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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: 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: Long-term solution needed for Willwood

We’re glad so many people have taken an interest and offered solutions to the river’s plight; we’re also glad that everyone involved — from the state of Wyoming to the Willwood Irrigation District that operates the dam and released the silt … more

EDITORIAL: Wyoming lawmakers gearing up to deal with serious shortfalls in K-12 education funding 

But the Grinch is waiting in the wings, and he’s likely to show up in the Wyoming Legislature a week or so after the new year as state lawmakers grapple with serious shortfalls in education funding.  Gov. Matt Mead submitted his state budget … more

EDITORIAL: Don’t make the same mistakes that followed attack on Pearl Harbor

Seventy-five years later, the legacies of World War II veterans live on. Often referred to as part of the Greatest Generation, WWII veterans responded to the surprise attack by bravely fighting for America and freedom around the world. Like service … more

EDITORIAL: Give wilderness committee a chance to work

However, we’re not the foremost experts on every local peak and valley. And that’s exactly why we’re glad that county commissioners have assembled a diverse panel of people who are. We’d encourage everyone to keep their minds open and … more

EDITORIAL: Holiday spirit arrives in full strength in Powell community

For the last two years, Santa debuted a week later, during Country Christmas celebrations. But the result was that Santa’s arrival was an afterthought instead of the beloved community event it has been for decades. There was too little space and … more

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

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Don’t let the presidential race keep you at home

A recent University of Wyoming poll found nearly 75 percent of voters are either “very” or “somewhat” dissatisfied with their choices; almost 60 percent see themselves as voting against a candidate rather than for a candidate. As … more

EDITORIAL: A tax worth supporting

The last time a 1-cent tax was proposed here, the measure failed in 24 of the county’s 29 precincts. In two areas — Clark and the Willwood — about 80 percent of voters opposed the sales tax. Given those bleak statistics, it may come as a … more

Wolf delisting rider is the result of a broken system

The Wyoming Stock Growers Association made the request, with encouragement from U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., for commissioners’ support of the rider, which would be placed on the “Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016.” We agree the … more

EDITORIAL: Special districts could use more transparency, but not new bosses

Beyond the Legislature, Park County government, Powell City Council, school district, Powell Valley Hospital and Northwest College lie a slew of lesser known special districts. The Powell area, for example, is served by a fire, cemetery, weed and … more

EDITORIAL: Kiwanis’ absence will be felt in community for years to come

The Powell Kiwanis Club often worked behind the scenes in Powell, so their ending wasn’t felt immediately — not like when a storefront closes on Bent Street. But it’s important to recognize the Powell Kiwanis Club was a staple in the … more

EDITORIAL: Trump’s vulgar conversation shows the need for change

Although his deplorable remarks were recorded in 2005, they were broadcast for the first time on the same day as the last of three local events highlighting the need for sexual assault awareness and prevention. Trump’s recorded dialogue with … more
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