2015 was far from a quiet year in Cody, Powell, and the Bighorn Basin. Basin Reboot has only been around since May 2015, but its been a big year with stories that will be in our minds for a long time. When we think back to 2015, these are the stories that will stick in our mind. 5. Park County School District 6 Schools resource debate [image: IMG_32741.jpg] Back in May, whether or not to adopt new K-12 resources became a contentious topic, with dozens of people attending public meetings and filing comments about the resources. Bias in the material
like references to global warming, were an issue for some. Even Alan
Simpson talked on the issue.
4. Crazy Weather
2015 saw some strange weather roll through Park County and the Bighorn
Basin. We had flash flooding in Cody
Wind River Canyon closed for days due to massive mudslides
and even a tornado causing damage
in the Bighorns.
3. Sheep Creek Fire
The Sheep Creek Fire
that burned in the Tongue River Canyon area of the Bighorn National for 12
days in early August required dozens of camper trailers to be evacuated. It
burned 1,700 acres and was ultimately determined to have been human caused.
(photo h/t Emerson Takahashi)
Grizzly bears, which may be on the cusp of being delisted, definitely made
themselves known this year. We seemed to have story
problem bears being relocated in and out of the area this fall. A fatal
grizzly attack in Yellowstone resulted in the euthanization of an
There was even a bear v. motorcycle crash
which was one of Reboot's most-read stories of the year. (photo h/t Amy
1. Major Mike killed, honored
Combat and service K9 Major Michael
shot and killed this year outside of Powell by a cyclist who felt
threatened by the dog. The Park County Sheriff's Office investigated
extensively, ultimately deciding not press charges against the cyclist.
Mike's owner, handler and best friend Sgt. First Class Matthew Bessler has
vowed to pursue the case further, and buried his partner with full military
honors. (photo h/t Matthew Bessler)