Daily Archives: June 12, 2014

Biosecurity measures in place for fair


U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarian John Duncan came to the Big Horn County Fair Board meeting June 2 to discuss the issue and answer any questions the board may have.

Big Horn County 4-H Educator Gretchen Gasvoda said she and Paintrock FFA Advisor Jared Boardman agreed not to allow any out-of-state pigs at the jackpot later this month.


According to the Wyoming Livestock Board (WLSB), the virus is the Porcine Epidemic Di-arrhea virus (PEDv). The board, in a memo to swine exhibition organizers, managers and exhibitors, said, “swine exhibition event managers and swine exhibitors are encouraged to help prevent the introduction and spread of the very contagious PEDv, which has proven to be extremely damaging to the swine industry nationwide.

“The virus has spread to nearly 30 states since first being identified in the United States in April 2013, and it has caused the death of millions of pigs in numerous herds across the country.”

According to the Livestock Board, the disease primarily affects “suckling piglets and young pigs, and can remain in a swine operation in carrier pigs. PEDv is very lethal in swine production units and producers raising piglets can be hard hit if this virus is introduced into their herd. The disease can spread from pig to pig, but can also be spread mechanically by transmission from manure, feed, tack, trucks, boots and clothing, that are contaminated with the virus.”

Duncan said there is zero chance of the virus being spread to humans or any harm to humans.


The question at the meeting centered around the swine show during the county fair.

It was noted at the time of the meeting they were not going to allow any breeding or open class swine at the county fair swine show.

Jessica Haley and her father Cecil Mullins were in attendance to lobby for allowing breeder pigs at the fair.

Haley said, “My big concern is where you’re eliminating the breeding show. We already have our breeding project. How are you differentiating market and breeding? We have a plan to keep ours away from other swine. There has to be biosecurity concern at all levels.”

Duncan agreed, noting, “Everything’s at risk, you mitigate the risk though biosecurity. This is not a ‘when it gets impacted,’ but when will you be impacted. We’re not trying to stop it, we’re trying to slow it down.”

He said any plan the fair board puts in place needs to be a sustainable biosecurity program. “It won’t hit you at this fair probably, but it will in future years. I worry about complacency if you draw a high bar and then lower it next year.”

He said Wyoming has two confirmed places where virus has been detected and they are already in high secure units. Duncan said about half states surrounding us are known to have it.

“This disease is going to become endemic to U.S. swine. It’s not a question of if, but when.”


Duncan said at this point the USDA and WLSB is hoping to slow the spread. They are making it reportable and have begun discussions of biosecurity. He said the WLSB has issued some recommendations:

•All Wyoming swine exhibition events should require an affidavit from exhibitors stating that the swine have not in the past 60 days been exposed to or ever been diagnosed with PEDv. Gasvoda said health certificates and the affidavit will be required at the jackpot this month.

The board decided that both will also be required at the county fair. The swine show is slated for Wednesday, July 30.

•Swine not born in Wyoming are not to be exhibited at any Wyoming event in 2014 unless they have resided in Wyoming for a minimum of 30 days prior to the show with no signs of PEDv. Gasvoda said no out-of-state pigs will be allowed at the jackpot.

As for the fair, most of the pigs have been born in Wyoming or have resided in Wyoming more than 30 days.

Duncan said the board should also consider basic biosecurity such as handwashing stations or hand sanitizers at arena to reduce the spread.

He said they could also have some disinfectant available for use on shared equipments and if the board loans out equipment they should require that it be cleaned and disinfected when returned.

He said he has 50 tablets that can be mixed in a spray bottle with water that can be used as a disinfectant. Cost is $20 per pill. The board and livestock sale board (Gasvoda as the chairman) agreed to split the cost and have the disinfectant available for the washing stations and for the swine pens.

In regard to allowing breeding swine in the show or not, Duncan suggested minimizing time of breeding swine at the county fair.

Casey Sorenson said, “There’s a risk with or without breeding swine.”

He suggested allowing for an early release for breeding stock. Swine are weighed in Wednesday morning of the show. The board recommended that breeding swine and open class be removed from the grounds that night.

Andy Perkins agreed, stating there is no more risk for breeding or market swine but it is important to get them in and get them out.

The board reiterated that for all market and breeding animals they will have a veterinarian available to check animals before they are unloaded. As usual, all animals must have a health certificate.

Times for unloading will be set according to the veterinarian’s availability. If a veterinarian is not available, animals will not be able to be unloaded early.

