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Tribune Staff

The city of Powell held a public hearing Monday evening to discuss the proposed budget for fiscal year 2010-11.

Despite a public notice printed in the June 10 edition of the Tribune and a subsequent front page story reminding readers of the hearing, not a single Powell resident attended to pose questions, to learn details or to express approval or disapproval of the proposed budget.

Given the flood of online comments and letters to the editor in response to nearly every Tribune story regarding city spending, the lack of attendance comes as a surprise.

The new aquatic center, Homesteader Park, Powellink, the pending landfill closure — all hot-button issues for online comments and all major factors in the city budget — along with the standard salary information, utility operations and the like elicited not a single comment from Powell residents.

It seems the passionate folks who weigh in anonymously via online comments — as well as those who put pen to paper and sign their names to letters to the editor — in this case failed to recognize the value of face-to-face dialogue, discussion and debate afforded by public hearings. Or maybe it's simply easier to hide behind a letter or the anonymity of online forums.
City Attorney Sandee Kitchen made three calls for speakers at Monday's meeting, but the silence was deafening.

City officials and councilmen frequently are criticized for failing to consider public input.

In this case — as is the case with every year's budget — the city specifically sought public input, and there was none.

(May 25, 1978 - June 20, 2010)

Leslie Dawn (Hill) Gabrielsen died at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper on Sunday, June 20, 2010, after battling cancer. She was 32.

(March 24, 1948 - June 17, 2010)

William Eric “Bill” Whittlesey, also known as “Willie Woodcutter,” died at his home in Byron on June 17, 2010.

A gathering in honor of James Donald Proffitt Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 3 at the 7D Ranch in Sunlight.

James died in the winter of 2009 at the age of 62. The gathering is open to his friends and family.

(Dec. 29, 1918 - June 22, 2010)

Bernice L. (Brost) Townsend, 91, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at her home in Powell in the arms of her family.

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This young lady remains focused as she dances in the girls' jingle dress competition during the annual powwow at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody on Sunday. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

Late last week, an Illinois man was killed by a grizzly bear in the Kitty Creek drainage on the North Fork, about 10 miles east of Yellowstone National Park. The grizzly was shot and killed two days later.

An Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team had captured and placed radio collars on two grizzly bears in the Kitty Creek area, said Chris Servheen, grizzly bear coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Missoula, Mont.
Despite posted signs warning that grizzly bear trapping operations were ongoing and telling the public not to enter, Erwin Frank Evert, 70, of Park Ridge, Ill., hiked into the area late Thursday morning.

Montana mine cleanup means truck traffic in Wyoming

Cleanup of an old gold mine near Cooke City, Mont., will mean increased truck traffic over the Chief Joseph Highway next summer and has raised concerns about safety and damage to the scenic highway.

However, Shelby Carlson, district engineer for the Wyoming Department of Transportation in Basin, said the contractor carrying out the project, Knife River Corporation-Mountain Region of Billings, has been cooperative and willing to work with WYDOT to limit the impact on the highway.

The national debate over health care came to Cody on Thursday, when local health care experts and politicians expressed their concerns with the health care system and the new health care law passed by Congress.

About 30 people attended the meeting, hosted by Dave Kellett (who is running for Wyoming House District 25) and other local TEA Party advocates at the Park County Library.

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Powell's Kaleb Asay gets ready to leave the chute for his short-go ride during Saturday's College National Finals Rodeo final session. Asay scored a 74.5-point ride to finish as a co-national champion for the 2010 season. Courtesy photo/Matt Young, Casper College

Vernon College sophomore finishes with a 74.5 on Saturday

Powell's Kaleb Asay entered Saturday's short-go as the man everyone was trying to catch in the 2010 College National Finals Rodeo. By the end of the final session, the Vernon College sophomore remained in front of the pack.

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