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Smart takes season title

Last year, Mississippi's Chance Smart watched friend and Powell cowboy Kanin Asay claim the season title during the Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour finale in Indianapolis.

After last Friday, however, Smart can now say he knows how Asay felt when he finished at the top of the Xtreme Bulls Tour standings.

Smart capped the 2008 Xtreme Bulls Tour season by placing first at the finale in Indianapolis. By doing so, he won the season title by more than $22,540.

Last year, Smart finished second in the standings behind Asay.

Asay, who missed two months of the 2008 season due to injuries sustained in a bull riding event in early July, wasn't able to defend his title, but he finished the Xtreme Bulls Tour season on a strong note and all but solidified a return trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

During last Friday's competition in Indianapolis, Asay finished with the fifth-best money total and had the sixth-best average. He rode two of three bulls for 171.5 points. His best ride netted 90 points.

“I'm glad I won some money, but I should've rode all three bulls,” said Asay when evaluating his performance. “But I'm happy for Chance. Last year, me and him were one and two going into the Xtreme deal, and I would have been happy either way it turned out. I managed to come out on top then, and he was able to win it this year. I'm happy for him, and I'm glad he was able to win it.”

The Xtreme Bulls Tour title was Smart's first. And unlike last year when Asay and Smart both had a shot at the season crown, Asay was well out of the title picture because of his two-month absence in July and August. During that time away from the sport, Asay recovered from a number of injuries he received during a single ride at an event in Oregon. That disastrous ride resulted in the removal of his spleen and left him with a fractured left eye socket.

The good news for Asay is that he's almost regained the form he showed when he qualified for his first-ever WNFR last year and from what started out as a promising 2008 bull riding season.

“I'd say I'm at about 90 percent if not better,” Asay said. “When I'm getting bucked off right away, it's not because I'm hurting. I've been able to ride some pretty rank bulls, and I feel like I'm about to where I was before I got hurt.”

That could spell bad news for Asay's fellow competitors. Currently, Asay is sitting in 12th place in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's world standings. As long as he remains among the top 15 after the conclusion of the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Championship in Dallas Nov. 7-9, he'll qualify for his second WNFR.

“I feel pretty good about where I'm at (in the standings),” Asay said. “A lot would have to happen for some of those guys outside the top 15 to change the standings. Right now it looks like I've made it.”

Asay, who mainly keeps up with the standings through reports from friends and family, said he's going to continue to ride using the same approach that has proven to be effective. That means riding one bull at a time, and letting the rest take care of itself.

“I'll just keep riding and wait for that call or that letter that lets me know I made it,” Asay said. “You just have to do the best you can, and the rest will take care of itself.”

• First round: 1. B.J. Schumacher, 90.5 points on Silverado Rodeo Company's Scorpion, $4,794; 2. Kanin Asay, 90, $3,675; 3. Colin McTaggart, 88, $2,717; 4. (tie) Logan Knibbe and Fred Boettcher, 87, $1,438 each; 6. Bobby Welsh, 86.5, $799; 7. Spud Jones, 86, $639; 8. (tie) Tate Stratton and Chance Smart, 85.5, $240 each; 10. (tie) Clayton Savage and Shane Proctor, 84; 12. Stormy Wing, 82; 13. Douglas Duncan, 81.5; 14. Allen Helmuth, 80; 15. Cody Hancock, 79; 16. Shawn Hogg, 78; No score: Nat Fly, Corey Navarre, Zack Oakes, Zeb Lanham, Shane Gordon, Jesse Bail, Seth Glause, Charles Zoss, Danny McDowell, Clayton Foltyn, Dave Samsel, Jordan Hooton, Marcus Michaelis, Jake Wade, Colby Reilly, Jay Morrow, Jarrod Ford, Will Farrell, Howdy Cloud, Luke Haught, J.W. Harris, Tater Hins, Mike Moore and Chad German.

