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Editorials

Powell residents are no doubt aware of the positive impact Northwest College has on the economy of Powell, but they may not be aware of the size of that impact.

Now, thanks to a recent independent study into the role NWC and other Wyoming community colleges play in the state, we can see just how much the college means, not only to Powell, but to the rest of Park County as well as Big Horn and Washakie counties as well.

It was a tough call.

When Powell Valley Healthcare officials hired anesthesiologist Dr. Cory Pickens, they knew he was in recovery for abusing prescription medication.

They were then faced with the difficult decision about how or when to disclose details of his conviction for prescription drug fraud. They could either be completely forthcoming with the information when they announced Pickens’ hiring, or they could keep it quiet and give the new doctor and his family time to get adjusted to the community before releasing details about his past.

EDITORIAL: Pause to remember

This year, Memorial Day comes amid a flurry of efforts to honor our veterans.

In recent months, Gov. Matt Mead has traveled to Park County specifically to meet veterans, particularly those who fought in Vietnam and Korea, and thank them for their service.

Following a year of turnover and transition, it appears as though things are looking up for Powell Valley Healthcare. It’s been a year of ups and downs as the organization has undergone a number of major changes in leadership.

Former chief executive officer Rod Barton left the position in August, and in the months that followed, the organization saw an interim and a new CEO, a new chief financial officer, five newly-elected members of the seven-member Powell Hospital District Board of Trustees as well as several changes on the physicians’ staff.

EDITORIAL: To the class of 2011

Sunday, 94 of you will walk out of Powell High School to take on a new world. Later next week, 15 more of you will do the same when you graduate from the Shoshone Learning Center.

In our culture, graduation from high school is a major landmark on the way to adulthood, and it’s an exciting time for you graduates as you set off for new adventures and challenges. And though you probably won’t admit it, there will probably be bittersweet moments this weekend as you say goodbye to one world and prepare to enter another.

As our neighbors in Idaho and Montana gear up for wolf hunts, hundreds of wolves roaming Wyoming remain on the endangered species list.

Idaho began selling wolf hunting tags May 5 — just a day after the predators were taken off the endangered species list in most states. Montana wildlife officials are looking to issue wolf hunting licenses beginning in August.

The perceived shortcomings of American public schools have made them the object of numerous reform efforts in recent years.

This is nothing new. If one looks back on the history of public education in America, it has been under attack at one time or another at least since the 19th century, sometimes for not doing enough, sometimes for doing too much.

EDITORIAL: Snowmobile issues broaden

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.

Raising and selling cattle in the Powell area got more complicated this week. As of Saturday, Powell and surrounding Park County areas are part of a “designated surveillance zone” for brucellosis, meaning more stringent requirements for testing and vaccinating cattle.

While adding the rest of Park County to the surveillance zone isn’t surprising, it’s a new headache for many. Livestock producers must properly identify all cattle before moving them out of the surveillance zone, which now adds all of eastern Park County to the Big Horn County line. Cows 12 months old or older must be tested for brucellosis 30 days before being sold or moved out of the DSA.

Nearly a decade ago, President George W. Bush stood before a joint session of Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks to announce “whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.”

On Sunday evening, President Barack Obama stood before the world to confirm those words. Osama bin Laden, the architect of 9/11 and the person responsible for the deaths of more than 3,000 civilians, was dead. A manhunt of almost 10 years was officially over.

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