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(Aug. 25, 1929 - Dec. 9, 2010)

Ann F. Easton died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 at the Powell Valley Care Center in Powell, where she had been a resident for the past few months. She was 81.

Judy M. Dye died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, after a long battle with cancer at West Park Hospital in Cody. She was 69.

What the deficit reduction plan means for Wyoming

An ambitious deficit-reduction plan released Friday by the 18-member National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform failed to receive the 14 votes required to force a vote by Congress on its recommendations.

But with 11 commission members backing the plan, including key congressional leaders and Budget Committee members, elements of the proposal are likely to show up in next year's budget package, said commission co-chair Alan Simpson of Cody, a former U.S. senator.

College radio station broadcasts at 89.1 FM

Now beginning its fourth week of broadcasting, Northwest College's radio station, KNWT, is operating 24 hours per day at 89.1 on the FM dial.

Because its shared radio tower is located on Cedar Mountain, the station officially broadcasts from Cody. But its programming originates from the college's new recording studio in the Nelson Performing Arts Center.

The Powell Fire Chief wants the city of Powell's Electric Department to respond more quickly to after-hour emergencies.

Fire Chief Joey Darrah said that twice last month, firefighting efforts were hampered by slow responses from the electrical department.

Megan Goodman, shown here absorbing a foul against the East Idaho All-Stars, looks to help the Trappers to a successful start as NWC begins Wyoming Conference play at home against Gillette and Casper this weekend.

More details emerge in case of overage goalie

Quake team officials continue to await word from the North Pacific Hockey League, or NORPAC, regarding possible penalties stemming from last week's revelation that one of the team's goaltenders was actually a 25-year-old man masquerading as a 19-year-old. That verdict could come as early as this weekend when all NORPAC teams gather in Spokane, Wash., for the league's annual showcase.

NWC wrestlers fare well as lone JUCO team in field

The sixth-ranked Northwest College Trapper wrestling team crowned two champions at the University of Great Falls open tournament. The finish pleased Trapper coach Jim Zeigler, who noted that Northwest College was the lone two-year program in the tournament field.

“Three of the teams that were there were ranked in the NAIA polls,” said Zeigler. “It was a deep tournament with a lot of good wrestlers.”

Eighteen swimmers will head for Lander Friday as the Powell Panther swim team leaves the blocks for a new season.

Eight swimmers return from last year's squad, including five who qualified for state competition. Two seniors are out for the first time and a number of promising freshmen are in the pool as well.

Returning state qualifiers include senior diver Cole Good, a seventh place finisher at state last year, along with fellow seniors Billy Cummings, who placed in the individual medley and the breaststroke last year, and Danny McKearney. Junior Kyle Anderson swam in the consolation finals of the 500 freestyle and sophomore Jaren LaPierre did the same in both the 500 and 200 freestyle.

Other returnees are seniors Brennan Althoff and Tyler McCauley and sophomore Sam Kuntz.

Seniors Dillon Jeffs and Dylan Ulmer are new to the team this year, along with freshmen Edwin Oursler, Nic Tracy, Quinn Wetzel, Jakob Bowers, Garrett Hall, Jake MaGill, Mathew Riedhammer and Trevor Zickafoose.

Coach Jerry Rodriguez said he is optimistic about the team's prospects this year, particularly the freshmen, several of whom he has coached in his USA program.

“We have some freshmen with a good USA background,” Rodriguez said.

Lander again figures to be the top team in the state, Rodriguez said, and the Panthers will face them right away in their opening dual in Lander. The following week, the team will go up against several 4A schools in the Riverton Invitational. Their first home appearance will be Jan. 8 when they host the annual Gene Dozah Invitational at the Powell Aquatic Center.

My paternal grandfather, known as Papa, died last week.

He was my last living grandparent, and I was surprised to feel such overwhelming feelings of being “orphaned” when he died. Not having any grandparents left is going to take some getting used to — even at the ripe old age of 36.

My mom's dad, Grandpa Stoney, was the first to go, way back when I was a sophomore in high school. The rough, tough, carousing old cowboy left boots no one could hope (or want) to fill. But there was a side of him that others didn't see — the loving, funny, kind and smart man who loved his family and spoiled his grandkids and dogs almost equally.

One of my favorite recollections is of one of our many “covert” trips to Dairy Queen with Grandpa. (Mom didn't approve of sweets, but Grandpa didn't pay her much mind.) He loaded my sister and me into his beat-up pickup truck on a sweltering summer day.
As we neared Cody, we were stopped briefly for construction, but we continued on our way. When we got to the Dairy Queen, Grandpa ordered four chocolate milkshakes.

Hallie and I looked at each other, then asked him why. There were only three of us in the vehicle.

“That poor little flagger back there looked awful hot,” he replied.

Grammy, my mom's mother, was next, in 2003. In her quiet way, she left a legacy even larger than her husband's in many ways — at least for her family. Her grace, patience and non-judgmental nature is something I always strive to live up to. But, best of all, she was more than a grandma to us, she was our dear friend and confidante. I still have the urge to call her when I have news — important or mundane, funny or sad, it didn't matter. Grammy was always the first to know.

When my paternal grandmother died two years ago, we, of course, mourned Nana's loss. Not as warm and approachable as Grammy, she was, nonetheless, a remarkable woman. From her early days of traveling by train with her father's rodeo company, rodeo clowns teaching her how to do a proper headstand in the arena dirt at Madison Square Garden, to her later years as a wife, mother and grandmother, she had many tales to tell. Her four grandchildren were privileged to hear hours and hours of stories over the years.

Nana was also the cook, the entertainer, who inspired my love of both and taught me how to do them right.

And now, her husband, Papa, is gone.

He was a talented singer and musician, and he remained a steadfast supporter of the Wyoming Cowboys right up to the end. Even during this dismal football season, his optimism never wavered.

“They just need some time to get things right,” he'd say, before going on to list the things the Cowboys had done well in the game.
He was also stubborn and opinionated and, as a former fighter pilot, he never lost his need to be in control.

After Nana's funeral in 2008, he remarked off-handedly that he reckoned he had about two years left in him before he went to join her.

Somehow, no one who knew him well was terribly surprised when, true to his prediction, he died two years — to the day — after she did.

That's just how Papa was.

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