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 By C.J. BAKER    News    August 8, 2019

Man convicted of murder in wife's shooting

POWELL — Rejecting Dennis Klingbeil’s claims that he accidentally shot his wife in the head last year, a Park County jury convicted the 77-year-old Wapiti resident of first-degree murder on Friday. The 12 jurors deliberated for only about 2 1/2... Full story

 By C.J. BAKER    News    June 13, 2019

Cody Labs to close, dozens being laid off

POWELL — Less than two years ago, Cody Laboratories was home to 135 higher-paying jobs, planning a massive expansion and praised by local and state leaders as an example of how Wyoming could diversify its economy. But by the end of this summer,... Full story

 By C.J. BAKER    News    May 2, 2019

Park County becomes first county with anti-EMP room

POWELL - As his time as Park County's Homeland Security Coordinator neared its end last week, Mart Knapp was busy putting up strips of foil in a subterranean room. The roughly $12,000 project -... Full story

 By C.J. BAKER    News    April 4, 2019

Park County investigates abuse allegations at Clark facility

POWELL — In recent weeks, more than a dozen women have contacted the Park County Sheriff’s Office to report being abused at a Clark facility for troubled teenage girls. The allegations — from 15 former patients of Trinity Teen Solutions — are...

 By C.J. BAKER    News    March 14, 2019

MARCH 15 - Meth ring arrests net total of 45 years in prison terms

POWELL — In 2015, federal authorities agreed that William “Bill” Lee’s days of dealing and using methamphetamine appeared to be behind him. As a probation officer explained at the time, Lee had completed his court-ordered drug treatment,...

 By C.J. BAKER    News    October 17, 2018

Bank of the West works to keep state business; meets with SLIB officials

POWELL — This summer, Bank of the West officials began promoting the fact that they’re no longer funding certain fossil fuel-related projects and businesses — prompting State Treasurer Mark Gordon and Gov. Matt Mead to suggest pulling all...

 By C.J. BAKER    News    October 10, 2018

Powell woman sends text message, leads to meth arrest

POWELL — While looking to obtain some methamphetamine last month, a Powell woman is alleged to have texted a very wrong number: Instead of connecting with an obliging dealer, she reached a Powell police officer on his department-issued...

 By C.J. BAKER    News    April 25, 2018

Kidnapping, attempted murder suspect arrested in Powell, awaiting hearing

POWELL — Authorities allege that a truck driver arrested in Powell this month kidnapped and tried murdering a female passenger outside Thermopolis. Hugo A. Luna Aguero, 45, is facing felony charges in Hot Springs County of attempted first-degree...


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