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News

Firefighters flare-up the Fourth

Once again, Powell Volunteer Fire Department firefighters will celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks show sure to knock everybody's socks off, with an explosive $9,000 arsenal, thanks to the community's financial support.

“It will start at 10 p.m.,” said fireman Sam Rodriguez, who is organizing the annual show with fireman Tracy Sweet.

Barton resigns from PVHC post

News that Chief Executive Officer Rod Barton will be leaving Powell Valley Healthcare was greeted by long faces around the hospital board table on Monday.

Barton, who has held that post since 1997, announced on Monday he will leave in late August to take a position as the executive director of the hospital in Burley, Idaho.

Texting + driving = illegal

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As of today (Thursday), texting behind the wheel is illegal. A new law makes it a misdemeanor for motorists to write, send or read text messages. Violators face a $75 fine. The state transportation department says Wyoming is one of 28 states to have a texting while driving law. Tribune photo illustration by Carla Wensky

Wyoming now prohibits texting while driving

Effective today (Thursday), text messaging while driving is illegal in Wyoming, because legislators and law enforcement officials want drivers to focus on the road.

Under the new law, police can stop drivers and give them $75 tickets if they believe motorists are texting and driving. Proving a driver caused a car crash while texting, although tricky, could happen.

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Powell school projects

Westside school gets under way this month

Construction of a new Westside Elementary begins this month with the demolition of the old facility, and a bid has been awarded for demolition of the natatorium/auditorium. In addition, School District No. 1 continues developing plans for the future of Powell Middle School.

No changes in effect yet

Local Alltel cell phone users are one step closer to becoming AT&T customers.

Last month, AT&T finalized its purchase of Alltel's assets throughout the Big Horn Basin and several dozen market areas across the United States.

NWC budget finalized

Northwest College is facing an overall budget reduction of nearly $810,000 over last year's adjusted budget — but that's a little better than some had feared it would be.

The budget reflects a 28.4 percent decrease in local property tax income — a relief to many, since early estimates indicated the cut could be as much as 35 percent.

Traditions of independence

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As part of an annual tradition, Yesenia Rodriguez (from left), Emanuel Guzman, Jerry Rodriguez and Andres Guzman, all from Mission, Texas, visited Powell over the Fourth of July. They joined hundreds of others watching the Sunday night fireworks show presented by the Powell Volunteer Fire Department. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Freedom” is a boxy little boat, but it does what it's designed to do — snag invasive lake trout, in Yellowstone Lake.

Two National Park Service boats and a commercial gill-netting craft ply the waters of Yellowstone Lake with nets to hook the voracious fish that eat native cutthroat trout.

Falling in line with overall budget cuts, the Powell City Council voted to reduce funding for some local organizations — but they maintained most groups' funding at last year's levels.

The city's $15.7 million budget, which took effect July 1, calls for $117,575 in funding for local groups — a reduction of $22,600 from the previous year.

The beginning of the end

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A trackhoe attacks the last section of the wall that once separated the Tartan Gym from the locker rooms and other facilities in the old Powell High School Gymnasium on Friday morning. The Tartan Gym was the first section demolished, followed by the rest of the newer section of the facility. The newer section is being demolished first because it is more easily accessible to equipment, and the area will then be used as a staging area to begin demolishing the original gymnasium. Tribune photo by Don Amend

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