- In Rawlins; with concerns growing among city council members over how much money is allotted for the Rochelle Ranch Golf Course in this year’s budget, a workshop was held on Monday night to work the numbers.
- What is being teed up this summer is a series of construction projects at Carbon Two schools. The school district Board of Trustees recently approved bids for two projects in the county.
- While many are getting ready to grill, fish, camp, and hit the road this weekend, others are getting ready to honor fallen heroes and Wyoming’s military history as part of Memorial Day celebrations. In Rawlins, VFW Post 2311 is asking the public to help decorate the graves of veterans in the municipal cemetery on May 26th at 9 am. Then on May 28th at 10 am, the post will hold its traditional Memorial Day tribute. The Platte Valley VFW Post 6125 is holding a Memorial Day Service at 11 am on Monday at the Encampment Cemetery. Also this weekend, on Saturday afternoon, a celebration recognizing how Wyoming State Parks commemorate our military heritage will be out at Fort Steele Historic Site. The event will include short presentations and refreshments. That’s from 1 to 4 on Saturday and is part of the 150 Summers Celebration of 2018.
- With extra road milling left over from the runway rehabilitation project at the Saratoga Jet Center, the Town of Saratoga is looking to use some material and sell whatever is left over.
- The post season accolades continue to roll in the county’s top student athletes. The Rawlins soccer program earned 15 honors to conclude one of their best seasons in school history.
- The gate swung open Monday, ushering in the high country travel season in Carbon County. Shortly before 9:30 yesterday, WYDOT announced that WY 130, the scenic byway over the Snowy Range, and WY 70 – Battle Pass Route across the Sierra Madres – were open for travel.
- In Saratoga, airplanes will soon be in the sky spraying for mosquitoes as the Town of Saratoga prepares for its annual abatement program.
- If you drive, you can expect to see a heightened law enforcement presence throughout the state as both state and local authorities crack down on improper seat belt use.
- As they continue to work through proposals for Carbon County’s four wilderness study areas, the local Wyoming Public Lands Initiative Committee discussed how to mitigate disagreements on how to designate land.
- In preparation for the upcoming Wyoming Association of Municipalities Annual Convention next month, the Rawlins City Council has appointed voting delegates and plans to support all 18 resolutions WAM will consider.
- The track season has run its course and the post season accolades have been awarded.
- With large wind projects getting ready to break ground at the northern end of the county, local government officials met with Invenergy and PacifiCorp to talk about housing for the anticipated influx of construction workers to build the turbines and transmission line.
- Representatives from the Carbon County Youth Crisis Center, the Carbon County Higher Education Center, the Wyoming State Penitentiary and the Rawlins Police Department attended last week’s community forum on restorative justice.
- Last week, the Saratoga Town Council approved the first reading of its 2018 fiscal year budget as well as the first reading of an amendment to last years’ financial plan.
- In preparation for the upcoming Wyoming Association of Municipalities Annual Convention next month, the Rawlins City Council has appointed its voting delegates and plans to support all 18 resolutions.
- The spring sports season has come to a close over the weekend and county high school teams finished in a big way.
- The Rawlins City Council unanimously passed the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year earlier this week, but some council members said they aren’t content with the allocations.
- The new director of the Grand Encampment Museum is Tim Nicklas. Tim is digging into the local history and his new gig before the summer season starts. Niklas also has plans to expand some exhibits.
- In Rawlins, three high school seniors spoke to their classmates Thursday about the importance of exercising their right to vote before leading a non-partisan voter registration drive.
- In Saratoga, a plat to expand the town Cemetery, that was presented a year ago, has finally received approval Tuesday evening after engineers explained that power line easements shouldn’t affect any plots.
- In Sports: It’s the final weekend of the Spring Sports season as the county teams will leave it all out on the track and field one last time in hopes of bringing home some hardware.
- At a Council of Governments meeting last night in Encampment, WYDOT laid out its plans for upcoming road projects in Carbon County. Several citizens also brought forward concerns that they want the state highway department to address.
- In October of last year, the Rawlins City Council opted not to take action on a proposed sewer fee increase. Multiple work sessions failed to produce an agreement. Instead, council directed city staff to come up with options to be considered at budget time this year. On Tuesday, a new option for raising rates was on the table.
- The fate of an accused Medicine Bow cattle rustler and vicious murderer stood in the balance Tuesday as high school students from the Little Snake River Valley visited the Carbon County Courthouse for a mock trial on Big Nose George Parrott. The case of the infamous highway man was used as a teaching tool for students to learn about the court system and the area’s history.
- The schedule has been set for this year’s summer concert series, Rawlins’ Music in the Park. The annual event kicks off June 21st with the last concert slated for August 16th. With eight different bands set to play throughout the summer, Rawlins residents will have plenty of entertainment on Thursday nights.
- The HEM track team won eight gold medals at their regional track meet last weekend and look to take that momentum into the state meet on Friday.
