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Local legislators expect this year's session of the Wyoming Legislature to be marked by fiscal conservatism.

That was the message they brought to a forum sponsored by Park County School District No. 1 at Northwest College Monday night.

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McKenzie Danforth and her Lady Panther teammates currently hold a 5-1 overall record and are ranked second in Class 3A. The Lady Panthers also are among the leaders in a number of statistical categories at the 3A level, including team defense (1st) and team shooting (1st). Tribune photo by David Dickey

All for one, one for all

Friday night will mark the start of the 2009 portion of the Powell High School Lady Panthers' basketball season, and they will enter their 5:45 p.m. matchup against Kemmerer with a number of goals in mind.

For starters, the obvious goal will be to add another W in the win column. Secondly, the Lady Panthers will be aiming to do something they've done consistently throughout the season — improve.

Awards banquet scheduled for March 21

Eighty-three scholar-athletes from 31 Wyoming schools have been nominated for scholarships and recognition by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Of those nominees, five are from Powell High School — Trevor Donarski, Matt Kifer, Matt McArthur, Galen Mills and Gavin Mills.

Donarski, McArthur, Galen Mills and Gavin Mills were named to the Class 4A All-State squad following the 2008 season, and Kifer made a number of major contributions for the Panthers last year, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

For Gavin Mills, his selection comes on the heels of being nominated for an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy by U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo. Gavin Mills, a standout receiver and defensive back, announced last year that he had verbally committed to play football for the Falcons.

The players nominated for the scholarships have been invited to attend the Wyoming Chapter's 15th annual awards banquet March 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn and University of Wyoming Conference Center in Laramie.

'The Wyoming Chapter also will recognize scholar-athlete courage and perseverance award winners at the event and honor selected state residents for their respective lifetime contributions to amateur football, coaching, officiating and fandom.

Mike Schutte, Wyoming Chapter president, said the 83 nominations were made by prep coaches from the state based upon each player's academic achievement, football skill and community involvement. Each nominee will receive a certificate from the Wyoming Chapter. From that pool of nominees, 10 finalists will be chosen. Each of Wyoming's five classifications will have a lineman and back named as a recipient of a $1,200 scholarship and plaque. Those finalists also will have their names inscribed at the National College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. The state's top scholar-athlete also will receive an additional $1,200 scholarship.

Also during the awards banquet, Schutte said two scholar-athletes from the University of Wyoming will be honored for their efforts in athletics and the classroom.

The following is a complete list of nominees:

Phillip Hoffman, Riverside; James Caines, Riverside; Jeff Joyce, Riverside; Cole Mosegard, Riverside; Benjamin Howard, Big Piney; Michael Alzheimer, Big Horn; Cheston Feaster, Big Horn; Ian Scofield, Big Horn; Tyler Gibbs, Buffalo; Casey Goehring, Burns; Duell Petsch, Burns; Cody Weathermon, Burns; Kevin Bell, Kelly Walsh; Sterling Dockweiler, Kelly Walsh; Joe Munsell, Kelly Walsh; Tom Earl, Natrona County; Max Gustafson, Natrona County; Chris Honken, Natrona County; Ryan Murphy, Natrona County; Zach Powell, Natrona County; Justin Roberts, Cheyenne Central; Matthew Dilsaver, Cheyenne East; Royce Fertig, Cheyenne East; Stephen Francis, Cheyenne East; Tyler Haak, Cheyenne East; Ty Jenkins, Cheyenne East; Jared Krysl, Cheyenne East; Isaac Lopez-Smith, Cheyenne East; Nathan Massie, Cheyenne East; Casey Mayer, Cheyenne East; Marcus Phippin, Cheyenne East; Glen Clinton, Cody; Eric Dickerman, Cody; Dayton McMillan, Cody; Andrew Petersen, Cokeville; Sullivan Teichert, Cokeville; Ryan Adams, Douglas; Cody Bohlander, Douglas; Daniel Hancock, Douglas; Shane Richendifer, Douglas; Jacob Vogel, Douglas; Chad McKinney, Saratoga; Spencer Bruce, Campbell County; Garrett Heusinkveld, Campbell County; Derrek Jerred, Campbell County; Michael Pokallus, Campbell County; Jared Wass, Campbell County; Duncan Jones, Wright; Joseph Cotton, Glenrock; Casey Hoskinson, Glenrock; Ryan Lee, Glenrock; Drew Nielsen, Glenrock; Derek Sibrel, Glenrock; Nathan Bayles, Green River; Andrew Meredith, Green River; Trevor Jensen, Greybull; Rage Geringer, Guernsey-Sunrise; Shane Black, Kemmerer; Nicholas Housley, Kemmerer; David Paulson, Kemmerer; Brian Welsh, Kemmerer; Alan Hill, Lingle/Fort Laramie; Chase Potter, Lingle/Fort Laramie; Bret Klopp, Lander Valley; Brady Buer, Moorcroft; Jake Bullinger, Mountain View; Travis Werner, Pine Bluffs; Trevor Donarski, Powell; Matthew Kifer, Powell; Matthew McArthur, Powell; Galen Mills, Powell; Gavin Mills, Powell; Bryan McIntyre, Sheridan; Justin Will, Sheridan; Hayden Johnston, Sundance; Justin Briggs, Southeast; Trevor Ross, Southeast; Kyle Lenz, Wheatland; Jon Gehrts, Worland; Matthew Grenier, Worland; Taylor Reuer, Worland; Joseph Salzman, Worland; Rudolph Toman, Worland.

