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January 13, 2009 3:38 am

Richard Lee Hawley

(April 13, 1928 - Dec. 26, 2008)

Richard Lee Hawley, 80, died Friday, Dec. 26 in Bermuda Dunes, Calif., where he was visiting family.

Richard was born in Underwood, N. D., on April 13, 1928, to Charles and Caroline (Bastian) Hawley. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July 2007.

Richard was raised on a stock farm with his five brothers: Charles, Edward Robert, Donald Patrick, James Thomas and John Paul (Jack).

He worked for his uncle, Fred Hawley, on the Rocking Chair Ranch in Dubois from 1946-48. He then joined the Marine Corps and served aboard the U.S.S Valley Forge until he was honorably discharged in 1952. He came back to Wyoming and again worked on the Rocking Chair Ranch until 1959. He bought a ranch in Goodrich, N. D. in 1960 and farmed 1,900 acres, raising buffalo and Galloway Angus cattle, along with doing veterinary work in the community.

He returned to Wyoming in 1974 and bought seven acres on the South Fork where he designed and built his own home. His best friend and wife “SweetP” moved in with him, and they enjoyed their many pack trips up the South Fork and in the Dubois area. He was also an accomplished pilot, and he owned several planes which he flew back and forth to visit friends and relatives in N.D.

To their union, SweetP brought two daughters: Tawna Ann (Rod) McQueen of Thermopolis and Sara Fenimore of Bermuda Dunes, Calif.: four granddaughters and one greatgranddaughter. They moved from the South Fork in 1999 to Powell and met many new friends and fishing buddies.

He is survived by his best friend and wife of 31 years; brothers Ed, Don, Jim (Sherry) and Jack (Lorraine); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles.

Richard has been cremated and his ashes will be placed in Riverside Cemetery with a memorial to follow at a later date.

Fiscal conservatism likely will mark the Legislature's 60th general session convening today — and with good reason.

Though Wyoming is one of the few states enjoying a budget surplus this year, the situation is much grimmer than it was even three months ago. Last week, Gov. Dave Freudenthal announced that the surplus revenues will be less than one-third of October projections. In a memo to legislators Friday, Freudenthal said budget surplus estimates went from $900 million to about $260 million.

“It is critical to remember that we are not cutting the biennial budget that was approved last session,” Freudenthal said Friday. “We are reducing the amount that we might have added to it. We now need to accept the facts as they are, and tighten our belts. We must view this situation as an opportunity, take advantage of it and really think carefully about what we're doing.”

As Big Horn Basin legislators met with local educators and city leaders last week, they also emphasized that Wyoming needs to exercise caution this session.

House Speaker Colin Simpson warned that the next two years “might be a little scary.” Sen. Hank Coe said his message is one of fiscal responsibility, stressing “we've got to be conservative this year.”

Even though Wyoming's energy-based economy is more secure than most, the state is not immune to the global financial crisis.

Lawmakers are hopeful for the state's future, but fortunately for Wyoming residents, legislators and the governor understand the need to be cautious this year with an uncertain economic future.

Of course, there needs to be a balance in spending. Wyoming does have a surplus, and legislators still need to invest in infrastructure, education and other programs to keep Wyoming economically viable.

January 13, 2009 3:31 am

Sugar beets pile high

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In this picture taken atop the West Powell beet dump, Ron Williams with G.K. Construction of Lovell loads sugar beets into a trailer Wednesday morning. The beets were transported to the Western Sugar Company factory in Lovell. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

No signs of coming eruption, geologist says

Between Dec. 27 and Jan. 2, more than 500 small earthquakes shook Yellowstone National Park. The swarm of quakes was centered below Yellowstone Lake, beginning southeast of Stevenson Island and migrating north toward Fishing Bridge before quieting.

“It looks as though the swarm has ended, although further activity is possible,” said Yellowstone geologist Hank Heasler on Monday.

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Parents Chaz and Rebecca Avila and brother Greyson are pictured with Asher Elliot on Tuesday at Powell Valley Hospital. Asher, born Monday, was the first baby delivered at the hospital in 2009, Powell's centennial year. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

Asher Elliot Avila is only a few days old, but he already has made a name for himself. Asher, born Monday, Jan. 5, debuts as the first baby of Powell's centennial year.

