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The east gate to Yellowstone National Park opens in three weeks, and there will be snowmobiles. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess what will happen.

Up to 40 snowmobiles and two snowcoaches per day will be allowed through the East Entrance during the Dec. 22 to March 1 winter season. That's the same number allowed last year.

However, actual use may stay far below that level.

December 02, 2008 3:29 am

Grizzly deaths up

Population is not down for the count

The grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has suffered higher deaths this year than in past years, but the population still is growing annually by 4 percent.

According to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, an estimated 80 grizzlies died in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in 2008. Despite that, the population is on the rise.

In 2007, 49 grizzlies died.

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Senior Jordan Brown is one of eight returning players from last year's Powell High School boys basketball team, which finished the 2007-08 season with a 15-9 record. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Still climbing the ladder

Even with all of the success the Powell High School boys basketball team enjoyed during the 2007-08 season, there was a feeling among the Panthers that there was business left unfinished.

The Panthers posted a 15-9 overall mark and a 9-5 record in Class 3A's West Conference. However, when the Panthers took part in the West Conference's tournament following the regular season, the team finished one victory short of a berth in the state tournament. With eight players returning, including three starters, it's no surprise that PHS head coach Troy Hildebrand and his team are looking to carry their success a bit farther this season.

NWC defeats Rocky Mountain JV, Little Big Horn

Head coach Andy Ward and his Northwest College men's basketball team extended their winning streak to four games with a pair of victories in the annual Lions Club tournament in Sheridan last Friday and Saturday.

The Trappers, who began their winning streak with victories over Williston State College and then-No. 6 Northeastern Junior College in Powell Nov. 21-22, ended last week's tournament with an 85-70 decision over Rocky Mountain's junior varsity squad and a 108-79 victory over Little Big Horn College. The victories helped NWC improve to 5-5 overall.

“It was a good tournament for us,” Ward said. “We were able to play everybody, and as a team, I thought the guys did a nice job. It's nice to be at .500. Getting their has been an uphill battle. But more importantly, we're emphasizing the improvement we've made since the start of the season. We're doing a lot of things better, but we still need to be able to play every game with the intensity we showed during our recent win over Northeastern. That's the kind of intensity we want to see every time we step on the floor.”

NWC 85, Rocky Mountain JV 70

The Trappers posted a 15-point victory over the Battlin' Bears during the tournament's opening day Friday.

Ward said the Trappers struggled some in the first half, but a strong showing during the final 20 minutes helped set the tone for the rest of the event. NWC trailed 32-31 at halftime, but rallied to secure a convincing victory.

“We were able to jump out to a 10-point lead in the first seven minutes or so, but we had some missed shots after getting some good looks at the basket,” Ward said. “We also didn't play as well as we could have on the defensive end.

“In the second half, I thought we played a lot better. We shot the ball really well. We were more aggressive with our shot selection, and we just played with a lot more intensity overall.”

Among the Trappers who enjoyed solid performances against Rocky Mountain were sophomore Julian Olubuyi and freshman Casper Hesseldal. Olubuyi finished with 25 points, and Hesseldal added 17 points. Cody Ball added 13 points to aid the winning effort. For Rocky Mountain's junior varsity, Elvis Old Bull, Jr. was the leading scorer with 25 points.

“Julian was strong for us from start to finish,” Ward said. “Casper played especially well in the second half. That's when he got the majority of his points.”

Ward added that Hesseldal, who sustained an ankle sprain Nov. 15, appears to be reaching 100 percent as far as his health is concerned. When Hesseldal initially sustained the injury, it was feared the freshman had suffered a break and would be lost for much of the season.

“Casper was our leading scorer when he went out,” Ward said. “Fortunately, he's been able to play, and it sure is nice to have him on the court. He's another good scoring option for us. He's still not 100 percent, but he's getting there.”

NWC 108, Little Big Horn 79

On Saturday, the Trappers won a high-scoring contest with Little Big Horn College during day two of the tournament. NWC raced to a 54-32 lead at halftime, and continued its hot shooting in the second half. For the game, NWC shoot 54 percent (42 of 77).

“We knew Little Big Horn was going to put up a lot of shots,” Ward said. “With that in mind, we needed to play solid defense, and we needed to do a good job on the boards. We outrebounded them 42-35, and I thought we did pretty well from the beginning to the end.

“We also wanted to push the ball when we were on offense. I told the guys to run because we knew if we pushed the ball hard, we'd be able to get some easy baskets at the other end.”

The Trappers finished with six players in double digits in scoring, including sophomore Jordan Harris, who led NWC with 16 points. Other leading scorers for NWC were Ball (14 points), Mitchell Ackelson (11), Jay Peters (11), Carnell Calhoun (10) and Keith Kegerreis (10). In the rebounding department, freshman Ricardo Bodra continued to be a major force for the Trappers. He finished with a team-leading 11 rebounds during his 17 minutes of playing time.”

