Articles written by Mark Davis

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 By Mark Davis    News    February 22, 2024

Saving Pond 6: Agencies combine efforts to improve habitat

Via Wyoming News Exchange POWELL - Wildlife scattered Tuesday as massive flames formed fire devils and thick plumes of smoke rose thousands of feet from Pond 6 at the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat... Full story

 By Mark Davis    News    February 1, 2024

Powell photographer wins grand prize in state contest

Via Wyoming News Exchange POWELL - Rob Koelling's love for wildlife photography is well known in the Cowboy State. Numerous publications and exhibits feature his awe-inspiring artwork, largely of... Full story

 By Mark Davis    Wyoming    August 3, 2023

Is a Yellowstone eruption closer than thought?

Scientists say not necessarily POWELL — In the same way digital photography has evolved from 3 megapixel state-of-the-art professional DSLR cameras in the late 90s to folks now carrying 15 megapixel c... Full story

 By Mark Davis    Wyoming    August 3, 2023

Pilgrimage honors those who refuse to forget

POWELL — Tears were flowing as former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson for the first time walked through the shell that will soon house the Mineta-Simpson Institute at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center Saturday morning during the annual pilgrimage to t... Full story

 By Mark Davis    Wyoming    May 11, 2023

Yellowstone Park east gates swing open

Powell family first in line welcomed by new entrance supervisor POWELL - When Chris Baltz, East Entrance fee supervisor at Yellowstone National Park, saw a car parked in front of the closed entrance... Full story


Hunter charged with killing grizzly found on North Fork

POWELL — The grizzly bear found dead along the North Fork Highway last week was killed by a Cody area hunter who said he mistook the animal for a black bear, according to court documents. The hunter, Patrick M. Gogerty, reportedly came forward on May... Full story

 By Mark Davis    Wyoming    March 23, 2023

Game and Fish works to protect private property from elk herd damage

POWELL — With a herd of 400 elk wandering through the vast fields and hobby farms near Heart Mountain, Wyoming Game and Fish Department game wardens and wildlife technicians have the important job of ensuring the herd doesn’t commingle with liv... Full story

 By Mark Davis    News    January 26, 2023

Financial journalist disputes need for Wyoming stablecoin

POWELL — Calling cryptocurrency “a solution in search of a problem,” Pulitzer Prizewinning financial journalist Jesse Eisinger is not a fan of Wyoming’s efforts to create the first state-sponsored stablecoin. The senior editor and reporter for ProPub... Full story

 By MARK DAVIS    News    December 15, 2022

Wildlife task force tackles preference points

POWELL — As the Wyoming Wildlife task force prepares for its final meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14, members of the group brought one of the toughest issues they’re attempting to tackle to Park County constituents knowing no matter what is done — inclu...

 By Mark Davis    News    November 24, 2022

Plowing the Plug: New petition on keeping road open shows shift in attitudes

POWELL — A new petition signed by the majority of Cooke City/Silver Gate residents and business owners in support of plowing U.S. Highway 212 east of the gateway communities shows a significant shift in sentiment, according to a committee of r... Full story


Two Northwest College wrestlers mauled by grizzly

POWELL —Two Northwest College wrestlers were mauled by a grizzly bear while hiking Saturday on the South Fork. Kendell Cummings, a sophomore from Evanston, and Brady Lowry, a redshirt sophomore from Cedar City, Utah, were shed hunting west of the B... Full story

 By Mark Davis    News    September 1, 2022

Stopping the stigma: After losing a loved one to suicide, Powell resident aims to help those suffering from mental illness

POWELL- The family of Thomas "TG" Howard wanted to make sure they didn't hide his mental illness and depression, listing it as his cause of death in his obituaries. It was important to find a positive... Full story

 By Mark Davis    News    July 21, 2022

Plane crash kills couple

POWELL — A plane went down in the Bighorn Mountains Thursday afternoon, reportedly killing a Georgia couple traveling through the West and igniting a fire in a hard-to-access area of the Bighorn National Forest. The small plane left Powell around n... Full story


Cody domes generate mixed reaction

POWELL - Snowflakes caught in a chilly wind whizzed by as Chrystal and Calvin Alpers ate lunch in Cody. They could have seen birds flitting between branches in nearby pines and squirrels scampering... Full story

 By Mark Davis    News    January 13, 2022

WYDOT message board draws complaints

POWELL — WYDOT announced seemingly uncontroversial plans in late December to use message signs to remind motorists of posted speed limits and the presence of wildlife along the North Fork Highway. But when a message on a sign at the entrance to t... Full story

 By Mark Davis    News    November 18, 2021

Woman killed, multiple buildings lost in Clark nighttime blaze

POWELL — A fire erupted on Monday night in Clark, claiming the life of one resident — along with two homes — as it rapidly burned across 300 acres near Line Creek. Dozens of residents on Crossfire Trail were forced to evacuate in the middle of the n... Full story


Montana man arrested, accused of starting Robertson Draw Fire

POWELL — A Bridger, Montana, man was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he started the 28,600-acre Robertson Draw Fire while off-trail on his motorcycle. John Lightburn, 55, faces felony and misdemeanor counts of negligent arson which allege h... Full story

 By Mark Davis    News    October 8, 2020

BLM Leader not backing down

POWELL - Two weeks after a federal judge in Montana ruled the Trump administration's choice to direct the Bureau of Land Management rose to his position illegally, William Perry Pendley told an... Full story

 By Mark Davis    News    May 14, 2020

Yellowstone to reopen access Monday in limited capacity

POWELL — Starting at noon on Monday, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks will begin reopening through a gradual, three-phase plan. In Yellowstone, only the park’s two Wyoming entrances — the East Gate outside of Cody and the South Gate outsi... Full story

 By Mark Davis    News    October 3, 2019

NWC students join the fight against CWD

POWELL — As chronic wasting disease marches its way across Wyoming, Northwest College students are pitching in to help battle the disease. NWC’s biology department and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are collaborating to test a higher per... Full story

 By Mark Davis    News    September 5, 2019

Gold prospectors still panning in Wyoming

POWELL - Jan Earle can still remember the first time she saw color - flakes of gold - in the bottom of her pan. "It was like finding a lost ring or a diamond. Or seeing a spectacular butterfly for... Full story

 By Mark Davis    News    July 18, 2019

Earthquakes, not volcano, biggest Yellowstone threat, says expert

POWELL — The world’s foremost expert on the Yellowstone caldera and the national park’s geophysical characteristics has a sense of humor. “I want you to visit Yellowstone before it visits you,” Robert V. Smith quipped at a recent presentat... Full story

 By Mark Davis    News    November 9, 2018

UW students handle Cody mammoth research

POWELL — Like a huge puzzle, young scientists at the University of Wyoming are attempting to piece together how a mammoth died outside of Cody centuries ago. They’re recording as much information as they can about the animal’s life in Park Count...

 By Mark Davis    Sports    August 1, 2018

New Yellowstone head promises job won't be political

POWELL - It's a tough way to get a job. As Cameron "Cam" Sholly prepares to move to his new offices as director at Yellowstone National Park, some have suggested the move is being made under a dark...

 By Mark Davis    Sports    July 4, 2018

Meeteetse camp teaches rodeo, faith

MEETEETSE - As cows and their calves neared branding pens, their pressed bays echoed through the valleys of the 91 Ranch in the foothills of the Absaroka Range. A group of riders appeared at the top...


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