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End of the road

The Northwest College Lady Trappers had their volleyball season come to a disappointing end at the hands of Casper College Saturday night at the Region IX North Tournament in Cheyenne.

Top-seeded NWC (41-10) cruised into the championship round of the four-day tournament by claiming consecutive match victories against eighth-seeded Miles Community College, fourth-seeded Western Wyoming Community College (25-17, 25-13, 25-16) and second-seeded Casper College (25-23, 25-21, 25-23).

NWC's third victory, the decision over Casper on day three of the event, came during the tournament's semifinal round. Casper, after the loss to the Lady Trappers, rebounded with a victory against Western Wyoming (25-21, 21-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-12) during the 2 p.m. match Saturday. That decision landed the Thunderbirds in a rematch with the Lady Trappers in the championship game. Because NWC was undefeated entering the title tilt, Casper also faced the prospect of having to win back-to-back matches against head coach Flavia Siqueira's team Saturday. Casper did exactly that, forcing the Lady Trappers to settle for the title of tournament runner-up.

The Thunderbirds defeated NWC 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 25-18) in the championship round at 4 p.m. and forced a tournament-deciding second title game. The outcome of that contest, which was played 10 minutes after the conclusion of the initial title matchup, was reminiscent of the previous one. Casper again emerged victorious in four sets (23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22), giving them three victories in a marathon span of just more than six straight hours.

“You have to credit Casper for what they did Saturday,” Siqueira said. “They played three matches in one day and won them all. I thought we played well against them, and the girls fought hard. There were just too many times throughout both matches where we couldn't get the points we needed.”

During the final match of the tournament, NWC got a number of standout performances from players in the lineup, including Carol Martin (48 assists, 30 digs), Katie Gregg (17 kills, eight blocks), Thabata Galvao (11 kills, 26 digs) and Kayla Propes (six blocks, seven kills). However, those efforts, along with those of the others on the team, weren't enough to prevent Casper for earning a second national tournament berth in as many years.

“It's really hard because we beat Casper in three on Friday,” Siqueira said. “When we got into the championship match, I think some of our kids didn't know what to expect. I thought we were in a good position to win it. We had it in our hands, but we weren't able to finish it like we wanted. That was very disappointing, but it should be good motivation for my players who are coming back next year.”

The Lady Trappers, a team that entered last year's Region IX North Tournament as bottom seed, opened this year's event with a first-round bye and crushed Miles Community College in three sets (25-21-25-14, 25-13) on day two. During that noon match last Thursday, NWC's leaders included Galvao, who finished with 11 kills and zero errors, and Martin, who had six kills, 32 assists and 18 digs. Irelis Avendano and Gregg added seven kills each.

Also on Thursday and during the 8 p.m. match, the Lady Trappers made quick work of Western Wyoming by sweeping the Mustangs in three sets — 25-17, 25-13, 25-16.

“It was for sure one of our best matches in the entire season,” Siqueira said.

Siqueira credited a number of players who recorded standout efforts, including sophomore and team captain Maddie Peterson. She finished with 13 kills and 15 digs. Other leaders were Gregg (11 kills), Avendano (nine kills), Galvao (eight kills) and Martin (three kills, 21 digs, 33 assists). Libero Marisa Shigetomi enjoyed a solid match as well, finishing with 18 perfect passes.

As a team, the Lady Trappers finished with seven assisted blocks and four solos.

During Friday's semifinal matchup against Casper College, NWC again played like a team destined for the national tournament by sweeping the Thunderbirds in three sets — 25-23, 25-21, 25-23.

“The main key for us has been team chemistry,” Siqueira said. “We definitely played as a team of 13 against Casper and everything we did — right or wrong, good or bad — we did as a team. My non-starters were focused and into the game as much as the six players on the court.”

Casper, in its attempt to neutralize the strong hitting of Galvao during the match, left other openings in their defense for the Lady Trappers to attack, which translated into 14 kills each for Peterson and Avendano. Angela Schuman added 12 kills and 15 digs.

Martin contributed with 16 digs, 40 assists and three kills, and Shigetomi had 19 perfect passes and 16 digs, according to Siqueira.

Following the tournament, a number of NWC players were selected for postseason honors. Martin and Galvao, both sophomores from Brazil, were named to the all-tournament and all-region teams. Peterson also earned a spot on the all-region squad.

As for the Thunderbirds, they earned the right to advance to Council Bluffs, Iowa — the site of this year's national tournament. That season-ending event is scheduled to begin Nov. 20.

November 13, 2008 2:55 am

Comment on BLM land use today

Every so often at a public meeting, enraged residents come to complain about a project occurring in their backyard — be it drilling, building or some other unwanted alteration. Many times, the drilling or construction company has followed necessary laws for the project, leaving public officials powerless to legally change anything.

In such cases, the adage, “better late than never,” is obsolete.

What matters is early comment — before plans are approved to alter a beloved landscape.

Residents have that chance today.

During a Bureau of Land Management open house event from 3-8 p.m. today (Thursday), residents are asked to weigh in on the future of roughly 3.2 million acres of federal land in the Big Horn Basin and 4.2 million acres of mineral estate.

