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Tessa Schweigert

City leaders should consider residents’ survey responses in decision making

A couple of months ago, the city of Powell posed nine questions to residents and members of the local business community. In recent weeks, they received hundreds of answers.

Not only did 780 residents respond to the nine written questions, many filled the margins of the survey with handwritten comments — dozens upon dozens.

A landowner wanting to sell property north of Clark Street for a new Parkside Elementary School is appealing a decision by the Powell City Council, calling it arbitrary and contending it interfered with property rights and reduced the land’s market value.

At issue is the council’s decision last month to vacate a curved Clark Street extension on the city’s master street plan and replace it with a new extension of Clark leading north in a straight route to Lane 8.

Swimmers awaiting the reopening of the Powell Aquatic Center must wait a while longer.

The pool closed last month for work to repair areas where the surface material was peeling and for annual maintenance. The facility was scheduled to reopen Sunday, April 10, but the work will take longer than originally planned, city leaders said Monday.

For the third time in as many years, the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce is without an executive director.

Kim Dillivan received a letter of termination on Thursday morning, he said.

Wyoming right to honor veterans with annual ‘Welcome Home Day’

It seems unfathomable, but for thousands of American veterans, it was an unfortunate reality. Veterans returning home from battle zones — where they risked their lives, spent months apart from loved ones and faithfully served while their plans and dreams were interrupted by war — only to be scorned or completely ignored upon arriving home.

Curious about the assessed property value of your neighbor’s house? Or who owns a certain property? Or the square footage of any building in Park County?

Just go online.

Surgeon, students serve in Saboba

Performing surgery in blistering heat at a rural African hospital, Dr. Nick Morris and Bryn Parker knew they weren’t in Wyoming with its comforts or modern medicine.

That fact was made especially clear when a dead lizard fell from an air conditioner and plopped into the operating room.

Just another day in Saboba, Ghana.

Looks to expand road north

A dotted line under scrutiny no longer exists on the city’s master street plan.

Under a plan adopted in the 1980s, a dotted line showed a proposed Clark Street extending northwest in a curve toward the Elk Basin Highway.

Beating them, Brooke walks again after snowboarding accident

A month after her sweet 16th birthday, Brooke Nisley’s life changed in an instant when she slammed into a tree while snowboarding.

In her six years snowboarding, it was only the second time Brooke wore a helmet on the slopes. She had received the pale-blue helmet for a Christmas present just weeks earlier — and it saved her life.

The Wyoming Legislature adjourned late last week, finishing a general session marked largely by education reform. Over the past couple of months, statewide media coverage zeroed in on education measures — from the failed teacher tenure bill to the state’s investment in public schools — and socially conservative bills — namely those regarding same-sex marriage, abortion and concealed weapons.

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