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Ilene Olson

The summer is half over, three weeks of July have passed and the weather is heating up. In Powell, that means one thing: This is Park County Fair week.

Board of Trustees approve $32 million for fiscal year 

Following a public hearing with no comments from the public, the Northwest College Board of Trustees on Monday approved the college’s budget for fiscal year 2015, which began July 1.

Four girls who went over Mormon Dam while tubing on the Shoshone River on Wednesday are beat up and still experiencing pain from their injuries.

But it’s the emotional ones that have kept them awake at night and struggling during the day.

Candidates for two statewide elected positions — Wyoming superintendent of public instruction and Wyoming secretary of state — were in Cody on July 7 for a public debate that was not well attended.

That is unfortunate, because six candidates — three for each office — came from as far away as Cheyenne and Rock Springs to make sure we had a chance to hear their views on issues surrounding their candidacy and the offices they seek.

Family escapes after motor coach loses brakes, burns  

Cascading mechanical problems initially caused by hot brakes culminated in a fire that consumed a full-size motor coach east of Ten Sleep on July 3.

The fire started shortly after the out-of-control motor home, towing a Jeep, careened onto a runaway truck ramp off off U.S. Highway 16 in the Big Horn Mountains.

Teens taken to hospital after incident at dam on Shoshone River  

Four young women were injured Wednesday afternoon when they went over Mormon Dam during a floating trip down the Shoshone River.

At the scene, a tearful Chelsie Haire of Powell said her sisters, Joey and Jaclyn Haire, and two cousins from out of town, Melani and Kylie, all were injured, some more seriously than others.

Rate hikes made; employees volunteering to take furloughs  

In an effort to reverse a serious downward financial trend, the Powell Valley Healthcare Board directed PVHC Chief Executive Officer Bill Patten to find ways to reduce spending or increase revenue by a combined total of $2 million for the coming fiscal year.

Little Byron Brown has deep-blue eyes that mirror his pleasant disposition. But behind those beautiful eyes lurks a tumor that threatens the 21-month-old’s eyesight.

Fortunately, the tumor was found fairly early, and new medical technology makes it possible for his doctor, a specialist, to target chemotherapy directly to the tumor. There’s a good chance that Byron’s cancer will be cured.

Annual facility costs for Yellowstone Building are estimated at $30,000  

Northwest College’s draft budget for fiscal year 2014-15 shows state funding will make up nearly half of the college’s total revenue for the coming year.

The news last week that a reported child abduction attempt actually never took place was a welcome relief to the entire Powell community.

That was particularly true for parents who had worried about their children’s safety, and to law enforcement personnel who had searched diligently for the man whom two 12-year-old girls claimed tried to abduct them on May 28.