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Some of the Big Horn Basin’s public lands would see increased restrictions under a draft management plan released this week for public review by the federal Bureau of Land Management.

The draft Resource Management Plan contains the BLM’s preferred plan for managing millions of acres of public lands in the Basin over the next decade or two.

Higher Snowpack could mean flooding

Cool weather and precipitation over the past week have kept the snowpack in Wyoming well above average, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service has issued a high water notification for most of the state.

The snowpack in every basin in Wyoming increased last week, and the state’s average snowpack rose from 122 percent of average last week to 129 percent this week. A year ago, the average snowpack in the state was 77 percent of average.

More than a dozen Tea Party-backed candidates were elected to Congress in last year’s elections and a more conservative Republican majority took over the U.S. House. But the primary message at Friday’s Big Horn Basin Tea Party rally in Cody was not one of celebrating past victories, but of fear over what the future still may hold.

“The collapse is coming,” warned Rob DiLorenzo, an Emblem attorney and a co-founder of the Basin’s Tea Party group. He described the national deficit — currently at $14.3 trillion — as a fast-approaching brick wall.

Respondents identify transfer station as most urgent need; see golf course funding as low priority

A city of Powell survey shows the majority of residents think a landfill transfer is the most urgent issue facing the city.

Few Powell residents identify the Powell Golf Course as a top priority for special funding.

Summer season, winter conditions

Despite snow, Yellowstone begins to open

It may technically have been the start of the summer season, but visitors who took advantage of Yellowstone National Park’s opening weekend encountered the unmistakable remnants of winter.

Park roads linking Mammoth to the gateway community of West Yellowstone, Mont., the Norris Geyser Basin to the Canyon area and Madison Junction to Old Faithful opened to motorized vehicles Friday morning. Snow, however, was the overwhelming story for many of Yellowstone’s opening weekend visitors.

Garland Canal up and running

Diverted Shoshone River water takes 12 hours to make its way to Garland

Early Monday morning, the gates were opened to allow water to flow into the Garland Canal. But it takes time to reach its far-flung destinations, starting just downstream of the Corbett Bridge, running to Garland, and all parts in between.

At around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Larry Cain, lead power plant operator for the Shoshone Irrigation District, fires up the gas motor to  lift the gates at the Corbett Tunnel entrance to feed the Garland Canal.

High runoff anticipated

Buffalo Bill Reservoir capacity considered

Mountain snow is above average this year, so Buffalo Bill Reservoir managers are keeping an eye on snowpack in the hills, and they may release more water from the dam.

Big Horn Basin-wide, snowpack was 120 percent of average as of Monday, said Jim Fahey, National Weather Service hydrologist in Riverton.

A landowner wanting to sell property north of Clark Street for a new Parkside Elementary School is appealing a decision by the Powell City Council, calling it arbitrary and contending it interfered with property rights and reduced the land’s market value.

At issue is the council’s decision last month to vacate a curved Clark Street extension on the city’s master street plan and replace it with a new extension of Clark leading north in a straight route to Lane 8.

Two young Powell men have been charged with counts of burglary in connection with the thefts of a number of firearms and other items from a rural Powell residence last month.

Police say the thefts are loosely connected to an altercation last week where a stolen pistol allegedly was used to threaten a Powell man and fired. However, the pistol recovered in that incident is alleged to have been stolen from a different residence earlier this month.

Police investigating gunshot

One charged as of Monday

Powell police are continuing to investigate a Wednesday incident where a pistol was reportedly fired on West Second Street.

The only individual charged in the case as of Monday afternoon, 19-year-old Sage M. Miears of Powell, has been charged with threatening an individual with a gun, but he is not alleged to have fired the shot.

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