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After several months of closed-door discussions, the Northwest College Board of Trustees barely agreed to extend a contract with President Paul Prestwich. Last week’s 4-3 vote means the board will begin to negotiate a contract with Prestwich to keep him at the college through at least June of 2013.

The split vote also means the college board doesn’t have complete confidence in the current president.

A decade ago, Congress passed the so-called No Child Left Behind Act.

The intent of the law was to force schools nationwide to make sure all of their students achieve proficiency in the skills they need to succeed, regardless of their economic status, race, special educational needs and a number of other factors.

Powell is one of two grieving Wyoming communities following the recent loss of two law enforcement officers under tragic circumstances.

The Park County Fair parade rolled down Bent Street Saturday with dozens of floats, hundreds of spectators, airborne candy and old-time parade pageantry, celebrating the community at its best.

At this writing, Congress still has not made a decision on the government’s debt limit.

More importantly, they have not made visible progress on dealing with the national debt.

As the Park County Fair begins this week featuring the annual traditions its known for — pig mud wrestling, the junior livestock sale, carnival rides, exhibits, performances and the demolition derby — some important elements are missing this year.

A controversy over the bidding of a pipeline project west of Powell illustrates the complexities public entities face as they try to spend public money responsibly.

Park County residents haven’t approved a 1-cent sales tax proposal since 2006, but they’ve heard plenty of pitches in recent years.

Last year, local leaders talked about a temporary 1-cent capital facilities sales tax to pay for landfill transitions, such as a Powell transfer station, but the idea never made it to the ballot. Last August, voters did consider a $14.2 million tax proposal for West Park Hospital’s renovations, but they overwhelmingly defeated the measure with 67.7 percent of county voters opposed to the tax and only 32.3 percent in favor.

EDITORIAL: Keeping the basin whole

Every 10 years, the Wyoming Legislature is required to reapportion House and Senate districts to conform to population changes revealed in the national census.

This year, that effort has serious implications for the four counties here in the Big Horn Basin. Ever since the Wyoming Legislature established single member districts in 1992, the Basin has been represented by six members of the House of Representatives and three senators, and all of their districts have been enclosed in the circle of mountains that separates the Big Horn Basin from the rest of the state.

EDITORIAL: Lone wolves no longer?

Delisting may be in sight for wolves in Wyoming

In the near future, management of Wyoming’s wolves should be exactly where it belongs — in the hands of the state.

During discussions last week, state and U.S. officials said they expect to publish a ruling by September detailing how to end federal protections for wolves in Wyoming and allow state management.


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