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July 21, 2008 2:30 pm

Wolves back to endangered list

Wolves are back on endangered species status, at least temporarily, killing fall wolf hunting in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
Late Friday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula, Mont., granted a preliminary injunction restoring federal protection for wolves in the Northern Rockies.
“I think he made a mistake,” said Rep. Pat Childers, R-Cody, of Molloy's injunction. “He made a decision without considering the facts.”
Nonetheless, it means the federal government is once again in the wolf-management driver's seat — temporarily, at least.
According to a Wyoming Game and Fish Department news release, the judge's decision means wolves cannot be killed in Wyoming unless the animals are attacking livestock.
“It is a step forward,” said Louisa Willcox, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the conservation groups that challenged the delisting in March. “But we are a long way from getting the issue resolved.”
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., is not pleased with the ruling and said so in a news release Saturday.
“Today's ruling by an activist judge was not based on sound science, but rather (on) pressure from environmental groups making exaggerating claims. After years of struggle and debate, we are right back where we started — with Washington, not Wyoming, in control over wolf management. That is unacceptable to me and to the people of Wyoming.”
Sletten Construction of Wyoming does not meet the qualifications to bid on Contract No. 1 (pool construction) of the aquatic center project, according to Dave Burbach, of Burbach Aquatics Inc.
Burbach made the announcement at a July 18 City Council work session.
According to Burbach, a number of the projects submitted by Sletten Construction of Wyoming as project references were actually projects in which other Sletten companies were the contractors of record — specifically Sletten Construction of Nevada and Sletten Construction of Great Falls, Mont.
“Neither of these companies bid on the Powell project,” said Burbach, in a letter dated July 17.
Shawn Warner, president of Sletten Construction of Wyoming, said, “What we were told at the pre-bid meeting is that, if we submit our qualifications prior to the bid opening, they would be reviewed. The feedback I got before the bid date (from a person named Andy in the Burbach office) was that it looked like it's adequate.”
Burbach said there's no way Burbach Inc. would have known that the Sletten companies are separate corporations at that point.
“What do you do when you are hiring someone?” he asked. “Do you check their references before or after you decide to hire them? You check after you make a decision. That's what we did, and that's when we learned about this... If these were branch offices, we could overlook it, but these are separate entities.”
Bus' TCB continued its strong run in Powell's city league softball tournament last week by claiming victories over Kobbe Construction and Fremont Motors. As a result of those decisions, Bus' TCB earned a spot in the championship matchup, which is scheduled for Tuesday (today) at Homesteader Park's Heart Mountain Field. That contest is slated for 7:45 p.m. Should TCB lose that contest, there will be an additional game played at 9 p.m. to determine the championship.
Bus' TCB will face the winner of the game between Fremont Motors and My Auto, which also is scheduled for Tuesday (today) at 6:30 p.m.
The following are results from tournament games played Tuesday, July 15, and Thursday, July 17:
Shawnea Harrington put her athletic talents on display recently at the state Hershey's Track and Field Meet in Jackson Hole and came away with a first-place finish in the softball throw.
Harrington, competing in the 11-12 year-old girls division, registered an effort of 133-01 and outdistanced Sheridan's Robbi Ryan, the runner-up, by more than 12 feet.
The following results are those by athletes from Powell who also competed in the event and qualified for the finals of their respective events:
• 50-meter dash (girls, 9-10): Tayli Stenerson, 4th, 8.52; Shayla Harsh, 8th, 9.04.
• 100-meter dash (girls, 9-10): Tayli Stenerson, 4th, 16.69; Shayla Harsh, 8th, 17.26.
• 200-meter dash (girls, 9-10): Kalina Smith, 8th, 37.61.
• 400-meter dash (girls, 9-10): Kalina Smith, 3rd, 1:26.16; Mallory Triplett, 4th, 1:27.32.
• Long jump (girls, 9-10): Shayla Harsh, 2nd, 5-10.50; Kalina Smith, 5th, 5-07.75; Tayli Stenerson, 6th, 5-06.75.
• Softball throw (girls 9-10): Mallory Triplett, 11th, 48-11.
• Softball throw (girls 11-12): Shawnea Harrington, 1st, 133-01.
• Softball throw (girls, 13-14): Savannah Triplett, 6th, 112-00.
• 100-meter dash (boys, 11-12): Kalei Smith, 6th, 15.20.
• 100-meter dash (boys, 13-14): Logan Harsh, 5th, 13.14.
• 200-meter dash (boys, 11-12): Kalei Smith, 6th, 32.93.
• 200-meter dash (boys, 13-14): Logan Harsh, 4th, 28.54.
• Long jump (boys, 9-10): Garret Henderson, 7th, 5-02.
• Long jump (boys, 11-12): Kalei Smith, 7th, 6-04.75.
• Softball throw (boys, 9-10): Garret Henderson, 15th, 75-00.
• Softball throw (boys, 13-14): Logan Harsh, 8th, 127-03.
July 21, 2008 8:00 pm

