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One-way traffic routes eyed in Cody

One-way traffic routes eyed in Cody

CODY, Wyo. — After 10 years of searching for ways to slow and reduce traffic along busy Canyon Avenue, some Cody residents have decided there may be only one way to solve the problem — make the problem a one-way street.

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Republicans fare well in Park County

Republicans fare well in Park County

CODY — Republicans fared well Tuesday in heavily conservative Park County, with slightly more than 72 percent of registered voters casting ballots, many of them citing a strong interest in local contests and issues.

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Park County voting smooth after fixing minor glitch in voting machine clocks

Park County voting smooth after fixing minor glitch in voting machine clocks

CODY, Wyo. — Turnout in Park County has been brisk at times as voters cast ballots today for a new governor and a host of local officials. So far, the only minor hiccup at polling places was an unexpected trip back in time for election judges setting up Tuesday morning.

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Park County awash in candidates for local races

Park County awash in candidates for local races

CODY — As voters across the country cast ballots in today’s midterm elections, Park County voters will choose state and local leaders ranging from governor and state auditor to county clerk and city council members.

November 01, 2010 10:41 pmLoading…
Fall on full display in Yellowstone

Fall on full display in Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Dicey weather, closed campgrounds and scarce amenities make it a bit of a gamble to visit Yellowstone National Park in the fall, but a few savvy travelers and hardy locals are getting lucky with a last pass through the park before it closes to autos for the season…

October 30, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Hospital board travel draws fire

Hospital board travel draws fire

CODY — Many businesses and families are still struggling to trim expenses while the economy continues to sputter, making public spending a focus in political campaigns across the country.

October 27, 2010 9:15 pmLoading…

Hospital trustees say expansion is necessary

CODY — A plan to spend more than $26 million to modernize and expand West Park Hospital has sparked ongoing public debate and focused attention on Tuesday’s general election.

October 26, 2010 10:21 pmLoading…

Hospital expansion looms as big issue

Editor’s note: Today, challengers for the West Park Hospital board share their views on the modernization project and other issues. On Wednesday, incumbents discuss their achievements on the board and respond to questions posed by challengers.

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Wicks wants to represent Powell

Wicks wants to represent Powell

CODY — Faith Wicks has never sought public office before, but the Democrat decided to enter the Park County commissioner race after concluding that her hometown of Powell was not being fully represented on that board.

October 21, 2010 10:24 pmLoading…
Challenger Torczon notes years of supervision, public service

Challenger Torczon notes years of supervision, public service

POWELL — After an unsuccessful bid for Park County clerk in 2006, Republican Jerri Torczon is running again because she has “a strong background in human resources” and likes working with people.

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Incumbent Jensen cites record of efficiency, customer service

Incumbent Jensen cites record of efficiency, customer service

CODY — As she approaches the end of her first term as Park County clerk, Democrat Kelly Jensen is seeking re-election because she has “a real passion for local government” that is “innovative and efficient.”

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Bank begins foreclosure against luxury housing development near Yellowstone

Bank begins foreclosure against luxury housing development near Yellowstone

CODY, Wyo. — Citing an unpaid mortgage balance of more than $3.3 million in principal, interest and fees, Wells Fargo Bank on Monday filed public notice of a planned foreclosure sale of up to 95 home lots and 22 villa lots in Copperleaf, the upscale subdivision in Wapiti, a scenic valley bet…

October 19, 2010 8:19 pm Photos

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Trustee hopefuls discuss issues

POWELL — A new classroom building, boosting enrollment of Cody students and the changing role of community colleges were among the issues discussed in a forum for candidates for the Northwest College board of trustees.

October 16, 2010 11:30 pmLoading…

‘I’m scared,’ free-market economist tells Cody

CODY, Wyo. — It’s a grim time for anyone looking for good economic news, but Wyoming is doing better than many other states.

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Cody entrepreneurs await permits

CODY — Over the past decade, many Park County entrepreneurs have sought permits from the Shoshone National Forest to help guide residents and tourists with activities like ice climbing, mountain biking and kayaking. But no new permits for such “nontraditional” outdoor recreation activities h…

October 12, 2010 8:22 pmLoading…

Forest managers discuss commercial permits

CODY — District rangers from two national forests met Tuesday with Park County commissioners to discuss how permits are issued to commercial outfitters and guides, and whether there is a need — and space available — on public lands for new kinds of commercial recreation activities.

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Consultant to ease campus tensions

POWELL — A professional facilitator hired to help diffuse tensions at Northwest College is set to meet again at the end of the month with teachers, students and staff, although some on campus are unclear about how she plans to mend fences between feuding factions.

October 11, 2010 9:54 pmLoading…
Court: Trial can proceed in child abuse case

Court: Trial can proceed in child abuse case

CODY — A judge ruled Friday that there’s sufficient evidence to proceed with a child abuse charge against a Cody man who last week pleaded no contest to 10 felony counts of securities fraud.

