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Ilene Olson

As local and state governments headed into fiscal year 2014 on Monday, they all had at least one thing in common: budget cuts.

The state of Wyoming, Park County, the cities of Powell and Cody, Park County School District No. 1 and Northwest College all had to trim expenses during the past few months as revenue estimates continued to remain lower than previous levels. Now, they are challenged with providing the same services — or as close to the same as possible — with less money.

Two grizzly encounters by locals in as many weeks — an attack on a man irrigating on the South Fork last week and a near-miss in a Forest Service campground on the North Fork June 6 — underscore the increasing need to be bear aware as the grizzly population continues to grow.

College board considers mandatory attendance to resolve problem

Writing off nearly $203,000 in students’ bad debts didn’t sit well with the Northwest College Board of Trustees earlier this month, especially when trustees learned much of that debt could be avoided by taking attendance.

As he begins his last month in office, Northwest College President Paul Prestwich looks back fondly on his five years at the helm of the college.

A veterans memorial west of Powell once again is a shining recognition for military members of our community who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

New policy also encourages students to complete associate degrees

Every now and then, something comes along that makes so much sense that you wonder why no one thought of it sooner.

May 16, 2013 8:01 am

EDITORIAL: Judge got it right

Plake sentence strikes difficult balance between punishment and compassion

A 30-month sentence handed down last week to the man who pleaded guilty to helping Paul Cardwell defraud Powell Valley Healthcare is the first step in bringing some justice — and some closure — for the crime, which has had serious ripple effects throughout the hospital and the community.

 

May 14, 2013 7:44 am

Farewell, music man

Bands director, NWC Visual and Performing Arts Division chairman and founder of music festivals and camps retiring after 31 years

The same person who inspired Neil Hansen to teach music also lured him to Wyoming, starting the chain of events that led him to Northwest College five years later.

The announcement that four 12-unit apartment complexes will be built soon in Park County — two in Powell, two in Cody — is good news, especially for renters.

Threatening Facebook post at UW has far-reaching ripple effects

An anonymous, vulgar and abusive posting on a Facebook page last week created turmoil on the University of Wyoming campus and the Laramie community, spilling over into statewide debate.