Powell, WY


Humidity: 41%

Wind: 14 mph

Mark Davis

The swollen creek almost sounds like applause as robins, yellow-rumped warblers and chipmunks pick through the leftovers from late night raids on ripe berries by resident bears. Yellow leaves freckled with brown, hanging on tight in the rain, are still in the minority. But they won’t be for long in the Shoshone National Forest.

For six weeks, local farmer Dave Johnson worked through a tough harvest to get Elysian West Field ready for the softball tournament. With bases made of corn seed bags and a fence made of hay, Johnson fashioned the field from a piece of flat land, never before tilled, near the base of Heart Mountain.

After a final two hours of debate, the Park County Wyoming Public Lands Initiative advisory committee finished a draft proposal identifying the borders of a possible wilderness area in the McCullough Peaks. The group is working to reorganize the current wilderness study area (WSA) into two sections — preserved wilderness and a special management area — in a proposal that could ultimately become law.

Crews drain canal to fix cracked liner outside Cody

The Heart Mountain Irrigation District cut off water in its canal Monday morning to attempt an emergency patch on the Rattlesnake liner.

When Glen Gresly’s truck left the road and headed for the canal Wednesday afternoon, several area residents sprang into action.

This past winter, after she fell, Susan Ahalt got on the phone and called a couple volunteers from her short list. Ahalt rarely needs help, but at 74, the the list of chores she can no longer do is growing. The broken kneecap only slowed her down. She knows if she can’t do the work, many will suffer.

Rufous hummingbirds move from bloom to bloom, first feeding on brilliant red penstemon flowers, hanging from the stem in rows, and then move to glowing blue globe thistle. The tiny, acrobatic birds come to Deb Koelling’s garden for food, water and shelter. They’re the stars in a spectacular free show. And Rob, her husband of 40 years, is there with his camera.

As a teen, Garrett Burbank was drawn to hunting. The only boy in a house of women and without the influence of hunters to mentor him, his passion seemed out of place. But it persisted.

One year after the historic return of the black-footed ferret to Meeteetse, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, released 13 more of the endangered species on the Pitchfork Ranch.

It all started as a family project 22 years ago. But then the tiny enterprise grew larger than they dared dream. Now a rural Powell business, Diamond Wings Upland Game Birds, LLC, has a seat at the table in a national debate about sage grouse and has a chance to make history.

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