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Ilene Olson

Improving economy could be contributing to the decline

Projected enrollment numbers at Northwest College for the start of the 2013-14 school year continue to be lower than last year’s figures.

Sean Fox, NWC vice president for student affairs, said the student headcount for the fall 2013 semester is down 4.7 percent as of last week compared to last fall. Full-time equivalent numbers were slightly better, down only 4.2 percent.

With last week’s turn of the calendar page, we’re now in the final month of summer vacation. It’s hard to believe nearly two-thirds of the summer has passed.

Firefighters escape without injuries after fire fuels building blaze

A fire in Byron Sunday afternoon destroyed the building that housed the Nepeco Co. office and shop, leaving a twisted metal skeleton with a shell of scorched steel siding.

This is the last full week in July, and in Powell, that means one thing: It’s time for the Park County Fair.

People from all around will be in town to take rides at the carnival, see the entries and attend grandstand events.

Black bear found in tree near Powell tranquilized, moved to South Fork area

A report of a black bear in a tree near Powell Thursday morning brought first responders and groups of onlookers.

A black bear in a tree east of the Park County Annex building Thursday morning prompted a gathering of law enforcement and Wyoming Game & Fish officers as well as several onlookers.

After a long dry spell, the dam seems to have broken for doctor recruitment at Powell Valley Healthcare.

 

As local and state governments headed into fiscal year 2014 on Monday, they all had at least one thing in common: budget cuts.

The state of Wyoming, Park County, the cities of Powell and Cody, Park County School District No. 1 and Northwest College all had to trim expenses during the past few months as revenue estimates continued to remain lower than previous levels. Now, they are challenged with providing the same services — or as close to the same as possible — with less money.

Two grizzly encounters by locals in as many weeks — an attack on a man irrigating on the South Fork last week and a near-miss in a Forest Service campground on the North Fork June 6 — underscore the increasing need to be bear aware as the grizzly population continues to grow.

College board considers mandatory attendance to resolve problem

Writing off nearly $203,000 in students’ bad debts didn’t sit well with the Northwest College Board of Trustees earlier this month, especially when trustees learned much of that debt could be avoided by taking attendance.

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