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Dec 9, 2012 - From staff reports

Crack-seal project under way

A $991,000 project to crack-seal highways is under way throughout Central and Northwest Wyoming, and work will continue through March.

Work has been ongoing in Fremont County since mid-November on Highway 28 west of Lander, Highway 136 (Gas Hills Road) and Highway 789 (between Lander and Hudson).

Other Fremont County highways scheduled for crack sealing include U.S. 26/287 near Kinnear, U.S. 287 near Fort Washakie, and U.S. 20/26 near Waltman.

"The schedule and sequence will be affected by weather and road conditions," said Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander. "The crew is jumping around as weather allows."

In late January, crack sealing is scheduled to begin in Hot Springs County on Highway 120, Highway 175, and U.S. 20/ Highway 789. Highway 434 in Washakie County is scheduled to receive crack sealing work in February.

Highway Improvement, Inc., of Sioux Falls, S.D., is the prime contractor on the district-wide crack sealing project.

Contract completion date is June 15, 2013.

CWC hosting auditions for showcase

The Central Wyoming College Theater Department is having auditions for Theater Showcase 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre.

The Showcase is an evening of short performances directed and designed by students, said CWC director Mike Myers.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from some scripts. Showcase 2013 will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10. The productions will be staged in "arena style" in the Arts Center Dance Studio.

For more information, call Mike Myers at 855-2217.

'Aida' coming to Lander

Guiseppe Verdi's "Aida" comes to Lander at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, via the Metropolitan Opera.

The show is replete with elephants and trumpets, all in the monumental setting of ancient Egypt. The opera, originally commissioned for the Cairo opera house on the occasion of the opening of the Suez Canal, recounts the ill fated love story of Rademese, an Egyptian general, and Aida, daughter of the captured Ethiopian king, Amonosro.

Rademes is performed by the renowned Roberto Alagna and Aida by Liudyla Monastyrska.

Wind River erosion project begins

A $92,281 erosion repair project has started near the Wind River east of Dubois.

The project, located in the Red Rocks area, involves grading, placing rocks, fencing and other work on U.S. 26-287 at milepost 69 between Diversion Dam and Dubois.

"The contractor is scheduled to have work completed this month," said Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton. "Please drive safely through the area where the work is being completed."

ERI Engineering, Inc., of Riverton is the prime contractor on the erosion repair project. Contract completion date is April 30, 2013.