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September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Panther football upset by Lander

Tigers top Panthers in 19-14 thriller

During week two of the high school football season, Lander knocked off then-No. 1 and defending 4A state champion Jackson. Last Friday, the Tigers picked up their second upset victory of the year by posting a 19-14 decision over the second-ranked Powell High School Panthers in Powell.

The unranked Tigers (2-2, 2-1), who entered the contest at Panther Stadium with the reputation of primarily being a run-oriented team, used a pair of long touchdown passes en route to the victory.

However, it was Lander's passing game which almost did them in late in the game.

The Tigers, ahead 13-7 and facing a third-and-seven situation just before the midway point of the fourth quarter, attempted a pass that landed in the hands of Panther defender Gavin Mills inside the PHS 10-yard line. With a hoard of blockers paving the way, Mills raced down the Powell sideline for a 93-yard touchdown.

PHS's Drayson Bratt added the all-important PAT to put the Panthers ahead 14-13 with 8:58 remaining in the game.

“I really thought that was going to be the turning point in the game,” said PHS head coach Jim Stringer. “But Lander did a good job of coming back and responding with a score of its own right after that.”

Just more than two minutes later, Lander struck back with a 55-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Garrett Irene to wide receiver Tyson Simon. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Panthers with a 19-14 deficit with 5:37 left on the clock.

The Panthers (2-2, 1-1), on their ensuing drive, took over at their own 35 and steadily churned out yardage until they faced a third-and-two play at the Lander 20 with less than three minutes to play.

Powell went to the air, but quarterback Galen Mills' potential first-down pass landed in the hands of Lander's Matt Baker, who returned the ball to the Tigers' 37.

PHS needed a defensive stop to get the ball back in time for the offense to attempt another scoring drive, but Tiger running back Bret Klopp ended PHS's hopes of salvaging a victory when he ran for 14 yards on third-and-six. His gain picked up a first down and allowed the Tigers to run out the clock.

The Panthers, who proved to be their own worst enemy during the contest, dug a hole for themselves early in the third quarter. After taking the opening kickoff of the second half, the Panthers lost a fumble, which was recovered at the PHS 1. On the following play, Irene scored on a one-yard rush. Lander added the PAT for a 7-0 advantage.

PHS, however, answered the score on its next drive by marching 68 yards. The drive ended with Galen Mills throwing a 30-yard touchdown strike to Ryan Brandt. Bratt's PAT tied the score at 7-7 with 5:14 left in the third quarter.

Undaunted, Lander responded with its second touchdown of the night on the ensuing drive. This time Irene hit Baker in stride near the Lander sideline and the 6-4, 180-pound senior raced into the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown that put the Tigers ahead for the second time in the game. Lander missed the PAT and set the stage for the dramatic events of the fourth-quarter.

“It doesn't matter what level you're playing at, it's hard to rebound from four, five or six critical mistakes,” Stringer said. “We made mistakes in every phase of the game, and we weren't able to overcome those. The mistakes we made were at crucial times in the game, and they took advantage of them.

“We'll work on those things in practice. We definitely need to work harder and be sharper. We just need to fix our own mistakes and go from there.”

For the game, the Panthers' rushing attack was held to 59 yards on 30 attempts. Trevor Donarski led the Panthers in rushing with 36 yards on five carries.

Through the air, Galen Mills completed eight of 15 passes for 109 yards. He was intercepted twice and threw one touchdown.

Brandt led PHS in receiving yardage with 46 yards on two catches. Gavin Mills added three receptions for 31 yards, and Donarski finished with two catches for 27 yards. Donarski also finished the game with 55 return yards on special teams.

Lander was held below 100 yards rushing by the Panthers. The Tigers notched 41 rushing attempts and managed 88 yards, including a game-high 59 yards on 18 attempts by Klopp.

Through the air, Irene completed five of nine passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Baker was Lander's top receiver, pulling in four catches for 76 yards.

Baker also was a standout on defense. In addition to hauling in the key interception late in the game, he finished with 33 defensive points.

Powell's defensive effort was led by Matt McArthur, who tallied 23 defensive points, and Donarski, who finished with 17.

