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(Jan. 11, 1932 - Nov. 18, 2010)

Frank Sapp of Powell, formerly a resident of Homestead, Fla. and Islamorada, Fla., died Nov. 18, 2010. He was 78.

(Jan. 26, 1925 - Nov. 20, 2010)

Betty Jean (Martin) Brakke died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at Powell Valley Healthcare. She was 85.

DEQ officials take new look at hauling schedule, permits

Officials with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday they plan to step back and re-evaluate a controversial plan to haul some 68,700 tons of gold mine tailings from outside Cooke City, Mont., down the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and up to a smelter in Whitehall, Mont.

The hauling is just one part of an ambitious, nearly $25 million plan to clean up some 320,000 tons of mine waste at the McLaren Mine a quarter-mile east of Cooke City.

All criteria met for accreditation

Northwest College learned Wednesday morning that it met all criteria for continuing accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

A five-member team from the commission was on campus beginning Monday to assess NWC's self-study efforts toward reaccreditation.

Future Parkside school's effect on Clark Street extension discussed

Citing concerns with traffic flow and a need for more information, the Powell City Council voted unanimously Monday to table the issue of vacating the city's master street plan to accommodate a proposed elementary school.

Park County School District No. 1 is interested in building a new Parkside Elementary School north of Clark Street in acreage currently used for agriculture. Though the school is still at least 15-20 years down the road, the district is looking at purchasing the land now.


Northwest College head coach Janis Beal discusses strategy during a timeout in early-season action. The team returns to Ken Rochlitz Court at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday against a team of former NWC all-stars. The Trapper men play at 7:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Sponsored event provides opportunity for more home games

Two weeks have passed since the Northwest College men's basketball team opened the season by splitting games against top-ranked Midland College and Colorado Christian. This Friday, the Trappers make their home debut as part of the First National Bank Shoot Out.

Andrews draws national recognition

Denied a threepeat state championship by an unlikely late rally last season, the Powell Panthers are expected to once again be a force in Wyoming 3A wrestling this season. At least, that's the prognosis offered early on by, which released its pre-season rankings this week.

Plan on following the panthers? Be ready to drive.

The Wyoming High School Activities Association released football schedules for member institutions last week and Panther fans had best start humming the bars from Willie Nelson's classic. Like the country great, they, too, will be on the road again.

Similar to 2010, Powell High School will host Riverton in the first official game of the season. Week 2 will see Powell fans drive east over the Big Horn Mountains to Buffalo for a non-conference showdown with this year's 3A state runner-up.

The game also represents the shortest road trip of the 2011 season for the Panthers.

Week 3 sends the Panthers almost to Nebraska for a road game at Torrington. After returning home in Week 4 to open 3A West conference play against Jackson, the team climbs back aboard the bus for a road contest at Star Valley.

Back-to-back home games against Big Horn Basin opponents Worland (Week 6) and defending conference champion Cody (Week 7) set the stage for one final road trip as Powell closes out the regular season with a trek across South Pass to Green River in Week 8.

Depending on highway conditions and playoff games, the Panthers' new schedule features a minimum of 2,292 travel miles next season. The team will get relief the following year, however. For 2012, the schedule will feature the same opponents with only the home and away locations reversed.

The Panthers will add an unofficial Week 0 game to their schedule, similar to the games played against Miles City the last two seasons. School officials are attempting to ensure that game takes place at Powell in 2011.

Almost a year ago, I devoted this space to a discussion of how growing up around sports was impacting the development of my daughter, Sierra. Given recent events, it seems a good time to provide an update.

Now that Daddy's Little Girl has moved into the terrible two's, we're at that delightful stage of life where learning is taking place almost daily and communication is gradually becoming easier as her vocabulary develops. Of course, one of the most important building blocks to instill in a young mind is the ABC's.

As parents, we've tried a variety of methodologies to help her learn her letters. There's the tried and true singing. The equally tried and true alphabet blocks and kitchen refrigerator magnets. We've entrusted her little eyes and brain to Sesame Street, as well as some videos we happened to stumble across on, of all places, YouTube that she seemed to catch on to.

So I took it with great pride and a sense of achievement when she stood in the living room over a recent weekend, announcing to the world the letter G. This continued on and off throughout the day, puzzling both mom and dad regarding her fascination with the seventh letter of the alphabet.

Don't get me wrong. We were happy, but we were also confused as to why she was skipping over the first six letters, as well as bypassing some that, quite frankly, would seem to be a lot easier for a two-year-old brain to identify. I mean, let's face it, G looks a whole lot like C and Q. Certainly it isn't as unique as, say, the letters I or X or W.

As usual, it was mom's observation powers that finally cracked the mystery. Dad's first clue came when Sports Gal laughed and pointed to the Gatorade commercial playing on the television. Sure enough, further observation throughout the weekend showed that the wee one's lovefest with the letter G did, in fact, coincide with product breaks for the popular sports beverage.

Score one for a marketing executive somewhere.

This isn't the first time product placement has scored a point in the toddler's life. Pepsi's trademark blue and red logo became the “Pepsi ball” long before any other circular-shaped object — including a globe of the Earth —was anything more than just a ball.

As a 2-year old, Daddy's Little Girl has also reached an interactive stage. For some, this might mean waving and saying hello.

For the sports editor's kid, this means that she now feels the need to fist-bump and high-five everyone in sight. Call it a hunch, but I think watching starting lineups at Northwest College athletic events might have something to do with that one.

When she was younger, it used to be fun to lay on my back and bench press Daddy's Little Girl into the air while counting. After a while, she took over the counting process and it became a sort of educational opportunity for her. What could possibly be wrong with that?

I failed to project the dangers of this behavior into the future. She now weighs in the neighborhood of 30 pounds. She can also count to 20. Suddenly, daddy-daughter workouts are featuring a lot more repetitions with a lot more weight on the bar. Dad and mom aren't having as much fun as they once did.

Naturally, Sierra has decided that its her favorite game to play. I believe this proves, once and for all, that the “physical trainer” gene begins to exert dominance at age 2. Just another discovered danger of raising a child around a sports environment.

Once again my thoughts are in knots with lots of plots. They're a disjointed bunch but shouldn't be wasted, so without any further au jus, I offer more brain-droppings:

• For the life of me, I can't fathom why anyone would choose a plain Hershey's bar over Hershey's with Almonds. Why just have chocolate when one can have chocolate and nuts? Sure, conventional wisdom says “Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't,” but I always feel like a nut. By the same token, it's hard to imagine choosing Mounds over Almond Joy, since Almond Joy's got nuts; Peter Paul's Mounds don't!

• Many of life's small annoyances anger me, but two in particular. No. 1: Cold water on my skin or my teeth when rinsing. I would caution any potential suitor, “Never, ever spray me with a hose, no matter how breezy and romantic it might seem at the time.”

No. 2: Forgetting my sunglasses, then having to drive west in the late afternoon with my dog-smudged truck windshield compounding the blinding glare. I know God made the sun and all, but I find its brightness quite annoying.

• Speaking of driving, I feel superior to no one, nor any sense of entitlement. Yet, I'm often irked that others are out driving the same time as me. “Why does this idiot behind me keep turning when I turn? Is he following me or what?” “Why would this moron be entering a drive-thru just seconds before I do? Who orders fast food in the middle of the afternoon, anyway?”

And someone deciding to turn left off Main Street just as I'm trying to enter left from a side street? Infuriating! I mutter, “Why aren't you losers at home or at work doing something productive instead of holding me up from something important? I missed Judge Judy yesterday, and now because of you, today's episode is in jeopardy.”

• Speaking of TV, I caught the end of a segment about a woman's dog that sniffed out her breast cancer in time to save her life.

Anyone who still doesn't get that dogs are heaven-sent, and animal abusers hell-bound, just hasn't been paying attention.

• Speaking of dogs, remember my little Trina that a carpenter backed over on 9/11 and broke her foot and coccyx? I twice canceled appointments to end her misery, once at the last second in tears. I'm giddy to report Trina is on the mend and happier than heck to be alive. Even though it was believed she'd always be incontinent, I left her out of the truck the other day and she sprinted into a grassy area, squatted down and squeezed one out just like old times. I was so dang proud, I just wanted to scoop it up to show all my friends.

• I fear that a middle-aged man's maturity level is in direct correlation to the value he puts on his hair. Sadly, I should probably be throwing water balloons from a roof with Justin Bieber.

Speaking of my hair, it has almost all grown back from that grotesque, “free” haircut I foolishly entrusted to my friend Phoebe, a photographer — NOT a barber. Once again, my hair is shaggy, unkempt and in my face. And I'm loving every minute of it.

• Sans helmet, Green Bay QB Aaron Rogers looks like Aaron Rogers. With a helmet, I'd swear it was Jerry Seinfeld behind the center. Against the Cowboys, I even thought I saw Kramer lined up at tight end.

Speaking of quarterbacks, listen up, Brett Favre: For the love of God and Vince Lombardi, stop acting injured after every unsuccessful play and whining about it all week. We get it: you're a tough, resilient legend who plays through pain. You're also sounding like the Quarterback Who Cried Wolf.

• I think “greatest thing since sliced bread” is an erroneous tribute. Heck, I think I could go on living even if I had to slice my own bread. I buy cheese in blocks and don't feel overly put-upon slicing it for a sandwich. Now, “greatest thing since instant replay” I could get behind. No matter how you slice it, many football games would be unjustly lost if not for instant replay. Pro refs make so many glaring errors that the replay breaks make for a long game, but still, it's brought a sense of fairness back to illegal sports wagering.

• The prediction of the world ending at the close of 2012 because of some Mayan calendar snafu brings me an odd comfort. Since I've been end-phobic for decades, it makes me think, “Whew; it's great to hear we've got two more good years left!”

Speaking of the end, that was it.

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