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Submitted by Newsroom on April 17, 2013 – 7:14 amNo Comment

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HEADLINES: Lander woman shares Boston Marathon experience … Lander chamber pledges $50k to community center build … Art show features student works … State grants Riverton, Shoshoni school waivers … Weather prevents presenters from attending council meeting …..

Written, Produced, Broadcast by KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

Lander woman shares Boston Marathon experience

As reported yesterday, Tiffany Hartpence of Lander who was running in the Boston Marathon with her family waiting for her near the finish line where the bombs went off are all fine. She shared her personal account with our sports director Chuck Sebastian ….. http://rivertonradio.com/index.php/2013/04/16/lander-runner-tiffany-hartpence-tells-story-of-boston-marathon/

Lander chamber pledges $50k to community center build

LANDER — The Lander Chamber of Commerce has decided to invest $50,000 into the community center currently being planned. In exchange for the monetary pledge, the chamber will get to name the community center’s reception area. The reports coming from our news partner County10.com.

Pictured, from left, are Dick Hudson, Richard Gould, Jeff Young, Susan Weideman, Frank Smith, Krista Lobera, John Dailey, Tara Skiba, Nancy Webber, Cade Maestes, Scott Goetz, Steve Hickner, Buddy Spriggs, Dan Hahn, Gary Michaud. Photo by Carol King

Councilor Cade Maestas said he thought the request was fitting because just as the chamber is the gateway to the community, so will be the reception area be the gateway into the center.

Chamber Director Scott Goetz said his board and staff have worked hard the past eight years to be an economic driver for the community so understand how important the community center is to the future of Lander. The city’s been without a community center since it burned down last year.

Art show features student works

RIVERTON – A variety of student works will be showcased this spring at the Arts Center Gallery at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. Organizers say the student art exhibit will feature drawings and paintings, glass, sculpture and ceramics, graphic design, and photography and digital imaging.

"Undiscovered First" by Cassidy Stoker

The opening reception for the exhibit and artists will be held next week, on Tuesday night, April 23, in the gallery, starting at 6. There’s no admission and the public’s welcome. Judging the show will be Lisa Hueneke, the director of the Lander Art Center. She’ll be announcing her Best of Show pick during the reception and revealing the winner of the People’s Choice Award. The works will be on display through May 4. The gallery is in the lobby of the performing arts center and is open during the college’s regular business hours.

Hueneke has worked for non-profit organizations both nationally and internationally, including the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C., the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames, Iowa, the T.F. Chen Art and Culture Center Foundation in New York City and the Museo Tanga Tanga de los Niños in Sucre, Bolivia.

State grants Riverton, Shoshoni school waivers

RIVERTON — The State Education Department has decided to grant waivers to two Fremont County school districts for not meeting the mandated 16:1 ratio, of a maximum 16 students to one teacher, for kindergarten through the third-grade. The two districts are 24 and 25, Shoshoni and Riverton. They were among 22 school districts granted waivers as requested because they couldn’t meet the state’s new requirements.

The announcement was made by the office of the Wyoming Department of Education’s Interim Director Jim Rose. He said capacity seems to be the overriding issue preventing non-compliance. We’ll have more on the story at the top of the hour.

According to Wyoming Statute 21-13-307 (a)(iv), passed by the Wyoming Legislature in 2011, school districts in Wyoming shall provide evidence to the Director of the WDE that their district has maintained an average student-to-teacher ratio of not greater than 16:1 in kindergarten through third grade. Riverton’s at 19:1 and Shoshoni, 17:1.

Weather prevents presenters from attending council meeting

RIVERTON — Our news partner County10.com says the weather played a role, just like it did last week, in blocking the way of travelers planning to make presentations to the Riverton City Council. It’s the second try for the Children’s Advocacy Project coming from Casper. That’s the non-profit organization the city uses for counseling of children who are victims of crime. They’re hoping to open a satellite office in Riverton, so expected to ask for support from the city.

The other group planning to make a presentation at last night’s council meeting was Volunteers of America out of Sheridan who’s in the process of merging the Fremont County Alcohol Crisis Center in Riverton into its statewide organization.

City Administrator Steven Weaver said they’re close to finalizing the merger. He said they’ve already indicated they would be seeking an additional $12,500 on top of the current city contribution of $100,000 if the merger is completed so they would have sufficient funds to begin operations.

The city administrator said the organization is interested in reducing the city’s contribution as they acquire other grants and revenue sources to operate the Riverton center, which would change from a total alcohol detoxification center into a combination detox and treatment center, with emphasis on the treatment. He said the organization also plans to approach the county with a similar request and the tribal officials of the nearby Wind River Reservation.

END FIRST NEWS

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