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Editorials

Local prevention employees losing jobs due to budget cuts

It’s well known that Wyoming’s budget cuts significantly affected community colleges and K-12 education. But did you know that suicide prevention funding also took a major hit?

Two occasions coincide this weekend in our community: Memorial Day weekend and the beginning of summer vacation for Powell’s school children.

Both are important to remember.

The Powell Lions Club — a group that’s long served the community with Easter Egg hunts, car shows and more — will soon have to make a decision about whether to keep going.

This year’s graduating seniors were among the last babies born in the 20th century.

Thumbs up to warm spring weather. After a very long, hard winter and a cool, wet early spring, we’re happy to see warmer days and better weather. After a late start, farmers are out in their fields, barley and alfalfa are up and growing, and many other crops are planted. 

Wyoming law lays out some pretty scary-sounding penalties for political candidates who fail to disclose how their campaign was funded and how they spent their money; there are potential fines, fees and even the possibility of being barred from office for neglecting to turn in their required campaign finance reports.

Millions of Americans could lose their insurance over the next decade, and many may face higher costs for health care coverage if a “repeal and replace” bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week  makes it to the finish line in its present form.

Our hearty congratulations go to Powell High School’s Team 3188 (also known as Squiggle Splat Bang) for the team’s outstanding performance at the world robotics tournament. 

Around these parts, it’s not so much Memorial Day that kicks off the summer season as it is the annual opening of Yellowstone National Park’s East Entrance. That big day arrives the first Friday in May.

After operating as close partners for several years, the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce and Powell Economic Partnership joined forces in a new model this week. The two organizations will now operate under one roof, though they are remaining separate entities.

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