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May 05, 2003 9:29 am

Bob Hill

(June 3, 1947 - May 2, 2003)

Robert (Bob) Ernest Hill, 55, Powell, died Friday, May 2 at St. Vincent's Heathcare Center in Billings, Mont. He was in a coma five days following an accident in which he protected his 4-year-old grandson, Joshua, from getting hurt.

His family is comforted in the knowledge he died quickly and painlessly- the way he always said he wanted to go. The family also finds peace in thinking of the people his life is touching through the donation of his organs.
Mr. Hill was born June 3, 1947, in Great Falls, Mont., to William (Buck) and Phyllis Rutherford Hill. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1970 and married Vicki Lee McGarvin on Sept. 18, 1968. They would have celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this year. For the last 14 years, he was parts man for Powell Equipment.

He was a loving husband, son, brother, father and grandfather. He was proud to be a simple man and lived a simple life.
He was his wife's best friend and a precious part of all of his family's lives, but disliked when other people died and were suddenly regarded as a saint. He loved the Lord, and the Lord loved him. One of his favorite Bible verses was Ecclesiastes 7:1, "A good name is better than a good ointment, And the day of one's death is better than the day of one's birth."
His hobbies included woodworking, camping, yard work and spending time with his family. His woodworking projects can be found all over the homes of those he loved, and his grandsons are positive he's finding the best camping spot in heaven.
He enjoyed the Denver Broncos, Keystone Light ("just one more"), wrestling with his grandsons and following the war and anything else political on Fox News. He was always ready to help out and forever will be remembered as "John Deere Bob- Good Guy."

Survivors include his parents, William Hill and Phyllis Hill, both of Lovell; his wife, Vicki, of Powell; sons Jeff (Shelley) Hill of Powell and Doug Hill, currently in Air Force boot camp in Texas; daughter Denise (Mark) Schuler of Powell; brothers Bill (Pam) Hill of Rock Springs and Larry (Mila) Hill of Chicago, Ill.; sister Norine (Walter) Joyce of East Helena, Mont.; grandchildren Zachary, Joshua and Brylee Schuler; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
No funeral will take place per Bob's request. Instead, the family will celebrate his life and share their grief together in a private gathering.

As a memorial, the family requests donations for Julie Peterson, who is in need of organ transplants. Donations may be made at any Shoshone First Bank locations. Please note they are for the medical fund that has already been set up for her.

May 02, 2003 9:26 am

Beatrice (Bea) Allen

(Aug. 27, 1909 - May 1, 2003)

Funeral services were held Monday at Union Presbyterian Church for Beatrice (Bea) Joan Allen, 93, who died Thursday, May 1 at Powell Valley Care Center.

The Rev. David Hunter officiated at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.
She was born Aug. 27, 1909, in Granville, Tenn., to Frank and Bettie (Apple) Duke. She married Robert Franklin Allen in Lewistown, Mont., on Oct. 19, 1930.

She was an expert seamstress and enjoyed sewing and caring for her yard, home and family. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Four grandchildren survive her, Allan Brandenburger of St. Joseph, Minn., Terri Brandenburger of Sherman, Ill., JoBeth Effertz of Delaware, Ohio, and Wesley Brandenberger of Rochester, Minn. She is also surived by three great-grandchildren, Marie, Jack and Lila Effertz of Delaware, Ohio; and a nephew, Tom Longshore of Lewistown, Mont.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in October of 1971; her daughter, Betty J. Brandenberger; her brother, Carl Duke; and a sister, Bessie Longshore.

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Lionel Bell of Arapahoe, on the Wind River Reservation, smiles as he visits with a friend while preparing to dance in the 28th annual powwow at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center on Saturday. This was the sixth year that Bell participated in the event. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

Dancing in a powwow wasn't something Arapaho Lionel Bell learned as a child, but he's making sure his children do.

Bell, from Arapahoe, on the Wind River Reservation, began dancing in powwows six years ago. That was the same year he participated in the Plains Indian Museum Powwow at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center for the first time.

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Rani Riley, a nursing student at Northwest College, settles in for a night of studying after eating dinner with her family. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon For more photos click here

Despite a shortage of nurses in Wyoming, Powell Valley Healthcare is not having trouble filling nursing positions.

“We're actually in pretty good shape,” said Rod Barton, Powell Valley Healthcare CEO. “(It's) partly because we train our own (through Northwest College.)”

February 12, 2009 3:53 am

Meeteese Chocolatier

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Tim Kellogg, the Meeteetse Chocolatier, puts the finishing touches on a chocolate cake. In addition to truffles, the cowboy chocolatier creates caramels, cheesecake and miniature Devil's Towers crafted out of Belgian milk chocolate. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky For more photos click here

Area cowboy creates chocolate with a Western flair

Truffles in flavors ranging from mocha to sage to Coors line the shelves. Warm scents of baking chocolate cakes waft through the air. A sticker on the wall reads, “Eat beef. The West wasn't won on salad.”

February 12, 2009 3:49 am

Carroll College bound

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Galen Mills announced this week that he will continue his academic and football careers at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Senior signs letter of intent with Saints

Galen Mills, a multi-sport athlete at Powell High School, announced earlier this week that he will continue his academic and football careers at Carroll College in Helena, Mont.

Mills, a standout on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball for the Panthers in recent years, has signed a letter of intent with the Saints, a program that boasts five NAIA national titles.

