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In about two months, leaders from 15 states will gather in Jackson for three days to discuss one topic — energy — and its various facets. Another number merits mention, and that is the energy symposium's $400,000 price tag.

Critics have questioned the symposium's necessity and denounced the high cost the 2009 Wyoming Legislature committed to pay. Earlier this summer, House Speaker Colin Simpson, R-Cody, defended the symposium after skeptics accused it of being a waste of taxpayer dollars or furthering a political agenda for Simpson, a gubernatorial hopeful.

However, Simpson, who sponsored a bill for the symposium, isn't the only one standing behind the state-funded event. The legislation was backed unanimously by the house and vast majority of the senate and was signed by Gov. Dave Freudenthal last spring. With that support, it appears most of Wyoming's lawmakers believe sponsorship of the Western States Energy and Environment Symposium is a worthwhile investment for the state.
Let's hope they're right.

The October gathering has the potential to be a lot of talk with little action. Yet it also could be a critical turning point for Western states as they discuss energy development, alternative energy, environmental protection and the future.

“It certainly appears as though energy issues are regional issues, whether it's transmission of gas, or electricity or oil,” Simpson said in an Associated Press article. “Many of us are on the same electrical grid. It really just makes sense to fully understand where each of us are, and what our motivations are and what our needs are.”

A report is to be drafted within 45 days of the symposium's Oct. 27 conclusion.

There's no doubt that energy development matters to the Cowboy State. The state reaps numerous benefits from the energy industry, so it makes sense to invest in it. One only needs to look at the state's highways, schools, scholarship programs and community grants to see energy dollars at work.

As regional lawmakers and energy leaders convene in Jackson this fall, we hope it will result in action that justifies the cost.

September 01, 2009 7:17 am

Defense dominates

Powell senior Trent Gillett works and break the grasp of a Custer County defender on Saturday evening as the Panthers and Cowboys hooked up in a zero-week gridiron contest. Custer County emerged from the defensive scrap with a 7-0 victory that will not count against Powell's season record. The Panthers travel to Riverton this Friday for their first official game of the year. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

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Defending Montana champs prevail 7-0 over Powell

Football is a game of inches. Anyone still doubting that familiar adage certainly wasn't at Saturday's zero-week contest between the Powell Panthers and the Custer County (Mont.) Cowboys.

The Powell Lady Panthers picked up where they left off last October, storming through the field at the Riverton Invitational and coming home with a tournament win.

September 01, 2009 7:04 am

Panther boys fifth at weekend golf

Girls make big gains

Powell High School's golfers took advantage of playing on their home course in great weather to have one of their best days in recent history.

This weekend's split-locale Cody-Powell Invitational sent golfers to Cody's Olive Glenn Country Club on Friday and to the Powell Golf Course the following morning.

After a ho-hum 356-stroke total in Cody, the Panthers took advantage of their home digs on Saturday. They dropped 21 shots for a 335 — the lowest one-day total for the squad in the last four seasons.

Their 691 stroke total was good for fifth place in the 13-team field and third among 3A teams.

“It was nice to see us continue our solid play. The teams were able to enjoy absolutely perfect weather and two very nice courses over the two days,” said head Coach Troy Hildebrand.

The Broncs from Sheridan certainly took advantage of the conditions — winning with the event with an impressive 309-305 — 614 total. Gillette (647) took second, Cody (653) third, and Buffalo (664) fourth.

With just two players, the Lady Panthers were again ineligible to place, but they nonetheless shaved a whopping 43 shots from their season-opening performance in Riverton.

A healthy chunk of those came from senior Saige Smith, who cut 35 shots from her Riverton card to shoot 103-101 — both career-best rounds.

“She has really settled in quickly and is playing her best golf,” said Coach Hildebrand.

Freshman Alyssa Hildebrand joined in with a 113-105.

“She has done a nice job in her first two tournaments and I look for her to keep improving,” said the coach.

For the guys individually, senior Bryan Borcher led the Panthers, and finished just one stroke out of the top ten.

Borcher opened on Friday with an 85, then followed up with a four-over 76 at his home course.

“He is really playing well and has a lot of confidence in what he is doing,” said the coach.

The good news continued as junior Zane Bushnell shot a career-best 82 in Cody, and kept it right there with an 83 in Powell.

“Zane's solid play and consistency so far are a real bright spot for us so far,” said Coach Hildebrand.

Sophomore Brian Morse rebounded from a disappointing 91 in Cody to shoot a career-low 84 on Saturday; behind him, Bowen Prestwich came in with 98-93.

“Bowen continues to be a pleasant surprise as a freshman. He seems to be getting more comfortable with each round and has a perfect demeanor to continue being successful,” said the coach.

Senior AJ Anderson had a tough 103 at Olive Glenn, but came back to shoot his best tournament score ever — a 92 — in Powell.

“His continued improvement will be very important for us over the next four weeks. He is playing with more confidence this year than he has at any other point in his career,” said Hildebrand.

On the JV squad, freshman Jeremy Paul led the way in his first-ever tournament, shooting 104-112.

“He just picked up golf at the beginning of this summer and has shown both tremendous growth and potential so far,” said Hildebrand.

Freshman Cameron Nielson had what his coach termed a “great showing” in his first tourney, too, shooting 108-111.

Sophomore Colter Adolph weathered a 123 in Cody with a solid 103 on Saturday, showing the kind of improvement the coach wants to see this week.

At noon on Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday, the golfers will tee it up at the Green Hills Golf Course in Worland for another two-day tourney.

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.