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September 01, 2009 7:02 am

William H. Bodle

William H. Bodle, 69, died Aug. 22 in San Augustine, Texas, after a brief illness.
William was born in Sheridan. He moved his family to Rio Vista, Texas in 1972, where he worked in the oil field and later drove truck.

His passion was fishing with his brother and friends in the backcountry of Wyoming.

William is survived by his wife; his mother; six children; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six siblings; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will hold a private memorial at a later date.

September 01, 2009 7:00 am

Dorothy Dot' McMillin

(Aug. 17, 1911 - Aug. 23, 2009)

Dorothy “Dot” McMillin, 98, died Sunday, Aug. 23 at the Powell Valley Care Center. Dot, a Cody resident, was born the youngest of eight children on Aug. 17, 1911, in Burlington to Lars and Nancy (Neves) Nelson.

At a young age, her family moved to Meeteetse, where she graduated from Meeteetse High School and was a member of the girls' basketball team. Dot married Cecil V. McMillin on Feb. 15, 1933 in Billings. They were married one month shy of 50 years when Cecil died.

Early in their marriage, they purchased a ranch outside of Cody on Cottonwood Creek, where they spent the rest of their lives together. While on Cottonwood, they were blessed with two daughters and two sons.

Dorothy was a member of the LDS Church, where she belonged to the Relief Society and was a primary teacher and librarian for many years. She also belonged to the Cottonwood Homemakers Club and Sage Creek Community Club. Dot was honored with the title of Ranchwoman of the Year in 1989 by the Cody Country Cattle Women.

Dot traveled extensively and enjoyed spending time with her kids and many grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Cecil McMillin (Barbara) of Cody and Frank McMillin (Mary) of Powell; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her two infant daughters and her seven siblings.
Services were held in Cody, and she was buried at Riverside Cemetery.

September 01, 2009 6:59 am

Jean Anne (Wilkie) Stevens

(May 22, 1924 - Aug. 28, 2009)

Jean Anne (Wilke) Stevens died Friday, Aug. 28 in Longmont, Colo. after a short illness.

She was born May 22, 1924 to John and Gail Wilkie in Phoenix, Ariz. Just weeks after her birth, they moved to Powell. Jean married Glenn Watters in 1942, and they divorced in 1960. She then married George Elmer “Stub” Stevens of Byron in 1963. He preceded her in death in May 1990.She was a Powell resident for 39 years, she lived in Littleton, Colo. for 40 years and she spent the last six years of her life in Erie, Colo.

Jean was an avid reader, and every room in her house was filled with books. She was an accomplished painter and traveled to study and paint. She loved rich, vibrant colors, especially red. She was hesitant to sell her paintings because she fell in love with each one. Caligraphy was another of her passions.In her last days she talked about the joy it gave her. She also enjoyed knitting, needlepoint and sewing. In the 70s and 80s, she owned a drapery-making business, the Drapery Boutique, with two close friends. She and her husband were frequent travelers, and, in the 1980s they bought a winter vacation home in Palm Springs, Calif., where they were members of Thunderbird Country Club. She was a Denver Broncos fan, and she held season tickets until she was physically unable to attend games.

Jean was the mother of two children: Craig Noel Watters (Cathy) of Erie, Colo. and Jana Lynn Ruland, who preceded her in death in April 2000. She is survived by four grandchildren, Noel Watters, Michelle Ruland Horton (Roy), Melissa Ruland and Marci Watters Miller (Tim); and seven great-grandchildren.

Her younger brother, Dr. Noel Wilkie, preceded her in death in 2005.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Louisville in Louisville, Colo. There will also be an informal time of remembrance on Friday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell.

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A helicopter lifts a piece of the Sleeping Giant Ski Area's new chair lift up the mountain Tuesday morning as Jon Peel, a mechanic with Timberline Helicopters (at right), talks with Anita Harper, the Shoshone National Forest's project administrator for the slope. Tribune photo by CJ Baker

The North Fork's Sleeping Giant Ski Area must have had a tough time maintaining its slumber this week as helicopter and film crews buzzed around the site.

August 27, 2009 4:15 am

Yellowstone the focus of bio-blitz

Day-long event seeks to document park's biological diversity

Approximately 80 academics and scores of additional National Park Service employees and volunteers will scour a segment of Yellowstone National Park on Friday. Their goal: Document every plant and animal species observed over that period of time.

Amid serious concerns about a new strain of influenza, Powell schools are taking steps to avoid an epidemic, while keeping schools open as usual.

August 27, 2009 4:03 am

Border War?

