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Regional champs

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Powell's Drew MaGill (right) and Colby Gilmore stride down the home stretch of the boys' 200-meter finals on Saturday in Jackson. MaGill, Gilmore and teammate Marco Borja (not pictured) grabbed three of the top four spots and helped lead Powell to a regional title. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

Panther boys take top honors in 3A West, girls runner-up

The Powell High School boys' track team scored points in every event this weekend to pick up the 2010 track title in the 3A West region in Jackson. Powell's girls had an oustanding Saturday to rise from fifth to second in the final standings to earn regional runner-up honors.

“The kids had a great weekend,” said Powell head coach Scott Smith, who again was named the 3A West boys' coach of the year. “I was really happy with the way the kids came out and performed. We had a ton of personal records and qualified more than we expected. We just had a great meet.”

March 10, 2009 4:09 am

Panthers headed to state

Hildebrand's squad finishes fourth at regional

For the first time since the 2001-02 season, the Powell High School boys basketball team has earned a trip to the state basketball tournament. The Panthers picked up the much-sought-after state berth during last week's Class 3A West Regional in Worland with a 60-49 victory over none other than the event's host team — the Worland Warriors.

The victory over WHS, a squad that just more than a week ago was ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, came during a loser-out game at 1 p.m. Saturday. Prior to the contest, PHS lost its opening-round game against Jackson Thursday morning. On Friday and facing possible elimination from the event, the Panthers (13-11) rebounded with a convincing 47-30 decision over the Cody Broncs. That set the stage for the battle with the Warriors, who opened the tournament with a win over Lyman Thursday and followed with a setback to Lovell Friday night.

“The Worland matchup was definitely the game of the tournament for us,” said PHS head coach Troy Hildebrand.

“We knew it was going to be a challenge because Worland has a very talented team and because they were playing in their own gym. But we had a tremendous crowd behind us as well. The (Lady Panthers) were there cheering for us, and a lot of people from Powell made the trip.

“It was just an incredible experience to have that kind of support behind us when we clinched a berth in the state tournament. It was great to witness our guys playing with so much effort and energy against a quality opponent like Worland in their gym and with so much on the line. Our kids showed a tremendous amount of character, and I was so glad to see that pay off the way it did. They've worked really hard this year, and they deserve this kind of opportunity.”

With the victory, PHS advanced to the game for third place, where they were rematched with Jackson. The Panthers lost that contest and settled for fourth place in the West Region. The first-place team at the tournament was Kemmerer. The Rangers defeated Lovell 32-25 in the championship game. Those two teams will join Powell and Jackson as the representatives from the West Conference at this year's state tournament.

The following is a review of the Panthers' four games at the West Regional Tournament, starting with their final game of the event Saturday.

Jackson 49, Powell 47

After opening the tournament with a 2-1 mark, the Panthers found themselves in the contest to decide third place Saturday at 5:30 p.m. They were matched against Jackson, the same team that handed PHS a loss during the first round.

Riding the momentum of the victory against Worland in the 1 p.m. matchup earlier in the day, PHS was able to race to an 18-12 advantage over the Broncs by the end of the first period. Powell led by as many as 10 points during the first eight minutes. However, the Broncs began chipping away at Powell's lead and moved ahead 30-28 just before the half.

“Having played such an emotional, hard-fought game earlier in the afternoon took its toll on us,” Hildebrand said.

“We started out well, but you could tell in the second and third quarters that we were tired and weren't playing at the same level as earlier in the day. But our kids still found a way to make it close at the end.”

In the third period, Jackson continued to build on its lead. By the 11:42 mark, the Broncs were ahead 39-28 and appeared to be pulling away. But early in the fourth period, and with the Broncs holding a 41-31 advantage, PHS began showing signs it wasn't going to end the tournament on the receiving end of a double-digit loss. The Panthers slowly climbed back into contention for the win, and with less than a minute to play, they almost came through with the plays needed to score the victory.

