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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.
July 16, 2008 2:48 pm

Quentin Tyler Ruzick

Memorial services forQuentin Tyler Ruzick, 27, of Powell, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 18 at Thompson Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. He died Sunday, July 13, in Lovell.

Quentin was born March 14, 1981, in Powell to James Warfel and Shawna Edgell. His adopted father is Kyle Ruzick. He obtained his GED certificate, and loved fishing.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Shawna Ruzick. He is survived by his birth father James Warfel of Colorado and his adopted father, Kyle Ruzick of Scotland, a daughter Kaitlyn Ruzick, brothers Cole Ruzick and Shane Ruzick, and sisters Paytin Dirickson and Kamrya Ruzick. He is also survived by Ruth Werbelow, Sue Edgell, Bob Ruzick, Sally Ruzick, Doug Edgell, Michelle Edgell, Shelly Ruzick, and uncles Chad Ruzick, TJ Edgell and Boo Ruzick.

Thompson Funeral Home of Powell assisted the family.

July 16, 2008 2:47 pm

Pet group wants attention

Mutilated dogs draw concern
Several gruesome dog deaths have a local pet protection group on high alert.
Three members of a Park County group called Stop Taking Our Pets (S.T.O.P.) appeared before county commissioners on Tuesday asking for some help.
Since the beginning of April, a handful of dogs have been found shot, gutted, halved, and even skinned in the county.
It is unknown if the killings are connected, or why they are happening.
S.T.O.P. wants people to keep their eyes open, and they asked if commissioners could pass that message along to county employees.
“We just want your workers to be on the lookout,” said member Debbie Brown.
S.T.O.P. formed in late March over concerns of disappearing dogs. The group originally feared dogs were being stolen for fighting.
Now, it believes a sick individual is mutilating them.
This spring, a skinned dog carcass was found with its paws cut off at Newton Campground along the Shoshone River's North Fork.
Park County Sheriff Scott Steward, who attended the group's meeting with commissioners, called the case disturbing.
He said it's possible someone was trying to mess with the Game and Fish Department — trying to make the dog look like a dead wolf or coyote.
He said it could also be possible — if unusual — that an owner had their pet taxidermied.
“We'll never know until we find the person who did it,” he said. “You can only guess a million ways as to what their intent was.”
In a separate incident, a South Fork resident received an anonymous call, telling her that her dog was in a nearby bone pit. She found it in a garbage bag.
Steward said his office is tracing that call, and should find the source in the next week or so.
The S.T.O.P. members said a half a dog was found on a motocross track on Diamond Basin Road. A different carcass a few miles away appeared to have been stoned death, the group said.
In general, Steward said, people must be more careful with their pets.
“The big thing we're looking at is the big number of dogs running in the county,” he said.
Steward said his office received around 1,000 reports of dogs at large in 2007.
“People need to keep their dogs at home,” he said.
Stray dogs — especially those harrassing livestock — can make an easy target.
Steward said there nine reported dog deaths last year. Two of those cases were unsolved: one was a hit and run, and the other was a body found at the county landfill.
S.T.O.P. member K.T. Irwin said it's crucial that community members come forward if they see a dead dog or something that “doesn't feel right.”
“We understand that law enforcement can't do anything unless someone sees something,” she said.
Both S.T.O.P. and Steward stressed that the sheriff's office must be contacted first.
“The dogs that are coming up [dead] are just not being reported [missing] to us,” Steward said.
S.T.O.P. said dispatchers can not take dog disappearances lightly.
“Obviously, people are more important, but this is serious,” Brown said. “I'm really concerned that this person is going to move on to people.”
Brown said community awareness should help catch whoever is responsible.
"We just need more attention,” she said.
Commission Chairman Tim French agreed.
“Hopefully the public can us bust them,” he said.
For non-emergencies, county dispatchers can be reached at 754-8700.
S.T.O.P. can be contacted at 307-250-2027 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
July 09, 2008 8:00 pm

Aquatic center bids opened

Sletten apparent low bidder, but city waiting on Burbach's recommendation
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City crews are already hard at work on the access road to the new aquatic center. The city is also working on water plans for the center — the plans must gain Department of Environment Quality approval in terms of how waste water is handled. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner
Bids on construction of the family aquatic center were opened at City Hall on Thursday, July 10, and a local firm is the apparent low bidder.
Sletten Construction of Wyoming, a Powell-Cody company, submitted the low overall bid of $7,970,040 to construct all three phases of the project. However, until a formal recommendation is made by Burbach Aquatics, the Wisconsin firm hired by the city to design and engineer the project, no action will be taken.
According to City Administrator Zane Logan, “Even with their recommendation, it doesn't mean anything until the City Council acts on it at their July 21 meeting.”
Burbach's recommendation hinges on a thorough evaluation of each individual bid, in addition to checking the various certifications required of each bidder.
“They need to make sure, both legally and practically, that we're (making the right decision),” said Logan.
July 14, 2008 2:13 pm

