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Trek will last until October

In the loosely connected community of cross-country bikers, Nathaniel Benjamin has heard that he’s known as the guy who doesn’t stay in campgrounds.

“I just don’t like spending money to camp,” he said during a stay in Powell last month. “It just gets too expensive if you’re on a trip for six months.”

An off-duty Powell police sergeant heading home with his family from vacation died Wednesday when his truck and camper trailer rolled over in southwest Montana.

Sgt. Mike Chretien, 38, died at the scene of the crash on Interstate 90, near Cardwell, Mont., about 38 miles east of Butte, said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Cal Janes. Chretien’s family suffered bumps and bruises in the crash but were spared serious injury, said Powell Police Chief Tim Feathers.

Retired U.S. Sen. and deficit hawk Alan Simpson of Cody says it’s important that Congress reached a bipartisan deal to avoid defaulting on the governments debts and cut into the federal budget deficit.

“But,” Simpson said in a Wednesday interview with the Tribune, “what they did was minimal.”

An off-duty Powell police sergeant traveling with his family in southwest Montana was killed Wednesday when his truck and camper rolled over.

Sgt. Mike Chretien, 38, died after a crash around 1 p.m. near Cardwell, Mont., about 38 miles east of Butte. Montana Highway Patrol Capt. Gary Becker told the Montana Standard that the 2002 Ford pickup was traveling east on I-90 when the camper began to fishtail. The truck went into the median and both the truck and camper rolled.

Though the Highway Patrol did not immediately name who had died in the crash, Powell Police Chief Tim Feathers confirmed Thursday that it was Chretien.

A man alleged to have illegally taken his two daughters from Missouri has been arrested in Park County, said Sheriff Scott Steward.

In a news release today (Sunday), Steward said 35-year-old Matthew Chapman was arrested Friday afternoon at a North Fork campground in the Shoshone National Forest.

Chief: Department ‘should have done better’ in raid

In addition to $30,001 awarded by a federal jury, the state of Wyoming has paid $150,000 to cover attorney’s fees and costs for a woman whose Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable seizures was violated by Powell police during a 2009 drug raid.

A judge has picked no early favorite in a rumble over who owns the legal rights to sell a beer named after Buffalo Bill Cody.

A pair of Cody entrepreneurs are in a legal fight in Park County’s District Court over two similarly-named beers: “Buffalo Bill Cody Beer,” developed by former professional wrestler Eric Bischoff, and “Buffalo Bill Beer,” developed by the owners of the Irma Hotel, Mike and John Darby.

A new $13.2 million capital facilities tax could serve as a “homemade stimulus” for Park County by paying for an indoor equestrian center in Cody and other, smaller projects in Powell and Meeteetse, a leader of the successful 2006 tax campaign says.

Bruce McCormack, who served as the Cody chair of an effort to pass a similar $13.2 million capital facilities tax five years ago, publicly pitched the idea of another tax during a Park County Commission meeting last week.

Reportedly interconnected cases move forward

Nearly three months after a warrant was issued for his arrest, a Powell teen has been arrested in connection with an April 6 altercation that police say was an attempted armed robbery.

Driving drunk has always been a risky proposition, but it became even riskier last week.

A new state law that took effect Friday eliminated suspected drunk drivers’ right to refuse a sobriety test. The new law allows police to apply for a search warrant if they suspect a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If granted, the warrant forces the suspect to provide a blood, breath or urine sample for chemical testing.