Monthly Archives: May 2014

Local couple to open ‘House Next Door’

by marlys good

This “house next door” is not just any house, for anybody. This house, being renovated into two, two-bedroom apartments, will be for single mothers who need a place to live, a place they can afford, a place to feel safe while they put their futures together and get their lives back on track.

“Renovators” are Dave Havener, pastor of the Greybull Alliance Church, and his wife Brenda, who saw a need that was not being met in the community. “We kept saying someone should do something about that; eventually God said, ‘Why don’t you do something about it?’ We got the message,” Dave said.

The Haveners own a home at 540 Third Ave. S. The house next door, which had belonged to the late Greg and Shirley Stockwell, has stood vacant since Shirley’s death three years ago. The Haveners kept hoping “someone nice” would buy the house so they’d have good neighbors, but it didn’t happen.

Turned out it was the answer to their prayer. Dave and Brenda purchased the “house next door” the end of February and began their personal ministry.

“The house was in good shape, the ‘bones’ were good,” Havener laughed. “We were very thankful for that. We are working on putting it together as an “upstairs; downstairs (basement); two apartments for a couple of families, each with two bedrooms.”

One of the first steps was to install egress windows/doors in what will be the basement apartment. Chad Yost, who lives just down the street from the Haveners, did that for them.

The two said the “church has supported us, but it (project) is not a ministry of the church. We’ve had two or three helping us out, but everybody has a lot of stuff going on; but we’ll get there,” Havener said optimistically. “We’re keeping up with it.”

As a team, Brenda is the designated “painter and wood-finisher. She’s a good painter; that is a real plus,” Haverner laughed. She has also stripped and finished the wood moldings and “they turned out wonderfully.”

He’s quick to admit that “I have no carpentry skills; but I’m very good at demolishing; I tear things out pretty well,” and there has been lots of that.

Havener said, “We were really looking at an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. My mom was a single mom (Dave and two younger sisters). I feel for people like that; I know it is a tough way to go. There are so many good people struggling who don’t have any support system. They need help to know what they can do. We hope to provide some of that assistance. Maybe help them put a budget together, find out how they can better themselves.”

Havener said it is “a work in progress. We had some ideas, contacted someone in Florida who does something similar. It was very helpful to see how they did things.” He incorporated many of those ideas, explaining, “Why would I want to reinvent the wheel? They have done it and it works.”

Will there be more houses next door?

“We’ll see where the Lord leads us, what God tells us. It all depends on His guidance and His provisions. God still wants to teach us things. I am still learning those lessons all the time.”

Floyd A Rathbun

February 18, 1919 – May 23, 2014

Longtime Basin resident Floyd A. Rathbun, age 95, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Floyd was born February 18, 1919 in Fairbury, Nebraska, the son of Edith (Showalter) Rathbun and Arthur Rathbun. He received his schooling in Manville, Wyoming and graduated from Manville High School.

Floyd was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army from November 1942 through January 1946 in Burma, India and China.

Upon returning home, he became a heavy equipment operator starting out with his brother-in-law, Shorty Lamb of Lamb Construction. Later he moved on to work for Peter Kiewit Construction for many years. He was then hired on with Gordon Sykes moving his family from Saratoga, Wyoming to Basin, Wyoming in June of 1976. Floyd ended his career working for Ralph Wortham, retiring in 1984.

Floyd married Deb Popham in Rawlins, Wyoming on September 5, 1973.

In his retirement years Floyd enjoyed spending his time fishing, trapping, and following his local grandchildren’s (Bree and Cade Dooley) extracurricular activities. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed hunting antelope, whitetail deer, moose, bighorn sheep, and most of all, elk. Floyd had a fondness for the outdoors and enjoyed nothing more than spending time outside with family and friends.

Floyd is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Edith Rathbun and his sisters, Leila Gladson and Margaret Lamb.

He is survived by his wife, Deb Rathbun of Basin, Wyoming; his son, Kenneth (Caroline) Rathbun of Omaha, Arkansas; his daughters, Lavon (Jack) Dobbs of Manville, Wyoming, Crystal (Joe) Feeley of Gillette, Wyoming and Kandice (Chris) Dooley of Shell, Wyoming; 9 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

Per Floyd’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and the family will hold private services at a later date.

Memorials in Floyd’s name will be received at Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, WY 82410-0531 and will benefit the Paintrock FFA.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.


