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Nurse practitioner student Whitney Hernandez listens to a patient's heart and lungs at the Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic. Hernandez, a Powell native who lives in Denver, volunteers at the clinic when she comes home to visit her family. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

As the sun sets in the winter sky, the Tuesday workday comes to an end for most people. Thoughts turn toward going home, fixing dinner, getting the kids to bed. But the night is just beginning at the Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic.

At 5:15 p.m., an elderly couple arrives at the clinic carrying armloads of food: Carrot cake, a Crock-Pot of aromatic beef barley soup, a salad. Clinic director JoAnn Cozzens explains that, each month, a different local church provides food for the clinic volunteers.

February 19, 2009 4:54 am

Time to peak

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Powell High School's Cole Kary (left) is one of 14 Panthers listed in the Class 3A rankings released by WyoPreps.com on Feb. 11. Kary is ranked second in the 145-pound weight class. Tribune photo by David Dickey

PHS wrestlers ready for stretch run

A number of wrestling coaches in Wyoming can often be heard using the phrase, “Everything is practice until regionals and state.” Count Powell High School coach Nate Urbach among that group.

With that in mind, it's safe to say Urbach's Panthers have accomplished a great deal during “practice” this season.

Game will be June 13 at NCHS

Three seniors from Powell High School have been selected to play in the 36th annual Shrine Bowl of Wyoming.

According to a press release issued by T.J. Claunch, executive director of the Shrine Bowl of Wyoming, Panthers Trevor Donarski, Galen Mills and Gavin Mills will help fill out the roster of the North All-Star team. The game will be played June 13 in Casper at Natrona County High School. Kickoff for the game is set for 7 p.m., and pre-game ceremonies are slated to begin at 6:15 p.m.

Donarski finished the season ranked seventh in Class 4A for average defensive points per game (16.1). On offense, he led the Panthers in receptions (27) and receiving yards (357). He also rushed for 217 yards on 49 attempts and was ranked third on the team for all-purpose yardage per contest (70.7).

Galen Mills, who recently inked a letter of intent to play football for Carroll College, ended the 2008 season ranked third in passing with 119.5 yards per game. The quarterback also was third in Class 3A for all-purpose yardage (160.3). On defense, he was second on the team with four interceptions.

Gavin Mills, who recently signed a certificate of intent to continue his education and football careers at the United States Air Force Academy, also enjoyed another solid year on the gridiron in 2008.

From his receiver position, Gavin Mills caught 18 passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns and posted the team's fourth-best all-purpose yardage total with 37 yards per game.

From his spot in the defensive backfield, Gavin Mills was third on the team with 10.7 defensive points per game and led the squad in interceptions with five.

Cody High School's Cris Williams will serve as head coach of the North All-Stars. His assistant coaches will be Shawn Allred (Cody), Vic Wilkerson (Campbell County), Larry Yeradi (Wright), Mike McGuire (Riverside) and Zeb Hagen (Meeteetse).

The following is a list of the players chosen for the North All-Star squad's roster:

• Campbell County High School: Logan Pokallus, Spencer Bruce, Garrett Heusenkveld, Derrek Jerred, and Zack Looney.
• Kelly Walsh: Sterling Dockweiler.
• Natrona County: Nick Elliott and Chris Honken.
• Sheridan: Justin Will, Logan Martinez and Mitch Hoy.
• Buffalo: Dan Long, Steven Iberlin, Tyler Gibbs and Robby Trabing.
• Cody: Dayton McMillan, Sam Werner and Glen Clinton.
• Lander: Matt Baker and Bret Klopp.
• Powell: Trevor Donarski, Gavin Mills and Galen Mills.
• Lovell: Steven Durtsche and Grant Geiser.
• Moorcroft: Bryan Renneisen.
• Newcastle: Matt Gregory and Nick Pisciotti.
• Wright: Duncan Jones.
• Big Horn: Tim Mendoza, Matt Metzger and Michael Alzheimer.
• Greybull: Kyle Ellison.
• Riverside: Matt Craft.
• Wind River: Pete Babione.
• Burlington: Spencer Flores

Alternates for the North All-Star team include alternates Sean Thompson (Rocky Mountain), Spencer Steele (Jackson Hole), Kevin Bell (Kelly Walsh), Austin Coyle (Riverton), Jesse Wolf (Wright), Ryan Dunn (Tongue River), Jeff Joyce (Riverside), Todd Davidson (Burlilngton), Ryan Kinzer (Buffalo), Taylor Reuer (Worland), Michael Peterson (Moorcroft) and Cody Tweeten (Campbell County).

