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January 15, 2009 3:29 am

Phillip Keith Schuster

(Aug. 20, 1920 — Jan. 11, 2009)

Phillip Keith Schuster, 88, died Jan. 11 at his home in Powell of pancreatic cancer.

Phil was born Aug. 20, 1920 to Ray and Velma Schuster in Mancato, Kan. He was the third of 10 children.

Phil was married to his first wife, Audrey, for 18 years. They later divorced. They had one son, Kenny, who died in a car accident as a high school senior.

Phil later married Doris Moody on March 18, 1978 in Reno. He loved Doris's children as his own, and he took great pride in being called Dad and Grandpa.

As a World War II veteran, Phil served from 1941-1945 with Merrill's Marauders in the Army. Upon returning home from the war, Phil became a mechanic, managing several service stations, and eventually owning his own garage.

Phil also delivered Darigold milk and, at one point, managed Cassie's Supper Club in Cody.

Phil and Doris enjoyed camping and fishing on both the Pacific Ocean and Antelope Lake in California.

He survived both larynx and colon cancer earlier in his life, and he remained cheerful and he enjoyed entertaining children with his electronic larynx.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Kenny; sisters Eva Schuster, Margaret Thompson, Betty Shipper, Marcelle Bennion, Beverly Moore-Bennett; and his brother, Wayne Schuster.

He is survived by his wife; sisters Norma Roemmich, Neva Lindley and Belva Mulley; stepchildren Brent (Merlene) Moody, Debra (John) Jones, John (Liz) Moody, Scott (Vanessa) Moody, Cindy (Jeff) Justice and Sherri (Clint) Tomlinson; brother-in-law Don (Sidney) Banks; sisters-in-law Carol (Jim) Kemp and Colleen (Vic) Baca; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center, 1300 Heart Mountain St., in Cody.

January 15, 2009 3:19 am

Sharon Ann Cartwright-Jones

(Nov. 7, 1945 – Jan. 11, 2009)

Sharon Cartwright-Jones died at her home in Hall Summit, La., Sunday, Jan. 11 after a short battle with cancer.

She was born in Canon City, Colo., the fifth child of Dick and Clarice Cartwright. She grew up in Laramie, Fort Collins, Colo., and Thermopolis.

Her passion for independence and her love of travel made her profession as a truck driver a perfect fit. She owned her own truck for many years and co-owned a trucking company with her brother Gale. She traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, South America and the Bahamas. Sharon was also a talented musician who passed her love for music on to her children and grandchildren.

She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and wife. Her strong work ethic, self-determination and ability to laugh were examples to her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Gary and Gene Cartwright, and her niece, Michelle Cartwright.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Larry Jones; daughters Lynn Smith (Walter) of Bozeman, Mont., and Kimberly McElhaney of Las Vegas; son Charlie Cardenas (Bonni Jo) of Billings; sisters, Eunice Burke and Shirley Foreman, of Thermopolis; and brother Gale Cartwright (Suzan), also of Thermopolis. She is also survived by five grandchildren.

At Sharon's request cremation has taken place, and no formal services are planned. A family gathering to celebrate her life will be held in Thermopolis at a later date. Memorials in her name can be made to a cancer charity or hospice of one's choosing.

January 15, 2009 3:18 am

Gilbert M. McKinney

(Dec. 28, 1927 - Jan. 12, 2009)

Gilbert M. McKinney, of Casper, died Monday, Jan. 12, of congestive heart failure. He was 81.

He was born Dec. 28, 1927, in Casper, the son of Charles and Marie (Peterson) McKinney. He attended school in Casper, graduating from NCHS. He married Cheri Aarestad in Casper on June 24, 1985.

Gilbert was a materials coordinator for Texaco for 35 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating and was a member of the Casper Boat Club.

