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October 20, 2009 4:05 am

H1N1 (swine) flu vaccinations begin

First doses available only to those at high risk

H1N1 (swine) flu vaccinations for the individuals most at risk of getting seriously ill begin today (Tuesday).
Park County Public Health is taking appointments for pregnant residents, those who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months, and health-care workers.

Because of the low number of vaccines currently available, only people in those high-risk groups currently are eligible to receive the vaccine.

October 20, 2009 3:58 am

West regional warm up

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Lady Panther Olivia Rogers blocks a hit by Worland's Morgan Cross with some support from teammate Kami Cooley. Tribune photo by Don Amend

Lady Panthers prep for tourney with a pair of sweeps Saturday

It was an orange-and-black week on the Powell High School volleyball court last week as the Powell Lady Panthers took on orange and black-clad teams in Worland and Jackson and finished their season with a pair of sweeps.

The defending conference champions ended their Northwest Conference season Thursday with a 25-14, 25-13, 25-19 conquest of Worland and dominated Southwest foe Jackson, 25-8, 25-8, 25-13, to close their regular season on a winning note.

October 20, 2009 3:47 am

Swimmers take fourth at conference

The Powell Lady Panthers swimmers finished fourth in the West Conference swim meet last week in their final preparation for state competition.

Host-team Lyman out-swam the Powell swimmers to finish third behind first-place Jackson and runner-up Lander.

October 20, 2009 3:34 am

Playoffs start early for Panthers

Special teams collapse puts PHs in must-win situation Friday

Forget what the schedule says. Ignore that the Wyoming High School Activities Association won't acknowledge the start of the 3A football postseason until next week.

For Powell, the football playoffs begin this Friday in Lander.

A complete collapse in special teams play last Friday night overshadowed an almost 300-yard passing night by sophomore quarterback Keithen Schwahn and led to a 38-31 Cody win in the Park County rivalry contest. As a result, the Panthers will travel to Lander to battle the Tigers under the most simple of all postseason formulas.

The winner earns the final 3A West playoff berth and continues playing. The loser calls it a year and starts thinking about basketball, swimming and wrestling.

The do-or-die scenario was created after Cody sophomore Brady Gulde buried a dagger into the hearts of Panther faithful last Friday in the form of a 90-yard kickoff return for the game-winning touchdown with 1:30 to play. Gulde's return came after the Panthers' eight-play, 81-yard touchdown drive to tie the game at 31-31.

Earlier in the night, the sophomore burned Powell's coverage unit for an 86-yard touchdown return. He also played a key role in a pair of successful fake punts executed by the visiting Broncs, both of which eventually led to Cody scores.

“I have never, ever, seen special teams play like ours tonight,” said a hoarse Powell head coach Jim Stringer after the contest. “That was pathetic. I really don't know what more to say about it.”

Cody's complete disregard for the Panthers' kick coverage unit began just minutes into the contest. After the Broncs' initial drive appeared to stall with a fourth-and-8 at the Powell 36, Gulde took a snap in punt formation and scrambled around the right side of the line for a 15-yard gain and a first down. The play bore an eerie similarity to a momentum-turning fake punt executed the previous week by Worland.

One play later, the Broncs beat Powell's secondary on a slant route that turned into a 21-yard touchdown play.

The Panthers got on the board late in the first period, thanks to a Drayson Bratt 38-yard field goal. Powell added a 55-yard scoring drive to begin the second quarter, punctuated by Trent Gillett's five-yard run, to take its first lead of the night.

After Cody drove for a 34-yard field goal to tie the score, the Panthers' passing game began to hit stride. Powell needed just eight plays to cover 71 yards and retake the lead. Passes from Schwahn to Cooper Wise and Devin Jordan accounted for more than half the distance while Schwahn carried the ball for the final 17 yards on a designed quarterback draw for a 17-10 Powell lead.

Cody answered with a 10-yard touchdown run just 63 seconds before the half, leveling the score for intermission.

