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Two drivers score multiple Victories

Last Saturday marked the second-to-last evening of racing for the Park County Kart Club's 2008 season, and 14 different drivers posted victories in their respective divisions. Of those drivers, two scored multiple wins — Cory Heny and Landon Greer.

Drivers notching one victory each last Saturday at the Park County Fairgrounds in Powell were Brooklyn Sweet, Emily Sande, Matt Sweet, Jane Faulkner, Jennifer Triplett, JJ Faulkner, Wayne McClaflin, Sam Gernhart, Tracy Sweet, Scott Heny, Curtis Sande and Ken Strausheim.

The final races of the PCKC's season will be Saturday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. Races will be conducted at the Park County Fairgrounds.

The following is a recap of last week's racing action:

• Kids (5-8): Brooklyn Sweet finished ahead of Samantha Sande for the win. For Brooklyn Sweet, the victory was her fifth of the season in the kids division and helped her maintain her lead in the season's points standings. She has 118 points and is 16 points ahead of Samantha Sande.

• Junior I (ages 9-13): As has been the case much of the season, Cory Heny and Matt Sweet found themselves in a battle for the top spot. Heny prevailed and claimed the checkered flag, and Sweet settled for the runner-up spot. Positions three through six were rounded out by Taylor Rentschler, Emily Sande, Marisa Sanders and Taylor Daniels.

As for the standings in the Junior I division, Matt Sweet holds the top spot with 129 points. Cory Heny is the closest challenger with 112 points with just one race date left on this season's schedule.

• Junior I girls: Emily Sande claimed the top spot and was followed by Brooklyn Sweet, Mallory Triplett and Marissa Sanders.
With her victory, Emily Sande pushed her season-leading point total in the division to 108. She currently is 10 points ahead of Brooklyn Sweet, who is ranked second.

• Junior I boys: In this division, Cory Heny scored the victory, and Matt Sweet took the runner-up spot. Grady Sanders, Taylor Rentschler and Taylor Daniels rounded out spots three through five.

The victory was Cory Heny's fourth in this division for the year. However, he still trails Matt Sweet for the points lead by a 112-98 margin. Taylor Rentschler is third with 88 points.

• Junior pro-am (ages 9-18): Matt Sweet earned the victory, and Cory Heny, Savannah Triplett, Taylor Rentschler, Emily Sande and Grady Sanders took spots two through six.

With his victory, Matt Sweet tightened his grip on the points lead. He has 125 points, and Cory Heny is second with 112. Savannah Triplett, third, has 90 points.

• Junior II: Jake Mennell was the top driver in this division Saturday. With 78 points for the season, he is ahead of Alex Zellman, who is second with 56 points.

• Ladies 6.5 hp heat race: Jane Faulkner crossed the finish line first and was followed by Nancy Knight, Jill Sande, Jennifer Triplett and Pokey Heny.

• Ladies 6.5hp class race: In this event, Jennifer Triplett took the top spot ahead of Jane Faulkner, Pokey Heny, Nancy Knight, Jill Sande and Jaci Heny.

This division is up for grabs entering the final week of racing. Jennifer Triplett has the lead in the standings with 109 points, but Jane Faulkner is one point behind in second. Jill Sande sits third with 102 points, and Nicole Timmons is fourth with 96. Fifth place currently belongs to Pokey Heny, who has 87 points.

• Men's 6.5hp (300-350 pounds, kart and driver): Curtis Sande won this race, finishing ahead of Sam Gernhart and Dan DeLeon.
Curtis Sande also the points lead in the division with 116 points. Sam Gernhart is the closest competitor to that total with 76 points. DeLeon is third with 48.

• Men's 6.5hp (350-400 pounds, kart and driver): JJ Faulkner claimed the checkered flag and retained his No. 1 ranking in the season standings. He has 106 points while Justin Sims is second with 78. Aaron Lotten is third with 56.

• Men's 6.5hp (400-450 pounds, kart and driver): Wayne McClaflin scored the victory Saturday and easily maintained his lead in the division with 80 points for the season.

