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Terra Fernau fills Kristen Edwards' and Ric Heasler's bowls with steaming potato bacon soup at the Empty Bowls charity event Tuesday at Plaza Diane. Attendees cheerfully waited in a line that wound all the way to the corner of Bent and Second streets. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Inside Plaza Diane, hundreds of handmade ceramic bowls of various sizes and colors lined a long table. Outside, hundreds of people of various ages and social backgrounds waited to purchase a bowl for a good cause.

During the Empty Bowl fundraiser Tuesday night, 220 bowls were purchased, raising more than $2,500 for Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes.

The $10 bowls were filled with warm soup, and people kept their purchased bowls as a reminder of hunger.
Northwest College ceramics instructor Elaine DeBuhr organized the event and was amazed at the community's turnout.

“I'm just astounded by it,” she said. “The bowls sold out in less than an hour ... only an hour, but it was such an incredible hour.”

Northwest College will begin offering online degrees soon, pending permission from the Higher Learning Commission.

Sher Hruska, vice president for academic affairs, last week asked for, and received, the NWC Board of Trustees' approval to apply to the commission to offer three trial associate degrees online. Two of those degrees will be general studies and social sciences, and the other hasn't been chosen yet, she said.

If the Higher Learning Commission grants its permission and those degrees are offered successfully, the commission will give blanket accreditation allowing the college to offer other degrees over the Internet.

Ward 1 candidates separated by less than a buck

Despite having about half of the population Cody does, Powell's mayoral race turned out to cost one fiftieth of Cody's.

The two Cody contenders, mayor-elect Nancy Tia Brown and opponent Paul Rankin, spent a combined $18,000 on their campaigns. In comparison, Mayor Scott Mangold and challenger Tim Sapp used only $351 between them, according to reports filed with the Park County Elections department.

For perspective, the annual salary for mayor of Powell is $13,200. Cody's salary is $24,000.

November 20, 2008 4:02 am

Kanin Asay opts for extra safety

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Powell's Kanin Asay competes in the recent Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Championship in Dallas. Like he has done since sustaining head injuries during a bull riding event in July, Asay donned a helmet in attempt to reduce his injury risk. Courtesy photo/Dan Hubbell

Powell bull rider now among helmet-wearing competitors

When Kanin Asay sustained extensive injuries during a bull riding competition in Oregon last July, he lost his spleen and sustained a concussion, a broken rib, facial fractures, a torn ear and a number of other cuts and bruises.

When Asay's parents and girlfriend arrived at Oregon Health and Science University where the Powell bull rider underwent surgery for his injuries, he was in a hospital bed and looked far different from what they were used to seeing.

“I had tubes in me, my left eye was purple and swelled shut — it was pretty bad,” Asay said.

The incident was a grim reminder of the age-old phrase “If you're going to rodeo, you're going to get hurt.”

Also read about Kaleb, Kanin's brother, here.

November 20, 2008 3:56 am

Kaleb Asay named Rookie of the Year

Powell cowboy excels in saddle bronc events

Powell's Kaleb Asay capped his first full season in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association by earning Rookie of the Year in the saddle bronc division.

For the 19-year-old Asay, the honor helped solidify his decision to put on hold his pursuit of a college education.

Asay, who was a freshman member of the Casper College rodeo team in 2007-08, left the squad after one semester to pursue his dream of competing professionally.

“It was a tough decision to make, but it was something I felt like I had to do,” Asay said. “Trying to concentrate on both — it was impossible. I just decided if I was going to go to school, I wanted to do it right. I plan to go back, and when I do, my education is going to come first before anything else.”

For now, however, Asay has his mind set on learning as much as he can in his pursuit of one day winning a world title in the saddle bronc competition. Considering the success he had in that event while in high school and during his brief stay in college, it appears that goal is attainable. Asay is a former high school national champion, and he was on his way to qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo when he decided to focus solely on PRCA events. By gaining valuable experience at PRCA events and learning from fellow professionals, Asay said he's put himself a step closer to realizing his ultimate goal — winning a world title in saddle bronc riding.