February 19, 2009 3:42 am

PHS to unveil Hall of Fame Corner

Bloom's jersey to be retired

When the Powell High School basketball teams face Lovell Friday (tomorrow), a number of special ceremonies will be conducted throughout the evening.

One of the events will be the unveiling of the PHS Hall of Fame Corner, which will include banners recognizing three PHS student-athletes who already have had their jerseys retired — Jesseca Cross, Dennis Havig and Eddie Kawano. As part of that ceremony, which will be conducted at approximately 7 p.m., the basketball jersey worn by Keith Bloom, will be retired.

According to Jeff Jones, PHS activities director and assistant principal, the new Hall of Fame Corner will include a large banner proclaiming the name of the new addition along with the Panther logo. He said individual banners, one each for Bloom, Cross, Havig and Kawano, will be unveiled as well. Those banners will include each standout's name, retired number, senior year and sport of their retired number.

“I think it's going to be pretty neat for everyone involved,” Jones said. “This will be a great way for us to recognize those former PHS student-athletes for their many accomplishments, and we encourage everyone to come out and be part of what will be a special night.”

Jones, who came up with the idea for the Hall of Fame Corner, said it will be particularly monumental to see Bloom's basketball jersey retired. Bloom, who is nicknamed Mr. Panther, enjoyed a stellar multi-sport career at PHS between 1941 and 1945.

During a recent interview, Bloom said he learned of the plan to retire his No. 57 last summer at a PHS alumni banquet.

“It was a real surprise to me,” Bloom said. “It's a real honor and one I don't even know how to describe. It just means so much to me.”

Added Jones, “In my opinion, this is an honor long overdue for one of the finest representatives of PHS athletics to ever put on a uniform.”

Bloom, following his time as a student-athlete at PHS, went on to enjoy a standout athletic career at the University of Wyoming, where he competed in a number of sports, including basketball.

As a member of the Cowboys' basketball squad, coached by Ev Shelton, he earned the distinction of team captain. He is one of only two athletes to letter in three sports at UW and was inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame. He also is a member of the Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

After college, Bloom coached basketball, football, track and tennis at PHS and served as athletic director in a career that spanned 40 years.

Jones said Bloom is expected to attend the ceremony. Cross and Kawano also are expected to be in attendance. Cross, in addition to her accomplishments at PHS, attended the University of Wyoming on a basketball scholarship. She also competed in the hammer throw and shot put at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Kawano was a standout tailback at PHS during the 1960s.

Havig, who enjoyed a six-year NFL career that included time with Green Bay, Houston and Atlanta, will not be able to attend, Jones said. Havig, however, like the others included in the Hall of Fame Corner, is expected to have numerous family members and friends at the event.

In conjunction with the ceremony celebrating the former PHS athletic standouts, Jones said a pair of state championship banners earned by PHS's speech and drama teams will be unveiled. Those banner ceremonies will be conducted at halftime of the varsity girls game between the Lady Panthers and Lady Bulldogs. That game is slated to start at 5:45 p.m.

Following the PHS Hall of Fame Corner ceremony at approximately 7 p.m., the varsity boys teams from Powell and Lovell will square off. The start time for that contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The dangers of secondhand cigarette smoke have been in the limelight recently as the Legislature considers a smoking ban.

A less-publicized form of tobacco now is garnering attention during “Through With Chew Week,” which runs until Saturday.

The purpose of the week is to remind people that chewing tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking. One in three patients diagnosed with oral cancer will die from it.

However, as public smoking is discouraged, an adverse effect could be an increase in chewing tobacco use, according to Connie Zierke, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for Park County.

A recent ad campaign featured an unsightly image of a rattlesnake weaving out of a man's mouth. The metaphor, in addition to being attention-grabbing, is fitting. Oral cancer strikes quickly and usually kills quickly.

At Northwest College today (Thursday), Tobacco Prevention in Park County personnel will educate students on tobacco use and its potential dangers.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dr. Leonard Moore will conduct free oral screenings for students.

The group also is providing “Quit Kits,” which are available at several local dentists' offices in Park County and at the Prevention and Wellness Office in the Coe Medical Center.

While the dangers of secondhand smoke are worth recognizing, it's also necessary to note that smokeless tobacco isn't harmless either.

