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Tessa Schweigert

A sister store modeled after The Merc recently opened in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

As it happens, Powell and Saranac Lake share more in common than a community-owned department store.

For a small community venture that began a decade ago, the Powell Mercantile continues to have great impact beyond Wyoming.

On Sunday, the New York Times featured a community-owned store in Saranac Lake, N.Y. that is modeled after The Merc in Powell.

Off to a strong start, the new store opened late last month, filling an economic void created after the town’s only department store folded in 2002.

Sample the Season, Festival of Trees under way this week

Cue up the Christmas music, heat up the spiced cider and light up the decorated trees. This week, it will begin to look a lot like Christmas in Powell.

In a split vote, the Powell City Council has decided to give up to $50,000 in additional funds to the Powell Golf Club — but only if the club raises $50,000 on its own. Contingent on the golf club’s fundraising efforts, the city will match each dollar raised by the club.

Monday night’s 5-2 decision came after an earlier motion to also commit $70,000 for the golf course in next year’s budget was defeated 3-4.

Does Powell need a golf course?

Well, it depends on who you ask.

City councilmen said Monday that they’ve received mixed responses from the community. Some absolutely negative. Some assuredly positive. And many others somewhere in between.

Just as the community is split, so is the Powell City Council.

City looks at sharing repair costs with property owners

Uneven Bent Street sidewalks have prompted city officials to examine the root of the problem: Trees.

Back-to-back summers of fatal grizzly attacks and recent bear/hunter encounters underscore the real risks of being in bear country.

A range of local golfers — from young to old, competitive to casual, wealthy to low-income — crowded the council chambers Monday night, asking the Powell City Council for an additional $55,000 to help the Powell Golf Club make ends meet.

Final Honor Flight

While his days as a World War II sailor are long since past, Glendon Kriese recently received a hero’s reception as he embarked on Wyoming’s final Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

RECYCLING CENTER’S NEW HOME ACCOMMODATES COMMUNITY’S NEEDS

Winter weather may be around the corner, but things are greening up on Powell’s western edge.

On Monday afternoon, Powell Valley Recycling opened at its new location at 946 Road 10, just across from the west water tower.

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