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Climbing expedition to Egypt becomes more for Wyoming writer

It identifies the climber as a pioneer: The first to accomplish and document a difficult route up a face of granite or a crag of mountain, where the risks and challenges often far outweigh even the most experienced climber’s patience and tenacity. … more

Powell company halts plans to raise sage grouse

Diamond Wings Upland Game Birds informed Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials last week that the egg hunt is off for the 2018 season. Located a few miles west of Powell, it was the only company to apply and be certified to raise the grouse. … more

Powell schools to adopt 4.5-day schedule beginning in August

A recent survey showed 88 percent of community members and staff favored early-release Fridays. To have that much support for an initiative “is almost unheard of,” said Jay Curtis, superintendent of Park County School District No. 1. “To … more

Heart Mountain district limiting access to canal roads

The traffic on the private canal roads has been growing and so have the problems, said Randy Watts, manager of the Heart Mountain district. As of April 5, travel by automobiles and ATVs on the roads will be considered trespassing and violators … more

At forum, public opinion split on arming school staff

What if an armed teacher or custodian is having a really bad day and snaps? What if an active shooter opens fire in a school and it takes law enforcement several minutes to arrive? What if an angry student gets their hands on a teacher’s … more

Northwest College board approves student housing cost increases

The college’s board of trustees approved the rate increases at Monday’s monthly board meeting, held at NWC’s Cody Center. The proposal set new rates for residence halls, non-traditional student housing and meal plans. Inflation, operating and … more

Apparent deal in Powell murder case

In a March 5 filing, Williamson’s court-appointed attorney, Tim Blatt, wrote that “this matter now appears ready for a change of plea and sentencing hearing at the court’s earliest convenience.” District Court Judge Bill Simpson set the … more

Wyoming grizzly hunt to target conflict areas

The department is proposing a limit of 24 grizzlies, with up to 12 (10 males and two females) allowed to be taken in six hunt areas bordering Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and an additional 12 in two areas away from the parks. The … more

Main arena at fairgrounds getting a makeover

County commissioners voted last week to make the space in front of the grandstands less of a racetrack and more of a multi-functional arena. “Our goal all along when we built the new building [Heart Mountain Hall] there [at the fairgrounds] was … more

Willwood silt dilemma

The announcement might have inspired hope that a combination of technology and attention would eventually solve the decades-old issue of silt behind the dam. But recent watershed studies indicate it may be impossible to stop much of the sediment … more

Bighorn Canyon eyes free admission

The current price of admission at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is $5 — one of the best deals for outdoor recreation around, said Christy Fleming, chief of interpretation for the park. But Fleming would like to see it even more … more

College receives stellar report

The report, made official last week by the independent Higher Learning Commission, “is the culmination of a ton of work,” Hicswa said. “Working on accreditation, there are so many working pieces and parts that have to go into it. Not only … more

Powell schools consider 4.5-day week with Friday afternoons off

Initial survey results show the overwhelming majority of local educators and parents — 88 percent — support moving to a 4.5-day school week with early release on Friday afternoons. “Currently, under the schedule that we have, we lose a lot … more

Powell Valley Healthcare coming out of bankruptcy

While some final steps are still pending, leaders of the organization say they’re glad the case is generally over. “... The best part is that we get to move forward now positively and do some things that will just be better for the hospital, … more

Youth hunt top priority for group’s outreach program

The group has been holding the annual Bob Messier Youth Hunt for 19 years, watching the number of kids involved grow nearly tenfold since the first year, when a half dozen kids came out. Dozens of young hunters and their parents first stopped at the … more

In combination, First Bank of Wyoming will be First Bank

First Bank of Wyoming is combining with 1st Bank, based in Evanston, to become a new entity known as First Bank. The result is that the renamed First Bank office in Powell will serve as the headquarters for 12 branches in western Wyoming and two … more

Powell school bus involved in two crashes Monday

The first crash took place around 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Lane 6 and Road 8, north of Powell. In that incident — which resulted in no serious damage to the school bus — Park County School District No. 1 officials say the bus driver … more

District wonders, should school staff be armed?

Before deciding, they have a lot of questions: Could a teacher shoot a teen wielding a gun? What is a truly adequate amount of training for employees carrying firearms? Would Powell children actually be safer if staff members carried concealed … more

County may form committee to study ranch

At a meeting last week, commissioners indicated they plan to form a committee to look at ways to improve the former Beartooth Ranch. That tentative decision came after a lengthy back-and-forth discussion with members of the East Yellowstone Chapter … more

Northwest College explores increasing student fees

A needs assessment report for fiscal year 2019, presented to the college’s board of trustees last month, recommended raising mandatory student fees by $3 per credit hour, charging more fees to students with heavier credit loads and changing the … more
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