Don't Shoot the Messenger


As we look towards a new year, I took a peek at the year past. The following excerpts made headlines in the Lusk Herald in 2016. 

January. 6, 2016: New tack store opens in Lusk: Mark and Lori Barcus, owners of Cow Camp Saddlery, had their grand opening on Dec. 19, 2015. 

Senator Barrasso visits Lusk  on Mon. Jan. 4, 2016.

  Local faces multiple felonies: The State of Wyoming has charged Lisa Mellott with 15 felonies; one count of Intent to Defraud, ten counts of False Statement (Defrauding Medicaid), and four counts of Make Writing that Purports to Others. 

Obituaries: Shirley Kay Murphy August 18, 1941 - January 4, 2016

  January 13, 2016: New police chief for Lusk: A new Chief of Police has been hired by the Town of Lusk, with his first official day of work being Mon. Jan. 11.  John Anderson, and his wife Sophia, arrived last Thurs.  

  Sports: Hard week for Tiger Hoopsters

  Busy week for Lady Tigers

Obituaries: Daisy Irene (Shimek) Mundschenk  November 4, 1930 - December 27, 2015

January 20, 2016: Wyo. PBS Screening well attended: On January 14, 2016, locals braved the cold snowy weather to attend the screening of the Wyoming PBS documentary Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of  ’49. 

  Sports: Tigers give Murray 400th win at Burns

  Lady Tigers split with LFL and Burns

January 27, 2016: Letterman sweater returns to NCHS 

Obituaries: Merna M. Reed March 15, 1936 – January 25, 2016

  Sports: Tigers split weekend games with SE and PB

 Lady Tigers drop pair to conference leaders

NCHS Wrestlers take to the mat with duals and tournaments

February 3, 2016:  Dreesen graduates 18th D.A.R.E. class

Obituaries: Merna Mae Reed March 15, 1936 - January 25, 2016

Eugene Sunday December 1, 1949 - January 6, 2016

 Sports: Tiger boys sweep Panthers and Vikings in perfect weekend

  NCHS Lady Tigers defeat Saratoga and G-S in big wins

 February 10, 2016: Bridge building begins: Reiman Corp, out of Cheyenne, will be doing the rebuild

Dreams do come true: Bronco fans kneel at the knee of the masters. Johnny Krien and Karen Jassman realize their dreams of Super Bowl 50 victory.       

Obituaries: Pat Whaley March 7, 1943 - Dec. 13, 2015

Stephen L. Peterson July 3, 1945 - February 5, 2016

  Sports: Lady Tigers run winning streak to four

  NCHS boys split with LFL and Burns 

Coach Nelson receives award: Coach Nelson receives the Barry Miller , Friend of Wrestling Award, at the Southeast Wrestling Duals on Saturday 

 February 17, 2016: New staff writer for Lusk Herald: Dawn Scott is excited to get out and about for the latest stories the newspaper. 

Hanson named Citizen of the Year: The Masons of Harmony Lodge #24 presented local icon, Donna Hanson with their choice for Citizen of the Year. 

Obituaries: Stephen Lee Peterson July 3, 1945 – February 5, 2016

Elizabeth Ann Petersen  June 4, 1933 - February 10, 2016

Henrietta Jean Baker February 1, 1930 - February 11, 2016

Sheldon L. Perkins May 9, 1997 – February 11, 2016

 Sports: Tigers drop pair of conference games over weekend

 Lady Cyclones and Hornets too much for NCHS

 February 24, 2016: Human remains found in Lusk: At approx. 11 p.m. on Sun. Feb 21, 2016, the Lusk Police Department received a radio call regarding some type of light that was shining from the north side of what is known as Water Tank Hill. 

  Local pleads not guilty: Mellott pled not guilty to all 15 charges

Obituaries: Sheldon Levi Perkins  May 9, 1997 - February 11, 2016

Deborah Elizabeth Butler Pfister December 28,1950 – February 8, 2016

  Tigers win at Saratoga; Enter Regionals as #2SE

  Lady Tigers finish third and head to Regionals

  March 2, 2016: Old and new wearing LPD blue: There are four new faces patrolling the Lusk streets. 

  Tag or ticket: Animal control ordinances to be enforced: The Lusk Police Department will be assuming the responsibilities of animal control.

