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Father of previously charged employee
A second Powell city employee has been accused of stealing gasoline.
Bill Fields, head of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, has been accused of using a city gas card to buy fuel for himself.
He is being charged with misdemeanor theft by bailee — punishable by up to six months in jail and $750 in fines, in addition to any restitution sought, said Deputy County Attorney Tim Blatt.
Fields, 53, is accused of stealing about $127.32 worth of gas, Blatt said.
He was cited last Wednesday.
Fields is the father of Jason Fields, a Water Department employee who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny earlier this month.
Jason Fields allegedly used a city gas card for his own vehicles, court documents say. He was given six months of probation and a suspended jail sentence. Restitution has yet to be determined.
City Administrator Zane Logan said the city has procedures in place to deal with personnel issues.
“I'm in the middle of that right now,” he said.
Logan said he asked Powell police to investigate all departments for possible gas theft.
Powell Police Chief Tim Feathers said the charges against Bill Fields represent the end of the investigation.
Blatt noted that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Bill Fields is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today (Tuesday).
City councilman Tim Sapp is challenging incumbent mayor Scott Mangold in this year's election.
Sapp, who is finishing his second term as Ward 3 city councilman, was born and raised in Powell. He has worked for Superior Machine Company since 1972. Sapp said he is running to fulfill a promise he made eight years ago.
“I promised my constituents when I first ran for city council that I would eventually run for mayor,” he said.
Incumbent Scott Mangold is part owner, program director, sports reporter, “engineer and gardener” at local radio station KPOW. He grew up in Montana and North Dakota and moved to Powell from Seattle in 1980. He is wrapping up his first term as mayor.
“I have a lot of unfinished projects — Centennial Park and other events — and some things I'd like to lobby the Legislature about,” said Mangold, when asked why he chose to run again.
“I would like to see the use of ankle bracelets for sex offenders. I'd like municipalities to have more say in monies coming in, and for counties to have a bigger part. I also want to see the swimming pool project through, to deal with construction problems. I'd also like to lobby the Legislature to do something about gas prices,” he added.
August 18, 2008 1:08 pm

Marilyn Kay Sweet

Jan. 7, 1948 - Aug. 15, 2008
Marilyn Kay Sweet died Friday, Aug. 15 at her home in Powell. She was 60. Marliyn was born Jan. 7, 1948, in Lovell, to Edna (Malliot) and Eugene Becker.
She is survived by her mother, Edna Becker of Powell, daughter Cindy Brad of Collingwood, N.J., brothers Rodney (Carla) Becker of Harlem, Mont., and Gary Becker (Tanya) of Powell, and sister Rhonda (Eugene) Borcher of Powell.
She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Becker.
Services will be held at a later date.
Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family.
August 18, 2008 12:52 pm

Dr. Carroll S. Miller

Jan. 6, 1926 - Aug. 15, 2008
Carroll S. Miller died Friday, Aug. 15, at the age of 82.
He was born Jan. 6, 1926 to F. Herb and Anna K. (Stordock) Miller. He grew up in Aurora, Ill., with a brother, Herbert and a sister, Lois.
Carroll joined the Navy at age 17 and entered the Navy's dental program. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he finished his dentistry education at the University of Illinois. He married his wife, Carol, in 1950 in Aurora, and to this union were born three children.
While practicing dentistry, Carroll taught dentistry at the University of Illinois, and became active in the community and his church. He was an avid sportsman, dog trainer and field trial hobbyist, and enjoyed introducing others to the sports of hunting and fishing.
In 1973 Carroll and his family moved to Wyoming where he raised cattle and ran a small ranch. He returned to his practice and later became a state legislator, where he served for 16 years. He continued his interests and also worked as a hunting guide and outfitter. He enjoyed gardening, mountain walks, and bird hunting in the Dakotas, Canada, and Wyoming. After his retirement, Carroll remained active in the community and church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and one grandchild.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; his children Robin (Jim) Treirweiler, Mark (Sandra) Miller, and Susan (Tom) Jenkins; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Shell Community Hall. There will be a private family committal service.
Memorials may be made in Carroll's name at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 471, Greybull, Wyo. 82426. Memorials will go to the South Big Horn County Critical Access Hospital/Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home and to the Building Fund of The Shack.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
August 18, 2008 12:51 pm

Kenneth Paul Althoff

Aug. 20, 1952 - Aug. 15, 2008
Kenneth Paul Althoff died Friday, Aug. 15 at his home of 55 years after a long illness.
Ken was born Aug. 20, 1952, in Powell to Lewis Conrad “L.C.” and Mildred Dolly “Dot” (Shoemaker) Althoff. He attended Powell schools, graduating in 1970. Ken attended the Presbyterian Church in his youth.
He enjoyed gardening, spending time at the greenhouse, fishing, hunting, going to the mountains, going for long walks, collecting guns and reloading.
He is survived by a sister, Gladys (Keith) Noland of Worland; a brother, Glen (Marion) Althoff and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceeded in death by his parents; a brother, Roy Lyle Althoff; and a sister, Cora “Louise” Althoff Kobbe Cockburn.
Graveside services will be held at Crown Hill Cemetary at 10 a.m. Tuesday (today), Aug. 19.
People wishing to make donations in Ken's memory can contribute to the Arthritis Foundation.
Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory.
August 18, 2008 12:50 pm

