Daily Archives: August 28, 2014

BTurnout for primary set at 65 percent

by nathan oster

Sixty-five percent of Big Horn County’s registered voters cast ballots in the Aug. 19 primary election.

While that percentage tops the statewide turnout — set at 46 percent by Secretary of State Max Maxfield — and the 59 percent turnout for the 2012 primary, it lags behind the last two primaries in which county department heads and the state’s top five elected officials appeared on the ballot.

In 2006, turnout was 71 percent.

In 2010, it was 72 percent.

The 65-percent turnout this year is a reflection of numbers provided this week by the Big Horn County Clerk’s Office. The total does not include new voters who registered on Election Day.

Countywide, the 5,548 registered voters cast 3,628 ballots.

The county continues to see an increase in absentee ballots. Annette Dillon, the deputy elections clerk, said the county clerk’s office mailed out 599 absentee ballots and that 559 of those were returned.

In the 2012 primary, the one county post that appeared on the ballot was a single seat on the commission. This year all the department heads were up for re-election. Most ran unopposed. In the GOP races that were contested, Kim Adams topped incumbent Michelle Burns for county attorney, Serena Lipp won a four-way race for clerk of the district court and Felix Carrizales and John Hyde outpolled Keith Grant to be the Republican nominees for two seats on the commission.

With 73 percent of its registered voters (44 out of 60) going to the polls, Emblem finished with the highest voter turnout in last week’s primary. Other precincts that topped the 70-percent mark included Greybull at 71 percent (811 out of 1138), Shell at 70 percent (199 of 284) and Basin at 70 percent (572 out of 808).

Frannie and Deaver had the lowest turnouts, each coming in at 53 percent. In Deaver, 58 of 108 cast ballots. In Deaver it was 54 out of 101.

Statewide numbers were lower, according to a release from the office of Secretary of State Max Maxfield.

“Based on unofficial results from the county clerks, voter turnout for the primary election was 46 percent of those who are registered to vote,” said Maxfield.

According to State Election Director Peggy Nighswonger, that percentage is comparable to turnout for the primary elections in 2010 and 2006 when the five state elected officials were on the ballot. Voter turnout in the 2010 primary was 51 percent and 46 percent in the 2006 primary.

“Turnout is generally much higher for the general election,” Nighswonger explained. “So if history repeats itself, we’ll likely see a lot more people at the polls on Nov. 4.”



Mattis, Collingwood qualify for council

by nathan oster

Scott Mattis and Rod Collingwood received the most write-in votes for the two expiring seats on the Greybull Town Council and will be challenging Richard “Pappy” Capen and Les Lowe in the November general election.

Two-hundred seventy write-in votes were cast in the Aug. 19 primary election.

Scott Mattis, with 80, received the most votes, followed by Collingwood with 78.

The Big Horn County Clerk’s Office on Friday informed both men that they were eligible to join the race for the two council seats now held by Bob McGuire and Ross Jorgensen, neither of whom sought re-election.

Annette Dillon, who works in the clerk’s office, indicated that Mattis and Collingwood have accepted the write-in nominations.

The other write-in candidates who would have qualified to join the race, had either Mattis or Collingwood declined their nominations, were Brian Terry with 23 write-ins, followed by David Bernard with 18, Dave Havener with 11, Leah Herren with 10, John King with eight, Nate Kreider with seven, Alan Bentley with three and Bob McGuire with three.

Capen received the most votes in last week’s election, receiving 240. Les Lowe was next in line with 224. Jennifer Lowe, who within days of filing earlier this summer dropped out of the race, received 106 votes. The official election return also shows 294 over votes and 18 under votes.

In the race for Greybull mayor, Myles Foley was officially credited with 304 votes, or 53 percent, and Bob Graham with 258 votes, or 45 percent. There were four write-in votes, no under votes and 10 over votes.






$198,612 in Lottery Sales on First Day

The Wyoming Lottery Corporation on Monday reported $1,000 in sales per minute for the first hour of ticket sales on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Between noon, when lottery sales opened, and midnight, there was $198,612 in sales the first day. ALF’s Pub and Package Liquors in Cheyenne and KIKS Chevron in Evanston tied for top retailer sales at $2,050 each, followed by $1,079 in sales at the Holiday Station in Sheridan where the first lottery ticket was sold.

Total Powerball® sales were $130,578 with Powerball sales being $108,910 and Power Play sales being $21,668. Powerball tickets cost $2 for each play plus $1 for each Power Play chosen. Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:59 p.m. Ticket sales close at 8 p.m.

Total Mega Millions® sales were $68,034 with Mega Million sales being $49,979 with Megaplier sales being $18,055. A Mega Millions ticket costs $1 for each play plus $1 for each Megaplier chosen. Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 8:59 p.m. Ticket sales close at 8 p.m.

“We had a very good grand opening day, showing the tremendous support that Wyoming residents have for the lottery,” said Wyoming Lottery CEO, Jon Clontz. “The credit also goes to the dedicated retailers, many of whom held their own launch parties.”

On Sunday, Mary Ogg, a 67-year-old grandmother from Sheridan, made Wyoming history when she bought the first two lottery tickets at the Holiday Station, located on the corner of Brundage and Coffeen in Sheridan. She was chosen randomly from among the more than 27,000 entrants in a giveaway the Lottery created to promote the launch of the lottery. In addition to purchasing the first lottery ticket sold in Wyoming, Ogg also won a 2014 Jeep Wrangler and free Mega Millions tickets for a year.

When asked what she thought about being the central figure in a historic day for the Wyoming Lottery, Ogg responded, “I really did not believe that this was happening to this old lady.”

At the busy Holiday Station, WyoLotto officials held a ceremonial ribbon cutting attended by the Wyoming Lottery Board, legislators, local elected officials, the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the general public. After Ogg bought the first ticket, a line of people wrapped around the counter and trailed outside as they waited for their chance to buy first-day tickets. The Lottery also hosted a small community celebration with games, barbecue and live music to mark this historic occasion.

The most lottery tickets were sold in Natrona County, which reported sales of $36,450. Sweetwater ranked second with $24,855, followed by Laramie with $22,028, Uinta with $17,378 and Campbell with $17,693. Big Horn County reported sales of $2,793.

For more information about where Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are sold in Wyoming, visit www.wyolotto.com.


‘Destination DC’ one more time for Jensen

by marlys good

The Capitol, Congress, White House, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, Arlington National Cemetery. The American History, Natural History and Air & Space museums. The Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt memorials. Memorials dedicated to the Korean Conflict, World War II, Iwo Jima, and Martin Luther King Jr.

For 25 consecutive summers Ken Jensen has given dozens of Greybull students the opportunity to see all of the above and far more as he chaperoned tours of Washington D.C.

The tour this summer was the “swan song” for Jensen, who retired in May after 41 years of teaching at Greybull Middle School.

“Another wonderful group of Greybull students (nine) and adults,” summed it up for Jensen. Students in the “tour group” were Ralph Petty, Kyla Hutchins, Braeden Tracy, Bayley Burns, Tatem Edeler, Gage Hunt, Austyn Sheets, Emily Bottom and Morgan Haley. Chaperones we Kathy Jensen, Debbie Bottom, Melanie Edeler, Scott McColloch and Nolan Tracy.

“We missed out on some things due to circumstances beyond our control,” Jensen said, “such as meeting with our congressional delegation. But we were able to do some things we haven’t done much of in the past, such as getting into the Supreme Court chamber, the Senate chamber, visiting the Air & Space Museum at Dulles Airport. This year’s group made our first visit to the Newseum,” which Jensen explained is “an interactive museum focused on the history of news coverage in our country, by newspaper, radio and television.”

The annual tours have included visits to Mt. Vernon, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Jensen’s personal favorite spot, Charlottesville, Va., and a tour of Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello.

The 24 hours spent either in an airport or on an airplane on their way home are something the group will remember for at least as long as they remember the trip itself.

The travelers arrived at Dulles Airport at 3:30 p.m. to check in for their 6 p.m. flight. Mother Nature intervened and the flight was cancelled; they finally took off at midnight, which meant they had missed their connecting flight in Denver.

The students claimed sleeping spots on an empty concourse at DIA, making sure they were near power poles with outlets so they could charge all of their electronics while the adults took turns staying awake to keep an eye on the weary teenagers.

They finally caught a flight to Billings and landed at Logan International at 2:30 p.m.

“The adults and students were great throughout the entire ordeal; it gave us some great stories to tell our families and friends,” Jensen said.

Summing up this and the prior trips, Jensen said, “It is a huge commitment in time and money for all of the families involved. I can’t thank these families enough for both providing this opportunity to their children, and allowing me the privilege of accompanying them on tours of our nation’s capitol and sharing my love of American history with them. You have given your children and me memories that will never be forgotten.”

Buffs open at NBH Invite

by marlys good

The last two weeks have been hectic on the GHS volleyball court. With 34 girls vying for starting positions and playing time at both the varsity and junior varsity levels, Coach Sara Schlattmann said, “It can be a bit crazy at times. All of the girls have been working very hard. I will be hard to narrow it down.”

Among the talented seniors vying for starting positions is Brett Stephens, a “floor leader,” named to the 2013 all-conference team. “She will have an even bigger role this year,” predicted Schlattmann.

The coaches have been focusing on the basics of passing and serving because “this early in the season we have many areas that need improvement.”

The varsity opens action at the North Big Horn Invitational in Lovell Friday. “I anticipate taking about 10 varsity players but I haven’t determined that quite yet,” she said.

The Buffs join Kemmerer, Lovell and Meeteetse in Pool A with Cody, Burlington, Rocky Mountain and Wind River sharing Pool B. Teams will be seeded into Saturday’s bracketed tournament from scores in pool play.

“The Lovell tournament is good because it kind of gives us a sense of our strengths and weaknesses,” Schlattmann said.

“Our biggest strengths right now are effort and attitude. It has been exciting to watch the girls really play for each other and yet remain competitive. Many of the drills we do are competitive so it gives the girls a little extra incentive to focus and finish strong.”

Schlattmann has three weeks to fine-tune the team for the conference opener versus Shoshoni Sept. 19. The Lady Blues have moved from “south” to “north” in the 2A West, taking the place vacated by Lovell when the Bulldogs moved up to 3A.

“I think Shoshoni will certainly be tough,” said the coach. “They return a lot of starters from last year’s team that nearly won a state title, so I look for them to be a team to beat. I don’t think you can count any one of the teams in the conference out. Each has some strong talented returning players, including Greybull. It will be interesting to see how teams, and players, have grown since last season.”

Schlattmann’s assistant coach is Michaela Williams, “a great addition to the program and she comes from a strong volleyball background out of Bridger, Mont.,” Schlattmann explained. “She was a member of three state championship teams and certainly knows the game. I enjoy having her provide sound advice.”

Williams will be on the sidelines for the JV Buffs at Rocky Mountain High School.

Greybull opens versus Wind River at 3 p.m., followed by a match with Cody at 5 p.m.

Saturday it’s Lovell and Rocky Mountain for the Buffs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.


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