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Ilene Olson

January 06, 2011 9:16 am

Commuting from Old Faithful

Nurse travels seven hours from Yellowstone to work in Cody

Living in Yellowstone National Park is not an ordinary experience, and traveling to and from work outside the park is anything but ordinary.

For Ginger Townsend, commuting to work in the winter means a seven-hour journey — one hour of that by snowmobile.

Townsend, a nurse in the Emergency Room at West Park Hospital, lives at Old Faithful in Yellowstone. But she loves her job enough that the arduous trip is worth it, she said.


A long, varied and colorful musical career prompted the Wyoming Arts Council to select Mike Masterson for one of five 2010 Governor’s Art Awards.

Masterson, who retired from the Northwest College Music Department last year after 30 years with the college, was recognized for his work with the Buffalo Bill Cowboy Band as well as other accomplishments, such as directing the Northwest Studio Singers, establishing music festivals and serving as chairman of the NWC Visual and Performing Arts Division.

December 14, 2010 3:41 pm

Waiting for the rest of the story

Visiting Higher Learning Commission team gave no indications of what corrective actions may be required at Northwest College

Last month’s visit to Northwest College by a Higher Learning Commission team brought the good news that the college met criteria for accreditation, but it also left some big question marks.

“The only surprise to us was not having a little more detailed specifics,” said Bob Krenz, NWC interim vice president for academic affairs. “Normally, when an HLC team leaves, when they note problems, they will list specific corrections.

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