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Tessa Baker

An important and difficult challenge

We’ve all heard the old saying about not putting all your eggs in one basket. But when they’re golden eggs, it’s been tough for Wyoming to follow that advice.

If lawmakers are going to support any new taxes to meet Wyoming’s estimated $400 million annual funding deficit for K-12 education, they want to see some budget cuts.

It wasn’t very long ago that we were all tired of the cold winter and waiting for the snow to melt. But here we are in mid-July, with temperatures soaring in the 90s and no cool days in the forecast.

More kids at Powell Middle School want to run.

Rather than signing up for volleyball, football or simply sitting on the couch after school, more middle-schoolers have signed up for cross country in recent years.

It only took several minutes of fierce wind to topple a decades-old tree on a Heart Mountain homestead Monday.

The definition of a “D” is changing at Powell High School.

When students resume classes in August, they will be graded under a new scale for D’s and F’s. For years, a grade of 65 to 69 percent meant a D, “which is a pretty short window,” PHS Principal Jim Kuhn said during a recent presentation to the school board.

Patriotism is displayed loudly at this time of year: Fireworks exploding in the sky, marching bands playing in parades and crowds cheering as tough cowboys ride bucking bulls.

Next session, legislators must focus on budget — not other bills

The start of July is often filled with Independence Day festivities, as it should be. But something else happened July 1: Dozens of new laws took effect in Wyoming.

As superintendent of the Powell school district, Kevin Mitchell has made countless decisions, attended hundreds of meetings and kept a single focus: Doing what’s best for students.

The Powell school district recently tweaked its agreement with Montana to continue paying for the education of students living in Yellowstone National Park. Though the students in Mammoth Hot Springs will likely never set foot in a Powell school, they are part of Park County School District No. 1.

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