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January 29, 2009 3:28 am

Fundraising halfway mark met

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Brian Griffith drills holes into black siding at the Interpretive Learning Center at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center. The roughly $1-million first phase of the project includes only exterior work and is scheduled to finish up in about three weeks. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Heart Mountain Center grand opening now slated for summer 2010

More than 60 years after its closure, the Heart Mountain Relocation Center is becoming harder to forget.

Just below the grounds that once held nearly 11,000 Japanese-Americans sits the construction site of a new Interpretative Learning Center.

A Powell bank remains under the supervision of federal regulators, but the bank already has met terms of an order issued this month.

First National Bank and Trust signed a consent order in September 2008 placing it under the supervision of the Comptroller of the Currency of the U.S. Department of Treasury after some of its real-estate assets lost value due to the national decline of real estate.

State money could make August dedication possible

An effort to create a state monument in Cody to honor World War II veterans got a boost earlier this month when Gov. Dave Freudenthal asked the Wyoming Legislature to help pay for it.

Freudenthal recommended spending $200,000 to build the memorial, which would be erected in Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park north of U.S. 14-16-20 east of Cody.

January 27, 2009 4:21 am

Panthers wrestle to victory

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Powell High School's Colt Nix attempts to escape from Greybull/Riverside wrestler Blaine Gossens during last Thursday's dual meet at PHS. The Panthers won the matchup 58-14. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Number of PHS wrestlers notch 6-0 marks

A day after recording a convincing victory over Greybull/Riverside in a dual meet in Powell last Thursday, the Powell High School wrestlers ventured to Buffalo for the Bison Duals. During that two-day event, the Panthers notched a perfect 6-0 record.

Two trips to Worland last week resulted in a dual meet win over the Warriors and a fifth in the Worland Invitational last week.

The Panthers earned their second win over the Warriors in a week on Friday, swimming some of their best times of the season, according to Coach Stephanie Warren.

Two swimmers added events to their list of qualifying times on Friday. Telton Pedersen matched the state standard in the 50-yard freestyle and Alex Speiser cut two seconds from his breaststroke time to qualify in that event. Pedersen qualified in the breaststroke last week and Speiser has already qualified in diving.

Jackson Miller “had a good weekend,” Warren said.

Swimming his specialty, the backstroke, Miller broke the one-minute mark with a 59.71 on Friday. On Saturday, he was disqualified in the 50, but swam his fastest time of the season in the event.

Erik Rodriguez made a major cut in his time in the butterfly, knocking eight seconds off his previous best. Trent Eckerdt also improved his time in the butterfly and Tyler Barton gained in 100-yard free.

The 400 freestyle relay team also swam their best time of the season. Miller, Roy Oursler, Anthony Quillen and Devin Lynn combined to cover the distance in 3:44.76.

On Saturday, the Panthers finished fifth in a field of nine. Lander won the meet, followed by Riverton. Buffalo and Douglas also finished ahead of the Panthers.

Two disqualifications cost the Panthers 16 points, Warren said. Without the DQ's, Powell would likely have finished third.

Warren said the Panthers had competed in the same events as Friday to see if they could improve on them, but overall, swam a little slower on Saturday.

“They were tired on Saturday, but they swam hard,” Warren said.

The meet was also valuable because it gave the Panthers a look at teams from the east. Along with Douglas, Rawlins, Buffalo and Newcastle competed in the meet.

A complete report on individual results and team scores will appear in Thursday's edition.

The swimmers will be at home Thursday night this week when the Cody Broncs visit for a dual. The dual will be the last home meet of the season and the seniors will be honored following the meet. Swimming will begin at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the team will travel to Lander for the Lander Invitational. The meet will begin at 11 a.m.

January 27, 2009 3:51 am

PHS runs down Cody teams

PHS tops Broncs 32-20

In a game where points were hard to come by, the Powell High School Panthers topped rival Cody 32-20 last Friday at CHS.

With the victory, the Panthers extended their winning streak to four games.

