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December 16, 2008 3:39 am

Wolf decision shouldn't be rushed

Word of a Bush administration plan to remove wolves from the endangered species list, again, wasn't a big surprise.

But that it could happen by the end of this week has many people questioning whether the decision is too hasty.

Of the three states directly affected — Montana, Idaho and Wyoming — our state has the most at stake. While the three states' management plans each created trophy game zones for wolves, Wyoming's also contains a predator area — about 90 percent of the state — where wolves could be shot at any time, by anyone.

The cowboy state's dual-status plan is under fire from conservation and animal rights groups, and it is one of the reasons U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy issued an injunction against the delisting in July. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has final approval of Wyoming's management plan — and even though the service accepted the plan in early 2008, Gov. Dave Freudenthal's office says the governor has been told the plan won't be accepted unless the dual-status classification is changed.

Without the Fish and Wildlife Service's endorsement of Wyoming's plan, an immediate decision on the issue could result in wolves being delisted in Idaho and Montana, while remaining under federal protection in Wyoming.

That scenario moves Wyoming back to square one and would only open the door for many more years of costly lawsuits brought by groups on both sides of the issue.

The right management plan — one that would maintain a viable wolf population in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, but also protect the state's livestock industry — should be developed through methodical scientific planning and, of course, with compromise on both sides.

It's not a decision that should be made in haste to further a political agenda.

December 16, 2008 3:34 am

Jerald Jerry Close

(April 1, 1945 - Nov. 29, 2008)

Jerry Close, 63, died Nov. 29, from complications developed following surgery. A memorial service honoring Jerry's life was held Dec. 4 at the family home in Walla Walla, Wash.

Jerry was born on Easter morning, April 1, 1945 in Lovell to Harold and Georgia (Frame) Close. Jerry's early days began on the Paint Creek and Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River near Clark. Jerry attended grade school at Clark and graduated from Cody High School. He attended college at Northwest College in Powell and the University of Washington in Seattle, earning a degree in Urban Planning.

Jerry served in the Army National Guard in Wyoming and Washington. It was in Seattle that Jerry met Bonnie Lorton, and she became his wife and partner for 41 years. They moved to Walla Walla in 1976 with their little girl, Jennie, and bought a small farm. Soon after they moved to Walla Walla their son Jerry Jr. was born, along with his custom home building business that spanned 30 years.

As Jerry planned and built homes for his clients, many became lifelong friends that were welcome at his home anytime. In the past few years, Jerry and Bonnie turned their Close Farm into an asparagus farm known for freshness and high quality throughout the valley.

Jerry enjoyed fly fishing, relaxing with friends over a cold one, reading lots of good books, traveling, the beauty of nature and caring for his family. Survivors include his wife Bonnie; daughter Dr. Jennie Close of New York City, New York; son Jerry Close and wife Lianon of Portland, Maine; mother Georgia Close of Clark; sister Tamie Close of Clark; five brothers, Chuck (Virginia) of Fresno, Calif., Glen (Dana) of Eatonville, Wash., Bart of Frenchtown, Mont., Roy (Ronda) of Billings and Tom (Norma) of Powell. Jerry was preceded in death by his father Harold Close.

December 16, 2008 3:33 am

Mary K. Orendorff

(Feb. 6, 1928 - Dec. 12, 2008)

Mary K. Orendorff, 80, long-time Powell resident and former teacher in the Powell schools, died Friday, Dec. 12 in Washington state, losing her battle with cancer. She was surrounded by love at the time of her death.

She was born Mary K. Hamilton on Feb. 6, 1928, to Opal Matticks and Elmer Hamilton in Ashland, Kans. She graduated from Ashland High School. She met SinClair Orendorff in college, and they married Nov. 27, 1947.

They later divorced after nearly 40 years of marriage.

Her college career was interrupted by children, but she did return and graduated from Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Okla., in 1958 with an elementary education degree. She was a dedicated teacher in Oklahoma and Wyoming until her retirement in 1985. As well as being involved in public school systems, she helped implement Head Start and brought the first VISTA volunteers for literacy to Powell. She remained actively involved in the Powell community after her retirement. Some of her special interests were the Loaves and Fishes food bank, recycling and Habitat for Humanity.

