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Tribune Staff

The Antelope Fire in Yellowstone had swelled to approximately 1,600 acres by Monday morning — 10 times larger than Friday's estimate of 150 acres.

The lightning-ignited fire, reported Sept. 14, is burning southeast of Tower Fall and west of the Yellowstone River.


Yellowstone Quake players celebrate following a goal in Sunday's pre-season contest against Bozeman. Featuring a new head coach and 18 new players, the Quake open the 2010-2011 season on Friday, taking on Missoula in Cody. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Tune-up win vs. Bozeman sets stage for season

Last season, the Yellowstone Quake Junior A hockey team came one win from a date in the NORPAC championship series.

Armed with eight returning players from last year's roster and a new head coach, the team will look to take that next step when the puck drops on the 2010-2011 season this Friday.

Boys second at Lander

Despite each of their teams running minus one top runner, the Powell High School cross country teams fared well in Lander last Thursday. The Panther girls tied for first place in a hotly-contested three-way battle. Powell's boys were second behind the host school.

It was everything you would want in a match between two old rivals when the Powell Lady Panthers invaded the Cody gym Thursday night.

Everything, that is, except the final score. In a hard fought match in which two games required extended play and the largest winning margin in any game was only three points, the Lady Panthers fell to the Cody Fillies in four games, 26-28, 22-25, 27-25,24-26.

“The girls played hard,” said Coach Cindi Smith. “It was a good match. I'm really proud of them for that effort.”

All four games followed the same pattern, with the Lady Panthers pulling out to a lead early in the match, and the Fillies coming back to pull even. The Panthers reached 24 first in game one, but couldn't hold the serve and the teams traded points to a tie at 26. Cody scored the last two points, though, with the winner coming on a hard Cody hit that Kadi Cooley dug, but the officials ruled her effort a double hit.

In game two, the Lady Panthers fought back from a deficit to come within one point at 22-23, but Cody's big front line powered in two kills to take a 2-0 match lead.

Game three was more of the same, with a Powell lead melting in the middle part of the match and the teams trading points to the end. Behind 24-23 and with their backs to the wall, the Lady Panthers got a block from Kendra Ostrom that stopped match point and tied the game at 24. The Lady Panthers stepped up to score the next two points and win game three.

Game four again went down to the wire. The Fillies led late and had a chance to end the match, but the Lady Panthers held off two match points to tie the score at 24. They couldn't hold serve, though, and Cody scored the final point when their kill attempt hit the top of the net and spun over at an angle, evading a block attempt by Liz Tilley and dropping to the floor before a diving Olivia Rogers could reach it.

The win, which ended four years of frustration for the Fillies, triggered a Cody celebration worthy of the state finals. Powell had won seven straight regular season victories matches over Cody, dating back to 2006 and had also bested the Fillies in the state semi-finals last year. Early this season, the Panthers had taken the Fillies 2-0 in tournament play on this year's opening weekend.

The loss was the Lady Panthers first in conference play in four years.

It was a disappointing loss for the Lady Panthers, but Smith said a close match such as this one can be a positive. The home-court advantage may have given the Fillies a boost, but adusting to the noisy crowd “is part of the growing experience,” for the new varsity members.

Utlimately, the match turned on a few mistakes at critical times, and Smith said that will give her team something to work on.

“Tonight they'll be ready at practice, and will look at what worked and what didn't,” Smith said. “We'll continue to grow.”

Three Lady Panthers were perfect from the service line during the match, led by Ostrom who was 31 for 31. Cooley was perfect on 11 and Rogers on 14. Ostrom served two aces, while Randi Asay and Hannah Groves each served three.

Asay led in kills with 16, followed by Rogers with 12 and Ostrom with six. Groves led defensively with 20 digs, while Rogers made 14 and Ostrom nine. Tilley, Asay and Ostrom each made one unassisted block and assisted on two.

The Lady Panthers will be back in conference play this week when Lander and Worland visit the PHS gym. On Thursday, the Powell girls will be looking to reverse their fortunes against the Lady Tigers, who defeated them in a 3-game match in Billings at the Montana-Wyoming Challenge earlier in the season. Saturday they take on the Lady Warriors, who defeated Cody at home last week and are 1-0 in the conference.

