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April 08, 2002 5:06 am

Janet Sprinkle Brownlee

(Feb. 26, 1937 - April 6, 2002)

Memorial services will be held at the Calvary Chapel Church in Buffalo at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20 for Janet Sprinkle Brownlee, former Powell resident who died Sunday, April 6. She was 65.

She was born Feb. 26, 1937, in Denver, Colo., daughter of Lee and Florence Sprinkle. A 1955 graduate of Wheatridge High School in Denver, she continued her education at the University of Wyoming, earning a major in education and a minor in psychology.

She met Fred Brownlee at UW, and they were married June 8, 1958, in Denver. Her husband's six-month army commission stint took them to Ft Benning, Ga., then on to Ft. Carson, Colo. In 1959, both Fred and Janet accepted teaching positions at Saratoga.

Their first child, Kevin, was born in Saratoga in 1960. Daughter Julie was born in Afton in 1963.
In Afton, her husband began a 34-year career with the U.S. Farmers Home Administration. Working for the government, the family lived in many Wyoming communities, including Powell, before retiring in Buffao.
She devoted herself to children, teaching piano lessons, Bible classes and helping with 4-H. Music was a special love for her, as she sang in choirs and groups. She said her greatest achievement in this life was to realize at age 18 that she was a sinner and thus her need of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Her Christian testimony remained strong to the end of her life, even as she battled cancer.

She loved the mountains and was able to spend many weeks each summer in the Big Horn Mountains in the family camper.
Survivors include her husband Fred of Buffalo; son Kevin Brownlee and wife Bunny of Belgrade, Mont.; daughter Julie Peter and husband Dennis of Arvada, Colo.; two brothers, Bob Sprinkle of Grand Junction, Colo., and Dale Sprinkle of Surry, Maine; and three grandchildren.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorials to Compassion International, in care of First National Bank, P.O. Box 400, Buffalo, WY 82834, or Allan and Baska Vance, in care of Conservative Baptist International, P.O. Box 5, Wheaton, IL 60189-0005 (serving in Portugal). Cremation has taken place. The family will scatter her ashes in the Big Horn Mountains.

April 06, 2002 5:04 am

Lola Belle Essex

(Oct. 14, 1931 - April 4, 2002)

Funeral services were conducted Saturday at the First Southern Baptist Church for Lola Belle Essex, 70, who died Thursday, April 4 at the Powell Nursing Home.

Pastor Joe Reynolds officiated at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.
She was born Oct. 14, 1931, in Pawnee, Okla., to Russell Toler and Hope Tansey. She completed four years of college education to become an elementary school teacher.

She married Harry P. Essex in Powell on June 2, 1948, and they lived in Powell. She was a member of the Southern Baptist Church and the Rebekahs.

Her hobbies included camping and reading.

She is survived by her husband Harry P. Essex of Powell; two sons and their wives, Russ and Carla Essex of Mobridge, S.D., and John and Jen Essex of Billings, Mont.; two daughters and their husbands, Melsene and Frank Villegas of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Hope and Joe Reynolds of Mobridge, S.D.; four sisters, Violet Lee (Buck) of Thermopolis, Elizabeth Stines (Gene) of Clarkston, Wash., Louise Wheqaton of Casper and Eleanor Martin (Fred) of California; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Gordon Toler; and a sister, Marge Howell.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Ron Elwood, Ralph Wensky, Delbert Fetzer, Vern Groskop, Norm Manweiler and Bob Webber.

April 04, 2002 4:56 am

Msgr. Daniel B. Carroll

(Oct. 17, 1909 - April 3, 2002)

Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Daniel B. Carroll was celebrated Monday at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell where he was parish priest for 27 years.

Msgr. Carroll died Wednesday, April 3 at the Powell Nursing Home, having lived 93 years faithful to God and nearly 65 years of faithful ministry as a priest.

He was born Oct. 17, 1909, in Providence, R.I. He was the youngest of five children, and the only son, born to Daniel and Elizabeth Carroll. He attended St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Md., and was ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1937, in Trenton, N.J.

While listening to Bishop McGovern speak at St. Mary's Seminary about his Wyoming Diocese, Msgr. Carroll became extremely interested in Wyoming. In a conference with Bishop McGovern, arrangements were made, and Msgr. Carroll came to St. Joseph's Orphanage in Torrington on June 1, 1937.

