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Ilene Olson

A $625,000 federal grant awarded recently to the Park County Coalition Against Substance Abuse is good news for Park County youth and for Park County in general.

Federal grant provides $625,000 over 5 years

A federal grant recently awarded to a Park County coalition will provide $125,000 per year for five years to help prevent alcohol and prescription drug abuse by local youth.

Parents and grandparents throughout Park County and the surrounding area waited for news with their hearts in their throats Monday evening after an Amber Alert was issued about a missing 11-year-old Cody girl.

Powell residents who live or have business on the south side of town experienced an up-close-and-personal example of the reason some local government leaders in Park County are supporting a fifth-penny sales tax.

Congress appears to be playing Robin Hood in reverse with Wyoming’s share of federal Abandoned Mine Land payments, choosing to take 90 percent of AML payments owed to the state and leave that money in federal coffers instead — effectively robbing Wyoming to help itself.

Four people laid off, more layoffs coming as part of plan to cut spending and position hospital for the future

Four Powell Valley Healthcare employees lost their jobs last week as the organization began identifying positions that could be cut to help reduce salary costs.

PVHC executive director Bill Patten said people laid off will be given severance packages and encouraged to apply for positions that open up in the future. In fact, Patten said, one of the employees who was laid off already has been rehired to fill another position.

 

It’s good to see that the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce has a new leader in place. It’s also good to know that Chamber Executive Director Jaime Schmeiser is a local who is committed to re-establish a good working relationship between the chamber, Powell businesses and the community.

Search committee appointed, search firm hired

After months of preparation, the search for a new president at Northwest College began last week with the appointment of a presidential search committee.

The board also has hired Gold Hill Associates, a firm that specializes in helping with searches for community college presidents.

The five days from Aug. 31 through Sept. 4 proved to be some of the deadliest on Wyoming roads this year, with four crashes and one pedestrian accident claiming a total of six lives.

Another school year began last week, with children and teens heading to classrooms where teachers will work to motivate and educate them.

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