• Up next: The Panthers will be at home for the third week in a row Friday when they host Star Valley (1-3, 0-2) in a Class 4A, West Conference matchup. The Braves, after falling to Snake River (Idaho), Cody and Jackson to start the season, got their first victory of 2008 last week when they defeated Marsh Valley (Idaho) 21-14.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Almost done painting

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Artist Blake Neubert puts the finishing touches on his piece for the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale Quick Draw Saturday morning in Cody. Participating artists have one hour to create works of art that are sold in a live auction following the Quick Draw. The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is part of the Rendezvous Royale, a week-long celebration of the arts that includes Cody High Style and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Patrons Ball. Neubert, the son of Clay and Marsha Neubert, was raised in Powell and currently lives in Colorado. Tribune photo by Brad Bonner

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Towers like these atop Cedar Mountain deliver a variety of signals across the Big Horn Basin. The February 2009 deadline for broadcasters to switch to digital will not affect analog television antennas, said a Park County official. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

Local owners of old analog televisions hooked up to antennas that rely on translator stations around Park County need not fret over losing reception — at least not for a few years, one Park County official said.

“If they're watching one of our analog sites, there is nothing that is going to change in February,” said Dave Hoffert, Park County translator station manager.

Still, it might behoove antenna users to shop around for an alternative means of reception, because county-operated translators may be doomed.

September 30, 2008 3:01 am

Powellink: One zone down, 12 to go

First fiber optic zone tested, ready this week

The first of 13 fiber-optic zones around Powell will be up and running this week if testing goes as planned.

Construction for the Powellink project began in May and, when completed, will provide a network of fiber to every home and business in Powell.

Project Manager Ernie Bray said he expected test results for the first zone on Monday. The first zone that will be lit up is the central office zone, encompassing about 175 homes and businesses in the area of South Bent and South streets.
September 30, 2008 3:01 am

General election ballot set

Five presidential candidates

Wyoming's general election voters will vote on two constitutional amendments and five presidential candidates in November.

The last day to register to vote is next Monday, Oct. 6. However, you can also register on Election Day — Nov. 4.

Constitutional Amendment A is designed to “clarify and modernize” the oath of office taken by elected officials. Officials still must swear to uphold the state and federal constitutions, but the amendment would more than halve the oath — from 137 words to 61.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Nora Bovee

(March 15, 1917 - Sept. 27, 2008)

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell for Nora Elizabeth (Wenzel) Bovee, 91, who died Saturday, Sept. 27 at West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody.

Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Nora was born March 15, 1917, to Walter F. and Kate B. Wenzel on their homestead at Bixby, S.D. She attended elementary school at Brushy, S.D., and graduated from high school in Bison, S.D. She went on to graduate from Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, S.D., and taught school at South Canyon in Rapid City, S.D., and then in Wyoming at Alva, Powell and the Valley School on the South Fork of the Shoshone River.

She met her future husband, Leslie Bovee, at a dance at the old schoolhouse in Garland in 1946. Nora's sister, Dot, says Les “met his fate” at the dance. Les and Nora were married June 1, 1947, and moved onto Les's homestead on Heart Mountain.

She always welcomed into her home children who needed a place. She enjoyed old-time western music and loved to square dance and watch professional bull riding. She realized a lifetime dream when she traveled to China in the 1980s.

Nora was awarded the coveted Quealy Award for outstanding service in club work for the Park County Extension Homemakers Club in 1983.

She was a lifetime member of the Rebekah Lodge and the Park County Homemakers Extension Club. She opened her own ceramics shop on Heart Mountain in 1964 and operated it for almost 40 years.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Leslie Bovee; her sister, Dorothy French of Enning, S.D.; special family members Barb and Tuck Fulton of Powell; her brothers-in-law, Bob Bovee (Margaret) of Cody and Carrol Bovee (Judy) of Arizona; her former sister-in-law, Bette Bovee of Washington; and 21 nieces and nephews.

Nora was like a mother to Barb Fulton, a niece, and Les and Nora were considered another set of grandparents to Tuck and Barb's four daughters. It goes without saying she was a huge part of many lives and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Katherine (Kay); brothers, Walter (Bud) and William (Bill); one nephew, three great-nephews, one great-niece and three great-great nieces.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Irene Ley

(Dec. 21, 1921 - Sept. 28, 2008)

Irene Ley, formerly of Powell and Cody, died Sunday, Sept. 28 at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell. She was 86.

She was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Ashley, N.D. to John and Dorothy Ley. She was one of eight children along with sisters Esther and Inez and brothers Bill, Clarence, Floyd, Ted and Henry.

Irene married the love of her life, Rudolph R. Ley, on Jan. 14, 1942. They were married for 64 years.

To this union were born Sharon Sammons of Lovell and a very special daughter, Kathryn.

Irene was thankful for her family, plus the added bonus of grandchildren Ty Sammons of Byron, Kyle Sammons of Rock Springs and Keri Sammons of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The highlight of Irene's life was living long enough to see her great-granddaughter, Gentry Sammons, arrive in July of 2008.

