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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.

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Lady Trappers (from left to right) Maddie Peterson, Katie Gregg, Carol Martin, Thabata Galvao, Marisa Shigetomi and Angela Schuman celebrate a point by NWC during Monday night's match victory against Dawson Community College. Tribune photo by David Dickey

After 28 road matches, NWC gets to shine in Cabre

Playing at home for the first time in 2008, the Northwest College Lady Trappers put on a solid display of finesse and power on the volleyball court during a match victory over Montana-based Dawson Community College.

A vocal and enthusiastic crowd greeted the Lady Trappers, who opened the season with 28 road matches. In return, first-year NWC head coach Flavia Siqueira and her team treated the fans to an impressive performance in which the Lady Trappers won all three sets by identical scores of 25-11.

For Siqueira, the decision gave her a victory during her first match in the friendly confines of Cabre Gymnasium. The contest also was a golden opportunity for the team to show fellow students and NWC fans just how much the Lady Trapper volleyball program has progressed since the season began Aug. 22 at the

College of Southern Idaho's Outback Invitational.
Prior to Monday night, the Lady Trappers had amassed 21 wins and sustained just seven losses. In 2007, NWC finished the season with an overall mark of 12-34.

“The crowd was amazing,” Siqueira said of the welcome the team received. “The girls were so happy to see such a good turnout. The place was packed with students, and they were really loud. We like that because we're a very vocal team. Having a crowd like the one we had tonight really helps.”

It didn't take long for the noise level to reach a thunderous roar as NWC freshman outside hitter Irelis Avendano registered a kill that knocked a Dawson player to the ground. Avendano's effort gave NWC a 6-1 lead in the first set and resulted in a timeout by Buccaneer coach John Marble. His attempt to rally his squad, however, fell short as NWC followed by quickly claiming the first set of the night.

The Buccaneers, who were out of sync early because of the noise level and strong play of the Lady Trappers, never recovered. However, after the game one of Dawson's players admitted that even in defeat, the atmosphere was one her squad enjoyed.

“We weren't expecting anything like that,” said Dawson's Melissa Yarbrough. “It was a surprise, but it was a lot of fun. It's always fun to play when it's loud like that.”

Sets two and three produced the same results as the Lady Trappers maintained their stranglehold on the momentum. Along the way, a number of Lady Trappers posted impressive statistics. Maddie Peterson and Avendano finished with eight and seven kills each. Both players also finished with eight digs.

Sophomore setter Carol Martin enjoyed a stellar performance as well by recording 26 assists and nine digs. Rebekah DePesa, a freshman from Phoenix, Ariz., had a solid effort, particularly at the service line. She finished the night with three aces.

The home opener proved to be memorable for all of the Lady Trappers, but for Peterson and Angela Schuman, the victory was especially sweet. Those two are the only returning players from last year's team, which recorded a respectable 12 victories under the direction of former Powell High School graduate Jesseca Cross.

Cross served as an interim coach in 2007 despite not having any coaching experience. She took the position after the leading candidate for the coaching spot declined NWC's job offer following an extensive search to fill the position, which was left open following the 2006 season.

Peterson, who also is a team captain, said the turnaround and the stability the Lady Trappers now have are both welcomed sights. She also said she believed a reversal of fortunes was a possibility as soon as she met Siqueira.

“I came into the season with a lot of big expectations for this team,” Peterson said. “Early on, I could tell by (Siqueira's) coaching style that we could be a winning team. Our first practice showed us quite a bit as far as the intensity level she expects. She's quick to show you how to do something the right way, and she's a very vocal coach. The practices are intense, but it's worth it. And I'm so glad we were able to come out and give her a win in her first match at home.”

• Up next: The Lady Trappers (22-7) will travel to Miles City, Mont., for a Saturday contest with Miles Community College. They will then have the luxury of playing four straight matches at home, starting with a Tuesday, Sept. 30 date with Casper College at 7 p.m.

Last Monday proved to be a memorable and historic night at Hank Cabre Gymnasium on the Northwest College campus with the much-anticipated home opener for the Lady Trapper volleyball team.

Since late August, head coach Flavia Siqueira and her squad have been on a roll. They entered Monday's matchup with Dawson Community College sporting a 21-7 record. The drawback to their great start is that most of us in Powell have had to hear about their matches instead of seeing them, thanks to a grueling road slate to open 2008.

NWC's first 28 matches were played outside of Powell. Finally, however, the Lady Trappers were able to showcase their skills in front of their fellow students, the NWC faculty and the rest of their fan base from Powell and the surrounding area. And trust me when I say they didn't disappoint in what proved to be an electrifying atmosphere for volleyball.

At the beginning of the match, the gym was as loud as I've heard it during the three years I've been attending sporting events at NWC. There were times when it was almost impossible to hear the person next to you speak because of the crowd noise. It stayed that way until the very end when the majority of the student section pulled out their keys and started the chant of “Start the bus” as a final farewell to the Buccaneers.

Teams feed off of such enthusiasm and support, and it was great that this year's version of the Lady Trappers received such a warm welcome home. They responded by treating everyone to a match win in three sets (21-11, 21-11 and yes, for a third time, 21-11). Even Dawson's players, who appeared a bit awe struck by the crowd support Monday, said they loved the atmosphere.

On a historic note, the match was Siqueira's first at home. Fortunately, her memory of the night will be a good one since her team dominated Dawson from start to finish. The night was also significant because it was the first official sporting event in Hank Cabre Gymnasium with the new stadium seating. The new scoreboard, which is close to being completely installed, also was a nice touch, as was everything else from the Trapper Booster Club's pre-match tailgate party to the full-color volleyball media guides to the new press row.

I often hear coaches and players thanking fans for coming out to their games. In this case, I think the fans, myself included, should offer a similar thank you to the volleyball team for their efforts so far this season and to athletic director Jim Zeigler and everyone else who made everything about Monday's match a first-class event. The good news is, Monday was just the tip of the iceberg as far as what's to come as far as NWC's athletic programs are concerned. The first contest at home was a major success, and I'm already looking forward to going back for more.