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CJ Baker

A Wyoming Game and Fish employee did everything right after mistaking a grizzly bear for a black bear during a 2013 hunting trip: he immediately notified authorities and fully cooperated with their investigation.

But Luke Ellsbury’s mistakes — killing a grizzly bear and firing at it from a spot too close to the North Fork Highway — resulted in more than $10,000 in financial penalties last week. The sentence was roughly in line with similar instances in Park County in recent years.

A Powell day care provider and her husband have been charged with child endangerment for allegedly keeping methamphetamine in the same home where the woman watched other people’s children.

Powell police say they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of meth during a Friday afternoon search of Mandy and Nick Ringler’s home.

Powell High School’s golfers took home as many individual medals as the best teams at the Class 3A State Tournament.

Three PHS seniors — Pax Mitchell (tied for third on boys side of the tourney) and Carli Brown and Mikala Fulton (fifth and sixth for the girls, respectively) — earned All State honors at Cody’s Olive Glenn Golf Course on Friday and Saturday.

At a Monday hearing in Park County’s District Court, Bruce Watne was described as an upstanding man who has done many wonderful things for his family, his church, the Powell community and anyone young or old in need.

But Watne was in court because of the “awful” thing he did last summer: sexually abusing a pre-teen boy.

Large carnivore specialist thought he was shooting black bear; turned himself in  

A local Wyoming Game and Fish employee may face some steep financial penalties after mistaking a grizzly bear for a black bear while hunting on his own time last year.

The Powell High School girls tennis team trumped Cody again on Tuesday, while Cody got a bit of revenge on the Powell boys.

Playing in Cody, the Lady Panthers won four of five matches — as they did on Sept. 4 — while the Panther boys went 2-3; the boys had beaten Cody 3-2 earlier in the year.

A young man who was involved in a triple murder in Clark isn’t getting out of the life-long prison sentence he agreed to last year.

In a succinct Tuesday decision, District Court Judge Steven Cranfill denied a request to give Stephen Hammer, 20, the chance to one day become eligible for parole. As a result, Hammer still has no opportunity at ever being paroled.

Panther Boys No. 1 singles, girls No. 3 doubles stay undefeated  

Powell High School’s tennis teams continue to look as strong as they have in years, taking three of four duals with Casper’s high schools on Saturday.

Primary candidates spent more than $110,000 during races  

If money were all it took to win an election, Park County would have a couple different lawmakers, a new commissioner and another clerk.

But campaign finance reports filed after last month’s primary election show that spending the most money was no guarantee of success: the biggest spenders prevailed in only four of the eight races that were contested locally.

A woman who says she was subjected to sexual contact by an on-duty Powell police officer three years ago has filed a lawsuit against the officer, who no longer works for the city, the Powell Police Department and the city of Powell.

The woman’s attorney filed a complaint Monday in Park County’s District Court. The woman has not publicly revealed her name and the Powell Tribune does not publish the name of victims or alleged victims.

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