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Tessa Schweigert

Call it the ripple effect. Now into its second year of operations and with an anticipated budget deficit of roughly $275,000, the Powell Aquatic Center is raising its annual membership rate fees, but daily swimming rates will remain the same.

You know the unexpected joy that comes from discovering a $20 bill tucked away in the pocket of a coat from last winter? Imagine finding out about hundreds of millions of dollars you didn’t expect.

Innovative methods applauded in fight against lake trout

Deep in the waters of Yellowstone Lake lurk thousands of trout that threaten the fragile ecosystem of America’s beloved first national park.

Non-native lake trout prey on cutthroat trout native to Yellowstone Lake, but it’s not simply a case of big fish versus little fish — much more is at stake.

When a Powell resident gets a knock on the door, they can pretty easily distinguish between a local Girl Scout selling cookies and a traveling salesman hawking vacuums. But making that distinction under the law is a lot tougher.

Concerned that proposed regulations on door-to-door sales would also burden local nonprofit groups, the Powell City Council voted unanimously last week to table an ordinance dealing with solicitors, peddlers and transient merchants.

Approaching the 10th anniversary of 9/11, much has been written, observed and spoken about the September morning that forever changed America.

Though Powell is far removed in distance from the East Coast, residents here closely experienced the impact, tragedy and magnitude of what unfolded on that sunny, crisp September morning.

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Door-to-door salesman.

Door-to-door salesman who?

Well, there are a few ways to answer that question: solicitor, peddler or transient merchant. Key differences separate the three, and the city of Powell may change how it regulates, licenses and defines them.

The Bureau of Land Management is working to adopt a Resource Management Plan to determine how millions of acres of public land in the Big Horn Basin will be managed over the next 20 years.

Crafting a plan of this magnitude has required years of work, discussions, meetings, comments and debate. The lengthy process resulted in a 1,800-page draft, but before a final plan is reached, residents still have an opportunity to comment.

Nearly 10 years ago, commercial airplanes became weapons in terrorist attacks, striking our nation at its core. As America reeled in the fearful and frantic hours of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta grounded all flights. In the days that followed, Mineta met with leaders in the White House and Congress to discuss our nation’s security and getting the airlines back up.

Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center opens this weekend

As the last train departed on Nov. 10, 1945, young LaDonna Zall quietly watched as Japanese-Americans walked away from the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp where they were confined as internees during World War II.

“It was snowing horizontally, as it does in Wyoming … they looked very cold, and there were soldiers in their long winter coats spaced along the way, their rifles on their shoulders, the bayonets shining in the gray daylight,” Zall recalled.

After several months of closed-door discussions, the Northwest College Board of Trustees barely agreed to extend a contract with President Paul Prestwich. Last week’s 4-3 vote means the board will begin to negotiate a contract with Prestwich to keep him at the college through at least June of 2013.

The split vote also means the college board doesn’t have complete confidence in the current president.

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