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July 29, 2014 8:08 am

Swede Fire grows to 1,500 acres

Will be allowed to burn, say officials

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.

Travis Kovach gives new meaning to crashing the party.

Kovach smashed his way to the top of the heap to win the final match in the demolition derby at the Park County Fair Saturday night.

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 person or persons who tried to start a blaze in a Powell fireworks stand probably didn’t realize how close they came to blowing themselves sky-high.

The culprits broke the locks on the side and rear of the trailer, entered, stole fireworks and burned boxes and sparklers next to shelves stacked with highly volatile fireworks Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, according to Powell police officers.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not want to place greater sage grouse on the Endangered Species List, but the service must make a decision next year.

The service wants to prevent listing by protecting its habitat and so increase the sage grouse population.

Guilty until proven guilty seemed to be the verdict for 63 Japanese Americans who resisted the military draft to protest their confinement at Heart Mountain Relocation Center during World War II.

The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation presented a public reading and discussion of “Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution,” a scripted re-enactment Thursday night in Cody.

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