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Of all the teams that represent Powell High School, one has the longest practice season.

Ironically, that team also has the shortest competitive season — one shot at comparing themselves with teams from other schools.

On Wednesday, March 11, PHS's 15 cheerleaders, who have been practicing their sport since September, travel to Casper for the annual state spirit competition and their one chance to see if they can beat the competition.

“It's what we've been working the whole season for,” said Kelli Lewis, one of five seniors on the squad who is in her third year as a cheerleader.

With no other competition during the season, the girls don't know what kind of challengers they will face, but they aren't concerned about that.

“We're not worried so much about winning, just doing our best,” said Tia Smith, a senior competing for her second year.

Whatever the outcome, the girls said they will enjoy the experience and have good memories.

“It will be fun just remembering it,” said senior Hanna Gifford, another three-year veteran of the squad.

According to Vicki Walsh, coach of the PHS cheerleaders, the squad will compete in two events, girls stunt and non-stunt, also known as cheer-dance.

Not many schools compete in the stunt division, Walsh said. She said nine 2A and 3A teams are expected to compete, but should that number decrease to fewer than six, all the teams will be thrown into one division and compete with the 4A teams.

More schools enter the non-stunt division, and Walsh said she thinks Powell will be one of 15 2A and 3A schools competing.

Of the two events, all five seniors said the stunt competition is the most rewarding, probably because it's also the hardest, challenging their endurance, and be presenting the very real danger of injury as well. Depending on your teammates to catch you is a little scary, and it's just as scary to know you have the responsibility of supporting and catching one of your teammates, they said.

“Getting over the fear is hard,” said three-year veteran Chelsea Akin, as the other seniors nodded their heads.

State competition aside, cheerleading has other rewards for the girls. They like the challenge and the teamwork, and they enjoy the occasional trips they take. Last week, the five seniors were part of the squad that cheered at the state wrestling tournament, which they all agreed is the most fun of any event they attend, especially this year when they were cheering for the champions.

Next week, they will be representing PHS on their own, and in the end, that's a big reason why they like cheerleading.

“It's just a good way to represent your school,” said Masbruch, who was a cheerleader at her former school in Colorado before moving to Powell this year.

“You do it for the love of it.”

Joining the five seniors on the team this year are Emily Schwahn, Ali Trustem, Tia Ibarra, Kelsey Ohman, April Patterson, Brianna Schwan, Shyanne Smith, Blake Harshman, Olivia Slater and Chelsea Padilla.

Recent discussions of combining recycling efforts in Park County have targeted Powell Valley Recycling as the logical choice for regional operations.

As the county faces partial closure of the Powell landfill in 2010, it is likely that the city's garbage will be transported to Cody, where a lined landfill will accept regional waste. It may be possible to have the trucks that haul Powell's waste to Cody bring recyclables from Cody back on the return trip.

If plans proceed as expected, Powell will expand its center to accommodate several communities' recyclable materials.

Powell Valley Recycling is up to the challenge. The local center already receives material from surrounding towns in the Big Horn Basin, including Greybull, Lovell, Byron and Meeteetse.

The center's operations have grown every year. It processed more than 800 tons of material in 2007-08 —nearly three times the amount it handled 10 years ago. Since its inception, the facility has been committed to local sustainability.

In 2007, the Wyoming Solid Waste and Recycling Association recognized Powell Valley Recycling and its manager Mary Jo Decker for the center's early and continued success, naming it the Recycling Organization of the Year.

Even as prices paid for recyclables have plummeted as a result of the global recession, Decker said the center is prepared to weather the storm wrought by the grim market.

Though not fiscally profitable, recycling efforts remain vital to our environment. As Decker said earlier this year, “Why should we throw away anything that can be used again?”

It appears that local residents agree. Both Powell and Cody's recycling centers are seeing an influx in use, growing at a 10-percent annual rate.