“It was an ugly game both ways,” said PHS head coach Troy Hildebrand, who noted that both teams struggled when it came to shots from the field. “I think a lot of that can be attributed to how excited the kids get and how much emotion is there for both sides when it comes to this rivalry. We knew going in that Cody was going to give us their best effort, and they played well on defense. Fortunately, we were able to get some crucial plays and make some big free throws when we needed them.”

The first quarter proved to be a preview of just how difficult scoring would be throughout the contest. By the end of the opening period, the two teams had combined for only nine points, and Cody held a 6-3 advantage.

In the second period, both teams continued to rely largely on their defensive efforts. The Panthers outscored CHS 7-5 in that period but still trailed 11-10 at the break.

At the start of the fourth period, Powell held a slim, 20-17 advantage, thanks in part to a 3-point, buzzer-beater by point guard Jordan Brown in the previous stanza. That shot sparked the Panthers, who went on to outscore the Broncs 12-3 in the final eight minutes.

During the fourth quarter, Hildebrand said the Panthers' free-throw shooting was a major factor.

“We hit eight of 12 free throws in the fourth,” Hildebrand said. “That really helped us down the stretch. By hitting those, we were able to build a small lead. Those were big, especially when you consider how much we were struggling with our shooting from the field.”

For the game, PHS hit 14 of 22 from the free-throw line. That helped offset the Panthers' shooting woes from the field, where they hit just two of 18 3-pointers and six of 22 from 2-point range.

Cody went zero for eight from behind the arc and connected on just six of 22 shots from 2-point land. At the free-throw line, the Broncs hit a mere one of nine in the fourth period and finished 10 of 21 overall.

“Obviously, we didn't play as well as we did during our previous three games,” Hildebrand said. “Though we struggled shooting the ball, we still did things in other areas of the game that allowed us to get the win.”

Six Panthers found their way into the scoring column last Friday, including Galen Mills and Brown, who each finished with eight points. Ryan Brandt and Matt McArthur added six points each, and Gavin Mills and Dallas Robirds chipped in with two each.

Brandt also led the rebounding effort with 14, including five on the offensive end. McArthur added nine rebounds.

• Up next: The Panthers (6-5 overall, 3-3 West Conference) have two games scheduled this week and both will be at PHS.

The first will be Friday against Worland and part of the Hoops for Hope event, which will promote breast cancer awareness. Hildebrand noted that the Panther boys will play the 5:45 p.m. game and the Lady Panthers will compete in the 7:30 p.m. slot that night.

On Saturday, the Panthers will host Rocky Mountain High School at 7:30 p.m.

Lady Panthers run down Fillies

Tribune Staff Writer

If the Powell High School Lady Panthers felt any extra pressure taking on regional rival Cody High School Friday night, it sure didn't show.

The basketball game ended as the last six PHS games have — with the Powell girls victorious.

The Lady Panthers topped the Fillies in a 50-37 win on the road.

“It's always nice to beat Cody,” said PHS head coach Luke Danforth.

The win put PHS' record at a solid 10-1 (5-1 in Class 3A) on the season.

Only Jackson High School (12-1, 6-0 in 3A) has a better record in the class.

The Panthers jumped out to a dominating 16-2 first quarter lead, and seized a 28-10 advantage at the half.

The Fillies outscored Powell by five in the second half, which Coach Danforth attributed to some adjustments by Cody and a bit of an emotional letdown for PHS after two big opening quarters.

But, he added, “The girls hung in there and finished the job at the end.”

The Lady Panthers had a hot night shooting the basketball. The team sunk a sizzling 58 percent of their attempted field goals.

The Lady Panther defense, meanwhile, clamped down on Cody's offense, limiting the Fillies to 38 percent shooting from the floor.

The statistical domination by the Panthers spilled over into the rebounding category as well. PHS snagged 25 boards to Cody's 20.

As is often the case, junior Hannah Pollart led the way in scoring for the Lady Panthers, knocking down 20 points. She also was tops on the squad in rebounding and assists, contributing six of each.

Fellow junior Savannah Donarski joined Pollart in double figures. Donarski netted 14 points on six-of-seven shooting.

“Savannah (Donarski) and Hannah (Pollart) did a great job with their post play, both offensively and defensively,” Coach Danforth said.

