Daily Archives: August 14, 2014

Johnson visits to promote One Book Wyo.

by barbara anne greene

When Walt Longmire series author Craig Johnson of Ucross committed to a One Book Wyoming tour he told the State Library that he would do up to three stops per county. The State Library chose Johnson’s novella “The Spirit of Steamboat” for the One Book Wyoming program.

Last Friday and Saturday Johnson made good on that promise with events in Greybull, Burlington and Basin.

Friday night’s shindig was at the South Big Horn County Airport near Greybull in the hangar leased by B & G Industries. Johnson said the ambiance bar had been set high when he walked in and saw an old PBY Catalina Black Cat airplane in the same hangar the event was in.

“That old plane along with the open hangar doors with the view of the Big Horns, later a rainbow and a super moon is going to be hard to beat.”

The Greybull event was sponsored by the Friends of the Greybull Library with more than 150 people coming to hear Johnson talk about book “The Spirit of Steamboat.” An old Mitchell B-25 that had once been flown by the crews of Hawkins and Powers is prominantly featured in the book.

The friends group provided “airplane” snacks in old suitcases. Pepsi from Worland provide drinks including pop in throwback glass bottles.

Betty Koller of the Greybull library said that she is so grateful to Karl Bertagnole of B & G and his employees. “Karl was so gracious to allow us access and his employees helped us set up.” She added that she has heard nothing but great things from those who attended. “I’m glad it worked out so well and that we could give back to the community for all the support they have given us. Special thanks to Craig and Judy Johnson for being a part of the One Book Wyoming and committing to go to every library in the state.”

Saturday’s events were in Burlington and Basin. First up was the event at the Burlington Schools with about 20 adults and children coming to enjoy hot dogs and a carry-in meal while listening to Johnson.

The hot topic was about the A&E series “Longmire,” which is based off of Johnson’s books. People asked Johnson if there was going to be another season. He said that “Longmire” is A&E’s most watched scripted show, he is pretty sure that if A&E didn’t want to keep the series another network would.

Johnson was asked if he had any input into the scripts. He said the scripts are mailed to him prior to production. He edits, comments, ask questions, etc. Then the writers and he discuss the scripts.

“They usually have a good reason for what they do. For example they told me in the beginning they wanted to make Walt and Henry about 10 years younger than they are in the book. When I asked them why they said they were hoping the series would last 10 years and they didn’t want to see Walt and Henry with walkers. I told them that was a pretty good idea then.”

Johnson ended his Big Horn County visit Saturday night at The Stockman’s with about 25 people attending. The majority of the questions to Johnson were about if the events and the people in the books are based on reality.

He said they sure are. “I get ideas from reading Wyoming newspapers and from law enforcement friends.” One example he gave was from his book “Junkyard Dogs.” The owner of the junkyard is taken to the emergency room. After being examined the doctor comes out and tells Walt that the patient’s hair has grown through his clothes. “Yup, that really happened and I knew I had to write a book to include it.”


School adds new staffers, preps for new year

by nathan oster

It’s back-to-school time in Big Horn County School District No. 3.

Staff members who hadn’t already done so went back to work this week in preparation for the arrival of students on Tuesday, Aug. 19 — the first of 175 scheduled instruction days on the 2014-15 school calendar.

What’s new?

The list starts with staff changes.

GES begins the year with a new principal, Brett Suiter, as well as a new junior kindergarten teacher in Kaylee Chafee and a new fifth-grade teacher in Jamie Keisel.

The final year of instruction in the current GMS begins with three new staffers in JoEllen Varian (language arts), Klinette Brandon (special education) and Scharen Collingwood (counselor).

Brett Hanlin (English) and Tim Eardley (Spanish) are the new teachers at GHS.

Breakfast time in all three schools is 7:40 a.m.

First bell is at 7:55 a.m. at GMS, 7:56 a.m. at GHS and 8 a.m. at GES. Dismissal times are 2:55 p.m. at GES and 3:18 p.m. at both GHS and GMS. Friday dismissal times are 1:30 p.m. at GES, 1:48 p.m. at GHS and 1:50 p.m. at GMS.

