Daily Archives: August 7, 2014

Livestock sale total soars above $200,000

by nathan oster

This year’s Big Horn County Junior Livestock Sale was one of the best ever, as the 149 animals that were put up by their owners fetched $224,117.75, plus another $16,000 to $18,000 in total add-ons.

The total sale was up 18 percent from the 2013 sale figure, $188,756.

Some of it can be explained by the fact that more animals were sold this year, 149, than in either of the previous two years. In 2013, 132 animals were sold. In 2012, there were 138.

The average sale price for beef climbed, but the averages for swine, lamb and goats dropped.

The 21 beef sold for an average of $4.11 per pound, up from $2.86 last year. The top beef, belonging to Kade Gifford, brought $11,740 from Miller Fabrication. Gifford also had the steer that brought the most money in 2013.

The 62 swine sold for $4.21 per pound, down from $4.91 last year. Brac Walker’s hog brought the most, $1,864. Greybull Valley Ranch made the purchase.

The 61 lambs sold for an average of $6.45 per pound, down from $7.25 last year. The top lamb was put up by Lane Herman and brought $1,425 from Big Horn REA.

Three goats sold for an average of $8.33 per pound, down from $11.08 last year. As was the case last year, Dusty Miller had the goat that brought the most, $816. Rocking JR Ranch made the purchase.

Two rabbits for an average of $512.50 apiece. Brittany Mangus had the top seller, earning $525 from National Auction Service.

The fair board also sold a hog, with all proceeds going to fund the multi-purpose facility that is proposed on the fairgrounds. The two halves made a total of $750.



Help HATS help others by attending fundraiser

The stage and sound system are ready, the tables arranged, menu set and entertainers, headliner Gary Mule Deer and pre-event/dinner musicians Pat Erickson and Lilly Cruise, are on their way to Greybull for Saturday’s sixth annual Hands Across the Saddle benefit.

If you haven’t purchased a ticket, there are still some available for purchase at the door.

Chris and Robb of Lisa’s Restaurant will be preparing bacon wrapped pork loin as the entrée; strawberry sundaes will cap the meal.

A new donation for the live auction is a hand-crafted cribbage board that has to be seen to be believed. It joins an assortment of guns/rifles that include a .54 caliber black powder, BHC commemorative .22, and Wyoming Centennial .330; knife, Denver Broncos/Colorado Rockies ticket packages that include airfare; fire pit; 12’ x 14’ deck package; Alaskan cruise, four Shoofly prints; Ann Hanson’s newest limited edition; works by talented local artists Karyne Dunbar and Linda Jolley and a Lucy Stillson quilt.

There will be a variety of items available in the silent auction; new card games will include great prizes to the winners, as will as the traditional “Heads or Tails.”

Whether you purchase anything or not, just buying a ticket to the event will help HATS continue to serve those who need a helping hand. Since its inception the charity has helped over 300 people. Every dime realized from HATS goes directly to people facing unforeseen financial crises.

The doors at the Herb Asp Community Center will open at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.



Nugent, Vallely rally Tea Partiers

by nathan oster

Rob DiLorenzo set the stage for Saturday’s Big Horn Basin Tea Party picnic, reminding attendees that the fundamental mission of the movement is to get voters to Take Education Action.

Guest speakers Paul Vallely, a retired Army general major and former Fox New military analyst, and Ted Nugent, rock and roll’s “Motor City Madman” and an outspoken conservative in his own right, did nothing to detract from that message.

Taking turns at the mic, they urged the Tea Party crowd estimated to be between 200 and 300 strong to fight for conservative causes and to recruit others to do so as well — not only with their voices but also in the ballot booth.

Unlike past Tea Party picnics in Emblem, when candidates for federal, state and county took turns speaking, this affair was dominated by the two speakers, each of whom spoke for 20 to 30 minutes before opening it up to questions from the audience.

