Daily Archives: April 24, 2014

Coming soon: Family Dollar

by nathan oster

Ground has been broken for Greybull’s new Family Dollar store, which is being built at the corner of Sixth Street and Fourth Avenue North.

Dave Murdoch, a preferred developer for Family Dollar, said that it’ll take about 120 days for the building to be finished.  Once it is, it will be turned over to Family Dollar, which is going to lease it.

“We’re probably looking at being open for business in four to five months, realistically,” said Murdoch.

Soon after completing the purchase of the location last spring, Murdoch announced an ambitious construction timeline, saying he wanted the building to be done in time for Family Dollar to move in before the holiday shopping season.

But last October, the decision was made to delay the start of construction until this spring.

“It should go pretty fast from this point,” he said.

Murdoch said a manager from another store will be brought in 60 to 70 days to consult in the construction process.  He has built a number of stores for Family Dollar, including the locations in Lovell and Thermopolis.

Murdoch said the store will be built to the size of 8,320 square feet, and that even though it won’t open until mid August at the earliest, Family Dollar will begin taking applications long before that on its website (familydollar.com).





Commissioners support BLM horse roundup

by karla pomeroy

The Big Horn County commissioners last Tuesday approved a letter to BLM Field Manager Michael P. Stewart supporting the BLM’s recent roundup of estray horses in the county.

The letter states, “Based on the background and process as outlined in the attached document (a document established by the BLM office on the roundup), the Big Horn County commissioners support the BLM’s recent decision and action to remove the estray horses from public land located near Greybull. The actions taken were important in protecting public land and the rights and resources of permittee holders in the area, we encourage you to continue to do likewise in the future.”

The Cloud Foundation has been vocal in its protest of the roundup that occurred in March, in which 41 estray horses were rounded up. National news organizations have picked up the story and the public the outcry about the roundup, which were sold by the state of Wyoming to a known slaughterhouse, Cattoor Livestock Roundup Inc.

According to the BLM fact sheet, the state does not round up horses, but, under the state estray laws, after the BLM captures the horses, the state has the responsibility to take possession of them.

One criticism of the BLM has been that there was no public notification. However, BLM fact sheet states that the public was notified that the horses would be removed by the Notice of Intent to Impound, which was published in the Greybull, Lovell, Cody and Powell newspapers. In addition, the commissioners state, all other appropriate contacts were made prior to the gather “including Big Horn County, livestock operators and adjacent landowners.”

In an interview last week, Commissioner Keith Grant said as the liaison for the county with federal agencies, he was notified of the roundup via email from Stewart. He said he did neglect to forward the email on to the other two commissioners — Jerry Ewen and John Hyde.

He said they decided to write the letter in support of the BLM because “We’re very vocal about concerns when we disagree with the BLM and we feel that when we support them we need to be just as vocal.”

He added, “We support them because they are protecting our landowners.”

Grant, and the commissioners’ letter, noted that the estray horses were not federally protected wild horses, such as those in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Herd. “Those in the Pryor Mountains have the genetics to be something special. My horses (35) are special and I spend a lot of money on them,” he said.

The estray horses, however have been estray on public land for about 40 years and were offspring of abandoned rodeo stock from Andy Gifford.

“In addition, the estray horses had increasingly become a nuisance to land owners, a safety issue and a rangeland health issue,” according to the fact sheet.

Two safety incidents over the past several years were noted — a horse had to be euthanized after being struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train and, as the horses frequent a bentonite haul road, a horse died after being struck by a bentonite company employee as he was traveling to work.

According to the fact sheet the Cody Field Office of the BLM has received several complaints over the years from permittees and adjacent landowners that the “reproducing herd impacted their private, irrigated fields and threatened the safety of their livestock.”

In a personal letter to Stewart, Grant quoted a letter from landowner David Neves regarding the roundup.

Neves stated that the majority of the horses were gathered on an allotment where they are allotted to graze on.

“The West River allotment has a total of 648 AUMs (animal unit month). I think a horse is figured as 1.2 AUMs per month and if that is correct 35 horses for 12 months would be 504 AUMs.  That makes a huge difference in the amount of forage available for grazing for us or whoever is the permittee of the allotment. When the BLM lets these horse numbers increase then the forage availability is greatly lessened for those permittees.

“All of the horses between Greybull and Lovell were feral horses that someone evidently wanted to get rid of and turned out.”

Grant said, “The BLM shouldn’t be getting beat up on for doing their job.” He said he had people calling him saying it was terrible and the county shouldn’t have let it happen. “I thought it should happen.”

He added that he spoke to Wyoming BLM Director Don Simpson and was told that the national budget for the Wild Horse and Burro Act to manage the federally protected wild horses is about $80 million

“Personally I love horses, but is it right that $80 million of your tax money goes to take care of those colts?” Grant said. “Horses are part of our culture of the West and we’re just emotional about them.”

Quick facts

•There are 33,780 wild horses and 6,825 burros managed under the act.

