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As President-elect Barack Obama wrapped up his nominations for cabinet positions last week — just in time to enjoy a holiday vacation — it became clear he is following through on pledges made during his candidacy to make his cabinet one of the most diverse ever.

The majority of the soon-to-be President's appointments consist of women and ethnic minorities — in fact, white men are the minority in this cabinet. He has looked to people outside the political circles of Washington, D.C., and though he has named long-time Chicago allies to several posts, he has veered away from cronyism in favor of deciding who will best fill the positions.

Not only that, Obama has appointed two Republicans — keeping Robert Gates, the secretary of defense under the Bush administration, and naming Rep. Ray LaHood of Illinois as transportation secretary — drawing comparison to Abraham Lincoln's “team of rivals” approach.

Obama is proving he will not, unlike his predecessor, surround himself with “yes” men and women, but will instead ensure a broad range of perspectives in the White House. His choices show he's not afraid of opinions and beliefs that may not mesh with his own.

Of course, people continue to grouse: Republicans call his appointments “token;” Democrats question the centrist lean; gay rights leaders want a homosexual nominee; women's groups want more women ...

It's a case of not being able to make everyone happy, all the time, but it's an admirable start.

And after the last eight years, it's a welcome change to hear ABC's political expert George Stephanopoulis say, “We have not seen this kind of combination of star power and brain power and political muscle this early in a cabinet in our lifetimes.”

It will be exciting to see what this diverse and bi-partisan group brings to the table.

December 22, 2008 3:26 am

Southside Christmas program a bustle

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Southside Elementary kindergartners take their places on the Powell High School Auditorium stage Tuesday night. The elementary students performed holiday favorites, including “Must Be Santa,” for a packed house. It was standing-room-only at the new auditorium. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

As Centennial Committee members planned Powell's New Year's Eve bash, they worried about transportation for tipsy partygoers. After a night of drinking —and in temperatures too frigid to walk —how will people get home safely?

“We were saying, ‘It's too bad we don't have a cab service,'” said Mayor Scott Mangold. “We crossed our fingers and hoped something would come up —and it did.”

Scholarships aid nontraditional students

Katie Martinez of Powell is a single mother of three children, ages 1, 2 and 7, who earned her GED in 1996.

Now, she is working toward an associate degree in sociology at Northwest College, and she plans to go on to get her bachelor's degree through the University of Wyoming Outreach School.

The pending merger between Powell's only cell phone carriers — Verizon and Alltel — will not leave residents with just one cellular option.

As part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Verizon Wireless has agreed to sell off either its or Alltel's business assets in much of Wyoming — including Powell and Park County. The assets to be sold include “everything needed to run a wireless operation,” said Verizon spokesman Robin Nicol — from cell towers, to operating licenses, to equipment.

December 18, 2008 3:56 am

PHS derails Locomotives

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Powell High School's Trevor Donarski (left) battles Locomotive 152-pound entry Easton Padden Tuesday night. Donarski won the bout 16-1. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Panthers win 11 of 14 matches

Wrestling in their first dual meet at home this season, top-ranked Powell High School overpowered Laurel (Mont.) 60-15 Tuesday night. Particularly satisfying, according to PHS head coach Nate Urbach, was the Panthers' performances in the upper weight classes.

“Our big guys did a really nice job,” Urbach said shortly after the conclusion of Tuesday's competition. “For us to challenge for the state title this season, our bigger guys need to step it up, and they did that tonight. That was huge for us, and it was nice to see that.”

In a state with more cattle than people, public transportation may not seem like a major priority. The Cowboy State and rural Big Horn Basin certainly don't have any major metropolitan areas that would make a transit system justifiable.

As a result, Wyoming's wide-open spaces make driving necessary.

Yet, for a small population, driving is not an option. Whether it's for health reasons, age, disabilities, intoxication or lack of access to a vehicle, some Powellites are unable to drive.

