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Like numerous colleges across the country, Northwest College has confirmed an incidence of the H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu) among its students, a news release from the college said on Wednesday.

The infected student, who lives in one of NWC's five residence halls, reported to the college's Student Health Center during the latter part of the first week of classes (Aug. 24-28) with symptoms that suggested the onset of influenza. Roxie Herman, NWC's Student Health Service manager, referred the student to Powell Valley Healthcare for testing.

Of the 190 horses in the Pryor Mountain wild horse range, approximately 140 were captured by Tuesday, and a U.S. Bureau of Land Management official said she believes the gather could be completed by mid-week.

“We may be done tomorrow,” said Mary Apple, bureau spokesperson Tuesday afternoon.

No horses or humans have suffered any serious injuries, Apple said.

September 10, 2009 3:54 am

Panthers take control

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Powell sophomore Josh Cragoe eludes the grasp of a Riverton tackler while returning a punt deep into Wolverine territory. The Panthers' special teams play, which included a kick return for a score, drew praise from the coaching staff after the contest and helped lift the team to a 19-6 win last Friday.
Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Harshman's return sets tone in 19-6 Panther victory over riverton

Senior BIlly Harshman returned the second half kickoff 95 yards for a go-ahead score and the Panthers' defensive unit took care of things from there as Powell returned from Riverton with a 19-6 victory on Friday night.

“We switched to a cross return to begin the second half and my line did a stunning job of blocking for me,” said Harshman, who was hardly in threat of being touched on his scoring return. “I had to make one cut, I think. They gave me a lot of space.”

September 10, 2009 3:50 am

PHS takes top spot

Lady Panthers beat out 11 other teams in montana/wyoming challenge

Eleven volleyball teams traveled to Panther gym last weekend for an interstate tournament, but none of them could top the home-standing Powell Lady Panthers.

After 37 matches among the 12 contenders, the championship came down to two orange-and black conference rivals, and the Lady Panthers finished off their march through the bracket with a 25-15, 25-18 win over the Worland Lady Warriors.

Hardin, Mont. defeated Sydney, Mont. for third place.

September 10, 2009 3:41 am

London's calling

Cross wants to be part of 2012 Olympic Games

What started out as a text message between friends turned into a stunning announcement at last Friday's University of Wyoming Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame banquet. Jesseca Cross is back, and she wants to compete in London in 2012.

“I'd better do it now that I've gone and opened my mouth,” quipped Cross about her announcement. “The support and encouragement I've already received has just been amazing.”

Cross's announcement took many by surprise, including members of her own family. The former Olympian intentionally guarded her decision until making it public during her hall of fame induction speech.

“I told my mom beforehand and she was on cloud nine, but I didn't tell others until I actually made the announcement,” Cross said. “Obviously, they're all excited.”

Cross's decision to step out of retirement wasn't made until just days before the hall of fame ceremony. It came about as the result of an exchange of text messages with a friend in Powell and much soul searching.

“I know it sounds kind of crazy, but I got a text message from a friend in Powell who told me I needed to get back into competition,” said Cross. “That really got me thinking —why not try to do it? Finally I just prayed about it and asked God and made the announcement.”

Cross's plan for London is to forego competing in the hammer toss like she did at the 2000 Sydney Games and focus specifically on the shot put. She'll spend the remainder of 2009 training and getting in shape before stepping back into the competitive world of track and field in 2010 at the USA National Outdoor Track and Field championships in Des Moines.

From there, she'll adopt a “normal” track schedule. She'll compete in both indoor and outdoor meets in 2011 and 2012, leading up to the Olympic Trials.

“The last time I went to the Olympics, I had two years to build up and get ready for it,” said Cross. “This time, I'm giving myself three, but I know it will go by at 100 miles per hour.”

Cross hasn't competed on the national stage since announcing her retirement in January 2002. To climb back into the arena, she'll be working with her former high school throws coach Tom Rowley, who now coaches at Natrona.

“He's a phenomenal coach and a great man,” said Cross. “I asked him before I made my announcement if he'd help coach me. It was very important to me to have him standing with me, and fortunately he was more than happy to.”

Cross is the first to admit that things will be different this time around. In 2000, she was juggling her pre-Olympic training with her responsibilities as a graduate student.

“This time, I'll be having to juggle it with a job, coaching, and life in general,” Cross said.

That said, Cross also recognizes that she has an asset in her corner that wasn't there nearly a decade ago.

“I think it'll be great to do my training here in Powell,” said Cross. “Before, I was down in Laramie, but the support I've got here in Powell in huge. That's just the sort of community this is, people love to get behind you and throw in with you. I think it will be great for people to see how you have to train and compete to accomplish something like this. I think it'll be great for the younger folks in the community.”

