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In the contest for Powell mayor, incumbent Scott Mangold was victorious in the primary with nearly 65 percent (730) of the votes.
Challenger Tim Sapp, current Ward 3 city councilman, trailed with 34 percent, or 386 votes. There were nine write-in votes.
Mangold said he experienced mixed emotions about the primary.
“I was happy that the majority of people (who voted) thought we're going in the right direction as far as the mayor's race. But I was disappointed that more people weren't out voting,” he said.
On Wednesday, Sapp said, “I don't have a comment at this time. I haven't seen the (primary) results yet to know what's going on.”
In addition, three city council seats are up for grabs this year. The Ward 1 city council race pits incumbent Jim Hillberry against newcomer Shea Reel. Hillberry captured 68 percent of the primary votes, with Reel getting just over 30 percent. There were 5 write-in votes in the Ward 1 tabulation.
Of the results, Hillberry said, “Of course when you're the top vote-getter, you're always happy. I appreciate the confidence of the people who get out and vote for me. I thank them for that, and we'll continue on and try to do the best job we can for the city of Powell.”
Shea Reel said the results of the primary will push him to try a little bit harder.
August 20, 2008 2:08 pm

Golf season begins today

Panthers start in Riverton
A young Panther golf team will make its season debut in Riverton today (Thursday),
and head coach Troy Hildebrand is looking forward to getting started.
“I am very excited about this year's team,” he said. “We've had a number of players put a lot of time in this summer, and I really think that it's going to pay big dividends this season for them.”
One of the team's distinctive features will be its youth — there are no seniors on the roster. However, three returning players have significant varsity experience from last year.
Bryan Borcher, a two-time letter winner, is one of those experienced players who played a lot of summer golf, Hildebrand said.
Last year, as a sophomore, Borcher was named as the team's most improved, shaving 11 shots from his average score as a freshman.
“He's certainly capable of that same type of improvement this year,” Hildebrand said.
August 20, 2008 2:06 pm

Marguerite Sara Frame

June 24, 1915 - Aug. 10, 2008
Marguerite Sara Frame, formerly of Frannie, died Sunday, Aug. 10, at a nursing home in the Los Angeles area.
She was the daughter of Seraphine (Joe) Verhasselt and Sara Rosalie Anderson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph (Jocko) Frame; and a son, Fren Frame.
She is survived by a son, Larry Frame of Salt Lake City, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at the Deaver cemetery on Aug. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
August 20, 2008 1:20 pm

Lynn R. Borcher

(May 27, 1949 - Aug. 18, 2008)
Powell insurance agent Lynn R. Borcher died at West Park Hospital in Cody Monday, Aug. 18 after an apparent heart attack while fishing on the North Fork with his brother, Kenny. He was 59.
He was born May 27, 1949, in Powell to Richard G. Borcher and Verlee (Walters) Borcher. Lynn was raised on a farm in the Deaver area and graduated from Deaver High School in 1967, and later from Rocky Mountain College with a B.S. degree.
He married Kathy Coughlin June 19, 1971, in Williston, N.D. They lived in Williston until 1979 when they moved to Powell.
He was a past president of the Powell Kiwanis Club and a former Kiwanian of the Year. He was active in civic life and served on the Powell Clarks Fork Conservation Supervisor Board and the Park County Weed and Pest Board.
Lynn was at home in his beloved Wyoming wilderness and loved hunting and fishing. While he was taken from them too soon, his family members are comforted in the fact that he accomplished so many things, including a stint at farming which was what he truly wanted to do in his life.
He was a naturally-gifted athlete who excelled in track, football and basketball in high school and track and football at Rocky Mountain College. He will be missed the most for his wonderful sense of humor and kind nature.
Lynn enjoyed time spent with his family and especially his four precious granddaughters.
Survivors include his wife Kathy of Powell; a son, Benjamin Borcher (Jessi) of Powell; two daughters, Elizabeth Becking (Tim) of Sheridan and Julie Alley (Chad Miner) of Powell; two brothers, Ken Borcher (Debbie) and Gene Borcher (Rhonda), both of Powell; two sisters, Carol Addy of Page, Ariz., and Kathy Nies (Jim) of Gillette; and four grandchildren, Kailee and Breanna Becking, McKenna Alley and Peyton Borcher.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Verlee Borcher; his paternal and maternal grandparents; and his brother-in-law, Dave Addy.
A celebration of Lynn's life will be held at the multipurpose buuilding at the Park County Fairgroundsin Powell at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. The Rev. David Poole will preside.
August 20, 2008 1:20 pm

Wings n' Wheels numbers up

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Spectators watched as Red Devil pilots Dan McLung and Buck Roetman cross paths in mid flight as part of their aerobatics performance at Saturday's Wings and Wheels show that took place August 15 and 16 at the Powell Municipal Airport.
Tribune photo by Kara Bacon
The annual Wing ‘n' Wheels event this past weekend was a success, according to Rinda Coons, interim executive director of the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“The numbers were definitely up this year for the car show. We had 100 cars entered,” she said, “Numbers were up for general attendance, too.”
She added that she would have exact numbers later this week.
“The pilots said it went well. They seemed pretty happy, so that's good,” she said, “The weather was beautiful, thank goodness. It wasn't too hot or cold, so that was great.”
The family-oriented event, in its twelfth year, featured an aerial performance by Red Eagle Air Sports, a vintage car show, and flights for the public, as well as food and entertainment.
August 18, 2008 1:23 pm

