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Along with the plunge in oil and gas prices — more than 50 percent since July — the push for development of alternative, renewable energy sources has also slowed dramatically in recent months.

However, policymakers need to continue to make the search for new energy sources a priority.

The slowdown is, unfortunately, a matter of human nature — when we don't feel the pain in the pocketbook quite so acutely, creating new sources of energy doesn't have the same urgency.

And, with creditors tightening their purse strings, money available for privately-funded renewable energy exploration is also drying up.

But, after years of rapid progress in the development of alternative energy, our elected officials — at least so far — seem committed to moving forward, if more slowly than before.

The Congressional bailout package contained $17 billion in tax credits to promote various forms of clean energy, for everything from electric vehicles to technology to capture and store carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants. Tax credits were extended for wind energy for one year, geothermal energy for two years and for solar energy for eight years.

President-elect Barack Obama has consistently pledged to support aggressive alternative energy development.

And, closer to home, the Western Governors' Association recently encouraged Obama to move forward with a national energy policy focused on the development of clean technology.

A recent Associated Press article said the Western Governors' recommendations include multi-billions of dollars in appropriations for the development of clean energy technology.

Those are all good signs.

Let's hope that the people we put in office, both Republicans and Democrats, continue to recognize the importance of alternative energy, even in the face of this economic slowdown.

December 02, 2008 3:20 am

Dorothy French

(1927 - Nov. 28, 2008)

Dorothy Marie French, 81, died Friday, Nov. 28. at Powell Valley Health Care.

Funeral services are pending.

Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory.

December 02, 2008 3:19 am

Wilfred Roy 'Willy' Kaiser

(Dec. 5, 1944 - Nov. 28, 2008)

Wilfred Roy "Willy" Kaiser of Byron, died Friday, Nov. 28 at his home in Byron. He was 63.

Wilfred was born Dec. 5, 1944 in Basin, to Alexander and Frieda Manweiler Kaiser. He graduated from Powell High School in 1963 and from welding school in Hardin, Mont., in 1970. He married Charlotte L. Morse in Billings, Mont., on June 26, 1965. He was a member of Teamsters Local #83 and Heavy Equipment Operators Engineer #428. He was a member of the Lutheran church, Eagles, Elks, and Moose clubs, and AL Chrysler car clubs.

Wilfred is survived by his son Kent R. Kaiser of Byron, daughter Jalene R. (George) Harris, of Chapman, Neb., sister Sharon Kaiser (Cliff) Jordan of Powell, and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Raymond, sister and brother-in-law Shirley Kaiser Hayner and Gordon Hayner.

Funeral services will be held at Thompson Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, with burial in the Lovell Cemetery. Viewing is one hour prior to services.

Pallbearers include Jim Horner, Jordan Hoerster, Gene Winterholler, Jim Rodriguez, Dwight Gilbert and Garry Ley. Honorary pallbearer is Fred Becktold.

For those who wish, memorials may be sent to Powell Valley Hospice, 246 N. Absaroka, Powell, Wyo.
Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family.

December 02, 2008 3:18 am

Col. John William Guy

(March 20, 1933 - Dec. 1, 2008)

Colonel John William Guy, United States Marine Corps, Ret., died Monday, Dec. 1 at Powell Valley Healthcare after a long and courageous battle with throat cancer. He was 75.

He was born March 20, 1933, in Rock Springs to Holdridge Princeton Guy and Ruth Evelyn (Foy) Guy. John was raised in Cheyenne and graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1951. He entered the University of Wyoming in 1951, but then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict and was stationed in Japan.

John returned to the University of Wyoming where he belonged to SAE fraternity. He earned a B.S. degree in Petroleum Geology in 1959. He married Darlene Malisch in Ft. Collins, Colo., on July 6, 1957.

In 1962, he returned to the Marine Corps and made it his career, retiring as a full Colonel in 1990. John did three tours during the Vietnam War and received numerous medals, including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Combat “V” and the Purple Heart. He also earned a master's degree in Asian History from the University of San Diego.

