Worland News 11-14-17

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The Washakie County Conservation District is putting on a free session to discuss the use of UAV’s, or Unmanned Aerial Vehichles in the field of conservation. The session is today from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Worland Community Center.
The session is designed to share information about using UAV’s for land management, including rangelands and croplands.
Drones, the common term for UAV’s, have become more popular and easier to use in recent years. An article from Audubon Magazine talks about the advancements and the companies at the forefront.
3D Robotics has a suite of systems for $1,300 and less. The California-based company aims to create affordable drones for farmers, everyday consumers, and Hollywood, says the company’s editorial director, Roger Sollenberger. “But our drones are very adaptable,” he says.
While the cheapest options usually involve buying a GoPro camera and a GPS, obtaining sophisticated data requires shelling out some extra cash. “If you want more than just a picture, then significant skill, expensive programs, and high-end computers are necessary,” says Franklin Percival, who leads the University of Florida’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Program.

Now with a story from our Cody Bureau, here’s Wendy Corr.
An empty bowl can mean a full stomach. That’s what Northwest College ceramics instructor Elaine DeBuhr and her students are preparing for tomorrow, when they host their Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes food bank.
DeBuhr and her students will serve a simple meal of soup and bread for $10 and ask guests to keep their empty bowl as a reminder of world hunger. All ceramic bowls are hand thrown by DeBuhr and a volunteer group of NWC students and alumni.
The first-come, first-served meal is dished up from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday evening at The Commons at Pond Park in downtown Powell. NWC ceramics students and Art Club members will serve a choice of three soups, including a gluten-free vegetarian option, and fresh bread.
DeBuhr says that in 2015, the event raised over $5,000 to help hungry families in Powell. So far, her group of ceramic artists have been working extra hours to reach their goal of creating 400 bowls.

A female was sexually assaulted in a University of Wyoming stadium parking lot on Friday night, according to an email sent to students and staff on Sunday.
The victim — whose age and relation, if any, to the university is unclear — was walking across the East Stadium parking lot on Friday night when she was tackled by a suspect she did not know, the email states. The suspect sexually assaulted her.
There are few other details about the attack. Chad Baldwin, the spokesman for the university, said the victim, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has not filed a formal report with law enforcement, though evidence has been collected should she decide to.
The email did not include information about where the victim was going at the time she was attacked.
Baldwin could not provide a description of the suspect. University police became aware of it at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
Baldwin could not say whether the victim was a university student.
The parking lot is immediately east of War Memorial Stadium.

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