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Ilene Olson

Local prevention office staff say they were given no chance to submit a proposal

A recent decision by the Wyoming Department of Health to consolidate prevention efforts in the state hit a nerve among employees and partners with the West Park Hospital Prevention and Wellness Office.

For the two boards governing operations and facilities at Powell Valley Hospital, “business as usual” — isn’t.

The boards — the Powell Valley Healthcare board and the Powell Hospital District board — learned Monday that they must start the planning process over for updating hospital and medical facilities. That is largely due to apparent deceptions by former CEO Paul Cardwell.

From the beginning, Powell city leaders have faced an uphill battle while trying to create a transfer station.

A transfer station is needed when the Powell landfill closes to household trash in September. It will help hold down city sanitation costs and limit wear and tear on garbage trucks by reducing the number of daily trips needed to haul the city’s garbage to Cody, they say.

Old high school to be torn down this summer

Construction on the $3.8 million phase one of the new Powell Middle School is progressing well, with completion expected in June.

Todd Wilder, director of support services for Park County School District No. 1, led a tour of the building on Friday for school district and Powell Middle School leaders.

Northwest College to plan search for new president

Members of the Northwest College community continue to react with surprise over Northwest College President Paul Prestwich’s announced resignation, but they also are beginning to consider what qualities the college’s next leader should possess.

Last week, Prestwich announced he will resign when his current contract ends on June 30, 2013.

Paul Prestwich announced Monday he will resign his position as Northwest College president June 30, 2013, after concluding his current contract.

His departure will end a five-year tenure for the man who has served as the college’s seventh leader.

Prestwich didn’t indicate his future plans, but said he is committed to fulfilling the expectations of his office during the upcoming year.

“I’m appreciative of the experience I’ve had as president at Northwest College. I look forward to finishing strong over the next 16 months,” Prestwich said in a news release.

In an effort to recoup its losses following alleged embezzlement of nearly $850,000 by former hospital CEO Paul Cardwell, the Powell Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees voted Monday to intervene in a lawsuit against Cardwell.

In addition, the board voted to add Michael Plake of Indiana, believed to do business as Plake and Associates, as another defendant in the lawsuit.

Plake and Associates is the unidentified “straw company” in the lawsuit, said Dr. Mark Wurzel, PVHC board president, on Monday.

People convicted of driving drunk four or more times per year could face more time in prison if House Bill 88 passes the Wyoming Senate in the next week.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Sam Krone of Cody, would make a fourth or subsequent DUI conviction within 10 years a felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or a fine of as much as $10,000.

Lawsuit filed against Paul Cardwell for allegedly embezzling nearly $850,000

The former chief executive officer for Powell Valley Healthcare is being sued for allegedly embezzling nearly $850,000 while he was at the helm of the organization.

The lawsuit against Paul Cardwell was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Casper by attorney Scott P. Klosterman of Casper on behalf of HealthTech Management Services Inc.

The Wyoming Legislature could take an example from Park County School District No. 1.

On Friday, the deadline for bills to be introduced into the Wyoming House of Representatives or the Wyoming Senate, representatives and senators pushed hard to assure that each bill got its chance for introduction.

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