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January 29, 2009 3:55 am

Libraries leery of lead law

A federal law designed to prevent lead poisoning in children has library officials around the nation concerned that they may have to remove children's books from libraries or close them to children under 12.

The American Library Association has contacted libraries warning them that the Consumer Product Safety Commission may mandate that children's books be tested to determine whether they contain unsafe levels of lead or be removed from the shelves.

Senate File 13, a bill giving the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission the power to ban antler or horn hunting in specific areas, squeaked by the Wyoming Senate Friday.

“I voted against it, and it passed the Senate 16-13 and one excused,” said Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, in an e-mail Monday.

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Senior swimmer Jackson Miller swam to first place in the backstroke during the Warrior Invitational in Worland last weekend. Miller has registered the fastest time among Wyoming 3A swimmers in the event so far this year.Tribune photo by Don Amend

Seven Powell High School Panther senior swimmers paused to reflect on their careers this week as they prepared for their final home swim meet, which will take place today (Thursday).

The seven, Roy Oursler, Jackson Miller, Anthony Quillen, Alex Speiser, Randy Bullinger, Jake Firnekas and Cody Thomas, along with Ty Barton, who wasn't at practice Tuesday, make up nearly half of the Panther swim team this season.

Trappers ready to begin stretch run

The Northwest College Trappers will host the 11th annual Apodaca Dual Showdown Friday and Saturday at Hank Cabre Gymnasium, and this year's collection of squads promises to provide plenty of high-caliber competition.

Each of the teams lined up for this week's event boasts a lofty national ranking.

Northwest College will carry a No. 13 ranking into the event. The remainder of the seven-team field will consist of No. 2 North Idaho College, No. 8 Southwest Oregon Community College, No. 10 Clackamas Community College and No. 12 Western Wyoming College. Also included in the field are the two teams tied for the fifth spot in the national rankings,

Labette Community College and North Iowa Area Community College. Combined, the seven teams have 29 wrestlers who boast spots in the NJCAA's individual rankings.

“We've got teams coming here from as far away as Kansas and from the West Coast,” said Jim Zeigler, NWC athletic director and head coach. “That says a lot about how people view this event. It's quite a commitment to come here in January, but coaches have heard through word of mouth over the years that this is a first-class event, and they want their teams to be a part of it.”

A major lure of the Apodaca Dual Showdown centers around what it represents. The event was created by Zeigler as a way to honor the memory of former Trapper wrestler Christopher Brooks Apodaca, who died in a one-vehicle accident in 1998.

Apodaca was a native of Riverton and was a student at NWC for three years. As an NWC wrestler, he was a two-year varsity wrestler and a national qualifier. Apodaca also served as a team captain for the 1997-98 team. According to Zeigler, Apodaca is best remembered for his quiet leadership qualities and competitive spirit. The coach also said Apodaca's character and work ethic on and off the mat motivated all who knew him.

Zeigler said during the practices leading up to the annual showdown, he makes a point of sharing the qualities Apodaca displayed during his life. By doing that, Zeigler said the wrestlers develop a better understanding of the young man whose life was tragically cut short.

“One of the things we want to do is implant his spirit in our wrestlers,” Zeigler said. “Last Saturday, I started thinking about Brooks and what I want these young men to know and understand about him. Each year and during the week leading up to the Apodaca Duals, we talk about Brooks a lot. By doing that, our guys are able to see him as not only a former NWC wrestler, but as one of their teammates.”

As part of the Apodaca Dual Showdown, Zeigler picks one of his wrestlers to be the recipient of the Christopher Brooks Apodaca Memorial Award for Leadership and Excellence. That honor, which is one of the most prestigious athletic awards offered at NWC, is given to the wrestler who best exemplifies Apodaca's qualities.

“We look for someone that everyone on the team can count on,” Zeigler said. “When it comes to this award, we look for a guy that gives his best effort in everything he does. He's the person a guy can go to for help with homework or something to do with wrestling. The winner of this award is someone who pushes his teammates to get better and does everything he can to make those around him better.”

The most recent Apodaca Award winner is Darren Lewis, who came to NWC from Fallon, Nev. Lewis was a key part of the Trapper wrestling squad during his time with the Trappers, and he graduated from NWC last May. Lewis, who earned Academic All-American honors while at Northwest College, currently is attending the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is majoring in physical education. He and his wife, Amber, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy named Jayson.

On Friday night and prior to the start of the 8 p.m. matchups, Zeigler said the 2009 winner of the award will be announced during a short ceremony at NWC's Hank Cabre Gymnasium.

Other Apodaca Award winners include Travis Carter (1999), Rad Martinez (2000), Trevor Murray (2001), Loren Hutchins (2002), Bobby Singleton (2003), Tyler Rhodes (2004), Kade Caturia (2005), Chris Riding (2006) and Nick DeWitt (2007).

“We're really looking forward to getting started,” Zeigler said. “We've got a strong lineup of teams, and there will be a lot of good matchups Friday and Saturday. A lot of the wrestlers that will be here for this event are ranked, and there are a lot who could earn a spot in the rankings with a good showing this weekend.”

Zeigler said a number of his wrestlers, including freshmen McCade Ford, Corey Woodruff and Saul Guerrero, are among those looking to earn a national ranking with their performances Friday and Saturday.

“Those guys are right there, and they want to be ranked,” Zeigler said. “With good showings this week, they've got good shots at making that happen.”

Currently, NWC has two wrestlers who have cracked the individual standings. Freshman heavyweight Landon Harris checks in at No. 3 and boasts the best record for the Trappers. He will enter the upcoming event with a 23-1 mark.

