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Terry Vaughn drove away with a payout of $1,600 following a strong series of performances during the demolition derby at last week's Park County Fair.
Vaughn's jolting ride to the top Saturday saw him pocket $100 for his performance in the first heat. However, his biggest money total was claimed during the finals, where he won $1,500 for his first-place finish. In the final event, Vaughn outlasted Freddie Zier, 2nd, $1,000; Gary Brewer, 3rd, $500; and Don Adams, 4th, $200.
In herbie derby competition, Bear May earned bragging rights following his top finish and a check for $160. In the powder puff event, Kacee Varkony was the top placer and earned an $80 payout.
As for the best appearance, Don Adams earned that honor and a $50 check.
The following is a list of the heat and pin winners:
Heat winners ($100 each):
• Heat 1: Marcie Ray, Terry Vaughn
• Heat 2: Tyler McIntosh, Travis Kovach
• Heat 3: Shannon Brewer, Brett Atkinson
• Heat 4: Don Adams, Gary Brewer
• Grudge round: Freddie Zier, Adam Lynn
Pin winners ($50 each unless noted otherwise):
• Pin 1: Eric Parham, Cal Duneman
• Pin 2: Travis Kovach, Freddie Zier
• Pin 3: Shannon Brewer, Chad Dietz
• Pin 4: Sean Moore, Matt Hollenbeck
• Grudge round: Eric Parham, Joseph Marsico
• Final: Marcie Ray, Brett Atkinson
• Herbie derby: Levi Norris, Bear May ($25), Gary Linton ($25)
• Powder Puff: Kacee Varkony, Brandee Dahill
Due to construction needed to meet code changes for the new medical office building, the price to build the facility increased this week by $66,000.
That is the amount of the most recent change order from Sletten Construction approved by the Powell Hospital District Board on Monday.
That, combined with change orders for previously-approved modifications to the building, brings the total construction cost up from the original bid of nearly $6.7 million to $6.86 million.
The board also approved a $17,679 change order from JGA Architects, Engineers, Planners. The company designed the building and is providing engineering services during construction. The board tabled discussion on a second change order for $23,550 and asked for more information to determine whether services outlined in the order qualified for an additional payment or should be included in the original bid price.
The new completion date for the building is set at Aug. 28.
The inside of the building is nearly complete, with the exception of carpeting, some ceramic tile and a few other last-minute details.
Carpet installation was to begin on Tuesday and will take two weeks to complete, said Shawn Warner, president of Sletten Construction of Wyoming.
The 2008 college football season will kick off for the Wyoming Cowboys when they take the field for their first practice on Monday, Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. in War Memorial Stadium. Head coach Joe Glenn will be entering his sixth season at the helm of the Wyoming Football program, and he will welcome back 16 starters and 43 lettermen for the 2008 season. Of those 16 starters, seven are on defense and nine on offense.
The first week of fall drills will feature one afternoon practice per day. Media Day will be held on Friday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon, and UW's first practice in full pads will be conducted later that day at 3:15 p.m.
Two scrimmages are planned during fall practice, with the first on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. in War Memorial Stadium. The second will be Wednesday, Aug. 20, also at 5 p.m. in War Memorial Stadium.
“This is one of the most exciting times of the year for me,” said Glenn. “It's the culmination of a lot of hard work by so many people. Much of what our players and coaches do preparing for the next season is behind the scenes — recruiting for the coaches, winter and summer conditioning for the players and strength staff — but now you get to start to see the fruits of your labors. You get to see what your veterans have done in the offseason to improve themselves physically, and you get to see your new recruits in your school colors for the first time.
“This is also a time of the year when your team gets back together as a unit and starts building toward the season opener. For us, Aug. 30th against Ohio is the red letter day that we're pointing toward with all of our preparations.”
Not only does the Wyoming roster have good balance with the seven returning defensive starters and nine returning offensive starters, but there are 21 returning lettermen on offense and 21 on defense, as well as two returning lettermen on special teams.
July 30, 2008 1:56 pm

Ralph C. Larsen

May 5, 1919 - July 27, 2008
Funeral services for Ralph C. Larsen, 89, of Meeteetse, will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Oasis Motel Campground inMeeteetse with interment to follow in the Meeteetse Cemetery. He died Sunday, July 27, at West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody.
He was born May 5, 1919, in Meeteetse, the son of Henry C. and Helen Augusta Hagbery Larsen. He attended grade school at the Dick Creek School and spent his entire life on the family ranch. He married Janet Baird Sept. 2, 1941, in Billings. She died Sept. 1, 2001.
Ralph served on the board of directors at the bank in Meeteetse and was a member of the Meeteetse School Board from 1947 through 1967. He was a member of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association, the Guardians of the Range, the NRA, and a lifetime member of the Cody BPOE Lodge No. 1611.
He is survived by a son, Melvin Larsen of Meeteetse; daughters Helen Larsen of Powell, Sharon Kruger, Karen Gould and Linda "Abby" Larsen, all of Meeteetse; a brother, Curtis Larsen of Meeteetse, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Janet, a brother John and a sister, Ethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice in Ralph's memory. Ballard Funeral Home of Cody assisted the family.
July 30, 2008 1:55 pm

