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Aquatic center reopening delayed

Swimmers awaiting the reopening of the Powell Aquatic Center must wait a while longer.

The pool closed last month for work to repair areas where the surface material was peeling and for annual maintenance. The facility was scheduled to reopen Sunday, April 10, but the work will take longer than originally planned, city leaders said Monday.

An overdue welcome

March 30 designated as Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day

Although a welcome home was long overdue for many Wyoming veterans and troops serving in wars too easily forgotten or reviled, the courageous men and women finally got their just due from Wyoming citizens last week.

A bill passed by the Wyoming Legislature and signed by Gov. Matt Mead this year designates March 30 as Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day. That day was celebrated Wednesday at the VFW in Cody.

Although detained Japanese departed the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in 1945, their presence left a lasting stamp on the landscape of northwest Wyoming.

The internment of Japanese residents is a sad chapter in American history, but visiting the camp gives historians a better feel for that period in history, said University of Wyoming graduate student Mac Blewer.

Chamber of commerce director fired

For the third time in as many years, the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce is without an executive director.

Kim Dillivan received a letter of termination on Thursday morning, he said.

The unending legal saga appears to have ended.

Joined by a coalition of environmental interests, recreation groups and Wyoming officials, the National Park Service today announced a “precedent-shattering” winter use plan that they say has the support of all interested parties.

The good news: Snowpack levels in the upper reaches of the Shoshone River drainages are higher than 100 percent of average.

The bad news: Snowpack levels in the upper reaches of the Shoshone River drainages are higher than 100 percent of average.

Hopes to make move in a couple months

Closing a deal some two years in the making, Powell Valley Recycling took ownership Monday of what soon will be its new, expanded location — the former Park County Road and Bridge shop.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Powell Valley Recycling Manager Mary Jo Decker.

Who stole Roger rabbit?

When a 7-foot inflatable rabbit was stolen off their lawn last week, Shauna Sickinger and Nicole Goubeaux didn’t abandon their Easter decor. To the contrary — on the Fourth and Clark street corner where their lone Easter Bunny once stood, two replacement bunnies now stand.

“If you steal, they multiply,” laughed Sickinger in a Tuesday interview, describing why she replaced the heisted hare with two more.

Peaks drilling on hold

Seeking compromise, gas company withdraws McCullough drilling permits

Hoping to avoid a potentially complicated and drawn-out legal battle, a Denver-based gas company has withdrawn its permits for drilling a series of exploratory wells in the McCullough Peaks area.

Families of current, former NWC Japanese students all OK

Earthquake and tsunami victims of Japan were on the minds and in the hearts of many of the people who attended the annual Multicultural Showcase at Northwest College on Saturday.

No NWC students from Japan come from the area where the earthquake and tsunamis struck, and none have family members who were affected by the disaster, it was announced during the event. But current and former students from Japan still struggle to deal with the disaster that has been at the forefront of news accounts for the past few weeks.

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