Big Horn County Sheriff Ken Blackburn ended the afternoon by swearing in Vallely and Nugent, their hands raised, as honorary sheriff’s deputies.

The Big Horn Basin Tea Party invited Republican candidates for federal, state and local offices.

U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso attended, albeit toward the event of the event.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis was unable to attend, but was represented by her campaign manager.

Only one of the gubernatorial candidates attended. Cindy Hill, the current superintendent of public instruction, manned a booth and spoke with attendees. Neither incumbent Gov. Matt Mead nor challenger Taylor Haynes attended.

Also attending were Thomas Bleming, who is running against Enzi for the GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate; Clark Stith, a candidate for secretary of state; and Sheryl Lain, a candidate for state superintendent of public instruction.

Among the county candidates who attended were Michelle Burns and Kim Adams, who are vying for county attorney, as well as Joyce Collins, who is mounting a Constitution Party bid to unseat Elaine Harvey in House District 26.

What all the attendees — candidates and those who shelled out up to $40 for a ticket — heard from the two speakers was great concern about the direction of the country.

“As Americans, we’ve been taken down a road we never anticipated,” said Vallely, who chairs the Stand Up America organization. “But it’s happened so quickly, so rapidly, that in the 2014, many of us are still stunned by what is happening in Washington, D.C.”

Vallely said government has grown too large — 47 percent of the federal government could be done away with tomorrow and wouldn’t be missed, he said. He called for the elimination of the IRS and a more fair flat tax, as well as the elimination of the Federal Reserve and the “tyrannical” and “very inept” Environmental Protection Agency.

“The biggest threat to America right now is our government,” he said. “Our inability to govern, our inability to change, partisan politics and all the money. The Republican establishment is as bad as anyone. They won’t change. That’s why we have to get rid of them.”

Vallely’s strongest rhetoric concerned the president and the Democratic leaders in Congress.

“Obama should be impeached … and his national security team replaced,” he said.

He referred to the president as a “coward” who looks weak in the eyes of foreign leaders.

“(Russian President Vladimir) Putin plays hardball…we have a president who plays whiffleball,” he said.

Vallely said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would be “strung up against a wall” if he was a senator. “I’d tell him, ‘Harry, you’ve got 24 hours to change, and if you don’t, I’m going to kick the hell out of you,” said Vallely. He immediately corrected himself, saying he wouldn’t condone physical violence. But the point, the current senators need to get tough on Reid.

Nugent, sporting his trademark camouflage cowboy hat and shirt, said he performed in his 6,500th concert this year, and that during the course of those “meetings” with common folks, he’s noticed a big change in attitudes.

The Nuge, as he’s known, urged the Tea Partiers to be more vocal.

“Each of you must know 100 people you can fix,” he said.

Right now, conservatives are losing the battle, he said.

“It isn’t the enemy that’s winning, it’s not the liberal, mindless, soulless freedom haters … it’s that the good guys aren’t fighting,” he said. “The curse isn’t Obama. It’s those of us who knew he was a community organizer/scammer, and that he doesn’t have the credentials to drive my tour bus.

“He’s a bad man, he represents Communism, he represents Socialism, and his history is ripe with anti-American, anti-Constitution, anti-freedome. Yes, we elected him. But he isn’t the enemy. Your friends who didn’t vote are.”

Nugent said membership in the National Rifle Association is “the most simple statement of freedom available to Americans. To those in attendance who aren’t NRA members, Nugent said, “Nancy Pelosi likes you.”

“If you aren’t in the NRA, you aren’t a freedom fighter.”

Nugent said the left is waging war against him.

“They bus in protesters to my concerts — and most of them are so stoned and delirious they are still wearing their American Communist badges,” he said. “I called them unclean vermin … I was accurate.”

Nugent said the left-leaning national media tried to spin the story to discredit him.

“They took my statement, accurately and honestly identifying deceiving protesters paid for by the Southern Poverty Law Center, MoveOn.org and the Huffington Post, and tried saying I said that about my American Indian blood brothers.”

