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This is Homecoming week at Powell High School. Did you enjoy high school?



Tribune Staff

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Three yearling grizzlies were captured and released Saturday by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department southeast of Cooke City, Mont., because their mother was killing cattle on a ranch north of Cody. Mama bear is still at large, but will likely be captured as well. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

A yearling grizzly pops his head out of a trailer like an ill-tempered, giant prairie dog sniffing the air from a hole. Then he bounds out to stand uncertainly in the clearing a few miles southeast of Cooke City, Mont.

He stands about 25 inches at the shoulder, but is fearsome, just the same.

On edge, the observers watch. After being cooped up in the trailer for hours, will the young griz and his two siblings dash from the trailer into the wilds of the Grizzly Bear Primary Conservation Area, or, in a rage, charge the people's position?

Another massive head juts from the trailer about the dimensions of a pick-up truck bed with a shell. She moves tentatively, as though fearing the gate hanging above her head could crash shut in a split second, sealing her in the black box forever.

She steps out and stands near her brother.

It would be a nail-biting experience for the observers if there was time. But these moments, which seem to last a lifetime, are over in seconds.
The third grizzly emerges from his steel prison. His big head swivels — beady, mean eyes survey the observers like a belligerent bull facing down a matador.

He takes a couple steps toward the anxious people.

It is another tense moment spanning another lifetime. The atmosphere is charged — it's frightening, but thrilling, to observe the majestic animals less than a stone's throw away.

Local campaign receipts and expenditures in books

Mayor Scott Mangold and challenger Tim Sapp should be thankful they're running for mayor of Powell, rather than Cody.

At the end of August, the two candidates had raised a grand total of $125. Sapp had spent $25 for a filing fee, and Mangold had received a $100 donation (and had yet to spend it).

In comparison, the two Cody mayoral candidates, had already pulled in a combined sum of $13,664.01 and spent $5,732.85.

The bulk of those totals came from candidate Nancy Tia Brown, who raised just under $13,000 — about $2,000 of that from her own pocket.

She spent more than $5,000 on cards, a reception, billboard rental, print and radio ads, signs, stationery and door hangers. Brown took 55 percent of the vote in the Aug. 19 primary election.

Fellow candidate Paul E. Rankin raised and spent $667.96, roughly half of that his own money. He bought signs, a Web site and hats. Rankin received 42 percent of the primary vote.

A full calendar of games and activities is under way this week as Powell High School celebrates its annual Homecoming.

Highlights of the week include the annual Homecoming Olympics, conference volleyball action with the visiting Lovell Bulldogs and Friday night's first home game of the season against the Riverton Wolverines.

The week opened Monday with a pair of football games. The JV squad entertained Hardin, Mont., before PHS girls took the field for a powder-puff game.

Tuesday, this year's homecoming attendants and homecoming queen finalists will be announced at an afternoon assembly that will include class competitions.

Also on Tuesday, the tennis teams will take on Cody, with the varsity playing in Cody and the JVs playing in Powell. The Lady Panther volleyball team will travel to Greybull for a dual match, beginning with the freshman game at 4 p.m.

Wednesday the traditional Homecoming Olympics will take over the PHS stadium, with students competing in a variety of contests. The action starts at 6:30 p.m.

The sports schedule continues Thursday with the Lady Panthers entertaining Lovell and the freshman football team taking on Laurel in the stadium. Volleyball begins with a freshman contest at 4 p.m., followed by the JV and varsity matchups. Football kicks off at 5 p.m. The cross-country team will be competing in Lander.

Friday, PHS students will celebrate with a free barbecue at the high school at noon and the pep rally at 2:30 p.m.

The Lady Panther swimmers will entertain Cody in a meet ay 4 p.m., and the golf team will compete in the conference meet in Lovell during the day. Football will kick off at 7 p.m. at PHS stadium.

Homecoming will conclude with the student-council-sponsored dance in the PHS Commons following the game.

July 04, 2003 7:22 pm

Maria Garcia

(Dec. 28, 1950 - July 4, 2003)

Maria Garcia of 1272 W. 7th St., Powell, died Friday, July 4 at the Powell Hospital. She was 52.

She was born Dec. 28, 1950 in Mission, Texas, daughter of Tony Garcia and Maria (Gonzales) Carrizales.

Cremation has taken place, and services for immediate family members have already been held. No further services are planned.

Her family will remember that Maria touched their hearts and leaves those behind with the memory of her strength and love for life and family.

