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For the third straight weekend, the Powell Lady Panthers competed in a major volleyball tournament. For the first time, they didn't come away winners.

The Panthers were knocked off in the semi-finals of the Rawlins Invitational by Wheatland. The Lady Bulldogs went on to claim first place with a victory over the host Rawlins squad. Powell finished fourth after dropping a match with Mountain View.

“We kind of had a flat weekend,” Coach Cindi Smith said. “We just never had much flow on the court. We were not moving well.”

The Lady Panthers played well enough in pool play on Friday to earn the No. 1 seed from their pool, winning five of six games. They opened with a pair of wins over Torrington, 21-10, 21-14 before splitting with Glenrock, 21-16, 16-21. Their third match-up was with Worland, and the Lady Panthers won both games, 21-18, 21-10.

Saturday started well with a 21-15 first-game win over Cody, but Cody came back to take the second set 21-15 before Powell put the match away 15-11 in the third game.

The Lady Panthers started well in the semi-finals as well, taking Wheatland 21-15, but the Lady Bulldogs came back with a 21-19 win and clinched the match 10-15.

Against Mountain View, the Lady Panthers “didn't respond the way we should,” Smith said, and they went down in two sets, losing 21-19, 21-15.

Even in the one area the Lady Panthers did well, serving accuracy, things went wrong at key points. For the tournament the team served with 95 percent accuracy, but missed serves at two crucial points, once giving the opponent game point.

The losses, the first for the Lady Panthers since just before homecoming week last September, were hard for the girls to take, Smith said, and she said they are determined to do better, even asking if they could practice on Sunday.

“We were not the best we could be last weekend,” Smith said. “We know we have some things we can get better at. It's a good lesson for us.”

This week, the Lady Panthers will have to contend with homecoming activities as well as two midweek matches, including their first conference match. On Tuesday night, they take on Greybull at home, and Cody visits the Panther gym on Thursday. Both matches are scheduled at 6:30, following freshman and JV matches.

“We'll really have to buckle down and focus,” Smith said. “We'll have to balance fun with focus this week.”

September 15, 2009 3:24 am

Marjorie Bouchie

(June 29, 1935 - Sept. 9, 2009)

Marjorie Bouchie, 74, died Sept. 9 at Powell Valley Care Center.

She was born June 29, 1935 in Weymouth, Mass., the daughter of Jeffrey and Laura Bouchie.

Marjorie graduated from high school and worked as a hair dresser in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was a member of the Catholic Church.

Marjorie is survived by her son, Michael Hoyt of Alford, Fla.; daughters Wendy Nielsen of Powell, Donna Pace of Seminole, Fla., and Robin Pedek (Danny) of Muscoda, Wisc.; a sister, Eleanor Peak of Massachusetts; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Barbara, Evelyn, Ilene, Ethel and Irene; brothers Walter, Robert, Ernie and Buster; and two grandsons, Cole Alan Nielsen and Jeffrey Vincent Perry.

Thompson Funeral Home is handling arrangements, and no services are planned.

September 15, 2009 3:21 am

Jesse Dominguez

(June 21, 1934 - Sept. 11, 2009)

Jesse Dominguez, 75, died on Sept. 11 in Powell after a courageous battle with cancer.

Throughout his life and even during his struggle to live, he was more concerned about others than himself.

Jesse was born June 21, 1934 in Pigeon, Mich. to Louis Ybarra and Deonesia Dominguez. He was raised by his grandparents and attended public schools in Owendale, Mich. Jesse later put himself through college at Chicago Technical.

Jesse worked as an electronics tester with AT&T for 33 years and for Sears, Roebuck and Co. for 29 years. He earned a variety of certificates for special training in technical areas. After his retirement, he was able to fulfill his dream of retiring to a quiet, relaxed life in Wyoming.

Jesse married his best friend, Estani Hernandez, on June 20, 1959 in Pigeon. To this union, two sons, Norbert and Rudy, and a daughter, Mary, were born.

Jesse looked forward to the moments he spent with his family. He enjoyed family gatherings, when he would grill a large batch of “brats” and enjoy playing outdoor games in his backyard. Jesse was an active participant and an avid fan of sports. He bowled and played baseball, golf and horsehoes throughout his life.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Estani; sons Norberto J. Dominguez (Pam) and Rudolph J. Dominguez (Gina); daughter Mary J. Kwilos (Mark); grandsons J.J. Dominguez and Thomas and Patrick Kwilos; brother Claude Bell; sister-in-law Phyllis Ibarra (Manuel); brothers-in-law Conrad Hernandez, Manuel Hernandez (Brenda) and John Bustos; an aunt, Manuela Dominguez; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and many good friends.

Cremation has taken place. Rosary will be Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell. Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 at St Barbara's with Father Glenn Szcechowski officiating.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memories may be sent to Estani Dominguez at 656 Wood Street, Powell, Wyoming 82435 or sent to the family online at www.thompsonfuneral.net.

September 15, 2009 3:20 am

Nick Garcia, Jr.

Nick Garcia, Jr., of Farmington N.M., died Monday, Sept. 7 at the San Juan Regional Medical Center. He was 70.