Nugent said there “isn’t a tribe in this country” that hasn’t invited him to their reservation.

His relationship with them dates back more than four decades.

“I am the best friend to our Native Americans,” he said.

Nugent said it’s a daily responsibility to fight for the right to keep and bear arms, that apathy is a curse plaguing the American people, and that he’s fighting for his nine children and 11 grandchildren.

“I lived the American dream, but that dream isn’t available to them,” he said. “I’m going to fight to get it back. We can take back this country, but if and only if each of you find 100 apathetic friends, and rather than talking about the weather and the drought, you need to ask them, ‘Are you an NRA member?’ And if not, shame on you.”

He concluded, “If you want to rest on your laurels, and say I’m from Wyoming, and you can’t touch me, well, you’re wrong.’ You need to communicate, and I’m not talking once a week, I’m talking every day. There’s an enemy at the door.”


Amy Sue Coguill Love

Amy Sue Coguill Love1March 4, 198 – July 29, 2014

Former Greybull, Wyo. resident, Amy Sue Coguill Love, age 46, of Gillette, Wyo., passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the River Stone Hospice Home in Billings, Mont.

Amy Sue Coguill Love was born March 4, 1968, at Powell, Wyo., to Robert and Sue Coguill. She was raised in Greybull where she attended school K-12. She played high school volleyball for the Greybull Lady Buffs and was a member of the cheerleading squad. She then attended Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo., for one year as an art major.

Amy was an accomplished artist receiving many awards; she also loved music. In 1985 she was crowded the Days of ’49 rodeo queen. She loved her horse and barrel racing. In June of 1988 she had a daughter, Sara Zimmerschied, and in April 1990 she had a son, Trenton Love.

Amy made a career for 19 years in the coal mining industry where she operated heavy equipment, worked with safety and was a rescue team member for 13 years. Amy loved being on the rescue team where she could help others in need. She was known by many people around her as “Mamma Love” because of her love, compassion and motherly ways with everyone around her.

Amy was also a member of the Black Thunder Mine’s competition team where she competed and helped her team win several awards over the years. Amy was awarded the Travis Roy Spirit Award in 2008 at the International Mine Competition which is a sportsmanship award voted on by all the teams competing. Amy became a trainer for the mine’s competition team and loved sharing her knowledge and helping all the members of the team better themselves. Amy traveled with the competition team in the United States and in Canada.

Amy was a very loving person; there were no strangers in her life.

Amy is survived by her daughter, Sara; son, Trenton; the love of her life, Randy Roby; her mother, Sue; her brothers, Scott (Ronda) and Roger (Sina); sister-in-law, D’Lynn (Buck); her nieces, Jill, Olivia, Ashley; her nephew, Lyle, and many aunts, uncle, cousins and a multitude of friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ted and Alleen Wamhoff and Thornton and Mickey Coguill; her father, Bob Coguill; her uncles, Gary Wamhoff, Ray Coguill, and Bob Good, and her aunt, Connie Wamhoff.

Funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem, Wyo., on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at 1 p.m. with Reverend Jais Tinglund officiating. Burial was at the Emblem Cemetery in Emblem. A fellowship for family and friends followed the burial at the Elks BPOE Lodge 1431 in Greybull. There will be a memorial service held in Gillette at a later date.

Memorials will be accepted at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, Box 71, Greybull, WY 82426 and all branches of the First Interstate Bank, 2201 South Douglas Highway, Gillette, WY 82716 under the Amy Love Benefit.

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

(Paid obituary)



Marion Leone Hansen

May 31, 1933 – July 31, 2014

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for Marion Leone Hansen will be held at a later date. Marion, 81, died July 31 at her home in Greybull.

Marion was born May 31, 1933, in Caledonia, Minn., the daughter of George and Margaret Leone Stemper Stadtler. She received her schooling in Caledonia. She married Alois W. Hansen Jan 22, 1955, in La Crosse, Wis.

