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Girls hold Buffalo scoreless for almost 11 minutes

While all the talk from the weekend rightfully focused on Powell girls' basketball team's late-game and overtime drama in the 3A championship contest, there were other games played in Casper. Two of them, in fact.

The Panthers secured their spot in Saturday's title contest with a 49-40 victory over Buffalo. That win came hot on the heels of a 41-26 opening-round win against Wheatland.

“The girls really enjoy playing Buffalo,” Powell head coach Luke Danforth said of Friday's semifinal contest. “They're a well-coached team. They're strong. They shoot the ball well and we usually see them a couple times each year. It almost feels like a conference game.”

Toss in the dramatic rally Powell produced against the Bison one year earlier at the state tournament, and all the pieces were in place for a semifinal showdown.

After opening the game with an 8-4 lead, the Panthers' offense stalled. Buffalo uncorked a 13-0 run to climb on top by nine points and appeared to have the Panthers reeling after tagging PHS for 19 points in the first quarter alone.

“We made a point of stepping up and picking up our defensive pressure and going after the basketball on rebounds,” said Danforth, whose team ended the game with a 40-16 domination of the glass. “We did a good job of holding them to just one shot after that.”

Gradually, Powell chipped back into the contest. The Panthers held Buffalo to just four points in the second quarter as the team pulled within 23-20 at halftime. Buffalo pulled away early in the second half, but the Panthers held the Bison scoreless for almost four minutes to end the quarter, during which time the team drew level at 31-31.

Those four scoreless minutes were nothing compared to what the Panthers had in store for Buffalo in the final period.

The Panthers opened the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run. The team didn't allow Buffalo a point until 1:02 remained on the Casper College scoreboard. An 8-for-9 display at the free throw line down the stretch iced Powell's place in the title game.

“The girls showed good concentration at the line when they needed to,” said Danforth. “Katie (Kipp) really stepped up.

She hit a layup to get us the lead at the start of the fourth quarter and finished with seven or eight points in the period.”
Hannah Pollart finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Panthers. Kipp added 10 points on the night. Other scorers included Leslie Thronburg with eight points, Savannah Donarski with seven, Kami Cooley with five and Olivia Rogers with two.

Donarski also hauled down 11 rebounds in the game.

Powell opened state tournament play against Wheatland. Once again, it was all about the defense as the team prevailed 41-26.

“It was a solid effort on defense and rebounding,” Danforth said of the win. “Wheatland's two leading scorers came in averaging about 19 points per game for them. We were able to hold them to seven. It was a good opening round game.”

After a slow start, the Panthers began to capitalize on Wheatland's foul trouble in the second period, opening a 21-12 lead. After an early second-half challenge from the Bulldogs, the Panthers were able to pull away over the final 12 minutes for a comfortable victory.

“We did a good job of shooting free throws,” said Danforth, whose team finished 17-for-25 at the charity stripe in the game. “Savannah was 7-for-9, so she had a real good day shooting free throws.”

Pollart was Powell's lone scorer to reach double figures, ending the game with 14 points. Donarski added nine points.

Thronburg finished with eight points in Powell's opener, Rogers and Kipp each added four points and Cooley wrapped up Powell's scoring with two points.

Powell held Wheatland to 20 percent shooting from the field in the game.

March 16, 2010 3:54 am

Wyoming Health care pilot program

Written by Tribune Staff

A prescription for real reform

As members of Congress spar over health-care reform in Washington, legislators in Wyoming have agreed on a plan that may truly change how low-income residents receive medical care.

The measure provides $750,000 for a pilot program for health insurance and care costs for up to 500 residents in the state. Under the initiative recently signed by Gov. Dave Freudenthal, participants will be able to use their accounts for preventive services and pay premiums for approved insurance plans.

To qualify for the pilot program, residents must have a family income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level and work at least 20 hours per week.

The project is geared to show low-income residents that they have a stake in keeping personal health-care costs down. It also aims to encourage patients to receive proper preventive care, which helps curb serious health problems, emergency room visits and costs down the road.

The pioneering program is unique to Wyoming — no other state has tried this approach, according Charles Scott, R-Casper, who sponsored the bill.

As Scott said in a recent Tribune interview, “Nationally, we've seen the need for health-care reform, but we're not getting anything done. Well, in Wyoming, we are getting things done.”

It is certainly encouraging to see that in Wyoming, leaders are taking the initiative to address health-care issues.

Though the innovative program will likely take time to develop, and it won't solve all the woes related to medical costs, it is better than no reform at all.

March 16, 2010 3:51 am

Pool opening delayed

Written by Tribune Staff

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Derek Street drills pilot holes in drains in the continuous river at the Powell Aquatic Center on Tuesday as crews work to finish the pool by May. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Powell Aquatic Center slated to open in early may

With the ides of March just around the corner, initial plans called for the Powell Aquatic Center to be open to swimmers by then. So blame it on the ides of March: Word now is the pool likely will not be ready until May.

“We had been hoping for an early-March substantial completion, but not everything is complete,” said David Burbach, the project engineer with Burbach Aquatics, Inc.

With tensions at Northwest College nearing what appears to be a crescendo, the question for many faculty, staff, students and administrators now is, “Where do we go from here?”

The Northwest College Board of Trustees heard complaints about events at the college, as well as pleas for peace, during its meeting in Cody on Monday.

