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Tessa Schweigert

Law shouldn’t conceal identities of people charged with sexual crimes

Unlike every other person charged with a crime in Wyoming, defendants accused of sexual crimes remain anonymous and the charges against them unknown for weeks or even months.

Current state law conceals the names of defendants facing charges for sex crimes until, and unless, a judge finds there’s enough evidence for their cases to proceed to District Court.

Debate ahead as lawmakers consider Senate File 104

Education in Wyoming is at a crossroads.

If legislative leaders succeed in coming weeks, the state superintendent of public instruction may no longer oversee the Wyoming Department of Education. A measure endorsed by top legislators would create a new director of the agency, to be appointed by the governor rather than through an election.

Six months after transplant, ‘everything is fine’

It started with a mouse.

A mouse was drowning in the basin of a toilet, struggling to get his head above the water. Carla Wensky saw the small rodent and didn’t hesitate — she rescued him. She then realized that if she couldn’t watch this little mouse die, how could she watch her friend die?

DEQ approves transfer station, construction to begin in spring

Powell’s garbage transfer station is closer to becoming a reality.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality approved the official permit last month for the city of Powell to build the transfer station on North Ingalls Street, near the City Sanitation Department.

 

South building to be sold or leased

The new year is bringing changes at The Merc in downtown Powell. The community-owned clothing store will consolidate all of its merchandise into the north building on Bent Street and sell or lease its south building.

New local government leaders face tough decisions

Leaders elected in November have started taking office, and many will step into their new roles this month.

For leaders at every level of government — from Powell to Cheyenne to Washington, D.C. — new terms will be filled with a variety of budget headaches and difficult decisions.

Powell Troop Support provides gifts for locals who serve abroad

Instead of sharing this Christmas beside their loved ones, active-duty soldiers from the Powell area will spend the holiday on foreign soil thousands of miles from home. They can’t be in Wyoming, so generous residents have sent a part of Wyoming to them — in the form of letters, supplies and, of course, jerky.

 

City Council approves letters of support for projects’ funding

Renters struggling to find affordable and available housing in Powell may have more options soon. Two separate proposals for 12-unit apartment complexes gained support from the Powell City Council Monday night.

The Wyoming Housing Network of Casper and Summit Housing Group of Missoula, Mont., each are applying for a tax credit through the Wyoming Community Development Authority next month. On Monday, city councilmen unanimously approved two letters of support for each venture.

Wholesale cost increasing

City of Powell residents and businesses may see their electric rates increase in early 2013 for the sixth consecutive year.

In response to rising wholesale costs, the Powell City Council is considering a roughly 5 percent electric increase. Councilmen have approved the proposal on two readings and will consider the third and final reading Monday night.

Concerning the Wyoming Supreme Court’s decision to close Powell’s Circuit Court, we’d like to offer a dissenting opinion.

We’re left scratching our heads, wondering how it makes sense to close a valuable and productive court for savings that are said to total just $6,000 up front.

 

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