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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
Springtime is typically filled with hope, especially for students about to graduate. But for the Class of 2020, uncertainty looms. This year’s seniors have been forced to give up so many … more
In theory, this should be the golden age of news. It’s hard to think of another time in recent history when timely, accurate information was more important than now, when it seems the entire … more
In February 2009, then-President Barack Obama passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which pumped $833 billion into the economy, in response to what was being called at the time an … more
If March came in like a typical lamb, it’s going out as an almost unrecognizable lion. Our lives changed dramatically in mid-March as the global COVID-19 pandemic reached our corner of Wyoming. … more
Don’t let the low numbers for known cases of coronavirus in Park County and Wyoming lull you into complacency and any false sense of security. That’s the message of plain talk opinion … more
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy issued a “strongly suggested” statewide curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was … more
As the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced in Wyoming last week, life quickly changed in our small community. Empty store shelves, canceled events and extra precautions all became a … more
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