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February 10, 2009 4:45 am

Far-off hackers cause local problems

Banks forced to reissue cards

Imagine 10 million credit card numbers falling into the hands of criminals. Every day. For weeks.

Now, stop imagining — it likely happened last year.

February 10, 2009 4:44 am

Wyoming House sketching wolf bill

A Wyoming House of Representatives committee has killed four of five wolf-related bills. The sole surviving one, House Bill 32, would retain most of the predator zone in Wyoming and protect domestic and wild ungulates from wolves. It also would help ensure genetic connectivity of Wyoming wolves with those in the region, if the federal government delists wolves in Wyoming.

It's not everyday that Cody is featured in a motion picture.

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But it's pretty much unprecedented for the area to serve as the setting for a zombie/cowboy flick.

As of last Tuesday, you can catch a zombified Cody area on DVDs sold nationwide in the locally-produced “Dead Noon.”

February 10, 2009 4:39 am

PHS topples No. 1 Jackson

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Jackson's Sydney Leichliter (42) reacts as Lady Panthers (left to right) Kelsey Allen (hidden from view), Katie Kipp (22), Shellie Williams, Robin Thronburg, McKenzie Danforth, Kami Cooley (10), Hannah Pollart (hidden from view), Darcee Lynn and Savannah Donarski celebrate PHS's 35-34 victory last Friday. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Second-ranked Lady Panthers now 14-1

An eight-point, third-quarter deficit against the two-time defending state champions might seem insurmountable to some basketball teams.

But not the Powell High School Lady Panthers.

Pinedale also hands Panthers loss during weekend action

A six-game winning streak by the Powell High School Panthers was brought to an end last Friday during a 46-43 loss to the Jackson Broncs at PHS.

The game marked the fourth time in a row that the two teams have gone into overtime, and unfortunately for the fifth-ranked Panthers, their record in those games stands at 1-3. The day after that loss, PHS stumbled again and fell to Pinedale by a score of 42-34. Both contests were Class 3A, West Conference battles.

“We shot 35 percent or less in both games,” said PHS head coach Troy Hildebrand. “It was a case where we didn't make a lot of the shots we had made in the previous six games.”

Against Jackson, it was evident early on that the Panthers (8-7 overall, 4-5 West Conference) were in for a hard-fought contest as the Broncs built a 12-11 lead after one period of play. In the second stanza, the Panthers were able to outscore the Broncs 9-5 and took a slim, 20-17 advantage into the halftime break. That lead was short lived as the Broncs pushed ahead in the third period after putting 15 points on the scoreboard compared to just nine for the Panthers.
In the final quarter, it looked as if PHS was gaining the upper hand, thanks in part to a technical foul called on the Jackson bench. That call sent point guard Jordan Brown to the free-throw line, where he hit a pair of shots to push the Panthers ahead 35-34. PHS followed with a 2-point basket to go ahead 37-34.

PHS's momentum, however, didn't last for long. With just more than two minutes left in regulation, Brown fouled out. Not long after, Gavin Mills, regarded as one of the top defensive players on the team, joined Brown on the bench after picking up his fifth foul.

“That was a big key in the game,” Hildebrand said of Brown's fifth foul. “He's a big part of what we do, and it's tough for us when we don't have him on the floor.”

With roughly two minutes left on the clock, PHS had increased its lead to four points. But unlike they have done so often in the past two seasons in close games, the Panthers weren't able to get the baskets or free throws they needed to seal the outcome.

“We've typically done pretty well in that situation,” Hildebrand said. “We've found a way to protect late leads, but against Jackson that didn't happen.”

Jackson pushed ahead 41-39 with time winding down, but Galen Mills was able to knot the score at 41 before the end of regulation. The Broncs did have time to launch a potential game-winning shot before the buzzer after PHS tied the score, but the attempt failed.

In overtime, the contest remained close. Jackson's Rob Caeser put the Broncs ahead with a 2-pointer, but PHS's Galen Mills quickly tied the game at 43 with a pair of free throws. Jackson's Colin Thiel answered with two free throws of his own at the other end of the court to put the Broncs ahead 45-43.

With 56 seconds remaining, the Panthers endured a costly turnover, and Jackson was able to add one more successful free throw down the stretch to end the scoring at 46-43.

PHS finished the game with a 34-percent shooting mark from the field, where it hit two of eight from 3-point land and 13 of 36 from 2-point range.

