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Annapolis reminds us of journalism’s risks — and rewards

Last Thursday, a man walked into the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, with a shotgun and opened fire, killing five and wounding two more before he was taken into custody by … more

EDITORIAL: Civility goes both ways

Name-calling seems to be more accepted in America, even as we teach children not to bully one another. Those on both sides of the political spectrum take aim at each other, sometimes going to extreme lengths to disparage the other side. The … more

EDITORIAL: Biblio Bistro losses at Cody library must end

The Biblio Bistro, the cafe at the library, adds a nice space to relax and grab a tasty bite to eat while visiting the library. But it seems priorities are upside down when a loss of nearly $50,000 is budgeted for the Bistro for the fiscal year that … more

EDITORIAL: Oil and gas are back up, but let’s not get complacent

On the whole, that’s all a good thing: Business in the oil patch has picked back up, this remains a desirable place to live and times won’t be quite so lean for our state and local governments. But it’s not the time to kick back and relax. … more

EDITORIAL: It’s past time to look at diversifying Wyoming’s economy

That could explain the recent-but-belated effort, first proposed in November by Gov. Matt Mead, to establish the ENDOW Initiative, short for “Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming.” The initiative would coordinate statewide … more

EDITORIAL: Wishing you a Merry Christmas

For some, 2017 began with heartache: Powell mourned the loss of Mayor Don Hillman, a longtime champion of this beloved small town; the Tribune lost a dear friend and longtime co-worker, Gib Mathers, who died while doing what he loved: hiking on the … more

EDITORIAL: Pause from politics and honor those who have served America

You may not be familiar with those names. They are men from the Powell area who were killed in action while serving our country. Their names and photographs are included in the Veterans Memorial on the west side of town, along with those of other … more

EDITORIAL: Grizzly hunt a long time coming — And well overdue

It’s the natural progression of the delisting process — and it’s a good idea. The proposed hunting season would run from Sep. 15 to Nov. 15 in six of the eight hunting areas bordering Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and two … more

EDITORIAL: Now not the time to raise school pay

But we would encourage the board to make things easier now — and for years to come — by not approving the roughly $268,000 worth of salary increases that are being considered for the coming 2017-18 fiscal year. Powell takes pride in its … more

EDITORIAL: Nurses: A crucial role that’s too often underappreciated

They remain a source of care throughout our growing-up years, whether it’s a public health nurse giving a vaccination or a school nurse checking for a fever. During our worst moments — taking a child to the emergency room or receiving a … more

EDITORIAL: Retaining CEO a positive step for PVHC

Odom had served as Powell Valley Healthcare’s interim CEO since April 2015 as an employee of HealthTech Management Services. PVHC and HealthTech decided to part ways at the end of June, but Odom agreed to stay on and continue leading the Powell … more

EDITORIAL: Pausing to pray for Las Vegas

Unlike some of the recent acts of mass murder, there was not a readily apparent motive behind the shooter’s actions. But regardless of what authorities ultimately find, there is nothing that will make sense of a truly senseless act of … more

EDITORIAL: Fees should be waived for Bighorn Canyon

When comparing the two neighboring National Park Service properties, the differences can be stark. While over 4.1 million visitors flocked to Yellowstone National Park last year, only around 260,000 ventured into Bighorn Canyon National … more

No need to transfer public lands now

Bebout effectively killed the measure on Friday, saying he would not assign it to a committee because he didn’t believe it had the support of two-thirds of the House and Senate. That was a good choice on multiple levels. Not only was it … more

Be safe while in the water

With today officially marking the first day of summer, more and more people will be spending time in swimming pools and also visiting area rivers and lakes. While spending time in or near the … more

International visitors should pay more at national parks

We continue to believe the Park Service’s plan to hike the cost of a seven-day pass to Yellowstone or Grand Teton from $30 to $70 is a bad idea, and we’re apparently not alone. U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney recently asked a roomful of local residents … more

EDITORIAL: A park for all children

Playing is an important part of childhood, and we’re glad the Powell community is taking steps to ensure every child has a playground to enjoy. Beartooth Park is on track to become the city’s first handicap-accessible play area, with … more

EDITORIAL: A salute to Vietnam veterans who fought together 50 years ago

But before the fanfare of Fourth of July festivities, a quieter form of patriotism was displayed when a group of friends gathered at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Cody last month. This wasn’t just any group of friends, nor was it a common … more

EDITORIAL: 1 percent sales tax aims to address infrastructure needs

But infrastructure is vitally important to help a community function properly and to prepare it for the future, and that’s what the 1 percent specific purpose sales tax proposition on Tuesday’s ballot is all about.  For Powell, the 1 cent … more

EDITORIAL: Tourism worth investing in — but it’s a balance

When we hear about all of the money travelers are spending here — more than $3.5 billion last year alone — we welcome out-of-state and international visitors. But that welcome can quickly wear out when sitting in a traffic jam in Yellowstone … more
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