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Tribune Staff

A new back-country fire near Beach Lake in Yellowstone National Park was estimated at 150 acres in size with zero percent containment Monday afternoon by the National Park Service.

The Beach Lake Fire, discovered Sunday morning, is seven miles southwest of Bridge Bay campground and two miles south of Beach Lake in Yellowstone's interior.

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The baseball eludes Powell Pioneer second baseman Dallas Robirds while attempting to make a play against a Cody Cubs baserunner during the Pioneers' 13-1 victory in Cody last week. Tribune photo by Ben Wetzel

Pioneers finish undefeated run through Northwest Conference

The Powell Pioneers used a revolving door philosophy on Sunday to sweep a doubleheader from Jackson in the final regular-season games of the summer for Post 26. The Pioneers' wins came by final scores of 15-8 and 14-4.

The victories also placed the final touches on an undefeated conference campaign. Powell was 12-0 against its fellow Northwest Conference members this year and carries a 37-12-2 mark into district tournament play this week in Cody.

All-stars get a shot to defend state title

The Powell Babe Ruth all-stars squad shut down a trio of Big Horn Basin teams to capture the Wyoming District 4 Babe Ruth title over the weekend. Powell knocked off Cody, Lovell and Worland to win the tournament in Worland.

Powell opened tournament play with a 10-2 victory over Cody, thanks to a strong start in the game. Powell sent 10 players to bat in the first inning, scoring five runs to take control of the game early.

Panthers to host personal development guru

Shane Warwick, a personal workout instructor with 15 years of combined high school and collegiate head coaching experience, will be the featured clinician at an advanced offensive basketball camp next week. Powell High School head boys' basketball coach Mike Heny announced the camp, which is geared toward those entering grades 4-12.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for kids to work on the offensive elements of their game,” said Heny.

The clinic is designed to give campers an introduction to post and perimeter moves currently in use among college and professional players. Shooting instruction, footwork and shot preparation, live and dead ball moves, ball handling, face-up and drop-step power moves will be among the focal points of the clinic.

“The goal of the workout is to provide athletes with a high-intensity workout and skill sets needed to make their individual workouts more productive, thereby enhancing the athlete's game,” notes Warwick.

As a player, Warwick was a two-time all-conference performer at South Dakota's Northern State University. He has nine years of college coaching experience and has twice been named South Dakota's collegiate coach of the year. He has four conference championships to his credit and has been called the nation's best personal workout instructor by Reggie Brown of Priority Sports in Chicago.

The clinic in Powell will be organized into morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session will run from 9 a.m.-noon on Monday, July 26, and 8-11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27. It is geared toward those entering grades 8-12.

Afternoon sessions will run from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, July 26 and noon-2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27. The afternoon session is for those entering grades 4-7.

The cost for the morning session is $105. Afternoon session cost is $85. Athletes receive a t-shirt and shorts with their registration.

For more information about the camp or to register, contact Heny at 271-7073 or (307) 202-1410.

With 28 days remaining until the Aug. 17 primary election, candidates will amplify campaign efforts in the coming weeks as voters make their final decisions.

The primary election promises to be telling in several races — four major gubernatorial candidates are vying for the GOP nomination, and a dozen Republican hopefuls are competing for three available seats on the Park County Commission. In the local House District 25 legislative race, three Republicans are seeking the seat, but no Democrats filed.

For certain races, it's quite likely that those who win in August will be our next elected officials.

Given the importance of next month's primary election, voters must be ready to make informed decisions — and the more they know about each candidate, the better prepared they are. Transparency is key in the weeks ahead.

It's encouraging to see some candidates take the lead.

Last week, GOP candidate Rita Meyer disclosed her campaign finance figures, detailing the $306,525 she has raised in her quest for the governor's office.

Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield, who is seeking re-election, has been posting a steady stream of finance reports since January, months ahead of the filing date.

By Wyoming law, campaign finance reports must be filed by Aug. 10 — just a week ahead of the primary election.

That doesn't allow a lot time for media to report extensively on campaign finances, nor does it give voters very much time to digest the details. It's also likely that by Aug. 10, many voters will have made up their minds.

Money and politics make strange bedfellows, and you never know what a campaign finance report may reveal.

Voters and media have a responsibility to get to know candidates, and they can follow money trails easier when candidates are transparent and forthcoming.

As Meyer said in a release last week, “… Wyoming voters have the right to know who they are electing.

Transparency is about being accountable to the citizens of Wyoming.”

Meyer's and Maxfield's voluntary, early release of financial reports is commendable — and we challenge other candidates to follow suit.

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Jayden Bear slides into the frog pond in Homesteader Park, as young Will Mordland waits for his turn on the slide last week. The frog pond, located near the new Powell Aquatic Center, is open from 1-6 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

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The Park County Commission finalized a $23 million budget on Tuesday that will cover the county's day-to-day operations and other projects in the coming fiscal year.

If all goes as planned between the year's start on July 1 and its end on June 30, 2011, the county also will be able to place $836,000 in reserves.

As tolerance evolves, UW researcher tests other herbicides

Farmers have hailed the development of crops such as sugar beets and alfalfa that tolerate applications of Roundup without damage.

Roundup Ready crops aren't harmed by Roundup, which kills weeds along with most broad-leafed plants. That usually allows growers to apply it to replace several applications of other herbicides. Its use can reduce fuel costs and carries other benefits since, unlike other herbicides, Roundup leaves no soil residue.

Don't vote for Shea Reel in the Powell City Council race this year; even though his name is on the ballot, Reel is no longer seeking the Ward 1 City Council seat in the primary election.

Reel had filed for the position in May, but said last week that a new job position would make it difficult for him to meet council duties if he were elected this fall.

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Tyler England (left) and Grant Geiser celebrate getting the third out in an inning against the Cody Cubs on Tuesday. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Powell gets top spot following Tuesday win

The Powell Pioneers clinched the Northwest Conference crown on Tuesday night with a 17-14 victory over the Cody Cubs. With three games to play, the Pioneers are now assured of a No. 1 seed once district tournament play begins next week.

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