The Powell Senior Center faithfully transports people over the age of 60 around Powell on weekdays, taking them to appointments and grocery shopping. Others in the city, who are under the age of 60 or who need rides on nights or weekends, have limited options when it comes to local transportation.
International students at Northwest College, who may be unable to obtain driver's licenses, often are in need of a lift.

Local residents who need a safe ride home after a night of drinking also would benefit from public transport. Not having a designated driver after a night at the bar often results in drunk driving.

The local government is taking steps to address Powell's lack of local transportation and recently showed its support for two public transportation services.

On Monday, the Powell City Council unanimously approved an application for a local taxicab service, which will be available 24 hours a day. Last month, the council pledged $1,000 to support a bus service that operates in the Big Horn Basin.

Some citizens of Powell never will have to worry about needing public transportation, but for those who do, the council's support of these services is a step in the right direction.

December 18, 2008 3:34 am

Joseph Ryan Strom

(Nov.12, 1995 - Dec. 6, 2008)

Joseph Ryan Strom, 13, died in a tragic automobile accident on Saturday, Dec. 6 near Byron.

Joseph, affectionately known as “JW,” was born Nov. 12, 1995, in Powell. He was raised in Lovell until his family moved to Cowley in 2006. Even though he was able to make friends anywhere he went, he insisted on staying in the Lovell school system to be with his familiar friends.

He was a compassionate and loving young man who was an excellent student with a flair for the artistic and an eye for perfection. He was strong-willed and determined to do his best in everything he tried. His family will remember he had a sparkle in his eye that couldn't be extinguished.

Joseph was a fine athlete. He loved sports and excelled at everything he tried. His favorite sports were football, basketball and baseball. His favorite NFL team was the Denver Broncos, and he especially revered wide-out Brandon Marshall, whom he strived to be like when he grew up. He watched ESPN every day, often bringing people up to date on the latest statistics.

Motorcycles were another one of his passions. He was absolutely fearless on a dirt bike and had hoped to purchase a new KTM someday. He also loved snowboarding, shooting, fishing and bowling.

Joseph loved spending time with his family and was an excellent brother to his siblings. He loved music, playing his guitar and hanging out with his friends. He was quick-witted and could always come up with some pretty good stories (especially if he thought he was in trouble). He always had Plan A, B, C and D. He had it all covered. His family will miss him terribly, and he will never be forgotten.

Joseph is survived by his parents, Michael and Andrea Frost and Charlie and Jodi Strom; brothers Cale Frost, Connor Strom, Halen Strom and Daniel Tirrell; sisters Davi, Lauren and Shelby Frost and Brianne Bowers; grandmothers Debra Ward and Lynne Strom; grandfathers George (Kellie) Ward, Larry Hillman and John Strom; great-grandmothers JoAnn Laverdure, Marie Ward, Laurine Frost and Melba Tippetts; great-grandfather Ivan Tippetts and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by great-grandparents Strom, Harrison, Tippetts and Frost and Great “Grandpa Dick” Harrison.

Countless friends, family, teachers and coaches mourned his death at a memorial service Dec. 11, 2008, at the Lovell Middle School where Joseph was attending the seventh grade.

December 18, 2008 3:32 am

Teddy Russell Paddock

(Oct. 31, 1903 - Dec. 14, 2008)

Teddy Russell Paddock, a resident of the West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody for the last three years, died Sunday, Dec. 14 at the age of 105.

He was born in Kansas Oct. 31, 1903, and was the fifth son of Nathan Alvin Paddock, Sr. and Mary Evelyn (Salkeld) Paddock. The family moved to Wyoming in 1905, coming first by train and then by horse-drawn wagon to their property on the Greybull River at Himes.

As a child, Ted was raised to be a farmer, rancher, lumber mill sawyer, mechanic, and tinker. Reared by parents who firmly believed hard work never hurt anyone, their children never knew what idle hands meant.

