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Smoke flows over the mountian sides and over the North Fork Highway as a result of the fire in the Shoshone National Forest adding new color to the atmosphere for Tuesday's sunset.
Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

As of Wednesday afternoon, the lighting-caused Gunbarrel Fire had claimed 4,100 acres in the North Absaroka Wilderness between Goff and Gunbarrel creeks on the North Fork of the Shoshone River.
The fire is burning about three miles north of U.S. 14-16-20, approximately 40 miles west of Cody.
As of Wednesday, one helicopter and its six-person crew had been assigned to the fire, along with a 10-person crew and a management and planning team that specializes in long-duration fires, according to a U.S. Forest Service fire update.
“The top priority is public and firefighter safety. Other objectives include minimizing the chance of fire spreading near buildings along the North Fork corridor, and allowing the fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem,” said the update.
“An important responsibility of the fire-management group is to prepare well for unlikely worst-case scenarios. Today (Wednesday), two crews will continue work already well underway to make defensible space around lodges and other buildings closest to the fire. They will also install sprinklers that will remain in place until there is no reasonably possible need for them,” the update said.
Clint Dawson, zone fire manager for Shoshone National Forest in Cody, said the fire likely will continue to burn until the snow flies this fall.
July 30, 2008 3:37 pm

PCKC debuts at fair

More than 40 drivers showcase their driving skills
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Cory Heny plows through a bumpy section of the track during Sunday's go-kart races at the Park County Fairgrounds. Tribune photo by David Dickey
The Park County Kart Club's racing season continued to gain momentum last week as 42 drivers wheeled around the track during one of the Park County Fair's featured sports events.
As expected, the go-kart racing Sunday was fast and furious and provided plenty of entertainment for the crowd. The event, which served as the PCKC's third set of points races for the season, also provided plenty of shakeups in the overall point standings for the year.
The following are results from Sunday's races:
Legion baseball's Class A West District Tournament begins here today.
After the back-and-forth following the Cody-Powell doubleheader two weeks ago, let's hope everyone — players, coaches, parents and fans — is on his or her best behavior.
It's unclear who started the fracas last time the teams met. It appears to depend on which side of the fence a person was on — literally.
Coaches, fans and players all have received their share of the blame.
One thing is clear: Hot tempers, poor sportsmanship and bad language all made an appearance.
It's expected that tensions will run high during games, especially when longtime rivals meet.
But participants and fans need to keep in mind that they're setting examples. Young kids look up to their heroes on the field, and, likewise, players look to their coaches and parents for guidance.
Bad behavior has no place on the baseball diamond.
So this weekend, root for your team, cheer on your kid, play hard — and keep it civil.
The Copperleaf saga continues.
The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the group opposing the subdivision can challenge the development.
The Worthington Group is building about 155 residences on roughly 550 acres west of Wapiti.
Some landowners living near the subdivision, called the Northfork Citizens for Responsible Development, have been seeking to put a stop to it.
The Park County Commission approved the subdivision's plans back in June 2005. The Northfork Citizens believe that approval should have never been given and sued in District Court to appeal the commission's decision.
Last July, District Judge Steve Cranfill dismissed the Northfork Citizens' case — ruling they lacked the legal standing to sue.
“The court finds that the interest of this group is no different than that of the public at large,” he wrote.
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.