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Bond set at $700,000 for Powell man charged with wife's murder

“You don’t have to worry about either one of us anymore,” Williamson reportedly told his son before hanging up. The 64-year-old then called authorities with a similarly brief message, saying his wife was dead and to send police. “I’m … more

‘Once in a lifetime’

Southside Elementary School teacher Michelle Giltner captured the moment on camera and shared the photo online, where it became something of a social media sensation. Giltner took the image last month during Southside’s fifth-grade camp-out. … more

No serious injuries in rollover

Chase Paxinos, 20, of Billings, was driving a 2017 Freightliner for Montana Air Cartage south on Wyo. 294 when the vehicle left the road, said Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Rich Scovel. The truck crashed through a long section of guardrail before … more

Legislature may fund local habitat rehabilitation

The bill would help finance a number of habitat improvement projects in Wyoming, including in Sunlight Basin near 7D Ranch on Sunlight Road and Medicine Lodge Creek adjacent to Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site near Hyattville. It’s … more

Powell boys clean up after litterbugs

“We think it’s fun,” Quincy said. “We respect the mountain, and the mountain respects us,” Devon said. Their parents, Ty and Jamie Barhaug, are pitching in. Jamie said her boys love the outdoors. The family filled 25 or 30 … more

A wing and a prayer: Powell wild game bird farm hopes to breed sage grouse

“It just kind of snowballed,” Karl Bear, manager of the game bird rearing facility, said. This year, the state’s largest game bird operation plans to raise 40,000 pheasant and chukar. When the company was first getting off the ground with … more

Grizzly bears expanding range — not in Big Horns, officials say

The sentiment of the post is clear, but the bear in the photo was a blonde phase black bear cub, according to Montana and Wyoming officials. Dan Bjornlie, Wyoming Game and Fish Department large carnivore biologist, said there is no documentation … more

Native American tribes question grizzly delisting

Tribal nations signed a treaty emphasizing the importance of continued federal protections for grizzlies Friday in Alberta, Canada, and at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. The treaty has been signed by around 30 or 40 tribes, … more

Sales tax: Local governments craft $13.68 million possible tax

In August, the Powell, Cody and Meeteetse councils and the Park County Commission are expected to vote on whether to ask the public for a 1 cent specific purpose tax. If approved by county voters during November’s general election, the 5th cent of … more

Nurse anesthetist reflects on a challenging and rewarding career

So, in 2002, he left his job as emergency room manager at Powell Valley Healthcare and moved to Madisonville, Kentucky, where he went to school at Murray State University to become a nurse anesthetist. Katz said he’d considered going into nurse … more

Schools undergo security upgrades

“The district takes the security of students seriously,” said Todd Wilder, coordinator of support services for the school district. If schools are in a heightened security state — due to an angry family member or another potential threat … more

After meth conviction, state looks to keep Cody woman’s cash

Last month, Victoria L. Sandoval, 48, pleaded guilty to a pair of felony counts for selling $1,200 worth of meth to a Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation informant over a week-long span last summer. On May 10, District Court Judge Steven … more

Man wearing gas mask arrested after threatening self, Cody police

Cody police — assisted by Park County Sheriff’s deputies — were summoned to their law enforcement center’s parking lot around 11:36 a.m. for a report of a suicidal man. Officers found the man pacing in the parking lot, wearing a gas mask … more

After days of closure, Chief Joseph Scenic Highway reopens

Conditions were so bad that three Wyoming Department of Transportation snowplows and a wrecker got stuck on the highway Saturday night while working to clear drifts; it took a second wrecker to rescue them. Using a snowblower, WYDOT crews worked … more

‘Start small’ to meet county transportation needs, say organizers

“We think we start small and work toward whatever makes the most sense, said James Klessens, executive director for Forward Cody, who helped present the study to the Park County Commission last month. “We will be making an outreach to the … more

War on walleye: Game and Fish turn up heat on unwanted species

On Friday morning, Jason Burckhardt led a team to retrieve seven 300-foot monofilament gillnets deployed near the base of Cedar Mountain. It was a rare day with mild winds along the North Fork Highway. While crew members pulled up to the first set … more

License plate collector: Cody man’s collection includes thousands of Wyoming plates

That’s fortuitous for him, since he’s also an avid Wyoming license plate collector, and Park County licenses begin with the county’s assigned number, 11. His favorite license plate number? Wyoming 11-11, of course. “I get a little … more

Local property values keep rising

Last year, the median selling price of a home in the City of Powell reached a high of $186,250 (up 9.5 percent from 2016), while the median price in the City of Cody hit $250,000 (up 6 percent). “Powell is a lot more reasonable, but as you know … more

French to depart commission, not seeking re-election

“It was a tough decision, because I had so many people all across the county say, ‘Please run again, will you please run again,’ which ... is really humbling,” French said Monday. However, “I think after 18 years, it’s time to move … more

Yellowstone via snowmobile

In an automobile, you’re insulated from the environment. You can roll up the windows, turn up the tunes and peer out the windows in reclining seats and simply enjoy the park’s landscapes and wildlife like a movie with a soundtrack. But on a … more
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