Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lovell boys, girls third at Worland track meet

By David Peck
After a split squad competed at Cody and Greybull on March 26, the Lovell High School track and field squad came together for the Warrior Twilight Invitational in Worland last Thursday, March 31.
Both the Lovell boys squad and the Lovell girls placed third in the nine-team field. The Lovell boys tallied 115.5 points and finished just three points behind second-place Cody. Powell won the meet with 207 points. The Lovell girls scored 88 points and finished behind Cody with 204 points and Powell with 121.
Compared to the weekend before, some Lovell athletes improved their times, heights and distances, while others fell back a bit.
“In the second meet of the year you’re going to have that,” coach Joe Koritnik said. “Some kids progress and move forward, others stay the same or drop back. It depends on their training, and injuries play a role. Some kids are battling muscle strains, which limit the amount of training they can do at this point.”
One athlete who took a large leap forward was junior Miranda Griffis, who improved by 27 feet in the discus from Cody to Worland and placed third with a throw of 106-11, breaking her school record of 103-10 set last season. She is now just six inches from pre-qualifying for State.
Junior Schuylar Davis improved from the Cody meet by nearly 14 feet, throwing the discus 97-10 to place fifth in Worland.
Griffis also set a personal record in the shot put, placing seventh with a throw of 30-9½. Davis finished 11th at 28-8½, also a PR.
“Miranda is our athlete of the week,” Koritnik said. “Not only did she re-set the school record in the discus, she went over 30 feet in the shot and that shows a lot of progress. Coach Lindsay has indicated that she’s ready to pop one. We’re getting to the kind of numbers where we’ll be a viable scorer (in the throws) at any meet we’re at. Schuylar, too, is continuing to show similar improvement. It’s a great day when you PR in both events.”
In the jumps, Jodi Walker won the triple jump with a leap of 32-11, improving by a foot from the Worland meet and pre-qualifying for State. Alyssa Geiser was third at 31-7.
“It takes a while for jumpers to come around and get back in the groove,” Koritnik said. “It’s the same with Karen (Koritnik). Jodi showed improvement and that’s encouraging.”
Freshman Kim Shumway won the long jump at 16-3½, followed by Karen Koritnik at 15-7. Susie Shumway placed third in the high jump at 4-7, battling the wind.
The Lady Bulldogs found success in running events at Worland. The 1,600-meter relay team of Geiser, Koritnik and Susie and Kim Shumway captured first place with a time of 4:21.18 and is looking good, Coach Koritnik said.
“They improved their time and are a real solid group, especially if we get Amanda (Shumway) back,” he said. “The team could have a special time. We want to make sure we have the best 4-by-4 team that we can put out there.”
The quartet of Chelsey Ellis, Kim Shumway, Walker and Geiser placed second in the 400-meter relay, covering the lap in 53.13.
“That’s not a bad time,” Koritnik said. “I was pleased with that.”
In individual races, Susie Shumway won the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.23, and Kim Shumway placed second in the 1,600 at 5:45.75.
“That was a solid effort for Susie,” Koritnik said. “She looked good. With a few more quarters she’ll be around the 60-second mark.”
The coach also said Kim Shumway will learn to run a better tactical race as she gains experience, noting that she wanted to stay ahead of her middle school nemesis, Anne Brinegar, and set the pace, whereas as a better sprinter, it would have been better for Shumway to let the Cody runner “do the work” out front and then pass her down the stretch.
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Ronald David Rose obituary

Aug. 19, 1933 – March 31, 2011

Longtime Burlington resident Ronald David Rose died in the comfort of his home in Burlington on Thursday, March 31, 2011, at the age of 77.  Cremation has taken place.

A Memorial Celebration Open House for Ronald David Rose will take place on April 9, 2011 at the LDS Cultural Hall in Burlington.  Food and mingling will be from 4 to 6 p.m. with a fun memories program for all to participate at 5 p.m. Casual dress, three-wheelers and golf carts welcome.

Ron was born in Deadwood, S.D., on Aug. 19, 1933, to Lloyd B. Rose and Katherine Iva VanKirk Rose.  Ron would say his life really began on Aug. 23, 1958, when he dedicated himself in marriage to Norma Jeannette Davis of Burlington. They spent their first years of marriage in Iowa, later residing in Nebraska and Colorado, before returning Norma to Burlington in 1976.
After retiring from his labors as a mechanic, he enjoyed wood-crafting funny do-dads and what-nots then three-wheeling around to share them near and far across the Basin.
Left behind are his wife, Norma; daughter, Ronda (Paul) Thatch, grandsons, David and Tanner Rohrer and sister, Jan (Ivar) Andreason.

Golly gee whiz, no flowers or gifts please!

Donations for the Burlington volunteer EMTS are being accepted in Ron’s name at Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, WY 82410.

Alma Benson Jolley obituary

Jan. 10, 1926 – March 29, 2011

Alma Benson Jolley died at the New Horizons Care Center on March 29, 2011, with her children at her bedside. She was 85.

Alma was born in Cowley, Jan. 10, 1926, to Leonard Albert and Laura Benson. She lived on the family farm outside of Cowley and was raised there with her four brothers and three sisters.

She married her husband, Gerald Jolley, on Oct. 28, 1943, in Lovell. They were sealed in the Logan LDS temple in July 1944. They were married for 57 years. She lived in Lovell with her husband and seven children all her life. Many of her extended family were also close by for her to love and appreciate.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many organizations throughout her life. Her family was her most dear and loved part of her life. She always had their goals and interests at heart, always remembering all birthdays and special days.

