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News

City approves leaner budget

$15.7 million budget calls for wage freeze

Tough economic times call for leaner budgets, and like many municipalities in Wyoming, the city of Powell reduced its operating budget for the next fiscal year.

On Monday, the Powell City Council unanimously approved a $15.7 million budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2011.

Reflecting on the old gym

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Powell sports legend Keith Bloom stands among the rubble of the old Panther Gym Wednesday morning. Bloom played in the gym's opening basketball game in December 1949. Like many alumni attending this weekend's reunion festivities, Bloom has many fond memories of the old gymnasium. For a special feature on the old gym, see the print edition of the Powell Tribune pages 10 and 11. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

Incumbent commissioners challenged

Sitting Park County commissioners Tim French and Bill Brewer found themselves on the defensive at a Republican commission candidate forum in Cody last week.

Eight GOP challengers — Ted Davey, Vicki Gibson, Karla Gitlitz, Loren Grosskopf, Fred Reynolds, Joe Tilden, Hank Whitelock and Bill Yetter — took aim at a number of county decisions over the past few years, from its purchase and management of the Park County Complex to its budgeting process.

A tragic accident at a rodeo in Jackson on Wednesday took the life of Nicolas Gillett, 20, of the Heart Mountain area, but he died with his boots on.

His brother, Andy Gillett, said Nick was doing what he loved — rodeoing — right to his untimely end.

Powell teen dies in Saturday crash

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Powell emergency personnel work to extricate the last victim from a car that crashed into a tree off Wyo. 295 north of Powell Saturday. EmiLee Bapst, 16, of Powell was killed in the crash and three other Powell teens were injured. Tribune photo by Don Amend

Three others injured

A Powell girl is dead following a Saturday crash north of Powell.

EmiLee Bapst, 16, was a passenger a 2000 Ford Taurus driven by Jack Farwell, 18, when the accident occurred. Two other passengers, Erik Rodriguez, 18, and Luke Sherley, 16, were seriously injured in the crash. All four occupants are from Powell.

Firefighters flare-up the Fourth

Once again, Powell Volunteer Fire Department firefighters will celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks show sure to knock everybody's socks off, with an explosive $9,000 arsenal, thanks to the community's financial support.

“It will start at 10 p.m.,” said fireman Sam Rodriguez, who is organizing the annual show with fireman Tracy Sweet.

Barton resigns from PVHC post

News that Chief Executive Officer Rod Barton will be leaving Powell Valley Healthcare was greeted by long faces around the hospital board table on Monday.

Barton, who has held that post since 1997, announced on Monday he will leave in late August to take a position as the executive director of the hospital in Burley, Idaho.

Texting + driving = illegal

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As of today (Thursday), texting behind the wheel is illegal. A new law makes it a misdemeanor for motorists to write, send or read text messages. Violators face a $75 fine. The state transportation department says Wyoming is one of 28 states to have a texting while driving law. Tribune photo illustration by Carla Wensky

Wyoming now prohibits texting while driving

Effective today (Thursday), text messaging while driving is illegal in Wyoming, because legislators and law enforcement officials want drivers to focus on the road.

Under the new law, police can stop drivers and give them $75 tickets if they believe motorists are texting and driving. Proving a driver caused a car crash while texting, although tricky, could happen.

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Powell school projects

Westside school gets under way this month

Construction of a new Westside Elementary begins this month with the demolition of the old facility, and a bid has been awarded for demolition of the natatorium/auditorium. In addition, School District No. 1 continues developing plans for the future of Powell Middle School.

No changes in effect yet

Local Alltel cell phone users are one step closer to becoming AT&T customers.

Last month, AT&T finalized its purchase of Alltel's assets throughout the Big Horn Basin and several dozen market areas across the United States.

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