Aviation museum to open this week

by nathan oster

The trailer is in place, the sidewalks have been poured, the handicap-accessible ramps have been built and the effort to organize the exhibits has begun. All that remains in the effort to open the new aviation museum adjacent to the Greybull Rest Area is to install and swing open the gate to the public — and that is scheduled to take place later this week.

The Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce, the driving force behind the museum, is planning an open house from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 13. Anyone who would like to check out the museum and/or the five planes that are the featured attractions is invited to stop by during the open house, when admission fees will be waived.

Selena Brown, the chamber’s volunteer director, said she believes the museum will be a hit, particularly with tourists. “Just while we’ve been working out here, we’ve seen 50…75…100 people every single day who come up to the fence and take pictures of the planes,” she said. “And once we get this open, I’m going to contact the bust tour companies and see if they’d like to stop in.”

Brown said the museum will continue to be a work in progress.

Reacting to input received during the community assessment, the chamber and its board of directors saw the need for the museum and worked to make it a reality. Brown said it will continue to be a work in progress, noting that an effort is underway to procure more complete airplanes and helicopters as well as parts from them and that she hopes to eventually build on the aerial firefighting component of the that history.

The chamber is going to handle the staffing of the museum, as well, and is looking for volunteers who are willing to pitch in and share some of the area’s rich aviation history with the public.




Class of ’59 enjoys 55th reunion

Twenty-one members of the Greybull High School Class of ’59 gathered in Greybull last weekend for their 55th reunion.

Kicking off the weekend was a gathering at the Sugar Shack Friday evening. The alumni and spouses enjoyed “malts, milkshakes and memories” in an atmosphere of the ‘50s; the tone set by the ‘50s music playing on the jukebox. Owner Sherrie Winkler has accumulated dozens of pieces of memorabilia, including the GJHS banner, when the mascot was the dinosaur, and the 1959 class banner.

Saturday morning the group met in the meeting room of the library for breakfast. Jade Smith gave a brief talk about Trapper Tours, and Ernie Smith presented a very interesting “behind-the-scenes” look of the ice jam of 2014.

Friends were invited to join the class during a picnic in the park Saturday. Capping the celebration was a dinner at Lisa’s Saturday evening. Thirty were in attendance, including spouses and friends. Eleven deceased classmates were remembered with a photo display and a moment of silence.

Roger Nielsen emceed the program. Jim Douglass proved his memory is as good as it has always been by singing the junior high Dinosaur Fight Song from start to finish without missing a beat.

The evening closed (in what has become a tradition for the Class of ’59) with the group singing “Bill Grogan’s Goat,” led by Jerry Doerr.

A majority of the attendees gathered for breakfast at the Uptown Café Sunday morning before heading for their respective homes. All were looking forward to 2019 and their 60th reunion.

Attendees included Kenny Allen and Patty Baker Giles, of Powell; Helen Deroche Beal of Cody; Carolyn Nelson Bosch of Sandy; Utah, Larry Clause of Pinedale; Tom Davis and John Preis of Emblem; Jerry Doerr of Elko, Nev.; Jim Douglass of Berthoud, Colo., Judy Rimer Emmett and Jerry Snyder of Greybull; Barry Hunter of Verdi, Nev.; Walt Gould of Sheridan; Judy Overgaag Grenier of Cheyenne; Rich McKamy, Saralee Hibbert Sanders and Bill Miller of Billings; Roger Nielsen of Green River; Alberta Powers Johnson of Evergreen, Colo.; Meridee Baldwin Walker Rodriquez of Wilcox, Ariz., and Lola Horton Zumbrennen of Lusk.


Minors give Lovell a run in season finale

by nathan oster

The Bandits from the South Big Horn Little League put up a valiant fight at a tournament last week in Lovell that attracted some of the top minors teams in the region.

Riverton, Sheridan, Lovell, Cody, Worland and Powell all sent either all-star or traveling teams to the tournament, which easily made it the most difficult test of the season for the Greybull-Basin squad coached by Ken Wright.

“We knew it was going to be tough,” said Wright. “Lovell took their five teams and split them into two, Worland brought its all-star team…and the Cody Stampede team which plays 40 to 50 games a summer was there too.

“We just had our regular team, but I sure was proud of how the kids played.”

That was particularly true in the opener.

Greybull-Basin gave one of the Lovell teams “a good run for its money” before losing 12-11.

That turned out to be the team’s closest game, as the Bandits proceeded to lose to the other Lovell team, 12-4, and get 10-runned after four by the Cody Stampede.

