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Park County and the state of Wyoming are fighting for their right to sue the federal government over lowered snowmobile limits in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

The county and state are appealing a September decision by federal District Court Judge Alan Johnson in Cheyenne that said they lacked the legal standing to challenge the National Park Service’s rules for winter use in the two parks.

A portion of the Park County Fairgrounds’ Large Exhibit Hall has been closed to the public due to structural problems.

The hall’s eastern building, near the grandstands, was recently closed after a structural engineer hired by the county expressed concern with the roof, said Park County Commissioner Dave Burke. Burke said county employees had noted a few months ago that the roof on the building was sagging.

January 25, 2011 8:26 am

Cody shooter wounds man, kills self

Victim listed in stable condition

Police say a 62-year-old Cody resident shot another man in the upper body before killing himself Friday night in Cody.

Cody police say John Tully shot through the window of his ex-girlfriend’s home around 11 p.m., hitting 53-year-old Larry Jansma.

If a transfer station is constructed in Powell, it won’t require any money from Park County.

That’s the message city of Powell officials stressed to county commissioners at a meeting discussing landfills last week. Officials with the city of Cody and the town of Meeteetse also attended the discussion at Yellowstone Regional Airport.

January 18, 2011 8:42 am

Gov. Mead: time to diversify is now

Governor makes case for data centers

Saying it’s time for the state to be bold, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said he wants to distribute more money to local governments, fund highway improvements and attract new businesses to the state.

“We’re going to have to do things differently than we have in the past,” Mead said in a Friday speech to the Wyoming Press Association.

A former Powell resident has been barred from owning any cats or other animals in connection with a summer hoarding case where officials seized 157 cats from a rural Powell home.

Last Tuesday, Maurielena “Mimi” Nesbit pleaded guilty to 14 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in Park County’s Circuit Court. As part of a plea agreement, another three counts of cruelty were dismissed.

The Powell High School girls basketball team was edged out by one of the conference’s top teams on Friday, falling 41-38 to the visiting Mountain View Lady Buffaloes.

PHS rebounded on Saturday with a convincing 49-35 home win over Lyman.

The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the 18- to 20-year prison sentence given to a Cody man who opened fire in the Walmart parking lot three years ago.

In a decision last week, the Supreme Court affirmed Park County District Court Judge Steven Cranfill's finding that Chester Darral Fletcher was competent to stand trial and be sentenced for his actions.

December 22, 2010 6:12 pm

Chief Joseph haul plan abandoned

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has abandoned a controversial plan to haul mine waste over the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway as part of a Cooke City mine cleanup project, drawing praise from Park County officials and residents who had voiced concerns with the haul’s impacts.

December 20, 2010 5:28 pm

Suspect sought

Police are seeking a 20-year-old Lovell man in connection with a Thursday fight in which another man reportedly was stabbed in the hand.

A Park County warrant has been issued for the arrest of Raymond Ortiz on a charge of aggravated assault.