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October 16, 2008 3:15 am

Lambert Samuel Peterson

(July 2, 1939 - Oct. 10, 2008)

Lambert Samuel Peterson, 69, died Friday, Oct. 10 as the result of injuries sustained as a passenger in a two-car accident between Powell and Cody.

He was a resident of Powell.

He was born July 2, 1939, at Okanogan, Wash., son of Lambert Samuel and Grace Alma Peterson. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran College and was a bond underwriter by profession.

Lambert married Carol Ann Schuette at Cody on Aug. 27, 2002. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Powell, the National Rifle Association and Ducks Unlimited.

Survivors include a son, Robert Peterson of Boise, Idaho; three daughters, Ingrid Knezovich, Christine Hoeweiler and Jerri Peterson; a brother, Gerald Peterson; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with Pastor Lee Wisroth officiating. Memorials may be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Energy is a popular topic right now. As the stock market remains volatile and political candidates race toward Election Day, energy costs and issues top America's agenda.

Wyoming, one of the nation's major energy-producing states, needs to re-evaluate its energy policies.

This week, the Associated Press reported that Wyoming ranked the lowest in the United States for energy-efficient policies. The Cowboy State was the only one to earn a “0” in every single category in the scorecard issued by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

The report graded states on energy-efficiency policy initiatives including: building energy codes, energy efficiency in public buildings and financial incentives for efficient technologies, such as tax credits for residents who buy hybrid vehicles.

However, the governor's office said Wyoming's low score isn't an accurate reflection of the state's energy policies.

According to the Associated Press, 10 percent of electricity generated in the state comes from renewable sources. The state also has updated its motor pool with several hybrid vehicles.

Also, buildings in the state have garnered high ratings in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Powell's own Plaza Diane — Community Center for the Arts may receive LEED platinum certification, the highest possible.

Even with these efforts, the failing score on the report indicates Wyoming certainly could improve its energy policies.

As drilling projects occur in our backyards, it's vital that Wyoming strives to set better energy-efficiency standards.

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The Panther Bus, pride of Powell High School, debuted in the fall of 1957. Its first athletic mission was to carry the Powell Panther football team across the state to a non-conference game at Evanston. Boarding the bus for its maiden voyage were (l-r) head football coach Harold Hand, Panther senior players Stan Takeuchi, Ron Nay and Eddie Kawano and Dave Bonner, student trainer. The Powell team rode the Panther Bus to an undefeated state football championship in 1957. Courtesy photo

Powell High School alumni, especially those who rode the old activity bus, might want to take in a movie this week.

Among the characters in “The Express,” playing this week at the Vali Twin Cinemas, one is familiar to PHS students from more than four decades — the old PHS activity bus.

The bus, a 1957 General Motors model PD4104, was purchased new by the Powell school district, and on its maiden voyage carried the Panther football team to Evanston, according to Tribune publisher Dave Bonner, who made that ride as a team manager.

What was once a World War II-era filling station will become a community arts center, thanks to a $944,012 grant approved by the State Loan and Investment Board last week.

The Plaza Diane — Community Center for the Arts, located in the heart of Downtown Powell, received the Community Facilities Grant through the Wyoming Business Council.

“It's been a long, long process. A lot of people have remained dedicated,” said Brad Bonner, spokesman for the Plaza Diane committee. “To have the grant go through is tremendously exciting.”

October 14, 2008 12:02 am

First snow more than a teaser

Strong storm causes harvest delays

This year's first snowstorm was a strong one.

Unlike the usual first storm of the season, the snow didn't fall briefly and immediately melt off; it stuck around for most of three days, accompanied by strong winds and was followed by temperatures of the deep-freeze variety.

Dan Berc, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Riverton, said the storm dumped 5 inches of snow on Powell over the weekend, starting Friday evening and continuing through early Sunday morning.

Temperatures dipped to a low of 20 degrees on Monday morning, according to powellweather.net.

October 14, 2008 12:02 am

Panthers sweep Southwest

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Lady Panthers Savannah Donarski (2) and Kami Cooley get set to block a hit by Kemmerer's Randi McInerney in competition during the conference duals last Saturday. The Powell girls fell hard in game two of the match, but recovered and earned a 3-1 victory over the Rangers.Tribune photo by Don Amend

Regular season comes to a close this week

It wasn't easy, but the Powell High School Lady Panthers went 4-0 last week to keep their dual match volleyball record clean.

