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September 03, 2008 1:09 pm

Forget last year

Panthers looking to get back on winning track in ‘08
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Ryan Brandt and the fourth-ranked Powell High School Panthers are scheduled to officially open the season Friday night in a road matchup with fifth-ranked Worland. Tribune photo by David Dickey
The Powell High School Panthers will attempt to get the ‘08 season started on a winning note Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. when they open the slate with a road game at Worland.
They will do so sporting a new offensive look that PHS head coach Jim Stringer hopes will help the Panthers rise above the competition in what appears to be a wide-open race for the Class 4A crown.
When it comes to contenders, many of the usual suspects are present. Buffalo, last year's 4A runner-up, boasts a lineup loaded with returning starters, and Stringer fully expects Buffalo to put a talented team on the field.
Jackson, a team that lost a number of key players from last year's state championship team, also appears ready to defend its title. Those teams currently are tied for the top spot in the first coaches and media poll released by WyoPreps.com.
“Just like last season, I think there's a lot of parity in Class 4A,” Stringer said. “Buffalo looks to be the cream of the crop, but there's a lot of other teams out there that will have a chance.”
September 03, 2008 1:07 pm

Recognize local and global hunger

Though it may feel like the Fourth of July was just last week, September is indeed here — and with it comes a look at poverty.
The Powell City Council designated September “Hunger Awareness Month,” highlighting the fact that about 51,000 Wyoming residents struggle to provide proper nutrition.
In the past two years, Wyoming's leaders have assuaged food costs statewide by eliminating taxes on groceries — making it easier for everyone to put dinner on the table.
Mayor Scott Mangold encouraged people to use money saved from the food tax repeal to replenish local food banks' shelves.
As a community, it is necessary to continue recognizing hunger as a local concern, but this month also provides a chance to spotlight global hunger.
In a country where excess helps fuel obesity, it is easy to neglect real hunger issues globally.
For millions around the world, a single daily meal is a struggle. The images of starving children abroad often fail to stir a desensitized American society.
The need for assistance locally and globally is not new, nor is the plea for aid. Yet this is the first September to be “Hunger Awareness Month” in Powell, and it's a chance to tangibly address hunger at home and abroad.
This awareness month should result in education, action and, hopefully, some full bellies.
September 03, 2008 12:52 pm

Young challenges Senn for Ward 2 seat

Incumbent trailed in the primary
Incumbent city councilman Mark Senn will try to hang onto his Ward 2 seat in the general election, despite a strong showing by Floyd Young in the primary.
Senn, who is studying at Montana State University, Billings, to be a teacher, captured just 28 percent of the primary vote. Young, an assistant professor of physical education at Northwest College, was favored by 72 percent of the voters.
Young said he's running because, “It's got to do with the candidate I'm running against. He votes the opposite of how I'd vote. We vary greatly on (the pool issue).”
He said Senn has voted against several components of the pool, and he recently voted in favor of an affordable housing development on the west end of Powell, in spite of opposition from his constituents.
“He didn't listen,” Young said.
Senn, however, said he “thinks (the pool) is doing really well. I'm still a little uneasy about the amount it's over-bid, but I'm starting to feel better about it.”
“The main thing is, with the bid being 15 percent over, the city doesn't have the money without cutting funding for streets, parks — no one has said where the money will come from. Do we have to lay someone off?” he asked.
In terms of keeping the downtown area alive and flourishing, Senn recommended keeping The Commons and Plaza Diane available, “so people can have events downtown.”
He said he believes downtown events serve to revive dying areas.
“That's what's bringing Billings' (downtown) back,” he added.
September 03, 2008 12:50 pm

Lady Panthers baptize gym with a big win

It was the first varsity contest ever in the new Powell High School gymnasium, and the Lady Panther volleyball team dedicated it with solid win over the Billings Central Lady Rams Tuesday night.
Junior Kayla Ando, playing in her first varsity game, set the tone for the evening when she stepped to the service line and opened game one by serving an ace. The Lady Panthers took it from there, fighting off a strong effort by the Rams to take the first game 27-25, gaining momentum to win the second game 25-20, and then burying the Lady Rams 25-15 to complete a sweep in their first dual match of the season.
Billings Central made it tough for the Panthers in the first game, overcoming a six-point Powell run behind the serve of Olivia Rogers to take the lead midway through the game. But steady back line play and power hitting by Hannah Pollart and Savannah Donarski helped PHS reclaim the lead. The teams then exchanged points and the Panthers missed two chances at game point, allowing the Lady Rams to tie the match at 25, before putting the game away and taking a 1-0 match lead.
In the second game, Powell took an early advantage, but Central came back to keep the game close. Late in the game, though, the Panthers pulled away for the win.
The third game was all Powell. The Lady Panthers took an early 10-2 lead with a seven-point run on Randi Asay's serve, built it to double digits and fought off a late rally to preserve a 10-point win.
“It was a great team effort,” said PHS coach Cindi Smith. “The girls worked well together and everybody was doing her part.”
September 03, 2008 12:49 pm