Dorothy M. Bush

Aug. 4, 1936 – May 22, 2014

Funeral services for Dorothy M. Bush of Lovell were held May 27 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lovell. Dorothy, 77, died May 22 at New Horizons Care Center.

She was born Aug. 4, 1936, in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of Cy and Bessie Lape.

Dorothy attended high school in St. Paul and earned her degree in education from St. Catherine’s University in 1959. She moved to Lovell where she taught Spanish and English at the middle school.

She married Harvey Bush Dec. 30, 1961. The couple had five children and Dorothy took a break to raise them but worked as a substitute teacher when one was needed. She returned to teaching English full time at Lovell High School in 1983.

Dorothy was an active member of St. Joseph‘s Catholic Parish, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Red Hat Society and the Lovell Women’s Club. She was a big baseball fan; her favorite teams were the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Cy and Bessie Lape, and her husband, Harvey Bush, in 1984.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Greg and Angela Anderson of Colorado Springs, Paul Bush and Dan and Sandy Bush, all of Lovell, Gregg and Mariann Jackson of Hudson, Wis., and John and Nancy Bush of Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister, Mary Ann Corby, and one brother, John Lape, both of St. Paul; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the Lovell Cemetery.




Graham, Foley among early town filers

by nathan oster

Greybull will have a race for mayor this fall after both Bob Graham and Myles Foley officially filed their paperwork with the town in the first few days of the filing period.

Both men are currently on the council. Graham has spent the past two years as mayor after being appointed to replace Frank Houk, who stepped down midway through his term.

Foley is midway through a four-year term on the council. If he is unsuccessful in his bid to become mayor, he would remain on the council in his present position.

Two seats on the council are also up for election this year.

Incumbents Bob McGuire and Ross Jorgensen haven’t publicly declared their intentions and neither of them filed in the first few days of the filing period.

As of Monday at noon, only Harry Richard Capen had filed for council.

Filing for the three municipal seats will continue through the end of the business day Friday, May 30 at Town Hall.

As for the county seats, all of the Republican incumbents have filed for re-election. That includes Sheriff Ken Blackburn, Attorney Michelle Burns, Assessor Gina Anderson, Clerk of the District Court Dori Noyes, Clerk Lori Smallwood and Commissioners Keith Grant and John Hyde.

Kim Adams of Shell is the only non-incumbent who has filed. She is challenging Burns for the Republican nomination for county attorney.

Chamber hopes aviation museum gives economy a lift

by nathan oster

Hoping to better tap into the flow of tourist dollars, the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce is making progress in its efforts to open an aviation museum at the South Big Horn County Airport.

Selena Brown, who volunteers for the chamber, said she and other chamber officials are working with the Wyoming Department of Transportation to get the required paperwork filled out and lining up contractors and volunteers to make improvements to the proposed site of the museum, which will be alongside the rest area.

Brown pointed out that the aviation museum was a priority identified by the community during last year’s assessment, and that once it’s in place, it’ll give visitors another good reason to stop in the Greybull area, rather than just passing through.

Tourism is big business — and tapping into all the dollars that pass through the community each summer is the challenge facing not only the Greybull chamber, but all chambers around the state.

The potential is staggering. A report prepared last year for the Wyoming Office of Tourism found that travel spending by all domestic and international visitors in Wyoming was approximately $3.1 billion in 2012. Broken down even further, that comes to about $8.5 million in spending each day.

With its rich aviation history and the old planes highly visible right along U.S. Highway 14, Greybull is positioned for success, according to Carl Meyer, who manages the South Big Horn County Airport.

“The interest is constant,” he said. “This time of year, you can’t be standing out at the airport for any length of time without some out-of-state car pulling up and asking you questions about the airplanes.   It’s almost a continuous conversation with the tourists.”

The landscape on airport hill is of course dotted with planes of varying ages and designs — and to see them now, tourists must do so from behind a chain-link fence that separates the planes and airport property from the rest area.

For the airport museum, five planes will initially be showcased, according to Meyer.

Two are C-119s that he described as “fairly unique.” From the Korean War and early Vietnam War era, they are relatively common in airplane museums around the country, according to Meyer.

The same cannot be said for the two PB4Ys that will be in the initial exhibit.

According to Meyer, there are only seven or eight in existence — and two of them will be on the museum grounds. They were primarily used to fly recon missions and as patrol bombers during the World War II era.

