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CJ Baker

With it being the fourth week of November, a traditional holiday is nearly upon us: the start of skiing and snowboarding season.

Both the Sleeping Giant Ski Area and Red Lodge Mountain Resort are poised to open Friday for the 2011-12 winter season.

Going “green,” adding a commercial kitchen shared with local entrepreneurs, and building in phases are some of the ways Park County may find money for a proposed new multi-purpose building at the county fairgrounds.

“There’s funds that are available out there for all kinds of different things,” said Stephanie Bennett Brown earlier this month. Brown is a Riverton-based grant writer who was hired by Park County to help fund the planned building.

Powell residents have likely noticed a couple new faces in police squad cars and patrolling around town in the last few months.

A rural Burlington woman has been sentenced to five days in jail plus probation for the role she played in the death of her 17-year-old son, Tylor Burke.

Donna Marie Burke Brunko, 39, had allowed the Powell High School student and his friends to drink alcohol at her residence on the night of March 11.

U.S. soldier Stanley Weldon Holmes Jr. was waiting to begin an R&R leave at the Denang, Vietnam, airport when he happened to pick up a pocket-sized Western that would change his life.

It wasn’t the words of author Louis L’Amour that stuck with him — today, Holmes can't even recall what book it was — but more than 40 years later, he still remembers the request for a pen pal on the back cover from Marilyn Thull, Star Route, Belfry, Mont.

“I never forgot this name in the back of the book. I could always see that,” Holmes recalls.

Some 2,100 miles away from the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in Zuccotti Park, a group of area residents came together in Powell’s Washington Park on Saturday to join the protest against corporate power and stump for other causes.

After a bit of “road rage,” Park County is moving to further improve a private subdivision road near Wapiti.

Former Montana realtor never paid back investments

A former Red Lodge, Mont., developer has been ordered to pay more than $368,000 to two Powell couples who, according to court findings, were defrauded by her.

The city of Powell didn’t have to look far for its new police chief.

Powell Police Sgt. Roy Eckerdt was informed on Monday afternoon that he would be the department’s new chief come January.

New director instead of manager

Things are going to be done a little differently at the Park County Fair.

The Park County Fair Board announced this month that it has overhauled the way the fairgrounds are run and maintained.

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