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If a transfer station is constructed in Powell, it won’t require any money from Park County.

That’s the message city of Powell officials stressed to county commissioners at a meeting discussing landfills last week. Officials with the city of Cody and the town of Meeteetse also attended the discussion at Yellowstone Regional Airport.

Pool slated to re-open this weekend; lap pool still open

The recreation pool at the Powell Aquatic Center has been closed to swimmers this week, following a failure with the pool’s recirculation pump.

Pool staff noticed problems before the pump went out and were scheduling for a technician when it failed last week, said Gary Butts, city public services manager.

Middle school building planning under way

Weather slowing Westside construction

Planning for the first phase of a building project at Powell Middle School is underway, and the Park County School District No. 1 board anticipates bidding the project in March.

Todd Wilder, coordinator of support services for District No. 1, told the school board last week a value engineering meeting with Wyoming School Facilities personnel went well. He anticipates final construction drawings will be completed by March 1 so the district can advertise for bids.

Gov. Mead: time to diversify is now

Governor makes case for data centers

Saying it’s time for the state to be bold, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said he wants to distribute more money to local governments, fund highway improvements and attract new businesses to the state.

“We’re going to have to do things differently than we have in the past,” Mead said in a Friday speech to the Wyoming Press Association.

A Montana climber injured Saturday while ice climbing in a canyon of the South Fork was rescued Sunday and transported to West Park Hospital, where she is recovering.

Two climbers, Hilary Eisen, 27, of Cody and Echo Oak, 33, of Billings, Mont., were reported overdue about 10:15 p.m. Saturday when they failed to call after dark as planned.

Elk numbers down

Yellowstone Park herd drops 24 percent in 2010

Wildlife officials said Wednesday that an acclaimed elk herd in Yellowstone National Park dropped in size by 24 percent over the last year — as predators, hunters, recent drought and deep snows all took a toll.

As recently as 1994, the northern Yellowstone elk herd was the largest in North America with almost 20,000 animals that roamed between the park, Montana’s Paradise Valley and Wyoming areas, including Sunlight Basin and Crandall.

But they’re not immune to problems seen elsewhere in Wyoming

While the state of Wyoming was experiencing a windfall in mineral revenue from 2000 to 2008, the percentage of children living in poverty in the state also declined, according to a report released last month.

However, the 2010 WY Kids Count report illustrates that the welfare of Wyoming’s children in the state worsened in several other areas, such as an increase in the teen birth rate, births to unmarried mothers, low birthweight babies, infant mortality and the teen death rate.

Although the Inspector General’s Office has stated in a report that rounding up wild horses is necessary to control overpopulation, the Bureau of Land Management, the agency responsible for the equines, said the current and costly program is not sustainable.

According to the December 2010 report from the Inspector General, as of October 2010, the bureau was keeping approximately 26,400 horses in longterm holding facilities and 11,400 in short term holding.

2011 Legislature convenes today

Healthcare, highway issues considered

The 2011 Legislature will consider several healthcare issues this year, such as preventing insurance fraud and creating health insurance exchanges. Some consider ways to meet requirements set by the federal healthcare reform law, while other measures would exempt the state and its residents from provisions in the federal law.

House Bill 2 would move back the sunset date the newly-created Wyoming Health Insurance Pool from June 30 this year to June 30, 2015.

Striving to preserve native fish, particularly Yellowstone cutthroat trout, a native fish conservation plan is proposed in Yellowstone.

At a meeting Thursday evening in Cody, Yellowstone Park personnel made their pitch to an audience of 33 that supported the plan for the most part. The plan will, among other things, step up lake trout removal in Yellowstone Lake, but the public wants to see results.

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