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 Star Valley NOAA Weather Radio Dedicated in Afton

Staff from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Riverton were in
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 Star Valley.

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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