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Ilene Olson

Plake sentence strikes difficult balance between punishment and compassion

A 30-month sentence handed down last week to the man who pleaded guilty to helping Paul Cardwell defraud Powell Valley Healthcare is the first step in bringing some justice — and some closure — for the crime, which has had serious ripple effects throughout the hospital and the community.


Bands director, NWC Visual and Performing Arts Division chairman and founder of music festivals and camps retiring after 31 years

The same person who inspired Neil Hansen to teach music also lured him to Wyoming, starting the chain of events that led him to Northwest College five years later.

The announcement that four 12-unit apartment complexes will be built soon in Park County — two in Powell, two in Cody — is good news, especially for renters.

Threatening Facebook post at UW has far-reaching ripple effects

An anonymous, vulgar and abusive posting on a Facebook page last week created turmoil on the University of Wyoming campus and the Laramie community, spilling over into statewide debate.

Powell volunteer firefighters responding to the report of a car in a ditch Saturday afternoon soon discovered they couldn’t see the vehicle through smoke from a controlled burn.

Ceasing Saturday letter delivery makes sense

It is difficult to know what Congress was thinking last month when it overruled the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to stop letter delivery on Saturdays.

Child care for employees, the need to update and expand medical facilities, and the new electronic medical records system were some of the key points discussed during a strategic planning session for Powell Valley Healthcare last week.

Park County didn’t need more confusion over Title 25 commitments — hospital admissions and emergency detentions for people who are considered a danger to themselves or others due to mental health issues.

But that was the result of a Feb. 6 decision by the Wyoming Supreme Court. That decision states that county attorneys don’t have the authority to object to the release of patients who are released from the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston after they have been treated and stabilized.

Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric has since stopped his office’s practice of reviewing Title 25 cases when patients are released.

That job has fallen to an attorney for West Park Hospital and Yellowstone Behavioral Health. But that attorney, Chris Edwards, objects to performing that work, which she said conflicts with the hospital’s role as a health care provider.

“This burden shouldn’t be on the hospital,” Edwards said.

This is far from the first time that state laws regarding Title 25 admissions have caused problems and confusion for the county and its hospitals.


Runner Hannah (Johnson) Bailey, formerly of Powell and now living in Denver, was a block away from the Boston Marathon finish line Monday when two explosions went off at 2:57 p.m. local time.

Summer program ending; local school-year program to continue

The company that has operated Migrant Head Start in Park and Big Horn counties recently relinquished its grant for that program, citing declines in the migrant population in the area.

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