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January 09, 2014 9:24 am

Cody Labs expansion welcomed

Written by Tom Lawrence

Thumbs up to Cody Laboratories’ plan to expand.

The firm is planning to build a $106 million complex on Road 2AB in northern Cody, it announced last month. If this expansion takes place, up to 100 more people could find jobs in this area.

The Powell City Council endorsed the proposal at its meeting Monday night, and we join the council in saying full speed ahead to this welcome infusion of economic development.

Thumbs down to a different kind of drug news that was in the headlines at the end of 2013.

A Powell man died, reportedly of a heroin overdose, and another man has been charged in connection with his death. While we may think we are safe from such big-city scourges, a painful reminder like the OD death can make us aware of the grim truth.

Powell and Park County are indeed remote, beautiful areas in a rural state like Wyoming. But evil finds its way here, too.

Thumbs up to the new four-legged “officer” that joined the Powell Police Department late last year.

Zeke, a Malinois-German shepherd cross, will be used primarily for drug detection. He is trained to smell cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana.

Zeke may be used for locating missing people, such as children or incapacitated folks who wander off, but that’s down the road. Once he is cleared for use after passing tests, the K-9 officer will help sniff out drug crime in the city.

Thumbs down to the continued slump in sugar prices.

Many of our area sugar beet farmers depend on a good harvest and strong prices for their crop. Neither are the case this year, as the sugar content in the beets is well below average, and the price per ton is about half it was at its zenith last year.

We’re hoping for better times this year, along with less hail and mud so the harvest can proceed on schedule. We also will be interested in seeing how many fewer acres of beets may be planted this spring.

Thumbs up to the opening of the new terminal at Powell Municipal Airport.

The building, which also doubles as a storage facility for snow-removal equipment, was officially opened during a ceremony Dec. 17. Appropriately enough, Gov. Matt Mead flew in for the ribbon-cutting event.

Mead said an airport expansion provides a boost to economic development also means increased access for air ambulances during the crucial seconds when someone is in dire need of medical care.

The project cost $542,200, with the Federal Aviation Administration putting up the lion’s share of the money, and the state of Wyoming contributing a nice chunk as well. The city kicked in $23,136.

And lastly, thumbs up to our own Dave Bonner and the Bonner family as they mark 50 years of ownership and management of the Powell Tribune.

We detailed the story last week, but just had to offer an official congratulations to this family. They demand their staff produce a top-notch product, but do so in a way that makes people want to work for them.

At the same time, the Bonners have proven their devotion to the community. Here’s wishing them continued success in the coming years and decades.

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