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March 30, 2010 3:50 am

PHS track starts strong

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Kyle Sullivan surges over a hurdle on his way to winning the boys' 110-meter hurdle competition at the Yellowstone Sports Medicine Invitational in Cody on Saturday. Sullivan won the event in a time of 15.6 seconds, one of three event wins for the Panthers at the meet. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Boys take second, girls fifth at Cody Track meet

The Powell High School track teams turned in a pair of strong team finishes, earned three first-place finishes and qualified in seven event slots for May's state track and field championships on Saturday. The Panther teams were in Cody to open the season.

“It was a great kickoff to the season,” said Powell High School track coach Scott Smith. “The weather held out pretty well and the kids competed very well.”

March 30, 2010 3:41 am

Home field advantage

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PHS girls' soccer perfect on new field

There's no place like home.

After playing the past several seasons on fields owned by Northwest College, the Powell High School girls' soccer program christened its own soccer field, located just north of the new high school, with a pair of non-conference victories. The Panthers scored a 2-1 overtime victory on Friday before tallying a 5-2 win against Torrington on Saturday.

March 30, 2010 3:31 am

Soccer road warriors

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Boys' soccer outscores foes 26-0

Goals came early and often for Powell High School over the weekend as the Panther boys' soccer program blasted Newcastle, 12-0, to open the year, then delivered a 14-0 hurt at Torrington less than 24 hours later.

The results send Powell into the Easter break with a 2-0 record in full-length games.

“This is a great group of kids,” said Panther soccer coach Pat D'Alessandro. “We got a lot of quality time from the kids on the sidelines and there wasn't a lot of drop off in the intensity.”

Jason Rand and Drayson Bratt each netted four goals in the team's opener Friday at Newcastle. The pair was back at it again on Saturday as Bratt accounted for four of the Panthers' 14 goals and Rand added three more to his season count.

Reed Hackworth narrowly missed joining the pair with hat trick honors on Saturday. After scoring a pair of goals, Hackworth's try for his third buzzed the side of the goal frame with roughly 10 minutes remaining in the contest. Monte Nickles added a pair of goals off corner kicks from his defensive spot.

“We scored five goals off corner kicks this weekend, which is great,” said D'Alessandro. “That's such an important part of the game because you can script plays and execute them. We spend a lot of time there in practice and it was nice to see that work pay some dividends.”

Cooper Wise also finished as a multiple goal scorer by putting a pair of shots into the back of the net. Dewey Schwahn added a corner-kick goal and Jesse Pomeroy earned his first career varsity goal in the second half.

“The down side to the weekend was that we definitely didn't get tested,” said D'Alessandro. “We'll be going into the Cody game a bit untested in the back, so we'll have to really focus on making sure we're ready to communicate back there over the next week and a half. We also didn't get the ball out to our flanks as much as we'd like, partly because things were coming so easily for us down the middle of the field.”

The Panthers are out of action until a week from Thursday, when the team travels to face Cody.

“I was impressed with the way so many kids were able to demonstrate that they'll contribute at the varsity level this season,” said D'Alessandro. “We're still learning about which combinaitons of players are our best. We showed this weekend that we can mix and match a lot."

March 30, 2010 3:28 am

Tightening the budget

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City leaders need to be cautious going into budget preparation

Anticipating drearier days that may be in Wyoming's financial forecast, state legislators didn't dip into “rainy day” reserves during the recent budget session. In a wise move, lawmakers kept the state's reserves intact, ensuring that an estimated $700 million will remain in the bank when the next fiscal year starts this July.

The state's financial conservatism this session means that cities and towns across the state will receive significantly less than in years past.

For Powell, the city's direct distribution from the state will be reduced by more than $200,000 — about 40 percent less than it received the previous year. Cody also will see a reduction of around 40 percent, and Meeteetse will receive about 30 percent less.

Combined with declining sales tax revenues, the budget cuts are painful for local municipalities.

Rather than wasting time licking their wounds, however, Powell leaders are facing the reality of budget cuts as they begin prepare for the next fiscal year.

“We're not going to go around doing ‘the sky is falling' routine. We're going to see how to deal with it,” said City Administrator Zane Logan.

It's not an easy task, as city leaders must find ways to deal with less.

Though the city of Powell is faring better than others in the state, it also has difficult challenges going into the next budget session — the greatest one being the aquatic center. Without any history of operating expenses and revenues, the Powell Aquatic Center's budget is unclear. The best city leaders can do is estimate the center's budget needs, comparing it with similar facilities.

In coming weeks, as they prepare for the next fiscal year and consider the financial unknowns of the aquatic center, city leaders must be cautious and sparing as they work to balance a reduced budget.

March 30, 2010 3:25 am

Steven Keith Kruger

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(May 15, 1951 - March 27, 2010)

Steven Keith Kruger died March 27, 2010, at his home in Meeteetse, with his family by his side.

Steve was born May 15, 1951, in Thermopolis, to Bud and Bea Kruger. He spent many happy young years living in Grass Creek in the oil camp with his parents and his older brother, Randy. He attended elementary school there.