Powell's Gavin Mills cut Jackson's lead to 49-44 with a 2-point basket with 22 seconds remaining. Immediately after that, Galen Mills recorded a steal, and the Panthers quickly converted the Jackson miscue into points when Jordan Brown connected on a 3-pointer with 11 seconds showing on the clock.

Jackson's Damon Smith was fouled after Brown's basket, and he promptly missed the front end of a one-and-one situation with less than 10 seconds to play. Matt McArthur grabbed the rebound for the Panthers and set up PHS for a potential tying or winning shot. Brown made PHS's last shot attempt as time expired. His 22-footer hit the front end of the rim and then the backboard, but it failed to find its way in the basket.

A disappointed Brown grimaced and doubled over near where he took the shot as time expired. As he suffered through the pain of missing the potential game-winning shot, Jackson's Rob Caesar took time to console Brown as his fellow Bronc teammates celebrated their third-place finish. An official also commended Brown for his effort throughout the game.

Brown's anguish quickly turned to a smile as his teammates reminded him that games still remain to be played at the state tournament, which begins later this week.

“We would have loved to have won that game,” Hildebrand said. “It was disappointing to lose it, but I'm extremely proud of our guys. They put in as much effort as they had left in them, and we'll have a lot of positives to build on during practice as we get ready for state.”

Against Jackson, the Panthers had seven players reach the scoring column. Brown and McArthur paced the team with nine points each. The remainder of the scoring output was credited to Gavin Mills (8 points), Ryan Brandt (7), Galen Mills (6), Matt Kifer (5) and Brandon Sullivan (3).

McArthur led the Panthers with 13 rebounds, and Gavin Mills added seven boards. Galen Mills finished with a team-high six steals, and Brown added a squad-best four assists.

Caesar led Jackson with 17 points and seven rebounds. Michael Leahey added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Powell 60, Worland 49

Early Saturday afternoon, the Panthers earned their ticket to the state tournament with an 11-point decision over the Warriors.

The game opened with Powell taking a 12-10 advantage by the end of the first period. During the first eight minutes, the two teams swapped the lead six times. In the ensuing period, the Panthers gained a bit of separation from the Warriors, leading by as many as nine points before settling for a 28-20 lead at the break.

Following halftime, PHS extended its lead by outscoring the Warriors 21-13 and carried a 16-point lead into the game's final period.

“The third period was the difference in the game,” Hildebrand said. “We took care of the ball, and we did a good job from 3-point range.”

Galen Mills and Brown did much of the damage against Worland's defense in the third quarter by combining to hit five of six 3-pointer attempts. Galen Mills, who was perfect on his three attempts in the period, hit his final one at the buzzer to send PHS into the fourth quarter ahead 49-33.

During the fourth quarter, Worland managed to cut its deficit to eight points, but by that time, the clock was showing 1:07 to play. Five successful free throws — four by Galen Mills and one by Dallas Robirds — helped seal the victory in the last minute.

Three Panthers finished with double-digit point totals against Worland. Brown led the team with 20 points. He also added three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one blocked shot, and committed just one turnover. Galen Mills turned in a solid performance as well and finished with 17 points, five assists and one steal. Ryan Brandt scored 14 points, and was credited with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocked shots.

Matt McArthur and Robirds finished with eight points and one point, respectively. McArthur also had a team-leading nine rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals.

“All of the guys that played found a way to contribute,” Hildebrand said. “Galen had a big game for us, and it came at just the right time. Ryan was five of seven from the floor and hit all four of his free throws, and that was a big boost. And, like he's done a lot for us this season, Matt McArthur had another solid game.

“Dallas Robirds, Brandon Sullivan and Matt Kifer also played very well and did a lot of things that helped us. They gave us solid minutes off the bench, and did a great job of executing on the offensive end. That was crucial against a team like Worland.”

Warrior standout Robert Hyer led WHS with 19 points. Chantz Ramos, Worland's point guard and a player regarded as one of the top scoring threats in the state, was limited to seven points.