He assisted for two years, 1938 to 1940, in Holy Name Parish in Sheridan. Msgr. Carroll's first pastorate was St. Thomas Parish in Monarch, Wyo. He was transferred to Pine Bluffs in 1942, remaining there until 1948 when he assumed the pastorate of St. Barbara's Parish in Powell, which included the mission church, Our Lady of the Valley, near Clark.
Msgr. Carroll served St. Barbara's Parish until June of 1975 when he became pastor at St. Francis in Thermopolis. He retired on Aug. 21, 1979.

At that time, he moved to Greybull where he lived with his two sisters, Mae and Helen. After their deaths, he moved into a house in Greybull until Msgr. Meyer died in 1991. At that time, Msgr. Carroll moved to Powell and lived in the Powell Nursing Home.

During Msgr. Carroll's time as pastor of St. Barbara's in Powell, he was instrumental in constructing the following facilities: the rectory, the parish center and a new church, and also a church was constructed at Our Lady of the Valley in Clark. He also purchased a convent which was used by the Sisters of Victory Noll.

On March 15, 1974, Rev. Msgr. Daniel B. Carroll received investiture as Prelate of Honor to His Holiness Pope Paul VI by His Excellency Most Rev. Hubert M. Newell, DD, Bishop of Cheyenne.

He is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Tetrault, and the following nieces and nephews: Carol Ann Malloy, John Kennedy, Joseph Kennedy, Fr. Raymond Tetrault, Conrad Tetrault, Joseph Tetrault and Leon Tetrault. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Mary (Mae) Carroll, Helen Carroll and Kathleen Kennedy, and a niece, Irene Meenagh.
Burial was in Hillside Cemetery in Greybull.

Memorials may be made to St. Barbara's Foundation, P.O. Box 818, Powell, WY 82435.

April 03, 2002 4:54 am

Harold W. (Whitey) Hopkin

(May 17, 1927 - April 3, 2002)

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Powell for Harold W. (Whitey) Hopkin, 74, who died unexpectedly Thursday, April 3 in Denver, Colo., while enjoying a last dance with his beloved wife, Alyce.

He was born May 17, 1927, to Frederick William and Elizabeth Wilson Hopkin in Penrose. He attended school in Powell, graduating from high school in 1945.

During the summers when he was in high school, he spent time helping his father on their cattle ranch in the Bull Mountains of Montana. He treasured the time with his father, working with the animals in the mountains.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947 and was stationed in Guam. On returning home, he married Alyce Marie Hardee on Aug. 13, 1947. Later the marriage was solemnized in the LDS Idaho Falls Temple.
The couple settled in Penrose where they farmed and ranched until 1983. After retiring, he spent many years, during the summer months, in the Pryor Mountains, working on the Shively Ranch and making friends with the guests at the "working ranch."

He served on the board of Garland Light & Power Company, the Wyoming Rural Electric board and as a director of the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.

A true Wyoming Cowboy, he enjoyed riding his horses, singing a song, sketching, leatherworking, telling a good joke and dancing with Alyce. He was always willing to lend a hand, and many people benefitted from his kindness.
As a member of the LDS Church, he held many leadership and teaching positions, was an ordinance worker in the Billings, Montana Temple and enjoyed singing in church choirs.

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Alyce; his four sons, Thayne Hopkin and wife Brenda of West Valley City, Utah, Kurt Hopkin and wife Karen of Cody, Byrne Hopkin and wife Cindy of Bountiful, Utah, H. Vince Hopkin and wife Linda of Cody; his daughter, Jocelyn Frame and husband Kim of Powell; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his brother, Burchell Hopkin and wife Ruby of Powell; sisters Mary Simian, Fay Smith and Zona Roper, all of Powell; and sister-in-law Dorcas Hopkin of Lovell. His parents and brother Fredrick Hopkin preceded him in death.

Viewing will be prior to the services from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the LDS Church. Burial will be at the Penrose Cemetery.

April 03, 2002 7:02 pm

Dennis Ray Love

(Oct. 8, 1973 - Sept. 30, 2008)

Dennis Ray Love, 34, died Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Lovell.

He was the third child of George and Elaine Love, born Oct. 8, 1973, in Wichita, Kans.

Dennis loved traveling, hunting, fishing, history, welding, auctioneering. He especially loved spending time with his family and taking them on adventures where he always had a lesson for them with a test that followed.

Dennis frequented the pawn shops in Cheyenne and enjoyed “junkin” with his dad and brothers, Scott and Steve.
Dennis earned a diploma from Cheyenne East High School in May, 1992; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Wyoming in May, 1999; and later graduated in July 2004 from Western College of Auctioneering. Dennis' passion was teaching and he spent 10 years sharing his knowledge of agriculture, welding, and FFA. He student taught at Burns High School, taught one year at Hyannis, Nebr., and taught eight years at Lovell High School. He enjoyed helping students gather agronomy, choose fair animals, participate in FFA contests, and especially help at the county and state fairs. He also spent time teaching community members welding in the evenings.

