Some brief bios of the Tribune staffers who contribute to this blog, written in their own words.
CJ Baker is a staff writer at the Tribune who generally covers county government and law enforcement. He enjoys fringe politics, Nintendo Wii, and purchasing new music; as a result, he actually owns music that he has never listened to. CJ is also the blog's de facto manager (Ed. note: and the guy who inserts random ed. notes), so if you have a blog-related question, email him.
Randal Horobik is the sports editor and self-appointed food critic at the Tribune. When not attending sporting events, he can be found wandering in Yellowstone, playing computer games or driving his wife crazy by watching yet more sporting events on television. Randal is a former national speaking finalist and twice competed in the World Debate Championships.
Tessa Schweigert is the Tribune managing editor and covers the Powell City Council. She also writes editorials and occasionally writes feature stories. Tessa lives in downtown Powell and enjoys her close proximity to the movie theater, post office and coffee shop. Snowstorms, music, European chocolate and traveling are among her favorite things. She assigns stories, so if you have news tips, send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gib Mathers is a staff writer at the Trib who occasionally blogs a pic with some sort of inane narration. General assignment reporting would loosely define his job description, but most of the staff find Mathers beyond description. He enjoys outdoor type pieces and stories that lead him off the beaten path. Mathers likes to read, hike and puff on his pipe.
Kara Bacon is primarily a photographer and designer at the Tribune. Fun kid activities are her favorite because she has an active inner child. She will get her hands dirty and write a story every now and then; a good goat chase or Halloween party will get her writing. She is also the content manager for the main Web site. If you have a good bacon joke, she loves them.
Carla Wensky is the aquarium manager at the Tribune and also does design work and photography. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her horses and dogs and working on her farm (in Farm Town and in real life). Her favorite part of working at the Tribune as a photographer is getting to experience new things and doing things she normally wouldn't get to do, like daredevil plane rides. Carla has been employed here for eight years.
Ilene Olson is the news editor at the Powell Tribune. Besides editing news copy for the paper, she covers issues and events for Northwest College and Powell Valley Healthcare. You’re also likely to see her taking photos in and around town, documenting local events and telling people’s stories through pictures. Photography also is her favorite hobby. Ilene’s favorite activity is being with her husband and their family, which includes five children, their spouses and six — soon to be seven — grandchildren.
Don Amend retired from the Greybull schools after 33 years teaching English and Government to become the world's oldest cub reporter with the Basin Republican-Rustler. In 2002 he found his wife a good job (with health insurance) and moved to Powell and began working for the Tribune in 2004, covering the Powell school system and anything else the editor assigns him. He enjoys discussing (arguing) about politics, history, literature, music of many kinds and watching high school sports.