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Powell, WY

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Tessa Baker

When coyotes, wolves or grizzlies prey on livestock, Wyomingites often agree over what should be done. When a neighbor’s dog wanders on a farm or ranch, the issue is more gray for many of us.


Construction set to begin this month

Construction of the city’s garbage transfer station is expected to begin by the end of the month.

On Monday night, the Powell City Council unanimously awarded a $804,657 bid to Filener Construction of Cody, the lowest of the five bids submitted.

Construction likely will begin this month at the North Ingalls Street site, said City Engineer Sean Christensen. He expects the transfer station will be built and operating in about six months.

Lawmakers should follow state’s constitution

Wyoming lawmakers buffaloed us when a controversial gun measure found itself in a bill about bison last week.

State legislators have drawn national spotlight in recent weeks as they looked to block any federal laws that could threaten gun rights. The unique proposal thrust Wyoming in the middle of the heated national debate.

Praised by the livestock industry, studied by doctors and beloved by autism advocates, Temple Grandin is renowned for many reasons.

But it all traces back to a fixation.


Spanning more than a decade, the saga of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park has been filled with concern, inconsistency, confusion and court battles. We welcome the latest development: A practical way forward.

Powell has a roadmap for future development.

On Tuesday evening, the Powell City Council unanimously voted to adopt a new master street plan and official map. The plan must be approved on two more readings.

The master street plan serves as a guide for future development, taking into account traffic patterns, population, demographics, projected growth, crash data and other factors.

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.

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