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December 13, 2012 9:26 am

City considers electric rate increase

Wholesale cost increasing

City of Powell residents and businesses may see their electric rates increase in early 2013 for the sixth consecutive year.

In response to rising wholesale costs, the Powell City Council is considering a roughly 5 percent electric increase. Councilmen have approved the proposal on two readings and will consider the third and final reading Monday night.

Concerning the Wyoming Supreme Court’s decision to close Powell’s Circuit Court, we’d like to offer a dissenting opinion.

We’re left scratching our heads, wondering how it makes sense to close a valuable and productive court for savings that are said to total just $6,000 up front.

 

State legislators need to examine possibilities

Uncertain energy outlooks create tumultuous funding streams for the state of Wyoming. Faced with the reality of a boom and bust cycle, state lawmakers have used recent years of prosperity to save for inevitable rainy days ahead.

The best moments of 2012

Entering the final month of 2012, it’s common for newspapers, magazines and TV stations to reflect on the year’s top stories.

Unfortunately, many of this year’s local headlines were tragic and difficult — stories that residents don’t expect to see unfolding in small towns similar to ours. In many ways, it was a year of bad news in Park County.

Dumpster divers, beware: It is no longer legal to dig through city trash containers in Powell.

Last week, Powell city councilmen approved an ordinance that prohibits taking out contents of city trash containers. It also makes it illegal to climb on Dumpsters.

 

November 27, 2012 9:16 am

EDITORIAL: Salvaging Southside

Potential for old school site to be used for new purpose

A school building without students faces an uncertain fate in coming months.

For decades, the old Southside Elementary School has stood as a familiar fixture in Powell, but students haven’t occupied its classrooms for nearly two years.

With a few Christmas traditions already under way in Powell and Thanksgiving just days away, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the holiday season.

Before the turkey is served Thursday and Black Friday sales hit, it’s important that as a community, we recognize those who give up holidays with their families to help others.

Last week’s election showed Americans just how divided our nation has become. That makes bipartisan efforts in the days that follow all the more important and encouraging.

Just a couple of days after a divisive Election Day, six senators — three Republicans, three Democrats — joined in asking for more work to reduce wildfire risks.

Wilkins Jewelry started 57 years ago

For more than half of Powell’s 103-year existence, Wilkins Jewelry has stood on main street. This weekend, after 57 years, the store will close.

November 01, 2012 7:56 am

EDITORIAL: Your vote matters

Get informed and vote Tuesday

More than likely, you’ve heard a lot of numbers during this campaign season. From unemployment figures to deficit estimates to how much a 1-cent tax could cost you — we’ve all been bombarded with statistics as Nov. 6 approaches.

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