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CJ Baker

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.

High water in the North Fork of the Shoshone River has forced the closure of several Shoshone National Forest campsites.

The forest's campgrounds remain open, but at four locations, some sites have been put off-limits.

The tall, brick boiler house chimney is the most enduring icon of the former Heart Mountain Relocation Camp — and work is planned to keep it that way.

The National Park Service recently awarded a $215,911 grant to help stabilize the chimney, which is “in eminent danger of collapse,” say state preservation officials.

A study funded by the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office last year found the chimney is leaning 16 inches out of plumb and eventually will topple if nothing is done. It helped heat the camp’s hospital complex, which provided medical treatment for the more than 11,000 Japanese Americans who were interned at the camp during World War II.

Fair will go on

With about a month to go before the opening of the 2011 Park County Fair, its manager has resigned. However, fair board members say the fair, which begins July 26, will go on without a hitch.

City of Powell garbage customers are off the hook for more than half of the estimated $1.23 million cost of constructing a transfer station to handle the city’s trash when the Powell landfill closes next year to household waste.

As expected, the State Loan and Investment Board — made up of Gov. Matt Mead, Secretary of State Max Maxfield, Treasurer Joe Meyer, Auditor Cynthia Cloud and Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill — voted Thursday in Cheyenne to award $652,502 to the city of Powell to put toward a garbage transfer station.

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