October 08, 2010 10:39 pmLoading…

Big Horn County airport management in disarray

CODY — Big Horn County commissioners are studying their options for managing public airports in Greybull and Cowley after the surprise resignation last month of all five members of a volunteer board appointed to oversee those facilities.

October 07, 2010 7:34 pmLoading…

Euthanized horse generates controversy

CODY — A Thermopolis couple has hired an attorney and is planning a lawsuit after deputies with the Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Department shot their horse, assuming it was a stray.

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Plan advances to build sprawling Gothic monastery for coffee-roasting monks

Plan advances to build sprawling Gothic monastery for coffee-roasting monks

CODY, Wyo. — After reaching an agreement Monday resolving previous objections raised by a small group of neighboring ranchers, the Carmelite Monks of Clark on Tuesday received unanimous approval from Park County commissioners for their plan to build a sprawling monastery near Meeteetse.

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Monks’ foundation can afford monastery

Monks’ foundation can afford monastery

CODY — Previous efforts by the Carmelite Monks of Clark to acquire a secluded mountain property in Park County have failed. But if their current bid to buy 2,500 acres near Meeteetse is not successful, it won’t be because they lack sufficient funds.

October 02, 2010 9:12 pm Related Loading…
Cody insurance salesman convicted of fraud; faces new charge of child abuse

Cody insurance salesman convicted of fraud; faces new charge of child abuse

CODY, Wyo. — A Cody man must pay nearly $368,000 in restitution after pleading no contest Thursday to 10 felony counts of securities fraud.

September 30, 2010 5:36 pmLoading…

Cody hospital explores stimulus funding

CODY — Trustees for West Park Hospital met with what one facility officer said was “a little bit of urgency” Wednesday to approve an aggressive timetable to pursue possible federal stimulus funding for a planned expansion and modernization projec

September 29, 2010 8:23 pmLoading…

Quake players getting involved

CODY — After settling into their new homes over the past month, 27 players with the Yellowstone Quake are working to win hockey games, but also to become members of their new community, according to their coach.

September 28, 2010 10:07 pmLoading…
Quick Draw challenges, liberates artists

Quick Draw challenges, liberates artists

CODY — Michelangelo took more than four years to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and it was 22 years between the first and final versions of Auguste Rodin’s sculpture, “The Thinker.”

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Furniture makers adapt to economy

Furniture makers adapt to economy

CODY — Though they often create commissioned works for wealthy clients, the custom-furniture designers whose pieces are featured this week as part of the annual Cody High Style decorative arts show have not been untouched by the nation’s economic downturn.

September 23, 2010 10:27 pm Photos

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Wyoming park managers clash with concessionaires over fees

CODY — State park managers are hoping to complete negotiations later this month with two concessionaires in Hot Springs State Park, but the process has been long and complicated, highlighting the ongoing difficulties administrators have in overseeing contracts with vendors in Wyoming’s parks.

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Rancher seeks Independent path to governor

Rancher seeks Independent path to governor

CODY — A cattle rancher and retired urologist from Cheyenne got a warm welcome Monday from most of those attending a Cody meeting for his campaign as a write-in candidate for governor.

September 20, 2010 8:47 pmLoading…
Bureaucracy complicated news of man’s fatal grizzly mauling

Bureaucracy complicated news of man’s fatal grizzly mauling

CODY — Fatal bear attacks are rare, and the deadly mauling in June of a botanist by a grizzly bear that researchers had trapped and released just hours earlier is thought to be the first and only such incident in the United States.

September 14, 2010 10:31 pmLoading…

New Cody air terminal to open soon

CODY — Boardings are up this summer at Yellowstone Regional Airport, and managers are hoping that a new terminal scheduled to open by early November will help build year-round traffic and boost Cody’s reputation as a close and convenient entry point for air travelers visiting Yellowstone Nat…

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Chief Joseph hauling plan criticized

Chief Joseph hauling plan criticized

CODY — Elected officials in Park County are planning a public meeting next month with representatives from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to discuss concerns about a mine cleanup project in Cooke City.

September 07, 2010 10:27 pmLoading…
BLM planning meetings in Wyoming remain closed to public

BLM planning meetings in Wyoming remain closed to public

CODY — Despite objections from a diverse range of interest groups and elected officials, land-use planning sessions with U.S. Bureau of Land Management staff members in Wyoming remain closed, and internal documents from that agency offer scant new insight into the reasoning behind that policy.

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Some see benefit in closed meetings with BLM

CODY — Though a wide range of elected officials, interest groups and individuals have called on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to open land-use planning sessions, one advocate thinks the closed process works best.