Alma’s survivors are children Barbara (Dustin) Fuller of Worland, Don (Sheila), Gary (Julie), David (Garnet), Cindy (Mike) Stewart of Cowley and Brent (Elizabeth) of Worland, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her immediate descendents number about 120. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, son Barry and several grandchildren.

A viewing was held at Haskell Funeral Home Friday evening, and services were held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Lovell Stake Center. Haskell Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

County sets formula for consensus block grant

By Karla Pomeroy

Big Horn County will receive just under $1 million to share with municipalities as part of the 2011 consensus block grant.

Grants administrator Chris Harp presented the figures to the Big Horn County commissioners at Tuesday's regular meeting. The county will receive $932,781.11 and the commissioners, Harp said, are tasked with developing the formula for distribution. Once the formula is set the mayors and commissioners can meet and approve projects.

Harp presented five options to the commissioners Tuesday, including the past formula that includes a $35,000 base award for the county and municipalities, and then a calculated formula of $49.95 per resident. Harp said the $35,000 base might not be as manageable since the award was less than past consensus block grants. He said the $932,000 is about a third of what the county received in the last biennium.

Commissioner Keith Grant said the municipalities agreed to the previous formula so they should stay with the $35,000 base award. The other commissioners agreed. Harp said he will contact the mayors to try and set up a meeting this month. Since the last meeting with the mayors was in Greybull, the next meeting will be in Byron.

The breakdown for funding under the $35,000 base award is as follows:
Lovell $152,874.82
Greybull $127,252.03
Basin $99,181.84
Cowley $67,715.26
Byron $64,618.55
Burlington $49,384.72
Frannie $41,892.68
Deaver $43,890.56
Manderson $40,693,95
County/Special Districts $245,276.69.

Grant said he would like to see the county/special district portion used to remodel the old jail as a secured court.

Lynn, Peterson honored as valedictorian, salutorian

By Brad Devereaux

The top academic students at Rocky Mountain High School both said they are honored to receive awards for valedictorian and salutatorian in an interview this week.

Valedictorian SheraLee Lynn and salutatorian Kyle Peterson were recently announced at the March Big Horn County School District One board meeting. 

Lynn, the daughter of Ron and Jolene Lynn, said she has wanted to be at the top of her class since elementary school. She said her parents provided some motivation, but it was mostly her personal drive to do the best she could in school that brought her perfect grades throughout her high school career. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

“School has been something I have been able to excel in,” she said. “I knew if I tried my hardest it would benefit me for the rest of my life.”

Peterson, the son of Ray and Cresta Peterson, said his parents pushed him to do well in school along with a personal motivation.

“It’s just the aspiration to do well in life and provide for myself and my family down the road,” he said. “I’m glad I did well.”

*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle. 

Calamity returns to Evening With Friends

By David Peck
A night of fun featuring the return of the popular comedy group Calamity Entertainment from Montana will be the theme when the North Big Horn Hospital Foundation hosts its annual Evening With Friends event on Saturday, April 16, at the Lovell Community Center.
Tickets for the “black tie/blue jeans” event are still available by calling NBHH Foundation Director Janet Koritnik at 548-5240, but time is limited.
The evening will include a silent auction and social time from 5:30 to 7 p.m. during which Ron McClure and Collin Ingram will perform music on guitar and bass. Following dinner at 7 p.m., the main event will be the return of Calamity Entertainment, which left audiences in stitches at foundation dinners a few years ago.
Money raised by the event will be used for the purchase of a new blanket warmer for the New Horizons Care Center.
Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be offered during the social hour, and wine will be served with dinner.
Items offered during the silent auction will include works from regional artists, jewelry, photographs, stained glass items, a natural wood vase made with the wood-turning process and a variety of baskets.
Koritnik said the foundation is still seeking corporate sponsorships for the event.
Following the prime rib/Italian prosciutto and fontina chicken breast dinner provided by ARAMARK of Northwest College, Calamity Entertainment will take the stage for “fabulous music, questionable comedy and more!” as their website puts it.
Calamity has performed original comedy and nostalgic music throughout the western U.S. for more than 20 years with “our extremely unique style of off-beat humor (we constantly crack ourselves up…) and our toe-tappin’, finger-snappin’ music (it’s impossible to watch us without moving some part of your body, and getting it to stop is your problem),” according to the website.
Shows include classic rock from the 50s, 60s and 70s, swing hits from the 30s and 40s, oldies but goodies, celebrity impressions, rhythm and blues, traditional country and modern country. Members of the troupe are Julie Omvig, Karen Jackson, Todd Yeager, Allen Peters and Becky Drake.

Twenty participate in talent show

A vocal solo and an instrumental duet were judged the top performances at the Lovell High School/Middle School Talent Show last Thursday, March 31, at the LMS Commons.
Lovell junior Maci May won the first-place prize in the high school division for her vocal solo “Because You Love Me,” while the duo of drummer Dylan Ohman and bassist Colton Wardell, accompanied by Ty Sammons on guitar, won the top prize in the middle school division.
The duet of Madison Tippetts singing and Jeff Sawaya on guitar won second prize in the high school division for “I Won’t Let Go,” while Miranda May placed second in the middle school contest with her original vocal and guitar solo “Find the Rain.”
There was a tie for third prize in the middle school division between pianist Mykelle Nichols with her original solo “In a Book” and vocalist Kaitlyn Stevens singing “American Honey.”
There were 20 pieces performed at the show Thursday night.