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Lovell, Wyoming 82431 Price 75 Thursday, June 3, 2010 Volume 104, Number 51 DAVm l~cK Quinton Mangus, 7, of Sheridan learns about the sacrifices of veterans during Monday's Memorial Day ceremony in Cowley as an American flag waves in the breeze next to him. BY BRENDA TENBOER A Deaver man charged with six sex crimes who fought extradition from Montana will continue to be held in the Big Horn County Jail on $1 million bond. District Court Judge Steven Cranfill last Thursday said witness testimony is needed before he can make a decision on a request to lower the bond to $100,000 cash or surety for Marvin Tilley, 58. BigHornCountyDeputy Prosecuting Attorney James Hallman described Tilley, if convicted of the charges, as a "longtime serial sex offender" who will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Hallman said Tilley was hospitalized in Casper in August after suffering broken bones in his neck as a result of a car wreck. Law enforcement authorities contacted Tilley in the hospital and asked for identification but didn't immediately arrest him on a Big Horn County warrant alleging six felony sex- related charges. Natrona County officials, not wanting to become responsible for Tilley's immediate medical bills, positively identified the suspect and were going to arrest him before he was released from the hospital, Hallman said. Tilley, tipped off about law enforcement plans, allegedly left the hospital without doctor's authorization to avoid arrest, according to Hallman. He drove to Billings, where he was arrested on Sept. 13, 2009, and held without bond. He fought extradition and the governor of Montana eventually signed an order on Nov. 6 to force the suspect's return to Wyoming. Hallman also alleged that Tilley's wife contacted both victims and witnesses in this case in attempts to make them change their testimony. Tilley should remain behindbars on the $1 million bond for public safety and because the case is an On the way home, ongoing investigation with Tilley did meet in more victims anticipated Thermopolis with attorney to file complaints, Hallman Mike Messenger, who said. made some contacts on Tilley'sattorney,James Tilley's behalf, but because Castberg of Sheridan, Messenger wanted a argued the Tilleys are lifelong residents of Deaver with a $285,000 home in Park County to use as collateral for bond. Castberg said Tilley was convicted of fourth- degree sexual assault against a woman in the 1990s and served 60 days in jail. The current charges all contain allegations of sex acts against a child, a crime Tilley has never been previously charged with. Castberg then painted a very different picture of the events described by Hallman based on law enforcement reports. Tilley was in the Casper hospital, but after Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers took the information from his driver's license and left, Tilley had no idea he was a wanted man, according to Castberg. $100,000 retainer, Tilley chose to keep moving. Tilley went to Montana to work in the oil fields and on construction sites, which is his normal means of income, Castberg said. Castberg said Tilley refused to cooperate with extradition because a Big Horn County deputy threatened him at one time and he was afraid to come back. Judge Cranfill set an evidentiary hearing on the bond request for June 17 when witnesses are expected to testify. The six charges Tilley allegedly committed include rape and forced sex acts on a girl under the age of 12 in 1981, rape of another young girl in 1976 and forcing a third child victim to perform sex acts on him in the mid 1970s. BY BRAD DEVEREAUX Coming to the Big Horn Basin in 1879, Henry Clay L0vell was just beginning to get into the cattle ranching business. He met Anthony Mason and the two men formed a partnership and a plan to raise cattle on the open range of the Big Horn Basin that was wide open and stretched as far as the eye could see. But they had a lot of work to do first. They built the enter- prise slowly but surely, con- structing a ranch and later relocating it to its current location at Willow Creek near the Big Horn River. Their partnership flour- ished and through a lot of hard work, their herd grew to more than an estimated 25,000 head that roamed free-range through the ba- sin, helping the partners make much money from the land they lived on. Life was good at the Mason-Lovell Ranch. About 120 years later, Rep. Elaine Harvey (R-- Lovell) experienced a simi- lar satisfaction when visit- ing the Mason-Lovell Ranch last week at the Bighorn Canyon National Recre- ation Area. She stopped to talk with a group of Univer- sity of Wyoming students who were hard at work rebuilding corrals at the ranch, originally built dur- ing the early ranchers' hey- day around the turn of the 20th century. The eight students are a crew that is' part of the- Wyoming Conservation Corps. The WCC was cre- ated in 2007 by legislation that was pushed through the Wyoming House of Rep- resentatives and Senate by the Joint Minerals, Busi- ness and Economic Devel- opment Committee. Har- vey managed the bill on the floor of the House. "Our vision was for state and other agencies to use them to do construction projects," Harvey said, add- ing that another purpose of the WCC was to peak stu- dents' interests in resource management. "So the stu- dents would come to love the land and through sci- ence learn what the land needed." The bill took two years before it passed to secure seed funding of $312,000 in matching funds for the WCC, Harvey said. She said the program is meant to keep young adults educated in all of Wyo- ming's natural resources while also instilling in them a love for the land that will make them want to stay in Wyoming later in life. "We want you to learn to conserve and take ..... of what we have here," Har- vey said, adding, "Hands-on experience is the best way to learn." The