Gordon Kluksdahl

Dec. 1, 1925 - July 17, 2008
Memorial services for Gordon Kluksdahl, 82, of Powell, will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 23, at the First United Methodist Church. He died Thursday, July 17 in Billings, after a long battle against complications following heart surgery. His wife and children were at his side.
He was born Dec. 1, 1925 at the Kluksdahl family homestead near Buffalo, S.D., the fifth of eight children. He attended first grade at Cameron County School near Buffalo, from 1931-1932. After the death of his mother in 1932, the younger children were sent to various friends and relatives. He eventually went to Edwin and Ida Johnson's farm near Crooks, S.D., and they later became his foster parents. He lived at the farm for seven years and attended grades three through eight at Excelsior (Trobak) School. He returned to Buffalo where he graduated from high school in 1944.
Gordon joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and attained the rank of corporal in the Cannon Company, 19th Infantry Division, and was in the Army of Occupation in Japan following the conclusion of World War II. He returned to the States and in 1947 attended college at Black Hills State Teachers College in Spearfish, S.D., where he graduated in 1950 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Education.
In the fall of 1950 he started teaching seventh grade in Bridger, Mont., but was called back into service for the Korean Conflict, stationed at Fort Riley, Kans. After his discharge in 1951, he taught the second semester as a seventh grade teacher in Greybull.
He married Donna Delores Dennis, whom he met while attending college in Spearfish, on Aug. 17, 1952 in Miles City, Mont. He returned to Bridger in the fall of 1952 as a teacher and boys basketball coach. During his eight years in Bridger he became a high school social studies teacher, high school principal, and superintendent of schools. During the summers, he worked on his post-graduate program at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and in 1956 he received his Master of Arts degree in Elementary Supervision.
While in Bridger, four children were born: Gary John in 1953, Dennis Lee in 1954, and twins Karen Ann and Ken Allen in 1957. In 1960, the family moved to Powell where a fifth child, Mark David, was born in 1963. While in Powell, Gordon taught in the elementary schools, as well as holding positions of building principal, elementary principal, and assistant superintendent. During his career he held every position in the school system from elementary teacher to superintendent, and served on almost every committee pertaining to the education system. He retired in 1984 and made his home in Powell continuously from 1960 to the present.
Gordon's career afforded him the opportunity to take summers off, which he spent working construction or other activities. He worked on the Hungry Horse Dam project in northwestern Montana, at an apiary while in Bridger, and for Charlie Kirkham, building commercial and resident structures around Powell. He also served as a city councilman for 12 years.
After retirement, Gordon occasionally substituted in the Powell school system, but mostly did the things he loved: camping, fishing, trailer life, and outdoor activities. He enjoyed traveling, and he and Donna toured most of the states and traveled extensively abroad. He loved his family and grandchildren, and working with children.
He was a member of the Golden Eagle Masonic Lodge No. 66 in Bridger and maintained his membership throughout his life. He was also a member of the Scottish Rites and Al Bedoo Shrine in Billings, the Elks BPO Lodge, American Legion Post, Eagles Lodge, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, all in Powell.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary and Helen, brothers Oscar, Marvin, Owen and Paul, his foster parents, and one grandson.
He is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, Donna, his five children and their spouses, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and his sister, Amy Kluksdahl.
Cremation has taken place, and donations may be made to the Al Bedoo Shrine, 1125 Broadwater Ave., Billings, Mont., 59102, or a charity of choice in Gordon's memory.
Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family.
July 21, 2008 2:05 pm

