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TODAY’S HEADLINES: Governor, First Lady visit Riverton … Police department hosts shooter training course … College band presents night at symphony … State grant offers money for rural health care … Local health organization hires new director …..
Governor, First Lady visit Riverton
RIVERTON — Wyoming’s Governor Matt Mead will be in Fremont County this week. He’s meeting Friday in Riverton with the Fremont County Commissioners. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Riverton Library, from 3:15 to 4:15 in the afternoon.
While he’s meeting with the commissioners, his wife, the First Lady Carol Mead, will be reading to children at the library for story time. That runs from 3:15 to 4. From there, the Governor and the First Lady will head to the Community Entry Services Center on 2240 Peck Avenue in Riverton for a building dedication ceremony.
Police department hosts shooter training course
RIVERTON – A training class to help police officers, school administrators, church officials and business owners hone their responses to an active shooter situation will be held this week at the community college in Riverton.
The training will be held Thursday and Friday, from 8-4 both days. The cost is $395. The seminar is being hosted by the Riverton Police Department. Registration can be done online by going to responseoptions.com or by calling Central Wyoming College.
College band presents night at symphony
RIVERTON – The music of Brahms and PDQ Bach will fill the halls of Central Wyoming College in Riverton Thursday night as the college’s concert band takes the stage. A special feature of the concert will be the director, Jason Ogg, performing “Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone” by Jerry Nowak. The night of music has been dubbed “An Evening at the Symphony.” Joining the band will be the college’s Collegiate Chorale and the vocal jazz group called JazzMagic. The concert is presented free of charge, and starts at 7 in the college’s main auditorium in the Arts Center.
State grant offers money for rural health care
RIVERTON — Grant monies up to $1 million are now available from the state to help communities fulfill unmet healthcare needs. According to the Wyoming Department of Health, the Primary Care Support Grant Program will require a 25 percent cash or in-kind community match, along with a letter of support from the respective county commission.
The grant, according to information sent out by the health department, is designed to provide funds to new and existing community health centers and rural clinics. The grants can be used for one-time start-up costs or to expand services.
Keri Wagner is the program specialist for the state health department’s rural health office. It’s her hope, she says, that community leaders will consider the grant as a first step to open more doors to primary care providers and encourage local residents to help take care of their health.
The Wyoming Primary Care Association will serve as a partner for the grant’s administration. The request period for proposals ends on May 31. Grant applications and guidance can be found online at health.wyo.gov.
Local health organization hires new director
RIVERTON – In other health-care news, we’ve learned from our news partner County10.com that the local Help for Health organization has hired Rhonda Locker as its new executive director. Locker is the former Chief Financial Officer for the organization and prior to that worked for 15 years as the assistant superintendent for Fremont County School District No. 6 in Pavillion. She’s lived in Fremont County for the past 30 years.
Help for Health is the organization that runs the county’s non-profit Hospice home in Riverton and offers in-home hospice care. Locker said starting on Valentine’s Day, as she did for her new position as head of the organization, was fitting. She described herself as a person who’s always had a heart for people and a strong desire to work with the terminally ill to help give them the best quality of life possible.
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