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CJ Baker

Powell support not enough for Wetzel and Laursen

North Fork outfitter Lee Livingston and incumbent Bucky Hall emerged as the winners in Tuesday’s Republican primary, coming out at the top of a seven-man race.

Livingston, who received 2,755 votes to lead the field, and Hall, who garnered 2,169 votes, each polled very strongly in western Park County.

 

Park County voters didn’t exactly turn out in droves to weigh in on the most contested Republican primary races that the county has had in decades.

Unofficial election results showed that 6,941 voters cast ballots on Tuesday, which would mean about half of the county’s 13,419 registered voters turned out.

Reasons not clear

A former Powell police officer has been arrested on a warrant, and law enforcement and court officials will not say why.

Information posted to the Park County Sheriff’s Office website over the weekend listed 39-year-old Kirk Chapman as having been arrested Friday at the Park County Courthouse and included a booking photo.

It’s “only” the Primary Election, but many local races will be shaped — if not outright determined — by today’s results.

 

A hike up Heart Mountain has always provided participants a chance to get a deeper understanding of their personal physical fitness. But a new interpretative cabin installed at the trailhead now offers mountain visitors an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the place itself.

Girls team takes 2nd at first tourney

Class 3A state golf champion Bowen Prestwich wasted no time in picking up where he left off last fall. The Powell High School senior posted a three-over par two-day total in Riverton last week to claim top individual honors at the Riverton Country Club.

Prestwich parred the final hole to hold off three challengers by a single stroke.

Wyoming has good laws requiring political candidates to disclose their donors and expenditures, but they could stand some improvement when it comes to a candidate’s own contributions to their campaign.

Current state law requires all candidates to disclose not just how much money they have raised, but also where it’s coming from. This transparency can provide voters with valuable insight into a candidate — such as where their backing is coming from and how they run a race. After all, how a candidate campaigns may speak to how they will govern.

This year’s local races for the state Legislature and Park County Commission are proving a little more expensive than yearshil past.

Campaign finance reports filed this week indicate that the unusual amount of competition for the state House and Senate has brought substantially more money into the races than recent years, while seven county commission candidates have already committed more money to the race than 12 candidates did in 2010.

While other athletes are still knocking off the rust in practices, Powell High School’s boys and girls golfers will be asked to hit the ground walking at a tournament that begins today (Thursday) in Riverton.

The two-day varsity-only affair at the Riverton Country Club comes just a few days after the start of practices.

A Park County jury is hearing evidence this week in a case against a Maryland man accused of brawling at a Powell bar.

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