March 8, 1924 – June 13, 2013
A vigil service for Bonnie Kelly will be at 7 p.m., Friday, June 21, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greybull. The Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 22, at Sacred Heart.
Bonnie, 89, died June 13 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.
A luncheon in the basement of the church will be held immediately following the Memorial Mass.
A complete obituary will be printed in next week’s newspaper.
By BARBARA ANNE GREENE
At the strike of midnight in New York, Riverside Art Club students, teacher and chaperones struck a pose in the famous Time Square.
This was just one stop on their whirlwind trip to New York and Washington, D.C., with the World Strides for Education tour May 29 – June 1. They went to Time Square after attending the Broadway show “Phantom of the Opera.” One of the students, Scotty Anderson, said that Times Square was his favorite. When asked why he said “Because of all the people, stores, and just the experience.”
Art teacher Dineen Mueller said, “I would take these kids and adults anywhere. We only got 16 hours of sleep in four days but every one of the students said they would do it again.” Their schedules were grueling and it was 95 degrees with 85 percent humidity. Mueller said “it wore us all down.”
Three other small “desert” schools traveled with them — Capitan Middle School of New Mexico, Oasis Elementary and Heritage Elementary both from Arizona. “With the Capitan crew there were other high school students our age who were also agriculturally oriented having FFA projects, hunting and fishing interests,” Mueller said.
Student Andrew Orwig said “What I enjoyed about the trip was the architecture and meeting the other schools.”
The places they visited in D.C. were numerous: Lincoln, Korean, Vietnam, World War II, Martin Luther King, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Iwo Jima and Jefferson memorials. They also watched the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, visited the White House and portions of the Smithsonian. Some of the places they had wanted to go they couldn’t because of Hurricane Sandy damage repair work being done.
New York stops included the Lincoln Tunnel, a water taxi ride on the Hudson Bay, a visit to Trinity Church which was established in 1760 and a glimpse at St. Peter’s Cathedral. The group spent some time at the 9/11 Twin Towers Memorial.
They spent a few moments at the “Today Show” then on to Rockefeller Center and “The Rock’s” observation deck, where they saw Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in the distance. Mueller said, “The icon of the American dream was inaccessible due to damage from Sandy. Still awesome but ironic.”
Central Park was also on the itinerary including the 2.5 acre “Strawberry Fields” which is a tribute to John Lennon.
Mueller said the trip would not have been possible without the support of the school and community.
By KARLA POMEROY
There were no comments from the public regarding the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget at Tuesday’s regular council meeting but plenty of comments and a few amendments from the council prior to approving the budget.
According to a budget summary presented by Mayor Amy Kania prior to the meeting, the overall town anticipated revenues total $4,261,243 with appropriations totaling $4,707,743. Retained operating and reserve capital is anticipated to be $2,569,135.
King made the motion with Phil Juillard “under duress” seconding. The motion was approved unanimously with Kania absent.
Prior to the motion, Juillard began discussion with rates. He said he has a problem with the automatic rate increases for water when the Big Horn Regional Joint Powers Board is not increasing rates.
“I see things that are costing us money,” he said.
Moving to personnel, Juillard moved to not hire a public works director, but to leave the money in the budget for additional town employees. “Steve (VanderPloeg, crew foreman) needs help. What we don’t need is a pencil pusher,” Juillard said. The motion failed on a 2-2 vote.
King asked if they can leave the line item and decide on a job description later.
Juillard said things are not getting done in alleys, weeds are not being taken care of as well as other issues.
“I will vote no on the budget if that position is still in there,” Juillard said.
In the mayor’s report to the council she wrote that the council chose not to fill the position in February 2012 and instead asked the crew foreman to take an interim role in addition to his full-time foreman duties. There was discussion by Bill Stoelk and Dave Cooper that while crew foreman Steve VanderPloeg took on the duties his pay did not reflect the additional duties
Kania wrote, “This position has been funded in the proposed budget and it is anticipated that prior to advertising and hiring, the council reviews and makes recommendations concerning the role and responsibilities of the position. My primary concern is to include planning functions as a key duty in order to have adequate capital planning process in place to meet the anticipated future needs of the town rather than being reactive. To that end we continue to need staff training and development in order to expand savings for grant writing, project management and project inspections as appropriate.”
