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Ilene Olson

LeVeau coming back; two OB/GYN specialists to join PVHC

Focusing on improving the bottom line and increasing reserves, Powell Valley Healthcare’s budget for fiscal year 2012 forecasts total revenues of $59.7 million and expenses of $42.8 million.

This seems to be the year of the uphill battle of the downhill slide for the Wyoming Department of Transportation. This spring, more than 30 mudslides undermined Wyoming’s highway infrastructure, often resulting in closed highways or partially blocked routes.

Plans forming to renovate the Obstetrics Department at Powell Valley Hospital got a big boost recently through a $100,000 donation to the Powell Medical Foundation from Paul Cardwell, who came out of early retirement to take his position as chief executive officer at Powell Valley Healthcare earlier this year.

Cardwell said the one-time gift will go toward a maternity and family center at the hospital. He will determine whether additional money is available at the end of the tax year, he said.

A power pole snapped in two at about 8 p.m. Thursday after a freak wind blew a tree onto power lines near Lane 7 and U.S. 14-A.

Steve Reimer of Garland Light and Power said the pole broke off about 8 feet above the ground, which he said is very uncommon.

A balancing act: that’s what the Powell City Council and city department heads had to do while determining priorities for budgeting city money during tight economic times in the coming fiscal year.

One of those priorities was economic development. The Powell City Council approved $20,000 to help fund a fledgling economic development group being formed to attract businesses to Powell and help strengthen the local economy.

Powell Hospital officials express support; Dr. Pickens continues path toward recovery

A doctor recently hired by Powell Valley Healthcare was sentenced for prescription drug fraud in March, but administrators say they were aware of his background and have confidence in his skills as a physician.

Dr. Cory L. Pickens, who will begin his anesthesiology and pain management practice in Powell this week, pleaded guilty to prescription fraud in September 2010 and was sentenced in March, according to documents recently obtained by the Powell Tribune.

Rescue operation completed in four and a half hours

A report of a plane crash in the mountains near the headwaters of the South Fork River Saturday afternoon prompted a full-scale search and rescue operation by multiple Park County and federal agencies.

The operation ended just four and a half hours later with the location and rescue of an Idaho couple from a mountain peak in the Teton Wilderness.

Two new doctors will begin practicing in Powell in coming weeks and months, and other recruiting efforts are moving forward as well.

Dr. Cory Pickens will begin providing anesthesiology and pain management services at Powell Valley Healthcare around the end of this month, and Dr. Sarah Durney will begin her family practice here in September.

Solutions will involve entire community

When he attended a White House Summit on Community Colleges last month, Rick LaPlante of Powell said his first impression was the summit’s goal was set too far in the future.

That goal: The United States will have the highest percentage of college graduates in the world by 2020.

For years now, the subject of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park has been a divisive one. While many winter recreationists favor allowing as many snowmobilers into the park during the winter as possible, some environmentalists want to see them banned entirely.

The National Park Service has tried repeatedly to strike a balance between the two in its planning efforts for winter use in the park.

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