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July 28, 2008 1:47 pm

Ralph C. Larsen

Ralph C. Larsen, 89, of Meeteetse, died Sunday, July 27 at the West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody.
Funeral arrangements are pending and a complete obituary will follow.
July 28, 2008 1:45 pm

Paula Vivian Washut

Aug. 11, 1922 - July 23, 2008
Funeral Mass for Casper resident Paula Vivian Washut, 85, was celebrated Monday, July 28 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Casper. She died Wednesday, July 23 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper after a long struggle with cardio-pulmonary disease.
Paula was born Aug. 11, 1922, in Emblems, daughter of Howard and Gladys (Reeg) Johnson. She was raised and educated in Burlington, graduating from Burlington High School in 1940.
On Aug. 19, 1942, she married Heny Paul Washut in Hardin, Mont. They lived in Cody, Sheridan and Billings before settling in Casper in 1945. She was active in Saint Anthony Catholic Church and worked as a volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store, but primarily spent her life as a mother and homemaker. In her later years, her greatest joys were sharing the experiences of her grandchildren.
Survivors include four children, Sister Renee Washut, SCL, of Denver, Kay L. Munson (Ted) of Great Falls, Mont., Henry (Hank) Washut (Caro) and Arthur L. Washut (Megan), both of Casper; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and five brothers.
July 28, 2008 1:43 pm

Freda Lucille (Niday) Feusner

Former Powell resident, Freda Lucille (Niday) Feusner died at the age of 95 at the Prestige Assisted Living residence at Mira Loma in Henderson, Nev., on Friday, July 18. She had lived in the Las Vegas/Pahrump, Nev., area near her son, Joe, for the past six years after the death of her husband, Wayne, in 2001.
One of four children born to Albert and Nora Niday, Freda was born on June 4, 1913, on the Foster Farm southeast of Union, Nebr. She graduated from Union High School with the class of 1931. After high school, she worked various places in the Union area while living at home on the family farm. She met her future husband, Wayne, on a blind date. On April 5, 1939, Freda married Wayne Feusner in Nebraska City, Nebr., and they moved to Basin to begin their married life. Together they worked with the Feusner family to build and operate their family-owned dairy processing business, which became known throughout the Big Horn Basin as Cream of the Valley Dairies. The business had been organized and started on Emblem Bench west of Greybull in 1935 to supplement a farming income. \par
While living in Basin and working in the dairy business, two sons, LeRoy and Joe Feusner, were born. As their dairy business continued to prosper and grow, the family moved to Powell in 1948 to establish the central milk processing plant and corporation headquarters. Freda worked as the head bookkeeper for the dairy processing business until 1982. Their dairy products received many high quality state awards and were marketed within the entire Big Horn Basin from Powell to Lander, and in southern Montana. In the 1970s, the business expanded into a full line of manufactured plastic blow-molded beverage containers with manufacturing plants in Powell, Billings, and Denver, as well as a large chicken egg production operation and frozen food product line in Basin. Cream of the Valley Industries thrived for over 47 years as a family-owned business until February 1982, when the Feusner family sold the entire company. Wayne and Freda then retired in Powell.
According to family members, Freda loved to crochet and took great pride in working their large vegetable and flower gardens that surrounded their home. Her family said she was outstanding cook, an immaculate housekeeper, and a talented seamstress, and she took pride in her family\'d5s many activities and achievements.
She is survived by two sons, LeRoy (Lynnette) Feusner of Cheyenne, and Joe (Jo Ann) Feusner of Pahrump, Nev.; four grandchildren, Kristi (John) Warden of Fort Worth, Texas, Katreena (Joe) Mullican of Huntsville, Ala., Jonathan (Ellie) Feusner of Wichita, Kans., and Janell Feusner of Las Vegas; one great-grandson, Timothy Mullican of Huntsville, Ala.; and, several nephews and nieces. Mrs. Feusner was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her parents, Albert and Nora Niday; two brothers, Earl and Glen Niday; and one sister, Donna Jean (Niday) Dayton.
A private graveside memorial service will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell on Friday, July 25, at 2 p.m. under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home. Freda will be interred alongside her husband.
July 23, 2008 8:00 pm

