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Tom Lawrence

Larry and Gloria Hedderman both feared they would never see each other alive again.

The Powell couple spent several hours Friday night and most of Saturday apart after a boating accident near the Horseshoe Bend Marina in Big Horn County. Gloria went into the water when their boat capsized in a sudden windstorm, and Larry had to scale the rocky cliffs nearby to find a perch for the night.

The second trailer to haul trash from Powell to Billings, Mont., was scheduled to arrive in August, but as October looms, it is still not here.

City Administrator Zane Logan said the trailer that the city ordered in May is not ready yet. There are problems with the “load cells,” electronic sensors that check the weight of the load, he said.

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.

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