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Tom Lawrence

The Powell High School cross country teams ran in meets on back-to-back days this week, something veteran head coach Cliff Boos said was new to him.

“We’ve never had it before,” Boos said. “First time in all my years of coaching.”

Thumbs down to the number of Wyoming residents and visitors killed while bicycling in our state and to those who oppose efforts to make Wyoming’s highways and roads safer for bicyclists.

Tim Young, executive director of Wyoming Pathways, a bicyclist support group, said there is a demand for action. Deaths have been reported in Casper, Sheridan, rural Natrona County and rural Laramie County.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will end his Major League Baseball career this weekend. For only the third time in the 20 years he has worn the pinstripes, the Yankees will not be in the postseason.

The team he helped lead to five World Series titles is not the powerhouse it was in many of those seasons. The Yankees have struggled all season, much to the delight of the millions of fans who dislike, even hate, the fabled franchise.

A United States Department of Agriculture disaster declaration may well be issued to cover the Big Horn Basin in the wake of the hard early frost that damaged thousands of acres of crops.

Michael H. Shuman said economic paternalism, or fiscal segregation, is unfairly blocking economic growth and opportunities.

The economist/author/lawyer, who will be in Powell Thursday and Friday for a two-day seminar sponsored by Powell Economic Partnership, Inc., said people of modest means have long been unfairly denied the opportunity to invest their money.

What a difference a few degrees can make.

Just ask farmers in the Big Horn Basin. They have literally experienced lows and highs in the past two weeks and will feel the impact in their bank accounts. They know that, since it’s the business they have chosen and nothing they haven’t seen before.

Thumbs up to a report that the teen birth rate declined in Wyoming for the fifth year in a row, but thumbs down to the fact that it remains above the national average.

The Wyoming Department of Health reports that 34.6 babies per 1,000 are born to girls ages 15-19. That’s down from 50.1 births per 1,000 in 2007 but still far too high; the national rate is 29.4 births per 1,000 to teen moms.

The Powell High School girls swim team won both meets it competed in last weekend, including the Gene Dozah Invite held at the Powell Aquatic Center Saturday.

PHS scored 268 points to edge past rival Jackson Hole High School, which had 253 points. That’s a reversal of last year, when Jackson Hole claimed the meet title.

The gridiron folks will team up with diamond devotees this weekend.

The Powell High School football team and the Panther cheerleaders will take part in this weekend’s co-ed softball tourney that will benefit the family of the late PHS football coach and teacher Jim Stringer.

Washington, D.C., has been under attack twice in American history. Lynne Cheney lived through one and has written a book that takes a close look at the other.

Cheney, 73, is the wife of former Vice President and Wyoming Congressman Dick Cheney and the mother of Liz Cheney, who briefly sought the Republican nomination for the 2014 Senate race in the state.

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