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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.

Thursday, March 24

Wyoming K-12 teachers and their families can now get free membership to the Nicolaysen Art Museum. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that includes free admission to the gallery, discounts on museum programs, 10 percent off in the museum's gift shop, and more. This is part of a larger effort to make the museum more accessible to educators.

The Kemmerer Gazette writes a Cokeville eighth-grader is headed to Washington D.C. for the National Spelling Bee in early June. Hudson Himmerich is the first student from Cokeville to ever place first at the State Spelling Bee.

Last week Cheyenne Regional Medical Center became the first hospital in Wyoming to use Shockwave technology to safely open a patient's coronary artery that was blocked due to a buildup of calcified plaque. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle writes that it's considered to be a safer treatment for calcium blockages in arteries than traditional ones. It's been widely adopted in Europe but has only been in use in the US since 2021.

The first Laramie International Flavor Festival will take place next week. The Laramie Boomerang reports that more than 80 international community members from the University of Wyoming and the greater Laramie area have been working with 20 local restaurants to develop menu items that honor their heritages. More than 40 countries will be represented.

Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast since. She 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 of journalism and business. She continues to spread her love of science, wildlife, and the outdoors with her stories. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.