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Tribune Staff

A fire severely damaged an unoccupied North Day Street home Sunday night.

“I think the house was a total loss,” said Powell Fire Chief Joey Darrah.

Darrah said the fire apparently started behind a wall unit heater, then spread up the wall and into the home's attic.

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Referee Dustin Thompson speaks with Quake assistant captain Evan Dixon (left) while team captain Mathew Peddie listens in. Thompson was exceptionally busy on Friday night, whistling 267 minutes in infractions and ejecting eight players as Yellowstone battled league-leader Helena. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Third period outbursts bury local side

The Yellowstone Quake slid into fifth place in the NORPAC America West Division standings after being swept by Helena 7-2 and 8-3 over the weekend at Riley Arena. The losses to the defending NORPAC champs leave the Quake four points out of playoff position.

“Helena is a tough team, and they're capable of scoring goals in a hurry,” said Yellowstone Quake head coach Craig Furstenau.

Men roll in weekend action

The Northwest College men's basketball team served up its own Thanksgiving feast by dining on a pair of non-conference opponents at the Lions Club Tournament in Sheridan over the weekend. The Trappers dropped the Rocky Mountain JV squad by a 111-63 count Friday before dispatching Little Big Horn College 117-68 on Saturday.

Team falls in Salt Lake tournament

Northwest College's women's basketball team suffered a pair of losses at the Salt Lake Community College tournament over the weekend. The Trappers lost a 74-60 contest to Eastern Utah on Friday night before falling to the tournament host by an 85-48 final count.

The losses slide Northwest's record to 3-5 for the season.

“Friday night just came down to us not playing hard,” said NWC head coach Janis Beal. “We just came out with no energy and no intensity and that's about all it comes down to. We were not ready to play.”

Despite the flat start to the contest, Northwest trailed by just one point at intermission, 26-25. The Trappers benefited greatly from Eastern Utah's shooting struggles. Despite tossing up 42 shots in the first half, Eastern Utah managed to connect on just 24 percent of the opportunities to keep Northwest close.

Unfortunately, those struggles did not continue after intermission. Eastern Utah emerged from the locker room to hit 47 percent of its second-half shots to pull away. The Trappers were also hindered by a 22-11 turnover disparity in the game.

Megan Goodman finished with 16 points for Northwest. Valerie Lesu added 11 points and Meagen Butler dropped in 10 points. Meagan Smith narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with nine points and a team-best 13 rebounds.

“Val did a great job coming off the bench,” Beal said. “She was one of the few players that brought an energy to the floor with her.”

On Saturday, the Trappers were hurt by a slow start against nationally ranked Salt Lake. Northwest hit just five of its 34 attempts from the floor prior to the halftime break. The result was a 38-11 deficit.

“It sounds strange to say, but I thought we played a lot better on Saturday,” said Beal. “Our effort was much better. We played hard. It was just one of those nights where we could not hit a shot.”

The Trappers improved to 12-for-34 shooting in the second half, but were unable to mount a threat to the substantial SLCC lead.

Northwest's comeback effort was hindered by a 57-32 shortcoming in the rebounding department. The Trappers also shot just 18 free throws to Salt Lake's 36.

“We need to do a better job of finishing opportunities and finding ways to score,” Beal said. “When you're on the road, you're not always going to have calls going your way, and we have to be able to find other ways to score when we're not getting to the foul line.”

Northwest hosts the Eastern Idaho All-Stars to open the Big Horn Federal Shootout on Friday. The Trapper women face Snow College on Saturday. Both games tip off at 5:30 p.m.

Salt Lake 85, Northwest 48

Duran 11, Fisher 10, Goodman 2, Smith 10, Lesu 2, Butler 4, Ryan 5, Garrett 4.

Eastern Utah 74, Northwest 60

Butler 10, Fisher 2, Goodman 16, Ryan 4, Smith 9, Duran 3, Santos 2, Garrett 3, Lesu 11.

Mariah Duran finished with 11 points to lead Northwest College. Jessica Fisher and Smith each added 10 points in support.

Within three days last week, we learned about two families with local ties who lost loved ones through death. A 6-year-old girl lost her mother in a bus crash in Chile, and a young couple in Powell lost their 4-year-old daughter when she didn't wake up on Thanksgiving morning.

Those are sobering reminders that the holidays aren't merry for everyone.

Some grieve the loss of loved ones; others worry and pray daily for the safety of sons or daughters, husbands or wives, fathers or mothers serving overseas in the military.

Some, in lean financial circumstances, worry constantly about how they will make ends meet and still find a way to provide Christmas for their families; others sit alone in their homes or in nursing homes, wishing there was someone special who could brighten days that blend together in monotony.

For people enduring any of those circumstances, life during the holidays can be an extreme test of emotional strength and fortitude. Instead of feeling the proverbial holiday joy, it's often all they can do to put one foot in front of the other from the time they get out of bed in the morning until they go back to bed at night.

So, as we begin this holiday season, let us remember those in our community and elsewhere who are in need. We can make a difference with a loving word, a kind deed, a helping hand, a word of encouragement — or just willing to listen.

For those who need an idea of how to help, a good place to start is by donating time or money to the Christmas Basket program and the Powell Council for Community Services. For more information, contact Dave Blevins at 754-9541 or Sally Montoya at 202-1663.

Another way to help is to donate money or items to Powell Troop Support, which sends monthly care packages to active-duty military members. For more information, contact Bonny Rouse at 272-4272 or Anne Ruward at 202-0035.

People who volunteer with those programs have the helping thing all figured out.

Another option is simply stop by the Powell Valley Care Center or the Powell Senior Center and find out what you can do to help brighten someone's day. You just might find it's something you want to continue doing throughout the year.

Through efforts large or small, we can make a difference in someone else's life, and in doing so, improve our own outlooks as well.

(July 25, 2006 - Nov. 25, 2010)

Kerrigan Mae Richardson died at her home in Powell on Nov. 25, 2010. She was 4 years old.

(August 5, 1916 - November 27, 2010)

Nellie Haberman was the classic daughter of the west; born in Dawson, North Dakota in 1916, the daughter of John and Katherine Muller, she lived an exemplary and productive country life in the Powell, Wyoming area as the soul-mate and best friend of her late husband, Richard Haberman (1916-2009) for whom she was his enduring companion for almost 70 years.

(Jan. 13, 1932 - Nov. 26, 2010)

Marilyn “Lyn” Ann (Fellrath) Riley, 78, of Cody died peacefully in her home at Golden Key Ranch Nov. 26, 2010, with her loving family by her side.

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Lyle Evelo of Powell checks out sunflower seeds after harvesting them with a combine Nov. 12. Evelo has grown sunflowers in the Powell area for several years. He was joined this year by other area farmers who tried sunflower crops for the first time. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

A cold snap gripping the Powell area the past few days won't damage sunflower seeds that haven't been harvested yet.

Powell area growers producing sunflower seeds for Dahlgren Seed Co. of Minnesota are still working their fields, said grower Fred Hopkin. Unlike last year, a severe freeze doesn't signal the end of the harvest.

With more than 600 grizzly bears inhabiting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one state official backs hunting the bear to manage the population in Wyoming.

“Excellent shape,” said Mark Bruscino, Wyoming Game and Fish Department bear management program supervisor, when asked how grizzly bears were doing in northwest Wyoming.

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