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October 06, 2009 3:23 am

Rosalie Ann (Heppel) Williams

(July 28, 1938 - Oct. 3, 2009)

Rosalie Ann (Heppel) Williams, 71, of Powell died Saturday, Oct. 3.

Rosalie was born July 28, 1938 in Powell to L.E. “Gene” and Eva Heppel.

In June 1956, Rosalie married Melvin Flitcraft in Bakersfield, Calif., where they had four children. She later married Richard Williams in Powell in December 1971.

She enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling, and was a gifted seamstress. She sewed and crafted many things for her children and grandchildren. Rosalie particularly enjoyed her memberships in the Birthday Club and Secret Sisters.

She had a warm and loving heart and was an optimistic mother. She strived to find the good in everyone and everything — even when her children challenged that.

Rosalie is survived by her husband, Richard; children Jerry Flitcraft, Susan Dillie (Dave), Cindy Norris (Charles) and Jeff Flitcraft; stepchildren Rick, Linda, Mitch and Lisa and their spouses; 19 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sister Donna Kasinger (Don); and brother Keith Heppel (Peggy).

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother L.E. “Sonny” Heppel; and sister Connie (Heppel) Slater.

In celebration of Rosalie's life, a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell, with Pastor Kurt McNabb officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of one's choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.thompsonfuneral.net.

October 06, 2009 3:22 am

Donald R. Morris

Donald R Morris, 73, died Oct. 5, 2009 at Powell Valley Hospital.

Funeral services are pending. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.thompsonfuneral.net.

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Eddie, 9, of Powell, is not your average horse. The stalwart equine took a hair-raising ride last week through the water-filled Corbett Tunnel and survived. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

Eddie the wonder horse

Miracles come in all shapes and forms, and a horse surviving a perilous swim through the Corbett Tunnel is a miracle indeed — especially to his owners and friends.

A saddled horse owned by Paul and Diane Watkins of Powell slid off the bank just above the Corbett Tunnel last Thursday afternoon. It floated the tunnel and popped out the other side with only minor injuries.

October 01, 2009 4:02 am

One-cent tax ends

Tax ends six months earlier than expected

Penny pinchers rejoice — Park County's 1-cent sales tax expires today.

Starting Oct. 1, purchases in the county will be taxed at a 4 percent rate rather than 5 percent.

October 01, 2009 3:51 am

Flu activity already at peak levels

123 new flu cases reported statewide

Health officials say flu activity in Wyoming is at peak winter levels and all confirmed cases over the past month have been swine flu.

Flu cases increased sharply in Park County this week, with at least a dozen cases reported on Tuesday, up dramatically from only two cases a few days before.

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Brittany Christensen nears the turn in the butterfly in Tuesday's meet with Cody. Christensen, who qualified for state in the event last week, finished third to help the Lady Panthers to a big win over the Fillies. Tribune photo by Don Amend

The Powell Lady Panthers celebrated senior night at the PHS pool Tuesday by taking a big win over Cody.
Powell swimmers won all but one event as they sailed to a 133-52 team win over the Fillies in their last home meet of the season.

The meet marked the last home appearance for seniors Samantha Baker, Jessica Curtis, Jenna Hotovec, Kourtnie Rodgers and Stepfanie Thompson, and Baker Hotovec. Rodgers and Curtis set the tone for the meet by winning the first event, the medley relay.

October 01, 2009 3:46 am

PHS golfers take fifth at state

For the second consecutive season, the Powell High School golf team made a better showing at the Class 3A state tournament than the year before.

The PHS boys took fifth place at the state tourney in Lander last weekend — up from 10th last year, and their best showing since 2006.

After single week absence, NWC is back

In a bit of rankings hokey pokey, the Northwest College Trappers have been in the top 20. They've been out.

Now, they're back and holding their highest spot of the 2009 season.

After a 5-1 performance at last week's Wyo-braska tournament in Nebraska, the Northwest College Trappers, 14-4 on the season, are ranked 16th overall in this week's NJCAA volleyball poll. The team is now the second-highest Region IX team in the top 20.

Western Nebraska, the lone blemish to the Trappers' record last weekend, remains entrenched at No. 4. Also appearing from Region IX are Casper College, ranked 19th this week with a 19-7 mark, and Northeastern, 15-5, which is tied with Laredo for 20th.

The Trappers captured a tense five-game match from Northeastern this past weekend. Northeastern had been ranked 12th in the nation at the time.

Overall, this week's poll features a new leader. North Idaho, ranked No. 2 last week, swapped places with the College of Southern Idaho to wear the bulls-eye as the nation's top-ranked team. Blinn College remains in third position.

Here is the complete NJCAA top 20 volleyball poll for the week of Sept. 30:

1. North Idaho (19-3), 2. College of Southern Idaho (16-3), 3. Blinn (18-3), 4. Western Nebraska (21-2), 5. Salt Lake (18-5), 6. Miami Dade (13-2), 7. Iowa Western (22-3), 8. San Jacinto (17-4), 9. Missouri State University-West Plains (11-6), 10. Hillsborough (15-3), 11. Eastern Arizona (13-1), 12. Seward County (17-4), 13. New Mexico Military (19-4), 14. Florida State College at Jacksonville (16-1), 15. Frank Phillips (16-9), 16. Northwest College (14-4), 17. Hutchinson (12-6), 18. Pasco-Hernando (15-4), 19. Casper (19-7), 20. (tie) Laredo (9-5) and Northeastern (15-10).

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona Western (14-7), Indian Hills-Ottumwa (7-5), Lake Land (14-7), Midland (18-7), Redlands (9-10), St. Petersburg (7-5), Yavapai (17-8).

October 01, 2009 3:30 am

Snowmobile issue needs resolution

After 10 long years of legal wrangling, the debate about snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park lumbers on with no end in sight.

It's unlikely that either side engaged in the legal tussle will emerge as a clear-cut victor.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week heard arguments about a temporary rule put in place by Wyoming's U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer in late 2008. Brimmer limited the daily number of snowmobiles in the park to 720 until the National Park Service could put a new, permanent rule in place.

The Park Service tried to do just that in 2007 when its “final” plan set the daily limit at 540 snow machines.

Environmental groups — who want the machines banned in the park altogether — appealed the decision to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, making the argument that 540 machines would have a sizable environmental impact.

The state of Wyoming and Park County followed suit by appealing in the U.S. District Court in Wyoming. Their contention: 540 was too low.

A judge in each court has since issued a decision, but questions of jurisdiction and intent have left the door open for continued legal battles.

The yet-unresolved question of who has the ultimate authority to make a decision regarding snowmobile numbers — the Park Service, the D.C. judge or the court in the state of Wyoming — leaves too many issues hanging in limbo. A reasonable compromise that everyone can live with — somewhere between 0 and 720 — would put an end to the legal bickering. Snowmobile enthusiasts and business owners in gateway communities deserve to know what the future holds in terms of winter recreation in Yellowstone.

U.S. Circuit Judge Wade Brorby asked at least week's hearing, “Does justice require an end to litigation?”

We think the answer is a resounding “Yes.”

October 01, 2009 3:23 am

Paul William Sahli

(Sept. 29, 1924 - Sept. 15, 2009)

Paul William Sahli, 84, died Sept. 15 at Powell Valley Care Center.

Paul was born Sept. 29, 1924 to Wilfred and Vesta Sahli. He grew up in Lawndale, Calif., with four brothers and a sister. He graduated from 12th grade. In his early 20s, he loved to roller skate and almost went pro. He served in the Navy from 1941-43. He was a welder and owned his business, Ornamental Iron Craft, for most of his adult life.

He met the love of his life, Dorothy Muller, at a ballroom dance at the Biltmore Hotel. Paul said he saw a beautiful redhead across the dance floor, and he was going to marry her. On Dec. 28, 1954, Paul and Dorothy were married in St. Albans, New York.

The couple lived in Garden Grove, Calif., where they raised four children, three sons and a daughter. Paul served on the board of trustees at St. Paul's Lutheran Church for 40 years. He and Dorothy both enjoyed bowling and were members of the church league.

Paul and Dorothy moved to Powell in 2004 to be near their daughter when Dorothy's health began to fail. Until the end, Paul stayed by Dorothy's side and helped her in any way he could.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Powell; sons Andy Sahli (Joy) and Craig Sahli, both of California; daughter Barbara Meredith (Brad) of Powell; seven grandchildren, Alison, Erica, Lauren, Bryce and Shea of California, and Jessica and Zachary of Powell; brothers Charlie and Jack Sahli of California; and a sister, Elaine Sahli, also of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Roger Sahli; and his brothers Bruce and Fred Sahli.

Thompson Funeral Home is handling arrangments, and a funeral service has taken place.