He also praised the solid play of senior Kelsey Allen, who chipped in six points, and swiped a team-best three steals.

The coach also heralded the ball-handling of senior McKenzie Danforth, who contributed four points, and the defense of senior Darcee Lynn, who scored two.

The Lady Panthers also received strong bench support. Coach Danforth singled out junior Kami Cooley, and sophomores Olivia Rogers and Leslie Thronburg (who scored four points).

Overall, the game was “what has kind of been our mainstay — girls coming in and finding a way to make an impact,” the coach said.

The Fillies and Lady Panthers will meet again in Powell on Feb. 27 — the last regular-season contest.

This weekend, the Lady Panthers will play host to the Worland Lady Warriors and the Lady Grizzlies of Rocky Mountain High.

The Lady Warriors will bring a 5-5 record (2-4 in 3A) to the Friday night match-up. They most recently dropped a 60-54 overtime decision to Lovell.

The prime-time 7:30 p.m. contest will also be a part of a “Hoops for Hope” fund-raising event for breast cancer awareness.

During the game, a pink bucket will be passed to collect donations for Women's Wellness, and there will also be a raffle for sports memorabilia.

PHS officials are asking Panther fans to wear pink clothing at the contest. Both Worland's and Powell's jerseys will incorporate the color for the night.

If you don't own anything pink, t-shirts sporting the hue will be available for $8.

Coach Danforth is looking forward to the special contest — especially since it's against another regional foe.

“It's fun beating Cody, but I don't know if it's any more fun than beating Worland,” he said.

On Saturday, the Powell girls will take on the Class 2A Lady Grizzlies of Byron. The Rocky Mountain squad brings a 6-7 record going into this weekend's action. They battle the Lady Panthers in a 5:45 p.m. matchup.

January 27, 2009 3:49 am

Scott Allen Jones

(June 9, 1955 - Jan. 20, 2009)

Scott Allen Jones died Tuesday, Jan. 20, surrounded by family at his home in Billings, of small cell lung cancer. He was born June 9, 1955, to Robert and Shirley D. (Galvin) Kysar in Powell. Scott and his siblings were later adopted by Shirley's second husband, Ronald Lee Jones.

Scott grew up and attended school in Powell. He was active in Future Farmers of America and received recognition for his livestock judging abilities.

In 1973, Scott enlisted in the Army and obtained his high school GED. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., in the 101st and 82nd Airborne Division Artillery. He was a battery armorer, radio- telephone operator and forward observer. He earned the right to wear the Division Distinguished Trooper Insignia. In 1976, he was stationed at West Point, where he instructed the cadets in field artillery. His performance there earned him a Distinguished Trooper honor as well.

After his discharge from the Army, Scott returned to Powell where he worked for various companies in the oil field. He also worked for L.L. Smith Trucking as an owner-operator and Mollerway Freight Lines.

He married Rhalyn Allen in 1985 and they had one son, Wesley Scott Jones, who now lives in Citrus Heights, Calif.

Scott is survived by his son, Wesley; his mother and step-father, Shirley and Dick Steck of Cody; brothers Rick (Donna) Jones of Billings and Kent (Jinnay) Jones of Hillsboro, Ore; sisters Shelley (K.C.) LeClere of Casper and Mollie (Art) Omicioli of Billings; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald L. Jones; grandparents Rose and Howard Galvin and Afton and Gene Jones; aunt and uncle Georgia and Bill Cockburn; cousins Richard Cockburn, Karen Galvin and Robert Kysar. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is handling arrangements.

For those wishing to honor Scott's memory, contributions can be made to the Northern Rockies Radiation Oncology Center, 1041 North 29th Street, Billings, MT, 59101, or to the Scottish Rite Patient Courtesy Transportation, 514 14th Street West, Billings MT, 59102. Cremation has taken place. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Remembrances may be shared with the family by visiting www.michelottisawyers.com

January 27, 2009 3:40 am

Ralph E. Reiner

(May 6, 1926 - Jan. 22, 2009)

Ralph E. Reiner, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 22, at Powell Valley Care Center.

