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Don Amend

Today, I must depend completely on whimsy to write this column.

It’s Sunday night as I write this, and I am without my usual writing prompts, having been almost entirely out of touch with current events since last Wednesday, and having neglected my personal reading over the same period as well.

A bigger and younger team reported for duty last week when Powell Lady Panther swim coach Luke Robertson greeted his new team.

Of the 30 swimmers working out with the team in preparation for this weekend’s opening competition, 14 are freshmen. Throw in two junior transfers, and more than half of the team is new this year.

January 1 may be called the beginning of the new year, but for a large part of Powell’s population, the year really began this week with the start of school.

August 23, 2011 9:17 am

'Was it worth it? I say yes.'

Was it worth going into combat on behalf of a nation that had placed thousands of people just like you behind barbed wire because of their ethnic and racial background?

Was it worth it to nearly die from wounds that cost you your right arm and your dream of becoming a surgeon, and then to be refused service at restaurants because of your race when you returned home?

Fifteen years ago, a group of determined individuals formed the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.

Their intent was to preserve the site of the World War II era Heart Mountain Relocation Camp. They wanted to establish an educational facility where visitors could learn about the internment of Japanese-Americans during the war and where researchers could study the political, civil rights and racial discrimination issues surrounding the relocation.

August 16, 2011 8:43 am

AMEND CORNER: Remembering history

There is an old warning that we should not forget history, lest we repeat it.

It really isn’t that simple, of course. Remembering history isn’t always a guarantee that we will learn from it, and if we do learn from it, we’re probably just as likely to learn the wrong lesson as the right one.

District joins nationwide campaign for relief from federal law

With approval of a resolution Tuesday, the Park County School District No. 1 board joined a national effort asking for relief from a federal education mandate.

The resolution, developed by the National School Boards Association and the American Association of School Administrators, asks Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, for immediate relief from regulations under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, pending reauthorization of the law by Congress.

A decade ago, Congress passed the so-called No Child Left Behind Act.

The intent of the law was to force schools nationwide to make sure all of their students achieve proficiency in the skills they need to succeed, regardless of their economic status, race, special educational needs and a number of other factors.

August 09, 2011 9:10 am

Construction means more changes

Westside students will move to new building in 2012

For several years now, school years in Powell have been marked by construction projects, and this 2011-12 is no exception.

The students who will be most affected are those from Westside school, who moved to the old Southside school building last year while their school was demolished to make space for a new building.

Grand opening of interpretive learning center set for next week

With its grand opening just days away, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center is rapidly approaching completion.

Last week, crews were working on the water system outside the building as Christy Fleming, manager of the site, and Steve Leger, executive director of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, showed members of the media through the center, built on the site of the camp entrance and administration buildings.