Susan Hope Ludewig

Jan. 21, 1935 - July 22, 2008
Susan Hope Ludewig of Cody died Tuesday, July 22 in Billings, Mont., at the age of 73.
Born in Bellevue, Nebr., on Jan. 21, 1935, to Claude M. and Emma H.
(Langheine) Wall, she spent her pre-teen years in Omaha, Denver, and SanFrancisco. In 1946, she and her family took up residence in Honolulu, Hawaii,where Sue grew up.
In San Francisco, Calif., on Sept 17, 1955, she married Richard H. (Dick) Ludewig ofHonolulu. The couple returned to Hawaii, raised three children, and left Hawaii in 1968. After brief residence inOverland Park, Kans., Sue and family moved to Wyoming, first to YellowstoneNational Park, and then, in 1974, to Cody.
Sue is survived by her husband of 53 years, Richard H. (Dick) Ludewig, ofCody; son Richard D. (Lizabeth) Ludewig; daughters Piper (Richard)Solberg, and Kimberley (Jerry) Capron; sisters Mona (Wall) Dungate and Ruth(Wall) Mace; and four grandchildren, Nate, Cam, Kate, and Justin. She waspreceded in death by her parents, and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Otto
and Anne Ludewig.
She was deeply committed to her family, was anavid quilter, active with Paint Brush Piecers Quilt Guild, dedicated to ChristEpiscopal Church and church activities and a close and valued friend to manyat home, in Hawaii and around the world, .
A sunrise memorial celebration and burial will be held at 6:30 a.m., Sunday,Aug. 10, at Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, Cody. Memorialsmay be sent in Sue's name to Yellowstone Quiltfest, attn: Michelle Quick,1108-14th St., Cody, WY 82414, or Christ Church Memorial Fund, ChristEpiscopal Church, P.O. Box 1718, Cody, WY.
Thompson Funeral Home of Powell assisted the family.
July 30, 2008 1:54 pm

Robert G. Wharton

Jan. 19, 1922 - July 28, 2008
Robert Wharton, retired teacher of business at Northwest College, died Monday, July 28 at Powell Valley Hospital. He was 86.
He was born Jan. 19, 1922, to Bertram L. and Nina (Noe) Wharton in Lockwood, Mo. He received his early education in Lockwood, later moving to northern Missouri where he finished his sophomore year of high school before enlisting in the Air Corps in World War II.
He served in the Air Transport Command, serving for two years in North Africa. He was discharged from the army in 1945. Shortly thereafter, he married Oleva Helen Hays on Feb. 21, 1946, in Kirksville, Mo.
Following the war, he attended Truman University in Kirksville, Mo., where he received a degree in business education in 1949 and a Master's degree in Administration in 1952. He taught high school and junior college in Missouri and Iowa and was superintendent of schools for a year in Novelty, Mo. In 1960, he joined the faculty at Northwest College. He retired from teaching in 1984.
He enjoyed working on old vehicles, tinkering with mechanical devices and travelign. He and Eve spent winters in Yuma, Ariz., until ill health prevented their traveling.
Survivors include his wife, Eve; their three sons, George L. Wharton of Laramie, David L. Wharton (Heather) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Paul Wharton (Marilyn) of Lawrence, Kans.; a sister-in-law, Donna Wharton of Trenton, Mo.; grandsons Tyler Wharton (Rachael) of Houston, Texas, Benjamin Wharton (Trina) of Las Vegas and granddaughter Summer (Matt) Merrill of Las Vegas; and three great-grandsons.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Visitation is at Thompson Funeral Home Thursday, July 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m.
For those who wish, the family would appreciate contributions to the Northwest College Scholarship Fund.
July 30, 2008 1:52 pm

Carl Eugene Daugherty

June 12, 1924 - July 29, 2008
Carl Eugene Daugherty, 84, died Tuesday, July 29 at the family home in Powell.
He was born June 12, 1924, in Miles City, Mont., to Roy Daugherty and Naomi Kitchen Daugherty. Carl grew up and attended school in Miles City.
He quit school at age 17 to join the U.S. Army during World War II, serving from Feb. 6, 1943 to Feb. 23, 1946. He served in the European, African and Middle East Campaigns, transporting prisoners of war. He also participated in the Asian Pacific Campaign and was at Eniwetok Island on a ship when the atomic bomb was dropped in August of 1945.
He joined the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1947 and served until 1957. He married Edna Harvey of Powell June 2, 1967.
Carl was a Miles City fireman, retiring in 1975. After his retirement, they moved to Powell, and he worked briefly for L.L. Smith Trucking and then did custodial work for the Powell Schools at the gymnasium, for the City of Powell and for the Powell Nursing Home before retiring permanently.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion, Elks and Eagles.
Survivors include his wife Edna of Powell; a daughter, Melissa Shore of Billings, Mont.; two sisters, Virginia (Russ) Culver of Baker, Mont., and Patricia (Jim) McKeever of Billings; two grandchildren, Ryan and Samantha of Billings; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Violet Scott; and one daughter, Teri Lee.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Susan Trembath officiating. Thompson Funeral Home of Powell is assisting the family.
The family requests memorial donations to Powell Valley Hospice, Lovell Senior Center Med-a-Van or the Cody Dialysis Center.
July 30, 2008 1:51 pm