• Second round: 1. Clayton Savage, 89 points on JK Rodeo's The Widow Maker, $4,794; 2., $3,675; 2. Clayton Foltyn, 87, $3,675; 3. (tie) Jordan Hooton and Mike Moore, 86.5, $2,237 each; 5. (tie) Bobby Welsh and Colin McTaggart, 86, $959 each; 7. (tie) Colby Reilly and Stormy Wing, 85, $559 each; 10. (tie) Will Farrell and Howdy Cloud, 84.5; 12. Tater Hins, 84; 13. Jesse Bail, 83.5; 14. B.J. Schumacher, 82; 15. (tie) Jay Morrow, Dave Samsel and Kanin Asay, 81.5; 18. J.W. Harris, 80.5; No score: Shane Gordon, Shane Proctor, Charles Zoss, Nat Fly, Douglas Duncan, Luke Haught, Danny McDowell, Chance Smart, Allen Helmuth, Zeb Lanham, Zack Oakes, Jarrod Ford, Jake Wade, Corey Navarre, Marcus Michaelis, Spud Jones, Logan Knibbe, Fred Boettcher, Chad German, Cody Hancock, Shawn Hogg, Seth Glause and Tate Stratton.

• Dodge Championship Round: 1. Chance Smart, 90.5 points on Silverado Rodeo Company's Alabama, $5,273; no other qualified rides.
n Average: 1. Chance Smart, 176 points on two head, $9,588; 2. Colin McTaggart, 174, $7,351; 3. Clayton Savage, 173, $5,433; 4. (tie) Bobby Welsh and B.J. Schumacher, 172.5, $2,876 each; 6. Kanin Asay, 171.5, $1,598; 7. Stormy Wing, 167, $1,278; 8. (tie) Clayton Foltyn, Logan Knibbe and Fred Boettcher, 87 points on one head, $320 each.
n Total money: 1. Chance Smart, $15,101; 2. Colin McTaggart, $11,026; 3. Clayton Savage, $10,227; 4. B.J. Schumacher, $7,670; 5. Kanin Asay, $5,273; 6. Bobby Welsh, $4,634; 7. Clayton Foltyn, $3,995; 8. (tie) Jordan Hooten and Mike Moore, $2,237 each; 10. Stormy Wing, $1,838; 11. (tie) Logan Knibbe and Fred Boettcher, $1,758 each; 13. Spud Jones, $639; 14. Colby Reilly, $559; 15. Tate Stratton, $240.

Unofficial final 2008 Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour standings:
(As of Oct. 24. Includes all divisions)
1. Chance Smart, Philadelphia, Miss., $72,788
2. Bobby Welsh, Gillette, $50,248
3. Zeb Lanham, Sweet, Idaho, $43,425
4. Mike Moore, Kankakee, Ill., $43,014
5. Wesley Silcox, Payson, Utah, $42,199
6. Colin McTaggart, Las Vegas, Nev., $38,679
7. Logan Knibbe, Rockdale, Texas, $18,087
8. Clayton Foltyn, El Campo, Texas, $17,390
9. Kanin Asay, Powell, $17,270
10. Nat Fly, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, $15,666
11. Luke Haught, Weatherford, Texas, $15,212
12. Colby Reilly, Stratford, Wash., $14,849
13. Seth Glause, Rock Springs, $14,580
14. Joe Meling, Pendleton, Ore., $14,470
15. Cody Hancock, Taylor, Ariz., $12,649

October 30, 2008 3:01 am

Lady Trappers boast veteran lineup

Team expecting to be strong in 2008-09

Another basketball season will begin for the Northwest College Lady Trappers Friday, and they will enter the slate with a wealth of returning players.

Coach Chad Oletzke's squad has five players back from last season, including sophomores Kassi Tucker (5-6), Sheena Ryan (5-5), Lacey Gilmer (5-5), Gita Grava (5-11) and Erin Cooke (6-2). Of those players, four garnered considerable playing time in 2007-08. Tucker, however, missed the season while recovering from a knee injury suffered during a practice before the first week of action.

