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Two years ago at this time, locals were working together to pass a capital facilities tax to pay for a new pool.

The future of Powell swimming hinged on the $9 million generated by the tax. Without it, some feared Powell's pool never would be replaced, leaving a gaping hole in a swimming community.

Voters countywide came together to ensure that Powell would get its aquatic center, and that projects would be funded in Cody and Meeteetse as well.

This weekend, Big Horn Basin residents are celebrating the first fruit of the tax — the new Park County Library in Cody. The library proves that the extra penny sales tax is going toward good.

It's also an example of communities coming together — something Powell needs to be reminded of.

While planning for the new pool, the Powell City Council and members of the Community Pool Committee disagreed on various important points along the way to a final design. Everyone is pleased Powell will get its new aquatic facility, but some of those points remain a sore spot today.

In order for the new pool to be a success, the City Council should dialogue with community members, especially those who frequent the current pool.

Currently, some people who care about swimming in Powell feel like the council doesn't care about them.

However, as ground is broken for the pool's construction, it's an opportunity for the council and the town's swimming community to come together to make Powell's aquatic center work for everyone.

This aquatic center is rooted in a community working toward a common goal. Some feel the project has strayed far from its origins — hopefully frayed roots can be reclaimed.

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Powell High School freshman Desiree Murray (right) leads a group of runners during the Rocky Mountain Invitational last Thursday in Lovell. Murray won the race and helped the Lady Panthers to a first-place finish in the team standings. Tribune photo by David Dickey

PHS's boys squad earns runner-up spot

Powell High School's girls cross country team recorded their third straight first-place finish last Thursday during the Rocky Mountain Invitational at Foster Gulch Golf Course in Lovell. PHS's boys squad also enjoyed a solid performance and placed second.

The Lady Panthers, who also finished first at the Cody Invitational (Sept. 12) and Lander Invitational (Sept. 18), placed five runners in the top 12, including freshman standout Desiree Murray. Murray finished first overall with a time of 20:29. Close behind and in third was PHS's Lauren Dunleavy in 21:08.

Alyssa Rodriguez and Jordan Bigelow, with times of 21:32 and 21:36, claimed spots six and seven, and Skye Albert finished 12th in 22:17 to round out the scoring efforts for the Lady Panthers.

“The girls are really running well,” said PHS head coach Cliff Boos. “They've been running in tight groups in workouts, and they've been doing the same in the meets. I just can't say enough about how well they support each other and how hard they work when they train.”

Casper College next for NWC

Victory No. 23 is in the books for the Northwest College Lady Trappers following a three-set sweep against Miles Community College Saturday in Miles City, Mont.

NWC (23-7) defeated the Lady Pioneers 25-13, 25-15, 25-16 despite being without one of its top players — Thabata Galvao. According to NWC head coach Flavia Siqueira, the sophomore middle hitter missed the contest due to a shoulder injury that has hampered her throughout a good portion of the season. Because of Galvao's absence, Siqueira said some adjustments had to be made with the Lady Trappers' lineup.

“Maddie Peterson played middle for Thabata, and Irelis Avendano started on the outside with Rebekah DePesa,” Siqueira said. “During the match, we were able to make adjustments, and every player had a chance to play for at least one set. In the third set, Samantha Cuttlers was setting and Carol Martin became a right-side hitter.

“We played at our level and were able to run some free-ball plays. We also served very well against Miles.”

Among the leaders for the Lady Trappers was Avendano, who finished with seven kills. Katie Gregg and Kayla Propes added five kills each. Marisa Shigetomi enjoyed another strong performance and finished with 12 digs from her spot on the back row, and Martin added nine.

Gregg led the team in aces with six, and Avendano and Peterson added two each.

• Up next: The Lady Trappers, who have endured a grueling road schedule since the start of the season, will begin a four-match homestand today (Tuesday), beginning with Casper College at 7 p.m. So far this season, NWC is 2-0 vs. the Thunderbirds.

Other upcoming home matches for the Lady Trappers include Eastern Wyoming College (Friday, 7 p.m.), Laramie County Community College (Saturday, 3 p.m.) and Sheridan College (Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.).

As for the Thunderbirds, Casper faced Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont., last Saturday and swept the Buccaneers in three sets by scores of 25-14, 25-16, 25-21. Among the leaders in that match for the Thunderbirds was right-side hitter Konefesi Vaisigano. The 5-10 freshman from Salt Lake City finished with a team-high 12 kills and 10 digs.

“We will have to work hard to stop their powerful outside hitter,” Siqueira said. “Hopefully we will have our starting squad ready to perform in front of our home crowd again.”

The match also will serve as a homecoming for former Powell High School Lady Panther Katie Patterson, a freshman middle hitter for the Thunderbirds. Patterson signed with Casper College after helping PHS to the Class 3A, West Conference title and a berth in the state tournament last year.

