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November 10, 2009 4:05 am

Success for Trapper volleyball

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Sophomore outside hitter Rebekah DePesa reacts with a shout as Northwest College secured a place in Saturday's Region IX North championship match with a Friday night victory over No. 12 Casper. The Trappers earned their first regional title since 2001 over the weekend and are awaiting the release of the official national tournament bracket to see who they face on Nov. 19 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

NWC volleyball heading to national tourney

The Northwest College Trappers vanquished the demons of last season by defeating nemesis Casper College on back-to-back nights to capture the Region IX North volleyball title in Riverton and secure a place in the national championships. Along the way, the team added a national record for good measure.

“This feels so good,” said Trapper sophomore Katie Gregg, who along with Irelis Ilarraza and Paula Barros earned all-conference honors for the Trappers. “We all wanted this pretty bad, especially after they knocked us out last year.”

November 10, 2009 4:03 am

Seven place at Northwest College Open

Trappers begin season at home

Returning NJCAA national runner-up Landon Harris cruised to the title at 285 pounds and six other Trapper wrestlers found their way into the top four on Saturday at the NWC Open in Cabre Gym. The tournament was the first of the 2009-2010 college wrestling season for the Trappers.

“Overall, I felt we wrestled fairly well,” said Trapper wrestling coach Jim Zeigler. “I'm extremely pleased with Landon starting out in stride. He came out and showed that he's ready for the year.”

November 10, 2009 3:51 am

One up, one down

Trapper women split games at Snow Tourney

Northwest College moved to 2-1 this young women's basketball season after splitting a pair of weekend games at the Snow College tournament in Utah. The Trappers fell by a 90-73 score on Friday against Northeastern but recovered to defeat Arizona's Glendale College by an 86-70 final count on Saturday.

In many ways, it was a weekend of opposites.

“On Friday, we came out and dug ourselves into a hole early and spent a lot of the night playing catch up,” said NWC women's basketball coach Janis Beal. “Saturday was the complete opposite. We were able to come out and get off to a quick start and play from in front the entire game.”

Northwest's early Friday struggles were two-fold. The Trappers labored to get the ball through the rim in the first half, connecting on just five of their 30 shots from the field. Northwest also spent the entire contest getting out-rebounded at a nearly two-to-one clip by Northeastern.

Aided by that one-two punch of cold NWC shooting and a decisive advantage on the glass, Northeastern held a 45-24 lead at intermission.

“It's a lot of what I said after the first game,” said Beal. “Northeastern had a couple of six footers, but we just have to work harder to go and get the basketball. This was really a game that came down to rebounding and we got out-rebounded by way too many.”

The Trappers were able to turn things around to a degree in the second half. Northwest warmed up to 42 percent shooting and managed to get off six more shot attempts than Northeastern over the final 20 minutes.

“We played hard and won the second half, but we dug ourselves in too deep a hole early on,” said Beal.

Sharla Stevenson was one of three Trapper players to finish in double figures in the game with 17 points. Megan Goodman added 16 points and a team-best four assists while Laura Purina had 13 points.

Against Glendale, Northwest College opened a 46-29 lead by halftime to control Saturday's contest. The Trappers shot better than 50 percent from the floor in the game as four players cracked double figures.

Garrett McKenzie had the best outing by a Trapper player to date this season with 25 points and six rebounds. Megan Smith added 15 points and Kati Oliverson had 11. Stevenson chipped in with an additional 10.

“Everyone contributed,” said Beal. “We got in a little foul trouble, so everyone had to come out and make it a team effort. Overall, I'm pleased with our effort.”

The Trappers travel to Colorado Springs this weekend to participate in the Air Force Prep tournament. Northwest College opens that event with a game against No. 15 Western Nebraska. The team faces Pacific West on Friday night before wrapping up the three-day event with a rematch against Northeastern.

“I don't know much about Pacific West,” said Beal. “It's an all-star team they've put together. The tournament will give us a chance to play some very good teams. It'll force us to elevate our level of play.”

November 10, 2009 3:49 am

Thanking soldiers, past and present

Ninety years ago this week, on Nov. 11, 1919, Americans recognized the first anniversary of the end of World War I with Armistice Day. The holiday later was renamed Veterans Day to honor those who served in all wars.

Ninety years ago, it was widely said — and hoped — that World War I would be the “war to end all wars.”

Unfortunately, war is very much a reality today.

In the decades since Veterans Day was first recognized, millions of Americans from every generation have served, fought and died.

Most traded their everyday lives for unfamiliar territory. Many endured horrific and haunting battle zones. And all of them left behind loved ones — some never to see their faces again.

While Veterans Day honors those who died in the military, it also brings the opportunity to thank those who live among us. Powell and the surrounding communities are home to soldiers past and present who have made remarkable sacrifices and continue to live with the lingering effects of war.

“Wars are not over when the shooting stops. They live on in the lives of those who fight them,” as Vietnam veteran Max Cleland recently wrote.