• Up next: The Trappers have two games scheduled this week, and both will be played during the Eastern Wyoming College Tournament in Torrington Friday and Saturday. NWC will face the tournament's host team, EWC, Friday at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Trappers will face Western Nebraska Community College at 3 p.m.

“Those are two very good teams, so we have to be ready to play,” Ward said.

Following the tournament, the Trappers will have one more game left on the schedule before the start of the Christmas break. That game, against Laramie County Community College, is slated for Friday, Dec. 12, at NWC.

That game currently has a scheduled 7:30 p.m. start time, but Ward said that could change.

“We're looking to play that one earlier in the day Friday or possibly move it to Saturday (Dec. 13),” Ward said.

Any change in the game time or playing date with LCCC will be published in the Powell Tribune as soon as that information becomes available.

Along with the plunge in oil and gas prices — more than 50 percent since July — the push for development of alternative, renewable energy sources has also slowed dramatically in recent months.

However, policymakers need to continue to make the search for new energy sources a priority.

The slowdown is, unfortunately, a matter of human nature — when we don't feel the pain in the pocketbook quite so acutely, creating new sources of energy doesn't have the same urgency.

And, with creditors tightening their purse strings, money available for privately-funded renewable energy exploration is also drying up.

But, after years of rapid progress in the development of alternative energy, our elected officials — at least so far — seem committed to moving forward, if more slowly than before.

The Congressional bailout package contained $17 billion in tax credits to promote various forms of clean energy, for everything from electric vehicles to technology to capture and store carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants. Tax credits were extended for wind energy for one year, geothermal energy for two years and for solar energy for eight years.

President-elect Barack Obama has consistently pledged to support aggressive alternative energy development.

And, closer to home, the Western Governors' Association recently encouraged Obama to move forward with a national energy policy focused on the development of clean technology.

A recent Associated Press article said the Western Governors' recommendations include multi-billions of dollars in appropriations for the development of clean energy technology.

Those are all good signs.

Let's hope that the people we put in office, both Republicans and Democrats, continue to recognize the importance of alternative energy, even in the face of this economic slowdown.

December 02, 2008 3:20 am

Dorothy French

(1927 - Nov. 28, 2008)

Dorothy Marie French, 81, died Friday, Nov. 28. at Powell Valley Health Care.

Funeral services are pending.

Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory.

December 02, 2008 3:19 am

Wilfred Roy 'Willy' Kaiser

(Dec. 5, 1944 - Nov. 28, 2008)

Wilfred Roy "Willy" Kaiser of Byron, died Friday, Nov. 28 at his home in Byron. He was 63.

Wilfred was born Dec. 5, 1944 in Basin, to Alexander and Frieda Manweiler Kaiser. He graduated from Powell High School in 1963 and from welding school in Hardin, Mont., in 1970. He married Charlotte L. Morse in Billings, Mont., on June 26, 1965. He was a member of Teamsters Local #83 and Heavy Equipment Operators Engineer #428. He was a member of the Lutheran church, Eagles, Elks, and Moose clubs, and AL Chrysler car clubs.

Wilfred is survived by his son Kent R. Kaiser of Byron, daughter Jalene R. (George) Harris, of Chapman, Neb., sister Sharon Kaiser (Cliff) Jordan of Powell, and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Raymond, sister and brother-in-law Shirley Kaiser Hayner and Gordon Hayner.

Funeral services will be held at Thompson Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, with burial in the Lovell Cemetery. Viewing is one hour prior to services.

Pallbearers include Jim Horner, Jordan Hoerster, Gene Winterholler, Jim Rodriguez, Dwight Gilbert and Garry Ley. Honorary pallbearer is Fred Becktold.

For those who wish, memorials may be sent to Powell Valley Hospice, 246 N. Absaroka, Powell, Wyo.
Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family.

December 02, 2008 3:18 am

Col. John William Guy

(March 20, 1933 - Dec. 1, 2008)

Colonel John William Guy, United States Marine Corps, Ret., died Monday, Dec. 1 at Powell Valley Healthcare after a long and courageous battle with throat cancer. He was 75.

He was born March 20, 1933, in Rock Springs to Holdridge Princeton Guy and Ruth Evelyn (Foy) Guy. John was raised in Cheyenne and graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1951. He entered the University of Wyoming in 1951, but then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict and was stationed in Japan.

John returned to the University of Wyoming where he belonged to SAE fraternity. He earned a B.S. degree in Petroleum Geology in 1959. He married Darlene Malisch in Ft. Collins, Colo., on July 6, 1957.

In 1962, he returned to the Marine Corps and made it his career, retiring as a full Colonel in 1990. John did three tours during the Vietnam War and received numerous medals, including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Combat “V” and the Purple Heart. He also earned a master's degree in Asian History from the University of San Diego.

