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Investing in a future for disabled hunters

On shore, tracks from deer, elk, pronghorn and an occasional grizzly have been pressed in rich mud between rocks crudely polished over millennia by the rush of snow melt from surrounding peaks. Golden eagles and hawks patrol the skies … more

Golden research: Studies by museum staff to be highlighted in new exhibition

Ten years of research has led up to Monarch of the Skies: The Golden Eagle in Greater Yellowstone and the American West at the Draper Natural History Museum. Behind the Draper and the golden eagle research is Dr. Charles R. Preston, senior curator … more

NWC student, French visitors killed in wreck south of Meeteetse

Kolten S. Moss, 18, of Laramie, and Ib R. Jensen, 75, and Elsebeth F. Jensen, 72, both of Cannes, France, died at the scene of the crash at 12:10 p.m., according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Moss was a freshman at NWC, where he competed on the … more

Authorities charge Colorado men after armed attack in Powell

The Powell man was reportedly “pistol-whipped” with a handgun during the fight, suffering a roughly 1-inch gash to his forehead and later was taken to the hospital. Sergio Figueroa, 27, Ramon Figueroa, 25, and Fernando Trejo, 24, have each … more

Gate opens: New entrance chief greets thousands on opening weekend

First in line at the gate, Nancy Gilmore, an employee in academic affairs at Northwest College in Powell, and friends Cassandra Luckett and Venda Shick were all smiles as gate employee Kimberly Kain swung the gate open. “We got here at a … more

Park superintendent Wenk calls reports of his departure ‘premature’

“It’s not true,” were the first words out of Wenk’s mouth as he entered the Holiday Inn for the 67th annual Cody Country Chamber of Commerce National Parks Day luncheon on Monday. He later quipped during a question and answer period that, … more

Commissioner Grosskopf not seeking re-election

“I believe I have honored my campaign promise that I would devote full-time effort and leave Park County government more efficient and financially stronger than when I began,” Grosskopf said in a statement. The Cody Republican and current … more

Back in the saddle: Local volunteers clear trails, share adventure in mission to serve community

One organization, the Shoshone Back Country Horsemen, has devoted its time and resources to maintaining trails in isolated areas of the region that would have otherwise fallen into disrepair. “The [U.S.] Forest Service doesn’t have enough … more

Wages for Park County’s elected officials going up

Park County commissioners took a step toward closing that gap on Tuesday, voting unanimously to raise the salaries of the six elected positions, starting next year. Following the recommendations of the current officeholders, the commission nearly … more

Weather has put some farmers behind schedule

Powell and the surrounding area has experienced two significant blizzards since Feb. 1 and received several days of rain earlier this week, all of which has kept farmers on the sidelines more than average. Regan Smith grows barley, sugar beets, … more

Bison injures visitor at Old Faithful

“Junk did not see the animal as she walked around a bend in the trail and wasn’t able to move away before the animal dropped its head and pushed her off the trail,” park officials said in a news release. Rangers responded to the incident … 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

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

Here comes the sun ... and savings

Johns built a grid-tie system with 21 solar panels to provide electricity for his home in the Powell area. “I look at it as an investment,” he said. “As soon as the system’s paid off, then it’s all free.” Johns’ solar panels … more

Local couple transforming former church into a home to serve many purposes

“When our small congregation bought the school, we thought, ‘What in the world are we going to do with this space?’” Mary said. The Thomases had envisioned transforming the Southside building into a place to worship, purchased for a song … more

Bighorn Canyon admission will be free this year

Admission had been $5 per car. After completing a cost benefit analysis, park officials found they were actually losing money by collecting entrance fees. In a Tuesday news release, park officials said Bighorn Canyon spent $194,892 collecting … more

PHS science teacher wins national award

“I love doing what I do,” said Smith, a Powell High School science teacher. “I love being able to take kids to Yellowstone and their eyes are open to a new world up there.” Smith was recently recognized by the National Science Teachers … more

Cody woman sentenced for shoplifting while on probation for sex crime

Court records say Katie Marcus, 37, tried stealing $157.18 worth of items from the Cody Walmart last July. Marcus was arrested at the store and served three days in jail before making bail. She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor shoplifting at an … more

Kidnapping suspect arrested in Powell

Hugo A. Luna Aguero, 45, is facing felony charges in Hot Springs County of attempted first-degree (premeditated) murder and kidnapping. Luna, of Peoria, Arizona, is alleged to have strangled a woman he’d picked up in Glendale, Arizona, and left … more
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