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September 22, 2009 3:27 am

Panther swimmers edge Cody

Two more qualify for state

Two swimmers posted the first qualifying times of their careers Thursday night to help the Powell Lady Panthers squeeze out a win over Cody.

Junior swimmers Jessica Wurzel and Alyssa Smith added their names to the list of state qualifiers for the Lady Panthers. Wurzel covered 500 yards in 6:26.73 to qualify in the event, and Smith shaved .61 seconds from her time to earn a spot in state competition in the backstroke.

In addition to their qualifying times, the two swimmers also cut time in other events. Wurzel improved by more than seven seconds in the 200 and Smith knocked nearly four seconds from her time in the 100.

“It was a great meet for those girls,” said Coach Luke Robertson. “They both have a chance to qualify in more events.”

A third junior, diver Emily Newlin, just missed the 160 qualifying mark in her event, scoring 159.35, nearly nine points better than her performance in last week's Dozah tournament.

As a team, the Lady Panthers edged the Fillies 94-92, even though Cody swimmers won all three relays and seven of the 12 events. But the Lady Panthers took three of the five top spots in five of the nine individual events to ensure the team win.

Powell continued to show its strength in the backstroke, with Samantha Baker, Anya Tracy and Smith finishing one, two three. In the 200 freestyle, Jessica Wurzel and Claire Wetzel grabbed the top two slots and Sarah Wurzel finished fourth.

Kourtnie Rodgers finished second in the individual medley followed by Belen Quillen in third and Lori Hetzel in fifth. Jessica Wurzel's 500 performance was good for second and Quillen finished third. Sierra Baker scored fifth place points in the event. In the breaststroke, Jessica Curtis finished second, Quillen third and Sierra Baker fifth.

Tracy and Samantha Baker swept the top two slots in the butterfly, and Jones won the 50 and Sierra Baker collected fifth-place points. Newlin and Stepfanie Thompson finished third and fourth in diving to round out the team scoring.

Robertson said the win was a good one, and came despite the fact that he had held some of his girls out of events while they battle injuries. He said he is anticipating a return to competition by Monique Zorgati, who swam a leg in a relay Friday, for her first competition in two weeks, and Brittany Christensen. He is hopeful there will be other new qualifiers in the remaining meets.

This week the Lady Panthers will travel to Greybull on Friday and compete in the Worland Invitational on Saturday. Friday's competition begins at 5 p.m., while Saturday's starting time has not been announced.

September 22, 2009 3:25 am

Charles Michael Mike' Dolan

(May 19, 1940 - Sept. 18, 2009)

Charles Michael “Mike” Dolan died Sept. 18, surrounded by his family, at his home in Billings. His death followed a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born to Charles and Mary Dolan on May 19, 1940 in San Diego, Calif. He married, had three children and worked hard to establish himself and provide for his family. Though he achieved success early on, his adventurous spirit, passion for hunting and fishing and love of nature led him to move his family to Cody in 1970, where he bought a small roofing business. Though it was a completely new trade to him, his entrepreneurial spirit and innate business sense quickly turned that small roofing business into one of the largest sheet metal, roofing, and general contracting companies in Wyoming. Under his leadership, many of his employees prospered and went on to start small businesses of their own. He moved on to create a company that developed and owned motels throughout the United States. He did all this with the love and support of his wife, Wanda, whom he married in 1978.

Though he took great pleasure in nature, the water and fishing, his greatest joy was his relationship with the Lord and his contribution to the church. He was instrumental in the 2003 construction of the new Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Cody, of which he was an active member for many years. He was a man of tremendous integrity and compassion.

Mike is survived by his wife, Wanda; children, Steve Dolan (Bobbi), Amber Hofferber (Shawn), Shannon Park (John); grandchildren Olivia, Isaac, David and Jack Dolan, Crystal, Heather, Michael and Clair Oswald and Lily, Madison and Wyatt Park; siblings Denny Dolan (Pam), Eileen Blomendale (Randy) and Margaret Whited (Ron). Mike recently was blessed with the addition of the Hofferber children — Scottie, Ceri and Tanner.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at Lifeway Church, 3100 Rimrock Road in Billings. In memory of Mike, donations may be made to CAMA (Compassion and Mercy Associates), PO Box 35000, Colorado Springs, CO 80935.

September 22, 2009 3:21 am

Carla Ann Albrecht-Allen

(Feb. 23, 1967 - Sept. 18, 2009)

On Sept. 18, Carla Ann Albrecht-Allen died at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz.

She was born Feb. 23, 1967 in Great Falls, Mont. to John and Margaret Albrecht.

She lived throughout Montana while growing up. She graduated from Evanston High School in Wyoming and went on to pursue a degree in marketing from Montana State University in Bozeman.

She married Billy Van Allen on Dec. 27, 2005 in Bigfork, Mont. Carla and Billy Van made their homes in Billings and Fountain Hills, Ariz. Her life was filled with adventure, happiness, and joy. She was a lifelong fighter and survivor of cancer.

Carla spent much of her time gardening, a passion she and her mother shared. She also loved to travel and experience the world. Ultimately, she loved the outdoors, whether ripping up the lake on her jet ski, snowboarding, kayaking, or taking a walk with her dog, Tic. She was also an avid artist, and she melded her love of art and design and her talent for marketing into a successful graphic arts business, Creative Design.

