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January 22, 2009 4:14 am

Tough times for recycling

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Powell Valley Recycling employees Jeff Schulz (left) and Al Renaud (center), work to load newspaper into a baler, as manager Mary Jo Decker (in the Bobcat) holds the dumpster steady. Decker said the center receives between 9,000 and 12,000 pounds of newspaper each week. The baled papers — which can include the one you're reading right now — will eventually end up in Spokane, Wash., where they are turned into insulation. Tribune photo by CJ Baker

Powell Valley Recycling pressing on

Rumors of Powell Valley Recycling's death have been greatly exaggerated.

“Right now, it's just ‘keep it coming,”' says recycling manager Mary Jo Decker.

January 22, 2009 4:13 am

Niemann has Fillies on winning path

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Cody head coach Kim Niemann directs her squad during a matchup with Powell High School during the 2007-08 season. Niemann, a 1993 graduate of PHS, will lead the Fillies against the Lady Panthers Friday at 5:45 p.m. in Cody. Tribune file photo by David Dickey

Coach to face alma mater Friday night

When Kim Niemann took over as head coach of Cody High School's varsity girls basketball team prior to the 2007-08 season, she had a number of goals in mind for her squad.

One such objective was to create a team with an unmatched work ethic in the Class 3A ranks. Under the direction of Niemann and assistant coach Jesseca Cross, early morning practices and countless hours of conditioning became commonplace for the Fillies. As they instilled a hard-working mentality, the Fillies' team chemistry developed, as did a desire to win.

When the girls basketball teams from Powell and Worland high schools square off, the crowd typically takes on the distinct shades of orange and black. However, when the two teams meet in Powell on Friday, Jan. 30, they want to leave everyone seeing pink.

Thanks to an idea proposed by Bruce Miller, activities director at WHS, the two teams will don pink-and-white uniforms as part of an event aimed at increasing breast cancer screening and education. The event in Powell and activities planned in conjunction with the Hoops for Hope game are being conducted in an effort to raise money for Women's Wellness, a non-profit, Powell-based organization created in 2005 to help women in the Big Horn Basin locate health services including mammograms, wellness screenings, diagnostic testing, case management and self-examination education.

Miller noted that when the Lady Panthers visit Worland for the two teams' second matchup of the season on Feb. 26, the squads will again join forces to promote the Lady Warriors' version of the Hoops for Hope event. In both games, the Lady Panthers will wear white uniforms with pink letters and numbers. The Lady Warriors will have pink shorts and tops with white letters and numbers.

“A lot of colleges are doing things like this, so that's where the idea came from,” Miller said. “Our kids are really excited about it, and we think this a good way for them to give back to the community. There are a lot of people out there who have had some type of experience with breast cancer. I had an aunt pass away because of breast cancer, and my mother had it as well. Fortunately, she's still with us.

“We think this will be a great thing for both communities. Powell and Worland are a lot alike, and the people are great about helping out. That's why we believe this will be a big success.”

The girls teams aren't the only ones who will be wearing pink during the events in Powell and Worland. According to Jeff Jones, activities director and assistant principal at PHS, the boys teams will get into the act as well. Jones said the Panther boys will wear black warm-up shirts with pink lettering.

The two schools also are selling t-shirts for fans to wear at the boys and girls games on Jan. 30 and Feb. 26. According to Jones, both programs want their respective crowds to resemble a sea of pink. So for PHS fans who don't already have something pink to wear, they are encouraged to purchase one of the pink t-shirts designed by Vision West in Powell.

Jones said the events Jan. 30 will begin at 4 p.m. at PHS. Women's Wellness will have an information area set up in the PHS Commons and representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about organization throughout the night.

The PHS student council also will be selling pink t-shirts and other items, and the Powell Athletic Roundtable will be selling pink, autographed basketballs. According to Jones, fans will be able to preview the items to be included in an auction at approximately 7 p.m., which will be between the girls and boys varsity games. Among the items included in the auction will be autographed jerseys from pro football players Chris Cooley of the Washington Redskins and Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens.

As for the basketball games, Jones noted that the boys teams are scheduled to play at 5:45 p.m. and the girls squads are slated to square of at 7:30 p.m. During the girls game, he said that pink buckets will be passed down each aisle so those who want to make a donation can do so.

Several school functions before and after the games also are expected to raise money for Women's Wellness, including a date auction for students. Jones also said there will be a student dance following the conclusion of the game between the Lady Warriors and Lady Panthers.

