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December 30, 2008 3:38 am

Robert F. Wallace

(March 8, 1920 - Dec. 23, 2008)

Robert F. Wallace, formerly of Billings, Mont., died Tuesday, Dec. 23 at Powell Valley Hospital of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, with his daughter Donna by his side. He was 88.

He was born March 8, 1920, in Zeigler, Ill., the son of Fred and Ina (Tate) Wallace. He married Barbara Avis on June 30, 1951.

Robert served in the Army and was stationed in Germany, France, and the Phillipines during World War II. He was awarded three Bronze Stars.

He worked in Montana for HCL Equipment at Great Falls and Billings. He retired in 1986 and moved to Peeples Valley, Ariz. The family moved to Powell five years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of Powell; daughters Vicki Wallace of Billings, Karen (David) Wright of Lamoille, Nev., Terri (Doug) Brandon of Anchorage, Alaska, and Donna Wallace (Marty Hanson) of Columbus, Mont.; granddaughter, Danielle Ellsworth, and grandsons, Jason (Elaine) Sayre of Val Verde, Calif., and Bryce Sayre of Fernley, Nev. He is also survived by great-grandsons Aleister, Brodie, and Gavin; and great-granddaughter Kiara.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Tom Wallace; and daughter, Jean Wallace.

Cremation has taken place, and no services are planned.

December 30, 2008 3:37 am

James W. Riley, Jr.

(Aug. 18, 1943 - Dec. 26, 2008)

James Whitcomb Riley Jr., 65, of Powell, died Friday, Dec. 26, in Wellington, Kans.

Cremation has taken place, and services are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium at Northwest College.

James W. Riley Jr. was born Aug. 18, 1943, the son of Dr. James Whitcomb Riley Sr. and Carolyn Crenshaw Riley in Oklahoma City, Okla. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Washburn University in Topeka, Kans. He attended three years of Law School at Washburn before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He served as a military policeman in Germany and Vietnam.

Jim returned to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, to earn his Master's degree in Speech Communication where he also taught and coached forensics. Jim furthered his education at the University of Utah while continuing to coach. Jim later taught and coached forensics and debate at the University of Nevada Reno and Boise State University. In 1977, Jim began teaching at Northwest College in Powell.

On May 4, 1991, he was united in marriage with Laura (Barker) Hagerman. Jim retired from teaching at Northwest College in 2005 and later received the status of Professor Emeritus in the spring of 2008.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman. He had a passion for hunting, camping, cutting firewood and river rafting. His fondest outdoor adventure took him down the Grand Canyon with friends, family, and colleagues. Jim also enjoyed teaching, reading and spending time with family, friends and the family's two dogs.

Surviving to honor his memory are his father, Dr. James W. Riley Sr. of Wellington, Kans.; wife, Laura Riley of Powell; daughter, Mallory Riley of Powell; sons Daniel Hagerman and his wife Abbey Hagerman of Laramie, Jeremy Hagerman and his wife Kelly Shriver of Olympia, Wash., Nathan Hagerman and his wife Melissa Hagerman of Anchorage, Alaska, and Taylor Riley of Powell; and three grandchildren, Mikayla Hagerman, Natalie Hagerman and Collin Poe.

Preceding him in death was his mother, Carolyn Crenshaw Riley, on Jan. 2, 2006.

Donations can be left with The James Riley Memorial at First National Bank & Trust.

December 30, 2008 3:35 am

Jaymie King

(June 6, 1996 - Dec. 22, 2008)

Jaymie Dean King, 12, of Powell, died Monday, Dec. 22 at the Powell Valley Hospital.

He was born June 6, 1996, to Michael King and Wanda (Patton) Vanderpool in Cody. He attended schools in Powell, both at Southside Elementary and the Powell Middle School, where he was a sixth grader.

Jaymie liked being with family and friends and was looking forward to being home for Christmas with his family.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, skateboarding and fighting with his brothers and sisters. Jaymie was a sweet boy at heart, but had his days.

He was, and always will be, loved by his family and friends.

He is survived in Powell by his mother, Wanda Vanderpool; sisters, JeaLinda Patton and Jolene Vanderpool; brothers, Justin Vanderpool and Ryan King; and two nieces, Camryn and Charylett, all of Powell; grandparents, Wilma Patton, Al Vanderpool and Lillian King, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael King; grandparents, Ann Vanderpool, Wesley Patton and James King; and two uncles, Delbert and Allen Patton.

A benevolence fund has been set up to help the family with funeral costs. Contributions to the King Family Benevolence Fund can be made at First National Bank and Trust or First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec. 30 at the First Baptist Church at 2 p.m.

December 30, 2008 3:34 am

Reva Gene Lane Friedly

(Oct. 7, 1926 - Dec. 25, 2008)

Reva Gene Lane Friedly, 82, died Thursday, Dec. 25 in Laurel, Mont., comforted by family in her daughter's home. She endured a long illness with courage and strength to share as many days as possible with her family and many friends.

