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Ilene Olson

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.

The Northwest College Board of Trustees has narrowly agreed to begin negotiations with Paul Prestwich to keep him as president of the college through at least June of 2013.

With a split 4-3 vote during its Monday meeting in Meeteetse, the Northwest College Board of Trustees approved extending the contract with Prestwich for another year.

Powell is one of two grieving Wyoming communities following the recent loss of two law enforcement officers under tragic circumstances.

College enrollment expected to decrease slightly

The Northwest College Board of Trustees approved the college’s $33.55 million budget for the 2011-12 school year after a budget hearing July 20.

Monument will honor Wyoming veterans since Vietnam

Workers poured cement for the base of the Freedom Monument in the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park east of Cody on Friday.

Once completed, the new memorial will honor Wyoming veterans of all wars and military campaigns since the Vietnam War, said Buck Wilkerson of Cody.

LeVeau coming back; two OB/GYN specialists to join PVHC

Focusing on improving the bottom line and increasing reserves, Powell Valley Healthcare’s budget for fiscal year 2012 forecasts total revenues of $59.7 million and expenses of $42.8 million.

This seems to be the year of the uphill battle of the downhill slide for the Wyoming Department of Transportation. This spring, more than 30 mudslides undermined Wyoming’s highway infrastructure, often resulting in closed highways or partially blocked routes.

Plans forming to renovate the Obstetrics Department at Powell Valley Hospital got a big boost recently through a $100,000 donation to the Powell Medical Foundation from Paul Cardwell, who came out of early retirement to take his position as chief executive officer at Powell Valley Healthcare earlier this year.

Cardwell said the one-time gift will go toward a maternity and family center at the hospital. He will determine whether additional money is available at the end of the tax year, he said.

A power pole snapped in two at about 8 p.m. Thursday after a freak wind blew a tree onto power lines near Lane 7 and U.S. 14-A.

Steve Reimer of Garland Light and Power said the pole broke off about 8 feet above the ground, which he said is very uncommon.

A balancing act: that’s what the Powell City Council and city department heads had to do while determining priorities for budgeting city money during tight economic times in the coming fiscal year.

One of those priorities was economic development. The Powell City Council approved $20,000 to help fund a fledgling economic development group being formed to attract businesses to Powell and help strengthen the local economy.

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