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14-A, Road 8 intersection to be improved

Bicycle-truck accident increases calls for better safety

An Oct. 7 accident that involved a Powell High School student who was bicycling on her way to school illustrated the need for improving the intersection at U.S. 14-A and Road 8.

Tamara Elzey, 18, was seriously injured in the accident, in which her legs were run over by the rear wheels of an unloaded semi-trailer after the truck turned in front of her. She and and the truck's driver, Dane McIntosh, both were headed north on Road 8 and had stopped at the intersection with U.S. 14-A. No citations were issued at the time of the accident.

An attentive crowd listens as Sen. John Barrasso speaks during the dedication of the new Powell High School last month. Barrasso spoke of the importance of education and praised the Wyoming Legislature for providing funding for improving school facilities in the state.
Tribune photo by Toby Bonner
Now that two new schools have been completed in Powell, what is next for school construction in the community?
While two more new schools are projected for Powell, the timetable for building them is uncertain, because the school construction program in Wyoming is evolving.
Currently, a new Westside Elementary is being designed, but construction hasn't been funded yet. Todd Wilder, the Big Horn Basin project manager for the Wyoming School Facilities Commission, said he can't be sure when it will be funded by the Legislature.
“It depends on priorities,” Wilder said.
Those priorities may change this winter as the commission re-evaluates all the schools in the state.
After the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that the state was responsible for providing equitable facilities to all Wyoming school children, the Wyoming Legislature intiated an assessment of all the school facilities in the state. In that study, conducted in 2001, schools were to be evaluated on their condition, capacity and educational suitability.

Poverty in Park County

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.


Supreme Court upholds Walmart shooter's guilt

The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the 18- to 20-year prison sentence given to a Cody man who opened fire in the Walmart parking lot three years ago.

In a decision last week, the Supreme Court affirmed Park County District Court Judge Steven Cranfill's finding that Chester Darral Fletcher was competent to stand trial and be sentenced for his actions.

Hospital building plan sought

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.

Chief Joseph haul plan abandoned

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has abandoned a controversial plan to haul mine waste over the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway as part of a Cooke City mine cleanup project, drawing praise from Park County officials and residents who had voiced concerns with the haul’s impacts.

Student expelled for gun incident

A Powell High School student was expelled for bringing a weapon to school last month,  but the school board accepted a modified agreement that will allow the student to re-enroll for the second semester. Following an executive session in a special meeting Nov. 23, the board voted to expel the student for one year, effective Dec. 8, but accepted an agreement modifying the expulsion that will allow the student to re-enroll on Jan. 3,  2011.

Homes aglow with Christmas decorations have captured the attention of passersby. Some of those homes also caught the eye of the city’s judging committee, which recognized various residences and businesses in the annual City of Powell Christmas Decorating Contest.


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