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May 15, 2002 9:09 am

Rev. Leo K. Sullivan

(March 28, 1914 - May 14, 2002)

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m. at First Southern Baptist Church for Rev. Leo K. Sullivan, 88, who died Tuesday, May 14 in Powell Valley Hospital.

The Rev. Don Peel and the Rev. Don Thomason will officiate at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.
The Rev. Mr. Sullivan, father of Lloyd Sullivan of Powell, had been a resident of the Powell Nursing Home for the last four years. He had lived in Powell since 1994.

He was born in New Mexico on March 28, 1914, to Don and Tennie Sullivan, the oldest of nine children.
He married Maybelle Gaskins on Nov. 25, 1933. He attended Wayland Baptist University and Baylor University and received his degree from Oklahoma Baptist University. He went on to pastor churches in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Idaho and Montana. He and his wife later provided worship services and Bible schools in rural areas where there were no churches. He was actively involved in the ministry for 52 years.

Survivors include his wife Tennie of 68 years; two sons, Kenneth Sullivan and wife Judy, and Lloyd Sullivan and wife Donna; a brother, Delbert Sullivan and wife Betty; sisters Sylvia (Hoye) Smith, Lucille Miller, Clydia (Clem) Chastain and Myrtle Cook; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son and daughter-in-law, David and Gloria Sullivan, who were killed in an automobile accident April 15, 1982; and by three brothers, John, Claude and Louis.

Pallbearers at the funeral will be Lloyd Sullivan, Brian Sullivan, Brad Sullivan, Brandon Sullivan, Mike Sullivan and Don Sullivan.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorials to First Southern Baptist Church or Powell Nursing Home.
Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home.

May 14, 2002 9:07 am

Twila Yvonne (Kelley) Miller

(Jan. 2, 1938 - May 8, 2002)

Twila Yvonne (Kelley) Miller died Wednesday, May 8 while living at the Powell Nursing Home. She was 64.
Born an only child Jan. 2, 1938, to Lauretta E. Davis and William J. Kelley, she grew up and graduated from high school in Midwest. She married Robert R. Miller of Lusk on March 3, 1957.

The couple made its home on sheep ranches in South Dakota and Nebraska, and later, in the oil fields of Linch and Gillette. She and her husband retired to Guernsey until her heath failed, and she moved to Buffalo, then to Powell.

During her lifetime, she was an Avon lady, a news reporter, a secretary for Stafford Well Service at Linch and R&S Well Service at Thermopolis. She and her husband were camp tenders at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas for a couple of years. She was also a receptionist for the National Guard Camp in Guernsey. Her job was "to tell officers and soldiers where to go and how to get there."

Survivors include three daughters, Cammy Kretschmar and husband Paul of Lovell, Kathy Weaver and husband Stacey of Guernsey and Joy Pehringer and husband Steve of Buffalo; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughters Connie Ann and Trudy; her parents; and several cousins who she considered her brothers and sisters.

Her health began to deteriorate in March of 1995 after suffering a stroke and having diabetes. In spite of her failing health, her spirit endured as she shared stories and laughed with families and friends.

NWC tops Miles, Gillette

The Northwest College women's basketball team got to bask in the glow of back-to-back wins on the hardwood this weekend after defeating Miles Community College by a 64-55 count on Friday night and Gillette, 71-65, on Saturday.

“We haven't been able to do this much this year, so it feels good,” said Northwest College women's basketball coach Janis Beal, who improved to 11-15 in her first season at the helm of the Trappers' program. “Friday's win was very big for us because it puts us in third place in the sub-region.”

The Trappers grabbed control against Miles behind the strength of 58-percent shooting in the first half and a tenacious defensive effort that limited Miles to just 26 first-half points. Northwest managed to connect for just six shots from the floor after intermission, but also converted on 15 of its 18 free-throw attempts to prevent a Pioneer rally. The Trappers' defense also turned in a stout performance over the final 20 minutes, forcing 28 turnovers from Miles for the game.

Megan Smith had 23 points to lead all scorers in the contest. Megan Goodman added 17 in support as Northwest cracked double figures in the win column for the season.

On Saturday, the Trappers shook off a slow start with a late 9-0 first-half run to pull within 29-27 at the half against Gillette. The Pronghorn lead was short-lived in the final half. The Trappers uncorked an early 10-0 run to take the lead for good.

Although the Trappers never trailed after the 16-minute mark, the team's lead was never entirely secure.

