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The backcountry areas of northwest Wyoming offer stunning views and wild adventure unavailable in most of the United States. But without trails, few would ever see them.

Compared to most of their counterparts in Wyoming’s larger counties, Park County’s assessor, clerk, treasurer, clerk of district court, sheriff, coroner and county attorney have been underpaid.

The cold, wet start to 2018 has local farmers playing catch-up when it comes to planting their crops.

A bison injured a visitor in the Old Faithful area on Tuesday afternoon.

Yellowstone National Park officials say 72-year-old Virginia Junk of Boise, Idaho, was butted in the thigh, pushed and tossed off a trail by a bison.

In any other fishery, fat walleye would be a source of pride. But in Buffalo Bill Reservoir, they’re a scourge — and the fight to rid the important trout habitat of the voracious, toothy predator is heating up.

Local property values keep rising

Homes and other property values in Park County are generally on the rise.

“All in all, we’ve been steadily, gradually going up,” said County Assessor Pat Meyer.

After 18 years on the job, Park County Commissioner Tim French says he will not seek re-election this year.

Here comes the sun ... and savings

Powell area homeowner sees benefits of solar energy

As Powellites welcome sunny days after a long winter, the golden rays are an especially welcome sight for Gerry Johns. After installing solar panels at his home last year, sunny days don’t just signal springtime — they bring cost savings, too.

When the old Southside Elementary School went up for auction, few had the vision to repurpose the 33,000-square-foot facility. The members of Trinity Bible Church, led from its inception by Pastor Don Thomas with wife Mary by his side, were the only bidders.

While many national park properties in the U.S. are raising their entrance fees, one of northwest Wyoming’s most spectacular properties has decided to go the other way. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation area, north of Lovell, will be free to enter, starting on May 25.

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