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Tribune Staff

What's in a name?” Shakespeare asked. “Pretty much everything, Willie,” I'd have retorted.

Walking through the parking lot on the way to the dumpsters, I mindlessly glanced at parked cars. I noticed a non-descript little number — and I'm sure it gets good gas mileage — called “Arias.”

Arias? Is that pronounced You-rye-us, Arr-e-us,” or “Urethra?” What does it mean? I typed “Arias” into my computer Thesaurus and got several hits. Among them: “Ariboflavinosis: a condition caused by a dietary deficiency of Vitamin B. Symptoms include mouth lesions,” and “Aristas; the bristly part of the antennae of some flies.”

Is that what the auto manufacturer meant to convey … fly antennae? That's better than mouth lesions, but doesn't conjure images of speed and power. Maybe it was a designer's misprint and he meant to call this little shell-of-a-vehicle “Areola.” At least that means something!

I wonder if the Arias is related to the Prius? I looked Prius up and the closest I could come was “Privet: An evergreen shrub.” That's what you want to arrive in to impress your prom date, huh? A shrub?

If they are related, at the Prius/Arius family reunion there's probably only fried chicken, potato salad and ice-water. After eating sensibly, followed by Milk of Magnesia, they sit around talking about past heroes, like the Vega and the Pinto.

At least Pinto signifies a pretty horse, or at the very least, a popular bean. Even if the Pinto seldom topped 50 MPH and exploded upon the slightest rear-end impact, it wasn't ashamed of its name. Vega is “… the brightest star in the constellation Lyra.” Of course, Vega has just sat there for millions of years, but a bright star is better than nothing – which near as I can tell is what the Arias is.

I'm not sure if GMC even makes cars anymore, but I recall the “Javelin.” Now that raised eyebrows when a young fella told a coquettish, dim gal, “That's right; I drive a JAVelin.” Everyone knows what a javelin does. It flies through the air at breakneck speed and occasionally impales and kills a track meet spectator. I suspect an Arias wouldn't even break the skin.

There are many cool, powerful cars that not only sound dynamic, but have a dictionary definition. THUNDERbird. Now that sounds strong and fast.

It was bad-boy enough that the Beach Boys warned, “… and you'll have fun, fun, fun ‘til your daddy takes the T-bird awaaay.” When any car is respected enough to be shortened to initials, you know it's a cool ride.

My '67 “GTO” didn't have to mean anything in particular; it had three letters and up to the imagination what they means. “Get The ##!! Out of-my-way” maybe. And if Jan and Dean were impressed enough to sing, “Little GTO; you're really looking fine …” it must mean something. “BarraCUda” by Heart meant something to many of us!

I also remember pathetic cars, like the “Rambler,” which never pulled a cop away from a Dunkin' Doughnuts. But at least Rambler signified some semblance of movement. It didn't race through the universe like the “Comet,” but it did ramble around and eventually got you where you had to go.

Not every cool car needs to sound fast either; there's something to be said for sleek and elegant. The Lincoln Continental for instance … classy, yet not bold or obnoxious. Commander Cody sang, “My daddy said ‘Son, you're gonna drive me to drinkin…if you don't stop driving that hot rod Lincoln!'” I suspect the young temptress who had her T-Bird taken away promptly hopped in with the Lincoln rebel. (The strict Daddy was to blame for whatever might have happened later in the back seat of that Lincoln).

I drove a '66 MUStang — a galloping, runaway horse — when I was 20. In the day, I owned a couple Dodge Darts (small but dart-like quick) and Valiants, (meaning “steadfast and courageous”). I currently drive a '91 Camaro, which like me is showing its age. But would I trade it in for a brand new Prius? Not bloody likely!

I don't know who makes the Arias, but it begs the question, “Should Obama have just left the auto industry die a dignified death?” Driving a white Arias does not scream, “I'm alive, damn it!”

When it comes to our children, keeping them safe from harm is top priority, and Powell's school leaders are continually working to do just that.

This week, the district's transportation department has been observing School Bus Safety week, and a big part of that week is spending time with Powell's newest school students to make sure they know how to stay safe while waiting for the bus, getting on, riding and leaving a school bus.

Last week, Southside Elementary students and staff, with the help of Powell police officers and Mayor Mangold, promoted safety by gathering at Southside Park and walking to school in observance of Walk to School Day.

The district also is sponsoring Safe Routes to School, a study aimed at helping kids who walk or ride their bikes to school to do so safely. The study has been underway for several months, and next week a preliminary report will be presented at a public meeting. Parents and other community members are encouraged to attend the meeting and comment.

Powell has a pretty good record of getting children to and from school safely, as have most communities in America. But accidents are always possible. Just a couple of years ago, a Powell High School student was injured while riding her bike to school, and before that, another PHS student was hit by a car as he left his own vehicle near the old high school. A few years ago, a younger student in Lovell died after being hit by a car in a school parking lot.

Accidents such as these demonstrate the importance of continually instructing students about bus safety and justify the time and expense of conducting the Safe Routes to School project.

Powell school officials are doing a commendable job of protecting our children through those activities.

(June 21, 1931 - Oct. 15, 2010)

Melvel Gutke Harvey, 79, was born June 21, 1931 in Cowley, to Luther and Julia Harvey. He died from complications of pneumonia Oct. 15, 2010 in Billings.

(March 3, 1967 - Oct. 20, 2010)

Matthew Loren Vibe died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, in Billings, Mont., surrounded by family following a courageous battle with cancer.

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Amy Campbell (from left), Dion Campbell and Danny Clary pause along Wyo. Highway 120 during a cattle drive earlier this month. They led dozens of cows to a ranch at the base of Heart Mountain. Tribune photo by Kevin Kinzley

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Student brings firearm to Westside Elementary

A Westside Elementary student brought a weapon to school last week, but students were never in danger, school officials said.

“There was no threat,” said Superintendent Kevin Mitchell. “All the components of the weapon weren't there. All the kids were safe.”

If preliminary discussions are any indication, most garbage customers in Park County could see an increase in their bills in coming months — though nowhere near as severe as those a year ago.

Park County commissioners said last week that while they plan to keep landfill tipping fees at $90 a ton in the coming year, they would like to eliminate the discounts they've been providing to the cities of Powell and Cody, the town of Meeteetse and private hauler Keele Sanitation.

Technically, Richard Gordon Bloomer received a reduced sentence last week for his 2002 robbery of two teenage employees of the Cody Burger King.

Realistically, the end result will almost certainly be the same — Bloomer will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Becky Dent tips a ball over a Worland block attempt for a point as Olivia Rogers (11) covers a possible return. Dent contributed five kills to the Lady Panthers' 3-0 sweep of the Lady Warriors.Tribune photo by Don Amend

The Powell Lady Panthers will take some positive energy into this weekend's regional volleyball tournament thanks to a convincing win over Worland last week.

The Lady Panthers got off to a fast start with a dominating win in the first set, then fought off comeback attempt by the Lady Warriors in game two.

Three Panther runners named all-conference at regionals

Three Panther runners achieved all-conference status while the team as a whole placed second to Jackson at the 3A West conference cross country meet in Lyman last Friday. Powell travels to Douglas this Saturday to line up in pursuit of a possible 3A state title.

“We're in good shape for the state meet,” said Panther cross country coach Cliff Boos. “They have a good chance to do well for themselves in Douglas.”

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