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Don Amend

Last week, Northwest College received a request that was bound to come up sooner or later.

As we reported in our Tuesday issue, a new faculty member at the college has asked NWC to consider offering the same health insurance benefits to domestic partners and same-sex couples that the college offers to married couples and their families.

Powell Economic Partnership hires project manager

A new effort to promote economic development in the Powell area took a step forward recently with the hiring of a project manager.

Robbi Welch of Powell became the project manager for Powell Economic Partnership, Inc. two weeks ago, and she will present a plan for fundraising to the board of directors this week.

Board Chairman Rick LaPlante said Welch was hired to drive the group’s activities for the next few months and create awareness of those activities in the community.

It was an even battle early whe Powell and Lander took to the mat last week, but four straight pins put the Panthers in control and they closed with a 48-24 over the Tigers.

The two teams traded points through the first six matches. Charles Wittick opened with a pin over Lander’s Andrew Von Rein at 106. Von Rein led 4-3 after two rounds, but starting in the superior position in round three, Wittick locked his opponent in a cradle to finish the match early and give the Panthers an early lead.
At 113, Colbee Craig fell behind Ty Alexander 8-0, and looked to be heading for a major decision loss in the third period. Craig kept battling though and late in the match scored a reverse and two back points to rob Lander of an extra team point. A reversal by Alexander at the buzzer made the final score 10-4.
Freshman Colton Parham scored in every period at 120 to beat Ben McKinney 5-2 and give the Panthers a 9-3 lead, but Drew Feller was pinned with only 15 seconds left in his match and the Tigers tied the team score at nine.
Zack Thiel took the team lead back with a first-period pin at 132, only to see the Tiger’s Dalton Murray duplicate his effort with a first period of his own, and the match was tied at 15 after six bouts.
The Panthers then opened a string of pins when Waylon Bays stepped on the mat and delivered a 36 second pin at 145. Randy Andrew followed by building an 8-3 lead before pinning Lander’s Jacob Miller at the 4:59 mark at 152. Tyler Patterson and Mike Mundy followed with quick pins at 160 and 170 to give the Panthers a 39-15 lead, and a Lander forfeit at 182 extended the lead to 45-15 and clinched a team win for the Panthers.
The teams then traded decisions. Zach Thompson stretched the Powell lead with an overtime win over Dalton Crane. Thompson trailed 5-4 after two rounds but an escape and takedown put him up 7-5. Crane tied the match in the last minute to take it into overtime, but Thompson ended the match with a takedown in sudden death. Lander’s Brodie Schneider outpointed Kurt Bullinger 7-3, and Powell forfeited at 285 to round out the scoring for the match.
The next challenge for the Panthers will be in Riverton at the Ron Thon Invitational Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4. The tournament, which features nearly every high school wrestling team in Wyoming, is the last tournament competition before the regional meets. The following week, the Panthers wrestle two duals, hosting Cody on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and traveling to Worland on Feb. 9 to take on the defending 3A state champions.
Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. Friday in Riverton and continues through Saturday. The Cody dual opens at 6 p.m. following a Powell Middle School dual with Cody, and match time in Worland is at 6 p.m.
The West Regional Tournament takes place Feb. 18 and 19 in Lander.

If you want to have a friendly conversation, avoid politics and religion.

So goes an old social admonition, and there’s a very good reason for it. Start talking about the nature of God, for example, and you can get into a real nasty argument.

Powell’s most significant contribution to the world probably has been in the person of W. Edwards Deming.

The Powell state swim team grew by one last week and five more swimmers added qualifying times in new events as the Panthers won their last home event and swam to fourth in the Worland Invitational.

Jake Magill became the 12th Panther to qualify for state competition with a 165-point performance in the Powell Aquatic Center on Friday. Magill was on track to qualify last week when he failed to complete his fifth dive. This time he successfully executed the backward somersault with a twist and followed with a double somersault to earn his first trip to state.

The Powell Panthers warmed up with a dual meet win over Greybull/Riverside last week and then went undefeated in the Buffalo duals to earn an 8-0 record for the weekend.

A Powell native was one of 30 soldiers demonstrating their marksmanship skills last weekend in preparation for the 2012 Warrior Games this spring.

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bessler, a 1991 graduate of Powell High School, demonstrated his skills at the University of Texas-El Paso, hoping to earn a spot on the Army shooting team for the games, an Olympic-style event for members of the military who are wounded, injured or ill.

Among the efforts to encourage Wyoming high school students to pursue higher education is an increased focus on making enrollment in college courses available to students while they still are in high school.

For many years, high school students have had access to dual enrollment, which gives them the ability to enroll and attend classes at Wyoming’s community colleges. They may have traveled to the college or attended through a distance learning set-up.

Since we just survived the political circuses in Iowa and New Hampshire, it seems like a good time to comment on political rhetoric—you know, the stuff political campaigns use to attack the other guys in the race for office.

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