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CJ Baker

Commission still worried about economy

Park County employees won’t be getting any raises this fiscal year.

Baseball legend Pete Rose has playfully called him out on national television, he’s fetched statistics for and talked sports with Alex Rodriguez and he’s broadcast college basketball games at Duke, North Carolina and Kansas.

Grizzly bears and the Wapiti Elementary School were unexpectedly thrown into the national spotlight during a Tuesday hearing for education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos.

Get ready to start paying taxes on orders from — and other online retailers could be next.

Gov. Matt Mead announced Thursday that, as part of an agreement with the state, Amazon will begin collecting tax on its sales to Wyoming consumers and businesses on March 1.

The internet has opened up a world of shopping opportunities for people in rural towns like ours, but it’s a double-edged sword that cuts into communities in multiple ways. Beyond local retailers receiving less business and dollars leaving the local economy, under the current set-up, Wyoming’s governments also lose out on sales tax dollars to maintain or improve their towns, cities and counties. Some estimates say that, by not requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes, the State of Wyoming is losing $28 million a year.

Persuaded by evidence that the crime may have been due to brain injuries, a judge has put a Powell man on probation for severely beating his wife in 2015.

Insurer calls award ‘truly excessive’

Rejecting the defense’s claims that the verdict was too large, a judge has upheld a jury’s nearly $2.3 million award to two Meeteetse men who were injured in a 2010 crash.

When they convene this month, state lawmakers will consider whether to make massive amounts of police data off-limits to the public.

Doing so would be a mistake.

With only about 330 residents, it’s unlikely that the Town of Meeteetse could have raised its sewer rates high enough to replace its aging sewage lagoons.

A November day of racing at the Park County Fairgrounds was “kind of like they used to have here — only we had bigger and better ones than ever used to race here,” organizer Brock Ninker said of the cars. “We have more horsepower hitting this track than it’s ever seen before.”

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