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May 11, 2012 - The Associated Press
Park County eyes added sales tax
POWELL (AP) -- The Park County Commission has endorsed placing a sales tax question on the county's November general election ballot.
The proposal would impose an additional 1-percent sales tax that would to be used exclusively for local infrastructure construction and maintenance.
The sales tax proposal already was approved for the ballot by the Powell and Cody city councils.
To make the ballot, the proposal needed the endorsement of two out of the three municipalities and the Park County Commission.
If approved by voters, the tax would generate an estimated $6.5 million a year to be split among the local governments in Park County. It would last four years and then have to go back to voters before being extended.
Later school start time approved
JACKSON (AP) -- Teenagers in Jackson should be able to get an extra hour of sleep next school year.
School trustees voted Wednesday to move back school start times for both the high school and middle school students. The vote was unanimous despite concerns from parents about how the change would affect after-school activities and family dinners.
High school students will start 80 minutes later at 8:55. Middle school classes will start at 9 a.m.
The late start is aimed at helping students get more sleep. Research compiled by the Teton County School District No. 1 says teens need about nine hours.
School officials in Riverton are also considering a later start for classes but that proposal is aimed at providing time for teacher training.
Park's southern entrance opens
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- The South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park opens to automobile traffic at 8 a.m. Friday.
The opening will allow spring visitors from the Jackson area to have access to Old Faithful and other areas. The park's North and West Entrances opened April 20, and the East Entrance opened May 4.
Park officials caution that spring weather in Yellowstone is unpredictable and may include cold temperatures, high winds and snow.
Teens arrested for robbery
FORT COLLINS (AP) -- Police in Wyoming have arrested two high school students accused in an armed robbery at a home in Fort Collins, Colo.
Police said Thursday that 18-year-olds Dycus Gregory Kelly and Luke James Lindsey were arrested at Laramie High School on suspicion of aggravated robbery, second-degree kidnapping and felony menacing.
The two are suspected of forcing their way into a home in Fort Collins on May 2 where they had bought marijuana earlier in the day. The teens are accused of robbing the four people inside at gunpoint of marijuana and cash. The victims sustained minor injuries.
Fort Collins police say the guns used in the robbery were believed to be BB guns.