While in Grass Creek, his family built a cabin on the upper Wood River. Later, the family cut and moved the logs from the forest to build their home on the Greybull River, where they moved when Steve was 12.

Steve spent his teen years in Meeteetse, graduating from Meeteetse High School in 1970. One of his favorite past-times while in school was building hand-guns in his future father-in-law's ag. shop. While in high school, Steve was reprimanded more than once for landing his Piper Cub airplane on the football field.

After graduation, he took on life with enthusiasm. He had many adventures — breaking horses throughout the West, installing sprinkler systems in Libya for Moammar Gadhafi and traveling the world being young and adventurous.

He moved back to the United States in 1980, and in 1982, he married hometown girl Nancy Cottrell.

Steve still wasn't finished with his adventures, so he started his own seismograph company, which he named PDR. Steve and Nancy, and their infant son, Sam, traveled around the Rocky Mountain area with the crew, all the while living in a small camper trailer. He holds several patents for drilling equipment still used in seismic exploration.

Steve and Nancy respected the values of a small town and family and chose to move back home to raise their children. Life had come full circle for them, and Steve was back, once again, in the oil fields around Meeteetse.

Steve was a wonderful husband and father, and his proudest accomplishment in life was his three children: Sam, Lee and Stephanie.

They all spent hours working together in Steve's shop, inventing and learning. Steve taught them everything from math to technical machining, from skiing to building their home. He always had time for his kids.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Meeteetse; sons Sam (Laura) of Laramie and Lee of Cheyenne; daughter Stephanie Allred (Eric) of Rapid City; brother Randy (Sharen); and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday, April 2, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Meeteetse. Interment will follow in Meeteetse Cemetery.

March 30, 2010 3:23 am

Dorothy Louise Johnson

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(Sept. 5, 1938 - March 25, 2010)

Dorothy Louise Johnson, 71, died in her home in Powell on March 25, 2010, with her beloved husband, Walter, holding her hand. Friends from church were also present.

Dorothy was born on Sept. 5, 1938, to Floyd and Faye Card in Lovell. She and her brothers, George and John, attended Lovell schools.

Dorothy moved to Powell in 1959 with her then-husband Robert Thormahlen and soon began working at the radio station where she became known as “Your Neighbor Lady.” Her pioneering spirit was demonstrated through that talk show which lasted most of the 1960s. Many people enjoyed her neighborly and witty personality.

In 1962, their daughter Rhonda was born.

Wherever Dorothy worked in Powell — from bookkeeper to bartender — she made many wonderful friends. Most recently, she worked at Aldrich Lumber Company until she could no longer work. She enjoyed working, and she loved the people she worked with. Dorothy was known for speaking from her heart with honesty, integrity and humor.

She married Walter Johnson on Feb. 26, 1983. They were devoted to each other, and Walter took wonderful and loyal care of her for the past several years.

Dorothy loved telling funny stories (often with an accent), being creative and spending time with her friends and family.
Her parents preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Walter; daughter, Rhonda Duncombe (Pete) of Las Vegas, Nev.; stepdaughter, Roxanna, of Washington; stepsons, Lonney Johnson (Aletha) of Powell and Louis Johnson (Jodi) of Hesperia, Calif.; brothers, George Card (Ruth) of Missoula, Mont., John Card (Alice) of St. Mary's, W. Va.; ex-husband, Robert Thormahlen of Keenesburg, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; seven nieces and several grand-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church on Saturday, April 17 at 2 p.m.

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

Memorials may be made to Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic.

March 30, 2010 3:21 am

Plowing under last year's profits

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Powell farmer Kelly Burgener plows a field west of Powell on Wednesday. Unharvested beets from 2009, such as those in this field, could affect planting in the Big Horn Basin. For a preview of this year's season, see the “From the Barnyard to the Backyard” edition in today's Tribune. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

March 25, 2010 3:46 am

Yellowstone winter use

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Winter East Gate numbers up

Preliminary figures from Yellowstone National Park say winter visitation through the park's East Entrance increased this season — though remaining well below historical visitation.

After slumping last season to 293, the lowest number of recreational visitors in decades, visitation this winter rebounded to an estimated number of visitors that was just under 500.

As the old Powell High School pool has its final day Friday, the new Powell Aquatic Center is progressing toward a May opening.

Earlier this week, the pool's general contractor, Sletten Construction, met with the Burbach Aquatics engineer and project manager to discuss the schedule going into the final weeks.

March 25, 2010 3:37 am

Shoshone spring cleaning

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Local Trout Unlimited chapter cleans up Shoshone River

The local chapter of Trout Unlimited and a few Wyoming Game and Fish Department volunteers did not celebrate spring's arrival by wetting a few flies; instead, they policed a stretch of the Shoshone River.

About 20 folks — East Yellowstone Trout Unlimited representatives, Game and Fish personnel and volunteers — showed up on Saturday morning just south of the Belfry Bridge in Cody for the annual Trout Unlimited river clean-up.