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March 25, 2010 3:20 am

Future star

Written by Tribune Staff

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Alexandra Buckley of Lovell sings “Over the Rainbow” during last week's Stars of Tomorrow show sponsored by the Powell Kiwanis. Buckley's performance earned third place in the middle school division. See the story on Page 8 for complete results. Tribune photo by Don Amend

March 23, 2010 4:03 am

Powell woman sues police

Written by Tribune Staff

Suit claims civil rights were violated during '09 drug search

A Powell woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the Powell Police Department and the city of Powell alleging her civil rights were violated in a 2009 drug search of her home.

In the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Casper earlier this month, plaintiff Tricia Wachsmuth of Powell alleges police officers used excessive force when executing a search warrant, acted recklessly, caused unnecessary damage to her home, used her as a human shield and caused her severe emotional distress.

March 23, 2010 3:54 am

Simpson announces run for governor

Written by Tribune Staff

Republican Colin Simpson of Cody announced his candidacy for the Wyoming governor's seat before an audience of family, friends and supporters during a campaign stop in Cody on Thursday evening.

He cited his proven experience, strength and stability as qualifications for the job.

March 23, 2010 3:50 am

Taxi service starts in Powell

Written by Tribune Staff

A second attempt to start a taxi service was successful for a local business.

The Powell City Council unanimously approved a taxicab license for Backwoods Cab last week.

Sasha McMillan re-submitted the application following an unsuccessful bid for a license last month. The council denied the original request over concerns about the checkered driving history of Kyle Ninker, a co-applicant on the first request.

March 23, 2010 3:48 am

PHS looks to defend title

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PHS tracksters (from left) Brooke Nisley, Claire Wetzel and Desiree Murray, jog on the infield during an early-season track warmup. The Panther girls, who return en masse from 2009, and the defending 3A champion boys, begin competition Saturday in Cody. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Wealth of experience returns for Panther girls

When we last saw the Powell High School track team, the Panther boys were engaged in a frenzied infield celebration after a last-leg victory over rival Cody in the 4x400 relay delivered the state championship trophy to Powell.

Fast forward one year. Patrick Sullivan, whose fleet feet delivered that memorable moment, has graduated. So, too, have other key members of the Panthers' 2009 title team.

March 23, 2010 3:43 am

Panthers lose two in jamboree

Written by Tribune Staff

Girls soccer falls to 4A teams

The Powell High School girls' soccer team came up short on the scoreboard Saturday, but saw plenty of cause for optimism as they began their season in Cody. Powell fell 3-0 in jamboree action to Star Valley before giving up a 6-1 decision to Green River.

The Panthers' expected three-game weekend was trimmed back to two after Rock Springs failed to make the journey north.

The wrestling season didn't end the way the Powell Panthers wanted it to, but for Coach Nathan Urbach and his team, there were plenty of highlights to make it a stellar season on the mat, despite missing out on the state team championship by a single point.

“It was a tough, tough loss,” said Urbach. “The kids wrestled really well and set a team record for most points in a state tournament.”

There were plenty of other highlights for the Panthers during the season. They won their own invitational to begin the year, and followed up by winning a dual meet tournament in Worland.

During the season, they finished third in a multi-state meet in Miles City, Mont. and took another third in the biggest Wyoming tournament, the Ron Thon in Riverton, where they took on the top schools in all classes, including most of the 4A schools.

“Placing third at the Ron Thon was a big highlight,” Urbach said. “It's the first time in a long time Powell has brought home a trophy from the premier tournament for Wyoming High School Wrestling.”

In dual meet action, they lost only twice, to Montana powers Bozeman and Belgrade. Among their wins were defeats of Douglas, the top team in the east region and 3A state champion and Greybull/Riverside, the state 2A champion.

Individually, twelve Panthers reached the finals in the regional tournament. Eight of them won championships, and along with the four second-place finishers, seven more finished in the top four, and Powell took a contingent of 22 wrestlers to Casper for the state finals.

Twelve wrestlers came home from Casper with medals, including state champions Colt Nix, Randy Andrews and Auston Carter, who finished his career by winning his fourth, the first Powell wrestler ever to do so.

Still, there was that one-point loss that tempered the individual accomplishments, according to Nix.

“I knew in my head that I had worked hard and deserved to win the championship,” Nix said. “But in the end it was hard to enjoy it. It was a rough way to end the season.”

For Urbach, though, the loss didn't detract from what his team had accomplished during the season.

“I thought we got much better throughout the year,” Urbach said. “A ton of individual and team records were recorded by this team.”

Looking ahead to next year, the Panthers will lose five state medalists to graduation, Carter, second-place finishers Trent Gillett, Cole Cary, Monte Nickles and Joe Lujan, and Urbach said they will be missed.

“I will miss this class of kids,” Urbach said.”They were a ton of fun to be around and tough competitors on the mat.”

A solid core of wrestlers returns though, led by Nix and sophomore Andrews. Also returning will be Olie Olson, a champion his freshman year and third place finisher this year, state finalists Jessee Craig and Jimmy Seckman and third-place winners Robert Friday and Waylon Bays, both sophomores.

Dylan Rood, Charles Wittick, Drew Feller, Clay Saldana, Mike Mundy, Danny Harris, Randy Bullinger and Trevor Griffeth all will return with state tournament experience under their belts as well.