Consolidating county recycling makes sense, and with the support of local government entities, we are confident Powell Valley Recycling is capable of handling the proposed expansion with success.

March 05, 2009 3:45 am

Paul Schiltz

Paul Schiltz, 92, died Wednesday, March 4, at the Powell Valley Care Center.

Funeral Mass services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 13, at St. Barbara's Catholic Church.

Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March, 12 at St. Barbara's Catholic Church.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home.

March 05, 2009 3:42 am

John Ross Phillips

John Ross Phillips, 78, died Monday, March 2, at the Billings Clinic.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home.

March 05, 2009 3:39 am

Sarah Evadean (Anderson) Muslin

(Dec. 20, 1977 - March 3, 2009)

Sarah Evadean (Anderson) Muslin, 31, died Tuesday, March 3 at her home in Wasilla, Alaska.

She was born Dec. 20, 1977, the daughter of Elton A. Anderson and Sarah L. (Judd) Anderson. Sarah grew up and attended school in Powell. She was active in Girl Scouts, 4-H and FFA.

Sarah married Jason Muslin on May 29, 1999 in Wasilla, where she resided for the last 12 years. She was a strong, loving and outgoing person. She loved spending time with her daughter, Chelsea, and watching her grow.

Sarah is survived by her husband, Jason; daughter, Chelsea; parents, Elton and Sarah Anderson; siblings, Angela Anderson, Lisa and Bryan Hendricks and Niki and KyleMuslin; two nieces and a nephew. Funeral services will be Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at the Wasilla LDS Church. Interment will be at a later date.

March 05, 2009 3:38 am

Betty Frame McConihay

(Aug. 15, 1925 - March 1, 2009)

Betty Frame McConihay died March 1 at the Powell Valley Care Center after suffering a stroke in February.

Betty was born on Aug. 15, 1925, in South Charleston, W.Va. She graduated from high school in South Charleston, and she later earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Marshall University.

Betty married William McConihay in 1947 and moved to East Bank, W.Va.. She lived in East Bank until her husband died in 2008, at which point she moved to the Powell Valley Care Center to be closer to her sister.

She taught math and English in Kanawha County Schools for 33 years, and upon retirement she continued teaching math at West Virginia Institute of Technology for several terms. She was instrumental in supporting her niece and nephews in their pursuit of higher education.

A member of South Charleston First Baptist Church, she attended the United Methodist Church in East Bank.

She was a charter member and first president of Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Honorary Teacher's Society, and was also a charter member of East Bank Garden Club where she was very active in the organization.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Harry and Rexie Given Frame and her husband of 60 years, William C. McConihay.

She is survived by her sister, Patricia Dixon (Thomas) of Powell; aunt, Dixie Donahue (Earl) of Dille, W.Va., and a niece, two nephews and several cousins.

Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell is in charge of arrangements.

A private memorial will be held at a later date in West Virginia. Cremation has taken place, and friends may wish to donate to: Betty Frame McConihay Math Scholarship, Marshall University Foundation, 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington WV 25755; East Bank United Methodist Church or East Bank Garden Club.

March 05, 2009 3:37 am

Jose (Joe) Villarreal Gomez

(Dec. 19, 1921 - March 4, 2009)

Jose “Joe” Villarreal Gomez, 87, died Wednesday, March 4, with his family at his side, after a short illness.

Joe was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on Dec. 19, 1921 to Abran “Abraham” and Anna Cleta Gomez.

Joe migrated to the United States in 1940.

On Sept. 15, 1952 Joe married Rosalva “Rose” Ibarra in Lovell. Joe and Rose raised their famly in Cody where Joe worked as a ranch hand. In 1979, Joe went to work for the City of Cody, retiring in 1989. After retirement, Joe enjoyed fishing, gardening and taking care of his yard.

