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CJ Baker

June 16, 2011 7:25 am

Trash funding near

City recommended for transfer station funding

A city of Powell plan to build a closer drop-off point for its garbage is drawing closer to reality.

Unless Wyoming leaders differ with State Loan and Investment Board staff, the city of Powell will today (Thursday) receive the $652,502 it requested to help build a garbage transfer station east of town.

June 14, 2011 7:37 am

Preliminary valuation up

Led almost entirely by increases in the price of oil and gas, Park County’s assessed valuation is projected to be the second-highest ever.

An estimate tabulated earlier this month by Park County Assessor Pat Meyer says the county’s value rose by about 11 percent, to more than $823 million. The value is based on mineral production and other property values from 2010.

A new site for Powell’s recyclables could be up and running by August, if all goes according to Powell Valley Recycling leaders’ plan.

Part of that plan fell into place last week when Park County commissioners unanimously approved a special use permit to allow Powell Valley Recycling to move to an expanded recycling center at a location just across the street from Powell’s western water tower. Commissioners are quite familiar with the Road 10 location, as it used to house the county’s Powell-area road and bridge shop.

Folks wondering how the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s draft Resource Management Plan for the Big Horn Basin might impact their lives are being encouraged to attend open houses hosted by the bureau next week.

The events will offer citizens a chance to visit one-on-one with BLM managers and specialists about the plan, which will guide the use of millions of acres of public lands over the next 15 to 20 years.

Park Service open to different ideas

Yellowstone National Park managers say the public comments they receive in the coming month will change how they decide to manage the park’s winter snowmobile and snowcoach traffic.

“This is a critical junction in the (winter use) plan, and we really need to hear what you all have to say,” Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said during a meeting in Cody on Thursday night.

New protections for wildlife corridors and wintering grounds and scenic areas are unnecessary, Park County commissioners, oil and gas representatives and some citizens said at a Tuesday night meeting discussing the Bureau of Land Management’s draft plan for managing public lands in the Big Horn Basin.

Yellowstone National Park officials will outline the details of their proposed winter use plan, answer questions and take public comments during a Thursday, June 2 meeting in Cody.

The meeting is slated to run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m at the Cody Holiday Inn.

County commissions and conservation districts across the Big Horn Basin are hosting meetings to share with the public what they see as important in the federal Bureau of Land Management’s recently-released Resource Management Plan draft and also hear citizens’ take on the document.

May 19, 2011 7:21 am

What disaster looks like

Southside school conducts drill

If I let the kids go, and I let the teacher go, I’ve got nothing,” the armed man told the police negotiator.

As a classroom full of rather bored fifth graders looked on, the frustrated Johnny Mock Brown worked to negotiate his way out of a Monday morning standoff with Powell police inside Southside Elementary School.

In recent years, much of the local talk about winter access to Yellowstone National Park has focused on the park’s East Entrance. But on Friday, the discussion will shift to the Northeast Entrance, as commissioners and transportation officials from Wyoming and Montana, Yellowstone, Shoshone and Gallatin National Forest officials, Cooke City, Mont., residents and snowmobiling advocates gather to talk about the logistics of potentially plowing U.S. Highway 212 from the Pilot Creek parking lot to Cooke City.