Carla is survived by her husband Billy Van Allen of Billings; parents Margaret and John Albrecht of Powell and Bigfork; sister Christa Secord (Jeff) of Elko, Nev.; and brother Brian Albrecht (Shauna and daughter, Olivia) of Havre, Mont. She was preceded in death by her brother, Craig Daniel; grandparents Millie and Art Albrecht and Marie and Frank Fordik.

A celebration of her life will be held on Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. at Pope John Paul II Catholic Church in Bigfork. A reception will follow at the family home at 180 Peterson Creek Lane in Bigfork. The family requests donations be made to the Carla Albrecht-Allen Memorial Scholarship at MSU Northern Foundation, PO Box 1691, Havre, MT 59501, 406-265-3711.

As hunters take aim at wolves in Montana and Idaho this month, Wyoming's wolf population remains the target of a long-fought political battle.

In a decision earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy upheld wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana. He added that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to delist the predator in those states, but not Wyoming, may violate its own rules.

Politics, rather than nature, are driving decisions, Molloy noted.

“The (U.S Fish and Wildlife) Service has distinguished a natural population of wolves based on a political line, not the best available science. That, by definition, seems arbitrary and capricious,” he wrote.

Wyoming's management plan differed from its neighbors' mostly because it contains a predator zone —about 90 percent of the state — where wolves could be shot at any time, by anyone.

Molloy's statement indicates that while Idaho and Montana have reasonable wolf-management plans that include limited hunting, the animal could return to the endangered species list in those states if Wyoming doesn't adopt a similar plan.

It's clear that among many Cowboy State ranchers and hunters, a wolf season would be a welcomed one. Yet wolves won't be hunted in Wyoming — and hunts may be suspended in Idaho and Montana — until state leaders devise a management plan that receives a federal blessing.

Wyoming leaders may fight for dual classification, but it will only prolong legal battles and, quite possibly, allow wolves to enjoy federal protection for years to come.

As a Casper-Star Tribune editorial stated Sunday: “Where state officials go overboard is in insisting that unlicensed hunting be allowed over most of the state. It's unrealistic to expect that federal judges would sanction taking a species off of the endangered species list and giving it absolutely no level of protection over much of its historical range.”

In June 2010, U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson will hear Wyoming's case and evaluate whether the service's rejection is based on science or politics.

Wolves may be hunted in Wyoming in the future, but not until the right management plan is devised. We hope it is based on both science and compromise, and a plan that truly protects the state's livestock industry while also maintaining a viable wolf population in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

September 22, 2009 3:12 am

Royal teens crowned at PHS

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Members of the 2009 homecoming royalty were announced at a Powell High School assembly Wednesday morning. Attendants and their escorts are (from left) freshmen Tess Mitchell and Vince Sleep, sophomores YeunHa Kim and Josh Cragoe, juniors Blake Harshman and Colby Gilmore, and seniors Reed Hackworth, Kristi Mingus, Auston Carter and April Patterson. This week's homecoming events culiminate with Friday night's football game versus Buffalo Bison. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

September 17, 2009 4:30 am

Judge upholds sled cut

Says he can't set yellowstone park snowmobile levels this year

A federal district court judge will not block the National Park Service's plans to cut the number of snowmobiles allowed into Yellowstone this winter.

On Wednesday, Wyoming District Court Judge Clarence Brimmer ruled he could not halt the park service's plans to cut the maximum number of snowmobiles allowed in the park each day from 720 to 318.

September 29, 2009 4:04 am

Honor flight

Veterans return from visiting WWII Memorial in D.C.

Traveling to Washington, D.C., was not new for Raymond Brittain, a World War II veteran from Powell.

But his experience as a member of last week's Honor Flight to the nation's capital to view the National World War II Memorial and other monuments was on a completely different level.

Students aren't asked to put away their iPods during Micah Humphreys' agroecology class at Northwest College — they're required to have them handy.

Humphreys, NWC assistant professor of agroecology and range management, is one of two instructors at the college who are using iPod touch technology in a pilot program to enhance students' learning.

September 17, 2009 4:24 am

Gridiron girls

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Brooke Nisley (with ball) looks for a receiver while Amy Danforth (left) and Korrie Kalberer hold off potential tackler Tranyelle Coplen and Emily Schwahn reaches for a flag to end the play during the annual homecoming Powder Puff football game Monday night. The pink squad, made up of seniors and sophomores, broke an 8-8 tie midway through the second half to take a 14-6 win. During the game, students received donations to help the Jay Costigan family with expenses related to a kidney transplant. Tribune photo by Don Amend

September 17, 2009 4:19 am

Trappers take two

Dawson, EWC fall, but No. 20 Laramie trips NWC

The Northwest College Trappers juggled their lineup at times on Monday night, but it rarely seemed to matter as the team sped past Dawson Community College for a 25-19, 25-13, 25-3 victory. Combined with a weekend win over Eastern Wyoming and a loss to No. 20 Laramie County, NWC carries an 8-2 mark into tonight's (Thursday's) showdown with Casper.

“It took us a little longer to get to the level we wanted to play at tonight than I'd hoped,” Trapper head coach Flavia Siqueira said of a sluggish first game. “We didn't set the tone until late.”