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The first Powell victory of Homecoming week went to the Lady Panther swimmers Monday night with a win over Cody.
Monique Zorgati and Anya Tracy each won two events and Maddy Jones and Belen Quillen each grabbed one as the Lady Panthers rolled to a 104-82 win.

Monique Zorgati's wins came in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events and Tracy won the individual medley and the backstroke. Jones took the shortest race, the 50 freestyle and Quillen the longest, the 500. Jones also recorded a second place in the backstroke and Quillen finished second in the individual medley.

Trapper men take third at Miles City

The Northwest College Trapper men's rodeo team placed third and the women's team fourth at the Miles Community College rodeo in Miles City, Mont., last weekend. Eric Fleming finished fourth in the men's all-around standings for the Trappers.

Success by the Trapper team ropers helped key much of the weekend scoring. Northwest finished 2-3-4 in the event with the tandem of Jessica Ehlers and Cole Owens faring best. Fleming and Samuel Shelton placed third with Pamela Vanek and Justin Miller-Kraft coming in fourth overall.

Northwest College also fared well in bull riding over the weekend as it had three riders place among the top five. Troy Vernon was the event runner-up in Miles City, scoring 74 points. Fleming was third with a ride of 72 points while Jaylee Britt placed in a tie for fourth place with 71 points.

Big Sky Region season-leading bareback rider Jordan Gill placed second overall to remain atop the regional standings for another week.

On the women's side, Haily Hamlin placed fifth in the breakaway roping to register the only non-team roping points for the Trapper women.

Through four of 10 rodeos for Northwest College this season, the women's team remained in fourth place and the men's team in fifth in the overall standings. Both teams remain in pursuit of the University of Montana in their drive to move up the rankings.

Gill's lead in the individual bareback standings sits at 114 points over Miles' Brendon Lemmon. Trapper Clinton Griffis is fifth in the event standings.

Cayd Kluesner slid to fourth in the bull riding season standings this week. Troy Vernon (seventh) and Fleming (ninth) also sit inside the top 10 at present.

Shelton is eighth overall in steer wrestling. Jessica Ehlers and Cole Owens are ninth in the team roping standings.

The top three individuals at year's end earn spots in the College National Finals Rodeo.

In women's events, Haily Hamlin is fifth overall in breakaway roping. Steffani Hofrichter was seventh through four events.

Pamela Vanek sits in sixth place in goat tying while Hofrichter is ninth overall. Dannielle Marcin rounds out the roster of Trapper women in the top 10, residing in eighth place on the barrel racing points chart.

Fall semester rodeo action wraps up this weekend. The Trappers travel to Dillon, Mont., to participate in the Montana-Western rodeo.

I'm sick of losing things and tired of learning things; one's as bad as the other.

I lost two phones in the last month, (not lost so much as dropped into receptacles of liquids), lost my computer for weeks when it refused to play with me any longer, lost all my money (which wasn't a mother lode by any stretch) when a credit card collection company, the prowling thieves in the night, tapped into my account and heisted every penny.

That's some of what I lost. What I learned – besides that bad things do not happen in threes, but at least nines – is how to text, Facebook, and semi-learned a new phone that was erroneously described by Alltel as “an upgrade.” Hey, if this creepy, arrogant little phone is an upgrade, every other phone flunked out after first semester!

And what have all these technological miracles saved us from? Cells have saved us from ever having to talk from our homes rather than while swerving to miss a tree.

Texting saves us from ever having to verbalize a thought rather than tapping it onto tiny keys with bulbous fingertips.
Facebook has blessed us with new friends – many of which, without the accompanying photo, we'd have no idea what they even look like.

Only FB allows us to share with these strangers “what's on our mind” for the day. You know, things like, “Having a bad day. My cat coughed up a hairball on the carpet.” And whimsical replies like, “Oh no! Cats are crazy, aren't they? LOL!”

I was probably the last to realize “LOL” means “Laugh out Loud,” universally signifying, “That was a joke … a really, really funny one.”

And like every trend, it's annoyingly overused, added to phrases with no semblance of humor. Are we to believe this bored sender who just wrote, “…it's freezing outside! Lol” is at that very second almost falling off her chair laughing?

Did we really need cell phones, text blather, Facebook chatter, or computers?

Well, yeah, we DO need computers. I entertain no warm nostalgia for my old Smith-Corona, with which in the 90s I was able to finish a 600-word column sometimes in less than five days. With a computer instead of archaic longhand and typing, maybe Bill Shakespeare and Ed Poe might have made names for themselves.

But even though I can never go back, I did not need texting in my life. If I had something to say, I just said it. Besides the added monthly charges and countless highway fatalities texting incurs, it's making articulate writing obsolete. Sending texts is jeopardizing every proper writing principle I've ever learned.

