At a Monday hearing in Park County’s District Court, Bruce Watne was described as an upstanding man who has done many wonderful things for his family, his church, the Powell community and anyone young or old in need.
But Watne was in court because of the “awful” thing he did last summer: sexually abusing a pre-teen boy.
A young man who was involved in a triple murder in Clark isn’t getting out of the life-long prison sentence he agreed to last year.
In a succinct Tuesday decision, District Court Judge Steven Cranfill denied a request to give Stephen Hammer, 20, the chance to one day become eligible for parole. As a result, Hammer still has no opportunity at ever being paroled.
Primary candidates spent more than $110,000 during races
If money were all it took to win an election, Park County would have a couple different lawmakers, a new commissioner and another clerk.
But campaign finance reports filed after last month’s primary election show that spending the most money was no guarantee of success: the biggest spenders prevailed in only four of the eight races that were contested locally.
A woman who says she was subjected to sexual contact by an on-duty Powell police officer three years ago has filed a lawsuit against the officer, who no longer works for the city, the Powell Police Department and the city of Powell.
The woman’s attorney filed a complaint Monday in Park County’s District Court. The woman has not publicly revealed her name and the Powell Tribune does not publish the name of victims or alleged victims.
Park County officials finally made the decision they were loath to make.
After six months of lobbying from state and local education leaders, Gov. Matt Mead and others, the Park County District Boundary Board voted 5-1 on Tuesday to let the state of Wyoming begin paying for the education of students living in the northern half of Yellowstone National Park.