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County set for first contested primary in years for House District 50 and Senate District 18

After each going unchallenged for their last five terms, longtime state legislators Hank Coe and Pat Childers of Cody both will face opponents in August’s Republican primary election.

Cody City Councilman Charles Cloud and former Park County Republican Party Chair David Northrup of rural Powell each announced last week that they’re running for the House District 50 seat held by Rep. Childers. Meanwhile, Cody TEA party activist Bob Berry announced he’s challenging Sen. Coe in Senate District 18 (see related story).

A lawsuit claiming that federal bear researchers’ actions led to the fatal mauling of an Illinois man has been set for an early December trial date.

Erwin F. Evert was killed in June 2010 by a grizzly bear recovering from researchers’ tranquilizers in the Shoshone National Forest.

The 70-year-old man’s widow, Yolanda Evert, alleges in a suit that the federal Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team violated bear trapping protocols and ultimately caused Evert’s death. The primary allegations are that a two-man field crew negligently took down signs warning of the tranquilized bear and left before it was fully awake.

The government, represented by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, denies the allegations.

 

April 19, 2012 2:23 pm

County fair upgrades

Some access limited while upgrades installed
Construction work under way at the Park County Fairgrounds will bring improved and expanded electrical service and lighting. While the work is in progress, access to some parts of the fairgrounds’ east end is limited to ensure public safety and timely completion of the project, a news release from the Park County Fair Board said.

Visits to Yellowstone National Park this winter were a lot like last winter.

A total of 89,279 visitors went to the park between the Dec. 15 opening of the winter season and its closure on March 15, according to National Park Service statistics. That was up about half-a-percentage point from the 2010-11 winter season.

Asks for case to be dismissed

The former CEO of Powell Valley Healthcare is denying allegations by the hospital’s management company that he embezzled nearly $848,000 from the organization.

In a Tuesday response to a civil suit filed against him by HealthTech Management Services Inc., Paul D. Cardwell denied all the allegations and asked for the suit to be dismissed.

A new multi-use facility for the Park County Fairgrounds may come later rather than sooner.

At a Wednesday night meeting, local residents gave county fair overseers encouragement and advice to take their time on plans to construct an estimated $4 million building.

The advice seemed well-received by Park County Commission Chairman Tim French — who recalled extensive meetings planning the current jail — and Fair Board President Rob Newkirk.

Some Clark residents are calling on Park County commissioners to give them a place to keep dumping their trash when the Clark landfill closes to household waste this fall.

Commissioners have not committed to providing any service for household trash after the Clark landfill closes to such waste on Sept. 18. Some have expressed reluctance to go beyond running the landfills and get into the trash “transportation” business.

When Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Justin Masterson tosses the first pitch of the team’s season today, there will be a proud Powell uncle watching from the stands.

“To have a nephew — or, for my brother, a son — pitching opening day for a Major League Baseball team, that is a thrill for the whole family and beyond,” Powell resident Mike Masterson said Tuesday.

April 03, 2012 7:51 am

June trial set for Cardwell

A June 4 trial has been set for the federal criminal cases against a former Powell Valley Healthcare official and an Indiana man who are alleged to have conspired to embezzle nearly $850,000 from the organization.

Former PVHC Chief Executive Officer Paul D. Cardwell and Michael J. Plake of West Lafayette, Ind., pleaded not guilty to 15 felony counts at their arraignment in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne last week.

The two men are free on $50,000 unsecured bonds pending their next court appearance, but are prohibited from traveling outside of Wyoming and Indiana without permission from federal authorities. Court records say Cardwell will be living with his mother in Tipton, Ind., while Plake will remain at his West Lafayette, Ind., home.

Former hospital CEO and alleged accomplice face federal charges

Powell Valley Healthcare’s former chief executive officer and an Indiana resident each are facing more than a dozen criminal charges in federal court in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud the Powell healthcare organization.