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Women's team third in Sunday event

The Northwest College women's rodeo team scored a third-place finish during the Sunday round of the Montana State University rodeo last weekend. The event in Bozeman was the first of five spring-semester rodeos for the Trapper teams.

Pamela Vanek placed second in goat tying to go along with a seventh-place finish in Sunday's barrel racing standings to help fuel Northwest College's place in the final standings. Teammate Steffani Hofrichter placed fifth in the goat tying event and also held a fourth-place finish in the final breakaway roping standings.

All four teams place in top two

The Powell Middle School eighth-grade boys' track team steamrolled the competition while the seventh grade boys and both girls' teams captured runner-up honors at the Powell Athletic Roundtable's middle school track invitational last Saturday. The Powell eighth-grade boys amassed 200 points to more than double up the score of second-place Lovell.

Garrett Lynch set a new school record, winning the shot put with a toss of 44'1”. The heave surpassed the previous school mark of 44'0.75”, which had stood since 1997, when it was established by Ryan Teppert.

April 15, 2010 3:21 am

Panther golf third at Worland

Written by Tribune Staff

Team shoots a 338 to begin spring

The Powell High School golf team placed third out of eight teams at its first meet of the spring calendar. The Panthers saw action at Worland last Friday.

“We faced some very cool weather, but this gives us a good benchmark to work from,” noted Panther coach Troy Hildebrand. “I was very pleased with our team score of 338 for our first tournament of the spring.”

Zane Bushnell fired a career-best tournament score of 78 to finish in a tie for sixth-place overall. Bowen Prestwich also shot a personal tournament-low of 83.

“It was really nice to see Zane get this spring season off on such a good foot,” said Hildebrand. “Hopefully he will carry this play and confidence with him from here on. Bowen has such a steady demeanor and attitude about him as a freshman that I can really only see him continuing to get better.”

Brian Morse added a round of 88. Bryan Borcher shot an 89. Jeremy Paul had a solid round with a 95 and Colter Adolph rounded out the Panthers' lineup with a 108.

“Hopefully this will be Brian's starting point for the season and summer and he'll just improve from here,” said Hildebrand. “Bryan has been a vital part of our program the last four years and his leadership and work ethic are real positives to have around our younger players. It is really nice to have Bryan continue with us this spring.”

The Panther golfers will return to action on Friday with a 10 a.m. meet at Thermopolis.

“As the weather warms up and the courses get in better condition, we will certainly be able to better gauge where we are and what areas we really need to focus on,” said Hildebrand.

Phil Mickelson's victory at last week's 2010 Masters Golf Tournament proved the nice guy doesn't always finish last.

The lead-up to the Masters drew attention from golf fans and non-fans alike, but it wasn't the game that piqued the interest of many.

Instead, it was Tiger Woods' return to tournament action that drew the unprecedented attention. Woods' personal saga has overshadowed the PGA Tour in the national media since last Thanksgiving, when stories of serial infidelity began to surface, and the family-man aura surrounding Woods began to unravel. Last week, fresh from treatment for sex addiction, Woods' was set to make his PGA comeback at the Masters.

It didn't turn out quite the way Woods hoped: At the conclusion of the tournament, he found himself in fourth place — with his wife, Elin, and their children noticeably absent.

Instead, longtime rival Phil “Lefty” Mickelson captured first place, earning him the right to don the coveted green jacket. Mickelson celebrated his victory with his wife and mother — both of whom are suffering from cancer — and his children.

The teary embrace between Mickelson and his wife, Amy, on the 18th green summed up what many — golf fans and others — were already thinking: The right guy won.

The symbolism of an emotional Mickelson, soaking up a win surrounded by loved ones — while Woods exited, alone and defeated — was poignant.

In the days since, the media's shift in attention from the philandering Woods to the real family guy, Phil Mickelson, has been a refreshing reminder that sometimes things like integrity, kindness and honesty still can win out in the end.

April 15, 2010 3:16 am

George Watson Abraham

Written by Tribune Staff

(Jan. 19, 1938 - April 10, 2010)

George Watson Abraham, 72, of Byron, died on April 10, 2010, in Riverton, Utah following a sudden illness.

George was born Jan. 19, 1938, at home in Byron. A lifetime resident of Byron, George was known and loved by all. He was the son of George Morgan and Margaret Abraham.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother John; sister Ruth; and a son, Brent.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elaine; sons Edward (Cheri), Scott and Patrick (Janna), all of Byron; daughter Catherine Stark (Monte) of Riverton, Utah; and 12 grandchildren: Colton, Mathew and Brandon Abraham; Jordan Lawrence; Brittany Abraham; Ivy, Zachary and Megan Abraham; and Bronwyn, Connor, Alexis and Danielle Stark. He is also survived by sisters Naomi Briggs, Norma Perkins and Margie Schweitzer (Fritz), all of Byron, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. at Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell. Services will be held at the Byron Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Friday, April 16, 2010, at 1 p.m. with interment following at the Byron Cemetery. Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell is in charge of arrangements.