Sleeping Giant hits snooze

Opening may not come till next year
Delays in construction and funding may force the Sleeping Giant Ski Area to wait until next year to re-open.
Last month, the project's fundraising director, Garrett Growney, told Park County Commissioners that renovations looked to be headed to a Thanksgiving opening.
On Tuesday, Growney told commissioners that snags — particularly with fundraising — may push an opening back to next season.
“We're looking at some hard decisions,” he said.
Sometime in the next 30 days, the group fixing up the ski area will decide if they will open the slopes fully this winter, open partially or shoot for next year.
The Sleeping Giant Ski Area has been closed since 2004.
Last year, the Yellowstone Recreations Foundation (YRF) formed as a non-profit entity to rebuild and operate the ski area.
It is seeking a total of roughly $3 million to revive and improve the Giant.
The County Commission voted Tuesday to support to the YRF in its efforts to get a Wyoming Business Council grant. The funds, awarded to economic development projects, would provide up to $500,000.
If approved by the state early next year, that would put the project's funding raised so far at around $1.8 million.
Other grants have proven to be a little slow in coming, as well as private donations.
Boos optimistic as 2008 slate approaches
Another cross country season is set to begin for the Powell High School girls and boys squads, who will open the season Friday with the Billings Invitational at Riverfront Park.
PHS head coach Cliff Boos said each team will sport a 13-athlete roster as they embark into this season's slate, which contains six regular-season meets before regional and state action begins just past the midway point in October.
“Our girls team looks very solid as we have almost everyone back from last season with some good new additions,” Boos said. “Our boys team is generally young and inexperienced as we had several runners graduate last spring. However, there appears to be some good talent throughout the ranks.”
The 13 girls who will make up this year's Lady Panther squad includes three seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.
This season's senior group includes Jordan Bigelow, McKenzie Danforth and Lauren Dunleavy. Bigelow emerged as the Lady Panthers' top performer last year and earned PHS's top finish at the state meet, where she placed eighth overall. Dunleavy and Danforth also were among the Lady Panthers' top runners and earned spots in lineup for the state meet.
The junior class includes Skye Albert, Megan Darrow, Kristi Mingus, Emily Schwahn and newcomer Tranyelle Coplen. Albert was Powell's second-best placer at state (13th) in 2007. Schwahn and Mingus also earned berths at the state meet and recorded the Lady Panthers' fourth- and sixth-best times in that event. Darrow, a steady runner as well, also is expected to make major contributions this year.
September 03, 2008 12:44 pm

