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April 20, 2010 3:51 am

West Park closer to ballot

Written by Tribune Staff

Decision could come today

A proposed $14.2 million capital facilities tax for upgrades to Cody's West Park Hospital is one step closer to being in the hands of voters.

The Cody City Council voted last week to put West Park's proposition to Park County voters in August, meaning that a yes vote from the Park County Commission today (Tuesday) would officially put the measure on the primary ballot.

April 20, 2010 3:49 am

Soccer boys tumble in OT

Written by Tribune Staff

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Daniel Katz battles for control of the ball during the Panthers' Saturday contest at Jackson. Powell grabbed the lead twice, but Jackson came away with a 3-2 overtime victory in the 3A West contest. Courtesy photo/Price Cambers, Jackson Hole News and Guide

Team routs Pinedale to split 3A West games

For the second time in as many years, the Powell Panthers watched as Jackson escaped from their sights with an overtime victory. The Broncs tallied the only goal in extra time to score a 3-2 overtime win in 3A West conference play.

The decision came less than 24 hours after the Panthers pummelled Pinedale by a 7-1 final count, earning the team a split of weekend games.

April 20, 2010 3:41 am

Panther boys capture track title

Written by Tribune Staff

Girls' team third over weekend

The Powell High School boys' track team ran away from the competition on Saturday while the girls finished third at the 2010 L.A. Kohnke Invitational in Powell. The Panthers also picked up a pair of new automatic qualifiers for the state track and field championships.

“I was a bit surprised at our team scores with the number of kids we were missing that were on a band trip,” said Powell head coach Scott Smith. “We really do have some of our young kids starting to really step up and score some points for us. That's the kind of improvement we love to see, because that is really what our No. 1 goal is —to have every kid improve every week.”

April 20, 2010 3:32 am

Panther girls split games

Written by Tribune Staff

PHS Soccer team scores important conference win

The Powell High School girls' soccer team scored a split of 3A West games over the weekend. The Panthers scored a 3-1 win at Pinedale on Friday before falling at top-ranked Jackson 10-0 on Saturday.

“Any time you can go on the road and win, especially when it is a long road trip, that's a good thing,” said Panther head coach Brad Hammond. “The girls came out and played well against Pinedale, and that's always a concern when you're stepping off the bus after six hours and having to play.”

Junior Molly McCray fired a shot from 15 yards out past the reach of Pinedale's keeper to open the scoring. Senior Shelby Willis followed with a strike to make it 2-0 at the half for the Panthers.

Katie Kipp stretched Powell's lead to 3-0 in the second half before Pinedale answered with a goal in the waning minutes against the Panthers' reserves.

“All three goals were the result of good individual effort to create space and put the ball on the goal,” said Hammond.

The Panthers missed on a few additional shot attempts throughout the contest as Powell peppered the crossbar and goal posts.

“We didn't do a good job of finishing,” said Hammond. “We should have probably had another goal or two, but we did a good job of keeping the pressure on and taking shots. We were also able to get some minutes to some players that don't always get the varsity time, which was nice.”

The Panthers faced a taller task on Saturday as their road trip took them to No. 1 Jackson. Similar to the team's game against No. 2 Cody a couple weeks earlier, the Panthers found themselves scored on in the opening minute as Jackson built a 6-0 halftime margin.

“We don't usually see teams that can consistently put the ball on goal from 30 yards out and score, and that's pretty much what Jackson was doing,” said Hammond. “We made some nice stops on some of their shots and breakaways, but they just kept the pressure on.”

The Panthers' coach also suggested a mental barrier may be in place when it comes to Jackson.

“In our minds, I think we may have been beat before we arrived,” said Hammond. “We're still working on that confidence. We're getting there. We've got more wins already than we had last season, but it still is going to take some time and some more Ws.”

In JV action, the Panthers fell to Jackson by a 4-0 count. The Powell reserves split a 1-1 decision against Pinedale.

As anti-spend sentiments came to a boil at Tea Party rallies throughout the nation last week, it's important to recognize that Wyoming's pork-barrel spending is the lowest in the nation.

In the “2010 Pig Book” recently released by the nonpartisan Citizens Against Government Waste, Wyoming ranked the lowest for so-called pork-barrel projects. The watchdog group defines pork projects as “a line-item in an appropriations bill that designates tax dollars for a specific purpose in circumvention of established budgetary procedures.”