“I've learned a lot this year,” said Asay, who currently is listed in 41st place with $21,069 in the PRCA's world standings. “It's a lot different than high school and college, that's for sure. It's a lot harder, and there's a lot more travel involved. You find out what you're made of, and you learn to be pretty resilient. You have to adapt. Most of the time you're on the road for 12 or 13 hours. You get to an event after all that time traveling, and you have to be ready to ride. Once you get done, you get back on the road and go to the next one. It's tough, but its a lot of fun, too.”

During the past year, Asay has notched a number of memorable performances. At the 2008 San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo in Texas, he finished sixth among the overall winners in saddle bronc riding. In November of 2007, he claimed first place at A Tribute to Chris LeDoux rodeo in Casper. That victory occurred while he was still attending Casper College.

Though saddle bronc riding and bull riding are two totally different beasts, Asay said he's learned a great deal from his older brother, Kanin Asay. Kanin recently qualified for his second Wrangler National Finals Rodeo despite missing two months of the 2008 season due to injuries suffered during a bull ride in early July. Kaleb said he looks forward to the day when he and his brother are both qualified for the Super Bowl of rodeos. However, he also said he and his brother are not going to be satisfied with just competing in the same WNFR. They both want to compete and finish atop the world standings.

“My goal right now is to go as hard as I can and do everything I need to do so I can win a world title,” Kaleb said. “It would be a neat deal for us to both be in (the same WNFR). But more than anything, we want to win it.”

Asay's Rookie of the Year honor will be presented by representatives of American Cowboy Coffee, Montana Silversmiths and the PRCA during Rookie Night at the 50th anniversary of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Dec. 9 in Las Vegas.

Other Rookie of the Year winners include Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, (overall, tie-down roping); Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., (all-around); Jared Smith, Ranger, Texas, (bareback riding); Zack Cobb, Pampa, Texas, (steer wrestling); Joel Bach, Millsap, Texas, (team roping-heading); Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, (team roping-heeling); Douglas Duncan, Huntsville, Texas, (bull riding) and Tim Abbott, Midland, Texas, (steer roping).

November 20, 2008 3:30 am

NWC to face pair of top-notch teams

No. 6 NJC among tournament's lineup

The Northwest College Trappers, a team loaded with freshmen and a 1-5 record, will face a pair of difficult tests this week at the 19th annual First National Bank and Trust Shootout at Hank Cabre Gymnasium in Powell.

NWC's first game in the tournament will be against North Dakota-based Williston State College Friday night at 7:30. On Saturday, the Trappers are scheduled to square off against the Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen from Sterling, Colo., in another 7:30 p.m contest. Also scheduled as part of the event's four-team lineup is Sheridan College.

NJC opened the season with a 5-0 mark and currently is ranked No. 6 in the NJCAA Men's Division I basketball poll. The Plainsmen were scheduled to face Garden City Community College, Wednesday, Nov. 19, but results of that contest were not available at press time.

“We're facing some talented teams this weekend,” said NWC head coach Andy Ward. “Williston State is averaging right around 100 points per game. They've got an up-tempo style, and they shoot a lot of 3-pointers.”

When the Trappers face the Tetons (6-2) Friday night, Ward said his team, which has only two returning players from last year's squad, will have its hands full, particularly on the defensive end.

The Tetons have a number of players who can strike for impressive point totals on any given night, including guards Nathaniel Packineau, a sophomore, and Luke Martinez, a freshman. During a 102-95 loss to Sheridan College Tuesday night, Packineau and Martinez accounted for 30 and 28 points, respectively. Combined, those two players connected on 12 of 16 shots from 3-point range.

As for the Plainsmen, they also boast a lineup capable of lighting up a scoreboard. Like Williston State, the Plainsmen recently faced the traditionally strong Sheridan College Generals. During that matchup last Saturday, NJC scored a 107-89 victory. Leading the way for NJC against the Generals was sophomore forward Anthony Harris, who finished with 31 points. The Plainsmen also got 21 points from another sophomore forward, A.J. Wilson.

“NJC has another strong team this year, and that will make for another tough matchup,” Ward said. “We've played an extremely tough schedule this year, but I believe that will help us in the long run. Because we have such a young team, playing teams like Williston State and NJC will help our young guys learn a lot about what it takes to play at this level. Our inexperience has cost us some games early on, but as these guys get more games under their belts, I think we'll be fine.”

Unfortunately for the Trappers, it is likely they will be without one of their top players this weekend. Freshman Casper Hesseldal, a 6-6 freshman from Aarhus, Denmark, is listed as doubtful for the tournament because of an ankle sprain sustained during last Saturday's road loss at the College of Eastern Utah. The injury occurred with nine minutes remaining in the second half and with Hesseldal leading the Trappers in scoring with 17 points.

Hesseldal currently is NWC's top offensive player with 15.5 points per game. He also is a force on the boards with 6.5 rebounds per contest.

“We'd like to have Casper in the lineup this weekend, but we don't want to rush it,” Ward said.

Other leading players for the Trappers this season have been sophomore Julian Olubuyi (12 points per game), freshman Ricardo Bodra (12 ppg, 10 rebounds per game) and sophomore Jordan Harris (8 ppg, 5 rpg).

“The main thing for us is to continue improving,” Ward said. “We just need to work hard and get better each day. If we can keep doing that, it will pay off in the end.”

The tournament will open Friday at 3:30 p.m. with a matchup between Sheridan and NJC. NWC and Williston State are slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, Williston State will face Sheridan at 3:30 p.m., and NWC and NJC are in the 7:30 p.m. time slot.

First National Bank and Trust Shootout
Friday, Nov. 21
• 3:30 p.m.: Sheridan vs. Northeastern
• 7:30 p.m.: Northwest vs. Williston State
Saturday, Nov. 22
• 3:30 p.m.: Williston State vs. Sheridan College
• 7:30 p.m.: Northwest vs. Northeastern

November 20, 2008 3:28 am

Glenda Lee Guthrie

(April 24, 1947 - Nov. 13, 2008)

Glenda Lee Guthrie of Powell died Thursday, Nov. 13 at Powell Valley Hospital after suffering for some years with pulmonary disease. She was 61.

She was born April 24, 1947, in San Diego, Calif., daughter of Grover Ray Wall and Betty Lee (Cummings) Wall.

She completed a high school education in Ventura, Calif.

She married Larry Eugene Guthrie on July 3, 1969, in Ventura. They moved to Powell in 1979.

For 26 years, Glenda was the head cook at the Rocky Mountain Manor in Powell.

She enjoyed gardening and crafts, and most of all, she loved being with family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Eugene Guthrie of Powell; two sons, Richard Guthrie of Powell and Devin (Chris) Butterfield of Powell; her daughter, Rhonda Guthrie (Rick Larson) of Powell; three brothers, Ralph, Forest and Mason; three sisters, Vickie, Leoma and Jessica; and four grandchildren, Steve Guthrie, Kevin Butterfield, Jessica and Dustin Curtis, all of the Powell area.

She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers.

In accordance with her wishes, no services are planned.

November 20, 2008 3:22 am

Winnie Kindler

(Dec. 27, 1912 - Nov. 18, 2008)

Winnie Anna (Heimer McCalmon) Kindler, lifelong Powell resident, died Tuesday morning Nov. 18 at Powell Valley Hospital. She was 95.

She was born Dec. 27, 1912, the daughter of Alva Henry Herboldsheimer and Leah Mae (Johnson) Herboldsheimer.While growing up in Powell with her seven brothers and sisters, she attended Powell schools through the eighth grade.

