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Ilene Olson

With new leaders in place, Powell Valley Healthcare is poised to move forward in a positive direction as the organization begins to heal from wounds of the past.

This year’s revenues look good; could change next year

Revenues for Northwest College’s operating fund for the 2012-13 fiscal year look pretty good — in fact, income in that fund is expected to increase by nearly $450,000 more than the year just ended.

It’s next year’s budget that college leaders worry about.

Citing concerns that some special districts may be collecting too much tax money and letting it build up in revenue reserves, the Park County Commission is seeking authority to limit the amount of tax money districts collect.

When the former owner of a yoga studio in Powell pulled out recently, yoga teachers and students decided to combine their efforts to keep the studio operating.

Under its new name, the Yoga Center now is a cooperative venture spearheaded by five certified yoga instructors and eight students at the center.

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.

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