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Trappers now hold 9-9 mark

The Northwest College Trappers saw their current losing streak extend to three games following a 76-67, road loss to Sheridan College Tuesday night.

For the Trappers, the loss was particularly disappointing because they held a 38-27 advantage at halftime and appeared to be en route to a key road victory.

“Going into it, I felt there were three things we needed to do in order to win the game,” said NWC head coach Andy Ward.

“I thought we needed to control the transition game. We also needed to control the boards and stop Sheridan from getting into the lane with their dribble penetration. We wanted to force them to take shots from the perimeter.

“In the first half, we did a good job in those areas. After halftime, our focus slipped a little bit. When that happens against a team like Sheridan on the road, it makes it tough. I just feel bad for our guys. It was a tough one to lose, but I'm extremely proud of their effort.”

After building an 11-point lead in the first half, the Trappers were outscored 49-29 during the final 20 minutes of the contest. Ward said foul trouble played a key role in the outcome. Point guard Julian Olubuyi, who has been among the Trappers' top players on offense and defense, picked up his fourth foul with just more than 10 minutes left in the game. That landed him on the bench until about the five-minute mark, Ward said. The sophomore eventually fouled out with under a minute to play.

Casper Hesseldal also encountered foul trouble, which affected his playing time considerably in the second half.

Hesseldal, who was NWC's leading scorer in the game, fouled out with about three minutes remaining, according to Ward.

Three Trappers finished with double-digit point totals Tuesday night. Hesseldal had 18 points, and Olubuyi and Mitchell Ackelson added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Others scoring for the Trappers were Jordan Harris (9 points), Cody Ball (9), Ricardo Bodra (4), Anthony Harris (2) and Keith Kegerreis (1). Hesseldal also led the team in rebounds with nine.

Sheridan had four players finish with 10 points or more, including Moustapha Diarra, who scored 17 points. J.R. Cadot also enjoyed a solid game and finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. His effort on the boards helped the Generals outrebound NWC 43-31.

• Up next: The Trappers (9-9 overall, 2-3 WCCAC, 1-1 North Sub-Region) will be in action again today (Thursday) when they host Little Big Horn College in a 7:30 p.m. game. On Saturday, NWC will be on the road for a 3 p.m. matchup with Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont.

January 22, 2009 3:45 am

Robert E. (Bob) Pfadt

(May 22, 1915 - Jan. 19, 2009)

Robert E. “Bob” Pfadt, 93, died on Jan. 19 at the West Park Hospital Long Term Care Center in Cody.

He was born May 22, 1915, in Erie, Pa., the son of George and Margaret (Illig) Pfadt. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Erie. His father died when he was 16, and as a young teenager he helped provide for his mother and two sisters by working two jobs in addition to going to school.

Bob attended the University of Ohio in Athens and then moved to Laramie to attend the University of Wyoming in 1935. He graduated from UW in 1938, then earned a master's degree in zoology in 1940, and later a doctorate in entomology from the University of Minnesota. Bob returned to the University of Wyoming to become a professor and research scientist. As an entomologist, he became a world-renowned expert on grasshoppers.

Bob married Julia Van Deventer in 1948. Bob and Julia attended St. Mathew's Episcopal Church for many years, where Bob served as a member of the church vestry, did monthly lay reading at the church, as well as bi-monthly services at the Bethesda nursing home. Bob and Julia had four children.

Bob served in the field of entomology for more than 60 years. He worked on projects for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, served as the head of the Entomology and Parasitology Department at the University of Wyoming and attained the honor of professor emeritus upon his retirement.

He was a member of the American Association for Advancement of Science and the Royal Entomological Society of London. His work included four textbooks on applied entomology, two children's books, six monographs, more than 40 reference publications and numerous extension publications. His most recent work was the “Field Guide to Common Western Grasshoppers.”

Bob received the Gamma Sigma Delta award for scholarship and service to agricultural science. He is credited for having developed new methods of pest management, chronicling the history of grasshopper control and pioneering new concepts in population dynamics. He served on and chaired the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Entomology.

In 1967, he became chief of party of the Wyoming Team of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Afghanistan. Bob took his family with him to Afghanistan, where they lived for two years.

Upon retiring, Bob continued his grasshopper research and worked on completing a field guide to grasshoppers.

