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Tom Lawrence

Work on an extension of East Monroe Street on the southeast edge of Powell has come to a halt.

The extension was launched last fall in tandem with the development of Buck Creek Apartments at 1015 E. Monroe St. The street extension was being done by Sammons Excavation of Lovell.

The landfill agreement between Powell and the city of Billings, Mont., was approved last week — following a marathon meeting by the Billings City Council on June 9.

Thumbs up to the Park County District Boundary Board for voting unanimously, if not happily, to recommend expanding the Powell school district’s borders to include the northern section of Yellowstone Park.

This became an issue earlier this year when the Park Service announced it would no longer pay to educate the students, who attend classes in Gardiner, Mont. Suddenly, the problem was in the lap of the state of Wyoming.

The Powell High School Class of 1949 wanted to do something special for its 65th reunion.

Special for someone else, that is.

The class decided to raise money and donate it to the Backpack Blessings Project, which raises money to help ensure needy kids don’t go hungry. The class, which will join other Panther alumni at the Alumni Weekend festivities on June 27-29, is raffling off a quilt.

The last step in hauling Powell’s household garbage to Billings, Mont., was taken by the Powell City Council Monday night.

The council agreed to a five-year landfill agreement with Billings during its meeting Monday night. It will be effective July 1 if the Billings City Council gives its approval, as is expected, to several contracts with Powell and other clients Monday night.

It seems like a nightmare, an all-too-real one.

Eva Nakamura Kuwata’s family was uprooted from their California home in 1942 and taken to a remote, cold camp in northwest Wyoming. They were forced to live behind barbed wire and under the watch of armed guards, three of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans who were forced into internment camps following America’s entry into World War II.

Thumbs up to the candidates who filed for office.

The deadline was Friday and Park County voters will have choices to make in the Aug. 19 Republican primary. There are races for sheriff, with three candidates, for the Park County Commission, with eight candidates for three seats, and for three of five legislative seats.

Residents of rural community admit to some apprehension

CLARK — His name was Juan Antonio Guerra Torres.

Guerra Torres wasn’t well-known in Clark, but some people knew him in this rural community near the Wyoming-Montana border. They didn’t talk much about him before, but they do now, since it was revealed last week he was the man found murdered in the Little Sand Coulee on Jan. 9.

It’s rare in today’s America, with divisions on almost everything, to find common ground on an issue.

Veterans, however, have seemed to be the exception to that. The right and left, Democrats, Republicans and those of other political beliefs are basically united on praising and honoring America’s military veterans.

Governor: Poll shows 80 percent support among GOP voters  

CODY — Gov. Matt Mead said he needs to find some time for campaigning, but he’s not making it a priority.

Mead, who is being challenged by two fellow Republicans in the Aug. 19 primary, is seeking his second four-year term. He said while he will campaign, he thinks the best way to earn support is by serving the state and its people as well as he can.

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