“You have to give Jackson credit,” Hildebrand said. “They have a scrappy team, and they did a good job on the defensive end. They made it difficult for us when it came to shooting the ball.”

The Broncs didn't fare much better, hitting two of 10 from behind the arc and 15 of 31 from 2-point range. However, their 41-percent shooting percentage proved to be just enough to push them past the Panthers.

At the free-throw line, both teams struggled as well. The Panthers hit just 11 of 26 shots from the line, and Jackson connected on a mere 10 of 25 attempts.

“We were able to get to the line, but we weren't able to convert,” Hildebrand said. “Prior to that game, we had done a pretty solid job at the free-throw line. But we just couldn't get those shots to fall Friday night.”

Brown finished as the game's top scorer with 19 points. Ryan Brandt added 12 points and was the only other Panther to notch a double-digit point total. The remainder of the scoring was handled by Galen Mills (6 points), Matt McArthur (3), Gavin Mills (2) and Dallas Robirds (1). Brandt also posted a team-high 13 rebounds and six steals.

Jackson was paced by Caesar's 18-point effort, and Grant Rogers added 10 points.

Against Pinedale last Saturday, the Panthers' shooting woes continued in a 42-34 loss. PHS went zero for 11 from 3-point range, which played into Pinedale's use of a zone defense. From 2-point range, the Panthers managed to hit 13 of 26 shots, and at the free-throw line they connected on eight of 12 attempts. Overall, PHS finished with a 35-percent mark from the field.

“They zoned us for the majority of the game,” Hildebrand said. “We weren't able to hit shots from the perimeter, and we never were able to loosen up their defense.”

Six Panthers scored in the contest, but none of those were able to post double-digit point totals. Galen Mills led the way for PHS with nine points and was followed by McArthur (8), Brandt (8), Brown (6), Matt Kifer (2) and Gavin Mills (1). Brandt was PHS's top rebounder with seven boards. Gavin Mills added five rebounds, six assists and one steal, and Brown contributed with five rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Pinedale was paced by Keaton Cross' 11 points and Wilson Rogers' 10-point performance.

• Up next: The Panthers have two conference games scheduled this week and both are road matchups. The first will be against Lyman at 7:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, PHS will face Kemmerer at 2:30 p.m.

“We have to bounce back as a team, and we have to play with the energy we had during our six-game winning streak,” Hildebrand said. “Obviously, we need to do a better job shooting the ball, and we'll work on eliminating the turnovers that hurt us against Jackson and Pinedale. We had 20 turnovers against Jackson and 17 against Pinedale. We need to at least get that number below 15 so we can get those extra opportunities on the offensive end.”

February 10, 2009 4:08 am

Panthers sixth at Riverton Tourney

Donarski claims title at 152

At the 10th annual Ron Thon Memorial Tournament at Riverton High School last Friday and Saturday, Powell High School notched a sixth-place finish in the team standings and had one wrestler walk away with an individual title.

PHS's sixth-place finish was the strongest effort of the Class 3A teams in the event. Campbell County won the overall championship, giving the team from Gillette its second consecutive Ron Thon Memorial Tournament title. Places two through five went to Natrona County, Green River, Rock Springs and Star Valley.

“It was a mixed bag for us,” said PHS head coach Nate Urbach. “I thought the guys that placed wrestled pretty well throughout the tournament. We had some others that were up and down, so we need to work on our consistency with regionals and state coming up.”

As for the individual title winners, senior Trevor Donarski was able to pin down the only first-place effort for the Panthers.

For Donarski, who recorded a 4-0 mark in the 152-pound weight class, his title came on the heels of a first-place effort in last year's tournament at 130 pounds.

Donarski capped his championship showing by defeating Campbell County's Telbe Storbeck by a score of 5-3 in the finals. Storbeck entered the bout as a two-time state and Ron Thon Memorial Tournament champion.

Among Donarski's other victories was a 16-7, major decision over Cokeville's Hadley Harmon in the first round. Donarski followed that outcome by registering a technical fall (18-3) over Star Valley's Brandon Anglesey and a victory by injury default against Douglas' Pat Lehnen.