That is true for veterans from World War II, the wars in Vietnam, Korea and the Persian Gulf, as well as the present-day Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Veterans' lives are forever changed by their military service. Our gratitude and respect for them should be just as enduring.

November 10, 2009 3:41 am

Virginia Ginny' Keating Dugan

(Jan. 1, 1914 - Oct. 15, 2009)

Virginia “Ginny” Keating Dugan died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 after a brief illness and residence at the West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody.

Born in Purchase Line, Penn. on Jan. 1, 1914, Ginny was the first daughter of Lottie Houk and Charles Keating. After graduating high school a year early, she entered nursing school in Indiana, Penn., where she finished at the top of her class, then began a career as a surgical nurse.

In 1941, she married Carl Edward Dugan and worked in veterans' hospitals while he served as an Army medic during World War II. Ginny finally retired from nursing to raise her son.

After the war, Carl and Ginny moved to southern Florida for 10 years, then returned north to Washington, D.C. and later, Albany, N.Y., where Ginny became very involved with helping others in her church family.

First traveling west of the Mississippi in 1998, she was always amazed by “how big everything was” and “mountains with almost no trees on them.” Having lived around big cities for many years, she loved the small-town life of Cody and the friendly people. A regular at the Irma from her first visit, she enjoyed her “Irma family” and the tourists alike. She soon joined her son in visits to the residents at West Park Long Term Care Center on Tuesday mornings. She was the oldest active member of the Cody CMA Church for several years.

Her faith carried her through an adulthood of arthritis pain and degeneration, two battles with lymphoma, diabetes and a stroke while keeping a positive, cheerful attitude.

She was preceded in death by her parents; older brother Harold Keating; and younger sisters Mary Keating and Marjorie Maye Greenwood.

She is survived by her only son, Charles Barry Dugan, a Cody-area resident; and her brother's daughter, Patricia Murphy, of Latham, N.Y.

A memorial service was held at West Park Long Term Care Center.

November 10, 2009 3:38 am

Ruth E. Moore

(Oct. 31, 1915 - Oct. 27, 2009)

Ruth E. Moore, 94, died Tuesday, Oct. 27 after a short illness at Powell Valley Hospital with family at her side.

She was born Oct. 31, 1915, along with twin brother Bob, on a homestead in Meeteetse, to Edith Mae and Arlen O. Vawter. The family moved to Powell in 1920, and Ruth graduated from Powell High School in 1933. She married her high school sweetheart, Cecil Rex Moore, and they had one son, Ken.

During their 66 years of marriage Ruth and Rex moved a number of times, working and living in Ft. Morgan, Denver, and Lamar, Colo.; Laramie, Powell and Cody; Battle Mountain, Nev.; and Billings. After retiring from Mountain Bell in 1977, they returned home to Powell permanently. They enjoyed 24 years of retirement, often wintering in Mesa, Ariz..

Never hesitant to make friends, they kept in close contact by writing and visiting whenever they could. Often a drive between Powell and Mesa could take more than a month, as they stopped to visit family and friends — no one was ever out of the way or too far for them to see. Many summers they drove to Alaska, towing a trailer containing a freezer. They would fish for salmon and halibut until the freezer was full and then head south. During the return trip they would stop in Oregon and Idaho to pick berries and fruit. In the fall, Ruth would can the salmon, berries and fruit and give much of it away.

Ruth's favorite place was the cabin they built in Sunlight Basin. She enjoyed fishing, baking, traveling and dancing — whether it be square dance, round dance or clogging. Ruth was known for her sharp bridge-playing skills.

Ruth was a resident of the Heartland Assisted Living Center for seven years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex; her parents; her brothers Mike and Robert Vawter; and her sisters Marge Larsen, Rachel Gentle, Mary Q. Duggleby and Dorothy Reed.

She is survived by her son Ken (Diane) of Anchorage, Alaska; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

There will be a celebration of life at the family cabin in Sunlight Basin at a later date.

November 10, 2009 3:37 am

Priscilla M. Streeter

(Oct. 8, 1915 – Nov. 5, 2009)

Former Powell resident, Priscilla Magdalen Streeter, died Thursday, Nov. 5 at Valley Health Care in Billings. She was 94. She was born on Oct. 8, 1915 in Mantador, N.D., the only child of Hubert and Mary (Schlener) Jacobs. She graduated from Parshall High School, Parshall, N.D. in 1934 as class valedictorian.

She enjoyed telling the story of how she and her husband-to-be met. She and a girlfriend were in Priscilla's Model T Ford, driving the streets of Parshall when the friend spotted a fellow she knew standing on a street corner with another CCC boy. The women picked the men up and Priscilla met Donald J. Streeter, Sr.

In 1938, she came to Powell from North Dakota to work as a waitress at the original Coffee Cup Café owned by Don. They were married in Powell on Dec. 1, 1938. They had five children.

Don went into the motel business in 1948, building the Powell Motel, the first in town, and the ‘new' Coffee Cup Café on Second Street. He died of a sudden heart attack at the motel office on June 25, 1962. Priscilla continued to raise her family and operated the motel with the help of her younger children until their son returned from serving in Vietnam. After finishing college, he and his wife took over the motel.

