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Tribune Staff

Most people were snug in their beds when fire broke out at Treasure Valley Seed late Sunday evening — others were enjoying the long Memorial Day weekend with family and friends.

That may well have been the case for Powell volunteer firemen as well — until they were summoned to the inferno at the bean mill.

For the men of the Powell Volunteer Fire Department, and for their families and friends, it was nothing new. Week in and week out, day and night, the volunteers of the department abandon personal and professional activities — even sleep — at a moment's notice to ensure the safety of the community.

In the case of this weekend's fire, Powell firemen did an admirable job of quarterbacking an effort that involved Cody fire crews, MDU personnel, city employees and local businesses. Their quick response and their knowledge of how to fight the flames prevented what could have been a much bigger disaster.

Members of the fire department deserve to be commended for their commitment to community service and for the sacrifices they make on an almost daily basis.

(Dec. 9, 1949 - May 28, 2010)

Marsha Lee Fetzer, 60, of Torrington, died on May 28, 2010, at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne after a courageous battle with cancer.

(Dec. 24, 1950 - May 28, 2010)

Karen Fay (Miller) Greenspoon, 59, died May 28, 2010, in Phoenix, Ariz., after battling ALS.

(Oct. 26, 1947 - May 30, 2010)

Raymond T. Hensley, 62, died May 30, 2010, at Powell Valley Hospital.

(July 19, 1933 - May 31, 2010)

Jerome H. “Jerry” Satterlee, 76, died May 31, 2010, in Powell.

Sherri Lynn Jones-Jensen (Graves), a third-generation Wyoming native, died on May 30, 2010, following a tragic accident.

Thomas Weighton Sanford, 75, died Saturday, May 29, 2010, at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell is in charge of arrangements.


Fire destroyed the Treasure Valley Seed facility at around 11 p.m. Sunday. There is no word on what caused the fire at this time. Full coverage will be available in Thursday's Tribune. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Tribune printed an early Tuesday edition on Friday. Tribune photo by Tessa Schweigert.

Sugar beets nipped by frost and dusted by wind early in May are coming back. Sugar officials said last week they should have plenty of time to thrive before the fall harvest begins.

Heart Mountain grower Ric Rodriguez, who is also vice chairman of the Western Sugar Cooperative board of directors, said growers replanted almost 2,500 acres across the Lovell factory district in the Big Horn Basin to replace beets frozen when temperatures dipped into the 20s and lower for several nights.

A lawsuit against the city of Powell and the Powell Police Department has been scheduled for trial beginning Feb. 14, 2011.

The date was set following an initial pretrial conference on May 13 between attorneys for the plaintiff, Tricia Wachsmuth, and the city and police department, before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Beaman.

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