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Tribune Staff

Consider the high number of bear conflicts in 2010.

Over three weeks in October, two hunters killed two attacking grizzly bears near Cody. In the past six months, two grizzlies have fatally mauled two humans and injured others in the Greater Yellowstone region.

Wyoming has tallied a record 251 conflicts between bears and humans this year, from a bear eating corn on a Heart Mountain farm earlier this fall to the recent maulings of hunters, according to the Associated Press.

Including the latest hunter-shoots-bear incident last week, at least 45 grizzlies have been killed or removed from the wild this year in the Greater Yellowstone region.

Last fall, grizzlies were re-listed as protected under the Endangered Species Act, and the federal government is considering whether to also place whitebark pine on the endangered species list. The declining tree species provides protein-rich pine nuts, a favorite for grizzlies prior to hibernation.

Though the grizzly re-listing points to bears' dependency on whitebark pine nuts, some research suggests grizzlies are actually fine without them.

“We have not detected an impact of the loss of mature whitebark pine on the grizzly bear population. Rates of reproduction and survival remain high, and the population is still growing,” said the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee in an August statement.

Still growing indeed. The grizzly population in and around Yellowstone is at its highest level in decades, according to a report released last week. At least 603 grizzly bears roam the Greater Yellowstone region — more than three times the number in 1975, when the bear was first placed on the endangered list.

More grizzles mean more conflicts.

But fewer pine nuts don't necessarily mean more bear-human conflicts.

“In fact, grizzly/human encounters and bear mortalities are primarily determined by grizzly and human population densities rather than whitebark pine cone production,” wrote Chris Servheen, the grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, earlier this year.

Given the high number of conflicts between humans and bears this year — and the many grizzly relocations — it is time to reconsider how the increased bear population is managed by the federal government. Numbers show the bears are thriving in the Yellowstone region, indicating a growing grizzly population that no longer needs endangered species status.

(Feb. 22, 1935 – Oct. 26, 2010)

Jerome “Jerry” Martin Storeim of Greybull died at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. He was 75.

(March 12, 1964 – Oct. 27, 2010)

Mary Roemmich of Deaver died Oct. 27, 2010. She was 46.

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Dave Sweet (left) of the East Yellowstone chapter of Trout Unlimited, and Tanner Rosenbaum, both of Cody, search for trout trapped in the Garland Canal. The group had a good day, with the help of at least a dozen volunteers, 487 trout were captured and safely released in the Shoshone River Monday. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

A second chance to swim

With water draining from canals for the winter, the East Yellowstone chapter of Trout Unlimited once again is pursuing trout in draining irrigation canals.

As of Monday, around 2,200 trout had been captured in canals and released into the Shoshone River.

Three candidates jostle at forum

There was plenty of trash talk at last week's Park County Commission candidate forum.

While the discussion was civil, the subject matter at the Powell event largely focused on the future of the county's garbage.

Watching news coverage of the rescue of 33 miners in a copper mine in Chile earlier this month took on a personal meaning for a few Northwest College students.

The miners were trapped after a cave-in at the San Jose Mine in northern Chile three months earlier.

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Powell senior Kyle Sullivan runs with the football during the Panthers' first game against Riverton this season. The two teams meet again this Friday in a 3A quarterfinal playoff contest. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

Just like regular season, Panthers' playoff schedule starts with RIverton

In many ways, it will feel like the start of football season all over again when No. 4 Riverton (5-3) returns to Powell this Friday night for a 3A quarterfinal contest against the fifth-ranked and also 5-3 Panthers. After beginning the regular season against each other, the two schools will now battle for the right to play at least one more week.

Team hosts Williston to start year

Five players with returning starting experience will be back in uniform for the Northwest College Trappers, who open women's basketball season this Monday against Williston State College out of North Dakota. The Trappers are looking to build upon the 11-19 mark in head coach Janis Beal's first season at the helm.

“I learned more (last year) than you can imagine,” said Beal, who returned to lead the team that she starred for as a collegiate player. “These first weeks, we've really focused on the defensive end of things, because I didn't think we did that enough a year ago. You know I like to run and put up the points, but for us that has to be generated off our defense.”

Team record receives two unexpected W's

Consider it a form of new math. The Northwest College women's volleyball team played four matches since Friday, but picked up five victories over that time period. The latest win in the series was a four-game victory over the Rocky Mountain College JV squad as the team paid tribute to its sophomores on Monday night.

The Trappers began the week with a 25-10, 25-18, 26-24 loss to No. 2 Western Wyoming, but recovered Saturday to defeat New Mexico Military 25-13, 16-25, 25-23, 16-25, 15-8 and Air Force Prep 25-14, 25-7, 25-13. The team wrapped up its busy run on Monday at Cabre Gym by defeating the Battlin' Bears by a 25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21 margin.

