Worland News 10-12-17

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Thermopolis is considering a two phase project for the re purposing of the former airport facility.

The two stage plan would include an initial phase, or Phase one. This phase would include the demolition of most airport buildings and the removal of fueling systems. Also the airport navagational items will be removed and all utilites disconnected. The grounds would be reclaimed with the demolition of the asphalt runway. The recycled asphalt would be saved and used in patching and paving, saving the county money in the short term.
One of the remaining hangars at the airport would be offered to the golf course for a modest lease price. The course could then choose to base their operations out of the hanger. The other hanger would be offered to the recreation district, which could also create a facility to support year round recreational activities.
The short-term plan, phase I, is simply maximizing the re-purposing of the existing assets to meet immediate community needs with a minimal financial layout by other entities.
Phase Two is a long term plan over the next 5 to 20 years. The purpose would be to bring in more tourist dollars, benefit the community and bring in permanent jobs. This would be made possible by a potential investor or developer coming in and turning the area into a resort or convention center type facility. The planned lease would be for a period of 30 or more years and the county would continue as property owners and allow elgibility for infrastructure or economic development funds both at inception and in perpetuity. A host of other issues would need to addressed for this plan to be fully realized. A marketing plan is currently being created in order to get the resort/convention center into the hands of those who specialize in this kind of project.

An early shot of winter weather depressed recreational visits in Yellowstone National Park during the month of September.
The National Park Service reports just over 640,000 people visited Yellowstone in September.
The visitation was down about 8.8 percent from September 2016, when the park recorded more than 700,000 recreational visits.
Snowy weather during the middle of last month closed some roads within and just outside the park for days.
Still, the Park Service says Yellowstone saw its third busiest September on record in the park.
So far this year, the park has hosted more than 3.8 million recreational visitors, down about 2.5 percent from the same period in 2016.

Grand Teton National Park rangers are investigating a traffic accident that left four bison dead in northwest Wyoming.
The accident occurred Oct. 2 in the park on a foggy night on U.S. 26/89/191 when a pickup truck hit one bison on the highway, rolled and then struck and killed three more nearby bison.
The National Park Service says the Casper woman who was driving alone escaped with minor injuries. Her name hasn’t been released.
Park spokesman Andrew White tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that a citation has not been issued but isn’t out of the question if it’s determined the motorist was traveling too fast for the conditions.
Wildlife-vehicle collisions are common on the highway, which has posted speed limit of 45 mph (72 kph) at night.



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