Daily Archives: June 5, 2014

Clerk of court’s race heats up after incumbent withdraws

by karla pomeroy

Four candidates have come forward to vie for the clerk of district court and current clerk of court Dori Noyes withdrew her name from among the candidates.

The four candidates are Diane Nuttall of Greybull, current clerk of circuit court; Serena Lipp of Shell; Deb LaBudda of Basin, current deputy clerk of court; and Angela Cook of Greybull.

Big Horn County Fair Board Chairman Felix Carrizales of Burlington has filed on the Republican ticket for one of the two county commission seats open, challenging John Hyde and Keith Grant, both of Lovell.

The only other race is for county attorney where Michelle Burns of Greybull is challenged by Kim Adams of Shell.

Big Horn County Sheriff Ken Blackburn may have a challenger in the general election in November with Greybull Chief of Police Bill Brenner announcing his independent candidacy on Facebook. Blackburn is unopposed in the primary for the Republican nomination. No Democrat has filed for any county office.

Deputy Clerk of elections Annette Dillon said independents must submit a petition with 104 signatures of registered voters in the county by Aug. 25 to be on the general election ballot. She said the number is based on a percentage of the votes cast in the 2012 election for the U.S. House seat.

Dillon said if there are any minority party candidates they will be on the general election ballot, not the primary election.

The rest of the county officials are unopposed — Coroner Del Atwood, Clerk Lori Smallwood, Treasurer Becky Lindsey and Assessor Gina Anderson.


Late filers make three for council

by nathan oster

Les Lowe and Jennifer Lowe entered the race for Greybull Town Council by filing their election papers at Town Hall on Friday — final day of the filing period for the Aug. 19 primary election.

They join Harry Richard Capen, who had entered the race earlier in the filing period.

Les Lowe made an unsuccessful run for the council in 2012, when Myles Foley and Clay Collingwood emerged victorious in the race for two open seats. Lowe is a lifetime Greybull resident and employed by Tim Kershner Construction.

Jennifer (Fink) Lowe graduating from GHS in 2001, and with the exception of one year spent attending college in Colorado, she’s spent her entire life in the community. The mother of a 1-year-old boy, she is a stay-at-home mom running because she feels there’s a need for more young people to have a say in the direction of the community.

Capen, who is semi retired, has lived in Greybull since 2003 and currently works as a driver for PTI. Prior to joining PTI, he sided and roofed houses throughout the western United States. He has never before sought public office.

The top four vote getters for the two council seats will advance to the general election.

So, too, will the mayoral candidates, Myles Foley and Bob Graham.

Graham, who has held the seat for the past 1 ½ years since the retirement of Frank Houk, said he is seeking another term because he wants to see a number of projects through to completion, including the recertification of the levee and the cleanup and development of the industrial park. His work career included time spent on the town’s public works crew and at TCT.

Foley, a downtown business owner, is challenging Graham for the post. He joined the council January of 2013 and win or lose, he’ll remain on the governing body as his current council term isn’t up until December of 2016. Foley is the owner of the Historic Hotel Greybull, which includes Mylo’s and The Speakeasy.











Flood waters, concerns subside

by nathan oster

There have been some tense moments around Shell and Hyattville, but for the most part it looks as though Big Horn County has dodged the bullet in terms of flooding associated with the spring runoff.

Brent Godfrey, the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office’s flood incident commander, said Tuesday afternoon, “We’re looking pretty good right now. The creeks are down. The only one we may still have a problem with is Medicine Lodge Creek (in Hyattville), which is running higher than the rest.

“But all the others — the Big Horn, Nowod, Paintrock, Shoshone, Shell Creek — are down.”

The Office of Homeland Security seems to agree. It’s had people on the ground in Big Horn County for the last couple of weeks, but demobilized on Tuesday and returned to their home base in Cheyenne.

“We’re all thinking the worst part is over — barring no major cloudburst or anything of that sort that will make the creeks rise real high real fast.”

Godfrey said the weather has helped, noting that there has been a warm up, a cool down and then another warm up. “It’s coming off slow instead of fast, like it did in 2011, when we also had four or five straight days of rain. Mother Nature helped us out a little.”


Close calls in Shell

Shell Fire Chief Mike Nelson said members of his department were deployed one morning last week to the Kedesh Ranch, which was being threatened by Shell Creek. Working side by side with other volunteers, they filled sandbags to protect the structures at the ranch.

As of Monday, the threat had subsided. The creek was running about 800 cubic feet per second — down from 2,500 cubic feet per second on the morning the fire department placed the sandbags.

Nelson said high water also threatened but did not damage a couple of properties on Trapper Creek and that it badly eroded the bank of a house on Beaver Creek.

The Kedesh Ranch has had its share of flooding problems in the past.

“Three summers ago, we had a horrendous flood that did a lot of damage and was a mess to clean up,” said Gail Lander, who owns the property. “This year we were looking at the same scenario, with a lot of late snow piling up in the mountains.”

Lander admitted, “I was heartsick” over the prospect of another flood. “I said, ‘Lord, I can’t take it again.’ It’s been so far, so good.”

Lander said the creek is continuing to run up and over her bridge, and that the water took out some trees further downstream. “Thank goodness for the Shell Fire Department,” she said. “They came out and sandbagged — they even brought some of their teenage kids to help. Plus there were people from town who came out to help. Jim at Dirty Annie’s sent coffee and donuts over for everybody. People from Shell come up to me now and say if I need help, I should call. What an awesome community.”