The new school year begins with work underway on the construction of the new middle school, which will be going in the vacant space between the high school and the middle school gym.

Supt. Barry Bryant said it’s going to be a challenging year, from that perspective.

“Parking will be tough during construction, especially for events in the GMS Gym,” he said. “Most of the old pool parking lot will be used as a construction material staging area to include the parking lot on the south side of the GMS Gym (although there may be special times we can park there).

“There will also be times that the high school staff parking area will be closed for short times during steel delivery, hanging and concrete pours.”

One final note: Common Core remains a big issue for the school district. In an attempt to get information out to the public and answer questions, the district is planning a town hall-style meeting for Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the GHS auditorium.


Three file for hospital board

by nathan oster

Several candidates have already thrown their hats into the ring for the various special district board seats that will appear on the November general election ballot.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, three people had filed for South Big Horn County Hospital District board: Sue Antley and Jeff Scott, each seeking a four-year term, and Todd Denny, for the two-year term.

Incumbent Jamie Flitner has filed for re-election to the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees.

For Emblem Cemetery District, George Kelso and Chris Edwards of Emblem and Blake Gernant of Greybull have filed their paperwork.

Tom Goton and Walt Rivers have filed for the South Big Horn Senior Citizens Service District.

For the South Big Horn Rural Health Care District, Laura Huber and Carl Meyer have filed for re-election.

George Kelso of Emblem, Ted Zier of Basin and Howard Wildman of Manderson have filed for South Big Horn County Conservation District.








Mule Deer performance highlights HATS

by marlys good

The Hands Across the Saddle (HATS) fundraiser held Saturday evening garnered a thumbs-up from event-goers, and featured entertainer Gary Mule Deer got rave reviews as he kept the 200-plus attendees laughing and clapping for over an hour.

“Attendance was down a bit, but the money was where it was last year,” said committee member Scott Good. “The whole evening went smooth, the best yet.”

Figures have yet to be broken down into categories for the separate parts of the event, tickets, donations, raffles, heads and tails, silent and live auctions, but more than $60,000 was raised, all of which goes to help people from Park, Hot Springs, Washakie and Big Horn counties who need a helping hand.

Not a negative response had been reported, with one attendee going so far as to call it “the best HATS ever.”

Prep work for 2015’s HATS VII has already begun. Chris Dalin and Robb Howe of Lisa’s Restaurant have volunteered their services (they’ll have to work hard to beat this year’s meal), Pat Erickson and Lilly Cruise, who provided the pre-dinner music, are looking forward to coming back, and “we’re already working on the entertainer,” Good said.

After final figures are in, organizers will evaluate the results to see what “to keep and what to tweak” next year.


Barbara Nanita Rech

!OBIT RechDec. 18, 1931 – Aug. 7, 2014

Longtime Greybull, Wyo., resident, Barbara Nanita Rech, age 82, passed away at the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin, Wyo., with her family at her side on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

Barbara was born in Helena, Mont., on Dec. 18, 1931, to Dorman Schaeffer and Sibyl Ann Sherlock Schaeffer Stout. She lived her first five years in Helena. She moved to Lewistown, Mont. in 1936 where she attended school through the 10th grade. In 1948 she moved to Billings and finished her senior yer at Billings Senior High School in 1949. She loved music, was a member of the high school choir and a majorette. She attended Eastern Montana College and transferred to Montana State College in Bozeman, Mont. She was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority.

She met her husband, Ed Rech, when she sang for his fraternity. She also sang several solos for the sorority and sang in the MSC choir.

Barbara married Ed Rech in 1952, in Billings. To this union were born Jake, Jock and Julie.

Barbara continued her love of music as a member of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Basin, Wyo., and was instrumental in finding a pipe organ that is now installed in St. Andrew’s. She also sang as a soloist for community events and was a member of the Greybull Can-Can Girls.

