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Tribune Staff

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.

(March 29, 1933 - Nov. 4, 2010)

A well-known Powell businessman, Stan Haberthier died at home in Denver on Nov. 4 of heart failure. He was 77.

Powell residents R.J. Kost and Jim Carlson have won seats on the Powell Hospital District Board, Park County Clerk Kelly Jensen said late Thursday morning.

Both men were write-in candidates for the four 4-year seats available on the board. Incumbent Jim Beukelman and newcomer Renee Humphries, who were both on the ballot, claimed the other two seats in Tuesday's general election.

More than 1,650 write-in votes were cast in Tuesday's election for the hospital board seats.

Five individuals -- Carlson, Kost, Virginia Fish, Cathy Marine and Henry Yaple -- had launched write-in campaigns for the hospital board after only three candidates filed for the four positions. One balloted candidate, Sharea LinDae MoAn Renaud, later withdrew from the race, leaving only two active candidates on the ballot.

Unofficials results released by Jensen on Thursday showed Kost as the leading write-in vote-getter, with 582 votes. Carlson followed with 283 votes, the results said.

The county write-in board worked most of Wednesday sorting through how many votes were cast for each individual in the hospital board race and several other races impacted by write-ins. The board's work continued this morning.

In another local race to be determined by write-ins, Frank Palazzolo, with 16 votes, was found to be the leading vote-getter as the next urban supervisor for the Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District. That position had drawn no candidates

The clerk's office will confirm with write-in winners whether they actually want to hold the position they've been elected to.


Casting her ballot before receiving her voter's badge of honor ­— a “My Vote Counted!” sticker — Kelly Laughlin votes on Tuesday at the Park County Fairgrounds. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

An unpredictable race for the Powell Hospital District board provided more suspense Wednesday as Park County voters waited to find out which of the five write-in candidates would fill two seats on the board.

Only two candidates — Renee Humphries and incumbent Jim Beukelman — ran on the ballot to fill four, four-year seats on the board. Both earned seats on the board.


Incumbent Park County Clerk Kelly Jensen, a Democrat, was ousted by Park County voters Tuesday night, with Republican Jerri Torczon winning nearly 63 percent of the county vote.

“I thought it would have been a lot closer,” Torczon said Wednesday. “I'm surprised, but thankful.”

Republican Matt Mead won an easy victory Tuesday over Leslie Petersen in the race for Wyoming governor.

Mead, who will be only the second Republican to serve as governor since 1975, received 123,764 votes, approximately 66 percent of the total cast, according to unofficial results posted by the Wyoming Secretary of State's office Wednesday. Democratic opponent Leslie Petersen received only 43,336 votes (23 percent), and Libertarian Mike Wheeler 5,360 votes, less than 3 percent.


Sophomore Megan Smith reaches for the ball during the Trappers' season-opening victory against Williston State College on Monday. The Trappers resume their season in Gillette against Colorado Northwestern this Friday afternoon. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

NWC goes wire-to-wire against Williston state

One season after suffering a broken leg, Mckenzie Garrett returned to Ken Rochlitz Court, netting team highs of 20 points and four steals to go along with seven rebounds as the Northwest College Trappers scored a 73-59 women's basketball victory over Williston State College.

As far as first games go, Trapper head coach Janis Beal couldn't have asked for much more. Northwest led wire-to-wire in its season opener. After holding Williston scoreless for a 4:30 stretch of the first half, during which time the Trappers pushed a 12-8 lead into a 22-8 advantage, NWC's lead was never out of double digits.

When it comes to rodeo pedigrees, Northwest College sophomore Cayd Kluesner certain can boast one. The Ririe, Idaho, native has been around the sport pretty much all his life.

“My granddad rode saddle broncs and started the Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association,” he notes. “My dad rode broncs. My uncle rode in the pros. I started when I was in the eighth grade, but I just took a different way.”

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