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February 19, 2009 3:35 am

Jay Anthony Olsen

(Aug. 16, 1951 - Feb. 14, 2009)

Jay Anthony Olsen, 57, died on Feb. 14 at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City of an as-yet-undiagnosed three-week long illness, which resulted in sepsis.

Jay was born on Aug. 16, 1951, in Powell to Vernon Russell Olsen and Dixie Lou (Sheets) Olsen. He was raised in Powell, where he participated in football and wrestling, graduating from Powell High School in 1970. He attended one semester at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) on a wrestling scholarship. He began welding at age 8 and as a young man completed training at Lincoln Electric in Cleveland, Ohio, where he made the honor roll. He joined his father in the family welding business in 1974. He operated Olsen Welding and Machine in Powell for 30 years, contracting in the Elk Basin oilfield, and for MI Drilling Fluids in Greybull for many years. Jay was a naturally gifted builder. He also greatly enjoyed boating and water-skiing with his family and friends.

His first brief marriage blessed him with one son and one daughter. Jay then married Janice (Jan) Lynn Broadland in Tulsa, Okla., on Dec. 31, 1976.

They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 19, 1981. Jay and Jan were blessed with six more children.

Jay was an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings. He had a special talent for missionary work and a deep love for people.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Jan Olsen of Powell; children Justin (Rachel) Olsen of Greybull, Janice (Kreyton) Paschall of Burleson, Texas, Costley Olsen of Salt Lake City, Jacob (Holly) Olsen of Powell, Cana (Cody) Ivie of Las Vegas, Candra (John E.) Spees of Powell, and Cailey (Pete) Baxendale of Powell.

Survivors also include his mother, Dixie Sheets Olsen of Powell, and four sisters: Cindy (Carl) Bechtold of Highland Utah, Cheri (Steve) Becker of Las Vegas, Christie (Karl) Krivanec of Bountiful, Utah, and Cathy (Brett) Whitlock of Cody.

He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vern Olsen, his infant brother, Gary Russell Olsen, and his youngest child, Jett DeBaecke Olsen.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 525 W. Seventh St. Viewings will be on Friday,

Feb. 20 at Thompson Funeral Home at 111 W. Third St. from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday before the funeral from 9-9:40 a.m. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

February 19, 2009 3:30 am

Wayne Stubbs Lyman

(April 25, 1929 - Feb. 8, 2009)

Wayne Stubbs Lyman died Feb. 8 in Bakersfield, Calif. Born to Clark and Maud (Stubbs) Lyman in Otto on April 25, 1929, he was the last remaining survivor, and the youngest, of 10 children.

Wayne's father died when he was 2, and his widowed mother raised her young family in the throes of the Great Depression. Wayne was accepted to Stanford University, but the economic conditions of the time prevented him from pursuing that opportunity.

For nine years Wayne corresponded with Marjory, a young Scottish lassie. When she immigrated to Canada, they met in Montreal. Seven days later, they were married in Galesburg, Ill. He worked in a variety of occupations, from truck driver, surveyor and office worker at Southern Pacific Railroad to insurance agent. Combined with his love of gardening, literature, music and cooking, Wayne had a diverse knowledge base that gave him a winning edge in word games and trivia contests.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marjory; son, David; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Scott Semar; grandchildren, Lauren and Morgan Semar; countless other relatives; and his loyal canine companion, Shadow. Services were held Feb. 12. Memorial contributions may be made to the John Wayne Cancer Institute, 2200 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

February 19, 2009 3:20 am

Park County: 100 years later

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Stand Bearpaw of Cody shares tales of Native American goods with passersby during the Park County Centennial Celebration at the Cody Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon For more photos click here

For a county that once was “not much prized by anyone,” Park County had plenty of supporters this weekend.

On Sunday, exhibitors, merchants, entertainers and hundreds of county residents gathered at the Cody Auditorium to celebrate Park County's 100th birthday.

It was a windy meeting for Heart Mountain Irrigation District landowners Wednesday, but it wasn't a blustery debate, just a look at wind farm options and profit potential, presented by a man with experience dealing with wind power developers.

Jim Rogers of Laramie, chairman of Windy Ranches Association LLC., has been conferring with wind developers the last few years, aiming to strike the best deal possible with a wind developer and thus provide wind-blown returns for a group of 10 landowners comprising more than 70,000 acres in the Laramie area.

More than 30 youths really had a blast at the annual Jake Hunt Saturday, many filling their two-bag limit of pheasants.

The hunt was stocked and sponsored by the Northwest Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

February 17, 2009 3:57 am

One for the seniors

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Cody Kalberer (right) is one of eight senior members of the Powell High School wrestling team. Those seniors, six wrestlers and two managers, saw their last dual meet in the PHS gymnasium last Thursday in a varsity matchup against Worland. Tribune photo by David Dickey For more photos click here

No. 1 PHS tops Worland on senior night

The Powell High School wrestling team celebrated senior night last Thursday, and they did so in fine fashion by defeating the fifth-ranked, Class 3A Worland Warriors 49-21.

With the victory, the top-ranked Panthers, who also compete at the 3A level, capped the regular season with an 18-0 record in dual meets.