April 15, 2010 3:15 am

Carl J. Miller

Written by Tribune Staff

(July 4, 1923 - April 10, 2010)

Carl J. Miller died April 10, 2010, at Powell Valley Hospital.

He was born July 4, 1923, in Linneus, Mo., to Carl Benjamin and Blanche (Brocaille) Miller. He was the fourth of 11 children growing up in Genoa, Colo., during the Depression. After school, Carl enlisted in the Navy, serving in the Pacific Theatre.

After WWII Carl traveled to Wyoming to visit his older brother, Tom, and his wife in Cody. He met Ileana Mae Baston, and they were married on May 25, 1946, in Billings, Mont.

They lived in Cody before Marathon Oil transferred him to the Powell office. Carl retired after 40 years with the Marathon Oil Pipeline Division.

An avid outdoorsman, he loved fishing, hunting, camping with his family and watching his grandchildren play sports around the state. He guided for many years, then, after retiring, Carl and Ileana became snowbirds, traveling around Arizona and Nevada with their fifth-wheel trailer. They were members of the Polecat Ramblers and the Shoshone Rock Club.

Carl is survived by three daughters, Janet Rottman (Tom) of Laramie, Julie Skaggs (John) of Powell and Jerri Iverson of Laramie; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren: Jennifer Koslowsky (Tim) and their children Kaleb, Joshua, and David of Casper; Jamie Sumers and her children Alex, Cheyenne and Cody of Laramie; Janelle Rauterkus (Brett) and their child Avery of Spearfish, S.D.; Heather Iverson of Sidney, Neb.; Sgt. Dustin Iverson of Fort Bragg, N.C.; Daniel Iverson of Laramie; and Kimberly Bohannon (Zachary) and their child Jacob of Fort Polk, La. He is also survived by four sisters and two brothers.

Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Ileana; son Jim; two sisters; two brothers; and his parents.

Graveside services will be Friday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

April 15, 2010 3:13 am

Betty B. Peters

Written by Tribune Staff

(Aug. 19, 1918 - April 14, 2010)

Betty B. Peters, 91, died on April 14, 2010, with her family by her side at the Powell Valley Care Center.

Betty was born on Aug. 19, 1918, in Fulton, S.D., to Elmer and Ella Swenson. She spent her early years in Wheat Basin, Mont., and then attended high school in Billings.

She married Rex Peters in Billings on July 31, 1938. They were married for 72 years.

A daughter was born while the couple resided in Columbus, Mont. They later moved to Pavillion and on to Riverton at the end of World War II.

They lived in Riverton for almost 50 years before moving to Powell in 1990 to be close to their daughter.
Betty was an avid bridge player, seamstress and crafter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex, in January 2010; her parents; two sisters, Marie Dolan and Hazel Baker; and a brother, Stanley Swenson.

Betty is survived by daughter Donna Doornbos (Al) of Powell; grandchildren Sheri Core (Jim) of Boise, Idaho, Nancy Core (Steve) of Green River and Rex Doornbos (Sarah) of Alpine; six great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; her sister, Elaine Steele of Billings; three brothers-in-law, Graham Baker of Libby, Mont., Kenneth Peters of Superior, Mont., and Norman Peters of Billings; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and, as she requested, a private celebration of life will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Thompson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

April 15, 2010 3:12 am

Mustang adoption

Written by Tribune Staff

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A halter-started bay from the McCullough Peaks herd, captured by the Bureau of Land Management in October 2009, waits to be adopted at the auction at the Northwest College Agriculture Pavilion. Twenty-five horses were up for bid Saturday. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

Most bought in Saturday auction

Twenty-five mustangs — 18 from the McCullough Peaks herd captured in October — were up for adoption in Powell Saturday, and 21 were adopted.

The highest bid price was $500 and the lowest, the $125 bid starting price set by U.S. the Bureau of Land Management, said Lorraine Keith, bureau public affairs specialist in Rock Springs.

The bureau manages the wild horses in the West.

April 13, 2010 3:48 am

Copperleaf subdivision upheld

Written by Tribune Staff

{mosimage} Supreme Court upholds plat of embattled Wapiti development

The Wyoming Supreme Court on Thursday generally upheld the Park County Commission's 2006 decision to approve the Copperleaf subdivision west of Wapiti, though ordering the commission to reconsider a few small features of the development.

The high court's decision could signal the beginning of the end of a long-running legal battle pursued by a group of North Fork landowners who have opposed the upscale, 550-acre, 155-lot subdivision.

Writing for a unanimous court, Chief Justice Barton Voigt largely affirmed District Court Judge Steven Cranfill's June 2009 decision holding that the county had followed its own planning and zoning rules in giving Copperleaf a green light.

Early estimates say Park County's assessed value is down more than $316 million from last year.

The Wyoming Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG) recently released figures projecting that Park County's assessed valuation will drop from a record $1.033 billion in 2009 to roughly $716 million this year.