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During a tour of the Powell Aquatic Center, councilmen and other city leaders met with construction crews to evaluate the facility's progress. From left, Floyd Young talks with Jake Thiel and Don Hillman as Mayor Scott Mangold and Nancy Ronto discuss the project. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

Early 2010 opening slated for $9.2 million aquatic facility

With sunlight pouring through an open roof, city leaders toured the Powell Aquatic Center last week. They were welcomed by Sletten Construction crews, concrete vessels nearly ready for swimmers and good news: Construction is on track for an early 2010 opening.

(Sept. 6, 1921 – Aug. 6, 2009)

Andrew “Andy” Gifford died in his home on Thursday, Aug. 6 in Lovell. Andy was born on Sept. 6, 1921, the third child of Jesse James Gifford and Grace (Keele) Dalton, in Kane, Wyo. His family moved from Kane to Crystal Creek in 1925. Andy ranched at Crystal Creek until 2004.

(Sept. 16, 1931 - July 8, 2009)

Allen “Al” Stewart Bjelkevig of Powell died Wednesday, July 8 at St. Vincent's Healthcare in Billings, of complications from pulmonary fibrosis.

(Nov. 24, 1933 - July 4, 2009)

Arla Dean Muller Sessions died, with her family at her bedside, on July 4 in Provo, Utah, after complications from surgery.

As big-box stores have encroached on small Wyoming towns, “buy local” has become a mantra for people who want to see independent businesses survive in their communities. It's an important goal, one that is essential to the survival of small businesses, especially in a struggling economy.

A column in Sunday's Billings Gazette spotlighted a Minnesota woman's campaign to help people make that conscious effort to shop at home. The woman, business consultant Cinda Baxter, developed a relatively-simple idea that is catching on nation-wide: The 3/50 Project. The idea is for shoppers to identify the three local businesses they would most hate to see close. The shoppers then set a goal of spending $50 per month among the three stores. Theoretically, because everyone's needs and shopping patterns are different, customer dollars would be spread among a variety of businesses.

A gallon of paint at the downtown hardware store, a $15 birthday present and a card at a Main Street shop, a new CD from the music store down the street — and the monthly goal is met, right here in Powell.

The 3/50 Project gives shoppers a concrete way to approach buying locally, and the impact can be huge.

According to the 3/50 Project Web site (, if just half the working people in the nation followed the plan, they would boost annual small-business sales by $43 billion. And, for every $100 spent in independent businesses, $68 stays in the community, compared to just $43 in national chain stores.

The numbers are compelling and show how the little things truly do add up. It's a method small-town Wyoming shoppers can use to help ensure the “mom and pop stores” we rely on don't become a thing of the past.


Dan and Claudette Logan are shown with their 1909 Model T Ford. The 100-year-old vehicle will help Powell celebrate its centennial during Founder's Day festivities Monday. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

Vehicle will transport governor in Powell centennial procession

A car created the same year as Powell will be featured in the town's centennial celebration.

In 1961, Dan Logan of Powell became the first official owner of a 1909 Model T Ford.

Although it was one of Ford's earlier Model Ts — its serial number is 5,387 out of a total of nearly 18 million manufactured between 1908 and 1927 — this Model T never was sold by the dealership it was shipped to when it was new.

(Oct. 18, 1938 - April 22, 2009)

Arlene Jane (Case) Harper died Wednesday, April 22 after a valiant battle with cancer.

(June 21, 1918 - April 15, 2009)

Al Hoffmann passed into the eternal care of his Savior, Jesus Christ, in the Powell Hospital early on Wednesday morning, April 15, 2009.

(March 14, 1985 - March 26, 2009)

Andrew Robert “Andy” Aagard died March 26 at his home in Auburn, Wyo. He was born March 14, 1985, in Afton, the third child of Rick and Julie (Hopkin) Aagard.

(April 25, 1938 - March 31, 2009)

Anna Marie Hilzendeger died March 31 at Powell Valley Care Center.

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