Feb 11, 2014 From staff reports

Farm and Ranch Days approach

The Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days will include more than 30 sessions Wednesday and Thursday in the Fremont Center at the fairgrounds in Riverton.

In addition to pesticide applicator certification classes, other topics will range from iPad technology on farms and ranches to fertilizer rates and agricultural marketing.

Free, concurrent sessions are 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. every day with a lunch provided at noon. Jason Fearneyhough, Wyoming Department of Agriculture director, is the lunch speaker Wednesday. Cindy Garretson-Weibel, director of the Agribusiness Division of the Wyoming Business Council, is the Thursday lunch speaker.

For more information, contact UW Extension educator Ron Cunningham at 332-2363 or See a complete schedule at

CWC to host AVP workshop

A team of volunteers who lead the local Alternatives to Violence Project will make a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Central Wyoming College.

The Alternatives to Violence Project is a volunteer-run program that conducts experiential workshops to develop participants' abilities to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence, manipulation or coercion.

The AVP team includes Maria Farias, Donn Kesselheim, Scott Ratliff and Doug Newlin who offer workshops and presentations in the community as well as at the Wyoming Honor Farm.

The project began in 1975 when inmates at Green Haven Prison in New York asked local Quakers to teach incarcerated youth how to resolve conflicts nonviolently. The success of the workshops quickly spread by word of mouth, and the program took root in many state and federal prisons throughout the country. Workshops are now offered in many communities.

The AVP presentation, sponsored by the CWC Diversity Committee, is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Foundation seeks nominations

Nominations for the Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation Leadership Awards are due Feb. 17, and director Susan Thomas encourages people in communities throughout Wyoming to send in the names of leaders who inspire Wyoming's youth.

The winner of the annual leadership awards receives $2,500 and is honored at a statewide press conference.

Nomination forms are available online at

The Craig and Susan Foundation focuses on Wyoming's at-risk youth, and those who champion young people.

"The leadership award is for adults who work to get kids back in school, free of drugs and alcohol, or just take time to see the value of each and every young life," Susan Thomas said.

The Foundation is named in part for the late U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas who championed the cause of Wyoming's youth.

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