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August 25, 2008 12:52 pm

Jackie (Jack) Lavern Kobbe

July 28, 1939 - Aug. 14, 2008
Jackie (Jack) Kobbe, 69, died of cancer Thursday, Aug. 14, in a Bellevue, Wash., hospital. His sisters were at his bedside.
No services are planned. His ashes will be interred beside his mother at Crown Hill Cemetery at a later date.
Jack was born July 28, 1939 in Lance Creek, Wyo., to Forest R. and Maude L. (Riley) Kobbe. He was raised and attended school in Wyoming. In 1959 he moved to Eugene, Ore., where he owned and operated a plumbing business. On Jan. 15, 1966, Jack married Betty Lough. He moved back to Wyoming in the early 1970s and started another plumbing business as well as a small cafe. He later moved to Bellevue, Wash., where he managed condo units until his death.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Peggy Anderson of Twin Falls, Idaho and Molly Horner of Spearfish, S.D., one son, John Kobbe of Alaska, two sisters, Wyoma Wagner of Elmira, Ore., and Donna Hickey of Sweet Home, Ore., a stepson, Rick of Seatle, Wash., a stepdaughter Karen of Ventura, Calif., nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Dixie Kechter, and one stepson, Russell.
August 25, 2008 12:52 pm

Richard R. (Dick) Jones

Sept. 5, 1910 - Aug. 20, 2008
Richard R. (Dick) Jones, long-time resident of Powell and Cody, died Wednesday, Aug. 20 in the Powell Hospital following surgery. He was 97.
Dick was born Sept. 5, 1910, the third child of six children born to Alfred and Elsa Jones. His early years were spent on the family homestead east of Billings on the Huntley Project. He graduated from Huntley Project High School in 1928.
Dick was very proud of his Swedish ancestry. Both of his parents emigrated from Sweden to the United States, became naturalized citizens and homesteaded on the Huntley Project in 1907. He visited Sweden on several occasions and formed close ties with relatives. He took all five of his grandchildren to visit their Swedish relatives.
As a young man, he worked for the railroad and delivered milk in Billings. Shortly thereafter, he started his first trucking company with a partner in Casper. In 1932, he married his high school sweetheart, Estes “Jackie” Clarke. To this marriage, three children were born: Nancy, Alan and Tom. Estes passed away in 1984. He married Evelyn Nelson in 1987.
In 1935, he purchased a one-truck freight company in Powell and established a trucking company that continues to operate today as Dick Jones Trucking. He was active in the business at its Cody location until he returned to Powell in 2001. He enjoyed working alongside his son, grandson and granddaughter in the family-run business. After returning to Powell, he enjoyed daily visits to the office and continued these visits until a week prior to his death.
The lack of formal higher education never held him back. When an acquaintance told Dick that he was the luckiest man alive, he responded, “Yes, I am. The harder I work, the luckier I am.”
Dick served on the Powell Town Council and was Mayor of Powell. In 1955, he was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives, and in 1957 he was elected to the Wyoming Senate and served until 1974 when he resigned and became a candidate for Governor of Wyoming. He served as Senate President in 1967 and 1968. While serving in the Legislature, he was appointed to the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education by Gov. Stan Hathaway.
He participated in the formation of Northwest Community College and served on the original board of trustees. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Northwest Community College Foundation and served on the board of directors.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; daughter Nancy (Tom) Cook of Cody; son Alan (Alayne) Jones of Powell and son Tom (Barbara Costa) Jones of Cheyenne. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Pam Ruehle, Rick Cook, Carol Zierk, LeAnne Kindred and Mitch Jones, and 10 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Other survivors are sister Ruby Snyder and sister-in-law Alma Jones, both of Huntley, Mont. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Bill and Bob Jones; and sisters Irene Hauf and Lois Weidinger.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Aug. 25 at United Methodist Church of Cody, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Cody
August 25, 2008 12:51 pm