“We've got a good group back, and we've got some new players that should give us a boost,” Oletzke said. “During a scrimmage against Great Falls' JV team last week, we got a glimpse of what we can do. Our experienced showed, and I think it gave the girls some additional confidence.”

Among the players who are expected to challenge for postseason honors are Cooke and Grava. Cooke, a post player, averaged more than 12 points and nine rebounds per game as a freshman. Prior to last season, Cooke was somewhat of an unknown, but she quickly established herself a key contributor in the absence of then-sophomore Ashley Bucker, who sat out the first half of the season due to being ruled academically ineligible. Cooke is now considered to be among the top post players in NWC's region.

“Erin should have a great year,” Oletzke said. “She steadily improved last year, and she's playing with a lot of confidence.”

Grava, who can play at the post position or on the wing, returns after averaging just more than seven points and seven rebounds per contest last season. Oletzke said the sophomore from Riga, Latvia, has been strong in practices and enjoyed a solid showing in NWC's scrimmage against Great Falls last week.

“She's really progressed,” Oletzke said. “The biggest thing is that she's showing more maturity. She can have a good season, and right now it looks almost like she's stepping into a leadership role for us.”

Ryan and Gilmer, according to their coach, also appear ready to enjoy solid performances this year. Ryan, a point guard, emerged as a key contributor last season, particularly in the region tournament, where she came off the bench and earned all-tournament honors. Oltezke described Gilmer, a guard, as “the quarterback of the team” because of her leadership abilities and work ethic.

“Sheena plays with consistency, and she's really progressed a lot last season,” Oletzke said. “Lacey had a good offseason, and she's shooting the ball with more confidence. If those two can continue to shoot the ball well, that will open up things for us on offense.”

As for Tucker, Oletzke said she will be a freshman as far as experience because of her injury last season. However, he added she still learned a great deal as part of the team in 2007-08, and that should help her become a contributor.

“She's still gaining confidence in her knee,” Oletzke said. “As she gets more comfortable playing, I think she'll be able to help us a lot.”

Newcomers to the team include freshmen Sharla Stevenson (5-6), Cheyenne Cammack (5-9), Chanda Hallows (5-7), Izzy Gustafson (5-11), Larissa Crump (5-8), Madara Upeniece (6-0), Kati Oliverson (5-11) and Rachel Tilley (6-2). Of those, Crump, a point guard, has made a quick impact and appears ready to contribute.

“She was a late addition,” Oletzke said. “We got her the week before classes started. She's athletic, and she'll be a good secondary point guard for us. She sees the floor well, and she's a good passer.”

Oletzke said all of the freshmen have made strides in practice, and he expects them to endure a bit of a learning curve in the early stages of this year's campaign. At the same time, he said they also can make a difference this season. He did note, however, that Cammack currently is out of the lineup due to a knee injury.

“We just have to keep working and getting a little better each day,” Oletzke said. “If we can do that, I think we can challenge in our sub-region and in our conference.”

Unlike the Trapper men's team, which opens the season at home Friday, the Lady Trappers will begin the 2008-09 slate on the road at the two-day Williston State College Tournament. On Friday, NWC will face Lake Region. On day two of the event, Oletzke's squad will match up against Williston State College.

October 30, 2008 3:01 am

Lorraine Farlow

(April 15, 1940 - Oct. 27, 2008)

Lifelong Cody resident, Lorraine Farlow, 68, died in her home Monday, Oct. 27 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends.

She was born April 15, 1940, in Cody. She spent her early years in Powell, and upon marrying her husband of 52 years, Elbie Farlow, lived the remainder of her life in Cody.

