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A Powell man was ordered to pay more than $13,000 in fines and restitution after illegally killing a grizzly bear this spring.

Last Wednesday, Marlin “Bret” Hatch, 50, pleaded no contest to a charge of taking a grizzly bear without a license May 27 in Sunlight. Hatch said that when he took the shot, he believed it was a black bear — which he was licensed to hunt.

December 16, 2008 4:00 am

Asay sixth at WNFR

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Powell's Kanin Asay, shown during the seventh round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, finished the event sixth in bull riding average. As for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings, Asay finished ninth. PRCA photo by Dan Hubbell

Local bull rider ninth in world standings

Bull riding action at the 50th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo came to a close Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas with Powell's Kanin Asay in sixth place in the average and J.W. Harris of May, Texas, as the event and world champion.

Asay wrapped up his series of performances Wednesday through Saturday with just one scoring ride in four attempts. His scoring effort came during round eight Thursday when he notched a score of 79 points on Corey and Horst Rodeo's Rez Boy.

December 16, 2008 3:58 am

Trappers overtake LCCC 73-63

NWC climbs above .500 mark

In their final game before the Christmas break, the Northwest College Trappers defeated Laramie County Community College 73-63 at Hank Cabre Gymnasium in Powell last Friday.

The victory, though not a thing of beauty, according to NWC head coach Andy Ward, put the Trappers at one game above .500 (7-6). It was NWC's sixth win in its last seven games.

“We started out a little flat, but I thought we settled in and played better toward the end of the first half,” Ward said.

After the first 20 minutes, the Trappers, who trailed early in the contest, led by a slim 37-34 margin. In the second half, they slowly pulled away, thanks in part to a solid rebounding effort, which was paced by Ricardo Bodra. The freshman from Brazil pulled down 19 rebounds, 17 of which came on the defensive end for NWC.

“We put a lot of emphasis on rebounding coming into this game,” Ward said. “One of our goals was to get 60 percent of the rebounds, and for the first time this season, we did that.”

As a team, NWC outrebounded LCCC 40-24. But whereas the Trappers won the rebounding battle, they struggled when it came to taking care of the basketball. NWC committed 26 turnovers while LCCC had only 16. Of the Trappers turnovers, 17 came in the second half.

“We had too many turnovers in both halves,” Ward said. “Coming into the game, we had been doing a better job of taking care of the ball. But our turnover number was up a bit (against LCCC). That's something we will continue to work on and try to improve.”

As for individual efforts, Casper Hesseldal led the Trappers in scoring with 21 points to go along with eight rebounds. He was one of three Trappers to score in double figures. Also with double-digit scoring totals were Julian Olubuyi with 19 points and Bodra with 14, which gave him a double-double on the night.

Other Trappers contributing to the scoring attack were Mitchell Ackelson (9 points), Jordan Harris (8) and Anthony Harris (2). In the shooting department, NWC finished with a 29-of-53 effort from the field for a 54.7 percent shooting clip.

The Golden Eagles, who hit 26 of 61 from the field, were led by Dionte Clayborn's 23 points. Isaac Jenkins and Travis Bostick added 15 and 10 points, respectively, to round out LCCC's double-digit scoring performances.

“We had some guys step up for us,” Ward said. “Julian Olubuyi played well for us. He put a lot of pressure on their defense with the way he pushed the ball up the floor. That, plus having guys that do a good job of getting up and down the court, sparked us.”

• Up next: The Trappers (7-6) will play their next contest Jan. 7 against Miles Community College in Powell. That 7:30 p.m. game will open the second half of the season and sub-region play for NWC. On Jan. 10, NWC will host Central Wyoming College in a 5 p.m. matchup.

Panthers fall to Pinedale, Jackson

Struggles on the offensive end of the court for the Powell High School Panthers translated into a pair of Class 3A, West Conference setbacks last week.

On Friday, the Panthers (2-3 overall, 0-2 West Conference) dropped a 66-48 decision to Pinedale. The following day, Jackson topped PHS 44-41 in a game that went into overtime.

