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Ilene Olson

Incumbent Carolyn Danko and newcomer Dusty Spomer easily won election to Powell’s two open seats on the Northwest College Board of Trustees.

Mexican families had to bury loved ones in barren lot; effort on to maintain Mexican Cemetery

LOVELL — It’s hard to imagine the overwhelming grief of Lovell-area parents who buried three babies in the 1950s.

For the first time ever, fear of Ebola has gripped many people in the United States.

That’s not surprising, since this fall marks the first time anyone in our country has contracted or died of the dreaded disease.

The NextGen electronic medical records system in use at Powell Valley Healthcare still is causing headaches, and those headaches are likely to get worse before they get better.

While a team from NextGen has made some progress in correcting interface and other problems with the $2 million system purchased two years ago, significant difficulties remain.

Citing his work in teaching and guiding Northwest College students and his extensive efforts on the NWC campus, the Wyoming Department of Education named Allan Childs of Powell a STEM Educator of the Year.

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.

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