“Our guys did a great job defensively,” Hildebrand said. “Hyer finished with 19 points, but a lot of those came late and after airball shots by his teammates. Gavin Mills gave us a strong effort defensively, and he really made it difficult for Hyer. Gavin made him work for everything he got, and by playing so well against him, that really frustrated Worland on the offensive end. That was a big key in the game.”

Powell 47, Cody 30

On Friday and in the second round of the tournament, PHS posted a 17-point victory over the Broncs.

The Panthers, who led from start to finish, held a 15-point lead at halftime and went up by as many as 19 during the final two periods.

Eighteen of the Panthers points came off of Cody turnovers. For the contest, PHS forced 24 turnovers by the Broncs and committed just 12 of their own. A 44.7-percent shooting clip (17 of 38) also helped the Panthers cruise to the easy win. It also helped them avoid elimination from the tournament.

“Our guys deserve a ton of credit,” Hildebrand said. “They came back from a tough, opening-round loss. Cody plays well against us, but our guys weren't going to let them get us. Our eight seniors made sure that our season didn't come to end in that game.”

Brandt led PHS's offense with 14 points, and Galen Mills added 10. The remainder of the scoring was attributed to McArthur (7), Brown (6), Kifer (6) and Gavin Mills (4). Gavin Mills also recorded five rebounds. Brown contributed with five rebounds, eight assists and five steals, and Galen Mills added five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

McArthur led PHS in steals with four.

The Broncs got a team-high 11 points from Brady Gulde, and 10 points from Evan Kuchel.

With the win, the Panthers moved to 3-0 against the Broncs for the season.

Jackson 55, Powell 44

In the opening round of the tournament, the Panthers suffered a disappointing 54-44 setback to the Broncs.

PHS held a 14-10 advantage after a period of play and extended that lead to 26-18 by halftime. The Panthers continued to pull away early in the third period and moved ahead 30-18 at the 7:06 mark following a 3-pointer by McArthur. About four minutes later, PHS was ahead 34-25 after a free throw by Brandt, but that's when the Broncs began to work their way back into the contest.

Jackson closed out the final 2:52 of the third period by outscoring Powell 7-2 to cut its deficit to 36-32 by the start of the fourth quarter.

Jackson tied the game at 38 on a 2-pointer by Caesar at 6:55. For the next minute and a half, the teams waged a back-and-forth battle, but with just more than five minutes to play, Jackson's Jordan King hit a 3-pointer that put the Broncs ahead 44-41. Following his basket, the Broncs went on to outscore the Panthers 10-3 and sealed a berth in the second round of the winners' bracket.

PHS had three players finish with double-digit scoring efforts. Brandt led the way with 17 points, and McArthur and Brown followed with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The remainder of the scoring was handled by Gavin Mills (2 points), Brandon Sullivan (2) and Galen Mills (2).

Brandt led PHS's rebounding effort with nine boards, and Galen Mills added six.

Jackson was paced by Caesar's 14-point effort. Colin Thiel added 12 points, and Damon Smith chipped in with 11 to give the Broncs three players with double-digit point totals. Caesar and Grant Rogers led Jackson's performance on the boards with nine rebounds each.

• Up next: The Panthers will open play in the state tournament this week. Their first game will be against Buffalo Thursday at noon in Casper. Buffalo will enter that matchup after claiming first place at the East Regional Tournament last week.

McCook Community College edges NWC with last-second shot

The Northwest College Trappers saw their season come to a close in dramatic fashion Saturday night during a first-round loss at the Region IX Tournament in Sterling, Colo.

NWC (16-15) fell 70-69 after McCook Community College's Lionel Robinson connected on a put-back attempt following a missed 3-pointer by teammate Trey Mosby. Robinson's shot beat the final buzzer and brought to an end the Trappers' hopes for a deep run in the tournament.

“I feel terrible for our guys,” NWC head coach Andy Ward said. “They played so well, and it's really tough to lose a game like that. The ball just bounced in McCook's favor at the end. They missed the 3-pointer and it went right to one of their guys. I can still see it like it's in slow motion. (Robinson) got the rebound and he made his shot before the buzzer. The ball was banking off the glass as the lights were lighting up. There's no question it was good.

