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While debates over any number of issues have been common at Northwest College in recent weeks, everyone at an NWC shared governance meeting Tuesday agreed on one thing: A moderator is needed to help administrators, faculty, staff and students get past their problems.

Problems cited included lack of communication and civility, not following college procedures, lack of trust and fear of retribution.

The meeting included presentations by spokesmen for each of the five constituent groups at the college: organizations for faculty, administrative, professional and classified staff and the Student Senate.

March 18, 2010 3:48 am

Soccer season opens Saturday

Written by Tribune Staff

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Drayson Bratt, the 2009 runner-up in balloting for underclassman of the year, works on passing during a drill Tuesday afternoon for the Panthers. Bratt led the team last season in scoring. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

With basketball season less than a week in the rearview mirror, the Powell High School boys' and girls' soccer teams will usher in the start of the spring sports calendar this weekend. Both teams will open the year on the road at soccer jamborees.

The Panther boys enter 2010 on a high following a 9-8-1 season that saw the club advance to the consolation championship at last year's state tournament. Powell was ranked as high as No. 3 in Class 3A last season before injuries over the last half of the year saw the team slip in both the standings and the rankings.

Rinaldi tendered to Chicago Hitmen of NAHL

The Yellowstone Quake may have finished one win shy of a possible national tournament trip, but that didn't stop a half-dozen members of the team from making the trip to Boston anyhow. Six members of this year's Quake roster were named to the Northern Pacific (NORPAC) League's all-star team.

The current situation at Northwest College recently reached a boiling point, with administration and faculty pitted against each other in what appears to be a power struggle of the Nth degree.

It's a sad state of affairs, but the forum hosted Tuesday by the college board of trustees may signify a positive movement toward reconciliation.

This community has much to be proud of in NWC: progressive academic programs, strong athletic teams, enriching extracurricular activities. As an institution, it is an established cornerstone of the Powell community — and rightfully so.

However, the situation at the college — and the subversive and toxic atmosphere currently associated with it — is causing many in the community to say, “Enough, already!”

That's not to say the issues at hand aren't serious. In fact, the contrary is true, but many of the methods that have been used to deal with the issues — by people and groups on both sides of the campus squabble — simply aren't constructive ways to bring an end to the conflict.

Anonymous e-mails, campaigns on social networking sites, T-shirts, buttons, posters — what happened to good, old-fashioned dialogue? Are people so used to being able to hide behind a computer screen and the cloak of anonymity lent by it, that they can't calmly sit down, look each other in the eye, engage in conversation and find a way to solve problems?

It's easy to become so embroiled in a situation that emotion overtakes reason — this seems to be the case here.

The current situation has the college this community is so proud of unraveling at the seams, and the example it sets for the students of Northwest College is atrocious.

That's not something to be proud of.

The warring factions need to put their anger aside and commit to the hard, meaningful work necessary to extricate NWC from this insidious and pernicious mess. Tuesday's meeting with the board of trustees indicated strong support for an outside mediator to facilitate healing.

That's good news. The college community would be well served to move forward in a more constructive manner.

March 18, 2010 3:26 am

Juanita J. Nita' Enes

Written by Tribune Staff

(Jan. 31, 1915 - March 11, 2010)

Jaunita J. “Nita” Enes died March 11, 2010, at her grandaughter Heidi McIntosh's Powell home.

Nita was born on Jan. 31, 1915 in Red Lodge, Mont., the daughter of Eva (Castleberry) and Newman C. Whittington.

Nita's mother, Eva, died when Nita was 4 years old, leaving her dad to raise her and her two young brothers, Newell and Glen. She spent her younger years in Thermopolis, where her brother, Glen, died when she was 15. It was a loss she never got over.

She later moved to Lovell and graduated from Lovell High School in 1934, and she worked as a teller at First National Bank in Lovell.

While at her friend Mildred Enes' house, she met Mildred's brother, Glen, who was home on leave from the Navy. It was the beginning of a life-long romance.

