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Tessa Schweigert

State provides $100,000 for trailer, scale

The state of Wyoming will help pay for equipment at the city of Powell’s planned transfer station, but it won’t give as much as the city requested.

Last week, the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) voted to award the city $100,000 — roughly half the cost of one compaction trailer and a scale at the city’s transfer station.

Habitat for Humanity’s presence in Powell expands

Keeping a good thing going is tough. Growing it into something better is even more difficult.

That’s why we’re glad to see Mountain Spirit Habitat for Humanity succeeding in its mission to provide affordable housing in Park County while also strengthening its financial base.

Problem areas in pool to be fixed during upcoming closure

Peeling on portions of the pool surface at the Powell Aquatic Center will have to be addressed this spring while the facility is closed for annual maintenance.

Several small areas of surface in the center’s leisure pool and continuous river have flaked off.

The same aesthetic flaw occurred last year to a much greater degree, especially in the eight-lane pool. Crews resurfaced the entire eight-lane pool and also repaired sections of the leisure pool area last spring.

Public, private sectors must work together, take action

Here’s the grim reality: Wyoming remains one of the most dangerous places in America to work.

On average, a worker in Wyoming died every 10 days over the last 10 years, according to a recent report.

For the fifth consecutive year, Powell city residents are seeing their electric bills increase.

The Powell City Council unanimously approved a 15 percent increase for residential and commercial consumers that will show up on utility bills this month.

Once again, Powell Valley Healthcare will be under the direction of a new leader.

It’s welcome news following a tumultuous year and a half.

A brief recap: former CEO Rod Barton resigned in 2010, and the organization hired a new CEO several months later. In the span of a year, that CEO would be hired twice — only to leave the job twice.

It’s a frustrating and all-too-common scenario: Driving down the highway, you see another car swerving or slowing down for no apparent reason. When you pass the vehicle, it becomes clear — with one hand on the wheel and the other clutching a cellphone, the driver is distracted.

While we’re all frustrated by distracted drivers talking on cellphones, many of us continue to do it.

‘It’s a new beginning,’ says outgoing chief Tim Feathers

Tim Feathers finished his final shift as Powell’s police chief on Friday. Moments later, Roy Eckerdt began his first.

As one career came to a close on Friday, another began. Tim Feathers retired as Powell’s police chief, and Roy Eckerdt, formerly a sergeant, took over.

Eckerdt now faces the challenge of building upon the department’s strengths and driving a fresh vision while guiding a young police force.

Residents ‘Pay it Forward’ and give Cody woman a car

On a frigid Friday in early December, a woman walked along a road in Cody, loaded down with bags of groceries, a gallon of milk in one hand and a gallon of water in the other. Driving by, Brook Grant of Cody noticed the woman, whom she had seen walking frequently, but only in the summer.

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