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December 11, 2008 3:27 am

Sullivan, Murray named most valuable

Lady Panthers receive sportsmanship award

Powell High School's cross country teams conducted their annual end-of-the-year awards ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 2, and a number of athletes were recognized by their peers.

The event was highlighted by the presentation of team awards, which were determined by the members of each squad.

Among the honors given last week were the awards for the most valuable runners. For the Panther boys, senior Patrick Sullivan was chosen for that honor. Freshman Desiree Murray earned that distinction for the state champion Lady Panthers.

“Those two were among our front runners all season,” said PHS head coach Cliff Boos. “Patrick had a great senior season, and Desiree really came in and had a big impact as a freshman.”

Sullivan, during the recently concluded season, was a Class 3A West All-Conference performer. Murray also earned All-Conference and All-State honors. Her season was highlighted by a fourth-place finish at the state meet in Sheridan during October. Her effort was the strongest by a Lady Panther at that event.

The awards for the most improved runners were given to Lady Panther senior McKenzie Danforth and Panther freshman Wyatt Horner.

Danforth, after being on the disabled list early in the season, came back and earned a spot in the starting lineup for the state meet. Horner, who joined the team this school year, narrowly missed earning a spot in the Panthers' lineup for the state meet.

“It was great to see McKenzie get that award, especially after all she went through early in the season,” Boos said. “Wyatt came in and improved steadily throughout the season. He's a hard worker, and there's a lot of promise in his future because of his work ethic and dedication.”

As for the most inspirational runners, those awards went to junior Kristi Mingus and senior Alex Speiser. Mingus was among the top performers for the Lady Panthers during the season, but she came up short in her bid to earn a spot in the starting lineup at the state meet. That, however, didn't stop her from being in Sheridan, where she was one of the teams' biggest supporters. Speiser qualified for the state meet, but a hip injury prevented him from competing.

“They are very deserving of that honor,” Boos said. “Kristi is a solid runner and a good teammate,” Boos said.

“Alex was one of the top runners for the boys, and he sure worked hard all season. Unfortunately, that hip injury kept him from running at state.”

Also during the ceremony, the Lady Panthers received a sportsmanship award for their actions during the Lander Invitational. At that meet, a number of Lady Panthers, after finishing the difficult 5K run on the South Pass, went back on the course to run along with a competitor from Lyman, who was struggling to complete the event.

“That really shows the character of our kids,” Boos said. “(The runner from Lyman) was having trouble getting around the course, and several of our girls accompanied her through the rest of the way.”

Boos added that Lyman's athletic director nominated the Lady Panthers for the award after that display of support for a fellow competitor.

“It was a fun night,” Boos said of the awards ceremony. “It was a great way to celebrate another successful season. The boys did a great job after losing eight seniors from the previous year. It was a great accomplishment for them to finish third at the conference meet. They worked hard and improved throughout the season. That's what you look for each year.

“As for the girls, it was a great season for them. They put in a lot of effort, and it was great to see them win the state title. There's a lot of spirit there, and we're expecting a lot out of them and the boys team next year.”

Boos also noted assistant coach Ashley Hildebrand for her time and dedication to helping the teams' members reach their potential.

“The kids and I appreciate her so much,” Boos said. “She does so much for our program.”

December 11, 2008 3:26 am

David Glenn Mobley

(Nov. 16, 1930 - Dec. 7, 2008)

Former Powell resident, David Glenn Mobley, 78, died in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, Dec.7, due to complications from cancer of the esophagus.

David grew up during the Great Depression, living in the dry part of the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming before Sunshine Reservoir. He always hated cooked dried beans as a result.

He was born Nov. 16, 1930, and raised by his parents, Glenn and Marita Mobley, at their farm near Otto. He graduated from Greybull High School in 1948 and the University of Wyoming. He worked for newspapers in Wolf Point, Mont., and Sheridan, prior to working for Wyoming Wildlife Magazine in Cheyenne. He became a Game Warden in 1961 and served as Game Warden in Dubois, Cody, and Powell. Sunlight Basin was his favorite posting, and there he experienced the happiest times of his life. He was promoted to supervisor in Laramie in 1976 where he worked until his retirement. He lived in Bandon, Ore., and Medical Lake, Wash., after his retirement.