September 04, 2010 8:37 pmLoading…

After tax measure fails at polls, Cody hospital seeks financing options

CODY — West Park Hospital trustees are studying options for moving ahead with a planned expansion and modernization project in the wake of a 2-to-1 rejection last month by voters of a proposed sales tax meant to help pay for the upgrades.

September 03, 2010 6:54 pmLoading…

Proposed monastery drawing criticism

CODY — Planning and zoning boards across the West have often ruled on controversial proposals to carve up rural agricultural land for the construction of residential subdivisions. But planners in Park County are reviewing plans for a residence unlike any other in the Rocky Mountains — a 145,…

September 01, 2010 11:10 pmLoading…
Heart Mountain center to open next year

Heart Mountain center to open next year

CODY — Years of planning, fundraising, designing and building will conclude in less than a year with the grand opening of a new interpretive learning center at the site of the former Heart Mountain internment camp.

August 30, 2010 10:23 pmLoading…
Powell cats get care

Powell cats get care

POWELL — After living under one roof in squalid conditions, 157 cats were enjoying a little private space Friday, lounging in clean, individual cages at a temporary animal shelter at the Park County Fairgrounds.

August 27, 2010 6:41 pm Photos

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 Authorities, Humane Society remove more than 170 cats from rural Park County house

Authorities, Humane Society remove more than 170 cats from rural Park County house

POWELL — Authorities worked throughout the day Thursday to capture, examine and care for more than 170 cats found at a rural home near Powell.

August 26, 2010 1:40 pm Photos

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Grave search finds no remains

Grave search finds no remains

CODY — George Efner Jr. never knew his twin sister, but she has always wondered about him, and often felt his presence.

August 25, 2010 10:15 pmLoading…
$14 million elementary school has mountain views, homey decor

$14 million elementary school has mountain views, homey decor

CODY, Wyo. — The first day back at school is usually an exciting time, but Monday was especially momentous for students filing into the newly completed Sunset Elementary.

August 23, 2010 4:27 pm Photos

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Annie get yer birthday hat

Annie get yer birthday hat

CODY — Annie Oakley has been portrayed in popular culture as everything from a rough tomboy to a preening princess, but 150 years after her birth, one historian says a more nuanced look at the famed sharpshooter shows her to be a complex woman who defies categorization.

August 20, 2010 10:30 pmLoading…
Candidates cite voter opposition to tax proposal, fiscal restraint as keys to success

Candidates cite voter opposition to tax proposal, fiscal restraint as keys to success

CODY — Tuesday’s primary election in Park County saw a voter turnout of more than 60 percent fueled by heavy interest in Republican races for governor and county commissioner, and a 2-to-1 rejection of a proposed sales tax to fund a hospital expansion in Cody.

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Cody hospital tax fails

CODY — Voters in Park County turned out Tuesday in strong numbers for a primary election that saw some precincts run short on ballots, based on what election officials speculate was a high number of Democratic and unaffiliated voters switching registration to vote as Republicans.

August 17, 2010 8:42 pm Related Loading…

Park County officials expect big turnout today for Wyoming primary

CODY, Wyo. - Local officials are expecting a strong turnout for today's statewide primary election, based largely on a competitive race among four favored Republican contenders for governor, as well as a crowded field of Park County commissioner candidates.

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Biking for cause, pair heads to park

Biking for cause, pair heads to park

CODY — Paul Lebelle and his friend, Adam Burkowske, have ridden their bicycles more than 1,200 miles over the last five weeks.

August 16, 2010 9:20 pm Related Loading…
Patients, staff in Cody urge hospital upgrades

Patients, staff in Cody urge hospital upgrades

CODY — While a trip to the emergency room is never pleasant, some say it’s made even worse at West Park Hospital because of a nearly 40-year-old design that lacks privacy and adequate space for today’s increased patient load, as well as an array of new medical devices.

August 15, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Critics take on Cody hospital plan

Critics take on Cody hospital plan

CODY — Rising health care costs are a national problem, but the issue has become decidedly local this year in Park County, as voters consider a proposal to raise $14.2 million in sales taxes to help fund the planned $26.2 million expansion and modernization of West Park Hospital.

August 14, 2010 10:00 pm Photos

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A sign on the back of Serge “Pete” Joskow's Jeep urges Park County residents to vote against a proposed sales tax to fund the planned expansion of West Park Hospital in Cody.

August 14, 2010 9:13 pmLoading…
West Park Hospital

West Park Hospital

West Park Hospital CEO Doug McMillan, second from right, discusses a facility expansion plan with, from left, Cody City Council member Stan Wolz, Cody Mayor Nancy Tia Brown, Park County Commissioner Tim French and Park County Commissioner Jill Shockley Siggins. Elected officials toured the f…

August 14, 2010 9:15 pmLoading…

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