Geni Marie Hunder

Feb. 10, 1977 - Aug 17, 2008
Geni Hunder, 31, of Rifle, Colo., died Sunday, Aug. 17, after a long battle with cancer. She was 31.
Geni was born Feb. 10, 1977, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Jay Hunder and Debra Mattingly. She lived in Rifle for the last nine years, and for the last eight years worked as a truck driver for Gould Construction. She loved driving truck and her co-workers became her family. She enjoyed the outdoors, as well as spending time with her daughter and nephews, Dominic (Bubba) and Zach.
She is survived by her father and stepmother, Jay and Cindy Hunder; mother and stepfather, Debra (Mattingly) and Ron Smith; daughter, Dayna Zertuche; brothers, Jason (Jessica) Hunder, Steven (Melinda) Hunder; stepbrothers, Coby (Molly) Croft; Michael (Michelle) Croft and Pat Croft; and her grandmother, Mary Ann Hunder.
She was preceded in death by her son Tyrese Hunder, grandparents Charles and Elaine Mattingly, grandfather Kenneth Hunder, and her aunt, Joanne Hisel.
Graveside services were held Thursday, Aug. 21 in Rifle, Colo. Donations may be made to Dayna's college fund at Rifle Community Bank.
August 25, 2008 12:50 pm

Elvira Bell

May 27, 1925 - Aug. 23, 2008
Elvira Bell, a Powell Valley native and 34-year resident of Byron, died Saturday, Aug. 23 at Deaconess Hospital in Billings, Mont. She was 83.
Born on May 27, 1925, she was the second of 12 children of Victoria and Frank Cruz, homesteaders and long-time farmers north of Powell.
She married Don L. Bell in 1958 and had three daughters, Donna Bell of Billings, Victoria Abbott of Ucross and Bernadette Bell of Albuquerque, N.M. Don died in 2005.
Family gatherings and gardening gave her great joy for many years. Elvira was a natural caregiver and conversationalist. Humbly guided by her Christian faith, she dutifully visited the elderly and sick all her life, and her bilingual gift bridged worlds for those that spoke only Spanish. Independent and brave to the end her family honors a diverse woman of high integrity with a passion for caring.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Don Bell, and is survived by her daughters Donna, Victoria and Bernadette; her grandchildren, Sarah Mauthe of Portland, Ore., (daughter of Donna) and Katie Wilhelm (daughter of Vickie). Her surviving siblings include Dixie Velasquez and husband Art of Garden Grove, Calif.; Pete Cruz of Fremont, Calif.; Tomasa Macias and husband Lupe of San Lorenzo, Calif.; Julia Mascarenas and husband Edward of Las Cruces, N.M.; Tim Cruz and wife Marge of Powell, and Martin Cruz of Salt Lake City, Utah; sisters-in-law Avelina Cruz and Sally Cruz, both of Powell; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
A vigil service is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church. A funeral Mass, officiated by Father Glenn, will be celebrated at St. Barbara's on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery.
August 25, 2008 12:49 pm

Ralston accident correction

The driver in the fatal one-vehicle crash near Ralston on August 12 is unknown. Previous Tribune stories, based upon a press release issued by Sgt. Steven Townsend of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, had identified Misty D. Walbert, 28, of Cody, as the driver of the vehicle.
However, Lt. Phil Farman with the Wyoming Highway Patrol says that the driver is unknown and that the press release was inaccurate.
"We're still trying to determine who the driver is," Farman said.
The truck's other occupant, Gerald D. Brown, 43, also of Cody, died en route to medical care in Billings. Walbert's grandmother, Sandra Walbert, said Misty has not regained consciousness and is in critical condition at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings.
The vehicle had been nearing the train tracks outside of Ralston when it swerved and rolled down the embankment on the right-hand side of the road.
Further details and necessary corrections will appear in Tuesday's Tribune.
August 21, 2008 3:10 pm

Bountiful harvest

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The Anheuser-Busch storage facility is grading and processing record numbers of barley this harvest season. See page 5 for related story. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner
August 20, 2008 2:16 pm

