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Ilene Olson

The supplemental budget passed Friday by the Wyoming Legislature includes $20 million for distribution to the state’s cities, towns and counties. That’s good news, and it’s quite remarkable, given that state agencies are looking at budget cuts.

The federal government giveth, and it taketh away.

Park County recently received news of a windfall totaling more than $767,000 from the federal government — $585,000 more than had been expected.

The wait for a new president at Northwest College ended Friday when the NWC Board of Trustees approved a two-year contract with Stefani Hicswa, beginning July 15.

Hicswa, 44, is president of Miles Community College in Montana. She will replace Paul Prestwich, who has resigned effective June 30.


It looks like the options still available to Wyoming legislators to increase highway funding are down to one: A 10-cent fuel tax hike.

A compromise bill that would have eased the first four years of the proposed fuel tax hike died on the Wyoming Senate floor Monday.

Jon Connolly visited the Northwest College campus last week as the third — and last — finalist to make his bid for NWC president.

Connolly is vice president of academic affairs at the Northern Wyoming Community College District, consisting of Sheridan and Gillette colleges, where he has worked for six years. He also served as interim college president there for several months during his second year with the district.

Debra Thatcher, the second of three finalists for the Northwest college president position, visited the NWC campus last week.

Thatcher is not new to Wyoming; she’s lived and worked in the state before.


OK, we’ll be the first to admit it. We don’t understand.

We don’t understand how passing House Bill 104, which would block any possible federal restrictions on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, makes any kind of sense.

House committee endorses bill after UW lawsuit decision

A bill that would allow searches for University of Wyoming and state community college presidents to be closed to the public was endorsed by a legislative committee Monday.

House Bill 223 was introduced on Wednesday — the same day Albany County District Judge Jeffrey Donnell ordered UW trustees to release the names, current employers and dates when each finalist for UW president is scheduled to visit the university. A list of the five or more finalists to replace retiring UW President Tom Buchanan is due to trustees on or after Feb. 5.

They say it takes a village to raise a child.

According to the 2013 WY Kids Count data report, “The Power of Community,” Park County is doing a pretty good job with its children. The county ranked second in the state for child well-being, behind only Albany County. And Park County is the only county that ranked better than statewide averages in all categories.


The first of three finalists for Northwest College president visited the NWC campus last week.

Stefani Hicswa, president of Miles Community (Mont.) College, said Northwest College and Powell always have been high on her list of possible places to work and live.

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