Powell, WY


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Ilene Olson

A hula hoop competition last week brought lots of smiles and laughter as youngsters and college students tried to keep their hoops looping around their waists while performing other tasks.

The decisions made in Cheyenne over the next four weeks will have an impact locally and statewide over the next two years and beyond.

After a years-long search, Powell Valley Healthcare has hired its third hospitalist, filling the final position needed to fully staff that in-hospital medical service.

Times are tough for Wyoming, and that extends to the University of Wyoming and the state’s seven community college districts. 

The university’s budget request of $160 million for the next biennium was trimmed down last fall by Gov. Matt Mead to just $60 million. 

The discovery of a potentially unstable chemical at Northwest College last month provided an opportunity for emergency training on Jan. 7.

Thumbs up to a constructive discussion last week about whether guns should be allowed in Wyoming’s public schools, or if they should still be kept out. This is an important issue in the community, and it needs to be discussed rationally and objectively.

Electronic health records are envisioned as a way to streamline medical recordkeeping and make medical records more accurate, and available more quickly and easily to doctors and patients alike.

Tommy and Laura Mills of Deaver are the parents of the first baby born at Powell Valley Hospital in 2016.

Health care is changing at the national level, and in Powell as well.

More changes in the Powell health care system occurred in 2015 than took place in the previous two or three decades.

The end of a year always provides an opportunity to take a look back at local events and happenings that affect our lives, and to anticipate what the future might hold.

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