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Tribune Staff

But some still waiting to see

While some Northwest College employees say the college environment is getting better as mediation progresses, they fear the change is temporary. Others are more hopeful, while still other employees say things haven't changed.

Fred Ebert, instructor in speech communications and forensics, described the feeling on the college campus as one of disengagement while people wait to see what happens.

Powell police first to feel effects

With the city in a hiring freeze and an officer away from the department, Powell police will be stretched a little thin for the foreseeable future.

Officer Matt Danzer left the department Sept. 9 to take a policing job in Bozeman, Mont., and because of the hiring freeze in effect at the city of Powell, he will not be replaced. Meanwhile, Officer Chad Glick has been on a 12-month deployment with the Wyoming National Guard since June.

Nearly 60 years after their service in Korea, Burl Gonion of Powell and other members of the Wyoming Army National Guard's 300th Armored Field Artillery Battalion will receive the Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation on Friday.

The award will take place during a reunion of the unit, also known as the 300th Cowboy Cannoneers, this weekend in Cheyenne.

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Josh Cragoe drags a Jackson defender during 3A West football action Friday night. The fourth-ranked Panthers rolled to a 56-0 victory. Courtesy photo/Brad Boner, Jackson Hole News & Guide

PHS blasts Jackson 56-0 to begin conference play

Any questions regarding how the fourth-ranked Powell Panthers would react following their first loss of the season were answered early on Friday night as Powell produced a 56-0 shutout of Jackson to begin 3A West conference play.

“We played a good game from top to bottom,” said Powell head football coach Jim Stringer. “I thought our offensive and defensive lines showed improved play. We fired off the ball well and those guys are starting to figure out their responsibilities and function as a unit. It's nice to see.”

Two panthers make All-State

Wrapping up their 2010 fall season, the Powell High School boys golf team took fifth place at the Class 3A tournament in Evanston over the weekend.

The Yellowstone Quake hockey team dropped two of three games during a season-opening weekend series against Missoula. The rematch of last year's playoff series saw the Quake win 2-1 at Casper on Saturday. The Quake dropped 7-2 and 4-2 games at Riley Arena on Friday and Sunday.

“Obviously, its not the start you want, especially when you're playing at home,” said new Quake head coach Craig Furstenau.

“We knew going in that we were up against one of the top teams in the league and we were in position to win two of the three, so obviously there's hope and potential for this team.”

Friday's home opener was the only one of the three games that wasn't close going into the third period. Michael Mackinnon's goal six minutes into the second period halved an early 2-0 Missoula lead for the Quake.

The visiting Maulers scored a pair of goals just 62 seconds apart to go up 4-1 after two periods. Missoula added three more goals to start the third period before Mackinnon struck again for the Quake, sticking home a Shawn Hunter feed for the team's only other goal of the night.

On Saturday, the teams traveled to Casper for a neutral-site contest that resulted in a 2-1 Quake victory. After falling behind two minutes into the second period, Yellowstone's Matthew Lantz connected for the equalizer just two minutes later for the Quake. Teammate Zachary Tuchklaper connected for the game-winner with under eight minutes to play in the final period.

Quake goalkeeper Ryan Thomas turned away 41 of the 42 Missoula shots fired on net in the contest.

“We changed a lot of things after Friday,” said Furstenau. “We put people on defense that didn't play there the first night. We had different forwards, a different goalie and, as a team, I just felt like we played with more energy and emotion. I'm not sure if Friday was a case of nerves or unfamiliarity playing with each other, but we really came together after that first game.”

That added energy carried through to Sunday's game in Cody. After falling behind 2-0 midway through the second period, the Quake answered with a second-period Evan Dixon goal and a third-period shot from Mackinnon. The teams would continue to skate with a 2-2 tie until Missoula's Tyler Marek broke away for a shorthanded goal with just 94 seconds remaining.

Missoula tacked on an empty-net goal with 11 seconds to play to give the contest its final 4-2 count.

“We held them to just three shots in the third period,” Furstenau said. “Unfortunately, the last one got through and made the difference. It's one of those games where I thought we gave ourselves more chances to win than they had, but that's not always enough to get the win. I was happy with the way we came back from being two goals down. It's nice to know we have the resiliency.”

The Quake season continues Friday with a road game at defending America West division champion Helena. The team returns to Riley Arena on Saturday night for a game against Butte.

