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March 02, 2010 3:25 am

More miles, less cancer

Family traveling globe for cancer awareness
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By the time the Jessin family RV reached Powell Tuesday night, it had about 6,500 miles under its radiator belt.
That leaves roughly 78,500 to go.
The Jessin's are driving their motor home around the world raising money for cancer awareness and treatment.
They stopped in Powell on their way to Yellowstone and all points beyond.
Stefan, Lydie and their four sons — Axel, Jeremy, Liam, and Julian — left their Texas home two months ago. Since then, their travels have taken them from Lousiana to Florida to Quebec.
By the end of August, the Jessin's plan to be in Mexico.
By next June, they hope to be leaving Chile and heading across the Pacific Ocean to Australia.
Of course, that leg of the journey won't be driven — the Jessin's will fly, and the RV will join them later after being shipped.
Ultimately, the Jessin's hope to visit Africa, Europe, Asia — you name it.
Along the way, they'll be visiting hospitals and trying to figure out where they need help in combatting cancer.
“One of the reasons [for the trip] is to bring awareness to these countries where they don't know the symptoms,” Lydie said.
July 16, 2008 8:00 pm

Jim Black

Jim Black of Powell died June 29, 2008, outside of Lovell, Wyo., while riding his motorcycle. Services were held at Bennett Creek Church in Clark, Wyo., on July 3.
Jim was born to Criss and Harold Black on July 5, 1947, in Missouri. He grew up with his brother and sister, Harold and Karen, in Linch, Wyo. He graduated from Midwest High School in 1965.
Jim joined the United States Marine Corp in 1967 and served in Vietnam. In 1971 he married Sonja Eckerman of Clark, Wyo.
Jim worked for Inexco oilfield and raised two children, Lexy and Aaron, outside of Gillette, Wyo., until 1986 when he and his family moved to Powell.
Jim owned and operated Northwest Trading Post in Powell for 22 years. His family says he became close friends with many of his customers, and he prided himself on hard work and honesty. Jim enjoyed riding 4-wheelers and motorcycles with his friends, most notably Jim Rambo, in his free time. He also enjoyed telling stories, endlessly tinkering with vehicles and things around the house, and spending time in the mountains. But mostly Jim enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Papa.”
He is survived by his brother and sister, wife, children, and grandchildren.
Those wishing to donate a memorial may do so to: Care Package for Soldiers, c/o Bonnie Rouse, 1054 Road 9, Powell, Wyo. 82435
Stefanek shares extensive Taekwondo knowledge

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Dr. Kevin Stefanek (right) leads a series of drills conducted during a two-day summer mini camp last week. Among those attending the event were students from Lone Wolf Taekwondo in Powell. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Students from Lone Wolf and other Taekwondo academies enjoyed an opportunity to learn from an accomplished and highly-regarded instructor with more than 20 years of experience during a recent mini summer camp.
Dr. Kevin Stefanek of the University of Minnesota, Morris, served as one of the lead instructors for the two-day camp, which took place in Powell and at an outdoor setting in the Shoshone National Forest July 11-12.
According to Lone Wolf Master Chris Ivanoff, Stefanek has accomplished a great deal during his career in Taekwondo. He is a three-time Senior National quarterfinalist and a two-time collegiate All-American. Stefanek also has trained at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and in Korea with two of the 1988 Korean Olympic coaches. He also brought with him a vast amount of Olympic-style sparring skills acquired while attending the University of California, Berkeley.
Those credentials, along with his experience and expertise in sports psychology, made his short instructional stint for area Taekwondo students the perfect opportunity to learn and improve.
“We're very fortunate to have Dr. Stefanek here to work with us,” Ivanoff said during day one of the event. “I've known him for more than 20 years, and this is a great opportunity for students to learn more and get that added mental edge which is so important in Taekwondo.”
Cascading into the canyon

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Visitors to the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center are witness to a show of water power from the walk-way above the dam. The releases from a nearly-full reservoir fill the canyon with mist, creating a rainbow in the afternoon sunlight as swallows glide between the canyon walls. Tribune photo by Dave Bonner

It's been a good water year for the Shoshone River Basin.
A good snowpack in the mountains this spring, and wet weather in late May and June, resulted in a spring runoff well above average and a nearly-full reservoir behind Buffalo Bill Dam.
As of Tuesday, the reservoir was more than 95.4 percent full, less than four feet from its capacity.
John Lawson, Bureau of Reclamation area manager for Wyoming, said the spring runoff in the basin has exceeded predictions. On May 1, the bureau had forecast a total runoff during the April through July period of 720,000 acre feet.
“But then it caught us by surprise. All of a sudden we got a lot of snow in May,” Lawson said. “I think (the runoff) will probably end up around 950,000 acre feet.”
City officials have a big decision to make regarding the aquatic center.
Designer/architect Burbach Aquatics' recommendation that the city reject all aquatic center construction bids didn't come as a surprise.
Burbach expressed disappointment in receiving only four bids, despite the company's efforts to drum up interest.
The lowest-cost base bid was 15 percent higher than what Burbach budgeted in January.
Burbach concedes that much of the increased cost correlates directly to rapidly-escalating energy costs.
But, at this stage, and with public support dwindling, the city would make a mistake to follow Burbach's recommendation. It's unrealistic to think that energy and materials costs will begin a downward trend. In fact, many entities are budgeting for huge increases in construction costs in the next fiscal year.
A re-bid of the project would not be a guarantee that bids would be lower. What if even fewer contractors bid?
Burbach's proposed schedule for re-bidding the project shows a mid-September bid opening.
At this point, time is money.
The city would be better served to accept the low bid from Sletten Construction — a local company — and work with it to determine what adjustments can bring the project closer to budget.
Sletten is ready to begin work, and the public is running out of patience.
It's time to get this ball rolling.
July 16, 2008 3:00 pm