Cooper said he didn’t oppose doing away with the director position but would rather have the money earmarked to raise the pay for the foreman and hire an additional employee.
Juillard made a second motion, this time to leave the money in the budget, just over $60,000, but not have it earmarked as a public works director, rather have it earmarked for maintenance personnel and to cover additional duties for current personnel. The motion was approved.
Chief Chris Kampbell requested an additional $10,000 to the new budget to cover expenses for a part-time officer while an officer is off duty for about two months for medical reasons. The council approved the request.
Stoelk discussed recycling. There is $1,500 budgeted and Stoelk said he did not feel that was enough to take the trailer to Powell for an entire year, not counting cost of baling cardboard.
Cooper said VanderPloeg had input in the recycling budget.
“My concern is it’s not working as it was intended,” Stoelk said.
More details on the approved budget will be reported next week.
•In other business Tuesday night, Acting Mayor Dave Cooper said Mayor Amy Kania is gone for a couple of months so he would be running the meetings and handling town business as needed.
•Cooper said there is an interested party in purchasing the town hall. He said the town could use the funding to remodel the annex. He said Security State Bank is wanting to expand.
King said the council needs more information before considering a potential sale of the town hall.
Cooper said the town could use the money to renovate the town annex adjacent to town hall. He also felt it was worth getting additional information.
•The council opened bids for three surplus items — pathway lights, Plexiglas from the ice rink and old chainlink from the tennis court
The council received three bids for the chainlink with Double R Service awarded the bid in the amount of $166.09. Four bids were received for the Plexiglas with Victor Riley Arena awarded the bid in the amount of $625. One bid was received for the lights, which were fixtures and globes only. Von Kestner was awarded the bid for $168.50.
•The council approved a contract with Omega Yellow Computing to “perform and assume responsibility for the provision for electronic waste collection, processing, recycling and disposal services.”
Prior to adjournment the council went into closed executive session for personnel and litgation/potential litigation issues.
By KARLA POMEROY
Burlington’s track coach Ryan Olson doesn’t just coach his long distance runners, he uses them as motivation as he trained for a Boston Marathon qualifier.
Olson ran the Utah Valley Marathon last weekend. As a 40-year-old, he said he had to run the 26.2 miles in under 3 hours and 15 minutes. He just made it at 3:13.
“It’s been a goal for about eight months. It was fun to go down there and was a good experience,” Olson said.
He said he ran marathons when he was younger and when he hit 40 a few months ago decided it was time to start up again.
“When the track season started I worked on my speed with the kids and worked on endurance in the mornings,” he said.
Even though he has qualified via time, Olson still may not receive an invite to the Boston Marathon, but he’s done all he can do.
He said it’s now a waiting game. Boston Marathon officials allow everyone a chance to qualify until September.
“Even though you qualify there is a limited number of registrations,” Olson said.
The bombing during this year’s Boston Marathon has not deterred Olson or other runners. He said there is a lot more interest in the marathon, which means more people will be trying to quality.
“I think people want to show we’re strong and these things won’t hold us back,” he said of the added interest.
He said if he is selected in September he does plan on making the trip to Boston, but added if he’s not selected it’s been fun to set a goal and to reach it.
He said in addition to the support of his wife and children, he also had plenty of support from the Husky track team. He said members of the team were some of the first to congratulate him.
Olson didn’t run the marathon alone. He said his brothers, sisters and father also ran the Utah Valley Marathon which went through Provo Canyon and ended in downtown Provo.
“It was a nice course. I didn’t run a smart race. I tried to keep up with the Kenyans but after about mile 20 I was glad to hold on to get under the qualifying time,” Olson said.
The 3:13 mark was a personal best for Olson who’s previous best 10 years ago was 3:56.
“I knew this would be a stretch especially being 10 years older and starting late (not training for a full year),” he said. His training included cold runs in the snow, some runs to Basin from Burlington and one day during the regional track meet, the team was staying in Riverton and he rose early and started running to the meet in Lander, hoping to beat the bus. He said he almost made it, but the bus picked up him 23 miles out of Riverton. “The team gave me a nice standing ovation.”
Olson said he’ll keep running, but lessen the speed work he has been working on the past few months, and if in September he isn’t invited, he will continue to run for the pure enjoyment.