Barbara was a member and past president of P.E.O. Chapter F in Greybull. She formed the Canyon Cavaliers precision horse drill team. She enjoyed socializing with the Shell Women’s Club and loved participating in hippo (horse) therapy at Body and Spirit.

She was preceded in death by one son, Jock Rech.

She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Ed Rech of Greybull; her son Jake Rech of Taipei, Taiwan; her daughter Julie Rech of Thornton, Colo., and her sister, Patricia Knopp of Seattle, Wash.

Viewing was on Monday, Aug. 11 at the Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull.

The graveside service was at the Odessa Cemetery east of Shell on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 10:30 a.m. Burial followed the service at the Odessa Cemetery and a luncheon was held at the Shell Community Hall. A memorial service was held at the Wyoming Retirement Center on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Memorials in Barbara’s name will be received at Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Avenue, Greybull, WY 82426 and will benefit the Odessa Cemetery; donors may also give to the charity of their choice.

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

(Paid obituary)



Charlotte Marie Hall

!OBIT Hall, CharlotteMarch 28, 1952 – Aug. 9, 2014

Cremation has taken place and memorial services for Charlotte Marie Hall will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Basin/Greybull LDS Church. Charlotte, 62, died Aug. 9 in Casper.

She was born March 28, 1952, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the daughter of William and Rosie Denniston. She married David Hall Aug. 5, 1972, in Lovell. The couple moved to the Big Horn Basin in 1973.

Charlotte was preceded in death by two daughters, Tammy Hall and Trista Hall; her parents, William and Rose Denniston; two brothers, William Denniston and Lee Denniston, and two sisters, Jesse Krei and Maxine Myer.

She is survived by her husband David Hall; two daughters and a son-in-law, Kirk and Lisa Kissack of Casper and Barbara Wall of Manderson; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald and Myrna Denniston of Manderson and Richard and Anne Denniston of Port Orchard, Wash.; sister and brother-in-law, Butch and Ruby Hall Nelson of Worland, and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations in Charlotte’s name are being accepted at Pinnacle Bank, 644 Big Horn Ave., Worland, WY 82401 and River-Rail Community Federal Credit Union, 400 N. Sixth St., Greybull, WY 82426.


Golfers enjoy Ryder Cup-style weekend at Midway

by nathan oster

It wasn’t the same three-man, two-man best ball format that has been used in the past, but this year’s Midway Open didn’t disappoint, providing golfers with two days of fun, spirited competition.

Sixteen golfers participated.

A Ryder Cup-style format was used, with four-ball and alternate shot Saturday and a two-man scramble and individual head-to-head play wrapping up the tournament on Sunday.

Team 1 consisted of Mike Longshore, Lonnie Koch, Carl Olson, Aubrey Owen, Travis Tigner, Frank Kelly, Jim Ryles and Eddie Johnson.

Team 2 constisted of Michael McColloch, Bob Fink, Mike Larchick, Chuck Hopkin, Eddie Craft, Scott McColloch, Ryan Lipp and Ross Henderson.

The competition was decided in the individual head-to-head round on Sunday.

Team 1 was up by one point going into the championship.

But Team 2 erased that deficit and eventually won by a single point.

“While we were disappointed that the three-man, two-man best ball tournament did not happen, the Ryder Cup format provided a lot of competition for all those involved,” said Eddie Johnson, a member of the club. “The teams were competitive and the golfing was a lot of fun.”

Frank Kelly and Carl Olson were the top point scorers for Team 1.

Team 2 was led by Bob Fink and Chuck Hopkin.

Lisa’s and O’Reilly Auto Parts provided the prizes.

Sponsors made the tournament — and the course in general — possible.

“That support makes our golf course unique and also a special place to play,” said Johnson.

Several events remain on this year’s golf schedule at Midway.

A Friday night fun event is planned for Aug. 22.

“If you have never played in one before, it’s a lot of fun,” said Johnson.

The Club Championship is planned for Sept. 13-14, again using the Ryder Cup format.

“Get signed up for these and enjoy the fall time of golf that is available to everyone,” said Johnson.



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