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Star Valley NOAA Weather Radio Dedicated
Staff from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Riverton were
Afton, Wyoming on Monday, December 16, 2002 to dedicate a new
NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) transmitter serving Star Valley. To receive
up-to-the-minute forecasts and warnings, residents of Star Valley can now tune
in the voice of the National Weather Service at 162.425 MHz.
The ceremony was attended by emergency management officials
and local government officials from Lincoln county. Also in attendance
were representatives of partner agencies Lower Valley Energy and KRSV Radio.
The installation of the transmitter in The Narrows between Thayne and Grover
was largely the result of cooperation between these partner agencies and the
NWS. Funding for the new transmitter was the result of appropriations
requested by the Wyoming congressional delegation of Senators Enzi and Thomas,
and Congresswoman Cubin.
From left to right, WFO Riverton WCM
Chris Jones and MIC Joe Sullivan pose with McKell Allred of Lower Valley
Energy and Jerry Hansen of KRSV Radio. Lower Valley Energy and
KRSV Radio were instrumental in helping bring NWR to the communities in
WFO Riverton Meteorologist in Charge Joe Sullivan opened the ceremony by
thanking the partner agencies and providing a brief history of NWR in the
United States. Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chris Jones
underscored the importance of this all hazards warning system by highlighting
the recent success of NWR in alerting the public to the violent tornadoes
which ravaged Van Wert, Ohio on November 10, 2002. He also read letters
of congratulations from Senator Thomas and Congresswoman Cubin. Lyn
Shanaghy, aide to Senator Enzi, was in attendance and read a letter from the
Senator congratulating the community on the launch of the site. Jerry
Hansen of KRSV Radio thanked the many members who enabled the KRSV tower to be
utilized for the new transmitter. The ceremony, which was broadcast live
over the Star Valley NWR, took place at Lower Valley Energy in Afton.
NWR is an all hazards communication system that can be utilized to alert
the public of civil emergencies, which require action on the part of affected
citizens. NWR is particularly valuable, because it can be remotely activated
by the NWS during impending or ongoing critical weather for those customers
who have especially equipped radios. A tone alarm will activate the NWR
receiver to alert the owner any time of the day or night. NWR receivers are
typically available at local electronics and discount stores.
To learn more about NOAA Weather Radio check out the
WFO Riverton NWR page and
the NWS main NWR page.
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