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Pinedale Fine Arts Council presentation
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC) is proud to present The Three Redneck Tenors Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sheppard Auditorium in Pinedale. This family-friendly show kicks off PFAC’s 2023-24 season.
The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the "tenor genre" – their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like the Blue Collar Comedy Tour goes to Carnegie Hall - down home laughs with big city music! It has been said that if Larry the Cable Guy, Il Divo, and Mrs. Doubtfire had a baby, that child would be The 3 Redneck Tenors. Written by opera-veteran Matthew Lord with music arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler, and starring Mr. Lord, Blake Davidson, and Grace Lord, The 3 Redneck Tenors were top finalists on "America's Got Talent" and have been thrilling audiences since 2006. Get ready for one side splitting ride as The 3 Redneck Tenors delight audiences with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs, ranging from Country to Broadway to Classical and everything in between!
Tickets for The Three Redneck Tenors are available online at pinedalefinearts.com and locally at Nested West, The Cowboy Shop, Office Outlet, The Big Piney Office Outlet and at the door the night of the performance. Ticket prices are $20 adults / $7 students.
This event is presented by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council with support in part from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the Wyoming Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes a great nation deserves great art, Sublette BOCES #1, the Sublette County Recreation Board, Pinedale Travel & Tourism, the Wyoming Community Foundation - Sublette, Tegeler & Associates, Jonah Energy, Purewest, and The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation.
For more information, please visit www.pinedalefinearts.com or call 307-367-7322. And be sure to find us on Facebook and Instagram!
Prescribed burns planned for Fall on Big Piney Ranger District (posted 9/18/2023)
Prescribed burns planned for Fall on Kemmerer Ranger District (posted 9/18/2023)
Public meetings for Rock Springs draft Resource Management Plan (posted 9/18/2023)
TerraPower media release
BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON – August 16, 2023 – TerraPower announced today the purchase of land in Kemmerer, Wyoming where the NatriumTM Reactor Demonstration Project will be built.
"This milestone purchase marks another step towards providing clean, reliable power to the grid and good-paying jobs in Wyoming," said Chris Levesque, President and CEO of TerraPower. "We have a great relationship with the community in Kemmerer, and we will continue working closely with local stakeholders and statewide officials as this project moves forward." The land was previously owned by PacifiCorp.
Wyoming and Kemmerer have a long and rich history of energy production; the Natrium technology is an advanced nuclear reactor and energy storage system and will be the first commercial reactor to be operated in the state. Sited near a retiring coal facility, the Natrium demonstration plant is the only coal-to-nuclear project under development in the world and will provide new jobs in western Wyoming for decades to come. The project is expected to have a peak workforce of 1,600 construction jobs and 250 full-time employees will be needed to support day-to-day operations when the plant comes online.
"In addition to the benefit of clean power and future jobs created, the City of Kemmerer has experienced many positive impacts since being chosen as the site of the first TerraPower Natrium advanced nuclear reactor," said City of Kemmerer Administrator Brian Muir. "The community is optimistic about our economic future. We’ve already seen increased residential and commercial real estate development."
The land purchase marks another milestone for the Natrium project. Earlier this month, TerraPower announced the first round of contracts for suppliers supporting the development of the Natrium reactor, strengthening the advanced nuclear supply chain throughout North America. In July, TerraPower announced an MOU with Centrus Energy Corp. to significantly expand their collaboration to ensure the Natrium demonstration reactor has access to high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) to meet the project’s 2030 operation date.
The Natrium reactor demonstration project is a public-private partnership, and part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP). The demonstration plant will validate the design, construction, and operational features of the Natrium technology. The project features a 345MW sodium-cooled fast reactor with a molten salt-based energy storage system.
The storage technology can boost the system’s output to 500MW of power when needed, which is equivalent to the energy required to power around 400,000 homes. The energy storage capability allows the plant to integrate seamlessly with renewable resources.
TerraPower is a leading nuclear innovation company that strives to improve the world through nuclear energy and science. Since it was founded by Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries, TerraPower has emerged as an incubator and developer of ideas and technologies that offer energy independence, environmental sustainability, medical advancement and other cutting-edge opportunities. It accepts and tackles some of the world’s most difficult challenges. Behind each of its innovations and programs, TerraPower actively works to bring together the strengths and experiences of the world’s public and private sectors to answer pressing global needs. Learn more at terrapower.com.