“A lot of planning has gone into this,” Jones said. “A steering committee has been meeting over the last few months and coordinating our event here in Powell. The activities this committee has planned leading up to and on Jan. 30 are outstanding, and we are hopeful we will raise plenty of awareness and needed funds.”

Those wanting to purchase a pink t-shirt for the event can do so in a variety of ways. The PHS student council has already started selling the shirts at PHS. Those sales begin each day at 3:20 p.m. The shirts, which are $8 each, also can be purchased at Vision West, which is located in the basement of Wyoming Financial, which formerly was known as Nelson Insurance. To place an order, fans can call Vision West, the designers of the Hoops for Hope logo and commemorative t-shirt, at (307) 754-1000. For last-minute purchases, fans can buy pink t-shirts at PHS on the night of the games.

For those wanting to get a head start on learning more about Women's Wellness, located at 615 E. 7th St. in Powell, they are encouraged to call (307) 754-5252.

Trappers now hold 9-9 mark

The Northwest College Trappers saw their current losing streak extend to three games following a 76-67, road loss to Sheridan College Tuesday night.

For the Trappers, the loss was particularly disappointing because they held a 38-27 advantage at halftime and appeared to be en route to a key road victory.

“Going into it, I felt there were three things we needed to do in order to win the game,” said NWC head coach Andy Ward.

“I thought we needed to control the transition game. We also needed to control the boards and stop Sheridan from getting into the lane with their dribble penetration. We wanted to force them to take shots from the perimeter.

“In the first half, we did a good job in those areas. After halftime, our focus slipped a little bit. When that happens against a team like Sheridan on the road, it makes it tough. I just feel bad for our guys. It was a tough one to lose, but I'm extremely proud of their effort.”

After building an 11-point lead in the first half, the Trappers were outscored 49-29 during the final 20 minutes of the contest. Ward said foul trouble played a key role in the outcome. Point guard Julian Olubuyi, who has been among the Trappers' top players on offense and defense, picked up his fourth foul with just more than 10 minutes left in the game. That landed him on the bench until about the five-minute mark, Ward said. The sophomore eventually fouled out with under a minute to play.

Casper Hesseldal also encountered foul trouble, which affected his playing time considerably in the second half.

Hesseldal, who was NWC's leading scorer in the game, fouled out with about three minutes remaining, according to Ward.

Three Trappers finished with double-digit point totals Tuesday night. Hesseldal had 18 points, and Olubuyi and Mitchell Ackelson added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Others scoring for the Trappers were Jordan Harris (9 points), Cody Ball (9), Ricardo Bodra (4), Anthony Harris (2) and Keith Kegerreis (1). Hesseldal also led the team in rebounds with nine.

Sheridan had four players finish with 10 points or more, including Moustapha Diarra, who scored 17 points. J.R. Cadot also enjoyed a solid game and finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. His effort on the boards helped the Generals outrebound NWC 43-31.

• Up next: The Trappers (9-9 overall, 2-3 WCCAC, 1-1 North Sub-Region) will be in action again today (Thursday) when they host Little Big Horn College in a 7:30 p.m. game. On Saturday, NWC will be on the road for a 3 p.m. matchup with Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont.

January 22, 2009 3:45 am

Robert E. (Bob) Pfadt

(May 22, 1915 - Jan. 19, 2009)

Robert E. “Bob” Pfadt, 93, died on Jan. 19 at the West Park Hospital Long Term Care Center in Cody.

He was born May 22, 1915, in Erie, Pa., the son of George and Margaret (Illig) Pfadt. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Erie. His father died when he was 16, and as a young teenager he helped provide for his mother and two sisters by working two jobs in addition to going to school.

Bob attended the University of Ohio in Athens and then moved to Laramie to attend the University of Wyoming in 1935. He graduated from UW in 1938, then earned a master's degree in zoology in 1940, and later a doctorate in entomology from the University of Minnesota. Bob returned to the University of Wyoming to become a professor and research scientist. As an entomologist, he became a world-renowned expert on grasshoppers.

Bob married Julia Van Deventer in 1948. Bob and Julia attended St. Mathew's Episcopal Church for many years, where Bob served as a member of the church vestry, did monthly lay reading at the church, as well as bi-monthly services at the Bethesda nursing home. Bob and Julia had four children.