In 1995, John and Darlene moved to Powell, where he was active in the Powell Rotary Club and the University of Wyoming Alumni Association, of which he was a former president. John received the UW College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007 and the UW Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.

John loved to fish in mountain streams. He was an avid reader and enjoyed hiking and time spent at the family cabin in the Medicine Bow Mountains of southeast Wyoming.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Darlene, in Powell; his children, Tammy Harshbarger (Bill) of Tokyo, Japan, Shelly Neilson (Chuck) of Raleigh, N.C., and John Jr. (Angela) of Tehachapi, Calif.; his grandchildren, Melanie Carr (Ryan) of Troy, Mo., and Kevin Neilson of Raleigh, N.C.; his uncle, Bill Foy (Freddie) of Cheyenne; and several cousins.

For those who wish, memorial donations to the Billings Clinic Cancer Center, the Powell Medical Foundation, the Moyer Animal Shelter or a charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery with full military honors.

A public viewing is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at Thompson Funeral Home.

December 02, 2008 3:17 am

David Thorley Briggs

(March 9, 1928 – Nov. 7, 2008)

David (Dave) Thorley Briggs, 80, died Friday, Nov. 7 at his home in Byron, with his wife, Naomi, by his side.

He was born in Cowley on March 9, 1928, to Ivan Richards Briggs and Anabel Thorley. He was the third son of 11 children — six brothers and four sisters.

Dave was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints his entire life.

He received his primary education in Burlington and graduated in 1949. During and following high school, he worked with his father on the farm before being called on a mission for the LDS Church in New Zealand. He served a three year mission, from 1949 to 1952.

He married Naomi Abraham of Byron on Sept. 3, 1954, in the LDS Salt Lake Temple.

Following his marriage, Dave was drafted into the Army. He attended basic training at Fort Ord, Calif. and was then assigned to the Munich, Germany, base dental clinic. He attained the rank of Corporal. Upon leaving the military in 1956, he returned to the Big Horn Basin and attended Northwest College, graduating in 1958. He later moved to Pullman, Wash., where he entered Washington State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in vocational agriculture in 1961.

He returned to Byron after graduation and began farming and working in his father-in-law's dairy. He then took a teaching position at Cowley High School where he taught vocational agriculture and advised the FFA for three years.

In 1964, he relocated to California where he worked for 14 years for San Diego County as a deputy probation officer, first in a youth honor camp in Campo and then at the El Cajon office.

Dave left San Diego in 1978, returning to Byron and working on the farm with his brother-in-law. He loved farming and working outdoors, and, according to his family, he enjoyed the quiet, peace and personal satisfaction associated with those efforts.

He is survived by his wife, Naomi; his children, David Briggs (Sandy) of Findlay, Ohio, Margaret Ann Jesperson (Chris) of El Cajon, Calif., Todd Briggs (Carol) of North Richland Hills, Texas, Glen Briggs (Mitzi) of Powell, Keith Briggs (Mina) of Sahuarita, Ariz., and Norma Elizabeth Frost (Sean) of Byron; 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Byron LDS Church. Burial was in the Byron Cemetery under the direction of Haskell Funeral Home.

December 02, 2008 3:13 am

Floyd Charles Corum, Jr.

(Jan. 22, 1939 - Nov. 26, 2008)

Floyd C. Corum, Jr., (known as Charles), 69, died in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Nov. 26, after suffering a stroke. He died at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

Charles had spent the past few years living at the Veterans Home of Wyoming in Buffalo, but prior to that he had spent much of his life living in Powell.

He was born Jan. 22, 1939, in Midwest, the oldest child of Floyd and Blanche Corum. He was raised in Midwest along with his younger siblings, Alice Faye and Edwin.He enjoyed football and basketball and lettered in both sports during his years in high school in Midwest.

He was a proud veteran of the United States military, having served in the Army Reserves from 1957 to 1965.

