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Ilene Olson

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.

A three-year agreement between the Powell City Council and the Powell Golf Club reached last week is good news. It ends the uncertainty that was crippling the golf club’s ability to plan and raise funds for the 18-hole course, and it provides an annual review by the city to assure city leaders that the city-owned course and its funding are being managed responsibly.

Thanks to one woman’s vision and a community’s work to make it happen, Deaver’s former school — once weeks away from being demolished — will become a manufacturing site for Ridgeline Energy Services USA.

Ridgeline, based in Canada, is an energy services and water treatment company. The equipment that will be manufactured in Deaver will be used to filter and purify water in oil and gas fields through a process known as electrodialysis.

Just over half of Park County voters made some major decisions on the Republican ticket Tuesday.

They chose Lee Livingston and incumbent Bucky Hall to fill two seats on the Park County Commission.

Kudos to Northwest College leaders and the Northwest College Foundation Board for finding a creative way to raise the local money needed to construct a new classroom building without increasing Park County residents’ property taxes.

A local match of nearly $5 million is required to access $9.8 million in state funding allocated for the planned Yellowstone Academic and Workforce Services Building by the 2012 Wyoming Legislature.

If you’re interested in making a difference for your community, this is your chance.

The election filing period for people interested in running for district boards opened Wednesday, Aug. 8 and runs through Aug. 27.

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