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CJ Baker

As direct evidence that John Marquez shot and dismembered another man last year, investigators have the statements of an alleged co-conspirator and what might possibly be Marquez’s DNA on a pair of gloves found near the man’s body.

“It’s coming down to the wire; we’ve all got our fingers crossed on this one,” Park County Commission Chairman Joe Tilden said Tuesday, after getting an update on the construction of the new multi-use facility at the Park County Fairgrounds.

The building is about 90-95 percent finished and should be ready for the July 21-25 county fair, said Ron Yount, representing project architect Plan One.

What would it take for voters to OK a sales tax hike, officials wonder?

Governments around Park County plan to hire a consultant to help them figure out whether they’ve got a chance at convincing voters to pass a new 1 cent sales tax next year.

Park County commissioners plan to give fewer tax dollars to local non-profit organizations in the coming year.

Longer-serving Park County employees will be getting a little more time off in the coming years.

County commissioners decided last week — in a razor-thin 3-2 vote — to increase the amount of vacation time offered to staffers who’ve worked five or more years.

The lure of a Sante Fe man’s hidden gold got a pair of out-of-state residents stranded in some North Fork backcountry on Sunday — making it two out of three summers that they’ve had to be rescued from the area.

New York entrepreneur’s plan to build a large water bottling factory near the Clarks Fork Canyon has been at least temporarily halted by Park County commissioners.

Park County jury determined it was a North Fork resident’s attack — and not a fall — that broke multiple bones in his girlfriend’s face last year. Now, Ernest Watts, 50, is headed to prison.

Watts was convicted of felony aggravated assault and battery in April and sentenced in May to six- to eight-years behind bars.

Cody woman is headed to prison for having a sexual relationship with a teen half her age.

At a hearing last week, District Court Judge Steven Cranfill ordered Jessica Lee Ayers to serve 18-24 months behind bars for second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Wednesday hearing on the 2014 murder of Juan Antonio Guerra-Torres showed how heavily the case relies on the account of one of the three defendants — and how the other two may try to undercut that account.

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