The national average for pork spending is $27 per person. Hawaii topped the pork-per-capita list at $251 per person, while spending for Wyoming stood at $12 per resident.

Our northern neighbor Montana ranked seventh on the list, with spending at $105 per person. Montana's Rep. Denny Rehberg recorded the highest number of earmark projects in the House of Representatives, with 88. By comparison, Wyoming's three-member Congressional Delegation had just five projects deemed as pork.

The Cowboy State also showed the most significant improvement from the previous year. In 2009, Wyoming ranked 15th on the list. This year, the state dropped 36 spots to the 51st position.

The report is a testament to Wyoming's Congressional Delegation's fiscal responsibility. While other members of Congress have slipped earmarks into legislation, Wyoming's leaders have shown restraint, keeping the state's pork-spending the lowest in the nation.

Earmarks are enticing for some members of Congress. As Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., told CBS News last week, earmarks buy votes. “And if any senior member of our conference or this Congress wants to pass a bill, they use earmarks. They sprinkle them around like candy,” he said.

It's encouraging to see that isn't the case for Wyoming.

(March 10, 1937 - March 2, 2010)

Sally-Kate Collins of Gillette, Wyo., died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at the Billings Clinic surrounded by her family.

Sally-Kate was born in Troy, N.Y., on March 10, 1937, to Ruth (Isabel Uline) and Phillip Hurlbut. She then moved with her mother, step-father Alec Brown, and brother Michael A. Brown, to Billings in 1949.

She attended elementary schools in the Billings area and Billings Senior High School. She married Miles “Shorty” Mock in 1953 in Billings.

They had three sons, Miles Stephen Gaansevort “Mick” Mock-Jones of Arizona; Curtis Alec Mock of Rhode Island; and Douglas Edward “Hank” Mock of Montana. Shorty and Sally-Kate later divorced.

Sally-Kate married Robert L. “Bob” Collins in 1979. They lived in Columbus, Mont., Casper, Cody and, finally, Gillette.

Sally attended Eastern Montana College in Billings, graduating with bachelor's degrees in physical education, English and education. She also earned her certified nursing assistant license while living in Cody in order to work in the hospital. Then she and Bob opened Our House, a senior care home.

Sally-Kate loved riding and training horses. She enjoyed gardening and raising flowers — hyacinths and tulips were being grown inside this spring. She was an accomplished cook. Her cookbook collection was only dwarfed by her collection of individual recipes. Each recipe had a story to go with it. Her love was doing things for other people.

She loved to read and enjoyed listening to books-on-tape and watching movies and documentaries.
Sally-Kate met every challenge through her faith.

Even though she was confined to a wheelchair as a complication of multiple sclerosis, diabetes and heart failure, Sally's first concern was how she could help others.

She tutored students in math, social studies and English in her home.

She spent 45 years working with youngsters in the 4-H horse program in both Montana and Wyoming.

She enjoyed the monthly gatherings in the Cottonwood Terrace Apartments where she lived in Gillette. She counseled the home health ladies and often the nurses at the hospital who were helping her — about their children, their parents, their spouses and, of course, their horses!

She was also a long-time supporter of groups working to help children, including the Omaha School for Boys and Mi Casa in South America just to mention a few.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Collins; her boys, Mick, Curtis and Hank; and her first husband Shorty Mock.

She is also survived by her brother, Michael of Billings; her sisters, Toni Brown-Kemerling of Gillette and Kandi Gropp of Denver. Surviving grandchildren include Chris and Amanda Mock of Billings; Nathan, Gabrielle and Patrick Mock of Rhode Island; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip Hurlbut and Ruth and Alec Brown.

Donations may be made to the Sally-Kate Collins Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank. Funds will be donated to the University of Illinois at Chicago MS Tissue Repository where Sally's brain and spinal cord were donated for research. Memorials may also be made in Sally-Kate's name to the 4-H horse program or to a worthy program of one's choice.

A memorial service will be at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 24 at the Cody Senior Center.

April 20, 2010 3:23 am

Cecile Cordelia Elaine Flom

Written by Tribune Staff

(Aug. 19, 1909 - April 15, 2010)

Surrounded by family and friends, Cecile Cordelia Elaine Flom, 100, died on April 15, 2010.

Cecile was born Aug. 19, 1909, in Glenwood Village, Minn., one of four children born to Henry and Sophia Ness.

She married Leonard Flom on May 1, 1933. Cecile and Leonard had five children: Robert, Phillip, Sharon, Sherman and Nancy.

