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Wyoming grizzly hunt to target conflict areas

The department is proposing a limit of 24 grizzlies, with up to 12 (10 males and two females) allowed to be taken in six hunt areas bordering Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and an additional 12 in two areas away from the parks. The … more

Main arena at fairgrounds getting a makeover

County commissioners voted last week to make the space in front of the grandstands less of a racetrack and more of a multi-functional arena. “Our goal all along when we built the new building [Heart Mountain Hall] there [at the fairgrounds] was … more

Willwood silt dilemma

The announcement might have inspired hope that a combination of technology and attention would eventually solve the decades-old issue of silt behind the dam. But recent watershed studies indicate it may be impossible to stop much of the sediment … more

Bighorn Canyon eyes free admission

The current price of admission at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is $5 — one of the best deals for outdoor recreation around, said Christy Fleming, chief of interpretation for the park. But Fleming would like to see it even more … more

College receives stellar report

The report, made official last week by the independent Higher Learning Commission, “is the culmination of a ton of work,” Hicswa said. “Working on accreditation, there are so many working pieces and parts that have to go into it. Not only … more

Powell schools consider 4.5-day week with Friday afternoons off

Initial survey results show the overwhelming majority of local educators and parents — 88 percent — support moving to a 4.5-day school week with early release on Friday afternoons. “Currently, under the schedule that we have, we lose a lot … more

Powell Valley Healthcare coming out of bankruptcy

While some final steps are still pending, leaders of the organization say they’re glad the case is generally over. “... The best part is that we get to move forward now positively and do some things that will just be better for the hospital, … more

Youth hunt top priority for group’s outreach program

The group has been holding the annual Bob Messier Youth Hunt for 19 years, watching the number of kids involved grow nearly tenfold since the first year, when a half dozen kids came out. Dozens of young hunters and their parents first stopped at the … more

In combination, First Bank of Wyoming will be First Bank

First Bank of Wyoming is combining with 1st Bank, based in Evanston, to become a new entity known as First Bank. The result is that the renamed First Bank office in Powell will serve as the headquarters for 12 branches in western Wyoming and two … more

Powell school bus involved in two crashes Monday

The first crash took place around 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Lane 6 and Road 8, north of Powell. In that incident — which resulted in no serious damage to the school bus — Park County School District No. 1 officials say the bus driver … more

District wonders, should school staff be armed?

Before deciding, they have a lot of questions: Could a teacher shoot a teen wielding a gun? What is a truly adequate amount of training for employees carrying firearms? Would Powell children actually be safer if staff members carried concealed … more

County may form committee to study ranch

At a meeting last week, commissioners indicated they plan to form a committee to look at ways to improve the former Beartooth Ranch. That tentative decision came after a lengthy back-and-forth discussion with members of the East Yellowstone Chapter … more

Northwest College explores increasing student fees

A needs assessment report for fiscal year 2019, presented to the college’s board of trustees last month, recommended raising mandatory student fees by $3 per credit hour, charging more fees to students with heavier credit loads and changing the … more

Absaroka Street project: Residents pack City Hall

Representatives of Engineering Associates and the City of Powell outlined the scope of the project and addressed issues and concerns voiced by residents. City Streets Superintendent Gary Butts said he was pleased with the turnout and felt the … more

Donation could help save lives of pets: Pet-specific oxygen masks a new tool for fire department

Faces in the crowd and of those working the fire — caught in the red, blue and white lights of emergency vehicles — showed the stress of the situation. At first, there was no way in. The flames were out of control. As soon as passage was … more

Local among finalists for vacant secretary of state position

Torrington’s Ed Buchanan, Cheyenne’s Darin Smith and Richard George — who lives between Cody and Powell — are all vying to fill the spot left vacant by former Secretary of State Ed Murray. Murray resigned earlier this month after two … more

Westside Wax Museum: Third-graders’ research comes to life

Students at Westside Elementary School would be quick to tell you that Diemer invented bubble gum, Abbott pitched in Major League Baseball despite not having a right hand and Wakefield created the first chocolate chip cookie. Third-graders … more

Roughies released after rescues

Three rough-legged hawks, all brought in bad shape to Ironside Bird Rescue in Cody were released into the foothills of the McCullough Peaks. Susan Ahalt, who has run the facility for the past 30 years, names all birds that come to her for treatment. … more

Sleep named assistant superintendent of Powell school district

“I know that he has all the skills to do this job really well and to help us grow our district,” said Jay Curtis, superintendent of Park County School District No. 1. Sleep will remain principal at the middle school through June and … more

County commissioners place deadline on wilderness committee

A committee of about a dozen people, representing interests ranging from environmental groups to off-road vehicle users, has been debating what to do with the High Lakes Wilderness Study Area for months. On Tuesday, Park County commissioners gave … more
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