New natrium reactor to be built in Kemmerer, Wyoming
TerraPower media release
August 1, 2023 - TerraPower has awarded supplier contracts to four companies to support the NatriumTM Reactor Demonstration Project.
TerraPower, a nuclear innovation company leading projects from research to reality, announced today (August 1, 2023) the selection of four suppliers to support its Natrium Reactor Demonstration Project. The Natrium Reactor Demonstration Project is being developed in Kemmerer, Wyoming near a retiring coal plant.
These award selections help establish key elements of the supply chain that the advanced reactor industry will rely on as new reactors are brought to market. Nuclear power is key to providing the carbon-free, baseload energy that is necessary to meet clean energy targets and maintain grid stability.
"Throughout the process of bringing the Natrium Reactor and Energy Storage System to market, we have found that working with a diverse supply chain strengthens our ability to deliver a cutting-edge technology," said Tara Neider, Senior Vice President and Project Director for the Natrium Reactor Demonstration Project. "The commercialization of advanced reactors relies on the support of experts from various industries, and we look forward to collaborating with these suppliers to build the Natrium reactor."
The Natrium technology features a 345 MWe sodium-cooled fast reactor with a molten salt-based energy storage system. The storage technology can boost the system’s output to 500 MWe for more than five and a half hours when needed. This innovative addition allows a Natrium plant to integrate seamlessly with renewable resources and leads to faster, more cost-effective decarbonization of the electric grid while producing dispatchable carbon-free energy.
Supplier awards include:
• Western Service Corporation (WSC): Western Service Corporation (WSC), of Fredrick, MD, will provide the software platform and engineering services for the Natrium Engineering Simulator.The complexity of advanced reactor designs requires Simulation Assisted Engineering (SAE), an approach that offers opportunities to integrate system functions and perform virtual commissioning in early stages. Development of an Engineering Simulator, which adopts detailed modeling and sophisticated computation, is a key component of the SAE approach. In support of the Natrium design, TerraPower is developing a Natrium Engineering Simulator that can simulate normal operation and plant protective functions, and WSC will provide services central to its development.
• James Fisher Technologies: James Fisher Technologies, based in Loveland, CO, is designing and building an injection casting furnace system that will be implemented in TerraPower’s Everett laboratory and will demonstrate the basic functionality of the injection casting process.
• BWXT Canada, Ltd.: BWXT Canada, Ltd. will design the Intermediate Heat Exchanger for the Natrium Reactor Demonstration Project. The Intermediate Heat Exchanger is a critical component which transfers heat from the primary sodium in the primary heat transport system to the intermediate sodium in the intermediate heat transport system. Successful design and fabrication of this component by BWXT Canada Ltd. is key to the planned achievements of the Natrium Reactor Demonstration Project’s power generation.
• Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Service, LLC: Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Service, LLC (dba Curtiss-Wright Nuclear Division), headquartered in North Carolina, will develop the Reactor Protection System (RPS) for the Natrium Reactor Demonstration Project. The RPS performs important safety functions in accordance with regulatory requirements. This contract follows a phased approach including provision of a prototype system, planning and engineering support, prior to the detailed design, manufacture, testing and delivery of the RPS. Successful implementation of RadICS system by Curtiss-Wright is key to the successful delivery of the Natrium Reactor Demonstration Project.
Future Request for Proposal (RFP) opportunities for the Natrium Reactor Demonstration Project can be found on TerraPower’s website: https://www.terrapower.com/contact-us/suppliers/
The process of awarding contracts for the project is ongoing. TerraPower will continue to provide updates as additional contracts are awarded.
WSGS debuts Interactive Mineral Resources of Wyoming Map (posted 8/9/2023)
Temporary closure of Pine Creek/Long Lake trailhead and parking lot, and Trails End Campground in Pinedale (posted 8/4/2023)
WYDOT offers new permanent light trailer license plate (posted 6/21/2023)
Road construction, improvements to begin on Pinedale Ranger District (posted 6/18/2023)