“As tough as that was, our guys handled it well. They were obviously devastated, but they still handled themselves well and showed a lot of character and good sportsmanship.”

Making the loss sting even more was the fact that NWC seized the lead in the second half after facing a double-digit deficit during the matchup's opening half. McCook opened the game with a 14-of-29 clip from the field and led by as many as 15 points before halftime. That lead, however, was trimmed to one point before the break, thanks in part to Trapper Casper Hesseldal. According to Ward, Hesseldal's ability to score against McCook was a key in overcoming the early point differential. The coach also commended the entire squad for its tenacious defensive effort, which also played a vital role in NWC landing in a position to win the game at the end.

In the second half, the game continued to be a back-and-forth battle. Neither team held more than a four-point lead.

With 1:30 to play, Javoun Martin trimmed McCook's deficit to 69-68 with a 3-pointer. It stayed that way as the game wound down to its final seconds. With 10 seconds remaining, Hesseldal went to the free-throw line for two shots, but he missed both. That set the stage for McCook's game-winning basket as time expired.

Ward said Hesseldal, a freshman, placed a great deal of blame on himself for the loss, but added, that's not the way he should feel.

“Casper stepped up big for us,” Ward said. “When we were really struggling in the first half, he was the one that was hitting shots and got us back in it. Without him, we wouldn't have been in a position to win it at the end. I know he feels terrible, but he shouldn't put the blame on himself.

“When you lose a game by one point, every little thing is magnified, particularly things that happen late in the game. You can't help but wonder what you could have done that might have changed the outcome. It's one of those deals where you replay it over and over and over. But you have to accept it and learn from it. You have to cope with the bad, pick up and move forward. It's hard to get over things like that, but we will.”

For the game, Hesseldal was the leading scorer for NWC with 18 points. He also had nine rebounds, two assists and one steal. Point guard Julian Olubuyi added 15 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Jordan Harris contributed with 13 points and six rebounds.

The remainder of NWC's scoring was credited to Cody Ball (9 points), Ricardo Bodra (8), Anthony Harris (4) and Scott Odekirk (2).

McCook was paced by Trey Mosby's 20-point performance. Alonzo Louis also finished in double figures with 15 points, and Javoun Martin added 11.

Ward, following the loss, said Olubuyi was named to the All-Region IX Team. Olubuyi, according to his coach, received the most votes of all the players in the running for that honor.

Olubuyi, a sophomore, played last week with a foot injury sustained during the Trappers' final regular-season game against Casper College. His injury was one of many that hampered several players in NWC's lineup.

“Injuries are part of basketball,” Ward said. “Every team has something like that to deal with to some degree. Julian played, and it was a tremendous effort on his part. I know he was hurting, but he did well. He's an excellent team player and one of our captains. He's been a big part of what we've been able to do this year.”

Ward also commended Ball and Jordan Harris for their efforts this season. Like Olubuyi, they are sophomores on a team loaded with freshmen.

“We had a young team this year,” Ward said. “We finished with a little better record than the previous season, so we made some improvements. We'll be looking to take another step forward next year.”

March 10, 2009 3:45 am

A century of news

This week marks 100 years of Powell Tribune history.

Since March 13, 1909 — when this town was little more than a dusty main street — the Tribune has told the stories of Powell and the people who live here.

The paper has covered wars and robbery, marriages and deaths, state championships and bitter defeats, happy events and unspeakable tragedies — all the while chronicling the growth and evolution of a community.

The Tribune itself has continued to change as well. A Homesteader Museum exhibit which opens Friday, “Diary of a Community,” illustrates how the paper has evolved over the years. In the beginning, it was strictly black and white words on a page. Soon, photographs began to appear (also black and white, of course). Over the years, advancing technology brought with it countless design and style changes. One hundred years later, complete with full-color photos, the paper is now computer-generated and printed on a fully mechanical press.

And while the printed product has seen dramatic change, the goal of serving the readers of Powell and Park County has remained a firm constant. Even as new media — radio, television, the Internet — has presented different outlets for information, the Tribune has remained the steady source people turn to for the news of the community.

