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At two recent public meetings, officials avoided public comment on separate issues that clearly mattered to local residents. Ignoring the elephant in the room may be easier, but even when the elephant seems especially big, we believe it’s better to confront it head-on.

Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes needed more food, and during the Postal Service’s food drive Saturday, local residents delivered.

Of the many federal budget cuts in recent months, one of the hardest to comprehend is the federal government’s decision to cut mineral payments owed to states.

May 07, 2013 8:39 am

Postal food drive Saturday

Watch your mailbox for reusable bag

When checking your mailbox this week, expect to find a reusable bag. Rather than tossing the bag atop a pile of mail or keeping it, residents are asked to fill the bag with food and set it by their mailbox on Saturday, May 11.

May 07, 2013 7:53 am

EDITORIAL: Billboard backlash

Problems with how the message was delivered

Last week a graphic billboard showing dead wolves rekindled the region’s hotly contested wolf debate once more.

We ardently support First Amendment rights, but also understand why the billboard was removed after only a few days.

Four 12-unit complexes to be built in Park County

Finding an affordable place to rent in Powell or Cody may get a little easier soon.

To meet a demand for affordable rentals, 24 new apartment units will soon be built in Powell, with another 24 units in Cody. Four different 12-unit apartment complexes — two in each city — received financing and tax credits through the Wyoming Community Development Authority last week.

April 30, 2013 7:53 am

EDITORIAL: Moving forward

Powell valley healthcare making strides, moving past struggles

Progress is taking on a variety of forms at Powell Valley Healthcare.

This month, PVHC leaders continued to map out a strategic plan for the organization’s future. Meanwhile, a court case proceeded against Paul Cardwell, the former CEO and current fugitive who dropped off the map.

Name-calling, bullying, intimidation and threats often occur on playgrounds. Unfortunately, the same has been true in Wyoming’s education system in recent months.

Since the beginning of this year, much of the discussion regarding education in Wyoming has centered around the highly controversial Senate File 104. The law removed Superintendent Cindy Hill as the head of the Wyoming Department of Education, taking away many of her responsibilities and transferring them to a director appointed by the governor.

April 18, 2013 8:02 am

EDITORIAL: Dairy development

Local processing plant a promising possibility

Park County’s answer to the “Got milk?” question is a simple yes. And we’d like to keep it here.

Currently, milk produced in Wyoming is sent out of state to be processed, often hundreds of miles away. In the future, a local plant may keep the milk here, using the raw product to create cheese, yogurt, ice cream and butter.

As the school year ends next month and kids begin summer vacation, two local child care organizations find themselves at a crossroads. One is ending; the other is seeking a way to continue.