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CLE October 13, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 13 Forrest Roberts wins world challenge bowl BY DAVID PECK Forrest Roberts is a world champion. The Frannie native and 2004 Rocky Mountain High School graduate recently won the SEG Challenge Bowl following the fi- nals competition on Monday, Sept. 19, in San Antonio. And he did it on his father's birthday. The son of Shane and Miriam Roberts of Frannie, Forrest and his partner, Matt Davis, repre- sented Brigham Young University at the competition, though Forrest is now a graduate student at the University of Texas. According to an SEG news re- lease written by Dean Clark, Rob- erts and Davis "put on a domi- nating display of geophysical expertise" to win the Society of Exploration Geophysicists 2011 Challenge Bowl Finals. Roberts and Davis advanced to the finals by winning the Rocky Mountain Regional competition in Denver in March, defeating the Colorado School of Mines. The BYU team was one of 10 teams from around the world to advance to the SEG Annual Meeting, where the Challenge Bowl was held. Oth- er regions advancing to the finals included Nigeria, Italy, Oklahoma, the U.S. Gulf Coast, Canada, East Africa, Europe and Latin America. The BYU duo won the compe- tition going away. They scored 80 points in round one of the competi: tion, 10 more than Nigeria and Lat- in America, with five teams elimi- iiiii!iiiiiii!!!i!iii!iii!ii!iii!iliii!'iili COURTESY PHOTO Frannie native Forrest Roberts, left, and teammate Matt Davis, right, pose with team sponsor and BYU professor Bill Keaeh following the SEG Challenge Bowl in San Antonio. Roberts and Davis topped an international field to win the finals on Monday, Sept. 19. nated. Their total of 140 points in the semifinal round was more than twice the number of points of any other team. Nigeria also advanced to the finals by edging the Univer- sity of Houston, representing the Gulf Coast, 60-50. Roberts and Davis correctly answered six consecutive ques- tions to build a huge 170-40 lead in the finals before the Nigerian team rallied to close the gap to 170-150, but four wrong answers in the final 10-question "snapper" segment ended the comeback. The BYU team won 210-140, splitting the winning prize of $1,000. "They represented BYU ex- tremely well, both with their knowledge and their deportment," the team's sponsor, visiting asso- ciate professor of geophysics Bill Keach, said in an e-mail to col- leagues. "In addition to lots of rec- ognition, they won a nifty plaque, a nice cash prize AND a job inter- view with ExxonMobil." Shane Roberts said Forrest's win was the best birthday present he could have received. "Boy, it was a great birthday gift," he said. "I smiled for the next two days. The interesting thing about the interview (with Exxon- Mobil) is that it was at a career fair only for professionals already in the field. So the interview was a great opportunity for him and his teammate to make a good profes- sional connection and possibly ac- crue an internship with them later on." Shane said his son's champi- onship reflects well on Frannie and the regional community as a whole. "If Forrest's experience can teach us something, it is that or- dinary people can do some extraor- dinary things if they are not afraid to step out and step up to meet the opportunities available to them," he said. "If students are willing to take advantage of opportunity by working hard, small schools may provide advantages that culmi- nate in larger possibilities." After his graduation from RMHS in 2004 as valedictorian, Forrest attended BYU for one year, served a two-year mission in Brazil, then earned a geology de- gree at BYU, graduating in 2011. He is now working on his master's degree in geology at the University of Texas. Senior Chatter AARP driver safety course set for Oct. 17 BY PHYLLIS BRONKEMA The Newcomers' Club met at the Senior Center on Oct. 6 for card games. The pinochle players were down in attendance with only two tables instead of their usual three. Phyllis Bronkema was heard say- ing, "With fewer players, I have a better chance of taking high." Instead, she disappointingly took low, and Caroline Boltz got high for the second week in a row. The Bridge Players ac- tually had more players then usual. Sheila Han- sen won high for the af- ternoon, due to her usual skillful playing. This month's birthday party will be on Wednes- day, Oct. 19. The meal will feature baked ham and cake. Make plans to at- tend. The biggest event on the center's horizon is their upcoming AARP driver safety course to be held on Monday, Oct. 17. