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Cox and Fisher, Inc. farmers harvest beets last week before the weekend snow storm. Western Sugar Cooperative beet receiving stations idled over the weekend opened again this week, although digging was slow in local muddy fields. Heart Mountain farmers reported that the weather would delay their harvest at least another week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service reported that by Sunday, about 14 percent of Wyoming's sugar beets had been harvested. That's behind last year's harvest, when about 20 percent of the state's beets were out of the ground by Oct. 12, according to the statistics service report. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

Residents in one of Powell's oldest neighborhoods voiced their concern last week over the new development in the Water Tower West subdivision on Avenue D.

“We feel making a way for the new is important, but we don't want to be plowed over in the process,” said Jim Zeigler, who addressed the Powell City Council.

About 15 citizens showed up to learn more and express concerns about a proposed gas well inside the Shoshone National Forest's boundaries near Clark.

Windsor Energy Group is seeking permission to drill an exploratory well about a quarter of a mile inside the forest in the Line Creek Drainage.

As part of a 30-day public comment period, the Shoshone National Forest hosted an informational field trip on Wednesday, Oct. 8, to the proposed site of the drilling. Representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Windsor were on hand to answer questions.

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Powell High School defensive back Brandon Sullivan covers Lovell's Grant Geiser during last year's rivalry matchup between the Bulldogs and Panthers. The two teams will face off Friday night in Powell at 7 p.m. Tribune photo by David Dickey

All eyes on 12

When third-ranked, Class 4A Powell High School entertains Lovell Friday night at 7 p.m. in Panther Stadium, the Panther defense will have a clear objective in mind — stop No. 12.

No. 12 for the third-ranked, Class 3A Bulldogs is none other than quarterback Grant Geiser, a multi-sport athlete who is well known to PHS coaches, players and fans. For the 5-8, 140-pounder, this year is his fourth season as a member of the Bulldogs' varsity football squad. During the first three years of that span, his time as a signal caller has been limited.

“I played some at quarterback as a freshman, but as a sophomore and junior, I was used at tailback,” Geiser said.

If you're a high school football fan, Panther Stadium is definitely the place to be Friday night when Powell High School and Lovell kick off at 7 p.m.

This matchup is intriguing for a number of reasons. For starters, it will be a homecoming of sorts for first-year Lovell head coach Ken Boatwright. Longtime residents of Powell will remember Boatwright as a former Deaver and PHS coach who took over a struggling Panther program in 1976 and built a team that went 7-1 in 1978 and was a contender for the state title. It was Powell's best season since a 9-0 mark during 1967.

Following that breakout year for PHS in 1978, Boatwright moved on to Riverton, and he promptly put the Wolverines in the state championship game in his first season at the helm. Riverton lost to Cheyenne Central in that title matchup, but at that time, it was clear that Boatwright was a coach who could motivate players and get the most out of them.

Boatwright's coaching career has taken him to many locales. Prior to taking over the helm of the Bulldogs during the summer, Boatwright was coaching at Archie High School in the small town of Archie, Mo. However, when the opportunity to return to the Big Horn Basin came along, Boatwright couldn't pass on the chance to return to a place he says has always held special meaning for him.

Boatwright, who also has worked in the oil industry and as a hospital administrator since his coaching stint in Powell in the late 1970s, said during an interview last summer that being able to return to this area is a dream come true for him. He loves Wyoming, and he said it was an honor to once again be a part of the state's coaching fraternity.

His return has been a major plus for Lovell. The Bulldogs, after losing their first two games of the season, have reeled off four straight victories, and they've done so in impressive fashion, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. They averaged almost 45 points per game during that winning clip and are ranked third in Class 3A. Progress has been made, but Boatwright knows Friday will be a good measuring stick as to how far his Bulldogs have come. They will enter Powell with new-found confidence and the goal of showing they can take down a major player in the classification one step above them.

“Coach Stringer and his staff have done a nice job this year,” Boatwright said. “I've seen them on film, and they are playing at a very high level. It's going to be a big challenge for us Friday night.”

