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While many support a proposed statewide law prohibiting smoking in public buildings, some local business owners say a smoking ban would affect their business and infringe on their rights.

“I don't think that's up to snuff,” said Mick Walker, who owns the Classic Lanes bowling alley. “I can't see me losing a percentage of my business ... because somebody else is cleaning up the world.”

A joint committee of the Wyoming Legislature is debating the issue this fall and could forward a bill to the 2009 Legislature that would ban smoking in buildings statewide.

Walker said prohibiting smoking at the bowling alley could cost him 20 percent of his income, and he already struggles to get a portion of the limited money locals are able to spend on recreation.

The old Southside Elementary building has been replaced, but the school district can't dispose of it just yet.

Scott Campbell, coordinator of support services for Park County School District No. 1, said the property eventually will be sold, but for now it will be mothballed until a new Westside Elementary building is completed.

The district's intention is to move Westside students into the old Southside building during the construction of a new Westside.

Campbell said he believes Westside will have to stay in the Southside building for two years, because, unlike the new Southside, the new Westside will be built on the same site as the current building, requiring more construction time.

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Powell High School's Brandon Sullivan (middle) fights for extra yardage as Star Valley's Jon Shumway (43) attempts to slow his progress. Also shown are Star Valley defenders Bill West (left) and Michael Luthi (right). Tribune photo by David Dickey

The frustration ends

With history working against them and one week after dropping a 19-14 setback to Lander, the Powell High School Panthers recorded a convincing 28-2 victory over Star Valley Friday night at Panther Stadium.

The Class 4A, West Conference victory was significant on several levels. For starters, the win kept the third-ranked Panthers (3-2 overall, 2-1 West) in the hunt for the conference crown. It also ended what has amounted to years of frustration for the Panthers against the team from Afton. Prior to Friday night, 2001 marked the last time PHS topped Star Valley (1-4 overall, 0-3 West).

Particularly frustrating for the Panthers were recent matchups for the Braves. During the Panthers' state championship season in 2006, Star Valley handed PHS its lone loss, a 24-7 setback in a contest that also served as homecoming for the Panthers. Last year, PHS squandered a late, fourth-quarter lead and lost to the Braves in overtime.

NWC improves to 26-7 overall

A pair of home matches translated into two more victories for the Northwest College volleyball team late last week.

The Lady Trappers, now 26-7 for the season and 4-0 at Hank Cabre Gymnasium, earned decisions over Eastern Wyoming College Friday night and Laramie County Community College Saturday afternoon.

Against the Lancers, NWC overcame a slow start, which included a 30-28 loss in the first set. The Lady Trappers responded to their first set loss at home by winning the next three sets 25-17, 25-22, 25-10.

“The first set was very shaky,” said NWC head coach Flavia Siqueira. “As a team, we were focused for a run of four to five points and then unfocused for another run of points. Toward the end of the set, we were ahead seven points and could not finish it. EWC took advantage of our down moment and won the first game 30-28.

“It was hard for me to make any changes because when one or two players are having a bad game, I can substitute for them. But when the 11 players on the roster are unfocused, there is not much I can do.”

Fortunately for the Lady Trappers, their focus was better in the ensuing set, according to Siqueira. During set three, the up-and-down play surfaced again, but NWC was able to squeak past the Lancers by three points. In the fourth and final set, NWC put together a solid effort and cruised to a 15-point decision.

“Eastern Wyoming played much better than when we saw them at the tournament in Riverton,” Siqueira said. “They are passing a lot better, and their libero had a great match.

“Finally, in the fourth set, we came back and played well. Maddie Peterson played in the middle, and Rebekah DePesa came in on the outside. Both of them did a great job.”

Among the highlights for NWC Friday night was the performance of setter Carol Martin, who finished with 47 assists, 29 digs and six kills. Thabata Galvao added 12 kills and 20 digs, and Peterson and Irelis Avendano finished with 14 and 11 kills, respectively.

On Saturday, NWC swept LCCC in three straight sets, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18. In the first set, the Lady Trappers built a 19-9 advantage before the Golden Eagles fought back and trailed just 22-20.

With LCCC threatening to mount a comeback effort, NWC scored three straight points to claim the first set.
Set two was close in its early stages, but the home team was able to build a sizable advantage en route to a 10-point victory. In the deciding set, NWC led by as many as 10 points before disposing of LCCC 25-18.