Marion owned the Uptown Café in Greybull for many years. She lived for the restaurant, going to see her friends there and making sure that everything was running smoothly.

She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3086 in Basin.

Marion’s parents, her husband Alois, and her brother Dale preceded her in death.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Susan Hansen of Greybull and Dan and Teri Hansen of Rock Springs; one daughter, Joni Hansen of Greybull; two sisters, Edna Wells of La Crosse, Wis. and Vicky Taylor of St. Cloud, Fla.; sister-in-law, Sharon Hansen of Greybull; former son-in-law, Ed Leuenberger, and her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Brian and Sara Leuenberger Morency of Greybull.




Dawn Lynnette Mayer

April 20, 1976 – July 29, 2014

A memorial service for Dawn Lynnette Mayer of Greybull will be held at a later date. Dawn, 38, died July 29 at her home in Greybull.

She was born April 20, 1976, in Sacramento, Calif., the daughter of Steve Lawrence and Sharon Lynn Ebelle McGowan. She received her schooling in Bullhead City and Kingman, Ariz.

Dawn married August Ted Mayer Oct. 19, 1994, in Las Vegas. She loved the mountains and enjoyed cooking.

Her father, Steve McGowan, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, August Ted Mayer of Greybull; three daughters, Shannon Smith of Arizona and Ashley Mayer and Cheyenne Mayer, both of Greybull; her mother, Sharon McGowan of Boston; brothers, sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.


Linda Gibson Perkins

June 5, 1957 – Aug. 3, 2014

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for Linda Gibson Perkins of Greybull will be held at a later date. Linda, 57, died Aug. 3 at her son’s home in Sheridan.

She was born June 5, 1957, in Buffalo, the daughter of Bernard and Betty Bock Gibson.

She married Joseph C. Perkins.

Linda liked animals, fishing, camping, four-wheeling, cooking and taking care of people. Her family, friends and grandchildren were very special to her. She made light of things with her favorite saying, “It will feel better when it quits hurting.”

Her parents, grandparents, husband Joe, and a brother preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Jason and Atchley Perkins of Casper, Jamie and Deanna Perkins of Sheridan, Kasey Perkins of Greybull; her mother, Betty Gibson of Casper; stepson, Joe Perkins of Chicago; one brother, Bernie Gibson of Casper, and 11 grandchildren.


Carl Joseph Scheiner

Feb. 19, 1920 – July 31, 2014

Cremation had taken place and no services are planned for Carl Joseph Scheiner of Shell. Carl, 94, died July 31 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.

He was born Feb. 19, 1920, in Berlin, Germany, the son of Rudolf Franz and Elizabeth Reichelt Scheiner. He received his elementary and high school education in New York City and his college education at Columbia University.

Carl married Jane Crawford in 1951 in Schenectady, N.Y.

Carl worked for many years as an engineer for General Electric. He was an avid reader and an avid model railroader. He enjoyed gardening, camping, hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, traveling with family to national parks out west, and telling stories.

He was a member of the National Railroad Historical Society and the Bridgeline Historical Society.

His parents, his wife Jane in 2004 and a brother in 1940 preceded Carl in death.

He is survived by his son Paul Scheiner of Maynard, Mass; his daughter and son-in-law, Eric and Mary Scheiner Krom of Shell; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.


41st demo derby a huge success

by karla pomeroy

Twenty-two cars entered the record-setting 41st annual Big Horn County Fair Demolition Derby Sunday with Payton Gonzalez of Greybull coming out victorious. There was also a record or near-record crowd watching the derby with unofficial tallies showing paid attendance of 1,050.