Burbach: Reject all bids

City council will make final decision on pool bids

Burbach Aquatics, Inc., the firm hired to design Powell's new aquatic center, recommended the city reject all pool construction bids received at the July 10 bid opening. The recommendation was made in a letter to City Administrator Zane Logan, dated July 11.
David Burbach said, in the letter, “The results...were a disappointment as the base bid amount is approximately 15 percent higher than the budget, as established for this project.”
The company had, in another letter dated January 7, 2008, estimated a base bid of $6,867,000.
Sletten Construction of Wyoming, the low bidder, submitted a combination bid for all three project contracts of $7,970,040. The Sletten bid included a base figure of $1,125,000 for the pool construction phase; $885,040 for the pool mechanical construction; and $5,960,000 for the general construction contract.
Three additional companies each bid on a single phase of the project. Ricchio Inc., of Illinois, bid $1,749,000 as the base cost for pool construction. Mechanical Inc., also from Illinois, bid on the mechanical phase, with a base of $851,000. L.M. Olson Inc., of Rawlins, submitted a base bid of $6,040,000 for general construction.
Each bid contract also contained alternates which could raise or lower costs, based on certain additions or modifications.
Skies and slopes of Sleeping Giant are literally buzzing with activity as vigorous efforts continue in an effort to get the ski area ready when the snow flies.
“We are working toward a Thanksgiving opening,” said Kerry Strike, spokeswoman for Yellowstone Recreations Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at getting Sleeping Giant opened again.
The old T-bar lift is gone, as is an old chair lift that sat in the parking lot for 15 years. A triple lift, purchased from Mammoth Mountain, Calif., is on the way. The used lift is in excellent condition and has complete maintenance records, Strike said.
“It is, in essence, exactly what we needed,” Strike said.
The existing double lift has been inspected and will be refurbished, Strike said.
The old rope tow, about halfway up the hill, also is gone. A “Mighty Might” lift for children will be installed in its place. Strike said a “Magic Carpet” lift may be installed in the future, a sort of escalator lift that kids love.
Snow-making equipment is on the way as well.
July 16, 2008 2:57 pm

Rejuvenated

Panthers enjoy success at BHSU football camp

Rejuvenated. That word alone describes the Powell High School football team following what head coach Jim Stringer labeled a solid showing at the Black Hills State University summer team camp July 6-9.
Overall, 31 Panthers took part in the event, and Stringer said the squad left Spearfish, S.D., with a great deal of optimism about the upcoming 2008 slate after finishing second in both the seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 competitions. PHS earned spots in the championship game of both events, and each of the title matchups were decided in double-overtime.
Stringer believes the confidence gained during the camp will go a long way in helping the Panthers put to rest the memory of last season's 3-6 record during a campaign that saw PHS lose a number of hard-fought, close contests.
“Our entire coaching staff came out of there feeling rejuvenated,” Stringer said. “As for the players, they came away from the camp feeling energized and ready to go.
Tom Burman, athletics director at the University of Wyoming, announced Monday that Mark Branch has been selected as the new head wrestling coach for the Cowboys.
Branch comes to Wyoming from Oklahoma State University where he was the associate head wrestling coach. He was a part of five NCAA team championships as a coach and student-athlete at OSU. As a college wrestler, Branch was a member of OSU's 1994 NCAA championship team and served on the coaching staff for OSU's 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 NCAA titles.
He provided the Cowboys from Stillwater with personal and team instruction including technique training, weight training, conditioning and nutrition. He was instrumental in the recruiting of student-athletes to Stillwater, as well as organizing fundraising projects, promotional strategies and assisting in public relation functions with student-athletes. Branch replaces Steven Suder, who coached the Wyoming Cowboys from 1989-2008.
“The hiring of Mark is exciting for the future of Wyoming Cowboy wrestling,” Burman said. “We feel his experience and passion will enable us to become a national player in the wrestling community.”
July 16, 2008 2:51 pm

Hazel LaFarge

Hazel LaFarge of Billings died Sunday, July 13,. She was 87.
Hazel was born in Hollenberg, Kans., on March 30, 1921, to Clarence and Lula Hennerberg. She lived in Powell and Bellville, Kans., before retiring to Billings.
She leaves three daughters, Sharon (Lynn) Severance of Sheridan, Mont., Kay (Ray) Green of Powell, and Barb (Tim) Kirkwood of Kokomo, Ind.; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyn DeVera.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Marvin.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 16 in Billings. Private interment of her urn will be at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell.