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Tom Lawrence

Raymond Uno returned to Heart Mountain last week.

Uno, 83, first arrived in the windswept high plains of northwest Wyoming in 1942 as a prisoner, held in an armed camp because he was of Japanese ancestry.

Thumbs down to the absurd schedule Congress has set for itself.

Plan to enjoy this holiday weekend? Expect to take a trip, or relax at home on the couch, enjoying time away from the workplace? Sorry, but you’re a piker when it comes to time off.

Congress was not in session for a single day in August. Not one.

It’s a simple theory that has been proven time and time again: People working together can get more done.

The problem is how to get them to pull on the same end of the rope. Powell Economic Partnership, Inc. (PEP) has brought in some experts to help accomplish that goal and assist local businesses, nonprofit agencies and government entities.

Election night wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger for those following the Republican contest for governor.

Gov. Matt Mead rolled to an easy win, garnering 53,673 votes compared to 31,534 for Dr. Taylor Haynes and 12,463 for Cindy Hill, the state superintendent of public instruction. The results were widely anticipated and at the moment the first returns were in, it was obvious Mead would claim a comfortable victory in his bid for a second term.

Thumbs down to the mayhem and hatred so visible on the streets of Ferguson, Mo.

Racial tensions in the small town have been apparent for years, and the match that touched off that powder keg was the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, on Aug. 9.

This has been my first election cycle in Wyoming and it has been a rather eventful one to observe.

The campaign started with a jolt last summer when Liz Cheney jumped into the Senate race, announcing she intended to defeat Sen. Mike Enzi for the Republican nomination.

Too busy to vote today? Don’t like stopping by the polling place? Think your vote doesn’t matter?

Think again.

Hitting 4 Hometown Heros set for Sept. 13-14 at Homesteader Park

Jim Stringer coached football and wrestling, but a group of softball players plan to honor him this fall.

There are three candidates for governor on the Republican primary ballot in the Aug. 19 election, but it’s not a difficult choice.

Gov. Matt Mead deserves to be nominated for a second term by the Wyoming GOP. His first three-plus years in office have been largely successful, and Mead has earned a second chance at the job.

The recycling fee charged for some residential and commercial customers will go up 50 cents, not a dollar, the Powell City Council decided Monday night.

The fee assessed to those who do not recycle their cardboard with Powell Valley Recycling will go from $1.50 per month to $2. The money, which is part of the monthly city utility bill, is turned over to PVR.

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