Obituaries: Leo Duane Olson April 10, 1940 - February 22, 2016

Josephine Haworth Burns  June 12, 1927 - February 19, 2016

Darlene Lorrelle Wick June 17, 1935 - February 27, 2016

John Norman Meier April 21, 1977 – February 28, 2016

  Sports: Lady Tigers advance to state tournament:   

NCHS eliminated at 2A East Regionals: The Tiger boys basketball season ended a week sooner than originally hoped for back in early December at last week’s 2A East Regional Tournament. Coming in as the #2SE seed,

  March 9, 2016: New transfer station breaks ground: 

Obituaries: Selmer “Sonny” DeSersa  November 8, 1950 - February 29, 2016

John Norman Meier April 21, 1977 - February 28, 2016

Ruth Alice Snedeker July 21, 1922 - February 16, 2016

Darlene Lorrelle Wick June 17, 1935 - February 27, 2016

  Sports: State tournament is rough on Lady Tigers

  Rich Murray retires after 26 years as Tiger hoops coach: After 26 years, 406 wins, 14 conference championships, six regional titles, one state championship and eight other state placing teams at NCHS, Rich Murray has decided the time has come to step aside.

  March 16, 2016: Matney takes place among best: Local businessman and resident Gregg Matney has one more title to add to his name, auctioneer. 

  Forging a new trail a square at a time: Dave and Karen Wisseman business owner’s of Likety Stitch Quilt Shop had the idea that Lusk would be a great place to establish a Wyoming Quilt Trail.

Obituaries: Ruby Marie Meyer Miller Burt April 21, 1921 – March 9, 2016

Ruth Alice Snedeker July 21, 1922 - February 16, 2016

Laurie Lee Crawford March 14,1960 – March 12, 2016

  March 23, 2016: Mennonite Disaster Service responds to Niobrara County

Obituaries: Laurie Lee Crawford March 14, 1960 – March 12, 2016

  Sports: Tiger tracksters open promising season at Chadron

  March 30, 2016: Alumni prepares for reunion: This will be the forty-first year that the alumni has been held. 

  Niobrara Strong Day: The Niobrara Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring Niobrara Strong Day to commemorate how far the community has come since the day of the flood

Obituaries: Randall Lloyd Copas November 20, 1947 - March 17, 2016

Oren C. Griffith June 26, 1952 - March 14, 2016

Sports: Town of Lusk Recreaction Deartment gears up for summer

  April 6, 2016: VanBuskirk identified: A positive identification of the human remains found in Lusk on February 21 has been released. Kenneth VanBuskirk was positively identified through medical records.

 Rural Robotics competes

Obituaries: Dorothy Maxine Keenan December 18, 1927 - March 30, 2016

Dewey L. Ellsworth July 21, 1932 – March 31, 2016

Jedidiah Lyle “Spud” Stull June 3, 1980 - March 28, 2016

April 13, 2016: ‘Concession Queen” serves last bag of popcorn: Candy Dooper  didn’t ever think that Lusk, Wyoming is where she would spend her thirty year teaching career, but is exactly what she did. 

Obituaries: Emma Martin February 3, 1935 - April 10, 2016

Bill Martin November 16, 1941 - March 19, 2016

 Sports: Dennis Zowada Invite delivers state qualifications

  April 20, 2016: The Great American Race coming to Lusk

Obituaries:  Pauline Joyce Logar  June 4, 1927 - March 21, 2016

Sports: Golf team kicks off Spring season 

  Tigers compete in Burns

April 27, 2016: Town of Lusk candidates talk  council 

Musical Hands to perform at CNFR

Obituaries: Warren Glen Broyles April 15, 1930 - April 20, 2016

Sports: Tracksters perform well in Douglas and Upton

Golfers earn valuable experience on a difficult course

May 4, 2016: Dooper receives Arch Coal award

Chamber director honored

Obituaries: Robert Ord Darrow January 6, 1933 – April 22, 2016

Eleanor Joy (Norman) Isham October 26, 1928 - April 27, 2016

  Sports: WCA Hall of Fame and Distinguished Service Award: Deb Murray—Niobrara County High School in Lusk. Rich Murray—Niobrara County High School in Lusk

May 11, 2016: Chiropractic services back in Lusk

  Once for herself and once for her child: for seven year old Gage Richardson, routine childhood has become a rotation of painful procedures and doctor visits that even a mother’s kiss cannot resolve.

