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Tom Lawrence

American Legion marks 95th anniversary as aging membership raises concern about future  

Color the American Legion red, white and gray.

Its rapidly aging members are blue, too, as they contemplate the declining fortunes of the veterans association. It was founded by World War I veterans in France and chartered by Congress in 1919, but as its centennial approaches, the American Legion’s future is uncertain.

Thumbs up to local graduates.

Northwest College awarded diplomas to 193 grads on Saturday, and this Sunday, Powell High School will convert 90 students into alumni. These are annual rituals, symbols of knowledge gained and lessons learned.

Retailers will be able to sell Powerball and Mega Millions in three months; Clontz says scratch tickets needed

The Wyoming Lottery Corporation may add more games in addition to the Powerball and Mega Millions tickets it will begin selling Aug. 24, according to its CEO, Jon Clontz.

Cooperative faces $71,000 in fines over safety violations in Jan. 4 death at Lovell factory  

The Western Sugar Cooperative has asked to meet with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over proposed penalties tied to the death of an employee earlier this year.

We join with Stefani Hicswa, the president of Northwest College, in cheering when the NWC Board of Trustees moved to negotiate with her to extend her contract.

Hicswa, who marks a year on the job in June, has earned it. We hope this is the first of many extensions.

A Powell man with 36 years of law-enforcement experience has filed to run for sheriff.

Bruce Olson, who has worked for the Park County Sheriff’s Office for 33 years and was a Powell police officer for three years prior to that, announced his candidacy Wednesday.

“I’ve worked for the sheriff’s office for a long time and I just want it to be a better place,” Olson said. “We’re losing really good people. It didn’t used to be that way.”

Thumbs up and a pat on the back to the Park County Search and Rescue Unit for its courage and willingness to endure extreme conditions, all in the name of trying to help others.

Search and Rescue deserves our praise and appreciation all year, but its efforts in recent days, as it looked for a plane that disappeared last week, merit special attention.

Donald Rumsfeld isn’t known as a buddy-buddy, friendly kind of guy.

Rumsfeld, the controversial two-time Defense secretary, has a reputation as a prickly, commanding figure, someone that even friends and allies like Dick Cheney and George W. Bush found difficult to be around.

Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive collects 6,543 pounds of food  

It was a cold, rainy day — a perfect Saturday to curl up on the couch with a book or a movie and a bowl of popcorn.

So what were all those people doing at the Park County Annex?

The city of Powell’s 2014-15 budget process is nearing its conclusion.

The Powell City Council held a pair of budget hearings last week as the $18.2 million document nears official approval. The council must vote three times on it; the first such vote is scheduled for Monday night. The budget for 2013-14 was $17.4 million.

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