Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • In Ryan Park, a new building for the all-volunteer fire department and their equipment is expected to be completed shortly after the start of the New Year.
  • In Rawlins, vandals randomly targeted cars and trucks in a paintball spree over the weekend, with some of the victims taking to social media to express their outrage.
  • One of two women accused of sending liquid marijuana to the Wyoming State Penitentiary was sentenced to a term of supervised probation Monday morning in District Court.
  • Since receiving recommendations on improving the South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Services last summer, its Joint Powers Board has been reviewing the suggestions to see which will work best for sustaining the service.
  • Kasen York of the Saratoga rodeo team will enter the Winter Series with an aim of earning enough points to stay in the hunt to make the High School National Finals Rodeo.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • The US Forest Service is undergoing leadership changes within the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, which has resulted in a current vacancy in the Brush Creek Hayden Ranger District.
  • The Board of Carbon County Commissioners is considering joining with other Wyoming counties in a class action lawsuit against the major pharmaceutical companies, in an effort to hold manufacturers financially responsible for the opiate crisis.
  • Since receiving recommendations on improving the South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Services last summer, its Joint Powers Board has been reviewing the suggestions to see which fit the community best for sustainable service.
  • Volunteer tax preparers with the Wyoming Free Tax Service will begin holding workshops in Carbon County as soon as January. The free service is available to residents making less than $60,000 a year and will be available through most branches of the Carbon County Library System.
  • The opening weekend for the 2017-18 winter season was a good one for the high schools of the county.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • Carbon County School District #2 is asking parents of students to take a survey to answer questions on how schools in the district can be improved.
  • In Rawlins, city officials formally adopted a new set of civil service rules for the Rawlins Fire Department, hoping the changes will help with employee recruitment and retention.
  • In Washington, Senator Mike Enzi will be part of the conference committee that will work out differences between the senate and house tax reform bills.
  • While the Upper Platte Valley Solid Waste Disposal District continues to work on their closure permit for the Saratoga landfill, the board also continues to discuss how to address testing of ground water at the Encampment landfill, which was declared closed in 2003.
  • During Tuesday’s meeting of the Carbon County Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, the Department of Family Services explained the community has few certified foster families despite a significant need.
  • In sports, the high schools of the county open their winter season today as their weekend schedules are packed to the max.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • In Hanna, the Marshal’s Office has secured a grant to hire an additional officer position for the next three years.
  • In Saratoga, a car crashed into the guard rail on the Highway 130 bridge at the north end of town early Wednesday afternoon.
  • In Rawlins, City Council approved a handful of changes to its emergency snow removal plan.
  • A holiday classic will once again return to Rawlins, with performances of The Nutcracker scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Work on Saratoga’s lagoon system will be postponed due to job bids coming in higher than expected. However, the town’s public works director says the delay should not have large impacts to the ideal timeline.
  • The Rawlins Lady Outlaws basketball team is just days away from stepping onto the hardwood against plenty of 3A competition.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • Pending a scheduled autopsy, few details have been released about the unexpected death of a Carbon County infant that occurred over the weekend.
  • Carbon County School District #1 is wrapping up the last bit of construction and renovation work at the Rawlins High School.
  • Carbon County residents struggling to cover future medical expenses are urged to take advantage of public health’s assistance program which provides vouchers of up to $1000 to low income individuals and families.
  • The bill to Carbon County for using air support to contain the 150-acre Encampment River Fire this pas August is just over 24-thousand dollars, John Rutherford told County Commissioners on Tuesday.
  • Bighorn sheep in the Platte Valley will be collared in the coming winter months to allow the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to monitor their health.
  • Members from the University have stood up and talked about the upcoming Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • With the first snow of the winter season on the ground, City Officials in Rawlins will recommend changes to the emergency snow removal route.
  • An independent consultant, hired by state lawmakers, continues to analyze how Wyoming might cover the lack of cash to pay for K-12 schools at current funding levels.
  • Also on the agenda for the Rawlins City Council meeting will be a request for four thousand dollars in grants to the Carbon County Visitor’s Council. The money would cover the cost of updating a city-owned billboard for the municipality’s golf course, and two annual competitions hosted by the Rawlins Family Recreation Center.
  • The Carbon County Wyoming Public Lands Initiative Committee has set open house meeting dates for April but are currently taking public comments on wilderness study areas to help make recommendations on what to do with those lands.
  • The Encampment Lady Tigers basketball team is making the transition into the winter season and is looking forward to opening day.

Monday, December 4, 1017

Today’s Headlines:

  • The first statewide snow storm of the winter driving season is creating travel impacts across Wyoming today. In southern Wyoming, only four inches of snow is expected to fall across the I-80 corridor from Rawlins to Laramie.
  • The Board of Carbon County Commissioners hopes to meet with the Carbon County Fair Board soon to discuss the possibility of a memorandum of understanding between the two bodies. The MOU would place the management of buildings at the fairgrounds back into the hands of the county’s Buildings and Grounds department.
  • Carbon County Higher Education Center is hosting an open house and tour of the home that students in the construction trades class built last year.
  • In Washington, after 14 hours of debate, side deals and sparring over both friendly and hostile amendments, the US Senate passed the Republican tax reform package.
  • With just a week before the winter sports season gets underway, the Rawlins Outlaw basketball team is making strides, and believes they are a state championship contender.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • The Wyoming School Board Association has designated a Carbon County School District One board member as the President of the organization.
  • The schedule of events for this year’s WinterFest has been released, and some big changes mean the family-friendly festival has even more activities to offer.
  • In the future, those driving in Wyoming might be required by law to move over for parked or slow moving utility and construction vehicles on state highways to increase safety.
  • Last year the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation replaced its Industry Roundtable with a series of quarterly meetings known as “Eggs and Issues”. The program was such a success that the EDC is bringing it back in January.
  • In a continuation from a story yesterday, focus switches from the Saratoga girls basketball team to the boys.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • A mangled mess littered the intersection of Airport Road and Cedar Street in Rawlins Tuesday afternoon after a driver blew a light causing a three vehicle collision.
  • State lawmakers are trying for a second time to green light a license plate showcasing Yellowstone National Park.
  • Senator Cale Case of Lander will try again next week to get the Joint Revenue Committee to take up legislation increasing the wind energy production tax.
  • Things got hairy at the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office in November when deputies raised more that five hundred dollars for area residents battling cancer.
  • Winter Wonderland comes to the Platte Valley Community Center after the traditional Christmas Parade.
  • The Saratoga girls basketball team enters the season with a completely different looking team than last year.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • Officials from Carbon County and the Forest Service met two weeks ago to discuss practical options for keeping the Cedar Pass Road open to the public.
  • In District Court on Monday, two individuals who were arrested last month for transporting marijuana across I-80 entered pleas of not guilty.
  • Fans of Wyoming authors CJ Box and Craig Johnson are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to meed another bestselling Western writer as he travels through Carbon County next week.
  • After the New Year, Carbon County School District #2 will launch a new website designed to be more user-friendly.
  • The HEM girls basketball team enters the season low on numbers, but have the versatility to make a run into the post season.