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Tessa Schweigert

Local processing plant a promising possibility

Park County’s answer to the “Got milk?” question is a simple yes. And we’d like to keep it here.

Currently, milk produced in Wyoming is sent out of state to be processed, often hundreds of miles away. In the future, a local plant may keep the milk here, using the raw product to create cheese, yogurt, ice cream and butter.

As the school year ends next month and kids begin summer vacation, two local child care organizations find themselves at a crossroads. One is ending; the other is seeking a way to continue.

City strengthens its partnership with local group, establishes new fund for economic development

City of Powell and Powell Economic Partnership leaders want the same thing: economic development. Last week, they established a new route to get there.

 

Local efforts commendable in wake of federal failures

Local residents and businesses successfully managed a way around the federal sequester and snow blocking Yellowstone’s East Entrance.

When March 1 federal budget cuts known as the sequester prompted the National Park Service to delay opening Yellowstone entrances, a local fundraising effort quickly began.

New local developments in ag industry are promising

Water will soon circulate through the Powell Valley, bringing life to dormant fields through irrigation. It’s an encouraging sign of spring, and also a reminder of what keeps this community vital: Agriculture.

A company known for its speciality malts in the American craft beer industry is acquiring grain storage and seed processing facilities in Ralston and Powell.

Briess Malt & Ingredients of Wisconsin announced its acquisition of Riverland Ag Corp.’s local facilities on Monday. The sale is expected to close Friday.

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.

 

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