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Tessa Schweigert

PHS students raise money for little girl in Cowley, young boy in Casper 

Powell High School students are raising money to make wishes come true for two young children.

Daizy from Cowley, who celebrated her third birthday this week, and 3-year-old Amani from Casper each want to go to Disney World. PHS students hope to raise thousands of dollars for each child’s trip through the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Wyoming.

Stalled by questions, the Park County Fair Board has continued to be at a standstill in its efforts to raise $500,000 for a new multi-use facility at the fairgrounds.

In a letter to the Park County Commission sent Friday, the board said its fundraising timeline has been delayed due to questions over whether the fair board can offer 100 percent tax deductibility for donations it receives. So far, the board has received three donations totaling $1,750 toward the new building, but is waiting to deposit the money.

As Americans, we enjoy the right to elect leaders in our government. It’s a privilege many of us participate in every election cycle.

We also have the opportunity to hold public office — a chance few take.

Bid awarded, work may begin this month  

The Powell Middle School building — a hodgepodge of sections from the 1930s, 1950s and 1980s — will soon be replaced with a new $16.36-million modern facility.

A new principal will soon take the reins at Westside Elementary School.

Angela Woyak will begin this summer, replacing longtime Westside Principal Brent Walker, who is retiring after 30 years.

Most of building coming down; remaining one-story section to be renovated 

Demolishing the old three-story Powell High School building and renovating a one-story section for continued use will cost upwards of $2.6 million.

The Legislature adjourned Thursday, but some local lawmakers expect they’ll head to Cheyenne again in coming months for a special session to address education laws.

“As a matter of fact, it’s a strong possibility,” said Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, who co-chairs the Joint Education Committee.

Thumbs up to the progression of an economic development bill in the Wyoming Legislature that could help bring scores of jobs to our area. The initial bill from Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, would have just approved a $24.4 million loan to expand Cody Laboratories. But it’s since been morphed into a law that would create a revolving investment fund for any large economic development project in Wyoming that meets certain criteria.

Bids for demolition, abatement and renovation project due Feb. 28 

Today, it’s an 80,000-square-foot icebox.

Learning, growing and playing will still occur within the walls of the old Southside Elementary School. But now, so will worship, communion, baptisms, weddings and funerals.

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