Boatwright, who said he's still a Panther football fan with the exception of one Friday night during the season, also said he's looking forward to stepping onto the field again in Powell — the same field that was his home away from home for the three seasons he was the Panthers' head coach. He knows fond memories will fill his mind as he enters the stadium, and he's excited to bump into old friends. Of course, all that nostalgia will take a backseat once the opening kickoff is airborne.

For Powell, this game is big mainly because a victory would give them momentum heading into their Oct. 24 battle with Class 4A, West Conference rival Cody. That game, if Cody defeats Lander this weekend, will be for the West Conference crown and homefield advantage in the playoffs.

Like Lovell, the Panthers are on a roll right now. Since losing 19-14 to a much-improved Lander squad, the Panthers have won consecutive games against Star Valley and Jackson. Those wins were huge, considering how Star Valley has dominated the Panthers this decade and when one takes into account how difficult it is to travel and defeat a Bronc team in Jackson Hole.

The Panthers showed a great deal of character and determination last week in overcoming a 14-3 halftime deficit to claim a 19-14 victory. Victories like that go a long way as far as confidence.

Powell's defense blanked Jackson in the second half of that contest, and the offense mounted several clutch scoring drives, including one of more than 70 yards in the game's final minutes. Lovell's offense has been stellar in recent weeks, but you can bet the Panther offense is looking to show they too can put up some big numbers.

So once again, the gridiron and community pride of Powell and Lovell will be put on the line. It's Powell's kids against Lovell's kids. In many cases, it will be friends against friends. It's the big dog (or Panther in this case) against the underdog.

Each player on both sides will give it everything they have in an attempt to gain bragging rights for a year. It's Lovell versus Powell. It's big-time, small-town football. See you there.

October 16, 2008 3:34 am

PHS JV/ Freshman sports report

• Junior varsity volleyball: The Lady Panthers enjoyed a successful showing last weekend in the conference duals in Lovell by posting a 3-1 mark. PHS opened the event by losing to Jackson in two sets, but the Lady Panthers rebounded to win their next three matches against Lyman, Kemmerer and Pinedale.

As a team, PHS served with 89 percent accuracy with a total of 21 aces. Shelby McIntosh recorded a team-high 10 aces, and Stephanie Paul, Liz Tilley and Alli Trustem added five aces each.

The Lady Panthers also finished with 64 kills during the tournament, including 18 by Tia Ibarra, 14 by Leslie Thronburg and 12 by Trustem.

Trustem also finished with a team-leading 19 set assists, and McIntosh added 18. As team, the Lady Panthers had 52 set assists during their matches.

Among the leaders in blocks for PHS were Ibarra with four and Tilley with three. Tamara Brown paced PHS in digs with 50, and Hannah Groves and McIntosh added 21 and 19, respectively.

Prior to last weekend's conference duals, the Lady Panthers defeated Thermopolis (25-18, 18-25, 25-22) on Oct. 4 and Cody (26-24, 14-25, 25-17) Oct. 2.

Against Thermopolis, PHS enjoyed a 92-percent mark in service accuracy and finished with six aces, including three by Paul. Trustem had eight of the team's 24 kills. Trustem also shared the team lead in set assists with Shellie Williams as they tallied 12 and 10, respectively.

During the match with Cody, PHS saw its service accuracy drop to 83, but the Lady Panthers still finished with 10 aces. Williams had a team-high three aces.

Tilley and Thronburg paced the team in kills with four each, and Trustem and McIntosh were the leaders in set assists with 10 and seven, respectively.

• Ninth-grade football: Powell High School's ninth-grade football team faced the Worland Warriors Thursday, Oct. 9, and suffered a 28-24 loss.

The Panthers went into the locker room at halftime with a 24-8 advantage, but the Warriors outscored PHS 16-0 during a cold and snowy second half to steal the victory.

For the Panthers, highlights from the game included a number of scores during the first half. PHS got its first touchdown when quarterback Keithen Schwahn delivered a 7-yard scoring strike to Chase Partridge on a fourth-and-goal play. The Panthers' second score came on a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown by Josh Cragoe. PHS's third touchdown of the game came on a 15-yard run by Zach Thiel.

Coaches wanting to report scores and highlights for inclusion in the Powell High School Junior Varsity/Freshman Sports Report should e-mail results to sports editor David Dickey ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Reports should be sent each Tuesday by 11 a.m. Results will be published on a space-available basis.

