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Don Amend

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.

Was it worth going into combat on behalf of a nation that had placed thousands of people just like you behind barbed wire because of their ethnic and racial background?

Was it worth it to nearly die from wounds that cost you your right arm and your dream of becoming a surgeon, and then to be refused service at restaurants because of your race when you returned home?

Fifteen years ago, a group of determined individuals formed the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.

Their intent was to preserve the site of the World War II era Heart Mountain Relocation Camp. They wanted to establish an educational facility where visitors could learn about the internment of Japanese-Americans during the war and where researchers could study the political, civil rights and racial discrimination issues surrounding the relocation.

There is an old warning that we should not forget history, lest we repeat it.

It really isn’t that simple, of course. Remembering history isn’t always a guarantee that we will learn from it, and if we do learn from it, we’re probably just as likely to learn the wrong lesson as the right one.

District joins nationwide campaign for relief from federal law

With approval of a resolution Tuesday, the Park County School District No. 1 board joined a national effort asking for relief from a federal education mandate.

The resolution, developed by the National School Boards Association and the American Association of School Administrators, asks Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, for immediate relief from regulations under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, pending reauthorization of the law by Congress.

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