’s way and under the care of experienced veterinarian Dr. Lisa Jacobson in Northern Colorado.

The foals—individually named by horse advocates as Maestro, Allegro, Cornet and Piccolo– were separated from their mothers, during a helicopter roundup by BLM and State officials near Sheep Mountain in early March. The Cloud Foundation, a wild horse advocacy group, spearheaded the rescue after a kindhearted stockyard owner spotted the baby horses among the adult horses that were about to be shipped to slaughter.

Jacobson, an experienced horse vet and advocate against horse slaughter, estimated that some of the foals were very young at the time they were separated from their lactating mothers.

“It was really staggering that they survived,” said Jacobson. “Some couldn’t have been more than days old at the time of the roundup. Even the oldest was no more than a few months old.”

In spite of their ordeal, Jacobson said the foals were in good health when she received them and they are continuing to thrive.

“If they were sick, we’d be seeing it by now, especially after all the stress they went through,” said Jacobson. “We’re not seeing any coughing or snotty noses. They are eating well and really thriving. At times they are even running, bucking and playing.”

Stacy Newby, co-owner of the Worland Livestock Auction, noticed the foals in the mix with the adults that were about to be shipped to slaughter.

Though she had never seen it personally, she said it is common knowledge that foals, not wanted by slaughterhouses, either die during transport or are killed upon arrival.

“I’ve never seen it myself, but I’ve heard that is what happens and my heart just wouldn’t let that happen,” said Newby. “I knew I could save them and I wanted to give them an opportunity to thrive.”

As the colts were being sorted out, Newby said she wanted them.

“I didn’t really ask, it was more like I just said I was taking them,” she said. “My intent was to raise them, tame them, halter break them and then find them homes. We have the setup to do it and so that was my plan.”

Newby convinced those in charge that she wasn’t taking “no” for an answer, and got the brand inspector to process the proper ownership documents, making her the legal owner.

Once the word got out that Newby had rescued the foals, she was inundated with telephone calls from horse advocates from across the country wanting to adopt the foals.

“I was receiving up to 50 calls a day from people wanting to adopt them,” she said.

For the next few weeks she fed them, while her trusty Australian shepherd dog “Lonesome” watched over them. Newby said the dog stood watch as if he knew they needed protection.

“They had good muscle, a little skinny, but healthier than you would expect,” she said. “And once they figured out that I was the milk lady, feeding them became as simple as pie.”

Kim Michaels of Red Lodge, the Cloud Foundation’s Montana representative, contacted Newby, along with other members from the organization.

“I could tell these gals from the Cloud Foundation really wanted these colts,” said Newby. “They seemed very sincere so I let them take them.”

Ownership was then transferred to Michaels and the foals were transported to Colorado, where they will remain for many months until they are deemed adoptable.

“Lisa (Dr. Jacobson) might have them for up to a year,” said Michaels, who is now the legal owner of the foals.

“This isn’t going to be quick,” said Jacobson. “They will need training to be comfortable around people and will need a lot of nourishment and we’re going to be pretty picky about who adopts them.”

In the meantime, Jacobson said the foals are flourishing and already showing curiosity about their human caretakers.

“Piccolo even nickered at me the other day,” said Jacobson. “That’s the first sound I’ve heard out of them. It was as if she was saying ‘Hey you, open the gate, we want to go inside.’”

Ginger Kathrens, founder of the Cloud Foundation, said she was happy the organization was able to assist with the rescue of the foals but at the same time heartbroken that the organization was not given the opportunity to adopt the 40 horses that were sold to slaughter. She said the organization is already seeking legal advice to find out how this type of action can be prevented in the future.

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Schools to gain some, lose some, including Menke

by nathan oster

The Big Horn County School District No. 3 made a number of personnel moves Tuesday night as it works to set its staff for the 2014-15 school year.

Topping the list of the comings and goings were Ted Menke, the longtime English teacher at GHS, speech coach, National Honor Society sponsor and director of the fall community musical and the spring GHS play.  Menke also served the district as a football coach during his tenure.

Menke’s retirement takes effect at the end of the current school year, as do the resignations of Greybull-Cloud Peak Middle School head wrestling coach Mark Schlattmann and Dusty Hill, who has been an assistant GMS football coach.

On the hiring side of things, the board tapped Jamie Kiesel to fill a language arts teacher position at Greybull Middle School, Becky Sorensen to stay on as the head GMS volleyball coach and Kayleen Chaffee to fill the junior kindergarten vacancy at the elementary school.