Parade Winners

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Homesteader Museum won first prize for portraying the Park County Fair Parade theme with this entry, featuring Museum Director Rowene Weems' 1950's era Nash Manhattan and women dressed in a variety of costumes portraying their role in the history of Powell area.
Tribune photo by Toby Bonner
The Homesteader Museum, USA swimmers, Roger's Meat Processing and the Young Marines were the winning entries in this year's Park County Fair Parade.
The museum's entry “Herd your history? Follow the herd to the Homesteader Museum, won first place for best use of this year's fair parade theme, “Follow the herd to the Park County Fair.” Second place in the category went to the Cowabunga Cowpokes entry.
USA swimmers road a large boat up Bent Street, cooling off spectators with barrages from Super Soakers, to take first place among the floats. The Powell Christian Preschool float was second.
Roger's Meat Processing was first among the motorized entries, with the Wyoming Fiddlers finishing second.
First place for youth entries went to the Buffalo Bill Young Marines, with Cub Scout Pack 246 taking second.
Kids Parade
Winners were named in four categories in the Park County Fair Kids' Day Parade Saturday.
First place in the bike category went to a group that included Asthon and Colton Brewer and Tyler, Kortney and Payten Feller.
A group composed of Josiah, Abbie and Sadie Hogan and Benjamin, Claire and Esther Feathers was first among the walking entries. Sydnie and Steven Stambaugh finished second.
Champ Lindahl brought the first place float up Bent Street, and Carrie and Ann Killen's float finished second.
Among the battery-powered entries, first place went to Andy and Katie Beavers and Augusta and Charlie Larsen. Second place went to Colton Rayona and Victoria Rathie, and Mackenzie Stevens finished third.
District tournament next for Powell
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Pioneer centerfielder Ethan Young makes a successful catch during Powell's doubleheader with Green River Thursday at Ed Lynn Field. Tribune photo by David Dickey
The regular season came to a close for the Powell Pioneers during a split with Green River in doubleheader action at Ed Lynn Field last Thursday.
Powell opened the twinbill by registering an 11-1 victory over the Knights. In the second game, the Pioneers lost a hard-fought, 7-6 contest after staging a furious but failed comeback effort in the seventh and final inning. The two outcomes left the Pioneers with a 31-17 record, which they will carry into Class A's West District Tournament, which begins July 31.
“I like where we're at,” said Jeff Young, head coach of the Pioneers. “Coming into the season, we really didn't know what we had because of so many young players. (Assistant coach) Cody Bradley and I were looking at our lineup and kind of scratching our heads and thinking a .500 season would be realistic. But were sitting here at 31-17. That's a little bit of a surprise for a bunch of new kids. They've had a great season, and we want to build on that next week.”
Among the highlights from Powell's victory in game one was Brandon Sullivan's stellar showing at the plate and another solid pitching effort by staff ace Scotty Jameson. Sullivan did the majority of the damage to the Knights' pitching staff by blasting a pair of home runs and a single during his three trips to the plate. He finished with five RBIs.
“We want our guys to be aggressive at the plate, and that's exactly what Brandon did,” Coach Young said. “I wasn't overly excited about his pitch selection, but he was able to hit the ball hard. The first one he hit out, he was fooled a little bit, but he has good bat speed and was able to hit it out. On the second one, it was a ball up and out of the strike zone. He tomahawked it, and it went out. Brandon doesn't look very big, but he's a strong kid. Usually when he hits it, he hits it hard.”
The U.S. Senate on Saturday passed a mortgage bailout bill aimed at helping lenders and homeowners hit hard by plummeting real estate values. President Bush is expected to sign it by mid-week.
The bailout represents an expensive taxpayer rescue of semi-private corporations that gambled under the belief home prices would continue to soar. And they lost.
This Congressional lifeline is bad policy. The federal government shouldn't be in the business of bailing out corporations.
By bailing out mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, supporters of the bill hope to increase consumer confidence and slow the downward spiral in the real-estate market.
Figures released last week saw foreclosures up 121 percent from this same period last year.
But many economists and analysts say the infusion is unlikely to help reverse the real-estate crisis. One analyst went so far as to say the $300-billion allocation is “just a drop in the bucket.”
More important, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac don't have to pay for their own misdeeds. Taxpayers do.
These behemoth lenders greedily took inexcusable risks by making loans to people who weren't capable of repaying them. The majority of lending institutions, not to mention other private sector businesses, have to live with their business choices. And some fail.
This bill is a $300 billion Band-Aid to rescue companies that let greed override sense.