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News

Pine beetles plague ‘important' tree species

This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will consider listing the beetle-embattled whitebark pine as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act, thanks to a December 2008 Natural Resources Defense Council petition.

But that does not mean listing is a slam dunk.

Galloping griz

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A gangling grizzly bear nicknamed “Circus Bear” runs along Mary Bay in Yellowstone National Park last week. The bear got his nickname for his unusual features — long, funny ears, a skinny body, extra long legs and hair missing around his eyes, said photographer Neale Blank, who took this photo from about 50 yards away. His features “aren't characteristic of a grizzly.” Circus Bear is about 10-12 years old and frequently roams the area around Mary Bay, Blank said. Courtesy photo/Neale Blank

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Yellowstone fire nearly contained

The Beach Fire, seven miles southwest of Bridge Bay, is 72 percent contained. It is completely surrounded, providing crews the task of extinguishing hot spots on the line to render the blaze fully contained.

The National Park Service reported the fire at 150 acres July 19. As of July 26, the fire had grown to 520 acres.

Pick six

In the future, snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park could be eliminated entirely, kept at similar levels to recent years or be expanded to previous limits.

Park Service officials on Thursday unveiled the six alternatives they plan to study in coming months as they draft an environmental impact statement for Yellowstone's winter use plan. The alternatives range from phasing out all snowmobiles to allowing up to 720 per day and include an option to plow the park's western roads and close the East Entrance to all over-snow vehicles.

County fair kicks off

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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!

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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.

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