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Don Amend

A coin flip pool play put Powell into the silver bracket at the Rawlins Invitational last weekend, and the Lady Panthers reached the finals before falling to Cody in volleyball action.

In Friday’s pool play with Rawlins,  Newcastle and Worland, the Lady Panthers split two games with all three teams, a record matched by the host team.

In recent days, at least two plans to boost our economy and create jobs have been proposed to the American people.

Last week a group of Western congressmen, including all three members of Wyoming’s delegation, issued a proposal they call the Western Caucus Jobs Frontier proposal. The next day, President Barack Obama brought his administration’s plan to Congress. The proposals are predictable in many ways.

Three more Lady Panthers earned a trip to the state finals and another one added a qualifying time as the team took on Worland in a dual meet and hosted their annual invitational last week.

What else is there to say about 9/11?

In the decade since those horrible images filled our television screens, the attacks have been the subject of untold volumes of analyses, commentaries or just plain emotional venting by politicians, commentators, scholars, preachers and just about everyone else who has the ability to write and a place to put their writing before the public.

The incident has been decried, mourned, analyzed and speculated on in just about every form of media out there, not to mention on street corners and in living rooms and bars all over America.

As a consequence, it would seem just about everything that can be said has been said.

Still, the 10th anniversary of this event demands comment from those of us who comment on such things, so I feel compelled to do so, even though I am probably just saying things you have heard already — probably a thousand times.

The Powell community will have an opportunity to help shape the future of basic health care in Powell and beyond at a meeting this week.

Representatives of the Wyoming Primary Care Association will explain a proposal to establish a Community Health Center in Powell at the meeting to be held in the Powell Valley Hospital cafeteria Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Two children died Monday night when their family was hit by a sudden storm while kayaking on Big Horn Lake.

Johnny Harder, 8, and his brother Joseph, 4, died when high winds and heavy waves struck the family of John and Janice Harder  Monday evening. Four other children, Katie, 11, Anne, 9, Cecilia, 6, and Mary, 3, survived, as did their parents. Mary and Cecilia were transported to Billings and Janice was hospitalized in Lovell. John, Katie and Anne were all treated and released.

A sudden wind storm brought a tragic end to a family outing on Big Horn Lake Monday evening.

Two children are dead as a result of extremely high waves that struck as John and Janice Harder and their six children, ranging from 3 to 11 years old, were kayaking about a mile north of the Kane boat ramp, according to Big Horn County Sheriff Ken Blackburn.

Today, I must depend completely on whimsy to write this column.

It’s Sunday night as I write this, and I am without my usual writing prompts, having been almost entirely out of touch with current events since last Wednesday, and having neglected my personal reading over the same period as well.

A bigger and younger team reported for duty last week when Powell Lady Panther swim coach Luke Robertson greeted his new team.

Of the 30 swimmers working out with the team in preparation for this weekend’s opening competition, 14 are freshmen. Throw in two junior transfers, and more than half of the team is new this year.

January 1 may be called the beginning of the new year, but for a large part of Powell’s population, the year really began this week with the start of school.

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