Powell, WY

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Tom Lawrence

Gas. Hamburgers. Cable bills.

You could write a long list of things that have increased in cost in the past 12 years. Go ahead, it’s easy.

Beer. Clothing. Cell phones.

For the most part, people have accepted it. They realize prices go up, and while they may grumble a little, they pay the extra cash and move ahead.

Call them what you will — four local musicians are making a mark in the local scene.

The Willwood Gypsies performed at the opening night of the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Concerts in the Park Series on Friday. It’s a quartet, although just three of the band members were able to make the gig.

Thumbs down to the problems and confusion that led to a shutdown of work on the extension of East Monroe Street.

The one-block addition between South Jones Street and Panther Boulevard was added to the city last fall as a Missoula-based developer planned a $2.3-million apartment complex. The Buck Creek Apartments were scheduled to open June 1.

Oh, Hillary. We’ll always have Jerry’s Cakes and Donuts, but ...

Hillary Clinton, the former first lady, New York senator, secretary of state, and very possibly the next president of the United States, had to extract one of her modest-heeled shoes from her mouth last week.

Work on an extension of East Monroe Street on the southeast edge of Powell has come to a halt.

The extension was launched last fall in tandem with the development of Buck Creek Apartments at 1015 E. Monroe St. The street extension was being done by Sammons Excavation of Lovell.

The landfill agreement between Powell and the city of Billings, Mont., was approved last week — following a marathon meeting by the Billings City Council on June 9.

Thumbs up to the Park County District Boundary Board for voting unanimously, if not happily, to recommend expanding the Powell school district’s borders to include the northern section of Yellowstone Park.

This became an issue earlier this year when the Park Service announced it would no longer pay to educate the students, who attend classes in Gardiner, Mont. Suddenly, the problem was in the lap of the state of Wyoming.

The Powell High School Class of 1949 wanted to do something special for its 65th reunion.

Special for someone else, that is.

The class decided to raise money and donate it to the Backpack Blessings Project, which raises money to help ensure needy kids don’t go hungry. The class, which will join other Panther alumni at the Alumni Weekend festivities on June 27-29, is raffling off a quilt.

The last step in hauling Powell’s household garbage to Billings, Mont., was taken by the Powell City Council Monday night.

The council agreed to a five-year landfill agreement with Billings during its meeting Monday night. It will be effective July 1 if the Billings City Council gives its approval, as is expected, to several contracts with Powell and other clients Monday night.

It seems like a nightmare, an all-too-real one.

Eva Nakamura Kuwata’s family was uprooted from their California home in 1942 and taken to a remote, cold camp in northwest Wyoming. They were forced to live behind barbed wire and under the watch of armed guards, three of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans who were forced into internment camps following America’s entry into World War II.

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