NWC finishes third in West Central Zone Championship

The Northwest College Trappers notched a third-place finish in the team standings and had six wrestlers qualify for the NJCAA National Championships during last Saturday's West Central Zone Championships in Parsons, Kan.

NWC finished the event with 63.5 points, which put them behind first-place Colby Community College (99.5 points) and Labette Community College (85).
In the individual standings, the Trappers had two wrestlers earn championships — Saul Guerrero and Landon Harris.

Guerrero, a freshman from Ft. Lupton, Colo., claimed his first-place finish in the 133-pound weight class. Guerrero opened the event with a 3-1 decision over Labette's Donnie Curtis. He then defeated Rory Kendall 11-3 in the finals.

Harris' first-place effort came in the heavyweight division, where he recorded a 2-0 mark. In his first bout, Harris recorded a pin at the 1:52 mark against Western Wyoming Community College's Rusty Farnsworth.

Harris, a freshman from Rexburg, Idaho, then followed with a pin at 1:20 during his matchup in the finals against Ben Hohensee. For his efforts, NWC head coach Jim Zeigler said Harris was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.

“We didn't start out real well in the first round, but when we got to the finals, the guys that were still in the hunt wrestled well,” Zeigler said. “We also had a good showing in the semifinals.”

In addition to a pair of title winners, the Trappers had three wrestlers earn runner-up finishes. Among those was Mak Jones, a freshman from Powell. Against opponents from Neosho Community College and Pratt Community College, Jones posted victories of 13-0 and 3-1, respectively. His only loss, a 3-2 setback, came in the finals against Labette's Derek Thompson.

“Mak was doing really well against him,” Zeigler said. “He missed some scoring opportunities, but he looked to be the better wrestler of the two. One little slip cost him, though, and their guy was able to get the win.”

Other runner-up placers for NWC included freshman McCade Ford at 141 and sophomore Anthony Varnell at 149.

Ford won his first bout against sophomore Derek Ward of Labette by a 7-2 score, and followed with a 7-3 loss to a wrestler from Colby in the finals. Varnell opened with a pair of victories, 4-1 and 3-1 (OT), in bouts with competitors from Pratt and Western Wyoming, but took an injury default in the finals to finish second.

NWC's third-place finisher was Briston Brenton, a freshman from Casper. He suffered a first-round pin, but rebounded to win his final two matches of the event at 157.

Prior to the West Central Zone Championships, Zeigler said his team's goal was to land at least six berths in the NJCAA National Championships, which will be conducted Feb. 27-28 in Rochester, Minn.

“We didn't have any guys finish high enough to get wild-card spots, but we were still pleased to get six guys in,” Zeigler said. “We had some guys finish fifth, but only fourth-place finishers got the wild-card spots.”

Final Team Standings

1. Colby (99.5 points)
2. Labette (85)
3. Northwest (63.5)
4. Neosho (38)
5. Pratt (30.5)
6. Western Wyoming (19)

February 17, 2009 3:39 am

Panthers go 1-1 in weekend action

PHS tops Lyman, falls to Kemmerer

Last weekend saw the Powell High School boys basketball team make the long road trip for matchups with Lyman and Kemmerer, and head coach Troy Hildebrand's squad notched a 1-1 mark.

The weekend started on a strong note for the Panthers as they cruised to a 58-38 victory over the Eagles Friday night. With the win, PHS completed a regular-season sweep of Lyman.

February 17, 2009 3:37 am

Legislators need to hear our voices

As the 2009 Wyoming Legislature nears the home stretch, it is clear that Wyoming citizens have a unique relationship with their legislators and other elected officials.

Wyoming, with its meager population, affords its residents an excellent opportunity to connect with the people making laws in ways others can't. Many of us know our legislators personally: They're old family friends, they worship at the same church, they live in the neighborhood. Even those who don't have personal relationships with a legislator can call or e-mail their senator or representative with the confidence that the message almost certainly will be returned.

And while we may not agree with the outcome of certain decisions in Cheyenne, it's important to know that our lawmakers do listen to and consider the views of their constituents. Legislators know they are likely to hear from both sides on an issue — both before and after the votes are counted — and it makes them all the more accountable for their choices.

More than in most states, Wyoming offers democracy in its purest form — truly “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

It's a privilege and an opportunity more people should take advantage of.

February 17, 2009 3:31 am

Maxine Bjorke

(Feb. 28, 1919 – Feb. 14, 2009)

Maxine Bjorke, 89, died Saturday, Feb. 14 in Thermopolis. She was born Feb. 28, 1919, in Cheyenne to Elsie Miller and Julian Macdonald. She moved with her parents to the oil fields of Midwest in 1923.

Maxine married Robert Burch in 1936 and moved to Culver City, Calif. She finished high school and three years of college. Maxine received a private pilot license in 1940 through a government-sponsored program. She worked at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, Calif. from 1941 to 1960.

Bob and Maxine were divorced in 1958. In 1963, she married Martin Bjorke. Martin died in Lovell in 1987.

Maxine is survived by her step-daughter, Winnie Louise (Brent) Zeller of Thermopolis, and her step-son, Edward Aden of Rock Springs, as well as four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. As per her wishes, no services are planned. Haskell Funeral Home of Lovell is in charge of arrangements.