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After holding classes in the basement of the United Methodist Church for 35 years, the Powell Head Start program has moved to the Migrant Head Start building on East Seventh Street.

The Head Start program in Powell is run by Absaroka Inc. of Worland, which also operates Head Start programs in Basin, Buffalo, Cody, Lander, Lovell, Powell, Riverton, Sheridan, Thermopolis and Worland.

Teen charged in fatal 2010 crash

A Powell teen has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a crash that claimed the life of a 16-year-old girl last summer.

Jack Farwell, 18, turned himself in on a warrant on Friday on the misdemeanor charge. At his arraignment in Park County’s Circuit Court in Cody on Monday, Farwell pleaded not guilty. He was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance/signature bond.

State could keep class-free status under interim USDA rules

Expanding a designated surveillance area that requires additional testing of cattle for brucellosis could help Wyoming maintain its federal disease status, a Powell veterinarian said.

State livestock officials have proposed adding eastern Park County to the current “designated surveillance area.” Wyoming’s DSA now covers Park County west of Wyo. 120 as well as Teton and Sublette counties, western Fremont County and northern Lincoln County.

Looks to expand road north

A dotted line under scrutiny no longer exists on the city’s master street plan.

Under a plan adopted in the 1980s, a dotted line showed a proposed Clark Street extending northwest in a curve toward the Elk Basin Highway.

Feds should accept Wyoming’s plan, including predator zone, a state lawmaker says

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has voluntarily withdrawn its appeal of a Federal District Court ruling in Wyoming that questioned the service’s rejection of Wyoming’s gray wolf management plan.

And the service said it will continue negotiations with Wyoming on wolf management.

PHS student dies in Saturday wreck

A single-car accident in Big Horn County has claimed the life of a Powell High School student.

Tylor Burke, a senior at PHS, died when his vehicle left the road at the junction of Wyo. 30 and U.S. 14-16-20 north of Burlington early Saturday morning. The scene of the accident was discovered at 7:13 a.m. on Saturday.

East Entrance snowmobiling up

Snowmobile visits to Yellowstone through the park’s East Entrance this winter doubled from last year, though recreational visits as a whole dipped slightly, with fewer park skiers.

From Dec. 22 through March 1, a total of 170 snowmobilers went through the east gate, up from 85 the prior winter season, park service data says.

Reaccreditation report sends mixed messages

Ater nearly four months, Northwest College officials are thankful their wait for a written accreditation report is over.

The draft report, received by NWC President Paul Prestwich on March 8, recommends a seven-year accreditation. That is shorter than the 10-year accreditation the commission granted in 2000.

After more than a year of legal wrangling, attorneys for former nursing student Desta Paris and the Northwest College Nursing Program agreed to limit discussion during a formal contested hearing Tuesday to a single issue.

That issue: Would Paris have failed the nursing program regardless of an alleged medication policy violation that resulted in her dismissal from the program on Dec. 2, 2009?

Legislature keeps school funding level

School superintendent reflects on education-related bills

Actions taken by the Wyoming Legislature left Powell school administrators with some concerns, but not as many as they feared.

“We started out the session with a lot of anxiety,” said Kevin Mitchell, Park County School District No. 1 superintendent.  “But as the dust settled, most of those concerns were left behind.”

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