In 2003, Bob moved to Powell to live with his daughter, Kathy, and her family. He continued his work with grasshopper identification and classification at the University of Wyoming Extension Office in Powell. In 2004, a room in the agriculture building at the University of Wyoming was dedicated to house the collection boxes of 11,500 grasshoppers he collected. A plaque honors his career.

Besides his extensive work in the field of entomology, Bob will be remembered for his dedication to teaching. He also enjoyed working with children. He was a 4-H leader for many years. He enjoyed being a grandfather, and each of his grandchildren had an opportunity to catch grasshoppers.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Julia; his parents; two sisters, Dorothy and Kathryn and a son, Robert David Pfadt.

He is survived by his daughters, Kathryn Kifer (Dan) of Powell, Margaret Krier (Jim) of Rocklin, Calif., and Elizabeth Fabrizio (John) of Cody; a sister-in-law; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned at St. Mathew's Cathedral in Laramie. Arrangements for that service will be announced.

This week, a historic one for all Americans, also marks a significant milestone for the community of Powell.

The world watched Tuesday as President Barack Obama took the oath of office, making him the 44th U.S. president and first African-American to lead the United States.

Also earlier this week, Powell's citywide fiber-optic network, Powellink, was officially completed.

The two events — Obama's inauguration and Powell's fiber-optic network — may not seem like they relate to one another.

Yet Powellink is the kind of project that Obama supports and has made a priority.

Last February on the campaign trail, Obama said, “Let us be the generation that reshapes our economy to compete in the digital age ... let's lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities and rural towns across America.”

After his November election, he said, “It is unacceptable that the United States ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption. Here, in the country that invented the Internet, every child should have the chance to get online.”

Powell blazed the trail with its fiber-to-the-home network — a feat most rural communities only dream of.

As Obama looks to extend broadband lines in rural America, Powell won't be one of the towns looking for federal funding to create a network. It will be one of the cities that others look to as an example.

“It just shows that Powell is innovative and ahead of the learning curve,” said Mayor Scott Mangold.

Other communities in northern Wyoming also are leading the way. Ten Sleep already offers citywide fiber-optic service, and plans currently are underway to build a network in Cody.

Powell is fortunate to have city leaders who envisioned this project and saw it through. And all communities in rural America are fortunate to have a president who values the importance of broadband in small towns.

January 22, 2009 3:35 am

Divinity Hair and Nail Salon

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Divinity Hair and Nail Salon offers great service and gifts. They're located at 661 Wyoming Avenue, Suite 2 in Powell.

Call them at 754-2988.

January 20, 2009 7:28 am

Jackson Creek Cabinetry

Jackson Creek Cabinetry

Jackson Creek Cabinetry offers kitchen remoldeling, and construction at two locations:

1388 Rumsey Ave

Cody, WY 82414

307-587-4744 or 307-272-3035

and

Clancy, Montana

406-439-8300

January 20, 2009 7:18 am

The Sweet Spot: Hair and Nail Salon

The Sweet Spot: Hair and Nail Salon

For beautiful hair and nails, see Stacy and Kapi today! Find them at the Sweet Spot Hair and Nail Salon.

They're located at 28 Two Bit Lane, one mile south of Powell.

Give Stacy or Kapi a call today at 254-2852.

The recession that has resulted in economic turmoil and sleepless nights for laid-off workers is introducing its unwelcome face in Wyoming.

That's the word from Gov. Dave Freudenthal, who addressed the Wyoming Press Association in Cheyenne Friday.

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Dancers with “Calo Flamenco: Ballet de Martin Gaxiola” entertained an enthusiastic audience at the Wynona Thompson Auditorium in Cody on Saturday. Tribune phto by Ilene Olson

January 20, 2009 4:24 am

College bill heads to committee

House Education Committee to hold hearings on House Bill 114

Wyoming lawmakers began taking testimony Monday afternoon about House Bill 114, which would implement many of the changes recommended by the Community College Planning Task Force in November.

The hearing on the 34-page bill is slated to continue Wednesday afternoon in the House Education Committee, after which committee Chairman Del McOmie, R-Lander, expects the committee to take action on the measure.

January 20, 2009 4:18 am

No cellular merger here

Alltel's assets to be sold off at later date

Alltel users in Powell will not become Verizon Wireless customers. Ultimately, they will not remain Alltel customers, either.
On Jan. 9, Verizon completed its acquisition of Alltel for roughly $5.9 billion. It also agreed to take over $22.2 billion of Alltel debt.

However, the two operations will not combine in Powell — or anywhere else in the Big Horn Basin.