He loved newspapers and often had subscriptions to several at a time. He could be relied upon for timely commentary on politics, stock market results, and wolf reintroduction.

David married his college sweetheart, Marlene, in Pinedale, in 1956. During their time in Powell, she was a reporter for the Powell Tribune.

They had two children, Curtis and Karen. They enjoyed travel, cooking, and a long history of driving around on dirt roads with binoculars, fly rods, and picnic baskets.

David was able to spot a fawn in tall grass at 300 yards and could give a decent estimate of a herd of cattle or elk from the air or from a truck. He loved public policy. With age, he developed compassion for the infirm and for a time drove the Senior Citizen Bus and delivered Meals on Wheels. He was a Lion and was very proud his volunteer work. He could be relied on for an emergency loan and for always having jumper cables. He loved cats, drinking coffee with his buddies, and very long car trips. He was a great master of ceremonies and a good story teller.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Joyce; his wife, Marlene; and son Curtis. His survivors include his daughter, Karen Mobley of Spokane., Wash.; his brother, Charles (Bill) of Lovelock, Nev.; sister, Carol Daniels and husband Don of Spokane, Wash.; three nieces, two nephews and numerous cousins and friends.

Following cremation, there will be no formal memorial service. His ashes will be scattered at his favorite elk refuge. If you feel you would like to do something in his memory, please go out for breakfast, go fishing, donate to a habitat protection project or a compassionate cause.

In November, an anemometer was erected in the Heart Mountain Irrigation District's territory to determine the feasibility of tapping into electrical power generated by the wind.

It is a 50-meter anemometer tower a few miles north of Kamm's Corner on Lane 11. The device will measure wind speed and direction for the next year.

December 09, 2008 4:06 am

Country Christmas solo stomp

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Emily Schwahn takes the spotlight in a clogging solo at Plaza Diane during Country Christmas festivities Saturday as fellow Stomp and Co. cloggers clap for her in the background. The Country Christmas weekend included entertainment, food, crafts, a lighted parade, the Tour of Homes and other holiday events. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

Group seeks dismissal of 720- snowmobile rule

Less than a month after a Wyoming District Court judge instated a temporary 720-snowmobile rule for Yellowstone National Park, it has been challenged.

The National Parks Conservation Association filed a motion on Dec. 3 asking Wyoming District Court Judge Clarence Brimmer to reconsider his decision and dismiss the case as moot.

The Powell Centennial Committee is planning a New Year's Eve bash that just might be the party of the century.

“We're calling it ‘First Night, Powell,' ” said Jeanne Nelson, committee New Year's Eve party chairwoman.

The party, from 8 p.m. to midnight, will kick off Powell's Centennial celebration with a bang — literally.

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Kelly Walsh's Keith Thomas (foreground) struggles to break free from Powell High School's Trevor Donarski during early action in the 152-pound weight class of the Powell Roundtable Invitational. Donarski won the bout via pin and went on to claim a first-place finish in the tournament. He also was named the event's outstanding wrestler. Tribune photo by David Dickey

PHS wrestlers claim four individual titles

Top-ranked, Class 3A Powell High School opened the 2008-09 wrestling season last week with the two-day Powell Roundtable Invitational, and they did so in solid fashion.

Overall, the Panthers finished second to 4A power Natrona County in the two-day event, which took place last Friday and Saturday. The Mustangs finished atop the team standings with 323.5 points, while the runner-up Panthers tallied 234.5. The remainder of the top 10 of the 20-team tournament was rounded out by Wheatland (194.5 points), Colstrip, Mont. (160.5), Lander (159.5), Gillette (144.5), Kelly Walsh (139.5), Worland (118.5), Thermopolis (98.5) and Rocky Mountain (98.5).

December 09, 2008 3:49 am

Lady Panthers open with big wins

PHS notches 3-0 record at East-West Classic

The Powell High School girls basketball team apparently was ready for its first games of the year. Its opponents apparently weren't ready for the Lady Panthers.

