Powell, WY


Humidity: 50%

Wind: 11 mph

Ilene Olson

The five days from Aug. 31 through Sept. 4 proved to be some of the deadliest on Wyoming roads this year, with four crashes and one pedestrian accident claiming a total of six lives.

Another school year began last week, with children and teens heading to classrooms where teachers will work to motivate and educate them.

A three-year agreement between the Powell City Council and the Powell Golf Club reached last week is good news. It ends the uncertainty that was crippling the golf club’s ability to plan and raise funds for the 18-hole course, and it provides an annual review by the city to assure city leaders that the city-owned course and its funding are being managed responsibly.

Thanks to one woman’s vision and a community’s work to make it happen, Deaver’s former school — once weeks away from being demolished — will become a manufacturing site for Ridgeline Energy Services USA.

Ridgeline, based in Canada, is an energy services and water treatment company. The equipment that will be manufactured in Deaver will be used to filter and purify water in oil and gas fields through a process known as electrodialysis.

Just over half of Park County voters made some major decisions on the Republican ticket Tuesday.

They chose Lee Livingston and incumbent Bucky Hall to fill two seats on the Park County Commission.

Kudos to Northwest College leaders and the Northwest College Foundation Board for finding a creative way to raise the local money needed to construct a new classroom building without increasing Park County residents’ property taxes.

A local match of nearly $5 million is required to access $9.8 million in state funding allocated for the planned Yellowstone Academic and Workforce Services Building by the 2012 Wyoming Legislature.

If you’re interested in making a difference for your community, this is your chance.

The election filing period for people interested in running for district boards opened Wednesday, Aug. 8 and runs through Aug. 27.

After months of planning and preparation, today (Tuesday) is the go-live date for Powell Valley Healthcare’s new electronic medical records system.

This year, much of the attention in the Wyoming Legislature was on education — specifically, on how to make it better.

Tuesday’s story in the Powell Tribune about local students’ scores on the Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS) shows there is good news, particularly on the local level. A report released recently showed Powell school students scored better than the statewide average in all three areas tested — math, reading and science.

Western Underground moved to free stage

A windy, moisture-laden storm hit the Park County Fairgrounds Friday just as crews were finishing setting up for Charley Jenkins, the country singer slated to open the Western Underground concert at 7:30 p.m.

Workers and volunteers scrambled to protect equipment, struggling against the wind to cover speaker systems with plastic and strapping a tent awning roof over the top of the stage on the grounds in front of the Main Grandstand.

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