Study groups in four towns prepare applicants for commercial driver license

A free study group in Powell will help steer applicants toward their Commercial Driver License (CDL), and other groups are planned in three other northwest Wyoming communities.

UW Extension and Northwest College are offering the CDL study group 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12-16 in the multi-purpose room at the Park County Fairgrounds in Powell.

Other study groups will start Nov. 26 in Burlington, Dec. 3 in Worland, Jan. 7 in Powell, Jan. 21 in Burlington and Feb. 4 in Riverton.

The groups will provide study materials, direct participants to regional resources, review instructional materials provided by the Wyoming Department of Transportation and include local farmers/ranchers in the hands-on practical aspects of learning.

The goal is to help prepare participants for the written and vehicle inspectiontests, said Sandra Frost, UW Extension educator in Powell. The class does not include driving practice.

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UW scientist, state’s veterinarian lauded for animal health efforts

Professor Donal O’Toole

A University of Wyoming professor and the Wyoming state veterinarian have received awards from national animal health organizations.

Professor Donal O’Toole in the Department of Veterinary Sciences received the Distinguished Career Service Award from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) at the association’s annual meeting Oct. 18-24 in Greensboro, N.C.

State veterinarian Jim Logan received the National Assembly Award from the U.S. Animal Health Association, which met jointly with the AAVLD. The National Assembly is the collaborative body of all U.S. state animal health officials, according to the USAHA. Logan was recognized by all state veterinarians for his contributions to advance animal health programs nationally.

O’Toole, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, was honored for his long-term service to veterinary diagnostic medicine in the United States, including peer-reviewed papers, teaching related to diagnostic medicine, service on the association’s executive board, including as president 2005-2006, and as chair of its pathology committee.

He joined the Department of Veterinary Sciences in 1990 as an associate professor and diagnostic pathologist and served as department head and as director of the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory for five years. He teaches undergraduate courses in diseases of livestock, equine health and disease and mammalian pathobiology.  His research focus is spontaneous diseases of food and companion animals and fatal viral disease of bison.

UW Extension offers best trees for Wyoming session in Cody

Sandra Frost

Selecting trees appropriate for Wyoming conditions will be discussed Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Cody.

The session by Brian Russell, assistant district forester in the Office of State Lands and Investments, begins at 7p.m. in the Barling room of the Park County Courthouse.

“The list of successful tree species in Wyoming is defined by two factors – Wyoming’s alkaline soils and desert climate,” said Sandra Frost, UW Extension educator. “Improve your property by selecting trees that will do well here.”

For more information, contact Frost in Powell at 307-754-8836 or

UW Extension specialist receives career achievement award

Randy Weigel

A professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Wyoming and director of Wyoming AgrAbility has received the Career Achievement Award from the National Family Life Specialists’ Awards Committee.

“I was extremely honored and humbled,” said Randy Weigel, UW Extension human development specialist in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “In my 37-year extension career, I’ve had the privilege of working with most of the past recipients.”

The Career Achievement Award honors an extension state specialist in family life and human development who has made significant contributions with impacts at the national level on extension program development, delivery and evaluation.

Weigel will be honored at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15,during the National Update and Family Life Specialists’ Awards Presentation webinar hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Login information for the webinar will be available at

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UW Extension hosts beef artificial insemination school in Riverton

Ron Cunningham

Learn beef cattle artificial insemination (AI) knowledge and techniques plus beef cattle management information by attending the University of Wyoming Extension AI school in Riverton.

Sessions are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day Nov. 26, Nov. 30, Dec. 3, and Dec. 7 in the Armory Building at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.

Students are encouraged to attend as many of the four days as possible so they can learn from the different instructors, said Ron Cunningham, UW Extension educator in Fremont County.

Students enter each day through the west entry door.  “The class is for anyone who is interested and willing to learn everything about beef cattle management and AI,” said Cunningham.

The cost is $75 for adults and $60 for high school and college students and covers all needed resources and supplies. Lunch each day is on your own. College students can also receive college credit through Central Wyoming College inRiverton.

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