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CJ Baker

Local political candidates are committing not just time and energy to their campaigns, but also money.

In the six county and state races being contested in today’s (Tuesday’s) primary election, the average candidate either raised or personally committed nearly $5,500 through the first part of the month. That’s according to campaign finance reports filed last week. All of the contenders are Republicans.

Steward cites his experience; Dunn and Olson Fault his leadership  

Park County Sheriff Scott Steward says his challengers lack the leadership experience needed for the job, while they say his leadership has been lacking.

Steward faces former Powell-area deputy Roger Dunn and current Powell-based Deputy Bruce Olson in next week’s Republican primary election.

Those who’ve attended recent candidate forums for the Powell area’s seats in the Wyoming House of Representatives may have some confusion on some of the candidates’ positions.

A candidate for the Park County Commission sought to derail state funding for a new building at Park County Fairgrounds earlier this year by providing state officials a mixture of speculation, rumor and misinformation.

Burlington man, a ‘sovereign citizen,’ convicted of bank fraud  

Paul Cardwell was back in federal court last week — not as a defendant, but as a witness for the prosecution.

A woman who fished mail and checks out of post office bins around the state — and then forged them into $19,000 worth of personal checks — has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.

Stefani Ruland, 40, was caught and arrested by Cody police in January as a result of cooperation between several agencies, including the Johnson and Sheridan county sheriff’s offices and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

July 31, 2014 7:35 am

Sheriff’s race heats up

The candidates for Park County Sheriff took some shots at one another during a Monday night forum in Clark.

Park County Sheriff Scott Steward’s two challengers — Deputy Bruce Olson and former deputy Roger Dunn — said the sheriff’s leadership is lacking, while Steward shot back that they were inventing problems.

Six of the eight Republican candidates for the Park County Commission sparred at a forum in Cody last week, with their views on federal lands emerging as a topic of contention.

Each made their pitches to voters during the July 15 forum hosted by the Park County Republican Women.

It seemed like a great cause to support.

In 2007, horse advocates gave a rural Park County woman about $3,500 to save a group of equines from slaughter and fix the eyesight of a rescued animal.

But prosecutors say that’s not what Catherine M. Petersen did with the money, using deceit to solicit the donations.

The education of a few dozen students in Yellowstone National Park may again be in doubt.

A group of Park County officials have called a July 21 meeting to reconsider their earlier recommendation to place the northern part of Yellowstone inside the Powell school district.