Siqueira said her front row played particularly well against LCCC. With few errors and strategic ball placement, the Lady Trappers were able to maintain control of the majority of the match. LCCC, when it did enjoy success, found it against NWC's defense, which Siqueira said was slow to react at times.

Once again, Martin was among the leaders for NWC. She finished with 25 assists, nine digs and six kills. Peterson led the team in kills with seven, and Katie Gregg added five. Marisa Shigetomi added a team-high 11 digs.

• Up next: NWC has three matches scheduled this week, including one with Sheridan College today (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. at Hank Cabre Gymnasium.

October 07, 2008 3:01 am

PHS Volleyball squad crushes Cody

It was all orange and black at Panther gym last week as the Powell High School Lady Panthers demolished Cody to seal their hold on the top spot in conference volleyball play.

When the two rivals met Thursday night, Cody still had a mathematical chance to tie for first place in the conference.

In about an hour, though, the Lady Panthers reduced the Fillies' chances to zero with a resounding 25-9, 25-21, 25-7 win.

The Lady Panthers jumped on the Fillies early in the first set, scoring six straight points behind the serve of Kayla Ando, and led all the way. Powell built a 14-5 lead before the Fillies were able to score two consecutive points, and by the time the serve had rotated through the lineup, Powell led 15-7. They finished the game with a 10-2 run to take a 1-0 match lead.

As in the teams' first meeting, the Fillies came back strong in game two, but the Lady Panthers held them off to go up two games to one. The teams traded points early before PHS opened up a slim 9-6 lead, but they were unable to stretch that advantage, and Cody tied the score at 13 before hitting out of bounds. Powell again opened up a lead, but never led by more than five. With Powell leading and serving at 24-20, the Fillies stepped up and stopped game point to keep their hopes alive, but a Cody hit sailed wide and the Lady Panthers escaped with the win.

Game three was all PHS. The Fillies led 3-2 early, but the Lady Panthers took control and built a 10-4 lead. Cody nearly regained the serve at that point with a tip, but a diving Savannah Donarski got her hand under the ball to keep it alive. Lauren Fagnant kept the ball in play, and Donarski, still on the ground, knocked it over the net. Cody set up an attack, but Donarski got to the net in time to block the ball for a PHS point.

The Lady Panthers then turned up the power, and an eight-point streak on Hannah Pollart's serve helped them outscore the Cody 14-3 to end the match. Match point came on a Pollart smash through two Cody blockers.

A measure of the Lady Panthers' domination in game three was that Cody never scored on their own serve.

A key to the game was Powell's 97.5 serving accuracy. Pollart was perfect on 17 serves.

Pollart ended the game with 14 kills, with Donarski and Kami Cooley contributing eight each. Ando led in assists with 16, and Pollart set up eight.

Defensively, Pollart and Donarski made 12 digs, and Allen made five.

PHS coach Cindi Smith said the team's win demonstrated the “100-percent effort” needed to win matches, and was a typical team effort for her squad.

“The girls are a tight group. They like each other and help each other out,” Smith said. “They focus on the team winning and not themselves.”

Saturday, the team traveled to Thermopolis and swept the Lady Bobcats in a match Smith said the girls were “a little disappointed” with.

“We just never got things going and never got into our flow,” Smith said.

Still, the Lady Panthers came away with a 25-21, 25-19, 24-21 win to keep their dual meet record perfect.

Powell's team serving efficiency fell to 87.9 percent, but Erica Woodward was accurate on all 11 of her service attempts. Rogers was successful on 14 of 15 service attempts, and Donarski was 12 of 13. Pollart led in kills with 12 and was second in assists with 13.

Ando contributed 15 assists. Donarski made 11 kills and Olivia Rogers added eight.

Defensively, Allen led with 22 digs. Donarski made 14 and Rogers made nine, and each of them assisted on two blocks.

Friday and Saturday the Lady Panthers go to Lovell for the conference duals and meet southwestern rivals Jackson, Kemmerer, Lyman and Pinedale. Smith said the Lady Panthers have seen all four teams in early season competition, but has played only Jackson in a regulation dual, a three-game sweep in Jackson.

Smith, on Monday morning, said the scheduling for the weekend event is still under discussion and will be announced as soon as it is available.