“We tried to give it some nervous moments there, especially at the end,” said Beal. “We knocked down enough free throws down the stretch to hold on.”

Northwest also shot 52 percent from the floor on the way to outscoring Gillette 44-36 in the second half. Laura Purina finished with a game-high 23 points to lead all scorers and added five assists. Kati Oliverson added 15 points, many of them early as the Trappers were desperately searching for a spark.

“We were fortunate to be within two points at halftime,” said Beal. “We came out a bit sluggish. Friday was a big win for us emotionally and I think it took us a while to get going against Gillette. Kati took the ball to the basket a few times and that helped keep us in it until we found our stride.”

Smith and McKenzie Garrett also finished in double figures for the Trapper women, ending the night with 12 and 10 points, respectively. As a team, Northwest College forced Gillette into committing 34 turnovers, including 14 steals.

The Trappers will go after a third consecutive win on the road Tuesday night when the team travels to Sheridan.

Northwest wraps up the regular season with home games against Central Wyoming on Thursday and Casper College on Saturday.

February 23, 2010 3:38 am

Hunting accident kills Cody man

{mosimage} Suspected faulty rifle sent to crime lab

A shooting accident while hunting has led the Park County Sheriff's office to investigate the rifle, not the man carrying the gun.

Nicholas Bemis, 28, of Cody, was rabbit hunting with two friends in Oregon Basin, southeast of Cody late Saturday afternoon in steep terrain when a .223 caliber rifle, carried by one of his friends accidentally fired, according to Park County Sheriff Scott Steward.

February 23, 2010 4:01 am

Sub-region title on the line Tuesday

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Northwest College freshman Demetrice Jacobs absorbs contact while tossing up a shot against Miles Community College on Friday night as the Trappers moved to within one win of an undefeated Region IX North sub-region campaign. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

NWC men travel to Sheridan for right to host Region IX tourney

Now the talking can begin.

For more than a month, Northwest College men's basketball coach Andy Ward has casually deflected discussion of a possible sub-region title with the mantra “one game at a time.” Now the Trappers are down to just one game, and Tuesday night is the time.

“This sets the table,” Ward said, moments afterdirecting the Trappers to an 89-73 victory over Miles Community College on Friday night. “We'll have to go to Sheridan and play our best game, but it's all right there for us.”

February 23, 2010 3:58 am

Regional champs x 3

PHS three-peats as regional champs, 16 finish in top 4

Twelve Powell Panthers reached the finals and eight took championships to lead their team to their third straight regional wrestling championship last weekend.

Four more Panthers earned third place, three finished fourth and four more reached the top eight, pushing the team score to 309.5 points, 89 points ahead of second-place Worland. Lander finished third and Mountain View fourth.

When meetings concern public land issues, it's hard to make an argument for why citizens should be barred from such meetings.

Yet over the last few months, that is exactly what U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials have been doing — trying to argue why they need to meet behind closed doors to discuss revision of a resource management plan.

Secrecy and lack of public access have concerned various interest groups, from the Park County Commission to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition to the Meeteetse Conservation District.

Despite requests from the commissioners and environmentalists to open the meetings, BLM officials have maintained their closed-meeting position.

The bureau's concern is that residents will only get snippets of information at meetings — not the full picture — and therefore misunderstand discussion and where it's leading.

Yet, in an attempt to prevent misunderstanding, BLM officials are in danger of creating mistrust.

A Wyoming Outdoors Council representative, Nathan Maxon, said he's already seeing it. One bentonite industry worker told Maxon that he is concerned about the plan after hearing a commissioner say it may be bad for industry.

Of course, without knowing the specifics, he likely fears the worst.

In order to trust the government's handling of public lands, citizens need to be able to listen to discussion concerning their land. Opening the meetings would help Big Horn Basin residents gauge the situation for themselves.

That's what many interest groups want.

For commissioners, they feel the public needs to see how environmentally-oriented the plan may be. For environmentalists, they believe the public needs to see how commissioners and others are seeking to make the plan industry-friendly.

With doors closed and information limited, citizens are unable to make their own assessments.

While we appreciate the opposition commissioners and others have voiced, at this point, it seems it may be too little, too late.

A BLM representative made the point last week that the bureau doesn't want to change horses midstream.

Still, the BLM's reluctance to allow public access at meetings concerning the public's land is unacceptable. In a democracy, citizens have a right to be involved with discussion involving their land.

