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Panther track teams close regular season in Cody

The Powell Panthers tuned up for 3A regional competition this weekend by capturing the boys' championship and the girls' runner-up honors at the Cody Trackstavaganza on Friday. For many on the Panthers' roster, it was the first competitive track action in nearly two weeks.

Two new automatic qualifiers emerged from the cold meet. Senior Hannah Pollart earned a spot in the state high jump field. The girls' 4x800 relay team of Alyssa Rodriguez, Skye Albert, Brooke Nisley and Kassey MacDonald also surpassed the state qualifying standard in the event.

Monday's open house at the new Powell Aquatic Center marked the culmination of years of dreaming and planning on the part of city officials, community members and other local organizations.

The aquatic center — with its continuous river and competition and leisure pools — will offer recreation opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and interests. Competitive swimming, lessons for youngsters, injury rehabilitation and general fitness are just a few of the possibilities the aquatic center brings to the community.

While the bulk of the pool construction — as well as a significant operations endowment — was funded by a county-wide capital facilities tax, ongoing support is necessary. Yearly memberships are available for individuals and families, and membership fees will help the facility remain solvent.

Quality recreation facilities are attractive features for people, young and old, looking to relocate to a community. They also go a long way toward keeping families here.

Though the pool has stirred up controversy and has been met with conflicting views, its opening signifies a new beginning.

The new aquatic center will be a positive for this community for years to come.

A couple of years ago, then-Vice President Dick Cheney was asked for his reaction to polls that showed two-thirds of American people didn't think the war in Iraq was worth it.

“So?” he responded, and went on to elaborate.

(June 18, 1943 - April 30, 2010)

Barbara Jean (Avery) Anschutz, 66, died April 30, 2010, in Fort Smith, Ark.

(July 20, 1940 - April 29, 2010)

Howard K. Branstetter, 69, died of cancer on April 29, 2010, at his home in Chugiak, Alaska.

(Oct. 13, 1946 - May 6, 2010)

Martin B. Anderson, 63, died May 6, 2010, at his home in Powell after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Six Northwest College student-athletes reportedly have been dismissed following events stemming from a weekend altercation.

The incident allegedly began Saturday night at an off-campus party near Ralston and later flared up outside Simpson Hall on the NWC campus. Some of the individuals also face criminal charges for their roles in the incident.

Wind no concern for PHS soccer

The Powell Panthers gave little regard to both visiting Lander and a howling westerly wind on Tuesday afternoon to score a 4-0 non-conference boys' soccer victory.

“We looked like a totally different team,” said Panther head coach Pat D'Alessandro, referring to his team's previous outing, a 3-0 loss to Worland. “I don't know whether it was prom or if Worland just played that well, but we played a lot better today.”

“Do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
— Dylan Thomas


Forty.

There, I said it. The first step to solving any problem is acknowledging that it exists, and in this case the problem is that yours truly is about to get trampled by the inevitable march of time.

Where's a lawyer when you need one? Somebody darn sure should have shouted “Stampede!” to warn me that it was time to break out the black balloons and pour myself a shot of prune juice.

We're all aware that Sunday is Mother's Day, but unaware of other, lesser-celebrated holidays. It seems like every month I learn of another obscure holiday on the books. Had I not stumbled upon it in my Daily Bread study page for April 30, I'd have never known last Friday was “National Honesty Day.”

Author M. Hirsh Goldberg established this day in the early 1990s as a way to “honor the honorable and encourage honesty.” He said April 30 was selected because “April begins with a day dedicated to lying (April Fool's Day) and should end on a higher moral note.” Truth be known, I couldn't agree more.

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