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Ilene Olson

Even as Northwest College administrators and trustees are putting the final polish on a budget for fiscal year 2013, which starts July 1, they’re already anticipating — or dreading — fiscal year 2014.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has instructed all state agencies, including Wyoming community colleges, to prepare to trim 4 to 8 percent from their budgets next year due to the continued lower-than-expected price of natural gas. Severance taxes from natural gas have contributed much of the state’s revenue since the turn of the century.

A museum exhibit and a bus tour this weekend celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Willwood Division, the third division of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Shoshone Irrigation Project.

Choosing a new president for Northwest College will be a challenging task for a variety of reasons.

The NWC Board of Trustees should be commended for starting that process early in an effort to come up with a workable plan for hiring a replacement for Paul Prestwich, who has resigned effective June 2013.


Before recruiting for the next Northwest College president, the NWC Board of Trustees began earlier this month to consider how it should conduct that search.


Despite pleas to reconsider from county prevention workers and local lawmakers, the Wyoming Department of Health is moving forward with plans to coordinate prevention efforts statewide through the Johnson County Community Resource Center.

It’s time to throw out or alter most of the things you’ve heard about Buffalo Bill Cody, along with many of the images you remember from the Buffalo Bill Museum.

With construction costs increasing and federal and state funding declining, the Wyoming Department of Transportation is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain and improve highways in Wyoming.

First step: Find a way to pay the local match

Northwest College was approved for $9.38 million of state funding this year to help build a new classroom building to give the college more space and address other needs. The question now is how to pay the remaining $4.9 million for the planned $14.25 million structure.

Park County voters will be asked in November whether they are willing to pay a 1 cent tax for four years to help pay infrastructure costs for the county and its municipalities.
Because all of that 1-penny tax would go to local governments, it would provide nearly as much revenue locally as the 4 percent sales tax now assessed by the state of Wyoming. Seventy percent of the existing 4 percent sales tax goes to the state, with the remaining 30 percent going to county and municipal governments.

Gerald Giraud of Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota will be the next vice president for academic affairs at Northwest College.
Currently a vice president for instruction and chief academic officer, Giraud has also served as director of assessment and institutional research at Oglala. He begins his duties at Northwest Aug. 1.

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