The district encountered a snag in its attempt to replace Francie Weekes, who is the current speech language pathologist.  The candidate the board agreed to hire last month backed out because she could not come to contract terms with the district.

Supt. Barry Bryant’s recommendation was to reopen the position, and in the end, the board agreed to do so.  But before that, the board discussed possible options, including the idea of the Greybull and Basin school districts splitting the costs of the position, which would allow the person to make more money.

Bryant argued against that approach as well as the idea of just meeting her contract demands, saying it would create inadequacies in pay.  The district will also consider entering into a contract for services with someone to provide the speech pathology services.  The advantage to that approach, he said, is that the district wouldn’t have to pay benefits in addition to the salary.

Bryant didn’t sound optimistic about filling the position, and during discussion, it was divulged that there are open speech pathology positions across Wyoming.  “If you’re going to look for a degree…get it in speech pathology or school psychology,” Bryant said, noting that there are current more available jobs than people to fill them.

The school district is on the verge of filling a number of other positions, including assistant volleyball coach at both GHS and GMS.  Those two slots will be among the positions in line to be filled during a special meeting Monday, April 28 at 6 p.m.

In other business from the first half of Tuesday night’s meeting:

• Christine McMillan, secretary at GMS, and Laura Huber, secretary at GES, were honored as the district’s stakeholders of the month.  Supt. Barry Bryant said that in addition to their responsibilities in their respective schools, McMillan works tirelessly for the benefit of veterans, while Huber plays an integral role in Bingo for Books and Math Bingo and is a member of both the Greybull Elks Lodge and the Shell Fire Department.

• Ceirra Carlson updated the board on the Make-A-Wish campaign, which benefited from a dodgeball event last week in the GMS Gym that generated $575.  The GHS Student Council is also planning a volleyball tournament on April 24 and discussing both a 3-on-3 co-ed basketball tournament and a talent show.

• The board followed the superintendent’s recommendation to allow school district employees who would like to do so to donate leave/vacation days to a classified employee who is experiencing health problems.

• The board agreed to move up, by two to three weeks, the purchase of a new school bus.  by making the purchase prior to the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, the district can claim the reimbursement from the state a year early.  That will amount to 20 percent of the total cost of the bus, expected to be around $159,000.

The downside is that the purchase will push the current year’s transportation budget far beyond its projected total while at the same time it will also cut into the district’s cash carryover.

• The board authorized Supt. Bryant to enter into an agreement with workforce services for the hiring of a summer employee.  The student would be authorized to work up to 400 hours.  The district would pay him — and be reimbursed for those costs by workforce services.

• While the decision will ultimately rest with the BOCES board, the school board endorsed a plan to purchase a new vehicle for the driver’s education program, with half of the costs coming from the school district budget and the other half from the BOCES budget.

The district would maintain the vehicle and provide insurance.

The vehicle would be available to driver’s ed, but also to staff members when driver’s ed classes aren’t in session.

The car now used for driver’s education is a 1998 Ford Taurus with 230,000 miles on it.

• The board authorized final payment for the pool demolition to be paid on May 26, 2014.

Richard L. “Rowdy” Yates

Sept. 6, 1942 – April 6, 2014

Cremation has taken place and a private inurnment of the ashes of  Richard L. “Rowdy” Yates will be held at a later date. Rowdy, 71, died April 6 at Washakie Medical Center in Worland.

He was born Sept. 6, 1942, in Santa Ana, Calif., the son of Luther M. and Etheline Brown Yates.

He married Mary Ann Fletcher on Oct. 27, 1972, in Evanston. After his marriage the couple lived in Rock Springs, Denver, Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, and Lemoore, Calif.

He and Mary returned to the Worland/Hyattville area and owned and operated the Hyattville Cafe before retiring in Ten Sleep.

His wife, Mary, his parents and his brother, Terrance Yates, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Teresa Yates of Rock Springs; four sisters and their spouses, Paul and Jackie Clark of Long Beach, Calif., Lorene and Donald Gould of Hungry Horse, Mont., Jeanette Marshall of Anchorage, Alaska and Carmen Hartmann of Salem, Ore.; two grandsons and one great-grandson.

Friends and family are invited to a luncheon Saturday, April 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Rowdy’s home in Ten Sleep.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ten Sleep/Hyattville Lions Club in care of Bryant Funeral Home, Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.


Richard “Dick” Lyman Sanders

May 14, 1930 – April 7, 2014

Funeral services for longtime Basin resident Richard “Dick” Lyman Sanders will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between Basin and Greybull. Dick, 83, died April 7 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.

