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The Swede Fire on the North Fork of the Shoshone River had grown to 1,500 acres by Sunday.

Lightning ignited the fire that was reported Wednesday by a member of the Shoshone National Forest fire crew, said Kristie Salzmann, Shoshone spokesperson.

A mudslide east of Pahaska Tepee closed the road to Yellowstone National Park’s East Gate for hours Tuesday afternoon and night.

Heavy rain and hail triggered the slide just east of Eagle Creek Campground on U.S. 14-16-20.

Grizzly bears are rebounding, making it crucial that people heed bear aware programs and officials convey that message in a coherent package.

When the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem was at its lowest in the 1970s, it was thought the bruins only inhabited Yellowstone National Park, according to Sue Consolo-Murphy.

A “tragic act of nature” took the life of a young Powell girl Saturday afternoon.

Kaylee Spomer, 4, was hiking with members of her family near Five Springs Falls campground when a rock hit her and claimed her life. Five Springs is about 22 miles east of Lovell on U.S. Highway 14-A.

The directors of Park County Fire Protection District No. 1 in Powell will need to appropriate a little cash from a reserve account to cover expenses for the upcoming fiscal year, according to preliminary budget figures.

The directors passed the preliminary FY 2014-15 budget on June 17. A budget hearing open to the public will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Powell Fire Department, 1101 E. South St.

The house went up in a pillar of angry orange flame and roiling smoke as planned.

For training purposes the Powell Volunteer Fire Department torched a house owned by Tod Stutzman on Road 9, just north of Powell, on Monday night.

A local wildlife advocate and hunter seeks seasonal restrictions on antler hunting in northwest Wyoming to protect big game in winter ranges.

Tim Metzler of Powell said overeager antler hunters pursue freshly shed antlers with no concern for animals weakened by winter. In their fervor to collect antlers for money, they push winter-weary ungulates into deep snow, where they potentially could perish.

After this July 4, new organization will have to put on annual sky show  

The Powell Volunteer Fire Department will end its decades-long tradition of providing a fireworks show after this Fourth of July.

Fire Chief Joey Darrah said the location just southeast of Powell is no longer conducive to a safe show, the event has become too costly and they simply don’t have the time to put it together.

McCullough Peaks mustangs lure people for spring tours

Some people enjoy horsing around, especially when it entails McCullough Peaks wild horses.

As part of the Spring into Yellowstone events in Cody earlier this month, FOAL — or Friends Of A Legacy, the McCullough Peaks wild horse advocacy group — gave two sold-out tours.

Yellowstone National Park personnel held a “trout talk” last month, and some local anglers were hooked by the idea.

Park staffers spoke to 15 people in Cody on April 30. They have traveled around the region recently holding public talks describing what they are doing to protect native trout, said David Hallac, Yellowstone Center for Resources chief.

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