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Tessa Baker

It’s been an incredibly difficult week for America — one filled with violence and heartache.

Stilt-walking Uncle Sam to mark his final Cody Stampede Parade

Following 40 years atop 4-foot stilts on the Fourth of July, Dennis Haugen will soon take his last stroll through the Cody Stampede Parade as Uncle Sam.

As Old Glory displays its stars and stripes at Independence Day celebrations, it’s important for Wyomingites to also pay attention to another flag during the holiday: A red flag warning for fire danger.

Two new members joined the Powell school board last week.

The Park County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees appointed Lillian Brazelton and Kimberly Condie to fill two vacant positions Thursday evening.

As true Jedi, they had to make their own lightsabers,” said Jim Gilman, Powell High School art teacher, of his students’ latest project.

In her last journal entry in 1925, 15-year-old Helen Mettler wrote, “God bless Wyoming and keep it wild.” The teen later died in an accident at Taggart Canyon, outside of Jackson Hole.

Superintendent Kevin Mitchell plans to leave his position in the Powell school district next year.

“It has been a great pleasure to serve the school district as superintendent of schools for the past nine years,” Mitchell wrote in a letter Friday to the Park County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees.

Boards to consider community education proposal next week

School district and Northwest College leaders say a proposed overhaul of Powell Valley Community Education could make the program more efficient and bring more learning opportunities to local residents.

When tough decisions arise — like what programs to cut at Northwest College or whether to declare bankruptcy at Powell Valley Healthcare — the Powell community often turns to volunteers.

Parkside Elementary School’s annual marathon drew 190 students, which is 86 percent of the school’s student population.

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