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A recent spate of intense trial preparation — followed by the actual trial — took Brad out of our daily lives for nearly two weeks.
Each day, he left for work before Bliss woke up, came home long enough to grab a bite, then was off to the office again until long after Bliss' (and my) bedtime.

I decided the final weekend before last week's trial would be a good time to leave town, so my sister, Hallie, and I took our girls to visit our ailing grandfather in Cheyenne.

By the time we got home on Monday evening, Bliss was missing her daddy something fierce. During our 45-minute dinner with him, she was full of hugs and kisses — but then he went back to the office. When she later asked if she could sleep in our bed, I couldn't say no. And it about broke my heart when she gazed up from the pile of pillows on our king-sized bed, lip poked out and quivering, and asked, “Mommy, is Daddy going to come home to sleep tonight?”

At this point, I think it needs to be said that this type of work schedule is new to Bliss. We're lucky that Brad's job doesn't often demand it, and, as such, we enjoy cooking dinner and hanging out as a family most every night. As such, the adjustment was really hard for her.

So Bliss and I snuggled up close and were quickly sound asleep. When Brad returned after a long night at the office, he joined his snoozing family. And that's when things took a turn — the cozy family snuggle just wasn't meant to be.

Light sleeper that I am, I was the first to vacate the bed for quieter pastures. Brad's snoring had me wide awake in short order, and I crawled into Bliss' pink-sheeted twin bed across the hall. Then, to my surprise, the next morning, when I woke for my early-morning run, I found Brad on the living room couch.

“What are you doing out here?” I asked, half perplexed, but also annoyed at missing a night in my big, comfy bed.

He responded that Bliss' sharp kicks to the ribs were not conducive to his sleep, so he, too, exited our bed.

Upon hearing that, I peeked into our bedroom, to see a somewhat smug-looked child contentedly asleep on my pillow. Sprawled on her back, hands behind her head and her tiny self nearly invisible in the large expanse, Bliss was the picture of — well, Bliss — in our bed.

Shaking my head — and feeling the stiffness in my neck from a long night in a tiny bed — it was not hard to wonder where the justice was in the world. But at least the small child was happy.

Visitors to the Park County Fair will see many sights — animals, carnival rides and top-notch entertainment — but recycling receptacles are noticeably absent.

Instead, attendees are faced with two options: hauling their recyclables out with them or taking the easier approach and just tossing them in the trash.

The fair is one of Park County's largest annual events. According to Fair Manager Steve Scott, more than 35,000 people go through the gates each year — and that's not counting concessionaires, entertainers, carnival workers, young fair participants and their parents and others who take part in various events, such as pig wrestling and the demolition derby.

Picture a behemoth pile of 35,000 plastic bottles and aluminum cans headed to the soon-to-close Powell landfill. It's not a pretty picture. But if each person through the fair gates consumes just one bottled drink over the course of the week, it's an unfortunate reality.

In this day and age, with the heightened conscience about the planet's health — not to mention the ever-looming landfill issues faced in Park County — residents need to demand more.

Recycling simply is no longer an option, but a duty.

Many things in Park County harken back to the good old days — including the old-fashioned county fair — but unnecessarily piling refuse in the landfill is inexcusable.

It's high time for the entire county — municipalities, post offices, hospitals, businesses and residents — to look at ways to increase recycling accessibility.

(March 1, 1916 - July 20, 2010)

Longtime Powell resident Rosie Bustos, 94, died July 20, 2010, after an extended stay at St. John's Jensen Cottage in Billings.

(Sept. 29, 1918 - July 26, 2010)

Marjorie “Marge” Irene (Eichelkraut) Diehl died Sunday, July 26, 2010, at Powell Valley Care Center.

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The Park County Fair began with the Miniature Horse Show Monday. Above, Aspen Aguire leads her acrobatic horse to the finish. Tribune photo by Kevin Kinzley

Country star Jo Dee Messina performs Wednesday night

Prized pigs are prepped. Exhibit halls are plumb full of colorful needlework, homegrown produce and handcrafted artwork. Cotton candy, fresh lemonade and a smorgasbord of fair food await hungry crowds.

It can all mean only one thing: the annual Park County Fair is here.

Pick six

In the future, snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park could be eliminated entirely, kept at similar levels to recent years or be expanded to previous limits.

Park Service officials on Thursday unveiled the six alternatives they plan to study in coming months as they draft an environmental impact statement for Yellowstone's winter use plan. The alternatives range from phasing out all snowmobiles to allowing up to 720 per day and include an option to plow the park's western roads and close the East Entrance to all over-snow vehicles.

The Beach Fire, seven miles southwest of Bridge Bay, is 72 percent contained. It is completely surrounded, providing crews the task of extinguishing hot spots on the line to render the blaze fully contained.

The National Park Service reported the fire at 150 acres July 19. As of July 26, the fire had grown to 520 acres.