By BARBARA ANNE GREENE
She has been on the cover of magazines, she has her own photography company and now one of her photos became a billboard.
Cayde Cuprak, 18, of Manderson took photos last year at the Thermopolis Cowboy Rendezvous PRCA Rodeo. She took her picture of RayTom Meiers on a horse named Sarcee Trail and made a mock billboard from it.
She then took it to the organizers of the rodeo and showed it to them. They liked it so much they used it on the posters for the 2013 rodeo.
That worked out so well they decided to go big and make a real billboard.
It went up in Thermopolis on April 29. Cuprak’s photo is the focal point and really draws your attention. The rodeo is June 20-22.
Days of ’49 Queen
Cuprak isn’t a stranger to rodeo. In addition to taking pictures she has been the Ten Sleep Rodeo Queen, the Big Horn County Fair Rodeo Princess and most recently was crowned the Days of ‘49 rodeo queen.
She will represent the Days of ‘49 at parades and rodeos throughout the summer. “I hope to be a good role model for the younger girls and help promote rodeo.”
She also hopes you will “like” her Facebook page, Cayde Cuprak Photography, and will vote for one of her photos for the Ten Sleep Rodeo Association’s calendar.
Her parents are Gina and TC Cuprak.
By BARBARA ANNE GREENE
In a change from recent years, the main festivities for Lilac Days have been moved to Saturday morning, running from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the past, events have started at noon.
The change, according to organizers was two-fold, to give residents a chance to do other activities during the weekend and to provide a flow of events that start Friday night with the second annual co-ed one pitch softball tournament and ends Saturday with the presentation of the chamber’s Business of the Year at 12:55 pm.
“We hope people will make note of the time change. Ten a.m. to 1 p.m. this year,” said Chamber Vice President Cindy Stricker. “We hope the earlier start will make it so more people will be able to come.”
Lilac Days is a Basin Area Chamber event that promotes the town of Basin also know as the Lilac City. Charlene Anderson, chamber past president and organizer of Lilac Day in the 1990s said she is so happy to have seen it grown from the first ones. “It is gotten better and better. It is good to see new events and organizations like the Basin Recreation involved.”
The softball tournament is sponsored by the Basin Recreation Department and will be at the Lions Fields west of town on Wyoming Highway 30. The games are not only fun to play they are fun to watch. Games start at 4 p.m.
Also Friday is the Lilac Day Princess rehearsal at 5 p.m. at Washington Park. Young ladies living in the Basin, Manderson or Hyattville areas who are in grades fifth through eighth (must have finished eighth grade this spring) are eligible to compete. At the rehearsal the contestants will be given a list of potential questions they will be asked during the contest, which will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Forms are available at the chamber, may be filled out at the rehearsal or a half hour before the contest on Saturday. The princess contest is sponsored by Big Horn REA.
All events on Saturday will be at Washington Park. The events on Saturday start off with the Basin Citizens for Recycling second annual Lilac Days 5k run/walk at 9 a.m. Racers may register the morning of the race at the starting line at Washington Park. The cost is $10 per person with all the proceeds supporting recycling in Basin.
The rest of the events scheduled for Saturday start at 10 a.m.
Events starting at 10 a.m. are: vendors, National Guard climbing wall, The Traveling SHACK games for kids, music by Radio Daze, sidewalk art contest and the e-waste collection.
The climbing wall, and the SHACK are new events. Stricker said, “We wanted to give the children more things to do while their parents are listening to the music and watching the contests.” The SHACK is sponsored by Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming of Big Horn County.
The e-waste collection is sponsored by Basin Citizens for Recycling. The chamber was happy to add this to Lilac Days because recycling is important to the future of our community, Stricker said. The public should bring TVs, computers, printers, DVD players and other old electronics to be recycled.
Princess, baby contests
The music will take a short break at 10:30 a.m. for the princess contest. The judges for the princess and baby contest are former Lilac Queens and Gary Cates.
At 11 a.m. the music will be mother and daughter duo The Derns. Much of their music is original. They will play until 11:30 a.m. when the Lilac Baby Contest begins. Music will resume once the baby has been crowned. Forms for the baby contest are available at the chamber or parents may enter babies on Saturday. Parents should have their baby signed up by 11 a.m. that day. The Lilac Baby will be awarded to a Basin baby but there will be other awards for other babies, regardless of residency such as chubbiest cheeks, gummiest smile, etc. The baby contest is sponsored by TCT.
