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Tribune Staff

(Sept. 24, 1940 – Nov. 12, 2010)

Alberta Jeanne Storeim, 70, of Greybull died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home between Basin and Greybull.

(April 6, 1943 - Nov. 7, 2010)

Robert J. “Sam” Bass died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010 at St. Vincent's Healthcare in Billings. He was 67.

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Keller Paulson, a Northwest College freshman from Casper, performs a timpani solo during “In Flight” for the Northwest College Choir and Band concert in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium Tuesday evening. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

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Washington bound

Before it stands at the U.S. Capitol, a 67-foot Christmas tree from Wyoming is making a few guest appearances in the Cowboy State. On Sunday, the official 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree makes a stop in Cody, where Park County residents will celebrate its arrival with holiday-themed festivities.

This is the first year Wyoming has contributed the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

No other infected herds have been found

Brucellosis has been confirmed in a Meeteetse area cattle herd where three cattle initially tested positive for the bacterial disease in late October.

So far, there is no indication that the disease has spread to surrounding herds in Park County, state Veterinarian Jim Logan said.
“Everything else we have results on so far has been negative,” Logan said Wednesday.

Park County residents and officials are getting their opportunity to weigh in on a Montana mine clean up plan that involves hauling tens of thousands of tons of gold tailings over the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.

Officials from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality will be in Cody on Tuesday, Nov. 16, to discuss their clean up plans for the McLaren Mine outside Cooke City, Mont.

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Defender Chad Braun battles for position in front of the Quake net during recent action against the Billings Bulls at Riley Arena. The two teams meet again at 7:30 p.m. this Friday in Cody. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Yellowstone Quake head coach Craig Furstenau is convinced his hockey team has started to turn the corner that had eluded it for a couple of weeks. Now, he just wishes they'd get a little more in the win column to show for it.

The Quake split games at Missoula, falling by a 4-3 count Friday before winning 4-2 on Saturday. The squad also suffered its fourth one-goal loss to Billings in as many meetings this season, losing 4-3 in a shootout against the Bulls.

Lesu earns libero of the year

Northwest College sophomore Valerie Lesu and freshman Sandrina Hunsel were named members of the All-Region team following the conclusion of the Region IX North volleyball tournament in Glendive, Mont., this past weekend. Hunsel, along with Trapper teammate Gianesi Tarafa, were also named to the All-tournament team.

Jones named most valuable 2010 swimmer

Four Powell Lady Panther swimmers were recognized by their teammates as the team celebrated their awards night Monday evening.

Senior Maddy Jones was named the Most Valuable Swimmer by her teammates. Jones, a four-year letter winner for the Lady Panthers, led Powell in team points during the season, and finished her career with two top-10 finishes in the state championships.

Fellow senior Monique Zorgati received the Coaches Choice award. Also a four-year letter-winner, Zorgati was the second highest point winner for the season.

She recorded the highest finish at state for the Lady Panthers, seventh place in the 200-yard freestyle, and earned 11th place in the 100-yard freestyle as well.

Senior Jessica Wurzel was chosen by her teammates as the Most Inspirational swimmer. Wurzel has been with the team all four of her high school years, and qualified for state the past two years.

The Most Improved award was given to freshman diver Hannah Sweet.

Jones, Zorgati, Wurzel, along with seniors Brittany Christensen, Alyssa Smith and Claire Wetzel were all recognized for serving as team captains during the season.

The Sports Guy saw the first few hints of snowflakes fluttering down around him earlier this week. Right on cue, another fall sports season has come to a close and the winter seasons are starting to ramp up.

Before we turn the page completely though, I'm cleaning out my closet to make room for those holiday presents with a few final fall thoughts.

• Calling all middle school girls —the Powell High School girls' cross country teams have brought home five consecutive state trophies, including three nice shiny state champion awards in that stretch. Potentially, the team could have as many as four former all-state runners lining up in the starting chute when the season opens next fall.

Granted, I might be displaying a little hometown bias, but in my book, that qualifies you for frontrunner status in the discussion for 2011 state champion.

What the team needs, however, is a little more depth.

The Panthers brought home the hardware this fall by avoiding the injury bug. In a sport that requires five healthy bodies to reach the finish line, there were times during the year that PHS could only line up that many. That's one sprained ankle away from disaster.

So, while there are several sports options for girls in the fall, here's hoping at least a few of this year's eighth grade class will find their way to cross country next fall to help the team keep its run going.

And for those who don't want to run for fun, I hear head coach Troy Hildebrand might not mind an additional golfer or two in order for the Panthers to vie for team awards in 2011.

• Sophomore season —Here's a tip of the ol' ballcap for Northwest College head coach Rob Hill on earning coach of the year honors in Region IX this season. Taking a program from the conceptual stage to the regional championship game in its first season is impressive any way you slice it. The fact that Hill was able to do it despite getting a late jump on the recruiting process was even more noteworthy.

Now comes the fun.

With a full recruiting cycle ahead and eight all-region selections coming back on the men's and women's sides combined, the Trappers have a good foundation for the future. Add to it an anticipated move to a new field closer to campus, which should help attract larger crowds on those great sunny days, and there's no reason not to be looking forward to seeing what Hill and the Trappers trot out onto the field next fall.

• Ready for some football —Falling by three in the first round of the playoffs was a painful way for the season to end, but for the underclassmen on the Powell High School football team, it should also provide motivation.

If 2010 was a question mark season for the Panthers, then 2011 should be an exclamation point sort of year. The team graduates nine seniors this spring, but brings back a host of returning starters and skilled reserve players that should have every fan salivating.

Barring the mother of all defensive performances in this weekend's 3A championship game between Douglas and Buffalo, sophomore Vince Sleep should finish as the state's top defender. The Panthers will have two players back who ranked among the state's leaders in all-purpose yardage at various points this season, offensive and defensive lines that will return virtually intact and a ballhawking secondary that produced a double-digit interception count this season.

That's a nice framework any way you look at it.

If the off-season dedication to the weight room equals the potential displayed on paper, Panther football 2011 should get a lot of people excited. Even for that possible new road trip to Green River.

There's probably more that could be said, faithful reader, but we're out of space here. So let's throw a couple more marshmallows into the hot chocolate mug, sit back and wait to see what the winter has in store.

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