A viewing will be held at the Atwood Family Chapel in Basin from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, April 17 at the LDS Church.

A complete obituary will be printed in next week’s newspaper.


Elaine Jean Morud

Aug. 18, 1930 – April 2, 2014

Funeral services for Elaine Jean Morud of Basin were held April 9 at Atwood Family Funeral Chapel in Basin. Elaine, 83, died April 2 at the Washakie Medical Center in Worland.

She was born Aug. 18, 1930, in Mandan, N.D., the daughter of Peter Fredrick and Wynona Violet Todd Sagmiller. She was raised and received her education in Mandan and graduated from Mandan High School. She went on to post-secondary school at Dakota Business College.

She married Gordon Earl Morud in October 1949 in Mandan.

Elaine’s primary occupation was as a public accountant. She worked at Morud Tax Service in Fargo. In 1980 she moved to the Big Horn Basin where she owned and operated the Excella Shop in Greybull. She also worked in the accounting department at KZMQ radio station. She was a dispatcher for the Wyoming Highway Department and enjoyed seven years working at the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office.

She was a member of the South Big Horn County Hospital Auxiliary and Eagles Aerie 3086 Auxiliary.

Elaine enjoyed painting and watching football on television. She loved going to Deadwood, S.D., to attend family reunions every Memorial Day weekend.

Three infants, Peter, Kris and Joseph, her parents, and one sister, Patricia Uhlman, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her six children and their spouses, Jeffery and Sharon Morud of Mesa, Ariz., Dale Morud of Red Wing, Minn., Greg Morud of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Phillip and Kerry Morud of Thief River Falls, Minn., Cora Lynn Hamm of Fargo, N.D. and Melinda Grosz of Bellevue, Neb.; one brother and sister-in-law, Lewis and Sharon Sagmiller of Hamlin, Ky.; sister and brother-in-law, Lawrence and Donna Sagmiller Werner of Basin; 12 grandchildren and 10-great-grandchildren.



George Walter Johnson

Funeral services for George Walter Johnson of Burlington will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Burlington LDS Church. Mr. Johnson, 90, died April 3 at Park View Nursing Home in Billings.

Burial will be in the Burlington Cemetery.

A complete obituary will be published in next week’s paper.


More AQs posted in Worland, Basin

Buffs post more AQs in Worland, Basin

by nathan oster

The Greybull Buffs had a busy week last week, competing at track and field meets in Worland on Thursday and on the Basin track Friday.

The boys placed fifth out of six teams at the 3A-dominated D&D Invitational in Worland, but fared considerably better at the much-smaller Riverside Twilight, taking second out of the six teams in the field.

More limited by their small numbers, the GHS girls placed fourth at Riverside and sixth in Worland.

McKenna Powers led the charge at both meets. She placed second in the 300 hurdles in Worland, running a 50.88.  Sukut explained that Powers, who normally leads with her right leg, got off on her steps and “left-stepped” most of the way — but still turned in a strong time.

Powers won three individual events at the Riverside Invitational, taking the 400 in 1:04.29, the 800 in 2:42.8, and the triple jump in 31-6 ¼. In each, she showed progress, either toward a personal best or a state-qualifying standard.

“Looking at other 2A marks, she’s real competitive across the board in all of her events,” said Coach Jeff Sukut.

Sukut also offered kudos for the progress made by Sydney Eckman, who was one spot out of placing in the 400 meters in Worland; and to Hannah Good and Alex Foster, who turned in personal-best efforts in the throwing events.

As for the boys, Sukut offered a blanket assessment:  “I could talk about each one of them … I really could,” he said. “Across the board, their times and distances are improving every week.”

The 400-meter relay team continues to excel.  The foursome of Ryan Sylvester, Calder Forcella, Alex Hebb and Kyler Flock posted an AQ time at the Greybull meet — and to prove it wasn’t a fluke, they went out and did it twice more last week.  The 46.79 they posted in Worland was good for first place. Running without Forcella and with Dustin Fox the next day in Basin, they placed second in 46.65, losing at the wire to Rocky Mountain.

In other individual highlights from the weekend on the boys side:

• Kyler Flock AQ’d in the 100 meters at the D&D Invitational, running an 11.81 which was good for fourth place.  “That heat was incredible,” said Sukut, noting that 15 hundredths of a second is all that separated Flock, in fourth, and his teammate Alex Hebb, who placed ninth in 11.96.

