Powell, WY

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Ilene Olson

Thanks to one woman’s vision and a community’s work to make it happen, Deaver’s former school — once weeks away from being demolished — will become a manufacturing site for Ridgeline Energy Services USA.

Ridgeline, based in Canada, is an energy services and water treatment company. The equipment that will be manufactured in Deaver will be used to filter and purify water in oil and gas fields through a process known as electrodialysis.

Just over half of Park County voters made some major decisions on the Republican ticket Tuesday.

They chose Lee Livingston and incumbent Bucky Hall to fill two seats on the Park County Commission.

Kudos to Northwest College leaders and the Northwest College Foundation Board for finding a creative way to raise the local money needed to construct a new classroom building without increasing Park County residents’ property taxes.

A local match of nearly $5 million is required to access $9.8 million in state funding allocated for the planned Yellowstone Academic and Workforce Services Building by the 2012 Wyoming Legislature.

If you’re interested in making a difference for your community, this is your chance.

The election filing period for people interested in running for district boards opened Wednesday, Aug. 8 and runs through Aug. 27.

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.

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