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EDITORIAL: Sheep Mountain is a public investment worth making

Recently, both the Park County Commission and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition — entities that often find themselves on the opposite sides of an issue — sent letters calling on the federal government to buy land on the top of Sheep Mountain … more

EDITORIAL: Debt-free college education: A realistic story in Wyoming

That was a statistic noted by UW President Laurie Nichols in Cody several weeks ago, speaking at an end-of-the-school year gathering in Park County. It was offered up in the context of her declaration that a high quality education is truly … more

EDITORIAL: Even in a small town, be wary and teach kids to stay safe

Nearly 20 years ago, on a summer day like any other in Powell, a young girl named Christin Lamb was abducted while visiting her grandparents here. If you lived in Powell in July 1998, you likely remember the details of what happened next. For two … more

EDITORIAL: Hot weather means flooding is likely in parts of Wyoming

Now, after a snow-laden winter and a cool, wet spring, we seem to have skipped much of the warm spring weather and have gone straight into the heat of summer. Powell saw 92-degree temperatures on Sunday, and more hot weather is expected later … more

EDITORIAL: Decency should cross party lines

On Tuesday, just about everyone across the political spectrum blasted comedian Kathy Griffin for posing for a photo with a fake severed head of President Donald Trump. It’s good to see the widespread condemnation — we could easily run through … more

EDITORIAL: Suicide prevention and awareness efforts as important as ever

The Wyoming Department of Health recently eliminated its contract with the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming (PMO), which provides suicide prevention efforts across the state. The Department of Health will now oversee those efforts. The … more

EDITORIAL: Memorial Day — Watch out for children and remember our fallen heroes

With school getting out on Friday, children are in summer mode. In their enthusiasm, they may forget the rules of the road. Often, their carefree play involves balls, pets, bicycles or other things that may stray out into the street. Consequently, … more

EDITORIAL: Community servants still needed

More broadly, we wonder if the Powell community has a decision to make about its future. The local Lions Club, now just three members strong, could be facing the end of its existence because of dwindling membership. It’s just one of several … more

EDITORIAL: Congratulations, Class of 2017

They came into the world in 1999 or so — a time when parents didn’t announce births on social media. They were toddlers when America was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, changing the world as we knew it. While a lot has changed since 1999, some … more

EDITORIAL: Spring weather more than welcome; landslides are not

Canal water is running, water is flowing down the furrows in the fields, and the desert is turning green. There’s nothing better than spring in Powell. The forecast indicates we’ve still got some cold weather coming later this week, but we’re … more

EDITORIAL: Let’s get serious about campaign finance reports

But the law’s bark is a whole lot worse than its bite. In fact, if the state statutes are meant to serve as a kind of watchdog, they appear largely toothless. Consider that now — roughly six months since the end of the 2016 campaign — … more

EDITORIAL: Health care bill a step backward

We hope it won’t, and we’re not alone. From every indication — including Republican voices in the U.S. Senate — the House-passed bill needs work. Republicans in the House rushed to pass a health care bill Thursday without waiting for a full … more

EDITORIAL: PHS robotics team deserves recognition for achievements

In April, the team — comprised of Alan Merritt, Hattie Pimentel, Rhett Pimentel and Nathaniel Whitham — became the first Powell robotics team to advance from a super regional tournament to compete in a world tournament. Team 3188 won the … more

EDITORIAL: Yellowstone’s annual opening is great; earlier would be even better

While Yellowstone draws thousands of visitors over its winter season, it’s the summer that brings in millions of people from across the globe. And those tourists bring a lot of money into this area, supporting many local jobs. The National Park … more

EDITORIAL: A new chapter for economic development

PEP started managing the chamber’s operations this week. We’re glad this decision was based on public input and work sessions. The consolidation of PEP and chamber services is a new model for Powell, and we’re hopeful it will benefit the … more

EDITORIAL: Safety on highways depends on alert, defensive driving

We want everyone to get to their destinations safely. To ensure that happens, we all must take precautions and drive defensively. Unfortunately, the number of highway fatalities in Wyoming so far this year has more than doubled over last year. As … more

EDITORIAL: Now not the time to raise school pay

But we would encourage the board to make things easier now — and for years to come — by not approving the roughly $268,000 worth of salary increases that are being considered for the coming 2017-18 fiscal year. Powell takes pride in its … more

EDITORIAL: A park for all children

Playing is an important part of childhood, and we’re glad the Powell community is taking steps to ensure every child has a playground to enjoy. Beartooth Park is on track to become the city’s first handicap-accessible play area, with … more

EDITORIAL: Police and community must work together to reduce drug abuse

Police Chief Roy Eckerdt recently told the Powell City Council that the availability of drugs is growing, and it is fueling drug-related crimes. Drugs that were popular in the 1980s and ’90s are making a comeback, aided significantly by … more

EDITORIAL: Gorsuch nomination a reminder of why we don’t like Congress

In a March poll conducted by Gallup, just 24 percent of respondents said they approved of the job that the House and Senate are doing. And in a testament to federal lawmakers’ collective unpopularity, that 24 percent figure was actually one of the … more
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