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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.

Angela Kalb is a busy woman — the 33-year-old works a full-time job in night security at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. and she also finds time to carry a full course load at Northwest College.

She said she sleeps between classes and tries to study at night. However, in January, she'll leave that demanding schedule behind — for something even more rigorous. Kalb will depart for her second, six-month tour in Iraq.

Kalb joined the U.S. Air Force shortly after her high-school graduation. She spend 11 years on active duty, beginning in Oklahoma, then moving on to Italy, Turkey and Germany. She took a six-month hiatus after her last tour, but she missed the military.

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Northwest College volleyball player Carol Martin (left) gets a hug from Rocky Mountain Manor resident Rose Winslow following a recent volleyball match at Hank Cabre Gymnasium in Powell. Martin and Winslow have developed a friendship through a program that has brought together NWC's athletes and seniors from the local retirement facility. Tribune photo by David Dickey

A common bond

Following a recent volleyball match at Northwest College, the Lady Trappers began their usual routine of taking down the net, stretching and visiting with family and friends who were in attendance.

Among those who took time to interact with the players was Rose Winslow, an 87-year-old resident of the Rocky Mountain Manor, a retirement home located in Powell.

As Winslow made her way onto the court, she was spotted by NWC setter Carol Martin. The sophomore quickly made her way to Winslow's side, and the two shared a hug and a lengthy conversation. Middle hitter Thabata Galvao and men's basketball player Ricardo Bodra soon joined the conversation, which produced plenty of smiles and laughter.

Event will be Monday, Nov. 17

Jeff Jones, activities director and assistant principal at Powell High School, announced last week that the PHS Winter Sports Kick-Off Night has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the PHS Auditorium.

The event, Jones said, will serve as an opportunity for coaches, parents and student-athletes to gather and discuss the upcoming winter sports seasons. He also said any remaining paperwork related to each team can be completed that night.

“Having the opportunity for coaches, parents and student-athletes to meet like this has worked out well,” Jones said. “It helps everyone understand what the expectations are leading into the season, and it helps provide an additional link of communication between parents and coaches.”

The event, which is expected to take 45 minutes, also will provide an opportunity for PHS supporters to purchase booster club memberships or Panther Pride clothing from representatives of the Powell Athletic Roundtable.

The teams included in the Winter Sports Kick-Off Night include wrestling, boys and girls basketball, boys swimming and the Groove Masters dance team. PHS's wrestling, basketball and dance teams will conduct their first practices of the winter season Monday, Nov. 17. The boys swim team is slated to have its first practice, Monday, Dec. 1.

To see a complete schedule of PHS activities, visit www.highschoolsports.net.

November 10, 2008 3:55 am

PHS tennis teams honor top players

The Powell High School tennis teams recognized their top players at a recent awards ceremony.

On the boys side, there was a tie for the most valuable player award.

No. 1 singles player Jonas Kuehl, an junior exchange student from Germany, and No. 2 singles player Chris Brinkerhoff, a senior who placed fourth at the state tournament, shared the MVP honors.

PHS head coach Ray Bieber said the two players' presence will be greatly missed.

“They scored nearly all of our points at state,” he said.

Sophomore Tyler Morgan won the title of most improved after a season of competing in the No. 3 doubles slot.

Morgan, who attends Rocky Mountain High School but plays for PHS, “really cares about tennis and works hard at his game,” Bieber said.

Todd Lewis was honored as the boys' most inspirational player. Bieber described him as “an outstanding freshman with a great attitude.”

On the girls side, senior Chelsea Akin won honors for most valuable, scoring more points than anyone on the squad. Bieber said Akin improved a great deal this year, describing her as “just a very intense person who cared a lot about the team.”

Junior Brittany Feller took the award for most improved.

“She came a long way this year,” Bieber said.

Feller and her partner, sophomore Lisa Schiermeister, capped their season with a fourth-place state finish at No. 3 doubles.

For the third year in a row, Kelli Lewis won the team's most inspirational award.

“She's got to be one of the most inspirational players who's played for Powell, ever,” Bieber said.

PHS tennis will be entering a rebuilding mode next season.

They are losing “six of the best senior girls we've ever had,” Bieber said. The list includes Darcee Lynn, Akin, Alexa Kienlen, Taylor Stockdale, Lewis, and Kelsey McKearney.

Bieber said they'll begin the attempt to fill those “big shoes” this spring.

November 10, 2008 3:54 am

Lily Renee McCullough

(Nov. 2, 2008 - Nov. 2, 2008)

Lily Renee McCullough, beloved daughter of Caitlin Evans and Logan McCullough, was born and died on Sunday Nov. 2, at Sheridan County Memorial Hospital. She was greatly anticipated, loved deeply and will be very missed by her parents and extended family.

A service for Lily and her parents will be held Friday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. at Champions Ferries Funeral Home in Sheridan.

Lily is also survived by her grandparents, Kim and Matt Lawson and Doug and Billie McCullough, all of Powell, and Margo Heck, and Richard Evans of Sheridan; great-grandparents Sheila and Allen Pease, Mary McCullough, Meldon McCullough,Jan and Janice Harrison,Bob and Ida Lawson, all of Powell, Duane and Ilene Harvey of Lovell, and Frances Evans of Twinsburg, Ohio; great-great-grandfatherDon Stanley of Powell; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial gifts can be sent to her family at 509 W. Works, Sheridan, WY 82801, c/o Margo Heck.