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Ilene Olson

Much of the discussion at a Wyoming Community College Commission meeting at Northwest College on Tuesday centered on a plan for ranking capital facilities projects among the state’s seven community college districts.

Commission Executive Director Jim Rose said the model was developed in concert with a law passed by the Legislature in 2009, which requires the commission to develop a way to prioritize capital construction requests at the college based upon the commission’s strategic plan and upon the state’s interests.

Bobbi Lane describes herself as a “lover of light.” Her use of light is the essence of her distinguished photography career.

“It’s what you sculpt with, how you set the mood, give the description to your subject,” she said during an interview at Northwest College earlier this month. “When I see certain kinds of light, when it all comes together, I go into another place. I suppose you would call it ‘the zone.’ It gets me very excited.”

Mayor Scott Mangold is considering asking for a proposal for a fifth-penny tax to Park County voters this fall. While the timing might seem questionable, there are reasons why this proposal should be considered seriously.

The first is the likelihood that, at some point in the future, the Wyoming Legislature will require communities to help themselves before coming to the state for a handout.

The world came to Powell on Saturday. For one afternoon, it wasn’t necessary to use any form of travel other than the family car, or perhaps a bicycle, to get a taste — literally and figuratively — of cultures from around the globe.

The smells of foods native to many countries representing nearly every continent greeted hundreds of attendees at the annual Multicultural Showcase at Northwest College. Culinary treats from Brazil, India, China, Vietnam, Austria, South Korea, Japan, France, the Bahamas, Saudi Arabia, Libya and others dazzled their senses of smell and taste.

Families of current, former NWC Japanese students all OK

Earthquake and tsunami victims of Japan were on the minds and in the hearts of many of the people who attended the annual Multicultural Showcase at Northwest College on Saturday.

No NWC students from Japan come from the area where the earthquake and tsunamis struck, and none have family members who were affected by the disaster, it was announced during the event. But current and former students from Japan still struggle to deal with the disaster that has been at the forefront of news accounts for the past few weeks.

Paul Cardwell has a vision for Powell Valley Healthcare’s future, and he has set it in motion.

Under Cardwell’s direction, the organization is recruiting for two obstetrician/gynecologists, a second full-time orthopedic surgeon, a three-day-per-week cardiologist and another family practice physician.

After holding classes in the basement of the United Methodist Church for 35 years, the Powell Head Start program has moved to the Migrant Head Start building on East Seventh Street.

The Head Start program in Powell is run by Absaroka Inc. of Worland, which also operates Head Start programs in Basin, Buffalo, Cody, Lander, Lovell, Powell, Riverton, Sheridan, Thermopolis and Worland.

In recent years, Powell’s Head Start and Migrant Head Start programs have been vivid examples of the bureaucracy, wastefulness and red tape of many government programs and agencies.

On the one hand was the Head Start program. During the school year, that program provided needed preschool services to children, operating in the basement of a local church under cramped circumstances.

Reaccreditation report sends mixed messages

Ater nearly four months, Northwest College officials are thankful their wait for a written accreditation report is over.

The draft report, received by NWC President Paul Prestwich on March 8, recommends a seven-year accreditation. That is shorter than the 10-year accreditation the commission granted in 2000.

After more than a year of legal wrangling, attorneys for former nursing student Desta Paris and the Northwest College Nursing Program agreed to limit discussion during a formal contested hearing Tuesday to a single issue.

That issue: Would Paris have failed the nursing program regardless of an alleged medication policy violation that resulted in her dismissal from the program on Dec. 2, 2009?

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