A new beginning

Siqueira, Lady Trappers open season Friday
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Caroline Martin, a setter from Curitiba, Brazil, is one of only four sophomores on this year's Lady Trapper volleyball team. Tribune photo by David Dickey
A new era in Northwest College volleyball will officially start Friday when the Lady Trappers begin competition in the two-day College of Southern Idaho's Outback Invitational.
That event will mark Flavia Siqueira's debut as head coach of the Lady Trappers. Siqueira, who previously served as head coach at the College of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M., took over the helm of the squad earlier this year. She replaced interim coach Jesseca Cross, who directed the team to a 12-34 record in 2007 despite not having any collegiate-level coaching experience.
Cross, a graduate of Powell High School and a former Olympian, took over the team last year shortly after the coaching search to replace former head coach Sue Pollart faced a major setback. That setback came when Brittany Uffelman, the head coach at Louisiana's Northwestern State University and the leading candidate for the job, declined NWC's offer.
The Lady Trappers, because of the situation, faced little in the way of expectations last season. Siqueira hopes to raise expectations for the program, but she admits it will be a challenging task. Therefore, she's setting what she believes are realistic goals for 2008 as she embarks on building a winning program.
“We set our goals and expectations during the first week of preseason,” Siqueira said. “We know we have a very young team, but we are going to work hard to achieve our goals. Our main goals are to learn from each match and improve throughout the season.”
August 20, 2008 2:13 pm

Apathy doesn't help

Park County voter turnout for the primary election was light at best. Only 48 percent of the county's registered voters showed up.
Word is that turnout was low across the state.
Voter turnout has been on a downward slide since the early 90s. From 1978 through 1994, statewide voter turnout for the primary election was greater than 60 percent — every year.
By 2000, that number slipped to 53 percent, and, in 2006, turnout at the polls dropped to 46 percent. That year marked the first time ever the number fell below 50 percent.
Some blame low voter turnout on apathy. Others blame it on the Wyoming presidential caucus earlier this season.
Whatever the reason, failure to vote is not a good choice.
The meager showing says people are content to let others make choices for them.
As members of a democratic society, we are lucky – indeed privileged – to have the right to vote.
We should exercise that right.
When we fail to, even in the primary election, we have little room to complain about the results.
When the University of Wyoming football team enters its first game of the season Aug. 30 against Ohio University, it will do so with what appears to be a mixture of experienced players and some new faces on special teams.
According the UW head coach Joe Glenn, one of the strengths of the Cowboys' special teams will be at the return positions. At the end of last week, the Cowboy coaching staff released an updated depth chart and senior Devin Moore (5-10, 191) and sophomore Marcell Gipson (5-10, 178) were listed as the No. 1 kickoff return tandem. Moore, a players listed by many coaches as one of the most exciting players to watch in the Mountain West Conference, tallied 271 yards on 10 kick returns last season. Of those, one went for 98 yards and a touchdown. Gipson, a cornerback, also provides good speed at his return spot.
“Devin is our most experienced kickoff returner,” Glenn said. “He finally ran one back for a touchdown in the season finale at Colorado State.”
The No. 2 kick return tandem is manned by seniors Chris Johnson (5-10, 178) and Wynel Seldon (6-0, 217).
As for punt returners, redshirt freshman Brandon Stewart enjoyed an impressive showing in spring drills and looked to be the No. 1 player at that position. However, a left shoulder injury sustained Monday is expected to keep him out of the lineup for several weeks. That opened the door for a trio of players, all of whom Glenn believes can handles the punt return duties. Freshman Tashaun Gipson (6-0, 190) was listed behind Stewart on last Friday's depth chart. Behind him are Seldon and Moore.
In the contest for Powell mayor, incumbent Scott Mangold was victorious in the primary with nearly 65 percent (730) of the votes.
Challenger Tim Sapp, current Ward 3 city councilman, trailed with 34 percent, or 386 votes. There were nine write-in votes.
Mangold said he experienced mixed emotions about the primary.
“I was happy that the majority of people (who voted) thought we're going in the right direction as far as the mayor's race. But I was disappointed that more people weren't out voting,” he said.
On Wednesday, Sapp said, “I don't have a comment at this time. I haven't seen the (primary) results yet to know what's going on.”
In addition, three city council seats are up for grabs this year. The Ward 1 city council race pits incumbent Jim Hillberry against newcomer Shea Reel. Hillberry captured 68 percent of the primary votes, with Reel getting just over 30 percent. There were 5 write-in votes in the Ward 1 tabulation.
Of the results, Hillberry said, “Of course when you're the top vote-getter, you're always happy. I appreciate the confidence of the people who get out and vote for me. I thank them for that, and we'll continue on and try to do the best job we can for the city of Powell.”
Shea Reel said the results of the primary will push him to try a little bit harder.