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Tom Lawrence

Thumbs up to mothers.

Sunday is Mother’s Day, an annual holiday to honor the women who give birth and provide love and care for all of us. We’re sure there will be breakfasts and brunches, flowers and candy, cards and kisses for the moms.

New executive director Simonton has Park County roots  

Wyoming Association of Municipalities Executive Director Shelley Simonton has 99 bosses but she has no problem with that.

Simonton guides WAM, an association that includes all 99 incorporated cities and towns in the state. It met in Powell Thursday through Saturday, hearing from four speakers on Thursday and holding a two-day strategic retreat on the final two days.

Thumbs down to confusion and inaction on the part of the Park County Fair Board.

It was tasked with raising $500,000 to help pay for a new multi-use building on the fairgrounds. So far, it has collected $1,750 and seems to have more questions than answers.

National Weather Service meteorologist holds training session in Powell  

The National Weather Service has nearly 5,000 employees, a $950 million budget and access to the best-available technology to monitor and predict weather.

Powell has a parking problem.

There’s a tremendous demand for parking in downtown Powell during certain hours of the day. More and more, people want to stop at the stores, shops, restaurants and bars in the city’s core. We’re glad that’s happening and hope it continues.

The people tossing big money onto 21 tables in Vegas? Pikers.

Poker players eyeing their opponents over mounds of chips? Small timers.

Slot-machine fiends pumping fortunes into the one-armed bandits? Amateurs.

Thumbs up to the Park County Commission’s decision to give $10,000 to assist in building a World War I memorial in Cody.

That first “war to end all wars” — a title that sadly went unfulfilled — claimed 9 million lives, including 60 Wyoming residents. Two of them, William Francis Pittinger and Gay W. Hughes, had ties to Powell, and the American Legion post here is named in their honor.

Rich Crandall is no longer the director of the Wyoming Department of Education but he is still a state employee “for a short period of time.”

“He is currently working for the Governor through the transition to answer any questions that may arise,” according to an email response from Renny MacKay, Gov. Matt Mead’s communications director.

The city of Powell is shifting gears on a hauling contract.

The city will seek bids on hauling its municipal solid waste to a landfill. A legal notice in today’s paper announces that bids will be accepted for the hauling contract until 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30. City Administrator Zane Logan said the request for bids was on the city website by 9 a.m. Monday.

If you moved into a vacant home that you didn’t own, and refused to leave it when ordered to do so, you’d be wrong.

If you didn’t pay your utility bill because you disagreed with a government policy, you’d be wrong. If you then threatened to shoot a cop who accompanied the utility worker who came to shut off your service, you’d be extremely wrong.

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