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While farmers in the Powell Valley work long days and prepare for the harvest, politicians in D.C. are working toward a long-term farm bill as a September deadline looms.

The current farm bill expires Sept. 30, and we’re hopeful Republicans and Democrats in Congress can reach a compromise before then.

For the fourth time in four years, the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce is searching for a new executive director.

Since Kim Capron left in June 2008, the chamber has employed three different directors. Last week, Craig Kenyon, who was hired last summer, announced he is resigning from the post effective July 25.

June 26, 2012 8:24 am

EDITORIAL: Humanity at work

Community involvement crucial to construction of habitat home

In a quiet Powell neighborhood, an exciting project is under way.

Right now, it consists of a foundation, blueprints, the vision of volunteers and a young family’s hope for a home of their own. In the months to come, it will become just that.

City councilmen are teed off by an email sent to local golfers.

On Monday night, Councilman Don Hillman read an email with the subject line “winners and dumb politicians” that was sent by Doug Conner, the PGA golf professional at the Powell Golf Club.

The summer season is in full swing in Park County, as evidenced by the myriad of events last weekend — Jake Clark’s Mule Days, Plains Indian Museum Powwow, Clark Jubilee, Wyoming American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and the Field of Honor, to name a few.

Golf course must match $25,000

To receive more city dollars for the Powell Golf Course next year, local golf supporters must chip in some matching funds.

City councilmen tentatively agreed to provide up to $50,000 toward the Powell Golf Course next year — but half of that money hinges on the golf board raising $25,000 on its own.

For Wyomingites, water is a precious resource.

Just look around the Powell Valley — without water, our green irrigated fields would be nothing more than dry dirt and sagebrush.

Wyoming's constitution recognizes water as an essential and limited resource. The constitution calls for the state to equally guard water for "all the various interests involved."

Considering just how precious and essential water is, recent statements from the state's top oil and gas official are especially shocking.

City purchases transfer trailer, transtors

City of Powell officials are moving forward with transfer station plans as quickly as possible — but the next step is waiting.

Last week, the city ordered new equipment for the garbage transfer station. The two transtor units and a transfer trailer will be ready in five to six months.

Still time to file for municipal, county and state offices

You can count on an interesting primary election in Park County this year.

Based on the way races already are shaping up, this August’s election promises to be among the most interesting in years.

Longtime incumbents are facing new challengers — multiple challengers in some cases.

The leisure pool at the Powell Aquatic Center is slated to reopen this weekend following issues with a new liner that was installed last month.

Aiming to fix aesthetic surface flaws in the leisure pool and continuous river area, the Powell City Council opted for a PVC liner to cover the entire surface. That fix has led to more headaches for the city.