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August 25, 2008 1:57 pm

What does $6 million buy?

The cost for management of the Gunbarrel Fire is about $6.6 million so far.
Since the fire started July 26, 54,000 acres have been charred, and the fire doesn't show much sign of slowing.
In fact, the fire has grown significantly in the last few days.
And as it continues to burn, encroaching on private land, the goal of allowing the fire to play its role in the ecosystem has been changed in favor of suppression on the east end.
With the change, costs promise to rise even faster, and it begs the question: What has $6.6 million done so far?
The answer comes in many forms.
A pup-tent city, 200+ people strong, has grown near the Wapiti Ranger Station.
It's filled with the people who spend their days cutting timber, lighting back-fires, clearing fire lines and running hoses and sprinklers — up the sides of mountains, in 90-degree heat, no less.
The same crews patrol the North Fork, around the clock, to make sure cabins and other structures are protected.
Hotshot crews battle on the front lines.
Fifteen engines and three water tenders are in service.
Candidates unsure if they'll continue efforts
Don't start counting any electoral chickens just yet.
Write-in results from Park County's primary election reveal that some races that appeared a foregone conclusion may not be over.
Two individuals ran write-in campaigns for the primary election, and they're considering continuing their efforts to the general election.
Republican Pat Slater, the former director of the Powell Recreation District, launched a last-minute campaign for House District 25. Powell Tribune publisher Dave Bonner was the only candidate on the ballot.
Bill Yetter of Meeteetse also made a write-in bid for a seat on the Park County commission.
Slater decided just days before the election to make a bid for the Powell area's seat in the state house.
“A one-person race isn't a choice, it's a lack of options,” he said.
August 25, 2008 12:57 pm

Golf team off to better start

Finish 10th in Riverton
The Powell High School boy's golf team is already off to a stronger start than last year.
At last week's season-opening Riverton Invitational, the Panthers shaved 89 shots from their score at the same tournament a year ago.
PHS head coach Troy Hildebrand said his team was “right in the mix among 3A teams” at the Thursday-Friday event.
The Panthers took 10th in the 13-team field with an 822 mark.
Their total score was only was only about three dozen shots away from fifth. They also cut 34 shots from day one to day two, going from 428 to 394.
“The first day (Thursday) our scores were slightly higher than we had hoped, but still a very solid start,” Hildebrand said. “I felt like the guys settled down nicely on Friday and shot the type of scores we were hoping for on a tough course.”
The hosting Riverton Wolverines won their own tourney with a two-day total of 637. The Evanston Red Devils took second with a 646 score.
Individually, junior Bryan Borcher shot an 88 the first day and followed it up with an 84. Hildebrand called it a “very nice start” to his season.
“This was Bryan's third year at the Riverton tournament, and he has shown great improvement each time,” the coach said.
Powell's two new schools were dedicated Thursday with brief ceremonies and open houses.
Principal Ginger Sleep opened the celebration at Southside Elementary. She introduced school board chairman David Northrup, who spoke briefly, thanking all the individuals and companies who had contributed to the design and development of the building. Northrup read a letter a letter from U.S. Sen. John Barrasso congratulating the Park County School District No. 1 for completing the new building.
Fifth-grader Trey Ouellette, president of the Southside student council, echoed Northrup's thanks to those who contributed to the school's construction and then invited those in attendance to tour the school.
“I'm going to use my presidential powers to call in Mrs. Sleep to organize things,” Ouellette said, before joining other student council members to lead the tours.
At Powell High School, Northrup opened the ceremonies with thanks, then introduced Barrasso, who spoke about the importance of education and praised the Wyoming Legislature for creating the Hathaway Scholarships for Wyoming students.
“You have great opportunities here,” Barrasso told the students in attendance.
PHS student body officers Gavin Mills and McKenzie Danforth spoke about memories of the old building and opportunities for new memories in the new one.
Billie Kasinger, a member of the PHS class of 1961, the first one to graduate from the old school, spoke briefly, telling the students to “remember, the best years of your life are now.”
“Be the best that you can be,” Kasinger said.
Members of the district school board then stepped forward to cut the ribbon on the new school, and everyone stepped inside to inspect the new facility.
Squad registers 3-4 mark in CSI's Outback Invitational
Seven matches in two days — that was the task facing the Northwest College Lady Trappers last Friday and Saturday at the College of Southern Idaho's Outback Invitational in Twin Falls. Making that challenge even more difficult for NWC was the fact that four of its opponents boasted lofty national rankings entering the event.
Despite those obstacles and a 13-player roster filled with nine freshmen, first-year Lady Trapper head coach Flavia Siqueira directed her squad to a 3-4 mark during NWC's first action of the season.
“I was pleased with this tournament,” Siqueira said. “I still believe we lack experience, but we were in good shape and performed well against teams that are ranked. For sure it was wake-up call for some of my kids who now understand a little bit more about the level and the speed of collegiate volleyball.”
NWC opened the tournament with four games on Friday, including a 9 a.m. contest against sixth-ranked Salt Lake Community College. The Lady Trappers lost that match 25-23, 25-12.
“It was a good match, and we were ahead for a while,” Siqueira said. “But they came back with a very strong block and took the match away from us.”
August 25, 2008 12:54 pm

