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Durham Ranch – Wright

Sep 22, 2015
Durham Ranch

In the 1930’s Armando Flocchini Sr., Durham Ranch owner’s grandfather, purchased the Durham Meat Company in San Francisco where he worked as a butcher. In 1965 he purchased a 65,000 acre bison ranch near Wright, Wyoming and renamed it Durham Ranch. Three generations later, this same ranch is operated by the Flocchini family and remains one the largest bison operations in North America.

Durham Ranch Tours

Wright Visitor Center

Sep 22, 2015
Wright Visitor Center

The Wright Visitor Center offers visitors several options to take a break and learn about the area.  Located on the banks of Panther Pond, those interested can try their luck catching a trout, bass or even a large cat fish.  A walking path surrounds the pond, offering visitors a place to stretch their legs.  Displays in the Center, include information on the minerals industry, including coal mining, oil & gas production, uranium in the area, along with information on the Durham Buffalo Ranch. The Durham Ranch is one of the largest bison ranches in North America, which borders the Visito

Wright Days – Community Celebration

Sep 21, 2015
Brandi Harlow

Wright Days is an annual community celebration, offering citizens of all ages a variety of entertainment.  The event typically begins with a family oriented Movie in the Park on Thursday evening.  Participants bring their lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy the big screen and popcorn at Gibson Park.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says that Arch Coal could have prevented the August 2013 death of a miner at its Black Thunder facility near Wright.

Jacob Dowdy, 24, was crushed by an out-of-control shovel that rolled backwards over his pick-up truck. MSHA coal mine administrator Kevin Stricklin says if Arch had been following its own safety procedures, Dowdy wouldn’t have been behind the shovel.

Stephanie Joyce

Millions of railcars leave the Powder River Basin every year, carrying hundreds of millions of tons of coal. Those are big numbers, but the coal we mine is just a small fraction of what’s underground. Most of the basin’s coal reserves are buried too deep for conventional mining.

An Australian company called Linc Energy wants to use a technology known as underground coal gasification to tap those deep coal reserves and turn them into fuel. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, that might come at the peril of another valuable resource: water.

It was standing room only at the Wright Public Library last night as residents packed into a hearing about a nearby project that would burn coal seams underground to produce synthesis gas or syngas.

Linc Energy’s proposed underground coal gasification project has been in the works for years, but from the public testimony, many Wright residents were hearing about it for the first time. And they had lots of questions about the process, which has never been developed commercially.