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Tessa Baker

Contract with Powell Golf Club approved for three months; council split on decision

The Powell City Council is extending its current contract with the Powell Golf Club for three months instead of a year, leaving future management of the city-owned golf course uncertain.

Always be cautious, double check details

When reading the blotters from the Powell Police Department and Park County Sheriff’s Office, certain types of reports recur each month. Complaints of barking dogs. Callers who see teens acting suspiciously. And, time and time again, reports of scams.

Sometimes the caller suspects a phone call or message may be a scam. Other times, it’s too late and a resident has unfortunately fallen for a fraudulent scheme.

While farmers in the Powell Valley work long days and prepare for the harvest, politicians in D.C. are working toward a long-term farm bill as a September deadline looms.

The current farm bill expires Sept. 30, and we’re hopeful Republicans and Democrats in Congress can reach a compromise before then.

For the fourth time in four years, the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce is searching for a new executive director.

Since Kim Capron left in June 2008, the chamber has employed three different directors. Last week, Craig Kenyon, who was hired last summer, announced he is resigning from the post effective July 25.

Community involvement crucial to construction of habitat home

In a quiet Powell neighborhood, an exciting project is under way.

Right now, it consists of a foundation, blueprints, the vision of volunteers and a young family’s hope for a home of their own. In the months to come, it will become just that.

City councilmen are teed off by an email sent to local golfers.

On Monday night, Councilman Don Hillman read an email with the subject line “winners and dumb politicians” that was sent by Doug Conner, the PGA golf professional at the Powell Golf Club.

The summer season is in full swing in Park County, as evidenced by the myriad of events last weekend — Jake Clark’s Mule Days, Plains Indian Museum Powwow, Clark Jubilee, Wyoming American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and the Field of Honor, to name a few.

Golf course must match $25,000

To receive more city dollars for the Powell Golf Course next year, local golf supporters must chip in some matching funds.

City councilmen tentatively agreed to provide up to $50,000 toward the Powell Golf Course next year — but half of that money hinges on the golf board raising $25,000 on its own.

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.

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