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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.

 

Suspect sought

Police are seeking a 20-year-old Lovell man in connection with a Thursday fight in which another man reportedly was stabbed in the hand.

A Park County warrant has been issued for the arrest of Raymond Ortiz on a charge of aggravated assault.

Recycling group gets funding for new center

A bigger, better center for Powell Valley Recycling has drawn a step closer to becoming reality.

On Friday, Powell Valley Recycling officials received word from the U.S. Department of Argiculture that they have received $195,000 in funding to help move the group into a new facility.

But enrollment still is growing

Fall student enrollment numbers at Northwest College aren’t as rosy as expected, rising about 2 percent this year instead of the predicted 5-percent increase.

Bob Krenz, interim vice president for academic affairs, told the NWC Board of Trustees last week that he repeatedly predicted a 5-percent increase based on new-student enrollment figures, which did grow by about 5 percent.

Mirrors aid drivers at intersections

Besides looking left and right at a busy intersection, drivers in Powell can look up.

At four busy intersections, the city installed mirrors on existing street poles to reflect oncoming traffic and pedestrians to improve drivers’ ability to see them.

 

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