We look forward to turning the page into the Tribune's second century and seeing what the next 100 years brings.

March 10, 2009 3:39 am

John Ross Phillips

(July 23, 1931 - March 2, 2009)

John Ross Phillips died March 2 in Billings, Mont. He was born July 23, 1931 in Casper to John and Rebecca Phillips.

He spent four years in the Navy and was a graduate of the University of Wyoming.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Phillips, four children and six grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial service will be held this summer.

March 10, 2009 3:35 am

Harriett Olson

Harriett Olson, 94, died March 9, 2009 at Powell Valley Care Center.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, March 12 at 10 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory.

March 10, 2009 3:34 am

Paul Michael Schiltz

(May 21, 1917 - March 4, 2009)

Paul Michael Schiltz, 91, died Wednesday, March 4 at the Powell Valley Care Center.

Paul was born on May 21, 1917 to Leonard and Theresa (Stadtler) Schiltz at their homestead in Hirschville, N.D.

He was educated in a rural, one-room school house until the eighth grade and was valedictorian of the 1934 class at Assumption Abbey in Richardton, N.D., where he received his high school diploma.

Paul worked at the Agricultural Adjustment Agency on threshing crews and helped his dad farm wheat and oat crops, helped with milk cow production, shucked corn, and worked in the Red River Valley of Minnesota. He also spent time working for American Chain and Cable in Michigan.

From 1942-45, he served in the U.S. Army as an airplane mechanic in the African Middle Eastern Theatre, maintaining, repairing and overhauling all types of military aircraft. He spent time in the Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine, Italy and Morroco, and many other places.

After his time in the Army, he worked as a John Deere partsman at Zeeland, N.D., then as a Ford mechanic in Dickinson, N.D.

He married Lillian Danielson on July 9, 1946. They moved back to his parents' farm where they share-cropped.

In 1948, daughter Paula was born, and two years later they moved to Caldwell, Idaho, where they homesteaded on 64 acres. They raised hay and grain for milk cows.

While there, son Cecil was born, and in 1960 the family moved to a 121 acre farm on Heart Mountain. Paul had two triple heart by-passes in the mid-1980s. Paul and Lillian moved into Powell and sold the farm in 1993. In 1997, they sold the remaining crop land. Paul spent his spare time pouring over health information and managing his investments. He also enjoyed rock collecting and lapidiary work.

Lillian died in May, 2007, and Paul spent the last seven months of his life in the Lovell and Powell nursing homes.

He is survived by son Cecil Schiltz (Donna) of Powell; daughter Paula Gorton (Greg) of Spokane, Wash.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Lillian; his parents; his brothers, Vincent and Lowell and his sister, Felicitas.

A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at St. Barbara's Catholic Church. Visitation will be 6:30 - 7 p.m. on March 12 and 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday, March 13 at St. Barbara's. A burial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 13 at St. Barbara's Catholic Church, followed by interment at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Knights of Columbus, c/o St. Barbara's Catholic Church, 115 E. Third St., Powell.
Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home.

March 10, 2009 3:32 am

Gerald Willis Nelson

(Aug. 10, 1928 - March 6, 2009)

Gerald Willis (G.W.) Nelson, 80, died Friday, March 6 at his home of an apparent heart attack.

He was born Aug. 10, 1928 in Hardy, Neb., the son of Arthur and Ethel (Wilson) Nelson. G.W. attended Hardy Grade School and later graduated as the 1946 valedictorian from Wood River High School in Wood River, Neb.

He married Verna Bosselman on April 5, 1953.

While serving as an Airman First Class in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954, G.W. did his basic training in Texas and was stationed at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. He worked as an instructor in the motor pool with heavy equipment. Upon his honorable discharge, he became the proprietor of OK Tire and Rubber Service in Cheyenne for 17 years. He also worked on the California wild fires in 1988, for Greyhound Bus Lines and as a driver for Hill Trucking, Vold Trucking, Child Towing and Rodriguez Farms. He owned motels, including the Bahguana and the Covered Wagon (later renamed the Carriage House) for 34 years. He also owned various rental properties. G.W. retired from the motel business in 2006.

