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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

February 10, 2009 4:45 am

Far-off hackers cause local problems

Banks forced to reissue cards

Imagine 10 million credit card numbers falling into the hands of criminals. Every day. For weeks.

Now, stop imagining — it likely happened last year.

February 10, 2009 4:44 am

Wyoming House sketching wolf bill

A Wyoming House of Representatives committee has killed four of five wolf-related bills. The sole surviving one, House Bill 32, would retain most of the predator zone in Wyoming and protect domestic and wild ungulates from wolves. It also would help ensure genetic connectivity of Wyoming wolves with those in the region, if the federal government delists wolves in Wyoming.

It's not everyday that Cody is featured in a motion picture.

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But it's pretty much unprecedented for the area to serve as the setting for a zombie/cowboy flick.

As of last Tuesday, you can catch a zombified Cody area on DVDs sold nationwide in the locally-produced “Dead Noon.”

February 10, 2009 4:39 am

PHS topples No. 1 Jackson

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Jackson's Sydney Leichliter (42) reacts as Lady Panthers (left to right) Kelsey Allen (hidden from view), Katie Kipp (22), Shellie Williams, Robin Thronburg, McKenzie Danforth, Kami Cooley (10), Hannah Pollart (hidden from view), Darcee Lynn and Savannah Donarski celebrate PHS's 35-34 victory last Friday. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Second-ranked Lady Panthers now 14-1

An eight-point, third-quarter deficit against the two-time defending state champions might seem insurmountable to some basketball teams.

But not the Powell High School Lady Panthers.