CORRECTED: Ralston accident update

CORRECTED Aug. 21: This version of the story corrects information that said Misty D. Walbert was the driver of the vehicle. The Wyoming Highway Patrol has not determined who was driving. It also corrects information saying Walbert was taken to Deaconess Hospital.
Misty D. Walbert, 28, of Cody was also involved in the one vehicle accident Tuesday evening just outside Ralston. She was life-flighted to St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings.
The vehicle's other occupant, Gerald D. Brown, 43, also of Cody, died en route.
August 14, 2008 1:45 pm

Using fire for good

Gunbarrel Fire, now at 41,000 acres, is a history-making tool
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Wapiti District Ranger Terry Root (right) told lodge and cabin owners and residents of the North Fork at a Wednesday morning briefing on the Gunbarrel Fire that the forest service “didn't want another Blackwater Fire Memorial,” a reference to firefighters killed in battling fire on Blackwater Creek on the North Fork in 1937. Citing difficult terrain, the decision was made to preserve public safety and protect structures on the North Fork corridor while allowing the Gunbarrel Fire to burn in beetle-infested timber of the rugged back country. In the foreground is Dave Van Norman, operations section chief of the incident command staff. Tribune photo by Dave Bonner
You're going to see smoke for a long time from the Gunbarrel Fire on the Shoshone National Forest west of Cody.
It is growing in size, and if all goes according to plan, it will get even bigger in the rugged back country on the north side of the North Fork corridor.
This is a beneficial fire, as far as forest fires go.
So said forest managers as the Gunbarrel Fire grew beyond 41,000 acres Wednesday. In a briefing at the old Wapiti Ranger District headquarters on the North Fork, forest managers and incident command officers touted the history-making significance of this fire as a tool to clean out a beetle-killed forest.
In fire control terms, the Gunbarrel is classified as a “fire-use fire,” one that is managed to perform a benefit to the health of the forest. Incident Commander Don Angell of Denver said the Gunbarrel Fire is now the largest “fire-use fire” in the history of forest firefighting in the Rocky Mountain Region.
That doesn't mean the fire goes unchecked. The priority remains to protect structures and public safety, including the safety of firefighters.
Necessary actions are taken to protect lodges, cabins and other structures and to keep traffic moving safely on the North Fork highway, U.S. 14-16-20.
August 13, 2008 2:28 pm

Getting defensive

UW's defense expecting another strong season
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Linebacker Ward Dobbs is one of several returning starters expected to help anchor the Cowboys' defense in 2008. Courtesy photo/University of Wyoming
A year ago, the University of Wyoming's defense was among the top units in the country. By season's end, the Cowboys were ranked 22nd in both total defense and sacks, 27th against the run and 30th in pass defense. With seven starters returning from that group, it's no surprise that UW head coach Joe Glenn is expecting an encore performance in 2008.
“We're going to be more physical,” said UW head coach Joe Glenn. “I don't think there is any question about that. “(Defensive coordinator) Mike Breske has a great nucleus there.”
Among the anchors for that unit with be the players along the defensive front, including junior defensive tackle John Fletcher (6-6, 280). Fletcher had an outstanding sophomore campaign and earned Second Team All-Mountain West Conference honors. He recorded 10.5 sacks last season and ranked 11th nationally. He also had 14 tackles for losses to rank 52nd in the nation, and his total of 60 tackles for the season placed him sixth on the team.
At a time when Americans are more polarized than ever — the primary election is creeping closer, and races promise to rise in intensity in the coming months — the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games offer a welcome moment of pause.
When the Olympics roll around, most of us actually agree on one thing: We want our team to bring home as many medals as possible.
People who struggle to see eye-to-eye at any other time find it hard to argue about Michael Phelps' stunning performances — and he's only halfway through his races. Others who usually would be hard-pressed to cop to watching gymnastics or beach volleyball admit to being riveted to their TV screens when an American medal is on the line.
And who doesn't get misty-eyed, or at least feel a twinge of emotion, as they watch a U.S. athlete fall off the balance beam? Or when an unsung or underdog American teammate pulls off a medal-winning performance?
It's a nice reminder that patriotism has a place and a role.
In a couple of weeks, we'll see polarization return to the forefront. Increased drilling vs. conservation. Stay the course vs. pull out the troops.
Public funding of capital facilities vs. no new buildings. Red Sox vs. Yankees. Business as usual.
But for the moment, “our” team is playing. Our players are doing great. And we're pulling for them.
The Gunbarrel Fire on the North Fork of the Shoshone River has grown, but Cascade, Tumble Creek and LeHardy fires have slowed significantly.
Gunbarrel rising
Significant growth of the Gunbarrel Fire occurred on Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday, according to official updates Wednesday.
The 41,000-acre fire, about 40 miles west of Cody, is burning on the north side of U.S. 14-16-20. The fire is burning in timber consisting of 50-80 percent beetle-killed spruce and fir trees.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the fire had grown by more than 3,450 acres Since Monday's update.
To date, about $4.4 million has been spent fighting the fire.
Growth took place Tuesday evening when islands on Turret and Grizzly creeks ignited, said the report.
Throughout Tuesday, crews labored to remove fuels on south side of the highway near Kitty Creek.
The update said similar fuel reduction projects have occurred around 160 structures on the edge of the North Absaroka Wilderness area.
The firefighting effort is considered preparation — removing trees and brush, installing sprinklers and hose-lays, or running fire hose from a water source to the protection location, said Ben Brack, public information officer for the Rocky Mountain incident management team.
Preparing lodges and cabins can protect these areas for this season or safeguard them from future fire seasons. Brack called it a proactive approach.