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Tribune Staff

Panthers to host personal development guru

Shane Warwick, a personal workout instructor with 15 years of combined high school and collegiate head coaching experience, will be the featured clinician at an advanced offensive basketball camp next week. Powell High School head boys' basketball coach Mike Heny announced the camp, which is geared toward those entering grades 4-12.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for kids to work on the offensive elements of their game,” said Heny.

The clinic is designed to give campers an introduction to post and perimeter moves currently in use among college and professional players. Shooting instruction, footwork and shot preparation, live and dead ball moves, ball handling, face-up and drop-step power moves will be among the focal points of the clinic.

“The goal of the workout is to provide athletes with a high-intensity workout and skill sets needed to make their individual workouts more productive, thereby enhancing the athlete's game,” notes Warwick.

As a player, Warwick was a two-time all-conference performer at South Dakota's Northern State University. He has nine years of college coaching experience and has twice been named South Dakota's collegiate coach of the year. He has four conference championships to his credit and has been called the nation's best personal workout instructor by Reggie Brown of Priority Sports in Chicago.

The clinic in Powell will be organized into morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session will run from 9 a.m.-noon on Monday, July 26, and 8-11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27. It is geared toward those entering grades 8-12.

Afternoon sessions will run from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, July 26 and noon-2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27. The afternoon session is for those entering grades 4-7.

The cost for the morning session is $105. Afternoon session cost is $85. Athletes receive a t-shirt and shorts with their registration.

For more information about the camp or to register, contact Heny at 271-7073 or (307) 202-1410.

With 28 days remaining until the Aug. 17 primary election, candidates will amplify campaign efforts in the coming weeks as voters make their final decisions.

The primary election promises to be telling in several races — four major gubernatorial candidates are vying for the GOP nomination, and a dozen Republican hopefuls are competing for three available seats on the Park County Commission. In the local House District 25 legislative race, three Republicans are seeking the seat, but no Democrats filed.

For certain races, it's quite likely that those who win in August will be our next elected officials.

Given the importance of next month's primary election, voters must be ready to make informed decisions — and the more they know about each candidate, the better prepared they are. Transparency is key in the weeks ahead.

It's encouraging to see some candidates take the lead.

Last week, GOP candidate Rita Meyer disclosed her campaign finance figures, detailing the $306,525 she has raised in her quest for the governor's office.

Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield, who is seeking re-election, has been posting a steady stream of finance reports since January, months ahead of the filing date.

By Wyoming law, campaign finance reports must be filed by Aug. 10 — just a week ahead of the primary election.

That doesn't allow a lot time for media to report extensively on campaign finances, nor does it give voters very much time to digest the details. It's also likely that by Aug. 10, many voters will have made up their minds.

Money and politics make strange bedfellows, and you never know what a campaign finance report may reveal.

Voters and media have a responsibility to get to know candidates, and they can follow money trails easier when candidates are transparent and forthcoming.

As Meyer said in a release last week, “… Wyoming voters have the right to know who they are electing.

Transparency is about being accountable to the citizens of Wyoming.”

Meyer's and Maxfield's voluntary, early release of financial reports is commendable — and we challenge other candidates to follow suit.

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Jayden Bear slides into the frog pond in Homesteader Park, as young Will Mordland waits for his turn on the slide last week. The frog pond, located near the new Powell Aquatic Center, is open from 1-6 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

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The Park County Commission finalized a $23 million budget on Tuesday that will cover the county's day-to-day operations and other projects in the coming fiscal year.

If all goes as planned between the year's start on July 1 and its end on June 30, 2011, the county also will be able to place $836,000 in reserves.

As tolerance evolves, UW researcher tests other herbicides

Farmers have hailed the development of crops such as sugar beets and alfalfa that tolerate applications of Roundup without damage.

Roundup Ready crops aren't harmed by Roundup, which kills weeds along with most broad-leafed plants. That usually allows growers to apply it to replace several applications of other herbicides. Its use can reduce fuel costs and carries other benefits since, unlike other herbicides, Roundup leaves no soil residue.

Don't vote for Shea Reel in the Powell City Council race this year; even though his name is on the ballot, Reel is no longer seeking the Ward 1 City Council seat in the primary election.

Reel had filed for the position in May, but said last week that a new job position would make it difficult for him to meet council duties if he were elected this fall.

