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Different paths lead pair to yoga

Studio co-owners never envisioned being there

They may not be Oscar and Felix, but in their own way Laura Vanderberg and Beth Wipplinger are themselves an odd couple.

Vanderberg is a former triathlete and competitive swimmer who once jumped in her car with her dog and drove around the country for two months until, as she puts it, “Cody found me.” Wipplinger is aspecial education teacher at Powell's Westside Elementary School who, by her own description, is “not competitive and not athletic.”

Reel withdraws from council race

Don't vote for Shea Reel in the Powell City Council race this year; even though his name is on the ballot, Reel is no longer seeking the Ward 1 City Council seat in the primary election.

Reel had filed for the position in May, but said last week that a new job position would make it difficult for him to meet council duties if he were elected this fall.

Roundup resistance

As tolerance evolves, UW researcher tests other herbicides

Farmers have hailed the development of crops such as sugar beets and alfalfa that tolerate applications of Roundup without damage.

Roundup Ready crops aren't harmed by Roundup, which kills weeds along with most broad-leafed plants. That usually allows growers to apply it to replace several applications of other herbicides. Its use can reduce fuel costs and carries other benefits since, unlike other herbicides, Roundup leaves no soil residue.

County approves $23 million budget

The Park County Commission finalized a $23 million budget on Tuesday that will cover the county's day-to-day operations and other projects in the coming fiscal year.

If all goes as planned between the year's start on July 1 and its end on June 30, 2011, the county also will be able to place $836,000 in reserves.

Splash down: Frog pond open


Jayden Bear slides into the frog pond in Homesteader Park, as young Will Mordland waits for his turn on the slide last week. The frog pond, located near the new Powell Aquatic Center, is open from 1-6 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon


Fire on the beach in Yellowstone

A new back-country fire near Beach Lake in Yellowstone National Park was estimated at 150 acres in size with zero percent containment Monday afternoon by the National Park Service.

The Beach Lake Fire, discovered Sunday morning, is seven miles southwest of Bridge Bay campground and two miles south of Beach Lake in Yellowstone's interior.

A bill authorizing a study to determine if the site of the former Heart Mountain Relocation Center should be managed by the National Park Service passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

The bill, H.R. 3989, passed the House on a voice vote on July 13, and now will move to the Senate for consideration.

Garage burns, home badly damaged


Fire consumes a pickup inside a garage on Dick and Lois Asher's property on Shoshone Street. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

Cause of Shoshone Street blaze unknown

A garage behind the home of Dick and Lois Asher on Shoshone Street was fully engulfed in flames at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when neighbor John Wasden banged on their front door to warn them of the danger.

Frightened by the late-night, insistent banging, Lois Asher said she hesitated to answer the door at first — then she saw the light from the flames behind the house and realized what was happening.

American Pickers' eye Powell area

Antique hunters with the television program “American Pickers” are scouting out the Powell region and may soon scour local yards, garages, sheds and barns for unique treasures.

“People may think it's just junk, but these guys know what they're looking for,” said Gina Vogel with the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce.

West Park Hospital is encouraging Powell residents to learn more about its modernization project at a pair of meetings in coming weeks.

On July 28 and Aug. 3, West Park staff and elected trustees will present information and answer questions about proposed upgrades to the Cody hospital. Both upcoming presentations will be held in Fagerberg Room 70 at Northwest College. The presentation on the 28th is scheduled from 3-5 p.m., while the presentation on the 3rd is slated for 5:30-7 p.m.

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