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $12 for AARP members or $14 for non-members. Lunch is in- cluded in the price. A unique benefit of taking the course is that many insurance compa- nies give its members a discount, which lasts for two or three years. The Center urges you to check with your insurance car- rier to see what your dis- count may be. The course is a good review for se- niors. People 50 and older may attend. If you wish to take advantage of this class, please call the center at 548-6556 to help them know how many to plan for. The senior center's annual Halloween party is a little over two weeks away. Halloween bingo will again be played. Bin- go winners will receive a can of food. Seniors are en- couraged to bring canned goods ahead of time, or on the actual day of the party. Each can will be in a paper bag, so each one will be a surprise. Byron News Otis, the Red Bull and the Bear E. DENNEY NEVILLE 548- 7829 nevilleart@tctwest, net There are individuals in the fab- ric of our history we don't hear much about that have survived a variety of challenges and interesting events. One such person is Otis Sessions. Otis died in 1977, a bachelor that lived most of his life in a little home west of Byron on the north side of highway 14A. What I remember as his home can still be seen tucked in under a heavy growth of trees about a thousand yards north of the first big curve in the highway a mile west of town. As a young, 19-year-old man, Otis was an average kind of tough cowboy. One summer he made up his mind to ride in the rodeo held during the an- num town celebration, declaring he would ride the Red Bull, a wild critter with a rowdy reputation. An arena in the middle of town served as the rodeo site, located where the old water tower used to stand di- rectly behind the three brick homes, north across Main Street from the school. Back in the early years of By- ron, this same area was also used as a holding corral for stray livestockPa critter jail for runaways. The owners of fugitive livestock were required to pay a fine to regain possession of them. The commitment to ride the Red Bull did not end well for Otis. The Red Bull dumped him in quick order and roughed him up critically before he could be removed from the arena and taken to safety. Otis was taken from the rodeo grounds to the steps of a nearby build- ing used as a jail, official town office and supply store. There he was given available medical attention address- ing his critical condition. The Red Bull had caused a serious head inju- ry and possibly internal injuries and broken bones. His chances for surviv- al looked doubtful. Regardless of how bad things looked at the time, Otis did survive. However, he lived out the rest of his life somewhat handicapped by prob- lems caused from his attempt to ride the Red Bull. Later in his life Otis experienced a more humorous event that started one afternoon in late summer when a crew of oil field workers spotted a black bear crossing the flats in the oil- fields north west of Byron. For several days after that, many in the area, my brother and I included, tried to find the bear and get a good look at it. The only evidence of the bear we came up with was the bear's footprint that my brother Wally photographed with his Brownie camera. Then late one night, Otis, rest- ing quietly in his little home west of Byron, was awakened by the noise of his excited chickens in the coop next to his house. He got up, went outside into the backyard with his hunting ri- fle and a flashlight, and began search- ing for the cause of all the commotion that had his chickens in a frenzy. To his surprise he soon spotted, in the beam of his flashlight, the gleaming eyes of the itinerate bear crouched on a large limb directly above the chick- en coop. To find an unexpected bear on a limb directly over his chicken coop, though a problem to some, had a sim- ple solution for Otis. He shot the bear. Gravity, dead weight and loss of suf- ficient balance to stay on the limb above the coop, combined in the bear's general direction of descent, and it en- tered the coop through the roof much to the surprise of the already, serious- ly agitated chickens. Now, if you have, even in the least, a bit of knowledge about directionally challenged chickens and their out-of- control squawking, you should easily see with your imagination the furi- ous storm of feathers and the sound of the squawking chorus with which the chickens welcomed the entrance of this unwanted guest into their al- ready vociferous congregation--even though dead on arrival. My dad took my brother and me out to see the bear strung up in the tree after the incident. Feathers still quietly drifted across on the ground as the chickens nervously clucked and scampered about seeming yet quite suspicious and staying a good dis- tance away from the dead intruder. Otis retains the distinct honor of being the only Byronite to ever bag a big, black bear in a backyard in By- ron. Kudos to Otis! When I hear somebody sigh that "life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?" -- Sydney J. Harris Cowley News Lights out over Cowley DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 548-6901 