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Powell senior Rustin Myrick powers over a hurdle during Friday's 110-meter hurdles race. The event is one of four in which Myrick has already qualified for the state track meet. The Panthers compete in regional action this weekend in Cody. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Powell track teams tune up for regional meet

It may not be home sweet home, but for the members of the Powell High School track team, performing in Cody is quickly becoming the next-best thing this spring.

The Panther boys captured the team title and the Panther girls were third on Friday. The event was the third invitational meet this season Powell attended at Cody High School, which will also serve as the host facility for this week's 3A West regional meet.

May 12, 2009 4:22 am

Panther girls defeat Pinedale

Victory seals a spot in state field

The Powell High School girls soccer program completed a regular-season sweep of Pinedale on Saturday and secured a spot in the state tournament field in the process. The 2-1 victory marked the team's second of the year against the Wranglers.

“Qualifying for a spot at the state tournament was one of our goals for this season and I'm glad the girls were able to accomplish that,” said Panther head coach Brad Hammond.

Freshman Taylor Swenson tagged the ball into the back of the net for a Powell goal just six minutes into Saturday's contest for her first score of the season. Junior Katie Kipp added a score in the second half before Pinedale capitalized on a late error by the Panthers to pull within a goal.

“Our defense played well,” said Hammond. “Pinedale only got a couple of shot attempts in the game.”

The victory wasn't without a cost, however. Maddy Jones suffered an apparent knee injury in the win and was forced to leave the contest. Hammond said preliminary indications were that Jones possibly suffered an injury to her MCL.

“She might be done for the year,” said Hammond. “We should know more today (Tuesday).”

The Panthers also faced top-ranked Jackson over the weekend, falling by a 5-0 count.

Powell found itself playing catch up throughout almost the entire contest. Jackson scored its first goal just 18 seconds into the game and added a later first-half score before reeling off a trio of second-half goals.

“I've never seen a team score as fast as Jackson did,” said Hammond. “We got off to another slow start and they jumped on us. Fortunately, we were able to settle down, but early on you could tell we'd been sitting on a bus for six hours.”

The Panthers wrap up the regular season on Thursday at Cody.

May 12, 2009 4:14 am

PHS boys score weekend sweep

Panthers come through in must-win games

The Powell Panther boys soccer program entered this past weekend with its back to the wall, in a manner of speaking. If the Panthers harbored any hope of making good on its pre-season goal of a top-two finish in the conference, the team needed wins against Jackson on Friday and Pinedale on Saturday.

Mission accomplished.

Just when it appeared the goal was about to slip out of reach, the Panthers placed themselves sqarely in the middle of the fight with a pair of shutout victories. Powell scored late to beat Jackson 1-0 on Friday, then followed with a 3-0 win at Pinedale on Saturday.

“The Jackson game was just how you want high school sports to be,” said Panther head coach Pat D'Alessandro. “Both teams were going hard. It looked like we were heading to overtime with them again and then we were able to make a play and score the game winner.”

Powell scored the game's only goal with roughly three minutes remaining. Jordan Brown took a through ball served in from above the 18-yard box by Mitch Barker. Brown won the foot race to the ball and was able to lift it over the reach of a sliding Jackson goal keeper for the win.

“Mitch was involved in most, if not all our goals this weekend,” D'Alessandro said of his senior midfielder. “He does such a good job of sending the ball into open space.”

On Saturday, Drayson Bratt netted the first two of Powell's goals. The first came on a play resembling Friday's game-winner by Brown. The second saw Bratt tuck the ball into the left corner after finding himself in space near the top of the 18-yard box.

“We really recovered from the lull we were in against Worland,” said D'Alessandro. “We're ready to wrap up our regular season.”

The victories momentarly send Powell back into second place in the conference standings with one week remaining in the regular season. The Panthers head to Cody on Thursday to close out the regular season.

“It could get crazy,” D'Alessandro said of the various scenarios that could play out this week within the 3A western division. “The best scenario would be if we win, or even get a point (for a tie) against Cody.”

Barring that, the Panthers could be destined for a possible tiebreak scenario with Jackson, Worland or perhaps both schools. Both schools presently trail Powell by three points in the conference standings, but will face each other later this week. Worland also has a game remaining on its schedule with Pinedale.

“The first tiebreak is head-to-head, which wouldn't matter because we've split with Jackson and we've split with Worland,” said D'Alessandro. “The other tiebreak factors are really close between the three schools as well.”

Those factors include performance against the highest-rated conference team —Cody, in this case — and goals allowed to conference opponents during the season.

“We could still finish everywhere from second to fourth depending how the week goes,” said D'Alessandro. “We just need to worry about Cody. That's the only part we can control at this stage.”

Beginning of dialogue between public, city

The City Council and the Powell Coalition Against Substance Abuse hosted a day-long gathering of community members last week.

A true cross-section of Powell — educators, bar owners, parents, doctors, policemen and many others — came together with a single purpose: To develop guidelines for public policy on alcohol use.