• Still unranked: Despite their 23-7 record and strong showings against some of the nation's top-ranked teams, the Lady Trappers have yet to get a top-20 spot in the NJCAA's national rankings. They were, however, among the schools receiving votes in the latest poll, which was released Sept. 24. The next poll is due to be released Oct. 1.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Panther football upset by Lander

Tigers top Panthers in 19-14 thriller

During week two of the high school football season, Lander knocked off then-No. 1 and defending 4A state champion Jackson. Last Friday, the Tigers picked up their second upset victory of the year by posting a 19-14 decision over the second-ranked Powell High School Panthers in Powell.

The unranked Tigers (2-2, 2-1), who entered the contest at Panther Stadium with the reputation of primarily being a run-oriented team, used a pair of long touchdown passes en route to the victory.

However, it was Lander's passing game which almost did them in late in the game.

The Tigers, ahead 13-7 and facing a third-and-seven situation just before the midway point of the fourth quarter, attempted a pass that landed in the hands of Panther defender Gavin Mills inside the PHS 10-yard line. With a hoard of blockers paving the way, Mills raced down the Powell sideline for a 93-yard touchdown.

PHS's Drayson Bratt added the all-important PAT to put the Panthers ahead 14-13 with 8:58 remaining in the game.

“I really thought that was going to be the turning point in the game,” said PHS head coach Jim Stringer. “But Lander did a good job of coming back and responding with a score of its own right after that.”

Just more than two minutes later, Lander struck back with a 55-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Garrett Irene to wide receiver Tyson Simon. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Panthers with a 19-14 deficit with 5:37 left on the clock.

The Panthers (2-2, 1-1), on their ensuing drive, took over at their own 35 and steadily churned out yardage until they faced a third-and-two play at the Lander 20 with less than three minutes to play.

Powell went to the air, but quarterback Galen Mills' potential first-down pass landed in the hands of Lander's Matt Baker, who returned the ball to the Tigers' 37.

PHS needed a defensive stop to get the ball back in time for the offense to attempt another scoring drive, but Tiger running back Bret Klopp ended PHS's hopes of salvaging a victory when he ran for 14 yards on third-and-six. His gain picked up a first down and allowed the Tigers to run out the clock.

The Panthers, who proved to be their own worst enemy during the contest, dug a hole for themselves early in the third quarter. After taking the opening kickoff of the second half, the Panthers lost a fumble, which was recovered at the PHS 1. On the following play, Irene scored on a one-yard rush. Lander added the PAT for a 7-0 advantage.

PHS, however, answered the score on its next drive by marching 68 yards. The drive ended with Galen Mills throwing a 30-yard touchdown strike to Ryan Brandt. Bratt's PAT tied the score at 7-7 with 5:14 left in the third quarter.

Undaunted, Lander responded with its second touchdown of the night on the ensuing drive. This time Irene hit Baker in stride near the Lander sideline and the 6-4, 180-pound senior raced into the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown that put the Tigers ahead for the second time in the game. Lander missed the PAT and set the stage for the dramatic events of the fourth-quarter.

“It doesn't matter what level you're playing at, it's hard to rebound from four, five or six critical mistakes,” Stringer said. “We made mistakes in every phase of the game, and we weren't able to overcome those. The mistakes we made were at crucial times in the game, and they took advantage of them.

“We'll work on those things in practice. We definitely need to work harder and be sharper. We just need to fix our own mistakes and go from there.”

For the game, the Panthers' rushing attack was held to 59 yards on 30 attempts. Trevor Donarski led the Panthers in rushing with 36 yards on five carries.

Through the air, Galen Mills completed eight of 15 passes for 109 yards. He was intercepted twice and threw one touchdown.

Brandt led PHS in receiving yardage with 46 yards on two catches. Gavin Mills added three receptions for 31 yards, and Donarski finished with two catches for 27 yards. Donarski also finished the game with 55 return yards on special teams.

Lander was held below 100 yards rushing by the Panthers. The Tigers notched 41 rushing attempts and managed 88 yards, including a game-high 59 yards on 18 attempts by Klopp.

Through the air, Irene completed five of nine passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Baker was Lander's top receiver, pulling in four catches for 76 yards.

Baker also was a standout on defense. In addition to hauling in the key interception late in the game, he finished with 33 defensive points.

Powell's defensive effort was led by Matt McArthur, who tallied 23 defensive points, and Donarski, who finished with 17.

• Up next: The Panthers will be at home for the third week in a row Friday when they host Star Valley (1-3, 0-2) in a Class 4A, West Conference matchup. The Braves, after falling to Snake River (Idaho), Cody and Jackson to start the season, got their first victory of 2008 last week when they defeated Marsh Valley (Idaho) 21-14.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Almost done painting

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Artist Blake Neubert puts the finishing touches on his piece for the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale Quick Draw Saturday morning in Cody. Participating artists have one hour to create works of art that are sold in a live auction following the Quick Draw. The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is part of the Rendezvous Royale, a week-long celebration of the arts that includes Cody High Style and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Patrons Ball. Neubert, the son of Clay and Marsha Neubert, was raised in Powell and currently lives in Colorado. Tribune photo by Brad Bonner

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Towers like these atop Cedar Mountain deliver a variety of signals across the Big Horn Basin. The February 2009 deadline for broadcasters to switch to digital will not affect analog television antennas, said a Park County official. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

Local owners of old analog televisions hooked up to antennas that rely on translator stations around Park County need not fret over losing reception — at least not for a few years, one Park County official said.

