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Black belts a family affair

Three Prantes receive taekwondo's top belt

Five and a half years ago, Jacob Prante was listening as some of his friends talked about taekwondo. It sounded fun, so he decided to give it a try.

Roughly six months later, his younger brother Tucker tired of sitting on the sidelines watching Jacob and decided to get involved in classes as well. About half a year later, the pair approached their mother, Vickie, with a challenge.

The past year was not a good one for The Merc, and the board of directors is looking at ways to improve operations.

Stockholders at the annual meeting last week learned that the sales between July and December, 2009 were significantly lower than the same period in 2008, and they remained flat through the remainder of the fiscal year ending June 30, according to Ron Blevins, chairman of The Merc's Board of Directors.

Folks with unused prescription drugs in their home are being encouraged to dispose of them on Saturday, which is “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.”

Police departments across the country, including those in Powell, Cody and Lovell, are collecting unneeded medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in an effort to ensure the potentially dangerous materials aren't misused.

The Powell Valley Healthcare Board hopes to have a new chief executive officer onboard in a few weeks.

The board interviewed two candidates for the position last week, and board members hope to announce their choice during their monthly meeting Monday.

Color captured by NWC students


Northwest College photography students capture brilliant autumn colors in Yellowstone National Park during the photo department's annual outdoor trip last weekend. Tribune photo by Kevin Kinzley

Nearly 60 years after their service in Korea, Burl Gonion of Powell and other members of the Wyoming Army National Guard's 300th Armored Field Artillery Battalion will receive the Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation on Friday.

The award will take place during a reunion of the unit, also known as the 300th Cowboy Cannoneers, this weekend in Cheyenne.

City of Powell hiring freeze

Powell police first to feel effects

With the city in a hiring freeze and an officer away from the department, Powell police will be stretched a little thin for the foreseeable future.

Officer Matt Danzer left the department Sept. 9 to take a policing job in Bozeman, Mont., and because of the hiring freeze in effect at the city of Powell, he will not be replaced. Meanwhile, Officer Chad Glick has been on a 12-month deployment with the Wyoming National Guard since June.

Mediation is helping NWC

But some still waiting to see

While some Northwest College employees say the college environment is getting better as mediation progresses, they fear the change is temporary. Others are more hopeful, while still other employees say things haven't changed.

Fred Ebert, instructor in speech communications and forensics, described the feeling on the college campus as one of disengagement while people wait to see what happens.

Fast pastel


Spectators gather around former Powell resident Blake Neubert as he adds extra touches to his untitled pastel drawing during the 29th Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale Quick Draw event at the Robbie Powwow Garden at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center Saturday morning. Neubert joined some 40 other artists — including painters and sculptors — for the Quick Draw hour, which was followed by an auction to sell the recently created pieces. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Bob BBQ' Johnston

(Sept. 20, 1949 - Sept. 20, 2010)

Bob “BBQ” Johnston of Lovell died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 in Powell. He was 61.

He was born Sept, 20, 1949, in Nurnberg, Germany to Thomas B. and Jerrie L. (Templeton) Johnston.

He attended the Powell Church of Christ and was interested in Harley Davidsons, music, photographs, having fun and spending time with friends and family.

He was loved by his family and friends, who are thankful for their memories of Bob and will keep him in their hearts.

He was preceded in death by his mother; stepfather James Bush; brothers Tom Bush and Jim Bush; and grandparents Mary Lou and Bud Templeton.

Bob is survived by his son Robert Johnston of Lovell; daughter Julie (Wayne) Moore of Sand Springs, Okla., Desaree Johnston of Lovell and Kayla Johnston of Lovell; sisters Jerrie (Chip) Acridge of Antioch, Calif., and Susan Bush of Kingman, Ariz.; brother Mike (April) Bush of Martinez, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 at noon at the Powell Church of Christ, with Pastor Gerry Parker officiating.
Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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