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County fair kicks off


The Park County Fair began with the Miniature Horse Show Monday. Above, Aspen Aguire leads her acrobatic horse to the finish. Tribune photo by Kevin Kinzley

Country star Jo Dee Messina performs Wednesday night

Prized pigs are prepped. Exhibit halls are plumb full of colorful needlework, homegrown produce and handcrafted artwork. Cotton candy, fresh lemonade and a smorgasbord of fair food await hungry crowds.

It can all mean only one thing: the annual Park County Fair is here.

A squirrel or some other electrical interrupter picked a particularly inconvenient time to stray onto the city's electrical grid on Tuesday.

A second outage occurred Wednesday afternoon.

One dead, two injured in attack at campground

COOKE CITY, Mont. (AP) — A mother grizzly and two of her three cubs have been captured after killing a Michigan man and injuring two other people during an overnight rampage through a campground near Yellowstone National Park.

The sow, estimated to weigh 300 to 400 pounds, was lured into a trap fashioned from culvert pipe covered by the dead victim's tent Wednesday evening. The bear tore down the tent again and was caught in the trap, said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim.

Pool nears 500 members

Peeling surface in aquatic center to be addressed

In the three months since swimmers first dove in, the Powell Aquatic Center (PAC) has registered 478 members and sold more than 6,000 daily youth passes.

“It's been great,” said Carrie Parmer, city aquatics director. “There's just a plethora of activity here, and I think people are really starting to explore it and see what's offered.”

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.

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