When asked about statistical leaders, Wright said Dante Terry “had his best hits of the year” at the Lovell tournament.

“But more than anything, we told the kids afterwards that we saw a lot of positive things from each of them,” said Wright. “People who didn’t see them at the beginning of the year might not have noticed what we as coaches noticed (during the weekend tournament). The score didn’t always show it, but … we saw some encouraging things.”

The team figures to benefit from the experience next year, when “seven to eight” of this year’s players will be eligible to return. “Anytime you have the same group of kids working under the same coaching staff you are going to see some benefit from that,” said Wright, adding that he hopes to get some new players moving up from coach-pitch as well as some new recruits.

The tournament marked the end of the Little League and baseball season in south Big Horn County. Wright called it a successful first season.

“We started planning this in June and July last year, things started getting ramped up in January and from February until now a lot of people have worked tirelessly in support of the baseball program,” said Wright. “I think we had a solid first year. The way I see it, on Saturday mornings there for three or four weeks last month there were maybe a couple of hundred people up there, watching and playing baseball. I think that’s not only a sign of good things to come, but also a sign that baseball is something the community wants and will support.”

James Joseph Stafford

March 25, 1965 – Dec. 14, 2013

A memorial graveside service with military rites for James Joseph Stafford will be held today (Thursday, June 12) at 10:30 a.m. at the Otto Cemetery where his cremains will be buried next to his father, James John Stafford.

James, 48, of Otto, died Dec. 14 at South Big Horn County Hospital.

He was born March 25, 1965, in San Jose, Calif., the son of Sondra Lee Chivers Stafford and James John Stafford. He graduated from Redford Union High School in Redford, Mich. He earned four bachelor degrees at Eastern Michigan University. He enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy and went on to obtain his master’s degree from Troy State University.

James served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and earned the rank of lieutenant commander. He served in both Gulf Wars, was assigned to the United Nations, commanded the first American ship to sail into Russia and piloted helicopters.

After his military career James became a medical life flight helicopter pilot last serving with the Natrona County Hospital in Casper.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, David, and infant sister, Michell.

He is survived by his daughter Sara Stafford in Alabama; his mother, Sondra Stafford and brother Charles Edward Crosier, both of Otto.

A luncheon at the Otto park will follow the service.




James John Stafford

Sept. 17, 1941 – June 7, 2014

Graveside funeral service with military rites for James John Stafford will be held today (Thursday, June 12) at 10:30 a.m. at the Otto Cemetery. James, 72, died June 7 at his home in Otto.

He was born Sept. 17, 1941, in Highland Park, Mich., the son of James Paul and Emily Enid Dryge Stafford. He grew up in Michigan and received his education at Redford High School in Detroit. He was inducted into the United States Army on Nov. 29, 1963, and received his discharge on Oct. 21, 1965.

James married Sondra Lee Chivers Crozier on June 3, 1978, in Redford. He was a truck driver in the transportation industry for 45 years; he retired in 2002 and moved to Otto.

He loved cats, casinos, fast horses and good Scotch.

He was a longtime Teamster member and a volunteer with the Burlington Fire Department.

His parents, James and Emily Stafford, son James Joseph Stafford and brother Walter Stafford preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Sondra and son Charles Edward Crozier, both of Otto, and three grandchildren.

A luncheon for family and friends will be held at the park in Otto following the services.


Junior (Holland) Hughes

June 27, 1927 – May 13, 2014 Junior (Holland) Hughes went home to be with the Lord May 13, 2014 at his home in Vernal, Utah. He was born June 27, 1927, in Jack, Ala., the son of Cattie Johnson Jacobs. He was adopted by John and Lula Hughes when he was 4 years old. Junior had a long career in the oil industry. Junior lived with his daughter Deb in Vernal after the death of his wife of 55 years, Jan, in 2008. He was a hard worker, had a great sense of humor and was the pillar of, and cherished by, his family. He had a multitude of friends. Junior was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jan and his daughter Deb on May 11, 2014. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Kris and Jerry and Kami, and his daughter Jeannie; 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Junior was laid to rest in the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull on May 17, 2014.

Marcus K. Heath

!OBITHeath, Marcus2Jan. 3, 1960 – June 5, 2014

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for Marcus K. Heath will be held today (Thursday, June 12) at 2 p.m. at the Basin/Greybull LDS Church. Marcus, 54, died June 6 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sheridan.

He was born Jan. 3, 1960, in Lovell, the son of Donald Ericksen and Ima May Keele Heath. The family moved to Worland where he was raised. He graduated from Worland High School in 1979.