Also starting at 11 a.m. is the Search and Rescue chili stand sponsored by Big Horn Co-op. They will serve until 1 p.m.
The noon – 1 p.m. music will be the River Ridge Boys, Paul Frazier and Dave Todd. The sidewalk art contest sponsored by Basin Pharmacy ends at noon.
At 12:30 the Lilac Queen will be crowned. The queen is voted on by the public and is sponsored by Midway Clinic.
The final event for Lilac Days 2013 is the presentation to the Business of the Year. This is voted on by chamber members and is awarded to a business that is community minded, provides services/goods and jobs and is a chamber member.
Sept. 10, 1964 – June 9, 2013
A memorial service for Mark Fisher, a former resident of Greybull, will be held today (Thursday, June 13) at 2 p.m. at Restoration Church in Casper. Attire is casual jeans. Mark died June 9 in Casper.
Mark was born Sept. 10, 1964, and while he grew up in Hill City, S.D., he called Wyoming his home.
Mark is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sheila Fisher, and his daughter, Jess Fisher.
He was preceded in death by his son, Zach Fisher, and his father, Owen Fisher.
Mark instilled the passion of all things outdoors within his children. He especially loved elk hunting with Zack and fishing with Jess. Mark’s compassionate nature and unconditional love for all was an inspiration, and he will be greatly missed by the many lives he touched.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.
December 6, 1945 – June 3, 2013
A memorial celebration of the life of John Wayne Ellerbee and a buffet will be from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at the Cloud Peak FOE Aerie 3086 in Basin. John, 67, of Basin, passed away suddenly on Monday, June 3, 2013, on his property on Basin Gardens Road in Basin.
John was born Dec. 6, 1945, at Columbia, Caldwell Parish, La., to John L. and Mary Blanche (Kelly) Ellerbee.
John moved to the Big Horn Basin in July 2004. He retired from the oil field. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3086.
John is survived by his beloved other, Edi Hood of Basin; his sons, Rebel Paul Ellerbee and Curt DeWayne Ellerbee, both of Baton Rouge, La.; and his daughters, Kimberley J. Kaiser of Casper and Kimberly Dawn Winn of Monroe, La; and six grandchildren.
By KARLA POMEROY
Youth baseball is in full swing in Basin and Otto.
After fielding one Little League team last year, Basin Recreation is fielding a minors/coach pitch team and a majors team. They also have a T-ball team.
Minors coach Andy DeGraw said they are not keeping official score in the minors games. They played Greybull last week and again Monday.
The minors have a long break before hosting Otto on June 20 at 5:30 p.m. They finish the season at Otto at 5:30 p.m. on June 27
The majors were scheduled to see their first action on Wednesday in a doubleheader with Worland.
The rest of the tentative schedule for the majors is as follows: at Greybull, June 6, 7 p.m.; at Worland, June 12, 6 and 7:15 p.m.; host Otto June 20 at 7 p.m., host Greybull June 26 at 7 p.m. and finish the season at Otto on June 27 at Otto.
Basin T-ball begins action next Monday, June 10 at Otto with games at 5 and 6 p.m. They host Greybull on June 13 at 5 and 6 p.m., host Otto June 1 at 5 and 56 p.m. and finish the season at Greybull on June 19 at 5 and 6 p.m.
Otto has seen lots of action for its minor and majors squad with Babe Ruth getting ready to begin its season.
The minor Rattlers played Greybull on Saturday after Thursday’s game was postponed due to wet conditions. The Rattlers won 10-7, according to statistics posted on the Game Changer website. Kody Gotfredson got the win with six strikeouts. Gotfredson also hit a home run to help the offense.
Camden Jones and Nathan Boreen had doubles in the game.
The minors were scheduled to host Greybull at 5:30 Tuesday. They play at the Worland Dodgers at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday). On Tuesday, June 11 they host the Cowley Rockies at 6 p.m. and then host the Worland Brewers at 6 p.m. on June 13. They play at Worland Yankees at 6 p.m. on June 18 and travel to Basin on June 20 for a game at 5:30 p.m.
