Proposed budget includes franchise fee on city utilities
Looking to bolster general fund revenue and offset a roughly $275,000 operating deficit at the Powell Aquatic Center, city of Powell leaders plan to begin collecting a franchise fee from city utilities.
The proposed 4-percent franchise fee for the city’s four utilities is among the changes from the past year in the city of Powell’s 2011-’12 budget, which is slated to be finalized by the Powell City Council on Monday, June 20.
The red, white and blue of Old Glory will be flown in communities around America in recognition of Flag Day today (Tuesday). While honoring the history, symbolism and significance of the flag, the annual holiday also is a good time to recognize how to properly care for the revered American symbol. (See the related flag guidelines.)
With no tax support for its operating expenses, the U.S. Postal Service runs like a business. And, like many businesses in recent years, the U.S. Postal Service has struggled to remain solvent. Last year, the struggling organization posted an $8 billion deficit.
Of course, an $8 billion deficit means cutbacks — plain and simple.
Street dedicated, monument unveiled in honor of fallen Marine
We’re here to celebrate an American hero,” said Major General Steven A. Hummer, U.S. Marine Corps, to dozens of residents who gathered Monday in the rain along “Lt. Childers Street.”
On Memorial Day, the Cody street was dedicated to honor the heroic life and sacrifice of 1st Lt. Shane Childers, who was the first U.S. serviceman to die in the Iraq war. The esteemed Marine was killed in action while leading his men during an assault on a pumping station on March 21, 2003.
When Powell Valley Healthcare officials hired anesthesiologist Dr. Cory Pickens, they knew he was in recovery for abusing prescription medication.
They were then faced with the difficult decision about how or when to disclose details of his conviction for prescription drug fraud. They could either be completely forthcoming with the information when they announced Pickens’ hiring, or they could keep it quiet and give the new doctor and his family time to get adjusted to the community before releasing details about his past.
Following a year of turnover and transition, it appears as though things are looking up for Powell Valley Healthcare. It’s been a year of ups and downs as the organization has undergone a number of major changes in leadership.
Former chief executive officer Rod Barton left the position in August, and in the months that followed, the organization saw an interim and a new CEO, a new chief financial officer, five newly-elected members of the seven-member Powell Hospital District Board of Trustees as well as several changes on the physicians’ staff.
As our neighbors in Idaho and Montana gear up for wolf hunts, hundreds of wolves roaming Wyoming remain on the endangered species list.
Idaho began selling wolf hunting tags May 5 — just a day after the predators were taken off the endangered species list in most states. Montana wildlife officials are looking to issue wolf hunting licenses beginning in August.