Bob served in the field of entomology for more than 60 years. He worked on projects for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, served as the head of the Entomology and Parasitology Department at the University of Wyoming and attained the honor of professor emeritus upon his retirement.

He was a member of the American Association for Advancement of Science and the Royal Entomological Society of London. His work included four textbooks on applied entomology, two children's books, six monographs, more than 40 reference publications and numerous extension publications. His most recent work was the “Field Guide to Common Western Grasshoppers.”

Bob received the Gamma Sigma Delta award for scholarship and service to agricultural science. He is credited for having developed new methods of pest management, chronicling the history of grasshopper control and pioneering new concepts in population dynamics. He served on and chaired the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Entomology.

In 1967, he became chief of party of the Wyoming Team of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Afghanistan. Bob took his family with him to Afghanistan, where they lived for two years.

Upon retiring, Bob continued his grasshopper research and worked on completing a field guide to grasshoppers.

In 2003, Bob moved to Powell to live with his daughter, Kathy, and her family. He continued his work with grasshopper identification and classification at the University of Wyoming Extension Office in Powell. In 2004, a room in the agriculture building at the University of Wyoming was dedicated to house the collection boxes of 11,500 grasshoppers he collected. A plaque honors his career.

Besides his extensive work in the field of entomology, Bob will be remembered for his dedication to teaching. He also enjoyed working with children. He was a 4-H leader for many years. He enjoyed being a grandfather, and each of his grandchildren had an opportunity to catch grasshoppers.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Julia; his parents; two sisters, Dorothy and Kathryn and a son, Robert David Pfadt.

He is survived by his daughters, Kathryn Kifer (Dan) of Powell, Margaret Krier (Jim) of Rocklin, Calif., and Elizabeth Fabrizio (John) of Cody; a sister-in-law; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned at St. Mathew's Cathedral in Laramie. Arrangements for that service will be announced.

This week, a historic one for all Americans, also marks a significant milestone for the community of Powell.

The world watched Tuesday as President Barack Obama took the oath of office, making him the 44th U.S. president and first African-American to lead the United States.

Also earlier this week, Powell's citywide fiber-optic network, Powellink, was officially completed.

The two events — Obama's inauguration and Powell's fiber-optic network — may not seem like they relate to one another.

Yet Powellink is the kind of project that Obama supports and has made a priority.

Last February on the campaign trail, Obama said, “Let us be the generation that reshapes our economy to compete in the digital age ... let's lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities and rural towns across America.”

After his November election, he said, “It is unacceptable that the United States ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption. Here, in the country that invented the Internet, every child should have the chance to get online.”

Powell blazed the trail with its fiber-to-the-home network — a feat most rural communities only dream of.

As Obama looks to extend broadband lines in rural America, Powell won't be one of the towns looking for federal funding to create a network. It will be one of the cities that others look to as an example.

“It just shows that Powell is innovative and ahead of the learning curve,” said Mayor Scott Mangold.

Other communities in northern Wyoming also are leading the way. Ten Sleep already offers citywide fiber-optic service, and plans currently are underway to build a network in Cody.

Powell is fortunate to have city leaders who envisioned this project and saw it through. And all communities in rural America are fortunate to have a president who values the importance of broadband in small towns.

January 22, 2009 3:35 am

Divinity Hair and Nail Salon

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Divinity Hair and Nail Salon offers great service and gifts. They're located at 661 Wyoming Avenue, Suite 2 in Powell.

Call them at 754-2988.

January 20, 2009 7:28 am

Jackson Creek Cabinetry

Jackson Creek Cabinetry

Jackson Creek Cabinetry offers kitchen remoldeling, and construction at two locations:

1388 Rumsey Ave

Cody, WY 82414

307-587-4744 or 307-272-3035


Clancy, Montana


January 20, 2009 7:18 am

The Sweet Spot: Hair and Nail Salon

The Sweet Spot: Hair and Nail Salon

For beautiful hair and nails, see Stacy and Kapi today! Find them at the Sweet Spot Hair and Nail Salon.

They're located at 28 Two Bit Lane, one mile south of Powell.

Give Stacy or Kapi a call today at 254-2852.

The recession that has resulted in economic turmoil and sleepless nights for laid-off workers is introducing its unwelcome face in Wyoming.

That's the word from Gov. Dave Freudenthal, who addressed the Wyoming Press Association in Cheyenne Friday.