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Monday, March 07

Today's date is 3-07, a day to celebrate the state and its only area code. In 1947, 307 was one of the original 86 area codes established by the Bell Telephone Company. Only ten other states have only one area code.

According to the Wyoming State Historical Society, this past Saturday, March 5, was the day in 1921 when the Midwest Refinery Company moved to the "Skyscraper of Wyoming" at 2nd and Wolcott streets in Casper.

The historical society also says that on March 8, 1957, KTWO in Casper had its first television broadcast. At the time, the station was an NBC affiliate, but twenty years later became an ABC affiliate, which it still is now.

Seventy-five years ago, in 1947, the Saratoga Sun ran a story on the Wyoming driver's license law, which was signed by then-Governor Hunt. The new law required any driver over 15 to apply for a three-year license and pass an exam to prove they had the mental, physical, and driver knowledge to drive. The license fee was one dollar.

Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast ever since. Her internship was supported by the Wyoming EPSCoR Summer Science Journalism Internship program. In the spring of 2020, she virtually graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology with minors in journalism and business. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.