Friday, June 8, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • In Saratoga, the Upper Platte Valley Solid Waste Disposal District is seeking help from town officials in its ongoing effort to crack down on residents who are tossing their household trash into dumpsters illegally.
  • The Rawlins City Council is closer to finalizing the budget for the upcoming Fiscal Year. During Tuesday’s meeting, council passed the $32 million dollar budget on second reading.
  • Back to Saratoga, with an emergency ordinance amendment, the Saratoga Town Council changed the definition of a subdivision to include parcels of land separated into two or more parts rather than three or more as the rule was previously written.
  • The annual Pen to Pen Fun Run has run its course and will not be back next year. Organizers told Bigfoot 99 in May that this summer’s event needed to draw 100 runners. That did not happen.
  • Residents of the Platte Valley are asked to assist the Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District in their efforts to remove noxious weeds in wildlife habitat areas this Saturday.
  • A select few student athletes will see some action this weekend which will mainly take them across the state.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • Facing financial struggles, the Saratoga Care Center is asking the Saratoga Town Council to consider a bond to ensure the nursing facility can maintain its operations.
  • In Rawlins, tempers flared during Tuesday’s City Council meeting when a vote on the long anticipated Street Rehabilitation Project was postponed. Council pushed back on a recommendation from staff to reject the two bids it received after hearing comments from a construction company about flaws in the bid request that city hall sent out. Instead, council wants more information.
  • If you are looking for the next rest stop on I-80, you may have to “hold it” a little longer. The Wagonhound Rest area between Elk Mountain and Arlington is closed for several months, starting today. Workers are replacing decks at the Wagonhound interchange. During construction, traffic will be diverted onto the exit and entrance ramps around the bridges. As a result, no traffic will be allowed to exit at Wagonhound Road. No stopping allowed. The closure is expected to continue through September. The next WYDOT-operated rest areas are at Fort Steele to the west and the Summit east of Laramie.
  • A representative from Wyoming’s Help Me Grow program paid a visit to members of the Carbon County Alliance for Drug Endangered Children on Tuesday to discuss the program.
  • The Rawlins boys basketball team are working hard this summer in hopes of another state tournament appearance next season.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • A zoning hearing before the Carbon County Commissioners, on Tuesday, turned into a western show-down between a wind energy developer and a neighboring ranch. Little Medicine Bow Wind Energy is seeking a permit for an 18 turbine pilot project in the Shirley Basin. The are battling Q-Creek Ranch, which parked a flatbed trailer near its property line and is calling it a permanent residence to prevent the project from being built as planned.Rather than choose a side, the commissioners tabled the decision for now.
  • Plumes of black smoke on the east side of Rawlins gave some residents a scare. The smoke was coming from a controlled fire at a training exercise for Carbon County Fire Fighters.
  • The real life counterparts of the fictional game warden Joe Pickett were busy in Wyoming last year. According to a report just out from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 85 state game wardens initiated nearly 4,300 law enforcement actions.
  • Former Wyoming Quarterback, Josh Allen, has received some high praise from the Buffalo Bills legend.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • After more than four years on the lam, a Wyoming fugitive has been captured and arrested in New Mexico.
  • A Rawlins man who was apprehended after leading Rawlins Police on a foot chase in April, appeared in Carbon County District Court on Monday morning and pleaded not guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and several misdemeanor charges.
  • With the passing of Friday’s deadline to file for elected office, some municipalities in Carbon County are showing more open seats that candidates. That means write-ins could get more votes than the names on the ballot. (a minor correction to story – In Saratoga, Jon Nelson and Bob Keel are also running for town council.)
  • There is a reason Rawlins Basketball has come on strong in recent years. The Outlaws don’t take summers off. The Rawlins girls basketball team has already kicked off their summer workout program.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • The end of the school year means the beginning of the Carbon County Library System’s summer reading program. In Rawlins, the kickoff party starts today at 3 pm.
  • After accepting a bid for about 480-thousand dollars, Carbon County School District #1 will re-cable and update technology in the Little Snake River Valley and at Rawlins K-12.
  • It’s been nearly two months since Dr Steven Dinero took the reins as the new executive director at the Carbon County Museum in Rawlins.
  • While anglers are enjoying their time at the lake and the rivers, Wyoming Game and Fish is analyzing changes to regulations to be updated next year.
  • Now that the high school sports season has come to a close, many players will take part in summer camps and a select few recently graduated seniors will take part in different all-star games.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • To test their strategies on lock-down and evacuation procedures, the Saratoga Middle High School held a mock drill Wednesday afternoon.
  • The Carbon County Visitors Council has released its new guide, complete with maps, sample itineraries, and lodging and dining suggestions for each community. Combined with new partnerships with two outlying municipalities, the visitor’s council is gearing up for the tourist season.