February 19, 2009 3:35 am

Jay Anthony Olsen

(Aug. 16, 1951 - Feb. 14, 2009)

Jay Anthony Olsen, 57, died on Feb. 14 at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City of an as-yet-undiagnosed three-week long illness, which resulted in sepsis.

Jay was born on Aug. 16, 1951, in Powell to Vernon Russell Olsen and Dixie Lou (Sheets) Olsen. He was raised in Powell, where he participated in football and wrestling, graduating from Powell High School in 1970. He attended one semester at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) on a wrestling scholarship. He began welding at age 8 and as a young man completed training at Lincoln Electric in Cleveland, Ohio, where he made the honor roll. He joined his father in the family welding business in 1974. He operated Olsen Welding and Machine in Powell for 30 years, contracting in the Elk Basin oilfield, and for MI Drilling Fluids in Greybull for many years. Jay was a naturally gifted builder. He also greatly enjoyed boating and water-skiing with his family and friends.

His first brief marriage blessed him with one son and one daughter. Jay then married Janice (Jan) Lynn Broadland in Tulsa, Okla., on Dec. 31, 1976.

They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 19, 1981. Jay and Jan were blessed with six more children.

Jay was an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings. He had a special talent for missionary work and a deep love for people.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Jan Olsen of Powell; children Justin (Rachel) Olsen of Greybull, Janice (Kreyton) Paschall of Burleson, Texas, Costley Olsen of Salt Lake City, Jacob (Holly) Olsen of Powell, Cana (Cody) Ivie of Las Vegas, Candra (John E.) Spees of Powell, and Cailey (Pete) Baxendale of Powell.

Survivors also include his mother, Dixie Sheets Olsen of Powell, and four sisters: Cindy (Carl) Bechtold of Highland Utah, Cheri (Steve) Becker of Las Vegas, Christie (Karl) Krivanec of Bountiful, Utah, and Cathy (Brett) Whitlock of Cody.

He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vern Olsen, his infant brother, Gary Russell Olsen, and his youngest child, Jett DeBaecke Olsen.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 525 W. Seventh St. Viewings will be on Friday,

Feb. 20 at Thompson Funeral Home at 111 W. Third St. from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday before the funeral from 9-9:40 a.m. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

February 19, 2009 3:30 am

Wayne Stubbs Lyman

(April 25, 1929 - Feb. 8, 2009)

Wayne Stubbs Lyman died Feb. 8 in Bakersfield, Calif. Born to Clark and Maud (Stubbs) Lyman in Otto on April 25, 1929, he was the last remaining survivor, and the youngest, of 10 children.

Wayne's father died when he was 2, and his widowed mother raised her young family in the throes of the Great Depression. Wayne was accepted to Stanford University, but the economic conditions of the time prevented him from pursuing that opportunity.

For nine years Wayne corresponded with Marjory, a young Scottish lassie. When she immigrated to Canada, they met in Montreal. Seven days later, they were married in Galesburg, Ill. He worked in a variety of occupations, from truck driver, surveyor and office worker at Southern Pacific Railroad to insurance agent. Combined with his love of gardening, literature, music and cooking, Wayne had a diverse knowledge base that gave him a winning edge in word games and trivia contests.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marjory; son, David; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Scott Semar; grandchildren, Lauren and Morgan Semar; countless other relatives; and his loyal canine companion, Shadow. Services were held Feb. 12. Memorial contributions may be made to the John Wayne Cancer Institute, 2200 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

February 19, 2009 3:20 am

Park County: 100 years later

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Stand Bearpaw of Cody shares tales of Native American goods with passersby during the Park County Centennial Celebration at the Cody Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon For more photos click here

For a county that once was “not much prized by anyone,” Park County had plenty of supporters this weekend.

On Sunday, exhibitors, merchants, entertainers and hundreds of county residents gathered at the Cody Auditorium to celebrate Park County's 100th birthday.

It was a windy meeting for Heart Mountain Irrigation District landowners Wednesday, but it wasn't a blustery debate, just a look at wind farm options and profit potential, presented by a man with experience dealing with wind power developers.

Jim Rogers of Laramie, chairman of Windy Ranches Association LLC., has been conferring with wind developers the last few years, aiming to strike the best deal possible with a wind developer and thus provide wind-blown returns for a group of 10 landowners comprising more than 70,000 acres in the Laramie area.

More than 30 youths really had a blast at the annual Jake Hunt Saturday, many filling their two-bag limit of pheasants.

The hunt was stocked and sponsored by the Northwest Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.