- With new security vestibules at two of Carbon County School District Two’s high schools recently finished, the superintendent reminds the public the intent is to increase security, not keep parents out.
- Beginning in October, Carbon County Public Health will hold several flu shot clinics and will also start accepting walk-ins on Fridays for the influenza vaccine.
- In Saratoga, town council has approved the first reading of the ordinance covering new development projects that the planning commission spent time trying to reverse.
- The Rawlins community was shaken over the weekend after a plane crash new Thief River Falls, Minnesota, claimed the lives of three Rawlins residents.
- The primary phone system at Memorial Hospital of Carbon County was hit by lightning Friday, and staff is handling calls on a limited basis.
- The investigation into the deadly crash that resulted in the death of local businessman Pat Can is proceeding, with the Rawlins Division of the Wyoming Highway Patrol preparing to search the vehicles. Exactly how many vehicles were at the scene that night remains a question.
- In Saratoga, seven months after the process started, the US Forest Service Brush Creek Hayden District Ranger Office has received permission to connect to the town’s water and sewer lines.
- Officials with the Wyoming State Fair want to know how they can improve the annual event for 4H and FFA participants, as well as the attendees. Members of the fair board, the Wyoming Board of Agriculture and other state leaders will be in Rawlins on Monday evening to gather your input.
- Beginning tonight, downtown Rawlins will transform into a community art show, featuring demonstrations and artwork of artists from around the state.
- This weekend will be one of the biggest for the high schools of the county with two homecomings and a handful of conference games.
- In Rawlins, the Public Works Department received the “go-ahead” for a new piece of equipment for sewer repairs from City Council during its Tuesday meeting, but not without some hard questions being asked.
- Communities across Carbon County are being asked to accept a new emergency operations plan presented by the county’s emergency planning committee.
- The City of Rawlins has accepted a grant for $37,000 to cover the costs of staffing police officers at events where there is a risk of underage drinking.
- While construction projects are winding down at schools in Carbon County School District #2, a large project at HEM is gearing up for next summer.
- The Saratoga cross country team is off and running well this season, the Panthers will get a rare chance to compete at home.
- A vote on how to use the money from Wyoming Community Gas was postponed by the Rawlins City Council last night. As the debate over where the money should go, it became clear not all of the council was in favor of giving more money to the Downtown Development Authority.
- South of I-80, Saratoga could see improved cell phone coverage as Verizon Wireless works to obtain a permit to construct a communications tower in the town.
- Carbon County hunters are invited to take advantage of the upcoming open sight-in day in Rawlins as they prepare for this year’s adventure.
- Carbon County School District #2 Superintendent Jim Copeland has recommended the creation of a committee to develop the district’s strategic plan for reaching its goals.
- The Encampment volleyball team has started the season out hot and looks to keep it up as they’ll play a pair of tough conference opponents this weekend.
- By Monday afternoon, details surrounding the two vehicle crash that claimed the life of Rawlins businessman, Pat Cain, were still limited. The Wyoming Highway Patrol was investigating the scene on Wagon Circle road.
- In District Court on Monday, an apologetic inmate from the Wyoming State Penitentiary received an additional one to three years after pleading guilty to assaulting a correctional officer.
- In an update to a story first reported by Bigfoot 99, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s investigation into the illegally dumped asphalt on the property of Malpaso Trucking has reached the “enforcement action” stage.
- Allowing homeschoolers to participate in some district courses did not receive a favorable reception as the Carbon County School District #2 board discussed the topic at a board workshop last week.
- Scam operators looking to prey on the vulnerable and unsuspecting have come up with yet another ploy. The latest con-game is targeting those who have already fallen victim to the recent Equifax data breach.
- The Saratoga volleyball team finished up the weekend with a much needed win, which will fuel the Lady Panthers heading into the conference portion of their schedule.
- Details are still sketchy, but Bigfoot 99 has learned that Pat Cain, owner of Dirty Boyz Sanitation in Rawlins, died in a car crash Saturday. Early reports say the crash occurred at Cherokee and Wagon Circle Road, near Cain’s home. We’ll have more on this story as details become available.
- Wyoming lawmakers are considering a bill that would add a one percent tax on tourism-related businesses.
- In Rawlins, the city’s public works department hopes to add a new utility truck for sewer maintenance to its fleet after tomorrow’s council meeting.
- The Towns of Riverside and Encampment are reviewing their town ordinances on alcoholic beverages with the changes that have been made at the state level.
