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Tessa Baker

Operating a local business in a rural area has never been easy, but competing against online retailers in recent years makes it especially difficult. An uneven playing field only makes it worse.

State’s presidential search law a step backward

In an ironic twist, Northwest College’s public search for a president culminated on the same day a new Wyoming law took effect to allow presidential searches to be closed to the public.

On Friday, NWC trustees announced they hired Stefani Hicswa to lead the college. That same day, three days after House Bill 223 arrived at his desk, Gov. Matt Mead chose not to veto or sign the legislation, and it became law without his signature.

Human trafficking may seem like a foreign concept in Wyoming. Yet, here in our rural state, cases of modern-day slavery occur — humans are bought, sold and smuggled, forced to work or prostitute themselves.

“If you think it doesn’t happen in Wyoming, think again,” said Rep. Elaine Harvey, R-Lovell, during recent debate on a bill that would make human trafficking a crime in the state.

A tale of two very different college president searches is unfolding in Wyoming.

The first story, with its setting at Northwest College, shows why local educators and taxpayers deserve to be involved in an important search process to select the next college president.

Beginning today, the city of Powell will take all of its trash to the Cowley landfill. On Monday night, the Powell City Council voted 5-2 to accept a proposal from Big Horn County.

Law shouldn’t conceal identities of people charged with sexual crimes

Unlike every other person charged with a crime in Wyoming, defendants accused of sexual crimes remain anonymous and the charges against them unknown for weeks or even months.

Current state law conceals the names of defendants facing charges for sex crimes until, and unless, a judge finds there’s enough evidence for their cases to proceed to District Court.

Debate ahead as lawmakers consider Senate File 104

Education in Wyoming is at a crossroads.

If legislative leaders succeed in coming weeks, the state superintendent of public instruction may no longer oversee the Wyoming Department of Education. A measure endorsed by top legislators would create a new director of the agency, to be appointed by the governor rather than through an election.

Six months after transplant, ‘everything is fine’

It started with a mouse.

A mouse was drowning in the basin of a toilet, struggling to get his head above the water. Carla Wensky saw the small rodent and didn’t hesitate — she rescued him. She then realized that if she couldn’t watch this little mouse die, how could she watch her friend die?

DEQ approves transfer station, construction to begin in spring

Powell’s garbage transfer station is closer to becoming a reality.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality approved the official permit last month for the city of Powell to build the transfer station on North Ingalls Street, near the City Sanitation Department.


South building to be sold or leased

The new year is bringing changes at The Merc in downtown Powell. The community-owned clothing store will consolidate all of its merchandise into the north building on Bent Street and sell or lease its south building.

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