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The new year is in full swing, and many of us are struggling to adhere to our lofty resolutions, whether it be to quit smoking, take up a new hobby or just be nicer to those we wish would be nicer to us.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

If you were to query Wyomingites about the things they dislike about the federal government, you’d likely hear — over and over — a complaint that Washington, D.C., takes a “top-down” approach. It’s another way of saying that we don’t like it when politicians or bureaucrats thousands of miles away come up with ways to affect our area without involving us first. The objections to edicts from Washington are so commonplace here that you might call it a Wyoming mantra.

Unfortunately, 2018 has already been a busy year for the Powell Volunteer Fire Department, with two structure fires inside a week. A local resident died in a home fire on Saturday night; a separate fire earlier in the week destroyed all of a homeowner’s belongings.

New year’s resolutions often are about change: giving up an old habit, or starting something new in hopes of making your life better.

Years ago, the writer Stewart Brand summarized one of the great tensions in media.

With the start of 2018 just days away, it’s a good time to remind motorists of the first major change of the new year, at least for those driving within Powell city limits: The city’s ordinance banning the use of cell phones and other hand-held devices goes into effect Jan. 1.

EDITORIAL: Wishing you a Merry Christmas

As another year soon comes to a close, it’s a time of both celebration and reflection.

It should come as a surprise to no one that the National Park Service’s proposal to more than double the cost of a week-long pass to Yellowstone National Park has been ill-received by locals. No one welcomes the prospect of having to pay more taxes or fees for something — especially when that something is the opportunity to enjoy public lands.

Open enrollment deadline Friday

With the holiday season in full swing, some tasks get lost in the shuffle as Christmas Day quickly approaches. But as you make your lists and check them twice, don’t overlook health insurance.

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