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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

Mammoth saved: Scientists work fast to recover Park County mammoth in emergency salvage effort

The thousands of years-old specimen, uncovered on Bureau of Reclamation land within the Buffalo Bill State Park west of Cody, was first secured by federal law enforcement agents and state park officials a week ago. Then, at the request of the … more

Man alleged to have burned down motorhome Saturday

Garland M. Melnar, 50, has been charged with a felony count of third-degree arson, as Park County prosecutors allege he burned down the motorhome just north of Powell city limits. “The fire was apparently retribution for a perceived drug deal … more

Meth bust: Agents make arrests aimed at disrupting local ‘drug trafficking organization’

That work — which included tapping a Cody man’s cell phone — reportedly paid off last month: Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation agents say they disrupted a planned sale in Casper and seized more than a pound and a half of … more

Cody school board approves concealed carry policy to arm staff

The final vote on Policy CKA came after months of discussion, public meetings and two previous readings. “I think that it is a good policy,” said Jenni Rosencranse, who serves on the Park County School District No. 6 Board of Trustees, saying … more

Mammoth remains found west of Cody

Federal law enforcement agents and officials rushed to secure the site west of Cody on Tuesday afternoon as word spread quickly about the discovery. The spot is located on Bureau of Reclamation land and the Bureau of Land Management is assisting … more
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