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December 30, 2008 3:32 am

Pool construction on track

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A Sletten Construction Company subcontractor pours footings for the exterior walls of the aquatic center. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

Council, Mayor tour construction site

Wintry weather has slowed construction of Powell's new family aquatic center, but the project remains on schedule.

“We've worked every day,” said Shawn Warner, president of Sletten Construction, the contractor hired for the pool's construction. “We feel like things are going right as scheduled, and we'll keep putting one foot in front of the other in this weather.”

Beginning in January, crews will use a ground heater to thaw the frozen ground at the construction site in Homesteader Park. The ground heater pumps hot water through flexible tubing and thaws one foot of ground per day.

December 24, 2008 3:57 am

Sylvan Pass opens and closes

East Gate's first visitors turned away

Yellowstone's East Entrance opened for the winter season on Monday, but closed Tuesday morning.

Park Deputy Superintendent Colin Campbell said Sylvan Pass had been physically blocked by a natural snow-slide during Monday night. Yellowstone employees planned to use howitzer-deployed explosives Tuesday afternoon to make the area passable, Campbell said.

The newly-formed Big Horn County Fire Protection District No. 5 aspired to roll trucks by Dec. 15, but that likely will not occur until late next year.

The district still is stuck in a liability standoff with Park County Fire Protection District No. 1 in Powell, despite a recent decision from the Wyoming attorney general.

December 22, 2009 3:42 am

Panthers win Battle of the Big Horns

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Trent Gillett gives the official a look as he nears a pin over his Sheridan opponent in the semi-finals of the Battle of the Big Horns in Worland Saturday morning. Gillette was trailing 3-0 late in the match when he turned his opponent and scored the pin in the final seconds of the bout. Tribune photo by Don Amend

A team championship, six wrestlers competing for best of the best, and an outstanding wrestler award added up to a good weekend for the Powell Panther wrestlers last week.

Wrestling in the Battle of the Big Horns at Worland, the Panthers dominated their opponents in pool competition with three big wins, then stormed through Saturday's bracket competition to take the tournament championship with a win over conference rival Worland.

Lady Panthers defeat Bison with a 42-21 win

The 2008 portion of the Powell High School girls basketball season ended on a good note, even if it was a bit premature.

On Friday night, in their first home game of the year, the girls doubled up the Buffalo Lady Bison, 42-21.

“Overall, I thought it was a great team win, and it is always nice to have a win before you take the long Christmas break,” said PHS head coach Luke Danforth.

A Saturday match-up with the Thermopolis Lady Bobcats was canceled for weather-related reasons.

The Buffalo victory put the Lady Panthers' record at 5-1 going into the break.

“I thought the girls played well, especially defensively,” said Coach Danforth.

The team stifled the Lady Bison offensive, helping to hold them to 21 percent shooting from the floor.

“I thought we applied great perimeter pressure from our defense, which made it difficult for the Lady Bison to find many open, outside shots,” the coach said.

Coach Danforth added that on offense, the Lady Panthers had a bit of a tough time with Buffalo's speed and in running an up-tempo attack. The squad had 26 turnovers to the Bison's 20.

“Buffalo is quick and athletic, and it was hard to find a rhythm for us offensively,” Coach Danforth said. “This is our third week, so we still are trying to improve things and find a rhythm.”

Despite that, the Lady Panthers shot at an outstanding 57-percent clip.

Junior Hannah Pollart led the way with 16 points on six-of-eight shooting from the floor. She also nabbed eight boards, tying for best on the squad with fellow junior Savannah Donarski. Donarski chipped in with nine points.

“Both Savannah (Donarski) and Hannah (Pollart) did a nice job of attacking the post, both offensively and defensively,” Coach Danforth said.

Also scoring for the Lady Panthers were seniors Darcee Lynn (8), McKenzie Danforth (5), and Kelsey Allen (2), and sophomore Leslie Thronburg (2).

Allen dished out a team-best five assists, and Lynn swiped three of the team's 15 steals.

“When we get back, we will work hard and prepare for conference foes Lyman and Kemmerer — who are both playing well,” Coach Danforth said.

They'll host the Kemmerer Lady Rangers Jan. 9 at 5:45 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 10, the PHS squad will continue the action at home, going up against the Lyman Lady Eagles at 12:30 p.m.

December 24, 2008 3:34 am

Buffalo slips past Panthers

Bison register 50-39 victory

A 20-13 run in the third period opened up a close game and helped No. 3 Buffalo High School get past Powell last Friday night at BHS.

The Panthers (2-4 overall, 0-2 West Conference) trailed by five points at the end of the first and second periods, but the Bison opened up a 12-point advantage by the start of the final quarter of play in the Class 3A matchup.

“They got ahead by 17 early in the third period after hitting back-to-back 3-point shots,” said PHS head coach Troy Hildebrand. “We had some trouble taking care of the ball during that stretch, and they were able to convert at the other end. About midway through the third, we were able to put together a run of our own, and it continued into the fourth. But we just couldn't get the baskets we needed down the stretch.”

During that comeback effort, PHS's Jordan Brown and Dallas Robirds each hit key 3-pointers. Robirds' trey came at the end of the third period and left the Panthers facing a 41-29 deficit. PHS cut Buffalo's lead to six points during the fourth stanza, but that's as close as they could get down the stretch during its upset bid.

