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EDITORIAL: WYDOT right to reduce speed on North Fork; now do your part

A number of locals expressed concern about mixing faster traffic with the wildlife on the scenic North Fork highway. Given the number of deer, bighorn sheep and other animals that frequent the Wapiti area, we share their concerns. Just look at … more

EDITORIAL: Prevent a fire, support a firefighter

Less obvious, however, is the toll that fires take on first responders. Like many communities across the country, Powell is fortunate to have a dedicated group of service-minded heroes who range from the EMTs at Powell Valley Hospital to … more

EDITORIAL: When words fail

There’s no shortage of things we could write about in this space today: The Wyoming Legislature is in full swing, mulling everything from new taxes to guns in schools; meanwhile, the president continues to take our country in some drastically … more

EDITORIAL: Subscriptions affirm the value of news

“On the one hand,” Brand wrote, “information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable; the right information in the right place just changes your life.” “On the other hand,” he continued, “information wants to be free, … more

EDITORIAL: Time to try cooperating on health care

In conservative Wyoming, you don’t have to look too far beyond the added taxes and high premiums in the insurance exchange — which now has only one insurer offering coverage — to understand why Obamacare is generally disliked here. We think … more

EDITORIAL: Take time to enjoy our public lands

Many times (see Page 1 of the May 17 edition of the Powell Tribune), it’s a debate over big issues and high ideals: Who can manage public lands better, the State of Wyoming or the federal government? Should the McCullough Peaks be permanently … more

Park County Search and Rescue: There when you need them

Sunday, Sept. 9 was one for the books for the Park County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue Unit, responding to three emergency calls in a six-hour span. The day began with a … more

Clerk’s, treasurer’s presence in Powell a welcome addition

Each campaign season brings a slew of nice-sounding ideas on how to make government better. Some suggestions turn out to be uninformed, others are determined to be impractical and still others are … more

EDITORIAL: Comprehensive, long-term funding solution needed for Wyoming’s K-12 schools

Statewide, K-12 schools must trim $27 million from their budgets over the next two years. While those cuts aren’t as deep as they could have been — state senators had proposed slashing up to $76.2 million, according to WyoFile — we’re … more

EDITORIAL: Voters’ message is clear: It’s time for change

That division ultimately produced two candidates whom a significant percentage of voters on both sides of the political spectrum found it difficult or impossible to support. Many said they planned to vote against the candidate they disliked the most … more

EDITORIAL: A new chapter for economic development

PEP started managing the chamber’s operations this week. We’re glad this decision was based on public input and work sessions. The consolidation of PEP and chamber services is a new model for Powell, and we’re hopeful it will benefit the … more

EDITORIAL: PEP/Chamber consolidation a good step forward

When the Powell Economic Partnership and the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce began working in conjunction with each other in January, it was seen as a temporary fix; the chamber was actively searching for a new executive director, and PEP stepped … more

EDITORIAL: Wildfire danger: Humans play a large part in preventing fires

With the hot weather comes an increased risk of fire danger. The Bureau of Land Management issued fire restrictions for local public lands on Thursday. A list of those restrictions appears on Page 7 in today's edition of the Powell Tribune. “It … more

In appreciation of candidates who take the high road

In an age of seemingly endless political bickering, name-calling and worse, calls for civility have become increasingly common in America — and rightfully so. During a Thursday night panel … more

EDITORIAL: New Year’s resolution: Going hands-free

What began as a simple inquiry last October from a councilman who survived a close call with a distracted motorist quickly gained steam, as local law enforcement and legal offices were tasked with drafting an ordinance that would work for the … more

EDITORIAL: Guns in schools? Locals should be the ones to decide

Up until last month, that question didn’t draw much debate or interest beyond the Cowboy State. But when Betsy DeVos, nominee for secretary of education, said she imagined the Wapiti school had a gun to fend off grizzly bears, major national news … more

EDITORIAL: Paper tariffs will hurt us

But behind the bureaucratic jargon was a dramatic announcement: The federal government was declaring a more than 22 percent tariff (that is, a tax) on certain types of Canadian paper. The targets include the newsprint used by the Powell Tribune and … more

EDITORIAL: Honor law enforcement during National Police Week

And more often than not, they’re heroes — putting their lives on the line daily to protect and serve the community they represent. Today (Tuesday) is Peace Officers Memorial Day, so designated by President John F. Kennedy in a proclamation in … more

EDITORIAL: Let’s not just move on; let’s move forward

We suggest it’s time for both politicians and citizens to put the campaign trail behind them, hit reset and try to move forward. Let us quickly add that we’re not calling on everyone to drop their objections and join together for some vague … more

EDITORIAL: Safety on highways depends on alert, defensive driving

We want everyone to get to their destinations safely. To ensure that happens, we all must take precautions and drive defensively. Unfortunately, the number of highway fatalities in Wyoming so far this year has more than doubled over last year. As … more
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