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CJ Baker

Governor makes case for data centers

Saying it’s time for the state to be bold, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said he wants to distribute more money to local governments, fund highway improvements and attract new businesses to the state.

“We’re going to have to do things differently than we have in the past,” Mead said in a Friday speech to the Wyoming Press Association.

A former Powell resident has been barred from owning any cats or other animals in connection with a summer hoarding case where officials seized 157 cats from a rural Powell home.

Last Tuesday, Maurielena “Mimi” Nesbit pleaded guilty to 14 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in Park County’s Circuit Court. As part of a plea agreement, another three counts of cruelty were dismissed.

The Powell High School girls basketball team was edged out by one of the conference’s top teams on Friday, falling 41-38 to the visiting Mountain View Lady Buffaloes.

PHS rebounded on Saturday with a convincing 49-35 home win over Lyman.

The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the 18- to 20-year prison sentence given to a Cody man who opened fire in the Walmart parking lot three years ago.

In a decision last week, the Supreme Court affirmed Park County District Court Judge Steven Cranfill's finding that Chester Darral Fletcher was competent to stand trial and be sentenced for his actions.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has abandoned a controversial plan to haul mine waste over the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway as part of a Cooke City mine cleanup project, drawing praise from Park County officials and residents who had voiced concerns with the haul’s impacts.

Police are seeking a 20-year-old Lovell man in connection with a Thursday fight in which another man reportedly was stabbed in the hand.

A Park County warrant has been issued for the arrest of Raymond Ortiz on a charge of aggravated assault.

A bigger, better center for Powell Valley Recycling has drawn a step closer to becoming reality.

On Friday, Powell Valley Recycling officials received word from the U.S. Department of Argiculture that they have received $195,000 in funding to help move the group into a new facility.

A Utah man has been sentenced to serve 18 to 20 years in prison for stealing items out of two Powell vehicles last year and crashing a stolen van.

Jeramie J.E. Large, a Salt Lake City-area resident, received the sentence last week from District Court Judge Steven Cranfill. It was the maximum sentence allowed by law.

As state legislators gather in Cheyenne for the 2011 session this month, Park County commissioners have asked, as outgoing Commission Chairman Jill Shockley Siggins put it, “that they not forget us” in dealing with landfills.

In a recent letter sent to lawmakers locally and across the state, county commissioners asked lawmakers to “continue to keep local communities and counties in your thoughts and legislative actions” as efforts to clean up and regionalize the state’s landfills continue.

 

Continuing efforts to bring the Park County Fairgrounds’ electric grid up to date, county commissioners are planning to bid out some $218,000 worth of work to the complex.

Following a review by a state electrical inspector, the fair board and county commission learned last spring that the grounds had a number of electrical code violations. The most serious issues — those deemed a threat to public safety — had to be addressed prior to the opening of the 2010 fair. That work came at a cost of roughly $99,000.

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