October 07, 2008 3:01 am

Lelia Mae Aubrey Austin

(Sept. 23, 1920 - Oct. 4, 2008)

Lelia Mae (Aubrey) Austin, 88, died Saturday, Oct. 4 in the Powell Valley Care Center due to complications from diabetes.

She was born Sept. 23, 1920, in St. Jo, Montague County, Texas, to Marion Washington Aubrey, Jr. and Myrtle Lelia (Mangrum) Aubrey. She was an accomplished tennis and volleyball player during her high school years, and her athletic achievements were a source of joy.
She became accustomed at an early age to hard work while dry farming in Texas, hoeing mile-long rows of corn.

In the 1940s, Lelia moved to Loma Linda, Calif., and then moved her mother and father from Texas to join her so she could help care for them.

She married Henry Earl Austin of Fort Scott, Kans., on Dec. 25, 1947, in Quartzsite, Ariz., and became a mother to Henry's three children, Linna, Iris and Larry. Henry and Lelia had two sons of their own, Robert and Larry.

Henry died in 1960, and Lelia found herself the sole bread winner. She worked in garden centers, grocery stores, bookkeeping and real esate. She was last employed in restaurant management, both in Long Beach and Oroville, Calif., where she made her home with Floyd Bousman (deceased 1977), her special companion of 18 years. In March of 2000, she moved to Powell to live with family.

Lelia's hobbies in her early married life were sewing, gardening, raising rabbits, chickens, turkeys, beef and pigs, and canning fruit and vegetables. Later in life, she had time for reading, fishing and watching football, baseball and John Wayne movies.
She was one of nine children, including brothers Wanda Lee (Esther Strong) and Truman (Annie Eva) Aubrey; and sisters, Capitola (Cecil) Ritchey, Audrey (William) Porter, Opal Olita (Lloyd) Starr, Eddie Fae (Max) Yates, Geraldine (Marshall) White and Gwendolyn (David) Gardner.

Survivors include her children, Linna (Bill) Beebe of Powell, Iris (Stan) Crabaugh of Hesperia, Calif., Larry (Elizabeth) Austin of Victorville, Calif., Robert (Bob) Austin of Hesperia, Calif., and Gary Austin of Colville, Wash.; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

As per her wishes, cremation has taken place, and a family service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or a charity of choice. Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family.
October 07, 2008 3:00 am

Jenny Lynn James

(April 15, 1983 - Sept. 25, 2008)

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell for Jenny Lynn Hayes-Vail James, 25, who died Thursday, Sept. 25 in a car accident near Byron.

Interment will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Jenny was born in Portland, Ore., April 15, 1983. She attended Estacada Grade Schoo lin Estacada, Ore., St. Stephens Grade School, Central Catholic High School and Marshall High School, all in Portland.

Jenny moved to Riverton in 2005 and to Powell in 2007. She loved her children and her family. She enjoyed music, theater, arts and crafts. Jenny always made a lot of friends wherever she lived.

She is survived by her mother, Tammy Hayes Conway, Portland, Ore.; father, Eric Vail, Salem, Ore.; parents, David Vail, Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Mary Vail, Powell; children, Jasmine, Hunter, and Logan, Powell; brother, David Conway in Washington; sisters, Terri Jean Petrinovich, Shelton, Wash.; Kristina Hanifin, Portland, Ashley Conway, Milwaukie, Ore., Angela Conway, Oregon City, Ore., and Colleen Conway, Portland; grandmother, Sandra Vail, Boise, Idaho; great-grandmother, Phyllis Merry, Boise, Idaho; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate donations in Jenny's name to the Boys and Girls Club, Powell. Haskell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
October 07, 2008 3:00 am

Jacob Jay Kauffman

(Jan. 15, 1940 - Sept. 30, 2008)

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 3 at Gillette Memorial Chapel for Jacob Jay Kauffman, 68, who died Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Gillette of natural causes.

He was born Jan. 15, 1940 in Brush, Colo., the son of Jacob and Margaret (Ashenburner) Kauffman. He graduated from Brush High School and served during the Vietnam War from 1963 until 1965. Jake married Elva Robbins on Aug. 24, 1965 in Powell.

Jake worked on the family farm and later worked as a driller for RL Manning, Brinkerhoff Drilling and True Drilling. He then started his own consulting company from 1980 until 1995 in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and North Dakota. He retired after his health started to decline.