“We knew we were going to be tested right out of the gate,” said Furstenau. “We're going to Helena, which is kind of like the New York Yankees of the NORPAC. It's a long season and I think we learned that there's enough in this room that we're capable of playing with the top teams in the division. We got better every game this weekend, and that's what you want to see.”

Our daughter, Bliss, at 3 1/2, recently started preschool.

The first day of school happened despite the small one's best efforts to derail the plan.

“Mom, what is school?” she asked me one night not long before class began. “Do they teach you things you don't know?”

Thinking this was a positive question, my eyes lit up, and I responded, “Yes! That's exactly what it is. Aren't you excited to start school?”

“Well, Mom, I already know all my stuff,” the smug child reported, “and some kids don't have to go to school.”

Oh, she is clever, but I told her there was still plenty of stuff for her to learn — and that she certainly wasn't “one of those kids.”

And so, on a crisp fall morning right after Labor Day, Miss Bliss got dressed in a flowery pink sweater, leggings and her new, very grown-up silver boots, and off we went. Not surprisingly, Yellow the Blanket came along, stuffed into a purse where Bliss knew he was to remain while she was at school.

The little girl tried her hardest to be brave, but by the time we pulled into the parking lot at school, her lower lip was quivering wildly and her brown eyes welled up with tears.

“Mom, I'm going to miss you,” she cried then — as she has every morning since. It's been rough on both of us — even though her teacher assures me the crying stops the moment I'm out of sight. Little does she know that my tears don't start until I'm out of sight!

While it's only two days a week for a few hours in the morning, the new routine has taken some getting used to.

First, Bliss (and her parents) have had the luxury of having the wonderful “Granny Nanny” Marybeth in our lives, meaning no daycare drama — and, of course, undivided attention every day. That whole sharing thing? It's a little bit tough, but since Bliss is actually (thankfully) a really nice kid, she's getting the hang of it.

And, I'm embarrassed to admit, we've already been late on a couple occasions. It seems Mom and daughter lose track of time too easily some mornings. I'm blaming it all on the need for French toast every morning, though. It certainly can't have anything to do with my time-management skills, can it?

All in all, it's been a good thing. Bliss is learning social skills — sharing, raising her hand, following a routine — and her brain is soaking up all sorts of new information.

As for Yellow, I'm not sure what he's getting out of it, though Bliss did reassure Marybeth that “she pulls his little head out of the bag so he can see” while they're at school. I'm sure he's grateful.

This week, the old Powell High School auditorium/natatorium came tumbling down. All that remains of the structure, built in 1956, are massive heaps of concrete, bricks and metal — an all too familiar sight in the community as of late.

The auditorium/natatorium was third in a succession of demolition projects over the past six months, joining the demolished old Powell High School gymnasium and Westside Elementary. At those sites, only dirt remains.

Eventually, the old Powell High School also will share a similar fate, though it won't be demolished until a cafeteria is constructed for Powell Middle School. The old high school cafeteria is still in use and likely will be until a new middle school cafeteria opens.

Planning for a new middle school is under way, and construction of a new Westside Elementary recently began.

Though new buildings replace the old, memories of the old structures aren't easily forgotten.

Each building carried meaning. The elementary school where children began their education and learned early life lessons.

The pool where, for 50 years, residents learned how to swim and experienced triumphs and disappointments in competitive swimming. The auditorium where hundreds of nervous and bright-eyed kids gathered each year for time-honored Christmas programs. The old gymnasium that hosted many memorable proms, emotional graduation ceremonies and countless athletic competitions for more than 60 years.

Throughout the past 10 years, Park County School District No. 1 board members deliberated over difficult decisions to demolish and replace these buildings. Often, decisions and funding at the state level dictated how the local board proceeded.

We know the demolition of landmark buildings is difficult for Powell residents. The torn-down structures leave a void in the community, especially for those who grew up as students in the buildings.

Yet in their absence stand new structures, and many local youth are grateful for the new Powell High School, new Southside Elementary and new Powell Aquatic Center. Young students who use those facilities can attest to the fact that new memories are being made, and for the next generation, these will be the buildings that carry meaning.

Still, the changes remain difficult — and for many Powell residents, driving by the sites where old landmarks once stood always will stir memories.

(July 14, 1924 - Sept. 23, 2010)

Edwin Rudolph Lohrenz, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at the Northfield Hospital in Northfield, Minn.

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Northwest College photography students capture brilliant autumn colors in Yellowstone National Park during the photo department's annual outdoor trip last weekend. Tribune photo by Kevin Kinzley

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