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For all but the most hard-core political junkies, combing over a ballot can be a daunting task. In next month’s primary election, for instance, Republican voters will need to choose between … more
Like most parts of life in 2020, this week’s Park County Fair looks quite different. Gone are the spinning carnival rides, smashing derby cars and crowds milling about on the midway. But … more
Ever since George Floyd died in May when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, the Black Lives Matter movement and the injustices it seeks to rectify have been … more
As Wyoming finds itself hit with both an economy-disrupting pandemic and a plummeting market for minerals, there’s no avoiding the fact that we’re all in for a rough ride. The … more
When local businesses shut down this spring, many of us hoped life would get back to normal by summertime. Yet the Fourth of July weekend saw 53 active cases of COVID-19 in Park County, the highest … more
What is it they say about roads paved with good intentions?  For about 50 years now, most of the meat we buy and sell in America is regulated by the federal government. You can slaughter any … more
While you could use many words to describe 2020, uncertainty is a one of the prevailing themes. With the primary election less than two months away, uncertainty looms. Will Park County’s … more
If a pandemic wasn’t enough to deal with, the State of Wyoming is now facing a full-blown budget crisis. The state government remains largely reliant on the energy industry for revenue … more
In the past week, the number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Park County jumped from two to seven, which represents a 250% increase. Seven is still a low number, and hopefully we continue to … more
The past two weeks changed America. But we have yet to see if our nation will emerge better or worse going forward. This is a crossroads moment for our country, one that history will certainly … more
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided an update on its “best estimate” for Americans’ fatality rate of 0.4% for those showing COVID-19 symptoms. … more
Unless more candidates step up, local voters will have few choices when choosing city and county leaders in 2020. As of presstime Wednesday, only the mayor and one candidate had filed to seek … more
Many parts of life just haven’t been as good as usual in recent weeks. We have all made due and adapted, often in wonderful and unexpected ways, but virtual birthday parties and drive-by … more
In an effort to maintain distances between people and stem the spread of the coronavirus, a big chunk of America’s workforce began working at home. Here in Powell, public meetings were held on … more
Those of us who call Powell home like to believe it is a safe community, and oftentimes, that’s true. The local police blotter frequently features humorous entries — such as a recent … more
There’s no sugarcoating the fact that these are tough times. The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed tens of thousands of lives, while the massive effort to slow the new disease’s spread has … more
As Wyoming prepares to lift public health restrictions, there are concerns this will lead to a second surge of COVID-19 cases that will put us right back at square one or worse. Like most things … more
The past six weeks have been rough. School buildings shut down and will not reopen this spring. Amid the ongoing pandemic and restrictions, many businesses have been forced to temporarily close and … more
It’s been several months since COVID-19 broke out in China and raced across the globe, rapidly spreading all the way to Park County, Wyoming. And yet, despite the new coronavirus having held … more
Wyoming remains one of eight states that currently does not have state-level “shelter in place” orders. Some people are criticizing Gov. Mark Gordon for not enacting more stringent … more
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