Patricia M. Moore

Dec. 6, 1937 - Aug. 20, 2008
Patricia May Spencer Moore, of Clark, died of cancer Aug. 20 at her daughter's home in Kimberly, Idaho. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer in April and she spent the final months of her life surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. According to her family, this summer will long be remembered as the summer they spent with their Oma at The Ranch in Clark.
Patricia was born Dec. 6, 1937, in Casper, to Arvine Wilkins and Marianne Eggers Spencer. She was the oldest of six children. She spent her growing-up years in the oil fields of Montana and Wyoming where her father and grandfather were employed. She met her husband, John William (Bill) Moore, while attending Natrona County High School. They married June 28, 1955, in Casper soon after graduation.
Bill and Pat were the parents of ten children, grandparents to 50 and great-grandparents of thirty-six children.
Bill and Pat lived in Clark for over thirty years, where they ranched and raised buffalo for several years. After retiring from ranching, they felt served as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in many countries and on several continents.
Pat had a love of learning. She read history and biographies. She was a self-taught knitter and loved to crochet. She also enjoyed spinning and weaving. Her favorite hobby was researching family history. The Internet made her research faster and easier.
She is survived by her mother, Marianne Spencer, Cody; children Barbara (Bart) Smith, Archer, Idaho; Catherine (David) Myers, Rapid City, S.D.; Collene (Richard) Jackson, Belfry; Liz (Victor) Jackson, Belfry; Melanie (John) Lennon, Powell; Mary Ann (Mike) Sapp, Worland; John (Connie) Moore, Powell; Patricia (Jesse) Sutherland, Kimberly, Idaho; Michelle (Tim) Beasley, Elko, Nev.; and Ruby (Lee) Harvey, Byron; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings Kathleen (Joel) Swearingen, Cody; Rosemary (Robert) McCandless, Las Vegas; Marianne Hall, Tacoma, Wash.; Fred Spencer, Mesa, Ariz.; and Veronica (Roger) Plumb, Phoenix, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a foster daughter, Brenda Hernandez of Colonia Juarez, Mexico.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Moore; a son, Don Carlos Moore; and her father, A. W. Spencer.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 23 in the Belfry LDS Branch Chapel in Belfry. Interment followed in the Bennett Butte Cemetery in Clark.
All are welcome to join the family in the family home in Clark afterwards.
August 25, 2008 12:52 pm

Jackie (Jack) Lavern Kobbe

July 28, 1939 - Aug. 14, 2008
Jackie (Jack) Kobbe, 69, died of cancer Thursday, Aug. 14, in a Bellevue, Wash., hospital. His sisters were at his bedside.
No services are planned. His ashes will be interred beside his mother at Crown Hill Cemetery at a later date.
Jack was born July 28, 1939 in Lance Creek, Wyo., to Forest R. and Maude L. (Riley) Kobbe. He was raised and attended school in Wyoming. In 1959 he moved to Eugene, Ore., where he owned and operated a plumbing business. On Jan. 15, 1966, Jack married Betty Lough. He moved back to Wyoming in the early 1970s and started another plumbing business as well as a small cafe. He later moved to Bellevue, Wash., where he managed condo units until his death.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Peggy Anderson of Twin Falls, Idaho and Molly Horner of Spearfish, S.D., one son, John Kobbe of Alaska, two sisters, Wyoma Wagner of Elmira, Ore., and Donna Hickey of Sweet Home, Ore., a stepson, Rick of Seatle, Wash., a stepdaughter Karen of Ventura, Calif., nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Dixie Kechter, and one stepson, Russell.
August 25, 2008 12:52 pm