Reva was born on Oct. 7, 1926, delivered by her grandmother, Epha Lonea Rose Swain. She was one of eight children and youngest daughter of Dallas and Clara Ellen Swain Lane. She went to school in Sundance, Moorcroft and Gillette and graduated from high school in Bonners Ferry, Idaho after moving there in her junior year.

Reva married James Friedly on Nov. 23, 1948 at Gurley, Nebr. They farmed in the Kootenai Valley, Idaho and near Heart Mountain at Powell until 1963 and then lived in the Powell and Cody areas for the rest of their lives.

Reva represented many artists while working at the Thunder Horse Gallery and the Cody Art League. She also worked for Dr. Bennet, Western Bank and the Forest Service in Cody before retiring.

Reva was active in Jobs Daughters, Rebekahs and Extension Clubs. She taught Sunday school and was in Ladies Circles of the Union Presbyterian Church of Powell and later the First Presbyterian Church of Cody, where she served as a deacon and sang in the choir.

Reva is survived by her 10 children and their spouses: Jimmie (Ione), Colorado Springs, Colo; Dennis, Cody; Sheryl (Phil Barnes), Manhattan, Kan.; Chris (Connie), Gillette; Colette (John Decker), Laurel, Mont.; Del (Marcy), Powell; Milton (Carmen) Elizabethtown, Pa.; Gwendolyn Nielsen, Casper; Jackie (Tom Wilder), Cody; and Tammy (Matt Wahlbrink), Cowley.

Also surviving are 29 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Her husband, James, preceded her in death in 1978.

Reva warmed the heart and brought a smile to everyone she met. She treated everyone as a friend. Visitors to her home were always treated to a full meal and wonderful desserts.

Reva would dance and sing at the drop of a hat and was the life of every party. She instilled the love of gardening, nature and the outdoors in her children and their families. Giving her children a creative and resourceful constitution gave her great joy and resulted in many magical and imaginative works of art and life accomplishments. Reva truly lived life to the fullest and her zest and pizzazz will touch many for years to come.

Reva's memorial service will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Cody at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, followed by graveside services at Riverview Cemetery. Viewing will be Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 5-7 p.m. at the Ballard Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made in Reva Friedly's honor to the Cody Youth Baseball and Softball Fund at Pinnacle Bank of Cody.

December 30, 2008 3:32 am

Pool construction on track

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A Sletten Construction Company subcontractor pours footings for the exterior walls of the aquatic center. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

Council, Mayor tour construction site

Wintry weather has slowed construction of Powell's new family aquatic center, but the project remains on schedule.

“We've worked every day,” said Shawn Warner, president of Sletten Construction, the contractor hired for the pool's construction. “We feel like things are going right as scheduled, and we'll keep putting one foot in front of the other in this weather.”

Beginning in January, crews will use a ground heater to thaw the frozen ground at the construction site in Homesteader Park. The ground heater pumps hot water through flexible tubing and thaws one foot of ground per day.

December 24, 2008 3:57 am

Sylvan Pass opens and closes

East Gate's first visitors turned away

Yellowstone's East Entrance opened for the winter season on Monday, but closed Tuesday morning.

Park Deputy Superintendent Colin Campbell said Sylvan Pass had been physically blocked by a natural snow-slide during Monday night. Yellowstone employees planned to use howitzer-deployed explosives Tuesday afternoon to make the area passable, Campbell said.

The newly-formed Big Horn County Fire Protection District No. 5 aspired to roll trucks by Dec. 15, but that likely will not occur until late next year.

The district still is stuck in a liability standoff with Park County Fire Protection District No. 1 in Powell, despite a recent decision from the Wyoming attorney general.

December 22, 2009 3:42 am

Panthers win Battle of the Big Horns

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Trent Gillett gives the official a look as he nears a pin over his Sheridan opponent in the semi-finals of the Battle of the Big Horns in Worland Saturday morning. Gillette was trailing 3-0 late in the match when he turned his opponent and scored the pin in the final seconds of the bout. Tribune photo by Don Amend

A team championship, six wrestlers competing for best of the best, and an outstanding wrestler award added up to a good weekend for the Powell Panther wrestlers last week.

Wrestling in the Battle of the Big Horns at Worland, the Panthers dominated their opponents in pool competition with three big wins, then stormed through Saturday's bracket competition to take the tournament championship with a win over conference rival Worland.

Lady Panthers defeat Bison with a 42-21 win

The 2008 portion of the Powell High School girls basketball season ended on a good note, even if it was a bit premature.

On Friday night, in their first home game of the year, the girls doubled up the Buffalo Lady Bison, 42-21.

“Overall, I thought it was a great team win, and it is always nice to have a win before you take the long Christmas break,” said PHS head coach Luke Danforth.

