Powell, WY


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Start-up Summit ESP has 15 skilled workers already in place

Powell is on the western front of an enterprising initiative, national in scope, to revolutionize one of the fastest growing segments of the multibillion-dollar North American oil production business.

By Wyoming law, the Game & Fish Department recommends hunting and fishing license fees, and the Legislature actually sets the fees.

If you set out to design the perfect sugar beet harvest, the model wouldn’t be far off the real thing that played out in the fall of 2012 in Western Sugar Cooperative’s Lovell Factory District.

Growers and company are smiling at the delivered crop story line of a near record yield, strong sugar content and weather that cooperated for a clean and quick harvest.

The Powell Medical Foundation says thank you very much to the Wyoming State Legislature for a new lease on fundraising life, and, “We’ll take it from here.”

And have they ever!

Wyoming’s entire congressional delegation was in attendance at memorial services for Peggy June Adams Shreve in Cody Friday, a telling tribute to a pioneer legislator in Park County. Peg Shreve died Oct. 27, 2012, in Cody at the age of 85.

Huge beet crop spells early start

In the first week of September, sugar beets were already flying out of the ground in an earlier-than-usual opening to the fall harvest in Western Sugar Company’s Lovell factory district.

By every measure, that’s a good thing.


Population in the tiny town of Ralston in northwest Wyoming swells ten-fold for a few days each June.

It's all about mules. It's always the week of Father's Day.

Events begin Wednesday, June 13 and last through Sunday, June 17. It’s the 15th anniversary edition of Jake Clark's Mule Days to roll through Ralston, seven miles west of Powell in Park County. Mule Days brings crowds of up to 1,500 to the hamlet, which is home to a population of scantly over 100 for the rest of the year.

But potential for Mowry shale drilling is cautiously real

No, you won’t see oilfield servicing trucks jamming motel parking lots anytime soon.

Or even more to the point, the Oilfield Motel sign won’t hang this summer.

The buzz that had a large integrated energy services company buying a local motel spread like wildfire in the community in the last week.  It turns out the story had more legs than traction.

Talk had it that the Super 8 Motel had been purchased — or at least a large bloc of rooms had been leased for the summer — to house employees of the oil and gas servicing company. Melody Robertson, manager of the Super 8, says there is no truth to the story, and there has been no contact for large scale room rental.

It was a night for apologies.

At a special Monday night membership meeting announced by email, officers and board members of the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce followed up the surprise dismissal of the chamber manager and office staff with a pledge to retool the organization to serve members.

The date of Jan. 17, 2011, was a beachhead day for employment of Wyoming contractors and the use of Wyoming suppliers on publicly-funded capital construction projects.

It puts into statute in capital letters the words “Wyoming Preference.”

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