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August 20, 2008 2:16 pm

A new beginning

Siqueira, Lady Trappers open season Friday
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Caroline Martin, a setter from Curitiba, Brazil, is one of only four sophomores on this year's Lady Trapper volleyball team. Tribune photo by David Dickey
A new era in Northwest College volleyball will officially start Friday when the Lady Trappers begin competition in the two-day College of Southern Idaho's Outback Invitational.
That event will mark Flavia Siqueira's debut as head coach of the Lady Trappers. Siqueira, who previously served as head coach at the College of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M., took over the helm of the squad earlier this year. She replaced interim coach Jesseca Cross, who directed the team to a 12-34 record in 2007 despite not having any collegiate-level coaching experience.
Cross, a graduate of Powell High School and a former Olympian, took over the team last year shortly after the coaching search to replace former head coach Sue Pollart faced a major setback. That setback came when Brittany Uffelman, the head coach at Louisiana's Northwestern State University and the leading candidate for the job, declined NWC's offer.
The Lady Trappers, because of the situation, faced little in the way of expectations last season. Siqueira hopes to raise expectations for the program, but she admits it will be a challenging task. Therefore, she's setting what she believes are realistic goals for 2008 as she embarks on building a winning program.
“We set our goals and expectations during the first week of preseason,” Siqueira said. “We know we have a very young team, but we are going to work hard to achieve our goals. Our main goals are to learn from each match and improve throughout the season.”
August 20, 2008 2:13 pm

Apathy doesn't help

Park County voter turnout for the primary election was light at best. Only 48 percent of the county's registered voters showed up.
Word is that turnout was low across the state.
Voter turnout has been on a downward slide since the early 90s. From 1978 through 1994, statewide voter turnout for the primary election was greater than 60 percent — every year.
By 2000, that number slipped to 53 percent, and, in 2006, turnout at the polls dropped to 46 percent. That year marked the first time ever the number fell below 50 percent.
Some blame low voter turnout on apathy. Others blame it on the Wyoming presidential caucus earlier this season.
Whatever the reason, failure to vote is not a good choice.
The meager showing says people are content to let others make choices for them.
As members of a democratic society, we are lucky – indeed privileged – to have the right to vote.
We should exercise that right.
When we fail to, even in the primary election, we have little room to complain about the results.
When the University of Wyoming football team enters its first game of the season Aug. 30 against Ohio University, it will do so with what appears to be a mixture of experienced players and some new faces on special teams.
According the UW head coach Joe Glenn, one of the strengths of the Cowboys' special teams will be at the return positions. At the end of last week, the Cowboy coaching staff released an updated depth chart and senior Devin Moore (5-10, 191) and sophomore Marcell Gipson (5-10, 178) were listed as the No. 1 kickoff return tandem. Moore, a players listed by many coaches as one of the most exciting players to watch in the Mountain West Conference, tallied 271 yards on 10 kick returns last season. Of those, one went for 98 yards and a touchdown. Gipson, a cornerback, also provides good speed at his return spot.
“Devin is our most experienced kickoff returner,” Glenn said. “He finally ran one back for a touchdown in the season finale at Colorado State.”
The No. 2 kick return tandem is manned by seniors Chris Johnson (5-10, 178) and Wynel Seldon (6-0, 217).
As for punt returners, redshirt freshman Brandon Stewart enjoyed an impressive showing in spring drills and looked to be the No. 1 player at that position. However, a left shoulder injury sustained Monday is expected to keep him out of the lineup for several weeks. That opened the door for a trio of players, all of whom Glenn believes can handles the punt return duties. Freshman Tashaun Gipson (6-0, 190) was listed behind Stewart on last Friday's depth chart. Behind him are Seldon and Moore.
In the contest for Powell mayor, incumbent Scott Mangold was victorious in the primary with nearly 65 percent (730) of the votes.
Challenger Tim Sapp, current Ward 3 city councilman, trailed with 34 percent, or 386 votes. There were nine write-in votes.
Mangold said he experienced mixed emotions about the primary.
“I was happy that the majority of people (who voted) thought we're going in the right direction as far as the mayor's race. But I was disappointed that more people weren't out voting,” he said.
On Wednesday, Sapp said, “I don't have a comment at this time. I haven't seen the (primary) results yet to know what's going on.”
In addition, three city council seats are up for grabs this year. The Ward 1 city council race pits incumbent Jim Hillberry against newcomer Shea Reel. Hillberry captured 68 percent of the primary votes, with Reel getting just over 30 percent. There were 5 write-in votes in the Ward 1 tabulation.
Of the results, Hillberry said, “Of course when you're the top vote-getter, you're always happy. I appreciate the confidence of the people who get out and vote for me. I thank them for that, and we'll continue on and try to do the best job we can for the city of Powell.”
Shea Reel said the results of the primary will push him to try a little bit harder.
August 20, 2008 2:08 pm