She was also active in the Methodist Church. She enjoyed singing in the church choir, bridge, traveling and socializing with her many special friends.

Mary K. moved to Woodinville, Wash., in 2005 to live with her son, David, and his wife and to be close to her youngest daughter, Candace, and numerous grandchildren. She remained actively involved with her church, the local Habitat for Humanity and continued her passion for bridge.

Mary K. was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and underwent surgery and treatments.

She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend, and her physical presence will be missed. She was an active participant in her children's and grandchildren's lives, and they will forever remember her for her efforts to be there for them when she was needed.

Mary K. is survived by all her children: Jeannine (Larry) Cozzens of Billings, Mont., David (Vickie) Orendorff of Woodinville, Wash., Larry (Libby) Orendorff of Apopka, Fla.., Michael (Melinda) Orendorff of Pueblo, Colo., and Candace (Tom) Horton of Bellevue, Wash.; numerous grandchildren: Jessica (Jourdan), Ryan, Erika (Shyam), Johanna (Marty), Jason, Renee (Mike), Zayin, Tzaddi (Matt), Patricia (Nahum), Aaron (Amanda), Cory and Tyler She also has three great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be given to First United Methodist Church of Powell, the Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes, Mountain Spirit Habitat for Humanity or a charity of choice.

Memorial services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Powell on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. and at Bear Creek United Methodist Church (16530 Avondale Rd NE, Woodinville, Wash.) on Dec. 20 at 11 a.m.

For those unable to attend, a guestbook may be signed at Evergreen-Washelli.

December 16, 2008 3:32 am

Glenn Sand

(Nov. 24, 1947 - Dec. 8, 2008)

Glenn Sand, son of Lorna Sand Fry of Powell, died peacefully at his home in Moses Lake, Wash., Monday, Dec. 8. He was 61.

Glenn was born Nov. 24, 1947, in Powell, the third of six sons of Lorna Grace (Rains) Sand and Elmer Sand.

When Glenn was 6, the family moved to Soap Lake, Wash., where he grew up and graduated from high school in Ephrata, Wash., in 1966.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam with the 362nd Tropospheric Scatter Signal Co. He married Darlene Gossage in 1975, and they had three children: Sheri Kim, Brian and Joel. He was a member of the IBEW and retired in 1992.

Survivors include his daughter, Sheri Leatham, sons Brian and Joel, and nine grandchildren and step-grandchildren, all of Washington; his mother, Lorna Fry of Powell; his brother, Lonnie Sand of Powell; brothers Jerry, Bob and Doug of Washington and brother Steve of California; many nieces, nephews, aunt, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; and father, Elmer.

Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be conducted April 8, 2009, at Kayser's Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake, Wash., with Pastor Jody Bowser officiating.

December 16, 2008 3:30 am

Mary Patricia Patty Zeigler

(April 24, 1945 - Dec. 11, 2008)

Mary Patricia “Patty” Zeigler, 63, of rural Coffeyville, Kan., passed away Thursday, Dec. 11 at her home.

Patty was born to Jack and Joleen Dietz on April 24, 1945 in Coffeyville, Kan. She attended school in Coffeyville and Ponca City, Okla. She was a graduate of Field Kindley High School in 1963 and of Coffeyville Community College in 1965.

Patty was married to Phillip Zeigler in 1965 in Miami, Okla.

Patty was employed by Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy as a Store Manager and as a District Manager for 17 years.

Patty was an active member of the Coffeyville sports community and one of the co-founders of the Coffeyville Wrestling Club.

Surviving to honor Patty's memory is her husband, Phil Zeigler; son, Jim Ray Zeigler of Powell; mother, Joleen Hood of Coffeyville; sister, Terry Dietz of Tulsa, Oklahoma; nieces, Kristin Halliburton of Manhattan, Kan., Kelly Munoz of Houston, Texas, and Kimberly Halliburton of Tulsa, Okla.

Patty was preceded in death by her father, Jack Dietz of Detroit, Mich.; grandfather, Jess Moore; grandmother and step-grandfather, Mary and Phillip Haag.

