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Months of work, preparation and anticipation comes to a head today (Tuesday) in the official opening of the 2012 Park County Fair.

There was only one member of the general public who attended Monday night’s Park County budget hearing, but he provided more than enough criticism for County Commission Chairman Tim French.

Rural Powell resident Dale Jensvold was the only citizen to speak at the hearing, repeating the request he’s made unsuccessfully for decades: asking the county to pave the stretch of Road 6 between Lanes 9 and 10 that passes by his home.


July 12, 2012 10:28 am

Robberies suspect Wyoming bound

Man charged in Cody bank robberies waives hearing in North Dakota

A 32-year-old man named as a possible suspect in bank robberies across four states is being brought to Wyoming first to face charges alleging he robbed institutions in Cody and Cheyenne.

On Tuesday, Joshua M. Beckstead waived his right to initial hearings that had been scheduled in Bismarck, N.D, where he was arrested. That paves the way for him to be taken to Wyoming.


July 12, 2012 10:15 am

South Fork search

Search scaled back, Boy remembered as a fun-loving kid

After a week of searching, efforts to locate the body of a 9-year-old Utah boy swept away by the South Fork of the Shoshone River have been scaled back.

By keeping sylvan pass open, allowing non-commercial guides and more snowmobiles, changes from previous draft go with what state, park county had asked for

Yellowstone National Park officials say their latest plan for managing winter visits to the park will achieve two things sometimes seen as competing interests: allowing more visitors into the park while providing more protection of Yellowstone’s resources.

Suggest some special districts’ reserves are too high

Park County commissioners are finishing up work on the county’s budget — and they’re looking for the chance to tweak the budgets of some other local governments, too.

At its June 19 meeting, the Park County Commission unanimously voted to ask the Wyoming Attorney General’s office for an opinion as to whether they can force some special districts in Park County — which include fire, cemetery and conservation districts — to collect fewer property taxes.

July 10, 2012 8:25 am

Missing Cody attorney dies

A week-long search for a well-known Cody attorney ended Saturday when his body was found south of the city.

The body of Charles G. Kepler, 89, was found in his vehicle at about 7:15 p.m. in the Red Lake area, said Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam.

July 06, 2012 8:27 am

Boy dies in South Fork accident

A 9-year-old Utah boy apparently died in the South Fork of the Shoshone River on Monday after being thrown into the water by a horse.

Tyler Hatch of Eagle Mountain, Utah, was attempting to cross an upper portion of the South Fork river near Fall Creek when he was thrown from his horse and swept downstream, said Park County Sheriff Scott Steward in a Thursday news release.

July 06, 2012 8:26 am

Fire restrictions implemented

Commission cites ‘extreme’ fire danger

Fireworks, controlled burns of agricultural fields and other open fires are banned on many Park County lands until further notice.

The Park County Commission unanimously passed a resolution at its Tuesday meeting restricting the use of fire on “unimproved” land in Park County due to “extreme” fire danger.

County likely to adopt fire restrictions starting July 5

Park County will likely restrict fires on private land following the July 4 holiday, and officials are urging folks to be extremely careful about using any fireworks over the holiday, given the high fire danger.

In Park County, fireworks are only legal to use if deployed on private property outside of city limits with the landowner’s permission, said Deputy County Fire Warden Sam Wilde.