Daily Archives: June 25, 2014

DeSilva comes “home” again

by marlys good

During commencement exercises for the Greybull High School Class of 1975, one of the graduates receiving a diploma was a dark-eyed, dark-haired young lady from Brazil who had spent the school year as an exchange student at GHS.

Rita proved you can “go home again” last week when she came back to Greybull with husband Alisson, their daughters, Barbara, 20, and Rebeca, 16, and Rita’s niece Ana, 15, to visit her long-ago host family, Darwin and Cecil Yates and their four daughters, Billie, Sherrie, Debi and Darla.

After her year as an exchange student, Rita returned to Brazil and went on to obtain her college degree in mine engineering and her master’s degree in mineral technology. She specializes in iron ore; her job has taken her all over the world seeing new technologies/clients. She‘s been to China, Japan, Sweden, Australia, back to the United States, and to an iron research center in Columbia.

Rita gives a lot of credit for her success in the engineering field to time spent in Greybull as an exchange student where she became very proficient in the English language.

Rita’s daughters have followed in her footsteps; Barbara, who is studying to be a lawyer, spent a year as an exchange student in Sacramento, Calif., and Rita talked Barbara’s host family there into giving Rebeca (whose goal is to be a doctor) the same experience next year.

But in Greybull it was all fun, getting reacquainted, reminiscing, seeing friends she hasn’t seen in almost 40 years, showing Barbara and Rebeca what small town living is all about.

Rita was delighted to visit with Dede Copenhaver Wardell, the Yate “girls,” all grown up now, Bob Leach (her favorite teacher during her year at GHS), and Vicki Hart Collingwood at Big Horn Clinic in Basin.


Council race back down to two

by nathan oster

Jennifer (Fink) Lowe has withdrawn from the race for two seats on the Greybull Town Council.

The first-time candidate cited an upcoming surgical procedure as the reason.

“After consulting with my doctor I was enlightened to the fact that the surgery is more involved and recovery more lengthy than I had anticipated,” she said. “I think it unfair of me to take on a position that I cannot dedicate 100 percent to at this time.

She added, “I appreciate all of the support and encouragement I have been given” since filing for office.

Lowe filed her withdrawal papers with the county clerk’s office on Thursday. The move leaves just two candidates, Les Lowe and Harry Richard Capen, bidding for two four-year-terms on the council. The current holders of those seats, Bob McGuire and Ross Jorgensen, aren’t seeking re-election.

Even though she has officially dropped out of the race, Lowe’s name will still appear on the primary election ballot, according to Annette Dillon of the clerk’s office.

The ballots have already been printed and will soon go out in the mail to absentee voters.

Because Lowe has withdrawn and cannot be among the candidates who advance to the general election, a vote for her would carry no weight, however, in terms of setting the field for the general election.

With two seats up, a maximum of four candidates could advance, which would leave the door open for as many as two write-in candidates to enter the race after the primary election.

Dillon said signs will be posted at the polling location in Greybull, informing voters that Lowe has withdrawn and that “a vote for her won’t count.”

Volunteers needed at thrift store

by marlys good

“Volunteers” was the quick, one-word answer of Alice Williams, manager of the Community Outreach thrift shop, when asked what was most needed at the thrift shop.

Just one regular volunteer works in the “back room” processing (sorting, cleaning, sizing and pricing the dozens of donated articles). “We could use two more,” Williams said.

The shelves are well stocked at the present time, although Williams said they could use children’s clothing (especially 4 through youth sizes), children’s shoes, and men’s jeans sizes 30-36.

“We try to keep quality clothing on the floor,” Williams said. “If it doesn’t pass the ‘floor test’ we put it aside for local churches and the Salvation Army who bring a truck and trailer over from Sheridan once a month. What they don’t/can’t use or distribute is baled and sent to Third World countries.”

She admits that despite careful screening, once in a while some clothing that is shelved, or hanging, has a pin-point hole or small stain on it but that is rare.

The store reaches into communities far beyond Greybull. There are a lot of regular customers who love coming in to look for bargains/treasures; they have farm help who come in and outfit the entire family, from the inside out. All are welcome.