“Buffalo has a good, solid team,” Hildebrand said. “We had some missed shots that hurt us, but we still battled back and gave ourselves a chance late in the game. That's a good sign of the leadership we have on this team.”

Hildebrand also noted that turnovers hampered PHS's effort. Prior to last Friday's loss, the Panthers committed just seven turnovers during a 44-41, overtime loss to Jackson less than a week earlier. Against the Bison, who compete in the East Conference, the Panthers committed 18 turnovers while Buffalo suffered only 12.

“We didn't do as well when it came to taking care of the ball,” Hildebrand said. “But we did come away with some positive points that we can build on during the Christmas break and before we start the final two-thirds of our season.”

Among the bright spots last Friday was the the Panthers' rebounding effort. PHS outrebounded the Bison by a 36-31 margin. But whereas Buffalo lost the battle of the boards, it came out on top when it came to shots from 3-point range. The Bison finished the contest with an eight-of-18 clip behind the arc. Five of those 3-pointers came in the third period. Powell, on the flip side, connected on just two of 13 shots from 3-point land.

PHS's leading scorer was Ryan Brandt, who finished with 13 points. He was followed by Jordan Brown (7 points), Galen Mills (6), Matt McArthur (5), Dallas Robirds (3), Brandon Sullivan (2), Matt Kifer (2) and Gavin Mills (1).

Galen Mills paced the Panthers' rebounding effort with a season-high 11 boards. Brandt added 10 rebounds, and Brown contributed with six. Brown also recorded a team-leading six assists.

PHS was scheduled to face Thermopolis Saturday at home, but that contest was canceled due to extreme cold temperatures and the threat of dangerous road conditions.

• Up next: The Panthers will enjoy a lengthy break from action, thanks to the holiday season. PHS's next game will be Friday, Jan. 9, at home against Kemmerer. The following day, the Panthers are slated to host Lyman.

Kemmerer, during the final WyoPreps.com Coaches and Media Poll before the Christmas break, held the No. 1 spot. Both games are Class 3A, West Conference matchups.

Pool operators around the country are scrambling to comply with a new federal law that affects every public pool in the United States.

The law, called the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, requires all public pools to incorporate anti-entrapment drain covers and other layers of protection.

According to Safe Kids USA, the law is named for former Secretary of State James A. Baker's granddaughter, who drowned at age 7 in a spa after a powerful suction of a drain trapped her under water in 2002.

Safe Kids USA hails it as a life-saving law. According to the organization, drowning is the second-leading killer of children under the age of 14.

Every public pool must comply with the law, which took effect Dec. 19.

The law helps ensure safety for both children and adults.

For some pool operators, the legislation is a headache, requiring thousands of dollars to install compliant drain covers and anti-entrapment safety devices.

It's for the good in the end, but some pools had to close recently because they weren't compliant with the new law.

Luckily for Powell, the timing of the law fits nicely with the construction schedule of its new family aquatic center.

The aquatic center still is in the early stages of construction, so it will be built with the new drain covers and safety devices that the law requires.

In addition to being a welcomed facility Powell can be proud of, the new aquatic center also will be a safe one.

December 24, 2008 3:27 am

Katherine Kate' Meinhardt Dickerson

(Feb. 27, 1918 - Dec. 13, 2008)

Katherine “Kate” Meinhardt Dickerson, 90, died Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Powell Valley Hospital.

She was born Feb. 27, 1918, to Anna Ungefug Meinhardt and Carl Phillip Meinhardt in Lovell. Kate was one of nine children — seven girls and two boys.

She was baptized, confirmed and attended parochial school at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lovell. The family moved to Deaver in 1930. She attended public school there.

Kate married John H. Dickerson on Nov. 12, 1939.

John and Kate lived and worked on ranches in Cody, Forsyth and Miles City, Mont.

John died in 1987 in Miles City, Mont. Later, Kate moved to Powell. She spent the last 10 years living at the Rocky Mountain Manor, where she enjoyed many good friendships.

She was a life-long, active member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Kate is survived by sisters Olga Robbins of Laurel, Mont., Selma Pittman Kary of Powell, Martha Hill of Bard, Calif., and niece Loretta (Bob) Kolb of Powell, who was raised like a sister to Kate. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A funeral service will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Powell at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27. Pastor Lee Wisroth will officiate. Lunch will follow. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Cody following the lunch.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund, Powell.

Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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This design of the west-facing view of Plaza Diane on the corner of Second and Bent shows a few of its featured elements, including a spray pad for children to play in and drought-tolerant gardens. The project is scheduled to go up for bid in late January. Courtesy image

Plans for the Plaza Diane — Community Center for the Arts are moving forward, and the project is slated to go up for bid in late January.

CTA, the Billings-based architecture and engineering firm hired to design the project, is in the process of finalizing both interior and exterior plans.

About 30 people gathered in Cody Wednesday night to hear the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's tweaking of regulations in an attempt to satisfy U.S. Fish and Wildlife's concerns about state management of wolves.

The department held its last public meeting publicizing Emergency Rule 21 pertaining to Wyoming's wolf regulations Wednesday. The department's management alterations are regulatory, such as predation control.