“If they're watching one of our analog sites, there is nothing that is going to change in February,” said Dave Hoffert, Park County translator station manager.

Still, it might behoove antenna users to shop around for an alternative means of reception, because county-operated translators may be doomed.

September 30, 2008 3:01 am

Powellink: One zone down, 12 to go

First fiber optic zone tested, ready this week

The first of 13 fiber-optic zones around Powell will be up and running this week if testing goes as planned.

Construction for the Powellink project began in May and, when completed, will provide a network of fiber to every home and business in Powell.

Project Manager Ernie Bray said he expected test results for the first zone on Monday. The first zone that will be lit up is the central office zone, encompassing about 175 homes and businesses in the area of South Bent and South streets.
September 30, 2008 3:01 am

General election ballot set

Five presidential candidates

Wyoming's general election voters will vote on two constitutional amendments and five presidential candidates in November.

The last day to register to vote is next Monday, Oct. 6. However, you can also register on Election Day — Nov. 4.

Constitutional Amendment A is designed to “clarify and modernize” the oath of office taken by elected officials. Officials still must swear to uphold the state and federal constitutions, but the amendment would more than halve the oath — from 137 words to 61.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Nora Bovee

(March 15, 1917 - Sept. 27, 2008)

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell for Nora Elizabeth (Wenzel) Bovee, 91, who died Saturday, Sept. 27 at West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody.

Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Nora was born March 15, 1917, to Walter F. and Kate B. Wenzel on their homestead at Bixby, S.D. She attended elementary school at Brushy, S.D., and graduated from high school in Bison, S.D. She went on to graduate from Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, S.D., and taught school at South Canyon in Rapid City, S.D., and then in Wyoming at Alva, Powell and the Valley School on the South Fork of the Shoshone River.

She met her future husband, Leslie Bovee, at a dance at the old schoolhouse in Garland in 1946. Nora's sister, Dot, says Les “met his fate” at the dance. Les and Nora were married June 1, 1947, and moved onto Les's homestead on Heart Mountain.

She always welcomed into her home children who needed a place. She enjoyed old-time western music and loved to square dance and watch professional bull riding. She realized a lifetime dream when she traveled to China in the 1980s.

Nora was awarded the coveted Quealy Award for outstanding service in club work for the Park County Extension Homemakers Club in 1983.

She was a lifetime member of the Rebekah Lodge and the Park County Homemakers Extension Club. She opened her own ceramics shop on Heart Mountain in 1964 and operated it for almost 40 years.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Leslie Bovee; her sister, Dorothy French of Enning, S.D.; special family members Barb and Tuck Fulton of Powell; her brothers-in-law, Bob Bovee (Margaret) of Cody and Carrol Bovee (Judy) of Arizona; her former sister-in-law, Bette Bovee of Washington; and 21 nieces and nephews.

Nora was like a mother to Barb Fulton, a niece, and Les and Nora were considered another set of grandparents to Tuck and Barb's four daughters. It goes without saying she was a huge part of many lives and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Katherine (Kay); brothers, Walter (Bud) and William (Bill); one nephew, three great-nephews, one great-niece and three great-great nieces.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Irene Ley

(Dec. 21, 1921 - Sept. 28, 2008)

Irene Ley, formerly of Powell and Cody, died Sunday, Sept. 28 at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell. She was 86.

She was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Ashley, N.D. to John and Dorothy Ley. She was one of eight children along with sisters Esther and Inez and brothers Bill, Clarence, Floyd, Ted and Henry.

Irene married the love of her life, Rudolph R. Ley, on Jan. 14, 1942. They were married for 64 years.

To this union were born Sharon Sammons of Lovell and a very special daughter, Kathryn.

Irene was thankful for her family, plus the added bonus of grandchildren Ty Sammons of Byron, Kyle Sammons of Rock Springs and Keri Sammons of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The highlight of Irene's life was living long enough to see her great-granddaughter, Gentry Sammons, arrive in July of 2008.

Irene was a loving, caring and nurturing woman and will be missed by all who knew her. In addition to her own children, she helped raise nieces, nephews and anyone who needed a home, whether it was short-term or longer. She was there to help out in a time of need. She took care of Kathryn for 50 years.

She loved to cook and feed everyone. She always had a beautiful garden and canned her produce and delivered eggs for years.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph; her daughter, Kathryn; her parents, John and Dorothy; sister, Esther; and all her brothers.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Lovell. Haskell Funral Home is in charge.