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News

Freedom” is a boxy little boat, but it does what it's designed to do — snag invasive lake trout, in Yellowstone Lake.

Two National Park Service boats and a commercial gill-netting craft ply the waters of Yellowstone Lake with nets to hook the voracious fish that eat native cutthroat trout.

Falling in line with overall budget cuts, the Powell City Council voted to reduce funding for some local organizations — but they maintained most groups' funding at last year's levels.

The city's $15.7 million budget, which took effect July 1, calls for $117,575 in funding for local groups — a reduction of $22,600 from the previous year.

The beginning of the end

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A trackhoe attacks the last section of the wall that once separated the Tartan Gym from the locker rooms and other facilities in the old Powell High School Gymnasium on Friday morning. The Tartan Gym was the first section demolished, followed by the rest of the newer section of the facility. The newer section is being demolished first because it is more easily accessible to equipment, and the area will then be used as a staging area to begin demolishing the original gymnasium. Tribune photo by Don Amend

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Park County Republicans will have a packed ballot to choose from in this year's primary election when it comes to the county commission.

As of Wednesday afternoon — just two days prior to Friday's 5 p.m. filing deadline — a dozen GOP candidates had filed to run for the three open seats on the Park County commission.

The 2010-11 school year at Northwest College promises to be one of adapting to change.

With the likelihood of another significant increase in student enrollment next year, the college is facing the need to adapt and do more with less.

That applies not only to budgetary constraints, but also to changes in faculty and staff.

Cooperation between Park County's two hospitals was the focus of a presentation about West Park's capital facilities tax proposal at Powell Valley Hospital on Monday.

“We rely on each other,” Doug McMillan, West Park's chief executive officer, told Powell Hospital District board members. “We already support each other.”

Wyoming weekend

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Bill Dobbs of Deaver waits for the smoke to clear after branding one of his calves last weekend. The weather cooperated long enough to get the calves branded before the next rainfall moved in. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

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Public invited to scale iconic Park County peak

The Nature Conservancy will host its annual Heart Mountain community hike on Saturday, June 12. The trek will begin at 9 a.m.

Hikers are asked to meet at the Heart Mountain Ranch headquarters before heading to the trailhead. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided at the ranch, but hikers should make plans to pack their own water, lunch, sunscreen and clothing for possible inclement weather.

Powell Valley Healthcare will provide extra water and granola bars halfway up the trail.

Along for the hike this year will be a variety of experts to answer questions on the various aspects of Park County's unique landmark.

Among those scheduled to attend will be experts versed in the mountain's geology, its plant and animal life and the management of the area surrounding Heart Mountain.

Hikers should prepare for a full day outdoors and a strenuous round-trip hike of approximately seven miles for those choosing to walk the trail all the way to the summit of Heart Mountain. The walk is open to anyone wanting to enjoy the outdoors and to learn about Heart Mountain. Hikers may walk as much or as little of the trail as they wish during the community event and hikers are free to proceed at whatever pace feels most comfortable to them.

No pets should be brought on the hike.

To reach the Heart Mountan Ranch headquarters, take Road 19 at Heart Mountain Relocation Camp and travel north for several miles, winding through farm ground before the road turns into Lane 13 1/2. Continue toward Heart Mountain until you hit Road 22. The ranch headquarters is the first building along Road 22.

For more information on the 2010 Heart Mountain community hike, contact the ranch office at 307-754-8446.

Program one of many new summer activities

The Powell Recreation District, in conjunction with the Powell school district, will sponsor an open gym at Powell High School during the summer. The program is free of charge for community members.

The open gym will run Monday through Thursday, beginning on June 1 and running through July 22.

Truth or dare?

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Skateboarder Cameron Tirrell goes airborne while performing a trick jump over his friend Adam Christiansen on Wednesday. With the close of the school year and the advance of warmer temperatures this past week, the skate park, like many other outdoor venues, was a popular hangout for Powell youth. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

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