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CJ Baker

Six of the eight Republican candidates for the Park County Commission sparred at a forum in Cody last week, with their views on federal lands emerging as a topic of contention.

Each made their pitches to voters during the July 15 forum hosted by the Park County Republican Women.

The state of Wyoming has given another big boost to a planned multi-use facility for the Park County Fairgrounds.

Gov. Matt Mead, Secretary of State Max Maxfield, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud, Treasurer Mark Gordon and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill unanimously approved an additional $485,391 for the project last week.

Park County officials have cleared the way for the state of Wyoming to begin paying for the education of students living in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park.

The Park County District Boundary Board — made up of the five county commissioners, the assessor and treasurer — voted grudgingly but unanimously June 5 to recommend that the Powell school district be expanded to include the northern part of the park.

Police have concluded there was no attempted abduction last week.

The two 12-year-old girls initially told police that, on the night of May 28, they’d fought off a man near Northwest College after he grabbed them and tried to pull them to his truck. On Tuesday, however, the children admitted that hadn’t actually happened, said Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt.

After a trickle at the start, the filing period for the primary election closed with a flood of candidates.

Nine Republicans have entered the battle for three Park County Commission seats, three law enforcement professionals will compete to be Park County sheriff, another three contenders are in the mix for Park County clerk and a trio of local legislators have drawn challengers in the Republican primary.

Powell police are asking the community for help to find a man who reportedly tried to abduct a pair of 12-year-old girls on Wednesday night. Police and school officials are also urging parents to be alert and to review safety measures with their children in the wake of the incident.

Powell and Cody school board members, Gov. Matt Mead and state education officials agree: The state of Wyoming must pick up the tab for educating the children living in the northern portion of Yellowstone National Park.

Park County officials, however, aren’t quite convinced.

Chapman admitted to sex abuse of teen on tape, say records 

A Park County trial for a former Powell police officer accused of an on-duty sex crime in 2011 is on hold while he’s jailed on newly reported allegations in Wisconsin.

Searchers found the wreckage of a private plane on a North Fork mountain Monday morning and the two occupants are presumed to be dead.

The plane carrying pilot Robert L. Zimmerman, 84, of Huntsville, Ala., and his 86-year-old brother, Ward H. Zimmerman of Seattle, is believed to have crashed on May 6 as they attempted to fly from Cody to Twin Falls, Idaho.

Dangerous avalanche conditions put a crimp in the opening day of the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park .

Yellowstone officials temporarily closed the east gate for roughly three hours on Friday because of "avalanche activity" in Sylvan Pass, a few miles inside the park's eastern boundary. Travelers should call 307-344-2117 for updates on the road's status.

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