There were nine cars in the finals heat — Gonzalez and dad, Rudy, who were the two winners of the first heat; second heat winners Brad Christopherson and Doug Zierolf; third heat winners Mark Christopherson, last year’s derby winner, and Dereck Hutzenbieler; grudge match winners Dusty Watts and Roman Bastida. Heat winners each received $100. A third car from the grudge match advanced but received no money. Brandon Brown won the spot but was unable to get the car going. He was replaced by Joe Maul.

After the dust and mud settled, Payton Gonzalez was awarded first place prize of $2,000, plus the $250 MAD (Most Aggressive Driver) Dog award.

Mark Christopherson brought home second place and $800.

Rudy Gonzalez was third, earning $600.

Brandon Brown and Dusty Watts were co-MAD Dog Award winners in the grudge match.

truck heat

The derby featured a truck heat for the first time with seven trucks entered but only six making it into the arena. Quinton Haley won the Tough Luck Award for being unable to get his truck started and running in the derby, which was a trophy and $50 cash prize.

Hazen Jensen won the raffle to drive the State Farm No. 8 truck in the heat. The truck was built by Performance Auto and sponsored by State Farm Insurance to raise funds for the fair derby.

Other truck drivers were Bob White, Jared Jares, Brandon Forsgren and Brad Christopherson and Amber Christopherson.

Brad Christopherson, in the only Dodge pickup in the heat, crashed his way to first place and the MAD Dog Award for $1,000 and $250 prizes, respectively.

Amber Christopherson in her Cowboy Pride pickup was second earning $600 and Brandon Forsgren was third in his No. 6 pickup.

Mark Senn won the best looking car and Brad Christopherson won best looking truck, each receiving $50 each.

The derby is the largest in the Big Horn Basin this summer and one of the largest derbies in the state this year.

“We want to get the derby back to being fun, like a king-size bumper cars,” Dwain Christopherson said. “Overall I think this derby went really, really well. It’s going to be hard derby to top. We didn’t have the best car count but great track.

He said there is a lot of enthusiasm for the truck class next year, “if you want good heavy hitting and they are easier to build.”

Locals among county fair rodeo winners

by nathan oster

Casey Good defended his title in the calf roping and was on the third- and fourth-place finishing teams in the team roping, making him one of the big winners at this year’s Big Horn County Fair rodeo Saturday night in Basin.

Good, with a 14.51, captured the $126 dollar top prize in the calf roping. Pablo Good, with a 14.96, placed second, earning $84 in prize money.

The team roping was won by the Hughes boys — Kolter and Jeff — who posted a time of 8.42. Each took home $476. In second, and earning $357 a man, was the team of Kolter Hughes and Jordan Herman, who posted a 10.54.

Casey Good was a common denominator in the third- and fourth-place teams, as he joined forces with Shawn Billy to post a 13.27 and earn $238 per man, and with J.T. Collingwood to post a 14.11 and earn $119 per man.

In the bareback, first place and $310 went to Robby Cobler, with a score of 69; second and $227 to Jeffrey Zdzairski, with a 68, and third and $151 to Luke Wozney, with a 67.

Colt Carlton won the saddle bronc with a score of 68, good for $338, followed by Cree Minkoff in second with a 58, good for $225.

Hawk Whitt again won the bull riding, finishing with a score of 73, which was good for $495.

Jack Steed earned $80 for winning the steer riding, with a top score of 62.

Coralee Spratt, with a 3.66, took first in the breakaway, winning $141. Callie Nelson, with an 8.12, placed second, earning $94.

In the junior barrels just 1.5 seconds separated the top four finishers. Tori Steed won it with a 19.45, followed by Jada Foss with a 20.43, Kylee Washakiee with a 20.86 and Jayce Sorensen with a 21.14. The payouts, in descending order, were $60, $45, $30 and $15.

The women’s barrels competition was even closer. Shannon Hill took home the top prize of $384, finishing in 18.10. Rachel Taylor finished in 18.32 to earn $288. Jess West took third with a 18.4, good for $192. Jenny Spratt rounded out the top four, earning $96 with her time of 18.48.




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