Slippery when wet

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The Hog Tamers, the junior division pig-wrestling team made up of (left to right) Danna Hanks, Lexee Craig, Megan Wagner and Livia Higgins, came close to getting their pig in the barrel. But the slippery pig squirmed away just prior to pay-dirt, and the Hog Tamers failed to register a time.
Tribune photo by Toby Bonner
Powell notches 30th victory of season
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Trent Gillett and the Powell Pioneers will host Green River Thursday (today) in a doubleheader at Ed Lynn Field. The Pioneers enter the game after picking up their 30th win of the season during a twinbill with Spearfish, S.D., last Sunday. Tribune photo by David Dickey
The Powell Pioneers registered a 3-1 mark during stops in Gillette and Spearfish, S.D., last Saturday and Sunday. In the process, Powell hit the 30-win mark for the fourth straight year under the direction of head coach Jeff Young.
“It was a good trip for us,” Coach Young said. “We played some pretty good baseball.”
During their two-game stop in Gillette Saturday, the Pioneers picked up a win over the Billings Regulators and Gillette. Against Billings, Andrew Young improved to 5-0 for the season after a solid six innings of work on the mound. Tyler Dahlgren also assisted with the pitching duties and retired the side in the seventh and final inning. Overall, Powell's pitchers surrendered five hits, three walks and struck out two batters during the 11-6 win.
Gianluca Giarrizzo, Scotty Jameson and Grant Geiser led the hitting attack with three hits each. Giarrizzo and Geiser also collected two RBIs each, as did Tyler Dahlgren, who finished with one hit. Erik Brimhall, Trent Gillett, Andrew Young and Schyler Borders each registered one hit. Andrew Young and Borders also were credited with one RBI each.
Against Gillette, the Pioneers picked up a 4-2 victory with the help of Gillett and Dahlgren on the mound. Gillett, the starter, gave up one run on two hits and eight walks while striking out two. Dahlgren, who earned the save after two innings of work, gave up just one run on one hit and one walk.
It's official. Sylvan Pass will be open this winter.
Earlier this week, Park Service Regional Director Mike Snyder signed off on the agreement reached in June that would keep the pass open for winter use.
Many in the Big Horn Basin breathed a sign of relief at the announcement.
People whose incomes are affected by winter tourism and recreation — lodging companies, snowmobile guides, snowcoach operators and restaurants, among others — can rest easy for this winter, at least.
And those who snowmobile for a hobby know that, for the cost of a guide, they can enjoy the park's wintertime splendor — that is, if the daily quota of snowmobilers through the East Gate hasn't already been reached.
But don't breathe too easy.
Gov. Freudenthal is already questioning how long it will last. He said he hopes the Park Service doesn't use the “vague language” of the agreement as “justification for closing” the pass sometime in the future.
And with legal battles continuing over the number of snowmobiles allowed in Yellowstone each day, things are still in a state of flux.
The decision is a temporary reprieve — the pass will be open this winter — but it's certainly not a guarantee for the future.
Efforts to save the old Powell High School gym face another bump in the road due to recent action by the Wyoming School Facilities Commission.
In a report to the school board last week, Superintendent Kevin Mitchell said the district was informed that the commission has allocated funding for the planning and design of a new middle school — but there's a catch. The district will not receive the money until a site is chosen for the school.
Mitchell said designing a building is “site-specific,” so planning can't begin until the designers know where the building is going to be.
If the district is not ready to use the money in a timely manner, the commission will reallocate the money to another district, and district would have to wait for the next funding cycle by the Wyoming Legislature to receive the funding again. This would delay the start of planning for up to two years.
The School Facilities Commission, which funds school buildings in Wyoming and has the final say on where a school is sited, has indicated that the preferred site for a new middle school is at the present school site. The new school would be constructed on the site of the old gym, while the present middle school continues to occupy the current building, which would be demolished once construction is completed.
At its June meeting, the board voted to mothball the gym for a year rather than demolish it this summer. The action was intended to allow time for a group trying to save the gym as a community recreation center to come up with a plan to take over the gym and find funding for the project.
July 23, 2008 1:39 pm