Obituaries: Phyllis Anna Hoy January 29, 1930 - May 2, 2016

Douglas Patton Smith December 3, 1944 - May 3, 2016

Sports: Tiger golfers to finish Spring season in competitive tournament

Tigers shine and bring home eight SEWAC champions

May 18, 2016: Ty Baker wins 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy

Obituaries: Ronald R. Price September 23, 1937 - May 10, 2016

Sports: Lamar jumps onto record board with meet and school record: Friday afternoon started out with a bang as Logan Lamar came out firing.  He would set a meet and school record in the long jump going an impressive 22’ 3.75” to win that event.  Logan’s jump shatters the old long jump record held by Brian Zowada set in 1998. 

Golf Team finishes Spring season at Douglas Golf Club

May 25, 2016: Hammond’s 30 years in 92 year financial history

Niobrara County High School/WYVA 2016 graduation

Obituaries: Larry Lund November 18, 1942 - May 13, 2016

Dave Cook December 22, 1930 ~ May 18, 2016

Sports: Tigers compete at state track with thrills and spills

June 1, 2016: Silver Dollar benefits emergency services

Obituaries: Izetta Chloe Barr July 19, 1922 - May 29, 2016

June 8, 2016: Niobrara Strong Day: A Celebration of Strength and Unity

Obituaries: Izetta Chloe Barr July 19, 1922 - May 29, 2016

Ramona Maria Luisa Lira  October 3, 1932 - May 31, 2016

Delmar Lorn Frye March 10, 1934 – June 2, 2016

Sports: Lusk Swim Team paddles into season

June 15, 2016: NCHS Alumni First Golf Tournament

Annual Father’s Day Dig

Obituaries: Richard Irwin Tibbits April 23, 1932 - June 2, 2016

David Thomas Cook December 22, 1930 - May 18, 2016

Dean Clarence Rumney October 6, 1947 - June 27, 2015

Sports: Lusk Swim Team Competes in Bridgeport Meet

June 22, 2016 :  Committee to form: Great Eclipse over Wyoming

Sports: Lusk swim team swims in Torrington meet 

The dugouts fill as softball season kicks off in Lusk

June 29, 2016: Mellott changes plea: Mellott pled guilty to charges 1-11, not guilty to charges 12 & 13, which by agreement of both sides were dismissed, and then guilty to charges 14 & 15.  Both sides came to a plea agreement and presented to Judge Korell that on Count 1,  

Deceased man found: On 06/21/16 at 2205 hours the Lusk Police Department received a radio call on a report of a suspicious vehicle stopped in the 500 blk of 500 S. Oak. Officers turned off the vehicle and found the subject, who was identified as Richard Cunningham, 36, deceased. 

Rawhide sets up for Legend

Charlie Chamber Days tradition marks another success

Obituaries: Catherine I. “Katy” Noah October 21, 1926 - June 15, 2016

Gladys Erlewine Stellpflug October 8, 1935 – June 23, 2016

Sports: Lusk swim team makes long trek to Sidney, Neb. meet

  July 6, 2016: Overpass to open: a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open to traffic the U.S. 85 bridge in Lusk. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 15

Manville Mayor receives track chair

Alumni Issue

Obituaries: Lorraine Ellen Hageman Broyles July 14, 1931 - June 30, 2016

Sports: Reds complete baseball season as scheduled

July 13, 2016: Overpass opens: Over the weekend of July 8 the overpass was opened for travelers for the first time in just under a year. 

Legend of Rawhide a success

Law enforcement cracks down

Niobrara County Extension educator’s service recognized: The Wyoming Homemakers in June recognized 40-year educator Denise Smith for her educational and leadership roles in Niobrara County and across Wyoming.

Obituaries: James B. Smith November 2, 1919 – July 30, 2016

Sports: Lusk swim team competes in final meet of season 

July 20, 2016: Bridge grand opening: On Friday, July 15, despite the weather, a good sized crowd gathered in the grassy area north of the Tiger Plunge for a Grand Opening of the Lusk Overpass Bridge ceremony.

