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CJ Baker

Call it a draft of a draft.

That’s effectively what the Shoshone National Forest released to the public Wednesday — a preliminary draft of a new land use plan for the forest.

Using what they hear in the coming month from the public, local governments and other agencies, Shoshone managers will come up with alternatives to their proposed plan.

Lady Panthers beat Lyman

There was no time left on the game clock, but even that couldn’t stop a comeback from Powell High School’s Lady Panthers.

After being fouled on a final 3-point try at the end of regulation, senior Kendra Ostrom made three consecutive must-make free throws to tie up the game 30-30 and push the PHS basketball team into overtime against Mountain View.

Dwindling federal budgets and a stagnant outlook for state revenue have Park County commissioners wary as they head into 2012.

Commissioner Bucky Hall said extra severance tax distributions from the state, which the county has counted on for infrastructure in prior years, “might start disappearing,” and Commissioner Loren Grosskopf said the county may have to assume it will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding.

An apparent burglar, or burglars, broke into a downtown drug store early Wednesday morning, but it appeared nothing was stolen, say police.

Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt said officers were following up on leads and evidence left at Powell Drug.

The federal government is asking a judge to dismiss a suit that alleges its negligence led to a fatal 2010 grizzly mauling in the Shoshone National Forest.

In documents filed in Wyoming’s federal District Court on Friday, lawyers with the U.S. Attorney’s Office say Wyoming law gives the government immunity from the wrongful death suit brought by the widow of Erwin F. Evert.

Evert was killed by a grizzly bear on June 17, 2010, in the Kitty Creek area just east of Yellowstone National Park.  Evert apparently came upon the bear as it was recovering from tranquilizers administered by a federal research team that had collared and studied the bear earlier in the day.

It’s the first day of winter and, fittingly enough, today (Thursday) also marks the first day that all entrances to Yellowstone National Park are open for the winter season.

Yellowstone’s East Entrance is now open to oversnow visitors and, weather permitting, will stay open through March 1.

Park County commissioners and the mayors of Powell and Cody have joined with Meeteetse leaders to oppose a proposed redistricting plan that would split the Meeteetse area between two state lawmakers’ districts.

The Park County Planning and Zoning Commission is unconvinced that the benefits of the city of Powell’s proposed garbage transfer station outweigh its impacts to nearby residents.

The planning commission voted unanimously last week to recommend Park County commissioners deny the city’s request to rezone its property near the intersection of Lane 9 and Road 7 from transitional to industrial zoning. A rezone and special use permit are needed for the city to build and operate the proposed 8,000 square foot indoor transfer station at the site.

An Indiana woman may have sent the mass mailing that disparaged Cody surgeon Jimmie Biles last year, but it was a competing surgeon who was behind the effort, say Biles’ attorneys.

In a suit filed last week in Wyoming’s federal district court, Dr. Biles claims that Dr. John H. Schneider Jr., a Billings/Cody-area neurosurgeon, and his wife Michelle Schneider, came up with and paid for the flyer mailed to thousands of Big Horn Basin residents in December 2010.

Biles’ attorneys sued Lisa S. Fallon of Fishers, Ind., in September for defamation and other torts for sending out the flyer, but claimed she was acting on behalf of someone else.

An energy company has halted plans to drill a well inside the Shoshone National Forest’s boundary northwest of Clark — at least temporarily.

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