Joe is survived by his children, John Gomez of Cody; Dora Gomez of Anchorage, Alaska; Michael (Patti) Gomez of Pacific, Mo.; Joel Gomez of Cody; Rose (Robert) James of Cody; sisters, Guadalupe Flores of El Mirage, Ariz. and Anna Cleta Molina of McAllen, Texas; four grandchildren and a nephew.

A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

March 05, 2009 3:35 am

Lillie Ruth (Chambers) Dixon

(Nov. 18, 1909 - Feb. 26, 2009)

Lillie Ruth Dixon died Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Powell Valley Care Center. She was 99 years old.

Lillie Ruth Chambers was born Nov. 18, 1909, in Magnum, Okla., to Robert and Rose Etta (Stringfellow) Chambers. She was the eldest of eight children and was raised in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. She began school in Herring, Okla., at the age of 8. As a child, her family would often travel by horsedrawn wagon to visit her paternal grandparents in Wewoka, Okla. Lillie survived typhoid fever as a young child, but lost her younger brother to the illness on Christmas Day in 1916.

Lillie's family worked in farming and in the developing oil and gas industry, eventually homesteading outside of Roswell, N.M. Upon her family's return to the Texas Panhandle, Lillie graduated from high school in Borger, Texas, in 1929. She graduated from Draughn's Business College in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1932. Her first employment was with a wholesale grocery company in Sayre, Okla., that paid $10 per week. Lillie returned to Skellytown, Texas, where her family lived, to open a beauty parlor.

It was in Skellytown that Lillie met Berry Lee Barnes. They were married Nov. 14, 1934. They had three children: Joetta, Berry L. Jr., and Dorothy Jean. The family moved to Elk Basin in 1944 where Lillie served as postmaster at the Elk Basin Post Office until 1955. Upon the closing of Elk Basin in 1955 the Barnes family relocated to Powell. Lillie was widowed in 1956.

Lillie married Robert Barber on Aug. 13, 1959. He died in 1962. Lillie began working in Yellowstone National Park as a bookkeeper for Hamilton Stores and the Haynes Photo Shop, working 19 summers at Canyon Village.

She married Woodrow Dixon on April 26, 1978. Mr. Dixon died in 2002.

Lillie was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for more than 60 years; she was Past Worthy Matron of Bethany Chapter of Deaver and was recently a member of Alcyone Chapter #27 of Powell. She lived in the home built by her first husband, Berry, on Wood Street until moving to the Heartland and, finally, the Powell Valley Care Center.

She was a member of Union Presbyterian Church of Powell since 1946.

Lillie is survived by her daughter Dorothy Lenehan (Brent) of Oakland, Calif.; son-in-law Buzz Larsen (Patricia) of Powell; granddaughter Laurie Larsen; grandson Scott Larsen (Justine); numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She is also survived by her brother Thomas Lee Chambers (Marguerite), and sisters Nina Craig, Charlotte Allen, and Maryanne Gilmore (Bill) of Lebanon, Okla.

Lillie was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents; her three husbands; her brothers, Cecil and Glen; her sister, Roberta; her daughter, Joetta Larsen and her son, Berry L Barnes, Jr.

Memorial services are pending. Cremation has taken place. Memorials in Lillie's name can be sent to Powell Valley Hospice, 777 Ave H, Powell, WY 82435.

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The Sheriff of Nottingham, played by Nick Tracy, points out Maid Marion (Alex Good), accompanied by her maid (Amber Munjar) and demands horsemen Jared Moore and Madison Morrow seize Maid Marion as a captive during the Missoula Children's Theatre performance of “Robin Hood” on Saturday at the new Powell High School auditorium. See Page 13 for more photos. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

March 03, 2009 4:39 am

Plaza Diane Construction Begins

Sletten Construction awarded contract for renovation project

Plaza Diane was fenced off Monday morning as construction began to transform the downtown location into a community arts center.

“Construction is starting this week and we're right on schedule,” said Anya Feichtl, CTA's lead architect on the project. Feichtl said the project should be completed by Aug. 1.