The meeting takes place in the conference room of Americas Best Value Inn on Second Street in Powell.

The public is encouraged to comment and ask questions about the BLM resource-management plan, which will guide the use of federal land for the next 15-20 years.

The policy will affect the land residents use for hunting, grazing and four-wheeling. Access to these millions of acres of land will be considered in the policy, so folks who plan to use the land to hunt, graze cattle or drive ATVs need to voice their concerns to the BLM.

Comments will help identify issues and alternatives for the bureau to consider, but a BLM official said it's not a matter of counting votes for or against land use.

If you can't attend the meeting, comments may be submitted until Nov. 17 by mailing P.O. Box 119, Worland WY 82401-0119, e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 307-347-5171.

Take the opportunity to comment today — before it's too late.

November 13, 2008 2:52 am

Mary Veland

Funeral services for Mary Veland, 85, of Ellendale, N.D., will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ellendale. She died Monday, Nov. 10.

Survivors include one daughter-in-law, Joyce Veland of Powell. Her son, Rev. Larry A. Veland preceded her in death.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 121 2nd St. S., Ellendale, ND 58436.

Condolences may be sent to www.carlsenfh.com. Carlsen Funeral Home in Ellendale is in charge of arrangements.

November 13, 2008 2:51 am

Leona Woehl Lord

(Feb. 26, 1917 - Nov. 4, 2008)

Leona Woehl Lord, Powell, died Tuesday, Nov. 4 after a short hospital stay.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry J. Woehl, in Chicago, Ill., and her second husband, Ted B. Lord, of Powell; her mother, Martha Shumanski of Chicago, Ill., her father, Joseph Battaglia, who was born in Palermo, Sicily (Itay); and her brothers Charles, Frank, and Joseph Battaglia, all of Chicago, Ill.

She is survived by her only son, James P. Woehl, three grandchildren, Joy Powers of Atlanta, Ga., James H. Woehl of Tucson, Ariz., and Juliana Guzman of Powell; and four great-grandchildren.

Leona's confirmation verse of John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life," gives comfort.

A memorial services will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights, Ill., at a later date.

Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

November 13, 2008 2:50 am

Joyce Sharon (Hert) Greenwald

(Jan. 5, 1935 - Nov. 11, 2008)

Joyce Sharon Greenwald, of Powell, died peacefully in her home on Nov. 11.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1935, to Sam and Leah (Steinmetz) Hert in Hardin, Mont. She was very close to her family, especially her father. While she was attending Hardin High School, she met her future husband, Robert C. Greenwald. They were married on Feb. 5, 1952 in Billings and were partners for 56 years. After living in various towns throughout Montana and Wyoming, they settled in Powell in 1969 with their four children Gary, Gail, Janet, and Leah.

Joyce was a quick-witted woman with a spirited sense of humor. She loved music and dancing — whether she was playing the accordion, listening to Elvis Presley, or dancing with her children when they were young. She enjoyed gardening and flowers, and she loved to sit down to a great book. She was an avid football pool player and her picks won on several occasions. Her family was very important to her and she found great enjoyment in her grandchildren.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Jim Hert, and her sister Dorothy Althoff.

She is survived by her husband Robert of Powell; brother Tom (Jo) Hert of Snoquamie, Wash.; sister-in-law Gloria Hert of Billings; son Gary (Jeanne) Greenwald of Powell; daughters Gail (Bill) Fisher of Hardin, Janet (Keven) Bentz of Billings, and Leah (Bill) Gullion of Powell. Her seven grandchildren and their spouses are Trevor Greenwald (Pinedale), Kari and Brodie Cooney (Missoula), Trisha and Jamison Ziegler (Pinedale), Trent and Kristin Greenwald (Powell), Michelle Wirth (Seattle), Austin Bentz (Billings) and Nick Bentz (Billings). Her seven great-grandchildren are Kade Ziegler, Maria Bentz, Lauryn Greenwald, Konner Ziegler, Aiden Greenwald, Kieran Cooney, and Kaylen Greenwald.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home with interment at Crown Hill Cemetery. Pall bearers will be Trevor Greenwald, Trent Greenwald, Austin Bentz, Nick Bentz, Jamison Ziegler, and Brodie Cooney. Honorary pall bearers are Keven Bentz, Bill Gullion, and Bill Fisher.

November 13, 2008 2:49 am

Vesta Phelan

(Sept. 2, 1911 - Nov. 8, 2008)

Vesta Phelan, 97, died Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Powell Valley Care Center in Powell.

She was born in Powell on Sept. 2, 1911, to Harvey Rickard and Ethel Barton.

Vesta worked as a registered nurse. During her life, she lived in Wyoming, California, the Philippine Islands, Kuwait and Israel.

She was involved in EPASC Club.

Vesta is survived by her daughter, Anne (Ron) Caviglia of Ukiah, Calif.; stepdaughter, Myrtle Lowder of Jonesborough, Tenn.; brothers Hugh Rickard of Powell and Jim Rickard of Provo, Utah; two grandchildren, Josh Veno and Katie Veno; and a great-grandchild, Ruby Veno.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Vera Scott; and husbands Albert Brown and Reuben Phelan.
Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Powell. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Honorary pall bearers are Ron Caviglia, Josh Veno, Katie Veno and Ron Rickard.