My new upgraded, yet vastly inferior phone won't allow me to text-ramble as my old phone did. No, this little thief (each separate text is a new charge, ya know) stops me in mid-sentence with no warning. Just an annoying, after-the-fact beep telling me I've exceeded my generous 160 digit limit. When you drag things out like I do, a simple reply often turns into “parts 1, 2, and 3.”

To combat all the extra charges for multiple sends, one learns accepted abbreviations and invents new ones. After years of this kind of literary cheating, it can become a permanent state. If I ever do send a book off to publishers, the first line — the one that has to ensnare the reader — might read, “'U could B my friend 4 life,' said the man to a gal. ‘But now I must kill U; LOL.'”

And don't get me started on Facebook, which is something that sounded absurd when I first heard about it from a former Trib columnist with a really big head, Sean Thompson. Sean (and although I never met him, I'm taking him at his word that his head's quite large), wrote how his equally large-meloned college brother Cory was having a FB relationship with “Sports Equipment Girl,” who he'd never spoken to.

I don't know how that turned out, but now, years later, I not only know what Facebook is, but was pushed into that weird world kicking and screaming. It's no way to live, but now I can't find my way back out.

Hey, didn't I tell you not to get me started on Facebook? I'll expound in more detail next week, hopefully in a way that will make you chuckle silently to yourself, if not outright LOL.

When the economy turns bad, communities are faced with tough choices.

One of those choices for the city of Powell was to impose a hiring freeze for this fiscal year. Under that policy, employees who leave their jobs will not be replaced.

Recently, the Powell Police Department became the first city agency to feel the impact of that policy with the resignation of one officer. His departure, coupled with the deployment of another officer with the Wyoming National Guard, has left the department two officers short of its ideal strength.

Chief Tim Feathers has said the situation is a normal part of the life of the department, and the department can adjust in the short term, but in the long term, it will become more difficult.

Under normal circumstances, public safety likely will not be compromised, but emergencies do arise, and there will be fewer officers to deal with them. The smaller force will mean longer hours for the officers and make it more difficult to cover for officers who are ill or on vacation. It likely will add to the stress of what already is a stressful job.

In the long term, it may not even save much money. As Mayor Scott Mangold noted, overtime costs could wipe out much of the savings from a hiring freeze.

Instituting a hiring freeze was the proper course of action given the uncertainty of the economy, but such a policy can't be set in stone. Our city leaders realize that, of course, and both Mangold and Feathers say they will be watching carefully to make sure public safety isn't compromised and that the morale of the police force is not damaged. Should that happen, Mangold has said the city would consider lifting the freeze and allow the hiring of another officer.

In the meantime, it is important for local citizens to support our law enforcement personnel. They have a tough job, and it's up to us not to make it any tougher.

(Sept. 20, 1949 - Sept. 20, 2010)

Bob “BBQ” Johnston of Lovell died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 in Powell. He was 61.

He was born Sept, 20, 1949, in Nurnberg, Germany to Thomas B. and Jerrie L. (Templeton) Johnston.

He attended the Powell Church of Christ and was interested in Harley Davidsons, music, photographs, having fun and spending time with friends and family.

He was loved by his family and friends, who are thankful for their memories of Bob and will keep him in their hearts.

He was preceded in death by his mother; stepfather James Bush; brothers Tom Bush and Jim Bush; and grandparents Mary Lou and Bud Templeton.

Bob is survived by his son Robert Johnston of Lovell; daughter Julie (Wayne) Moore of Sand Springs, Okla., Desaree Johnston of Lovell and Kayla Johnston of Lovell; sisters Jerrie (Chip) Acridge of Antioch, Calif., and Susan Bush of Kingman, Ariz.; brother Mike (April) Bush of Martinez, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 at noon at the Powell Church of Christ, with Pastor Gerry Parker officiating.
Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Oct. 9, 1955 - Sept. 28, 2010)

Christy Elizabeth Davis, 54, died Tuesday, Sept. 28 of complications from ovarian cancer.

(Feb. 15, 1940 - Sept. 27, 2010)

James M. Bessler, 70, of Powell, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Billings, Mont.

(Sept. 12, 2010)

Homer C. Stoudt left his earthly home of Lubbock, Texas at the age of 78 on Sunday, September 12, 2010. His parents were Harold and Alice Stoudt, long time residents of Powell. He left his sweetheart of over 61 years, Inez Stoudt and his children Janet Short of Lubbock, and Victor Stoudt and wife Kathy of Kyle, Texas. Others that will miss him are five grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

(Aug. 1, 1937 - Sept. 25, 2010)

Charles Joseph Chromy, 73, of Reno, NV (Formerly of New Prague, MN and Cody, WY) died Sept. 25, 2010, Saturday evening at his home in Reno, NV.

(Sept. 27, 2010)

The Rev. John W. Akre, 73, of Billings, formerly of Kenyon, Minn., died unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010.

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