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CJ Baker

Filings claim Hammer was under influence of drugs, co-defendant 

A young Cody man who murdered a Clark resident and helped murder two others in March 2013 is asking a judge to one day have the chance to be released on parole.

Fifty Powell High School students turned out for the tennis team this year and coach Ray Bieber says it’s “very, very, very competitive.”

Whether a player’s a freshman or a senior, “We’re an equal-opportunity employer, and that means let the best person win,” Bieber said.

People have left state but are being monitored; drug involvement suspected 

Police are probing a couple people of interest in the murder of a part-time Clark resident whose mutilated body was found in Badger Basin earlier this year.

Park County Sheriff Scott Steward said this week that investigators have identified a couple “strong persons of interest” in connection with the January murder of 30-year-old Juan Antonio Guerra-Torres.

Powell High School’s golf team got a taste of some stiff competition at the season-opening Riverton Invitational.

With only three boys and one girl able to play, PHS was unable to qualify for team scores, but “there was a lot of quality 4A competition in Riverton, which was good experience for the players that made the trip,” said PHS head coach Troy Hildebrand.

Lovell man alleged to have stolen two vehicles, fired multiple shots  

Powell police suspect a Lovell man committed a spree of crimes that included stealing two vehicles, firing shots into three others and leading officers on a high-speed chase early Sunday morning.

Israel Silva, 25, remained jailed and was awaiting formal charges Monday.

Boys’ and girls’ teams headed to Riverton for two-day tourney  


The Powell High School golf teams will tee it up Thursday and Friday for the fall’s first tournament, but family commitments, a medical procedure and a need for a little more preparation will have both the boys and girls shorthanded: Only four players will be able to make the trip to Riverton.

Park County Republican voters decided to stick with the county’s current commissioners, choosing to support incumbents Loren Grosskopf, Joe Tilden and Tim French.

Grosskopf was the top vote-getter, collecting 3,559 ballots (or 19.7 percent of the voter), followed by Tilden’s 3,532 (19.5 percent) and French’s 3,375 votes (18.7 percent).

Sheriff headed toward third full term thanks to strong Cody showing  

Overwhelming support from the Cody area carried Park County Sheriff Scott Steward to a primary election victory on Tuesday, overcoming strong support for challenger Bruce Olson in Powell, Meeteetse and Clark.

Local political candidates are committing not just time and energy to their campaigns, but also money.

In the six county and state races being contested in today’s (Tuesday’s) primary election, the average candidate either raised or personally committed nearly $5,500 through the first part of the month. That’s according to campaign finance reports filed last week. All of the contenders are Republicans.

Steward cites his experience; Dunn and Olson Fault his leadership  

Park County Sheriff Scott Steward says his challengers lack the leadership experience needed for the job, while they say his leadership has been lacking.

Steward faces former Powell-area deputy Roger Dunn and current Powell-based Deputy Bruce Olson in next week’s Republican primary election.

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