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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

EDITORIAL: Road work ahead

Next week, crews will begin work on Coulter Avenue, removing medians and installing new lighting. During the construction project, drivers will need to adjust to single-lane traffic in each direction, which could remain 24 hours a day, seven days a … more

EDITORIAL: Corrections officers face daily challenges; they’re unsung heroes

But, the Sheriff’s Office notes, that approach “will never give the community an accurate reflection of jail and what kind of mistreatment deputies may endure on a daily basis.” The public often forgets the corrections officers who spend … more

EDITORIAL: Lawmakers should make meetings more accessible

During the recent legislative session, it briefly looked as though a part of our wish would come true. House Bill 276 would have required audio recordings of interim committee meetings to be posted online within one month. Staffers with the … more

EDITORIAL: With warmer weather, watch for pedestrians

With more children walking or riding their bikes on local streets and sidewalks, it’s important for drivers to watch for them. While that’s something to keep in mind throughout the entire year, now seems a good time for a reminder, especially … more

EDITORIAL: Take the time to thank a farmer

Agriculture is a major source of employment and income in Park County and Wyoming. In fact, agriculture is reliably Wyoming’s third largest industry, Gov. Matt Mead said in a National Ag Day column. “It is a cornerstone of Wyoming’s … more

EDITORIAL: Stop changing the clocks

Since we just moved our clocks forward, it seems like a good time to ask: Why do Americans keep messing with the time every spring and fall? To be honest, we’re not sure. Rep. Dan Laursen, R-Powell, wants us to stop changing our clocks each … more

EDITORIAL: Funding overhaul will determine the future of education in Wyoming

Despite that warning, the House and Senate could only agree to cut education spending by $34.5 million — less than 10 percent of the projected shortfall. Meanwhile, the Senate removed a half-cent sales tax proposal from the education funding … more

EDITORIAL: Help wanted — Candidates needed for vacant Ward II seat

But sadly, Mayor Hillman’s first council meeting of his new term in January ended up being his last. We miss Mayor Hillman, and his unwavering dedication to Powell, a community he loved; we also know Mayor Hillman believed in progress and … more

EDITORIAL: If you like Wyoming’s wolf plan, you ought to like judicial review

Environmentalists, for example, decried the decision and vowed to keep fighting. “We’ll have to figure out what the next steps are but we’re not retreating from the position that wildlife are not vermin,” Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso … more

EDITORIAL: Streamlining early childhood services is a good starting point

On Feb. 23, Enzi sent a letter to Thomas Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Elizabeth DeVos, secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, urging them to work toward achieving that goal. In his letter, Enzi cited a 2014 … more

EDITORIAL: In defense of facts

More concerning is what feels like an assault by Trump and others on the mission of journalism itself — rejecting the truths and facts that reporters uncover. Here’s one example: in mid-January, CNN reported that intelligence officials had … more

EDITORIAL: In praise of lawmakers showing up

Too often, our communication with lawmakers who make those decisions is limited. We can send emails, make phone calls, write letters; but when those messages go unanswered — or you receive a canned “thank you for your comments” response — … more

EDITORIAL: Freudenthal gives strong rationale for updating Endangered Species Act

Freudenthal wrangled repeatedly with the federal government over management of animals on the Endangered Species List during the eight years he was governor of Wyoming. For eight years before that, he enforced the law as a U.S. attorney, and much of … more

EDITORIAL: Wyoming needs to vote on presidential contenders

Local discontent culminated in Rep. David Northrup, R-Powell, and Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, proposing a bill last month that would have created a special presidential primary election. The election would have taken place in the April of presidential … more

EDITORIAL: Don’t contribute to the problem: Spay/neuter cats and dogs

“Cats, cats, cats … our communities and shelters have far too many unwanted cats,” the City of Powell/Moyer Animal Shelter staff posted Friday. They encourage residents to reduce the problem by spaying and neutering pets as well as feral … more
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