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EDITORIAL: Shopping small can make a big difference in Powell community

But as with any true Hollywood classic, there are some obstacles this small town must overcome. Sadly, an increasing number of local businesses have closed their doors. One of the largest storefronts on Bent Street has remained vacant since … more

As wildfires burn, we’re thankful for the pros fighting them

Often, the wildfires are burning far away: in the wilds of Canada, across grasslands in Montana or forests in Oregon. But sometimes, a fire hits closer to home. Two weeks ago, on July 18, the June Fire started on the North Fork area of the … more

EDITORIAL: Approval of grizzly hunt the right step

Details of the hunting season have been modified a bit since Wyoming first announced a hunt was in the works, with up to 22 bears that could potentially be harvested this fall. The total harvest could be well below that figure. The 22-bear quota … more

EDITORIAL: Health care bill a step backward

We hope it won’t, and we’re not alone. From every indication — including Republican voices in the U.S. Senate — the House-passed bill needs work. Republicans in the House rushed to pass a health care bill Thursday without waiting for a full … more

EDITORIAL: Don’t contribute to the problem: Spay/neuter cats and dogs

“Cats, cats, cats … our communities and shelters have far too many unwanted cats,” the City of Powell/Moyer Animal Shelter staff posted Friday. They encourage residents to reduce the problem by spaying and neutering pets as well as feral … more

EDITORIAL: Hunting is a family tradition worth preserving

The State of Wyoming continues to promote hunting as a family activity, and it seems to be working. The number of women buying hunting licenses continues to increase every year, up 32 percent since 2008. Last year, Game and Fish sold 14,770 resident … more

EDITORIAL: 4.5-day school week will benefit students, teachers

When we look at the early-release Fridays, it’s not just a means of letting everyone out early to start the weekend. For students, getting out earlier gives them the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities without missing as much … more

Don’t forget about the ‘other’ races

Starting as early as last year, candidates began lining up for Wyoming’s most prestigious political offices, like governor and Congress. Many of them are gearing up for a high-profile primary … more

EDITORIAL: Diversifying our economy

For decades, the Cowboy State has relied heavily on its mineral resources, leading to the boom-and-bust cycle we know all too well. Under the state’s tax structure, 70 percent of all tax revenue comes from minerals, while residents make up the … more

EDITORIAL: Try to make your home a safe one this winter

Tragic stories like these are reminders of the dangers of fire and of the importance of fire safety in the home, especially in the colder months. According to the American Red Cross, if a fire starts in your home, you may have as little as two … more

EDITORIAL: Memorial Day is for honoring the fallen

But as we get ready to celebrate Memorial Day for the 151st time in our nation’s history, Monday is not the day to tell a veteran, “Thank you for your service.” And it’s not that we are not thankful. The men and women who serve — and … more

EDITORIAL: Powell has plenty to be thankful for

Being thankful doesn’t mean pretending that everything is wonderful; it means making an effort to focus on what you have instead of on what you don’t. An easy way to start might be to note the many everyday things that will never make a news … more

EDITORIAL: Feeding the hungry in our own community

Each month, more than 300 local residents receive food from Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes. Some months, the local nonprofit feeds upwards of 400 adults and children. “We’ve just had an influx of people using the pantry,” said Cindy … more

EDITORIAL: PHS robotics team deserves recognition for achievements

In April, the team — comprised of Alan Merritt, Hattie Pimentel, Rhett Pimentel and Nathaniel Whitham — became the first Powell robotics team to advance from a super regional tournament to compete in a world tournament. Team 3188 won the … more

EDITORIAL: Park County Fair starts today

As always, there is plenty to see and do this year — animals, exhibits, a carnival for thrills and great entertainment as well. While much of the fair will seem very familiar, some things will be new or different. First and foremost, this is … more

EDITORIAL: Chamber, PEP merger is an idea worth exploring

That’s why we applaud the approach taken by leaders of both organizations, who plan to get input from the public and business owners to more fully think this proposal out before making a decision. Some of the advantages are obvious: Saving … more

EDITORIAL: Amid a deadly May on Wyoming highways, drive safely and buckle up

On May 10, a 21-year-old from Gillette died in a one-vehicle rollover near Gillette. A head-on collision near Torrington on May 13 claimed the lives of two people — a 67-year-old from Torrington and a 22-year-old from Tennessee. The following day, … more

EDITORIAL: Spring burning: Call ahead, check the forecast

If you’re planning a controlled burn of a field this spring, it’s important to follow some basic guidelines from local and state officials: • Before igniting a fire, be sure to call the Park County Dispatch Center at 754-8700 to notify … more

EDITORIAL: A way to start the new year: Getting involved at the local level

As 2018 begins, we think it’s important to focus on what you’re capable of changing, rather than agonizing over things that are beyond your control. We cannot control what happens in Washington, D.C., or elsewhere across the U.S., but so … more

EDITORIAL: Yellowstone’s annual opening is great; earlier would be even better

While Yellowstone draws thousands of visitors over its winter season, it’s the summer that brings in millions of people from across the globe. And those tourists bring a lot of money into this area, supporting many local jobs. The National Park … more
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