February 12, 2009 3:45 am

Panther wrestlers hammer Cody

Top-ranked PHS registers 72-6 victory over rivals

In a dual meet conducted at Cody High School Tuesday night, the top-ranked Powell Panthers quickly dismantled the Broncs and picked up a 72-6 victory.

During the contest, nine of the Panthers victories came in the form of pins. They also registered two victories by decisions and two more via forfeits. Cody had just one outcome go in its favor, a pin in the 215-pound bout, and it helped the Broncs avoid being shut out.

“The guys just went out there and took care of business,” said PHS head coach Nate Urbach. “We had some guys go up against some good kids, and I was pleased with the way we got after them.”

PHS opened the dual meet by winning its first 12 bouts. Freshman Charles Wittick opened the event by claiming a forfeit victory at 103. Wittick's win was followed by a pair of decisions that went in favor of his teammates, senior Ren Utter and freshman Olie Olson. Both Utter and Olson moved up one weight class for the night.

Utter, who is actually ranked No. 2 at 103 in the WyoPreps.com rankings released Wednesday (yesterday), competed at 112 and claimed a 12-6 decision over sophomore Tommy Emery. Olson, ranked No. 2 at 112, filled in at 119 Tuesday and won a 9-6 decision over Cody freshman Bobby West.

At 125, PHS sophomore Colt Nix recorded a victory over sophomore Kyle Dewey. Nix, ranked No. 5 in his weight class, pinned Dewey at the 1:11 mark.

PHS standout freshman Randy Andrews followed suit in the bout at 130. Andrews, who sports a No. 3 ranking, pinned freshman Ben Graves at 1:57.

In the 135-pound bout, senior and second-ranked Cory Eden recorded a pin against CHS sophomore Kory Jansma at 3:02.

Top-ranked junior Auston Carter, who wrestles at 140, gave the Panthers their fourth pin of the night during his matchup against freshman Drew McMillan. Carter's pin took place at the 3:22 mark.

PHS junior Cole Kary kept the streak of pins alive for the Panthers when he faced Bronc sophomore Devin West at 145. Kary, ranked second, notched his pin in 1:08.

Senior Trevor Donarski, who just last week earned the distinction of being a repeat champion at the Ron Thon Memorial Tournament in Riverton, easily defended his No. 1 ranking at 152 by pinning Cody's Seth Edwards at the 1:55 mark.

At 160, second-ranked Cody Kalberer faced a strong challenger, Urbach said. The PHS senior squared off against senior Sam Werner and came away with a victory after recording a pin.

Panther sophomore Danny Harris stepped on the mat and claimed a forfeit victory at 171, and PHS junior Joe Lujan continued his strong comeback effort from a knee injury by pinning Bronc sophomore Tyler Stebbins just 53 seconds into the bout at 189. Lujan, who moved up a weight class for Tuesday's meet, is ranked sixth at 171.

In the 215-pound bout, PHS freshman Kurt Bullinger drew the tough task of facing senior Brad Hanes. Hanes went on to claim the victory with a pin against the less experienced Bullinger.

Tuesday's action closed with Panther sophomore Trevor Griffeth pinning 10th-grader John Sax in the heavyweight division.

February 12, 2009 3:42 am

Stimulus: Take time to get it right

Americans have experienced a lot of unprecedented moments in the last few months, from the stock market plunges in the fall to the election and inauguration of our first African-American president.

On Monday night, as President Barack Obama gave his first prime-time press conference, he spoke of another unprecedented step: A stimulus bill to spend more money than ever before on reviving America's faltering economy.

The bill advanced in the U.S. Senate Tuesday without the support of Wyoming's Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, who both objected to the amount of spending and its rushed passing.

Obama is right that something needs to be done and soon. He inherited the current economy in its ramshackle state, and in the early days of his presidency, Obama's priority is to get America back on track.

However, as Enzi pointed out on the Senate floor Monday, is the bill being passed simply for the sake of urgency?

“The American people want Congress to act now, to act with urgency. We don't have time to wait. That's what the party in charge is telling us. My reply is, do we have time to get it right?” Enzi said. “The American people don't want us to go fast for the sake of being fast — they want us to solve the problem, and they want a solution that makes sense to them.”

An $800 billion stimulus and recovery package is so vast that it's beyond comprehension for the American taxpayer.

A New York Times editorial Monday urged swift action, but also shared Enzi's sentiment of getting it right: “A bill that is merely better than nothing won't be nearly good enough. The economy is too fragile. And the numbers are too huge.”

With a declining stock market, increasing unemployment and stagnant economic growth across the United States, it's clear that action is necessary.

As the bill now heads to a House-Senate conference, it's crucial that members of Congress negotiate the best version of a stimulus package, even if it takes a little more time.

February 12, 2009 3:23 am

First National Bank sold to Glacier

$17.5 million deal closes in May

First National Bank and Trust, founded in Powell in 1912, has entered into a $17.5 million merger agreement with Glacier Bancorp, Inc.

The boards of Glacier and First Company (the bank's holding company) approved the sale, which includes all three bank locations in Powell, Cody and Lovell, earlier this month. The bank will continue to operate as First National Bank and Trust for the time being.

February 10, 2009 4:47 am

Road 8 work kicks off

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As of Monday, Road 8 south of U.S. 14-A is closed to traffic, as reconstruction work began at the intersection. On Monday morning, Koby Herd (front) and Jordan Bear of Capstone Construction remove guard rails from the bridge at the intersection. The road closure is expected to last 35 days. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner