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Editorials

EDITORIAL: New laws take effect

Next session, legislators must focus on budget — not other bills

The start of July is often filled with Independence Day festivities, as it should be. But something else happened July 1: Dozens of new laws took effect in Wyoming.

Thumbs down to politically motivated balking by the Park County Commission over money needed to help pay for a fence around the Park County Regional Landfill near Cody. The electric fence would help keep grizzly bears out of the landfill. 

To hear some tell it, last week’s announcement that the federal government will remove Endangered Species Act protections for the grizzly bear was either a triumph or failure of President Donald Trump’s administration.

EDITORIAL: Animals aplenty

Support local shelters, spay/neuter your pets

Wyoming has far more animals than humans. In fact, cattle alone outnumber people by 2-to-1 in the Cowboy State.

Measles, once eradicated in the United States, is rearing its ugly head again.

When people who often disagree on how to manage local lands find something to agree on, it’s a sign that there’s a pretty compelling cause to support.

Six out of 10 graduates at the University of Wyoming collect their degrees and go out into the world with zero college debt.

As kids spend carefree hours at the playground, set up lemonade stands and ride their bicycles, it’s easy to have a romanticized view of summertime in our small town. Yes, in many ways, Powell is a safe community, but that doesn’t mean we’re immune to terrible crimes.

The year 2017 isn’t one we’re likely to forget anytime soon, at least from a weather perspective. 

If anyone was wondering how far over the line someone must go in today’s polarized political climate to draw unanimous condemnation, we may have finally received an answer this week.

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