A Saturday match-up with the Thermopolis Lady Bobcats was canceled for weather-related reasons.

The Buffalo victory put the Lady Panthers' record at 5-1 going into the break.

“I thought the girls played well, especially defensively,” said Coach Danforth.

The team stifled the Lady Bison offensive, helping to hold them to 21 percent shooting from the floor.

“I thought we applied great perimeter pressure from our defense, which made it difficult for the Lady Bison to find many open, outside shots,” the coach said.

Coach Danforth added that on offense, the Lady Panthers had a bit of a tough time with Buffalo's speed and in running an up-tempo attack. The squad had 26 turnovers to the Bison's 20.

“Buffalo is quick and athletic, and it was hard to find a rhythm for us offensively,” Coach Danforth said. “This is our third week, so we still are trying to improve things and find a rhythm.”

Despite that, the Lady Panthers shot at an outstanding 57-percent clip.

Junior Hannah Pollart led the way with 16 points on six-of-eight shooting from the floor. She also nabbed eight boards, tying for best on the squad with fellow junior Savannah Donarski. Donarski chipped in with nine points.

“Both Savannah (Donarski) and Hannah (Pollart) did a nice job of attacking the post, both offensively and defensively,” Coach Danforth said.

Also scoring for the Lady Panthers were seniors Darcee Lynn (8), McKenzie Danforth (5), and Kelsey Allen (2), and sophomore Leslie Thronburg (2).

Allen dished out a team-best five assists, and Lynn swiped three of the team's 15 steals.

“When we get back, we will work hard and prepare for conference foes Lyman and Kemmerer — who are both playing well,” Coach Danforth said.

They'll host the Kemmerer Lady Rangers Jan. 9 at 5:45 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 10, the PHS squad will continue the action at home, going up against the Lyman Lady Eagles at 12:30 p.m.

December 24, 2008 3:34 am

Buffalo slips past Panthers

Bison register 50-39 victory

A 20-13 run in the third period opened up a close game and helped No. 3 Buffalo High School get past Powell last Friday night at BHS.

The Panthers (2-4 overall, 0-2 West Conference) trailed by five points at the end of the first and second periods, but the Bison opened up a 12-point advantage by the start of the final quarter of play in the Class 3A matchup.

“They got ahead by 17 early in the third period after hitting back-to-back 3-point shots,” said PHS head coach Troy Hildebrand. “We had some trouble taking care of the ball during that stretch, and they were able to convert at the other end. About midway through the third, we were able to put together a run of our own, and it continued into the fourth. But we just couldn't get the baskets we needed down the stretch.”

During that comeback effort, PHS's Jordan Brown and Dallas Robirds each hit key 3-pointers. Robirds' trey came at the end of the third period and left the Panthers facing a 41-29 deficit. PHS cut Buffalo's lead to six points during the fourth stanza, but that's as close as they could get down the stretch during its upset bid.

“Buffalo has a good, solid team,” Hildebrand said. “We had some missed shots that hurt us, but we still battled back and gave ourselves a chance late in the game. That's a good sign of the leadership we have on this team.”

Hildebrand also noted that turnovers hampered PHS's effort. Prior to last Friday's loss, the Panthers committed just seven turnovers during a 44-41, overtime loss to Jackson less than a week earlier. Against the Bison, who compete in the East Conference, the Panthers committed 18 turnovers while Buffalo suffered only 12.

“We didn't do as well when it came to taking care of the ball,” Hildebrand said. “But we did come away with some positive points that we can build on during the Christmas break and before we start the final two-thirds of our season.”

Among the bright spots last Friday was the the Panthers' rebounding effort. PHS outrebounded the Bison by a 36-31 margin. But whereas Buffalo lost the battle of the boards, it came out on top when it came to shots from 3-point range. The Bison finished the contest with an eight-of-18 clip behind the arc. Five of those 3-pointers came in the third period. Powell, on the flip side, connected on just two of 13 shots from 3-point land.

PHS's leading scorer was Ryan Brandt, who finished with 13 points. He was followed by Jordan Brown (7 points), Galen Mills (6), Matt McArthur (5), Dallas Robirds (3), Brandon Sullivan (2), Matt Kifer (2) and Gavin Mills (1).

Galen Mills paced the Panthers' rebounding effort with a season-high 11 boards. Brandt added 10 rebounds, and Brown contributed with six. Brown also recorded a team-leading six assists.

PHS was scheduled to face Thermopolis Saturday at home, but that contest was canceled due to extreme cold temperatures and the threat of dangerous road conditions.

• Up next: The Panthers will enjoy a lengthy break from action, thanks to the holiday season. PHS's next game will be Friday, Jan. 9, at home against Kemmerer. The following day, the Panthers are slated to host Lyman.

Kemmerer, during the final WyoPreps.com Coaches and Media Poll before the Christmas break, held the No. 1 spot. Both games are Class 3A, West Conference matchups.