Lorraine spent her life primarily caring for her family, and later in life, caring for her extended family. It is fitting that she was cared for in her home by her children, her sister and her close friends, Elaine Allshouse and Marleah Lehman, both of Cody.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading, gardening, caring for her cats (Fluffy, Precious, Baby and Shasta) and putting together jigsaw puzzles with her friends. She was an avid Bingo player. For many years, she supported the local animal shelter by sewing and donating kitty blankets. She also worked in retail sales through her mid-life and retired in the late 1990s. Through her work, she met many of her lifelong friends.

Survivors include her husband, Elbie; five children, Sandy Farlow of Cody, Deb Schultz of Cheyenne, Ed Farlow of Basin, Karen Bauch of Billings, Mont., and Teresa Farlow of Great Falls, Mont.; two sisters, Nancy Krell of Montana and Kathy Larson of Louisiana; three brothers, Charles in Washington, Paul and Ed in Louisiana; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody Monday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. The family requests that memorials be made in her name to Spirit Mountain Hospice, c/o West Park County Hospital, 707 Sheridan Ave., Cody, WY 82414.

October 30, 2008 3:00 am

Betty Harness

(April 19, 1910 - Oct. 27, 2008)

Elizabeth J. (Betty) Harness of Cody died in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 27 at West Park Long Term Care Center at the age of 98.

She was born April 19, 1910, in Hardin, Mont., first child of John and Mary Schreuder. The family moved to Worden, Mont., where she grew up and attended school. Betty married Owen Harness in 1934 at Rawlins.

They lived at Lance Creek where her husband worked for Marathon Oil Company. In 1959, they were transferred to Cody. Owen died in 1961.

Betty worked as a news correspondent for the Casper Star Tribune and as feature writer for several magazines, doing human interest stories and historical articles. After her writing career, she worked during the summer months at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center for 15 years. Her hobbies included painting, sewing and gardening.

Survivors incude a sister, Joanne Zent, and a brother, John Schreuder, both of Billings, Mont.; her niece, Judy Rhoads of Cody; and various other nieces and nephews outside of Wyoming.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Everett Schreuder and Jake Schreuder; and four sisters, Anna Schreuder, Mary Brewer, Elsie Heidema and Frances Offt Johnston.

Graveside services will be Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Cody.

October 30, 2008 3:00 am

Marion Louise Althoff

(Aug. 12, 1934 - Oct. 25, 2008)

Marion Louise Althoff, 74, died Saturday, Oct. 25 at West Park Hospital in Cody.

She was born to John Muller and Hazel Worden on Aug. 12, 1934, in Belfry, Mont. She was the third of 12 children.

Marion spent her life in the Big Horn Basin. She attended schools in Cody.

She married the love of her life, Glen A. Althoff of Powell, on Dec. 2, 1957, in Billings, Mont. Together they raised their three children in Powell. She spent many years working on their farm and at the Powell Nursing Home.

In 1978, she and youngest daughter, Tammy, attended floral design school in Portland, Ore., where she learned the skills of a trade she loved. Marion worked as a floral designer at Four Seasons Floral in Powell and KenMar Floral in Cody. In 1988, she and Glen opened Merry Glen Evergreens and Floral in Powell. Some of her best years were spent designing in her own flower shop. Her family will hold onto the memory that she could grow anything and make even the frailest of plants flourish. The coffee was always on at the shop, and she enjoyed all the company who stopped by to visit.

Marion truly had a green thumb, always having a large garden producing enough goods to last the winter. She canned much of what she grew, and there was always plenty to give away to friends and family. She loved to thank people by giving them a sack full of fresh vegetables.

Marion enjoyed quilting, crocheting and playing cards. In her earlier years, she loved playing softball and hunting.

She often recalled the time she chased down a large moose and got lost in the process.

Long drives up the North Fork and family picnics made her happy. Marion loved camping and fishing, especially with her grandchildren. Camp cooking was a specialty of hers and there was always plenty to go around. Time spent in the mountains playing cribbage and pinochle was always a treat for her.