Survivors include a son, Jamie Brady and wife Kari of Powell; a daughter, Anna Owens and husband Troy of Powell; a daughter-in-law, Jenny Padilla of Powell; four brothers Pete Garcia (Lori) and Noe Garcia, both of Lovell, Ish Garcia (Sam) of Powell and Joe Rendon of Texas; four sisters, Rafeala Wilson (John) and Esther Garza (Melch), both of Lovell; Emma Busch (Walter) of Chester, Mont., and Nabu Livingston of Cody; and 11 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Torrie Waddell; a son, Johnny Padilla; a brother, Tony Garcia; a grandson, John Padilla Jr.; and a niece, Maria Lupe Brady.

September 16, 2008 4:00 am

Johnny (John) Wayne Hartung

Dec. 29, 1946 - Sept. 11, 2008

Powell native Johnny (John) Wayne Hartung, 61, died Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Menlo Park, Calif.

Graveside services and burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell at a date to be announced after shipment of the body from California.

Officiating will be John's sister, Rev. Gina Hartung. Chairs will be provided.

Johnny Wayne Hartung was born at the old hospital in Powell on Dec. 29, 1946, to Lonnie Gene Hartung and Nona Belle Hartung. He went to kindergarten and Powell schools, graduating from Powell High School in 1965. He played football and was a wrestler.

In December of 1965, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and completed basic training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was proud to be a Marine, and after a short leave at home, he was deployed to Vietnam from Camp LeJeune in North Carolina.

He worked in the laundry at DaNang, Vietnam. The following December a bullet exploded while he was taking clothes out of the dryer, and it went into his arm at the elbow and traveled up the center of the arm to the bone. The bullet was removed at the military hospital; during his hospital stay he received 28 shots of penicillin, and the Prime Minister of Vietnam visited him, shook his hand and gave him two Vietnamese dolls, which are still in the possession of the family.

His duties in Vietnam included carrying radios in the field and receiving and caring for U.S. troop casualties.

After his discharge, he became an auto parts salesman at a Powell garage. He married, but never had any children.

On Aug. 31, 1991, he married Tracie L. Radcliff in Calfiornia, and he became a truck driver. They lived in Hayward, Calif. He retired when he was diagnosed with diabetes and required insulin. His illness lasted several years until fluid could not be controlled.

Family members are comforted at the memory of John's neat sense of humor that gathered friends easily. His mother will always remember when he called, saying, “Hello, Mother of mine.” He collected guns and knives and dearly loved dogs. Jackson, a dachshund, survives him.

Survivors include his wife, Tracie; his mother, Nona B. Allen of Powell; a sister, Rev. Gina L. Hartung of Great Falls, Mont.; mother-in-law, Carlean Radcliff of Mountain View, Calif.; brothers-in-law, Michael Radcliff of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mark Radcliff of Mountain View, Calif.; aunts, Marilyn J. McDonnell and Arlene A. Dedman, both of Billings, Mont.; a very special cousin/brother, Allen C. Dedman, of Billings; and special friends, Irene Crawford of Belt, Mont., and David and Terri Wynn of San Jose, Calif.

John's cousin, Allen C. Dedman, made many trips to California to see him and take care of him. They were “brothers.” There are many cousins who survive him.

Cards may be sent in care of 224 S. Mountain View St., Powell, WY 82435. Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Powell High School running back Billy Harshman (left) fights for yardage after losing his helmet during Friday's matchup with the top-ranked Buffalo Bison. David Carkhuff/Buffalo Bulletin

Second half sinks Panthers' upset bid

An upset bid by the Powell High School Panthers came to a screeching halt during the second half of their road matchup with the top-ranked, Class 4A Buffalo Bison Friday evening.

The third-ranked Panthers, leading 7-0 at halftime, were outscored 14-0 in the second half in a game that PHS head coach Jim Stringer described as a tale of two halves.

“In the first half, we were able to get the lead and we were playing pretty well,” Stringer said. “In the second half, it was their show. It was like two totally different ballgames.”

As an example of the difference between the first and second halves, Stringer pointed to a number of key statistics. The Panthers (1-1), after picking up 109 rushing yards in the first two quarters against the stubborn Bison defense, managed a mere 12 yards on the ground in the third and fourth quarters combined. On the flip side, Buffalo (2-0), which was held to 81 yards rushing in the first half, ended the game with 244 yards on the ground. Part of Buffalo's turnaround in the second half was attributed to their decision to use a dive option instead of the speed option they used in the first half.

September 16, 2008 4:00 am

Youth is served

Murray highlights efforts for PHS

Freshman Desiree Murray's second-place effort was among the highlights for Powell High School's boys and girls cross country squads during last Friday's Cody Invitational at Don Little Park.

Murray, who missed PHS's season-opening meet in Billings a week earlier because of a family obligation, recorded a time of 22:59 during her varsity debut and helped the Lady Panthers to a first-place finish in the team standings. PHS paced the seven-team field with 31 points. The remainder of the top four was rounded out by Worland (52 points), Cody (68) and Lander (76).

