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Westside first-graders listen as bus driver Bill Greathouse talks to them about staying safe around a school bus. Both Westside and Parkside schools were visited by the bus drivers for National School Bus Safety Week. The drivers will go to Southside Elementary in November. Tribune photo by Don Amend


Having defaulted on a more than $3.2 million mortgage, the upscale Copperleaf subdivision just west of Wapiti is facing foreclosure.

Wells Fargo Bank of Cody published a legal notice in Monday's Cody Enterprise stating it plans to foreclose next month on 125 lots and several tracts in the 550-acre, 155-lot gated subdivision.

NWC radio station to begin broadcasting soon

Northwest College students will begin airing local programming soon from NWT, the college's new radio station.

That will be the realization of a goal conceived about 10 years ago, and the culmination of a multi-year application and licensing process.

Leading up to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 2, Republican leaders and candidates are touring Wyoming with the GOP's “Leading the Charge to Victory” bus tour.

The bus stops at Plaza Diane in Powell at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25.


Legofi Crawford tracks in on a Western Nebraska play during regular-season play by Northwest College. The Trapper soccer teams open Region IX play on Friday against LCCC in Scottsbluff, Neb. Tribune photo by Kevin Kinzey

Trapper soccer enters post-season on a slide

The Northwest College men's and women's soccer teams wrapped up their first regular seasons over the weekend with a series of one-sided defeats. The Trapper women dropped a 4-0 contest at nationally-ranked Laramie County Community College. The Trapper men also dropped a 4-0 contest at LCCC before also falling 3-1 at Otero.

Both teams will face LCCC in Region IX semifinal contests this Friday in Scottsbluff, Neb.

The Powell Lady Panthers will take on Jackson to open their quest to return to the state volleyball tournament.

The Lady Panthers, who finished the Northwest Conference season tied with Cody for second, have been seeded third in the regional tounament.

PHS girls among 3A frontrunners

A cross country season cluttered with meet championship and runner-up finishes culminates this Saturday as the Powell Panthers line up for the 2010 state cross country meet in Douglas. The Panther girls will race at approximately 11:10 a.m. Powell's boys are scheduled to depart the starting chute at 1 p.m.

As a school, Powell will be looking to return with possession of a state team trophy from its eighth consecutive state cross country appearance.

“We appreciate being able to come each year and be competitive,” said Panther coach Cliff Boos. “It's pretty amazing how kids have been able to funnel in year after year and we've been able to maintain some consistency.”

In recent years, it has been the Panther girls' squad that has carried the banner for the community. The Powell girls own two of the last four state titles and have also garnered a state runner-up and a third-place trophy as they prepare to capture a top-three finish for the fifth straight year.

“It will probably come down to us and Jackson, just like at regionals,” said Panther senior Kassey MacDonald.

MacDonald has found herself an increasingly popular person among her teammates this week. As the lone senior on the Panther girls' squad, she's the only member of her team to have actually set foot on the Douglas course that will host Saturday's state meet.

“I ran there as a freshman, so people have been asking me what the course is like,” MacDonald said.

One of those listening most intently to MacDonald's insights this week is junior teammate Desiree Murray. In addition to being a key cog in Powell's title aspirations this weekend, Murray will be looking to earn all-state honors for a third straight season.

“I definitely have expectations,” Murray said. “I want to keep it going and do it (earning all-state recognition) for all four years.”

In order to do that, the team will have to ward off the challenge presented by a Cody team that's been nipping at its heels for much of the regular season. They'll also need to close an eight-point gap with Jackson.

“At regionals, we didn't keep with Jackson as well as we should have,” MacDonald said. “They tend to go out fast whereas we're a little slower. We need to remind ourselves early not to chase.”

“We've been extremely fortunate that everyone stayed healthy with such a small group,” Boos said of the the girls' team, which had just seven runners on its roster for much of the season until the late addition of Alyssa Hildebrand, who placed 37th at the regional meet.

In reality, though, that group has been even smaller. Injuries prevented junior Alyssa Rodriguez from competing in a meet this year. Freshman Carly Klein was similarly shelved for a significant chunk of the year. As a result, Hildebrand will line up at state to provide the squad with an important insurance runner in the event of a mishap on the course.

“The girls have a good chance if they can run like they're capable,” said Boos. “It's been neat to see how the kids have pulled closer and closer time-wise to each other throughout the year.”

On the boys' side, the word of the week appears to be redemption. After growing accustomed to a spot in the top two for much of the year, the Panthers staggered back from the 3A West meet in Lyman last Friday with an uncharacteristic fifth-place finish.

“I think we went out too fast at Lyman trying to keep up with the pack,” said junior Bodie Friday, who narrowly missed earning all-conference honors last week. “I don't think we were ready to run a flat course like what we had down there.”

That shouldn't be an issue this week as the Panthers return to the terrain-changing environment they're accustomed to seeing the bulk of the season.

“There's a lengthy uphill section on the Douglas course,” Boos said. “The kids have to run up it twice as the course loops back to that section.”