Ceremony set for Friday

A trio of athletic squads from Powell High School will be recognized when a new set of state championship banners is unveiled in the PHS Gymnasium. The banners will commemorate the recent state titles won by the girls cross country team, the volleyball team and the wrestling team.

According to PHS activities director and assistant principal Jeff Jones, the ceremony will take place between the varsity girls and boys basketball games with Kemmerer Friday evening. The girls game is slated to begin at 5:45 p.m. and the boys game has a 7:30 p.m. start time. Jones said the actual unveiling of the banners will take place sometime around 7 p.m.

Two of the three banners to be included in the Friday ceremony were earned during the fall of 2008. PHS's girls cross country squad, led by head coach Cliff Boos, became the first athletic team to secure a state title for the new school on Oct. 25. Shortly after and on Nov. 1, PHS's volleyball team capped its stellar season by winning the Class 3A crown during the state tournament in Casper. The title run, which was directed by head coach Cindi Smith, was the school's first volleyball state championship since 1987.

The wrestling banner that will be unveiled Friday was earned by head coach Nate Urbach and his Panther wrestling squad during the 2007-08 season. Their state title was the school's first in wrestling since 1987.

An additional banner will be added in the PHS Gymnasium Feb. 20. On that date, the speech and debate team's banner will be unveiled between the varsity girls and boys games with Lovell. The start time for those events are slated for 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. and the banner ceremony is expected to take place sometime around 7 p.m.

PHS's drama team also won a recent state title, but no date has been set for their banner ceremony.

In other scheduling news involving PHS's sports teams, Jones announced this week that PHS will not make up a series of basketball games with Thermopolis which were canceled prior to the Christmas break due to winter travel concerns.

“We tried but could not find a common time that would work for both schools,” Jones said.

January 08, 2009 3:32 am

Paul"Curly" Young

(Nov. 20, 1926 - Jan. 5, 2009)

Paul “Curly” Young, 82, died Monday, Jan. 5 at New Horizon Care Center in Lovell, with his family by his side.

He was born in South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 20, 1926, to George and Carrie Young. The family moved to Idaho in 1937 and then to Wyoming in 1939. He spent the next 70 years as a resident of Powell.

Curly worked as a cement contractor, overhead door mechanic and hunting guide. He enjoyed spending time with his family, as well as hunting, fishing and cooking. He sold Christmas trees in Powell for many years, and he also worked at the Park County Fairgrounds.

Curly served with the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 26 and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was instrumental in getting the Veterans' Administration clinic started in Powell.

Curly is survived by a special companion, Eleanor Hofer of Laurel, Mont.; daughters Melanie Reidle of Rock Springs and Judy (Dale) Lambert and Rhonda (Brian) Sagrilla, all of Powell; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Maxine Ferren and Norma Slater, both of Powell, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at the Multipurpose Building at the Park County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. Donations can be made to New Horizon Care Center in Lovell. Cremation has taken place.

Over the last year, it was all too common to read a release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol that another person had been killed in a car wreck on one of the state's roads.

The wrecks occurred in every corner of the state, and for many reasons — alcohol, excessive speed, weather, cell phones, you name it. But there was a common thread that connected many of the fatalities: “The victim, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and died at the scene.”

Cody Beers, spokesman for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, said the lack of seat belt use among Wyoming drivers is “extremely frustrating.”

According to Beers, through the end of November 2008, there were 144 traffic fatalities on Wyoming's roads — 53.5 percent of the victims were unrestrained. Of the dead, 74 percent were Wyoming residents.

Additionally, 41.7 percent of the deaths were in single car rollovers — 87 percent of those victims were not properly restrained.

These are sobering statistics that are hard to comprehend. Not only is it against state law to drive or ride in a vehicle without being buckled up, it's just plain stupid.

The quick moment it takes to click the seat belt could save your life — the proof is in the numbers.

If you don't already buckle your seat belt — every single time you get in a car — make a resolution to start doing it now. This should be the one New Year's resolution that sticks.

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High heels didn't deter Carrie Parmer from a walk on the diving board at the Paul Stock Aquatic and Recreation Center in Cody, where she worked as the aquatic supervisor. Parmer was recently hired as the Powell aquatic facility superintendent. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Carrie Parmer has a lot to look forward to in 2009.

Monday was her first day as Powell's aquatic facility superintendent. Though the pool's completion still is about a year away, Parmer has plenty of work to do in the next 12 months.

“I'm excited,” Parmer said. “It's going to be a busy year, with staffing and training — getting everything up and ready to go.”

An avalanche on the South Fork of the Shoshone River last week claimed the life of an ice climber, Keith Spencer of Laramie.

Spencer, 45, and a companion, Mark Jenkins, 50, also of Laramie were climbing in an area known as “The Main Vein” approximately 40 miles southwest of Cody on Friday, Jan. 2, when the avalanche occurred.

January 06, 2009 3:54 am

Bus service continues in Basin

More ridership and possible subsidies needed to ensure bus runs continue

Bus service continues in the Big Horn Basin through Black Hills Stage Lines, and a shuttle bus runs twice daily as needed between Cody and Lovell with stops in Powell.

But that's not general knowledge, and long-term viability of the bus system remains to be seen.

“Ridership is still down... but we knew it would be down over the wintertime, anyway,” said Linda Palmer of LP Transportation, who drives the shuttle from Cody to Lovell and back.

January 06, 2009 3:53 am

Centennial starts with a bang

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Powell ushers in its centennial year with the colorful explosions of a downtown fireworks show on Bent Street and Colter Avenue at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day. The show, launched by the Powell Volunteer Fire Department, was just the start of the community's centennial celebrations in 2009. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon