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Tessa Schweigert

What will become of the land where the old pool/auditorium once stood?

It depends on who’s the highest bidder.

The property on North Evarts Street will be put up for auction at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9.

A group of residents hope vacant land where a pool and auditorium once stood will be home to a new public structure: a library.

The Park County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees held a public hearing on the disposition of the 1.29-acre lot at the 200 block of North Evarts Street last week.

Races for the Park County sheriff, Wyoming Legislature, Park County Commission and governor have received a lot of attention in recent months leading up to the primary election. In fact, many of those positions likely will be decided today (Tuesday).

But there are other important local races that won’t be decided until November.

The three Republican candidates who want to lead the Wyoming Department of Education all took their children out of public schools at some point.

Jillian Balow, Sheryl Lain and Bill Winney said during a forum in Cody last month that they would support more discussions and research into education vouchers for Wyoming families who choose an alternative option.

A green light unexpectedly turned yellow when a group of county officials decided to reconsider their decision to expand the Powell school district to include Yellowstone National Park.

The county, along with local school officials, had previously given the expansion a green light, and we applauded them for that.

The reality of epilepsy forced Susan Rand to live a secluded life. For years, she rarely went to a public place alone.

“I would never go to the grocery store by myself. I would never wander away from my husband or daughter or son when we’d go somewhere,” Rand said. “Because if something happened, people want to help, but there’s really nothing they can do.”

Steady growth among Powell’s youngest students may soon cause crowded classrooms. If current population trends continue, a fourth elementary school may be needed in Powell within the next five years, according to Powell school officials.

However, it’s possible that elementary enrollment numbers — which commonly fluctuate — could level off.

Eight employees who have worked a collective 209 years at Park County School District No. 1 retired this year.

The Powell school board recognized the retirees at its meeting May 13.

“We have a lot of staff that have been here a long time,” said Rob McCray, the board chairman.

Everyday, we depend on the Powell Volunteer Fire Department to put out fires. On one day each year, we expect them to start some.

On July 4, firefighters faithfully light fireworks that explode in the sky and commemorate Independence Day. It’s a tradition Powell firemen have carried on for decades.

But now it’s time to pass the torch.

Teens from around the Cowboy State are beginning their summer with lessons on American government, citizenship and patriotism during the 72nd session of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

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