Marcus enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on May 25, 1979, and served in California until his discharge in May 1983. He returned to Worland and took over his father’s mink and fox farm northwest of town.

He married Lorie M. Morley May 3, 1985, in Worland.

After running the fur farm a few years, he went to work for LK Trucking Co., worked for Crown Cork and Seal in Worland for 20 years and then moved to Gillette where he worked for Nelson Bros. Coal Mine. He returned to the Big Horn Basin and worked for Keele Sanitation at Lovell. He ended his working career doing odd jobs in Basin and Greybull.

Marcus was a member of the National Rifle Association, Washakie County Search and Rescue for several years and a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Marcus loved the outdoors. He hunted, fished, panned for gold, attended Mountain Man Rendezous, made his own hunting knives and also made leather craft items.

His parents preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Lorie of Basin; son and daughter-in-law Brandon and Dinah Heath of Cody; daughter Trista Heath of Magalia, Calif., and four grandchildren.

A reception for family and friends will be held following the service.



Donald Gene Haller

OBIT ???June 25, 1935 – June 4, 2014

Donald Gene Haller, 78 years old, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Lovell, Wyo.

He was born June 25, 1935 in Hot Springs, S.D., to Louis Frank Haller and Eva Irene Patterson Haller and was their youngest child. His family lived in Ainsworth, Neb., and also in Sheridan, Glendo, and Greybull, Wyo. Don was a talented mechanic and learned his skills at an early age from his uncles, Harry and Charles Patterson. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and any opportunity to spend time in the Big Horns. He worked hard and was skilled in auto body repair, upholstery, small engine repair and several other occupations. He also served with the Greybull Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed the friendships he made with the other volunteers.

He married Anella Mae Good, April 24, 1955, in Greybull, Wyo., where they continued to live and raise a family. He and Anella enjoyed their home and yard and spent many hours working together to complete their projects. They later built a home in Shell Valley and loved the time they spent in their dream home.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Rodney Frank Haller, Louis Orland Haller, Robert Charles Haller, and Patricia Ann Haller Steele. He is survived by his wife and children, Linda Lee (James) Reilly of Cody, David Gene (Darla) Haller and Cindy Jo (William) Scott of Greybull, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. is handling cremation arrangements. At Don’s request no services will be held.




Brendon Taylor Laird

!OBIT LairdApril 30, 1996 – June 6, 2014

Brendon Taylor Laird, age 18, of Greybull, Wyo., passed away Friday, June 6, 2014 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont., after a tragic motor vehicle accident.

Brendon was born April 30, 1996 at the St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont. He was the son of Mike and Andrea (Soetmelk) Laird. He grew up in Greybull, Wyo., and was a student at Greybull High School. He would have started his senior year in August 2014.

Brendon loved riding horses, especially his horse, Jewels, working on his Ford trucks, working outdoors and doing a man’s job, being outdoors, hunting, fishing, welding, and spending time with his family and friends. The biggest thing he loved to do was to help others.

Brendon was an AMAZING young man with a heart of gold, big brown eyes, a hardy laugh, and his smile that lit up a room. Brendon was creative and loved working with his hands and enjoyed helping everyone, never thinking twice and never expecting anything in return. He never knew a stranger!

His future plans were joining the military and becoming a welder.

Brendon left this earth too soon but will always be remembered for the remarkable way he made people feel and for the many lives he touched and continues to touch. We have all been blessed to have had him touch our lives.

He is preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Eleanore Soetmelk; his Great-Grandma Christenson; his great-uncle, Terry Hamer; and his grandfather, Jimmy Soetmelk, who he loved very much.

Brendon is survived by his parents, Mike and Andrea Laird of Greybull, Wyo.; his sister, Brianna Marie Laird of Sheridan, Wyo.; his maternal grandmother, Diane Soetmelk of Greybull, Wyo.; his paternal grandparents, Garland and Mary Laird of Bagley, Iowa; his uncles and aunts, Troy and Tina Laird of Laramie, Wyo., Travis and Mo Laird of Manawa, Wis., and David and Jill Soetmelk of Basin, Wyo.; and numerous cousins.

A Celebration of Brendon’s Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Greybull High School Gymnasium with Pastor Dave Seratt and Pastor B. J. Grimmett as co-officiants. A luncheon for family and friends will immediately follow the service in the Greybull High School Cafeteria.

Memorials in Brendon’s name will be received at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426-0471. A beneficiary for the proceeds will be decided at a later date.

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






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