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Wolf impact rally slated May 22

A “Wyoming Wolf Impact Rally,” designed to weigh the canine's impact on agriculture and outfitting, will take place on Saturday, May 22, at City Park in Cody.

“We do support the (Wyoming) wolf management plan that was heard in Judge Johnson's court,” said rally organizer Tim Hockhalter, of Timber Creek Outfitters of Crandall.

The spring hazing of bison on the west side of Yellowstone National Park aimed at minimizing the potential spread of brucellosis from bison to cattle. But it has caused some humans to lock horns.

Conservation groups decry the federally-funded hazing, but the Montana Stockgrowers Association says hazing is necessary to thwart potential brucellosis infection in cattle.

A preliminary budget for 2010-11 was approved last week by the Park County School District No. 1 board.

Mary Jo Lewis, coordinator of business services for District No. 1, presented the budget based on preliminary figures.

The new budget is based on anticipated revenues of $22,340,906 — an increase of more than $433,000 over this year's anticipated revenue.

Aquatic budget anxiety


Swimmers Ty Herd, Heston Swenson and Allie Foster attempt to navigate the obstacle course above water at the Powell Aquatic Center on Tuesday afternoon. The facility opened to annual membership holders last week and the general public on Monday. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

City preps for first year of operation costs

The city of Powell is preparing to navigate uncharted waters as it operates the Powell Aquatic Center in its premier year.

With no history of swimmers' usage or operating costs, city leaders are setting up a budget based on their best estimates. The proposed 2010-11 budget, which takes effect July 1, estimates the pool's first-year operating costs at $829,728.

Clark landfill grizzly grabbed

A grizzly bear was captured last week in the Clark landfill after dining on dead livestock for a week.

The landfill bear was a young female that may have been recently separated from her mother, speculated Sandie Morris, Park County Landfill office manager.

Landfill carcasses are easy pickings for a young grizzly, Morris said.

Second vice president to leave NWC this spring

Northwest College got another blow last week when Dana Young, vice president for student affairs, accepted the position as president of Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) in Ontario, Ore.

As of Saturday, Young and TVCC representatives were negotiating her contract.

Trumpeting Wyoming's wolf management plan and rallying the troops was the battle cry by a bevy of speakers to their audience of more than 200 Saturday at City Park in Cody.

Wolf are killing elk and moose and hurting the livestock industry, said those in attendance.

Levi Anderson will address Powell High School Commencement this year as valedictorian of the Class of 2010. Classmate Drayson Bratt has been named the salutatorian.

The two seniors, both of whom have earned 4.0 grade-point averages, were selected on the basis of their ACT scores.
Anderson is the son of Ken and Bonnie Anderson of Powell. In addition to his academic success, Anderson has competed for PHS tennis, soccer and cross country.

Plight of the bison

Near the intersection of U.S. Highways 297 and 191, around eight miles north of West Yellowstone, Mont., hazing to urge the bison back into the park kicks into overdrive. The buffalo are driven back into Yellowstone National Park each spring on the premise that the animals could infect domestic cattle with brucellosis. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

Roving buffalo hazed back into Yellowstone National Park

An orbiting helicopter and riders atop ATVs and on horseback provided quite the circus Thursday as they hazed buffalo that had sought greener pastures outside Yellowstone National Park to graze and birth calves on public and private land outside West Yellowstone, Mont.

The annual spring hazing of bison wintering in the Hebgen Lake area has been happening since 2000 under the Interagency Bison Management Plan. The plan calls for driving the bison back into Yellowstone National Park, less than 10 miles to the east, before May 15 to reduce the chance that they will transmit brucellosis to cattle. The disease causes pregnant females to abort their calves.

'Mr. Wyoming,' hometown bound

Finisher Clay Ward (at left) heats a portion of the monument “Good Ride Cowboy,” as sculptor D. Michael Thomas (in cowboy hat) applies patina to the statue outside Ward's Frannie shop. The life-and-a-half size statue of the late rodeo and country music star Chris LeDoux is being installed in LeDoux Memorial Park in Kaycee. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

LeDoux memorial to be unveiled Saturday in Kaycee

All hands were on deck Monday evening at finisher Clay Ward's shop outside Frannie as a busy crew worked to put finishing touches on a massive bronze statue of the late country music star Chris LeDoux.

“Is the end in sight?” asked one.

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