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July 20, 2010 3:15 am

Lake trout elimination

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Aboard Freedom, Yellowstone National Park summer employees, Jake Boone, left, and Hannah Gundernan, right, prepare to unleash a gill net to capture unwanted lake trout in Yellowstone Lake. Mount Sheridan rises in the distance. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

Extreme measures needed to save Yellowstone Lake native cutthroat trout

Since the mid 1990s, the National Park Service has endeavored to eliminate lake trout from Yellowstone Lake. But the race to save native cutthroat trout there could be lost unless the service adopts extreme measures, said a Trout Unlimited member.

Park Service personnel say they are working on it and will adopt tougher measures in the future.

July 13, 2010 3:38 am

Free clinic to change?

Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic board mulls offer

Which is better for the Big Horn Basin community — a free clinic with community support and limited resources, or a government-funded clinic with far more resources, but accompanied by federal red tape?

That's a question Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic board members, and eventually the community, will have to wrestle with in the near future.

"I didn't, like, graduate high school and in my yearbook write, ‘Be in a soap opera,' as future plans,” said Daniel Cummings, a 2005 Powell High School alum.

Nevertheless, today (Tuesday), Cummings will make his television debut in a recurring role on the long-running ABC soap opera, “General Hospital.”

July 13, 2010 3:29 am

Rocky Mountain high

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Powell catcher Auston Carter frames a pitch during recent Powell Pioneer baseball action. Fans wanting to watch Post 26 in action have five chances to see the team at home this week as the regular season wraps up. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Pioneers fare well against Colorado competition

The Powell Pioneers won four out of five games, including a trio of wins over Colorado competition, as the team tuned up for post-season competition with an appearance at Casper's Mike Devereaux baseball tournament.

Powell carries a 33-12-2 mark into the final week of the regular season.

Panther golfer's career ran full spectrum

Although he's played more rounds of golf than he can count, Bryan Borcher still remembers the first 18 holes he fired as a member of the Powell High School golf team. It isn't the most pleasant of memories.

“I shot a 129,” Borcher said of that freshman debut. “It was a pretty bad day.”

Trapper men's hoop coach adds to duties

Andy Ward, head men's basketball coach at Northwest College, has been named the newest athletic director for the Trappers. Ward takes over for Dana Young, who left earlier this summer to become president at Treasure Valley Community College in Oregon.

Young had served for one year as the interim athletic director at Northwest College. Young had also served as the vice-president for student affairs at NWC.

“I thought this would be a great opportunity to get into the administrative side of things,” Ward said of the athletic director's position. “I feel like we've got a lot of positive things going on here at Northwest College. We've got a great staff of coaches who are doing positive things with their programs.”

Ward, whose Trapper men's basketball program spent part of last season ranked in the top 25 of the nation, will continue to serve as a head coach as well.

“There will be more demands on my time, but I'm still the men's basketball coach,” Ward said. “I still plan on doing the same things I did with my team. It's just that I'll have a lot more responsibilities with the overall athletic department versus just taking care of my own team. There will be more demands on my time as I work with other coaches, the college booster club, the foundation and within the community.”

Ward joined the Trappers' coaching ranks during the 2007-2008 season, coming to Powell from Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington. He has 14 years of coaching and teaching experience at the college level, including eight years head coaching experience at hte community college level.

Ward officially began serving as Northwest College's athletic director on Monday.

Many controversies surround the new federal health-care legislation, so it comes as no surprise that the law's first element to take effect has businesses and consumers seeing red.

Under the health care bill, Americans who use tanning beds must now pay a 10-percent tax. The tanning tax took effect earlier this month and is expected to generate $2.7 billion over the next 10 years to help underwrite health-care reform costs.

While tanning businesses and their customers lament the new tax, it's certainly not the first time America has taxed harmful habits. Tobacco has been taxed since the Civil War, and in 2009 the government enacted the largest federal tobacco tax in American history.

And each time the tobacco tax increases, more people quit smoking, according to American Cancer Society research.

Likewise, the hope is that a tanning tax will help reduce the hours people spend baking underneath damaging ultraviolet light.

Exposure to ultraviolet rays — such as those in tanning beds — is shown to increase the risk of the sun-related skin cancer, melanoma.

“And those studies are all consistent — that regardless of the type of tanning bed that you're using, it increases your risk of developing melanoma,” dermatologist Allan Halpern said in an interview with National Public Radio.

Wyoming is becoming even stricter on tanning regulations. Starting this month, children and teens under 18 must have written parental consent to use an ultraviolet tanning bed.

The 2010 Legislature passed the measure, which Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed in March. It's a wise action for Wyoming, considering research shows melanoma risk increases for those who started using tanning beds before the age of 30.

Some residents feel burned by the new federal tanning tax and state's age requirements, but the long-term damage of ultraviolet-light exposure is more harmful than a new tax.

July 13, 2010 3:16 am

Juan J. Sandoval

(April 2, 1921 - July 7, 2010)

Juan J. Sandoval, of Powell, died July 7, 2010, at the Powell Valley Care Center. He was 89 years old.

He was born on April 2, 1921, in Hondo, Texas, to Felipe and Marina (de la Garza) Sandoval. He attended school in Hondo through the third grade, but had to stop school in order to help support his family.

In 1942, he joined the US Army and fought as a light-infantryman in World War II, remaining in the army until 1954 and eventually obtaining the rank of Master Sergeant. He returned home in 1945 long enough to marry his long-time childhood sweetheart, Ignacia Rios. They made their home in Hondo and welcomed five children into their family over the next few years.

Juan loved baseball, and was a pitcher for the Hondo Bears. After leaving the Army, he worked as a foreman for the railroad until the family moved to Wyoming in 1961.

While living in Wyoming Juan worked as a mechanic for CD&V and also worked as a hand on many of the farms in the area. He loved to garden, and he was active in the American Legion and the VFW for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; ex-wife, Ignacia Rios Flores; son, Marcos Sandoval; his brothers; and a sister.

He is survived by his son Juan Jose (Jackie) Sandoval Jr. of Carson City, Nev.; daughters, Martha Alma Sandoval (Robert Barber) of Sterling, Ill., Peggy Petra Sandoval of Sterling, and Rita Malone of Powell; nephews Frank Sandoval and John Henry Sandoval of Hondo; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation took place Monday, followed immediately by a graveside service at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

July 13, 2010 3:14 am

Sarah Wirth Borrego

Funeral services for Sarah Wirth Borrego will be held on Saturday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church on Avenue E in Powell.

Sarah was the wife of Jonnie Borrego, and daughter of Steve and Elaine Wirth. She was a former resident of Powell.

A full obituary will follow in Thursday's Powell Tribune.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

July 13, 2010 3:13 am

Heck of a ride

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Kanin Asay takes his turn during Monday's Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls competition in Cody. Asay's 92-point ride made him the top finisher in the final round, which will be rebroadcast later this month on ESPN2. For full coverage, click here. Tribune photo by Kevin Kinzley