“We should be strong again next year with eight returning medalists and a good eighth-grade class coming in. A lot of it depends on the work put in after the season,” Urbach said, adding he was proud of his team and appreciated the support of their parents throughout the season, and credited his assistant coaches Zach Coombs and Steve Martin for their work during the season as well.

For more than 15 years, the reintroduction of wolves has bred controversy in Wyoming.

The ongoing issue was highlighted again over the weekend at an anti-wolf rally in Jackson, which drew hundreds of residents who blame wolves for the decline in elk populations.

Dwindling elk populations in the Greater Yellowstone area worry outfitters and conservationists alike, but opposing groups differ on what is causing the downward trend in cow-calf ratios.

Wolves certainly play a role in the declining calf numbers, but likely are not the only contributing factor.

The concern over elk populations and the recent rally highlight the continued need for an effective wolf management plan in Wyoming, where the animal is still under federal protection.

Wyoming lawmakers remain at odds with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials over the wolf's classification as an endangered species.

Montana and Idaho conducted successful wolf hunts last year, but Wyoming wolves still roam under federal protection.

Following unsuccessful lawsuits, Wyoming hasn't joined its sister states in the hunts because its law calls for wolves to be killed in most areas of the state without a permit.

For Wyoming's wolf population to be managed through hunting, state lawmakers must compromise on the predator zone. It's unrealistic to think the federal government will allow for wolves to go directly from the endangered species list to becoming a shoot-on-sight predator in much of the state.

Wyoming needs a science-based management plan that allows for trophy-game status for hunting wolves. Otherwise, the long-fought political battles will be drawn out for years to come.

March 23, 2010 3:23 am

Kay Kinney Carlson

Written by Tribune Staff

(Dec. 22, 1945 - March 20, 2010)

Kay Kinney Carlson, 64, died March 20, 2010, at her home in Powell.

She was born in Cambridge, Idaho, on Dec. 22, 1945. Before her third birthday, her parents Glenna M. Brandt and Fred W. Kinney, and older sister Linda R. Kinney, moved to Bend, Ore.

Her younger sisters, Connie and Andrea, were born in Bend. Kay's family later moved to Ontario, Ore., and she graduated from Ontario High School in 1964. She attended the University of Oregon and then Eastern Oregon College, graduating in 1971. Her daughter, Bethany Kay Moffit, was born in 1974.

Kay enjoyed working in Ontario at the Treasure Valley Community College Library for several years. She was the quintessential librarian, always ready to help anyone gain knowledge or information at a moment's notice.

In 1979, she married the love of her life, Jim Carlson. They joined families and lived in Vale, Ore., where Jim continued his position as superintendent of schools and Kay was the assistant librarian at TVCC. She subsequently served in numerous different library positions.

After Bethany began her college career, Kay returned to school as a graduate student at Indiana University, obtaining her master's degree in library science from the School of Library and Information Science in 1993.

Jim and Kay returned to the West, and Kay worked as library director at Dull Knife Memorial College in Lame Deer, Mont.

They later moved to Powell, and Kay became the library director at Northwest College. Her efforts as director included enhancing and directing the library building expansion, increasing the number of books, updating library technology and initiating the tradition of having an annual high tea to welcome visitors to the library. She served on the College Council at Northwest College and on president and faculty search committees. “Book Woman” was an effective and beloved boss.

She was very active in civic, college, church and community organizations. She especially liked participating in the bell choir and AAUW. Kay served on the Wyoming Council for the Humanities Board. She served as president of the Wyoming Library Association and was recognized as Wyoming Librarian of the Year. She and Jim willingly served their community in Powell in many capacities including the Union Presbyterian Church and other local organizations. She was serving her second term as treasurer of the Powell Valley Health Care Board of Directors.

Kay had a wonderful, wry sense of humor and a quiet, kind demeanor which belied her compassionate and persistent activism. She was known for her love and kindness for everyone, particularly her family. She composed poetry and held a lifelong passion for the written word.

Together Kay and Jim have six children: Bonnie Goss (Richie), Jimmie Carlson, Nisha Carlson-Kettlehut (Chris), twins Randy Carlson (Christy) and Renee Carlson and Bethany Gaylord (Robert). They have 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Kay is also survived by her sisters, Connie Harris (Scott) and Andrea Fowers (Monty); and a sister-in-law, Marge Mead (Elvin).

A memorial service will be at Union Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Donations to the Northwest College Student Textbook Scholarship Fund in Kay's name would be welcomed.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and online condolences may be sent to the family at www.thompsonfuneral.net.

March 23, 2010 3:14 am

Diane Marie Shirley

Written by Tribune Staff

(Dec. 16, 1950 – March 14, 2010)

Former Powell resident Diane (Knopp) Shirley died on March 14, 2010, with her son, Eric Thompson, and her brother, Allan Knopp, at her side.

Diane was born on Dec. 16, 1950, in Powell, the daughter of Harry and Bessie Knopp.

She married Raymond Ramirez in 1966, and together they had two children, Eric and Ileah.

Following her recent divorce, Diane relocated to Plainfield, Ill., to be near her son and his family.

She is survived by her parents Harry and Bessie Knopp of Powell; son Eric Thompson (Amber) of Plainfield, Ill.; daughter Ileah Cook (David) of Arizona; brothers Gary Knopp of Billings and Allan Knopp (Jo Ann) of Powell: and five grandchildren, Daelyn and Rylan Thompson, and Bianca, Brigitte and Nicolette DeMarco.

In observance of Diane's wishes, she was cremated and a memorial service will be held in Powell in the near future.