Training to get back to the Olympic stage will consume a significant part of Cross's time. Benefitting from her Sydney experience, she knows firsthand the sort of commitment that's necessary.

“You have to train to be an all-around complete athlete,” said Cross. “You can't go and just practice the shot. You have to focus on diet, cardio, strength, conditioning, technique —everything matters. You can't cut corners or skip anything, because when you get to an elite level you discover that if you don't train in one area, there's someone else out there who did and did it better.”

That said, Cross has no doubts about her ability to achieve that feat. She's already speaking in terms of “when” she competes in London, not “if.”

“That's the other difference this time,” notes Cross. “I know I will qualify. My confidence has grown and matured. I know I'll be in London.”

September 10, 2009 3:39 am

Daisy Marie Parsons Bush

(March 16, 1911- Aug. 29, 2009)

Daisy Marie Parsons Bush died at St. John's Hospital in Jackson Hole. She was 98.

Daisy was born in Tennessee to Roy Eldon Parsons (1877-1964) and Mattie Dixie Bennett (1880-1972). She moved to her parents homestead in Montana when she was 4 weeks old.

On Dec. 17, 1932, Daisy and Guy N. Bush were united in marriage.

Guy and Daisy moved to Jackson Hole in 1944 after living in various places in Wyoming. In 1947, the couple purchased their home in Jackson Hole, where Daisy lived until her death.

Daisy always regretted that Guy lived in their remodeled home for only four years before dying of a heart attack during an elk hunting trip in 1968.

Daisy enjoyed spending time with her families in Jackson Hole, Colorado Springs, Colo. and Elko, Nev.

She was a member of Eastern Star, the Daughters of the Nile and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Daisy loved reading, knitting, traveling, growing a garden and tending her raspberry patch.

At the Jackson Hole Senior Center, Daisy enjoyed many wonderful meals and opportunities to socialize with friends. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy N. Bush (1968); her brother Cecil Warren Parsons (2009); and her second son Guy Louis “Louie” Bush (1991).

Daisy is survived by her sons: Joe of Jackson Hole; Roy of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Roche of Elko, Nev.; her eight grandchildren: Eric and Anna Mary Bush of Jackson Hole, Sarah (Bush) Lloyd of Orem, Utah, Laura Bush of Phoenix, Ariz., Teri Ann (Bush) Oursler of Powell, Kathi (Bush) Mata of Colorado Springs, Nicole (Bush) Jenkins of Erie, Colo., and Megan (Bush) Lloyd of Sandy, Utah; her seven great-grandchildren: Roy and Edward Oursler of Powell; Kale Mata, McKenzie and Seth Jenkins, and Joshua and Erica Lloyd.

Daisy got to see her oldest great-grandchild, Roy Oursler, graduate from Powell High School in May 2009.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Senior Center of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, PO Box 4677, Jackson, WY 83001.

September 10, 2009 3:37 am

Irma Esther (Heil) Slater

(Nov. 5, 1911 - Sept. 4, 2009)

Irma Esther (Heil) Slater, 97, died Sept. 4 at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell.

She was born in Wichita, Kan., on Nov. 5, 1911, to Lorena Violet (Rishel) Heil and Harry Roy Heil.

Irma was born two months premature. In those days, there were no incubators so she was kept warm with lots of warm blankets, wool clothes and a hot water bottle. At one month, she weighed 4 pounds, 6 ounces; a shaky start to a long life. In 1920, she moved with her mother and father to a homestead northwest of Savageton, Wyo.

She had many stories about life on the homestead. She told about riding her horse on the prairie, walking to school with her cousins and raising a pet antelope named Billy.

When it was time for Irma to go to high school, her father sold the homestead and the family moved to Casper. There she met her best friend, Margaret, who was from Vienna, Austria. They were friends for 67 years. She graduated from Natrona County High School in 1930 and immediately got a job with Lee Doud Motor Co. When the Depression hit and the motor company closed she went to work at Woolworth's, a job that lasted for 12 years. She would transfer to Woolworth's in Billings in 1938 with a cut in pay of $1 a week.

Irma and Loris D. Slater were married on Sept. 25, 1938, at the First English Lutheran Church in Billings. When Loris was drafted, they moved to San Francisco. Irma then returned to Powell to stay with her parents. Loris joined her in Powell in 1945, where he built the home they lived in until he died in 1988. The couple had two children, Judy and Larry. When both children were in school, Irma went to work as a bookkeeper for Dick Jones Trucking, a job she held for 18 years.