Throughout his working life, he did a variety of jobs, including working with an uncle in the nickel mines in Oregon, and construction and concrete work in Powell, where he had relocated in order to be closer to his sister and her family.

Though he never married or had children of his own, his love of God and family was very important to him. He really enjoyed participating in family functions and just spending time with his loved ones.Charles also loved fishing and being outdoors.

Survivors include his sister, Alice Faye Johnson of Powell; niece, Tami Faye Johnson of Boulder, Colo.; nephew, Rick (Colleen) Johnson of Powell; grandnieces, Tanna Faye Mittlieder and Tawny Faye Mittlieder of Powell; and grandnephews, Kory Donald Johnson and Randy Donald Johnson of Powell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Edwin; and his brother-in-law, Larry Johnson.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service is set for 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Crown Hill Cemetery. The service will be performed by Denyce Reno, minister. There will also be a resident service for his friends at the Veterans Home in Buffalo.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family.

December 02, 2008 3:11 am

Leo Edward Kimmett

(Nov. 4, 1915 - Nov. 13, 2008)

Leo Edward Kimmett died Nov. 13 at his home in Cañon City, Colo. He was born Nov. 4, 1915, in Powell, the son of Ethel (Barrett) Kimmet and William Kimmet.

He was raised in Powell and worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Yellowstone National Park. Hegraduated with a chemistry degree from Regis University in Denver in 1939 andserved in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Leo married Julia C. Ziegler on Aug. 22, 1939, in Park, Kan. The couple had six sons, Arnel, Stephen, David, Michael, Gerald and James, and three daughters, Renee, Marilyn, and Ann.

Leo worked as a civil service employee at the Pueblo, Colo., Army Depot for most of his adult life. In his spare time, he enjoyed collecting antique phonographs. His collection is currently on display at the Cañon City Historical Museum. He also wrote several books and articles about his life's experiences,including time about his service in the CCC in Yellowstone,and his own family's attachment to Colorado's history.

He was a member of the Fremont/Custer Historical Society and St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cañon City.

He is survived by his sons Arnel (Mary), Stephen (Debra), David (Anne Ewing), Michael, Gerald and James; daughters Renee Moravek and Ann (Dennis) Kitchin; sister, Virginia Alvey; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia, in 2004; daughter Marilyn Fink, in 1990; brothers George, Lawrence, Fred and Robert; sister Agnes Elliott and his parents.

Funeral services and interment took place on Nov. 19 in Cañon City.

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As he jumps from an airplane flying above California to join other skydivers in the world's largest wingsuit formation, Justin Shorb gives a peace sign to the camera. Shorb helped lead and organize a 71-person formation which broke the previous record of 48. Courtesy photos by Scotty Burns, www.sky2productions.com

Flying high above Californian terrain, Justin Shorb and 70 others soared into the record books for the largest wingsuit formation.
Shorb, a Powell High School graduate, helped lead the 71-person formation or “flock” in the jump earlier this month. Shorb also was part of the previous record of 48 that was set in Florida in 2006.

Skydivers from six continents and 14 different countries participated in the formation, Shorb said.

Oppose wilderness designations

Protecting a Western way of life is one of the main priorities of the Big Horn Basin's County Commissions over the coming years.

“There is concern our Western culture is being destroyed or detrimentally changed,” they said, as part of 22 pages of remarks on government land use.

The Park, Big Horn, Washakie and Hot Springs County Commissions submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management on Monday, outlining their visions of how federal land should be managed in the future.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is in a bit of a financial jam caring for wild horses that number in the tens of thousands on range land and in long-term holding facilities, but a McCullough Peaks roundup still may happen.

With the proposal to euthanize excess horses put on hold, at least for now, the bureau is tasked with finding a solution.

Some criticize the bureau's wild horse management, but one official said the BLM is doing a satisfactory job given its financial situation.

Locally, two small herds of wild horses reside in the Pryor Mountains and the McCullough Peaks. There were proposed roundups (gathers) this fall for both herds. The Pryor gather was canceled this year due to personnel issues.