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The long battle over whether sugar beet growers can plant Roundup Ready seed in 2011 took another turn in December.

On Dec. 21, the Ninth Circuit court of Appeals extended its stay pending the appeal of Judge Jeffrey White’s ruling in November that sugar beet stecklings, or seedlings grown to produce seed, must be uprooted and destroyed. The stecklings were being grown under permits from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS.

Demolition summer

A beloved building disappeared from Powell in the summer of 2010 when the old Powell High School gymnasium was demolished.

Within a few months, two more school buildings were demolished as Powell schools adjusted to an evolving state school funding system and changes the needs of education. Later in the summer, both the old auditorium/natatorium and Westside Elementary School followed the gym into history.

 

Main Street signs discussed

Council to consider changes to sign ordinance Monday

City planning and zoning members and Powell merchants agree that signs should be allowed on downtown sidewalks. There is disagreement, however, on how signs should be regulated on the city-owned walkways.

Chief among disagreements is the location of signs on sidewalks — whether a sign should be placed directly in front of a business or if it can be off premise, such as on a city corner.

Fire damages home, kills family pets

A fire caused significant damage to a Powell family's South Ferris Street home around midday Tuesday and claimed three cats owned by the family.

Kim Dillon had returned to her house around 11:30 a.m. from running errands and found it filled with smoke.

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Depth hurts Powell on opening weekend

Short bench a factor in 0-3 start

The Powell Panthers failed to bring home a victory in three attempts at Buffalo to begin boys' basketball season. The Panthers dropped games against Newcastle, Rawlins and Wheatland as part of the 3A East-West showdown field.

A return to Pearl Harbor

Surviving sailor voyages back for USS Arizona dedication

The 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is today — Dec. 7 — and will include a dedication of the new $54 million USS Arizona Museum.

Unfortunately, the survivors, now hitting their late 80s or early 90s, are dying off.

Interim hospital leader

Roling to continue as temporary CEO at PVHC

After a telephone conference and lengthy discussion during an executive session, the Powell Valley Healthcare Board on Thursday voted to have Robin Roling continue as interim chief executive officer for the organization until a permanent replacement is hired and on duty.

Roling is vice president of patient care services for Powell Valley Healthcare.

Last week's court ruling ordering destruction of sugar beet seed-producing stecklings is the second prong of an assault against sugar beet farmers, a Heart Mountain sugar beet grower said Monday.

Ric Rodriguez, who also is a member of the Western Sugar Cooperative's board of directors, said defendants have appealed the ruling that would destroy stecklings producing seed for the 2012 growing season. It would remove and destroy stecklings planted after the September injunction was issued, he said.

Holiday lights

Clever, holiday-festooned floats drew eyes at the annual Country Christmas Lighted Parade in downtown Powell Saturday evening. Saint Nick Knaks was overall winner. Business category winners included The Real Estate Connection for first place, and Crazy Cayuse Wranglers, second. In the club category first place went to the Little Hooves 4-H Club, and second place to Chaps and Chapeaus. Recreational category winners were, first, Absaroka Mountain Thunder, and second, Stomp and Company.

Hillhouse, Cast win at Great Falls

NWC wrestlers fare well as lone JUCO team in field

The sixth-ranked Northwest College Trapper wrestling team crowned two champions at the University of Great Falls open tournament. The finish pleased Trapper coach Jim Zeigler, who noted that Northwest College was the lone two-year program in the tournament field.

“Three of the teams that were there were ranked in the NAIA polls,” said Zeigler. “It was a deep tournament with a lot of good wrestlers.”

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