Partly Cloudy

61°F

Powell, WY

Partly Cloudy

Humidity: 76%

Wind: 14 mph

×

Warning

JFolder: :files: Path is not a folder. Path: /home/powelltr/public_html/images/10_07_10/monkhearing
JFolder: :files: Path is not a folder. Path: /home/powelltr/public_html/images/10_07_10/nwcsoccer
×

Notice

There was a problem rendering your image gallery. Please make sure that the folder you are using in the Simple Image Gallery Pro plugin tags exists and contains valid image files. The plugin could not locate the folder: images/10_07_10/monkhearing
There was a problem rendering your image gallery. Please make sure that the folder you are using in the Simple Image Gallery Pro plugin tags exists and contains valid image files. The plugin could not locate the folder: images/10_07_10/nwcsoccer

Tribune Staff

Three weeks from today, voters will head to the polls, casting decisive ballots for who our next leaders will be in local, county, state and national offices.

At the city level, Powell voters will elect three City Council positions. Prior to Election Day on Nov. 2, we encourage local voters to know the candidates and issues.

Here's what we feel are the most important issues Powell councilmen face:

Landfill: For new councilmen who take office in January, the Powell landfill will close during their term on the council. Facing a scheduled September 2012 landfill closure, city leaders must decide where Powell's trash will go.

Likely, it will either be hauled directly to the regional landfill in Cody each day or stored at a Powell transfer station and then taken to Cody a few times a week.

Powell leaders favor the transfer station option, but it's unclear whether the county would assist in operating such a facility. Whether trash is hauled directly or stored at a transfer station, there will be an added cost for local residents.

City leaders need to evaluate the costs of each option and determine exactly how much it will cost Powell citizens, who already are weary of any increase.

Budget: With the national economy still in the doldrums, Powell — like many municipalities in the U.S. — must deal with a leaner budget.

Following funding cuts at the state level and anticipating tax revenue shortfalls, local leaders reduced this year's budget by about $5 million from the previous fiscal year.

While Powell may not have seen the end of funding cuts, we hope the next council continues to see areas to trim the budget so Powell withstands the current economic downturn.

Powell Aquatic Center: Four years ago, voters approved a 1-cent tax that funded Powell's pool. Swimmers are enjoying the new facility, but its future funding is quite worrisome.

In its 2010-11 budget, the city's projected revenue for the aquatic center is just $217,475, while its estimated operating expenses are budgeted at $829,728.

Though pool membership numbers are higher than originally anticipated, city leaders must find creative ways to keep the pool's operating costs low so it remains affordable to swimmers.

The aquatic center's first year is a crucial time to gather usage statistics and determine actual costs and revenue, but the next few years are even more important to ensure the pool isn't a drain on the city's budget.

Council candidates will discuss these and other issues during an Oct. 21 forum, sponsored by the local chapter of American Association of University Women. The forum begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, and also includes candidates for the Park County Commission and Powell Hospital Board. A forum for Northwest College candidates takes place Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. on campus.

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, become an informed citizen — show up at local forums and be ready to cast an informed vote Nov. 2.

(April 10, 1950 – Oct. 4, 2010)

Alice Katherine Heath Bird died after a valiant fight with cancer on Oct. 4, 2010, at the West Park Long Term Care Center in Cody. She was 60.

(Feb. 23, 1937 – Oct. 10, 2010)

Harold Vincent Shockley, formerly of Powell, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 with his family by his side. He was 67.

(Jan. 12, 1937 - Oct. 5, 2010)

James L. Fleming of Powell died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings. He was 73.

Funeral Mass for Mary Ann Revill, 79, of Williston North Dakota was held at 11 AM Monday, October 4, 2010 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

{gallery}10_07_10/monkhearing{/gallery}

New Mount Carmel Foundation attorney Michael LaBazzo speaks to the Pakr County Commission on Tuesday, as (from left) Brother Michael Mary, Father Daniel Mary, attorney Joey Darrah and Assistant County Planner Becky Conrad listen. Commissioners unanimously approved the foundation's plans for a large monastery and coffee-roasting barn west of Meeteetse. Tribune photo by CJ Baker

A proposed monastery west of Meeteetse received the blessing of the Park County Commission Tuesday, with the commission unanimously voting to allow the project to go forward.

The county granted special use permits to the non-profit New Mount Carmel Foundation of America to construct a 144,000 square foot French Gothic-style monastery and a 7,500 square foot coffee roasting barn.

As he sat in the back of a Powell police squad car on Sept. 29, 2009, Jeramie J.E. Large swore at his arresting officers and told them “you ain't got a case.”

“Let's show it to the jury,” Large said, knowing he was being videotaped. “Let's let the jury decide. Thank God for the jury.”

With three months left in the calendar year, Yellowstone National Park has already set a record for annual visitation, thanks in part to strong numbers in September.

On Wednesday, spokesmen for the National Park Service and Xanterra, the park's concessionaire, attributed the high volume in part to aggressive marketing that enticed people to visit Yellowstone.

{gallery}10_07_10/nwcsoccer{/gallery}

Pueblo, Colo., freshman Olga Phelps jockeys for the ball during Wednesday morning soccer action between Northwest College and Western Nebraska. The games concluded too late to get full information into today's paper, but the Trapper women surrendered a pair of goals after scoring on a penalty kick to lose 2-1. The Northwest College men set up a Saturday showdown with Otero with a 4-2 victory over Western Nebraska. The game was the last home contest of the year for the Trapper women. NWC's men host Otero at 1 p.m., Saturday. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

Team tops Casper in five

The Northwest College Trapper volleyball team split a pair of matches this past week. The team took down Casper College in a rematch of last year's Region IX North title game 25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-13 before falling to fourth-ranked Western Wyoming in straight games 25-23, 25-18, 25-21.

The results leave the Trappers in third place in the Region IX North standings behind Western Wyoming and fellow national top-10 performer Laramie County Community College and just one game in front of a horde of challengers.

Page 449 of 502

Subscribe

Get all the latest Powell news by subscribing to the Powell Tribune today!

Click here to find out more!

E-Edition

Our paper can be delivered right to your e-mail inbox with a subscription to the Powell Tribune!

Find out more here!

Stay Connected

Keep up with Powell news by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

Go to top