Powell, WY

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Ilene Olson

After months of planning and preparation, today (Tuesday) is the go-live date for Powell Valley Healthcare’s new electronic medical records system.

This year, much of the attention in the Wyoming Legislature was on education — specifically, on how to make it better.

Tuesday’s story in the Powell Tribune about local students’ scores on the Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS) shows there is good news, particularly on the local level. A report released recently showed Powell school students scored better than the statewide average in all three areas tested — math, reading and science.

Western Underground moved to free stage

A windy, moisture-laden storm hit the Park County Fairgrounds Friday just as crews were finishing setting up for Charley Jenkins, the country singer slated to open the Western Underground concert at 7:30 p.m.

Workers and volunteers scrambled to protect equipment, struggling against the wind to cover speaker systems with plastic and strapping a tent awning roof over the top of the stage on the grounds in front of the Main Grandstand.

Problems and trials come into all lives, and, for the most part, we deal with them as best we can. But that is especially hard to do when pain and injury are inflicted intentionally by someone who apparently had no sense of right and wrong, no sense of decency or empathy — only evil intent.

Powell Valley Healthcare leaders are exploring the possibility of partnering with Studer Group, a firm that helps healthcare organizations excel in clinical, operational and financial outcomes.

The PVHC board on July 12 gave its blessing for Bill Patten, PVHC chief executive officer, to examine the details and merits of contracting with the group to help the organization heal and move forward with purpose.

With new leaders in place, Powell Valley Healthcare is poised to move forward in a positive direction as the organization begins to heal from wounds of the past.

This year’s revenues look good; could change next year

Revenues for Northwest College’s operating fund for the 2012-13 fiscal year look pretty good — in fact, income in that fund is expected to increase by nearly $450,000 more than the year just ended.

It’s next year’s budget that college leaders worry about.

Citing concerns that some special districts may be collecting too much tax money and letting it build up in revenue reserves, the Park County Commission is seeking authority to limit the amount of tax money districts collect.

When the former owner of a yoga studio in Powell pulled out recently, yoga teachers and students decided to combine their efforts to keep the studio operating.

Under its new name, the Yoga Center now is a cooperative venture spearheaded by five certified yoga instructors and eight students at the center.

Possibly a suspect in other states as well

Police in Bismarck, N.D., on Wednesday arrested an Ogden, Utah, man who’s been charged by federal prosecutors with robbing banks in Cody and Cheyenne in June.

Joshua Michael Beckstead, 32, made his initial court appearance on Thursday in North Dakota on a warrant from Wyoming’s U.S. District Court. Tellers at First Bank of Wyoming and Sunlight Credit Union in Cody each picked Beckstead out of a photo lineup as the man who respectively robbed, and attempted to rob, their institutions on June 19, according to an affidavit from Lander FBI special agent David Donati filed in the case. Two tellers at Cheyenne’s American National Bank similiarly picked Beckstead out of a photo lineup as the man who robbed the bank on June 15, Donati wrote.


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