“Landon has done really well, and he's still improving,” Zeigler said. “He's one of those guys who is always working to get better, and we see that from him every time he steps on the mat.”

Anthony Varnell, a sophomore, is NWC's other ranked wrestler. He occupies the No. 6 spot in the rankings for 149-pound entries.

“This is a big event for us,” Zeigler said. “This is the time of year we're preparing for our guys to peak as far as their performance levels. Upon completion of the Apodaca Duals, we like to think that our guys are stronger and ready to finish the season with their best efforts.”

Apodaca Dual Showdown Schedule

Friday, Jan. 30

• Labette vs. Western Wyoming, 4 p.m.
• Clackamas vs. North Iowa Area CC, 4 p.m.
• NWC vs. Southwest Oregon, 6 p.m.
• North Idaho vs. Labette, 6 p.m.
• NWC vs. Clackamas, 8 p.m.
• North Iowa Area CC vs. Western Wyoming, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

• North Idaho vs. North Iowa Area CC, 10 a.m.
• Southwest Oregon vs. Labette, 10 a.m.
• North Iowa Area CC vs. Southwest Oregon, noon.
• Western Wyoming vs. Clackamas, noon.
• NWC vs. North Idaho, 2 p.m.
• Labette vs. Clackamas, 2 p.m.
• NWC vs. Labette, 4 p.m.
• Western Wyoming vs. North Idaho, 4 p.m.

January 29, 2009 3:44 am

Lady Trappers top Dawson

Eastern Wyoming next in line for NWC

The Northwest College Lady Trappers claimed a 55-24 decision over Dawson Community College last Saturday in Glendive, Mont.

NWC, thanks to the victory, has won two games in a row and three of their last four. They currently have a 6-15 overall record.

Against the Lady Buccaneers, NWC enjoyed a solid defensive effort. The Lady Trappers built a 22-point lead by halftime and after holding Dawson to only 10 points in the first 20 minutes. Head coach Chad Oletzke's squad then outscored the

Lady Buccaneers 23-14 in the second half to seal the win.

Overall, 10 Lady Trappers found themselves in the scoring column. Sophomore Gita Grava paced the offensive attack with 14 points. Fellow sophomore Erin Cooke added 10 points to round out NWC's double-digit point producers. Others who scored for the Lady Trappers were Sheena Ryan (9 points), Kassi Tucker (7), Madara Upeniece (4), Kati Oliverson (4), Lacey Gilmer (2), Sharla Stevenson (2), Chanda Hallows (2) and Rachel Tilley (1).

On the boards, the Lady Trappers outrebounded Dawson 49-24. NWC's rebounding leaders included Larissa Crump and Cooke with seven each. Oliverson added six boards.

• Up next: The Lady Trappers' next contest is a road matchup slated for Saturday and will be against Eastern Wyoming College. Start time for the matchup 3 p.m.

An international team of researchers proclaimed Monday that the effects of climate change wrought by carbon emissions are irreversible.

Yes, “irreversible” was the word — for at least the next 1,000 years — even if all carbon emissions were halted immediately.

The announcement is discouraging, to say the least. At first blush, it is easy to ask: “If we can't reverse climate change, why even bother with all this clean, green technology?”

The answer lies in cutting our losses. While we may not be able to mitigate damage already done, we can surely act to prevent additional harm.

The team's report is a not-so-gentle warning that there is an urgency in reducing air pollution — much more than was known previously.

Kevin Trenberth, lead climate analyst at the National Center for Atmospheric Research — and not part of the research team — responded to the group's declaration in an Associated Press article on Monday: “This aspect is one that is poorly appreciated by policy-makers and the general public, and it is real.”

It is time for policy makers and energy developers, scientists and automobile manufacturers to plot the course of our future.

Things already are moving in the right direction, but we must expedite the process.

Otherwise, the hole we have dug will only get deeper for future generations.

January 29, 2009 3:28 am

Fundraising halfway mark met

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Brian Griffith drills holes into black siding at the Interpretive Learning Center at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center. The roughly $1-million first phase of the project includes only exterior work and is scheduled to finish up in about three weeks. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Heart Mountain Center grand opening now slated for summer 2010

More than 60 years after its closure, the Heart Mountain Relocation Center is becoming harder to forget.

Just below the grounds that once held nearly 11,000 Japanese-Americans sits the construction site of a new Interpretative Learning Center.

A Powell bank remains under the supervision of federal regulators, but the bank already has met terms of an order issued this month.

First National Bank and Trust signed a consent order in September 2008 placing it under the supervision of the Comptroller of the Currency of the U.S. Department of Treasury after some of its real-estate assets lost value due to the national decline of real estate.

State money could make August dedication possible

An effort to create a state monument in Cody to honor World War II veterans got a boost earlier this month when Gov. Dave Freudenthal asked the Wyoming Legislature to help pay for it.

Freudenthal recommended spending $200,000 to build the memorial, which would be erected in Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park north of U.S. 14-16-20 east of Cody.

January 27, 2009 4:21 am

Panthers wrestle to victory

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Powell High School's Colt Nix attempts to escape from Greybull/Riverside wrestler Blaine Gossens during last Thursday's dual meet at PHS. The Panthers won the matchup 58-14. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Number of PHS wrestlers notch 6-0 marks

A day after recording a convincing victory over Greybull/Riverside in a dual meet in Powell last Thursday, the Powell High School wrestlers ventured to Buffalo for the Bison Duals. During that two-day event, the Panthers notched a perfect 6-0 record.