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Ceremony set for Friday

A trio of athletic squads from Powell High School will be recognized when a new set of state championship banners is unveiled in the PHS Gymnasium. The banners will commemorate the recent state titles won by the girls cross country team, the volleyball team and the wrestling team.

According to PHS activities director and assistant principal Jeff Jones, the ceremony will take place between the varsity girls and boys basketball games with Kemmerer Friday evening. The girls game is slated to begin at 5:45 p.m. and the boys game has a 7:30 p.m. start time. Jones said the actual unveiling of the banners will take place sometime around 7 p.m.

Two of the three banners to be included in the Friday ceremony were earned during the fall of 2008. PHS's girls cross country squad, led by head coach Cliff Boos, became the first athletic team to secure a state title for the new school on Oct. 25. Shortly after and on Nov. 1, PHS's volleyball team capped its stellar season by winning the Class 3A crown during the state tournament in Casper. The title run, which was directed by head coach Cindi Smith, was the school's first volleyball state championship since 1987.

The wrestling banner that will be unveiled Friday was earned by head coach Nate Urbach and his Panther wrestling squad during the 2007-08 season. Their state title was the school's first in wrestling since 1987.

An additional banner will be added in the PHS Gymnasium Feb. 20. On that date, the speech and debate team's banner will be unveiled between the varsity girls and boys games with Lovell. The start time for those events are slated for 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. and the banner ceremony is expected to take place sometime around 7 p.m.

PHS's drama team also won a recent state title, but no date has been set for their banner ceremony.

In other scheduling news involving PHS's sports teams, Jones announced this week that PHS will not make up a series of basketball games with Thermopolis which were canceled prior to the Christmas break due to winter travel concerns.

“We tried but could not find a common time that would work for both schools,” Jones said.

January 08, 2009 3:32 am

Paul"Curly" Young

(Nov. 20, 1926 - Jan. 5, 2009)

Paul “Curly” Young, 82, died Monday, Jan. 5 at New Horizon Care Center in Lovell, with his family by his side.

He was born in South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 20, 1926, to George and Carrie Young. The family moved to Idaho in 1937 and then to Wyoming in 1939. He spent the next 70 years as a resident of Powell.

Curly worked as a cement contractor, overhead door mechanic and hunting guide. He enjoyed spending time with his family, as well as hunting, fishing and cooking. He sold Christmas trees in Powell for many years, and he also worked at the Park County Fairgrounds.

Curly served with the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 26 and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was instrumental in getting the Veterans' Administration clinic started in Powell.

Curly is survived by a special companion, Eleanor Hofer of Laurel, Mont.; daughters Melanie Reidle of Rock Springs and Judy (Dale) Lambert and Rhonda (Brian) Sagrilla, all of Powell; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Maxine Ferren and Norma Slater, both of Powell, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at the Multipurpose Building at the Park County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. Donations can be made to New Horizon Care Center in Lovell. Cremation has taken place.

Over the last year, it was all too common to read a release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol that another person had been killed in a car wreck on one of the state's roads.

The wrecks occurred in every corner of the state, and for many reasons — alcohol, excessive speed, weather, cell phones, you name it. But there was a common thread that connected many of the fatalities: “The victim, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and died at the scene.”

Cody Beers, spokesman for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, said the lack of seat belt use among Wyoming drivers is “extremely frustrating.”

According to Beers, through the end of November 2008, there were 144 traffic fatalities on Wyoming's roads — 53.5 percent of the victims were unrestrained. Of the dead, 74 percent were Wyoming residents.

Additionally, 41.7 percent of the deaths were in single car rollovers — 87 percent of those victims were not properly restrained.

These are sobering statistics that are hard to comprehend. Not only is it against state law to drive or ride in a vehicle without being buckled up, it's just plain stupid.

The quick moment it takes to click the seat belt could save your life — the proof is in the numbers.

If you don't already buckle your seat belt — every single time you get in a car — make a resolution to start doing it now. This should be the one New Year's resolution that sticks.

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High heels didn't deter Carrie Parmer from a walk on the diving board at the Paul Stock Aquatic and Recreation Center in Cody, where she worked as the aquatic supervisor. Parmer was recently hired as the Powell aquatic facility superintendent. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Carrie Parmer has a lot to look forward to in 2009.

Monday was her first day as Powell's aquatic facility superintendent. Though the pool's completion still is about a year away, Parmer has plenty of work to do in the next 12 months.

“I'm excited,” Parmer said. “It's going to be a busy year, with staffing and training — getting everything up and ready to go.”