Irene was a loving, caring and nurturing woman and will be missed by all who knew her. In addition to her own children, she helped raise nieces, nephews and anyone who needed a home, whether it was short-term or longer. She was there to help out in a time of need. She took care of Kathryn for 50 years.

She loved to cook and feed everyone. She always had a beautiful garden and canned her produce and delivered eggs for years.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph; her daughter, Kathryn; her parents, John and Dorothy; sister, Esther; and all her brothers.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Lovell. Haskell Funral Home is in charge.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Kathleen Patricia Shannon

(Oct. 30, 1976 - Sept. 23, 2008)

Kathleen Patricia Shannon, 31, died Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Denver after a long illness.

She was born in Powell Oct. 30, l976. She attended Westside Elementary and Powell Middle School until 1989 when she moved with her family to Cody. She graduated from Cody High School in 1995. She went on to college, graduating from Texas Tech in Lubbock with a bachelor's degree in Business Management.

She worked for Wells Fargo Bank in Denver for more than ten years, most recently as a commercial banker.

Kathleen was a fun-loving, gentle person who enjoyed watching movies, especially romantic chick flicks. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Patricia and Robert Thomas of Cody; her father, Roger Shannon of Colorado; her brother, Patrick, sister-in-law Angela and nephew Forrest all of Englewood, Colo.; her grandparents, Charles and LaVerne Shannon of Pueblo, Colo.; her maternal grandmother, Connie Horan of Keene, N,H.; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. She also leaves behind her boyfriend, Veron Nedrick, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Patrick Horan, and her brother, Michael David Shannon. She was loved and will be missed by all.

For those who wish, memorial contributions to Cody Cupboard Food Bank, P.O. Box 3006, Cody WY 82414 will be appreciated by the family.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Cody on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m., officiated by Father Clark. Interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Cody.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Patricia Louise Rhoads

(May 25, 1933 - Sept. 24, 2008)

Garland resident Patricia Louise Rhoads, 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 24 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont.

A Wyoming native, she was born May 25, 1933, in Arvada to Walter J. and LaReva Shoemaker Amende. She attended school at Sheridan High School in Sheridan.

On Sept. 6, 1952, she married Buckley Rhoads in Sheridan. She spent her entire life living in Wyoming. She was a master gardener, homemaker and hobbyist. She enjoyed being an artist, quilting, crocheting, knitting, crafting and gardening. She received numerous awards at the county fair. In the eyes of her family, she was the greatest mom and grandma in the world.

She is survived by her husband Buckley Rhoads; three sons, Buckley (Juanita) Rhoads of Sheridan, Scott (Paula) Rhoads of Cody and Cody (Susan) Rhoads of Douglas; three daughters, Kaye Rhoads and Greg Jones of Powell, Cindy Scheneman and Tom Steed of Douglas and Tracey (Dana) Young of Powell; a brother, Melvin Sears of Finley, Wash.;three sisters, Shirley Graves of Kennewick, Wash., Gloria Ann Rowlette of Kennewick, Wash., and Colleen Parker of Kennewick, Wash.; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, LaReva Sears; father, Walter J. Amende; brother, Wayne Amende; and sister, Rosa Lee Welch of Kennewick, Wash.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 29 at Thompson Funeral Home, followed bygraveside Services at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Pat Rhoads Memorial Fund at 700 Bighorn Ave., Powell, WY 82435.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Support efforts to reopen ski area

The recent announcement that Sleeping Giant Ski Area will not reopen this year was a disappointment to many.

The North Fork ski area, closed since 2004, is the place where many Park County residents first experienced the joy of flying down a snow-covered mountain.
The Yellowstone Recreations Foundation, the non-profit group behind the revitalization of the ski area, says funding hasn't come in as quickly

as necessary for the area to operate during the 2008-2009 season. Organizers were correct in concluding that going into debt before the area is even operating would not be a wise choice.

The foundation must raise about $3 million for various improvements, including a new chair lift, snow-making equipment and a major expansion of skiable terrain — from 47 acres to 180 acres. So far, the foundation has drummed up about $1.3 million. A $500,000 grant from the Wyoming Business Council could push the total close to $2 million. But there's still a long way to go.

The Yellowstone Recreations Foundation and its supporters have emphasized the benefits of Sleeping Giant being a “community” ski area. A primary goal is to create a place where the youth of this county can learn a lifetime sport — one that gets people off the couch, out of the house and into the great outdoors.

That's surely a good aim. But if it is going to become a reality, it will need the support — financial and otherwise — of people from across Park County.