During the course of the day, several key beliefs came to light. Not surprisingly, participants were vocal about the need to prevent and discourage underage drinking. They voiced the need to encourage responsible drinking by those of drinking age and to minimize young children's exposure to alcohol. They want to see laws and policies enforced across the board for both underage and legal drinkers. And most participants overwhelmingly support the statement that the choice, by adults, to drink is a personal one.

Recommendations by the group call for existing laws to be enforced fairly and consistently and for school policies, both at the college and public school levels, to be followed without fail. The group also supports stronger penalties for those who provide or sell alcohol to minors and for continued evaluation of the purpose of events prior to issuing alcohol permits.

It was a productive day of discussion and consensus building, and let's hope that the dialogue continues. It can only serve to strengthen and increase the health and well-being of our community.

May 12, 2009 4:10 am

County raises landfill rates

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With the Powell landfill facing closure in the next two years, the sign may soon read “DUMP THERE” — as in, over at a lined Cody landfill. In the interim, tipping fees at all county landfills are slated to increase by 50 percent this year. In this picture, Powell equipment operator Tony DiPilla scrunches down a freshly dumped pile of trash. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

Frustration on all sides

Expect your garbage bill to take a hike by this fall.

On Tuesday, overriding the concerns of Powell and Cody officials, Park County Commissioners voted to raise landfill tipping fees by 50 percent — effective Oct. 1. More increases are likely in coming years.

May 07, 2009 2:40 am

Powell centennial's big event

Riders, pageantry, memorabilia, food and music to celebrate Powell's 100 years May 25

Embracing yesterday and today, Powell Founder's Day will be celebrated May 25.

May 25, 1909, was the day lots began selling in Powell.

Although centennial events will be scheduled throughout the year, the afternoon of May 25 is the big one.

May 07, 2009 2:40 am

Lucille M. Miller

(Aug. 27, 1918 - May 6, 2009)

Lucille M. Miller, 90, died Wednesday, May 6 at the Powell Valley Care Center.

Lucille was born Aug. 27, 1918, in Plover, Wisc., the daughter of Persis Helen (Griswald) and Frederick George Hetzel. She graduated from high school and later married Floyd Fredrick Miller on Sept. 28, 1940 at the Baptist Church in Powell.

The couple lived in Birnamwood, Wisc. and Laurel, Mont., before settling in Powell in 1954. Lucille was a homemaker and also spent time as a home health worker. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, and she enjoyed gardening, fishing and crafts.

She is survived by sons, Duane Miller (Sara) of Powell and Kevin Miller (Cheryl) of Prescott, Ariz.; daughters, Janet Emmett (Herman) of Worland and Karen Greenspan of Prescott; brother, Armon Hetzel (Shirley) of Downing, Wisc.; sister, Mavis Henkel (Emil) of Gurnee, Ill.; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Lucillle was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; her parents; four brothers, Mylas, Gerald, James and Russell Hetzel and a sister, Myrtha Pawlak.

Visitation will be Monday, May 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, preceded by visitation from 10-10:50 a.m. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorials can be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Powell. Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory is handling arrangements.

Could a successful network of public transit operate in the Yellowstone region?

That question is the focus of a feasibility study beginning this month.

The study will try to determine if a business cooperative made up of public and private transportation providers and transportation users can provide a viable transportation network in the 25 counties that surround Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks.

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Powell senior Patrick Sullivan breaks the tape after running the final leg on the Panthers' winning 4x400 relay team. The foursome of Sullivan, Kyle Sullivan, Rustin Myrick and Gavin Mills also earned automatic qualifier status for state after clocking a time of 3:35.53. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

PHS adds to advanced qualifier count for state meet

The Powell Panthers added four additional advanced qualifiers to their state track and field roster on Tuesday afternoon at the Greybull Relays. Individual events and team standings took a back seat to efforts to surpass the state's qualifying standards at the meet.

Organization being vigilant, proactive

While the uncertainties surrounding the outbreak of a new strain of the H1N1 flu virus, or swine flu, have prompted high school athletic association officials in Texas, Alabama and New Mexico to postpone or cancel athletic events on a statewide level, the Wyoming High School Activities Association has no intention to follow suit at this time.

“We're trying to be as proactive as possible,” said WHSAA commissioner Ron Laird. “Obviously, you can't plan for every contingency, but we have been in touch with the state Department of Health to keep apprised of what's going on within the state.”

As of Wednesday morning, no cases of the H1N1 flu virus had been reported within the state of Wyoming. A similar clean bill of health didn't prevent Alabama's high school athletics governing body from declaring a one week moratorium on competition in that state.

“We have a sports-medicine advisory council that's composed of health and medical professionals that we use as a sounding board,” said Laird. “We've made contact with the State Department of Education to keep informed on what's going on within schools in the state and I've spoken with our Board of Directors.”

Only if schools in the state began to be shut down by the virus would WHSAA look at the possibility of postponing activities on a state-wide level, Laird said.

“If it were to begin disrupting schools in the state, then we'd have to consider whether to do something like that,” said Laird. “But the Center for Disease Control issued a statement yesterday saying there isn't a need to close schools and with no cases reported in the state, we're just trying to stay proactive and as up-to-date on the situation as we can.”