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CJ Baker

August 23, 2011 9:13 am

PHS golfers take third

A grasshopper infestation and too-slick Lander greens made for one of the strangest tournaments ever for Powell High School golf, said Head Coach Troy Hildebrand.

The Panther boys persevered through the challenging conditions to take third at the season-opening Lander invitational, and had three players place in the top 10 individually — Bowen Prestwich, Pax Mitchell and Jackson Roling.

The owners of a Cody-based fuel distribution business and chain of gas stations/convenience stores have filed for bankruptcy, citing millions of dollars of debt.

Red Eagle Oil, Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Aug. 1 in Wyoming’s federal bankruptcy court, blaming the economic downturn and an inability over the past two years to collect some of the money it is owed. Court documents say Red Eagle has been unable to pay many of its bills since April.

August 18, 2011 9:44 am

PHS golfers tee off in Lander

The fall Powell High School sports season will kick off — or rather, tee off — with the Panther golf teams competing in Lander today (Thursday) and Friday.

PHS Head Coach Troy Hildebrand is hoping the 12 boys can match last season’s results, which saw the Panthers finish fifth at state. Meanwhile, having four girls out for golf will, at long last, give Powell enough players to officially compete as a team.

Law enforcement officers, first responders, family members, friends and Powell residents paid their respects to the late Powell Police Sgt. Mike Chretien at a Friday service.

“He was a soldier, he was an officer and he was a man of integrity, and I was proud to call him my friend,” said New Life Christian Fellowship Pastor Tim Morrow, who led the service at Northwest College’s Cabre Gym. Morrow said Chretien was leaving behind “a legacy of integrity, a legacy of service.”

Trek will last until October

In the loosely connected community of cross-country bikers, Nathaniel Benjamin has heard that he’s known as the guy who doesn’t stay in campgrounds.

“I just don’t like spending money to camp,” he said during a stay in Powell last month. “It just gets too expensive if you’re on a trip for six months.”

An off-duty Powell police sergeant heading home with his family from vacation died Wednesday when his truck and camper trailer rolled over in southwest Montana.

Sgt. Mike Chretien, 38, died at the scene of the crash on Interstate 90, near Cardwell, Mont., about 38 miles east of Butte, said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Cal Janes. Chretien’s family suffered bumps and bruises in the crash but were spared serious injury, said Powell Police Chief Tim Feathers.

Retired U.S. Sen. and deficit hawk Alan Simpson of Cody says it’s important that Congress reached a bipartisan deal to avoid defaulting on the governments debts and cut into the federal budget deficit.

“But,” Simpson said in a Wednesday interview with the Tribune, “what they did was minimal.”

An off-duty Powell police sergeant traveling with his family in southwest Montana was killed Wednesday when his truck and camper rolled over.

Sgt. Mike Chretien, 38, died after a crash around 1 p.m. near Cardwell, Mont., about 38 miles east of Butte. Montana Highway Patrol Capt. Gary Becker told the Montana Standard that the 2002 Ford pickup was traveling east on I-90 when the camper began to fishtail. The truck went into the median and both the truck and camper rolled.

Though the Highway Patrol did not immediately name who had died in the crash, Powell Police Chief Tim Feathers confirmed Thursday that it was Chretien.

A man alleged to have illegally taken his two daughters from Missouri has been arrested in Park County, said Sheriff Scott Steward.

In a news release today (Sunday), Steward said 35-year-old Matthew Chapman was arrested Friday afternoon at a North Fork campground in the Shoshone National Forest.

Chief: Department ‘should have done better’ in raid

In addition to $30,001 awarded by a federal jury, the state of Wyoming has paid $150,000 to cover attorney’s fees and costs for a woman whose Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable seizures was violated by Powell police during a 2009 drug raid.