Powell, WY


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Tessa Baker

For Wyomingites, water is a precious resource.

Just look around the Powell Valley — without water, our green irrigated fields would be nothing more than dry dirt and sagebrush.

Wyoming's constitution recognizes water as an essential and limited resource. The constitution calls for the state to equally guard water for "all the various interests involved."

Considering just how precious and essential water is, recent statements from the state's top oil and gas official are especially shocking.

City purchases transfer trailer, transtors

City of Powell officials are moving forward with transfer station plans as quickly as possible — but the next step is waiting.

Last week, the city ordered new equipment for the garbage transfer station. The two transtor units and a transfer trailer will be ready in five to six months.

Still time to file for municipal, county and state offices

You can count on an interesting primary election in Park County this year.

Based on the way races already are shaping up, this August’s election promises to be among the most interesting in years.

Longtime incumbents are facing new challengers — multiple challengers in some cases.

The leisure pool at the Powell Aquatic Center is slated to reopen this weekend following issues with a new liner that was installed last month.

Aiming to fix aesthetic surface flaws in the leisure pool and continuous river area, the Powell City Council opted for a PVC liner to cover the entire surface. That fix has led to more headaches for the city.

Cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers need to brush up on safety tips

More bicyclists are taking to the road, thanks to warm weather, more hours of daylight, higher fuel costs and the end of the school year. Not to mention that it’s great exercise.
May is National Bike Month, a time to celebrate a form of transportation that’s good for you and the Earth and to recognize the many reasons to ride a bike.

Solutions still needed for nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service

Emblem, Byron, Deaver and Hyattville residents last week got the news they had hoped for: Their post offices will remain open.
Last week, the U.S. Postal Service backed off its plan to close 3,700 post offices across America, including more than three dozen in Wyoming.

Legislative House District 25 race wide open

After four years in the Wyoming Legislature, Rep. Dave Bonner, R-Powell, will step aside. Bonner publicly announced Monday that he will not seek re-election for the House District 25 seat.
“I just think it’s time to elect someone who, with the support of voters, has the years to build an effective base in the Legislature,” Bonner said.

The fatal shooting of an armed man by a Powell police officer in February left the Powell community reeling. Last week, residents received the answers and explanation they had waited for.
Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric’s review of the incident concluded that the Powell officer, Paul Sapp, was justified in shooting Nicholas A. Ungar on Feb. 9.

Dorothy and her Oz-bound cohorts will appear in Powell this weekend during the Powell High School production of “The Wizard of Oz.”
The evening performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at the PHS Auditorium.

Department of Labor right to withdraw heavy-handed regulation proposals

Many growing up in Wyoming awake early to feed livestock, spend their first driving years behind a tractor wheel and faithfully set water to irrigate precious crops in our arid land.
It’s not just a summer or after-school job. It’s a way of life.

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