Murray completed last week's event as the runner-up to Cody High School junior Sierra Jech, who took the top spot in the girls' portion of the meet with an impressive time of 22:03.

The Lady Panthers' other freshman, Alyssa Rodriguez, also enjoyed a stellar showing Friday. She finished the meet with a time of 23:54, which was the Lady Panthers' third-fastest time. Her effort also helped her land an eighth-place finish in the overall standings.

Cliff Boos, head coach of PHS's cross country squads, entered this season eager to see how well the Lady Panthers would stack up against the competition, particularly in the Class 3A ranks. So far, he's pleased with what has transpired.

“With everybody back, we knew the girls were going to be competitive,” Boos said. “(Desiree and Alyssa) have been two great additions, and being able to add to our lineup from last year really helps.”

PHS's girls squad also got a strong series of efforts from a trio of veteran runners, including seniors Lauren Dunleavy and Jordan Bigelow and junior Skye Albert. Dunleavy and Bigelow finished fifth and ninth overall with times of 23:26 and 24:06, respectively. Albert rounded out the Lady Panthers' point-scoring efforts with a 12th-place finish and a time of 24:26. Juniors Emily Schwahn and Kristi Mingus also ran well, according to Boos, and finished 15th and 16th in the overall standings. Schwahn posted a time of 25:21, and Mingus was close on her heels with a 25:27.

In the boys' portion of the meet, the Panthers notched a fifth-place effort. Lander took the top spot with 41 points. Worland (43 points) was the runner-up, and Cody (81), Riverton (82) and Powell (98) followed. Wyoming Indian's Caleb Her Many Horses had the top individual time. He finished with an 18:03.

Among the team leaders for the Panthers were a pair of Patricks — senior Patrick Sullivan and sophomore Patrick Voss. Sullivan, who was 18th overall, was the top placer for PHS with a time of 20:59. Voss was close behind and finished 19th with a 21:02.

Sophomore Danny McKearney ended the day in 24th place with a 21:45, and senior Alex Speiser's 22:40 helped him to a 29th-place finish.

Senior Jake Firnekas rounded out the scoring efforts for Powell with his 22:41, which put him in 30th place.

PHS junior Colton Smith and sophomore Tyler McCauley added 33rd- and 35th-place efforts with times of 23:08 and 23:47, respectively.

• Up next: PHS's boys and girls teams have one meet scheduled this week, and it will take place Thursday in Lander. The start time for the event is 4 p.m.

“I'm very impressed so far,” Boos said. “I thought both the boys and girls did well in our first meet in Billings, and they both ran well in Cody. We'll keep working, hope we can keep people healthy and see how things play out.”

September 16, 2008 4:00 am

PHS swimmers top Worland

Lady Panthers third at Dozah Invitational

The Powell High School Lady Panthers outswam Worland in dual competition and earned a third-place finish Saturday in their own Gene Dozah Invitational.

The Powell swimmers earned seven first-place finishes in Worland, split the second-place finishes with the Lady Warriors and took nine of the 12 third-place efforts to earn a 114-71 victory last Thursday.

Monique Zorgati swam to a pair of first-place finishes in both the individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle to lead the Lady Panthers. Samantha Baker topped the field in the 200, and Jenna Hotovec did the same in the breaststroke, and diver Laura Morse earned her third first-place finish in a row. The 200- and 400-yard relay teams completed the first-place finishes for the meet.

Hannah Toland swam her first qualifying time of the year to finish second in the butterfly, and Jessica Curtis finished second in the 50 and the 500. Alice Pinter added a second-place performance in the backstroke, and Kourtnie Rodgers did the same in the breaststroke. The medley relay team added a second-place finish to the team score.

Maddy Jones contributed two third-place finishes in the 200 and the breaststroke, and Baker finished third in the butterfly. Other third-place winners were Jessica Wurzel in the individual medley, Anya Tracy in the 50, Stepfanie Thompson in diving, Rodgers in the 100 and Pinter in the breaststroke, along with two relay B teams in the medley and 400.

Rounding out the scoring were fourth-place efforts by Belen Quillen, Christina Dietz, Ryanne McDaniel, Leigh Bush, Kylie Zickefoose, and the 400 relay C team. Courtnie Pool also earned a fourth-place finish, but as Powell's fourth swimmer in the butterfly, she did not score team points.
On Saturday, Baker led the Lady Panthers to a third-place finish with a first-place performance in the backstroke and a runner-up effort in the 100. She also added first- and second-place finishes as part of relay teams. Baker joined Zorgati, Pinter and Curtis on the 400 relay squad, which edged Lander to end the meet. The 200 relay team of Baker, Pinter, Curtis and Jones finished second.

The Lady Panthers accumulated 227 points to finish behind Lander's 335 and Riverton's 242. Cody finished fourth with 138.

