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Around Wyoming brings you news from around the state, keeping you informed with brief updates of stories you may have missed.

Friday, March 11

The Douglas Budget reports that the Whitbroad family has returned from Ukrainesafely with their adopted children. The couple traveled there just before the Russian invasion to adopt two special needs children. They were forced to evacuate on the first day of the war.

Governor Mark Gordon has declared March 8 as Fireman Gene Diedtrich Day. The Newcastle News Letter Journal writes this is the first day in Wyoming's history to be named in honor of a fireman. Diedtrich served as a volunteer firefighter for the past 60 years in Newcastle. He has held all the department's elective offices, including serving as chief for six years. Gordon presented the proclamation in a short ceremony at the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall.

According to the Kemmerer Gazette, local honor society students presented ideas for future J.C. Penney signage at the last city council meeting. City officials hope it will help attract more people to the area, including increased traffic at the retailer's mother store and the local J.C. Penney Museum. The sign will be created in the school's wood shop and the city will use funds donated by former J.C. Penney employees and other donors to pay for the materials.

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.