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June 05, 2001 5:24 pm

Walking the fire

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With the Teton Mountains peeking through smoky trees, Teton Interagency Fire Monitor Ron Steffens surveys a small fire near the Snake River last week. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

Monitoring blazes as season starts

The Snake Fire in Grand Teton National Park simmers, but natural barriers more than likely will contain the little blaze, if moisture from a June 25 rainstorm doesn't douse it altogether, a firefighter said.

The quarter-acre, lightning-ignited fire is one mile north of Teton Point, off U.S. 191-89-26. There is no immediate threat to any facilities, so Teton Interagency Fire is allowing the smoldering cottonwood and conifer trees to burn.

When it meets this month, the Wyoming Community College Planning Task Force will begin tackling one of its more difficult topics: A possible statewide mill levy to help support the state's seven community college districts.

The 2008 Wyoming Legislature, when it created the task force, instructed members, among other things, to explore governance, revenue generation and representation for the statewide community college system.

The Powell Volunteer Fire Department's annual Fourth of July fireworks show is guaranteed to toast the evening with thunderous noise and bright radiance.

The location is the same as last year, but the pyrotechnics just might cover a bit more ground than 2008.

July 02, 2009 4:03 am

King of the hill

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Seth Gilmore of the Powell Babe Ruth Royals prepares to deliver a pitch home during Tuesday night's championship game. The Royals captured an 18-2 decision over the Giants to win the 2009 tournament title. The Royals scored a roller coaster 7-6 victory over the Reds to earn their place in Tuesday's championship game. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

July 02, 2009 4:00 am

Career Ladder

Pioneers a stepping stone for college play

Local baseball purists have less than a month to enjoy watching the talents of players like Gianluca Giarrizzo and Scotty Jameson. After that, they'll have to travel a bit to witness the exploits of these two Powell Pioneers.

July 02, 2009 3:45 am

Schedule change for Pioneers

Games with Brigham City added to weekend

The Powell Pioneers will compete in doubleheader action in Jackson today (Thursday) and Friday. Pioneer head coach Jeff Young announced the schedule change Wednesday morning.

The Pioneers will face Brigham City, Utah, in a 3 p.m. game today (Thursday). The team also faces Jackson in an 8 p.m. conference game. The same three teams will tangle on Friday with Powell and Brigham City playing at 10 a.m. and the Pioneers and Jackson wrapping things up at 12:30 p.m.

All four games will take place in Jackson. The Pioneers carry a 13-game winning streak and a 25-9 overall record into the contests.

July 02, 2009 3:43 am

Holmes wins Fun Run 5K

Merritt first across in 10K

Kristopher Holmes was the first runner across the finish line in 5K racing action while Jeanna Merritt was the first to arrive at the end of the 10K course at Saturday's Reunion Fun Run.

A total of 59 participants lined up to participate in the 5K and 10K runs and the 5K walk. Prizes were awarded based on age division and gender in each race classification. Overall standings were as follows:

Men's 5K —1. Kristopher Holmes 17:51, 2. Tucker Maute 19:00, 3. Kevin Knight 23:00, 4. Jeff Greaham 23:18, 5. Mike Christensen 23:22, 6. Quin Wetzel 23:33, 7. Tim Morrow 23:49, 8. Jake Christensen 24:04, 9. Kelly Christensen 25:41, 10. Lee Espinosa 26:28, 11. Mike Hobbs 26:30, 12. Eyob Robirds 26:39, 13. Brandon Brown 26:42.

Women's 5K —1. Claire Wetzel 23:42, 2. Angel Olson 24:14, 3. Sophia Maute 25:09, 4. Ashley Akin 25:19, 5. Marcie Hobbs 26:30, 6. Gerri Thronburg 27:47, 7. Stacey Brown 27:49, 8. Adriana Moreno 28:08, 9. Rose Cruz 29:42, 10. Kaiya Rodriguez 30:17, 11. Wendi Robirds 30:59, 12. Stephanie Fry 32:02, 13. Mindy Christensen 32:25, 14. Brittany Christensen 32:25, 15. Nikki Marchant 33:35, 16. Tanna Mittlieder 35:40, 17. Anna Wester 38:40, 18. Judy Ray Hazen 38:40, 19. Carole Genz-Mould 43:11, 20. Tessa Ray-Cozzens 43:11, 21. Tracy Gasaway 43:23.

