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One of the most immediately obvious effects of budget cuts forced by the so-called federal sequester will be felt in our own backyard.

The opening of the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park will be delayed by two weeks this spring, thereby saving the National Park Service some of the cost of plowing the roads to those entrances.

February 28, 2013 8:44 am

Hospital facilities planning on hold

Powell Valley Healthcare leaders plan to provide information, seek public input

Master facilities planning efforts at Powell Valley Healthcare have been put on hold while the organization’s leaders consider how extensive they want those plans to be.

Davis Partnership, the firm hired to develop a master facilities plan for Powell’s medical campus, presented three concepts for facilities planning during a meeting in January of the Powell Valley Healthcare board, Chief Executive Officer Bill Patten and the PVHC leadership team.

Public input sought

Powell Valley Healthcare leaders will be making some big decisions in coming weeks and months, and they want your input and opinions before making them.

The Powell Valley Healthcare board — comprised of the seven Powell Hospital District board members plus three doctors — recently was given three concepts in regard to master facility planning. The concepts range from modest changes to get the organization by for the next few years to most everything PHVC leaders and the community could want.

Six months after his death in Afghanistan, a Northwest College scholarship endowment has been established to honor Army Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, who also was a former NWC wrestler.

The supplemental budget passed Friday by the Wyoming Legislature includes $20 million for distribution to the state’s cities, towns and counties. That’s good news, and it’s quite remarkable, given that state agencies are looking at budget cuts.

The federal government giveth, and it taketh away.

Park County recently received news of a windfall totaling more than $767,000 from the federal government — $585,000 more than had been expected.

February 12, 2013 9:24 am

Hicswa chosen for NWC president

The wait for a new president at Northwest College ended Friday when the NWC Board of Trustees approved a two-year contract with Stefani Hicswa, beginning July 15.

Hicswa, 44, is president of Miles Community College in Montana. She will replace Paul Prestwich, who has resigned effective June 30.

 

It looks like the options still available to Wyoming legislators to increase highway funding are down to one: A 10-cent fuel tax hike.

A compromise bill that would have eased the first four years of the proposed fuel tax hike died on the Wyoming Senate floor Monday.

Jon Connolly visited the Northwest College campus last week as the third — and last — finalist to make his bid for NWC president.

Connolly is vice president of academic affairs at the Northern Wyoming Community College District, consisting of Sheridan and Gillette colleges, where he has worked for six years. He also served as interim college president there for several months during his second year with the district.

Debra Thatcher, the second of three finalists for the Northwest college president position, visited the NWC campus last week.

Thatcher is not new to Wyoming; she’s lived and worked in the state before.