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CJ Baker

Mulls lowering landfill rate

Park County isn’t letting the city of Powell take its trash to Big Horn County without a fight.

Park County commissioners have objected to Big Horn County’s plans to expand its landfill in Cowley to take in Powell’s trash. The commission is challenging the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s approval of the expansion.

A 30-year-old Cody man stands to spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting to murdering his wife, 44-year-old Julie J. Friday, in February 2012.

On Tuesday, Myron James Friday pleaded guilty to first-degree murder as part of a plea agreement with the Park County Attorney’s Office.

Myron J. Friday has been sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole, for murdering his wife in Cody in February 2012.

Friday pleaded guilty to first-degree murder at a Tuesday morning hearing in Park County's District Courtroom and received the sentence as part of a plea agreement with the Park County Attorney's Office.

Sleeping Giant zip line would prompt closures on North Fork

What would you rather have in the Shoshone National Forest: a ski area with a summer zip line or more camping and road access?

That’s essentially the trade-off forest officials lay out as they examine a request by Sleeping Giant Ski Area managers to build a zip line on the North Fork ski slope.

A 29-year-old man charged with murdering his wife in Cody in February 2012 is set to accept an unspecified plea deal this week, according to a court schedule released by the Park County Attorney’s Office.


Included two attempts in Cody

A man who robbed more than $14,000 from six banks last year — including those in Cody and Cheyenne — has been ordered to serve more than nine years in federal prison.

Joshua M. Beckstead, 32, received 112 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release under a sentence from U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Casper. Skavdahl, in his Thursday order, recommended Beckstead be placed in an Oregon facility and enrolled in a drug treatment program.


Finish 19-8

It didn’t end the way the Lady Panthers had hoped, but Powell High School head coach Scott McKenzie is proud of the basketball team’s 19-8 season.

“Seventeen weeks is a long journey, and I thought we had a fantastic journey this season,” McKenzie said.


Court documents related to Saturday’s murders in Clark gave a clearer outline of what happened, but they didn’t make the incident any easier to comprehend.

Cody teens Tanner Vanpelt, 18, and Stephen Hammer, 19, were each charged on Tuesday with 11 felony counts that include first-degree murder, armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Hammer is alleged to have played a lesser role than Vanpelt.

After persevering in a couple of nail-biters, the Powell High School girls’ basketball team delivered one of their best performances of the season to beat Lander 56-46 and claim third place in the Class 3A West regional tournament.

A 40-year-old woman, her 69-year-old father and 70-year-old mother were murdered at their Clark home at midday Saturday, police say.

Two Cody teens have each been charged with 11 criminal counts in connection with the case. They made their first court appearance in Park County's Circuit Court Tuesday morning, where Judge Bruce Waters ordered them held without bail pending further proceedings.

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