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Pausing in the darkened Draper Museum of Natural History, Mia Baxter (left) and Makenna Branstetter use their flashlights to fill out scavenger hunt details during the Powell Girl Scouts' sleepover at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Girl Scouts sleep over at BBHC with nocturnal animals

Clutching a glowing flashlight and clad in fuzzy slippers, Sabrina Shoopman declares, “I'm nocturnal!”

Nocturnal indeed.

Having just met a real-life nocturnal owl, young Sabrina and 11 fellow Powell Girl Scouts are practicing their own night-hunting skills as they embark on a scavenger hunt in the darkened Draper Museum of Natural History at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

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City considers proposed school's potential effect on master street plan

Someday, Parkside Elementary students may attend school north of Clark Street and just east of Northwest College. Acreage currently used as farmland is being considered by Park County School District No. 1 for a new elementary school — but not for another 10-15 years down the road.

Clark man reflects on years of service

Having served as an Army Green Beret in the 1960s, Don Tolman of Clark has some interesting stories to tell.

But they're not stories of stealing into an area under cover or completing top-secret assignments.

R.J. Kost and Jim Carlson will join the Powell Hospital District Board in January after successful write-in campaigns.

Unofficial results from the Park County Clerk's office show Kost won 521 of the 1,652 write-in votes cast in the Nov. 2 general election race for four seats on the board.

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Northwest College freshman Keithen Cast had an oustanding debut for the Trapper wrestling team this past Saturday, capturing the title of the 174-pound division. NWC hosts Montana State University-Northern on Wednesday night. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Cast wins at 174, TIernan second at 285

Freshman Keithen Cast captured the 174-pound title at the Northwest College Open on Saturday, headlining a list of three Trappers to finish in the top four of their respective divisions. Sophomore heavyweight Sears Tiernan also reached the championship round.

“Keithen did an outstanding job coming in as a freshman and winning the title in his first meet,” said Northwest College wrestling coach Jim Zeigler. “He came out and wrestled well.”

Conference changes mean more travel for Panthers

New conference assignments released by the Wyoming High School Activities Association likely mean more travel time for Powell High School athletic teams and fans, as well as more cost to the district. The new pairings, which will take effect beginning in the fall 2011 semester, were recently announced.

“Powell is probably affected as much if not more than any other school in the state by the changes,” said Panther activities director Timothy Wormald. “Cody's right here too, but it definitely had an impact on both of us.”

Colorado Northwestern nips NWC

The Northwest College Trappers tasted their first defeat of the 2010-2011 women's basketball season, falling 80-76 to Colorado Northwestern on the first day of the Gillette College tournament on Friday. The Trappers recovered to down Dawson Community College by an 81-46 count on Saturday.

“Friday's loss was kind of a tough one,” said NWC head coach Janis Beal. “We held a 47-40 lead at the half and led most of the second half as well. It was one of those games that could have gone either way, but we made a couple mental mistakes on defense, turned the ball over at key times late and missed a few layups.”

Megan Smith led the way for NWC with 23 points. She was joined in double figures by Mariah Duran, with 14 points, and Mckenzie Garrett, who finished with 11. Additional stats were unavailable at press time for the Gillette tournament games.

“It was one of those games where a couple little things that we could've done differently made the difference,” said Beal. “Plus they were able to out-rebound us.”

That wasn't the problem on Saturday. The Trappers held an eight-board advantage on the rebounding glass and were never threatened on the scoreboard en route to a 35-point margin of victory.

It was a great night to be named Megan as Megan Smith again paced Northwest College in scoring with 16 points. Megan Goodman added 10 in support. Not to be outdone, Meagan Butler closed the game with 11 points as the trio were the only players to reach double figures in the scorebook.

“We did a good job of coming back and playing a lot better than we had the day before,” said Beal. “It's hard when you're on the road playing that first tournament game of the day and you don't have much of a crowd. A lot of times you have to create your own energy, and I think we were able to do that in this game.”

As with Friday's game, additional stats were unavailable at press time from the game.

The Trappers, 2-1 overall, travel to Utah this Friday and Saturday for an appearance at the Snow College tournament. NWC opens play against preseason No. 26 Salt Lake on Friday. The Trappers face host Snow College on Saturday.

“We'll have to play better than we did this weekend,” said Beal. “It will be a fun road trip for our team though. A lot of the kids are from Utah. They have family and friends out there that will be able to come and watch and we'll be up against two very tough opponents.”

Wyoming made national headlines last week when a study showed the Cowboy State's chewing tobacco use is the highest in America.

Nearly 1 in 6 adult men in Wyoming use smokeless tobacco, according to the report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It's a discouraging statistic, considering the dangers of this hard-to-break habit.

Smokeless tobacco can cause both oral and pancreatic cancer, and also increases the risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes.

Regardless of health risks, about 9 percent of Wyoming's residents — both men and women — choose to chew.

In commenting on the recent study, one CDC official noted Wyoming's rodeo culture, which includes a tradition of chewing tobacco.

Though tobacco-chewing cowboys may be a symbol of rodeo or other sporting events, the trend is starting to change.

Over the past few years, health advocates have spearheaded efforts to curb chewing in the rodeo arena.

The Wyoming Through With Chew program encourages young athletes in its Rodeo All-Stars campaign, recognizing riders who take a tobacco-free pledge. The program also provides Quit Spit Kits throughout Wyoming, available to residents wanting to break the habit. (Locally, quit kits are available through the Park County Anti-Tobacco Campaign at West Park Hospital in Cody.)

Another encouraging sign: tobacco companies no longer sponsor major rodeo events in Wyoming. Copenhagen advertising was missing from this year's Cheyenne Frontier Days — in its place was Wyoming's Quit Tobacco Program, now a top-level sponsor of the world's largest outdoor rodeo. The Cody Stampede Rodeo also is free of tobacco-company sponsorships.

It's important that young residents never begin chewing tobacco. In most cases, chewing tobacco starts at a young age, and often precedes smoking, according to health officials.

While it may take time to shed Wyoming's “chewing rodeo culture” stereotype or reverse the state's tobacco trends, it is encouraging that efforts are underway statewide to reduce Wyoming's tobacco usage. It's time for more Cowboy State residents to be through with chew.

Tammy Kay (Althoff) Karmann died of natural causes on Oct. 14, 2010 at her home in Hernando, Miss. She was 51.

(March 10, 1937 - Nov. 3, 2010)

Albert Keith “Doc” and “Big Al” Baxter of Cowley died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 at the Powell Valley Care Center. He was 73.

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