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Tribune Staff

(Oct. 25, 1950 - Aug. 9, 2010)

Rebecca “Becky” Jeanne Tomlinson Horton, of Greybull, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010. She was 59.

(Dec. 7, 1919 - Aug. 12, 2010)

Wilma Marie LaFollette died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Powell Valley Care Center in Powell. She was 90.

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Hot air balloon flights went smoothly early Friday morning at the Wild West Balloon Festival in Cody, except for a minor speed bump when one balloon hit a powerline (no injuries occurred). Tribune photo by Kevin Kinzley

U.S. Marshals apprehend Arizona prison break convict in Meeteetse Monday

One of two escaped convicts from an Arizona prison, also suspected in the murder of an elderly Oklahoma couple last week, was captured without incident in Meeteetse early Monday morning.

According to the U.S. Marshals, Tracy Province, 42, was arrested at 6:20 a.m. Monday. He was carrying a handgun and a hitch-hiking sign saying “Casper.”

Few attend presentations

Officials and trustees at West Park Hospital in Cody know their nearly 40-year-old facilities must be modernized.

“This does need to happen, it's just the question of how,” said West Park CEO Doug McMillan, at a recent public presentation in Powell.

Searches planned to replace two vice presidents

After an initial conference with employees in affected areas, Northwest College President Paul Prestwich said he no longer is considering a change in the management structure at the college.

When Sher Hruska, former vice president of academic affairs, and Dana Young, former vice president of student affairs, both left the college last spring, Prestwich said the college could consider changing to a provost form of management. A provost would have supervised both areas, with deans of instruction and students serving under the provost.

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Dallas Robirds fires a throw in from left field in Powell's opener versus Ashland, Ore. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

Team overcomes poor start to reach Monday

They may not have gotten the start they wanted, but the Powell Pioneers are exactly where they were a year ago — playing baseball as a member of the Northwest Regional tournament's final four. The Pioneers bounced back from a 15-1 loss to Ashland, Ore., in the opening round to knock off Olympic, Wash., and Blacksmith Fork, Utah, to reach this point.

All-Stars reach semifinals before bowing out of regional

The Powell Babe Ruth All-Stars went where none before them have gone — into the semifinal round of the Pacific Northwest regional tournament. The team eventually fell 15-2 in its semifinal encounter against Kitsap, Wash., to miss out on a chance to play for a spot in the Babe Ruth World Series tournament.

A Powell USA swimmer qualified for regional competition last week at the Wyoming Summer State Competition.
Jessica Curtis, one of eight Powell swimmers in the competition, swam the 100-meter backstroke in 1:15.84 to finish second in the senior girls A competition. and qualify for the USA Zone Competition in San Jose, Calif. later this month.

As a team, the Powell group finished fourth in their division.

The swimmers swam in two divisions during last week's competition, held in Fort Collins, Colo. In order to swim in the A division, swimmers were required to have posted a qualifying time during the past 12 months. In the B division, no qualifying time was required and events were open to all registered USA swimmers.

In A competition, Curtis swam four other events in A competition, finishing fourth in the 200-meter freestyle, tying for sixth in the individual medley and 11th in the 50-meter freestyle.

Also swimming in the senior girls A division was Kaiya Rodriguez, who swam in five events and recorded four top-12 places in five events. Rodriguez tied for sixth in the individual medley and took another sixth in the 200 breaststroke.

She finished ninth in both the 100 breaststroke and the 100 backstroke.

Roy Oursler, competing in the senior boys division, also earned a second place during A competion, finishing the 800 meters in 11:04.84. In addition, Oursler finished seventh in the 100 meters, eighth in the 50 meters and 12th in the backstroke.

Anya Tracy swam four events in the girls 15-16 competition and finished in the top 12 in the 100 butterfly with an eighth place.

In boys 13 and 14 competition, Ed Oursler grabbed seventh place in both the 100 meters and the individual medley and he finished in the top 12 in two other events, taking ninth in the 200 and 10th in the 50.

Nick Tracy took a fifth place in the backstroke in boys 13 and 14, and added a sixth in the 200 backstroke and a 12th in the 50.

Amanda Tracy swam in four events in the 11-12 girls division, finishing in the top 12 in all four, including a seventh place in the 100 backstroke.

Katie Brown also competed in the 11-12 girls A division and earned seventh place in the 50 breaststroke. In the 11-12 year-old B competition, Brown competed in eight events, winning the 100 breaststroke and finishing second or third in the others.

Amanda Tracy swam in five events in the B division finishing first or second in all of them.

Nic Tracy won the 100 and finished third in the butterfly among the 13-14 year-old boys and Ed Oursler won two firsts, a third and a fourth in the four events in which he competed.

Anya Tracy earned third in the individual medley and fourth in the 100 breaststroke among girls 15 and 16.

So here we are, another year, another column being penned at a regional baseball tournament on the eve of high school fall practices opening. Despite the fact that last year my employer booked me into a hotel near where a fire was burning and this year's journey has brought me to the site of an FBI manhunt for prison escapees, I could get used to this.

And that appears to be a good thing.

Wyoming's baseball capital produced another memorable summer. After leaving many last year asking how things could get any better, we now know the answer.

The Babe Ruth All-Stars from Powell set the standard by which future seasons will be compared. After going 0-for-four during last year's trip west, this year's crew opened with a late-inning heartbreak loss, then rallied to claim their first-ever victory in regional competition.

Then came the fun stuff. The All-Stars steamrolled their hosts by an 11-0 count. They had a chance to seal their place with a victory, albeit against a Kelso, Wash., team that, by most accounts, would have fit in nicely at the Pioneers' tournament venue this past seekend. They got to experience the thrill and the angst that comes with having to watch a sporting event while knowing that your fate and your future rely on its outcome.

Ultimately, they got to experience something that no Wyoming team in a very long time — if ever — has been able to. They got to play baseball on semifinal Sunday at a regional tournament.

Any way you slice it, that's quite an accomplishment considering that very few other states send a team representative that isn't a compilation of several communities' worth of hand-selected all-stars. The significance of Powell's run in Klamath Falls simply cannot be overstated. It was simply the finest baseball run in Powell Babe Ruth history, and possibly in Wyoming history.

That success should also ensure a couple things. First, those younger than this year's All-Stars should embrace the challenge and the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of this year's team. See the goal, and strive to meet it. That's how dynasties are formed in any sport, and hopefully this year's crop of All-Stars will share their knowledge and experience with those a few years younger to help lay the foundation for future success.

Second, it should make the odds good that summer trips, such as the ones Pioneers fans have made to Utah and Montana the past two years, don't become things of the past. Success breeds both expectation and deeper hunger — trust me, I've been there — and back-to-back Babe Ruth regional appearances should set the table for a crop of young up-and-coming Legion players to want the same at the next level.

For those of you who are just returning from Oregon to read these words, congratulations on your success and thank you for the thrill ride you've taken this community and its fans on over these last couple of weeks. For the Pioneers who are moving on, thank you as well. Having spent two summers now chasing you guys around and following you on the diamond, I'm going to miss seeing you in the dugout as you move on in baseball and in life.

Anyone doubting whether baseball still has a place in the heart of America just needs to look at what it has done for Powell these past couple summers. It's given us a reason to be proud. It's united fans in their quest to find out the latest scores in venues in Oregon and Montana. It's had listeners here at home glued to radios and Internet web addresses.

Not many other things do that in this day and age.

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