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Wins over Butte, Billings vault team to third

The calendar read November, but the play on the ice was more indicative of February or March as the Yellowstone Quake finally broke through against the Billings Bulls with a 2-1 victory at Riley Arena on Friday night. The Quake also scored a 13-3 win at Butte over the weekend.

“The win (over Billings) was a big one for us,” said Quake coach Craig Furstenau, who watched the game from the stands while serving a one-game suspension after being ejected late in a shoot-out loss at Billings the previous Sunday. “The guys played well and kept creating opportunities.”

The Northwest College Trappers slid to 2-3 overall this women's basketball season after a pair of weekend defeats at the Snow College tournament in Utah. The Trappers lost 96-72 to Salt Lake on Friday night before falling 84-71 to the host team on Saturday.

In both cases, the Trappers were the victims of some stellar individual performances.

On Friday, it was All-American Haley Holmstead doing the damage for Salt Lake against the Trappers. Holmstead finished with 44 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals to spark a 60-percent shooting night from the floor for SLCC.

“It's not hard to score that many points when you're shooting nothing but layups and free throws,” said Trapper head coach Janis Beal, who was less than impressed by her team's defensive effort in the contest.

“When a team is shooting 60 percent on defense, you're not getting stops. In the first half especially, I thought we went away from everything we've been trying to do on defense. The intensity just wasn't there, especially in rebounding.”

The Trappers were out-boarded by a 41-21 count in the contest. Salt Lake did the bulk of its damage in the first half, building a 53-31 lead on the scoreboard by intermission.

Four Trappers reached double figures in the loss, led by Megan Goodman's 15 points. Megan Smith added 14 points and a team-high three steals. Taylor Ryan had 12 points and a team-best six rebounds while McKenzie Garrett reached double figures with 11 points.

On Saturday, Snow's Alle Finch had the hot hand against the Trappers, dropping in 30 points and also dishing out seven assists.

“I thought we played better in Saturday's game,” said Beal. “We were down just six at halftime and after they made a bit of a run on us in the second half to go ahead by double digits, we were able to fight back to within five at one point before they hit a couple outside shots on us.”

Smith's 14 points led Northwest in the contest. Garrett and Jessica Fisher each added 11 points. Lusina Ontineru pulled down seven rebounds as Northwest was able to hold its own on the rebounding glass in the contest.

“Our effort was a lot better,” said Beal. “I was pleased with how we put Friday night behind us and came out and played better.”

The Trappers return to action this Saturday in a 5:30 p.m. contest against the Northwest All-Stars. The game is part of the First National Bank Shoot Out tournament hosted by NWC.

What a difference a year makes.

Last year, area farmers were counting their losses after an early October freeze devastated the sugar beet crop.

This year, those farmers are thankful for a successful harvest as beets are safely out of the ground, piled, dusted with a fresh snow and awaiting processing.

The harvest is ending on a good note, but it didn't start out that way.

In May, severe spring weather threatened the crop, forcing some farmers to replant.

On the heels of 2009's devastating year, it was a discouraging start. As one Heart Mountain farmer said last spring: “I hope it's not a preamble to the fall.”

Thankfully, the sour beginning didn't ruin what ended up to be a season of sweet success.

Though farmers can breathe a sigh of relief at the close of this harvest, the sugar beet industry remains in limbo. The future of sugar beet production is far from secure.

A federal judge issued an order in August halting the planting of Roundup Ready sugar beets until the U.S. Department of Agriculture completes an environmental impact study. For local farmers and those across America who have come to depend on Roundup Ready seed, the ruling could have significant, widespread impact.

However, a USDA plan announced recently may partially lift the ban on the genetically-modified seed, though it's unclear whether it will come in time for next year's beet crop.

If USDA's efforts are unsuccessful and the ban stands, its effect could be catastrophic. Park County ranks No. 1 in the state for sugar beet production, and the vast majority of those beets are of the Roundup Ready variety.

To completely halt its production could cripple the farming industry, and by extension, the local economy.

We hope Powell farmers can enjoy many more successful beet seasons in future years — but for now, that rests in the courts' hands.

(Dec. 21, 1913 – Nov. 9, 2010)

Alice T. Huffman of Basin died at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home between Basin and Greybull, early Tuesday morning, Nov. 9, 2010. She was 96.

(Sept. 24, 1940 – Nov. 12, 2010)

Alberta Jeanne Storeim, 70, of Greybull died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home between Basin and Greybull.

(April 6, 1943 - Nov. 7, 2010)

Robert J. “Sam” Bass died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010 at St. Vincent's Healthcare in Billings. He was 67.


Keller Paulson, a Northwest College freshman from Casper, performs a timpani solo during “In Flight” for the Northwest College Choir and Band concert in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium Tuesday evening. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon


Washington bound

Before it stands at the U.S. Capitol, a 67-foot Christmas tree from Wyoming is making a few guest appearances in the Cowboy State. On Sunday, the official 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree makes a stop in Cody, where Park County residents will celebrate its arrival with holiday-themed festivities.

This is the first year Wyoming has contributed the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

No other infected herds have been found

Brucellosis has been confirmed in a Meeteetse area cattle herd where three cattle initially tested positive for the bacterial disease in late October.

So far, there is no indication that the disease has spread to surrounding herds in Park County, state Veterinarian Jim Logan said.
“Everything else we have results on so far has been negative,” Logan said Wednesday.

Park County residents and officials are getting their opportunity to weigh in on a Montana mine clean up plan that involves hauling tens of thousands of tons of gold tailings over the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.

Officials from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality will be in Cody on Tuesday, Nov. 16, to discuss their clean up plans for the McLaren Mine outside Cooke City, Mont.

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