•There are 10 states with wild horse and/or burro management sites.

•Wyoming has the second highest number of wild horses with 3,459, behind Nevada with 18,764. Wyoming does not have any burros.

•Wyoming’s maximum appropriate management level is 3,725.

•In short-term holding facilities, Wyoming has 206 at Chugwater, 665 in Rock Springs and 185 at the Riverton Honor Farm. There are 294 Centennial/geldings listed under eco-sanctuary.

As provided by the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Act website

Former Ernesto’s building sold to antiques dealer

by nathan oster

Gary and Becky Anderson have purchased the former Ernesto’s building and will soon be opening a new business in that location, at 1336 N. Sixth St.

“We’re going to make an antique store out of it,” said Gary as he pounded nails and sawed boards Monday afternoon in what was once the kitchen.

“We’d like to take some consignments and rent out some booths,” said Gary.  “I also anticipate having a lot of stuff outside — things like old farm wheels, tractor wheels, old tractors, that sort of thing.”

The store will go by the name Big Horn Antiques and More.

Gary is no stranger to the concept.

Since he and Becky came to this community seven years ago, he has continued to run an antique store in a small town on the Washington coastline, called Wildwood Antiques and Gifts.

“I’m like a picker, in that I like to scrounge, recycle, get things to where they’re usable again,” said Gary.  “Even with something like a rusty old bucket, there’s someone out there who wants it, who would put a plant in it and use it to decorate their house or cabin.”

All totalled, he’s put in around 10 years in the antiques business.

One way he’s been able to do it in Washington has been through the use of vendors, who in exchange for having a place to peddle their collections agree to keep the building open for the public.

Gary said he hopes to find some of those type of entrepreneurs here as well.

As for the Ernesto’s building, it’s been closed about seven years.  Gary said he got a good deal on it.  “I can’t pass up a bargain,” he said.

While he does have some work to do where the kitchen was located, the rest of the interior is in good shape.  “Rustic … just the way it should be for an antique store,” he said.

Gary said he hopes to open the store by the middle to end of May and is excited about the venture.  Gary and Becky — the pastor of Greybull’s First Presbyterian Church and the Shell Community Church — certainly have a lot of irons in the fire.

“I like it that way, though,” he said. “I get itchy feet if I’m not doing something.”

Gary, who is on the Shell Hall Board, said he’s planning a grand opening and hopes the community comes to see what his store has to offer, from glassware and artwork to old utensils and assorted farm items.


Marlene Louise Arnold

March 29, 1943 – April 17, 2014

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for Marlene Louise Arnold will be held at a later date. Marlene, 71, died April 17 at her daughter’s home in Greybull.

She was born March 29, 1943, in Worland, the daughter of Albert Russell and Flora Louise Vert Wendland. She received her schooling in Greybull and attended Greybull High School.

Marlene worked as a certified nurse’s aide at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin for many years. She enjoyed gardening, attending Bible study with friends, baking and camping.

She was a deacon at the First Presbyterian Church.

Her parents, Albert and Flora Wendland, and an infant daughter, Debbie, preceded Marlene in death.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Christa and James L. Arnold, Jr. of Cheyenne; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Robert and Tammy M. Yager of Greybull, Lea A. Cable of Thermopolis, David and Branda J. Steege of Burns; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Memorials in Marlene’s name may be sent to Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.





Buff boys win Rocky Mountain Invite

by nathan oster

The Greybull High School boys rode individual wins by Kyler Flock, Alex Hebb and Calder Forcella to the team title at last week’s Rocky Mountain Twilight track and field meet held in Cowley.

The boys followed that up two days later with a seventh-place finish at the Wind River Invitational, while the GHS girls too fifth and eighth, respectively, at the two meets, both of which were held under mostly sunny skies.

“They were both good meets for us,” said Coach Jeff Sukut. “Rocky’s was smaller, while Wind River’s was a little larger, but good in the sense that we got a chance to see teams that will be joining us this year at the combined regional, like Big Piney, Kemmerer and Wind River.”

McKenna Powers had another good week for the Buffs, winning the 200 and the 300 hurdles at both meets.  Sukut said Powers is coming on nicely in the 200, as her best time from the weekend, a 27.9, is just a half second off the state-qualifying standard of 27.4.

Sukut said Aftin DeRosa and Sydney Eckman tied for fourth in the 100 meters at Rocky, both running a 14.55.  It was a personal best for DeRosa, who also placed fifth in the long jump in Cowley.

Eckman, meanwhile, may have turned in the most outstanding performance of the weekend.  Running at Pavillion, Eckman blew away the field in the 800 meters, running a 2:38.23, which is just seven seconds off the state-qualifying standard.

According to Sukut, it was the first time she’d ever run the race. “She’s been hesitant, but I’ve been bugging Sydney about running it, and McKenna, who used to run it, has been encouraging her too,” said Sukut.  “She ran the first lap really fast and she ran out of gas a little bit, but I think when she learn to run the race a little better, she’s going to be very good.”