Alice said, “We can always use bedding, sheets, quilts…. This winter we had people coming in begging for quilts,” she explained.

A lot of people don’t realize that all medical supplies in the store are free. This includes everything from walkers to canes, to shower/bath seats.

Although the pantry is well stocked, donations of non-perishable food and paper products are always welcome. Shelves can be depleted fast when cold weather hits.

The fenced, gated area in back of the store continues to be used by some as a dumping ground. Just last week someone left a large screen television that had been “gutted,” and a cat-riddled couch. “They were nothing but garbage,” Williams said, which means the thrift shop has to pay to have them disposed of.

They have a man who comes in two hours every weekday to check and clear the fenced in area and a board member(s) checks in every weekend (the store is closed Friday through Monday) and puts all donations inside the locked gate.

The afternoon we visited the well-equipped, neat-as-a-pin store, there were teenagers browsing through the music section, a couple with six or seven children’s books tucked under their arms, a woman checking out the blouse/tops, and another with a basket of odds and ends ready to be checked out.

Everything was sparkling clean, right down to the shelves holding a wide variety of knick-knacks and collectibles.

Anyone who wants to make a difference can volunteer at the thrift shop to be a “processor” in the back room. Williams said, “We need regular volunteers who can be called on to come in and help when needed.”



Ted Nugent is coming to Emblem

by nathan oster

The Big Horn Basin Tea Party has landed Ted Nugent, the “Motor City Madmen” and one of the nation’s most outspoken proponents of first and second amendment rights, to be one of the featured speakers for its annual picnic planned for Saturday, Aug. 2 on the Fallowfield Ranch near Emblem.

“We get the biggest and the best,” said Rob DiLorenzo, owner of the ranch and chairman of the Big Horn Basin Tea Party.

The theme of the picnic is “Restore Wyoming and the Nation” and in addition to Nugent, attendees will also hear from retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, who is a senior analyst for Fox News.

DiLorenzo said he initiated contact with Nugent, writing him a letter. Not long after, he said he received a phone call from the legendary rocker.

“He said, ‘I’ve heard about you guys and I think you’re doing a great job out there, but I don’t know if we can do this,’” said DiLorenzo. The reason: Nugent had a scheduling conflict. He was booked to perform Aug. 1 in Sheridan — and on the night of Aug. 2 in Tacoma, Wash.

It took a couple of days, but DiLorenzo got the logistical problems worked out.

Nugent is going to fly into Greybull and the South Big Horn County airport on Saturday morning. From there he’ll be escorted to the Tea Party picnic, where he’ll be from roughly noon until 2 p.m. Then it’s back to Greybull, over the mountain to Sheridan and onto a jet bound for Tacoma.

DiLorenzo said he’s excited about landing Nugent.

“I expect a message of liberty, freedom and Second Amendment rights,” he said. “Ted is excited about it. He said he wants to help us.”

Other themes of Nugent’s talk are expected to be “the incompetence of the current administration” and “the fact that the current powers that be within Wyoming want to make us another California or Colorado.”

The biography on Nugent’s website describes him as “a guitar shredding showman” who has sold more than 40 million albums and performed more than 6,400 “high octane concerts” around the globe.

“To millions of citizens,” the bio continues, “Nugent is the nation’s most outspoken proponent of our first and second amendment rights, conducting thousands of pro-gun, pro-freedom, pro-America interviews in major media worldwide. He has served continuously on the board of directors of the NRA since his initial election in 1995, where he consistently sets records for amassing the highest number of votes received by an individual board member.”

This will be the fourth Tea Party picnic in Emblem.

Last year’s drew approximately 400 people.

Gubernatorial candidates Cindy Hill and Taylor Haynes are among the candidates who have been invited and plan to attend. DiLorenzo said he expects most candidates for statewide office to be there.

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and include hamburgers and hotdogs. Water or pop will be sold for $1. Seating is limited. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit bighornbasinteaparty.com.











Gerald H. Holm

OBIT Jerry HolmDec. 14, 1928 – June 19, 2014

Gerald H. Holm, known to most as Jerry, passed away at Spirit Mountain Hospice on June 19 at the age of 85. Jerry was born December 14, 1928, in Greybull to Clifford and Irene (Henderson) Holm. He attended schools in Greybull and Cody.

