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Seeing life through a lens

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National Geographic photographer Sam Abell (left) visits with Matthew Idler of Cheyenne at Northwest College Friday. Idler is a 2002 graduate of the NWC photography program. Behind them are NWC photographer Dave Vaughn (left) and photography student Daniel Cirbo. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

National Geographic photographer Sam Abell describes his career and his life during NWC visit

When he was 10 years old, Sam Abell watched as his father took photographs as the Ringling Brothers Circus arrived on a train in Toledo, Ohio.

His father documented the process through pictures as circus crews unloaded all the animals and paraphernalia. Then Sam watched, spellbound, as handlers guided powerful elephants to set up the big top circus tent.

Yellowstone Park's Antelope Fire amping up

The Antelope Fire in Yellowstone had swelled to approximately 1,600 acres by Monday morning — 10 times larger than Friday's estimate of 150 acres.

The lightning-ignited fire, reported Sept. 14, is burning southeast of Tower Fall and west of the Yellowstone River.

Gold for green' plaza

Plaza Diane garners gold-level LEED certification

For going green, Plaza Diane earned a gold-level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, which is administered by the United States Green Building Council.

Plaza Diane became Park County's first LEED certified building and one of 10 in Wyoming, joining the recently-completed Old Faithful Visitor Education Center in Yellowstone and Washakie Museum and Cultural Center in Worland. The downtown community arts center's gold-level LEED certification was announced last week.

Oat crop set to expand?

Riverland Ag pledges improvements, crop contract variety

More acres in the Powell area may be planted to oats over the next few summers as Riverland Ag takes over the barley facilities operated by Anheuser Busch at Ralston and Powell.

“We are very interested in expanding this crop,” said Don Grambsch, president of Riverland Ag, which already has contracts in other areas of the United States with companies such as Quaker Oats and General Mills.

School changes continue

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Work continues on the demolition of the old Powell High School natatorium/auditorium building on Evarts Street. The building, completed in 1952, was replaced by the auditorium in the new high school and the construction of the Powell Aquatic Center. For the time being, the space will be used for middle school staff parking until changes to the middle school are designed and completed. Tribune photo by Tessa Schweigert

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

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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

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