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The public heard the “lower property taxes” refrain from most candidates in the last election cycle — both at the local and state levels.

In fact, voters made it clear that property tax is a big concern. Property-tax increases have, in recent years, hit most homeowners in the state, but low- and fixed-income citizens have felt the pain of increasing assessments most acutely.

Now it appears our elected officials are going to follow through on their pledges of property tax relief. This week, the Joint Revenue Interim Committee considered several proposals and voted to endorse a bill that, according to the Associated Press, will cut property taxes for nearly 157,000 homeowners.

According to the story, lawmakers still anticipate considering several other proposals when the Legislature convenes in January.

The bill being endorsed by the interim committee would save people, who have owned their homes for at least three years, an average of $256 a year.

Next month, our entire legislative body will have the burden of weighing which plan will help the people who most need it — low-income homeowners and elderly people living on fixed incomes. These are the people who may not be able to afford to keep their homes unless they get some tax relief. Helping them should be the top priority, and it seems lawmakers are off to a good start.

December 12, 2008 5:33 am

Asay makes move at WNFR

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Powell bull rider Kanin Asay continued to climb in the standings at the 50th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a fourth-place ride Tuesday night. Asay entered Wednesday night's seventh round ranked fourth in the bull riding average with three rides for a combined 245.5 points. For more about Asay's recent performances at the WNFR, see below . PRCA photo by Dan Hubbell

Police say the fire that claimed a North Douglas Street garage last month was started by a man living across the alleyway.

On Tuesday, charges of burglary and arson were filed against Joseph D. Ohrmund, 23. Those counts carry up to 15 years in prison and $15,000 in fines.

Secondhand smoke caused her cancer

Katherine Hooper of Powell has never smoked a cigarette in her life — yet in early 1990, she was diagnosed with cancer of the voice box, a “smoker's cancer.”

She believes she got this type of cancer from spending years working with smokers — and inhaling the resulting secondhand smoke. Her doctors agree that secondhand smoke is the most likely cause.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is hosting a wolf meeting in Cody next week to discuss its revisions to emergency rule Chapter 21.

But in the long run, without the Legislature ousting its wolf predator zone, the U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy or conservation groups may be reluctant to accept Wyoming's wolf plan.

December 11, 2008 3:33 am

Kanin Asay hits hot streak

Powell bull rider continues to climb in WNFR standings

Powell bull rider Kanin Asay continued to climb in the standings at the 50th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas with scoring rides Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday, Asay posted the third-best ride in round five when he registered a score of 87.5 on a bull named Iron Clad. That effort helped him add more than $10,000 to his 2008 WNFR earnings. He followed that performance with a fourth-place ride on the bull known as Night Moves Tuesday. His score Tuesday, a 75.5, added just more than $7,000 to his event total.

December 11, 2008 3:30 am

Trapper wrestlers to face NIC

Southwest Oregon also on tap for NWC

The eighth-ranked Northwest College wrestling team is scheduled to wrap up the first half the 2008-09 this weekend with dual meets against No. 6 North Idaho College and No. 10 Southwest Oregon Community College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

NWC will enter those contests after conducting a road trip through Iowa late last week that included a series of four dual meets. During last week's road swing, NWC suffered a 31-10 setback against second-ranked Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Thursday. The Trappers then traveled to Mason City, Iowa, where they went 2-1.

The weekend victories in Mason City came against Ellsworth College and fifth-ranked North Iowa Area Community College. Against Ellsworth, NWC posted a 24-21 victory. In the matchup with fifth-ranked NIACC, the Trappers emerged as a 32-18 winner. The setback, a 27-21 loss, came at the hands of Rochester Community and Technical College.

Among the highlights of last week's action in Iowa, according to NWC assistant coach Cort Petersen, was the performance of freshman Tyler Jones at 157. Jones notched a perfect 4-0 mark. Heavyweight entry and NWC freshman Landon Harris also was 4-0.

“Tyler did an excellent job for us,” Petersen said. “He's really coming on strong right now.”

Petersen also noted that freshman and 184-pound entry Dustin Baldwin, who has been on the disabled list almost all season, saw his first action of the season and picked up his first junior college victory. Baldwin's victory came against NIAC, and he won his bout via fall at the 6:35 mark.

“It was a barn burner,” Petersen said of Baldwin's first victory. “He's a guy that's going to have a chance to score a lot of points for us this season once he's 100 percent healthy.”

Petersen said 141-pounder Anthony Varnell continued his comeback effort after knee surgery earlier this year, and noted that McCade Ford, also a 141-pound entry, is still getting better each time he steps on the mat.

With the first half of the season coming to a close this weekend, Petersen said now is the time for the Trappers to start showing more improvement.

“We've got a lot of young guys on the team, and we're looking for them to eliminate the mistakes you see with freshmen wrestlers,” Petersen said. “They've been working hard, and we've been pleased with the progress we've seen.”

December 11, 2008 3:27 am

Sullivan, Murray named most valuable

Lady Panthers receive sportsmanship award

Powell High School's cross country teams conducted their annual end-of-the-year awards ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 2, and a number of athletes were recognized by their peers.

The event was highlighted by the presentation of team awards, which were determined by the members of each squad.

Among the honors given last week were the awards for the most valuable runners. For the Panther boys, senior Patrick Sullivan was chosen for that honor. Freshman Desiree Murray earned that distinction for the state champion Lady Panthers.