After graduating high school, Jerry served in the U.S. Army stationed in South Korea from 1946 to 1948. In 1948 he attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1952 with a B.S. degree in journalism. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and other various college scholastic organizations.

Jerry worked as publications manager and in advertising sales for several Wyoming and California newspapers. Later Jerry worked for Consolidated Freightways which took him to Montana, Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho. His later years found him in banking where he served as Loan Officer or Marketing Manager at various banks in Wyoming and Montana.

In 1972 while living in Greybull and working at the local bank, Jerry met and married the love of his life, Norma Lou Dow from Basin. He immediately stepped in and helped raise her three children, Claudia (Tim) Wade, Patra (Rick) Lindenthal and Dan (Tammy) Dow. After Claudia graduated in 1974, the couple moved with Patra and Dan to Miles City, Mont. In 1977 Jerry, Norma and Dan moved to Gillette, Wyo., where Jerry worked in banking.

Jerry and Norma moved to Rio Rancho, N.M., in 1989 where he worked for Woodworkers Supply until his retirement in 1992. They had 25 wonderful years together before Norma died of pancreatic cancer in 1997. After Norma’s death Jerry moved back to the Big Horn Basin and lived in Powell and then Cody. The last eight months of his life were spent at Emeritus at Absaroka Assisted Living. Over the years his three step-children loved and cared for him and he enjoyed sharing their lives.

Jerry loved golfing with friends and listening to and singing barbershop quartet music. He spent many hours painting with watercolors and was a member of the Cody Country Art League. He also enjoyed working with wood and it was not unusual for friends and family to receive “Jerry made” wooden gifts. Throughout the years Jerry continued to write and had several articles published.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Irene, his sister Joyce Chamberlain, brother-in-law Dale Chamberlain and his beloved wife, Norma.

Jerry is survived by his children Claudia, Patra and Dan, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Irene Talbott, nephew Brad Chamberlain, niece Tracie Chamberlain Wempen and cousins in Powell and Cody.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held in August with family and friends.




County 4-H shooters compete in local shoot

Big Horn County 4-H members had perfect weather for their county shoot Saturday, June 21.

Lovell’s Kade Gifford was the high-point winner in the competition this year.

County 4-H Educator Gretchen Gasvoda said, “We are fortunate to have dedicated and passionate leaders to help all our members be successful. Special thanks to the Basin/Greybull Gun Range Club for partnering with 4-H, allowing the kids to practice on Monday nights and host our county shoot at their range. Thanks to the Lovell Gun Range for allowing the members to practice on the north end, preparing for county and state competition.”

She also expressed appreciation to Big Horn REA for donating drinks Saturday.

Gasvoda said there would be numerous youth preparing for state competition, which will be in Douglas July 10-13.

Results from the county shoot are as follows:


Senior Grand Champion: Cody Strauch

Reserve Champion: Drayton Griffin

Intermediate Grand Champion: Will Dalin

Reserve Champion: Morgan Haley

Junior Grand Champion: Weston Haley

Reserve Champion: Davis Wrage

Archery Bare Bow

Intermediate Grand Champion: Will Dalin

Reserve Champion: Luke Serfass

Junior Grand Champion: Tucker Hatch

Reserve Champion: Weston Haley


Senior Grand Champion: Kade Gifford

Reserve Champion: Isobel Boreen

Intermediate Grand Champion: Will Dalin

Reserve Champion: Lane Herman

Junior Grand Champion: Tucker Hatch

Reserve Champion: Nathaniel Boreen


Senior Grand Champion: Zane Edeler

Reserve Champion: Drayton Griffin

Intermediate Grand Champion: Morgan Haley

Reserve Champion: Will Dalin

Junior Grand Champion: Nicole Boreen

Reserve Champion: Weston Haley

Archery-Sited Bow

Senior Grand Champion: Drayton Griffin

Reserve Champion: Reece May

Intermediate Grand Champion: Harley Flom

Reserve Champion: Morgan Haley

Junior Grand Champion: Jeremy Holloway

Reserve Champion: Davis Wrage

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