Zorgati earned the Lady Panther's only third-place finish in the 200 and added a sixth in the 400. Pinter earned fourth in the 50 and sixth in the 200, and Jones was fifth in the butterfly and sixth in the individual medley. Curtis was sixth in the butterfly and eighth in the 50, while Alyssa Smith finished fifth in the backstroke and 10th in the individual medley.

Four divers finished in the top 12, including Morse, who finished fourth. Thompson finished seventh, Nicole Emmett 10th and Dietz 11th.

Other top-12 finishers were Quillen in the 200 and 400, Jenna Hotovec in the breaststroke, Tracy in the backstroke, Rodgers in the 100 and the breaststroke, Bush in the backstroke and Sierra Baker in the individual medley.

Toland was the only new state qualifier in the competition, according to PHS coach Karen Roles, but a number of swimmers swam their best times of the season. Hotovec swam her lifetime best in the 100, cutting four seconds off her best previous time, and Dakota Jones cut eight seconds from the time in the 400 meters to swim her lifetime best. Jones also swam her season's best in the 50.

Other season's best times were recorded by Samantha Baker, Jones, Tracy, Zickefoose, Quillen, Sierra Baker, Pinter, Olivia Paxton, and Bush.
Roles said the team's times are normal for this time of the season.

“They're tired right now,” Roles said. “You never swim your best times during the middle of the season.”

Roles said the team has been focused on “streamlining in turns,” and the swimmers have been improving, and she praised her team's energy and team spirit.

“They've been very enthusiastic. There's been a lot of cheering during events,” Roles said. “Our enthusiasm is high, and that's always a plus.”

The Lady Panthers will entertain the Cody Fillies Friday afternoon in their only competition of the week. The meet, originally scheduled to take place in Cody, has been moved to Powell, and the time has been changed to 4 p.m. to accommodate homecoming activities.

September 16, 2008 4:00 am

City commits to Sletten

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This is the most recent rendering of the aquatic center's design, provided by the City of Powell. Certain aspects of it, such as the window wall, may not be in the final plan. The Powell City Council will continue discussing alternates of the design with Sletten Construction. Courtesy illustration

Construction of aquatic center with 8-lane pool expected to start in October

Powell will get its pool.

On Monday, the Powell City Council approved a contract with Sletten Construction, and construction on the new aquatic center is expected to begin in October. The decision came after years of planning, discussion and, at times, heated debate.

“It's been a long, hard struggle,” said Councilman Jim Hillberry. “We've been working toward a common goal and reached it. It will be a facility we can all be proud of in the future, meeting the needs of the community, the schools — everyone.”

The council approved plans for an aquatic center with an eight-lane competition pool and recreational features, including a lazy river, spray pad and toddler slide.

By law, Sletten Construction had to hold its bid until Monday, Sept. 8 — 60 days after the bid opening on July 10. After that, the company could legally alter its bid.

With that in mind, David Burbach of Burbach Aquatics, Inc., told the council Monday that it “should be in a position to award the contract with value engineering.”

Over the past two months, Sletten and Burbach worked on that value engineering, which basically entails finding alternative brands or materials that would help lower the $9.4 million project cost.

Some changes were minor and only accounted for $400, while more major changes would save the city more than $40,000.

The council discussed the alternates, but will decide on some major projects, such as the roof, in future work sessions with Sletten.

Certain projects, and therefore a concrete price tag, are pending, said City Administrator Zane Logan. Shawn Warner of Sletten Construction agreed to work on specific alternates with the city.

“He knows he has the job, but there's still going to be discussion on fluting, the roof and other projects,” Logan said. “He realizes that's yet to be determined.”

September 11, 2008 4:40 am

Gym's future fades

A report to the school board left the future of the old Powell High School gymnasium looking dimmer Tuesday night.

Following a report from Superintendent Kevin Mitchell on a meeting with the Wyoming School Facilities Commission and comments by Powell Middle School principal Jason Sleep, the District No. 1 board appeared ready to designate the site of the old gym as the location of a new middle school. Since the item was not on the agenda as a business item, however, Mitchell told the board they would have to wait until the October meeting to act on the issue.

A group headed by Ric Rodriguez has asked that the district delay the decision for eight months to a year while efforts to find an alternative that would preserve the gym as a community recreation center are explored. At a meeting of the board and the Powell City Council last month Rodriguez offered two alternatives for a site for the new school, including one that would relocate the school to city-owned land across the street from the new high school and one that would use the current site but would require closing Third St.

At Tuesday's meeting, however, Mitchell indicated that the board should make a decision by January to avoid a delay in building a new middle school. Referring to a capital facilities tax proposed by Rodriguez as a major part of funding for preserving the gym, Mitchell noted that such a tax would not be on a ballot until Nov. 2010, and by that time, projections indicate the middle school will face over-crowding.