Nita married Glen on Aug. 26, 1938, in Huntington Park, Calif., and the couple lived in San Diego until the end of World War II, where Glen continued his military service and Nita worked at Bank of America.

The couple moved back to Lovell to help Glen's dad in the water well-drilling business. It was in Lovell that their two daughters, Carolyn and Nancy, were born.

They lived in Meeteetse for a short time before moving to Powell in 1957 when Glen went to work for Marathon Oil. Once both their daughters were in school, Nita began work as a bookkeeper for First National Bank in Powell. She retired in 1978.

Nita's whole life was devoted to her family, and she always had a story and a kind word to say to all. A lifelong member of First Methodist Church, Nita also enjoyed painting ceramics and gardening.

She is survived by her daughters Carolyn McAlmond (Mike) of Medford, Ore., and Nancy Davison (Tom) of Powell; sister-in-law Phoebe Whittington of Prescott, Ariz.; grandchildren Heidi McIntosh (Mike), Kacey Gibbs, Liz Davison (Zac), Colter Davison (Nikole) and Chance Davison, all of Powell, and Wendy Longo (Tim) and Nikki McAlmond, both of Medford; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Nita was preceded in death by her husband, Glen, in 1976; her parents; and her brothers Newell and Glen Whittington.

Services will be on Saturday, March 20 at 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Crown Hilll Cemetery.

Mike McIntosh, Tyler McIntosh, Kacey Gibbs, Colter Davison, Chance Davison and Tim Longo will serve as honorary pall bearers.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments, and online condolences may be sent to the family at www.thompsonfuneral.net. Memorial donations in Nita's name may be made to Powell Valley Hospice.

March 18, 2010 3:22 am

John Francis Kylander

Written by Tribune Staff

(April 13, 1922 - March 3, 2010)

On Good Friday, April 13, 1922, John Francis Kylander was born in Powell, the eighth child of Lula Elizabeth (Watts) and Arthur E. Kylander. The seven previous brothers and sisters greeted their baby brother and played an important role in raising him.

In his later teens, at the height of the Depression, John joined the CCC Camp located in eastern Yellowstone. While at the camp helping to support his family, he cleared trees and helped build roads.

In 1943, he entered the Navy and received diesel engineering training in Ames, Iowa, before being stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he repaired war-damaged submarines and chase boats, keeping them serviceable through WWII. Upon discharge from the Navy, he returned to Powell and worked in a service station.

Across the street, there was a small café where coffee breaks were taken, and one day he met Margaret Ann Kells, who had recently moved to Powell from Russell, Iowa, and was the new first-grade teacher in town.

John and Ann were married in Billings on April 20, 1946. On Dec. 11, 1948, their son, Jed A. Kylander, was born in Powell.

In 1950, the Kylander family moved to Cheyenne where John began his career as a switchman/brakeman with the Union Pacific Railroad. On Nov. 13, 1952, their daughter, Sue A. Kylander, was born.

John retired in 1983, after 33 years of service with Union Pacific. After retirement John and Ann were able to travel a great deal to warmer climates in the winter, but they still maintained a home in Cheyenne, and they returned there for the summer months.

They were members of Cheyenne's First Baptist Church for nearly 50 years. John was also instrumental in forming Cheyenne's Antique Tractor Club, and he enjoyed restoring antique engines and tractors and taking part in special exhibitions and Christmas parades. He also enjoyed finding broken-down bicycles, restoring them to new condition and giving them away to children who didn't have bikes.

In Jan. 2010, John and Ann moved to Kremmling, Colo., to live with their daughter, Sue. John passed away on March 3, 2010, at age 87, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Ann; his son Jed A. Kylander and his wife Rosemary of Cheyenne; his daughter Sue A. Kylander Pratt and her husband Dennis of Kremmling, Colo. He is also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one sister, Bernita Moody of Lovell; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are welcome to contact Ann Kylander at P.O. Box 1361, Kremmling, CO, 80459. If you would like to make a donation in John's memory, please make it to Heart of the Mountains Hospice, P.O. Box 140, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO, 80451.