“I'm excited for Saturday,” said the Panthers' John Kissner, one of eight seniors on Powell's 2010 roster. “We were disappointed at our performance last week and we're putting a lot of effort into practice this week to make sure it doesn't happen again. If we can keep our heads in it and not get caught up in the moment, I think we've got a good chance to do well.”

In addition to making amends for a fifth-place regional finish, the Panther boys will also be looking to improve upon last year's seventh-place team finish at the 3A championships. To do both, they'll have to rely on a lineup that doesn't feature any favorites for individual state honors.

“Our strength is really that we're a great team,” said Friday. “We just go out there and we stick together. We get in a group and just run, and that really helps.”

The Panthers' work ethic has also helped the group throughout the season according to Boos.

“All the kids have really worked hard in practice,” said the Panthers' head coach. “That's really what has stood out about this group. They've stayed focused and they compete well, but they've also had fun practicing and just being together as a team. Hopefully we'll get to Douglas and they'll do the best they can, because they certainly deserve it.”

First of all, I want to point out that I swiped this headline from a book by a former Wyoming governor, Jack Gage.

You have to be old to remember when Mr. Gage was the governor, an office he assumed sort of by accident. It all happened because Wyoming voters in 1958 were sort of peeved at a governor with a name rather familiar to Park County people, Milward Simpson.

I was only 14 at the time, so I don't remember exactly why people were mad at Mr. Simpson, although I'm pretty sure it didn't have anything to do with bovine metaphors regarding Social Security. It must have been something, though, because the people went to the polls that fall and elected a Democrat, Joe Hickey. Mr. Gage, also a Democrat, was elected Secretary of State.

Mr. Hickey was, like most Wyomingites, always upset at the federal government, despite his being a Democrat. As I remember, his particular beef with the feds was over what color the stripe down the middle of the highway should be.

A couple of years later, Wyoming elected a Republican senator, but he died a few weeks later and never took office. Mr. Hickey then decided to go to Washington to carry on the fight, so he resigned, thereby making Mr. Gage the acting governor. Mr. Gage promptly appointed Mr. Hickey to fill the senator's empty seat. Whether Mr. Gage did that because he wanted to reward Mr. Hickey or get even with him isn't clear.

But back to the book.

Outside of being a governor, Mr. Gage was something of a humorist, and he was quite interested in Wyoming history. That led him to write a book about some of the early explorers and mountain men who preceded the rest of us immigrants to the state. The title of the book was, “Wyoming Afoot and by Horseback, or, History Mostly Ain't True.”

Now the history mostly ain't true thing was a reference to the legends surrounding those early explorers. Some of them were actually true; others had a kernel of truth that was stretched, and some were pure fantasy.

Well, that untruthfulness of history isn't confined to legendary mountain men. We Americans have a lot of romantic notions about our history that aren't quite accurate. Chief among them is that our founding fathers were a collection of demi-gods who wrote a perfect Constitution, and all our troubles are because we are disobeying God by not following their directions to the letter.

Well, how much God had to do with the writing of the Constitution is debatable. George Washington, et. al. were, no doubt, influenced by Christianity, but they were also familiar with the ideas of prominent polytheists such as Plato, who, along with the Romans, gave us the concept of a republic. The Greeks also gave us the idea of democracy, and many, if not most, of the people who worked on the Constitution, including Washington, were influenced by Freemasonry, as well, and they were also influenced by the philosophies of The Enlightenment, a movement that emphasized reason and often questioned religion.

Moreover, these guys almost immediately began arguing about what the Constitution really meant. There was a big controversy over the creation of a national bank, for example, and the philosophical clashes between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams over the role of government are well known. James Madison, who prior to the Constitutional Convention envisioned a nation in which the states would become administrative districts, flip-flopped in later years and became a vehement states' rights supporter.

Sometimes these guys knowingly bent the Constitution. The most notable example is Jefferson, who agreed to purchase the Louisiana Territory, even though he himself thought it was an unconstitutional action. Apparently he considered asking for an amendment before submitting his proposal to Congress, but, in the interests of completing the sale before Napoleon changed his mind, decided to let the Congress decide whether he could do it or not. Congress, of course, agreed, and the precedent was set for buying Alaska and a chunk of Mexico in later years.

Today it is popular to say we should revert back to government as the founding fathers designed it, but which vision should we follow, that of the Federalists — Adams and Washington — or the Republicans — Jefferson and Madison?

In short, the notion that we can turn back the clock and reverse 200 years of history is misguided. The founding fathers, after all, could never have foreseen most of our current problems. Frankly, if they were as smart as we think they were, they certainly would have adjusted their view of government in the light of jet travel, electronic media and multi-national corporations.

Our government certainly needs to be reformed, but the solution is not found in glib slogans about the golden past through a fundamentalist interpretation of the Constitution and a rosy vision of our history.

That rosy history, after all, mostly ain't true.

What's in a name?” Shakespeare asked. “Pretty much everything, Willie,” I'd have retorted.

