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Ilene Olson

Berry Bryant would be 33 years old now. She likely would have a career and a family.

But her life, and her promising future, were cut short 15 years ago on Oct. 5, 1996, when Berry, then an 18-year-old freshman at Northwest College, was brutally raped and murdered north of Powell by another NWC student, Levi Collen of Ten Sleep.

The recent resignation of former Powell Valley Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Paul Cardwell — and the subsequent refusal by HealthTech Management Service and the Powell Valley Healthcare Board to rescind that resignation — were so unusual and so unexpected that they leave us scratching our heads in confusion.

An interim chief executive officer is at the helm of Powell Valley Healthcare while the organization’s board seeks “more clarity” into Paul Cardwell’s surprise resignation late last week and his subsequent request to rescind that resignation.

Prospective students wanting to know more about Northwest College soon will be able to learn about the college, its facilities and what it offers students through an online virtual tour.

A crew from Realview TV, based in Atlanta, began filming on campus for the tour Tuesday and continues through today (Thursday).  Additional filming Friday will include scenes at Yellowstone National Park and other outdoor attractions.

A proposal for a Community Health Center in Powell got its first public airing during a meeting last week.

Community Health Centers are health care clinics that operate 40 hours per week to provide health care on a sliding-fee scale. They are funded with a combination of federal grants and money raised locally and are governed by local boards similar to the one that guides the Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic.

After Northwest College’s request for state money to help build a new classroom building was passed over in past years, college leaders hoped the project would get a boost this time.

That boost, they hoped, would come from a new statewide college facility ranking system through the Wyoming Community College Commission.

A prioritized list of 14 proposed capital construction projects for Wyoming community colleges has people at Northwest College and at other colleges around the state scratching their heads.

Lessons learned at the dedication of the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center a week and a half ago include some that apply as much today — or perhaps more so — as they did during World War II.

Among those insights were statements of philosophy which, if taken to heart, could serve as guides for U.S. politicians and citizens alike as they seek solutions to serious budgetary and social problems of our day.

Opening of new Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center celebrated

Laughter and humor were common during events commemorating the new Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center over the weekend, but the overall theme was very serious: Never again.

A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will provide $131,000 in matching funds for Northwest College to buy and remodel a home near the college to serve as an intercultural center.

That is a longtime dream for Harriet Bloom-Wilson, director of international programs at the college. She stressed that the center will benefit the entire college and the community in addition to serving as a “home base” for international students.

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