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Tyler England (left) and Grant Geiser celebrate getting the third out in an inning against the Cody Cubs on Tuesday. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Powell gets top spot following Tuesday win

The Powell Pioneers clinched the Northwest Conference crown on Tuesday night with a 17-14 victory over the Cody Cubs. With three games to play, the Pioneers are now assured of a No. 1 seed once district tournament play begins next week.

Studio co-owners never envisioned being there

They may not be Oscar and Felix, but in their own way Laura Vanderberg and Beth Wipplinger are themselves an odd couple.

Vanderberg is a former triathlete and competitive swimmer who once jumped in her car with her dog and drove around the country for two months until, as she puts it, “Cody found me.” Wipplinger is aspecial education teacher at Powell's Westside Elementary School who, by her own description, is “not competitive and not athletic.”

Candidate is second to meet with NWC officials

The search for Northwest College's next rodeo coach continues on Monday when the second of two finalists, Louisiana's Ryan Vander Pluym, interviews on campus. The search committee met with Cody's Christopher Witcher on Wednesday to begin the interview process.

“I learned of the open position through the Northwest College website,” said Vander Pluym, who currently resides in Winnsboro, La. “I have been pursuing a coaching position for the last year, but haven't accepted any offers as the programs didn't match what I was looking for.”

Vander Pluym is no stranger to the region. A native Montanan, he competed in college rodeo's Big Sky region as a member of the Dawson Community College team and later the University of Montana, Western team.

“I know without a doubt that the Big Sky region is one of the toughest regions in the entire NIRA and likewise produces some of the best rodeo cowboys and cowgirls nationwide.”

As one might expect, Vander Pluym can trace his involvement in rodeo back to his youth. His dad was a fulltime rodeo competitor when he was growing up and he attributes the lessons learned inside a college rodeo arena for assisting him in finding success in the professional world.

“That was a goal of mine ever since I can remember,” said Vander Pluym, who still competes at the professional level in steer wrestling and also has competed as a team roper. “I'm a family man now, so I don't travel full-time any more.”

The Northwest College position appeals to Vander Pluym as a way to pass along some of what he learned.

“I had some great coaches and mentors in the rodeo programs that I was involved in and truly desire to instill these values into a team of my own,” said Vander Pluym. “The most important tool that college rodeo offered me was a higher education, and that is something that I want to instill in my team.”

Vander Pluym is the last of the finalist candidates scheduled to be interviewed by Northwest College at this time.

Once upon a time, The Sports Guy used to bemoan mid-summer. The period from mid-June until early August looked every bit as lonely as a late-night drive between, say, Lander and Rawlins.

So it is difficult to believe, as I sit here typing this column, that it will only be one month until I'll be attending pre-season practices, hurriedly typing up team previews and fall schedules and preparing to usher in another year of 20,000 miles on my car scurrying here and there to various sporting events.

In other words, I'd better get busy learning all the new offensive plays in the latest version of EA Sports College Football game, because my free time in August appears destined to be a tad smaller in size.

Actually, the local sports scene is already starting its buildup to the opening of fall practices. The Powell Pioneers just clinched another Northwest Conference title. Starting next week, fans will be able to take the short drive west to Cody to cheer the team on to a hopeful North Division tournament title and a spot in the state tournament field.

Little League and Babe Ruth teams will also be entering state tournament play in the not-so-distant future. Will any of those tournaments result in an extension of baseball into the month of August? Only time will tell.

Even if August doesn't contain any baseball on the agenda, it won't be much after the calendar rolls over that fans will start to get a taste for Northwest College athletics. If you want to get an early look at what your defending Region IX North champion Northwest College Trapper volleyball team looks like, circle Saturday, Aug. 7, on your calendar. The team will face off against a compilation of Northwest College alumni in an exhibition match.

One week later, Northwest College's inaugural soccer teams will trot onto a field in Billings for a pre-season scrimmage against Rocky Mountain College to officially usher in the sport's start on the NWC campus.

That same week, high school sports action —not practice, action —will get started with the Powell High School golf tournament. From that point on, we'll be on a multi-month thrill ride of non-stop sporting action for another school year.

So if you fancy yourself a sports fanatic, faithful reader (and obviously you do if you're reading this space), take the time to relax and enjoy the little bit of spare time that you have remaining. The calendar might read mid-July, but the summer swoon is almost over. In one month, we'll be hopping all over the place with another school year's worth of sports action.

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