Angry Irishman takes Memphis

Obituaries: James B. (Jim) Smith November 2, 1919 - July 3, 2016

Ruth Aliene (Schrader) Krejci November 6, 1933 - July 16, 2016

 July 27, 2016: Stroh represents Wyoming: Carla Stroh was selected to represent Wyoming for the Beauties of America pageant in San Antonio, Texas taking place on August 6. 

Thieves arrested: On July 21, 2016 the Lusk Police Department detained two local individuals during an ongoing investigation of property theft.

Sports: Single digit day with a Disney theme at Tiger Plunge: On Friday, July 29 the Tiger Plunge will hold a ‘Single Digit Day’ for swimmers that are nine-years old and younger.

August 3, 2016: County fair kicks off

In the service of others: The Niobrara Community Hospital in conjunction with the Rawhide Rural Health Clinic are please to announce the hiring of a new clinical practitioner, Eva Selker, PA-C. 

Obituaries: Leo Edward Pfister January 21, 1923 - July 28, 2016

August 10, 2016: Hand carved Indians making their way home

Local celebrates 90th birthday: On August 10, 2016 Lusk local Wini Bryant will celebrate her 90th birthday.

Dixon and Penfield to take their place in Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame

Obituaries: Verle E Ellis March 19, 1937 - July 6, 2016

Harold Dean Fosher February 20, 1928 - August 2, 2016

Iola  Violet LaFont Dryer March 26, 1922 - August 11, 2015

Robert Dale Holdbrook Jan. 11, 1949 - Aug. 3, 2016

  August 17, 2016: Local places in Texas: The contestant from Ohio won Beauties of America in the 60’s division and Carla won runner up! 

Sports: Another adult softball season in the books

August 24,2016: Retiring the brand: On July 11, seven brand inspectors for the state of Wyoming retired, representing 273 years of brand inspecting experience. Jack Streeter, Dale Armstrong, PeeWee Johnson, Clyde Peterson, Jack Corbett, David Hollings and Sam Skiles received a belt buckle or pocket watch for their service.

Dell Burke; Wyoming’s Madam lives  on

Sports: Peewee Tigers get back on the field for third season

NCHS golf team  begins season in Wheatland tournament

August 31, 2016: Fundraiser set for local dinosaur enthusiast Todd Hoelmer

Centennial Bootheel 7 Livestock succeeds through four generations: The Wasserburger Family, of Bootheel 7 Ranch in Lusk, Wyoming, celebrates 100 years at the Farm and Ranch Centennial Award Presentation Ceremony Aug. 20. 

Obituaries: Elizabeth Ann Redfield August 18, 1930 – August 23, 2016

Donald D. Gardner February 13, 1937 - August 27, 2016

Dixie Del Shoopman-Foley-Moss May 11, 1940 - July 4, 2016

Sports: Tigers sights set on return to playoffs in 2016/2017

Next step is there for the Lady Tigers to lead by example

September 7, 2016: Lacey Dale Photography on exhibit at library

Obituaries: John Frank Burton May 11, 1923 - September 4, 2016

Sports: Wolves sneak past Tigers in season opener

Lady Tigers sweep past Crawford and G-S

Perfect conditions for challenging Devil’s Tower course

September 14, 2016: LPD Prostitution Sting

Obituaries: Clarence C. Milke January 15, 1928  - September 5, 2016

John F. Burton May 11, 1923 – September 4, 2016

Sports: Tigers rout Saratoga in home opener

Lady Tigers at Big Horn

NCHS Golf Team at Torrington

September 21, 2016: Fatal crash east of Lusk

Saddle Up For St. Jude trail ride a beautiful success

Sports: NCHS volleyballers improve to 10-4

Rocky Mountain hands Tigers loss

Golf team completes regular season

September 28, 2016: New building for Conservation District

  Mellott sentenced: Korell gave Mellott  a sentence of 18-24 months in prison on Count 1. On counts 2-11 & 14-15 Mellott received six years supervised probation, and if probation was not completed successfully, a sentence of 3-6 years to run concurrently.