Despite struggling at times, the girls came up with big plays when it counted and swept the Southwest teams at the conference duals in Lovell. After a marathon five-set win over Jackson, the Lady Panthers swept Lyman in three on Friday. Saturday, they overcame a dismal second game against Kemmerer to take the match in four sets, and closed the weekend with another 3-1 win over Pinedale.

“Our goal was to come in and go 4-0, and we did it,” said PHS head coach Cindi Smith. “The girls played some tough games, and I'm proud of them for pulling them out.”

No place to run

After unseasonably warm temperatures in recent weeks, Old Man Winter made his presence known by bringing cold temperatures, strong winds, and enough moisture to put the wraps on Powell High School's annual cross country invitational.

The event, originally scheduled for Powell Golf Club late Friday afternoon, underwent a venue change Thursday as school officials moved the competition from the local golf course to Homesteader Park. However, Friday morning the event was canceled after PHS activities director Jeff Jones determined the venue at Homesteader Park was unfit for a safe event because of soggy ground conditions. The meet will not be rescheduled.

Cliff Boos, head coach of PHS's boys and girls teams, said it was disappointing for his runners because they had been looking forward to running in front of a Powell-dominated crowd.

“This will be the first one we've missed in several years,” Boos said. “As the week went along, we were planning for the worst. It just wasn't meant to be.”

Boos also said the event will not be rescheduled because of where the original event date sits on the season calendar. The Panthers and Lady Panthers instead will focus on their next meet, which will be the biggest one of the season for both teams — the Class 3A West Conference Meet. That event is scheduled to be conducted in Worland, Friday. The varsity girls will run at noon, and the varsity boys will follow at 12:30 p.m.

Though disappointed because an opportunity to run was lost, Boos said the cancellation wasn't all bad because it will allow several runners, particularly on the Panther boys squad, extra time to overcome various ailments that have been plaguing them in recent weeks.

“We should go into the conference meet with a pretty healthy group,” Boos said.

The coach said both teams should have the opportunity to have solid finishes at the conference meet. In the competition for the girls, teams will be looking to knock off Jackson, last year's state championship squad.

The Lady Panthers have been led by a host of runners this season, including senior Lauren Dunleavy and freshmen Desiree Murray and Alyssa Rodriguez. Those three have been among the Lady Panthers' top runners throughout the season. Also, returning all-state performer Jordan Bigelow has enjoyed a solid year. Behind them, there's plenty of depth and experience, which Boos hopes will translate in a strong finish at the conference meet and the following week at the season-ending state meet in Sheridan.

Leading the way for the Panther boys will be senior Patrick Sullivan, who has steadily finished as one of PHS's top runners all season long. Boos said Sullivan has cut a tremendous amount of time from his 2007 marks, and he's confident the senior can continue to make strides during the next two events. Boos said the rest of the Panthers' lineup, which has been bolstered by the performances of sophomores Patrick Voss and Danny McKearney, has made steady progress this season. Boos added that staying healthy will be a major key this week and next will be among the keys for the Panther boys.

“We're hoping to have a full crew,” Boos said about the Panther boys. “We'll just try to have everybody healthy and see how it works out.”

Last-minute victory

Powell High School quarterback Galen Mills scored on a 1-yard run with 52 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the third-ranked Panthers to a 19-14 decision over the unranked Jackson Broncs last Friday night in Jackson Hole.

Mills' touchdown capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive and gave the Panthers a come-from-behind victory in what amounted to their most important game to date this season. By winning the Class 4A, West Conference contest, the Panthers (4-2 overall, 3-1 West) remained in the hunt for the conference title and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

“It was a good win for us,” said PHS head coach Jim Stringer. “It was another one of those games that was a tale of two halves. We got behind early and went into the locker room at halftime behind 14-3. At that point, we told the kids to keep their heads up. We knew if each kid went out and did their job and did it well, we'd be fine. We told them not to worry about being Superman and taking on more than they needed to out there. We told them to play within themselves because we knew if they did that, everything would be OK.”

The Panthers took that advice and outscored the Broncs 16-0 during the second half. In the process, PHS played with poise similar to what it displayed in week one when they mounted a game-winning, fourth-quarter drive against Worland in a hard-fought conference battle.

“I was impressed with the way the kids rebounded,” Stringer added. “We were able to run the ball more effectively, and we had some good passing plays. I thought our line played well, and they did a nice job of controlling the line of scrimmage.”

PHS's game-clinching drive came with the Panthers trailing 14-13 and after defensive coordinator Mike Heny's defense halted a Bronc drive at the JHHS 44. The Panthers, following a punt by the Broncs (1-5 overall, 1-3 West), took over at their own 28 and quickly moved the ball down the field with a good mix of running and passing plays. It took PHS just two plays — a 13-yard pass to Ryan Brandt and a 12-yard run by Mills — to get the Panthers into JHHS territory. They continued their march, thanks in part to a 13-yard reception to Brandon Sullivan and 17-yard pass to Trevor Donarski, both of which supplemented a number of positive gains by the rushing attack.

With 1:35 remaining, Donarski carried the ball three yards on first-and-goal from the JHHS 4 to set up Mills' game-winning touchdown on the ensuing play. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Panthers ahead by five points and just 52 seconds left on the clock. That's when kicker Drayson Bratt delivered one of his biggest plays of the season.

“I told Drayson I wanted a squib kick right at No. 53 (for JHHS) and to keep the ball away from (Carlos) Bonilla,” Stringer said. “Bonilla is a good player, and we certainly didn't want him to have an opportunity for a good return. Drayson made a perfect kick. It took two hops and went right off the helmet of No. 53.”

By the time the Broncs covered the ball, they were at their own 15 and facing the prospect of driving 85 yards in 48 seconds if they wanted to overtake the Panthers. Simply put, that didn't even come close to happening against the stubborn Panther defense. Jackson gained only one yard in four plays.

Early in the contest, PHS staked a 3-0 lead on its first possession of the game. That drive, which started at midfield, ended with Bratt kicking his first field goal of the season.

Jackson answered that score quickly. Following Bratt's kickoff, which went into the end zone for a touchback, Bonilla raced 80 yards for a score on first-and-10.

The Broncs added to their advantage shortly before halftime, courtesy of an interception of a Mills' pass. That turnover set up JHHS at the Powell 40. A 31-yard pass put the Broncs inside the Panther 10, and two plays later, Bonilla scored on a 1-yard run. With the PAT, Jackson had a 14-3 lead, which it took into halftime.

Powell's first drive of the second half ended with an interception, which gave the Broncs the ball at the PHS 41. However, the Panthers got the ball back two plays later when PHS's Trent Gillett forced a fumble that was recovered by Panther cornerback Matt Kifer at the PHS 43. From there, the Panthers drove 57 yards in nine plays for its first touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run by Billy Harshman. Bratt also added the PAT to cut PHS's deficit to 14-10. That third-quarter drive was aided by passes of 13 and 26 yards to Donarski.

Late in the third quarter, PHS mounted another drive that spilled into the early stages of the fourth period. The drive, which started at midfield, included a 27-yard pass to Brandt, which gave the Panthers a first down at the JHHS 11. However, the drive stalled and PHS settled for its second field goal of the game from Bratt. He finished with field goals covering 26 and 32 yards.

Bratt's second field goal left the Panthers behind 14-13, but they quickly got another shot at adding more points when Gavin Mills intercepted a Bronc pass to give PHS the ball at the Jackson 22. That drive ended with Bratt attempting a 40-yard field goal, which was wide right by about a yard, according to Stringer.

“It just barely missed,” Stringer said. “He had plenty of distance on it. In fact, it would have been good from about 55 yards had it made it through the uprights.”

That missed field goal occurred with 8:39 remaining in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for the Panthers, the defensive stop on Jackson's next drive set the stage for PHS's dramatic, games-winning drive.

Statistically, the Panthers had several players enjoy solid performances. With the exception of throwing two interceptions, Galen Mills had a strong night in the passing department. He completed 11 of 14 passes for a career-high 180 yards. He also was PHS's leading rusher with 72 yards on 13 carries. Harshman added 46 yards on the ground. As a team, PHS tallied 153 yards rushing on 44 attempts.

The receiver corps was led by Donarski's seven catches for 103 yards, and Brandt's three catches for 64 yards. Sullivan finished with one key catch on the final scoring drive for 13 yards.

Defensively, the Panthers were led by Matt McArthur, who finished with 25 defensive points. Donarski added a 12-point performance on defense.

Jackson finished with 161 yards rushing on 25 attempts and 51 yards passing on a five-of-14 effort. Bonilla, who gained 80 yards on his first touchdown run, ended the night with 96 yards on 11 rushing attempts.

Stringer also noted that the Panthers ran 59 offensive plays to only 39 for Jackson. The Broncs were limited to a mere three offensive plays in the third quarter.

• Up next: The Panthers will be at home Friday night when they host the Class 3A Lovell Bulldogs. The Bulldogs, ranked fourth in last week's WyoPreps.com Poll, defeated Newcastle by a 40-0 margin last week. Overall, LHS has a 4-2 record.


Last Thursday, the State Loan and Investment Board approved full funding of the Community Facilities Grant request for the Plaza Diane — Community Center for the Arts.

The $944,000 grant will pay to refurbish the plaza — bringing gardens, shade and a splash pad outside and gallery, classroom and meeting space inside the rarely-used building.

The grant success is the good product of many area groups working together as partners.

The State Loan and Investment Board is made up of the state's top five elected officials. One board member commented that he was impressed with the many partnerships forged to support Plaza Diane.

The City of Powell stands tall as one of the Plaza's strongest partners. City officials — Mayor Mangold, city councilmen and others — recognized how the project could enhance the downtown area, both in appearance and activity, and they backed the project fully.

Other partnerships have been forged — with Park County School District No. 1, Northwest College and Homesteader Museum — to provide additional arts education in the community. The Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center and Powell Valley Community Education, have signed on as partners as well.

The Park County Arts Council and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center also see opportunities to better serve Powell by partnering with Plaza Diane.

Other groups, such as the Park County Farmers' Market and the Master Gardeners, are demonstrating their support of the Plaza already.

Overwhelmingly, these groups and organizations have seen that a community arts center and public gathering space will create opportunity and activity for people of all ages in our community. They also will bring so much to the table in terms of what Plaza Diane can offer the public once the improvements are in place.

It will be exciting to see what the next several months bring to the Plaza — the dramatic facelift will begin in late 2008 or early 2009. When the construction ends, the people of Powell will have a new center for activity and entertainment downtown.

October 14, 2008 12:00 am

Carl Victor Winterholler

(Aug. 11, 1923 - Oct. 8, 2008)

Carl Victor (Vic) Winterholler, 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell, with his wife, Dorothy, by his side.

He was born east of Lovell on Aug. 11, 1923, to Carl Gottlieb Winterholler and Alvina Wagner Winterholler. He was the third born in a family of five children.

Vic received his education in the Lovell schools and graduated in 1941, then entered Casper College on a basketball scholarship.

His basketball pursuits continued as a member of the Lovell LDS West Ward team, and in the 1950s the Lovell Jaycees that played all over Wyoming and Montana and beyond. The team won the national tournament in Atlanta, Ga. The West Ward team won the All-Church championship in Salt Lake City a number of times.

Vic was also an amazing fast pitch softball pitcher, playing the Lovell city league and then later in the service.
He was a World War II veteran, serving from 1943 to 1946 in the India/Burma Theater. He was called back to service during the Korean War.

He was married to Josie Tippetts in Lovell, and they were the parents of six children: Vicki, Sherry, Carol, David, Daniel and Marcie. They later divorced.

In 1976, he married Dorothy Monk and together they shared her four children, David, Janis, Diane and Renae.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

In his early years, he worked in the Highland Grocery, the Lovell brick yard and on the farm alongside his family.

He loved farming and ranching and belonged to many farm organizations, serving 33 years on the Big Horn Basin Beetgrowers board and also on the ASCS Committee. He also served on the board of the Lovell Volunteer Firemen and the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association.

In his later years, after the farm sold, he liked riding around the farm in his pickup to check on the Asay crops and cattle, visiting with friends at Minchow's and reading every western book in the Lovell Library.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Vicki Crockett (Jay) of Alamo, Calif., Sherry Fredrickson (Eric) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Carol Doerr (Jerry) of Worland, David Winterholler (Suzanne) of Lovell, Daniel Winterholler (Darlene) of Ammon, Idaho, and Marcie Baird (Eric) of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 25 grandchildren and 18 geat-grandchildren; Dorothy's children, David Monk (Sherie), Jan Asay (Stan), Diane Busteed (Richard), and Renae Wolvington (Brad) and their children; and one aunt, Lydia Parks of Lovell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Selma and Christina; a brother, Fred, and an infant sister, Elizabeth.

Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 13 at the Lovell LDS Church. Burial was in the Lovell Cemetery under the direction of Haskell Funeral Home.