The back and forth flow of the game continued throughout the second half. Powell took the opening kickoff and drove 71 yards, scoring when Schwahn hooked up with Sullivan on a simple crossing route that the junior receiver turned into a 45-yard touchdown by splitting the Cody secondary after the catch.

Fifteen seconds later, Cody was celebrating the first of Gulde's two kickoff return touchdowns.

The Broncs got their first lead of the second half early in the fourth quarter. Like Cody's first score of the game, the touchdown required a bit of trickery on a fourth-and-8 fake punt — this time in the form of a 39-yard pass completion that got the ball down to the Panther 5.

Two plays later, the Broncs were celebrating in the end zone with a 31-24 lead. The margin would hold up until the Panthers got the ball at their own 19 with less than five minutes to play to piece together the late-game drive that culminated with Gillett's second touchdown run of the night and set the stage for Gulde's return heroics.

The Panthers' last-ditch effort to travel 71 yards in the final 1:23 for a possible tying touchdown came to an end near midfield when the Broncs snared their only interception of the night.

As has been the case during the team's two previous losses, the Panthers out-yarded their opponents in the contest. Powell outgained Cody by a 387-236 final count and enjoyed a 67-42 edge in plays. Schwahn finished with more than 300 yards of total offense, including 286 passing yards as he completed 18 of his 25 attempts in the contest.

Both Jordan and Sullivan finished with more than 100 yards receiving in the contest. Jordan proved to be Schwahn's favorite target of the night, pulling down seven balls for 114 yards. Sullivan gained 106 yards on his five receptions.

While the passing game clicked, Powell's rushing attack had to struggle for every inch. Powell gained just 101 yards as the result of 42 rushing attempts in the game. Fabio Soto proved to be the most productive of the Panthers' ball carriers, gaining 39 yards on five carries.

Defensively, Powell was led by Auston Carter's 13 points, which came as the result of two solo and nine assisted tackles. Gillett added 12 points off two solo and eight assisted tackles.

The loss drops Powell to 4-3 overall this season and 1-3 against 3A West opponents. Powell travels to Lander (3-4, 1-3) for a 7 p.m. contest this Friday. The winner earns a spot on the eight-team 3A playoff bracket and a first-round trip to Douglas the following week.

Beginning today (Tuesday), the long-awaited — and debated— swine flu vaccines will be offered at the Park County Public Health Office.

Limited quantities of the vaccine mean that it's only available to high-risk groups in this initial round, including pregnant women, those who live with or provide care for infants and front-line medical workers. In the weeks to follow, those with chronic illnesses and residents from age 6 months to 24 years will be able to receive swine flu immunizations.

The vaccines arrive in Powell and Cody at a time when more people are getting sick — many, it is now assumed, with the H1N1 or swine flu virus.

This year's flu season is already at peak levels in Wyoming, and it's only October. Previous flu seasons often have peaked in February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With saturated national media coverage since last spring and increasing flu numbers lately, a lot of us are tired of hearing about flu season. But it's a crucial time to pay attention and learn about the virus and vaccination, especially for those in high-risk groups.

Whether you receive the swine flu vaccine in the next few weeks, all residents can practice trusted tactics to prevent contracting or spreading the flu. If you are ill, stay at home to avoid infecting others at work, school or other public places. Steer clear of close contact with sick people. And, of course, remember to wash your hands often.

October 20, 2009 3:29 am

Alfred Fred' Gabriele Camposan

(Jan. 16, 1919-Oct. 17, 2009)

Alfred “Fred” Gabriele Camposan died Saturday, Oct. 17 at his home in Powell. He was 90.

Fred was born Jan. 16, 1919, in Watertown, Mass., to Frank and Mary Camposano, who were Italian immigrants.

He left home at the age of 16. Fred was determined to help his large family in tough economic times and insisted on joining the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which brought him to Wyoming.

It was here that he met his lifetime sweetheart, Alice “Billie” Clark, and they married in 1939. Together, they raised a family of five daughters and one son in Powell.

Fred worked for four years in the CCC, farmed and ranched for 10 years, and then worked for Amoco Oil for 31 years, retiring in 1981.

But Fred never really retired. He was very ambitious and through the years, he built and remodeled their homes and owned a coin shop. He also had many hobbies, including gardening, photography, carpentry, coin collecting, music and writing.

But most of all, those close to him knew Fred as a man who dearly loved the Lord and his family, showing his love in many ways. His family loved him dearly as well, and learned many things from him, but most of all they learned to love one another through good times and bad and to live each day to its fullest potential.

Fred was a longtime and active member of his church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings; son, Kent; and three grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Billie; brother Frank Camposano of Marco, Island, Fla.; sister, Vera Ferullo of Watertown, Mass.; daughters Donna (Jon) Nelson of Colo. Springs Colo.; Gail (Larry) Redman of Powell; Sharon (Jake) Fulton of Powell; Rikki (Jim) Paul of Laurel, Mont.; daughter-in-law, Susan Haywood of Billings; 26 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren; and dear friend Vivian Jones.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell, followed by a vigil service at St. Barbara's Catholic Church.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Barbara's Catholic Church on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m.

A short graveside service will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m., with procession beginning at Thompson Funeral Home.

Memorials can be sent to The American Heart Association or St. Barbara's Church Building Fund.

October 20, 2009 3:26 am

Donald Charles Cooley

(Nov. 1, 1932 - Oct. 17, 2009)

Donald Charles Cooley, long-time Powell resident, died at his home south of Powell early Saturday, Oct. 17. He was 76.

He was born Nov. 1, 1932, in Watertown, S.D., son of Alfred Robert Cooley and Effie Jurgenson Cooley. He attended Powell schools through the 10th grade and earned his GED while serving in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955.

He married Virginia Mae Farnes in Powell on July 13, 1956. The family made its home in Powell where he owned and operated Cooley's Auto Salvage, and he also drove trucks.

Don was a member of Big Horn Basin Boat Club, Elks Club, American Legion and VFW.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and earned the Army Occupation Medal-Germany, the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He greatly enjoyed boating and fishing and was a huge Washington Redskins football fan.

Survivors include his wife Virginia of Powell; two sons, Ken Cooley of Powell and Dan Cooley (Robin) of Cheyenne; two daughters, Cindy Hollowell (Miles) of Cody and Cheryl Newell (Brad) of Powell; a brother, Raymond Cooley of Powell; a sister, Bonnie Jansson of Powell; two sisters-in-law, Melba Sweet and Ruth Cooley, both of Powell; nine grandchildren, Chris Cooley, Mindy Nix, Tanner Cooley, Rafer Cooley, Dusty Kluksdahl, Mackenzi Newell, Madison Cooley, Kasey Kluksdahl and Dawson Kluksdahl; and two great-grandchildren, Natalie and Noah Nix.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Phyllis Smith; brothers Dick Sweet and Bob Cooley; and brothers-in-law Stanley Smith and Carl Jansson.

Funeral services will be today (Tuesday), Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. at Union Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. George Pasek officiating.

October 20, 2009 3:25 am

Steven B. Higgins

(March 7, 1952 - Oct. 15, 2009)

Steve Higgins, 57, of Powell, died on Thursday, Oct. 15 at his home.

Steve was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Ankeny High School in 1970, and then earned his forestry degree from the University of Montana at Missoula.

Steve had a long, dedicated and rewarding career with the U.S. Forest Service and with private timber companies, working throughout Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

He proudly aided in the preservation, protection, harvest and reforestation of some of America's most precious natural resources.

Steve also was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. He was a team roper in rodeos, guided hunting pack trips in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and rode in the famous 1989 Montana Centennial Cattle Drive.

He had a great love of the outdoors and Western history, especially the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This love led him and his wife, Karen, to partner with special friends Gary and Amy Neely to own and operate Starwest Adventures, a canoe guide and outfitter service in the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River Monument in north central Montana. Steve served as the outfit's lead guide, chief historian, head storyteller and jokester. He held many an audience captive around the campfire as he shared his wit, wisdom and “occasional” disdain for political correctness.