Irma enjoyed reading her Bible, spending time with friends and family, cooking, sewing and gardening.

She was a 50-plus-year member of the United Methodist Church in Powell.

Her greatest joy came from her children and grandchildren.

Irma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Loris; and three brothers, Donald Roy Heil, stillborn, Charles LeRoy Heil, 3 months old, and Charles Robert Heil, who died in a motorcycle accident at age 15; and her sister, Lenore Hays.

She is survived by her children, Judy Ferren (Tom) of Lovell and Larry Robert Slater of Ogden, Utah; two granddaughters, Danielle Merrifield (Aaron) and Nicolle Cruz (Rusty); seven great-grandchildren; and nieces, Myrna Hay and Margorie Rose, both of Cody.

Wyoming has historically seen an unusually high number of suicide cases. But all too often, when we speak of suicide, it's in hushed, secretive voices — eerily reminiscent of the way cancer was spoken of several generations ago. Suicide, for many, is still a dark, unfathomable and unstoppable force that ends a life and creates unbearable anguish for those left behind.

This week marks the 35th annual National Suicide Prevention Week. Today (Thursday) is World Suicide Prevention Day. More than a decade ago, the surgeon general of the United States helped begin to turn the tide of thought regarding suicide, calling it a serious public health problem that can be combatted through proper, thoughtful measures. It's a national problem for certain, and a tragic one that strikes far too frequently right here in Wyoming. The state Department of Health says in most cases suicide is, indeed, preventable.

Living in Wyoming, a state that ranks among the top three in terms of annual suicide rates, few of us remain untouched by the ghastly consequences wrought by suicide. Events and educational forums throughout the week — in Powell and across Wyoming — aim to help people educate themselves about suicidal behavior in those close to them and give them places to turn for help when faced with their own suicidal thoughts. Knowledge and communication can go a long way toward lowering the number of suicides in our state.

For help or more information, go to www.amillionmilesfromanywhere.com, or call the national crisis hotline at 800-273-8255 or the Wyoming hotline at 800-457-9312.

Park County residents can also access the local hotline at Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center by calling 888-863-9312.

September 10, 2009 3:31 am

Robert Thomas Halbert

Robert Thomas Halbert, 72, died Monday, Aug. 31 in Longmont, Colo.

He was born Nov. 20, 1936 in Gebo, Wyo., to Roberta Rae and Matthew Smith Halbert.

He graduated as salutatorian from Powell High School (Wyoming) in 1954 and from the University of Wyoming in 1958.

Robert married Jeanie Bell McCulloch on July 6, 1962 in Brigham City, Utah. The couple had two sons and two daughters.

He served in the Air Force from 1962 to 1966 and worked in the aerospace industry until 1972. He later worked in the petroleum and computer industries. Bob enjoyed spending time with his wife, Jeanie, and their three Chihuahuas.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanie of Longmont; his children, Julianne Jansen, Jim Halbert, Sandee Zeller and Bob Halbert; grandchildren Brooke, Rachel, Bob, Michael and Audrey; and great-grandchild Gage.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother.

A private memorial will be held.

September 10, 2009 3:19 am

Robert L. Sanderson

(Oct. 19, 1923 - Sept. 1, 2009)

Robert L. Sanderson, 85, of Greybull died Tuesday, Sept. 1 at South Big Horn County Hospital in Basin, after a year-long battle with cancer.

He was born Oct. 19, 1923 in Powell, the son of Howard B. Sanderson and Vivienne Ash Sanderson. He attended school in Lovell and graduated from Greybull High School in 1941.

In 1943, he enlisted in the Marines during World War II as an airplane mechanic and served as a crew chief responsible for maintenance of F4U Corsair fighters on Majuro and Kwajelein. He was discharged from the Marines in February, 1946.

In 1947, he married Nan Harvey, daughter of Oral and Randa Harvey, and to this union was born three sons and one daughter. Robert was employed as a combination man for Mountain Bell for 32 years. He was a member of the Catholic church. His first love was spending time in the mountains, hunting elk and deer, and fishing.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Nan Sanderson of Greybull; his sons, Tim R. (Jane) Sanderson of Greybull, Brant Harvey (Nancy) Sanderson of Banner, and Dirk Howard (Cheryl) Sanderson of Sheridan; his daughter, Louise (Dave) Carne of Rossville, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren, including one due to arrive in October. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard B. Sanderson and Vivienne Ash Sanderson.

Funeral services will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greybull at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday) with Father Michael Ehiemere officiating. Burial will follow at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull.

A memorial fund has been established at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426, with proceeds benefiting Midway Clinic and Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.