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Pig take down!


Brekyn Herd tackles his team's pig and Paul Cummings (back) gets ready to join in the action as other teams and spectators watch the sloppy action at the pig mud wrestling event at the Park County Fair Tuesday night. Fair events continue through Saturday night. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Jo Dee Messina weathers the storm

Following rainstorm, country singer gives acoustic show to fairgoers

Known for her hit song “Bring on the Rain,” country music star Jo Dee Messina faced a thunderstorm moments before her Park County Fair show with an attitude true to her song's lyrics — “I'm not going to let it get me down.”

Regardless of the rain-drenched stage, flooded equipment, electrical issues, muddy ground, windblown fans and continuing storm, Messina was determined that the show would go on.

Park County voters wanting to see where the Republican candidates for the Wyoming governorship and Park County Commission stand on issues should mark their calendars for Monday.

GOP candidates for the positions will mix it up in two separate events at Cody's Holiday Inn.

Park County valuation drops

But not as much as feared

Park County's total assessed valuation has dropped significantly from last year — though not as steeply as some had feared.

Numbers finalized on Wednesday say that Park County is worth $741,246,235 this year. That would be a 28 percent decrease from 2009, which saw a record-high valuation of more than $1.033 billion.

Health care debate comes home

The national debate over health care came to Cody on Thursday, when local health care experts and politicians expressed their concerns with the health care system and the new health care law passed by Congress.

About 30 people attended the meeting, hosted by Dave Kellett (who is running for Wyoming House District 25) and other local TEA Party advocates at the Park County Library.

Old gold mine getting cleanup

Montana mine cleanup means truck traffic in Wyoming

Cleanup of an old gold mine near Cooke City, Mont., will mean increased truck traffic over the Chief Joseph Highway next summer and has raised concerns about safety and damage to the scenic highway.

However, Shelby Carlson, district engineer for the Wyoming Department of Transportation in Basin, said the contractor carrying out the project, Knife River Corporation-Mountain Region of Billings, has been cooperative and willing to work with WYDOT to limit the impact on the highway.

Late last week, an Illinois man was killed by a grizzly bear in the Kitty Creek drainage on the North Fork, about 10 miles east of Yellowstone National Park. The grizzly was shot and killed two days later.

An Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team had captured and placed radio collars on two grizzly bears in the Kitty Creek area, said Chris Servheen, grizzly bear coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Missoula, Mont.
Despite posted signs warning that grizzly bear trapping operations were ongoing and telling the public not to enter, Erwin Frank Evert, 70, of Park Ridge, Ill., hiked into the area late Thursday morning.

Jingle dress on the prairie


This young lady remains focused as she dances in the girls' jingle dress competition during the annual powwow at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody on Sunday. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

A young mountain lion was captured without incident just east of Homesteader Park early Saturday morning.

The lion was spotted at Road 8 and U.S. 14-A, said Powell Game Warden Chris Queen of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

GOP candidates debate in Cody

Three of the front-runners for the Republican nomination for governor agreed on many issues — small government, limited regulations and pushing against the federal government — at a forum in Cody on Monday.

Matt Mead, a rancher and former U.S. Attorney from Cheyenne; Ron Micheli, a rancher and former state legislator and state agricultural department director from Fort Bridger; and Colin Simpson of Cody, an attorney and the current Speaker of the House, squared off in a two-hour event hosted by the Park County Republican Party.

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