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Ilene Olson

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.

It’s springtime in Park County. There’s no need to verify the month or date on the calendar; smoke in the air from (mostly) controlled burns provides ample evidence of the change of seasons.


Since their marriage nearly 50 years ago, Jerry and Joyce Ostrom of Powell have worked and volunteered their time and talents to help youth.

Generations of youth have benefited through the 4-H groups led by Joyce, the Boy Scout troops led by Jerry and the hunter safety classes Jerry has taught.

After an extended absence, it feels very good to have a solid, proactive, forward-looking economic development effort under way again in Powell.

Last week’s agreements between the city of Powell and the Powell Economic Partnership, or PEP, was especially good news, and, as Mayor Don Hillman said, is a “win-win situation.”

Four Northwest College students were rescued Sunday evening after they became stranded in the Owl Mountains west of Thermopolis.

The students, all young men in their early 20s, were traveling back to Powell after spring break.

The anniversary observed in the United States on Tuesday was a solemn one, not a joyous one.

March 19 marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, also known as Operation Iraqi Freedom, on March 19, 2003. Just two days after the war began, Lt. Shane Childers of Powell became the first casualty of the war as he helped lead the charge, suddenly making the war halfway across the world feel very close and very personal.

After a year and a half of anticipation and preparation, Melissa Hill’s goal of adding an eagle to the birds she cares for at Buffalo Bill Center of the West became a reality in January.

Kateri, a female golden eagle, came to the center as part of the Draper Museum of Natural History’s raptor education program after spending five months at the Northeast Wyoming Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette. She was taken to the rehabilitation center after being struck by a vehicle — a semi truck — on Interstate 90, said Hill, assistant museum curator, who manages the museum’s Yellowstone Raptor Experience.

One of the most immediately obvious effects of budget cuts forced by the so-called federal sequester will be felt in our own backyard.

The opening of the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park will be delayed by two weeks this spring, thereby saving the National Park Service some of the cost of plowing the roads to those entrances.

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