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CJ Baker

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.

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.

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.

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.

Three Colorado Boy Scouts, their Scout leader and a toddler were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Saturday morning south of Meeteetse.

It was the region’s deadliest crash in four and a half years.

Opponents of the Copperleaf subdivision in Wapiti kept the development tied up in court for years with claims that the county improperly allowed it to go forward. Now, the county is taking the subdivision’s owners to court.

Cody police are asking for help from the public to find and identify an individual or individuals who robbed a credit union and a bank this (Tuesday) morning.

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