Air Force Academy bound

Gavin Mills offers verbal commitment to Falcons
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Powell High School's Gavin Mills takes on a Jackson Bronc defender during the 2007 Season. Mills, who will be a senior at PHS this fall, announced he will continue his football and academic career at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Tribune file photo by David Dickey.
Gavin Mills, a standout defensive back and receiver for the Powell High School Panthers, put to rest the speculation about where he will continue his football career by announcing he has verbally committed to the Air Force Academy.
For Mills, the decision is another step forward in realizing an ambition he has held for many years.
“Since I was a kid, I've dreamed of playing for the Air Force Academy,” Mills said. “To me, it's one of the best and most prestigious schools, and it's a great opportunity.”
Mills chose the Air Force Academy over a host of other schools that had extended scholarship offers, including the University of Wyoming, the University of Montana and Carroll College. Other schools that pursued Mills in the past year included the University of Colorado, Colorado State University and Black Hills State University. In addition to a solid football program, Mills cited the opportunity to pursue a degree in the medical field as another deciding factor in his choice.
Last month, Mills set out on his own for a trek that included a stop at Carroll College to visit his sister, Nikki Mills. After that stop, he visited the University of Montana before venturing to Colorado Springs for a football camp conducted by the Falcons' coaching staff. During that trip, Mills said the coaching staff for the Grizzlies offered him a full scholarship. However, his time at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs helped him reach his final decision.
This year's primary election, Aug. 19, is just a month away.
Six candidates, all Republican, are vying for two open seats on the Park County Commission.
Judy Allshouse, Terry Winkle, Hank Whitelock, Margaret Wilde, and Dave Burke, along with incumbent Bucky Hall, are in competition for two commission positions — the seat currently occupied by Hall, and that of Marie Fontaine, who declined to run again.
Unlike some election primaries, which don't have a lot of bearing on the end result, this year is different.
Because the six Republicans face no opposition from the Democratic party, the two top vote-getters in the primary will be unopposed in the general election. Simply said, unless someone launches a strong write-in candidacy after the primary, the two candidates who survive the primary will fill the Commission vacancies.
And, because there is not a single candidate who lives and works Powell, it's especially important that we study our choices.
The Tribune will publish profiles based in-depth interviews with the six candidates in coming weeks.
The half-dozen, recognizing the importance of the Powell vote, have already started door-to-door campaigns.
So learn about the candidates, and when they come knocking, take the time to ask tough questions. Decide for yourself who will best serve the interests of this side of the county.
It's only by being well-informed voters — and showing up to vote in the primary — that we can ensure that Powell has the best representation possible on the County Commission.
A fire on Sunday claimed three buildings and nearly 54 acres of cottonwood trees on the Bobcat Ranch, owned by retired Sen. Al Simpson, R-Wyo., and his family.
The fire, which became a forest fire, was still burning on Monday.
The Bobcat Ranch is about 25 miles southwest of Cody on the South Fork of the Shoshone River.
“We believe it started outside one of the cabins in a wood pile,” said Sam Wilde, Park County Fire Protection District No. 2 district training officer fire prevention.
However, the exact cause is still under investigation, Wilde said.
One cabin and two outbuildings were lost, Wilde said.
The Cody Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched around 2:30 p.m., and the Powell Volunteer Fire Department was called for assistance at about 3 p.m.
A Powell pumper truck and brush truck arrived at the Bobcat Ranch, said Powell Fire Chief Joey Darrah.
July 14, 2008 2:07 pm

Wild week in Billings

Lobos extend Pioneers gesture of good faith following tournament
On the field, the Powell Pioneers finished third during last week's National Baseball Congress State Invitational, an event hosted by the Billings Lobos. However, during a phone call from Billings Lobos head coach Hal Anderson following the wood bat tournament, Pioneer head coach learned his team fared much better.
“Hal called me after the tournament and told me his team had decided to share the title with us,” Coach Young said. “They beat us in the semifinals Saturday and went on to win the tournament by beating the Billings All-Stars, a team we had already beaten. During our game with the Lobos in semifinals, the umpires made three calls, and each one of those cost us runs. It was a great game, and it was sad to see the outcome determined by umpires who made calls that cost us the game.
“Hal, his assistants and the Lobos players, as a group, decided to share the trophy with us. It was classy act, and it's something I hope our team would do if we were ever found ourselves in that position. That's a credit to the Lobos and the type of program they have. Through no fault of their own, they felt they hadn't won it the right way, so they decided that was a good way to make it right. They said they wanted to call their semifinal game with us a 3-3 tie. I can't tell you how classy it was for them to do that.”
During the semifinal game between the Lobos and Pioneers, Billings emerged with a 4-3 decision with the help of what most in attendance labeled as incorrect calls by the umpires. The outcome overshadowed what had been a well played game by both squads, Coach Young said. Those calls led to one Pioneer assistant coach being ejected along with a number of fans being asked to leave the facility.
June 23, 2009 3:39 am

Edward Morris Young, Jr.

(Jan. 12, 1934 - June 19 , 2009)

Edward Morris Young, Jr., 75, died June 19, at his home in Powell after a short battle with cancer.

He was born Jan. 12, 1934 in Tecamah, Neb. to Edward Morris and Lydia C. (Bixby) Young.

Ed graduated from high school in West Point, Neb. After two years at the School of Mines in Butte, Mont., he spent 1954-1956 in the U.S. Army. He then continued his education, attending a number of different colleges and universities. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wyoming and a master of science degree from the University of North Dakota.

Ed married Norma Mae Pospishil in Wayne, Neb. on Aug. 24, 1958. To this union, twin boys were born in Laramie. The family then moved to Powell, where Ed taught high school science for 26 years. He also taught night classes for the University of Wyoming and Northwest College.

Ed retired in 1989, and for the next 20 years, he and Norma traveled, spending 17 winters in Ajo, Ariz. He also enjoyed fishing, reading, woodcarving, woodturning and astrophotography.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Norma; sons Robert (Sally) of Ekalaka, Mont., and Roger (Lori) of Whitehall, Mont.; brother Allen (Nancy) of Albuquerque, N.M. and five grandsons.

At his request, Ed was cremated, and no funeral services are planned, though the family welcomes cards, calls or visits. Memorials in his memory may be sent to Powell Valley Hospice at 777 Avenue H.

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