His greatest joy was sharing his love of the West with his 6-year-old son, Colter.

Steve is survived by his wife, Karen, of Powell; son, Colter, of Powell; stepchildren DarylAnn and Jared Patterson of Collins, Iowa; mother, Evalynne (Buzzie) Higgins of Ankeny, Iowa; sister, Robin (Mark) Allen; nephew, Eric; and great-niece, Madison Allen, all of West Des Moines; and nephew, David (Amy) Allen of Watertown, Minn.

His father, Dr. Glenn Higgins, preceded him in death.

Two memorial services will be held: one on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at the Ashton Chapel, 8887 W 122nd St North, Mingo, Iowa; the second on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. at Celebration Community Fellowship Church, Hwy 87, Lewistown, Mont.

For those who wish, memorial contributions can be made to: Lewis and Clark Natural Historic Trail Interpretive Center, P.O. Box 3434, Great Falls, MT, 59403; or the American Cancer Society.

If anyone has special memories or stories about Steve, the family would appreciate letters to his son, Colter, to be kept in his Memory Box for when he is older.

October 20, 2009 3:23 am

Gene Ford

Gene G. Ford, 84, died Friday, Oct. 16 at the Powell Valley Hospital.

Services were held Monday, Oct. 19 at the United Methodist Church.

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

October 22, 2009 3:25 am

Carl Heard Fales

(June 25, 1917 – Oct. 18, 2009)

Carl Heard Fales, 92, died Sunday night, Oct. 18 at Powell Valley Hospital.

Heard was born in Pomona, Mo., on June 25, 1917, and arrived in Garland in March 1918 on an emigration train at the age of nine months. He was the oldest child of Carl Claby and Mary Jewell (Heard) Fales. His brother Paul was born in Garland in 1918.

In 1919, his parents homesteaded in Deaver, where he attended elementary school and where his brother Frank was born in 1921. The family moved back to Garland in 1929, where his sister, Mary Joan was born in 1934.

After graduating from Powell High School in 1935, Heard farmed with his brother Paul on the Willwood and then on the Emblem Bench.

Heard and Alice Annette Johannesen were married in Lovell on Nov. 20, 1943. They lived on the Emblem Bench, where they were joined by one daughter, Linda, and two sons, Steven and David. In 1959, Heard and his family moved to a farm on Heart Mountain near Ralston.

He spent his adult life as a farmer, raising beans, sugar beets, alfalfa, grain, and corn, as well as cattle. He called farming his vocation, recreation and hobby.

Alice died in 1972, and he then married Ruth Partridge Asay, who died in 1987. Heard and Vivian Brimhall Underwood were married in 1988 and lived on the Heart Mountain farm until they moved to Powell in 2000. Heard enjoyed his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and especially enjoyed serving in the temple. He traveled throughout the United States and Canada, but was most happy at home in Powell. Heard was able to live at home until the day he died because of the dedicated support of his wife, Vivian. He was optimistic and was in good humor with an alert mind until the moment of his death.

Heard is survived by his wife, Vivian; his sister, Joan Talbott; sister-in-law Lola Fales (Frank); brother-in-law Carl Johannesen; and his three children, Linda Mary Parkin (Steven) of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Steven Carl (Mardi) of Las Vegas, Nev., and David Andrew (Kristine) of Cody; daughter-in-law Terry Ann Andersen of Cedar City, Utah; and six stepchildren, David (Francine), Jesse, Bill (Cheryl), Janice (James), Helen (Bobby), and John (Laura). He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 19 step-grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, six step-great- grandchildren, 10 nieces and two nephews.

Heard was proud of his family.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, at the Powell 2nd Ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 525 West 7th Street. Pallbearers are his seven grandsons: Steven, Jonathan, Gary, Andrew, James, Benjamin and Matthew Fales.

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