Sunny

17°F

Powell, WY

Sunny

Humidity: 52%

Wind: 7 mph

News

Powell woman makes case in police suit

Opposing attorneys and the woman suing the city of Powell and 11 Powell police officers for alleged civil rights violations laid out their cases for an eight-member federal jury in Cheyenne on Tuesday.

On Feb. 24, 2009, Powell police officers executed a search warrant for a marijuana grow operation at the East North Street home of Bret and Tricia Wachsmuth. During that search, they used a battering ram to knock down the door and deployed a flashbang in the master bedroom.

More than 3.6 million people visited Yellowstone National Park last year, but there’s no telling how many millions of pictures they took while there. Photographing Old Faithful, Lower Yellowstone Falls and wildlife from bison to bears is a daily rite of passage for tourists by the busloads.

But for some enthusiasts lucky enough to live at the doorstep of America’s first national park, Yellowstone is an endless reservoir of inspiring natural images that serves as both a focus and a point of departure for a community of diverse photographers.

How to solve the budget crisis

Simpson explains federal Debt commission’s recommendations

Former Senator Alan Simpson took the stage in Cody Tuesday night to explain the work of a commission he co-chaired and to take questions about the commission’s recommendations from the audience.

Simpson served as co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform at the request of President Barack Obama. He and co-chairman Erskine Bowles, a Democrat, led the commission in issuing a number of recommendations for resolving the nation’s debt crisis.

Police suit updates

Monday, Feb. 28

This case is going to be determined by the eight-member jury.

U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson today rejected a request from the defense to dismiss the case for insufficient evidence after plaintiff Tricia Wachsmuth rested her case.

"Sound like we have jury disputes at this point," the judge said, essentially reaffirming a decision he made Jan. 25.

Powell police suit begins in federal court

Civil rights trial slated to last two weeks

A Powell woman’s claims that the Powell Police Department used excessive force in searching her home for illegal drugs are being presented to a federal jury in Cheyenne this week.

The jury will be asked to help determine whether Powell police violated Tricia Wachsmuth’s constitutional rights in seizing two marijuana plants in a February 2009 search of her and her husband Bret’s home.

A slimmer slice of the supplemental surplus?

Local leaders, legislators discuss budget

This week, state legislators will work through Wyoming’s supplemental budget bill, deciding, among other things, how much money to provide for local governments.

The budget bill, crafted by the Joint Appropriations Committee, recommends several critical departures from the draft budget Gov. Matt Mead proposed last month. Notably, the JAC’s budget fails to endorse the governor’s call to create a permanent stream of funding for local governments.

A Powell High School sophomore was critically injured Wednesday when she struck a tree while snowboarding at Red Lodge Mountain Resort.

Brooke Nisley, 16, was volunteering through the Eagle Mount program to assist young skiers with disabilities during the Wednesday trip. At the end of the day, she was returning from the slopes on a final run when the accident happened.

PVHC gives Cardwell second shot as CEO

For the second time, the Powell Valley Healthcare Board has chosen Paul Cardwell to be its chief executive officer.

Cardwell was the successful candidate when the position was offered in late September, but he resigned in November before filling the position.

Exhibit hall likely to be destroyed

County meeting next week in Powell to discuss future

The Park County Fairgrounds’ Large Exhibit Hall will likely be demolished prior to the 2011 Park County Fair, county commissioners said Tuesday.

A Jan. 24 report from a county-hired engineer advised commissioners it probably would be better to replace the aging, failing building instead of spending an unknown amount of money trying to repair it. The hall, which houses general exhibits during the fair, has been closed to the public since a late January inspection revealed potentially unsafe structural failures. The Small Exhibit Hall, attached to west side of the Large Exhibit Hall, and hallways running between the two buildings have been found to be safe for use and remain open to the public.

Homesteader Park rest area set to open

After a string of delays over several months, the new Homesteader rest area at Powell’s east entrance is slated to open next week.

Part of a $2 million renovation project encompassing 10 acres of Homesteader Park, the glass-enclosed rest area is nearing substantial completion, said City Administrator Zane Logan on Monday. The project is funded largely through federal stimulus money, as well as funds from the city and state.

Page 251 of 282

Subscribe

Get all the latest Powell news by subscribing to the Powell Tribune today!

Click here to find out more!

E-Edition

Our paper can be delivered right to your e-mail inbox with a subscription to the Powell Tribune!

Find out more here!

Stay Connected

Keep up with Powell news by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

Go to top