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EDITORIAL: In praise of lawmakers showing up

Too often, our communication with lawmakers who make those decisions is limited. We can send emails, make phone calls, write letters; but when those messages go unanswered — or you receive a canned “thank you for your comments” response — … more

EDITORIAL: Freudenthal gives strong rationale for updating Endangered Species Act

Freudenthal wrangled repeatedly with the federal government over management of animals on the Endangered Species List during the eight years he was governor of Wyoming. For eight years before that, he enforced the law as a U.S. attorney, and much of … more

EDITORIAL: Wyoming needs to vote on presidential contenders

Local discontent culminated in Rep. David Northrup, R-Powell, and Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, proposing a bill last month that would have created a special presidential primary election. The election would have taken place in the April of presidential … 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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

EDITORIAL: As K-12 cuts loom, share input with local legislators

But what if your child’s teacher loses her job? Or if the school activities your grandchild loves are no longer offered? What if you have to pay more property taxes? These scenarios are more tangible than the jargon we often hear about K-12 … more

EDITORIAL: Progress requires passion, compassion and dialogue

Two groups plan to meet in adjacent locations in Cody on Saturday, apparently by coincidence, to promote the causes they’re passionate about. While those causes differ, it’s likely that both groups — Women and Allies and a pro-life march … more

EDITORIAL: Time to end Wyoming’s ‘discount’ on online sales

There is little that government can do to keep money in local communities or away from e-commerce; it’s a free market and people should be allowed to spend their dollars wherever they see fit. But the Wyoming Legislature can and should do … more

EDITORIAL: New hotel brings potential for more economic growth

Last week, a Billings hotelier announced plans to build a new three-story hotel in Gateway West, with the hope to open by April 2018. Powell has needed additional lodging for decades. “As we all know, there’s a lot of missed … more

EDITORIAL: Legislature opens in Cheyenne today

On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Mead will give his State of the State address in a joint session of the Legislature, and then lawmakers will be very busy for the next eight weeks or so. The 2017 session is tentatively scheduled to end March 3.  This … more

EDITORIAL: Secret footage? Legislature headed wrong way on police videos

At issue is Senate File 32, sponsored by the Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee and titled, “Peace Officer Recordings.” In a nutshell, the bill says that if a video is recorded by a police camera that’s mounted to an officer’s body … more

EDITORIAL: Making a difference in the new year

We do not know the full impact of the election that elevated Donald Trump to the highest office in the land. Nor can we determine what direction the war in Syria will take this year — or any other ongoing conflict in the world, for that matter. Of … more

EDITORIAL: Hatred and violence: ‘Not now. Not ever’

Chanukah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean revolt against the Greeks. There was oil enough to light the temple’s menorah for only one day, but the flames stayed lit for eight days until more … more

EDITORIAL: New leaders needed in 2017

The people picked for those three positions will all impact the Powell community in different, significant ways, potentially for years to come. Here’s some unsolicited advice as those hiring processes begin. Superintendent Park County School … more

EDITORIAL: ‘Snow Samaritans’ step up to help in winter storm

Winter weather arrived with a wallop last week, pounding the area with bitterly cold temperatures, drifting snow and ice-covered roads. Unfortunately, this was the storm that kept on giving — long after the snow stopped falling, high winds … more

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
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