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Powell High School's Devin Jordan gets set to go during a practice repetition on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers, state semifinalists in 2008, will line up this Saturday against the defending Montana Class A champions from Custer County. Kickoff in the game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Montana state champs first up for Panther gridders

On paper, the credentials are impressive — the 2008 Montana Class A state champions versus a 2008 Wyoming state semifinalist. In reality, neither the Powell Panthers nor the Custer County (Mont.) Cowboys currently resemble the teams that played their way deep into the playoffs nearly a year ago.

August 27, 2009 3:43 am

Going the distance

Panther harriers return good nucleus for ‘09 teams

The Powell High School Panthers return a core group of four runners from last year's state champion girls' cross country squad and bring back another four from a boys' team that placed ninth at state. Is it any wonder then that head coach Cliff Boos is entering the 2009 season with a sense of optimism?

August 27, 2009 3:41 am

Tennis squads fully loaded

Tennis, anyone? More like tennis, everyone.

Some 44 players are out for the Powell High School tennis teams this season — the most Ray Bieber has seen in his tenure as head coach.

It's enough that Bieber is planning to bring a second assistant coach on board.

In addition to being wide, the tennis roster is also deep.

“We have about 10 boys that are almost exactly equal,” said Bieber.

With only eight varsity lots of available, he said some of last year's varsity players are on the junior varsity team this year. But that situation may only be temporary, as players have already been challenging for positions, said the coach.

Bieber expects to see inter-squad position-jockeying on the girls' side too, with five or six girls' doubles teams “almost exactly equal.”

“We expect a lot of really good competition among our team,” Bieber said.

At the state tournament last year, the boys took seventh and the girls ninth.

Both squads have some big shoes to fill — the boys lost their top two players; the girls, their top six.

Fortunately, the tennis program is stocked with what Bieber calls “a lot of talented young kids,” including 12 freshmen and four foreign exchange students.

“Some are playing junior varsity, but we're just going to improve the quality of the program over the new few years,” said Bieber. “It'll be exciting.”

At the team's inter-squad tournament, Pablo Garces, a 12th grade exchange student from Chile, emerged as the top guy. He will start the season leading the boys at the No. 1 singles position.

Sophomore Robert Speiser slides into the No. 2 singles slot, after playing much of last year at No. 3 doubles.

Familiar faces return to the No. 1 doubles position — as seniors Levi Anderson and Sam Wise begin their second year at the position.

At doubles slot No. 2, sophmores Eric Curtis (who played at the spot last year) and Ashton Soloai will take up racquets.

Freshman Justin Lynn and senior Regan Soloai round out the varsity squad at No. 3 doubles.

Over on the girls side, junior Lisa Schiermeister snagged the No. 1 singles position. Her partner at No. 3 doubles last year, senior Brittany Feller, also moved up, claiming the No. 2 singles slot.

Sophomores Lacey Eckherdt and Emily Kath will begin the year in the top doubles position. Seniors Trista Ostrom and Margherita Lietner — an exchange student from Italy — follow in at No. 2 doubles.

Juniors Marquette McArthur and Shelby Watson will occupy slot No. 3.

The squads will begin their season by hosting Green River at 4 p.m. on Friday, and Rock Springs at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Even though those schools are classifed as 4A in other sports (and Powell at 3A), “There are no classes in tennis — we play against everybody,” said Bieber.

He expects the teams' toughest opponents to come from Jackson, the Cheyenne schools and the Sheridan girls squad.

“Can't go anywhere but up,” said Bieber of the coming season. “We're excited about that.”

Throughout the past year, money, sweat, hours, ink and dedication have gone into two major revitalization projects in Park County. This week, both projects — a downtown art center and a North Fork ski slope — are gaining steam.

Powell residents will celebrate completion of the Plaza Diane — Community Center for the Arts renovation with a grand opening event today (Thursday). The World War II-era filling station underwent a major facelift over the past year, thanks to a grant from the Wyoming Business Council and private donations. The downtown space was revamped to become an indoor/outdoor venue for organized events, such as art shows and classes, or impromptu get-togethers, such as afternoon picnics.

The plaza's namesake, Diane Bonner, was an advocate for economic and cultural advancement in Powell. With the commitment of residents young and old, the community arts center has the potential to rejuvenate the downtown area for years to come.

As Powell celebrates Plaza Diane's completion, another revitalization project outside of Cody also is being recognized this week. The Sleeping Giant ski area on the North Fork is the subject of a National Geographic show highlighting its restoration. Film crews captured helicopters flying the new ski-lift towers into place. The ski area's opening is slated for this fall, and residents countywide have worked toward making it a successful, profitable destination for recreation.

Both Plaza Diane and Sleeping Giant could have become forgotten eyesores. Rather than decaying, they will be places of new life — where locals and tourists alike can gather and enjoy an art exhibit or an afternoon of skiing.

The dedicated residents, who formed nonprofit groups, raised funding and toiled to reopen better versions of each project deserve, recognition and thanks for their commitment to revitalize valued community spaces.