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November 20, 2008 3:28 am

Glenda Lee Guthrie

(April 24, 1947 - Nov. 13, 2008)

Glenda Lee Guthrie of Powell died Thursday, Nov. 13 at Powell Valley Hospital after suffering for some years with pulmonary disease. She was 61.

She was born April 24, 1947, in San Diego, Calif., daughter of Grover Ray Wall and Betty Lee (Cummings) Wall.

She completed a high school education in Ventura, Calif.

She married Larry Eugene Guthrie on July 3, 1969, in Ventura. They moved to Powell in 1979.

For 26 years, Glenda was the head cook at the Rocky Mountain Manor in Powell.

She enjoyed gardening and crafts, and most of all, she loved being with family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Eugene Guthrie of Powell; two sons, Richard Guthrie of Powell and Devin (Chris) Butterfield of Powell; her daughter, Rhonda Guthrie (Rick Larson) of Powell; three brothers, Ralph, Forest and Mason; three sisters, Vickie, Leoma and Jessica; and four grandchildren, Steve Guthrie, Kevin Butterfield, Jessica and Dustin Curtis, all of the Powell area.

She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers.

In accordance with her wishes, no services are planned.

November 20, 2008 3:22 am

Winnie Kindler

(Dec. 27, 1912 - Nov. 18, 2008)

Winnie Anna (Heimer McCalmon) Kindler, lifelong Powell resident, died Tuesday morning Nov. 18 at Powell Valley Hospital. She was 95.

She was born Dec. 27, 1912, the daughter of Alva Henry Herboldsheimer and Leah Mae (Johnson) Herboldsheimer.While growing up in Powell with her seven brothers and sisters, she attended Powell schools through the eighth grade.

On June 23, 1932, Winnie married Paul Marvin McCalmon. Some of Winnie's earlier jobs included time spent working in a local laundry, grocery store and dry cleaners. Winnie and Paul then went into business for themselves, owning and operating businesses which included the Coffee Cup Café and the Dutch Mill. They built their home on Road 9 south of Powell 63 years ago, and Winnie lived there for the rest of her life. They raised chickens, turkeys and Black Angus cattle. In 1949, adjacent to their home, they built and operated Paul's Drive-In Theater which was the first drive-in theater in the state of Wyoming.

Winnie and Paul loved to travel, and in time had visited all lower 48 states, Canada and Mexico. They spent many years wintering in Overton, Nev. and fishing on Lake Mead.

After Paul's death in February of 1977, Winnie continued traveling and going south for the winters, joined by her oldest sister, Ada Jinks – who was the first baby born in Powell.

On Nov. 10, 1981, Winnie was married a second time to Clark Kindler. With Clark, Winnie continued to live in Powell and still traveled for many years. Clark died Oct. 21, 2003.

Winnie enjoyed a happy, full life, doing the things she loved, which included traveling, painting, sewing, and doing crafts. She most loved to play cards and enjoy a bowl of vanilla ice cream with family and friends.

Surviving relatives include her daughter, Donna Joan Adamson and son-in-law Mike L. Adamson of Powell; one stepson, Virgil McCalmon in Texas; two step-daughters, Thelma Lee Galac in Colorado, and Donna Brascher of Powell; brothers, Lloyd Heimer and his wife Ethel of Powell and Willard Heimer in Arizona; and sister, Elnora Robbins of Powell. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Sandy McConnell in Colorado and Teddy Starke in California; 17 step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Winnie was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Paul McCalmon, and second husband, Clark Kindler; brother, Dan Heimer; and sisters, Ada Jinks, Alma Bunn and Mae Eaton; two step-daughters, Pauline McKinney and Erma Shupak, and step-son Bob Sanford.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 at Thompson Funeral Home with Pastor Clyde Seifert officiating. Burial of cremains will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

For those who wish, donations may be made to the Powell Senior Center.

About a month ago, Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes made a plea to the community. The food pantry's shelves were bare — they needed food.

With high gasoline prices over the summer, increasing food costs and economic turmoil nationally, the pantry had its busiest year, serving 300 people in August alone and leaving the food supply lacking.

In response, Powell came through in many ways, providing an abundance of food and funds.

Businesses took out their checkbooks. Children baked for the cause. Youth hit the streets in an evening food drive. Churches stepped forward to help. Households opened their cupboards. College students organized fundraisers.

Over and over, Powell gave and gave.

