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The board also voted to schedule their regular meetings for the third Wednesday of every month, with the understanding that special meetings will often have to be called. Board members, who were joined by County Commissioner Randy Rossman, and for part of the meeting by County Administrative Assistant Dan Blakeman, resolved to arrange a stakeholder meeting with Upton and Newcastle officials after hearing from the DEQ's Craig McComie, program manager for integrated solid waste management and recy- cling, and Rebecca Dietrich, who handles permitting and correc- tive action for the south- east third of the state. Dietrich was standing in for Dale Anderson, who performs the same func- tion for the DEQ for the northern portion of the state, including Weston County. McComie told the board that when it comes to solid waste disposal they are dealing with a complex issue, although right now options are totally open as far as what path the board might take. In terms of avail- able funding, however, McComie asserted that the Cease and Transfer program that he over- sees, which funds the closure of landfills and construction of transfer -- See Trash, Page 8 Todd Bennington NLJ Reporter . Eastern Wyoming College Outreach Director Kim Conzelman reported to the WCSD #1 Board of Trustees at their regular meeting last Tuesday on the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships conference she had J~ecenti-, attended in Denver with High School Principal Tracy Ragland. New requirements from the EWC's accreditation body, the Higher Learning Commission, will require high school instructors with master's degrees to undergo additional educa- tion and testing in order to continue to teach concurrent classes in their subject area, she told the board. Board Chair Bob Bonnar and Treasurer Tom Wright spoke out strongly against the requirements, calling them wholly unnecessary. Wright observed that undergraduate classes at four-year universities are often taught by graduate students with minimal academic credentials. "Are the universities making that same effort with the people they put in college classes that they're expecting us to make," Wright- asked Conzelman, mentioning he continues to hear stories of grad students with -- See Teachers, Page 7 Alexis Shultz NLJ Reporter The Newcastle City Council gave approval to a plan to resize a number of home lots designated for sale a decade ago, and hope to make at least some of them available to potential buyers shortly after the beginning of the year. The council held a public hearing to discuss the resubdivision of Washington Park Addition in Newcastle, and after no opinions were offered in objection to the plan, the council unanimously approved it. It was made clear by City Attorney Jim Peck that notice was sent to homeowners sur- rounding the area that will be resubdivided and the only resident of the area that contacted City Engineer Bob Hartley did not express concerns with the proposal. Washington Park was originally purchased by the City of Newcastle from the State of Wyoming back in 2004-2005 because the city was running out of lots in town that were available to people who wanted to build new homes, according to Hartley. He reported that development was slowed down, however, as a result of delays for soil testing and the market proved unfavorable once that testing was done. "Shortly after we purchased it, we got a notice from the Corp of Engineers that they were doing a lead contamination test on the property, and -- See City, Page 3 Hospital makes partial payment to Billings Clinic Alexis Shultz NLJ Reporter Although the hospital's electronic records systems still aren't performing at the desired level, the Weston County Health Services board last month decided to make a partial payment to their con- tractor because some improve- ment has been noted and work continues to be done to iron out deficiencies. At the regularly scheduled WCHS board meeting on October 15, the decision was made to pay Billings Clinic roughly half of what is owed to them through the end of the last fiscal year as an acknowledg- ment of efforts that have been made to improve the perfor- mance of the local hospital's electronicmedical records systems. WCHS has withheld payment from Billings Clinic, who was contracted to oversee implementation and opera- tion of the Cerner and Lawson systems, due to a number of issues with the systems that remain unsolved. Cerner was implemented at WCHS in July of 2013 and the facility has worked with Billings Clinic to resolve the issues and receive the product performance they were prom- ised, but because a number of issues remain unresolved WCHS opted out of sending the payments for support to Billings Clinic until a time when they felt the local hos- pital was receiving the level of service they believe they were promised. "We have not paid them anything, we are up to about $86,000 that we owe them," CEO Maureen Cadwell told the board before reporting that a representative from Billings Clinic had approached her about the facility sending a Dave Gose stands near five rental cabins currently under construction on the property of his Goose Landing archery range. The Upton native, who divides his time between here and Alaska, plans the multifaceted facilitY as a regional draw that will provide camping and other recreational opportunities in addition to indoor and outdoor archery. (Todd Bennington/NLJ) Gose plans destination archery campground Todd Bennington NLJ Reporter Dave Gose, a 1972 Upton High School --See WCHS, Page 3 graduate, is currently at work on Goose Landing, a new multifaceted archery facility located on 23 acres of land he's purchased across from Upton's City Park. An enthusiast for all things patriotic, Gose is an avid hunter and fisherman who has been residing in Alaska for the past 35 years. Once involved in oilfield work in that state, he's reticent to speak of a drilling rig accident in which he was severely injured several decades ago and from which he was not initially expected to recover. Gose, who is joined in his new endeavor by his employees, Officer Manager Tracey MacDonald and Maintenance Manager Larry Ellis, explained that the yet-to-be- opened facility has been conceived as a regional destination that should attract -- See Goose, Page 7 Thursday ] Friday ai;rd ........................................................... g;nda ..................................................... M nda ...................................................... Tu;sda ................................... dnesda .................................................. AM Clouds/PM Sun I AM Clouds/PM Sun I Sunny I Sunny I Sunny I Mostly Sunny [ Snow Showers I '' " .... !! ~ : ~1 Hi 45 Lo 25 ] Hi 38 Lo 23 [ Hi 48 Lo 29 ] Hi 56, Lo 30[ Hi 52 ko 29 I Hi 44, Lo 23 [ Hi 36 Lo 22 [ Burglar caught, Page 3 |:: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,i. __j: [ .... .... [ ...... ;. 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