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September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Irene Ley

(Dec. 21, 1921 - Sept. 28, 2008)

Irene Ley, formerly of Powell and Cody, died Sunday, Sept. 28 at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell. She was 86.

She was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Ashley, N.D. to John and Dorothy Ley. She was one of eight children along with sisters Esther and Inez and brothers Bill, Clarence, Floyd, Ted and Henry.

Irene married the love of her life, Rudolph R. Ley, on Jan. 14, 1942. They were married for 64 years.

To this union were born Sharon Sammons of Lovell and a very special daughter, Kathryn.

Irene was thankful for her family, plus the added bonus of grandchildren Ty Sammons of Byron, Kyle Sammons of Rock Springs and Keri Sammons of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The highlight of Irene's life was living long enough to see her great-granddaughter, Gentry Sammons, arrive in July of 2008.

Irene was a loving, caring and nurturing woman and will be missed by all who knew her. In addition to her own children, she helped raise nieces, nephews and anyone who needed a home, whether it was short-term or longer. She was there to help out in a time of need. She took care of Kathryn for 50 years.

She loved to cook and feed everyone. She always had a beautiful garden and canned her produce and delivered eggs for years.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph; her daughter, Kathryn; her parents, John and Dorothy; sister, Esther; and all her brothers.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Lovell. Haskell Funral Home is in charge.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Kathleen Patricia Shannon

(Oct. 30, 1976 - Sept. 23, 2008)

Kathleen Patricia Shannon, 31, died Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Denver after a long illness.

She was born in Powell Oct. 30, l976. She attended Westside Elementary and Powell Middle School until 1989 when she moved with her family to Cody. She graduated from Cody High School in 1995. She went on to college, graduating from Texas Tech in Lubbock with a bachelor's degree in Business Management.

She worked for Wells Fargo Bank in Denver for more than ten years, most recently as a commercial banker.

Kathleen was a fun-loving, gentle person who enjoyed watching movies, especially romantic chick flicks. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Patricia and Robert Thomas of Cody; her father, Roger Shannon of Colorado; her brother, Patrick, sister-in-law Angela and nephew Forrest all of Englewood, Colo.; her grandparents, Charles and LaVerne Shannon of Pueblo, Colo.; her maternal grandmother, Connie Horan of Keene, N,H.; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. She also leaves behind her boyfriend, Veron Nedrick, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Patrick Horan, and her brother, Michael David Shannon. She was loved and will be missed by all.

For those who wish, memorial contributions to Cody Cupboard Food Bank, P.O. Box 3006, Cody WY 82414 will be appreciated by the family.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Cody on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m., officiated by Father Clark. Interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Cody.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Patricia Louise Rhoads

(May 25, 1933 - Sept. 24, 2008)

Garland resident Patricia Louise Rhoads, 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 24 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont.

A Wyoming native, she was born May 25, 1933, in Arvada to Walter J. and LaReva Shoemaker Amende. She attended school at Sheridan High School in Sheridan.

On Sept. 6, 1952, she married Buckley Rhoads in Sheridan. She spent her entire life living in Wyoming. She was a master gardener, homemaker and hobbyist. She enjoyed being an artist, quilting, crocheting, knitting, crafting and gardening. She received numerous awards at the county fair. In the eyes of her family, she was the greatest mom and grandma in the world.

She is survived by her husband Buckley Rhoads; three sons, Buckley (Juanita) Rhoads of Sheridan, Scott (Paula) Rhoads of Cody and Cody (Susan) Rhoads of Douglas; three daughters, Kaye Rhoads and Greg Jones of Powell, Cindy Scheneman and Tom Steed of Douglas and Tracey (Dana) Young of Powell; a brother, Melvin Sears of Finley, Wash.;three sisters, Shirley Graves of Kennewick, Wash., Gloria Ann Rowlette of Kennewick, Wash., and Colleen Parker of Kennewick, Wash.; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, LaReva Sears; father, Walter J. Amende; brother, Wayne Amende; and sister, Rosa Lee Welch of Kennewick, Wash.

Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 29 at Thompson Funeral Home, followed bygraveside Services at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the Pat Rhoads Memorial Fund at 700 Bighorn Ave., Powell, WY 82435.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Support efforts to reopen ski area

The recent announcement that Sleeping Giant Ski Area will not reopen this year was a disappointment to many.


The North Fork ski area, closed since 2004, is the place where many Park County residents first experienced the joy of flying down a snow-covered mountain.
The Yellowstone Recreations Foundation, the non-profit group behind the revitalization of the ski area, says funding hasn't come in as quickly

as necessary for the area to operate during the 2008-2009 season. Organizers were correct in concluding that going into debt before the area is even operating would not be a wise choice.

The foundation must raise about $3 million for various improvements, including a new chair lift, snow-making equipment and a major expansion of skiable terrain — from 47 acres to 180 acres. So far, the foundation has drummed up about $1.3 million. A $500,000 grant from the Wyoming Business Council could push the total close to $2 million. But there's still a long way to go.

The Yellowstone Recreations Foundation and its supporters have emphasized the benefits of Sleeping Giant being a “community” ski area. A primary goal is to create a place where the youth of this county can learn a lifetime sport — one that gets people off the couch, out of the house and into the great outdoors.

That's surely a good aim. But if it is going to become a reality, it will need the support — financial and otherwise — of people from across Park County.

September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Spanish Club students present their club at Northwest College recently. From left, Yesica Jurado originally of Mexico and now from Cody, Melissa Arriagada from Chile, Paulina Maldonado from Chile, Elizabeth Hoffman from Cody, and Silvia Haase from Chile gather at the booth. The students from Chile provided a taste of their culture last week as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

Chilean students share piece of culture

When locals hear the word “Chile,” they may initially think of a warm meal, a cold morning or a type of pepper. But a country?

“Many people here don't know about Chile,” said Maria Lazcano, a Chilean student studying at Northwest College.

On Friday, four students from Chile shared their country's history, culture, dances, geography and food to teach people about the country.

Lazcano said she wanted people at the presentation to “know our country exists, and to show them a bit of our culture.”

Fellow student Melissa Arriagada agreed.

September 25, 2008 3:00 am

Help with heating costs

State, utility representatives offer assistance

Heating costs will be higher this year, but state and company officials say they believe they won't be as bad as predicted last summer.


Chris Petrie of the Wyoming Public Service Commission brought that prediction, along with information about programs, to help residents lower their bills or receive assistance in paying them to Powell last week.

Petrie told the small group in attendance that the commission visited Powell and other Wyoming communities because last summer's predicted increases in the cost of natural gas raised concerns about their impact on residents, particularly those on low or fixed incomes.

At the time, Petrie said, the outlook was for an increase of $300 to $350 over last winter's heating costs for months of November through April. Since then, he said, gas prices have moderated and “it hasn't been as bad as expected.”
Still, predictions are for average increased costs of $200 to $250 this year for the heating season. Petrie said the price for gas has been volatile, and prices could rise again.

September 25, 2008 3:00 am

Medical building still sits empty


Contractor, hospital board frustrated over delays and inspection problems

So close — but so far away.

The contractor for the new medical building and Powell Hospital District board members agreed heartily on one thing on Monday: they're frustrated.

The new building is very close to completion, with only small details needed to finish it. But, because some of those small details have to do with the fire-safety system, they are keeping Powell Valley Healthcare from occupying the building.

“We're no closer to finishing the building today than we were Wednesday or Tuesday or Monday last week, or the week before,” said Shawn Warner of Sletten

Construction of Wyoming, the contractor for the building job.

September 25, 2008 3:00 am

Clinton Lamar Livingston

(Jan. 23, 1933 - Sept. 23, 2008)

Clinton Lamar Livingston, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Powell Valley Care Center after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

He was born Jan. 23, 1933, in Thayne, Wyo., to Clinton and Leone Livingston. He was raised in Alpine, the third of eight children.

His life without education was often hard, but after joining the U.S. Navy at 20, he made his living in construction and ranching, becoming a jack of all trades.

