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Tom Lawrence

Tests have been, and always will be, a crucial part of the educational process.

But they are like a street light on a dark corner:  They reveal some things, but not everything, and some of the images that are glimpsed can be obscured or greatly distorted.

The people have smoked, er, spoken.

The Powell City Council was listening, and an overwhelming outcry against a proposed smoking ban in the city greeted Mayor Don Hillman and the council Monday night. More than 40 people filled the council chambers and all but one of the 12 speakers on the issue urged the council to reject enacting such a ban.

The battle over butts is heating up.

After being a point of public and private discussion for a few weeks, it has jumped to the Tribune’s editorial page as well as on websites frequented by local residents.

 

If you go for a hike in the mountains or a stroll in the forest, there is an excellent chance a mountain lion may keep you company for part of the trip.

An apparent decline in Northwest College enrollment may be for a very good reason.

Wait, we’re not knocking our favorite college. That’s right, this looks like it’s a good thing. The reason for our positive approach to this news is the college’s belief that a decline in enrollment is tied to a stronger national and state economy.

It’s a very contentious issue,” Mayor Don Hillman said.

That was obvious Monday night as the Powell City Council discussed a proposed smoking ban in enclosed public places. The proposal, which was brought to the council by an anti-smoking group several weeks ago, wasn’t on the agenda. But Hillman and some members of the council talked about it, since several local bar owners and employees were in the audience.

 

It happened in an instant, but its impact will be felt for months.

The wind came up around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, and as it did the temperature dropped sharply, from the mid 70s to the high 40s. Gusts of up to 51 mph were recorded, according to the National Weather Service, and within two hours more than half an inch of rain had fallen.

Anti-smoking group may pay for poll, or help arrange for it

Powell residents may be surveyed to determine their thoughts on a proposed smoking ban.

City Administrator Zane Logan said Friday the city is considering using data gathered by a polling agency to learn what people want the city to do. However, the poll may be paid for, or at least provided by, Prevention Management of Park County (PMPC), which supports a ban on smoking on public places in the city.

Tossing horseshoes is an ancient game, with some researchers saying Greek soldiers played a version of it in their camps 2,000 years ago.

The game was popularized in America during the Civil War, as soldiers tossed discarded muleshoes at targets to pass the time between battles and marches. By the early 20th century horseshoes was widespread across the nation, as players found the sport a welcome way to pass the time and connect with their rural roots.

 

We applaud the Powell City Council and Mayor Don Hillman for seeking as much public input as possible before making a decision on a proposed smoking ban.

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