Men's 10K — 1. Jerry Rodriguez 49:26, 2. Brendan FitzSimmons 50:08, 3. Dave Whittle 1:02:36.

Women's 10K — 1. Jeanna Merritt 43:06, 2. Cathy McKenzie 43:32, 3. Julie Sheets 44:16.

5K Walk —1. Kayleigh Knight 29:42, 2. Tawny Mittlieder 35:40, 3. Cindy Jacobs 36:38, 4. Kim Jacobs 37:12, 5. Lisa Horton 42:20, 6. Nicole Ostermiller 42:55, 7. Marilyn Sims 44:21, 8. Michelle Hoyt 48:57, 9. Tuesdee Oswood 48:57, 10. Erica Clark 50:07, 11. Mary Ann Smith 50:35, 12. Paul Smith 51:01, 13. Kathie Thielemann 55:40, 14. Joanne King 56:10.

Note: Four individuals withdrew after the start of the race.

The unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service, the oft-quoted “neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night ... ” is being put to the test.

According to a Tribune article last week, the Postal Service estimates a $6.5-billion deficit at the end of this fiscal year. The service isn't supported by tax dollars — rather, it's a business funded by revenue from postage sales.

The sad reality is sales aren't strong enough to keep it afloat.

Even the recent increase in postage rates isn't stopping the hemorrhage: Mail volume is down 15 percent, gas prices are rising and businesses have reduced mailings. The use of services such as online bill pay and the ease of e-mail versus “snail mail” certainly haven't helped.

In addition to consolidating routes, offering early retirement and cutting pensions, an option proposed by the service calls for cutting mail delivery to five days a week. Postal Service officials estimate that change alone could save $3.5 billion annually — that goes a long way toward making the operation solvent.

No mail delivery on Saturday, or even Tuesday, is a controversial choice. While a minor inconvenience to some, many businesses (including this newspaper, with its long-time history of Tuesday delivery) would have to make major adjustments.

That being said, the sacrifice of one day of delivery pales in comparison to losing the Postal Service altogether — unfortunately, that's a distinct possibility unless the service makes major changes to its operation.

July 02, 2009 3:36 am

Katie B. Nethery

(Nov. 23, 1922 - Jan. 15, 2009)

A service to inter the remains of Katie B. Nethery in the family plot will be held for family members and friends on Monday, July 6 at 10 a.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Katie died Jan. 15 in an Arizona nursing home.

She was born in Cody on Nov. 23, 1922 to Ben and Myrl Williamson. She married Robert A. Nethery, Sr. on July 20, 1944, in Red Lodge, Mont.

Bob and Katie lived in Loveland, Colo. until moving to Bullhead, Ariz. in 1989. Katie's family will remember her as a strong person who is and will be missed.

Bob preceded her in death on May 22, 1991.

She is survived by children, Robert Nethery, Jr., Sandra (Nethery) Weaver, Richard Nethery, Sr., and Cheryl (Nethery) Fitzgerald; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

July 02, 2009 3:30 am

Mabel (Reichel) Roemmich

(June 17, 1919 - June 27, 2009)

Longtime Park County resident Mabel Roemmich, 90, died June 27 in Cody.

She was born June 17, 1919 in Keota-Rural, Colo. to Fred and Karolina (Sauer) Reichel. After moving to Wyoming, her family farmed in the Garland area.

In 1937, while living and working in Powell, Mabel met Henry Roemmich. They were married Nov. 20, 1938, in Billings. Henry and Mabel had three children: Harlen, Shirley and Sandra.

In August 2008, after nearly 70 years of marriage, Mabel's husband, Henry, died. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and a sister.

Mabel is survived by her son, Harlen Roemmich of Powell; two daughters, Shirley Roemmich and Sandy Beier, both of Cody; a sister, Hannah Fink (Albert) of Lovell; a step-sister; two step-brothers; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at Grace Baptist Church on Thursday, July 2 at 10 a.m. Memorials in Mabel's name may be made to Spirit Mountain Hospice, 707 Sheridan Ave., Cody.