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April 13, 2010 3:18 am

Bill Franklin Sellers

Written by Tribune Staff

(March 10, 1932 - April 9, 2010)

Bill Franklin Sellers, 78, died April 9, 2010, at his home in Powell.

He was born March 10, 1932, in Belton, Texas, the son of Lillie Mae (West) and Newell Franklin Sellers.

Bill attended school and graduated from high school in Lindsay, Calif. He married his classmate, Eleanor Maxine Morris, on June 21, 1952, in Lindsay.

Shortly after his marriage, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in Germany during the Korean War.

After the war, Bill returned to Lindsay, where he worked as an agriculture foreman before entering the building trade. He eventually became a building contractor.

After a short stint in Oregon, he and Eleanor moved to Cora, Wyo. They tried traveling full time in their R.V., but later decided to put down roots.

They moved to Powell, and it turned out to be a good choice for them. Bill met many woodcarvers who helped him hone his natural talent in carving. In the process, his fellow carvers became good friends.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor of Powell; sons Eric Sellers (Karen) of Powell and Ethan Sellers (Elena) of California; daughters Eileen Starling (Rolf) of Nevada and Gwyn Batey (Raymond) of California; brother Jack Sellers (Linda); sister Katie McAllister (James); seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brother James Sellers; and a grandson, Timothy Cramer.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 West Evergreen, Suite 303, Chicago, IL 60642.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

April 13, 2010 3:16 am

Carl Miller

Written by Tribune Staff

Carl Miller, 86, died at Powell Valley Healthcare on April 10, 2010.

Graveside services will be Friday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Thompson Funeral Home is handling arrangments.

A full obituary will appear in the Thursday edition of the Powell Tribune.

April 13, 2010 3:15 am

Hot new shoes

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Clint Kapphan, a second-year farrier student in the equine program at Northwest College forges a hot shoe for the palomino horse in the background. Instructor Rik Mettes takes appointments from local horse owners in the spring and fall to provide hands-on experience for his students. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

{mosimage} Powell leaders fear the future of local garbage disposal is bleak.

For years, they have known that the city's landfill would be closed to household waste as Park County leaders create a regional landfill in Cody that will meet federal requirements. Ultimately, the landfill in Powell will close to all household trash, though the state Department of Environmental Quality is now indicating that closure might not have to come until the summer of 2012.

Until Monday night, Powell City Council members had hoped a transfer station would be built at the Powell landfill site when it closes, allowing household waste to be disposed there before heading to Cody.

It's likely a proposed capital facilities tax for the county's landfills will be on the November general election ballot rather than the August primary, Powell City Councilman Josh Shorb said Monday — if the measure is ultimately posed to voters at all.

The deadline for a proposition to make the August primary ballot is April 28, and Shorb said he doesn't expect a landfill proposal to be ready soon enough as a proposed tax is reworked.

April 08, 2010 3:39 am

Bodra commits to South Dakota

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Northwest College sophomore Ricardo Andreotti Bodra slams the ball down during action this past winter. After two productive years with NWC, Bodra gave verbal confirmation that he will sign a letter of intent later this month to continue his playing career at Division I South Dakota. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

Two-year Trapper will ink D-I letter later this month

Good things come to those who wait.

Northwest College sophomore Ricardo Andreotti Bodra wanted to focus on his season with the Trappers and postponed taking multiple campus visits during the fall semester. The University of South Dakota first noticed Bodra during a scrimmage in Salt Lake City early in Bodra's freshman season but had to wait two years.

April 08, 2010 3:34 am

Pioneers release 2010 schedule

Written by Tribune Staff

New tourneys, more nine-inning games adorn slate

If the Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team wants to top their 48-win performance from a year ago, the team might have its work cut out for it. Pioneers' coach Mike Jameson unveiled the team's 2010 schedule, featuring a slate of 50-55 regular-season games.

“We're probably a few games short of where we were last year in terms of the number of games,” Jameson said of this year's schedule, noting that some games could still be added.

April 08, 2010 3:25 am

Skiing without limits

Written by Tribune Staff

Eagle Mount gives opportunity to disabled skiers of all ages

For the past 20 years, Terry Cronin of Powell has devoted his winter and early-spring days to helping people with disabilities ski.

As director of the Eagle Mount ski program at Red Lodge, Mont., Cronin can tell countless stories of individuals doing something they never imagined was possible — ski down a mountain.

With the impending partial-closure of Powell's landfill and increased garbage rates, the outlook for local trash collection is gloomy. It's a reality city leaders have faced for years, but the forecast became drearier this week for Powell leaders hoping for a transfer station.

Mayor Scott Mangold said the “little bit of brightness in our dark garbage future” was the possibility of a transfer station in Powell, where residents could take household garbage once it is barred from the current landfill.

A bright spot no more.

The 1-cent tax proposal aimed to pay for landfill costs will no longer include funding for transfer stations in Powell, Meeteetse or Clark.

The development comes as a disappointment for Powell — leaders worry that without a transfer station, illegal dumping will increase. That risk concerns residents countywide.

If someone hauling a truckload of trash, including household garbage, is turned away from the Powell landfill, is it likely they'll trek to Cody? Or will they skip the drive and dump the trash in a ditch?

“The loads that get rejected there are going to end up in the ditches of east Park County,” said Councilman John Wetzel on Monday.

The possibility of litter-strewn fields and ditches is sickening.

Another legitimate fear in Powell is that rural residents will empty their trash in city dumpsters. The mayor has jokingly alluded to padlocks for dumpsters.

County leaders have discussed funding roll-off bins at landfill sites. That way, residents would be able to dispose of trash without driving to Cody or hiring a private hauler. Those bins' capacity, however, is limited compared to a transfer station.

As landfill plans progress, we expect county officials to seriously consider the possibility of increased illegal dumping and take preventative measures to curb it.

Rural and city residents alike take pride in the natural beauty surrounding their homes. It will be a shame if trash ends up anywhere other than the landfill.

April 08, 2010 3:13 am

Passion portrayed

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Jesus, portrayed by Philip Moore, washes the feet of a disciple, played by Cheyenne Sears, during “The Whip, The Hammer and The Cross” at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church the evening before Easter Sunday. Others playing the parts of disciples are (from left) Mike Blackburn, Matt Rice, Josh Sagrilla, Jeff Durham, Eddie Sapp and Justin Gwen. Tribune photo by Tessa Schweigert