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December 04, 2008 4:19 am

PHS girls kick off season Friday

Looking to build on success

A youthful, but experienced Lady Panther basketball team will kick off its 2008-09 season Friday night in Cody. At 5 p.m. in the Sweitzer Gym, they'll begin a quest to better last year's fourth-place finish.

“We're looking forward to getting out there on the floor,” said PHS head coach Luke Danforth, following three weeks of practice.

The team will be led by three returning seniors — Kelsey Allen, Darcee Lynn and McKenzie Danforth.

McKenzie Danforth received honorable mention for the 3A West All-Conference team last season. She and Allen were among class 3A's sharpest three-point shooters.

Rounding out the starting five are juniors Hannah Pollart and Savannah Donarski. Pollart led the team in scoring and rebounding last season, picking up All-Conference and Class 3A All-State honors along the way.

Donarski also was a top rebounder for the squad last year, earning honorable mention for All-Conference.

They'll be joined on the varsity squad by fellow juniors Kami Cooley and Katie Kipp, who also had significant playing time last season. The Lady Panthers also will add junior Lauren Fagnant into the mix, who sat out last season with an injury.

Rounding out the varsity roster are sophomores Shellie Williams, Leslie Thronburg, Olivia Rogers and Randi Asay.

“We have a strong sophomore contingency that is going to help us a bunch,” Coach Danforth said.

He noted that the squad has 10 returning letter-winners.

“I think we're a little young, but we've got good experience,” he said.

Five sophomores will make up the Lady Panthers' junior varsity squad — Shelby McIntosh, Tamara Brown, Hannah Groves, Trisha Skelton, and Marquette McArthur.

Danforth said he's got a “very good group of girls” this year.

In the 2007-08 season, the Lady Panthers went 19-9 overall, and 9-5 in the 3A West Conference.

At the conference tournament, they took third place, earning them a trip to Casper for the 3A state tourney.

There, the Lady Panthers took down Newcastle, 60-49, then fell to the 3A champion Jackson Lady Broncs 49-33, before ending their season with a 61-49 loss to Worland. That put them fourth of the 16 teams in class 3A.

“We'd like to build on that,” Danforth said. “It was nice to go to Casper.”

The Lady Panthers will have their work cut out for them. They lost three solid starters to graduation — Briana Jeffs, Katie Patterson and Abby Pollart, and Danforth expects nearly every team in the conference to improve.

“There aren't any bunnies on our schedule,” he said. “It's a very meaty conference, so we're going to have to show up every night.”

However, Danforth is looking forward to the challenge.

“I'm very confident in the ability of this team,” he said.

Danforth said opponents can expect to see a fast Lady Panther offensive.

“We're going to try to keep it up-tempo,” he said.

On defense, Danforth said the plan is to keep things “very aggressive.” He said with this year's team a little shorter than last's, the defensive game plan will call for lots of pressure on opposing ball-handlers.

The squad averaged 53.2 points per game last season, while yielding only 44.6 to their opponents.

Danforth said practices have gone well, adding that the Cody tourney will be a good measuring stick for the squad.

The Lady Panthers take on Newcastle at 5 p.m. on Friday, then face Rawlins at 11:30 Saturday morning. They'll finish off Cody's 2008 East/West Classic with a 6 p.m. match-up against Wheatland. All varsity games will be in Cody's Sweitzer Gym.

Every December, locals can count on a few things — holiday music playing on Bent Street, dropping Wyoming temperatures, eggnog available at local grocery stores and Country Christmas.

The Country Christmas Celebration, in its 22nd year, has become a holiday tradition for Powell.

This year, in addition to the standby festivities, local residents will have an opportunity to hear about holiday traditions in other cultures. For the first time, Country Christmas will include other countries in the weekend celebration.

On Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Plaza Diane during Holidays Around the World, Northwest College international students will share what Christmas or other seasonal celebrations look like in their home countries.

Powell is blessed to house dozens of international students hailing from all over the globe. This student population is an asset to the community.

Although international students are here to learn about American culture, they often serve as teachers.

Throughout the year, they give residents of rural Powell a firsthand account of their country's flavors, songs, traditions, beliefs and languages.

During Saturday's program, the community has an opportunity to learn about ethnic celebrations in South Korea, Brazil, Vietnam, Chile, Austria, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Hong Kong and Japan.

In addition to marking Country Christmas in the traditional way this weekend — with a visit from Santa Claus, holiday music, Christmas trees, food, crafts, a lighted parade, entertainment, the Tour of Homes — Powell folks are fortunate to celebrate diversity as well.

December 04, 2008 4:04 am

David Allen King

(June 16, 1959 - Dec. 1, 2008)

David Allen King, of Powell, died Monday, Dec. 1, in an early morning collision near Cody. He was 49.

He was born June 16, 1959, in Roswell, N.M., to Richard and Mary G. Haynie Ellis. He married Lois Elaine Ferdig on June 3, 1988, in Lovell, and they made their home in Powell. He served 21 years in the United States Air Force, and was an IT Tech at West Park Hospital in Cody. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, camping, computers, and spending time with his family.

David is survived by his wife, Lois, his mother, Mary G. Ellis of Tucson, Ariz., son Scott Reid of Buffalo, S.D., brother Steve (Debbie) King of Tucson, Ariz., and nephews Kenny and Kyle King of Tucson.He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Ellis.

Services will be held at Thompson Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m.

Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

December 04, 2008 4:01 am

George Robert Goff

(Dec. 23, 1942 - Nov. 30, 2008)

George Robert“Bob”Goff, of Windsor, Va., died Sunday, Nov. 30 at his home in Windsor. He was 65.

A nativeof Rawlins, Wyo., he formerly lived in Gladstone, N.D., and Powell, and had resided in Windsor for the pasteight months.

Bob was a Navy veteran of Vietnam.He was an electrician for many years at Amoco Oil, retiring in 1994.He was Director of the Royal Ambassadors Baptist Church Camp in Casper, Wyo., for several years, and he also volunteered for the Foster Grandparents Program in North Dakota and Wyoming.He volunteered at area nursing homes providing music and entertainment to the residents. You could find Bob enjoying any outdoor activity, and he especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with his kids and grandkids.He was a devoted husband and beloved father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Marilyn Siggaard Goff; his children, Constance Michelle Schultz of Bartlett, Kans., Robert Andrew Goff of Aurora, Colo., Kristina Lynn Goff and Katrina Louise Goff, both of Windsor; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A life celebration service will be conducted 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at Colonial Funeral Home in Windsor.

Burial will be private.

The family suggests memorial contributions to: In Memory of Bob Goff, Mountain Top Baptist Assembly Camp Chapel,Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention, 3925 Casper Mountain Road, Casper, WY 82601.

Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, Va.

Santa's visit gets Powell ready for the Holidays

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Santa winces with pain as little Levi Brady, 5 months, grabs a handful of his fluffy, white whiskers. Levi was one of more than 100 children who took turns getting their pictures taken with Santa after he arrived in a helicopter on Friday. Older children made sure to tell Santa what they hoped to find under their Christmas trees and in their stockings on Christmas morning. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

It's Country Christmas time in Powell this weekend.

The annual celebration begins Friday evening with a performance of “It's a Wonderful Life” at Northwest College and ends with the annual Tour of Homes Sunday afternoon. In between, there will be a free movie for kids and plenty of shopping and entertainment available downtown.

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.