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Since becoming manager of The Merc two months ago, Lesli Spencer has made a number of changes, and she’s still working to improve the store’s offerings.

“We’ve been doing a lot of reorganizing of the departments, and they are pretty much set now,” Spencer said. “I’m trying to organize more like the bigger stores, like Penney’s or Kohl’s.”

New proposals by the Bureau of Land Management for managing land in the Big Horn Basin have, predictably, ignited the perennial discussion of balance in the development of land and resources.

Everyone in Wyoming knows, or should know, how important mining and drilling are to the state and to our pocketbooks. Income from the development of our mineral wealth, particularly our energy wealth, is what enables us to enjoy excellent highways, a good educational system and other benefits while enjoying lower taxes on fuel, sales and property than almost every other state. That realization argues for fewer obstacles to further mineral activity in the Big Horn Basin.

June 07, 2011 7:36 am

AMEND CORNER: Ready to read

A few months ago, I was recruited, or maybe I should say drafted, to help with a project.

The recruiting officer in this case was Clark school teacher Cathy Ringler. She and her students were launching a campaign to have members of the Clark community read 5,000 books by the end of the school year. My coverage of the school program apparently made me a candidate for the draft — uh, recruitment — and I was happy to jump in and help, especially since I learned to read in a setting somewhat like Clark school down in Hyattville, where I spent my first two years in school.

The Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce has hired a  Powell native to lead the organization in a new direction.

Craig Kenyon, a 1985 Powell High School graduate, has been named the chamber’s executive director, replacing Kim Dillivan, who was terminated by the chamber board in March.

Powell residents are no doubt aware of the positive impact Northwest College has on the economy of Powell, but they may not be aware of the size of that impact.

Now, thanks to a recent independent study into the role NWC and other Wyoming community colleges play in the state, we can see just how much the college means, not only to Powell, but to the rest of Park County as well as Big Horn and Washakie counties as well.

May 26, 2011 7:07 am

EDITORIAL: Pause to remember

This year, Memorial Day comes amid a flurry of efforts to honor our veterans.

In recent months, Gov. Matt Mead has traveled to Park County specifically to meet veterans, particularly those who fought in Vietnam and Korea, and thank them for their service.

May 24, 2011 7:38 am

Water, water everywhere

A high snowpack, a cool spring and recent storms have produced an unusual situation in Wyoming and Montana: way too much water.

As a result, Bureau of Reclamation officials are scrambling to balance the need to slow flooding down stream with the need to clear reservoir space in expectation of a huge run-off when the weather finally warms up.

Sunday, 94 of you will walk out of Powell High School to take on a new world. Later next week, 15 more of you will do the same when you graduate from the Shoshone Learning Center.

In our culture, graduation from high school is a major landmark on the way to adulthood, and it’s an exciting time for you graduates as you set off for new adventures and challenges. And though you probably won’t admit it, there will probably be bittersweet moments this weekend as you say goodbye to one world and prepare to enter another.

I received a call last week complaining about a political cartoon we published recently.

Well, I’m not the guy that decides what cartoon goes on the opinion page. In fact, I’m not even the guy that decides whether this column goes on the opinion page. I just write it and leave that decision to somebody else.

Powell High School has named Brittany Christensen and Jessica Wurzel as valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2011.

Both seniors have maintained 4.0 grade-point averages during their four years at Powell High School, and they were chosen for the honor based on their scores on the ACT test. Both are members of the National Honor Society and have participated in the society’s service projects.