“Our experience is allowing us to run our offense and get good shots,” said PHS head coach Troy Hildebrand.

“Unfortunately, we weren't able to take advantage of those scoring opportunities. We missed a lot of open shots in both games, and that's something we'll continue to work on in practice.”

The Panthers opened the two-game road swing against Pinedale by scoring 16 points in the first four minutes of the first period for an eight-point advantage. However, the Wranglers fought back and trailed 18-15 by the end of the quarter. The game remained close during the second period, and the Panthers carried a 29-27 lead into halftime.

The Wranglers overtook PHS in the third period and by the end of that eight-minute span, the host team was ahead 46-37. With the game still close in the fourth period and PHS down by only seven points, Pinedale tacked on a basket to go up by 10. An ensuing technical foul on a Panther player led to a successful free throw by Pinedale. The Wranglers, who got possession of the ball after the free throws following the infraction, added another basket to go ahead by 13.

“That was a big turning point in the game,” Hildebrand said. “We never got closer than 12 points after that.”

Ryan Brandt led the Panthers' scoring effort with a career-high 22 points on a 10-of-13 shooting effort. He also had five steals and four rebounds. Others contributing to Powell's offensive output were Matt McArthur (9 points), Jordan Brown (5), Gavin Mills (4), Matt Kifer (4), Brandon Sullivan (2) and Galen Mills (2). Gavin Mills also had seven assists.

As a team, PHS hit just three of 13 shots from 3-point land and 17 of 34 attempts from 2-point range.

“Pinedale shot the ball extremely well,” Hildebrand added. “Their main guys and their role players all hit shots at key moments. It was a tough game. We did a good job of taking care of the ball and had 12 turnovers to their 19.

We just couldn't get the shots to fall when we needed them.”

Pinedale was led by 6-8 standout Wilson Rogers, who finished with 24 points.

Against Jackson, the Panthers' shooting woes continued in a 44-41, overtime loss. The Panthers hit only 15 of 67 shots from the field, including just two of 24 from behind the 3-point arc and 13 of 43 from 2-point range.

“Once again, we really struggled shooting the ball,” Hildebrand said. “Jackson started out in a man-to-man defense, but after two trips down the floor, they got out of that and really packed it in down low. That left our perimeter guys open for 3-point shots, but we couldn't connect. We didn't hit our first 3-pointer until the fourth period.”

Even with its shooting woes, PHS trailed by a mere 20-18 margin at halftime. Jackson extended that lead to 34-25 during the third period as the Panthers hit just one of 15 shots during that eight-minute stretch.

However, a solid defensive effort by PHS held the Broncs to only one basket in the fourth period, and the Panthers were able to tie the game at 36 on a 2-pointer by Galen Mills with 40 seconds to play in regulation.

“After the basket by Galen, we had a chance to win it after a steal by Brandon Sullivan,” Hildebrand said. “We held the ball for the last shot, but we weren't able to convert and get a basket in heavy traffic at the end of the period.”

The Broncs then outscored the Panthers 8-5 in overtime to claim the victory.

Brandt led PHS with 15 points, and Galen Mills and McArthur added 11 and 10 points, respectively. The scoring for PHS was rounded out by Sullivan with three points and Brown with two. Brandt also had a season-high 14 rebounds, and McArthur contributed with 13 boards. Brown led the team in assists with seven. He also had four rebounds and four steals. As a team, the Panthers committed only seven turnovers.

“We did a good job of taking care of the ball, and did a good job on the boards. We had 42 rebounds, including 15 on offense. Both of those were season highs for us. But we just couldn't connect on our shots. But even with us not making shots, we were in the game and had a chance to win it there at the end.”

• Up next: PHS will face third-ranked Buffalo Friday in a 5:30 p.m road game. On Saturday, the Panthers will be at home and will host second-ranked, Class 2A Thermopolis. Tipoff for Saturday's game is set for 7:30 p.m.

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.