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Ilene Olson

Paul Prestwich announced Monday he will resign his position as Northwest College president June 30, 2013, after concluding his current contract.

His departure will end a five-year tenure for the man who has served as the college’s seventh leader.

Prestwich didn’t indicate his future plans, but said he is committed to fulfilling the expectations of his office during the upcoming year.

“I’m appreciative of the experience I’ve had as president at Northwest College. I look forward to finishing strong over the next 16 months,” Prestwich said in a news release.

In an effort to recoup its losses following alleged embezzlement of nearly $850,000 by former hospital CEO Paul Cardwell, the Powell Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees voted Monday to intervene in a lawsuit against Cardwell.

In addition, the board voted to add Michael Plake of Indiana, believed to do business as Plake and Associates, as another defendant in the lawsuit.

Plake and Associates is the unidentified “straw company” in the lawsuit, said Dr. Mark Wurzel, PVHC board president, on Monday.

People convicted of driving drunk four or more times per year could face more time in prison if House Bill 88 passes the Wyoming Senate in the next week.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Sam Krone of Cody, would make a fourth or subsequent DUI conviction within 10 years a felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or a fine of as much as $10,000.

Lawsuit filed against Paul Cardwell for allegedly embezzling nearly $850,000

The former chief executive officer for Powell Valley Healthcare is being sued for allegedly embezzling nearly $850,000 while he was at the helm of the organization.

The lawsuit against Paul Cardwell was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Casper by attorney Scott P. Klosterman of Casper on behalf of HealthTech Management Services Inc.

The Wyoming Legislature could take an example from Park County School District No. 1.

On Friday, the deadline for bills to be introduced into the Wyoming House of Representatives or the Wyoming Senate, representatives and senators pushed hard to assure that each bill got its chance for introduction.

While most of the news about the state’s biennial budget being crafted by the 2012 Wyoming Legislature isn’t encouraging, good news is on the horizon for Northwest College.

After trying repeatedly for years to get state funding for a new classroom building at the college, it looks like this could be the year that happens.

With last week’s denial by the Park County Commission of a special use permit for the city of Powell’s planned site for a garbage transfer station, both governing entities now need to work together to find another solution.

From the outside looking in, it appears both could have done a better job of working toward a cooperative outcome of last week’s hearing.

2012 budget session started Monday

With natural gas prices dropping beyond last fall’s predictions, many lawmakers are preparing to tighten the state’s budgetary belt during the Wyoming Legislature’s 2012 budget session.

The session started Monday in Cheyenne.

Program aims at helping people take responsibility for preventive health care

A state-funded program designed to help provide preventive care for low-income adults who can’t get insurance could end before it’s fully begun.

The “Healthy Frontiers” program is the result of a bill passed by the 2010 Legislature, which initially set aside $750,000 from the state’s tobacco settlement trust fund to establish personal health savings accounts for as many as 500 participants.

Children’s radio show on KNWT delights adults as well

On Saturday mornings, just as many children are heading to the television to watch cartoons, local kids have the choice of turning on the radio instead.

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