March 11, 2010 3:39 am

Rules of the board

Written by Tribune Staff

Signs concern city officials

Sandwich board signs have been sprouting up on downtown sidewalks lately, grabbing the attention of passersby as well as city officials. Some of main street signs, and others around town, are not in compliance with city ordinances.

“We've seen a series of signs around town that are illegal,” said John Campbell, city Planning and Zoning Commission member.

March 11, 2010 3:36 am

State basketball starts today

Written by Tribune Staff

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Powell junior Leslie Thronburg glides through the air for a bucket against the Pinedale Wranglers during 3A West regional action last week. Starting today (Thursday), the Panthers are in Casper in pursuit of a bigger objective — capturing a 3A girls' state basketball championship. Updates will appear on the Powell Tribune's blog. Courtesy photo/Greg Wise

Lady panthers face wheatland in state opener

The Powell High School girls' basketball team begins its bid for a Class 3A state championship against Wheatland today (Thursday).

The Lady Panthers enter the state tournament in Casper with the No. 2 seed from Class 3A West. Jackson's Lady Broncs (17-8), the three-time defending state champions, are the West's No. 1 seed after taking a 42-36 decision over PHS at last weekend's regional tournament. Mountain View (20-7) and Cody (18-8) claimed the West's No. 3 and 4 seeds, respectively.

It was a season of personal improvement for the Powell Panther swimmers this year, and they finished by swimming their best times of the season at the state swim meet.

With only nine swimmers, only one of whom was ranked in the top 12 going into the state competition, the team nearly made the top six when the final team scores were calculated.

Hope is to double volunteer numbers

The North Absaroka Ski Patrol is looking for volunteers who may be interested in joining their ranks and serving Sleeping Giant. Individuals are invited to a two-day tryout this Saturday and Sunday.

“Ideally, we'd like to have about 30 members,” said Troy Broussard, one of the organizers for the tryout. “Right now, we're at about half of what we want.”

March 11, 2010 3:24 am

Beet farmers play waiting game

Written by Tribune Staff

Fate of Roundup Ready beets in judge's hands

After an early-season freeze last fall crushed hopes for what could have been a record-setting sugar beet crop, area farmers now are hanging in limbo as they await a federal judge's decision.

Environmental groups, organic sugar beet growers and others have asked Judge Jeffrey White to prohibit the planting of Roundup Ready beets until the U.S. Department of Agriculture can reassess the environmental and economic impact of the genetically-modified plant. Roundup Ready beets were approved for planting in 2005.

Park County ranks No. 1 in sugar beet production in Wyoming. Last year, about 95 percent of the nation's sugar beets were of the Roundup Ready variety — that percentage may be even higher in Wyoming.

Farmers have long since ordered their Roundup Ready seed for this year. Now, as area farmers prepare to plant, the fate of this season's crop rests in the hands of a California judge, who said on Friday he would take the request under advisement and issue a ruling shortly.

While the economic impact of such a ruling is speculative, it's clear that such an injunction would have dire consequences for local farmers — and to the area's economy.

The injunction, if granted, could sound the death knell for many area farmers already reeling from the blow wrought by Mother Nature last fall.

While the USDA needs to fully assess the safety of genetically-modified crops, including Roundup Ready beets, a blanket injunction at this point would have catastrophic effects on the sugar industry — and on the existence of family farms throughout the West.

March 11, 2010 3:20 am

Joseph Felix Hoff

Written by Tribune Staff

(Oct. 9, 1914 - March 4, 2010)

Joseph Felix Hoff, 95, died on March 4, 2010, in Cody.

Felix was born Oct. 9, 1914, in Firth, Idaho, to Peter and Anna Hoff. His father, Peter, came from Norway, and his mother, Anna, was of Swedish decent.

Felix married Sarah Mecham in 1936. He and Sarah had a daughter, Phyllis, before Sarah died in 1938.He later married Bessie Bosley, and daughters Melanie and Colleen were born.Bessie and Felix were married 53 years before Bessie died in 1991.

Felix spent his life working in the professions that he loved. He was a carpenter and builder in Idaho and a rancher in Wyoming, and he later owned a lumber business in Blackfoot, Idaho. He retired to his ranch in Wyoming in 1992 where he raised a garden and llamas, hunted, fished and watched the river go by.The ranch was the gathering place for his family and friends.

He had a beautiful tenor voice and was an excellent yodeler. He was singing and yodeling just hours before his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five older siblings, Alvin Hoff, Elmer Hoff, Rudolph Hoff, Ruth Rogers and Gladys Oliver; his wives, Sarah and Bessie; and son-in-law Larry Fisher.

He is survived by his three daughters, Phyllis Sammons (Ray) of Tucson, Ariz., Melanie Fisher of Meridian, Idaho, and Colleen Peters (Dave Swedberg) of Clark; grandchildren Steve Sammons (Suzy) of Grand Rapids, Mich., Stacy Sammons (Debbie) of Tucson, Amy Benkovich of Meridian, Matthew Woolford of Boise, Idaho, Beth Hanley (John) of Lander, Bret Fisher of Oregon, Chanda Lofquist of Fergus Falls, Minn., Barbi Moore (Randy) of Cody and Amanda Peters of Fergus Falls; 16 great-grand-children and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 11 at the Bethel Lutheran Church, 413 North Main, in Firth, Idaho.The family will receive friends for one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Shelley, Idaho. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.