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EDITORIAL: Pausing to pray for Las Vegas

We awoke Monday morning to the horrific news: More than 50 people were killed and over 400 wounded in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The shooting is believed to be the worst in modern American history.

It began last season as a single act of defiance: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaerpernick choosing to kneel during the national anthem before a game, a silent protest against the treatment of African-Americans in this country.

EDITORIAL: VA should explain clinic move

We’d like nothing more than to proclaim that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was wrong to move the local clinic for military veterans from Powell to Cody. This newspaper is an advocate for Powell and it hurts to see services leave this community and go somewhere else. For that reason, it was disappointing to see the Big Horn Basin’s Community Based Outreach Clinic taken away from Powell Valley Healthcare and awarded to Texas-based Valor Healthcare for an as-to-be-constructed facility in Cody.

As storm clouds rolled over the area and temperatures dropped this week, some of us lamented the sudden end to summertime while others happily welcomed the early arrival of autumnal days.

But few watched the change in weather more closely than local farmers.

The one-two punch of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, while mind-boggling in the devastation caused, will also be remembered for the ordinary, everyday people who stepped up to help their friends, neighbors and complete strangers in their hours of need.

The road from here to Cheyenne is long and often lonely. You can go miles without seeing anyone, and the landscape can be desolate.

EDITORIAL: The federal buck must stop somewhere

The United States government currently stands more than $19.8 trillion deep in debt. As of Thursday, the U.S. Treasury pegged the amount owed at exactly $19,844,586,961,607.12.

And you can expect that figure to only get worse.

In Wyoming, we don’t have all the answers to fix our country’s health care system, but we do have some insight to offer Washington, D.C.

With another beautiful Wyoming summer winding down, folks in Powell and the surrounding area are looking toward the cooler months, as Mother Nature begins her yearly ritual of the changing seasons.

August’s golden sunsets are quickly coming to an end, signaling that hunters clad in blaze orange are beginning to fan out into Wyoming’s mountains, prairies and forests in search of game.

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