Powell, WY


Humidity: 53%

Wind: 18 mph

Tom Lawrence

The Powell Police Department is offered surplus military equipment on a regular basis.

So far, the answer is usually no, according to Police Chief Roy Eckerdt.

Thumbs up to the impressive turnout and strong signs of interest in the crowdfunding effort being launched in Powell.

Two days of workshops were held last week and a launch party was held at The Commons at Pond Park on Thursday. Around 80 people came, and not just for the good music, free food and beer, either.

Larry and Gloria Hedderman both feared they would never see each other alive again.

The Powell couple spent several hours Friday night and most of Saturday apart after a boating accident near the Horseshoe Bend Marina in Big Horn County. Gloria went into the water when their boat capsized in a sudden windstorm, and Larry had to scale the rocky cliffs nearby to find a perch for the night.

The second trailer to haul trash from Powell to Billings, Mont., was scheduled to arrive in August, but as October looms, it is still not here.

City Administrator Zane Logan said the trailer that the city ordered in May is not ready yet. There are problems with the “load cells,” electronic sensors that check the weight of the load, he said.

The Powell High School cross country teams ran in meets on back-to-back days this week, something veteran head coach Cliff Boos said was new to him.

“We’ve never had it before,” Boos said. “First time in all my years of coaching.”

Thumbs down to the number of Wyoming residents and visitors killed while bicycling in our state and to those who oppose efforts to make Wyoming’s highways and roads safer for bicyclists.

Tim Young, executive director of Wyoming Pathways, a bicyclist support group, said there is a demand for action. Deaths have been reported in Casper, Sheridan, rural Natrona County and rural Laramie County.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will end his Major League Baseball career this weekend. For only the third time in the 20 years he has worn the pinstripes, the Yankees will not be in the postseason.

The team he helped lead to five World Series titles is not the powerhouse it was in many of those seasons. The Yankees have struggled all season, much to the delight of the millions of fans who dislike, even hate, the fabled franchise.

A United States Department of Agriculture disaster declaration may well be issued to cover the Big Horn Basin in the wake of the hard early frost that damaged thousands of acres of crops.

Michael H. Shuman said economic paternalism, or fiscal segregation, is unfairly blocking economic growth and opportunities.

The economist/author/lawyer, who will be in Powell Thursday and Friday for a two-day seminar sponsored by Powell Economic Partnership, Inc., said people of modest means have long been unfairly denied the opportunity to invest their money.

What a difference a few degrees can make.

Just ask farmers in the Big Horn Basin. They have literally experienced lows and highs in the past two weeks and will feel the impact in their bank accounts. They know that, since it’s the business they have chosen and nothing they haven’t seen before.

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