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Ilene Olson

Climbing wall, air conditioning planned for Johnson Fitness Center

A new climbing wall and other improvements are planned for the Johnson Fitness Center at Northwest College — as soon as college leaders get the go-ahead from the state to do them.

Two events, both of which occurred Friday, illustrate our bipolar nature as a society when it comes to keeping people safe and healthy.

My siblings and I have been chatting online frequently in recent months. It’s been a welcome way to keep in touch with each other, since we have lived in places as far apart as Seattle and Atlanta.

The price hike of a 62-year-old drug from $13.50 to $750 per dose recently drew attention to increasing instances of pharmaceutical companies buying out rights to old medications, only to drastically increase prices for them.

It’s hard to believe anyone in real life could be as heartless and money-grabbing as Mr. Potter, the fictional character in the classic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life.” He was the man without compassion or conscience, the person whose inhumanity toward others made him the perfect villain.

Remodeling or replacing the DeWitt Student Center and the Nelson Performing Arts Center are two of the highest priorities identified in Northwest College’s facilities master plan, updated last year.

They also were listed high on previous master plans.

Mark Wurzel, a doctor at Powell Valley Healthcare, was appointed Monday to serve as a new trustee on the Northwest College Board of Trustees. 

Following an executive session, the NWC board appointed Wurzel to fill the vacant board seat formerly held by Jim Vogt, who died last month.

A common complaint in a small town is that there is little to do. 

But in and around Powell, that usually is not a problem. In fact, at times it seems there’s almost too much to do. During those times, people have to pick and choose from several activities and events because it’s difficult or impossible to attend or do everything. 

new Intercultural House across from the Northwest College campus was hailed last week as “a place of inclusiveness” and a place “to create welcoming, supporting and engaging programs that promote diversity, cultural awareness and student success.”

Powell Valley Hospital was one of two Wyoming hospitals recognized last week by WYhealth during the Wyoming Hospital Association Annual Conference.

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