students got a taste of being a homesteader/ rancher at the turn of the century, installing a large corral at the ranch that had become dilapidated over the years and was even- tually torn down. Though they used an auger and other power tools to help with the construction, the students were performing essentially the same work that Lovell did when he de- signed the original corrals and hand-dug holes for the railroad tie posts. The stu- dents worked alongside Ted Preator, Tyler Ennis and other NPS workers. WCC Senior Project Co- ordinator Ben Bump said BRAD D~W~Aux Team players who helped make the ML Ranch Corral restoration a reality include (l-r) WCC Senior Project Coordinator Ben Bump, Ted Preator of the NPS, UW student Amy Freye, Rep. Elaine Harvey (R--Lovell) and UW students Emma Openheim, Erin Daley, Adam Ellowitz, Sam Murray, Stephanie Bartlett and Eben Johnson. The group is posed in front of the bunkhouses at the historic ranch, behind a portion of the corral they worked on. the program puts an em- phasis on education for stu- dents enrolled. They receive UW credits for the 10-week course, and they spend at least a day taking an edu- cational tour of each area in which they work while also learning about the local re- source management pro- grams in place. This sum- mer, six different crews will complete six 10-day projects throughout the state. See 'RANCH,' page 6 Filing wraps up BY DAVID PECK AND KARLA POMEROY There will be a significant changing of the guard among north Big Horn County mayors as four of the five incumbent mayors did not file for re-election by Friday's deadline for the August 17 Primary Election. According to final filings reported to the Big Horn County Clerk's Office by local town clerks, mayors Milton Meier of Byron, Roland Simmons of Cowley, Rod Wambeke of Deaver and Gerald Dart of Frannie did not file for office. In their place on the ballot will be 11 challengers, including four in Byron, four in Frannie, two in Deaver and one in Cowley. In Lovell, Mayor Bruce Morrison did file for re-election and will be joined on the ballot by three challengers. There will be four candidates for mayor in Byron to replace Milton Meier: Bret George, Gary Gruell, Gary Petrich and Carl Watts. Two candidates will advance to the General Election in November. In Frannie, there are four candidates for mayor to replace Gerald Dart: Jack Cordner, Harold Curry, Jason Dixon and Nadine Kreutzer. Again, two will advance to the General Election. Two councilmen have filed to take over for Rod Wambeke in Deaver: Don Wenstrom Jr. and Fred Yates. Both will advance to the General Election in November with the winner elected mayor and the loser staying on the council with his council term not up until 2012. The council would then appoint a replacement for whoever is elected mayor. There are also two candidates in Cowley to replace Roland Simmons in the mayor's chair. Current councilwoman Carolyn Barnes has filed for mayor, along with Joel Peterson. In Lovell, there are three challengers for Mayor Bruce Morrison: Stephen Fowler, Garrett Pike and James Szlemko. There are also 17 candidates* throughout north Big Horn County for two town council seats in each municipality. Byron leads the way with six candidates for two seats on the council. Filing in Byron were incumbent Linda NeVille, Alan Bair, Dennis Cozzens, Jeffery Langston, Andy Petrich and Karma Sanders. Four candidates - two for each seat - will advance to the General Election. Curtis Abraham did not file for re-election. There are four candidates in Frannie: incumbents James Beard and Marty Roedel and challengers Gayla Hazen and Richard Kelly. Barring a write-in candidate, all four will advance to the General Election. Three have filed for the council in Cowley: incumbent David Banks and challengers Diane Badget and Frank Weinand. The other council member whose seat is up; Barnes, is running for mayor. Three will advance to the General Election, with the possibility of a fourth, write-in, candidate. There are few candidates for council in Lovell and Deaver, leaving open the possibility of write-in nominations. There are two candidates for two seats in Lovell: incumbent Bruce Wolsey and newcomer Rick Banks. Councilwoman Jodi Lindsay did not file for re-election. There are also two candidates for two seats in Deaver in the form of current councilman Mark Cozzens and newcomer Gary Fulbright. Councilwoman Cindy Phillips did not file for re-election. According to Wyoming statute, a candidate must receive three write-in votes to be eligible to be on the ballot. A candidate must accept the nomination by filing the appropriate paperwork, along with the $25 filing fee. BUSY COUNTY RACES At the county level, there are five races with any opposition with former county attorney Michelle McColloch Burns of Greybull filing to challenge current Big Horn CountyAttorney GeorgiaAntley Hunt of Basin for the Republican nomination. County Clerk Dori Noyes of Greybull is being challenged by Deputy Clerk Cynde LaCounte of Greybull for the Republican nomination, while former Deputy Clerk Catherine C. Stuber of Greybull has filed for the Democratic nomination. Three county residents are challenging Keith Grant of Lovell and Thomas "Scotty" Hiuman of Basin for two commission seats. Joining Linda Harp of Basin are Joe Sylvester of Greybull and Barry Wilske of Lovell. All five candidates have filed as Republicans. Big Horn County SheriffKen Blackburn of Cowley is being challenged by Greybull police officer and Basin resident Ben Mayland for the Republican nomination. Assessor Gina Anderson of Shell is being challenged by Deputy Assessor Teri Hill of Basin for the Republican nomination for that position. Unopposed in the Primary Election are County Coroner Del Atwood Jr. of Basin, Clerk of County Court Vickie Larchick and County Treasurer Becky Lindsey of Greybull. See ELECTION, page 6 IIIUI! I!,ljIII!l ! LI!!I II II