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July 14, 2008 2:13 pm

Air Force Academy bound

Gavin Mills offers verbal commitment to Falcons
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Powell High School's Gavin Mills takes on a Jackson Bronc defender during the 2007 Season. Mills, who will be a senior at PHS this fall, announced he will continue his football and academic career at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Tribune file photo by David Dickey.
Gavin Mills, a standout defensive back and receiver for the Powell High School Panthers, put to rest the speculation about where he will continue his football career by announcing he has verbally committed to the Air Force Academy.
For Mills, the decision is another step forward in realizing an ambition he has held for many years.
“Since I was a kid, I've dreamed of playing for the Air Force Academy,” Mills said. “To me, it's one of the best and most prestigious schools, and it's a great opportunity.”
Mills chose the Air Force Academy over a host of other schools that had extended scholarship offers, including the University of Wyoming, the University of Montana and Carroll College. Other schools that pursued Mills in the past year included the University of Colorado, Colorado State University and Black Hills State University. In addition to a solid football program, Mills cited the opportunity to pursue a degree in the medical field as another deciding factor in his choice.
Last month, Mills set out on his own for a trek that included a stop at Carroll College to visit his sister, Nikki Mills. After that stop, he visited the University of Montana before venturing to Colorado Springs for a football camp conducted by the Falcons' coaching staff. During that trip, Mills said the coaching staff for the Grizzlies offered him a full scholarship. However, his time at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs helped him reach his final decision.
This year's primary election, Aug. 19, is just a month away.
Six candidates, all Republican, are vying for two open seats on the Park County Commission.
Judy Allshouse, Terry Winkle, Hank Whitelock, Margaret Wilde, and Dave Burke, along with incumbent Bucky Hall, are in competition for two commission positions — the seat currently occupied by Hall, and that of Marie Fontaine, who declined to run again.
Unlike some election primaries, which don't have a lot of bearing on the end result, this year is different.
Because the six Republicans face no opposition from the Democratic party, the two top vote-getters in the primary will be unopposed in the general election. Simply said, unless someone launches a strong write-in candidacy after the primary, the two candidates who survive the primary will fill the Commission vacancies.
And, because there is not a single candidate who lives and works Powell, it's especially important that we study our choices.
The Tribune will publish profiles based in-depth interviews with the six candidates in coming weeks.
The half-dozen, recognizing the importance of the Powell vote, have already started door-to-door campaigns.
So learn about the candidates, and when they come knocking, take the time to ask tough questions. Decide for yourself who will best serve the interests of this side of the county.
It's only by being well-informed voters — and showing up to vote in the primary — that we can ensure that Powell has the best representation possible on the County Commission.
A fire on Sunday claimed three buildings and nearly 54 acres of cottonwood trees on the Bobcat Ranch, owned by retired Sen. Al Simpson, R-Wyo., and his family.
The fire, which became a forest fire, was still burning on Monday.
The Bobcat Ranch is about 25 miles southwest of Cody on the South Fork of the Shoshone River.
“We believe it started outside one of the cabins in a wood pile,” said Sam Wilde, Park County Fire Protection District No. 2 district training officer fire prevention.
However, the exact cause is still under investigation, Wilde said.
One cabin and two outbuildings were lost, Wilde said.
The Cody Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched around 2:30 p.m., and the Powell Volunteer Fire Department was called for assistance at about 3 p.m.
A Powell pumper truck and brush truck arrived at the Bobcat Ranch, said Powell Fire Chief Joey Darrah.
July 14, 2008 2:07 pm

Wild week in Billings

Lobos extend Pioneers gesture of good faith following tournament
On the field, the Powell Pioneers finished third during last week's National Baseball Congress State Invitational, an event hosted by the Billings Lobos. However, during a phone call from Billings Lobos head coach Hal Anderson following the wood bat tournament, Pioneer head coach learned his team fared much better.
“Hal called me after the tournament and told me his team had decided to share the title with us,” Coach Young said. “They beat us in the semifinals Saturday and went on to win the tournament by beating the Billings All-Stars, a team we had already beaten. During our game with the Lobos in semifinals, the umpires made three calls, and each one of those cost us runs. It was a great game, and it was sad to see the outcome determined by umpires who made calls that cost us the game.
“Hal, his assistants and the Lobos players, as a group, decided to share the trophy with us. It was classy act, and it's something I hope our team would do if we were ever found ourselves in that position. That's a credit to the Lobos and the type of program they have. Through no fault of their own, they felt they hadn't won it the right way, so they decided that was a good way to make it right. They said they wanted to call their semifinal game with us a 3-3 tie. I can't tell you how classy it was for them to do that.”
During the semifinal game between the Lobos and Pioneers, Billings emerged with a 4-3 decision with the help of what most in attendance labeled as incorrect calls by the umpires. The outcome overshadowed what had been a well played game by both squads, Coach Young said. Those calls led to one Pioneer assistant coach being ejected along with a number of fans being asked to leave the facility.
June 23, 2009 3:39 am

Edward Morris Young, Jr.

(Jan. 12, 1934 - June 19 , 2009)

Edward Morris Young, Jr., 75, died June 19, at his home in Powell after a short battle with cancer.

He was born Jan. 12, 1934 in Tecamah, Neb. to Edward Morris and Lydia C. (Bixby) Young.

Ed graduated from high school in West Point, Neb. After two years at the School of Mines in Butte, Mont., he spent 1954-1956 in the U.S. Army. He then continued his education, attending a number of different colleges and universities. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wyoming and a master of science degree from the University of North Dakota.

Ed married Norma Mae Pospishil in Wayne, Neb. on Aug. 24, 1958. To this union, twin boys were born in Laramie. The family then moved to Powell, where Ed taught high school science for 26 years. He also taught night classes for the University of Wyoming and Northwest College.

Ed retired in 1989, and for the next 20 years, he and Norma traveled, spending 17 winters in Ajo, Ariz. He also enjoyed fishing, reading, woodcarving, woodturning and astrophotography.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Norma; sons Robert (Sally) of Ekalaka, Mont., and Roger (Lori) of Whitehall, Mont.; brother Allen (Nancy) of Albuquerque, N.M. and five grandsons.

At his request, Ed was cremated, and no funeral services are planned, though the family welcomes cards, calls or visits. Memorials in his memory may be sent to Powell Valley Hospice at 777 Avenue H.

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