On June 23, 1932, Winnie married Paul Marvin McCalmon. Some of Winnie's earlier jobs included time spent working in a local laundry, grocery store and dry cleaners. Winnie and Paul then went into business for themselves, owning and operating businesses which included the Coffee Cup Café and the Dutch Mill. They built their home on Road 9 south of Powell 63 years ago, and Winnie lived there for the rest of her life. They raised chickens, turkeys and Black Angus cattle. In 1949, adjacent to their home, they built and operated Paul's Drive-In Theater which was the first drive-in theater in the state of Wyoming.

Winnie and Paul loved to travel, and in time had visited all lower 48 states, Canada and Mexico. They spent many years wintering in Overton, Nev. and fishing on Lake Mead.

After Paul's death in February of 1977, Winnie continued traveling and going south for the winters, joined by her oldest sister, Ada Jinks – who was the first baby born in Powell.

On Nov. 10, 1981, Winnie was married a second time to Clark Kindler. With Clark, Winnie continued to live in Powell and still traveled for many years. Clark died Oct. 21, 2003.

Winnie enjoyed a happy, full life, doing the things she loved, which included traveling, painting, sewing, and doing crafts. She most loved to play cards and enjoy a bowl of vanilla ice cream with family and friends.

Surviving relatives include her daughter, Donna Joan Adamson and son-in-law Mike L. Adamson of Powell; one stepson, Virgil McCalmon in Texas; two step-daughters, Thelma Lee Galac in Colorado, and Donna Brascher of Powell; brothers, Lloyd Heimer and his wife Ethel of Powell and Willard Heimer in Arizona; and sister, Elnora Robbins of Powell. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Sandy McConnell in Colorado and Teddy Starke in California; 17 step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Winnie was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Paul McCalmon, and second husband, Clark Kindler; brother, Dan Heimer; and sisters, Ada Jinks, Alma Bunn and Mae Eaton; two step-daughters, Pauline McKinney and Erma Shupak, and step-son Bob Sanford.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 at Thompson Funeral Home with Pastor Clyde Seifert officiating. Burial of cremains will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

For those who wish, donations may be made to the Powell Senior Center.

About a month ago, Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes made a plea to the community. The food pantry's shelves were bare — they needed food.

With high gasoline prices over the summer, increasing food costs and economic turmoil nationally, the pantry had its busiest year, serving 300 people in August alone and leaving the food supply lacking.

In response, Powell came through in many ways, providing an abundance of food and funds.

Businesses took out their checkbooks. Children baked for the cause. Youth hit the streets in an evening food drive. Churches stepped forward to help. Households opened their cupboards. College students organized fundraisers.

Over and over, Powell gave and gave.

Tuesday night provided another example of Powell's generosity toward Loaves and Fishes. Folks queued outside Plaza Diane, waiting and shivering in the November cold to give to the cause. Once inside, they received warm soup and a handcrafted bowl, but they also gave. As the ceramic bowls dwindled and eventually disappeared, donations continued to stream in — overall, more than $2,500 was raised at the Empty Bowl event.

Powell's generosity, among its youngest and oldest residents, is commendable.

The shelves that were bare just a month ago are not only full, but financial donations ensure they will remain replenished through the holidays.

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Josh Senn (right) bags groceries at Blair's Market on Friday as Leola Anderson waits for a customer to pay. Powell shops remain busy and the local and statewide economies are strong. National economic woes have yet to hit the Cowboy State, but there is an air of uncertainty about the future. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

In the face of a storm of bad economic news nationally, the local economy appears to be holding up, but there is an air of uncertainty about the future.

Local banks are not at risk, and real estate prices, while they have leveled off, have not crashed as they have in other areas of the country. Loans are available to people with good credit, and economic activity seems normal.

Still, the national economy is a concern, particularly a drop in consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, and eventually may affect the Powell area. Nationally, retail spending fell 2.8 percent in October and has shown signs of slowing down in Wyoming.

Local sources expressed mixed views on the economy locally, but most agree that there may be problems in the future.