Powell, WY


Humidity: 22%

Wind: 17 mph


House votes to lift crude oil export ban

The U.S. House voted 261-159 to lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports on Friday.

The Congressional Western Caucus, chaired by U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), said lifting the ban will increase American energy production and spur economic growth.

The export ban was put in place in 1975 in response to the Arab oil embargo. Since then the U.S. has become a leading producer of oil in the world, but the policy hasn't changed, jeopardizing the ability of American production to stay globally competitive, the Western Caucus said in a news release.

“So much has changed in the 40 years since the crude oil export ban was imposed and it is past time for a 21st century energy policy that puts American crude on the international market,” Lummis said in a statement. “Allowing American producers and workers to compete on the global market will create jobs and lower gasoline prices according multiple independent experts and federal agencies. It will also strengthen our global influence and help our allies. Lifting this ban is long overdue and I am pleased to see a bipartisan majority in the people’s House vote to lift it.”

According to the Congressional Western Caucus, lifting the ban will:

• Generate $1.4 billion in profits to the federal government over the next 10 years from federal mineral royalties, according to Congressional Budget Office. This increase production will also increase state level revenues from increased oil production on federal, state, and private lands.

• Lifting the ban is likely to lower the price of gasoline and diesel fuel for American consumers, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

• Create an estimated 394,000 additional U.S. jobs over the 2016-30 period, with a peak of 964,000 in 2018, according to IHS.

Autumn Bash Saturday at fairgrounds

The Autumn Bash at the Park County Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon will feature pumpkin painting, a costume contest, carnival games and more.

The bash takes place from 2-6 p.m. in the new Exhibit Hall at the fairgrounds.

3.8 million visitors so far

More people visited Yellowstone National Park last month than any other September on record, and the park has set a new annual visitation record, with nearly three months still remaining before the end of the year.

Rabies victim dies one day after diagnosis

A Fremont County woman who died of rabies last week had ties to Powell.

However, her identity is being held pending official notification.

Search and rescue theft

Prosecutors allege Cody man misspent funds from state organization

When a non-profit organization created to support Wyoming’s search and rescue operations effectively shut down, prosecutors say a Cody man took much of its remaining money for himself and his personal climbing ventures.

Authorities searched an East Fifth Street apartment on Friday afternoon, looking for evidence that one of the occupants was manufacturing methamphetamine.

Powell’s community-owned store, The Merc, could once again face some tough decisions at the end of the year if sales don’t pick up soon. 

Climbing wall, air conditioning planned for Johnson Fitness Center

A new climbing wall and other improvements are planned for the Johnson Fitness Center at Northwest College — as soon as college leaders get the go-ahead from the state to do them.

Local law enforcement personnel — apparently looking for evidence of drug activity — searched inside an East Fifth Street apartment building this afternoon.

The weather this fall has been like an ill-fated attempt at homemade beef jerky — hot and dry. While the Big Horn Basin’s bean farmers enjoyed a hotter than average September, the local sugar beet farmers are hoping October brings cooler weather.

Page 1 of 189


Get all the latest Powell news by subscribing to the Powell Tribune today!

Click here to find out more!


Our paper can be delivered right to your e-mail inbox with a subscription to the Powell Tribune!

Find out more here!

Stay Connected

Keep up with Powell news by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

Go to top