The fifth plane is a Beech 18 that is both common and popular among aviation enthusiasts.

Meyer said the county has assisted on the aviation museum’s launch by bearing the cost of moving the crafts to their more high profile location and in the cleanup of the grounds and the finalizing of a lease agreement.

But the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead, seeing it as a significant step in boosting economic development. According to Brown, a trailer will soon be moved into position, hooked up with electricity and filled with aviation exhibits.

A sidewalk will be poured to direct visitors to that trailer, which will serve as an extrance point to the museum. The chamber plans to charge each visitor “some kind of nominal fee,” just to offset the anticipated expenses of operating and maintaining the museum.

“Down the road, we hope to expand the museum,” said Brown.

She said tourists and other visitors will be able to walk freely around the airplanes and — and if a platform can be built — possibly even peer into the cockpit of one of the planes. “We’re going to try to have information about each plane displayed,” said Brown.

The chamber is looking for volunteer help for various tasks associated with the museum’s launch, including the construction of the aforementioned platform. If you’d like to contribute, contact the chamber office, 765-2100.

“Almost daily, we get phone calls about those planes,” said Brown. “And we get them from everywhere —Cody, back East, Colorado, different parts of Wyoming. People just love them … they want more information about them.”














Senior center closes, lunches moved to Elks Lodge

by nathan oster

Cashier and greeter Dixie Cummings and cooks Dorinda Furnell and Deanna Beckhoff took a break from their duties to lead a chorus of “Happy Birthday” Tuesday afternoon as a group of senior citizens celebrated another trip around the sun for some of their friends while dining on carved pork and mashed potatoes.

Other than that, the only thing that made it different than any other day was the setting.

The South Big Horn Senior Center, where they usually gather for meals and socializing, closed earlier this month for the most significant renovation since the facility was constructed in the late 1970s. Starting May 12, lunches have been offered and enjoyed at the Greybull Elks Lodge.

“It’s been working out very well,” said Cynthia Johnson, the center’s executive director. “I was a little freaked out about whether they’d make the adjustment, but they’ve just been awesome about it.

“I want to thank them all for supporting (the lunch program) at the Elks.”

Johnson said about a year’s worth of planning has gone into the renovation project.

Revenue from the tax that supports the South Big Horn Senior Citizen’s Service District is being used to pay for the improvements, which are expected to cost approximately $130,000.

While a new appliance has been added here or there over the years, the kitchen was in many ways in its original condition. After more than three decades of heavy use, it was time for an upgrade.

The focal point of the renovations is the kitchen, but the dining room is also getting a new floor and fresh paint on the walls. An 18-inch, commercial-grade tile will be used in both the dining room and kitchen, one that is “textured, non-slip — and totally maintenance free,” according to Johnson.

Kasie Stewart, who manages the kitchen, said she’s excited about what the new kitchen is going to look like. Among the most eagerly-anticipated improvements are a stackable convection oven, new stoves and additional storage space.

The renovations are expected to take four to six weeks, which would put the senior back in their familiar surroundings by mid to late June.


Thad Cheatham

OBIT Thad Cheatham PhotoMarch 30, 1967 – May 12, 2014

Funeral services for former Greybull resident Thad Cheatham of Kemmerer were held May 17 at the Kemmerer LDS Stake Center. Thad, 47, died May 12 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near South Pass.

He was born March 30, 1967, in Powell, the son of Clair and Vida Cheatham. He grew up and received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School where he participated in football, basketball, drama and choir. He was selected to the all-state choir and was a representative to Boys State.

He graduated from Cheyenne Aerotech as an A&P Mechanic and fulfilled his life-long dream of becoming a pilot. His line of work allowed him to travel the country. He was considered an expert in his field and often fixed aircraft that others deemed unfixable.

Thad married Susan Wainwright on Nov. 8, 1986, in Kemmerer. They were sealed in the Jordan River LDS Temple on June 24, 1988.

Thad blessed the lives of those around him with his desire to serve and teach others. He was a hard worker and instilled these values in his children of whom he was proud and supportive.

His mother and his grandparents preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Susan Cheatham of Kemmerer; three sons and their spouses, Tyler, Michael and Jackson; three daughters, Valerie, Catherine and Holland; his father and step-mother, Clair and Arlene Cheatham; four brothers, Max, Lance, Dan and Eric; two sisters, Ann and Teresa; his mother-in-law, Sandy Wainwright and four grandchildren.

