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Tribune Staff

(Nov. 11, 1934 - June 10, 2010)

Dorothy A. Blount Friez, 75, died Thursday morning, June 10, 2010, at the Powell Valley Care Center of natural causes.

(May 19, 1961 - May 23, 2010)

Colen James Pierson, born in Powell on May 19, 1961, died May 23, 2010, while fishing at West Magic Reservoir near Shoshone, Idaho.

(Dec. 16, 1950 - March 14, 2010)

A memorial service for Diane Knopp will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 17 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery immediately after the service.

(July 23, 1934 - May 29, 2010)

Thomas W. “Tom” Sanford died Saturday, May 29, 2010, in the North Big Horn Hospital with family by his side.

Under new agreement, city will own network 18 years early

Eighteen years ahead of the original schedule, the city of Powell will own the fiber-optic network, Powellink.

The decision came Monday after the Powell City Council unanimously voted to authorize an agreement to purchase the $6.5 million bond held by private investors.


Early on, a wagon overturned while reenacting George Custer's cataclysmic trip to Little Bighorn. Arleen Kessel, of Powell, riding on the wagon train from Mandan, N.D., to Hardin, Mont., was not a happy camper. Courtesy photo/Tom Stromme, Bismarck Tribune

Powell woman rides wagon from North Dakota to Custer's Last Stand

Wagons Ho!

A Powell woman is among five people, four wagons and 14 mules that are trekking from North Dakota to Montana, tracing the doomed route of U.S. Army Lt. Col. George Custer.

Opting not to follow the advice of its consultant, the Park County Commission on Tuesday voted to increase funding to its health insurance plan by 10 percent.

The county's private insurance consultant, Eric Deeg of Western States Insurance Agency, had recommended boosting funding to the self-insured plan by at least 20 percent.


Tyler England fires the ball across the diamond after making a play in the infield during Monday's 6-5 victory over Lovell. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

Powell win streak hits double digits on Tuesday

It certainly wasn't without moments of drama, but the Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team extended its win streak into double figures with home and away wins over Lovell on Monday and Tuesday. The team also captured the championship of the Riverton Tournament over the weekend.

Powell's Kaleb Asay, three NWC riders to compete

Three members of the Northwest College rodeo team look to cap their season with All-American status at the College National Finals Rodeo. The event gets started this Sunday in Casper.

Trapper Cayd Kluesner will look to continue the late-season success that saw him vault up the standings this spring.

The early bird — or fish — gets the worm, or so it seemed around 7 a.m., Saturday. That's when kids began casting the waters of Homesteader Pond and caught trout by the creel-load.

The 24th annual kids' fishing day marked the official opening of the Homesteader Park pond, said Wade Hernandez, of the Powell Recreation District. Around 140 youth were signed up, he said.

The pond recently was stocked with 650 rainbow and brown trout, he said. The limit was four fish per fledgling angler.

Sam Hobbs of Powell, demonstrated the art of casting to his two daughters, and his coaching definitely panned out as the girls hooked trout that would easily overflow the frying pan.

Hobbs' daughter, Riley French, 11, snagged two at once. The pole was bent nearly double as the rainbows tugged the line, but Riley hauled her catch in with the finesse of a pro.

“You need one more, Riley,” sister Aubrie, 5, said.

Aubrie was not contemplating the thrill of landing the big one. Rather, she was imagining the savory flavor of spaghetti with the trout on top, she said.

There were one-hour time blocks from 6 to 10 a.m. The Hobbs family was in the 7 to 8 a.m. block, but long before 8, both girls had their limit.

Cole Young, 4, of Portland Ore., was learning the ropes from his Powell grandfather, Terry Newman.

Newman would cast and hold his grandson close, telling him to keep the line taut so he could feel the strikes. And the fish were striking.

Cole pulled in a nice rainbow, and his mother, Kerrie Young, was close at hand cheering him on.

“I'm a good fisherman,” Cole said.

Meanwhile, the trout lurked silently along the edge like silver torpedos. Often, gentle acclamations could be heard around the circular concrete shoreline as the anglers landed trout that slapped the concrete like flip-flops on summer feet.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department donated bait and fishing poles for kids in need of tackle, and the district gave a boat-load of Spider Man and Barbie doll fishing poles as prizes, Hernandez said.

One trout in the pond had a tag. The angler who caught it would win a $50 bond from Wells Fargo Bank, Hernandez said.

The kids enjoyed themselves and so did parents and grandparents. Hernandez, too, was having fun making announcements on a bull horn and checking off kids from a list as they lined up to try their luck.

Hernandez also got a kick out of the expressions of the successful anglers.

“The look on their faces,” he said.

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