Powell, WY


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Tessa Baker

Powell prides itself on being a safe community — the kind where kids can ride their bikes freely around town and neighbors look out for one another.

Contrary to a popular local belief, however, Powell is not a place where it’s OK to leave your front door unlocked or the keys in your vehicle.

Gluten-free oats grown in local fields, processed in a Powell facility and marketed by a hometown business are destined for Europe, Australia and across the United States. Gluten Free Oats, a local business with a global market, will expand its Powell operations with a new facility to process and clean oats, thanks to an additional $267,795 grant approved Thursday.

Pool slated to re-open this weekend; lap pool still open

The recreation pool at the Powell Aquatic Center has been closed to swimmers this week, following a failure with the pool’s recirculation pump.

Pool staff noticed problems before the pump went out and were scheduling for a technician when it failed last week, said Gary Butts, city public services manager.

In the past decade, more than a billion dollars was spent on school facilities in Wyoming. With a new high school, new Southside Elementary, a new Westside Elementary under construction and plans underway for middle school renovations, Powell has seen millions spent on demolition and construction in recent years.

Similar school projects are going on across the state, and Gov. Matt Mead wants to ensure Wyoming contractors receive a fair chance at those jobs.

As legislators gather in Cheyenne this week, they will be inundated with dozens of bills — eventually hundreds of them — up for consideration during the 2011 General Session 61st Wyoming Legislature.

Once again, Wyoming finds itself in a much better position than other states with its enviable budget surplus — more than $1 billion to allocate or invest.

Residents dreading the prospect of a large-scale hauling project over the scenic Chief Joseph Highway breathed a sigh of relief last week.

After a turn of events, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality abandoned its controversial plan to haul some 68,700 tons of gold mine tailings over the winding highway.

Homes aglow with Christmas decorations have captured the attention of passersby. Some of those homes also caught the eye of the city’s judging committee, which recognized various residences and businesses in the annual City of Powell Christmas Decorating Contest.


Mead takes office Jan. 3 as Freudenthal finishes second term

Soon after 2011 begins, Matt Mead will take the helm as Wyoming’s next governor as Dave Freudenthal exits after two terms.

Fortunate to serve during boom years for the state’s energy industry, Freudenthal will leave on a high note in a couple of weeks after leading the state through eight prosperous years.

Besides looking left and right at a busy intersection, drivers in Powell can look up.

At four busy intersections, the city installed mirrors on existing street poles to reflect oncoming traffic and pedestrians to improve drivers’ ability to see them.


For much of 2010, criticism and questions surrounded PAWS — the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students.

Going into a new year, state leaders must decide what the future is for the beleaguered standardized test. Following an audit report that showed the PAWS test is expensive and not fully utilized, we’re glad Wyoming officials are taking a serious look at the exam, its flaws and whether it guides student instruction as it should.


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