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PRECorp Foundation sponsors weather information program for Moorcroft By Tim Velder, PRECorp Marketing/Communications Specialist

Accurate and up-to-date weather information for Moorcroft didn’t exist until the WeatherBug arrived in May. Powder River Energy Foundation pooled financial resources with Strata Energy, Moorcroft Junior and Senior High School, the City of Moorcroft, Fire and Rescue of Moorcroft, and Crook County Emergency Disaster, to pay for the installation of the weather reading equipment.

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The community-based weather station will provide warnings and previews of coming weather events to local residents, businesses and surrounding areas. The data ranges from temperature and dew point, to air pressure, wind speed and direction, and other indicators. It can even detect lightning strikes before they happen. All of this data is important for the immediate well-being of the people who view it, but there is also a long-term benefit for the education of Moorcroft students. “We will be supplied with software programs that can be utilized

by teachers in a multitude of classrooms,” said Moorcroft Science Teacher Lark Durnell. “Since the data is from the Moorcroft area, the information is relevant and makes the learning feel real-to-life for the students. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, rich or poor, male or female… weather affects us all.” The information could be applied to studies in science, math, geography, technology and history. The WeatherBug is a web-based program, so any device that can access the Internet is able to load the latest weather information for Moorcroft. “This would include the weather conditions as well as watches and warnings that are issued by the National Weather Service,” Durnell said. “With the lightning detector equipment, the WeatherBug can issue warnings 15 minutes before lightning strikes

in a 15-mile radius.” The WeatherBug Schools Program is committed to helping protect schools and provide an engaging teaching tool for students nationwide. The WeatherBug interactive software program, WeatherBug Achieve, enables teachers to apply real-world conditions to help teach skills and concepts in math, science and geography. Teachers and students in K-12 have access to local weather conditions from any of the 8,000 WeatherBug sites across the country. Using WeatherBug Achieve, teachers can also create customized learning activities based on current and historical weather conditions from the WeatherBug stations and cameras located at the schools. For more information on the WeatherBug Schools Program, visit www.weatherbugschools. com.

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The PRECorp Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 25, at the Clarion Inn Convention Center in Gillette, Wyoming.

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Need a ride to the meeting? Call 1-800-442-3630 to reserve a seat.


PRECorp awards 2012 college scholarships By Tim Velder, PRECorp Marketing and Communications Specialist The Powder River Energy Corporation Board of Directors has awarded twelve $1,500 scholarships to local college students in Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan, and Weston counties. The electric cooperative serves nearly 12,000 members in those northeastern Wyoming counties, and awards scholarships to students there as part of its community outreach program.

Arvada-Clearmont High School Megan Gibbs, daughter of James and Janina Gibbs of Arvada, will attend Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D. Campbell County High School Colin Riley, son of David and Sandra Riley of Gillette, plans to attend Casper College in the fall. Alecia Dickey, daughter of Richard and Kristi Dickey of Gillette, plans to attend Casper College.

The Board awards the scholarships based on the students’ community involvement and academic achievement.

Ginger Douglas, daughter of Sonia Merritt of Gillette, plans to attend Gillette College in the fall.

The scholarships are awarded in two installments of $750 per semester.

Hulett High School Austin Snook, son of Clint and Chanda Snook of Hulett, plans to attend Casper College in the fall.

The announcement for next year’s Powder River Energy Corporation scholarship programs will be made in the fall. This year’s recipients are as follows:

Kaycee High School Brittany Buckingham, daughter of Ord and Carole Buckingham of Kaycee, plans to attend Northwest College in Powell in the fall.

Sarah Carr, daughter of Fred and Jane Carr of Kaycee, plans to attend Casper College in the fall. Moorcroft High School Elysha Stahla, daughter of Janet Stahla of Moorcroft, plans to attend the University of Wyoming. Newcastle High School Austin Harley, son of Dan and Carrie Harley of Newcastle, plans to attend Colorado State University in the fall. Sundance High School Jesse Fosheim, son of Jacob Fosheim of Sundance, plans to attend Casper College in the fall. Upton High School Kathryn Hart, daughter of Dan and Sandra Kay Hart, plans to attend the University of Wyoming. Wright High School Danielle Litaba, daughter of Nelson and Suann Litaba, plans to attend Black Hills State University (S.D.) in the fall.

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Annual Meeting set for August 25 The 67th Annual Meeting of the members of Powder River Energy Corporation will be held at the Clarion Inn in Gillette, WY, on Saturday, August 25. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting opens at 9:30 a.m.

Pam Kinchen (Johnson County) are unopposed for re-election. Weston County’s incumbent director Reuben Ritthaler, Upton, and Jerry Shepperson, also of Upton, are running for the Weston County seat that is up this year.

The event will feature voting for board members, reports from PRECorp CEO Mike Easley, Board President Tom Davis and Treasurer Phil Habeck.

Candidate profiles, annual reports and more information about this year’s event are printed inside the July WREN magazine. Voting information is printed on the outside cover around the July WREN magazine. Those voting absentee will find a pre-printed envelope inside the July WREN magazine.

Three three-year director seats are up for election this year. Incumbents Don Hamm (Campbell County) and

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If you didn’t recieve a copy of the magazine, inquire at any PRECorp office. Ballots will also be available at the meeting. Those who attend will receive giveaways, and will be entered in a drawing for door prizes. The luncheon will feature entertainment by cowboy poet (and Carbon Power & Light General Manager) Chuck Larsen. Anyone needing a ride to the meeting should call PRECorp Member Service at 1-800-442-3630 to reserve a seat. The reservation deadline is Wednesday, August 1.

As an official publication of Powder River Energy Corporation, the purpose of Power Lines is to communicate to member/customers information concerning their electric cooperative, and the safe, efficient, and economical use of electric energy. Back issues of the Power Lines can be found on PRECorp’s website at: www.precorp.coop/company-and-news/precorp-publications/


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