Helpmate’s Big Bucks Bingo

Sports: Lady Tigers stumble into Conference play despite injuries

Wyoming State Finals Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition

Tiger Golf Team finishes Fall season at state tournament

Wright Panthers get best of NCHS Tigers at home turf

October 5, 2016: Lusk gets new emergency siren

P.E.O. 38th Annual Luncheon

NCD Household Hazardous Waste collection

Obituaries: Thelma Ruby Heany October 14, 1917 - September 17, 2016

Mabel Lucille Black  February 11, 1927 - October 3, 2016

Mildred E. Pfister McGee April 26, 1919 - October 1, 2016

Sports: Tigers no match for powerful Tongue River

Lady Tigers fall to Pine Bluffs and South East

October 12, 2016: High Tunnel rebuilt

Big Bucks Bingo a success

The history of the Manville Post Office remembered

Obituaries: Mildred Elaine (Pfister) McGee April 26, 1919-October 1, 2016

David Earl Frye March 28, 1931 - October 9, 2016

Sports: Tiger skid continues as Patriots win at Gibson Field

  October 19, 2016: ‘Behind the Lens’: Lisa Shaw, a photographer for the past thirty years, on October 17 Niobrara County Library placed some of her photographs on display in an exhibit entitled ‘Behind the Lens’ that will run into November.

 Pier accepts position: Pier accepts position of Niobrara County Coroner on October 14, 2016.

Obituaries: Bonita (“Bonnie”) Elzora Thomas December 16, 1929 - October 8, 2016

Sports: Cyclones knock NCHS from playoff contention

Homecoming split energizes Lady Tigers

October 26, 2016: NRA Banquet highly attended

34th 4-H Halloween Carnival 

Obituaries: Gertrude A. Poage Eddington April 27, 1923 - October 17, 2016

Sports: Lady Tigers get pigtail win at Burns on Monday

Hornets close door on Tigers difficult season

November 2, 2016: The very definition of hope: Penfield home catches fire

NCHS School Board forum

4-H meat judging team competes well nationally 

Obituaries: Doris Ellen Johnson  January 9, 1955 - October 26, 2016

Sports: Lady Tigers bow out at Regionals, but never gave up

November 9, 2016: Ranchers Feed’s 25,000 sale

2016 General Election results tabulated

Ray Rob retires from local Farm Bureau BoardSports: VandeBossche boys at home in Dickinson

November 16, 2016: National Honor Society induction

Spirits brings it together with new addition

Obituaries: Dora M. Howard April 4, 1930 - November 11, 2016

Sports: Fall sports teams show both athletic and academic excellence

November 23, 2016: Eclipse planning moves forward

Tis the Season for Santa’s Helpers

Actor shares message: Quinton Aaron, star of the mega-hit film, The Blind Side, was in Lusk Nov. 16 .

Niobrara Co. High School Junior class play a ‘hootenanny’

Obituaries: Gary “Dean” Copeland May 18, 1955 - November 10, 2016

Bette Dilbeck Flint December 24, 1934 - November 14, 2016

November 30, 2016: Warden Virginia Pullen retires from WWC

UW president in Lusk: University of Wyoming, President, Laurie Nichols stopped by NCHS.

Obituaries: Bill D. Baker August 9, 1936 - November 18, 2016

December 7, 2016: Dec. kicks off with Christmas Bazaar

Same As It Once Was open house

Fatal crash north of Lusk 

Obituaries: Nellie Jean (Olofson) Pfister July 23, 1935 - November 30, 2016

Donna LaRay Watts Robinson January 28, 1920 - November 30, 2016 

Sports: Lady Tigers basketball look to continue upward trend

NCHS basketball boys look to rebuild under Nelson

December 14, 2016: Holiday open house at Spirits

“Santa’s Helpers” arrive in Lusk

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Obituaries: E. O. Davis, Jr.  February 26, 1925 - December 5, 2016

Pamela Sue Rising October 15, 1960 - October 25, 2016

Nellie J. Pfister November 30, 2016 - July 23, 1935

Sports: Tigers open basketball season at Herder Invite

Wrestling season underway with outstanding performance

Wright tourney tough on young Lady Tigers basketball

December 21, 2016: Niobrara Conservation District hosts open house

Checking in with Gage Richardson

Browder Outstanding Supervisor, honored for service

Obituaries: Pamela Sue Rising  October 15, 1960 – October 25, 2016 

Sports: Tigers struggle at home Jamboree after weather scramble

Lady Tigers split Jamboree games after schedule changes

December 28, 2016: LEMS Christmas Concert

Undercover narcotics investigation

Elks #1797 annual Hoop Shoot

Sports: Who are these new basketball coaches?