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Sunflowers on track to deliver tasty crop

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About 20 growers in the Powell area are raising confectionary sunflowers destined for overseas markets. Harvest is expected in a few weeks. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

Bright yellow sunflowers thriving in Powell area fields will soon become snacks destined for overseas markets.

Bill Sullivan, a production manager with Dahlgren Seed in Crookston, Minn., said last week that a mid-season check of sunflowers showed them on track to be harvested in a few weeks.

Linton's Big R

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Campaign fundraising figures in

Campaign finance reports from Wyoming's Aug. 17 primary election were due on Friday, detailing the contributions and expenditures made to and spent by local candidates.

The reports shows that generally, the top vote-getters also were the top fundraisers.

A proposed 144,000-square-foot monastery to be built west of Meeteetse received a unanimous recommendation of approval from the Park County Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night, following hours of public comment.

The facility, proposed by the New Mount Carmel Foundation of America, would house up to 40 monks of the Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. The monks currently live in a facility near Clark, but are seeking to expand.

Area sugar beet harvest begins

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Sugar beets destined for Western Sugar Cooperative's Lovell factory rest in a truck north of Powell Wednesday morning. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

The Western Sugar Cooperative's Lovell factory geared up today (Thursday) to begin processing sugar beets. Local growers started harvesting beets on Tuesday.

Western Sugar officials wrote a harvest plan for this fall that opens receiving stations across the Lovell factory district, which includes Powell, at staggered times, according to Randall Jobman of the Billings agricultural division of Western Sugar.

Civility Tour' makes stops in Park County

In his latest stop on his national “Civility Tour,” National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach will visit Park County on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Leach launched a fifty-state tour in November 2009 to call attention to the need for civility in public discourse. “Civilization requires civility. Words matter,” says Leach. “Polarizing attitudes can jeopardize social cohesion and even public safety.”

Downtown drivers accustomed to making a U-turn to snag a good parking spot may want to rethink that maneuver.

The Powell City Council is considering expanding the current U-turn ordinance so it would be considered illegal to cross the center of street to reach a parking spot on the opposite side – banning a practice known as a J-turn.

Chief Joseph Highway hauling

After criticism, Montana officials plan meeting

The director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality plans to meet with Park County officials next month to discuss a controversial plan to haul tens of thousands of tons of gold tailings across the Chief Joseph Highway next summer.

County commissioners, local state legislators, landowners and Cody officials have all voiced concern with the plan's potential impacts on traffic, tourism and the road itself — and frustration with not being notified of the plan until it was all but finalized.

Wares and ways of Deaver

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Jewelry maker Janet Cozzens explains her use of natural stones as she talks with an interested customer during the Deaver Festival Saturday. The festival featured booths from many local craftsmen and artists, antique salesmen and food vendors as well as several performing acts, including the Scandinavian Dancers from Red Lodge, Mont., and the Del Cannon Band. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Nine of the 13 candidates for the Park County Commission made pitches to the Cody business community at a forum last week.

Questions at the July 29 event centered around economic development.

The forum, held in the Coe Auditorium at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, was open only to invitees: Cody Chamber of Commerce members, Forward Cody investors and local media.

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