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Don Amend

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.

The Wyoming Legislature continues to search for the magic solution to what they perceive as the failure of Wyoming’s schools.

Much of lawmakers’ attention this session has been focused on the performance of schools in the state, which they say is not as good as it should be. They are focusing on the state’s teachers in an effort to change the situation, trying to legislate more effective ways of evaluating them and making it easier to terminate them.

Back in 1981, a sophomore reported for wrestling practice at Greybull High School and was greeted by his new coach. Last week that wrestler and his old coach sat in the stands to watch their sons compete for Powell in the West regional tournament.

Jim Seckman's son Jimmy, a senior on the Panther team, was wrestling in quest of the 152-pound championship with tools he learned from Tom Urbach's son Nate, the Powell Panther coach. 

February 22, 2011 8:30 am

Panthers take regional runner-up

Panthers win five titles, but Worland wins regional title

The Powell Panthers’ three-year reign over West Regional wrestling came to an end Saturday as the Worland Warriors came from behind to win the West Regional title.

Ten Panthers reached the finals as did nine Warriors, and both teams finished with five champions, but Worland took better advantage of the wrestlebacks, placing eight in the third and fourth place bouts compared to Powell’s four, picking up advancement points that overcame a five-point Powell lead after Friday’s semifinals to take the championship.

February 17, 2011 8:35 am

How to solve the budget crisis

Simpson explains federal Debt commission’s recommendations

Former Senator Alan Simpson took the stage in Cody Tuesday night to explain the work of a commission he co-chaired and to take questions about the commission’s recommendations from the audience.

Simpson served as co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform at the request of President Barack Obama. He and co-chairman Erskine Bowles, a Democrat, led the commission in issuing a number of recommendations for resolving the nation’s debt crisis.

It’s crunch time for the Powell Panther wrestlers.

Friday they take the first big step in their quest to regain the state championship they lost by a whisker last year when they take on the whole West Region at the Powell High School gym. At stake will be favorable seedings at the state meet next week.

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