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EDITORIAL: Help wanted — Candidates needed for vacant Ward II seat

But sadly, Mayor Hillman’s first council meeting of his new term in January ended up being his last. We miss Mayor Hillman, and his unwavering dedication to Powell, a community he loved; we also know Mayor Hillman believed in progress and … more

America has made progress on race, more is needed

Last weekend’s Heart Mountain Pilgrimage served as a reminder that the United States has come a long way when it comes to racial issues — but that we still have a long way to go. On … more

EDITORIAL: As the 2018 budget session begins, make your voices heard

This year will be a challenging session as our Legislature wrestles with an uncertain budget and looming program cuts and reductions. The emphasis will most likely be workforce and economic development and education. That’s where you come in. … more

EDITORIAL: Local air service essential, but not priceless

In March, President Donald Trump proposed eliminating the program that serves rural airports around the country by cutting all of its funding. Former President George W. Bush also made attempts to trim or abolish the subsidies during his time in … more

EDITORIAL: Wyoming needs to move forward with vision and determination

That was one of the clear messages Gov. Matt Mead sent to the Wyoming Legislature late last month along with his supplementary state budget. We wholeheartedly agree. Wyoming has been too dependent on its mineral income for far too long. During … more

EDITORIAL: Suicide prevention and awareness efforts as important as ever

The Wyoming Department of Health recently eliminated its contract with the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming (PMO), which provides suicide prevention efforts across the state. The Department of Health will now oversee those efforts. The … more

EDITORIAL: Safely share the road, stop for emergency vehicles

In recent days, the Powell Volunteer Fire Department responded to multiple out-of-control burns — a sure sign of spring in Wyoming. With an increase in fire calls, it’s a good reminder for drivers to safely share the road with firetrucks and … more

EDITORIAL: If you like Wyoming’s wolf plan, you ought to like judicial review

Environmentalists, for example, decried the decision and vowed to keep fighting. “We’ll have to figure out what the next steps are but we’re not retreating from the position that wildlife are not vermin,” Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso … more

EDITORIAL: Don’t look directly at sun during eclipse

Staring directly at the solar eclipse can permanently damage your eyes — even looking for seconds, and even when the sun is mostly eclipsed, can result in retinal sunburn. The only time it’s safe to gaze directly the sun is when it’s … more

EDITORIAL: State lawmaker’s sexist statements unacceptable

Just a few months after the act was signed into law on Dec. 10, 1869, Esther Hobart Morris of South Pass City became the first woman to be appointed a justice of the peace. Fast forward a few decades to 1924, and Wyomingite Nellie Tayloe Ross … more

Seventeen years later, remember lessons of 9/11

Most of us who are old enough to be able to do so can remember what we were doing when the world stopped turning 17 years ago this morning (Tuesday). Some of us were at work. Some of us were on … more

EDITORIAL: Light amid the darkness

And if you turn on the news when you get home on these cold nights, you’ll find more darkness. America suffered yet another mass shooting over the weekend. This time, the victims were gunned down while at church — a place that should be a … more

Reach out to those who may be struggling

The untimely deaths last week of fashion designer Kate Spade and author/chef Anthony Bourdain have once again brought the issue of suicide to the forefront of our nation’s consciousness, … more

Celebrate Powell’s trees on Arbor Day

Now, with the city’s annual Arbor Day celebration scheduled for next week, the spotlight will once again shine on Powell’s trees. Festivities will kick off Thursday, April 26, as fifth graders from Parkside, Westside and Southside elementary … more

EDITORIAL: Murray should openly respond to allegations

Wyoming’s second highest-ranking official, Secretary of State Ed Murray, was accused of sexual misconduct by two women. If you’ve missed the news, here’s a recap: In December, Tatiana Maxwell of Boulder, Colorado, shared her story on … more

EDITORIAL: As temps plunge below zero, be sure to take care of your pets

Bitterly cold weather, like what we’ve experienced lately, can also be dangerous for pets. As temperatures plunge again this weekend — the low on Friday is forecast to be 21 below zero in Powell (and that’s not counting the windchill) — … more

EDITORIAL: Memorial Day — Watch out for children and remember our fallen heroes

With school getting out on Friday, children are in summer mode. In their enthusiasm, they may forget the rules of the road. Often, their carefree play involves balls, pets, bicycles or other things that may stray out into the street. Consequently, … more

EDITORIAL: Streamlining early childhood services is a good starting point

On Feb. 23, Enzi sent a letter to Thomas Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Elizabeth DeVos, secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, urging them to work toward achieving that goal. In his letter, Enzi cited a 2014 … more

EDITORIAL: Teaching kids about those who served

The War on Terror started soon after the 9/11 attacks, and for most K-12 students today, that war has spanned their lifetimes. While youth may be used to hearing about conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan on the news, the battles fought in Vietnam, … more

EDITORIAL: Final Yellowstone fee plan an improvement

The cost of a one-week pass to Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks will soon rise from $30 to $35. However, the rates will not shoot all the way up to $70, as Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke initially proposed last year. We didn’t … more
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