• Animal (300-350 pounds, kart and driver): This race was won by Landon Greer. He also has the points lead for the season.

• Animal (350-400 pounds, kart and driver): Tracy Sweet claimed the top spot and finished ahead of Bill Rentschler, Ken Strausheim and Larry Chouinard.

Entering the final race date, this division boasts a close points race. Tracy Sweet is the leader with 74 points, but Bill Rentschler is close behind with 68. Strausheim is third with 65 points, and Larry Chouinard is fourth with 62.

• Animal (400-450 pounds, kart and driver): Scott Heny was the winner in this race and he also holds the top spot in the point standings with 58. Shawn Chouinard is second with 40 points.

• Modified 210cc and below (300-350 pounds, kart and driver): Curtis Sande outdrove Landon Greer, Sam Gernhart and Dan DeLeon for the top spot. He also leads the standings with 76 points.

Mike Apanashk is second with 58 points, and Landon Greer and Sam Gernhart are tied for third with 32 points each.

• Modified 210cc and below (350-400 pounds, kart and driver): Ken Strausheim crossed the finish line first and ahead of Bill Rentschler, Wayne McClaflin, Tracy Sweet and Larry Chouinard.

Strausheim also has the points lead with 74. Wayne McClaflin is second with 64 points, and Tracy Sweet is third with 62. Bill Rentschler, with 56 points, is fourth, and Larry Chouinard and Mark Rentschler are fifth and sixth with 47 and 46 points, respectively.

• Modified 210cc and below (400-450 pounds, kart and driver): Scott Heny was the winner, but Delbert Reder, with 58 points for the season, is the division leader. Scotty Heny and Shawn Chouinard are tied for the runner-up spot with 38 points.

• Feature, heat one: Sam Gernhart finished first. Spots two through seven went to Tracy Sweet, Wayne McClaflin, Ken Strausheim, Jake Mennell, Bill Rentschler and JJ Faulkner.

• Feature, heat two: Landon Greer prevailed in a race featuring six drivers. Spots two through six went to Jane Faulkner, Trevin Allen, Jaci Heny, Larry Chouinard and Mike Apanashk.

• Outlaw divisions: In the 211-250cc (330-350 pounds, kart and driver) division, Curtis Sande holds the top spot. In the 350-400 pound division, Tracy Sweet is the division leader.

September 18, 2008 3:01 am

John Hartung

Graveside funeral services for Johnny (John) Wayne Hartung, 61, will be conducted Friday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Powell, he died Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Menlo Park, Calif. John was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps with service in Vietnam.

His sister, Rev. Gina Hartung, will officiate at services and burial. For those who can, please bring chairs to the graveside service.

Until a few years ago, The Powell Tribune building housed a separate room where employees could smoke. The area has since been renovated, and employees smoke outdoors now.

The Tribune chose to close its smoking area. Some Wyoming businesses may not have a choice in the future.

A proposal for a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants and bars was discussed Monday by the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee. A similar bill did not advance in last year's budget session of the Legislature, and Cowboy State citizens now have another chance to make their concerns known.

Americans realize that smoking is deadly — that's not a news flash by any means. Proponents of smoking bans cite health risks as reason enough to put the kibosh on smoking in restaurants and bars statewide.

After all, smoking-related illnesses continue to be the No. 1 cause of death and disease in the nation.

Smoking bans already exist in some Wyoming communities, including Laramie and Cheyenne. Many cities and states in the United States have banned smoking, based on valid second-hand smoking concerns.

Powell has a history of leading the way in smoking bans. In November 1987, Powell's Southside Elementary became the first school in Wyoming to enforce a smoking ban.

Some Wyoming business owners worry about the economic effect, saying that a smoking ban could seriously impact restaurant and bar profits.

According to an Associated Press article, Rep. Jack Landon, R-Sheridan, said state officials understand the health risks of smoking, but he doesn't know if the state should intervene. He said people have the freedom to choose not to visit businesses that permit smoking.

What will state lawmakers choose?

Smoking or non?

It has yet to be decided.

