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Don Amend

One constant in the business of the Wyoming Legislature has always been concern about the state’s public schools.

This concern has heightened in recent years because the state’s courts have put the responsibility for funding education on the backs of the state Legislature. As a result, the Legislature has become concerned about just what the state is getting for the money it spends in terms of student achievement.

It was a perfect week for the Powell Panther wrestlers.

The Panthers out-wrestled Greybull/Riverside on Thursday and then went 6-0 against a series of teams from the East at the Bison Duals in Buffalo.

Recently, at the opening of Congress, our good representatives took the time to read the Constitution out loud on the floor of Congress.

That’s not a bad thing. If anybody should read the Constitution, it’s the members of Congress. It is, after all, the basis for our government.

Our new governor, Matt Mead, quickly fulfilled one of his campaign promises when he announced shortly after his inauguration that Wyoming would join a multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care reform act.

This is in contrast to Mead’s predecessor, Dave Freudenthal, who chose not to send the state down that path, believing it would be a waste of the state’s money.

Weather slowing Westside construction

Planning for the first phase of a building project at Powell Middle School is underway, and the Park County School District No. 1 board anticipates bidding the project in March.

Todd Wilder, coordinator of support services for District No. 1, told the school board last week a value engineering meeting with Wyoming School Facilities personnel went well. He anticipates final construction drawings will be completed by March 1 so the district can advertise for bids.

One more Powell, Wyoming Panther earned a slot in the state swim meet and five swimmers qualified in new events during swimming competition last week.

As a team, Powell High School scored two dual meet wins, defeating Cody 107-65 at the Powell Aquatic Center on Thursday and Worland 97-80 on Saturday.

“The guys swam well against Cody and then even better timewise down at Worland, with several swimmers getting big time drops to post personal best times,” said Coach Jerry Rodriguez.

The Powell Panthers took their wrestling skills into another high-powered tournament last week and came home with a sixth-place finish.

In competition that included the top-ranked teams from all three classes in Montana as well as Wyoming’s top 4A team, Gillette, the Panthers held their own, climbing from seventh place following the semi-finals to edge Williston, N. Dak, for sixth and missing fifth place by just 10 points.

Once again, an act of terrorism has our flag flying at half staff.

Last week’s shooting in Arizona, which killed, among others a 9-year-old and a federal judge, was apparently aimed at a member of the United States Congress, who was seriously wounded and will face disability, probably for the rest of her life.

The incident has revived perennial arguments about safety and security.

Five new qualifying times open year of Panthers

The Powell Panther swimmers kicked off the new year by posting two new qualifying times in Cody on Friday and adding three more Saturday at the Dozah Invitational in their home pool.

Freshman Jakob Bowers became the latest Panther to qualify for state in a five-team meet in Cody by swimming the butterfly in 1:14.28. Fellow freshman Quin Wetzel added two qualifying times to his resume, cutting more than five seconds from his time in the individual medley in Cody and following up at the Dozah by cutting nearly five seconds from his time in the 500-yard freestyle.

The Powell Panthers took on Montana last weekend in Bozeman, and six wrestlers came home with medals.

The Panthers joined two Montana schools in the Tom LeProwse Invitational and finished seventh, just six points behind sixth place Billings Skyview.

Five wrestlers reached the semifinals and two, Jim Seckman at 154 and Randy Andrews at 171, wrestled in the finals as the team recorded two second place finishes, one third, two fourths and one sixth.

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