Partly Cloudy

86°F

Powell, WY

Partly Cloudy

Humidity: 26%

Wind: 14 mph

×

Warning

JFolder: :files: Path is not a folder. Path: /home/powelltr/public_html/images/07_29_10/pigmud
JFolder: :files: Path is not a folder. Path: /home/powelltr/public_html/images/07_29_10/pioneers
×

Notice

There was a problem rendering your image gallery. Please make sure that the folder you are using in the Simple Image Gallery Pro plugin tags exists and contains valid image files. The plugin could not locate the folder: images/07_29_10/pigmud
There was a problem rendering your image gallery. Please make sure that the folder you are using in the Simple Image Gallery Pro plugin tags exists and contains valid image files. The plugin could not locate the folder: images/07_29_10/pioneers

Tribune Staff

Additions bring summer signing total to five

On the eve of fall semester student-athletes reporting to campus, Northwest College men's basketball coach Andy Ward announced a trio of signees to the Trapper hoops program. The signings include a shooting guard, a wing and a post player.

Followers of the Trappers will likely recognize the last name of new Fort Collins, Colo., signee Ty Ackelson. Ackelson, a 6'2” shooting guard, is the younger brother of two-year Trapper Mitch Ackelson, who graduated this past spring. The younger Ackelson averaged 18 points and five rebounds per game as a senior for Fossil Ridge High School.

Included in those numbers are a 37 percent accuracy from 3-point range an an 87 percent clip at the free throw line.

“(Fossil Ridge coach) Matt Johannsen does a great job of developing his student athletes and preparing them for college and the rigors of intercollegiate basketball,” Ward said. “Ty is an exceptional 3-point shooter with outstanding range. He's an instant threat from the offensive perimeter and works very hard on the defensive end of the floor, too. He's a great fit for our basketball program and we are looking forward to his contributions at Northwest College.”

Joining Ackelson as a member of the Trappers incoming 2010-2011 recruiting class will be 6'2” wing Dee Crandall from Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City.

Crandall averaged 13 points per contest as a senior, earning all-region and all-state honors as a senion.

“Judge Memorial has a strong reputation for having an outstanding basketball program,” said Ward. “The coaching staff there consistently moves students into intercollegiate basketball programs. Dee was a member of their state championship team as a junior, plus he's an outstanding student, making the honor roll all four years.”

Crandall is expected to add depth to the Trappers' perimeter game, but Ward also notes that he provides the team with a strong, physical athlete.

“He possesses a great work ethic and has a very high basketball IQ,” Ward said.

The final addition to the Northwest College basketball family is Kemmerer native Eric Robinson. The 6'4” Robinson will reunite with former high school teammate Keeton Tucker after averaging 15 points and seven rebounds this past winter.

“Eric was recruited to play college football, but has opted instead to play college basketball,” said Ward. “He brings a tremendous work ethic to our team and will be a physical presence in the paint. He also has the ability to step out and play some on the perimenter. He shot better than 50 percent from the field as a junior and as a senior and was an all-conference and all-state selection both of those years,” added Ward.

The Trappers are coming off a 25-7 campaign in 2009-2010. Northwest College spent significant chunks of the season appearing in the NJCAA's top 25 poll.

Dialogue, education necessary

More Wyoming teenagers are becoming mothers.

From 2000 to 2007, the state's teenage birth rate rose by an alarming 21 percent, according to a report released last week.

The Cowboy State bucked the national declining trend, according to the 2010 Kids Count report — the nation's teen birth rate dropped by 10 percent in that same seven-year period while Wyoming's rate rose. The state ranks 37th in the nation for teen birth rates.

The worrisome statewide spike in births among young women ages 15 to 19 highlights the need for more attention to the issue.

“We are not doing an adequate job of educating our young people about reproductive health and the consequences of poor decision making,” Wyoming Kids Count Director Marc Homer told the Casper Star-Tribune.

Clearly, Wyoming is lacking.

Whether it starts at home or in the classroom, parents and educators alike need to consider how to best curb Wyoming's rising number of teen pregnancies.

Through open dialogue about sex, education and resources, teens could be better equipped to make wiser decisions so they don't become parents before they're ready.

