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Tessa Schweigert

City council endorses North Ingalls site for trash facility

Construction of a garbage transfer station could begin as early as September — the same month the Powell landfill is slated to close to household trash.

Last week, Powell councilmen unanimously endorsed building the transfer station on North Ingalls Street, near the existing city sanitation department. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality must still approve the project and site before construction can begin.

Door-to-door salesmen have made their way around Powell in recent weeks, knocking on doors and prompting some residents to call police to report the unwanted solicitors.

While it used to be illegal in Powell for salesmen to knock at your door uninvited, that’s no longer the case.

Want to hunt a wolf in Wyoming?

If all goes as planned, Wyoming hunters will be able to buy a gray wolf license for $18 on Oct. 1. Nonresidents will pay $180 for a license.

Wyoming Game and Fish officials outlined the draft regulations Wednesday night in Cody.

 

Wednesday night meetings for fairgrounds building, Habitat for Humanity home

It’s been said that if you build it, they will come. For two construction projects in Powell’s future, a more appropriate saying is: Before you build it, they must come.

This week, Powell residents have a chance to get involved with two exciting building projects on the horizon — a new multi-purpose building at the Park County Fairgrounds and a Habitat for Humanity home in Powell.

Most Park County locals know stories from the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp. Residents often see the iconic chimney standing tall against the mountain’s unique form. Old World War II-era barracks still stand on some homesteads. The new Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center is located nearby, where we can see and hear the stories of the Japanese-Americans who lived as internees behind barbed wire.

City outlines proposed facility on Ingalls Street

City leaders are moving forward with plans to build a garbage transfer station near the existing sanitation department on North Ingalls Street. But neighboring residents opposed the site during an informational meeting Monday night, saying a transfer station will decrease their property values and is unwanted in the neighborhood.

The county-owned Powell landfill is slated to close to household waste in September, after which trash will need to be trucked to the  Park County Regional Landfill in Cody.

Program needed time to grow, gain more participants

Like many Americans, hardworking Wyomingites often struggle to find affordable health insurance.

Wyoming had an innovative program that may have been a long-term solution. Unfortunately, it wasn’t given enough time to prove itself.

The 61st Wyoming Legislature adjourned a day early last week, finishing its four-week budget session.

As with any legislative session, some bills sailed along smoothly while others stirred up controversy. Here are a few highs and lows:

City leaders consider site near sanitation department, informational meeting March 19

Rather than hauling trash to a rural transfer station or distant landfill, city sanitation trucks may take garbage right back to their starting point — the City of Powell Sanitation Department.

City leaders are considering building a garbage transfer station near the current sanitation department at 413 N. Ingalls, near the eastern water tower.

Deteriorating plaques removed, stucco to be replaced with granite

When holes first appeared in plaques at the Powell High School Veterans’ Memorial, some residents feared vandalism was to blame. But upon closer inspection, corrosion clearly was the culprit.

“It wasn’t vandalism. They were just falling apart,” said Chuck Hewitt, Powell city parks superintendent.

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