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Tessa Schweigert

The news last week came as a shock — and an incredible disappointment — to many.

We reported early last week that a former Powell Valley Healthcare chief executive officer allegedly embezzled nearly $850,000 in the span of about six months.

To make matters worse, the embezzlement amounts to a $847,934 loss for Powell Valley Healthcare — not to HealthTech Management Services, the company that employed Paul Cardwell as CEO. HealthTech is suing only for its damages, not for Powell Valley Healthcare’s loss.

Powell Valley Healthcare recently voted to intervene in the lawsuit against Cardwell.

If allegations are true, then it appears Cardwell — now believed to be in Thailand — might have taken advantage of a fledgling board and new chief financial officer.

During the Powell City Council meeting last week, a city employee made a comment that was especially refreshing in light of some legislators’ recent attempts to restrict public access to information.

“If you have any questions, contact us, absolutely. That’s why we’re public employees. We work for you,” Gary Butts, city public services manager, told residents who gathered last Tuesday night to hear about an upcoming street renovation project.

In the moments of early dawn, Brooke Nisley runs around the track at Powell High School. She runs alone, in the stillness of wintry mornings, watching as the world around her awakens.

“The sunrises are beautiful in the morning — oh my goodness,” she says.

Unless Wyoming lawmakers pave the way for adequate funding, more roads and bridges in the state will deteriorate.

One-fifth of Wyoming’s roads are in poor shape, and a report released last week warned that number could nearly double by 2022 if state lawmakers don’t provide enough funding for roadwork. The report, released last week by the Washington, D.C.-based group TRIP, also warned Wyoming may see an increase in deteriorating bridges.

City outlines project Tuesday night

Aiming to improve aging avenues, the city of Powell plans to widen and renovate five streets in a proposed five-year project.

A public hearing on the overall project takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, during the Powell City Council meeting at City Hall.

City approves $39,775 bid

Seeking a long-term fix for recurring surface problems at the Powell Aquatic Center, city leaders opted to install a new PVC liner for the center’s leisure pool and continuous river. Last week, the Powell City Council unanimously approved a $39,775 bid for the project to Aquatic Renovation Systems, Inc., of Indianapolis, Ind.

It’s not the way you expect a day to begin in our quiet community.

Early Thursday morning, Powell police received a 911 call that someone was firing shots at a local motel. The man later told police he was holding hostages. Law enforcement officers surrounded the motel, and a standoff ensued.

Twenty tiny toes. Twenty perfect little fingers.

In the story of Kade and Karsten Gonzales’ birth, some numbers are more difficult to grasp.

Working Wyomingites unable to afford health insurance have a unique opportunity for medical coverage through Healthy Frontiers. Still in its infancy, the pilot program aids low-income residents in coverage for preventive care, medications and treatment.

Healthy Frontiers isn’t a free ride. Participants must be working at least 20 hours per week to qualify, and they also make payments to their health savings accounts.

Park County has more homeless pets than willing adopters. Many of the cats and dogs filling local animal shelters would make good companions, but often times, they must wait weeks, months — or years, in rare cases — before going to a new home.

Both Powell and Cody have no-kill animal shelters, so cats and dogs wait as long as it takes until they’re adopted. While we’re glad animals’ lives are spared, it’s a costly commitment.

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