Rodney Crosby

July 20, 1917 - Aug. 31, 2008
Rodney Welch Crosby, long-time Cowley rancher, died at the New Horizon's Care Center in Lovell on Sunday, Aug . 31 from Parkinson's Disease. He was 91.
Rodney was born to Jesse and Ivy Welch Crosby on July 20, 1917 at the family home in Cowley. He attended schools in Cowley, Salt Lake City and Morgan, Utah, graduating from Cowley High School in 1935. He was a talented basketball player for Cowley as well as the Big Horn Canners and played football for BYU. Rodney was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Rodney married his childhood sweetheart, Ethel Lewis, in 1940, and they later became eternal companions with their marriage solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple. They settled on his acreage south of Cowley to farm and ranch where he diligently worked the land. He and Ethel served as dance instructors for the youth at the Cowley LDS Church and were proficient at ballroom dancing. He was a faithful home teacher and helped others in need. He was proud of his pioneer heritage and taught his children the value of hard work.
Rodney served as executor, and he and Ethel served as co-trustees for the C. A. Lewis Trust for many years. They ran both their operation and the C. A. Lewis operation in Wyoming and Montana for many years. He served on the Lovell Hospital Board of Trustees, as well as the Cowley Drainage District and Sidon Canal District, and was active in organizations including the Wyoming Farm Bureau, Wyoming Livestock Association and the Wyoming Sheep Growers Association.
He will be remembered as a congenial gentleman who loved his family and friends, who was a warm and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and who was kind and gracious to all and a wonderful example to his children and grandchildren. Although he will be sorely missed, his family rejoices at his relief from suffering.
He is survived by his six children: Sherrill Louise Brow (Stan) of Alpine, Calif., Rodney L. Crosby (Josephine) of Cowley, Carolyn Titmus (Bob) of Las Vegas, Nev., Bobbie Arnson (Dave) of Provo, Utah, Carrie Crosby of Englewood, Colo., and Claudia Sloan (Joe) of Coto De Caza, Calif.; and his brother, Robert Dale Crosby (Maruca) of Florida and Chili. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nephews and nieces of whom he was very fond.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ethel; grandsons Randy Wagner, David Brow and Brice Legerski; brother, Jesse; and sisters, Jean and Betty. He was also predeceased by his two wives late in his life, Marjorie and Elese.
Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Cowley LDS Church, with burial in the Cowley Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell is in charge of arrangements.
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An attentive crowd listens as Sen. John Barrasso speaks during the dedication of the new Powell High School last month. Barrasso spoke of the importance of education and praised the Wyoming Legislature for providing funding for improving school facilities in the state.
Tribune photo by Toby Bonner
Now that two new schools have been completed in Powell, what is next for school construction in the community?
While two more new schools are projected for Powell, the timetable for building them is uncertain, because the school construction program in Wyoming is evolving.
Currently, a new Westside Elementary is being designed, but construction hasn't been funded yet. Todd Wilder, the Big Horn Basin project manager for the Wyoming School Facilities Commission, said he can't be sure when it will be funded by the Legislature.
“It depends on priorities,” Wilder said.
Those priorities may change this winter as the commission re-evaluates all the schools in the state.
After the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that the state was responsible for providing equitable facilities to all Wyoming school children, the Wyoming Legislature intiated an assessment of all the school facilities in the state. In that study, conducted in 2001, schools were to be evaluated on their condition, capacity and educational suitability.
September 01, 2008 6:51 am

Sugar Beet Classic results announced

Stensing, Merritt among top performers
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Competitors race away from the starting line of the 19th annual Sugar Beet Classic at Homesteader Park in Powell Saturday, Aug. 23. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon
Runners and cycling enthusiasts enjoyed a near picture-perfect day at the 19th annual Sugar Beet Classic in Powell Saturday, Aug. 23, and their efforts were rewarded with solid times in their respective events.
Overall, about five dozen competitors participated in this year's event, and according to Jeanna Merritt, one of the event's organizers, the duathlon was an extremely popular event at this year's Classic.
“We had a really good turnout, and the weather was great,” she said. “This year we had a lot more people enter the duathlon. I'm not sure why that was the case, but it was popular with the competitors.”
The duathlon, which featured a pair of 5K runs and a 25K bicycle race, drew more than 40 competitors. That portion of the Classic was divided into solo and team competitions.
As for placers, this year's event was highlighted by the performances of overall winners Martin Stensing (solo 5K run/25K bike/5K run), Jeanna Merritt (solo 5K run/25K bike/5K run), Stacy Slight and Nick Coy (team 5K run/25K bike/5K run), John Bernhisel (men's 5K run) and Brandy Bullinger (women's 5K run).
The following are the results of each competition conducted during the 2008 Sugar Beet Classic, which was sponsored by the Powell Recreation District:
September 01, 2008 6:50 am

Enough already!

After waging a primary campaign full of personal attacks on fellow Republican Mark Gordon, Cynthia Lummis started her general election campaign with another dose of those same tactics.
The Republican candidate for U.S. House last week blasted her opponent, Democrat Gary Trauner — not for his stance on the issues, but because he was raised in New York (Trauner has lived in Wyoming the past 18 years).
She later apologized, but only after raising eyebrows around the state and drawing unfavorable comparisons to current Rep. Barbara Cubin.
The attack was a poor choice on Lummis' part. Statements like that, or the impressions created by them, don't wipe away with a simple apology.
As voters, we thirst for a new day — a new brand of politics — absent the personal attacks.
Lummis risks diminishing her credibility with voters if this approach continues.
There are too many important issues that deserve our candidates' attention — whether or not someone was raised in Wyoming is not one of them.
It's time for Lummis to put the partisan games aside and focus more on telling citizens what she's going to do to represent this state.
Only then can we make a good decision about whether she or Trauner will best serve our interests.