Pool moving forward, slowly

Progress contingent on Sletten's ‘value engineering'
The Powell City Council on Monday evening voted four to two in favor of drafting a letter of intent to contract with Sletten Construction of Wyoming to build the new family aquatic center.
Councilmen John Wetzel, Josh Shorb, Jim Hillberry and Rex Sanders voted in favor of the motion, with Councilmen Tim Sapp and Mark Senn casting the two dissenting votes. Mayor Scott Mangold also voted in favor of drafting the letter.
The letter will make the intent to contract contingent upon Sletten's ability to ‘value engineer' its aquatic center construction bid down to a number acceptable to a majority of the council.
In moving forward with Sletten's low bid, the city effectively decided to go against the recommendation by Burbach Aquatics, Inc., the project designer and engineer, to re-bid the project.
“We have a fear that this is going to cost us a lot more money. A fear that no one is going to want to bid this project. A fear that we're going to have to restart from square one, and I don't want to do that,” said Mayor Mangold.
Project manager Nancy Ronto, of Burbach Aquatics, added, “If the city moves to (work out an agreement with the low bidder), Burbach will do its best to work with whatever company is chosen to do the work.”
The letter will be drafted by Burbach Aquatics and it will be voted on by the city council, possibly as early as next week.
Members of the pool committee appointed by Mayor Mangold were pleased that the project is moving forward — even if that progress is slow.
“I'm glad that they voted the way they did last night,” said committee member Teri Oursler. “I'm glad they seemed to be going forward.”
Committee co-chairman David Blevins added, “The community aquatic center is for the good health of our families, schools, kids, seniors … everyone in our community. We are committed to making Powell a healthy community, and the aquatic center does that. Conducting the value engineering at this point in the process is a good plan. It is law that the aquatic center be built.”
Powell's 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars ventured to Green River for the state tournament last week and came away with a runner-up finish after posting a 2-2 mark.
Powell opened the tournament Friday with a 7-4 decision over Sheridan. The victory was sparked by solid pitching, timely hitting and strong defensive play in the field, said coach Rob Cragoe, whose team scored five runs in the seventh inning.
Handling the majority of the pitching duties for Powell were Cooper Wise and Justin Lynn, who combined for just less than seven innings of work. Hayden Cragoe also saw time on the mound and recorded the final out of the game against the lone batter he faced.
“Sheridan has a good group of kids, and it was a great game,” Coach Cragoe said. “Our kids played well, and made the plays they needed to make.”
Later Friday, Powell suffered its first loss of the tournament, an 11-8 setback at the hands of Jackson Hole.
Powell fell behind 3-2 during the first inning, and later found themselves facing a 7-2 deficit after three innings. Powell struck for a combined six runs during the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but a four-run fifth by Jackson proved to be the difference in the outcome.
Hayden Cragoe, who worked two innings, and BreAnn Hollenbeck, who got five innings of work, shouldered the pitching load for Powell.
“We fought our way back into it,” Coach Cragoe said. “This team is noted for that. They kept battling because they never thought they were out of it.”
July 23, 2008 1:38 pm

Lillian W. (Holt) Bond

May 8, 1927 - July 15, 2008
Lillian W. Bond, 81, died Tuesday July 15 at Lovell Hospital. She was born May 8, 1927, in Casper to Joseph and Lucy Holt. She married Clarence L. Bond May 1, 1948. They were married 51 years before Clarence's death in 2005. Most of her life wasspent as an Army wife and mother. According to her loved ones, she enjoyed traveling and her family.
She was preceeded in death by her husband, Clarence; a brother, Robert Holt; asister, Ruby Stetter; grandson, Jeffery Bond: and her parents. She is survivedby three daughters, Cheri Benedict of Fla., Dani Benedict of Calif., LindaBond of Frannie, and a son, Joseph Bond of Seward, Alaska. She had fivegrandchildren: Joseph Bond of Lovell, Desiree Morley of Wash.,Lucinda Bond of Frannie, Jennifer Bond of Seward, Alaska and James Bond, whoin currently serving in the Navy. She also had five great-grandchildren: Dakota,
Dalton, and Duncan Bond of Lovell, and Kostas and Kiera Morley ofWash.