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The 2010-11 school year at Northwest College promises to be one of adapting to change.

With the likelihood of another significant increase in student enrollment next year, the college is facing the need to adapt and do more with less.

That applies not only to budgetary constraints, but also to changes in faculty and staff.

Cooperation between Park County's two hospitals was the focus of a presentation about West Park's capital facilities tax proposal at Powell Valley Hospital on Monday.

“We rely on each other,” Doug McMillan, West Park's chief executive officer, told Powell Hospital District board members. “We already support each other.”

Wyoming weekend

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Bill Dobbs of Deaver waits for the smoke to clear after branding one of his calves last weekend. The weather cooperated long enough to get the calves branded before the next rainfall moved in. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

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Public invited to scale iconic Park County peak

The Nature Conservancy will host its annual Heart Mountain community hike on Saturday, June 12. The trek will begin at 9 a.m.

Hikers are asked to meet at the Heart Mountain Ranch headquarters before heading to the trailhead. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided at the ranch, but hikers should make plans to pack their own water, lunch, sunscreen and clothing for possible inclement weather.

Powell Valley Healthcare will provide extra water and granola bars halfway up the trail.

Along for the hike this year will be a variety of experts to answer questions on the various aspects of Park County's unique landmark.

Among those scheduled to attend will be experts versed in the mountain's geology, its plant and animal life and the management of the area surrounding Heart Mountain.

Hikers should prepare for a full day outdoors and a strenuous round-trip hike of approximately seven miles for those choosing to walk the trail all the way to the summit of Heart Mountain. The walk is open to anyone wanting to enjoy the outdoors and to learn about Heart Mountain. Hikers may walk as much or as little of the trail as they wish during the community event and hikers are free to proceed at whatever pace feels most comfortable to them.

No pets should be brought on the hike.

To reach the Heart Mountan Ranch headquarters, take Road 19 at Heart Mountain Relocation Camp and travel north for several miles, winding through farm ground before the road turns into Lane 13 1/2. Continue toward Heart Mountain until you hit Road 22. The ranch headquarters is the first building along Road 22.

For more information on the 2010 Heart Mountain community hike, contact the ranch office at 307-754-8446.

Program one of many new summer activities

The Powell Recreation District, in conjunction with the Powell school district, will sponsor an open gym at Powell High School during the summer. The program is free of charge for community members.

The open gym will run Monday through Thursday, beginning on June 1 and running through July 22.

Truth or dare?

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Skateboarder Cameron Tirrell goes airborne while performing a trick jump over his friend Adam Christiansen on Wednesday. With the close of the school year and the advance of warmer temperatures this past week, the skate park, like many other outdoor venues, was a popular hangout for Powell youth. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Coin collectors and enthusiasts itching to get their hands on the new Yellowstone National Park quarter will have a golden — or, perhaps more accurately, copper and nickel — opportunity on Thursday.

The United States Mint is scheduled to introduce the Yellowstone quarter to the nation on Thursday, June 3, at a 10:30 a.m. event inside the park.

A lawsuit against the city of Powell and the Powell Police Department has been scheduled for trial beginning Feb. 14, 2011.

The date was set following an initial pretrial conference on May 13 between attorneys for the plaintiff, Tricia Wachsmuth, and the city and police department, before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Beaman.

Beet crop bouncing back from freeze

Sugar beets nipped by frost and dusted by wind early in May are coming back. Sugar officials said last week they should have plenty of time to thrive before the fall harvest begins.

Heart Mountain grower Ric Rodriguez, who is also vice chairman of the Western Sugar Cooperative board of directors, said growers replanted almost 2,500 acres across the Lovell factory district in the Big Horn Basin to replace beets frozen when temperatures dipped into the 20s and lower for several nights.

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Fire destroyed the Treasure Valley Seed facility at around 11 p.m. Sunday. There is no word on what caused the fire at this time. Full coverage will be available in Thursday's Tribune. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Tribune printed an early Tuesday edition on Friday. Tribune photo by Tessa Schweigert.

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