Elena Leni Holliman

November 6, 1965 – July 17, 2008
Elena “Leni” Holliman died July 17 of ovarian cancer. Leni was born November 6, 1965, in Casper to Don and Mary Helen Holliman. Her family moved to Billing when she was in the first grade. During her grade school years, she began playing the violin. When Leni was 17, she moved with her parents to Tulsa, Okla., where she joined the Tulsa Youth Symphony. In 1984, she graduated from Bishop Kelley High School and later from Tulsa University with a degree in English literature and a minor in violin.
After her graduation from college, Leni moved back to Billings. Her next adventure took her to Alaska to work on a fish processing boat. Leni returned to Montana and eventually began her career as a radio producer, starting her own production company “At Large with Leni Holliman,” and her association with Yellowstone Public Radio, where she worked until her death. She interviewed authors, painters, dancers, actors, sculptors, journalists, musicians, scholars, arts administrators and a broad variety of others. Each year she brought the Montana Festival of the Book and the High Plains Bookfest to the airwaves. Leading a team of volunteers, she helped bring to life the Journey of the Corps of Discovery with the series “Day by Day with Lewis and Clark.”
Leni was a supporter of the arts and humanities throughout Montana. She worked with the Montana Committee for the Humanities, the Western Heritage Center, the Parmley Billings Library, the Alberta Bair Theater, the Yellowstone Art Museum and Broad Comedy, to name a few. She was also involved with the Northern Plains Resource Council, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and PFLAG.
Leni was a driving force in the 2006 MSU-Billings production of “The Vagina Monologues” which underscored her commitment to women's rights and her hope for a world where women would be powerful, safe and free. Leni had interviewed Eve Ensler and was inspired by the playwright's compelling message. Her dream was to continue in performances that would champion the causes against injustice.
Leni's bright spirit, winning smile, unmistakable laugh and unforgettable eyes will be missed by her many colleagues, friends and family members, especially her partner, Denise Kelsay; her mother, Mary Helen Holliman; her sister and brother-in-law, Denise and Doug Lee, along with their children Derek and Theresa (Brett) Johnson; and her brothers, Jim Holliman and Joe (Mike) Holliman. Her father, James (Don) Holliman and her niece Katheryne Emma Lee preceded her in death.
A memorial service was held on Monday, July 21 at the Smith Downtown Chapel in Billings. Cremation has taken place.
July 21, 2008 2:04 pm

Isora (Iverson) Erickson

Isora (Iverson) Erickson, died Friday, June 27, in her home in Prior Lake, Minn., from complications of Alzheimer's. She was 86.
Throughout her entire life, Isora was consumed by music: opera, sacred, secular and international folk songs; the past 20 years she was director of the Pillsury-Waite Cultural Arts Center. She also served as coordinator of the Plymouth Monday Night Program at Nicollet Bethlehem Community Centers. While in semi-retirement in Mesa, Ariz., she studied Spanish and worked with the Laubach Association teaching English to Spanish-speaking people in that area.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roger Iverson, and a brother, Kenneth Garwick.
She is survived by her husband, Walter, daughters Marlene (Tom) Frankson of Austin, Minn., Lanette (Ray) Fetzer of Powell, and son, Roger Iverson of Laramie, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, seven stepchildren and their families, siblings Henry (Dot) Garwick, Mary Ida (Duane) Bay of Palo Alto., Calif., John (Ginger) Garwick of Manhattan, Kans., and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m. at the Shepherd of the Lake Luthern Church in Prior Lake. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
July 21, 2008 2:03 pm

Darralee L. Ellis

Darralee L. Ellis died July 15 in Spokane, Wash. She was born in Ropesville, Texas on April 21, 1927. She lived most of her life in Wyoming and was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Robert J. Ellis.

She was a legal secretary for Husky Oil for many years and an avid amateur archeologist. She enjoyed bird watching, writing poetry, spending time in the mountains, as well as years of “snow birding” with Bob. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon L. and Bary J. Struempf, and Debra J. Ellis-McBride and Fred W. McBride, all of Spokane Valley, Wash. Her son, Robert J. Ellis of Powell also survives her. Her three sisters and step-granddaughter, Bonnie McBride, also survive her.

The graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 2 p.m.

Harris becomes 10th NWC national champion on the mat

Northwest College wrestling coach Jim Zeigler brought home seven All-Americans from the NJCAA national wrestling championships in Des Moines, Iowa, including its latest national champion in sophomore heavyweight Landon Harris, as the team rolled to a fourth-place finish. The seven All-Americans are the second-most ever recorded by the Trappers.

