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Don Amend

Back when I was about 10, I spent a lot of my summer time at the school playground across the street from my house, where the neighborhood kids often gathered.

On one of those occasions, a couple of girls took exception to a word one of the boys — it wasn’t me — interjected into the conversation. Specifically, the boy kept repeating the word “heck.”

Tuesday afternoon, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Bureau of Land Management will hold competitive lease sales of nearly 7,500 acres of land in the Powder River Basin.

Under that land lies an estimated 758 million tons of coal. Estimates of the royalties and other income generated by the sale and eventual mining of that coal range from $13 billion to more than $21 billion over the life of the leases. Wyoming will receive 48 percent of that money.

After a few hours of confusion, the Powell High School cheerleaders were awarded third place for their stunt performance at the State Spirit Competition last week.

Douglas won the competition and Rawlins finished second.

Ten months ago, the new Powell Aquatic Center opened to the public, and so far, it has been a success.

Almost any time one visits the pool, he will find people learning to swim, swimming for fitness, practicing for competition or simply having fun in the water.

A single-car accident in Big Horn County has claimed the life of a Powell High School student.

Tylor Burke, a senior at PHS, died when his vehicle left the road at the junction of Wyo. 30 and U.S. 14-16-20 north of Burlington early Saturday morning. The scene of the accident was discovered at 7:13 a.m. on Saturday.

School superintendent reflects on education-related bills

Actions taken by the Wyoming Legislature left Powell school administrators with some concerns, but not as many as they feared.

“We started out the session with a lot of anxiety,” said Kevin Mitchell, Park County School District No. 1 superintendent.  “But as the dust settled, most of those concerns were left behind.”

For several weeks now, the Powell Police Department has been on trial.

Last week, that trial came to an end in the U.S. District Court of Wyoming in Cheyenne, with a verdict that held officers liable for one action that violated the plaintiff’s constitutional rights during a raid in search of drugs. The jury awarded the plaintiff $30,001, much less than the $590,000 she sought in the civil suit.

The Powell Panthers didn’t win the state wrestling championship, but their coach said they had a good season, and their performance at the state was positive despite a third-place finish.

“I had a fun year,” Nate Urbach said. “We had ups and downs, but overall it was a good season.”

I don’t know about other newspaper columnists, but I enjoy getting responses to what I write — not only the positive comments, but the negative ones as well.

Well, thanks to Facebook, my last column received some responses that were a little bit of both; they came from within my own family, and they almost sparked a bit of sibling controversy.

March 01, 2011 8:30 am

PHS swimmers take ninth at state

Powell swimmers swam faster than ever, but had to settle for ninth place at the Wyoming 3A State Meet last weekend.

“As with every state meet, there were ups and downs,” said Coach Jerry Rodriguez.