PHS's five placing performances were rounded out by Ren Utter at 103, Cory Eden at 135, Auston Carter at 140 and Cody Kalberer at 160. Utter, Carter and Kalberer each recorded 3-2 marks, and Eden completed the tournament with a 4-2 record.

n Up next: The Panthers are scheduled to be in action today (Tuesday) against the Cody Broncs at CHS. The junior varsity dual meet is slated for 6 p.m., and the varsity matchup will follow at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, the Panthers will entertain Worland at PHS. Junior varsity action is slated for 6:30 p.m. and varsity action has a scheduled 7 p.m. start time.

Ron Thon Memorial Tournament

Individual Results:

• 103: Ren Utter (3- 2, 4th Place)
Won vs. Andrew Gardner, East, Fall 1:58
Won vs. Kalen Hill, Cokeville, M-Dec 12-3
Lost vs. Josh Claye, Star Valley, Fall 5:14
Won vs. Josh Hillhouse, Kelly Walsh, Fall 1:45
Lost vs. Alex Klopp, Lander, M-Dec 10-2

• 103: Luke Wozney (2-2)
Lost vs. Josh Claye, Star Valley, Dec 11-9
Won vs. Austin Vye, Central, Dec 8-6
Won vs. Bailey Young, Campbell Co., Fall 2:59
Lost vs. Josh Hillhouse, Kelly Walsh, Dec 13-11

• 112: Olie Olson (1-2)
Won vs. Casey McKim, Campbell Co., Dec 7-3
Lost vs. Jared Leithead, Worland, Dec 8-1
Lost vs. Joe Best, East, Dec 8-3

• 125: Colt Nix (2- 2)
Lost vs. Burke Burgess, Campbell Co., Fall 3:59
Won vs. Ezra Coleman, Campbell Co., Dec 3-1
Won vs. Nate Gossens, Greybull, Dec 8-4
Lost vs. Chance Maddock, Cokeville, Fall 4:04

• 130: Randy Andrews (2- 2)
Lost vs. Marc Madsen, Campbell Co., T-Fall 18-3(3:00
Won vs. Xavier Padilla, Rock Springs, Fall 2:32
Won vs. Kendall Nuss, Central, Fall 5:52
Lost vs. Brode Bullington, Lander, M-Dec 13-4

• 135: Cory Eden (4- 2, 4th Place)
Won vs. Nathan Johnston, Laramie, Fall 5:40
Won vs. Mark Van Slyke, Star Valley, Fall 1:47
Won vs. Wesley Slaugh, Rock Springs, Dec 3-2
Lost vs. Jon Child, Cokeville, Dec 6-2
Won vs. Garth Ginder, Natrona Co., M-Dec 8-0
Lost vs. Wesley Slaugh, Rock Springs, Dec 4-2

• 140: Auston Carter (3- 2, 4th Place)
Won vs. Ben Anson, Greybull, T-Fall 16-1(4:00
Won vs. J.T. Cattelan, Kemmerer, Fall 5:57
Lost vs. Austin Breckenridge, Central, Dec 14-8
Won vs. Sullivan Teichert, Cokeville, Dec 11-7
Lost vs. Devon Tutor, Campbell Co., Fall 3:54

• 145: Cole Kary (2- 2)
Won vs. Mac Madsen, Campbell Co., Fall 2:56
Lost vs. Andy McCulley, Rock Springs, Fall 3:57
Won vs. Cody Parke, Natrona Co., Dec 4-2
Lost vs. Andrew Petersen, Cokeville, Dec 8-5

• 145: Jimmy Seckman (2- 2)
Lost vs. Jeff Redland, Worland, Dec 16-13
Won vs. Mac Madsen, Campbell Co., Fall 2:32
Won vs. Ryan Lay, Wheatland, Dec 5-3
Lost vs. Michael Hogan, Douglas, Dec 5-3

• 152: Trevor Donarski (4- 0, 1st Place)
Won vs. Hadley Harmon, Cokeville, M-Dec 16-7
Won vs. Brandon Anglesey, Star Valley, T-Fall 18-3
Won vs. Pat Lehnen, Douglas, Def INJURY
Won vs. Telbe Storbeck, Campbell Co., Dec 5-3

• 160: Cody Kalberer (3- 2, 4th Place)
Won vs. Jordan O'Dowd, Campbell Co., M-Dec 14-6
Won vs. Hayden Jones, Central, Dec 3-1
Lost vs. Bret Klopp, Lander, T-Fall 18-3
Won vs. Jordan O'Dowd, Campbell Co., Dec 9-2
Lost vs. Hayden Jones, Central, M-Dec 8-0