Walking through the parking lot on the way to the dumpsters, I mindlessly glanced at parked cars. I noticed a non-descript little number — and I'm sure it gets good gas mileage — called “Arias.”

Arias? Is that pronounced You-rye-us, Arr-e-us,” or “Urethra?” What does it mean? I typed “Arias” into my computer Thesaurus and got several hits. Among them: “Ariboflavinosis: a condition caused by a dietary deficiency of Vitamin B. Symptoms include mouth lesions,” and “Aristas; the bristly part of the antennae of some flies.”

Is that what the auto manufacturer meant to convey … fly antennae? That's better than mouth lesions, but doesn't conjure images of speed and power. Maybe it was a designer's misprint and he meant to call this little shell-of-a-vehicle “Areola.” At least that means something!

I wonder if the Arias is related to the Prius? I looked Prius up and the closest I could come was “Privet: An evergreen shrub.” That's what you want to arrive in to impress your prom date, huh? A shrub?

If they are related, at the Prius/Arius family reunion there's probably only fried chicken, potato salad and ice-water. After eating sensibly, followed by Milk of Magnesia, they sit around talking about past heroes, like the Vega and the Pinto.

At least Pinto signifies a pretty horse, or at the very least, a popular bean. Even if the Pinto seldom topped 50 MPH and exploded upon the slightest rear-end impact, it wasn't ashamed of its name. Vega is “… the brightest star in the constellation Lyra.” Of course, Vega has just sat there for millions of years, but a bright star is better than nothing – which near as I can tell is what the Arias is.

I'm not sure if GMC even makes cars anymore, but I recall the “Javelin.” Now that raised eyebrows when a young fella told a coquettish, dim gal, “That's right; I drive a JAVelin.” Everyone knows what a javelin does. It flies through the air at breakneck speed and occasionally impales and kills a track meet spectator. I suspect an Arias wouldn't even break the skin.

There are many cool, powerful cars that not only sound dynamic, but have a dictionary definition. THUNDERbird. Now that sounds strong and fast.

It was bad-boy enough that the Beach Boys warned, “… and you'll have fun, fun, fun ‘til your daddy takes the T-bird awaaay.” When any car is respected enough to be shortened to initials, you know it's a cool ride.

My '67 “GTO” didn't have to mean anything in particular; it had three letters and up to the imagination what they means. “Get The ##!! Out of-my-way” maybe. And if Jan and Dean were impressed enough to sing, “Little GTO; you're really looking fine …” it must mean something. “BarraCUda” by Heart meant something to many of us!

I also remember pathetic cars, like the “Rambler,” which never pulled a cop away from a Dunkin' Doughnuts. But at least Rambler signified some semblance of movement. It didn't race through the universe like the “Comet,” but it did ramble around and eventually got you where you had to go.

Not every cool car needs to sound fast either; there's something to be said for sleek and elegant. The Lincoln Continental for instance … classy, yet not bold or obnoxious. Commander Cody sang, “My daddy said ‘Son, you're gonna drive me to drinkin…if you don't stop driving that hot rod Lincoln!'” I suspect the young temptress who had her T-Bird taken away promptly hopped in with the Lincoln rebel. (The strict Daddy was to blame for whatever might have happened later in the back seat of that Lincoln).

I drove a '66 MUStang — a galloping, runaway horse — when I was 20. In the day, I owned a couple Dodge Darts (small but dart-like quick) and Valiants, (meaning “steadfast and courageous”). I currently drive a '91 Camaro, which like me is showing its age. But would I trade it in for a brand new Prius? Not bloody likely!

I don't know who makes the Arias, but it begs the question, “Should Obama have just left the auto industry die a dignified death?” Driving a white Arias does not scream, “I'm alive, damn it!”

When it comes to our children, keeping them safe from harm is top priority, and Powell's school leaders are continually working to do just that.

This week, the district's transportation department has been observing School Bus Safety week, and a big part of that week is spending time with Powell's newest school students to make sure they know how to stay safe while waiting for the bus, getting on, riding and leaving a school bus.

Last week, Southside Elementary students and staff, with the help of Powell police officers and Mayor Mangold, promoted safety by gathering at Southside Park and walking to school in observance of Walk to School Day.

The district also is sponsoring Safe Routes to School, a study aimed at helping kids who walk or ride their bikes to school to do so safely. The study has been underway for several months, and next week a preliminary report will be presented at a public meeting. Parents and other community members are encouraged to attend the meeting and comment.

Powell has a pretty good record of getting children to and from school safely, as have most communities in America. But accidents are always possible. Just a couple of years ago, a Powell High School student was injured while riding her bike to school, and before that, another PHS student was hit by a car as he left his own vehicle near the old high school. A few years ago, a younger student in Lovell died after being hit by a car in a school parking lot.

Accidents such as these demonstrate the importance of continually instructing students about bus safety and justify the time and expense of conducting the Safe Routes to School project.

Powell school officials are doing a commendable job of protecting our children through those activities.

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