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Tessa Schweigert

Powell valley healthcare making strides, moving past struggles

Progress is taking on a variety of forms at Powell Valley Healthcare.

This month, PVHC leaders continued to map out a strategic plan for the organization’s future. Meanwhile, a court case proceeded against Paul Cardwell, the former CEO and current fugitive who dropped off the map.

Name-calling, bullying, intimidation and threats often occur on playgrounds. Unfortunately, the same has been true in Wyoming’s education system in recent months.

Since the beginning of this year, much of the discussion regarding education in Wyoming has centered around the highly controversial Senate File 104. The law removed Superintendent Cindy Hill as the head of the Wyoming Department of Education, taking away many of her responsibilities and transferring them to a director appointed by the governor.

Local processing plant a promising possibility

Park County’s answer to the “Got milk?” question is a simple yes. And we’d like to keep it here.

Currently, milk produced in Wyoming is sent out of state to be processed, often hundreds of miles away. In the future, a local plant may keep the milk here, using the raw product to create cheese, yogurt, ice cream and butter.

As the school year ends next month and kids begin summer vacation, two local child care organizations find themselves at a crossroads. One is ending; the other is seeking a way to continue.

City strengthens its partnership with local group, establishes new fund for economic development

City of Powell and Powell Economic Partnership leaders want the same thing: economic development. Last week, they established a new route to get there.

 

Local efforts commendable in wake of federal failures

Local residents and businesses successfully managed a way around the federal sequester and snow blocking Yellowstone’s East Entrance.

When March 1 federal budget cuts known as the sequester prompted the National Park Service to delay opening Yellowstone entrances, a local fundraising effort quickly began.

New local developments in ag industry are promising

Water will soon circulate through the Powell Valley, bringing life to dormant fields through irrigation. It’s an encouraging sign of spring, and also a reminder of what keeps this community vital: Agriculture.

A company known for its speciality malts in the American craft beer industry is acquiring grain storage and seed processing facilities in Ralston and Powell.

Briess Malt & Ingredients of Wisconsin announced its acquisition of Riverland Ag Corp.’s local facilities on Monday. The sale is expected to close Friday.

When coyotes, wolves or grizzlies prey on livestock, Wyomingites often agree over what should be done. When a neighbor’s dog wanders on a farm or ranch, the issue is more gray for many of us.

 

Construction set to begin this month

Construction of the city’s garbage transfer station is expected to begin by the end of the month.

On Monday night, the Powell City Council unanimously awarded a $804,657 bid to Filener Construction of Cody, the lowest of the five bids submitted.

Construction likely will begin this month at the North Ingalls Street site, said City Engineer Sean Christensen. He expects the transfer station will be built and operating in about six months.

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