In three games at Cody's East-West Classic, the Lady Panthers dismantled Newcastle, Rawlins, and Wheatland by margins of 26, 35, and 30 points, respectively.

“It's always nice to start with a win. Starting with three is a bonus,” said PHS head coach Luke Danforth.

Danforth was pleased with the team's balanced scoring, strong defense and rebounding.

“Everyone found a way to contribute,” he said.

All 12 of the team's varsity players scored points during the weekend tourney — including 11 of 12 chipping in against Newcastle Friday night.

In that 60-34 Lady Panther victory, they held Newcastle to 29 percent shooting and forced 26 turnovers.

However, Danforth also noted that his squad lost 23 possessions to turnovers, a number they'll look to improve upon.

The Lady Panthers put up buckets at a 40-percent rate.

“For this early in the season, pretty good shooting,” Danforth said.

Junior Savannah Donarski led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow junior Hannah Pollart led the squad in rebounds, pulling down 13 boards while putting up 10 points.

Also scoring for the Lady Panther against Newcastle were Kelsey Allen (7 points) Darcee Lynn (7) McKenzie Danforth (4), Leslie Thronburg (4), Shellie Williams (3), Katie Kipp (2), Lauren Fagnant (2) Olivia Rogers (2) and Kami Cooley (1).

Saturday morning, the Lady Panthers faced Rawlins and won 44-9. The Lady Panthers held the Lady Outlaws scoreless until about halfway through the third period. The PHS girls created 32 turnovers from the Rawlins' squad.

“The defensive pressure really stopped them up,” Coach Danforth said.

Lynn, a senior, and Donarski reached double digits in scoring with 10 points each. Pollart led with eight rebounds, and scored six points.

Also scoring for the Panthers in the Rawlins contest were McKenzie Danforth with six, Allen with three, and Fagnant and Cooley with two each.

On Saturday night, Wheatland was next in line and fell to the Lady Panthers 62-32.

Coach Danforth said the girls played their best game of the tourney against a Wheatland team he believes may compete for a state tournament slot at season's end.

Pollart chipped in with her second double-double of the weekend, scoring 20 and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Similarly, Donarski put up another 15 points and nine boards. Coach Danforth noted that over the weekend, Donarski shot a solid 13 of 14 from the free-throw line.

Other Lady Panthers contributing to the barrage were Lynn with eight points, Randi Asay with five, Allen, McKenzie Danforth and Thronburg with four each and Cooley with two.

The Powell squad contributed to a tough weekend for Newcastle, Rawlins and Wheatland, who went a combined 0-9 in the weekend tourney.

“We played some programs that are rebuilding a bit,” Coach Danforth said. “But that's not to take away from what the girls did.”

• Up next: Last week, the Lady Panthers received a No. 2 ranking in Class 3A from the Wyopreps.com Coaches and Media Poll. This weekend, they'll be taking on No. 1 — the Lady Broncs of Jackson.

But first, the Lady Panthers will head to Pinedale to take on the Lady Wranglers in a 5:45 p.m. Friday contest.
Coach Danforth said the Pinedale squad is improved from last year, and is coming off two wins at the Cody tourney.

“They'll be confident, and I think a real formidable opponent,” he said.

The Panthers (3-0) will then head north to Jackson for a big Saturday match-up with the top-ranked Lady Broncs, a squad Coach Danforth calls the “strongest Jackson team I've seen in three years — and they're two-time state champions.”

They feature six girls 5-10 or taller, Danforth said.

“We've got a lot to work on,” he added. “We've got a big trip coming up.”

Powell bull rider logs first successful ride of event

After opening with three straight scoreless bull rides, Powell's Kanin Asay notched his first successful effort at the 50th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Sunday night in Las Vegas.

Asay, during the fourth round of what is known as the Super Bowl of rodeos, recorded a score of 82.5. His effort was strong enough put him in third place during the fourth round and helped him add more than $10,000 to his earnings for 2008.

After four rounds, Asay, who is competing in his second straight WNFR, was in 11th place in the WNFR standings and 12th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's world standings with $86,100.14. Asay entered the WNFR ranked in the No. 13 spot of the world standings.