Priscilla suffered a slight stroke in January 1989 and later spent nine years at the Powell nursing home before moving to Valley Health Care in Billings to be near her youngest daughter and son-in-law. They made her remaining years so special by taking her to their home on a nearly daily basis and including her in social events with their friends in Billings.

Priscilla is survived by her five children, son Donald J. Streeter, Jr., (Denise) of Laramie, and daughters Virginia Sande (Wally) of Bemidji, Minn., Shirley Buttenhoff (Darryl) of Bend, Ore., Kay Karst (John) of Powell and Jackie Renner (Butch) of Billings; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for a private family service and burial at Crown Hill Cemetery.

November 10, 2009 3:34 am

Florence N. (Stallsworth) Andersen

(May 22, 1921 - Oct. 31, 2009)

Florence N. Andersen, 88, died Oct. 31 at Powell Valley Hospital.

She was born May 22, 1921 in Yuma, Colo. to Julia (Beneda) and Lawrence Stallsworth. She graduated from high school and married Herman C. Andersen, a stone mason, on July 5, 1944 in Denver.

She was a member of the Methodist Church.

Florence is survived by her husband, Herman, of Powell; son Herman C. “Chris” Andersen (Kathy) of Powell; daughter Dalene L. McCauley of Bayfield, Colo.; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be determined at a later date.

November 10, 2009 3:33 am

Nearly out-foxed

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This sly guy nearly out-foxed the camera lens on the North Fork of the Shoshone River last week. But the persistent photographer managed to snap off a shot before the crimson canine eluded photographic capture in the tall grass. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

Draft plan now being reviewed by state task force

A draft strategic plan for Wyoming community colleges won approval from the Northwest College Board of Trustees during a special meeting on Friday.

The board voted unanimously to approve the plan.

“I think overall it's a strong plan,” NWC President Paul Prestwich said on Monday.

The draft plan was developed over the summer by MPR Associates for the Wyoming Community College Commission to meet requirements of new laws governing community colleges.

The draft now goes before the Community College Planning Task Force for approval at its meeting in Rock Springs today (Thursday) and Friday. The task force is meeting jointly with the Wyoming Community College Commission, the Joint Appropriation Interim Committee and the governor's office.

The plan must be approved by a majority of the colleges' trustees, as well as the groups represented in the meeting and the Wyoming Legislature, before it can go into effect.
Dave Reetz of Powell, who serves on the task force, said the plan will go up for a 30-day public comment period after the task force reviews it.
Prestwich said the plan “recognizes the comprehensive nature of the colleges and the need to promote an educated citizenry. It put that at the forefront.”
However, “there are some challenges to the plan,” he said.
One is that reporting requirements outlined for program approval and capital construction approval processes are very detailed and might require more staff than Northwest College has to complete them, he said.
“We have an institutional research office that has a staff of one,” he said.
And, “even though the plan talks about community colleges as education centers, the program approval and capital construction approval processes seem slanted toward career and technical education,” Prestwich said. “We want to make sure that programs that are transfer oriented ... or student-services oriented or do not have a specific career focus ... are treated fairly.”
Prestwich said another concern for the board was the fact that, while the plan gives lip service to funding, it doesn't deal with funding in any detail.
“It is hard to predict what our funding is going to be,” he said. “(The plan) doesn't really address that issue as much as I think a lot of people had hoped it would.”
Still, “I think it does take us where we are and moves us forward,” he said. “It's good to have a strategic plan. Any organization needs a strategic plan to provide guidance.”
While some people have expressed concerns that the plan might be a step toward a stronger centralized community college system, such as exists in Colorado and other states, the draft does not call for a centralized system, Prestwich said.
“It does have support for strong local control like we have,” he said.
“Overall, I think there was a feeling that it was a collaborative process, and lots of individuals had an opportunity for input. Our board will now have its input.”

Early retirement
A proposal to suspend early-retirement benefits for college employees also prompted further discussion during the board's retreat, which took place at the Mickelsen Field Station northwest of Cody.
“It's still being considered seriously for faculty and non-faculty,” Prestwich said. “We haven't suspended the policy, and people are applying. Ultimately, the board will decide whether to grant it.”
Prestwich said he encouraged employees to apply, and as of mid-week last week, two non-faculty employees had applied for early retirement.
The board will consider the issue, and the applications, at its December meeting.
“By then, we'll know more about circumstances and our budget,” he said.
When the issue first went before the board in September, trustees voiced concerns about treating faculty and non-faculty differently.
But Prestwich said early-retirement benefits are funded differently for the two employee groups.
“Generally speaking, when we do hire a new faculty member, it's possible we could save quite a bit of money. But I discovered last year, through the budget process, that with non-faculty, the savings are not as great.
“I know that there's a desire to treat both non-faculty and faculty as equitable as possible, but the reality is, it is different, and something our board will have to consider.
“All of these decisions are going to be hard to make. I think that's just the way things are going to be for possibly the next few years.”