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Wyoming flag will be at half staff Friday at Capital and Carbon County in honor of Pat O'Toole

Kamila Kudelska
Wyoming Public Media

This story is part of our new Quick Hits series. This series will bring you breaking news and short updates from throughout the state.

Pat O'Toole passed away February 25th. O'Toole was a rancher who worked in the state to champion agriculture and the environment.

In 1986, he was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives. He represented Carbon County for six years. After his time in the house, he was appointed by President Clinton to the Western Water Policy Commission. His passion to look at the future of water in the west - led him to become President of the Family Farm alliance in 2005. He served in that position until his death.

In an announcement that the Wyoming flag will be at half staff at the Capitol in Cheyenne and in Carbon County on Friday, March 8, Gov. Mark Gordon said O’Toole was a tireless advocate to protect Wyoming’s water - especially in the Colorado river drainage.

Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. She has won a regional Murrow award for her reporting on mental health and firearm owners. During her time leading the Wyoming Public Media newsroom, reporters have won multiple PMJA, Murrow and Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.

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