Burial was in the South Lincoln Cemetery in Kemmerer.

Final meet brings more records for GMS

by nathan oster

For 15 outstanding members of the Greybull Middle School track team, the season didn’t end as it typically does at the Yellowstone Conference meet in Lovell. Instead it stretched a couple of days into the following week — and a Best of the Best meet in Riverton.

Coach Renae Waddell said the group “performed very well” in its 2014 finale.

“I hope they realize they can continue to compete in the future,” she said. “And I really hope all of the eighth graders stay out for track next year. They are a hard-working group of kids that will do great things in the future.”

Several more GMS track records fell at the Best of the Best meet, according to longtime record-keeper Ken Jensen. In the seventh grade girls division, Lindsey Mills set a new record in the 1,600 meters, running a 6:11.02 to beat the 6:20.0 set by Layna Sukut in 2003.

Braeden Tracy beat his own record in the 100 meters, running a 12.12, as well as a record he shared with Jared Collingood in the high jump. Tracy and Collingwood had held the record with jump of 5-3. Tracy went 5-4 in Riverton.

Some eighth-grade records also fell in Riverton.

Serenity Kinswoman ran a 2:38.18 in the 800 meters, beating the 2:38.84 set by Kim Frisbee in 1983.

Kristen Collingwood set a new record in the 1,600 meters, running a 6:33.41 to beat the time of Layna Sukut, 2:38.84, which had stood since 2004.

Max Mills set a school record in the 200 meters, running a 24.97 to beat the mark of 25.10 which was previously shared by Skip Anderson (1959) and Roger Gipson (1960).




100 METERS — 7, Sydney Tschiffely, 14.28.

400 METERS — 2, McKenzie Mazur, 1:07.42.

800 METERS — 3, Brea Terry, 2:37.92.

1,600 METERS — 4, Lindsey Mills, 6:11.02.

400 RELAY — 4, GMS (Sydney Tschiffely, Bailee Foster, McKenzie Mazur, Brea Terry), 58.93.

HIGH JUMP — 1, McKenzie Mazur, 4-8.

LONG JUMP — 3, McKenzie Mazur, 13-1. 5, Sydney Tschiffely, 13-0 ½.



800 METERS — 3, Serenity Kinswoman, 2:38.18.

400 RELAY — 5, GMS, 1:00.21.



100 METERS — 1, Braeden Tracy, 12.12.

1,600 METERS — 4, Brock Hill, 5:40.06.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Braeden Tracy, 5-4.

LONG JUMP — 1, Braeden Tracy, 17-2.

SHOT PUT — 5, Brock Hill, 31-8 ½.

DISCUS — 3, Brock Hill, 100-6.



100 METERS — 6, Max Mills, 24-97.

LONG JUMP — 5, Max Mills, 16-9 ¼.





Board approves tentative budgets

by nathan oster

The Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees on Tuesday approved tentative budget numbers for the school district itself, the recreation district and the new BOCES with Northwest College for the 2013-14 school year.

It was step one in the budget process.

The board won’t hold its annual budget hearing until July.

The numbers that were presented on Tuesday were tentative ones.

Supt. Barry Bryant said he and Sandi Menke, the district’s business manager, set a goal of having $1 million in the beginning cash/cash carryover column, give or take $100,000 either side of that total.

As it now stands, carryover is anticipated to come in around $911,000.

Bryant said the district is proposing to beef up its technology rotation line item, citing a desire to purchase half the new computers for the new middle school in the 2014-15 fiscal year, and the remaining computers in the following fiscal year.

Food service continues to be a drag on the bottom line. Like virtually all others around the state, the district went in the hole running the program two years ago. The gulf was around $133,000. For this year, it’ll be slightly better, with an anticipated deficit of around $115,000. “We’re still working on that one,” said Bryant.

In personnel moves, the board accepted the resignation of Kerri Thiel, an interventionist/ELL teacher at the elementary school; as well as the resignations of two coaches who were recently assigned to different coaching positions.

Jeremy Brandl resigned as the GMS assistant wrestling coach to become the head coach of the program.

Tami Wright left her post as a GMS assistant girls basketball coach to take an assistant coaching position with the GHS Lady Buff basketball program.

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

• The board recognized as its stakeholders of the month the entire transportation department.

