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Dec 2, 2012 From staff reports

Part of Loop Road closed for season

Parts of the Loop Road on the Washakie Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest have been closed for the winter season.

To ensure public safety, the Shoshone National Forest has closed the Loop Road at the gate at the South Pass entrance to FR300 and above the switchbacks at the Worthen turn-off, which is just past the intersection of FR300 and FR302.

For further information about the closure, contact the Washakie Ranger District office at 332-5460.

As the nation's first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest has 2.4 million acres of diverse terrain and a mission to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the forest to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Lander Library to host Verdi opera

The Lander Met Opera will present a new production of Guiseppe Verdi's "Un Ballo in Mascera" in a live HDTV transmission from the Metropolitan Opera.

"The Masked Ball" is one of Verdi's more lyric operas. It deals with the assassination of the king of Sweden, Gustav III, which occurred in mid-18th Century and was an explosive subject at the time the opera was first produced in mid-19th Century Italy under the oppressive rule of the Austrian Empire.

In this new production, the setting has been moved to the early 20th Century, and the production reflects the regicide of the Gustav into the allegory of Icarus flying too close to the sun.

The production is director David Alden's first major Metropolitan opera after a highly successful career in England and Europe. New York critics have especially praised the music and the outstanding singing with the love triangle of the king, his best friend, and the best friend's wife as portrayed by three of the Metropolitan's stars: Marcelo Alvarez, Dimitri Hvorostovky and Sondra Radvanovsky.

The performance will presented at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Lander Library, 200 Amoretti St.

Concert to present carols, readings

The Central Wyoming College Music Department presents a Ceremony of Carols and Readings at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre.

The program features the CWC Handbell Choir, the Collegiate Chorale and the vocal jazz ensemble, JAZZMAGIC and includes traditional and non-traditional music and readings to celebrate the holiday season.

As has been the practice for a number of years, there will be no admission charge. However, a free-will offering will be taken to support the efforts of the Fremont County Good Samaritan Center and the Lander Care and Share Food Bank. All donations are split evenly and distributed directly to these two community programs.

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