Cecile and Leonard moved to Cody during the summer of 1951. She was a long-time school employee, and she was well-known in the Cody area for her butterhorn rolls and lemon meringue pie.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings; her husband, Leonard; and her two youngest children, Nancy and Sherman.

Cecile is survived by her children, Robert (Carol), Phillip (Marge) and Sharon (Joe); nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cody.

Graveside memorial services will take place July 16 at 10 a.m. in Glenwood, Minn., during a Flom family reunion.

April 20, 2010 3:22 am

Norma Jean (Shipman) Herd

Written by Tribune Staff

(Aug. 9, 1946 - April 15, 2010)

Norma Jean (Shipman) Herd died at her home, in the arms of her daughter, Alex, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, on April 15, 2010.

She was born in Powell on Aug. 9, 1946, to Sidney C. “Gus” and Oma Dee (Pearson) Shipman.

She graduated from Powell High School in 1964. Shortly after graduation, she married John Ulmer, and a daughter, Chancey Dee Ann Ulmer, was born on June 8, 1972. When this union ended, she returned to Powell and began work at the Fireside Lounge in Ralston.

She married Mike Herd in 1982, and a daughter, Alexa Jean Herd, was born to them on Nov. 20, 1982. After a tragic accident, she was widowed in 1983.

In 1993 she began a relationship with Darryl Carmon, known as “Her Guy,” and she spent the rest of her years with him.

She tended bar in Ralston and Powell for 32 years. She spent 18 years helping out occasionally as the back-up bartender at the Elks Lodge, and spent nine years as the club manager. She started her own cleaning business in 2003. She had clients in Powell and Cody, and she cleaned until her cancer diagnosis in August 2008.

She loved and took in many animals throughout the years. She looked forward to planting her herbs and garden every spring, and she enjoyed going to garage sales and finding good deals at second-hand stores. She was the ultimate entertainer and hostess, and she loved to party with her family and friends.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Alex Jean Herd of Powell; sisters Peggy Norris of Powell and Donna (Spargur) McIntosh of Zortman, Mont.; “Her Guy” Darryl Carmon of Powell; as well as many members of the extended Carmon, Norris, Spargur, Ulmer and Herd families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Chancey Dee Ann Ulmer; husband Michael K. Herd; parents-in-law Ann and George Ulmer; brother-in-law Verlin McIntosh; a niece Sandra Dee Norris; and Dennis Carmon.

A cremation memorial service will be Friday, April 23, at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Powell. A short burial and blessing will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery, with a reception to follow back at the Elks Lodge.

Thompson Funeral Home is handling arrangements, and online condolences may be left for the family at www.thompsonfuneral.net.

As Wyoming gears up for continued wind energy development, the state is taking smart, proactive steps to minimize wildlife disturbances caused by wind farms.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, as part of the process, recently approved guidelines crafted by the Game and Fish Department that focus on the relationship between wildlife and wind energy development. According to a recent Associated Press story, the guidelines were formulated to assist the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council in determining — on a case-by-case basis — whether large wind energy projects (30 or more turbines) should receive permits to begin construction.

Predictably, some landowners are crying, “Foul!” They maintain the guidelines give the state excess control over what can be done on private property.

However, according to David Willims, state assistant attorney general for water and natural resources, “It's simply a recommendation, and Game and Fish can't enforce it.”

Instead, the document will simply provide guidance to the people tasked with approving projects.

The effect of wind energy development on the state's wildlife has been an issue ever since developers began to look — in earnest and on a large scale — at harnessing Wyoming's abundant wind power.

Rancher David Whitton, part of a group of Wyoming landowners pursuing wind energy development, made clear where his group stands: “It's about private property rights. The intent of this document is to control what I do on my own property.”

However, the state already places limits on what one can do on his or her private property — hunting laws are a good example.

Allowing property owners to approach wind energy development in a haphazard manner would be a mistake that Wyomingites may live to regret — and the effects on state wildlife could be irreversible.

As the agency entrusted with overseeing Wyoming's wildlife, the Game and Fish Department should be an active participant in the process. The expertise of state agencies, such as Game and Fish, is a valuable resource as the future of wind energy development is plotted.

April 29, 2010 3:26 am

Spring chicken

Written by Tribune Staff

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Kera Bennett, 2, is hesitant to pet a chick last week at Poor Boy Feeds in Powell. After encouragement from her aunt, Nicole Powers, Kera gathered enough courage to give the chick a pat. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky