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July 30, 2008 1:55 pm

Susan Hope Ludewig

Jan. 21, 1935 - July 22, 2008
Susan Hope Ludewig of Cody died Tuesday, July 22 in Billings, Mont., at the age of 73.
Born in Bellevue, Nebr., on Jan. 21, 1935, to Claude M. and Emma H.
(Langheine) Wall, she spent her pre-teen years in Omaha, Denver, and SanFrancisco. In 1946, she and her family took up residence in Honolulu, Hawaii,where Sue grew up.
In San Francisco, Calif., on Sept 17, 1955, she married Richard H. (Dick) Ludewig ofHonolulu. The couple returned to Hawaii, raised three children, and left Hawaii in 1968. After brief residence inOverland Park, Kans., Sue and family moved to Wyoming, first to YellowstoneNational Park, and then, in 1974, to Cody.
Sue is survived by her husband of 53 years, Richard H. (Dick) Ludewig, ofCody; son Richard D. (Lizabeth) Ludewig; daughters Piper (Richard)Solberg, and Kimberley (Jerry) Capron; sisters Mona (Wall) Dungate and Ruth(Wall) Mace; and four grandchildren, Nate, Cam, Kate, and Justin. She waspreceded in death by her parents, and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Otto
and Anne Ludewig.
She was deeply committed to her family, was anavid quilter, active with Paint Brush Piecers Quilt Guild, dedicated to ChristEpiscopal Church and church activities and a close and valued friend to manyat home, in Hawaii and around the world, .
A sunrise memorial celebration and burial will be held at 6:30 a.m., Sunday,Aug. 10, at Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, Cody. Memorialsmay be sent in Sue's name to Yellowstone Quiltfest, attn: Michelle Quick,1108-14th St., Cody, WY 82414, or Christ Church Memorial Fund, ChristEpiscopal Church, P.O. Box 1718, Cody, WY.
Thompson Funeral Home of Powell assisted the family.
July 30, 2008 1:54 pm

Robert G. Wharton

Jan. 19, 1922 - July 28, 2008
Robert Wharton, retired teacher of business at Northwest College, died Monday, July 28 at Powell Valley Hospital. He was 86.
He was born Jan. 19, 1922, to Bertram L. and Nina (Noe) Wharton in Lockwood, Mo. He received his early education in Lockwood, later moving to northern Missouri where he finished his sophomore year of high school before enlisting in the Air Corps in World War II.
He served in the Air Transport Command, serving for two years in North Africa. He was discharged from the army in 1945. Shortly thereafter, he married Oleva Helen Hays on Feb. 21, 1946, in Kirksville, Mo.
Following the war, he attended Truman University in Kirksville, Mo., where he received a degree in business education in 1949 and a Master's degree in Administration in 1952. He taught high school and junior college in Missouri and Iowa and was superintendent of schools for a year in Novelty, Mo. In 1960, he joined the faculty at Northwest College. He retired from teaching in 1984.
He enjoyed working on old vehicles, tinkering with mechanical devices and travelign. He and Eve spent winters in Yuma, Ariz., until ill health prevented their traveling.
Survivors include his wife, Eve; their three sons, George L. Wharton of Laramie, David L. Wharton (Heather) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Paul Wharton (Marilyn) of Lawrence, Kans.; a sister-in-law, Donna Wharton of Trenton, Mo.; grandsons Tyler Wharton (Rachael) of Houston, Texas, Benjamin Wharton (Trina) of Las Vegas and granddaughter Summer (Matt) Merrill of Las Vegas; and three great-grandsons.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Visitation is at Thompson Funeral Home Thursday, July 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m.
For those who wish, the family would appreciate contributions to the Northwest College Scholarship Fund.
July 30, 2008 1:52 pm

Carl Eugene Daugherty

June 12, 1924 - July 29, 2008
Carl Eugene Daugherty, 84, died Tuesday, July 29 at the family home in Powell.
He was born June 12, 1924, in Miles City, Mont., to Roy Daugherty and Naomi Kitchen Daugherty. Carl grew up and attended school in Miles City.
He quit school at age 17 to join the U.S. Army during World War II, serving from Feb. 6, 1943 to Feb. 23, 1946. He served in the European, African and Middle East Campaigns, transporting prisoners of war. He also participated in the Asian Pacific Campaign and was at Eniwetok Island on a ship when the atomic bomb was dropped in August of 1945.
He joined the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1947 and served until 1957. He married Edna Harvey of Powell June 2, 1967.
Carl was a Miles City fireman, retiring in 1975. After his retirement, they moved to Powell, and he worked briefly for L.L. Smith Trucking and then did custodial work for the Powell Schools at the gymnasium, for the City of Powell and for the Powell Nursing Home before retiring permanently.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion, Elks and Eagles.
Survivors include his wife Edna of Powell; a daughter, Melissa Shore of Billings, Mont.; two sisters, Virginia (Russ) Culver of Baker, Mont., and Patricia (Jim) McKeever of Billings; two grandchildren, Ryan and Samantha of Billings; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Violet Scott; and one daughter, Teri Lee.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Susan Trembath officiating. Thompson Funeral Home of Powell is assisting the family.
The family requests memorial donations to Powell Valley Hospice, Lovell Senior Center Med-a-Van or the Cody Dialysis Center.
July 30, 2008 1:51 pm

Parade Winners

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Homesteader Museum won first prize for portraying the Park County Fair Parade theme with this entry, featuring Museum Director Rowene Weems' 1950's era Nash Manhattan and women dressed in a variety of costumes portraying their role in the history of Powell area.
Tribune photo by Toby Bonner
The Homesteader Museum, USA swimmers, Roger's Meat Processing and the Young Marines were the winning entries in this year's Park County Fair Parade.
The museum's entry “Herd your history? Follow the herd to the Homesteader Museum, won first place for best use of this year's fair parade theme, “Follow the herd to the Park County Fair.” Second place in the category went to the Cowabunga Cowpokes entry.
USA swimmers road a large boat up Bent Street, cooling off spectators with barrages from Super Soakers, to take first place among the floats. The Powell Christian Preschool float was second.
Roger's Meat Processing was first among the motorized entries, with the Wyoming Fiddlers finishing second.
First place for youth entries went to the Buffalo Bill Young Marines, with Cub Scout Pack 246 taking second.
Kids Parade
Winners were named in four categories in the Park County Fair Kids' Day Parade Saturday.
First place in the bike category went to a group that included Asthon and Colton Brewer and Tyler, Kortney and Payten Feller.
A group composed of Josiah, Abbie and Sadie Hogan and Benjamin, Claire and Esther Feathers was first among the walking entries. Sydnie and Steven Stambaugh finished second.
Champ Lindahl brought the first place float up Bent Street, and Carrie and Ann Killen's float finished second.
Among the battery-powered entries, first place went to Andy and Katie Beavers and Augusta and Charlie Larsen. Second place went to Colton Rayona and Victoria Rathie, and Mackenzie Stevens finished third.
District tournament next for Powell
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Pioneer centerfielder Ethan Young makes a successful catch during Powell's doubleheader with Green River Thursday at Ed Lynn Field. Tribune photo by David Dickey
The regular season came to a close for the Powell Pioneers during a split with Green River in doubleheader action at Ed Lynn Field last Thursday.
Powell opened the twinbill by registering an 11-1 victory over the Knights. In the second game, the Pioneers lost a hard-fought, 7-6 contest after staging a furious but failed comeback effort in the seventh and final inning. The two outcomes left the Pioneers with a 31-17 record, which they will carry into Class A's West District Tournament, which begins July 31.
“I like where we're at,” said Jeff Young, head coach of the Pioneers. “Coming into the season, we really didn't know what we had because of so many young players. (Assistant coach) Cody Bradley and I were looking at our lineup and kind of scratching our heads and thinking a .500 season would be realistic. But were sitting here at 31-17. That's a little bit of a surprise for a bunch of new kids. They've had a great season, and we want to build on that next week.”
Among the highlights from Powell's victory in game one was Brandon Sullivan's stellar showing at the plate and another solid pitching effort by staff ace Scotty Jameson. Sullivan did the majority of the damage to the Knights' pitching staff by blasting a pair of home runs and a single during his three trips to the plate. He finished with five RBIs.
“We want our guys to be aggressive at the plate, and that's exactly what Brandon did,” Coach Young said. “I wasn't overly excited about his pitch selection, but he was able to hit the ball hard. The first one he hit out, he was fooled a little bit, but he has good bat speed and was able to hit it out. On the second one, it was a ball up and out of the strike zone. He tomahawked it, and it went out. Brandon doesn't look very big, but he's a strong kid. Usually when he hits it, he hits it hard.”
The U.S. Senate on Saturday passed a mortgage bailout bill aimed at helping lenders and homeowners hit hard by plummeting real estate values. President Bush is expected to sign it by mid-week.
The bailout represents an expensive taxpayer rescue of semi-private corporations that gambled under the belief home prices would continue to soar. And they lost.
This Congressional lifeline is bad policy. The federal government shouldn't be in the business of bailing out corporations.
By bailing out mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, supporters of the bill hope to increase consumer confidence and slow the downward spiral in the real-estate market.
Figures released last week saw foreclosures up 121 percent from this same period last year.
But many economists and analysts say the infusion is unlikely to help reverse the real-estate crisis. One analyst went so far as to say the $300-billion allocation is “just a drop in the bucket.”
More important, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac don't have to pay for their own misdeeds. Taxpayers do.
These behemoth lenders greedily took inexcusable risks by making loans to people who weren't capable of repaying them. The majority of lending institutions, not to mention other private sector businesses, have to live with their business choices. And some fail.
This bill is a $300 billion Band-Aid to rescue companies that let greed override sense.
Lighting ignites fire on the North Fork
About 5,100 acres of burning trees have forced evacuations and brought in a type I fire-management team to take over the Cascade Fire about 10 miles west of Red Lodge, Mont.
According to a Monday morning fact sheet issued by the Custer National Forest, there was zero containment as of Monday.
Cascade began burning Saturday afternoon and is in the west fork of the Rock Creek drainage, said Ken Britton, Gardiner District Ranger.
Custer National Forest officials said the fire nearly doubled on Sunday.
At this time, officials are not sure the cause of the blaze, but believe it began in the vicinity of Cascade Campground.
“The cause of the fire is still under investigation,” said U.S. Forest Service Spokesman Jeff Gildehaus.
The West Fork of Rock Creek Road is closed at the junction with Red Lodge Mountain SkiResort. Grizzly Peak subdivision and the West Fork of Rock Creek above Timbercrest Girl Scout Camp have been evacuated.
Five homes and an outbuilding at Camp Senia recreation-residence area have been lost, Gildehaus said.
More evacuations were expected as the fire advanced on Red Lodge.
“The (Red Lodge) ski area is right in front of the fire that is moving down the canyon,” Gildehaus said.
Because structures are threatened, efforts will be made to extinguish the blaze.
“We would definitely be trying to suppress anything that is occupied,” Britton said.
“Heavy air tankers are available for retardant drops,” said the fact sheet. “A heavy, a medium and a light helicopter are the other air attack resources on the fire today (Monday). There are 27 engines, four water tenders a bulldozer, three-20 person hand crews, and 50 overhead support staff are on the fire, totaling 200 personnel.”
The Gunbarrel Fire, in the North Absaroka Wilderness, about 38 miles west of Cody, had claimed about 575 acres as of Monday, but no structures had burned.
The lightning-caused blaze started Saturday and is burning in heavy, beetle-killed timber. It is two to three miles north of U.S. 14-16-20 between Goff and Gunbarrel creeks.
Clint Dawson, zone fire manager for the Shoshone National Forest, and Russ Wenke, administrator for Park County Fire District No. 2, are taking daily helicopter flights over the fire, said Susie Douglas, writer/editor for the Shoshone Forest.
Due to the rugged terrain, no personnel are being sent to the fire at this point, but they are monitoring it closely, Douglas said.
“We're going to develop a long-range management plan,” Douglas said.
She said Forest Service experts will use a computer model to predict where the fire will likely burn. If any structures are threatened, personnel and resources will be dispatched.
Cody has been smoky, and more haze is anticipated. To allay concerns, a public meeting will take place in the next day or so, Douglas said.
A number of young cowboys and cowgirls took their respective shots at six-second scoring rides during the miniature bull riding competition at the Park County Fair last week, and Chance Karst of Powell was among the first-place finishers.
Karst, riding in the junior division, was bucked off of his bull, but he still managed to log the longest ride time during the event. His effort was enough to vault him into the top spot during the competition, which proved to be quite challenging for the young riders.
In the senior division, Clearmont's Mason Rockafellow earned the championship buckle and $60 in prize money with a score of 146 points accumulated during two rides. Gabe Carlson of Lame Deer, Mont., also rode two bulls successfully and finished as the runner-up with 143 points. His efforts helped him earn a payout of $45.
Third place and a payout of $30 went to Powell's Bailey Atkinson, who posted one scoring ride which was good for 73 points.
Miniature bulls used during the event were provided by the Emblem-based Tiny Twisters company.
The competition also included a visit from profession bull rider and Powell resident Kanin Asay. Asay, who was injured during a bull riding event earlier this month, took time to visit with the young riders and offered support.
Tournament schedule included at bottom.
Six American Legion baseball teams will be vying for the first-place trophy at the West District Class A Tournament in Powell beginning Thursday morning at Ed Lynn Field. This year's district event will feature Cody, Powell, Riverton, Jackson, Lovell and the combined squad from Worland and Lander.
The Cody Cubs and Powell Pioneers earned the top two seeds in the tournament, and both squads will have the benefit of a first-round bye and an automatic berth in the quarterfinals. That means Cody and Powell each need to win just one game to earn a berth in the state tournament, which is slated to begin Aug. 5 in Cheyenne.
With so much riding on the Pioneers' first game of the double-elimination tournament, a 7 p.m. matchup Thursday against the winner of contest between Riverton and the combined squad from Worland and Lander, Powell head coach Jeff Young said his team will likely send pitching ace Scotty Jameson to the mound.
“We want to win the district tournament, but our first goal is to earn a trip to state,” Coach Young said. “We'll probably go ahead and pitch Scotty because that will give us a good chance of getting the win we need. He's been throwing very well at home lately, and his arm will be fresh. He's been hot lately, and I anticipate he'll be our guy during that first game.”