“Only the 2004 team had more kids crowned All-American,” noted Zeigler, who has now coached 78 All-Americans and 10 national champions during his 17-year tenure with the Trappers.

The latest of those national champions was crowned on Saturday as Harris posted a 5-0 decision over North Idaho's Roger McCovey in the 285-pound championship match. The win avenged a one-point loss Harris suffered to McCovey in NWC's Apodaca Duals earlier this year.

“I knew it was going to come down to McCovey,” said Harris. “I don't know how much of an advantage it is to go against someone you've faced before, but I knew what I had to do in order to beat him.”

Harris reached the finals for the second year in a row, improving on last year's runner-up finish. After pinning his way into the semifinals, Harris endured his closest match — at least in terms of the score — in a 3-2 semifinal win over Lincoln College's Corey Anderson.

“Landon was in control that whole match, he just wasn't able to break it wide open,” said Zeigler.

In the championship match, Harris scored a second-period escape to tally the first point of the match. Nursing his 1-0 lead, he was able to get McCovey to the ground with 30 seconds remaining in the third period and added a late two-point nearfall for insurance to cap a stellar wrestling career.

“It feels great,” Harris said. “It's how I wanted to end it, to go out on top.”

While Harris' title run was the highlight of the Trappers' 2010 national tournament, it was by no means the only story. Six other Trapper wrestlers came home with All-American honors as Northwest College placed fourth overall in the final standings.

“This is the highest number of All-Americans we've had since winning the national title,” said Zeigler. “It's the second most ever for Northwest College. In terms of overall accomplishments, I couldn't be more proud of these kids. A lot of the losses we had were close matches. These kids went in there with a purpose and they kept competing and kept battling.”

When it comes to competing and battling, nobody fills the description more than 197-pounder Mak Jones. Jones won five of his six matches in Des Moines to finish in third place overall. None of Jones' matches featured a scoreboard spread of more than six points, including his narrow 4-3 loss in the semifinals and back-to-back 5-2 wins on the consolation bracket to earn the third-place finish.

“I just tried to keep wrestling and keep my head up,” said Jones, who missed out on the medal podium as a freshman. “You just try to take your matches one at a time. Last year I lost my first match and really got down on myself. This year, I lost a close one in the semifinals and I just tried to put that one away and get ready for the next one.”

Sophomores McCade Ford (141) and Saul Guerrero (133) each finished in fifth place. Ford got there after a dominating display of wrestling that included two major-decision victories and a win by fall.

“Friday, I felt really, really good,” Ford said of his hot start. “I really thought — I knew — that I was going to win. I was rolling.”

That roll ended abruptly on Saturday when Ford lost by fall in the semifinals and also couldn't find the magic in a decision loss to relegate him to the fifth-place match.

“We were on a high on Friday night,” said Zeigler. “I really think if we'd wrestled that next round on Friday night that we would have had three or four guys in the finals. It's just so hard to maintain those highs overnight, plus the break gives other guys a chance to recover who might not have that momentum coming in. A national tournament is really an emotional roller coaster, especially on a tight-knit team like ours.”

The Trappers also crowned three freshmen All-Americans in Jesse Hillhouse (sixth at 125), Nick Petersen (seventh at 174) and Jarrett Baker (eighth at 184). Sophomore Briston Brenton (157) fell one victory shy of reaching the medal podium.

“To take eight guys and to have them all reach that top 12 is really special,” said Zeigler, whose team led the scholarship division heading into Saturday's rounds.

“There's not any question that our kids went to Des Moines with a goal of winning championships. We didn't go to make an appearance. We went with a purpose to fight and battle and they proved that on the mats.”

The Trappers were in a position to bring home a lot more on Saturday. Heading into the overnight, Northwest College led the team standings for scholarship-division schools. The team wound up tied with St. Louis-Meramec for fourth place in the final team standings.

“I wasn't at all surprised (by the team's position),” Zeigler said. “I knew they were capable of it. Friday is mostly a battle for positioning though. The tournament is won and lost on Saturday. It all comes down to how high and how many you place. Obviously, when you are in that position, you want to win it. It hurts not to get it when you're in that place, but it hurts more at the moment than it does the day after. This was our highest finish since 2004 and this is a great team.”

The fourth-place finish is the Trappers' highest since the 2004 national championship season.

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.
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