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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.

Former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson blames John McCain's loss on a Republican Party that has drifted from its core ideals.

In an interview on Friday, Simpson said voters had a hard time with Republicans preaching smaller government while increasing spending over President George W. Bush's two terms.

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“You have to take a leap of faith to keep going when ... people are acting totally in opposition to what they're prattling on in their platform,” he said. “To me, that was it.”

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama won the Nov. 4 general election with almost 53 percent of the popular vote. McCain received 46 percent.

Less than a month away from the opening of the Yellowstone winter season, the Park's snowmobile policy finally has been set.

Up to 720 snowmobiles and 78 snowcoaches will be allowed to enter Yellowstone each day under a temporary rule. Up to 30 snowmobiles will be allowed to travel through the East Entrance and Sylvan Pass each day.

Those numbers are the result of a Nov. 7 decision from a Wyoming District Court judge.

November 18, 2008 3:53 am

MSU-Northern edges Trappers

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Northwest College heavyweight Landon Harris (left) defeated Montana State University-Northern's Robbie Shaw (right) via major decision last Thursday night in Powell. Tribune photo by David Dickey

An unexpected decision and a forfeit victory helped Montana State University-Northern to a 24-21 win over the Northwest College Trappers last Thursday in Powell.

NWC suffered the forfeit loss at 184, where the Trappers were without sophomore Josh Clark and freshman Dustin Baldwin. Both wrestlers were on the disabled list Thursday, and NWC head coach Jim Zeigler was left without anyone to fill the void.

November 18, 2008 3:29 am

Trappers fall to Eastern Utah

NWC looks to rebound Friday, Saturday

Head coach Andy Ward and his Northwest College men's basketball team traveled and faced the College of Eastern Utah last Saturday and suffered an 83-67 setback.

According to Ward, the Trappers played well during the matchup in Price, Utah, and held a 36-33 advantage at halftime. However, an injury to standout freshman Casper Hesseldal hampered NWC's efforts in its quest for win No. 2 of the season.

“We lost Casper to an ankle injury with about nine minutes left in the game,” Ward said. “When he left the game, he had 17 points. That took away one of our main scoring options.”

Also adding to the Trappers' woes was the fact that leading rebounder Ricardo Bodra landed in foul trouble during the first half of the contest. In the end, Eastern Utah outrebounded the Trappers by a 38-30 margin.

“With Ricardo in foul trouble, it made it a lot harder for us to rebound against them,” Ward said. “That, and losing Casper, really hurt us in the second half.

“I felt bad for the kids because they did a good job against a solid opponent. They played really well, particularly in the first half. They were rebounding well in the first half, and they did a lot better job of taking care of the ball.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to overcome some of the things that happened to us, and Eastern Utah was able to pull away from us toward the end.”

Among the leaders for NWC last Saturday was Hesseldal, who finished as the Trappers' top point scorer (17) despite missing the final nine minutes of the game. He also had four assists and five rebounds. Hesseldal was followed by Bodra (11 points), Malcolm Colbert (10), Mitchell Ackelson (7), Jordan Harris (7), Julian Olubuyi (7), Cody Ball (5) and Anthony Harris (4).

• Up next: The Trappers, who dropped to 1-5 for the season, will attempt to rebound from last Saturday's loss when they host the First National Bank and Trust Shootout this week. The Trappers first game in that tournament will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. against North Dakota's Williston State College. On Saturday, NWC will face Northeastern Junior College from Sterling, Colo. That game also has a scheduled 7:30 p.m. start time.

Ward said the Trappers' opponents this week will continue a string of games against top-notch competition.

“Those are two good teams,” Ward said. “We'll have to regroup, and we've got to be ready to play. We've faced a tough schedule starting out, but I believe it will pay off. Going into the game with Eastern Utah, we were averaging about 23 turnovers per game. We cut our turnovers to 16 Saturday, and we'll try to continue taking better care of the ball this week. We also need to keep our guys out of foul trouble. We'll keep working on things and the guys will get better. This is a young team, and I believe they'll be fine.”

Unfortunately for NWC, the Trappers likely will be without Hesseldal during this week's tournament. Initial reports indicated that Hesseldal did not suffer a break in his ankle, but Ward said he wasn't sure when the 6-6 freshman from Aarhus, Denmark would be able to return to the Trappers' lineup.