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Pink lights will illuminate light posts in downtown Powell and Cody through the end of October, part of the 25th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Money raised by the lighted post campaign, through donations from local businesses and individuals, funds breast cancer screenings through the Women's Wellness Program. In addition, Expressions Salon is holding a drawing, and Blair's Food Market is selling “pink ribbon” items, with proceeds going toward breast cancer research and the Women's Wellness Program.

The local activity is just part of a veritable tidal wave of pink that floods the marketplace every October. Pink purses, pink yogurt lids, pink shoes and, yes, even pink dart tips from Sears.

The pink message is powerful — an excellent reminder of a united, steady quest for a cure.

But the pink everywhere also should remind women of important steps each can take to make a difference for themselves.

All the pink spending certainly benefits the overall quest to find a cure — and few would argue against spending money to help fund research. But women, especially those over age 40 or with a family history of the disease, still need to have regular, yearly screenings. Early detection remains one of the most effective ways to decrease the number of breast cancer deaths.

And while for some the cost is prohibitive, there is assistance: The Women's Wellness Program at Wyoming Migrant Health in Powell and Cody assists women who are uninsured, underinsured, or are not able to pay for their annual health screenings.

Let's all continue buying pink merchandise and supporting the overall goal of finding a cure for breast cancer. At the same time, until that cure is found, women must make regular screenings a life priority.

October 15, 2009 3:24 am

Dorothy Marie (Beall) Cozzens

(Nov. 20, 1912 - Oct. 7, 2009)

Dorothy Marie (Beall) Cozzens, 96, of Byron, died Wednesday, Oct. 7 at her home in Byron. Dorothy was born Nov. 20, 1912 in Green Castle, Mo. to Charles Elza Beall and Effie Pamela Minerva (Kent) Beall. Dorothy was the youngest of three children and the only daughter. Her older brothers were Clyde and Claude.

When Dorothy was 3, the family moved to Wyoming, eventually settling in Lovell for the next 40-plus years.

At the age of 12, Dorothy got a job at the Busy Corner, a drug store with a soda fountain in Lovell. She worked there until graduating from Lovell High School as president of her senior class at age 16. She enrolled in business college in Los Angeles, graduating the following year with a secretarial diploma.

She returned to Lovell and worked in a law office and at the Busy Corner, where she met her future husband, Fay Alvern Cozzens of Byron, an oil field worker. They were married June 10, 1933, in Billings. Due to Fay's oil field work they were transferred to southeast Wyoming. During this time, their first child, Ronald Wayne, was born in Laramie.

In 1935 the family moved to Fay's home-town of Byron. Fay continued to work in the oil fields, and, in June 1936,Byron's newest business, Dot's Place, opened. The business served breakfast and lunch, as well as malts, sodas and sundaes throughout the day.

Soon, the couple's remaining three children, Charles Fay, Dorothy Jeanne “Dotty”, and Julie Pamelia “Pam”, were born.

In 1950, Byron's only grocery store was destroyed by fire, and Dorothy and Fay opened Cozzens Cash Store. Cozzens Store closed in 2008 when Dorothy fully retired at 95.

Dorothy played the piano and often sang to her children when they were younger. She was an excellent cook and baker and made the wedding cake for each of her children's weddings. During the '50s, Dorothy became interested in ceramics and set up her own ceramic studio in a separate part of their home. For the next few years, she enjoyed giving evening ceramic lessons to dozens of interested students from Byron and neighboring towns.

Dorothy participated in many local school, community, and church events. She was one of the founding board members of the Byron Improvement Group (BIG) and years later was asked to assist with setting up the town's first museum. In 1985, local townspeople held a surprise 83rd birthday party for Dorothy and honored her with the title, “Heart of Byron.”

After becoming members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1950's, she and Fay had their marriage solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple.

She continued to operate the store until 2005 when, at the age of 93, she partnered with three others to remodel the business and change it to a convenience store. This change “freed up some time” for Dorothy, so she opened another Dot's Place next door. Her new store sold “antiques, treasures and collectables.”

Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who loved being in the company of family, extended family and friends. She was known as an outgoing, accepting, optimistic and compassionate person who showed her love of God through her unselfish service to others.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years in 1993; her son, Ronald; a great-grandson, Jaydee Blackburn; brothers Clyde and Claude; and her parents.

She is survived by her children, Charles (Cheryl) of Highland, Utah, Dotty White of Pittsburgh, Penn., and Pam Hopkinson (Glen) of Tucson, Ariz.; 20 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; 35 great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Frankleen Jensen Cozzens of Cowley and Avon Cozzens Brown of Bakersfield, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Viewing/visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Byron LDS Church. Burial will follow in the Byron Cemetery.

October 15, 2009 3:19 am

Carl R. Galvin

(Aug. 18, 1925 - Oct. 10, 2009)

Carl R. Galvin, 84, of Lakewood, Colo., died Saturday, Oct. 10.