Flock was the dominant sprinter in Basin, winning both the 100, in 11.71, and the 200, in 24.08.

Flock ran the 400 in Worland, placing sixth in 55.81.  Sukut calls the AQ standard in the 400, a 52, “perhaps the toughest qualifying mark in 2A,” but added that Flock will continue working toward topping it.

• Calder Forcella turned in his best ever throw in the discus, flinging it 132-7 in Worland, which wasn’t far off the 2A qualifying standard. Prior to that, his personal best had been a 130-8.

• Dustin Fox notched a personal best in the long jump, going 18-7 to place third in Riverside, a half inch ahead of teammate Ryan Sylvester, who came in fourth with a leap of 18-6 ½.

• Clancy Stoffers, a freshman, is showing promise in the distance races.  He placed second in the 3,200 meters in Basin, and ninth in the 1,600 meters in Worland.  Of the latter, Sukut said, “It’s pretty good for a freshman to be one spot out of placing at a 3A meet like that one.”

Sukut said three freshman boys, Dawson and Dylan McEwan and Mason Stebner, “are also improving their times and coming along well.”

The Buffs are scheduled to compete at a meet in Burlington on Friday and at the LAK Invitational Saturday in Powell.



BOYS TEAM SCORES — Powell 177.5, Sheridan 153, Cody 115, Thermopolis 83, Greybull 53.5, Worland 24.

100 METERS — 5, Kyler Flock, 11.81.

400 RELAY — 1, Greybull, 46.79.

400 METERS — 6, Flock, 55.81.

200 METERS — 7, Alex Hebb, 24.25.

1,600 RELAY — 4, Greybull, 4:14.24.

SHOT PUT — 6, Calder Forcella, 40-7.

TRIPLE JUMP — 3, Ryan Sylvester, 37-4 ¼.

DISCUS — 3, Calder Forcella, 132-7.

LONG JUMP — 3, Hebb, 18-0 ½.  4, Dustin Fox, 17-11.  5, Dawson McEwan, 17-1.


GIRLS TEAM SCORES — Powell 162, Sheridan 125.5, Worland 120.5, Cody 90.5, Thermopolis 59, Greybull 16.5, Ten Sleep 4.

300 HURDLES — 2, McKenna Powers, 50.88.

200 HURDLES — 7, Powers, 28.91.

TRIPLE JUMP — 3, Powers, 31-10.



BOYS TEAM SCORES — Rocky Mountain 143.5, Greybull 130.5, Tongue River 100, Riverside 87, Burlington 77, Arvada-Clearmont 25.

100 METERS — 1, Kyler Flock, 11.71.   4, Alex Hebb, 11.97.  6, Ryan Sylvester, 12.22.  7, Dustin Fox, 12.25.

200 METERS — 1, Kyler Flock, 24.08.  4, Dustin Fox, 25.53.

400 METERS — 3, Dylan McEwan, 1:04.20. 4, Jake Harrold, 1:05.01.

3,200 METERS — 2, Clancy Stoffers, 12.00.5.

110 HURDLES — 5, Wyatt Nielson, 20.67.  6, Cesar Sosa, 20.88.  7, Cade Dooley, 20.94.

300 HURDLES — 4, Sosa, 51.0.  5, Nielson, 52.67.

LONG JUMP — 3, Fox, 18-7.  4, Sylvester, 18-6 ½.  7, Hebb, 17-8 ¾.

TRIPLE JUMP — 8, Sosa, 31-6 ½.

HIGH JUMP — 4, Dooley, 5-8.

SHOT PUT — 3, Forcella, 37-11.  7, Logan Jensen, 34-8 ¾.

DISCUS — 2, Forcella, 129-0.  3, Jensen, 121-6.  7, Nielson, 94-4.

400 RELAY — 2, Greybull, 46.65.

1,600 RELAY — 2, Greybull, 4:15.28.


GIRLS TEAM SCORES — Tongue River 126, Burlington 104, Rocky Mt. 104, Greybull 48, Arvada-Clearmont 44, Riverside 37, Ten Sleep 16.

200 METERS — 5, Sydney Eckman, 32.46.

400 METERS — 1, McKenna Powers, 1:04.29.   4, Eckman, 1:09.43.

800 METERS — 1, Powers, 2:42.80.

LONG JUMP — 5, Aftin DeRosa, 13-4.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Powers, 31-6 ¼.

SHOT PUT — 6, Hannah Good, 25-3.


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