Funeral services to honor Patty will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 at Penwell-Gabel Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Avenue, Coffeyville, Kan. Interment will follow in Penwell-Gabel's Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Coffeyville, Kan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest College Foundation to help establish the Mary Patricia Zeigler Memorial Wrestling Scholarship, 231 W. Sixth St., Powell, WY 82435.

December 16, 2008 3:29 am

Marie Brown Ward

(Oct. 22, 1926 - Dec. 13, 2008)

Marie Brown Ward, 82, of Greybull died Saturday, Dec. 13 at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell.

Marie was born Oct. 22, 1926 in Cheyenne to Oscar Robert Brown and Dorothy Marie Stanley Brown.

Due to the death of her mother, Marie and her younger sister were placed in the Cheyenne Orphanage when Marie was 5. They were later adopted by Ernest and Delilah Davis in 1932.

Marie attended schools throughout the Big Horn Basin and graduated in 1944 from Powell High School.

She married J.D. Ward on June 18, 1944 in San Diego, Calif.

She worked as a riveter for Consolidated Aircraft for a time during World War II. She also worked as a secretary at the First National Banks of Greybull and Powell for 21 years. They retired in 1981 and moved back to Greybull to be near family.

Marie loved her family, flowers, dancing and traveling. She traveled all over the world. Her last great adventure was a trip to Disneyland with five generations of family, and yes, she rode some pretty wild rides.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother, O.R. Jr.; sister, Della Way; husband, J.D.; and daughter, Dorothy Bernard.

Marie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Wayne Paris; her son-in-law, Dave Bernard; her grandchildren, Matty and Brad Mood, Dennis and Dave Bernard, Jamie and Steve Wamhoff, Robyn and Rob Guty, April and Tim Paris and Kristi and Jayson Harvey; her great-grandchildren, Ryan and Eli Moody, Haleigh DeLeon, Dusti and Derik Henderson, Steve and Jessi Wamhoff, Wyatt and Colter Guty and Jacob, Logan and McKenzy Paris; and her great-great-grandchild and her namesake, Mataia Marie Henderson.

For those who would like to honor Marie with a memorial, please give a gift to help hungry, homeless and needy people this Christmas season.

Funeral services will be held at the Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Her grandson, Tim Paris, will officiate. Burial will follow at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

The public heard the “lower property taxes” refrain from most candidates in the last election cycle — both at the local and state levels.

In fact, voters made it clear that property tax is a big concern. Property-tax increases have, in recent years, hit most homeowners in the state, but low- and fixed-income citizens have felt the pain of increasing assessments most acutely.

Now it appears our elected officials are going to follow through on their pledges of property tax relief. This week, the Joint Revenue Interim Committee considered several proposals and voted to endorse a bill that, according to the Associated Press, will cut property taxes for nearly 157,000 homeowners.

According to the story, lawmakers still anticipate considering several other proposals when the Legislature convenes in January.

The bill being endorsed by the interim committee would save people, who have owned their homes for at least three years, an average of $256 a year.

Next month, our entire legislative body will have the burden of weighing which plan will help the people who most need it — low-income homeowners and elderly people living on fixed incomes. These are the people who may not be able to afford to keep their homes unless they get some tax relief. Helping them should be the top priority, and it seems lawmakers are off to a good start.

December 12, 2008 5:33 am

Asay makes move at WNFR

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Powell bull rider Kanin Asay continued to climb in the standings at the 50th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a fourth-place ride Tuesday night. Asay entered Wednesday night's seventh round ranked fourth in the bull riding average with three rides for a combined 245.5 points. For more about Asay's recent performances at the WNFR, see below . PRCA photo by Dan Hubbell

Police say the fire that claimed a North Douglas Street garage last month was started by a man living across the alleyway.

On Tuesday, charges of burglary and arson were filed against Joseph D. Ohrmund, 23. Those counts carry up to 15 years in prison and $15,000 in fines.

Secondhand smoke caused her cancer

Katherine Hooper of Powell has never smoked a cigarette in her life — yet in early 1990, she was diagnosed with cancer of the voice box, a “smoker's cancer.”

She believes she got this type of cancer from spending years working with smokers — and inhaling the resulting secondhand smoke. Her doctors agree that secondhand smoke is the most likely cause.