Golf season begins today

Panthers start in Riverton
A young Panther golf team will make its season debut in Riverton today (Thursday),
and head coach Troy Hildebrand is looking forward to getting started.
“I am very excited about this year's team,” he said. “We've had a number of players put a lot of time in this summer, and I really think that it's going to pay big dividends this season for them.”
One of the team's distinctive features will be its youth — there are no seniors on the roster. However, three returning players have significant varsity experience from last year.
Bryan Borcher, a two-time letter winner, is one of those experienced players who played a lot of summer golf, Hildebrand said.
Last year, as a sophomore, Borcher was named as the team's most improved, shaving 11 shots from his average score as a freshman.
“He's certainly capable of that same type of improvement this year,” Hildebrand said.
August 20, 2008 2:06 pm

Marguerite Sara Frame

June 24, 1915 - Aug. 10, 2008
Marguerite Sara Frame, formerly of Frannie, died Sunday, Aug. 10, at a nursing home in the Los Angeles area.
She was the daughter of Seraphine (Joe) Verhasselt and Sara Rosalie Anderson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph (Jocko) Frame; and a son, Fren Frame.
She is survived by a son, Larry Frame of Salt Lake City, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at the Deaver cemetery on Aug. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
August 20, 2008 1:20 pm

Lynn R. Borcher

(May 27, 1949 - Aug. 18, 2008)
Powell insurance agent Lynn R. Borcher died at West Park Hospital in Cody Monday, Aug. 18 after an apparent heart attack while fishing on the North Fork with his brother, Kenny. He was 59.
He was born May 27, 1949, in Powell to Richard G. Borcher and Verlee (Walters) Borcher. Lynn was raised on a farm in the Deaver area and graduated from Deaver High School in 1967, and later from Rocky Mountain College with a B.S. degree.
He married Kathy Coughlin June 19, 1971, in Williston, N.D. They lived in Williston until 1979 when they moved to Powell.
He was a past president of the Powell Kiwanis Club and a former Kiwanian of the Year. He was active in civic life and served on the Powell Clarks Fork Conservation Supervisor Board and the Park County Weed and Pest Board.
Lynn was at home in his beloved Wyoming wilderness and loved hunting and fishing. While he was taken from them too soon, his family members are comforted in the fact that he accomplished so many things, including a stint at farming which was what he truly wanted to do in his life.
He was a naturally-gifted athlete who excelled in track, football and basketball in high school and track and football at Rocky Mountain College. He will be missed the most for his wonderful sense of humor and kind nature.
Lynn enjoyed time spent with his family and especially his four precious granddaughters.
Survivors include his wife Kathy of Powell; a son, Benjamin Borcher (Jessi) of Powell; two daughters, Elizabeth Becking (Tim) of Sheridan and Julie Alley (Chad Miner) of Powell; two brothers, Ken Borcher (Debbie) and Gene Borcher (Rhonda), both of Powell; two sisters, Carol Addy of Page, Ariz., and Kathy Nies (Jim) of Gillette; and four grandchildren, Kailee and Breanna Becking, McKenna Alley and Peyton Borcher.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Verlee Borcher; his paternal and maternal grandparents; and his brother-in-law, Dave Addy.
A celebration of Lynn's life will be held at the multipurpose buuilding at the Park County Fairgroundsin Powell at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. The Rev. David Poole will preside.
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.