The season ends the week of June 25 with a home game against the Worland All-Stars at 6 p.m. and they host Basin June 27 at 5:30 p.m.
The majors played Greybull Thursday and won 15-3. No details were available.
The major Rattlers were scheduled to host Greybull Tuesday night. The rest of the schedule is as follows:
June 6, at Worland Yankees, 6:15 p.m.
June 7, at Thermopolis, 7 p.m.
June 11, host Worland Yankees, 7:15 p.m.
June 13, host Worland Rockies, 7:15 p.m.
June 18, at Worland Rockies, 7:15 p.m.
June 20, at Basin, 7 p.m.
June 25, host Worland All-Stars, 7:15 p.m.
June 27, host Basin, 7 p.m.
July 1, host Thermopolis, 7 p.m.
By Karla Pomeroy
Burlington Schools celebrated their first year living by the “Code of the West” with an assembly May 16.
The Code of the West or Cowboy Ethics from Jim Owen’s 2004 book “Cowboy Ethics – What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West” is becoming the new business and government code.
In 2010, the Wyoming Legislature adopted the 10 principles as the official state code. This year, Burlington Schools adopted the code as their principles to live by in school and in life.
Principal Matt Davidson said at the start of the school year they would be emphasizing the 10 principles in class and through posters. He said school officials kept seeing others adopt the code and it inspired them.
“It sounded like a lot of positive things were happening with the code. It’s been well received. It’s basic and makes sense and it’s things we relate well to in our area.”
Each student received a Burlington Husky orange T-shirt with the code on it this year.
District 1’s Ilene Henley coordinated the Cowboy Ethics works this year and collected comments from teachers and students about the Code of the West.
She said, “Students have had counselor lessons for good character and anti-bullying, written essays linking the code’s principles to history and literature, and conducted various projects to promote Cowboy Ethics.
Music teacher Susan Neves centered her Christmas program around the 10 principles.
Kindergarten teacher Anne Davidson said, “We have talked about Cowboys Ethics in our social studies time as well as doing quick discussions before testing in ‘taking pride in our work.’ We have talked about ride for the brand (principle seven) but not in those words. We have talked about citizenship and living each day with courage.”
Second-grade teacher Julie Riding said, “In second grade we focused on (principle two) ‘taking pride in our work.’ When students would complete their math goal they were awarded an orange bandana and a picture, both autographed by local professional bull rider Kanin Asay.
“As second graders, I don’t think they fully understood all of the principles but they certainly thought that ‘keeping promises’ (principle six) was very important.”
Students were asked if they noticed a change in the school from students living by the Cowboy Ethics.
Some comments included:
“More people have been following more ethics and acting kinder.”
“I think that the Code of the West is really helping the school with bullying.”
“I think the school has improved at least 50 percent on behavior because of the ethics.”
“I think we spend too much time doing Cowboy Ethics.”
“I think the Code of the West is respectful. It helps us be nice to other people.”
“I think that is a good way to learn what is right and wrong. I think is has helped me keep on the right track ever since it was introduced in our school.”
“It has changed my and my class’s behavior. They have stopped teasing and bullying other people.”
“Students take more pride in their work. And you know the code, ‘know where to draw the line,’ well the fighting has gone down.”
“It has changed some people but not others.”
“I don’t think it’s changed students’ behaviors.”
“I think the Code of the West does encourage our school to act up and be better students.”
“I think the Code of the West is a good thing because it teaches to be helpful to others, but it didn’t change my behavior or other students’ behaviors.”
“It has changed my behavior for standing up for people.”
“I think that the Code of the West is something that could be better, but it doesn’t need to be. I have seen (students) being noisy in the hall as well as disrespectful to others.”
Living the code
They were also asked if they tried to live by them at home.
Some comments included, “I use the Code of the West at school and at home by helping people and family members.”
“The Code of the West is an inspiration to children young and old not matter what age you are. It is a motto you will always remember to be honest, true and chaste.”
“I live by the Code of the West even at home by not bugging my siblings and helping them when they get hurt.”
“I live by the Code of the West by feeding the animals and keeping dogs away from our rabbits.”
“I try to live by the principles even when I’m not in school by being kind.”
“I try to but do not succeed all the time. It has improved the way I act outside of school a lot.”