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Editorials

No need to transfer public lands now

Last week, Senate President Eli Bebout saw the writing on the wall, deciding not to waste the Legislature’s time with a proposed amendment to the Wyoming Constitution that would have set the stage for the state to take over many federal lands.

When many of us hear details about a $400 million deficit, mill levy increases and the Legislative Stabilization Reserve Account, our eyes start to glaze over.

OK, Park County folks. Here’s your chance to show people around the country how passionate people can work together for the common good of the community.

The internet has opened up a world of shopping opportunities for people in rural towns like ours, but it’s a double-edged sword that cuts into communities in multiple ways. Beyond local retailers receiving less business and dollars leaving the local economy, under the current set-up, Wyoming’s governments also lose out on sales tax dollars to maintain or improve their towns, cities and counties. Some estimates say that, by not requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes, the State of Wyoming is losing $28 million a year.

A new hotel is on the horizon, and with it comes potential for more economic growth in Powell.

Session will affect all state residents

Today is the first day of the 64th Wyoming Legislature, with opening ceremonies scheduled for noon in both the Wyoming House of Representatives and the Wyoming Senate. 

When they convene this month, state lawmakers will consider whether to make massive amounts of police data off-limits to the public.

Doing so would be a mistake.

And so a new year begins.

After 2016 — which was a rough one by many accounts — there’s reason to hope this new year will be better than the last.

Jews throughout the world are celebrating Chanukah this week. This year, the eight-day observance coincided with Christians’ celebration of Christmas, beginning on Dec. 24 and ending on New Year’s Day. 

EDITORIAL: New leaders needed in 2017

Powell is hiring.

In the coming weeks and months, new leaders will be chosen to manage the Powell school district, the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Park County Fairgrounds.

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