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With teammates looking on from the dugout, Marshall McArthur awaits a pitch in the batter's box during Saturday's state championship game between Powell and Rock Springs. Tribune photos by Randal Horobik

Powell Babe Ruth repeats as state champs

Leading by just one run going into the bottom of the sixth inning against Rock Springs, Powell Babe Ruth closer Justin Lynn made a deal with his teammates in the dugout.

“I told them if they got me some runs, that I'd make it hold up,” said Lynn.

Powell unchallenged in build-up to title game

Powell's Babe Ruth All-Stars jumped on Green River early, then finished the District 3 champs off with a late flurry on Saturday morning to reach the championship game. Powell advanced with a 14-3 victory in six innings.

The local All-Stars removed the drama early in the semifinal game. Powell sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning and scored nine runs as a result. Hayden Cragoe's triple, Corey Elton's double and Frankie Vogt's single each drove in two Powell runs in the early onslaught.

Team opens state against Torrington

A bevy of early errors and struggles in the batter's box conspired with a quality Gillette squad to deny the Powell Pioneers a second consecutive North Division title. Powell finished district tournament play with a 2-1 record. The team carries the No. 2 seed into state tournament play in Sheridan this week.

“We didn't make the plays we needed to and we didn't swing the bats as well as we can,” said Pioneer coach Mike Jameson. “Those are things you can't have happen at this time of the year.”

Not even Pioneer starting pitcher Scotty Jameson's nine early punch-outs of Gillette batters was enough to overcome Powell's miscues in the field. Powell was charged with four defensive errors in the first four innings. The result was an early four-run lead for the Roughriders.

The Pioneers finally scored their first hit and their first run of the contest in the fourth inning. Jameson provided Powell with its first hit of the night with a one-out single. Catcher Auston Carter followed two batters later with a solid two-out double to the right-center gap to score the run.

The momentum never carried over. Two innings later, the Roughriders connected off Jameson for a two-run home run, chasing the Pioneers longtime ace from the hill.

Josh Cragoe came aboard in the seventh and retired Gillette in order, but encountered troubles in the eighth. With one out and Powell still trailing by a 6-1 margin on the scoreboard, Gillette had six of its next seven batters reach base safely. The result was six additional Gillette runs.

Powell attempted to avert being run-ruled in the bottom of the eighth as Jameson drove in Josh Cragoe as the pair delivered Powell's only back-to-back hits of the night. A pair of infield ground balls followed, denying the Pioneers an opportunity to record their 40th win of the season.

To reach the finals, the Pioneers had to overcome an early scare against Sheridan, then rolled to their second win in as many years against Class AA Casper.

Powell's district tournament got off to a less than auspicious beginning as the Sheridan Troopers teed off early for a 6-0 lead. The Troopers added a run in the second inning and carried the 7-0 advantage into the fourth inning before Powell recorded so much as a hit.

Once the Pioneers dusted their bats off, it didn't take the team long to climb back into the contest. Powell batted around the order in the fourth inning to plate four runs. The team added three more in the fifth to tie the game up.

Powell's first lead of the game came in the sixth as Grant Geiser singled home Cragoe, who had reached base on a triple earlier.

The team added three more runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth, eventually winning by a 13-11 final score.

Jake Beuster took the win for Powell after coming in early to relieve Carter, who began the game for Powell. Beuster worked 7.1 innings, giving Powell time to mount a comeback by holding Sheridan scoreless from the third through the sixth inning.

Dallas Robirds was 3-for-5 in the game. Carter made up for his struggles on the mound with a 2-for-4 showing at bat, including two RBIs.

Powell's slow starts continued in the semifinals against Casper as the two teams played to a 1-1 tie after the first three innings.

Powell finally broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning as Colt Nix drew a bases-loaded walk and Tyler England, who would finish the game 4-for-5 at the plate, followed with a two-run single. Jameson also doubled in a run in the inning to put Powell in front 5-1.

The Pioneers would add two more runs in the sixth inning as Jameson again drove in a run. The offense was more than enough for Powell starting pitcher Colter Bostick, who threw seven strong innings in which he struck out nine Casper batters. Geiser worked the final six outs in relief and also connected for a two-run single in the eighth as part of the Pioneers' final four runs of the game.

Powell, now 39-13-2 for the summer, opens state tournament play at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in Sheridan. The Pioneers play in the first game of the tournament against Torrington, a team they have faced twice previously this year. Also on Powell's side of the state bracket are AA squads Cheyenne and Casper.

Playing on the opposite side of the bracket in the first round are Gillette and Rock Springs, while tournament host Sheridan opens against Laramie. The state tournament is a full double-elimination bracket.

The tournament champion advances as Wyoming's representative to Northwest Regional play in Spokane, Wash., while the top-ranking Class A team moves on to regional play at Bozeman, Mont.

Casper, Cheyenne and Gillette are the only AA Legion programs in Wyoming this summer.

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