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January 04, 2013 8:28 am

EDITORIAL: Challenges ahead

New local government leaders face tough decisions

Leaders elected in November have started taking office, and many will step into their new roles this month.

For leaders at every level of government — from Powell to Cheyenne to Washington, D.C. — new terms will be filled with a variety of budget headaches and difficult decisions.

Powell Troop Support provides gifts for locals who serve abroad

Instead of sharing this Christmas beside their loved ones, active-duty soldiers from the Powell area will spend the holiday on foreign soil thousands of miles from home. They can’t be in Wyoming, so generous residents have sent a part of Wyoming to them — in the form of letters, supplies and, of course, jerky.

 

December 20, 2012 9:56 am

Affordable rental housing proposed

City Council approves letters of support for projects’ funding

Renters struggling to find affordable and available housing in Powell may have more options soon. Two separate proposals for 12-unit apartment complexes gained support from the Powell City Council Monday night.

The Wyoming Housing Network of Casper and Summit Housing Group of Missoula, Mont., each are applying for a tax credit through the Wyoming Community Development Authority next month. On Monday, city councilmen unanimously approved two letters of support for each venture.

December 13, 2012 9:26 am

City considers electric rate increase

Wholesale cost increasing

City of Powell residents and businesses may see their electric rates increase in early 2013 for the sixth consecutive year.

In response to rising wholesale costs, the Powell City Council is considering a roughly 5 percent electric increase. Councilmen have approved the proposal on two readings and will consider the third and final reading Monday night.

Concerning the Wyoming Supreme Court’s decision to close Powell’s Circuit Court, we’d like to offer a dissenting opinion.

We’re left scratching our heads, wondering how it makes sense to close a valuable and productive court for savings that are said to total just $6,000 up front.

 

State legislators need to examine possibilities

Uncertain energy outlooks create tumultuous funding streams for the state of Wyoming. Faced with the reality of a boom and bust cycle, state lawmakers have used recent years of prosperity to save for inevitable rainy days ahead.

The best moments of 2012

Entering the final month of 2012, it’s common for newspapers, magazines and TV stations to reflect on the year’s top stories.

Unfortunately, many of this year’s local headlines were tragic and difficult — stories that residents don’t expect to see unfolding in small towns similar to ours. In many ways, it was a year of bad news in Park County.

Dumpster divers, beware: It is no longer legal to dig through city trash containers in Powell.

Last week, Powell city councilmen approved an ordinance that prohibits taking out contents of city trash containers. It also makes it illegal to climb on Dumpsters.

 

November 27, 2012 9:16 am

EDITORIAL: Salvaging Southside

Potential for old school site to be used for new purpose

A school building without students faces an uncertain fate in coming months.

For decades, the old Southside Elementary School has stood as a familiar fixture in Powell, but students haven’t occupied its classrooms for nearly two years.

With a few Christmas traditions already under way in Powell and Thanksgiving just days away, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the holiday season.

Before the turkey is served Thursday and Black Friday sales hit, it’s important that as a community, we recognize those who give up holidays with their families to help others.

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