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Aug 11, 2013 - Staff

Airport Road to close Monday

Construction for the water tank will temporarily close Airport Road from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

71 Construction said access to the airport via Valley View Road will remain open during those hours.

Two bridges being replaced

Construction has begun to replace two bridges leading to Dickinson Park on the Washakie Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest.

The first bridge to be replaced is located at Sand Creek, roughly .25 miles from the northern forest boundary on FR 329 (Dickinson Park Road). The second bridge crosses Dickinson Creek and is roughly .25 miles south of the Sand Creek bridge replacement location on FR 329.

Construction may cause delays and will require a closure to the road for at least two weeks after Labor Day. The project should be completed by Sept. 30.

For more information, call the Washakie Ranger District at 335-5460.

Fairfield Fire area closure order lifted

The Shoshone National Forest has lifted the closure order for the Fairfield Fire area. As the fire is now 100 percent contained, and the area is determined to be safe for re-entry.

The popular Fairfield Hill off-road vehicle trail and climbing area also is open, though there may be some areas of spauling (areas of heated rocks that have or could flake off) in the climbing area, so wearing a helmet is highly recommended. Bruce's parking area is now open.

Visitors are asked to try to avoid walking through the blackened areas because that will hamper the regrowth of vegetation and shrubs.

CWC nursing receives accreditation

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has granted Central Wyoming College's associate degree nursing program continuing accreditation.

Formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the ACEN's decision is consistent with the recommendation of the team that conducted a site evaluation of the CWC program in February, and by the Evaluation Review Panel, said Kathy Wells, dean of health and science division.

In its initial recommendations, the site visit team identified strengths in three of the six of the accrediting body's standards, which CWC vice president for student and academic services Jason Wood said is highly unusual unless a program goes "far beyond" expectations.

One site visitor suggested CWC present its program review process nationally, saying it was "one of the most thorough I've ever seen." A CWC group is scheduled to make a presentation on its preparation for the accreditation evaluation at the national meeting of the Association of Community College Trustees in October.

The ACEN visit team also pointed out that the CWC program has outstanding administrative, information technology and community support.

The college is required to submit a follow-up report addressing faculty degree qualifications by fall 2015. By that time, Wells said all current full-time CWC faculty will have completed their master's degrees.

When the follow-up report is accepted, the next evaluation visit for the program will be scheduled in 2021.