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CJ Baker

County to city: Build trash station elsewhere

Opposition from nearly 250 citizens and three Park County commissioners has spelled the end of the city of Powell’s plan to build a garbage transfer station near the intersection of Lane 9 and Road 7.

Following a public hearing where citizens overwhelmingly objected to the proposed location, the Park County Commission voted 3-2 to deny the city’s request to rezone the city-owned property from transitional to industrial classification. That rezoning was necessary to go forward with the transfer station.

It takes a lot of money to keep Yellowstone National Park’s sewers, water lines, roads and bridges in working condition for the millions of people who visit the park each year. That’s why a Teton County legislator is sponsoring a bill that would put an additional 1 cent on purchases made in Yellowstone.

Rep. Keith Gingery, R-Jackson, said that during a meeting with Yellowstone Park Superintendent Dan Wenk last August, a group of legislators were lobbying Wenk on a couple issues — including continued winter access through the East Entrance.

Schneider accused of lying about surgery; contributing to man’s death

Citing allegations that he lied about the necessity of an operation and may have contributed to the patient’s eventual death, the Wyoming Board of Medicine has suspended the medical license of a local surgeon.

The state board temporarily suspended Dr. John H. Schneider Jr.’s license on Saturday and announced it publicly Tuesday. Schneider owns a home between Powell and Cody and has practiced medicine in both communities as well as in Billings.

It was an even battle early whe Powell and Lander took to the mat last week, but four straight pins put the Panthers in control and they closed with a 48-24 over the Tigers.

The two teams traded points through the first six matches. Charles Wittick opened with a pin over Lander’s Andrew Von Rein at 106. Von Rein led 4-3 after two rounds, but starting in the superior position in round three, Wittick locked his opponent in a cradle to finish the match early and give the Panthers an early lead.

Cody dialysis center approved; Meeteetse transfer station denied

Wyoming’s statewide elected officials have given a nearly half-million dollar boost to efforts to bring North End Water Users onto the Northwest Rural Water District system.

Though their water is currently safe, a couple spikes in nitrate levels in recent years have forced North End’s roughly 200 users to find another source of water; research has shown hooking on to Northwest’s system to be the best option for the north-of-Powell residents.

New trial to be held

Determining whether to convict or acquit a Bridger, Mont., man of a charge of rape proved impossible for a Park County jury this month.

After several hours of deliberation on Jan. 11, the jury deadlocked on the charge of first degree sexual assault brought against 27-year-old Tyler Johnston.

Getting money to build a new multi-use facility at the Park County Fairgrounds won’t be as easy as commissioners had hoped.

The county’s grant writer informed commissioners last week that the project is ineligible for the biggest pot of funds she had been eyeing.

A 22-year-old Powell man has been charged in connection with a break-in at Powell Drug earlier this month.

Christian T. Hallman was arrested Tuesday night and charged with felony counts of burglary and property destruction.

Governor emphasizes highways, local governments

Speaking in Cody this month, Gov. Matt Mead pitched his proposed $2.74 billion state budget for the coming two years as one that would allow the state to improve its roads and infrastructure, aid local governments and still sock some money away.

“I think what it does is, it’s a realistic budget,” Mead told a gathering of county commissioners on Jan. 5. “It recognizes that the state of Wyoming is in pretty good shape right now. It recognizes the state of Wyoming has the ability to do some good things right now.”

Police seized roughly $10,000 worth of cocaine from a home Wednesday night and arrested a Powell couple in connection with the seizure.

Officers found some 108 grams of cocaine in a residence in the Cactus Garden trailer court off Seventh Street, said Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt. Police say a small amount of the cocaine appeared to be packaged for sale in half-gram quantities.

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