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Training set for challenge course facilitators

POWELL – Facilitator training for the Indoor High Challenge Course will be offered April 8 by Northwest College’s DELTA program (Dedicated to Experiential Learning Through Adventure). Preregistration is required before Wednesday for the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. session in Cabre Gym.

The training is designed to benefit both beginners and experienced facilitators. Beginners can become certified to set up and take down the High Challenge Course. Those already familiar with the program can become certified to facilitate the course.

Northwest College's DELTA program uses adventure and challenge initiatives to build teamwork, communication, problem-solving skills and trust in group settings. The program boasts one of the finest challenge facilities in the region, with low and high initiative courses available both indoors and outdoors. Besides onsite programming, the DELTA staff travels to provide workshops targeted at a variety of themes, including corporate management, diversity, creativity, accessibility, leadership and resiliency.

The cost to attend the Indoor High Challenge Course training is $20, which includes lunch, drinks and workshop materials.

For more information about the Sunday workshop or to register, contact Scott Feyhl, 307-754-6115 orfeyhls@nwc.cc.wy.us. To learn mor about DELTA, visit


Newspaper co-owner Diane Bonner dies

POWELL – Diane E. Bonner, co-owner of The Powell Tribune and the first female Powell City Council member, has died at the age of 61.

Bonner died Monday night at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont., losing out in her struggle with leukemia.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Union Presbyterian Church in Powell.

As a co-owner of The Powell Tribune since 1964, she was a working partner in the production of the newspaper for nearly 30 years. At her death, she was director of advertising, wrote a personal column and took pictures.

Besides being the first woman to serve on the Powell City Council, Bonner was the first woman to be elected president of the Wyoming Press Association and the first woman honored as Powell’s Community Builder of the Year.

She was born Nov. 19, 1939, in Lyman, grew up in Evanston and attended the University of Wyoming. She graduated from UW with a B.A. degree in art in 1962.

Her career in city government began in 1984 when she was appointed to the council and subsequently re-elected to four consecutive four-year terms.

She was also a member of the National Press Women and the Wyoming Arts Council.

Survivors include her husband and Tribune co-owner, Dave Bonner of Powell; three children; two sisters; one brother; and five grandchildren.

Moon visits Cheyenne

CHEYENNE – The Rev. Sun Myung Moon addressed more than 250 people who turned out for of his 50-state tour of the United States.

Moon’s Unification Church has been the subject of controversy with some people arguing that it is akin to a cult. There were no protesters at the Cheyenne event Tuesday night.

A native Korean, Moon spoke through a translator, saying he and his ministry had endured persecution.

His speech included references to himself as “Lord of the Second Advent.”

His talk also focused on the importance of his native Korea during the end of the world and the timing of historical events that coincide with his life and ministry.

A few ministers from local churches attended.

The Rev. Vic Walter of the Evangelical Free Church in Cheyenne said he attended the event out of curiosity.

Walter said he expected a general talk on family values but heard an extended lesson on Moon’s theology.

“It was rank heresy,” Walter said.

Feds claim pregnancy discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against a Gillette company that it claims fired a pregnant woman illegally.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claims that Cundy Asphalt Paving Construction Inc. fired Kimberly Dalby the day after she told her employer that she was pregnant.

The company hired Dalby as an apprentice truck driver. She completed classroom training and on April 20, 1998, was assigned to a job site.

Dalby was fired on April 29, 1998, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, according to the commission.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for Dalby as well as measures to make sure discrimination does not occur.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal laws.

Snowmobiler fined for DUI

DUBOIS – A Riverton man who pleaded guilty to driving a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol has paid a $600 fine.

Tad Davidson entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Richard Gist on March 21, according to Ken Boerman, a Shoshone National Forest law enforcement officer.

“Our main concern is safety,” Boerman said. “Everyone on the trails should be alert and responsible.”

Boerman said Davidson appeared to have been drinking when his party was being checked for snowmobile registration near Togwotee Pass on March 10.

Professor named art educator of the year

LARAMIE – A University of Wyoming assistant professor has been named the state’s 2001 Art Educator of the Year.

The National Art Education Association recognized Lydia Dambekalns, an assistant professor of secondary education, for her contribution to art education, according to UW officials.

The association’s membership includes K-12 educators, representatives of colleges and universities, art museums, state departments of education and others.

UW professor gets major NIH grant

LARAMIE – A University of Wyoming professor has received a National Institutes of Health grant to study the link between certain enzymes and diseases.

Pharmacy professor E. Kurt Dolence will get $140,590 to do the research.

Dolence wants to develop new methods to make phosphorus-based amino acids that mimic natural, protein-based amino acids.

Amino acids regulate other proteins and can mean the difference between health and illness when viruses or bacteria are present, he said.

Dolence’s goal is to develop methods to make new drugs that would re-establish the balance of activity among proteins in the body, according to UW officials.

His technique, called combinatorial chemistry, will make samples of different phosphorus-based compounds that will be tested for their ability to block enzymes that are known to cause illness.

Commission presents revised grizzly plan to public

CASPER – The state Game and Fish Commission has decided to present a revised draft grizzly bear management plan to the public for comment.

The revised plan proposes tighter boundaries for the bears to roam than the original plan put forth by a citizens group.

Public comment on the plan will be solicited through a series of open house meetings to be held in Casper, Cody, Jackson and Riverton in May.

Written comments will be accepted through July 20.

Copyright 2001, Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Updated: Thu Mar 29 16:35:06 CST 2001 Central Time
Copyright The Billings Gazette, a division of Lee Enterprises.

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