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City street plan tabled

Future Parkside school's effect on Clark Street extension discussed

Citing concerns with traffic flow and a need for more information, the Powell City Council voted unanimously Monday to table the issue of vacating the city's master street plan to accommodate a proposed elementary school.

Park County School District No. 1 is interested in building a new Parkside Elementary School north of Clark Street in acreage currently used for agriculture. Though the school is still at least 15-20 years down the road, the district is looking at purchasing the land now.

NWC gets thumbs up

All criteria met for accreditation

Northwest College learned Wednesday morning that it met all criteria for continuing accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

A five-member team from the commission was on campus beginning Monday to assess NWC's self-study efforts toward reaccreditation.

Chief Joseph plan revisited

DEQ officials take new look at hauling schedule, permits

Officials with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday they plan to step back and re-evaluate a controversial plan to haul some 68,700 tons of gold mine tailings from outside Cooke City, Mont., down the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and up to a smelter in Whitehall, Mont.

The hauling is just one part of an ambitious, nearly $25 million plan to clean up some 320,000 tons of mine waste at the McLaren Mine a quarter-mile east of Cooke City.

Sleeping Giant set for Friday opening

In a welcome change from last year, the Sleeping Giant Ski Area has November snow, and the North Fork slope is poised to open to skiers and snowboarders on Friday.

So far this season, “Mother Nature's helping us out,” said Jonathan Sheets, Sleeping Giant Ski Area general manager.

Search committee starts from square one

And then there were none.

Paul Cardwell, who signed an agreement to become the next chief executive officer for Powell Valley Healthcare, notified officials last week he no longer plans to come to Powell.

Judge sides with state in wolf suit


On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson ordered that the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refusing to delist wolves in Wyoming because the entire state is not a trophy game area should be set aside.

“Judge Johnson told them (Fish and Wildlife) like it is,” said Rep. Pat Childers, R-Cody.


County faces landfill deficit

Park County's landfills will need significantly more money in coming years, county officials said last week.

At a Nov. 17 meeting with Powell, Cody, and Meeteetse officials, Park County commissioners said the landfill budget is projected to have a $4.5 million deficit by 2015 if nothing is changed between now and then.

Hunting grizzlies to control population

With more than 600 grizzly bears inhabiting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one state official backs hunting the bear to manage the population in Wyoming.

“Excellent shape,” said Mark Bruscino, Wyoming Game and Fish Department bear management program supervisor, when asked how grizzly bears were doing in northwest Wyoming.

Growers happy with sunflower seed crop


Lyle Evelo of Powell checks out sunflower seeds after harvesting them with a combine Nov. 12. Evelo has grown sunflowers in the Powell area for several years. He was joined this year by other area farmers who tried sunflower crops for the first time. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

A cold snap gripping the Powell area the past few days won't damage sunflower seeds that haven't been harvested yet.

Powell area growers producing sunflower seeds for Dahlgren Seed Co. of Minnesota are still working their fields, said grower Fred Hopkin. Unlike last year, a severe freeze doesn't signal the end of the harvest.

Fire claims Day Street residence

A fire severely damaged an unoccupied North Day Street home Sunday night.

“I think the house was a total loss,” said Powell Fire Chief Joey Darrah.

Darrah said the fire apparently started behind a wall unit heater, then spread up the wall and into the home's attic.

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