Chaz and Rebecca Avila of Powell welcomed their new baby at 2:07 p.m. on Monday, making him the first baby born at Powell Valley Hospital in 2009.

Local legislators expect this year's session of the Wyoming Legislature to be marked by fiscal conservatism.

That was the message they brought to a forum sponsored by Park County School District No. 1 at Northwest College Monday night.

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McKenzie Danforth and her Lady Panther teammates currently hold a 5-1 overall record and are ranked second in Class 3A. The Lady Panthers also are among the leaders in a number of statistical categories at the 3A level, including team defense (1st) and team shooting (1st). Tribune photo by David Dickey

All for one, one for all

Friday night will mark the start of the 2009 portion of the Powell High School Lady Panthers' basketball season, and they will enter their 5:45 p.m. matchup against Kemmerer with a number of goals in mind.

For starters, the obvious goal will be to add another W in the win column. Secondly, the Lady Panthers will be aiming to do something they've done consistently throughout the season — improve.

Awards banquet scheduled for March 21

Eighty-three scholar-athletes from 31 Wyoming schools have been nominated for scholarships and recognition by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Of those nominees, five are from Powell High School — Trevor Donarski, Matt Kifer, Matt McArthur, Galen Mills and Gavin Mills.

Donarski, McArthur, Galen Mills and Gavin Mills were named to the Class 4A All-State squad following the 2008 season, and Kifer made a number of major contributions for the Panthers last year, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

For Gavin Mills, his selection comes on the heels of being nominated for an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy by U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo. Gavin Mills, a standout receiver and defensive back, announced last year that he had verbally committed to play football for the Falcons.

The players nominated for the scholarships have been invited to attend the Wyoming Chapter's 15th annual awards banquet March 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn and University of Wyoming Conference Center in Laramie.

'The Wyoming Chapter also will recognize scholar-athlete courage and perseverance award winners at the event and honor selected state residents for their respective lifetime contributions to amateur football, coaching, officiating and fandom.

Mike Schutte, Wyoming Chapter president, said the 83 nominations were made by prep coaches from the state based upon each player's academic achievement, football skill and community involvement. Each nominee will receive a certificate from the Wyoming Chapter. From that pool of nominees, 10 finalists will be chosen. Each of Wyoming's five classifications will have a lineman and back named as a recipient of a $1,200 scholarship and plaque. Those finalists also will have their names inscribed at the National College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. The state's top scholar-athlete also will receive an additional $1,200 scholarship.

Also during the awards banquet, Schutte said two scholar-athletes from the University of Wyoming will be honored for their efforts in athletics and the classroom.

The following is a complete list of nominees:

Phillip Hoffman, Riverside; James Caines, Riverside; Jeff Joyce, Riverside; Cole Mosegard, Riverside; Benjamin Howard, Big Piney; Michael Alzheimer, Big Horn; Cheston Feaster, Big Horn; Ian Scofield, Big Horn; Tyler Gibbs, Buffalo; Casey Goehring, Burns; Duell Petsch, Burns; Cody Weathermon, Burns; Kevin Bell, Kelly Walsh; Sterling Dockweiler, Kelly Walsh; Joe Munsell, Kelly Walsh; Tom Earl, Natrona County; Max Gustafson, Natrona County; Chris Honken, Natrona County; Ryan Murphy, Natrona County; Zach Powell, Natrona County; Justin Roberts, Cheyenne Central; Matthew Dilsaver, Cheyenne East; Royce Fertig, Cheyenne East; Stephen Francis, Cheyenne East; Tyler Haak, Cheyenne East; Ty Jenkins, Cheyenne East; Jared Krysl, Cheyenne East; Isaac Lopez-Smith, Cheyenne East; Nathan Massie, Cheyenne East; Casey Mayer, Cheyenne East; Marcus Phippin, Cheyenne East; Glen Clinton, Cody; Eric Dickerman, Cody; Dayton McMillan, Cody; Andrew Petersen, Cokeville; Sullivan Teichert, Cokeville; Ryan Adams, Douglas; Cody Bohlander, Douglas; Daniel Hancock, Douglas; Shane Richendifer, Douglas; Jacob Vogel, Douglas; Chad McKinney, Saratoga; Spencer Bruce, Campbell County; Garrett Heusinkveld, Campbell County; Derrek Jerred, Campbell County; Michael Pokallus, Campbell County; Jared Wass, Campbell County; Duncan Jones, Wright; Joseph Cotton, Glenrock; Casey Hoskinson, Glenrock; Ryan Lee, Glenrock; Drew Nielsen, Glenrock; Derek Sibrel, Glenrock; Nathan Bayles, Green River; Andrew Meredith, Green River; Trevor Jensen, Greybull; Rage Geringer, Guernsey-Sunrise; Shane Black, Kemmerer; Nicholas Housley, Kemmerer; David Paulson, Kemmerer; Brian Welsh, Kemmerer; Alan Hill, Lingle/Fort Laramie; Chase Potter, Lingle/Fort Laramie; Bret Klopp, Lander Valley; Brady Buer, Moorcroft; Jake Bullinger, Mountain View; Travis Werner, Pine Bluffs; Trevor Donarski, Powell; Matthew Kifer, Powell; Matthew McArthur, Powell; Galen Mills, Powell; Gavin Mills, Powell; Bryan McIntyre, Sheridan; Justin Will, Sheridan; Hayden Johnston, Sundance; Justin Briggs, Southeast; Trevor Ross, Southeast; Kyle Lenz, Wheatland; Jon Gehrts, Worland; Matthew Grenier, Worland; Taylor Reuer, Worland; Joseph Salzman, Worland; Rudolph Toman, Worland.

Ceremony set for Friday

A trio of athletic squads from Powell High School will be recognized when a new set of state championship banners is unveiled in the PHS Gymnasium. The banners will commemorate the recent state titles won by the girls cross country team, the volleyball team and the wrestling team.

According to PHS activities director and assistant principal Jeff Jones, the ceremony will take place between the varsity girls and boys basketball games with Kemmerer Friday evening. The girls game is slated to begin at 5:45 p.m. and the boys game has a 7:30 p.m. start time. Jones said the actual unveiling of the banners will take place sometime around 7 p.m.

Two of the three banners to be included in the Friday ceremony were earned during the fall of 2008. PHS's girls cross country squad, led by head coach Cliff Boos, became the first athletic team to secure a state title for the new school on Oct. 25. Shortly after and on Nov. 1, PHS's volleyball team capped its stellar season by winning the Class 3A crown during the state tournament in Casper. The title run, which was directed by head coach Cindi Smith, was the school's first volleyball state championship since 1987.

The wrestling banner that will be unveiled Friday was earned by head coach Nate Urbach and his Panther wrestling squad during the 2007-08 season. Their state title was the school's first in wrestling since 1987.

An additional banner will be added in the PHS Gymnasium Feb. 20. On that date, the speech and debate team's banner will be unveiled between the varsity girls and boys games with Lovell. The start time for those events are slated for 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. and the banner ceremony is expected to take place sometime around 7 p.m.

PHS's drama team also won a recent state title, but no date has been set for their banner ceremony.

In other scheduling news involving PHS's sports teams, Jones announced this week that PHS will not make up a series of basketball games with Thermopolis which were canceled prior to the Christmas break due to winter travel concerns.

“We tried but could not find a common time that would work for both schools,” Jones said.

January 08, 2009 3:32 am

Paul"Curly" Young

(Nov. 20, 1926 - Jan. 5, 2009)

Paul “Curly” Young, 82, died Monday, Jan. 5 at New Horizon Care Center in Lovell, with his family by his side.

He was born in South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 20, 1926, to George and Carrie Young. The family moved to Idaho in 1937 and then to Wyoming in 1939. He spent the next 70 years as a resident of Powell.

Curly worked as a cement contractor, overhead door mechanic and hunting guide. He enjoyed spending time with his family, as well as hunting, fishing and cooking. He sold Christmas trees in Powell for many years, and he also worked at the Park County Fairgrounds.

Curly served with the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 26 and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was instrumental in getting the Veterans' Administration clinic started in Powell.

Curly is survived by a special companion, Eleanor Hofer of Laurel, Mont.; daughters Melanie Reidle of Rock Springs and Judy (Dale) Lambert and Rhonda (Brian) Sagrilla, all of Powell; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Maxine Ferren and Norma Slater, both of Powell, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at the Multipurpose Building at the Park County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. Donations can be made to New Horizon Care Center in Lovell. Cremation has taken place.