He was an active member of the Korean War Veterans Association, and he dedicated many hours during construction at the World War II Memorial Park.

Raising seven children included a lot of camping and picnicking, even in the snow. The early years of hunting were out of a 1964 Dodge panel wagon. G.W. would drive to where the deer were, with the whole family in the car, then he'd tell them to be quiet while he got out to sneak up on his prey. He also enjoyed spotlighting jackrabbits with his sons and his buddy, Floyd. They then sold the rabbits for 35 cents apiece to pay for gas and ammunition. In the early 1970s, he and his son, Mark, took up motorcross. In 1990, G.W. drove the food truck for the Wyoming Centennial Wagon Train that traveled from Casper to Cody.

He spent many days fishing on Sunshine and Buffalo Bill reservoirs. He was a student of computer technology and politics, and he was an avid reader. He was proud of his children.

G.W. is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Verna; seven children, Bernadette (Dr. Richard) Green of Casper, Mark of Jackson, Miss., Greg (Nenita) of the Philippines and Wyoming, Audrene Sims of Cody, Otis (Moni) of Fort Wayne, Ind., Roxann (Gilbert) Gaudern of Heron, Mont. and Doug (Judy) of Waupaca, Wis.; two sisters, Elnora Wienrich and Ardis (Ron) Wiess; 20 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandchild, Kaitlinn.

Visitation will be at Ballard Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. Services will be at Cody Bible Church, at 2137 Cougar Ave. in Cody at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, followed by interment at Riverside Cemetery with military honors.

March 10, 2009 3:31 am

Quentin Dale Red' Brosious

(Feb 13, 1925 - March 6, 2009)

Quentin Dale “Red” Brosious died March 6, 2009 at Powell Valley Care Center.

Quentin was born Feb. 13, 1925 at Kane, Wyo, the eldest son of Joseph Frederick and Bertha Pearl (Roberts) Brosious. His elementary education was in Kane, with high school at Lovell. During his high school years he worked part-time at Great Western Sugar Co. and for C.B. & Q. Railroad.

He enlisted in the Navy, and he served in the Asiatic-Pacific area. Most of his service time was spent with the U.S. Fleet Hospital on Guam and Samara. In 1946, Quentin went to work as a lineman with Big Horn R.E.A.Then, in 1948, he accepted the job of line superintendent for Garland Light and Power, retiring in 1991 after 43 years.

He married Wilma Jennie Strite in Cody on June 14, 1948. They had four children; Bob (Pam) Brosious of Wenatchee, Wash., Dean (Marianne) Brosious of Craig, Colo., Barb (Steve) Knopp of Cody, and Dusty (Terri) Brosious of Powell. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Over the years Quentin held memberships in the American Legion, V.F.W. and the Good Sam Club, among others, and served as a Boy Scout leader. He helped organize the Powell Elks Lodge, acting as its first Exalted Ruler in 1964. He was also instrumental in organizing and participating in the Honor Guard. Though he enjoyed various hobbies, time spent with family was the most precious.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Spencer and sister-in-law, Gloria.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14 at United Methodist Church in Powell. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, followed by an Elks memorial service and reception at the Powell Elks Lodge. Memorials to Powell Valley Care Center or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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Shoshone Irrigation District Manager Bryant Startin inspects one of the tunnels up for repairs at the Buck Springs undershot, southeast of Powell. The culvert runs 80 feet below the Garland Canal and is in dire need of repairs. Mending will occur the winter of 2010-11. Roads will have to be cut on each side of the canal into the gully to access the repair sites, Startin said. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

With some of its structures more than 100 years old, the Shoshone Irrigation District has a fair number of facilities needing repair.

Perhaps topping the list is the Corbett Dam and Tunnel. The dam intake area, sluice gates, dam concrete work and repair of about one mile of the 3-mile Corbett Tunnel floor are included in a list of maintenance projects the district plans to complete.