In 1995, John and Darlene moved to Powell, where he was active in the Powell Rotary Club and the University of Wyoming Alumni Association, of which he was a former president. John received the UW College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007 and the UW Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.

John loved to fish in mountain streams. He was an avid reader and enjoyed hiking and time spent at the family cabin in the Medicine Bow Mountains of southeast Wyoming.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Darlene, in Powell; his children, Tammy Harshbarger (Bill) of Tokyo, Japan, Shelly Neilson (Chuck) of Raleigh, N.C., and John Jr. (Angela) of Tehachapi, Calif.; his grandchildren, Melanie Carr (Ryan) of Troy, Mo., and Kevin Neilson of Raleigh, N.C.; his uncle, Bill Foy (Freddie) of Cheyenne; and several cousins.

For those who wish, memorial donations to the Billings Clinic Cancer Center, the Powell Medical Foundation, the Moyer Animal Shelter or a charity of one's choice would be appreciated by the family.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery with full military honors.

A public viewing is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at Thompson Funeral Home.

December 02, 2008 3:17 am

David Thorley Briggs

(March 9, 1928 – Nov. 7, 2008)

David (Dave) Thorley Briggs, 80, died Friday, Nov. 7 at his home in Byron, with his wife, Naomi, by his side.

He was born in Cowley on March 9, 1928, to Ivan Richards Briggs and Anabel Thorley. He was the third son of 11 children — six brothers and four sisters.

Dave was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints his entire life.

He received his primary education in Burlington and graduated in 1949. During and following high school, he worked with his father on the farm before being called on a mission for the LDS Church in New Zealand. He served a three year mission, from 1949 to 1952.

He married Naomi Abraham of Byron on Sept. 3, 1954, in the LDS Salt Lake Temple.

Following his marriage, Dave was drafted into the Army. He attended basic training at Fort Ord, Calif. and was then assigned to the Munich, Germany, base dental clinic. He attained the rank of Corporal. Upon leaving the military in 1956, he returned to the Big Horn Basin and attended Northwest College, graduating in 1958. He later moved to Pullman, Wash., where he entered Washington State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in vocational agriculture in 1961.

He returned to Byron after graduation and began farming and working in his father-in-law's dairy. He then took a teaching position at Cowley High School where he taught vocational agriculture and advised the FFA for three years.

In 1964, he relocated to California where he worked for 14 years for San Diego County as a deputy probation officer, first in a youth honor camp in Campo and then at the El Cajon office.

Dave left San Diego in 1978, returning to Byron and working on the farm with his brother-in-law. He loved farming and working outdoors, and, according to his family, he enjoyed the quiet, peace and personal satisfaction associated with those efforts.

He is survived by his wife, Naomi; his children, David Briggs (Sandy) of Findlay, Ohio, Margaret Ann Jesperson (Chris) of El Cajon, Calif., Todd Briggs (Carol) of North Richland Hills, Texas, Glen Briggs (Mitzi) of Powell, Keith Briggs (Mina) of Sahuarita, Ariz., and Norma Elizabeth Frost (Sean) of Byron; 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Byron LDS Church. Burial was in the Byron Cemetery under the direction of Haskell Funeral Home.

December 02, 2008 3:13 am

Floyd Charles Corum, Jr.

(Jan. 22, 1939 - Nov. 26, 2008)

Floyd C. Corum, Jr., (known as Charles), 69, died in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Nov. 26, after suffering a stroke. He died at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

Charles had spent the past few years living at the Veterans Home of Wyoming in Buffalo, but prior to that he had spent much of his life living in Powell.

He was born Jan. 22, 1939, in Midwest, the oldest child of Floyd and Blanche Corum. He was raised in Midwest along with his younger siblings, Alice Faye and Edwin.He enjoyed football and basketball and lettered in both sports during his years in high school in Midwest.

He was a proud veteran of the United States military, having served in the Army Reserves from 1957 to 1965.

Throughout his working life, he did a variety of jobs, including working with an uncle in the nickel mines in Oregon, and construction and concrete work in Powell, where he had relocated in order to be closer to his sister and her family.

Though he never married or had children of his own, his love of God and family was very important to him. He really enjoyed participating in family functions and just spending time with his loved ones.Charles also loved fishing and being outdoors.

Survivors include his sister, Alice Faye Johnson of Powell; niece, Tami Faye Johnson of Boulder, Colo.; nephew, Rick (Colleen) Johnson of Powell; grandnieces, Tanna Faye Mittlieder and Tawny Faye Mittlieder of Powell; and grandnephews, Kory Donald Johnson and Randy Donald Johnson of Powell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Edwin; and his brother-in-law, Larry Johnson.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service is set for 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Crown Hill Cemetery. The service will be performed by Denyce Reno, minister. There will also be a resident service for his friends at the Veterans Home in Buffalo.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family.