Survivors include his wife Cheri of Casper; son Dale McKinney of Littleton, Colo.; daughters Rita (Dave) Row of Littleton, Colo.; Glenda (Curtis) Cote of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; sister Helen (Al) Bunning of Roseville, Calif.; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles E. McKinney and nephew Richard McKinney.
Services will be held at a later date. Cremation has been held under the direction of Bustard's Funeral Home of Casper.

The number of DUI arrests in Wyoming continues to rise each year. It seems current Wyoming laws, coupled with other preventative measures, still aren't strong enough to dissuade people from driving drunk.

According to a recent Associated Press story, 1,400 people were arrested by the Wyoming Highway Patrol for driving under the influence of alcohol in 2008 — up from 1,000 in 2005. The number of local arrests increased in recent years as well.

A spokesman for the Wyoming Highway Patrol attributes the increase to Wyoming's growing population — and, in the same AP story, the chief of police in Cheyenne (where there was a 46 percent increase in DUI arrests last year) said he thinks the increase occurred because he has more officers on duty on weekend nights. Powell Police Chief Tim Feathers attributes the increase to a greater emphasis on DUI arrests — prompted by state reports, beginning in 2005, that show drunk driving continues to be a major problem in Wyoming.

Whatever the reason, the goal of decreasing the number of drunk drivers on the road simply isn't happening.

House Bill 115, which will be considered in this session of the Wyoming Legislature, would increase DUI penalties across the board — particularly for repeat offenders. Chief Feathers said that's an area of particular concern.

According to Feathers, 35-40 percent of DUI arrests in Park County are what he calls “hard-core drunk drivers” — those with a blood-alcohol content above .15 percent (twice the legal limit or more) and drivers being arrested on a second or subsequent offense.

Other approaches — public awareness, increased law enforcement, public transportation — can only go so far. It's time for our legislators to consider another tactic. If increased penalties for DUIs kept even a few drunks from driving, Wyoming's roads would be safer for everyone.

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An icy avalanche buried snowmobiler Ryan Berchtold, very nearly taking his life, on New Year's Day. The next day, Berchtold stood in the hole his friends dug to rescue him. Courtesy photo by Tim Metzler

When an avalanche buried and suffocated Ryan Berchtold of Powell at Togwotee Pass on New Year's Day, three friends came to his rescue.

Josh Lovelady, Tim Metzler and Darren Thomas, all of Powell, dug Berchtold out of the snow and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), delivering him from sure death.

In case you didn't hear, you were supposed to evacuate your home during the recent swarm of earthquakes in Yellowstone National Park.

That was according to a self-dubbed expert who now may face criminal charges for his suspect predictions of doom.

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To assist in construction costs at the Buck Springs siphon inlet, Heart Mountain Irrigation District landowners will see a rate increase of $1.50 beginning this year. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

Heart Mountain Irrigation District users will pay an average rate increase of $1.50 per acre beginning this spring to pay for replacing the Buck Springs Siphon inlet.

The average assessment was $21.50 per acre, and will increase to $23 per acre, said Dan Laursen, Heart Mountain District manager.

By now, the drive between Cody and Cheyenne is a familiar one for Colin Simpson.

But there was a difference when he made the familiar drive last week: He was on his way to perform his first duties as speaker of the Wyoming House of Representatives as he began his 11th year in the Legislature.

January 13, 2009 4:05 am

Lady Panthers keep rolling

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Powell High School's Leslie Thronburg (20) is fouled by Kemmerer's Kim Cattelan (24) during Friday night's matchup at PHS. Thronburg made the shot and earned a trip to the free-throw line on the play. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Squad runs record to 7-1 overall

For most basketball teams, a pair of 21-point victories would be a season highlight.

It seems more like a typical weekend for the Powell High School Lady Panthers.

Chad Oletzke, head coach of the women's basketball team at Northwest College, announced his resignation Monday. His resignation, according to a press release issued by NWC, is effective in mid-May at the end of the current academic year. The fifth-year coach said he resigned for personal reasons.