October 16, 2008 3:33 am

William T. Talbott

(Jan. 6, 1931 - Oct. 10, 2008)

Former Powell resident William T. Talbott, 77, died Friday, Oct. 10 at Yuma, Ariz.

He had retired in 1989 from a career with Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Company that had seen him rise from lineman to engineering supervisor for the entire state of Wyoming at Casper.

He was born Jan. 6, 1931, in Wheatland, son of Edward E. Talbott and Inez Alderdice Talbott. He was raised in Greybull and Powell, graduating from Powell High School in 1949. He married Mary Joan Fales in Powell on Nov. 4, 1950.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served in Korea. After the war, he began working for the telephone company in 1955.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Shoshone National Forest. He and his wife enjoyed traveling together. He loved being with his family.

He was a member of the LDS Church and held many callings through the years. He served two missions with his wife.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Edward W. Talbott; two daughters, Catherine Wilson and Diana Birkrem; a brother, Gerald (Mike) Talbott; two sisters, Nan Harvey and Peggy Talbott; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jackie McArthur.

Funeral services are in Casper with burial in Powell's Crown Hill Cemetery Saturday. Memorials may be made to the LDS Missionary Fund.

October 16, 2008 3:16 am

Carol Ann Peterson

(Sept. 26, 1954 - Oct. 10, 2008)

Carol Ann Peterson, 54, died Friday, Oct. 10 from injuries sustained when the car in which she was riding was involved in a two-car accident between Powell and Cody.

She was a resident of Powell.

She was born Sept. 26, 1954, at Brooklyn, N.Y., to Herbert Schuette and Irmgard (Busch) Schuette. She graduated from Northwestern University.

Carol married Lambert S. Peterson on Aug. 27, 2002, at Cody, and became business manager for her husband and his work in bond underwriting.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Powell, Toastmasters and Soroptomists. She was also proud to be a Boone & Crockett recordholder.

Survivors include her mother, Irmgard Schuette; her brother, Douglas (Mary) Schuette of Pennsylvania; and her sister, Donna Maria Schuette of Powell.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 18 at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 11 a.m., Pastor Lee Wisroth presiding. Memorials may be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family.

October 16, 2008 3:15 am

Lambert Samuel Peterson

(July 2, 1939 - Oct. 10, 2008)

Lambert Samuel Peterson, 69, died Friday, Oct. 10 as the result of injuries sustained as a passenger in a two-car accident between Powell and Cody.

He was a resident of Powell.

He was born July 2, 1939, at Okanogan, Wash., son of Lambert Samuel and Grace Alma Peterson. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran College and was a bond underwriter by profession.

Lambert married Carol Ann Schuette at Cody on Aug. 27, 2002. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Powell, the National Rifle Association and Ducks Unlimited.

Survivors include a son, Robert Peterson of Boise, Idaho; three daughters, Ingrid Knezovich, Christine Hoeweiler and Jerri Peterson; a brother, Gerald Peterson; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with Pastor Lee Wisroth officiating. Memorials may be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Energy is a popular topic right now. As the stock market remains volatile and political candidates race toward Election Day, energy costs and issues top America's agenda.

Wyoming, one of the nation's major energy-producing states, needs to re-evaluate its energy policies.

This week, the Associated Press reported that Wyoming ranked the lowest in the United States for energy-efficient policies. The Cowboy State was the only one to earn a “0” in every single category in the scorecard issued by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

The report graded states on energy-efficiency policy initiatives including: building energy codes, energy efficiency in public buildings and financial incentives for efficient technologies, such as tax credits for residents who buy hybrid vehicles.

However, the governor's office said Wyoming's low score isn't an accurate reflection of the state's energy policies.

According to the Associated Press, 10 percent of electricity generated in the state comes from renewable sources. The state also has updated its motor pool with several hybrid vehicles.

Also, buildings in the state have garnered high ratings in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Powell's own Plaza Diane — Community Center for the Arts may receive LEED platinum certification, the highest possible.

Even with these efforts, the failing score on the report indicates Wyoming certainly could improve its energy policies.

As drilling projects occur in our backyards, it's vital that Wyoming strives to set better energy-efficiency standards.