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
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?