- At tomorrow’s City Council meeting in Rawlins, officials will determine how to use about $8,000 the municipality has received through the Wyoming Community Gas program, with city staff recommending the money be dedicated to the Downtown Development Authority’s splash pad.
- In sports: the county high school teams were road warriors over the weekend winning over seventy-five percent of their games.
- In Saratoga, a debate ensued during Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting on whether the local saw mill needs to erect a fence on a side of its property that abuts a new residential neighborhood.
- The Rawlins Chamber of Commerce joins two other area locations as a Visitor Information Center for Carbon County. As such, the chamber office is the newest pick-up location for those popular vacation destination stickers from the Wyoming Office of Tourism.
- It’s no secret. Wyoming is short on cash. This week, the Legislative Interim Joint Revenues Committee decided to look into a plan for collecting monies owed to the state.
- In sports: Team busses will be rolling for the weekend with local high schools playing 12 of the 17 slated games away from the county.
- Scattered along a county road outside of Rawlins is a heap of household garbage and discarded items that belong in a landfill. Thanks to a concerned area resident who documented and reported the litter, a person of interest has been identified by the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office.
- After a practice run of Wyoming’s new assessment, State Superintendent Jillian Balow feels confident the test will run smoothly when all schools are required to take it in the spring.
- On Tuesday, in Laramie, during a special session of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, three federal judges heard arguments in the appeal of a lower court decision that ruled in favor of the City of Rawlins against Dirty Boyz Sanitation.
- The Saratoga Planning Commission is re-evaluating planning and zoning application fees to make them more aligned with expenses incurred by the town.
- In sports, the Little Snake River football team is off to a fresh start on the season. This week, the Rattlers will be put to the test as they’ll take on a tough Meeteetse team on the road.
- After steering the Rawlins Chamber of Commerce through a busy summer tourist season and a rocky budget session with city council, the director has resigned after three months on the job.
- In Saratoga, the municipal solid waste transfer station and landfill will undergo construction projects for improvements and to prepare for the state-mandated closure.
- In Rawlins, city officials, this week, discussed potential community projects that could benefit from more than $8,000 the municipality has received as a member of the Wyoming Community Gas program.
- According to data from the ACT test, Wyoming’s average composite score on the assessment for the class of 2017 is higher than the average of states that require all students to test.
- Carbon County residents are advised to be vigilant as scammers look to target area residents once again. The latest scam comes in the form of a phone call, or email, appearing to be from a representative of Rocky Mountain Power, and demanding immediate payment under the threat that a customer’s power will be turned off.
- In sports, a full slate of action is on tap for high school teams around the county.
- A wind energy developer from Colorado, Invenergy, held two area open houses this week for proposed wind projects near Medicine Bow. The company hopes to begin construction in 2019.
- In an update to a story first reported by Bigfoot 99, the Rawlins City Council will not adjust the city’s water fees this year, but a sewer fee increase is likely to take place before the end of Fiscal Year 2017-2018. During Tuesday’s city council work session, officials worked through three options for the potential increase.
- The Saratoga Town Council stated at their Tuesday evening meeting that new enforcement of the nuisance ordinance focuses on public rights-of-way. However, private properties posing immediate threats will also receive notice to clean up.
- In Washington, Senator John Barrasso yesterday renewed his pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Speaking on the senate floor, Barrasso – a longtime critic of Obamacare- said Americans, especially those who pay for their own health insurance and don’t look to the federal government for assistance, are bracing for double digit increases. Barrasso said the lack of competition in marketplaces like Wyoming is one reason for skyrocketing prices. The other, Wyoming’s junior senator said, is the tax hikes built into Obamacare that are now beginning to trigger. Monday was the deadline for the nation’s health insurance providers to declare what they will charge next year. Companies are passing on the tax increase to their customers, who will pay higher premiums (Barrasso said by about $500 per family next year). Removing the health insurance tax was part of the Republican’s failed repeal and replace plan earlier this year.
- The Senate Health Committee began hearings yesterday to find ways to shore up individual markets that could be without any Obamacare insurance provider next year. Another GOP replacement plan is also in the works that would convert ACA spending into block grants for states.
- In Rawlins, city officials discussed potential community projects that could benefit from the just over $8,000 the municipality has received as a member of the Wyoming Community Gas program.
- Sports: Rawlins will see some middle of the week action as a couple of programs compete.