Marion loved to entertain. Holiday dinners always pleased a large crowd of family and friends. She enjoyed hosting deck and garage parties with enough food for the whole town and sometimes with live music courtesy of the Old Time Fiddlers. She looked forward to hosting the class of 1948 reunion breakfasts.

Marion was happiest in the kitchen, cooking and baking. Anyone stopping by was greeted with a smile and a “Are you hungry?' She volunteered her excellent culinary skills to the Eagles Lodge, cooking Wednesday night family dinners one or two months out of the year. She and sister Evelyn baked homemade pies for the Eagles' Park County Fair booth for many years.

Marion was also active in the O'Donnell Club, always involved in the cooking and planning of events. She enjoyed watching old spaghetti western movies and listening to country western music.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 51 years, Glen Althoff of Powell; son, Fred “Joe” (Sharon) Althoff of Farmington, N.M.; and daughters, Deb (John) VanValin of Powell and Tammy (David) Karmann of Hernando, Miss. Surviving sisters are Evelyn (Don) Hicks of Cody, Merle (Dale) Holtheuse of Billings, and Judy Daugherty of Idaho, and surviving brothers are Clifton (Eddie) Muller of Kirby, Jack and Leonard Muller, both of Deaver, Dale (Janice) Muller of Ekalaka, Mont., and Gary Muller of Wyoming. Survivors include six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Lillian Humes, Peggy Pace and June Niesses; and granddaughter Kalcie Karmann.

Memorial services celebrating her life were held Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Eagles Lodge in Powell. Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren, JoAmy Hodges, Nicole Notestine, Andy Althoff, Corey Karmann, Travis Dusenberry and Amanda Jeide. Cremation has taken place. Thompson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

October 30, 2008 3:00 am

Oliver Paul Kasinger

(July 29, 1913 - Oct. 26, 2008)

Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home for Oliver Paul Kasinger, who died Sunday, Oct. 26 at Powell Valley Care Center. He was 95.

He was born July 29, 1913, in Bee Creek, Ill., son of Oliver Kasinger and Etta (Nelson) Kasinger. He married Louise Retzer on Nov. 19, 1935, in Illinois. They moved to Wyoming to farm near Powell in February of 1946. His wife died Dec. 10, 2003.

He enjoyed fishing and working with horses.

Survivors include two sons, Don (Donna) Kasinger of Powell and Oregon and Dale (Billie) Kasinger of Powell; a daughter, Vicki Huxtable (Jim) of Dublin, Calif.; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and seven brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers at the funeral will be Don Kasinger, Jr., Mark Kasinger, Levi Norris, Dalton Norris, Clint Kasinger and David Norris. Honorary pallbearers are Margo Gerner and Chris Norris.

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October 30, 2008 3:00 am

3A state champ

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The Powell High School Lady Panthers raced to a cross country state championship during the Class 3A state meet in Sheridan Saturday. Shown leaving the starting line are Desiree Murray (second from left), Alyssa Rodriguez, Emily Schwahn (hidden behind Rodriguez), Lauren Dunleavy, Jordan Bigelow, Skye Albert and McKenzie Danforth. For more on the Lady Panthers' championship effort see below. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Super search

While it will be months before swimmers dive into the new pool, the City of Powell is getting a jump start on hiring a superintendent to oversee the aquatic center.

The city will advertise the position until mid-November. City Administrator Zane Logan said the hope is to hire someone around Thanksgiving and have him or her start in December.

Though the pool isn't slated to be completed until January 2010, the superintendent has plenty of work to do before the opening day, Logan said.

Environmental assessment expected

Gas drilling inside the Shoshone National Forest most likely will begin in about six months.

Windsor Energy Group is seeking to drill an exploratory well, Federal 26-2, just inside the forest's boundary and roughly 7 miles northeast of Clark.

It would be the first well drilled in the Shoshone in decades.

The Forest's Wapiti District Ranger, Terry Root, told people gathered at a public meeting in Clark last week that the U.S. Forest Service has found no reason to reject Windsor's application.