As lawmakers open up public discussion, this is a chance for Wyoming residents — on either side of the issue — to voice their opinions.

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Three yearling grizzlies were captured and released Saturday by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department southeast of Cooke City, Mont., because their mother was killing cattle on a ranch north of Cody. Mama bear is still at large, but will likely be captured as well. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

A yearling grizzly pops his head out of a trailer like an ill-tempered, giant prairie dog sniffing the air from a hole. Then he bounds out to stand uncertainly in the clearing a few miles southeast of Cooke City, Mont.

He stands about 25 inches at the shoulder, but is fearsome, just the same.

On edge, the observers watch. After being cooped up in the trailer for hours, will the young griz and his two siblings dash from the trailer into the wilds of the Grizzly Bear Primary Conservation Area, or, in a rage, charge the people's position?

Another massive head juts from the trailer about the dimensions of a pick-up truck bed with a shell. She moves tentatively, as though fearing the gate hanging above her head could crash shut in a split second, sealing her in the black box forever.

She steps out and stands near her brother.

It would be a nail-biting experience for the observers if there was time. But these moments, which seem to last a lifetime, are over in seconds.
The third grizzly emerges from his steel prison. His big head swivels — beady, mean eyes survey the observers like a belligerent bull facing down a matador.

He takes a couple steps toward the anxious people.

It is another tense moment spanning another lifetime. The atmosphere is charged — it's frightening, but thrilling, to observe the majestic animals less than a stone's throw away.

Local campaign receipts and expenditures in books

Mayor Scott Mangold and challenger Tim Sapp should be thankful they're running for mayor of Powell, rather than Cody.

At the end of August, the two candidates had raised a grand total of $125. Sapp had spent $25 for a filing fee, and Mangold had received a $100 donation (and had yet to spend it).

In comparison, the two Cody mayoral candidates, had already pulled in a combined sum of $13,664.01 and spent $5,732.85.

The bulk of those totals came from candidate Nancy Tia Brown, who raised just under $13,000 — about $2,000 of that from her own pocket.

She spent more than $5,000 on cards, a reception, billboard rental, print and radio ads, signs, stationery and door hangers. Brown took 55 percent of the vote in the Aug. 19 primary election.

Fellow candidate Paul E. Rankin raised and spent $667.96, roughly half of that his own money. He bought signs, a Web site and hats. Rankin received 42 percent of the primary vote.

A full calendar of games and activities is under way this week as Powell High School celebrates its annual Homecoming.

Highlights of the week include the annual Homecoming Olympics, conference volleyball action with the visiting Lovell Bulldogs and Friday night's first home game of the season against the Riverton Wolverines.

The week opened Monday with a pair of football games. The JV squad entertained Hardin, Mont., before PHS girls took the field for a powder-puff game.

Tuesday, this year's homecoming attendants and homecoming queen finalists will be announced at an afternoon assembly that will include class competitions.

Also on Tuesday, the tennis teams will take on Cody, with the varsity playing in Cody and the JVs playing in Powell. The Lady Panther volleyball team will travel to Greybull for a dual match, beginning with the freshman game at 4 p.m.

Wednesday the traditional Homecoming Olympics will take over the PHS stadium, with students competing in a variety of contests. The action starts at 6:30 p.m.

The sports schedule continues Thursday with the Lady Panthers entertaining Lovell and the freshman football team taking on Laurel in the stadium. Volleyball begins with a freshman contest at 4 p.m., followed by the JV and varsity matchups. Football kicks off at 5 p.m. The cross-country team will be competing in Lander.

Friday, PHS students will celebrate with a free barbecue at the high school at noon and the pep rally at 2:30 p.m.

The Lady Panther swimmers will entertain Cody in a meet ay 4 p.m., and the golf team will compete in the conference meet in Lovell during the day. Football will kick off at 7 p.m. at PHS stadium.

Homecoming will conclude with the student-council-sponsored dance in the PHS Commons following the game.

July 04, 2003 7:22 pm

Maria Garcia

(Dec. 28, 1950 - July 4, 2003)

Maria Garcia of 1272 W. 7th St., Powell, died Friday, July 4 at the Powell Hospital. She was 52.