Last Thursday when the lights went out for quite some time at about 9:45 p.m., our household was totally unprepared for the hour or so of dark- ness we experienced. A flashlight is kept on the kitchen cabinet by the phone, but I was in the front room watching a favorite television show when everything went black. Naturally, I began to go into the kitchen, but found my equilibrium was useless, so I crawled into the din- ing room on my hands and knees try- ing to locate the doorways. It was quite a harrowing experience and by the time I got into the area, I was fortunate enough to discover some matches on a desk, which provided the light to get me to the counter, find the flashlight, dig my candles out and function once more. I opened the kitchen door to find the moon in the sky, but all I saw was this tiny sliver of light. It was totally black out there and the rain pouring down didn't help the atmo- sphere much. But being caught un- aware made me realize that we should be prepared for lights out by putting candles, flashlights, matches, etc. in a spot that is easy to reach for just such emergencies. Maybe those candles with batteries would be a good idea? Bobi Jo Leonhardt had a memo- rable first week of October when she took a painting class at MSU in Bill- ings for five days. Bobi is quite an art- ist, she paints with oils, draws and sews specialized quilts. She hadn't tried watercolor painting, so she en- joyed the class and learned tech- niques from the instructor, Tony Couch. Couch is from Georgia, and dur- ing the class, Bobi met many inter- esting artists from California, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota and Michigan. The days were a bit long, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but Bobi enjoyed the class, learned new techniques and met new friends. She plans to begin watercolor painting in the future. The Cowley website at www,My- Family.corn has so many interesting facts with histories, family portraits of the past, genealogy and people from many states who are former residents just keeping in touch. Gib Fisher had a brilliant idea when he introduced us all to the website. It has created much laughter, has helped us keep personal ties with one another, reported deaths, births, family and school and childhood memories come alive again. People banter, write and main- tain friendships of former lives here in Cowley and surrounding areas. Last week a young man named Ed Willis from Sandy, Utah, son ofV.C. (Vee, as we all knew him) and Eva Lou March- ant Willis, wrote an especially poi- gnant essay that expresses what we all feel in memory of family. The es- say can be found on the website. Staff Sgt. Peter Birkholz retires from Wyoming National Guard Staff Sgt. Peter Birk- hoh, of Lovell, retired from the Wyoming Army National Guard Sept. 18, after 32 years of service. He most recently served as a food service spe- cialist with the 920th For- ward Support Company in Lovell. Other duty assign- ments have included De- tachment 1, Headquarters, Headquarters Support, 2nd Battalion, 300th Field Artil- lery; C Battery, 2-300th FA, and Headquarters, Head- quarters Battery 2-300th FA. Birkholz began his military career as a food service specialist with De- tachment 1, Headquarters, Headquarters Support, 2nd Battalion, 300th Field Artillery, in 2007. He has deployed in support of Op- eration Iraqi Freedom and Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. During the retirement ceremony, Birkhoh was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for a com- bination of 32 years of ser- vice, preparing more than 500,000 meals during the unit's last deployment to Kuwait, and greatly con- tributing to the overall suc- cess of the cook section of the unit. He has been award- ed the following awards: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star (3rd award), Global War on Terrorism Expedition- ary Medal, Global war on Terrorism Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Rib- bon, Overseas Service Rib- bon (3rd award) and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 'wr' device. Zachary Haskell Haskell to start mission in Brazil Elder Zachary James Welch Haskell, son of Tracey and Brad Haskell of Lovell, has been called to serve a two-year mis- sion for the Church of Je- sus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Haskell has been called to the Brazil Sao Paulo East Mission, and he entered the Missionary Training Center in Pro- vo, Utah, on Oct. 5. While there, he will spend ap- proximately two months learning Portuguese, the language of Brazil. Usual- ly the elders go directly to the MTC in Brazil, but El- der Haskell's visa hadn't arrived yet, so he went to Provo instead. The area that he will serve includes the center of the city ofSao Paulo and extends east to the ocean and north of the city about 80 miles. Elder Haskell spoke in the Lovell 2nd Ward on Sunday, Sept. 25.