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Tom Lawrence

Did mean-spirited, anonymous emails stifle the discussion on a proposed smoking ban in Powell?

Sharon Altermatt, the team leader of Prevention Management of Park County, proposed the ban to the Powell City Council in June. But during a lengthy public discussion on the issue on Aug. 19, Altermatt stood silently in the back of council chambers and did not come to the podium to speak.

Ever been tempted to contact someone you were friends with, somebody you worked with, and did a lot of goofy, young-person stuff with away from the job?

It was a race to the right.

U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi and Liz Cheney, who is running against him for the Republican nomination for Senate in 2014, were the most high-profile speakers during the third annual Big Horn Basin Tea Party picnic, held Saturday near the tiny community of Emblem, population 10.

 

The 25th running of the Sugar Beet Classic, a combination triathlon and separate 5K run, will be held Saturday.

The event is a fundraiser to help pay for improvements to the Powell Aquatic Center, according to Teri Oursler, the president of the Powell Swim Club. Members of the club, as well as swimmers on the Powell High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams, will help manage the event.

The goal is to install a record board and sound panels at the PAC, which is city-owned. The record board will cost $8,000, while $3,600 is needed for the sound panels.

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.

 

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