Warm Valley Lodge key organizer, Carol Petera of Dubois and Governor Mead (Photo by Steve Price)
(Dubois, Wyo.) – Governor Matt and First Lady Carol Mead flew into Dubois today to celebrate a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the town’s new assisted living facility, Warm Valley Lodge. Approximately 120 community members attended the ceremony along with Dubois Mayor Twila Blakeman, Warm Valley Lodge (WVL) board members, and other county representatives.
Mead said Wyoming’s population will be among the nation’s oldest in the near future. According to Wyoming Department of Health projections, Wyoming would be the fourth “oldest” state in the nation in just 17 years, by 2030. Citing that projections, the Governor emphasized the importance of assisted living facilities, like Warm Valley Lodge, which he said he has supported since its inception 9 years ago with the Wyoming Business Council. “Wyoming’s residents will need places to live just like this one,” he said. “Wyoming has a long tradition of helping each other, and this facility certainly continues that tradition.”
Of the state’s 576,000 residents, more than 32 percent of them are over the age of 50, 22 percent are over 60, 10 percent are over 70 years old and four percent are 80 or older.
The Governor then cut a ceremonial ribbon held by WVL Board President Dick Hodge and Mayor Blakeman to celebrate the opening of the Lodge later this month. Standing with the Governor as he cut the ribbon was Carol Petera, who has led the project since it began in 2004. The official grand opening celebration is scheduled for September 14, 2013.
After a brief tour of the Lodge, the Governor and First Lady returned to the Dubois Airport to fly to Cody and then to Jackson.