Climbing the ladder

Wetzel hopes to complete journey from Pioneers' bat boy to Wall of Fame
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Ben Wetzel, shown in front of the Powell Pioneers' Wall of Fame, recently completed his second year as the bat boy for the team. His contributions and dedication to the team during the regular season were rewarded with an invitation to travel with the team to Cheyenne for the recent state tournament. Tribune photo by David Dickey
Ben Wetzel has many aspirations when it comes to his baseball career. Like many 11-year-old boys, he envisions greatness on the diamond, particularly the one at Ed Lynn Field, which serves as the home of the Powell Pioneers.
The team's self-proclaimed No. 1 fan, Wetzel sees himself one day blasting a game-winning home run or making a stellar defensive play to help the orange and black to a dramatic victory. That, he said, is all part of what it will take for him to realize his goal of earning a spot on the Pioneers' Wall of Fame, which decorates the front side of the concession stand at the local American Legion ballpark.
The wall is adorned with photos of Pioneers past and present who have achieved some type of noteworthy milestone, whether it's hitting .400 in a season or striking out 21 batters in a game. Like those already there, Wetzel hopes to one day carve out his own little space on the wall and in Pioneers' lore.
Wetzel, who carries the nickname Bucky, still has a few years to go before he will have a chance to make that dream become a reality, so for now he's content to fulfill his role as the team's bat boy. But if his ability to handle whatever tasks are tossed his way in his current position is any indicator, Wetzel's a lock to achieve Pioneer greatness.
August 18, 2008 1:22 pm

Big decisions made in primary

Today (Tuesday) is Wyoming's primary. It's important not to discount this election.
Voters, both Republicans and Democrats, have some tough choices to make.
Republicans will choose between Mark Gordon, Michael Holland, Cynthia Lummis and Bill Winney to challenge Democrat Gary Trauner for Barbara Cubin's seat in the U.S. House.
Democrats, too, have some decisions to make. Wyoming's two U.S. Senate seats currently are occupied by Senators Mike Enzi and John Barasso — both Republicans. Democrats Al Hamburg and Chris Rothfuss are squaring off to run for Enzi's spot, while Nick Carter and Keith Goodenough each hope to challenge Barasso in the general election.
On the county level, Republicans also will select the two candidates, of six, who will move on to the general election in the race for Park County Commission.
Of Judy Allshouse, Dave Burke, Terry Hinkle, Hank Whitelock, Margaret Wilde and incumbent Bucky Hall, who will best serve the people of Park County?
Voters better be ready to make that decision in the primary, since the two who survive — barring a strong write-in candidacy — will go on to fill the two open seats. No Democrat is running.
Though voters can only cast ballots based on their party affiliation, voting in the primary is an important step in the democratic process.
It allows each party the chance to decide who will best represent them in the general. In the case of the County Commission, for all practical purposes, it is the election.
Anyone who says the primary election doesn't matter should reconsider.
Father of previously charged employee
A second Powell city employee has been accused of stealing gasoline.
Bill Fields, head of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, has been accused of using a city gas card to buy fuel for himself.
He is being charged with misdemeanor theft by bailee — punishable by up to six months in jail and $750 in fines, in addition to any restitution sought, said Deputy County Attorney Tim Blatt.
Fields, 53, is accused of stealing about $127.32 worth of gas, Blatt said.
He was cited last Wednesday.
Fields is the father of Jason Fields, a Water Department employee who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny earlier this month.
Jason Fields allegedly used a city gas card for his own vehicles, court documents say. He was given six months of probation and a suspended jail sentence. Restitution has yet to be determined.
City Administrator Zane Logan said the city has procedures in place to deal with personnel issues.
“I'm in the middle of that right now,” he said.
Logan said he asked Powell police to investigate all departments for possible gas theft.
Powell Police Chief Tim Feathers said the charges against Bill Fields represent the end of the investigation.
Blatt noted that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Bill Fields is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today (Tuesday).
City councilman Tim Sapp is challenging incumbent mayor Scott Mangold in this year's election.
Sapp, who is finishing his second term as Ward 3 city councilman, was born and raised in Powell. He has worked for Superior Machine Company since 1972. Sapp said he is running to fulfill a promise he made eight years ago.
“I promised my constituents when I first ran for city council that I would eventually run for mayor,” he said.
Incumbent Scott Mangold is part owner, program director, sports reporter, “engineer and gardener” at local radio station KPOW. He grew up in Montana and North Dakota and moved to Powell from Seattle in 1980. He is wrapping up his first term as mayor.
“I have a lot of unfinished projects — Centennial Park and other events — and some things I'd like to lobby the Legislature about,” said Mangold, when asked why he chose to run again.
“I would like to see the use of ankle bracelets for sex offenders. I'd like municipalities to have more say in monies coming in, and for counties to have a bigger part. I also want to see the swimming pool project through, to deal with construction problems. I'd also like to lobby the Legislature to do something about gas prices,” he added.
August 18, 2008 1:08 pm

Marilyn Kay Sweet

Jan. 7, 1948 - Aug. 15, 2008
Marilyn Kay Sweet died Friday, Aug. 15 at her home in Powell. She was 60. Marliyn was born Jan. 7, 1948, in Lovell, to Edna (Malliot) and Eugene Becker.
She is survived by her mother, Edna Becker of Powell, daughter Cindy Brad of Collingwood, N.J., brothers Rodney (Carla) Becker of Harlem, Mont., and Gary Becker (Tanya) of Powell, and sister Rhonda (Eugene) Borcher of Powell.
She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Becker.
Services will be held at a later date.
Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family.