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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.

December 18, 2008 3:28 am

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch'

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Clad in a Santa hat and green face-paint, retired U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson reads the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” to children and adults by the fireplace on Monday afternoon at the Park County Library in Cody. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

December 16, 2008 4:23 am

Fiber network expected by Dec. 20

Powellink manager: 'We want it done well'

If everything proceeds as planned, Powell may have a welcome Christmas present this year —a completed citywide fiber optic network.

Mid-State Consultants, the engineering firm managing the overall project, plans to finish by Dec. 20, according to Powellink Project Manager Ernie Bray.

December 16, 2008 4:16 am

Cold, wind and snow move in on Powell

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After a weekend of chilling temperatures and gnarly weather, a sundog appeared around the late afternoon sun, visible from the top of the Big Horn Mountains on U.S. 14 as well as from the Big Horn Basin. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

And there's more to come

A powerful cold front moved through Wyoming on Saturday, bringing strong winds and snow flurries to Powell and Cody and dropping the temperature by more than 20 degrees in three hours.

Meteorologist Paul Skrbac of the National Weather Service in Riverton said the front began blowing arctic air into the Powell area at about 9 a.m. At that time, the temperature stood at 28 degrees. By noon, the mercury had dropped to 5 degrees, and it continued dropping until it hit the sub-zero range that evening.

A Powell man was ordered to pay more than $13,000 in fines and restitution after illegally killing a grizzly bear this spring.

Last Wednesday, Marlin “Bret” Hatch, 50, pleaded no contest to a charge of taking a grizzly bear without a license May 27 in Sunlight. Hatch said that when he took the shot, he believed it was a black bear — which he was licensed to hunt.

December 16, 2008 4:00 am

Asay sixth at WNFR

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Powell's Kanin Asay, shown during the seventh round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, finished the event sixth in bull riding average. As for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings, Asay finished ninth. PRCA photo by Dan Hubbell

Local bull rider ninth in world standings

Bull riding action at the 50th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo came to a close Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas with Powell's Kanin Asay in sixth place in the average and J.W. Harris of May, Texas, as the event and world champion.

Asay wrapped up his series of performances Wednesday through Saturday with just one scoring ride in four attempts. His scoring effort came during round eight Thursday when he notched a score of 79 points on Corey and Horst Rodeo's Rez Boy.

December 16, 2008 3:58 am

Trappers overtake LCCC 73-63

NWC climbs above .500 mark

In their final game before the Christmas break, the Northwest College Trappers defeated Laramie County Community College 73-63 at Hank Cabre Gymnasium in Powell last Friday.

The victory, though not a thing of beauty, according to NWC head coach Andy Ward, put the Trappers at one game above .500 (7-6). It was NWC's sixth win in its last seven games.

“We started out a little flat, but I thought we settled in and played better toward the end of the first half,” Ward said.

After the first 20 minutes, the Trappers, who trailed early in the contest, led by a slim 37-34 margin. In the second half, they slowly pulled away, thanks in part to a solid rebounding effort, which was paced by Ricardo Bodra. The freshman from Brazil pulled down 19 rebounds, 17 of which came on the defensive end for NWC.

“We put a lot of emphasis on rebounding coming into this game,” Ward said. “One of our goals was to get 60 percent of the rebounds, and for the first time this season, we did that.”

As a team, NWC outrebounded LCCC 40-24. But whereas the Trappers won the rebounding battle, they struggled when it came to taking care of the basketball. NWC committed 26 turnovers while LCCC had only 16. Of the Trappers turnovers, 17 came in the second half.

“We had too many turnovers in both halves,” Ward said. “Coming into the game, we had been doing a better job of taking care of the ball. But our turnover number was up a bit (against LCCC). That's something we will continue to work on and try to improve.”

As for individual efforts, Casper Hesseldal led the Trappers in scoring with 21 points to go along with eight rebounds. He was one of three Trappers to score in double figures. Also with double-digit scoring totals were Julian Olubuyi with 19 points and Bodra with 14, which gave him a double-double on the night.

Other Trappers contributing to the scoring attack were Mitchell Ackelson (9 points), Jordan Harris (8) and Anthony Harris (2). In the shooting department, NWC finished with a 29-of-53 effort from the field for a 54.7 percent shooting clip.

The Golden Eagles, who hit 26 of 61 from the field, were led by Dionte Clayborn's 23 points. Isaac Jenkins and Travis Bostick added 15 and 10 points, respectively, to round out LCCC's double-digit scoring performances.

“We had some guys step up for us,” Ward said. “Julian Olubuyi played well for us. He put a lot of pressure on their defense with the way he pushed the ball up the floor. That, plus having guys that do a good job of getting up and down the court, sparked us.”

• Up next: The Trappers (7-6) will play their next contest Jan. 7 against Miles Community College in Powell. That 7:30 p.m. game will open the second half of the season and sub-region play for NWC. On Jan. 10, NWC will host Central Wyoming College in a 5 p.m. matchup.