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Ilene Olson

Once again, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has returned wolves in Wyoming to the Endangered Species List.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was wrong to trust nonbinding promises from the state of Wyoming to maintain at least 100 wolves, including 10 breeding pairs, outside of Yellowstone and the Wind River Indian Reservation, according to The Associated Press.

Thanks to an endowment in her honor, Helena De Fina’s work will continue long into the future, despite her untimely death in January.

De Fina devoted much of her life to preventing addictions and alcohol abuse among youth and promoting wellness in Park County communities, and her friends and her husband are working to make sure that legacy lives on.

Hands-on instruction for welding students at Northwest College has been delayed, pending the results of air-quality testing in the Oliver Building, which houses the welding program.

Follow-up testing was ordered after traces of asbestos fibers were found on surfaces in the facility.

A recent report on occupational deaths and injuries in Wyoming pointed to increasing highway and agricultural safety as two of the ways to decrease occupational injuries and fatalities.

That makes a lot of sense to us.

During a presentation laced with humor last week, Northwest College President Stefani Hicswa presented her “state of the college” address.

NWC classes opened Monday.

Among the highlights in Hicswa’s speech was the announcement of a new, $2 million endowment fund, the Forest Allen Family Ag Scholarship Endowment, recently established through the Northwest College Foundation. The fund will benefit students in the NWC agriculture program.

I’m floating!” Republican incumbent David Northrup said Tuesday after his primary-election win put him above Charles Cloud for District 50’s seat in the Wyoming House of Representatives.

“I’m pretty excited,” Northrup said. “Astrid (Northrup’s wife) is on one phone, I’m on the other. It’s a phone-call night.”

Greg Benander never smoked, and he drank only occasionally. He thought he was living a healthy lifestyle.

But that didn’t prevent the clogged artery that caused his heart attack on Nov. 1, 2010, at the age of 52.

Powell lost a humble legend over the weekend.

Bill White, a World War II veteran and a survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March in the Philippines, died Friday. He was 99.

As summer draws to a close, we applaud the well-organized and managed construction project to widen U.S. Highway 14-A east of Cody to five lanes — two lanes going each direction, with a turning lane in the middle.

The $9. 6 million project is the last of 11 projects the Wyoming Department of Transportation has planned and overseen since 2001 to widen the highway between Powell and Cody at a total cost of nearly $66.4 million, making it easier, faster and safer to travel between the two cities.

The summer is half over, three weeks of July have passed and the weather is heating up. In Powell, that means one thing: This is Park County Fair week.

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