What is the harm if the BLM lets the public know what is happening during the revision process? Excuses from the bureau have fallen short.

February 23, 2010 3:35 am

Grant V. Bjerke

(April 26, 1918 - Feb. 19, 2010)

Grant V. Bjerke, 91, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 in Cheyenne.

He was born April 26, 1918 in Grafton, N.D. and had lived in Cheyenne since 1962, with prior residence in Bowdoin and Malta, Mont., and Riverton, Worland and Powell.

Grant worked with his father in a plumbing shop following his graduation from Powell High School in 1936.
He served in the Navy from 1942-1948 on the USS Belleau Wood.

He was employed by Wyoming Automotive/Industrial Automotive/Fairmont Automotive before retiring in 1988.

Grant was a member of the Airport Golf Course and Cheyenne Bowling Association, and he was still active in both until the time of his death.

He is survived by two sons, Kibben Bjerke of Platina, Calif. and Dale Bjerke (Tamara) of Cheyenne; three sisters, Rhoda Gillilandand Eileen Kindler, both of Cody, and Betty Ann Butler of San Diego, Calif.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey America (Snodgrass) Bjerke in 1954; parents, Conrad and Mary Bjerke; two brothers, Lee Bjerke and William Bjerke; and sister Avis Bjerke.

Services will be in Cheyenne, with military honors provided by the American Legion Post #6 Honor Guard.
Interment will be Friday, March 5, at 10 a.m. in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Thompson Funeral Home will be handling local arrangements.

February 23, 2010 3:28 am

Burns Bassett Brimhall

(Feb. 12, 1946 - Oct. 30, 2009)

Longtime Cody businessman Burns Bassett Brimhall died at his home on Oct. 30, 2009. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery.

Burns was born in Lovell on Feb. 12, 1946 to Mary Eliza Brimhall and Hazen Burns Brimhall. He was the youngest of eight children.

Burns graduated from high school in Lovell in 1963 and joined the Army National Guard in 1965. He received an honorable discharge in October 1971.

In 1967, Burns married Sue Crosby. Together they had three children, Amy, Burns and Jackson.

Shortly after high school, Burns graduated from meat-cutting school in Salt Lake City. He worked as a meat-cutter in Greybull and in Wendover, Nev. before a business partnership with Chuck Kinder helped create ABC Packing in Cody. He worked there for three years, and during the time between selling ABC Packing and purchasing The Zero Box Meat Processing Plant, Burns worked for Julian Construction.

Burns and Sue owned the Zero Box for 15 years until selling the business in 1984. That same year Burns purchased the Downtowner Liquors and Lounge. In 2008 Burns sold the Downtowner, and he and Sue retired.

Burns was known for his savvy business skills, his straight-forward attitude and his impeccable honesty and work ethic.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; his children Amy Norby (Mike) and Burns and Jackson Brimhall; granddaughters Rylie and Rowan Norby and Christen Grant (Sky); sisters Ruby Reno of Powell and Patsey Hudspeth of Lovell; and his brother Harlow Brimhall, also of Lovell.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Linda Brimhall and Shirley Norton, and his brothers, Keith Brimhall and Phil Brimhall.

Funeral services have taken place.

February 23, 2010 3:27 am

Cornelius Francis Neil' McCarthy

(July 5, 1940 - Feb. 15, 2010)

Cornelius Francis “Neil” McCarthy, 69, of Omaha, Neb., died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Neil was born July 5, 1940, at Broken Bow, Neb., to Cornelius and Francis (Mohatt) McCarthy. He attended Cozad High School where he was active in 4-H and FFA, graduating in 1958.He married his high school sweetheart, Rosemary Lauby, on January 28, 1961, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington, Neb.

Neil was a member of the Lexington Chaptr of Knights of Columbus, the Lexington Jaycees and the Nebraska National Guard.

Neil and Rosemary lived in Powell for seven years, where he drove a truck for the Gillett Dairy.

Later in life, Neil enjoyed camping and fishing, often serving as a campground host. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years; sons Jerry (Lori) of Blair, Neb., and Chris and partner Jimmy Victor of Omaha; daughter Trueline; and grandchildren Kristina, Mason, Evan and Dominque.

Neil was preceded in death by his son Robert Anthony; infant daughter Christine Anne; infant grandson Tyler Anthony; his parents; and a sister, Janet.

Services were held last week, with burial following in St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery at Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the family for the grandchildren's education.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington handled arrangements, and online condolences may be directed to reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.