The family requests that memorials be sent to Powell Valley Care Center.

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Powell Police Investigator Dave Brown searches for evidence at the scene of a shooting Saturday night.

A verbal argument between two Powell men ended in a shot fired on South Clark Street and Jefferson Street Saturday night.

According to a release issued Monday by police, Frank Miller, 57, fired a round from a handgun into the street. The round richoceted off the pavement and struck the man he had been arguing with. The man was treated at Powell Valley Hospital and later released, the release said.

Sgt. Alan Kent of the Powell Police Department said there was apparently bad blood between the two men and it boiled over.

Miller was arrested for aggravated assault and transported to the Park County jail to be held for arraignment, said the release.

Police are still searching for the weapon - believed to be a Colt model 1911 semi-automatic .45 caliber handgun. If found, citizens are cautioned not to disturb it, in part because the gun may still be loaded.

Anyone who finds the weapon, witnessed the fight, or has information on the case is asked to contact Powell Police Investigator Dave Brown at 754-2212.

A complete story will follow in Thursday's Tribune.

November 11, 2008 10:46 am

Larry Donald Johnson

(Sept. 16, 1939 — Nov.10, 2008)

After a long battle with leukemia, and eventually a stroke, Larry D. Johnson passed away with family at his side on Monday night, Nov. 10, at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings. He was 69 years old.

Larry was a fixture in the oilfields of Wyoming, both in Midwest, where he got his start, and then in the Big Horn Basin. For those who have worked with Larry and knew him well, they know that we will be missing a big man with an even bigger heart full of compassion. According to those who knew him, he would never ask anybody to do anything that he wouldn't do himself, and he was quick to offer help to those who needed it.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1939, to Theodore and Laura Johnson in Ettrick, Wis., and was raised on a farm in Blair, Wis. He was the ninth of 10 children and times were hard, but he maintained close ties to his family.

After graduating from high school, Larry moved to Midwest, where his older sister lived. There he got his start in the oilfields, and he also met his wife, Alice Faye Corum. They were married on June 23, 1959, in Midwest. They had two children while living in Midwest, Rick and Tami.

They later moved to Powell where he continued in the oilfields, working on service units for K & T. He then started his own well service company, J & R Well Service, in 1972. Larry was a hard worker — he felt identified by his work and instilled that same work ethic in those around him. He sold J & R Well Service in November 2000, but he remained active in the company for several years before finally retiring from that business. He owned a trucking company, L.J. Trucking, that he also managed during those years, and he continue to be involved with it up to the time of his death.

In his spare time, he enjoyed truck pulling, and he made many friends traveling around the country competing with his truck, known as “Ol' Rig.” He enjoyed this activity with his family, and, eventually, there were three generations of Johnsons competing together.

Larry is survived by his wife, Alice of Powell; son Rick (Colleen) Johnson of Powell; daughter Tami Johnson of Boulder, Colo.; granddaughters Tanna Faye Mittlieder and Tawny Faye Mittlieder of Powell; grandsons Kory Donald Johnson and Randy Donald Johnson of Powell; sisters Amy (Fritz) Underwood and Virginia Kolb; brother Lawrence Robert (Iris) Johnson; sister-in-law Clara Mae Johnson; brothers-in-law Floyd Charles Corum and Dr. Marc Shampoo; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog Snuggles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Tilford, Kenneth, and Norman; and his sisters Verna, Marilyn, Lila.

Cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Nelson Performing Arts Center (Northwest College Auditorium) located on the NWC Campus on Sixth Street in Powell.

Reverend Doctor William Spencer of Hope Lutheran Church will perform the service, and burial will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the charity of one's choice.

November 13, 2008 2:46 am

The future is now for federal lands

The future of roughly 3.2 million acres of federal Big Horn Basin land and 4.2 million acres of mineral estate will be shaped by comments collected over the next week.

The Bureau of Land Management is putting together a resource-management plan for the entire Big Horn Basin.

The plan will guide the use of federal land for the next 15 to 20 years. It will determine issues varying from which lands are open to gas drilling to which areas are available for all-terrain-vehicle use and how many animals are allowed to graze on BLM lands.

As part of a scoping process, the bureau is seeking public comments through Nov. 17. The comment period opened Oct. 17.

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John Bustos led the honor guard for his departed friend Erwin (Babe) Funke, a fellow U.S. Army veteran. Funke ran a dry cleaning business and always insisted on cleaning honor guard uniforms for free. “He was a fine man,” Bustos said of Funke. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

Veteran John Bustos, 70, of Powell served in the U.S. Army and proudly serves to this day as a local honor guard.

First Sgt. Bustos commands the honor guard at funerals to celebrate the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, this great country.

He also spent 18 months in Vietnam.

Bustos was in the National Guard in Powell. During the disquieting days of the Cold War, the 1961 Berlin Crisis placed the nation on high alert. Russia's President Nikita Khrushchev threatened to reunite East and West Germany under communist rule.