Thursday's matchup begins at 6:30, following freshman and JV matches at 4 and 5 p.m. Saturday's match begins at 5:30 p.m. a change from the original time. JV competition begins at 4. The freshman team will be competing in Riverton.

It's easy to notice the bright green paint and solar panels at Plaza Diane. Less obvious are other ways the downtown plaza is green — from the recycled materials used in the building to the outdoor water conservation system.

Plaza Diane's green elements helped it earn the second-highest level of certification — gold —in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

It's an accomplishment to be proud of.

Plaza Diane is Powell's first LEED-certified building, joining just nine other certified projects in Wyoming and 32,000 projects worldwide.

Overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is the most widely used and recognized green-building initiative in the nation.

Plaza Diane incorporated LEED standards through its energy-harnessing solar panels and irrigation drip system that conserve electricity and water.

The center was created from an old World War II-era filling station; rather than demolishing the entire building and starting anew, architects reused the existing building and found ways to recycle or reuse 90 percent of the material.

With green design elements in place, the challenge now is to keep Plaza Diane operating as an energy-efficient center.

Some critics of the national LEED program have said that though the green buildings may be environmentally friendly by design, there's no follow-up to verify that projects actually conserve energy down the road.

“What really needs to happen is the transformation of the owners and the operators of the buildings to ensure that the building is being operated properly,” said Rick Fedrizzi, head of the USGBC, responding to critics in an NPR interview.

The Plaza Diane Board of Directors (which includes two owners of the Powell Tribune) is seeking independence from the city of Powell in operating the community arts center, and as leaders move forward, we encourage them to look for ways to continue operating it as an energy-efficient building.

With its LEED certification, Plaza Diane has become a local model for green building —one that can lead the way in the community and entire Big Horn Basin.

(Dec. 9, 1906 - Sept. 21, 2010)

Grace Mata Synhorst, of Powell, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Powell Valley Healthcare. She was 103.


National Geographic photographer Sam Abell (left) visits with Matthew Idler of Cheyenne at Northwest College Friday. Idler is a 2002 graduate of the NWC photography program. Behind them are NWC photographer Dave Vaughn (left) and photography student Daniel Cirbo. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

National Geographic photographer Sam Abell describes his career and his life during NWC visit

When he was 10 years old, Sam Abell watched as his father took photographs as the Ringling Brothers Circus arrived on a train in Toledo, Ohio.

His father documented the process through pictures as circus crews unloaded all the animals and paraphernalia. Then Sam watched, spellbound, as handlers guided powerful elephants to set up the big top circus tent.

A mediator will return to Northwest College on Friday for another round of talks with groups and employees on campus.

Pamila Fisher of Bozeman, Mont., was hired by the NWC Board of Trustees last spring to help identify issues behind ongoing tensions at the college and find resolutions for them.

Bringing an anticlimactic end to a heated legal battle over its 2006 approval of the Copperleaf subdivision, the Park County Commission reaffirmed the conditions of the controversial Wapiti development in a brief, uncontroversial hearing on Tuesday.

The hearing was the result of an April Wyoming Supreme Court decision ordering county commissioners to reconsider several conditions they relaxed at a 2006 contested case hearing. In that hearing, the county agreed to allow Copperleaf's developer, Worthington Group of Wyoming, to install a gated entrance, have semi-private roads and multi-family townhouses — things the county originally denied in the upscale, 155-lot subdivision.


Northwest College bull rider Cayd Kluesner finds himself in a tough position after being thrown during competition in the 2010 Trapper Stampede. The Trapper men finished fourth and the women third in the final team standings. Tribune photo by Kevin Kinzley

Montana State sweeps first fall events

The Northwest College women placed third while the NWC men were fourth on both days of the Trapper Stampede rodeo this past weekend. The Friday and Saturday events, which were scored individually, marked the beginning of the 2010-2011 collegiate rodeo season.

Bareback rider Jordan Gill was the lone winner at Friday's session. Gill scored a 72-point ride to finish two points better than Miles' Brendon Lemmon. Clinton Griffis was fifth overall in the final standings.

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