Richard R. (Dick) Jones

Sept. 5, 1910 - Aug. 20, 2008
Richard R. (Dick) Jones, long-time resident of Powell and Cody, died Wednesday, Aug. 20 in the Powell Hospital following surgery. He was 97.
Dick was born Sept. 5, 1910, the third child of six children born to Alfred and Elsa Jones. His early years were spent on the family homestead east of Billings on the Huntley Project. He graduated from Huntley Project High School in 1928.
Dick was very proud of his Swedish ancestry. Both of his parents emigrated from Sweden to the United States, became naturalized citizens and homesteaded on the Huntley Project in 1907. He visited Sweden on several occasions and formed close ties with relatives. He took all five of his grandchildren to visit their Swedish relatives.
As a young man, he worked for the railroad and delivered milk in Billings. Shortly thereafter, he started his first trucking company with a partner in Casper. In 1932, he married his high school sweetheart, Estes “Jackie” Clarke. To this marriage, three children were born: Nancy, Alan and Tom. Estes passed away in 1984. He married Evelyn Nelson in 1987.
In 1935, he purchased a one-truck freight company in Powell and established a trucking company that continues to operate today as Dick Jones Trucking. He was active in the business at its Cody location until he returned to Powell in 2001. He enjoyed working alongside his son, grandson and granddaughter in the family-run business. After returning to Powell, he enjoyed daily visits to the office and continued these visits until a week prior to his death.
The lack of formal higher education never held him back. When an acquaintance told Dick that he was the luckiest man alive, he responded, “Yes, I am. The harder I work, the luckier I am.”
Dick served on the Powell Town Council and was Mayor of Powell. In 1955, he was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives, and in 1957 he was elected to the Wyoming Senate and served until 1974 when he resigned and became a candidate for Governor of Wyoming. He served as Senate President in 1967 and 1968. While serving in the Legislature, he was appointed to the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education by Gov. Stan Hathaway.
He participated in the formation of Northwest Community College and served on the original board of trustees. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Northwest Community College Foundation and served on the board of directors.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; daughter Nancy (Tom) Cook of Cody; son Alan (Alayne) Jones of Powell and son Tom (Barbara Costa) Jones of Cheyenne. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Pam Ruehle, Rick Cook, Carol Zierk, LeAnne Kindred and Mitch Jones, and 10 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Other survivors are sister Ruby Snyder and sister-in-law Alma Jones, both of Huntley, Mont. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Bill and Bob Jones; and sisters Irene Hauf and Lois Weidinger.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Aug. 25 at United Methodist Church of Cody, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Cody
August 25, 2008 12:51 pm

Geni Marie Hunder

Feb. 10, 1977 - Aug 17, 2008
Geni Hunder, 31, of Rifle, Colo., died Sunday, Aug. 17, after a long battle with cancer. She was 31.
Geni was born Feb. 10, 1977, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Jay Hunder and Debra Mattingly. She lived in Rifle for the last nine years, and for the last eight years worked as a truck driver for Gould Construction. She loved driving truck and her co-workers became her family. She enjoyed the outdoors, as well as spending time with her daughter and nephews, Dominic (Bubba) and Zach.
She is survived by her father and stepmother, Jay and Cindy Hunder; mother and stepfather, Debra (Mattingly) and Ron Smith; daughter, Dayna Zertuche; brothers, Jason (Jessica) Hunder, Steven (Melinda) Hunder; stepbrothers, Coby (Molly) Croft; Michael (Michelle) Croft and Pat Croft; and her grandmother, Mary Ann Hunder.
She was preceded in death by her son Tyrese Hunder, grandparents Charles and Elaine Mattingly, grandfather Kenneth Hunder, and her aunt, Joanne Hisel.
Graveside services were held Thursday, Aug. 21 in Rifle, Colo. Donations may be made to Dayna's college fund at Rifle Community Bank.
August 25, 2008 12:50 pm

Elvira Bell

May 27, 1925 - Aug. 23, 2008
Elvira Bell, a Powell Valley native and 34-year resident of Byron, died Saturday, Aug. 23 at Deaconess Hospital in Billings, Mont. She was 83.
Born on May 27, 1925, she was the second of 12 children of Victoria and Frank Cruz, homesteaders and long-time farmers north of Powell.
She married Don L. Bell in 1958 and had three daughters, Donna Bell of Billings, Victoria Abbott of Ucross and Bernadette Bell of Albuquerque, N.M. Don died in 2005.
Family gatherings and gardening gave her great joy for many years. Elvira was a natural caregiver and conversationalist. Humbly guided by her Christian faith, she dutifully visited the elderly and sick all her life, and her bilingual gift bridged worlds for those that spoke only Spanish. Independent and brave to the end her family honors a diverse woman of high integrity with a passion for caring.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Don Bell, and is survived by her daughters Donna, Victoria and Bernadette; her grandchildren, Sarah Mauthe of Portland, Ore., (daughter of Donna) and Katie Wilhelm (daughter of Vickie). Her surviving siblings include Dixie Velasquez and husband Art of Garden Grove, Calif.; Pete Cruz of Fremont, Calif.; Tomasa Macias and husband Lupe of San Lorenzo, Calif.; Julia Mascarenas and husband Edward of Las Cruces, N.M.; Tim Cruz and wife Marge of Powell, and Martin Cruz of Salt Lake City, Utah; sisters-in-law Avelina Cruz and Sally Cruz, both of Powell; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
A vigil service is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church. A funeral Mass, officiated by Father Glenn, will be celebrated at St. Barbara's on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery.