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Family fishing tradition

Kids catch colossal trout at Homesteader park Saturday

At the 25th annual Kids’ Fishing Day at Homesteader Park Pond Saturday, youngsters caught huge rainbow trout.

One man carried his kids’ stringer containing eight fat trout, with one measuring close to 18 inches.

More than 100 girls from around Wyoming arrived in Powell Saturday to participate in 69th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Wyoming Girls State at Northwest College.

While in Powell, the girls, all of whom will be entering their senior year in high school next fall, will spend a week of intensive activity studying government and participating in education sessions, including mock trials and mock legislative sessions. They will elect officers from the city level up to state and national offices and participate in activities promoting patriotism.

New protections for wildlife corridors and wintering grounds and scenic areas are unnecessary, Park County commissioners, oil and gas representatives and some citizens said at a Tuesday night meeting discussing the Bureau of Land Management’s draft plan for managing public lands in the Big Horn Basin.

Honoring Shane

Street dedicated, monument unveiled in honor of fallen Marine

We’re here to celebrate an American hero,” said Major General Steven A. Hummer, U.S. Marine Corps, to dozens of residents who gathered Monday in the rain along “Lt. Childers Street.”

On Memorial Day, the Cody street was dedicated to honor the heroic life and sacrifice of 1st Lt. Shane Childers, who was the first U.S. serviceman to die in the Iraq war. The esteemed Marine was killed in action while leading his men during an assault on a pumping station on March 21, 2003.

The Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce has hired a  Powell native to lead the organization in a new direction.

Craig Kenyon, a 1985 Powell High School graduate, has been named the chamber’s executive director, replacing Kim Dillivan, who was terminated by the chamber board in March.

Powell Hospital officials express support; Dr. Pickens continues path toward recovery

A doctor recently hired by Powell Valley Healthcare was sentenced for prescription drug fraud in March, but administrators say they were aware of his background and have confidence in his skills as a physician.

Dr. Cory L. Pickens, who will begin his anesthesiology and pain management practice in Powell this week, pleaded guilty to prescription fraud in September 2010 and was sentenced in March, according to documents recently obtained by the Powell Tribune.

Survival of the black foot

Meeteetse Museum celebrates history, recovery of black-footed ferret

Five-year-old Sierra nestles in her fabricated burrow, blinks a few times and looks out of a small Plexiglas window crowded with children trying to look at her.

Sierra is a living breathing black-footed ferret. Her existence is the result of a curious dog in Meeteetse and determined wildlife workers.

Yellowstone National Park officials will outline the details of their proposed winter use plan, answer questions and take public comments during a Thursday, June 2 meeting in Cody.

The meeting is slated to run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m at the Cody Holiday Inn.

No cats and dogs fell from the sky over Powell this week, but a lot of water sure did.

The clouds dropped 0.88 inches of precipitation on the University of Wyoming Research and Extension Center north of Powell Tuesday, on top of a little more than 0.66 inches that fell on Monday. The two-day total — 1.56 inches — is more than the average rainfall recorded at the station for the entire month of May.

County commissions and conservation districts across the Big Horn Basin are hosting meetings to share with the public what they see as important in the federal Bureau of Land Management’s recently-released Resource Management Plan draft and also hear citizens’ take on the document.

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