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Don Amend

Here at the Powell Tribune, we’ve been looking backward in recent days to produce this issue’s review of 2011 events.

The year, like most years, provided some ups and downs for those of us who live here.

In just a few days, it will be January, the beginning of a new 12-month period that we  will call 2012.

One of the odd things about our tracking of time is that, while we name our years based on calculations made by a Christian monk back about a millenium and a half ago, we name our months after the gods and emperors of the pagan Roman Empire. Consequently, we call next month January, after the Roman god Janus.

The recent postponement of plans to close nearly 3,800 small post offices around the nation is welcome, but it may give only temporary relief to small communities, including four in the Big Horn Basin.

The fiscal problems facing the U.S. Postal Service all have been well publicized. It is losing money — about $100 million every week — and some sort of action to stop the financial hemorrhage of cash is necessary.

The Lander Tigers outpointed the Powell Panthers in the pool Saturday, but the Powell swimmers counted it as a successful outing.

The Panthers couldn’t match the depth of the perennial state champions, but they won four events and added three new state qualifiers. Five more swimmers added new qualifying times to their records.

Andrews named outstanding wrestler

The Powell Panther wrestlers returned to the top in the annual Battle of the Big Horns last week in Worland.

Well, I’m ready for Christmas, almost.

I finished my Christmas shopping early, like sometime in April. I was able to do this by the simple expedient of turning the entire process over to my wife, an action made possible a couple of years ago when she retired.

Cody and Lovell armories to remain active

Restructuring in the National Guard is bringing changes to Guard units in the Big Horn Basin.

The big change for Powell is the consolidation of the 920th Forward Support Company in the Powell armory. The Powell armory will house the operations of the 920th, and the facility was enlarged recently to accommodate the unit’s equipment.

Middle weights power powell to victory

The Powell Panthers grabbed their second dual meet win of the season Tuesday night with a victory over the Laurel Locomotives.

Another school construction project is coming to an end in Powell this week with the completion of the new Westside Elementary School.

The Powell Panthers went up against the best of three states in Rapid City last weekend and came away with six medals and a ninth-place finish.

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