She was born Dec. 28, 1950 in Mission, Texas, daughter of Tony Garcia and Maria (Gonzales) Carrizales.

Cremation has taken place, and services for immediate family members have already been held. No further services are planned.

Her family will remember that Maria touched their hearts and leaves those behind with the memory of her strength and love for life and family.

Survivors include a son, Jamie Brady and wife Kari of Powell; a daughter, Anna Owens and husband Troy of Powell; a daughter-in-law, Jenny Padilla of Powell; four brothers Pete Garcia (Lori) and Noe Garcia, both of Lovell, Ish Garcia (Sam) of Powell and Joe Rendon of Texas; four sisters, Rafeala Wilson (John) and Esther Garza (Melch), both of Lovell; Emma Busch (Walter) of Chester, Mont., and Nabu Livingston of Cody; and 11 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Torrie Waddell; a son, Johnny Padilla; a brother, Tony Garcia; a grandson, John Padilla Jr.; and a niece, Maria Lupe Brady.

September 16, 2008 4:00 am

Johnny (John) Wayne Hartung

Dec. 29, 1946 - Sept. 11, 2008

Powell native Johnny (John) Wayne Hartung, 61, died Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Menlo Park, Calif.

Graveside services and burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell at a date to be announced after shipment of the body from California.

Officiating will be John's sister, Rev. Gina Hartung. Chairs will be provided.

Johnny Wayne Hartung was born at the old hospital in Powell on Dec. 29, 1946, to Lonnie Gene Hartung and Nona Belle Hartung. He went to kindergarten and Powell schools, graduating from Powell High School in 1965. He played football and was a wrestler.

In December of 1965, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and completed basic training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was proud to be a Marine, and after a short leave at home, he was deployed to Vietnam from Camp LeJeune in North Carolina.

He worked in the laundry at DaNang, Vietnam. The following December a bullet exploded while he was taking clothes out of the dryer, and it went into his arm at the elbow and traveled up the center of the arm to the bone. The bullet was removed at the military hospital; during his hospital stay he received 28 shots of penicillin, and the Prime Minister of Vietnam visited him, shook his hand and gave him two Vietnamese dolls, which are still in the possession of the family.

His duties in Vietnam included carrying radios in the field and receiving and caring for U.S. troop casualties.

After his discharge, he became an auto parts salesman at a Powell garage. He married, but never had any children.

On Aug. 31, 1991, he married Tracie L. Radcliff in Calfiornia, and he became a truck driver. They lived in Hayward, Calif. He retired when he was diagnosed with diabetes and required insulin. His illness lasted several years until fluid could not be controlled.

Family members are comforted at the memory of John's neat sense of humor that gathered friends easily. His mother will always remember when he called, saying, “Hello, Mother of mine.” He collected guns and knives and dearly loved dogs. Jackson, a dachshund, survives him.

Survivors include his wife, Tracie; his mother, Nona B. Allen of Powell; a sister, Rev. Gina L. Hartung of Great Falls, Mont.; mother-in-law, Carlean Radcliff of Mountain View, Calif.; brothers-in-law, Michael Radcliff of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mark Radcliff of Mountain View, Calif.; aunts, Marilyn J. McDonnell and Arlene A. Dedman, both of Billings, Mont.; a very special cousin/brother, Allen C. Dedman, of Billings; and special friends, Irene Crawford of Belt, Mont., and David and Terri Wynn of San Jose, Calif.

John's cousin, Allen C. Dedman, made many trips to California to see him and take care of him. They were “brothers.” There are many cousins who survive him.

Cards may be sent in care of 224 S. Mountain View St., Powell, WY 82435. Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Powell High School running back Billy Harshman (left) fights for yardage after losing his helmet during Friday's matchup with the top-ranked Buffalo Bison. David Carkhuff/Buffalo Bulletin

Second half sinks Panthers' upset bid

An upset bid by the Powell High School Panthers came to a screeching halt during the second half of their road matchup with the top-ranked, Class 4A Buffalo Bison Friday evening.

