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Don Amend

As happens every few years, people who want to be elected president are out there promising me that I will receive huge benefits if I just pull the right lever next November.

Consider the current quartet of Republicans squabbling over convention delegates. Newt Gingrich, for example, promises that he will bring the price of gasoline down to $2.50 per gallon. All it will take, according to Mr. G, is increasing production here at home so we don’t have to import oil any more. According to the old law of supply and demand, he says, the increased supply will just naturally bring down the price of gas.

I received some big news while talking to my daughter last week.

It seems my grandson Arun, a precocious 2-year-old, has been promoted at his day care, where they deemed him advanced enough to move from the toddler room to the big kids room.

The Powell Panther wrestlers closed their home season Tuesday night with a big win over Cody in an abbreviated dual.

Six forfeits by the Cody wrestlers meant the Panthers only had to win one of the seven remaining matches to win the team score, and Charles Wittick took care of that in the first match, taking a 12-3 major decision over Cody’s Max Dickerman at 113. Wittick outscored his opponent 6-0 in the first two periods and expanded the lead to nine by allowing three escapes and scoring three takedowns in the third period to score four team points.

Early this week, Gov. Matt Mead met with residents in the Pavillion area in an effort to resolve complaints some have raised about groundwater tainted by pollution.

Specifically, some residents of the rural area in northern Fremont County believe their wells have been contaminated by the chemicals used in the process of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking. Fracking involves pumping water, sand and various chemicals under pressure into a well to release oil or gas by fracturing tight rock formations.

Andrews takes gold in 152-pound bracket

Five medalists paced the Powell Panthers to a sixth place finish in the giant Ron Thon Invitational at Riverton last weekend.

Randy Andrews led the Panther efforts, wrestling through the 152-pound bracket to take Powell’s only championship. Andrews pinned three opponents on his way to the finals and took a 6-2 decision over Reed Burgener of Douglas, a defending state champion in the finals.

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.

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