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Tribune Staff

Take the money or keep autonomy?

The announcement that federal money — $400,000 to $700,000 annually — may be available to fund the Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic poses some difficult questions for the clinic board, as well as community members.

The clinic, with a second branch soon to open in Cody, has survived thus far through generous community support and volunteer efforts, but with limited hours one evening a week.

The federal money would enable the clinic to operate on a full-time, 40-hour-per-week basis, but with the strings and red tape that accompany federal community health programs. But the “free” in free clinic would cease to exist — instead the organization would see needy patients on a sliding-fee basis.

The next few months will require an exhaustive look into the pros and cons of the proposal. The Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic Board is divided on how it views the offer, but as Dr. Nick Morris, who along with his wife, Madelyn, founded the clinic, asked, “...the ethical dilemma is, if they're going to give someone $400,000 to see eight times the number of patients, shouldn't we consider it?”

Prior to the proposed meeting with federal Community Health Program representatives in October, donors, community members, volunteers and — just as importantly, the patients receiving services at the clinic — need to voice their opinions to the board about how the clinic can best serve low-income and uninsured people in Park County and surrounding areas.

A federal community health program would have more resources and reach more people — but is the current free clinic model the best choice, with the clinic drawing its strength from continued community support?

(July 27, 1973 - July 9, 2010)

Sarah Elizabeth (Wirth) Borrego, loving wife, mother, daughter and sister, died Friday, July 9, 2010, in Seattle, Wash. She had been a patient at the University of Washington Medical Center for the past month, where she was awaiting a double lung transplant. She had been suffering from a rare lung disease since February.

(Sept. 1, 1933 - July 8, 2010)

Ruth Catherine “Trina” Davis, of Shell, died July 8, 2010, at Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings.

(Dec. 27, 1920 - July 11, 2010)

Lydia Hill, 89, died Sunday, July 11, 2010, at Powell Valley Care Center.

(June 28, 1959 - July 12, 2010)

William J. “Bill” Mudd, 51, died July 12, 2010, at his home in Powell.

A memorial service for Marsha Fetzer will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 23, at the Presbyterian Church.

Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

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Aboard Freedom, Yellowstone National Park summer employees, Jake Boone, left, and Hannah Gundernan, right, prepare to unleash a gill net to capture unwanted lake trout in Yellowstone Lake. Mount Sheridan rises in the distance. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

Extreme measures needed to save Yellowstone Lake native cutthroat trout

Since the mid 1990s, the National Park Service has endeavored to eliminate lake trout from Yellowstone Lake. But the race to save native cutthroat trout there could be lost unless the service adopts extreme measures, said a Trout Unlimited member.

Park Service personnel say they are working on it and will adopt tougher measures in the future.

Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic board mulls offer

Which is better for the Big Horn Basin community — a free clinic with community support and limited resources, or a government-funded clinic with far more resources, but accompanied by federal red tape?

That's a question Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic board members, and eventually the community, will have to wrestle with in the near future.

"I didn't, like, graduate high school and in my yearbook write, ‘Be in a soap opera,' as future plans,” said Daniel Cummings, a 2005 Powell High School alum.

Nevertheless, today (Tuesday), Cummings will make his television debut in a recurring role on the long-running ABC soap opera, “General Hospital.”

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Powell catcher Auston Carter frames a pitch during recent Powell Pioneer baseball action. Fans wanting to watch Post 26 in action have five chances to see the team at home this week as the regular season wraps up. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Pioneers fare well against Colorado competition

The Powell Pioneers won four out of five games, including a trio of wins over Colorado competition, as the team tuned up for post-season competition with an appearance at Casper's Mike Devereaux baseball tournament.

Powell carries a 33-12-2 mark into the final week of the regular season.

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