“Those two were among our front runners all season,” said PHS head coach Cliff Boos. “Patrick had a great senior season, and Desiree really came in and had a big impact as a freshman.”

Sullivan, during the recently concluded season, was a Class 3A West All-Conference performer. Murray also earned All-Conference and All-State honors. Her season was highlighted by a fourth-place finish at the state meet in Sheridan during October. Her effort was the strongest by a Lady Panther at that event.

The awards for the most improved runners were given to Lady Panther senior McKenzie Danforth and Panther freshman Wyatt Horner.

Danforth, after being on the disabled list early in the season, came back and earned a spot in the starting lineup for the state meet. Horner, who joined the team this school year, narrowly missed earning a spot in the Panthers' lineup for the state meet.

“It was great to see McKenzie get that award, especially after all she went through early in the season,” Boos said. “Wyatt came in and improved steadily throughout the season. He's a hard worker, and there's a lot of promise in his future because of his work ethic and dedication.”

As for the most inspirational runners, those awards went to junior Kristi Mingus and senior Alex Speiser. Mingus was among the top performers for the Lady Panthers during the season, but she came up short in her bid to earn a spot in the starting lineup at the state meet. That, however, didn't stop her from being in Sheridan, where she was one of the teams' biggest supporters. Speiser qualified for the state meet, but a hip injury prevented him from competing.

“They are very deserving of that honor,” Boos said. “Kristi is a solid runner and a good teammate,” Boos said.

“Alex was one of the top runners for the boys, and he sure worked hard all season. Unfortunately, that hip injury kept him from running at state.”

Also during the ceremony, the Lady Panthers received a sportsmanship award for their actions during the Lander Invitational. At that meet, a number of Lady Panthers, after finishing the difficult 5K run on the South Pass, went back on the course to run along with a competitor from Lyman, who was struggling to complete the event.

“That really shows the character of our kids,” Boos said. “(The runner from Lyman) was having trouble getting around the course, and several of our girls accompanied her through the rest of the way.”

Boos added that Lyman's athletic director nominated the Lady Panthers for the award after that display of support for a fellow competitor.

“It was a fun night,” Boos said of the awards ceremony. “It was a great way to celebrate another successful season. The boys did a great job after losing eight seniors from the previous year. It was a great accomplishment for them to finish third at the conference meet. They worked hard and improved throughout the season. That's what you look for each year.

“As for the girls, it was a great season for them. They put in a lot of effort, and it was great to see them win the state title. There's a lot of spirit there, and we're expecting a lot out of them and the boys team next year.”

Boos also noted assistant coach Ashley Hildebrand for her time and dedication to helping the teams' members reach their potential.

“The kids and I appreciate her so much,” Boos said. “She does so much for our program.”

December 11, 2008 3:26 am

David Glenn Mobley

(Nov. 16, 1930 - Dec. 7, 2008)

Former Powell resident, David Glenn Mobley, 78, died in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, Dec.7, due to complications from cancer of the esophagus.

David grew up during the Great Depression, living in the dry part of the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming before Sunshine Reservoir. He always hated cooked dried beans as a result.

He was born Nov. 16, 1930, and raised by his parents, Glenn and Marita Mobley, at their farm near Otto. He graduated from Greybull High School in 1948 and the University of Wyoming. He worked for newspapers in Wolf Point, Mont., and Sheridan, prior to working for Wyoming Wildlife Magazine in Cheyenne. He became a Game Warden in 1961 and served as Game Warden in Dubois, Cody, and Powell. Sunlight Basin was his favorite posting, and there he experienced the happiest times of his life. He was promoted to supervisor in Laramie in 1976 where he worked until his retirement. He lived in Bandon, Ore., and Medical Lake, Wash., after his retirement.

He loved newspapers and often had subscriptions to several at a time. He could be relied upon for timely commentary on politics, stock market results, and wolf reintroduction.

David married his college sweetheart, Marlene, in Pinedale, in 1956. During their time in Powell, she was a reporter for the Powell Tribune.

They had two children, Curtis and Karen. They enjoyed travel, cooking, and a long history of driving around on dirt roads with binoculars, fly rods, and picnic baskets.

David was able to spot a fawn in tall grass at 300 yards and could give a decent estimate of a herd of cattle or elk from the air or from a truck. He loved public policy. With age, he developed compassion for the infirm and for a time drove the Senior Citizen Bus and delivered Meals on Wheels. He was a Lion and was very proud his volunteer work. He could be relied on for an emergency loan and for always having jumper cables. He loved cats, drinking coffee with his buddies, and very long car trips. He was a great master of ceremonies and a good story teller.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Joyce; his wife, Marlene; and son Curtis. His survivors include his daughter, Karen Mobley of Spokane., Wash.; his brother, Charles (Bill) of Lovelock, Nev.; sister, Carol Daniels and husband Don of Spokane, Wash.; three nieces, two nephews and numerous cousins and friends.

Following cremation, there will be no formal memorial service. His ashes will be scattered at his favorite elk refuge. If you feel you would like to do something in his memory, please go out for breakfast, go fishing, donate to a habitat protection project or a compassionate cause.

In November, an anemometer was erected in the Heart Mountain Irrigation District's territory to determine the feasibility of tapping into electrical power generated by the wind.

It is a 50-meter anemometer tower a few miles north of Kamm's Corner on Lane 11. The device will measure wind speed and direction for the next year.