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There’s a $600,000 question mark in this year’s budget for Park County School District No. 1.

The 2014-15 budget approved by Park County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees last week includes general fund revenue estimated at roughly $24.4 million and expenses of around $25 million. The $600,000 difference is to pay for the education of students living in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park — if they are included in the Powell school district.

Several candidate forums are scheduled in coming days as local races heat up prior to the Aug. 19 Republican primary.

The Powell Tribune will host a forum for House Districts 25 and 50 candidates on Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium.

Mary and Ed Wenzel never were big fair fans. Strolling the midway, going on the rides and chowing down on the numerous food offered at the booths wasn’t their idea of a fun way to spend a summer day.

But this week, for the third straight summer, the Wenzels are fair fixtures.

The difference? They are now fair employees.

Tremendous outpouring of support for late football coach and his family  

The Powell Panthers football team has enjoyed two straight undefeated seasons, but it was dealt an unimaginable loss Friday morning.

Panthers football coach and PHS teacher Jim Stringer died from an apparent pulmonary cardiac arrest suffered around 11:05 a.m. at his home on Lane 9 1/2 in rural Powell. Stringer was taken by ambulance to Powell Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Park County Coroner Tim Power. Stringer was 44.

Six of the eight Republican candidates for the Park County Commission sparred at a forum in Cody last week, with their views on federal lands emerging as a topic of contention.

Each made their pitches to voters during the July 15 forum hosted by the Park County Republican Women.

Sugar beets, barley, sunflowers and beans. You’d expect those crops to be grown at the University of Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station farm a mile north of Powell.

But grapes, spinach, corn, tomatoes and lettuce?

Powell High School football coach Jim Stringer died suddenly Friday morning.

Stringer suffered an apparent pulmonary cardiac arrest at his home on Lane 9 1/2 in rural Powell, said Park County Coroner Tim Power. Emergency responders were called around 11:05 a.m. and Stringer was taken by ambulance to Powell Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Power said.