• 171: Joe Lujan (0- 2)
Lost vs. Colton Marrow, Lander, Fall 5:14
Lost vs. Taylor Pownall, Campbell Co., T-Fall 18-0

• 189: Monte Nickles (2- 2)
Lost vs. Dave Dorsett, Hulett, Fall 1:48
Won vs. Jared Asay, Lovell, Fall 2:24
Won vs. Tanner Cornwell, Thermopolis, Dec 7-1
Lost vs. Colter McNare, Douglas, Dec 7-1

• 215: Tyler Showalter (1- 2)
Won vs. Matt Hettchen, Rawlins, Fall 4:40
Lost vs. Leland Pfeifer, Hulett, Fall 1:25
Lost vs. Cheyton Vermillion, East, Fall 3:40

Team Results:

1. Campbell County, 215.50
2. Natrona County, 170.50
3. Green River, 159.00
4. Rock Springs, 149.00
5. Star Valley, 144.00
6. Powell, 124.00
7. Central, 122.00
8. Lander, 113.00
9. Wheatland, 100.00
10. Cokeville, 94.50
11. Douglas, 84.00
12. Kelly Walsh, 72.00
13. Evanston, 70.00
14. Riverton, 69.00
15. Hulett, 64.00
16. Rocky Mountain, 59.00
17. East, 44.00
18. Worland, 41.00
19. Sheridan, 39.00
20. Greybull, 26.00
21. Moorcroft, 20.50
22. Shoshoni, 20.00
23. Big Piney, 19.00
23. Rawlins, 19.00
25. Jackson, 15.00
25. Glenrock, 15.00
27. Wind River, 13.00
28. Kemmerer, 12.00
29. Laramie, 9.00
29. Thermopolis, 9.00
31. Lovell, 4.00
32. Cody, 0.00
32. Upton, 0.00
32. Pinedale, 0.00
32. Dubois, 0.00

February 10, 2009 4:06 am

Gwendolyn Miller

(Aug. 16, 1922 - Feb. 7, 2009)

Gwendolyn Miller, 86, died on Feb. 7, with her family by her side.

Gwen was born Aug. 16, 1922, in Byron, the daughter of Kirk and Pearl Sessions. Her family consisted of three brothers, Don, Vernon, and Corman, and her best friend and sister, Eileen.

She married Carl Miller on Oct. 19, 1939, in Red Lodge. Carl and Gwen were the parents of five children: Clay (Dianne) of Powell; Carleen (Dick) Kattenhorn of Lafayette, Colo.; Rick (Dorothy) of Littleton, Colo.; Pearl Ann (Keith) Lewis of Orem, Utah; and Myrna (Todd) Welch of Colorado Springs, Colo.

They made their home in Powell, farming on the Willwood until they moved to town, where Gwen worked for 19 years in food service for the Powell elementary schools. She was an active member in many community organizations.

She had 19 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren.

Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Don and Corman, husband Carl, and eldest son Clay.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Avenue E in Powell. Burial will be in the Crown Hill Cemetery under the direction of Thompson's Funeral Home.

February 10, 2009 3:55 am

Paul Roland

(1929 - Feb. 6, 2009)

Paul Roland, 80, of Lovell died on Friday, Feb. 6 at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell is in charge of arrangements.
February 10, 2009 3:54 am

Mo Mohan

(Jan. 18, 1951 - Feb. 7, 2009)

Mo Mohan, 58, of Billings, Mont., died on Saturday, Feb. 7 in Billings.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.

A celebration of life will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Petroleum Club on the 22nd floor of the Billings Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Hotel).

Cremation will take place.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Monday's announcement that First National Bank and Trust was being sold to Montana-based Glacier Bancorp came as a surprise to most people in Powell.

In the big picture, it's yet another reminder that we aren't immune to the economic turmoil being felt around the country — this one just hits awfully close to home for many.

Over the last 100 years, Powell has benefitted from a rare commitment to benevolence and community involvement on the part of the bank. First National has been a leader in economic development and projects and events — both big and small — throughout Powell's history. The private ownership of the Nelson family throughout this time has been the key ingredient.

One can't help but feel a bit of sadness and trepidation as we watch this change unfold, but we have every assurance the people at Glacier will strive to maintain the strong community leadership role forged by First National over the last century.