The issue isn't receiving much attention in current campaigns. In the weeks leading up to the Aug. 17 primary election, candidates have the opportunity to step forward and address Wyoming's high number of teenage pregnancies and other youth-related issues.

Those issues affect Wyoming families as well as the state's overall social and financial health.

(Oct. 10, 1924 - July 31, 2010)

Martha Nancy Davies James died Saturday, July 31, 2010, at West Park Hospital in Cody.She was 85.

Weatherford closure illustrates economic needs

The end of Weatherford's operation in Powell, announced in May, came closer to reality this week.

More than a dozen semis arrived on Alan Road Monday and Tuesday to haul away equipment once operated by more than 40 people in Powell. Those jobs, as well as many, if not most, of the people who held them, will be lost to the Powell community.

The departure of Weatherford, which the company blamed on the economic conditions in the energy industry brought on by the worldwide financial and economic turmoil, is a reminder that Park County, like the state of Wyoming in general, are heavily dependent on one industry: energy production. That industry tends to be volatile, and, as we all know, produces a “boom and bust” economy.

The decision by Weatherford, a Swiss-based company, to close the Powell operation probably was made in Houston, the company's U.S. headquarters. That should remind us that, despite our vaunted Wyoming independence, many elements of our economy are in the hands of stockholders and business executives far away from Powell, and we have little or no control over them.

Still, Powell's economic development efforts must continue trying to attract such businesses to the community.

Fostering the creation or expansion of home-grown businesses is important and should be a big part of the effort to grow the community's economy, but businesses such as Weatherford are a vital element of a healthy economy.

Powell's economic development efforts have slowed in recent months, and they need to be revitalized. Doing so will require an ongoing effort by both individuals and the community. It will require funding, and it will require commitment.

It won't be easy, but Powell has recovered from events such as this before.

We think Powell can do it again.

(Nov. 17, 1922 - Aug. 6, 2009)

Jacob Reichert, Jr., 86, died Thursday morning, Aug. 6, at Rim Shadows in Billings.

{gallery}07_29_10/pigmud{/gallery}

Brekyn Herd tackles his team's pig and Paul Cummings (back) gets ready to join in the action as other teams and spectators watch the sloppy action at the pig mud wrestling event at the Park County Fair Tuesday night. Fair events continue through Saturday night. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Peeling surface in aquatic center to be addressed

In the three months since swimmers first dove in, the Powell Aquatic Center (PAC) has registered 478 members and sold more than 6,000 daily youth passes.

“It's been great,” said Carrie Parmer, city aquatics director. “There's just a plethora of activity here, and I think people are really starting to explore it and see what's offered.”

One dead, two injured in attack at campground

COOKE CITY, Mont. (AP) — A mother grizzly and two of her three cubs have been captured after killing a Michigan man and injuring two other people during an overnight rampage through a campground near Yellowstone National Park.

The sow, estimated to weigh 300 to 400 pounds, was lured into a trap fashioned from culvert pipe covered by the dead victim's tent Wednesday evening. The bear tore down the tent again and was caught in the trap, said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim.

A squirrel or some other electrical interrupter picked a particularly inconvenient time to stray onto the city's electrical grid on Tuesday.

A second outage occurred Wednesday afternoon.

{gallery}07_29_10/pioneers{/gallery}

Powell's Jake Beurster delivers a pitch to home plate during district tournament action last week. On Wednesday, it was Pioneer pitcher Scotty Jameson who delivered both on the mound and at the plate in an 8-7 Pioneer victory. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Powell survives opening-round scare with 8-7 victory

The defending Class A champion Powell Pioneers were forced to work overtime in Sheridan at the opening round of the 2010 Wyoming State American Legion baseball tournament, but survived to a spot in today's (Thursday) championship semifinals with an 8-7, 10-inning victory over Torrington.

Scotty Jameson came through with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive across Josh Cragoe, who was hit by a pitch to reach base.

Page 470 of 503

Subscribe

Get all the latest Powell news by subscribing to the Powell Tribune today!

Click here to find out more!

E-Edition

Our paper can be delivered right to your e-mail inbox with a subscription to the Powell Tribune!

Find out more here!

Stay Connected

Keep up with Powell news by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

Go to top