An avalanche on the South Fork of the Shoshone River last week claimed the life of an ice climber, Keith Spencer of Laramie.

Spencer, 45, and a companion, Mark Jenkins, 50, also of Laramie were climbing in an area known as “The Main Vein” approximately 40 miles southwest of Cody on Friday, Jan. 2, when the avalanche occurred.

January 06, 2009 3:54 am

Bus service continues in Basin

More ridership and possible subsidies needed to ensure bus runs continue

Bus service continues in the Big Horn Basin through Black Hills Stage Lines, and a shuttle bus runs twice daily as needed between Cody and Lovell with stops in Powell.

But that's not general knowledge, and long-term viability of the bus system remains to be seen.

“Ridership is still down... but we knew it would be down over the wintertime, anyway,” said Linda Palmer of LP Transportation, who drives the shuttle from Cody to Lovell and back.

January 06, 2009 3:53 am

Centennial starts with a bang

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Powell ushers in its centennial year with the colorful explosions of a downtown fireworks show on Bent Street and Colter Avenue at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day. The show, launched by the Powell Volunteer Fire Department, was just the start of the community's centennial celebrations in 2009. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

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Powell High School head coach Nate Urbach (left) directed the Panthers to a seventh-place finish at the Bozeman Invitational last weekend. Tribune file photo by David Dickey

Donarski wins title at 152

After a short holiday break, the Powell High School wrestling team resumed its season at the Bozeman Invitational last Friday and Saturday. The Panthers, the lone Wyoming squad in the 33-team field, made the most of the trip and came away with a seventh-place finish. Also, PHS senior Trevor Donarski recorded the team's best individual effort by finishing first in the 152-pound weight class.

PHS head coach Nate Urbach said prior to the event that improvement was the main goal for his Panthers in Bozeman, and that goal was met.

January 06, 2009 3:47 am

Lady Trappers go 1-1 in Arizona

NWC tops South Mountain 78-72

The Northwest College Lady Trappers picked up their third victory of the season during last week's trip to Phoenix, Ariz., for games against a pair of Arizona-based schools — Mesa Community College and South Mountain Community College.

NWC's much-needed win came against South Mountain Saturday. The Lady Trappers (3-11) posted a 78-72 decision over the Cougars, and NWC head coach Chad Oletzke said he is optimistic that the victory will be a sign of things to come for his squad as they dive into the remainder of the 2009 portion of their schedule.

The win over South Mountain helped Oletzke's squad snap a losing streak that reached seven games following a 72-36 loss to Mesa Community College a day earlier. Mesa moved to 12-1 with its victory over the Lady Trappers.

“The trip didn't start as well as we had hoped,” Oletzke said. “Against Mesa, it was obvious that we hadn't played in a while. The first half was rough, but we gradually played better as the game went along.

“Against South Mountain, we played a lot better at the start, and it was good that we were able to pick up the win. Because of that, I thought it was a successful trip for us. I think it perked up everybody's spirits. In the first half of the season, we lost a lot of close games, and that made things pretty stressful for everybody. Hopefully, we can take that win and get on a roll.”

No statistics were available from either game, according to Oletzke.

• Up next: The Lady Trappers will open sub-region competition Wednesday when they host Miles Community College. The start time for that contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. NWC also will face Central Wyoming College Saturday in a 3 p.m. contest at Hank Cabre Gymnasium in Powell.

January 06, 2009 3:41 am

Robert (Bob) Lauren Crawford

(May 23, 1924 - Dec. 30, 2008)

Robert “Bob” Lauren Crawford, 84, died Tuesday, Dec. 30 at his home in Auburn, Calif.

He was born May 23, 1924 in Denver, Colo., to Lauren and Helen Crawford. Bob grew up in Powell, graduated from Powell High School and worked on the family farm until moving to Sacramento, Calif. in 1959.

He spent many years working with Big Brothers of Sacramento and became the director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association before retiring.

Bob moved to Auburn in 1987 and was active in alcoholism recovery programs, including Sierra Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Sheryl (Dennis) Wilson of Wheatland; his son, Ray (Lori) Crawford of Encino, Calif..; grandchildren Tara Wilson of Wheatland, Kristine Crawford of Phoenix, Ryan Crawford of San Francisco; and great-grandsons Dustyn and Dakota Wilson of Wheatland.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Jan. 5 at the First Congregational Church of Auburn. Remembrances can be made to Sierra Council, MDA or Big Brothers of Sacramento.