Tuesday night provided another example of Powell's generosity toward Loaves and Fishes. Folks queued outside Plaza Diane, waiting and shivering in the November cold to give to the cause. Once inside, they received warm soup and a handcrafted bowl, but they also gave. As the ceramic bowls dwindled and eventually disappeared, donations continued to stream in — overall, more than $2,500 was raised at the Empty Bowl event.

Powell's generosity, among its youngest and oldest residents, is commendable.

The shelves that were bare just a month ago are not only full, but financial donations ensure they will remain replenished through the holidays.

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Josh Senn (right) bags groceries at Blair's Market on Friday as Leola Anderson waits for a customer to pay. Powell shops remain busy and the local and statewide economies are strong. National economic woes have yet to hit the Cowboy State, but there is an air of uncertainty about the future. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

In the face of a storm of bad economic news nationally, the local economy appears to be holding up, but there is an air of uncertainty about the future.

Local banks are not at risk, and real estate prices, while they have leveled off, have not crashed as they have in other areas of the country. Loans are available to people with good credit, and economic activity seems normal.

Still, the national economy is a concern, particularly a drop in consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, and eventually may affect the Powell area. Nationally, retail spending fell 2.8 percent in October and has shown signs of slowing down in Wyoming.

Local sources expressed mixed views on the economy locally, but most agree that there may be problems in the future.

Former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson blames John McCain's loss on a Republican Party that has drifted from its core ideals.

In an interview on Friday, Simpson said voters had a hard time with Republicans preaching smaller government while increasing spending over President George W. Bush's two terms.

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“You have to take a leap of faith to keep going when ... people are acting totally in opposition to what they're prattling on in their platform,” he said. “To me, that was it.”

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama won the Nov. 4 general election with almost 53 percent of the popular vote. McCain received 46 percent.

Less than a month away from the opening of the Yellowstone winter season, the Park's snowmobile policy finally has been set.

Up to 720 snowmobiles and 78 snowcoaches will be allowed to enter Yellowstone each day under a temporary rule. Up to 30 snowmobiles will be allowed to travel through the East Entrance and Sylvan Pass each day.

Those numbers are the result of a Nov. 7 decision from a Wyoming District Court judge.

November 18, 2008 3:53 am

MSU-Northern edges Trappers

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Northwest College heavyweight Landon Harris (left) defeated Montana State University-Northern's Robbie Shaw (right) via major decision last Thursday night in Powell. Tribune photo by David Dickey

An unexpected decision and a forfeit victory helped Montana State University-Northern to a 24-21 win over the Northwest College Trappers last Thursday in Powell.

NWC suffered the forfeit loss at 184, where the Trappers were without sophomore Josh Clark and freshman Dustin Baldwin. Both wrestlers were on the disabled list Thursday, and NWC head coach Jim Zeigler was left without anyone to fill the void.

November 18, 2008 3:29 am

Trappers fall to Eastern Utah

NWC looks to rebound Friday, Saturday

Head coach Andy Ward and his Northwest College men's basketball team traveled and faced the College of Eastern Utah last Saturday and suffered an 83-67 setback.

According to Ward, the Trappers played well during the matchup in Price, Utah, and held a 36-33 advantage at halftime. However, an injury to standout freshman Casper Hesseldal hampered NWC's efforts in its quest for win No. 2 of the season.

“We lost Casper to an ankle injury with about nine minutes left in the game,” Ward said. “When he left the game, he had 17 points. That took away one of our main scoring options.”

Also adding to the Trappers' woes was the fact that leading rebounder Ricardo Bodra landed in foul trouble during the first half of the contest. In the end, Eastern Utah outrebounded the Trappers by a 38-30 margin.

“With Ricardo in foul trouble, it made it a lot harder for us to rebound against them,” Ward said. “That, and losing Casper, really hurt us in the second half.

“I felt bad for the kids because they did a good job against a solid opponent. They played really well, particularly in the first half. They were rebounding well in the first half, and they did a lot better job of taking care of the ball.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to overcome some of the things that happened to us, and Eastern Utah was able to pull away from us toward the end.”

Among the leaders for NWC last Saturday was Hesseldal, who finished as the Trappers' top point scorer (17) despite missing the final nine minutes of the game. He also had four assists and five rebounds. Hesseldal was followed by Bodra (11 points), Malcolm Colbert (10), Mitchell Ackelson (7), Jordan Harris (7), Julian Olubuyi (7), Cody Ball (5) and Anthony Harris (4).

• Up next: The Trappers, who dropped to 1-5 for the season, will attempt to rebound from last Saturday's loss when they host the First National Bank and Trust Shootout this week. The Trappers first game in that tournament will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. against North Dakota's Williston State College. On Saturday, NWC will face Northeastern Junior College from Sterling, Colo. That game also has a scheduled 7:30 p.m. start time.

