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Tribune Staff

(Jan. 10, 1929 - May 20, 2010)

Mary Jean (Meagher) Grosinger, 81, died May 20, 2010, in her daughter's home, surrounded by family, after a brave struggle with cancer.

(May 17, 1916 - May 23, 2010)

Kermit Dwight Jacobs died on the morning of Sunday, May 23, 2010, at the Powell Valley Care Center, six days after celebrating his 94th birthday.

(March 30, 1980 - May 16, 2010)

Jennifer McDougall, 30, of Spring, Texas, died tragically along with her unborn baby girl on the morning of Sunday, May 16, 2010. Jennifer was born on March 30, 1980, in Powell, to James and Marie (Neves) Thomas.

There will be a memorial service for Hugh Rickard Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Powell Presbyterian Church. All friends and family are invited to attend. There will be a luncheon in the Presbyterian Church for family and friends following the graveside services.

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Swimmers Ty Herd, Heston Swenson and Allie Foster attempt to navigate the obstacle course above water at the Powell Aquatic Center on Tuesday afternoon. The facility opened to annual membership holders last week and the general public on Monday. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

City preps for first year of operation costs

The city of Powell is preparing to navigate uncharted waters as it operates the Powell Aquatic Center in its premier year.

With no history of swimmers' usage or operating costs, city leaders are setting up a budget based on their best estimates. The proposed 2010-11 budget, which takes effect July 1, estimates the pool's first-year operating costs at $829,728.

A preliminary budget for 2010-11 was approved last week by the Park County School District No. 1 board.

Mary Jo Lewis, coordinator of business services for District No. 1, presented the budget based on preliminary figures.

The new budget is based on anticipated revenues of $22,340,906 — an increase of more than $433,000 over this year's anticipated revenue.

The spring hazing of bison on the west side of Yellowstone National Park aimed at minimizing the potential spread of brucellosis from bison to cattle. But it has caused some humans to lock horns.

Conservation groups decry the federally-funded hazing, but the Montana Stockgrowers Association says hazing is necessary to thwart potential brucellosis infection in cattle.

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Powell triple jumper Kyle Woodward was one of several Panthers to record season-best performances in Jackson last week. The team will look to continue that trend starting today (Thursday) at state track and field competition in Casper. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

Panther boys in position to defend 3A title

The Powell Panthers look to defend their 3A boys' state title as the Wyoming State Track and Field Championships open today (Thursday) at Harry Geldien Stadium in Casper. After a dramatic win a year ago, the team knows it is showing up with a bulls-eye painted on its back.

“A lot of people around the state have high expectations for us,” said senior Matthew Condie, who will be looking to build upon last year's fourth-place finish in the pole vault. “I'd like to go out as a team and prove those expectations right.”

Panther soccer team hopes to avoid ‘09 repeat

Strictly speaking, Powell and Buffalo don't schedule each other annually in soccer. It only seems that way.

The Panthers and Bison have become common first-round foes at the state tournament and the 2010 state championships, which get started today (Thursday) in Sheridan, are no exception. Both the Powell boys (6-6-2) and the Panther girls (4-9) find their road to the championship half of the state soccer bracket blocked again by Buffalo.

PHS gridder excited to continue career

Powell High School senior Kyle Woodward will continue his football career at Rocky Mountain College in Billings this fall. Woodward recently signed his letter of intent with the Battlin' Bears in the PHS Commons.

“Kyle has been a great contributor to the football program for the past four years and he was a pleasure to coach,” said Panther football coach Jim Stringer. “He was the anchor on our injury-riddled lines this year and he'll be sorely missed. He's a hard-working kid that plays with passion and an unwavering dedication to the game and to his teammates.”

Woodward said the Bears pursued him quite a bit during the recruiting process. In addition to the ability to continue his football career, Rocky Mountain College also offered Woodward an academic scholarship that helped sway the youngster to enroll on campus.

“They're a fairly small campus,” said Woodward. “They do things like mandatory team study hall that really seemed to be a good way to start college and help with the academic side of things.”

In the classroom, Woodward intends to be a business management major. On the field, he expects to fit in with the Bears as either a defensive end or a tight end. He also anticipates getting a shot on special teams.

Wherever he plays, Stringer notes the Bears will be getting a team-first type of player.

“A few years ago, I asked Kyle to make a position move to offensive and defensive line in the best interest of the team,” Stringer recalled. “He willingly accepted the new role and excelled at it. I wish him all the best at RMC and look forward to going to Billings to watch him play.”

Woodward was a two-time all-conference award recipient for the Panthers and earned all-state recognition as a senior.

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