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News

Local inventor gets city's backing

As uncomfortable as it may be to talk or write about catheter leg bags, Deidre Cozzens learned years ago that wearing them is plenty uncomfortable, too.

That's why the Ralston resident invented the Catheze, a device she created to comfortably support catheter leg bags.

Ready for the gubernatorial run

Republican Matt Mead and Democrat Leslie Petersen earned their parties' nominations for governor in last week's primary, and voters will have one, and possibly two more choices in November.

Casper businessman Mike Wheeler was added to the general election ballot this week as the Libertarian Party's candidate, and University of Wyoming Trustee Taylor Haynes has submitted a petition to run as an independent.

Races on for NWC, fire district boards

Other special districts draw minimal interest

The races are on for seats on the Northwest College and Powell fire district boards.

In the general election candidate filing period — which began Aug. 4 and closed Monday, Aug. 23 — three challengers filed to take on two incumbents on the NWC board of trustees and two newcomers each filed for two open slots on the Park County Fire District No. 1 board.

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Classic cars ranging from a 1909 Model T Ford to vehicles from the 1960s and into the 2000s were on display at the Powell Municipal Airport Saturday during this year's Wings ‘N' Wheels. Also on display were 48 airplanes and the crowd enjoyed aerobic displays by a Pitts 5-2B biplane, a T-6 trainer and two vintage World War II fighters, a P-51 Mustang and a rarely seen P-63, as well as demonstrations of radio controlled aircraft. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Members of the Heart Mountain Irrigation District Board of Commissioners should pay out of their own pockets for four wind anemometers they purchased with district funds, a Powell couple says.

That is because the board did not research the legality of wind development properly prior to buying instruments, which measure wind speed, Fred and Buffy Burris said Friday.

PAWS, school accountability discussed

Despite problems with Wyoming's statewide school testing last spring, an outside study of the test has concluded the test results were valid and could be used to measure school progress.

Wyoming legislators were also recently advised to keep using the Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS) test to measure student achievement.

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One of the 157 cats captured at a rural Powell home stares into the camera, as dozens of others mill about in the Lane 11 residents' basement. Workers with the Humane Society of the United States, Park County Sheriff's Office, Powell veterinarian Teri Oursler and others worked all day Thursday removing cats from the home. Courtesy photo/Bradly J. Boner

A total of 157 cats were seized from a rural Powell home Thursday by workers with the Humane Society of the United States, called in to assist by the Park County Attorney's and Sheriff's Office.

Officials described the conditions at the Lane 11 home south of Powell as filthy, and said many of the cats were in poor health, some requiring euthanization. Most of the cats have since been transported elsewhere for adoption.

Busch facilities sold to Minnesota company

Growers learn of sale in letter Wednesday

A Minneapolis-based company has purchased the Busch Agricultural Resources barley processing facilities at Ralston and Powell.

Barley growers across the Powell growing area received letters Wednesday advising them that Riverland Ag had bought the facilities. The letters state that Riverland Ag “expects to keep the current staff at the Ralston and Powell facilities.”

The three residents at the rural Powell home where 157 cats were seized last week were charged Wednesday with a combined 35 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

Homeowner Clifton Taylor, 79, and his wife, Maurielena “Mimi” Nesbit, 63, each face 17 counts of cruelty for 17 of the cats found in poor physical condition. Each count carries a maximum penalty of up to six months in jail and a $750 fine.

Sharing the aquatic center

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PHS senior Maddy Jones heads for the finish and a state qualifying time in the individual medley at the Powell Aquatic Center last week. The Lady Panthers dual with Buffalo was the first varsity competition in the new pool, which will host the annual Gene Dozah Invitational on Sept. 11. Tribune photo by Don Amend

City signs agreements with school district, swim club

The community-shared water of the Powell Aquatic Center takes in a variety of swimmers — from competitive teens to exercising adults to playful toddlers. To accommodate the needs of swimmers sharing the facility, the city of Powell recently signed agreements with Park County School District No. 1 and the Powell Swim Club.

Both groups need lanes for team practices and, several times a year, will host swim meets at the aquatic center.

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