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But the law’s bark is a whole lot worse than its bite. In fact, if the state statutes are meant to serve as a kind of watchdog, they appear largely toothless. Consider that now — roughly six months since the end of the 2016 campaign — … more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Police Chief Roy Eckerdt recently told the Powell City Council that the availability of drugs is growing, and it is fueling drug-related crimes. Drugs that were popular in the 1980s and ’90s are making a comeback, aided significantly by … more
In a March poll conducted by Gallup, just 24 percent of respondents said they approved of the job that the House and Senate are doing. And in a testament to federal lawmakers’ collective unpopularity, that 24 percent figure was actually one of the … more
Next week, crews will begin work on Coulter Avenue, removing medians and installing new lighting. During the construction project, drivers will need to adjust to single-lane traffic in each direction, which could remain 24 hours a day, seven days a … more
But, the Sheriff’s Office notes, that approach “will never give the community an accurate reflection of jail and what kind of mistreatment deputies may endure on a daily basis.” The public often forgets the corrections officers who spend … more
During the recent legislative session, it briefly looked as though a part of our wish would come true. House Bill 276 would have required audio recordings of interim committee meetings to be posted online within one month. Staffers with the … more
With more children walking or riding their bikes on local streets and sidewalks, it’s important for drivers to watch for them. While that’s something to keep in mind throughout the entire year, now seems a good time for a reminder, especially … more
Agriculture is a major source of employment and income in Park County and Wyoming. In fact, agriculture is reliably Wyoming’s third largest industry, Gov. Matt Mead said in a National Ag Day column. “It is a cornerstone of Wyoming’s … more
Since we just moved our clocks forward, it seems like a good time to ask: Why do Americans keep messing with the time every spring and fall? To be honest, we’re not sure. Rep. Dan Laursen, R-Powell, wants us to stop changing our clocks each … more
Despite that warning, the House and Senate could only agree to cut education spending by $34.5 million — less than 10 percent of the projected shortfall. Meanwhile, the Senate removed a half-cent sales tax proposal from the education funding … more
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
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
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
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