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Ilene Olson

Possibly a suspect in other states as well

Police in Bismarck, N.D., on Wednesday arrested an Ogden, Utah, man who’s been charged by federal prosecutors with robbing banks in Cody and Cheyenne in June.

Joshua Michael Beckstead, 32, made his initial court appearance on Thursday in North Dakota on a warrant from Wyoming’s U.S. District Court. Tellers at First Bank of Wyoming and Sunlight Credit Union in Cody each picked Beckstead out of a photo lineup as the man who respectively robbed, and attempted to rob, their institutions on June 19, according to an affidavit from Lander FBI special agent David Donati filed in the case. Two tellers at Cheyenne’s American National Bank similiarly picked Beckstead out of a photo lineup as the man who robbed the bank on June 15, Donati wrote.

 

As the impacts from this year’s fire season continue to grow and spread closer to home, we commend those locals who chose not to set off fireworks this year, and those who celebrated with fireworks in a safe manner on private property.

The Powell Volunteer Fire Department responded to only one fireworks-related grass fire on the Fourth of July, and it was a very small fire that was quickly put out.

Three fires burning in western Wyoming

A section of U.S. 212 south of the Wyoming/Montana border was closed Tuesday evening due to a new wildfire, but it reopened around noon on Wednesday.

The Index Creek fire prompted the Wyoming Department of Transportation on Tuesday to close the highway, also known as the Beartooth Highway, from the intersection of Chief Joseph Highway, Wyo. 296, to Cooke City, Mont.

A remarkable tradition will continue Friday and Saturday with the 97th annual Powell High School class reunion weekend.

It’s a rare high school or community that can boast a reunion that has continued for so many years, spread across so many generations or include so many classes.

Previous robbery attempt aborted

FBI agents and Cody police are looking for a man who fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash after robbing the First Bank of Wyoming in Cody just before noon Tuesday.

The man, described as between 5 feet, 8 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches in height and 30-35 years of age, handed a teller a note demanding money at 11:23 a.m. No weapon was displayed during the robbery, Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam said in a news release a short time later.

Having seen our share of wildfires in this corner of Wyoming and in neighboring states, we certainly can sympathize with residents close to fires burning near Guernsey, Wheatland and in Fort Collins, Colo.

Residents are enduring smoke-filled air and its effects on their health, not to mention the angst felt by people who live in the affected areas. Hundreds of campers in Guernsey State Park and others in the area were evacuated and the park was closed, and structures are threatened. Some evacuation notices were removed on Tuesday.

With a fifth-penny tax proposal going before Park County voters in November, NWC leaders fear there may be little chance that voters will approve an additional tax to pay the local match for a new building at Northwest College.

With that in mind, college administrators and planners are hoping to find ways to build the facility without asking taxpayers to foot the bill for the local match.

Even as Northwest College administrators and trustees are putting the final polish on a budget for fiscal year 2013, which starts July 1, they’re already anticipating — or dreading — fiscal year 2014.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has instructed all state agencies, including Wyoming community colleges, to prepare to trim 4 to 8 percent from their budgets next year due to the continued lower-than-expected price of natural gas. Severance taxes from natural gas have contributed much of the state’s revenue since the turn of the century.

A museum exhibit and a bus tour this weekend celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Willwood Division, the third division of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Shoshone Irrigation Project.

Choosing a new president for Northwest College will be a challenging task for a variety of reasons.

The NWC Board of Trustees should be commended for starting that process early in an effort to come up with a workable plan for hiring a replacement for Paul Prestwich, who has resigned effective June 2013.

 

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