In Greybull

Ernie Smith, Greybull’s emergency management coordinator, has been monitoring the level of the Big Horn River throughout the spring runoff period. As of Monday night, its elevation was at 85.45 — about two inches below the FG setting on the bridge support.

“The highest we had was Sunday morning at 3 when we reached 87.3,” Smith told the town council on Monday night. “It’s come down 18 inches since then.

“Most of the immediate snowmelt has happened in the Big Horn Basin. We still have some snow at the high levels (of the mountains), but it’s not as much of a concern because the immediate snowmelt up to 9,000 feet has disappeared.”




Kathleen Lurley Brown

!OBIT-BrownJune 5, 1990 – May 31, 2014

Kathleen Lurley Brown was born June 5, 1990. Born in Worland, she flew into this world a “Lurley” bird. With a gentle nature and a soft heart she soared through life and even though her flight ended early, to those of us who loved her it was beautiful nonetheless. She was a daughter, sister, aunt, Gemini, and most importantly, a kind, compassionate soul who put others first. Her parents and two brothers will miss her bright smile.

Kathleen was independent and did life her way. She touched many souls and brought joy to those around her due to her zest for life. She loved everybody.

Kathleen was taken from us Saturday, May 31, 2014. She is survived by her parents Darrell and Mary Brown, brothers Kyle and Josh, all of Basin, many cousins, aunts and uncles, but to her all were her family.

She moved to Billings to pursue a dream, to be independent and to find out what she wanted to do with her life. She went to go to Beauty School because of her desire to make it on her own. She had a knack for makeup and doing her friends’ hair, but she decided that her true passion was children and with that, had decided to become a teacher. She wanted to give all kids love and felt that this would be the perfect way to do it.

A service for Kathleen will be held at a later date. A notice will be in the paper as to when and where. We would like all that were touched by her to join us.

(Paid obituary)


Irene Lucille (Sherard) Estes

OBIT Irene EstesSept. 5, 1920 – May 25, 2014

Irene Lucille (Sherard) Estes, 93, passed away in her sleep May 25, 2014, at the Washington State Veteran’s Home in Port Orchard, Wash., following a short illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira B. Sherard and Edythe (Hurst) Sherard both of Greybull, Wyo.; her beloved husband George C. Estes of Citrus Heights, Calif., and her brother, Thurman D. Sherard of Walnut Creek, Calif.

She is survived by her two sons, Terry Estes of Manchester, Wash., and Doug Estes of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and three granddaughters: Devon E. Estes of Joplin, Mo., Lauren K. Estes of Vail, Col., and Emily Estes of Oak Ridge, Tenn.

“Lou,” as she was always known, was born and lived all of her early years in Greybull, Wyo. Always a patriot, after high school graduation and the onset of World War II, she joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and became a Link Trainer Instructor at the Banana River Naval Air Station in Florida teaching young naval aviators the finer art of instrument flying.

At the end of the war she met and married her husband, George, also a naval aviator. George transferred to the U.S. Air Force and after moving to Cheyenne, Wyo., the two of them, accompanied by their two sons, travelled around the world, living all over the United States and in Germany and South Africa.

After her husband passed away in 1980she lived the “retired life” in Citrus Heights, Calif., until moving to Port Orchard, Wash., with her son Terry and his wife Wendy in 2012.

She always enjoyed tennis, square dancing, reading and working complex crossword puzzles.

She was a member of the local ex-WAVES organization and a PEO member.

She loved the mountains, especially the Big Horn Mountains of her native Wyoming. She will be missed.

Her ashes will be interred at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Port Orchard, Wash., in lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Women’s Memorial Foundation, Dept. 560, Washington DC 20042-0560.

(Paid obituary)


Werbelow currently second in WHSR

By marlys good

Taylor Werbelow has a good shot at going to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs in July. Werbelow, competing in high school rodeo for the first time, is currently second (with 94 points) in the state standings in barrel racing.

The top four individuals in the state earn a berth in the National High School Finals Rodeo.

The Emblem native and daughter of Victor and Julie Werbelow also competes in pole bending, but is too far back in the pack for a realistic shot at state.

Memorial Day weekend was a good one for Werbelow and her horse “Smurf.” The two took top honors in Buffalo with a time of 17.787, and followed that up with a third place and second place in a two-day event in Sheridan.

Last weekend she competed in Douglas and came away with the first-place buckle. Now all she has to do is hold on to her second place through the State Finals coming up in Douglas June 14-15.

“Smurf,” was given to Werbelow by a friend six years ago. Her mother thought the horse was “too much, too big” for her daughter to handle, so they called on Ramon Castro to “break” the horse to ride. Taylor did the rest and spent hours training her to run the barrels.

Two years ago, when “Smurf” was 5, Werbelow used her some in competition, but last year “she came into her own,” and has been Werbelow’s constant companion on the barrel-racing circuit since, although Werbelow takes a “spare horse” along in case Smurf gets injured.

The NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo, drawing about 1,500 contestants from across the United States, Canada and Australia. Athletes vie for national titles, assorted prizes and a share of thousands of dollars in college scholarships.

Werbelow, who graduated from Riverside High School May 18, received a scholarship to Northwest College next year; she’s looking forward to competing with the NWC rodeo team.

Werbelow will spend the summer working for Bill and Carol Smith on their Wyoming Quarter Horse Ranch in Thermopolis. Odds are she will be taking “Smurf” along.



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