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Tom Lawrence

Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive collects 6,543 pounds of food  

It was a cold, rainy day — a perfect Saturday to curl up on the couch with a book or a movie and a bowl of popcorn.

So what were all those people doing at the Park County Annex?

The city of Powell’s 2014-15 budget process is nearing its conclusion.

The Powell City Council held a pair of budget hearings last week as the $18.2 million document nears official approval. The council must vote three times on it; the first such vote is scheduled for Monday night. The budget for 2013-14 was $17.4 million.

As organization marks 95th year, it seeks to help more former service members 

Men and women wounded, injured or grown ill while serving their nation deserve proper care and support.

Everyone can agree with that, right?

Spirited discussion over Billings’ landfill agreement  

An item that wasn’t on the agenda sparked the most heated discussion at Monday night’s Powell City Council meeting.

The council approved contracts to haul household waste to a Billings, Mont., landfill and to buy a second trailer to do that.

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.

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