If you suffer a heart attack while out hunting, boating, or hiking, the Rawlins Search and Rescue may be able to buy you valuable extra time thanks to the donation of new equipment from the Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company.
Although federal legislation drafted by US House Representative Liz Cheney to release Wilderness Study Areas in Wyoming has drawn support from Sweetwater County, the Carbon County Public Lands Initiative Committee continues to work through recommendations for the four designated areas here in Carbon County.
State lawmakers get back to business in Cheyenne today after a long mid-session break that gave them Monday off. On Friday, the House restored 2-million dollars to suicide prevention as members worked through a slew of amendments during third reading of the Budget Bill. The funding is in addition to 6-million dollars designated for alcohol and tobacco prevention programs, which will be implemented through a new, decentralized model beginning July 1st.
As the Wyoming legislature enters into its 11th day of the 2018 budget session, Carbon County School District #2 continues to watch the movement of education based bills.
One of Wyoming’s candidates for Governor will pass through Carbon County this week and area residents are encouraged to attend a Town Hall meeting scheduled for Thursday.
In sports, the Rawlins Outlaw swim team wrapped up the season with a fifth place finish at state.
The Wyoming Republican Party State Central Committee, on Saturday, nominated three people to fill the vacant Secretary of State office. Ed Murray resigned on February 9th amidst allegations of sexual assault stemming from the 1980’s. The State Central Committee met in Cheyenne Friday and considered applications from eight people. The committee, which consists of the chairman, committeeman, and committeewoman from each of Wyoming’s 23 counties, voted to send the following three names to Governor Matt Mead: Ed Buchanan from Torrington, Darin Smith from Cheyenne, and Richard George from Cody. The Governor will appoint one person to fill the remainder of Murray’s term.
Over the last year, The Carbon County Alliance for Drug Endangered Children has worked to spread awareness about the risks facing area families, particularly in Rawlins where methamphetamine and prescription drug use has skyrocketed. The group made some alarming new numbers available last week.
While the Carbon County Impact Joint Powers board received a recommendation from the Local Government Liability Pool to not pay to fix faulty pipes from Saratoga’s seven year old meter pit project, the board has decided the town will continue to finance repairs needed as a result of poor construction.
The proposed West Fork Reservoir and dam is dead, at least for now. At the legislature on Thursday, the House approved an amendment stripping the entire project from the omnibus water construction bill, including a 40-million dollar appropriation that would keep other water projects at bay.
The weekend was big time for the high schools of Carbon County. Recap of the state wrestling tournament, along with the small school regional as the county will be well represented in Casper next weekend.
The City of Rawlins and two of its police officers, facing a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from an incident two years ago when an unarmed Colorado man was shot and killed while police questioned him about selling marijuana, have submitted court papers denying the allegations.
I other news, the Carbon County Commissioners heard recommendations this week on how the Fair Board would like to see fairground revenues and responsibilities divided between the two bodies.
At the legislature, computer science was rejected Thursday for inclusion in the common core of knowledge for schools.
A lot is going on this weekend; state wrestling, post-season play begins for 1 and 2A basketball, and the Rawlins Outlaws wrap up regular season play.
Applications for Carbon County School District #2’s principal vacancies are due by the end of the day. District Superintendent Jim Copeland said the interviewing process for the positions will be similar to how principals have been hired in the past.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the Rawlins City Council unanimously approved the municipality’s proposed impact statement for the TB Flats Wind Energy project. Taking a different approach than other Carbon County communities, city staff in Rawlins developed a formula to justify the request.
At the Legislature, confusion surrounded the “stand your ground bill” Wednesday. HB168 provides legal immunity to a person who uses defensive force against an attacker. It passed the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday on an 8 to 1 vote. The controversial bill expands the state’s castle doctrine to allow the use of deadly force in threatening situations outside a person’s home.
The Rawlins City Council unanimously approved the renewal of 27 liquor licenses for 2018.
The Saratoga boys basketball team will take the two seed into the Regional Tournament.
The vacant seat on the Board of Carbon County Commissioners has been filled. In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the remaining four commissioners appointed Baggs rancher, Bob Davis.
With five commissioners in place after Davis was selected, the board continued its work quantifying expected impacts from construction of the TB Flats Wind Energy Project north of Medicine Bow.
The Carbon County Clerk’s Office is hosting public voting meetings in Rawlins and Saratoga.
A question about cattle rustling in Wyoming came up at the legislature Tuesday during discussion of the House budget bill. While detailing the 17.6 million dollar budget recommendation for the Livestock Board, Majority Whip Albert Sommers informed lawmakers that the travel allowance for the state’s lone rustling investigator would see a 52-thousand dollar increase. The band inspection program itself, Sommers said, would be increased by 500-thousand dollars under the budget plan.
The Saratoga boys basketball team will take the two seed into the Regional Tournament.