Survivors include a son, Ronnie Bowman of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and siblings Barbara Ellis of Ririe, Idaho, Darlene Frey (Leonard) of Cody, Gloria Knight of Etna, Ted (Lylia) Livingston of Cody, Anne McCraw of Idaho Falls and Pamela Foulds (Gordon) of Idaho Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Douglas Livingston.

Graveside services will be Friday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Cody. Thompson Funeral Home is in charge.

September 25, 2008 2:56 am

Sally Ann Cruz

(May 26, 1938 - Sept. 22, 2008)

Sally Ann Cruz, 70, died Monday, Sept. 22 at Powell Valley Hospital after a long struggle with cancer.

She was born May 26, 1938 in Powell, daughter of Santiago and Sally Alvarez. She attended Powell schools and graduated from Powell High School in 1956.
Sally married Valentine Cruz on Aug. 7, 1957, in Powell. In addition to being a homemaker, she was a baker at the Powell Valley Hospital for 34 years.

She was a member of St. Barbara's Catholic Church and also belonged to American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW and Eagles. Sally enjoyed traveling, gardening and visiting family and friends. She loved all types of music, especially country and Mexican music.

Her family will remember Sally as a loving and caring mother and grandmother who always had a friendly smile on her face and was devoted to caring for her family. In recent years, Sally and Angel enjoyed traveling across the U.S. to visit family and friends.

Survivors include three sons, Valentine Cruz Jr. of Yakima, Wash., James (Barbara) Cruz of Lincoln, Nebr., and Henry (Sherri) Cruz of Fairview, Mont.; two daughters, Charlene Large of Three Rivers, Mont., and Rachel (Shaun) Cruz-Nickles of Worland; two brothers, Tony (Lola) Alvarez of Cody and Raymond (Julie) Alvarez of Thorton, Colo.; a sister, Vera Villareal of Sacramento, Calif.; her companion of the last nine years, Jose (Angel) DeLeon of Powell; 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by brothers-in-law, Pete Cruz of Fremont, Calif., Tim (Marge) Cruz of Powell and Martin Cruz of Salt Lake City, Utah; and sisters-in-law, Avelina Cruz of Powell, Tomasa (Lupe) Macias of San Lorenzo, Calif., Rosalia (Art) Velasquez of Garden Grove, Calif., Julia (Edward) Mascarenas of Las Cruces, N.M., and Vera Cruz of Pueblo, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Santiago and Felicitas Alvarez; her husband, Valentine Cruz; and her sister, Connie Gutierrez.

Rosary will be said Friday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at St. Barbara's, with Father Glen Szczechowki officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.

As political hoopla escalates in the final six weeks before Election Day, it may seem unusual for Democrats and Republicans to agree on a major national issue. Yet, as they considered the largest financial bailout in American history, that's exactly what members of Congress did — agreed.

Members of both parties challenged Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on the $700 billion rescue plan. Wary Democrats called it unacceptable. Upset Republicans said it was un-American.

The bailout may be the best solution for a fluctuating financial market, but it's a good sign for taxpayers that lawmakers are asking tough questions and determining whether the proposed federal rescue really is the best solution.

In the height of a heated and historic election year, both parties are anxious. Yet, in an increasingly unstable market, lawmakers need to put partisanship aside and decide what's best for every American taxpayer — red, blue or purple.

Wyoming lawmakers and candidates, both Democrat and Republican, voiced their concern this week over the bailout.

Republican Sen. Mike Enzi criticized the Bush administration for the plan's lack of detail, and he spelled out the cost of a $700 billion bailout. It could cost every American man, woman and child $2,300 in taxes, he said.

Enzi called for proper oversight and accountability for the taxpayer, and rightly so.

Democratic U.S. House candidate Gary Trauner shared the concern for accountability. He added that the plan goes against American capitalism as it privatizes the profits, but socializes the losses.

These next six weeks will determine much in America's future, both politically and economically. Whether Democrat or Republican, our elected leaders need to consider what is best for America — not a party — and to stabilize America's crumbling economy.