The one-room schoolhouse on Crystal Creek saw to the educational needs of the children of the area. These children learned calculus in the eighth grade, and all learned to be thinkers as well as scholars. Ted saw the world around him as a classroom.

Over the course of a lifetime, he gathered rocks, fossils, arrowheads, war axes, and other artifacts of Wyoming.

Wandering the hills in search of knowledge, he even discovered a dinosaur that The Smithsonian Institute investigated. Ted trained himself to be a geologist as well as archeologist. He could accurately describe when, where and how he found any specimen in his vast collection.

After his sweetheart died when he was a young man Ted vowed, “If I cannot have her, I want no one.” He remained a life-long bachelor.

His property on the Clark's Fork River was full of trout. There, he caught fish, smoked them in a bank-side smoker, and farmed his land. His log cabin was homey and comfortable. It was decorated with a bachelor's taste for the simple and unadorned. Still, the windowsills were used to grow geraniums and ivy. The latest Stockman-Farmer calendar was on the wall. The old Emerson radio was tuned to KODI for the weather, news and Fibber McGee and Molly Show. The canasta deck and cribbage board entertained his guests when they dropped by to pass the time, of an evening. The old wrought iron bed was quilted with feather ticks and handmade covers. The cellar held his larder of canned fruits, vegetables and raw spuds. A cream separator stood in the small kitchen where he spun out the cream and made his own butter and drank the pure milk from his own cows. The chicken coop was always filled with old hens producing enough eggs to stock the kitchen and to sell by the dozen to neighbors “in town.”

Mail came to the small post office at Clark. Going after the mail was an occasion to stop at Pate Pointer's place for a cup of coffee and to pass the time with another rancher from the area.

Fresh water ran right in front of Ted's house in a small creek that was full of watercress and small trout.

Sometimes Pate would come Ted's way, and the two would gather their fishing poles and head out to catch supper.

Ted was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Belfry, Mont., attaining Grand Master. His lodge night was not to be missed.

Ted was involved in politics and had strong opinions about current events. He traveled to Washington, D.C. as a Republican delegate in the 1950s.

Ted took care of his aging mother for years in his small cabin at Clark. When she became too infirm to live in the cabin, she moved to Billings with Ted's sister, Nana. Ted sold the ranch.

But, he did not retire. Instead, he went to work for Avis Cooper as her ranch foreman at Cody and worked another 25 years, finally retiring at the age of 85.

When Avis sold her ranch, Ted moved in with Helen and Paul Snyder and their two sons, Clint and Victor. He lived with Helen until her death three years ago.

Ted then became a resident of his final home in Cody. He loved it! He was able to visit with people, able to be tended to, and able to participate in his new world.

Ted is survived by his brother, Nathan Alvin Paddock, Jr., of Omaha; several nieces and nephews as well as grand nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Addison, Rawlin, Otis, Lyman, and Eldon; sister, Nana; and nieces, Mary Evelyn Paddock Syverson, and Helen Irene Paddock Snyder.

His clear memory and sharp mind will be missed. He lived a good long life. He has had excellent care and now has gone home. God speed.

Cremation has taken place. Ballard Funeral Home will assist with a small memorial service for residents of the care center.

December 18, 2008 3:29 am

Guy Robert (Bob) Gormley

(Oct. 18, 1930 - Dec. 15, 2008)

Guy Robert (Bob) Gormley, 78, died Monday, Dec. 15 at the Powell Valley Care Center.

He was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Emblem, son of Glenn R. Gormley and Inez Lorene (Dustin) Gormley. He was educated at Greybull High School and Billings Business College.

Bob married Mary Emma Hankins at Billings, Mont., on July 12, 1952.

He was living in Powell in retirement.

Survivors include a son, Keith Gormley in Texas; a sister, Donna (Larry) Smith in Utah; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Emma; two brothers, Stanley and Jim Gormley; and a sister, Helen Shores.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.