Despite the snow and winds throughout the day Monday, all roads in southern Wyoming are open this morning. Conditions are generally slick with some isolated snow showers. One important weather related delay to pass along to you: Schools in Carbon County School District Two are operating on a two-hour delay. Bus runs will start two hours later than usual and schoolhouse doors in Elk Mountain, Encampment, Hanna, Medicine Bow, and Saratoga will open two hours later than usual. District Superintendent Jim Copeland said schools will release at the normal times.
If you live in Saratoga and haven’t paid your water bill, it’s time to catch up. The Carbon County Impact Joint Powers Board has granted the town permission to start shutting off services to delinquent accounts.
Carbon County residents are encouraged to participate in a short, online survey aimed to help the county clerk’s office determine future voting needs for elections, including methods and equipment.
In Encampment, a design is in place for a hoped-for community fishing pond. Now town officials are casting lines for funding opportunities to bring the proposed project to life.
The Rawlins City Council is expected to approve the renewal of annual liquor licenses for local businesses after a public hearing scheduled for tonight.
After last month’s check-in sessions, the US Forest Service has honed its Medicine Bow Landscape Vegetation Analysis to three predominant themes.
The Rawlins Lady Outlaws won a couple of big basketball games over the weekend. They’re looking to keep the streak going, heading into the post season.
After nearly two hours of interviews, the Carbon County Republican Central Committee voted to advance the names of three candidates to be considered for the empty seat on the board of county commissioners. In an apparent reversal on a previous decision, the committee also disqualified Democratic candidate, Dr Dave Throgmorton.
In Saratoga, officials have selected a contractor to move forward with constructing improvements for the town’s lagoon system.
After struggling to keep its doors open during a financially tumultuous year, the Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County in Rawlins is still on shaky financial ground. The non profit’s main funding source, the CCSD #1 Rec Board, announced in an email last week it will not fund any nonprofits for Fiscal Year 2019-2020, but abruptly reversed it’s decision late Friday without explanation.
The US Forest Service has honed its Medicine Bow Landscape Vegetation Analysis on three predominant themes after last month’s check-in sessions.
In Saratoga, with snow and icy temperatures expected, the plumbing system that heats the downtown sidewalks on the north side of Bridge Street has failed at the wrong time. The grid of pipes just below ground level has sprouted leaks and the town turned off the system.
At the legislature, a bill creating a new funding model and community approach to preventative health services was unveiled Thursday. HB155 creates a grant program with a two-million dollar appropriation from the general fund for drug and alcohol abuse, as well as, suicide prevention.
In an update, having received the go-ahead from the City Council last week, the Rawlins Police Department will submit a grant request in the amount of $100,000 for mobile radio equipment.
The post season basketball seeding will be set after the weekend. The Rawlins swim team is at state, and the county’s wrestlers are at their respective regional meets.
In Saratoga, the planning commission has been studying ordinances for mobile home districts in other Wyoming communities with the issue of RV’s popping up on lots in violation of zoning rules.
In Rawlins, the 150th Anniversary Planning Committee struggled to find traction yesterday as it grappled with financial and other obstacles to stage celebrations this summer commemorating the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad line here.
At the legislature, a bill that aims to create an ongoing funding source for the Wyoming State Fair came out of the chutes with bullish support Wednesday.
For the ninth year in a row, the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort is hosting snowmobilers riding across the Snowy Range to raise funds for the Carbon County Search and Rescue. The big fundraiser is set for Saturday.
Carbon County veterans looking for answers or help with health care questions and other issues resulting from military service are encouraged to take advantage of an upcoming opportunity. Vicki Osman, an outreach officer with the Wyoming Veterans Commission, will be in Carbon County next week. She will be available between 9 and 3 on Thursday, February 22nd at the Rawlins VA Clinic and on Friday, February 23rd at the Platte Valley Community Center. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Vicki Osman at 307-214-2112.
The Encampment girls basketball team is set to square off in the biggest game of the season when it comes to post season seeding.
In an update to a story previously reported by Bigfoot 99, the Carbon County Fair Board met with the county attorney yesterday to discuss elements of an MOU between the board and the county commissioners.
With plans to undertake improvements on the county courthouse and the Carbon Building, the county commissioners received recommendations on how to move forward with construction while also maintaining daily operations.
At the legislature Tuesday, a handful of education bills were successfully introduced into the House.
Several bills looking to change laws or penalties regarding a variety of criminal offenses, including edible marijuana products, will come before state lawmakers during the legislative session. The Wyoming County and Prosecuting Attorneys Association, of which Carbon County Prosecutor Cal Rerucha is a member, has expressed support or opposition for many of the bills.
The Rawlins Boys Basketball team got a pair of much needed wins last weekend and look to keep that trend alive as they’ll wrap up quadrant play this weekend.