Sukut also offered kudos to Hanna Good, a freshman, for placing sixth in the shot put in Cowley and finishing one spot out of placing in Pavillion.  Her best throw of the week went 26 feet, 10 ½ inches.

Turning to the boys, Hebb was the only Greybull athlete who qualified in a new event, as he ran a 23.39 to win the 200 meters at Rocky Mountain.  He is now going to state in both the 100 and the 200.

Flock is also gunning for the 200-meter qualifying standard, although a slight groin pull hampered his efforts last week.  Flock still managed to win the 100 meters (11.5) in Cowley and placed third in the 200 at Pavillion with a 23.84.

Forcella won the discus at Rocky Mountain with a heave of 133 feet, 2 inches, his best effort of the season, and placed second in the shot at Rocky Mountain and second in both throwing events at Pavillion.

Sukut noted that Forcella’s teammate, Wyatt Nielson, also threw a personal best at Wind River, a 108-11 ½ which was good for fifth place.

Other highlights from last week included the 400-meter relay team taking first at Rocky Mountain and second behind only Thermopolis at Wind River;  Cade Dooley, a freshman, placing third in the high jump and seventh in the 300 hurdles at Wind River; and Clancy Stoffers, another freshman, turning in one of his better times in the 1,600 meters at Rocky Mountain.

The Buffs are scheduled to return to action Saturday at the Lovell Invitational.  Start time is 9:30 a.m.



BOYS SCORES — Greybull 112.5, Lovell 99.5, Rocky Mt. 99.3, Burlington 91.3, Riverside 75, Kaycee 61.3.

100 METERS — 1, Kyler Flock, 11.5.  2, Alex Hebb, 11.6.  6, Ryan Sylvester, 12.0

200 METERS — 1, Alex Hebb, 23.39.  4, Calder Forcella, 24.72.

400 METERS — 2, Dylan McEwan, 1:01.08.  6, Jake Harrold, 1:03.64.

1,600 METERS — 7, Clancy Stoffers, 5:29.

110 HURDLES — 5, Wyatt Nielson, 20.09.  6, Cesar Sosa, 20.43.

300 HURDLES — 4, Cade Dooley, 49.1  5, Cesar Sosa, 50.4.

LONG JUMP — 7, Alex Hebb, 17-4 ¾.

TRIPLE JUMP — 5, Ryan Sylvester, 37-1.

HIGH JUMP — 7, Cade Dooley, 5-6.

SHOT PUT — 2, Calder Forcella, 39-11¾.

DISCUS — 1, Calder Forcella, 133-2.  6, Logan Jensen, 115-9.  8, Wyatt Nielson, 100-7.

400 RELAY — 1, Greybull, 45.9.

1,600 RELAY — 2, Greybull.


GIRLS SCORES — Lovell 132, Rocky Mt. 96, Kaycee 87, Burlington 62, Greybull 57, Riverside 33.

100 METERS — 4, Aftin DeRosa, 14.55.  4, Sydney Eckman, 14.55.

200 METERS — 1, McKenna Powers, 27.9.  6, Sydney Eckman, 30.4.  7, Aftin DeRosa, 30.7.

400 METERS — 2, Sydney Eckman, 1:08.93.

100 HURDLES — 3, McKenna Powers, 18.5

300 HURDLES — 1, McKenna Powers, 46.69.

LONG JUMP — 5, Aftin DeRosa, 12-11 ¾.

SHOT PUT — 6, Hannah Good, 24-8 ½.  8, Alex Foster, 18-8¼.

DISCUS — 8, Alex Foster, 50-1.



BOYS SCORES — Shoshoni 98, Big Piney 91, Thermopolis 88, Wyoming Indian 65, Kemmerer 62, Dubois 58, Greybull 53, Wind River 44, Burlington 15, Western Heritage 1.

200 METERS — 2, Alex Hebb, 23.79.  3, Kyler Flock, 23.84.

300 HURDLES — 7, Cade Dooley, 48.63.

LONG JUMP — 6, Ryan Sylvester, 17-9.

HIGH JUMP — 3, Cade Dooley, 5-8.

SHOT PUT — 2, Calder Forcella, 42-5.

DISCUS — 2, Calder Forcella, 131-4 ½.   5, Wyatt Nielson, 108-11 ½.

400 RELAY — 2, Greybull, 45.82.


GIRLS SCORES — Big Piney 140, Thermopolis 94, Kemmerer 90, Wyoming Indian 65, Shoshoni 55, Burlington 40, Wind River 39.5, Greybull 36, Encampment 20, Western Heritage 13.

200 METERS — 1, McKenna Powers, 28.04.

800 METERS — 1, Sydney Eckman, 2:38.23.

100 HURDLES — 3, McKenna Powers, 18.13.

300 HURDLES — 1, McKenna Powers, 49.65.


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