The third-ranked Panthers, leading 7-0 at halftime, were outscored 14-0 in the second half in a game that PHS head coach Jim Stringer described as a tale of two halves.

“In the first half, we were able to get the lead and we were playing pretty well,” Stringer said. “In the second half, it was their show. It was like two totally different ballgames.”

As an example of the difference between the first and second halves, Stringer pointed to a number of key statistics. The Panthers (1-1), after picking up 109 rushing yards in the first two quarters against the stubborn Bison defense, managed a mere 12 yards on the ground in the third and fourth quarters combined. On the flip side, Buffalo (2-0), which was held to 81 yards rushing in the first half, ended the game with 244 yards on the ground. Part of Buffalo's turnaround in the second half was attributed to their decision to use a dive option instead of the speed option they used in the first half.

September 16, 2008 4:00 am

Youth is served

Murray highlights efforts for PHS

Freshman Desiree Murray's second-place effort was among the highlights for Powell High School's boys and girls cross country squads during last Friday's Cody Invitational at Don Little Park.

Murray, who missed PHS's season-opening meet in Billings a week earlier because of a family obligation, recorded a time of 22:59 during her varsity debut and helped the Lady Panthers to a first-place finish in the team standings. PHS paced the seven-team field with 31 points. The remainder of the top four was rounded out by Worland (52 points), Cody (68) and Lander (76).

Murray completed last week's event as the runner-up to Cody High School junior Sierra Jech, who took the top spot in the girls' portion of the meet with an impressive time of 22:03.

The Lady Panthers' other freshman, Alyssa Rodriguez, also enjoyed a stellar showing Friday. She finished the meet with a time of 23:54, which was the Lady Panthers' third-fastest time. Her effort also helped her land an eighth-place finish in the overall standings.

Cliff Boos, head coach of PHS's cross country squads, entered this season eager to see how well the Lady Panthers would stack up against the competition, particularly in the Class 3A ranks. So far, he's pleased with what has transpired.

“With everybody back, we knew the girls were going to be competitive,” Boos said. “(Desiree and Alyssa) have been two great additions, and being able to add to our lineup from last year really helps.”

PHS's girls squad also got a strong series of efforts from a trio of veteran runners, including seniors Lauren Dunleavy and Jordan Bigelow and junior Skye Albert. Dunleavy and Bigelow finished fifth and ninth overall with times of 23:26 and 24:06, respectively. Albert rounded out the Lady Panthers' point-scoring efforts with a 12th-place finish and a time of 24:26. Juniors Emily Schwahn and Kristi Mingus also ran well, according to Boos, and finished 15th and 16th in the overall standings. Schwahn posted a time of 25:21, and Mingus was close on her heels with a 25:27.

In the boys' portion of the meet, the Panthers notched a fifth-place effort. Lander took the top spot with 41 points. Worland (43 points) was the runner-up, and Cody (81), Riverton (82) and Powell (98) followed. Wyoming Indian's Caleb Her Many Horses had the top individual time. He finished with an 18:03.

Among the team leaders for the Panthers were a pair of Patricks — senior Patrick Sullivan and sophomore Patrick Voss. Sullivan, who was 18th overall, was the top placer for PHS with a time of 20:59. Voss was close behind and finished 19th with a 21:02.

Sophomore Danny McKearney ended the day in 24th place with a 21:45, and senior Alex Speiser's 22:40 helped him to a 29th-place finish.

Senior Jake Firnekas rounded out the scoring efforts for Powell with his 22:41, which put him in 30th place.

PHS junior Colton Smith and sophomore Tyler McCauley added 33rd- and 35th-place efforts with times of 23:08 and 23:47, respectively.

• Up next: PHS's boys and girls teams have one meet scheduled this week, and it will take place Thursday in Lander. The start time for the event is 4 p.m.

“I'm very impressed so far,” Boos said. “I thought both the boys and girls did well in our first meet in Billings, and they both ran well in Cody. We'll keep working, hope we can keep people healthy and see how things play out.”