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Moose on the loose

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A wayward moose trots south across a field after crossing Lane 9 on the eastern fringe of Powell on Sunday afternoon. The animal spent part of the afternoon wandering between Homesteader Park and Hastings Horseshoe before finally meandering south toward the Shoshone River. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Wandering animal stops by Powell

Likely searching for a potential Mrs. Moose, a young bull came calling on Powell this weekend.

Throughout Sunday, the young bull was spotted moseying around east Powell — in Homesteader Park and near Hastings Horseshoe.

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Bringing an anticlimactic end to a heated legal battle over its 2006 approval of the Copperleaf subdivision, the Park County Commission reaffirmed the conditions of the controversial Wapiti development in a brief, uncontroversial hearing on Tuesday.

The hearing was the result of an April Wyoming Supreme Court decision ordering county commissioners to reconsider several conditions they relaxed at a 2006 contested case hearing. In that hearing, the county agreed to allow Copperleaf's developer, Worthington Group of Wyoming, to install a gated entrance, have semi-private roads and multi-family townhouses — things the county originally denied in the upscale, 155-lot subdivision.

A mediator will return to Northwest College on Friday for another round of talks with groups and employees on campus.

Pamila Fisher of Bozeman, Mont., was hired by the NWC Board of Trustees last spring to help identify issues behind ongoing tensions at the college and find resolutions for them.

Seeing life through a lens

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National Geographic photographer Sam Abell (left) visits with Matthew Idler of Cheyenne at Northwest College Friday. Idler is a 2002 graduate of the NWC photography program. Behind them are NWC photographer Dave Vaughn (left) and photography student Daniel Cirbo. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

National Geographic photographer Sam Abell describes his career and his life during NWC visit

When he was 10 years old, Sam Abell watched as his father took photographs as the Ringling Brothers Circus arrived on a train in Toledo, Ohio.

His father documented the process through pictures as circus crews unloaded all the animals and paraphernalia. Then Sam watched, spellbound, as handlers guided powerful elephants to set up the big top circus tent.

Yellowstone Park's Antelope Fire amping up

The Antelope Fire in Yellowstone had swelled to approximately 1,600 acres by Monday morning — 10 times larger than Friday's estimate of 150 acres.

The lightning-ignited fire, reported Sept. 14, is burning southeast of Tower Fall and west of the Yellowstone River.

Gold for green' plaza

Plaza Diane garners gold-level LEED certification

For going green, Plaza Diane earned a gold-level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, which is administered by the United States Green Building Council.

Plaza Diane became Park County's first LEED certified building and one of 10 in Wyoming, joining the recently-completed Old Faithful Visitor Education Center in Yellowstone and Washakie Museum and Cultural Center in Worland. The downtown community arts center's gold-level LEED certification was announced last week.

Oat crop set to expand?

Riverland Ag pledges improvements, crop contract variety

More acres in the Powell area may be planted to oats over the next few summers as Riverland Ag takes over the barley facilities operated by Anheuser Busch at Ralston and Powell.

“We are very interested in expanding this crop,” said Don Grambsch, president of Riverland Ag, which already has contracts in other areas of the United States with companies such as Quaker Oats and General Mills.

School changes continue

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Work continues on the demolition of the old Powell High School natatorium/auditorium building on Evarts Street. The building, completed in 1952, was replaced by the auditorium in the new high school and the construction of the Powell Aquatic Center. For the time being, the space will be used for middle school staff parking until changes to the middle school are designed and completed. Tribune photo by Tessa Schweigert

Black belts a family affair

Three Prantes receive taekwondo's top belt

Five and a half years ago, Jacob Prante was listening as some of his friends talked about taekwondo. It sounded fun, so he decided to give it a try.

Roughly six months later, his younger brother Tucker tired of sitting on the sidelines watching Jacob and decided to get involved in classes as well. About half a year later, the pair approached their mother, Vickie, with a challenge.

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