March 18, 2010 3:20 am

Jonathan David Fales

Written by Tribune Staff

(July 11, 1974 – March 5, 2010)

Jonathan David Fales, 35, died Friday, March 5, 2010, in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Jonathan was born in Van Nuys, Calif., on July 11, 1974. After leaving California at the age of 7, Jonathan also lived in Idaho, New Hampshire, and Arizona while growing up. As an adult, he spent time in Utah, Florida, Texas, Washington and Wyoming before moving back to California. He loved moving around, meeting new people and learning about the world.

Jonathan was a man who desired peace and had great compassion. He admired and appreciated people of all races and their cultures. He was extremely loyal and always willing to help anyone who was in need. Jonathan was never one to hold grudges and was quick to forgive. He was self-educated, enjoyed acquiring knowledge and looked forward to helping children learn. Jonathan was proud of his family and thought it was great to be part of such a large and diverse group.

Jonathan is survived by his parents, David and Kristine Fales of Cody; his three brothers and seven sisters: Ali Behrens, Andrew Fales (Charity), Ben Fales (Shelley), Annie Arrington (Scott), Kat Serra (Justin), Liz Dewey (Jon), Rebekah Peterson (Doug), Angela Fales, Matt Fales and Michelle Fales; seven nieces; and seven nephews. He is also survived by his grandmother, Vivian Fales; many aunts and uncles; and 47 first cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Heard and Alice Fales and Ruth Asay Fales; maternal grandparents, Robert and Birdell Litster; an uncle, Gibb Frost; and former brother-in-law Justin Behrens.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 13, at the Mountain View Ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boise, Idaho. Interment took place at Cloverdale Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, at the home of David and Kristine Fales at 179 Road 3CXS in Cody. All those who would like to visit with the family and learn more about Jonathan's life are invited to come.

March 18, 2010 3:15 am

Joe Crox Gonzalez

Written by Tribune Staff

(Feb. 18, 1953 - March 8, 2010)

Former Powell resident Joe Crox Gonzalez died March 8, 2010, after an extended illness.

He was born Feb. 18, 1953, in Casa Grande, Ariz. to Petra Lopez and Jose Maria Gonzalez. He was raised by the late Eugenio Sanchez.

Joe worked in Powell as a farm and ranch hand before moving to Rock Springs where he worked in the FMC mines for 20 years.

He finally settled in Florida where he was a self-employed handyman.

Joe lived life with passion and lots of laughter. He loved his family and always put others needs ahead of his.

He is survived by his wife Sharon of Florida; children Cindy Gonzalez (Oscar) of Colorado, Jose Gonzalez (Amanda) of Arkansas and Victoria Ortiz (Manuel) of Colorado; his mother, Petra Lopez of Ralston; brothers Paul Gonzalez of Mountain View, Victor Lopez of Powell, Alfonzo Lopez of Billings, Leonardo Sanchez (Sue) of Cody and Eddie Sanchez (Dawn) of Evanston; sisters Velicia McCullough (Doug) of Powell, Ayda Hamann (Tom) of Cody, Amalia Gould (Bill) of Powell and Dora Sanchez of Cody; 10 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and services will be held later this summer.

March 18, 2010 3:14 am

Feel the heat

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Firemen Mick Hobbs (left) and Bear May man a hose and keep a close eye on a barn the Powell Volunteer Fire Department deliberately burned Saturday morning for training and to rid property of unwanted buildings. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

Powell considers west Park 1-cent tax proposal

It appears increasingly likely that Park County voters will be asked to consider reauthorizing a temporary 1-cent capital facilities sales tax.

But which project(s), how much money and when voters will be asked to weigh in, remain open questions.

“It's kind of a muddled mess right now,” said Cody Council President Sam Krone at a roundtable discussion between Cody, Meeteetse and Park County officials and the West Park Hospital District Board of Trustees last week.

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