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  • 'One-vote Barrasso' rebuked by GOP

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 14, 2022

    CODY — The Park County Republican Party may be setting its sights on a new target of animosity even before its campaign against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has completed. That target is U.S. Sen. John Barrasso. “It’s a disgrace,” Park County committeeman Tim Lasseter said. “He’s headed down the path of Liz Cheney.” At its meeting last Thursday, the party voted unanimously to send a letter reprimanding Barrasso for his vote to support the $1.5 trillion government spending bill that passed through the Senate on March 15. Within this dense, 2,741... Full story

  • Former Cody man charged in Capitol invasion

    LEO WOLFSON, Cody Enterprise|Jan 20, 2022

    CODY — A man with Cody ties has been charged in U.S. District Court for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riots. According to the filing affidavit, Andrew Galloway was interviewed by FBI agents at his home outside of Cody at some point in the past year. Galloway is the listed agent for a Wyoming limited liability company Powderkeg Patriots Apparel, with an associated address in the South Fork. According to the Park County Assessor’s Office, Galloway sold this Mountain Court property on June 14. He was a resident at the time of the Cap... Full story

  • Lawsuit against Buffalo Bill museum dismissed

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise|Dec 23, 2021

    CODY — A former Buffalo Bill Center of the West employee has had her federal lawsuit thrown out against the museum, as U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal described her claims of gender discrimination lacking proof, and said her other claims of breach of contract, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress were brought forth in an improper venue of jurisdiction. Powell resident Bonnie Smith was fired from her position as curatorial assistant in the Draper Natural History Museum in the spring of 2019, a position that p... Full story

  • Lawsuit seeks to halt health orders

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 4, 2021

    CODY — A lawsuit against Park County’s public health officer and the governor seeks to immediately stop all current state COVID-19 health order restrictions. A declaratory injunction has been filed in Johnson County that includes all Wyoming health officers, State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist, Gov. Mark Gordon, and Wyoming Department of Health Director Michael Ceballos as defendants. The injunction asserts the state is guilty of multiple violations to the Wyoming and United States Constitutions in its application of data containing inf... Full story

  • Governor's mask mandate raises questions about Constitution

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 10, 2020

    CODY – The recent establishment of county and statewide face mask orders has people questioning the constitutionality of those measures enacted by local health officers and Gov. Mark Gordon. “I think it is an act or desire to do something when they don’t know what to do,” said Bob Ferguson, vice chairman of the Park County Republican Party, who opposes the measures. Many residents, on social media and other public forums, have criticized Gordon’s move to declare an emergency order, citing section 38 of the Wyoming Constitution, making the argum... Full story

  • Voters to decide on legalized gambling in Park County

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 23, 2020

    CODY — Park County voters will be asked on this year’s general election ballot if they want to approve a form of legalized gambling in their community. Pari-mutuel gambling will be put up for consideration on the November ballot, following approval by the Park County commissioners at their meeting last Tuesday. “I firmly support putting this in front of the voters,” said commissioner Jake Fulkerson. Pari-mutuel most typically involves gambling on a variety of racing sports, but it is only associated with horse racing in Wyoming. On a local l... Full story

  • Cody Stampede organizers say they're planning for rodeo

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 28, 2020

    CODY — In a reversal to a statement made by Gov. Mark Gordon on Wednesday and continued Friday morning regarding the state's six biggest rodeos being cancelled, the Cody Stampede Board announced in a press release Friday that it is still trying to hold the 101st Cody Stampede Rodeo and Xtreme Bulls events if the board can get state approval. "The Rodeo Task Force that worked with the Governor made a decision as a group to cancel major rodeos this summer," Marc Thompson, a Stampede Board member said. "However, our board operates independently f... Full story

  • Yellowstone Park officials still weighing options on start

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 23, 2020

    CODY— Now fewer than two weeks away from the originally scheduled opening, there is still no estimate as to when officials would open Yellowstone National Park’s east gate, or any part of the park. “Let’s not look at this call as (we know) what all the answers are for the future,” park superintendent Cam Sholly told listeners during a conference call Monday. In a nearly two-hour long conference call, Sholly gave scant new details as to what the opening will look like, but did say the park will generally follow health orders put in place in... Full story

  • CDC recommends various ways to make, wear face masks

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 9, 2020

    CODY — The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending people cover their faces with cloth during the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many materials and fabrics existing, it can feel a little overwhelming to know what to use and not to use. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain like grocery stores and pharmacies. The biggest purpose is to prevent asymptomatic victims of the virus from transferring it to others. Items that can be used include T... Full story

  • Cody murder trial begins, defense says killing accidental

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 8, 2019

    CODY — With the Dennis Klingbeil murder trial now underway neither side is arguing whether Klingbeil shot and killed his wife, but the defense has said the state cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt he did so as a premeditated, first-degree act. Donna Domonkos, one of Klingbeil’s two attorneys, said in her opening remarks her client accidentally shot his wife of 43 years, Donna Klingbeil. “He brought the gun against his own head but did not do it,” Domonkos said. “When he brought the gun down the gun accidentally discharged.” Mike Blonig... Full story

  • Wapiti man's murder trial set for Aug. 5

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 25, 2019

    CODY — The jury trial of a Wapiti man accused of first-degree murder is now less than two weeks away. That trial will open Aug. 5, exactly one year from when Dennis Klingbeil is alleged to have shot his wife of 41 years, Donna Klingbeil. Klingbeil could receive life imprisonment and fines up to $10,000 for his alleged crimes. He has been in custody in the Park County Detention Center with $10 million bond since August 2018. The case is expected to be heard Aug. 5-8, Aug. 12-16, and if necessary Aug. 19-20. Both sides in the trial have p... Full story

  • Scientists to gather in Big Horn Basin to study fossil 'treasure trove'

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise-WNE|Apr 4, 2019

    CODY — A brachiosaur stretches its long neck to reach a leaf from a high branch as a giant ichthyosaur gently swims by in the water far below. This scene likely played out in the Big Horn Basin millions of years ago. Paleontologists will be descending on Cody this summer to investigate what scientists are describing as a “Jurassic Mile” in the Basin, a fossil-rich plot of land hosting a slew of specimens, including an 80-foot-long brachiosaur, a 90-foot diplodocid and many other bones, track ways and fossilized plants. Professor and chair... Full story

  • Board: Old equipment in good shape can be taxed more

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise-WNE|Oct 3, 2018

    CODY — The Wyoming Board of Equalization is standing by a Park County decision that will likely have negative ramifications statewide for oil producers in Wyoming, but will also bring in around $100,000 more in tax revenue to the county annually. Wednesday, the board ruled in favor of a 2017 Park County Commission decision to accept county assessor Pat Meyer’s valuation of Merit Energy Company’s equipment on its oil field 15 miles southeast of Cody on County Road 3EM. In his 2017 assessment of personal property taxes to be levied on the compa...