The team's other two wins came after the NJCAA ruled on Oct. 24 that fellow Region IX North institution Laramie County Community College had used an ineligible player in 20 games this season.

According to the LCCC Wingspan, the player, who was not named, was determined to have “participated in a league deemed by the NJCAA to be a professional league, despite the fact that the player had never earned any money for playing.” The player apparently participated in one match during the 2008-2009 season and another in the 2009-2010 year.

LCCC, which had been ranked No. 7 in the nation, was required to forfeit all 20 games in which the player had appeared this season, including both games against Northwest this season. Both of those games originally saw the Trappers fall to LCCC.

Northwest's season record now sits at 21-15 overall. The Trappers moved to second in the Region IX North standings as a result of the record reshuffle within the sub-region.

Freshman Sandrina Hunsel made sure the Trapper sophomores went out as winners in their final home court appearance on Monday night, slamming 20 kills over the net. Hunsel started the day ranked fifth nationally in kills this season, but her performance leapfrogged her into third by night's end with 452 to show for the season thus far.

Danielle York added six kills, five ace serves and a pair of blocks while Phoibe Fetu finished with five kills and four aces in support.

The game had its nervous moments for the Trappers, however. Freshman Gabriella Fabri, who has been playing with a torn meniscus all season, had her knee buckle late in the second game. She was pulled from the floor and did not return. Sophomore Randi McInerney turned in three kills in game one against Rocky Mountain, but did not return to the floor after that in her final home appearance. Like Fabri, McInerney is nursing a knee injury and is slated for surgery at season's end.

“Gabby's knee gave out as she went to plant for an approach,” said Trapper head coach Flavia Siqueira. “Randi we just want to keep as healthy as possible. We'll need both of them at the regional tournament.”

Neither player was expected to see the court last night (Wednesday) when the Trappers traveled to Central Wyoming to close out the regular season.

Over the weekend, Hunsel led the Trappers in kills in each of their three weekend contests, posting a total of 46. She also led the way with eight blocks against New Mexico Military in a contest that also saw teammates Jessica Denney, Gianesi Tarafa and Fetu each add five blocks of their own. York turned in 10 valuable kills to get the Trappers past New Mexico Military in five games while Denney and Fetu each produced seven kills against Air Force Prep.

Northwest College travels to Glendive, Mont., on Wednesday, Nov. 3, to begin Region IX North tournament play. The Trappers are assured of the No. 2 seed at that event and will face either Sheridan or LCCC in the opening round.

Despite the recent forfeit ruling handed down by the NJCAA, LCCC remains eligible for both regional and national tournament play.

You've dusted off those fabric ghosts and plastic skeletons. I've dusted off my keyboard and my tap-dancing skills.

With one complete redheaded character costume waiting in my closet, there is only one thing left to do — no, say, no — scream!

TRICK OR TREAT!

Oh yeah, and remind the ghouled folks of Powell to keep an eye on their tricksters and for kiddies to keep an eye on traffic — among other Halloween precautions.

Time and time again, parents are reminded to have visible children — bright costumes, reflective tape on treat bags and flashlights. I have visions of a ghostly-looking fiend with a reflective traffic triangle on his back like a roadside buggy found in Amish country.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers warn against the use of glow sticks because of the irritant dibutyl phthalate, “but rest assured that a taste amount is non-toxic,” said a press release.

Other irritants to be wary of are face paint alternatives that kids will find and think they can use on their faces, such as shoe polish, random paints and other household products.

I ask that parents assist their children if hair styling is on the agenda for the perfect costume. Curling- and flat-iron burns are not fun for anyone, nor is a hairspray shot to the face.

And who could forget sweets and treats?

For fears about bad candy and strange treats, don't trust any apple-toting evil queens. Stay away from fruits, homemade treats and rewrapped candy. OK, you can trust Aunt Betty's famous popcorn ball; it is best if you are well acquainted and trust the maker of special treats.

If you miss the days of simple candies and special treats, think about alternatives, such as zany pencils, wacky erasers or even those hip new awkwardly-shaped bracelets commonly referred to as “Silly Bandz.”

If you chose to keep your kids in a structured candy and fun-seeking environment, there are a few community events. The Powelloween Treat Street takes place Friday afternoon A haunted house is planned at the Park County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, Hope Lutheran Church at Avenue H and Cary Street will host “trunk-or-treat.” Local churches will host a Harvest Carnival Sunday at The Commons.

Remember to brush and floss those teeth.

More importantly — have fun.

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