Powell, WY


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Mark Davis

State to consider applications for captive breeding programs

Hours after sunset, Karl Bear and a few farm hands began their work. With an order for 1,000 game birds due in Billings before sunrise, it promised to be a long night of work Friday with few hours of rest.

My attempt to fix my car nearly killed me

If you have a small plumbing chore to do and want it to be a huge job, give me a call. Need some painting done and would also like to replace freshly ruined carpeting? I’m your man. But I’ve rarely offered, nor have I been asked to help with auto repairs. I’m simply not equipped.

The state’s top game warden took planning for the influx of total solar eclipse fans seriously. After years of countless meetings, followed by the supervision of several teams protecting state land and assisting the hoards chasing the sun and moon, Brian Nesvik has realized he may have over-planned.

There are times the parking lot at the check station is overflowing with trucks with antlers peeking out of the beds of trucks and trailers carrying horses. Happy hunters show their harvests. But while the mood is usually light, this is serious business.

If you don’t believe in Santa, you haven’t met Sally Montoya.

At age 87, Montoya’s house is filled with toys. Around Powell she has several “workshops” stuffed with more. And she has about two dozen elves. (They might prefer to be called volunteers.)

At sunrise on the morning of the Wyoming pheasant opener, a light dusting of fresh snow covered the fields east of Powell. Jeff Capron and his father, Bob, jumped out of their truck excited to start hunting — just like they’ve been doing for more than three decades. Prince followed right behind, excited for his first hunt.

Living close to Yellowstone National Park has its advantages. Many local residents venture to the park throughout the year — some even moved to the area to be near the natural beauty of northwest Wyoming. But the price may be going up.

It’s hard to find more dramatic differences between “what could have been” and “what is” than at Spirit Mountain Cave.

More than two decades ago, Bob Capron was looking for a project to make a difference for local fishermen. Being told of the loss of trout by an uncle who was an irrigation canal manager, the conservation coordinator for the East Yellowstone Chapter of Trout Unlimited suggested the now well-known trout rescue program.

Emotions were running high this time last year, after repairs at the Willwood Dam caused a release of sediment into the Shoshone River and temporarily turned the popular fishery into a gray slurry. Many feared of a massive fish die-off.

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