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Celebrate Powell’s trees on Arbor Day

The trees in our community have become an interesting topic of discussion of late, ranging from replacing trees along the canal on Coulter Avenue following last summer’s median removal to the impending demise of about 21 trees lining Absaroka Street as part of the street widening project. (Those living on Absaroka Street can find solace in that the trees removed will eventually be replaced.)

Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it was backing off its plans to more than double the entrance fees charged at the country’s most popular national parks, including Yellowstone.

It may not be surprising to hear that a survey showed only 17 percent of Americans were in the middle of reading a book. But what may come as a surprise is that the survey was conducted in 1957.

Though recent weather may not reflect it, spring is here, bringing with it change in all forms and in all aspects of life. And as the weather continues to get warmer, those changes will become more apparent.

As a rural community in northwest Wyoming, Powell may not seem like a very diverse place.

It seems as though hardly a week passes in this country without some news about an act of violence at a school or districts considering some new kind of security measure.

A recent survey of the community showed overwhelming 88 percent support of early-release Fridays in the Powell school system. That in itself is “unheard of,” according to superintendent Jay Curtis, as we know that people are usually more divided on most decisions. As a result, the 4.5-day school week will be ushered in with strong community buy-in for the start of the 2018-19 school year.

With Easter just around the corner, it’s no surprise this week’s forecast calls for snow. But true to spring’s temperamental nature, we’ll also see sunny warm days that beckon children to play outside, homeowners to start yard work and farmers to begin preparing their fields.

Now that the dust has settled from the Wyoming Legislature’s 2018 Budget Session, educators around the state can figure out what the cuts mean for their school districts.

EDITORIAL: Paper tariffs will hurt us

Small-town papers can’t afford steep new tax

Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce released a rather dry statement about an “affirmative preliminary antidumping duty determination on uncoated groundwood paper from Canada.”

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