Bobby Welsh, of Gillette, finished with a score of 88 Sunday night, which proved to be the best of 15 riders competing in the event. Cody Hancock, of Taylor, Ariz., was second in the round with an 87.5.

For Asay, his Sunday performance came on the heels of three straight efforts without a scoring ride during the WNFR, which started last Thursday.

As for the PRCA's world standings, Mississippi's Chance Smart, who had a sizable lead entering the WNFR, is just more than $30,000 ahead of Welsh, who sits second. Smart, through four rounds, was third in the WNFR bull riding average with 177 points gained during a pair of point-scoring rides. J.W. Harris, of May, Texas, following Sunday night's action, led the WNFR bull riding average with three successful rides and 256 points. He was third in the PRCA's world standings at the conclusion of the fourth round Sunday night and more than $38,000 behind Smart in the world rankings.

The bull riding event at the WNFR was scheduled to resume Monday night and after the Powell Tribune's press time. Round six of the WNFR is slated for today (Tuesday) and rounds seven through 10 will be conducted throughout the remainder of the week.

WNFR Leaderboard for Bull Riding (as of the conclusion of round four): J.W. Harris, 256.0/3; Bobby Welsh, 177.5/2; 3. Chance Smart, 177.0/2; 4. Cody Hancock, 170.5/2; 5. Douglas Duncan, 170.0/2; 6. Shawn Proctor, 169.5/2; 7. Spud Jones, 146.5/2; 8. Steve Woolsey, 87.0/1; 9. Mike Moore, 86.0/1; 10. Colin McTaggart, 84.0/1; 11. Kanin Asay, 82.5/1; 12. Wesley Silcox, 81.0/1; 13. Zack Oakes, 80.5/1; 14. Seth Glause, 0.0/0; 14. B.J. Schumacher, 0.0/0.

PRCA World Standings for Bull Riding (as of the conclusion of round four): 1. Chance Smart, Philadelphia, Miss., $179,917.24; 2. Bobby Welsh, Gillette, $149,348.31; 3. J.W. Harris, May, Texas, $141,640.32; 4. B.J. Schumacher, Hillsboro, Wis., $135,191.86; 5. Wesley Silcox, Payson, Utah, $115,705.86; 6. Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah, $115,461.54; 7. Colin McTaggart, Las Vegas, Nev., $101,645.58; 8. Douglas Duncan, Huntsville, Texas, $95,232.95; 9. Cody Hancock, Taylor, Ariz., $94,334.56; 10. Shawn Proctor, Tooele, Utah, $93,461.97; 11. Seth Glause, Rock Springs, $92,537.97; 12. Kanin Asay, Powell, $86,100.14; 13. Zack Oakes, Elk, Wash., $84,402.63; 14. Mike Moore, Kankakee, Ill., $83,286.74; 15. Spud Jones, Tohatchi, N.M., $70,971.76.

December 09, 2008 3:33 am

Cow tax would stink in Wyoming

Farmers and ranchers nationwide are fuming over the possibility of the federal government taxing methane-emitting livestock.

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to levy new taxes on cows and pigs that emit air-polluting gases, according to Rick Krause with the American Farm Bureau. Krause spoke in Sheridan last month on the issue, calling it “no laughing matter.”

According to the Wyoming Farm Bureau, a cow tax could amount to annual fees of $175 per dairy cow, $87.50 per beef cow and around $20 per pig.

If such a tax actually transpires, local farmers and ranchers have every reason to be upset.

Fortunately, it looks like the EPA is not planning to propose a cow tax.

That's good news for local farmers and ranchers.

EPA officials said Friday the proposal does not include a livestock tax, according to the Associated Press. They said the report had been oversimplified, even distorted.

Instead of taxing hardworking cattle growers, agencies concerned about methane-producing livestock should propose ways to use cattle as a source for alternative energy.

In the past couple of years, some U.S. farms have begun running generators powered by methane gas extracted from cow manure.

It would be more productive to use methane to generate energy rather draining farmers' and ranchers' bank accounts with ridiculous taxes.