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August 20, 2008 1:20 pm

Wings n' Wheels numbers up

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Spectators watched as Red Devil pilots Dan McLung and Buck Roetman cross paths in mid flight as part of their aerobatics performance at Saturday's Wings and Wheels show that took place August 15 and 16 at the Powell Municipal Airport.
Tribune photo by Kara Bacon
The annual Wing ‘n' Wheels event this past weekend was a success, according to Rinda Coons, interim executive director of the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“The numbers were definitely up this year for the car show. We had 100 cars entered,” she said, “Numbers were up for general attendance, too.”
She added that she would have exact numbers later this week.
“The pilots said it went well. They seemed pretty happy, so that's good,” she said, “The weather was beautiful, thank goodness. It wasn't too hot or cold, so that was great.”
The family-oriented event, in its twelfth year, featured an aerial performance by Red Eagle Air Sports, a vintage car show, and flights for the public, as well as food and entertainment.
August 18, 2008 1:23 pm

Climbing the ladder

Wetzel hopes to complete journey from Pioneers' bat boy to Wall of Fame
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Ben Wetzel, shown in front of the Powell Pioneers' Wall of Fame, recently completed his second year as the bat boy for the team. His contributions and dedication to the team during the regular season were rewarded with an invitation to travel with the team to Cheyenne for the recent state tournament. Tribune photo by David Dickey
Ben Wetzel has many aspirations when it comes to his baseball career. Like many 11-year-old boys, he envisions greatness on the diamond, particularly the one at Ed Lynn Field, which serves as the home of the Powell Pioneers.
The team's self-proclaimed No. 1 fan, Wetzel sees himself one day blasting a game-winning home run or making a stellar defensive play to help the orange and black to a dramatic victory. That, he said, is all part of what it will take for him to realize his goal of earning a spot on the Pioneers' Wall of Fame, which decorates the front side of the concession stand at the local American Legion ballpark.
The wall is adorned with photos of Pioneers past and present who have achieved some type of noteworthy milestone, whether it's hitting .400 in a season or striking out 21 batters in a game. Like those already there, Wetzel hopes to one day carve out his own little space on the wall and in Pioneers' lore.
Wetzel, who carries the nickname Bucky, still has a few years to go before he will have a chance to make that dream become a reality, so for now he's content to fulfill his role as the team's bat boy. But if his ability to handle whatever tasks are tossed his way in his current position is any indicator, Wetzel's a lock to achieve Pioneer greatness.
August 18, 2008 1:22 pm

Big decisions made in primary

Today (Tuesday) is Wyoming's primary. It's important not to discount this election.
Voters, both Republicans and Democrats, have some tough choices to make.
Republicans will choose between Mark Gordon, Michael Holland, Cynthia Lummis and Bill Winney to challenge Democrat Gary Trauner for Barbara Cubin's seat in the U.S. House.
Democrats, too, have some decisions to make. Wyoming's two U.S. Senate seats currently are occupied by Senators Mike Enzi and John Barasso — both Republicans. Democrats Al Hamburg and Chris Rothfuss are squaring off to run for Enzi's spot, while Nick Carter and Keith Goodenough each hope to challenge Barasso in the general election.
On the county level, Republicans also will select the two candidates, of six, who will move on to the general election in the race for Park County Commission.
Of Judy Allshouse, Dave Burke, Terry Hinkle, Hank Whitelock, Margaret Wilde and incumbent Bucky Hall, who will best serve the people of Park County?
Voters better be ready to make that decision in the primary, since the two who survive — barring a strong write-in candidacy — will go on to fill the two open seats. No Democrat is running.
Though voters can only cast ballots based on their party affiliation, voting in the primary is an important step in the democratic process.
It allows each party the chance to decide who will best represent them in the general. In the case of the County Commission, for all practical purposes, it is the election.
Anyone who says the primary election doesn't matter should reconsider.
Father of previously charged employee
A second Powell city employee has been accused of stealing gasoline.
Bill Fields, head of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, has been accused of using a city gas card to buy fuel for himself.
He is being charged with misdemeanor theft by bailee — punishable by up to six months in jail and $750 in fines, in addition to any restitution sought, said Deputy County Attorney Tim Blatt.
Fields, 53, is accused of stealing about $127.32 worth of gas, Blatt said.
He was cited last Wednesday.
Fields is the father of Jason Fields, a Water Department employee who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny earlier this month.
Jason Fields allegedly used a city gas card for his own vehicles, court documents say. He was given six months of probation and a suspended jail sentence. Restitution has yet to be determined.
City Administrator Zane Logan said the city has procedures in place to deal with personnel issues.
“I'm in the middle of that right now,” he said.
Logan said he asked Powell police to investigate all departments for possible gas theft.
Powell Police Chief Tim Feathers said the charges against Bill Fields represent the end of the investigation.
Blatt noted that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Bill Fields is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today (Tuesday).
City councilman Tim Sapp is challenging incumbent mayor Scott Mangold in this year's election.
Sapp, who is finishing his second term as Ward 3 city councilman, was born and raised in Powell. He has worked for Superior Machine Company since 1972. Sapp said he is running to fulfill a promise he made eight years ago.
“I promised my constituents when I first ran for city council that I would eventually run for mayor,” he said.
Incumbent Scott Mangold is part owner, program director, sports reporter, “engineer and gardener” at local radio station KPOW. He grew up in Montana and North Dakota and moved to Powell from Seattle in 1980. He is wrapping up his first term as mayor.
“I have a lot of unfinished projects — Centennial Park and other events — and some things I'd like to lobby the Legislature about,” said Mangold, when asked why he chose to run again.
“I would like to see the use of ankle bracelets for sex offenders. I'd like municipalities to have more say in monies coming in, and for counties to have a bigger part. I also want to see the swimming pool project through, to deal with construction problems. I'd also like to lobby the Legislature to do something about gas prices,” he added.
August 18, 2008 1:08 pm

