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Tuesday, April 26

The Gillette News-Record reports that a local artist is looking for a home for the 23-foot-long metal guitar he's created. Wilson Restrepo built the instrument in honor of his love of music. It took about eight months to complete and unofficially weighs around 2,000 pounds.

The Alaskan totem pole in Glenrock has been refurbished and repainted by a local husband and wife team. The Glenrock Independent writes the totem pole is reportedly from the coast of Alaska's rainforest and was brought to the town by former pharmacist Clinton Hooley. It's stood in town for at least 70 years.

A team of high schoolers from Big Piney traveled to Utah to compete in a nationwide robotics competition. The Puncher Robotics Team took 30th place, just barely missing the playoffs. The Sublette Examiner reports the eight boys designed, engineered, and assembled the fully functioning robot in just three months. They then spent more than 1,000 hours practicing for the competition. They plan to host an open house to demonstrate the robot to the public in early May.

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.

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