- The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office is looking to use money seized in area drug busts to purchase a K-9 and K-9 Patrol Vehicle as part of an effort to catch even more bad guys.
- Carbon County Public Health no has additional funding available to assist area residents struggling to cover the cost of future medical expenses.
- Officer down and Memorial Hospital of Carbon County is stepping up to help. Casper Police Officer Jacob Carlson was shot in the line of duty on May 6th and is now recovering. To honor him, MHCC will host a replenishment blood drive tomorrow.
- If you have been holding off on buying your prison stripes and participating in the annual Pen to Pen Fun Run in Rawlins, you are encouraged to do so before it is too late. Officials at the Old Pen say the numbers just aren’t there to support the yearly fundraiser.
- Sinclair Refining Company has partnered with the Casper Events Center to sell tickets for shows at six locations around the state. In addition to Rawlins, Sinclair Tix is selling tickets at participating Sinclair gas stations in Casper, Cheyenne, Riverton, and Rock Springs. Ryta Sondergard, the refinery’s community relations manager here in Carbon County, said the alliance is about more than ticket sales. Sondergard says it’s a way to raise money for the local communities where the ticket offices are located.
- The Saratoga track team will have one of the larger rosters at the state meet this weekend in 1A after concluding a solid regular season.
- Dirty Boyz Sanitation has lost its lawsuit on appeal against the City of Rawlins. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, on Monday, upheld a lower court ruling that the city’s flow-control ordinance does not violate its agreement with commercial trash haulers.
- A man from Kentucky appeared in Carbon County District Court on Monday to plead not guilty to trafficking 25 pounds of marijuana.
- The construction work on phase two of the Rawlins DDA’s facade easement project is underway, having begun in early May. The list of buildings to be worked on in the coming months includes the Hugus-Ferguson building, Rawlins City Hall, and the Aspen House restaurant, among others.
- A simulated emergency on the Colorado Interstate Gas Plant Road, off of i-80 near Sinclair, yesterday tested the coordinated responses of local law enforcement officials, fire fighters, and EMT’s. The incident involved a crash between two pickup trucks.
- Saratoga Cowboy Kasen York has secured a spot in the top four heading into the state event, but will take a weekend to get out and do some roping.
- School District #1 officials are proposing ways to provide more rigorous classes at Rawlins High School. The move is a response to the cutback on college-level courses offered at the Carbon County Higher Education Center because of budget constraints.
- The lawsuit the Carbon County Board of Commissioners is bringing against major pharmaceutical companies over opioid abuse was filed in Wyoming District Court on May 8th. County officials want to hold 15 companies financially responsible for what is described in the lawsuit as a public health crisis. No other plaintiffs have joined the lawsuit yet.
- At about 11 this morning, local first responders will be dispatched to a simulated crash off of Interstate 80 at exit 221. The exercise is to test response times and care of patients. It is anticipated to last about two hours.
- The schedule has been set for this year’s summer concert series at the Rawlins Music in the Park. The annual event kicks off June 21st with the last concert slated for August 16th. With eight different bands set to play throughout the summer, Rawlins residents will have plenty of entertainment on Thursday nights.
- It was an outstanding weekend for the county’s high schools as they entered the post season and came away with 31 individual regional track championships.
- Discussion of the Saratoga Saw Mill fire continued Thursday during a Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting. County officials said while they don’t have jurisdiction over the Town of Saratoga’s regulations, they are willing to work with the town to put proactive measures in place.
- Funded by a grant from the Wyoming Community Foundation, the Wyoming Restorative Justice Council is holding symposiums across the state to present a different approach to the criminal court system. Proponents say restorative justice is less about punishment and more about changing criminals and healing victims. Next Thursday, the group is bringing what it calls their “road trip” to Carbon County.
- Plans to replace the sewer system at Saratoga Elementary are set to take place this summer with an approval from the local water and sewer board.
- Rawlins residents are encouraged to take advantage of an upcoming opportunity to dispose of construction and demolition waste for free at the municipal landfill. The city’s annual Free Dump Days have been scheduled for June 4th through June 10th.
- It’s the post season for the high schools across the county.
- A recent string of graffiti with gang-related themes and tags defacing public property around Rawlins has prompted an investigation by law enforcement. The Rawlins Police Department is asking area residents to be vigilant and call in any suspicious activity they may see, especially during late night hours.
- A new procedure for permitting mobile home and recreational vehicle parks in Saratoga’s Residential District 6-thousand zones is close to being finalized for town council approval.
- High school seniors, this time of year, typically battle a sever case of senioritis and are looking forward to ditch day. For three seniors at Rawlins High School, end of year festivities also include something more serious, a voter registration drive.
- Carbon County School District #2 is looking for feedback on its vocational education programs to grow student career readiness.
- It’s rodeo time and Saratoga cowboy Kasen York is putting himself in position for another successful season.