Nick was born in Powell to Nick and Carmell Garcia. Most of his working career was dedicated to driving trucks, which took his family to many places. He eventually made his home in Farmington, where he resided for more than 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, camping and aircraft museums.

Nick was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters. He is survived by five children, Steve Garcia (Maryann) of of Farmington, Vic Garcia (Colleen) of Grand Junction, Colo., JoDee Cooley of Duette, Fla., Eddie Garcia (Melita) of Greeley, Colo. and Gayleen Garcia of Aztec, N.M. He is also survived by one sister, Frances Nevarez (Domingo) of Yakima, Wash.; close brother-in-law, Dale Montoya of Powell; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. and services will be held Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Montoya, Tim Cruz, Virgil Lucero, Johnny Ramirez, Mike Showalter and Andrew Rosenburger.

Nick has been entrusted to Alternative Choice Cremation, 804 North Dustin, Farmington. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.danielsfuneral.com.

September 15, 2009 3:19 am

Leora I. Goff

(April 14, 1932 - July 19, 2009)

Leora I. Goff of Crawford, Neb., formerly of Powell, died Sunday, July 19 at Litzenberg Long Term Care in Central City, Neb.

She was born April 14, 1932 to Howard J. and Myrtelle L. (Marpel) Childerston in North Platte, Neb. She grew up in Tryon and Chadron, Neb., graduating from Chadron High School in 1950.

She was united in marriage to Wallace Lavern Goff on Aug. 21, 1955 in Chadron. The couple lived in Chadron.
Leora was a member of First Baptist Church in Powell.

Survivors include her husband, Wallace Goff of Crawford; a son, Waldo Goff of Crawford; three daughters, Lana (Richard) Henry of Kettle Falls, Wash., Leah (Don) Carey of Richardson, Texas, and Luella (Chuck) Myers of Central City, Neb.; three brothers, Ward (Vonnie) Childerston of Hagerstown, Md., Dale (Barbara) Childreston of Thornton, Colo., and Charles (Carol) Childerston of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and 11 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Carol Goff; a nephew, Charlie Childerston and other loved ones.

Memorial services were already held. Memorials are suggested to American Missionary Fellowship in lieu of flowers and condolences may be sent to the family at www.wagnerfuneral.com.

September 15, 2009 3:18 am

Richard Frederick Dick' Haberman

(May 10, 1916 - Sept 11, 2009)

Richard Frederick “Dick” Haberman, 93, died Sept. 11 at Powell Valley Hospital.

A son of Wyoming homesteaders Ebba and Max Haberman, Dick was born on May 10, 1916 in the same home he lived in for 91 years.

He was a farmer, who often passed up leisure for a long day's work. He built the West Drive-In in Cody in 1949. He operated the drive-in by night and farmer by day, occasionally slipping off to enjoy a day of fishing. Dick designed and manufactured the “Haberman Land Leveler” that is still used by many in the irrigated fields of Wyoming and Montana. He was a long-time member and trustee of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He placed a high value on integrity, a belief he passed along to his family.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Nellie; four children Sharon Kammeyer of Cody, Ronald of Casper, and Joyce Butler and Gail Kennedy-Bartoe, both of Vail, Colo.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Private services have been held. At a later date, his ashes will be placed near the old apple trees at the Willwood homestead where he spent most of his life. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.thompsonfuneral.net.

September 15, 2009 3:16 am

Fiber network a boon to local economy

Over the last decade, city leaders envisioned a municipally-owned fiber-optic network that would provide high-speed broadband to businesses and households throughout Powell.

After years of work, a 20-year contract was signed in March 2006. At the time, Tribune publisher Dave Bonner wrote in an editorial: “… the city moved forward on the basis that it was both an opportunity to do something bold and innovative for the community, and it was a good business decision. It has that appearance, but like most business decisions, the proof is down the road.”

Having traveled three years down that road, with homes and businesses now connected to the citywide network, proof is materializing.

Representatives from the Denver-based company Alpine Access are meeting in Powell today (Tuesday) to discuss new jobs. Business leaders expect to bring about 100 jobs to Wyoming, and they are in town to recruit Powell employees who can work from home.

Why Powell? A simple answer: Powellink.

The citywide fiber-optic network “absolutely” drove the decision to meet here, said Jodi Guerin, a businesswoman and mayor of Laramie who accompanied the company to Powell for today's meetings.

Since employees work from home for Alpine Access, a virtual call center, they need to have high-speed Internet access readily available.

Powell's broadband sets it apart in the Cowboy State —and the nation.

Years ago, the city found a way to fund a network without using taxpayer dollars. It was an innovative project that, now finished in 2009, will bring further innovation and economic growth to Powell for years to come.

September 15, 2009 3:14 am

Bean crop fights weather, diseases

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The Big Horn Basin dry bean harvest is beginning, but cool, rainy weather and diseases have taken tolls on yield.

Mike Moore, manager of the University of Wyoming Seed Certification Service, said his agency is just starting windrow inspections, and some fields are not doing well.

“There are still a lot of fields out there that the pods haven't started to fill yet,” he said. Some fields are nearly ready to harvest, he said, mainly the Othello variety, which matures earlier than other varieties.

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.