He was born May 6, 1926, in Billings, to Capt. Thomas Arthur and Martha Anne Reiner. He received his early schooling at Helena, Mont., prior to his father being transferred to the 23rd Infantry 2nd Division at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, where he continued his education at Alamo Heights, San Antonio.

During World War II, he was with the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1943-46,on Active Reserve from 1946-51 with the U.S. Army Air Corp and U.S. Air Force.

He attended St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas for one year, University of Texas, Austin, for five years on the GI Bill, majoring in geology, meteorology and botany with minors in chemistry and biology.

During the Korean War, he served with the U.S. Air Force from 1951-54.

He was a park ranger naturalist for 25 years, and a tour guide naturalist for three years, working in Glacier, Yellowstone and Teton national parks.

During this time, he wrote “Introducing the Flowering Beauty of Glacier National Park and the Majestic High Rockies,” which was the first full color flower book in the National Park. He then wrote “Going to the Sun,” a short travelogue of things to see on that highway in Glacier National Park.

In 1975, while conducting a “Moonlight Tour” from the Old Faithful Inn area, he met his wife, Lorraine, who, with her sister, was visiting the United States from Adelaide, South Australia. They corresponded, Lorraine returned to see what it was like to live in snow-covered mountains, loved what she saw, and they were married at Bozeman, Mont., in 1976.

The couple was married 32 years and lived in Montana, Colorado, Texas and Wyoming. They worked with cattle, lived for eight years at 10,700 feet at the University of Denver High Altitude Laboratory in the mountains west of Denver, and also maintained the university buildings at the top of Mt. Evans at 12,824 feet. He started and ran the Mt. Evans Research Weather Station at the Echo Lake area and kept records for the National Weather Service. He also gave weather details to the radio and TV stations in Denver.

Ralph wrote “The Majestic ‘Front Range' Region of Clear Creek County, Colorado,” while in this area.

The couple moved to Texas for a short period, but soon returned to Montana and Wyoming, where Ralph worked on another book, “Majestic Big Horn Country of Montana and Wyoming,” the ninth and final book he wrote.

For the last five years Ralph, was the curator of the Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting at Greybull, living at Emblem.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; his son, Jeff Ward of Slidell, La.; and his brother, Richard Reiner of Rockport, Texas.

Cremation has taken place and, in accordance with his wishes, no services are planned.

Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

January 27, 2009 3:38 am

Leon L. Sanders

Leon L. Sanders, 77, died Thursday, Jan. 22 at his home in Powell.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on 7th Street Powell.

Viewing to be one hour prior to services.

Burial will be in the Crown Hill Cemetery

Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory.

January 27, 2009 3:37 am

It's time for a smoke-free Wyoming

After failing repeatedly in previous legislative sessions, a statewide smoking ban has a fighting chance as it heads to the House floor.

An amended bill to prohibit smoking in restaurants and other public places — but allow tobacco use in bars — narrowly passed the House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee Friday.

Let's hope the bill doesn't suffocate in the Legislature once again.

An estimated 22,700 to 69,600 nonsmokers in America will die prematurely this year due to secondhand smoke, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nonsmoking customers can choose to avoid a restaurant or bar if it's notoriously smoky. Nonsmoking workers, however, cannot. A statewide smoking ban not only protects consumers, but also hundreds of employees who work long shifts in restaurants and bars saturated with smoke.

Workers who are exposed to secondhand smoke increase their risk of developing heart disease and lung disease by around 25 percent, according to the CDC.

Lawmakers need to consider the health of nonsmoking employees around the state when considering this bill. Some workers have few options when it comes to switching occupations and, therefore, are unable to escape an endangering work environment.

Smoke-free air is not only good for health — it's also good for business.

According to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights: “While the tobacco industry has claimed for years that smoke-free ordinances have a negative impact on business, particularly hospitality-oriented businesses, that simply is not true. Every independent study ever done to show the economic effect of smoke-free ordinances has shown that there is no negative impact to businesses.”

City leaders in Cheyenne, Laramie and Evanston have led the way with municipal smoking bans in the Cowboy State, and it's time legislators followed suit with a statewide ban.