Ward said the Trappers' opponents this week will continue a string of games against top-notch competition.

“Those are two good teams,” Ward said. “We'll have to regroup, and we've got to be ready to play. We've faced a tough schedule starting out, but I believe it will pay off. Going into the game with Eastern Utah, we were averaging about 23 turnovers per game. We cut our turnovers to 16 Saturday, and we'll try to continue taking better care of the ball this week. We also need to keep our guys out of foul trouble. We'll keep working on things and the guys will get better. This is a young team, and I believe they'll be fine.”

Unfortunately for NWC, the Trappers likely will be without Hesseldal during this week's tournament. Initial reports indicated that Hesseldal did not suffer a break in his ankle, but Ward said he wasn't sure when the 6-6 freshman from Aarhus, Denmark would be able to return to the Trappers' lineup.

November 18, 2008 3:20 am

New coach to lead Lady Panthers

Two new faces will be on the field for the Powell Panthers and Lady Panthers this spring when the soccer teams begin their seasons.

Brad Hammond will take over the Lady Panthers' program, replacing Kay Pomeroy, who resigned as head coach last spring.

On the boys field, Waleryan Wisniewski will join head coach Pat D'Alessandro's staff as the assistant coach. Wisniewski replaces Drew Jones.

Hammond, who also serves as registrar and admissions director at Northwest College, said he is looking forward to continuing his work with the Lady Panthers. Hammond served as the Lady Panthers' junior varsity head coach and a varsity assistant coach in the spring of 2008.

“I'm excited about it,” Hammond said. “After Kay resigned, every time I bumped into one of the girls they would ask me if I was going to be the coach. I met with Jeff Jones (PHS activities director and assistant principal) about the position, and I felt good about it and decided to give it a try. It'll be interesting — that's for sure. We've got a lot of girls returning, but we also lost some key players. We're all wanting to build on that momentum we had late last season, and I think it will be a good year for us.”

The two new coaches were approved Tuesday, Nov. 11, during the November meeting of the Park County District No. 1 school board.

Also approved was the hiring of Jerry Rodriguez as an assistant swim coach for Powell Middle School. The temporary position was created to accommodate the large number of swimmers working out with the Powell Middle School team.

November 18, 2008 3:14 am

Virginia Cheney

(Nov. 14, 1933 - Nov. 14, 2008)

Virginia Cheney died at her Powell home Friday, Nov. 14 on her 75th birthday.

She was born on Nov. 14, 1933, in Powell, the first child of William J. and Mae I. (Herboldsheimer) Eaton. She spent most of her life in and around the Powell area with portions of her childhood spent in Jerome, Ariz., and Bishop, Calif.

She married Vincent Allen McHoes in 1951. To that union were born four children, Deborah Ruth, Leann Rae, Vincent Allen, and Roland Wayne.The couple divorced in 1971.

She was remarried to Edgar A. Wutzke in 1972. Their blended family included two of his children from a previous marriage, Eddie and Bobbie Wutzke.To this union was born one child, Tina Gay.The couple was divorced in 1977.

Virginia remarried for the final time later that year to Alvin Vern Cheney. Their blended family included two sons from a previous marriage, Ronald and Bryan Cheney. Alvin was the love of her life, and they remained together until his death in 1990.

Virginia received her high school equivalency certificate in 1966 and took extension classes through Northwest Community College.

She was employed at a number jobs throughout her life, including JC Penney, the Coffee Cup Cafe, the Sure Bet Cafe and as a home daycare provider for many years. She was active in the Eagles Auxiliary and was the club's president in 1961.

Her hobbies included working on her scrapbooks, going to yard sales, playing cards, embroidering, crocheting and visiting with her family. Virginia was an avid collector of antiques and other oddities that caught her attention.

She was very much a homebody who surrounded herself with many pictures of her loved ones and resided in the same residence for 48 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Mae Eaton; her husband, Alvin Cheney; her daughter, Deborah deHaan; her sister, Rose Cannon; and brothers, William Ellis and Thomas Allen Eaton.

Surviving relatives include sons, Roland (Gus) McHoes of Cody and Vincent (Red) McHoes of Sheridan; daughters, Leann Kiernan of Portales, N.M. and Tina Walthall of Meridian, Idaho; brothers, William Leroy and Dan D. Eaton, and sister, Patricia Cothren, all of Powell.

She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, with burial of cremains to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Virginia was loved by her family and friends and will be missed for eternity. Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.