  • One of the stops on any tour of the county is the Saratoga Museum. The museum is launching its craft mart this weekend in conjunction with a book signing with CJ Box.
  • Don’t forget that tomorrow is Kid’s Fishing Day in Saratoga. The free, fun annual event takes place at the Saratoga Inn Pond on Texas Trail. It starts at 8 and goes until noon. Participants are advised to bring fishing gear, sun protection, and chairs if you like. A hamburger and hot dog lunch provided by the Saratoga Lion’s Club will be available beginning around 11:30. The family friendly event coincides with free fishing day across Wyoming. Anyone can fish for free across the state without a license tomorrow. All other state regulations remain in effect.
  • Warmer weather means spending more time outdoors and opening the windows, but barking dogs and animals at large can put a damper on summer fun. The Rawlins Police Department is reminding local pet owners to abide by the city’s ordinances regarding animals.
  • It’s an overall light weekend for Carbon County as the school year is wrapping up, but the UW Cowboys have a basketball roster update.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • The investigation into the two vehicle crash last September that claimed the life of Rawlins business man, Pat Cain, has been completed. No charges have been filed. The county attorney’s office is still deciding whether or not to file charges. A decision could come in the next few weeks.
  • So far this year, 39 people have died on Wyoming’s highways, the same number as last year at this time. The Wyoming Department of Transportation is exploring a number of ways to improve safety on roads in the Cowboy State.
  • Carbon County’s own Ribbons of Hope is gearing up for its only fundraiser of the year, the Fiesta 5K, and registration is now open. This year’s event features some new twists.
  • In Sinclair, young bicyclists are encouraged to attend the upcoming Bike Rodeo. The event serves as a good reminder about the rules of the road before kids hit the streets on their own.
  • Former Wyoming Quaterback, Josh Allen, will wrap up his second week of NFL practices and hungry to move forward.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • The deadline for filing to run for public office is this Friday, June first. Despite many terms expiring for county offices and for seats in outlying communities, many have no takers so far.
  • With budgets due in July, both Carbon County School Districts presented their boards with preliminary financial plans for the next school year.
  • On an unrelated school note, Saratoga Middle High School will hold a mock lock down and evacuation drill this afternoon. Principal Zack Schmidt told Bigfoot 99 that this afternoon’s drill is a joint training exercise between the school and area emergency personnel. The scenario and other details about today’s exercise are under seal until the drill is activated. Principal Schmidt wanted parents to know about the drill in advance.
  • Carbon County’s own Ribbons of Hope is gearing up for its only fundraiser of the year, the Fiesta 5K, and registration is now open. In addition to participants, the non-profit is also seeking volunteers to help set up on race day.
  • After seeing success last year with a class teaching diabetics how to cook healthier meals, Carbon County Public Health has decided to host another series starting in June.
  • The high school rodeo season has come to a close. It’s now time for the state buckles to be won and Saratoga Cowboy, Kasen York, is sitting in solid shape heading in.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • State, County and City Officials around Carbon County met Thursday to discuss the local impacts of substance abuse.
  • Details are sketchy, but outside of Laramie on Saturday, a highway patrol trooper and an Albany County Sheriff’s deputy exchanged gunfire with a person who was reported to be suicidal.
  • Carbon County School District One is looking to revise its policy on how it reimburses teachers who earn a Master’s Degree to teach advanced high school courses.
  • As work continues on the Saratoga Lagoon improvements, the water and sewer board has approved supplemental projects while still keeping the spending below budget.
  • Former Wyoming Quarterback Josh Allen is entering his second week in the NFL and is ready to prove himself to the Buffalo Bills.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • Leave the kids alone. That is the word from Wyoming Game and Fish. With warmer weather and an uptick in visitors to Wyoming, the state game agency has sent out a reminder to keep a safe distance from wildlife, especially the newborns.
  • Carbon County School District #1 put on a strong showing at the Special Olympics Summer Games last weekend. More than 10 athletes competed in a variety of swimming and track & field events. Many of them brought home gold and silver.
  • Whoa, slow down partner. There’s a new speed radar sign in the town of Hanna. The Marshal’s Office is again proving resourceful. With the help of the Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company, the Marshal has installed the speed radar sign on Highway 72 near the Hanna Recreation Center.
  • Memorial Day Weekend is here and the Rawlins VFW Post 2311 has planned two special activities to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving their country.
  • Also on Monday, the Platte Valley VFW Post 6125 is holding a Memorial Day service at 11 am at the Encampment Cemetery.
  • To celebrate 150 years in conjunction with the Union Pacific Railroad, many events have been scheduled to take place this summer at Fort Fred Steele, starting tomorrow.
  • Former Wyoming Quarterback, Josh Allen, has gotten a taste of the NFL this week and he’s slinging passes like he’s back at the War.