Marilyn Kay Sweet

Jan. 7, 1948 - Aug. 15, 2008
Marilyn Kay Sweet died Friday, Aug. 15 at her home in Powell. She was 60. Marliyn was born Jan. 7, 1948, in Lovell, to Edna (Malliot) and Eugene Becker.
She is survived by her mother, Edna Becker of Powell, daughter Cindy Brad of Collingwood, N.J., brothers Rodney (Carla) Becker of Harlem, Mont., and Gary Becker (Tanya) of Powell, and sister Rhonda (Eugene) Borcher of Powell.
She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Becker.
Services will be held at a later date.
Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family.
August 18, 2008 12:52 pm

Dr. Carroll S. Miller

Jan. 6, 1926 - Aug. 15, 2008
Carroll S. Miller died Friday, Aug. 15, at the age of 82.
He was born Jan. 6, 1926 to F. Herb and Anna K. (Stordock) Miller. He grew up in Aurora, Ill., with a brother, Herbert and a sister, Lois.
Carroll joined the Navy at age 17 and entered the Navy's dental program. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he finished his dentistry education at the University of Illinois. He married his wife, Carol, in 1950 in Aurora, and to this union were born three children.
While practicing dentistry, Carroll taught dentistry at the University of Illinois, and became active in the community and his church. He was an avid sportsman, dog trainer and field trial hobbyist, and enjoyed introducing others to the sports of hunting and fishing.
In 1973 Carroll and his family moved to Wyoming where he raised cattle and ran a small ranch. He returned to his practice and later became a state legislator, where he served for 16 years. He continued his interests and also worked as a hunting guide and outfitter. He enjoyed gardening, mountain walks, and bird hunting in the Dakotas, Canada, and Wyoming. After his retirement, Carroll remained active in the community and church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and one grandchild.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; his children Robin (Jim) Treirweiler, Mark (Sandra) Miller, and Susan (Tom) Jenkins; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Shell Community Hall. There will be a private family committal service.
Memorials may be made in Carroll's name at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 471, Greybull, Wyo. 82426. Memorials will go to the South Big Horn County Critical Access Hospital/Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home and to the Building Fund of The Shack.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
August 18, 2008 12:51 pm

Kenneth Paul Althoff

Aug. 20, 1952 - Aug. 15, 2008
Kenneth Paul Althoff died Friday, Aug. 15 at his home of 55 years after a long illness.
Ken was born Aug. 20, 1952, in Powell to Lewis Conrad “L.C.” and Mildred Dolly “Dot” (Shoemaker) Althoff. He attended Powell schools, graduating in 1970. Ken attended the Presbyterian Church in his youth.
He enjoyed gardening, spending time at the greenhouse, fishing, hunting, going to the mountains, going for long walks, collecting guns and reloading.
He is survived by a sister, Gladys (Keith) Noland of Worland; a brother, Glen (Marion) Althoff and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceeded in death by his parents; a brother, Roy Lyle Althoff; and a sister, Cora “Louise” Althoff Kobbe Cockburn.
Graveside services will be held at Crown Hill Cemetary at 10 a.m. Tuesday (today), Aug. 19.
People wishing to make donations in Ken's memory can contribute to the Arthritis Foundation.
Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory.
August 18, 2008 12:50 pm

CORRECTED: Ralston accident update

CORRECTED Aug. 21: This version of the story corrects information that said Misty D. Walbert was the driver of the vehicle. The Wyoming Highway Patrol has not determined who was driving. It also corrects information saying Walbert was taken to Deaconess Hospital.
Misty D. Walbert, 28, of Cody was also involved in the one vehicle accident Tuesday evening just outside Ralston. She was life-flighted to St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings.
The vehicle's other occupant, Gerald D. Brown, 43, also of Cody, died en route.
August 14, 2008 1:45 pm

Using fire for good

Gunbarrel Fire, now at 41,000 acres, is a history-making tool
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Wapiti District Ranger Terry Root (right) told lodge and cabin owners and residents of the North Fork at a Wednesday morning briefing on the Gunbarrel Fire that the forest service “didn't want another Blackwater Fire Memorial,” a reference to firefighters killed in battling fire on Blackwater Creek on the North Fork in 1937. Citing difficult terrain, the decision was made to preserve public safety and protect structures on the North Fork corridor while allowing the Gunbarrel Fire to burn in beetle-infested timber of the rugged back country. In the foreground is Dave Van Norman, operations section chief of the incident command staff. Tribune photo by Dave Bonner
You're going to see smoke for a long time from the Gunbarrel Fire on the Shoshone National Forest west of Cody.
It is growing in size, and if all goes according to plan, it will get even bigger in the rugged back country on the north side of the North Fork corridor.
This is a beneficial fire, as far as forest fires go.
So said forest managers as the Gunbarrel Fire grew beyond 41,000 acres Wednesday. In a briefing at the old Wapiti Ranger District headquarters on the North Fork, forest managers and incident command officers touted the history-making significance of this fire as a tool to clean out a beetle-killed forest.
In fire control terms, the Gunbarrel is classified as a “fire-use fire,” one that is managed to perform a benefit to the health of the forest. Incident Commander Don Angell of Denver said the Gunbarrel Fire is now the largest “fire-use fire” in the history of forest firefighting in the Rocky Mountain Region.
That doesn't mean the fire goes unchecked. The priority remains to protect structures and public safety, including the safety of firefighters.
Necessary actions are taken to protect lodges, cabins and other structures and to keep traffic moving safely on the North Fork highway, U.S. 14-16-20.