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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.

Around Wyoming, Wednesday, December 6

A Johnson County couple has a new, really heavy, piece of decor. The Buffalo Bulletin reports Jeanne Peterson and her husband Robert Suchor were digging waterlines for their new RV campground when they discovered a massive petrified tree. The stone remains of the tree from tens of millions of years ago will be excavated and put on display at the RV campground. The couple is even planning to change the name of the finished campground in its honor.

The chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation has been nationally recognized. The Cody Enterprise reports Shirley Ann Higuchi has been named a pioneering leader in the Japanese-American legal community by the Asian American Legal Defense Education Fund. Higuchi is also the author of “Setsuko’s Secret,” the story of her parent’s life at the internment camp and the eventual revelation by her mother, Setsuko, that she had a vision for a museum at the camp’s site.

And, Natrona County High School’s marching band is a finalist in the first ever Metallica marching band contest. They submitted a video performing “Lux Aeterna.” You can vote for your favorite band to receive cash prizes.

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.