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Tom Lawrence

Thumbs up to the life of coach Jim Stringer.

The Powell community lost the husband, father, brother, son, friend, teacher and football coach Friday morning. While the community feels shock and deep pain at the premature death of Stringer, who was just 44, we could only imagine the sense of loss his wife, son and twin daughters are experiencing. The primary comfort that the Powell community can offer them is the respect and appreciation thousands felt for Jim Stringer.

Sugar beets, barley, sunflowers and beans. You’d expect those crops to be grown at the University of Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station farm a mile north of Powell.

But grapes, spinach, corn, tomatoes and lettuce?

President Warren Gamaliel Harding is back in the news.

I’ve been waiting more than 30 years to write that sentence. It feels good when patience is rewarded.

When most people are drinking, the last thing they want to see is someone wearing a badge.

However, there are exceptions.

A Powell man who “went into a catatonic state” at the Powell Law Enforcement Center Tuesday afternoon was arrested for public intoxication.

Thumbs up to the people who hurried to the Mormon Dam last week when four teenage girls found themselves in trouble.

Joey and Jaclyn Haire, Kylie Ollinger and Melani Madden were enjoying a cool tube ride down the Shoshone River when they realized they had missed an opportunity to get out of the water before reaching the dam.

Governor touring state as Aug. 19 primary approaches  

CODY — Gov. Matt Mead was man enough to wear pink Friday.

In case you’re wondering what 17 tons of garbage smells like up close: Not good. Nope, not good at all.

But the departure of the first load of municipal solid waste (MSW) from Powell to Billings, Mont., was sweet news for the city, which saw its efforts to take the household waste to the Billings landfill come to fruition July 1. The city had been taking its MSW to a Big Horn County landfill in Cowley.

Thumbs up to the renewed attention being brought to the 1944 trial of 63 Japanese Americans who protested the fact they were unconstitutionally held in a confinement camp by refusing to serve in the military.

Gas. Hamburgers. Cable bills.

You could write a long list of things that have increased in cost in the past 12 years. Go ahead, it’s easy.

Beer. Clothing. Cell phones.

For the most part, people have accepted it. They realize prices go up, and while they may grumble a little, they pay the extra cash and move ahead.

Call them what you will — four local musicians are making a mark in the local scene.

The Willwood Gypsies performed at the opening night of the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Concerts in the Park Series on Friday. It’s a quartet, although just three of the band members were able to make the gig.

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