Dennis and JeriLyn were married Dec. 31, 1999, in Greybull. Dennis was a most compassionate, caring, and loving husband and father. His wife and children will forever miss him. They are asking that those who knew him share the loving kindness he brought into their lives.

Survivors include his wife, JeriLyn; daughter, Stormi Lyn, and twin sons, Morgan and James; parents, George and Elaine of Cheyenne; brothers, Scott of Cheyenne and Steve (Marci) of Burns; grandparents, Raymond and MaryLou Griffith; aunts, Ina Rightmeier, Marilyn Meyer and Janet Griffith; Uncle Ray Griffith; eight nieces and nephews; and numerous in-laws.

Dennis was preceded in death by his infant sister, Julie Rachelle; grandparents, Charles and Dorothy Love; aunt, Barbara Lee Love; and uncles Jim and Charlie Love.

A celebration of his life was held Friday, Oct. 3 at the Lovell High School Gymnasium. Pallbearers for his funeral were Scott Love, Steve Love, Harold Morgan, John R. Morgan, Justin Morgan, James Morgan, Chad Morgan, and Joey Johnson. Honorary Pallbearers were George Love, John G. Morgan, Scott Murphey, and Patrick Abraham.

Memorials may be sent to First National Bank of Lovell.

April 03, 2002 4:52 am

Marjorie Cunningham

Marjorie Cunningham, 80, died Monday morning, April 1 at the Powell Nursing Home.
Funeral services and burial will be Friday in Lincoln, Nebr.

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The Cody Park County Republican campaign office at 1262 Sheridan Ave. was vandalized sometime Monday night, apparently by a fan or fans of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Tribune photo by CJ Baker

Park County Republicans awoke Tuesday morning to find that their campaign office had undergone an unwelcome change.

In yellow window paint, overnight vandals had scrawled “Obama” on the headquarter's front windows and affixed Barack Obama posters over the GOP's John McCain signs.

“That's just the kind of people that support him (Obama),” said GOP volunteer Joni Seuferer.

Fellow volunteer and Cody resident Terry Hinkle said two McCain signs have been stolen from his yard over the past week, and he blames Obama supporters.

October 09, 2008 3:42 am

E. coli count down in Shoshone


Recent tests show signs of improvement

August test results suggest there are fewer Escherichia coli (E. coli) colonies in the Shoshone River and Bitter Creek than there were last year.

“We are showing some improvement,” said Ann Trosper, watershed coordinator for the Powell-Clark's Fork Conservation District.

“...Still not out of the woods, but a definite improvement.”

Where Bitter Creek dumps into the Shoshone River, there were 401 colonies of E. coli per a 100 milliliter vessel in 2007. August 2008 numbers confirmed 380 colonies, Trosper said.

In an area on Bitter Creek where septic systems have been repaired, 2007 numbers were 137 colonies per 100 milliliter vessel. In August 2008, that number dropped significantly to 54. An irrigation waste ditch dumps into the creek at that location, so the site has been referred to as a “hot spot,” Trosper said.

‘I'm a success story'

Until the Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic opened in July, Lori Niebel of rural Powell had given up on trying to access the regular health care she needed.

In fact, she had nearly given up hope for living.

Niebel had seen a doctor twice during the previous 12 months — both times in the emergency room, and both when she was seriously ill.

During her most recent emergency-room visit, doctors discovered her blood-sugar level was more than 400.

“They said I should have died,” she said.

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Judee Solberg, a 1987 graduate of Powell High School, is now a member of the hall of fame at Jamestown College in North Dakota. Solberg, along with her teammates on the Jimmies' 1991 track and field team, were inducted into the school's hall of fame last weekend. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Crowning achievement

Seventeen years after her collegiate athletic career came to a close, Powell's Judee Solberg had a chance to jog down memory lane when she returned to Jamestown College in North Dakota to take her spot in the Jimmies' hall of fame.

Solberg, formerly Judee Trevino and a 1987 graduate of Powell High School, entered the school's hall of fame along with her teammates from the Jimmies' 1991 women's track and field team. The squad was inducted last Saturday and recognized on the field during halftime of the Jimmies' football game with Minot State.

Solberg said the return trip conjured up many memories of a time that was pivotal in her life. She thought of the many trails she navigated during practices directed by longtime Jimmie coach Jim Clark. And she said it didn't take long for memories of running in harsh winter conditions to race into her thoughts.