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Conference changes mean more travel for Panthers

New conference assignments released by the Wyoming High School Activities Association likely mean more travel time for Powell High School athletic teams and fans, as well as more cost to the district. The new pairings, which will take effect beginning in the fall 2011 semester, were recently announced.

“Powell is probably affected as much if not more than any other school in the state by the changes,” said Panther activities director Timothy Wormald. “Cody's right here too, but it definitely had an impact on both of us.”

Colorado Northwestern nips NWC

The Northwest College Trappers tasted their first defeat of the 2010-2011 women's basketball season, falling 80-76 to Colorado Northwestern on the first day of the Gillette College tournament on Friday. The Trappers recovered to down Dawson Community College by an 81-46 count on Saturday.

“Friday's loss was kind of a tough one,” said NWC head coach Janis Beal. “We held a 47-40 lead at the half and led most of the second half as well. It was one of those games that could have gone either way, but we made a couple mental mistakes on defense, turned the ball over at key times late and missed a few layups.”

Megan Smith led the way for NWC with 23 points. She was joined in double figures by Mariah Duran, with 14 points, and Mckenzie Garrett, who finished with 11. Additional stats were unavailable at press time for the Gillette tournament games.

“It was one of those games where a couple little things that we could've done differently made the difference,” said Beal. “Plus they were able to out-rebound us.”

That wasn't the problem on Saturday. The Trappers held an eight-board advantage on the rebounding glass and were never threatened on the scoreboard en route to a 35-point margin of victory.

It was a great night to be named Megan as Megan Smith again paced Northwest College in scoring with 16 points. Megan Goodman added 10 in support. Not to be outdone, Meagan Butler closed the game with 11 points as the trio were the only players to reach double figures in the scorebook.

“We did a good job of coming back and playing a lot better than we had the day before,” said Beal. “It's hard when you're on the road playing that first tournament game of the day and you don't have much of a crowd. A lot of times you have to create your own energy, and I think we were able to do that in this game.”

As with Friday's game, additional stats were unavailable at press time from the game.

The Trappers, 2-1 overall, travel to Utah this Friday and Saturday for an appearance at the Snow College tournament. NWC opens play against preseason No. 26 Salt Lake on Friday. The Trappers face host Snow College on Saturday.

“We'll have to play better than we did this weekend,” said Beal. “It will be a fun road trip for our team though. A lot of the kids are from Utah. They have family and friends out there that will be able to come and watch and we'll be up against two very tough opponents.”

Wyoming made national headlines last week when a study showed the Cowboy State's chewing tobacco use is the highest in America.

Nearly 1 in 6 adult men in Wyoming use smokeless tobacco, according to the report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It's a discouraging statistic, considering the dangers of this hard-to-break habit.

Smokeless tobacco can cause both oral and pancreatic cancer, and also increases the risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes.

Regardless of health risks, about 9 percent of Wyoming's residents — both men and women — choose to chew.

In commenting on the recent study, one CDC official noted Wyoming's rodeo culture, which includes a tradition of chewing tobacco.

Though tobacco-chewing cowboys may be a symbol of rodeo or other sporting events, the trend is starting to change.

Over the past few years, health advocates have spearheaded efforts to curb chewing in the rodeo arena.

The Wyoming Through With Chew program encourages young athletes in its Rodeo All-Stars campaign, recognizing riders who take a tobacco-free pledge. The program also provides Quit Spit Kits throughout Wyoming, available to residents wanting to break the habit. (Locally, quit kits are available through the Park County Anti-Tobacco Campaign at West Park Hospital in Cody.)

Another encouraging sign: tobacco companies no longer sponsor major rodeo events in Wyoming. Copenhagen advertising was missing from this year's Cheyenne Frontier Days — in its place was Wyoming's Quit Tobacco Program, now a top-level sponsor of the world's largest outdoor rodeo. The Cody Stampede Rodeo also is free of tobacco-company sponsorships.

It's important that young residents never begin chewing tobacco. In most cases, chewing tobacco starts at a young age, and often precedes smoking, according to health officials.

While it may take time to shed Wyoming's “chewing rodeo culture” stereotype or reverse the state's tobacco trends, it is encouraging that efforts are underway statewide to reduce Wyoming's tobacco usage. It's time for more Cowboy State residents to be through with chew.

Tammy Kay (Althoff) Karmann died of natural causes on Oct. 14, 2010 at her home in Hernando, Miss. She was 51.

(March 10, 1937 - Nov. 3, 2010)

Albert Keith “Doc” and “Big Al” Baxter of Cowley died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 at the Powell Valley Care Center. He was 73.

(March 29, 1933 - Nov. 4, 2010)

A well-known Powell businessman, Stan Haberthier died at home in Denver on Nov. 4 of heart failure. He was 77.

Powell residents R.J. Kost and Jim Carlson have won seats on the Powell Hospital District Board, Park County Clerk Kelly Jensen said late Thursday morning.

Both men were write-in candidates for the four 4-year seats available on the board. Incumbent Jim Beukelman and newcomer Renee Humphries, who were both on the ballot, claimed the other two seats in Tuesday's general election.

More than 1,650 write-in votes were cast in Tuesday's election for the hospital board seats.

Five individuals -- Carlson, Kost, Virginia Fish, Cathy Marine and Henry Yaple -- had launched write-in campaigns for the hospital board after only three candidates filed for the four positions. One balloted candidate, Sharea LinDae MoAn Renaud, later withdrew from the race, leaving only two active candidates on the ballot.

Unofficials results released by Jensen on Thursday showed Kost as the leading write-in vote-getter, with 582 votes. Carlson followed with 283 votes, the results said.

The county write-in board worked most of Wednesday sorting through how many votes were cast for each individual in the hospital board race and several other races impacted by write-ins. The board's work continued this morning.

In another local race to be determined by write-ins, Frank Palazzolo, with 16 votes, was found to be the leading vote-getter as the next urban supervisor for the Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District. That position had drawn no candidates

The clerk's office will confirm with write-in winners whether they actually want to hold the position they've been elected to.


Casting her ballot before receiving her voter's badge of honor ­— a “My Vote Counted!” sticker — Kelly Laughlin votes on Tuesday at the Park County Fairgrounds. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

An unpredictable race for the Powell Hospital District board provided more suspense Wednesday as Park County voters waited to find out which of the five write-in candidates would fill two seats on the board.

Only two candidates — Renee Humphries and incumbent Jim Beukelman — ran on the ballot to fill four, four-year seats on the board. Both earned seats on the board.


Incumbent Park County Clerk Kelly Jensen, a Democrat, was ousted by Park County voters Tuesday night, with Republican Jerri Torczon winning nearly 63 percent of the county vote.

“I thought it would have been a lot closer,” Torczon said Wednesday. “I'm surprised, but thankful.”

Republican Matt Mead won an easy victory Tuesday over Leslie Petersen in the race for Wyoming governor.

Mead, who will be only the second Republican to serve as governor since 1975, received 123,764 votes, approximately 66 percent of the total cast, according to unofficial results posted by the Wyoming Secretary of State's office Wednesday. Democratic opponent Leslie Petersen received only 43,336 votes (23 percent), and Libertarian Mike Wheeler 5,360 votes, less than 3 percent.

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