“Everything we do is based on you getting kids to school,” said Bryant, who noted that he’s received just one complaint all school year — amazing considering the number of busses that are in circulation each day.

Howard Gernant, who supervises the department, noted that by school year’s end, the district’s busses will have logged nearly 200,000 miles.

The bus drivers the district honored included:

• Calder Forcella provided for the student body, providing updates on the recent school election in which he was elected president, Fabian Davila vice president, Brett Stephens secretary, Julianne Carlson treasurer and Paige Flock public relations specialist.

Forcella said this year’s Make-A-Wish campaign generated about $1,200 and that the student body plans to do another fundraising campaign next year.

• In the community remarks section, Charlene Collingwood again raised the possibility of the district transporting GHS students who would like to swim to Worland for the upcoming fall season.   No action was taken. She was given until the June meeting to get commitments from students who would like to swim with the Warriors — six is the minimum for the board to consider it. She and the district will work on the bussing issue together. That, said Bryant, is the issue. “The hard thing for us is finding a driver,” he said. Collingwood said she had someone in mind, but was told that person would need to meet the district’s requirements for a substitute driver.




Commissioners at odds over public health

by karla pomeroy

The Big Horn County commissioners last fall wanted to ensure that no county employee was supervised by a state employee, especially when it came to public health. With legislation enacted this year making that possible, two of the commissioners are now seeking to hold the county harmless and without any liability, which could put the majority of the public health services in jeopardy in the county.

In the regular meeting last Wednesday, May 7, the commissioners met with Big Horn County Public Health Nurse Manager Kimberly Cowan, along with Linette Johnson, state supervisor, and Karen Mahan, state nursing chief, via teleconference.

Mahan said they needed to have the county approve the budget for the two administrative assistant employees, one at the Greybull office and one in Lovell. The budget is $79,000, less than the current $82,000 budget.

The county then needs to set a work session with public health to go over the memorandum of understanding, which includes the statement of work, outlining responsibilities of both the state and the county, and the Business Associate Agreement.

Grant said, “I’m not sure it’s worth going any further until we are assured there is no county responsibility.”

Mahan said the MOU is for the Maternal and Child Health services, which are required by state statute. She said public health can bill the state for the time spent on the services and that money comes back to the county, up to $63,000 biannually.

“If you don’t sign the contract you don’t get the revenue,” she said.

Mahan added, “It was originally our understanding the board’s concerned was liability of county employees being supervised by state employees. That’s how the legislation was based, to provide a method in these positions. From our perspective it wasn’t our understanding the county didn’t want any liability.”

Grant said his concern with the MCH documents is that it leaves the county with all the liability of a program the state is running.

MCH includes home visitation services for pregnant women. According to state statute the service “shall” be provided in each county. Other services such as immunizations and long-term care assessments are listed as services that “may” be provided.

Ewen said, “What we asked for is to be revenue neutral and employees to be state employees and it sounds like what we are getting.”

Grant said, “My understanding is that the county wouldn’t have any liability.”

Ewen said the county is liable like any of the county facilities since public health is housed in the county-owned senior center buildings in both Greybull and Lovell.

Hyde asked if the commissioners agreed to the budget would it commit them to a contract. Mahan said no, nothing would be signed but it would allow the budget to be submitted to the governor for approval so the positions could begin to be advertised.

Mahan noted, however, if no contract is signed, services would stop after Sept. 30. Terms of the agreement can be negotiated between the county attorney and the attorney general’s office.

Cowan said about 60-70 percent of the time for the nurses is spent on MCH services. “That’s what we do. We have a huge clientele of moms and babies in our county.”

Mahan said while MCH is mandated by statute, services will be limited without county funds.

Cowan said it would decrease services if the MCH contract is not signed.

Grant said, “If they’re mandated to do the services, then we can drop the program.”

Ewen said he would not go along with that.

“We are charged with the health, safety and welfare of citizens. If we dissolve the program a lot of thought needs to go into it because it’s very important to a lot of people,” Ewen said.

Hyde said, “We want to help fund the program but we want you to run it. It should be so simple.”

He added, however, “What are we going to be able to afford. I’d rather see law enforcement on the streets than health nurses teaching mothers how to change diapers. I hope it doesn’t come to that.”

The commissioners will meet with public health in a work session on May 29.

Per their concern about supervision, the county has reached a new agreement with the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service so the new administrative assistant that is hired will be a UW employee, not a county employee.

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