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Ilene Olson

But they’re not immune to problems seen elsewhere in Wyoming

While the state of Wyoming was experiencing a windfall in mineral revenue from 2000 to 2008, the percentage of children living in poverty in the state also declined, according to a report released last month.

However, the 2010 WY Kids Count report illustrates that the welfare of Wyoming’s children in the state worsened in several other areas, such as an increase in the teen birth rate, births to unmarried mothers, low birthweight babies, infant mortality and the teen death rate.

Healthcare, highway issues considered

The 2011 Legislature will consider several healthcare issues this year, such as preventing insurance fraud and creating health insurance exchanges. Some consider ways to meet requirements set by the federal healthcare reform law, while other measures would exempt the state and its residents from provisions in the federal law.

House Bill 2 would move back the sunset date the newly-created Wyoming Health Insurance Pool from June 30 this year to June 30, 2015.

Mission seeks to reduce generational poverty

When Brian Andrews and his wife, Carolyn, moved from California to Cody in 2006, it was so Brian Andrews could take a job as assistant pastor for the Christian Missionary Alliance Church.

Prior to their move, they had been working with a mission in California, with Brian often gone for weeks at a time doing missionary work in Mexico. Their move to Cody meant they and their three children could be together more.

 

After tabling proposals from three architect firms for updating a master facilities plan last summer, the Powell Hospital District board voted last week to seek new proposals.

The board decided in August to wait until a new chief executive officer was onboard before selecting a firm to update Powell Valley Healthcare’s master building plan. Members felt the new hospital’s new leader might want a say in what went into the plan and how to proceed with it.

But enrollment still is growing

Fall student enrollment numbers at Northwest College aren’t as rosy as expected, rising about 2 percent this year instead of the predicted 5-percent increase.

Bob Krenz, interim vice president for academic affairs, told the NWC Board of Trustees last week that he repeatedly predicted a 5-percent increase based on new-student enrollment figures, which did grow by about 5 percent.

The costs of higher education are going up at Wyoming’s community colleges, and Northwest College is no exception.

The NWC Board of Trustees approved on Monday a list of fee increases for next year to cover technology and other costs in several classes.

Flames already were coming through the roof of a storage building behind the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church by the time firefighters were called to the scene on New Year’s Eve.

The fire call first came in at 9:36 p.m. as a pole on fire behind the church on Seventh Street between Gilbert and Hamilton streets, but dispatchers at the Cody Law Enforcement Center soon advised responding firefighters that it actually was a pole barn on fire.

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.

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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