Carl was a Pearl Harbor survivor and a member of the Improved Order of Redmen.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Edna Farwell Galvin; and daughters Christine K. Rowe, Connie J. Weber, and Colleen M. Wright (Warren); and son Kim R. Galvin (Judy).He was blessed with seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, sister Shirley Steck of Cody; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen.

Funeral services will take place at 12:30 p.m. today (Thursday) at Horan and McConaty Family Chapel, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, Colo., followed by interment at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

October 15, 2009 3:16 am

Quotas limit dig of frozen beets

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Local farmer Regan Smith cuts a sugar beet to reveal a frozen section on the right side while the left side remains thawed. While a few frosty nights actually drive sugar into beets, long exposure to freezing temps harms sugar content. Smith took a break from the Friday afternoon harvest to explain how the weather affected the local crop. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

Beet harvest critical in wake of October freeze

Sugar beet growers are hoping for sunshine and improving weather after a weekend of freezing temperatures dealt a shocking blow to what had been forecast as a record sugar beet crop in the Lovell factory district.

“It's pretty critical right now,” said beet farmer and Western Sugar Cooperative director Ric Rodriguez of Powell Monday, assessing the impact of temperatures that registered as low as 12 degrees in the Shoshone Valley from Friday to Sunday.

October 13, 2009 4:12 am

Hunter shot in grizzly attack

While being mauled by a grizzly bear on Saturday morning, a hunter also was shot by a fellow hunter who was attempting to fend off the bear, according to a report from the Montana Park County Sheriff's office.

The incident happened in the Coulter Pass area near Cooke City, Mont.

Three horses shot, unauthorized hunting, damage by four wheelers and garbage left by the public prompted a landowner to close public access to an area long open to casual use by area residents.

Kelly Brandt, owner of the land surrounding the “Dog Ponds” south of Powell closed the land to public access recently, locking the gates and posting “No Trespassing” signs.

October 13, 2009 4:01 am

Miscues cost Powell

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Powell sophomore Josh Cragoe looks to turn the corner against Worland on Friday night while teammate Zach Wagner trails on the play. A low-scoring first half gave way to a second-half shootout as the Panthers dropped a 42-31 decision at home. The Panthers host Cody in a Park County rivalry game this Friday. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Turnover trifecta dooms Panthers

The Powell Panthers were guilty of three third-quarter turnovers on Friday night. The miscues led to three Worland touchdowns and enabled the Warriors to blow open what had been a close game at the half and to roll to a 42-31 win.

The loss was Powell's second in as many weeks and the team's second in 3A West conference play.

October 13, 2009 3:56 am

Fun in the sun

NWC takes title in Miami

The Northwest College Trappers won three out of four games — all against teams ranked in the top 13 of the latest national rankings — to return from Florida as the champion of the Miami Dade volleyball tournament.

The performance elevates the Trappers to a 17-7 season record. Given the nature of the competition, it almost assuredly guarantees that Northwest College will make its third top 20 appearance when the new weekly poll is released on Wednesday.

October 13, 2009 3:45 am

Swimmers prep for conference

Team takes 3rd place finish in Lander

The Powell Lady Panthers closed regular season competition last weekend with a third-place finish in the Lander Invitational swim meet.

Senior Jessica Curtis recorded a personal best time in the backstroke to post Powell's only first place finish in the meet, and Monique Zorgati continued to come back from an injury with personal bests in both the 100- and 50-yard freestyle events, earning third place in the 100 and seventh in the 50.

October 13, 2009 3:43 am

Abuse of dog ponds unacceptable

For years, Powell residents have enjoyed visiting the Dog Ponds south of town along the Shoshone River. Locals who frequent the area were surprised recently to see “No Trespassing” signs posted —announcing that the owners of the Dog Ponds closed the land to public use.

And who can blame them?

The only surprising part of the decision is that it didn't come sooner, considering everything the owners dealt with over the past few years.

Careless visitors littered the area with beer bottles, cigarette butts and other garbage. Some thoughtlessly left gates ajar, releasing mules. Reckless hunters shot three of the owners' horses, killing one. Irresponsible drivers tore up the land.

Rather than leaving the Dog Ponds a trash-strewn mess, the owners continued to be responsible stewards of the area, keeping it clean and maintained. In recent years, they began conservation efforts to encourage the wildlife habitat. And all the while, they shared the property with the community.

But after chasing down mules, caring for wounded horses and cleaning up litter time and again, no wonder the owners finally closed off the property to public use.

It's unfortunate that the behavior of a few careless residents results in loss of privileges for all. But the owners' decision is justifiable.

School children still will be able to access the Dog Ponds for educational trips, but casual use is now barred, and for good reason. Misuse of land — private or public — is unacceptable.