He loved restoring old one-cylinder engines and his 1941 John Deere tractor that he won several trophies for. Jake drove it in the 4th of July parades and at the Sturgis thrashing bee. At the age of 16, he purchased a 1948 Indian Chief motorcycle which he still owned and drove. Jake had several interests, looking for arrowheads, camping, fishing, hunting, driving the back roads always looking for a short cut no matter how long it took him, antique auctions and his pugs. He also loved to travel, visiting 27 states and Canada. Jake's most important passion was to spend time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Elva Kauffman of Gillette; son, Jason Kauffman of Gillette; daughters, Leahmae (Brion) Haynes of Manning, S.C., Amber Markley of Powell and Althea Haynes of Gillette; brothers, Ralph (Helen) Kauffman of Brush, Colo., and Edward (Phyllis) Kauffman of Cedar Ridge, Colo.; sister, Virginia (Dave) Miller of Surprise, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tanna Reed; sister, Verda Mae, brothers, Harold and Albert Kauffman; and grandson, Michael Bain Kelley.

Memorials are suggested to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Burial was in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
October 07, 2008 3:00 am

Ferrel Hopkin Riley

(May 5, 1922 – Oct. 4, 2008)

Ferrel Hopkin Riley, 86, a life-long resident of Burlington, died Saturday, Oct. 4 in an accident while helping to gather cattle on the Big Horn Mountains south of Ten Sleep.

He was born May 5, 1922, at his grandmother Maggie Hopkin's home in Otto, the son of Michael Clarence and Ethel Mary Hopkin Riley. He grew up in Burlington, graduating from Burlington High School in 1941. He attended the University of Wyoming until the beginning of World War II, when he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in the U.S. Marines for four years in the Pacific.

At war's end, he again returned to UW, where he met his future wife, Cleo Groves. They were married June 19, 1946, at her family home in Copperton, Utah. They made Burlington their home, where they farmed and ranched for 62 years.
Preceding him in death were his mother and father; a brother, Logan; two sisters, Fern (Loren) Johnson and Mildred (Clair) Lyman.

He is survived by his wife, Cleo of Burlington; a son, Mike of Burlington; a daughter, Michelle Underwood (Bob) of Pleasant Grove, Utah; a sister, Glendean Johnson of Cody; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held at Atwood Family Chapel in Basin on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and a viewing will be held in the Relief Society Room at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Burlington on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 9:30-10:15 a.m.

Funeral services will be held at the Burlington LDS Church on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. with Bishop Richard Wardell presiding. Interment will follow the services at the Burlington Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorials will be received at Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, WY 82410 with proceeds to go to the Burlington Ambulance Service. Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
October 07, 2008 3:00 am

Paul Thomas Sironen

(Jan. 6, 1946 - Sept. 29, 2008)

Paul Thomas Sironen, 62, of Powell, died Monday, Sept. 29 at the Billings Clinic.

He was born in Billings, Mont., on Jan. 6, 1946, to Archie and Leola Sironen. He spent his childhood in Red Lodge, Mont., Elk Basin and Powell. He graduated from Powell High School in 1964 and earned a B.S degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming.

Paul served in an Army artillery battalion in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970. He married Sue Edgar in Powell on July 11, 1970. Their daughter, Stephanie, was born in Powell in 1977.

Paul worked for Davis Audio Visual in Denver and later in Casper. He began his career as a Probation and Parole Officer for the State of Wyoming in 1971, starting in Casper and later transferring to Cody. In 1984, Paul and Sue opened Interlacings Fabric Shop in Cody.
In 1997, he began working for the Department of Family Services in child protection and juvenile probation. He retired from DFS in March, 2007. During the last year, Paul worked for M&S Technologies, selling computer security software.

When asked about his career, Paul would tell how rewarding it was for him to make a difference in the lives of the children, teens and families. He respected the kids whom he had on probation, encouraged them to take responsibility for their actions, and was always very proud of their successes.

Paul loved the Beartooth Mountains and Crandall area where he spent time hunting, fishing and camping with his family and friends. His grandson, Riley Martin Valentine, who was born April 13, 2008, always brought a smile to his face.

Paul is survived by his wife Sue of Powell; daughter, Stephanie (Dave) Valentine and grandson Riley Valentine of Laurel, Mont..; and brother, John (Susan) Sironen of Salem, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Leola Sironen.

A celebration of his life was observed Oct. 4 at Homesteader Park in Powell. Cremation has taken place.