- The Rawlins Police Department is looking into a false report that was called in Wednesday evening regarding an active shooter at a local business. Now the RPD is calling upon the public for help, as they try to identify the person who made the fake report.
- Interviews for the principal position at the elementary schools in Hanna, Elk Mountain, and Medicine Bow are complete. Two of the three candidates visited the communities.
- In Rawlins, residents should see some needed upgrades to the city’s infrastructure in the upcoming year. A half-dozen water lines and a main sewer line, that have a lengthy history of breaks and repairs, have been identified for replacement.
- At the legislature, lawmakers failed to override the governor’s veto of a bill that sought to prevent destructive mass protests at pipelines, power plants, and other facilities. Governor Matt Mead said the Senate File needed more work.
- Just days after the 3A state basketball tournament, the 2018 spring sports season is underway.
- The Carbon County Fair Board met with county officials this week to discuss elements of an MOU – Memorandum of Understanding – between the board and the county commissioners.
- In Saratoga, despite learning that the individual contracted to oversee the landfill closure has sold his company, The Upper Platte Valley Waste Disposal District continues to work out details for the project which is expected to begin in the summer of 2019.
- Celebrations planned for the 150th Anniversary of the Rawlins Territory continue to grow in number as the committee receives input from area residents. The committee discussed several new events and activities at its meeting on Wednesday.
- In Saratoga, the Planning Commission is focusing on two options as it fine tunes the ordinance governing mobile home parks. One option would create mobile home park districts. The other removes recreational vehicles from the current code’s allowable uses.
- The Wyoming Cowgirls enter the post-season tonight in the first-round WNIT action against the Aggies of New Mexico State.
- The selection committee for the Saratoga Middle High School principal position will make its recommendation to the school board next week.
- A new program started at Rawlins High School is fostering positive and welcoming attitudes across grade levels. The Best Buddies program has become popular the last four months.
- The Wyoming Legislature will reconvene tomorrow to complete unfinished business. Lawmakers were unable to resolve differences in the House and Senate versions of two high-dollar spending bills when the clock struck midnight Saturday – the deadline for the 20-day budget session.
- A 45-year old Green River man died as a result of a two vehicle crash near Bairoil on Monday afternoon.
- The Rawlins Outlaws Basketball team earned third place at the 3A State tournament.
- Area fire departments responded to two separate fires in Rawlins on Sunday. The first blaze was the result of a mechanical error, while the second fire is still under investigation, but preliminary reports indicate the second fire was the result of arson.
- Residents in and around Rawlins are encouraged to attend an upcoming public meeting hosted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to discuss proposed 2018 hunting seasons.
- The Saratoga boys basketball team earned some well deserved hardware at the end of the state tournament.
- Carbon County School District #2 hosted interviews this week with four candidates interested in the Saratoga Middle High School principal position.
- In Rawlins, planning for the 150th Anniversary of the town and the Union Pacific Railroad is making progress after a slow start.
- At the legislature, the Wyoming House did not concur yesterday with the Senate on elements of the water construction bill, including funding for the West Fork Reservoir. A panel with select members from both bodies will meet today to hammer out the differences.
- The Upper Platte River Solid Waste Disposal District is working to determine how to best address two concerns of trash disposal. The board discussed people illegally dumping trash in town dumpsters and large amounts of cardboard being thrown in with commercial garbage.
- In sports, the Cowboys could not keep pace with a fast-breaking New Mexico team last night. The Pokes fell to the Lobos 87-75 in the quarter-finals of the Mountain West Tournament. With the loss, Wyoming finishes the season with a 20-13 overall record for back-to-back 20-win campaigns. They now await a possible bit to the next round of post-season tournament action.
- The public is invited to attend a series of community meetings starting next week to share thoughts and ideas on the needs of low income households in Carbon County.
- Rawlins City Council voted on how to spend the money it will receive from Wyoming Community Gas.
- The Wyoming Department of Health has updated state rules covering immunizations with newly required vaccines to better protect children from a number of diseases.
- As part of the Carbon County Alliance for Drug Endangered Children’s mission to break the cycle of abuse, a nationally accredited organization was brought in to discuss forensic interviews during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The Casper-based Children’s Advocacy Project has completed more than 1,000 forensic interviews since 2002 in the state, including many in Carbon County.
- Former State Representative Mary Throne of Cheyenne brought her campaign for Governor to Saratoga on Wednesday. Throne, a Democrat, has also served as Assistant Wyoming Attorney General. She met with Bigfoot 99 and shared her priorities for the state.
- Both the Rawlins boys and girls basketball teams will tip off in Casper today with hopes of winning a state championship.
- A proposal to put a wilderness camp at Aspen Alley Ranch off of Highway 70 has been tabled by the Carbon County Commissioners as they gather more information to address many concerns brought up at Tuesday’s public hearing.
- After an interview process spanning six months, the Carbon County Museum in Rawlins announced that a new director will join the staff in April.
- At the legislature, Senator Larry Hicks kept the West Fork Reservoir Project alive Tuesday by dialing back his request. After being put on his heels Monday when his 40-million dollar ask for the 10-thousand acre foot reservoir on Battle Pass met heavy resistance, Hicks offered a new amendment yesterday that trimmed the appropriation to just 10-million dollars.The changes provided enough safeguards to put it back into play.
- While the SCWEMS board appeared to be falling apart last week, the future looks bright with newly appointed members and cooperating agencies beginning to approve amendments to the Joint Powers Agreement.
- While the Rawlins Outlaws await the State tournament later this week, the 1A post season accolades have been released, Carbon County got a lot of love in the voting.
- Four candidates for the Saratoga Middle High School Principal position will visit the community starting today for interviews with staff and the public.
- During its regular meeting tomorrow evening, the Rawlins City Council will consider authorizing the submission of three grant request to the Rec Board, each one benefiting the Rochelle Ranch Golf Course.
- The Honorable Susan Stipe, the newest circuit court judge on the Second Judicial District bench, took the oath of office Thursday morning, in front of a packed courtroom.
- A Rawlins teen had the opportunity to compete for the State Youth of the Year award and although she didn’t walk away with the title this time, she described the experience as “an honor”.
- It’s tournament time and the high school basketball teams from Carbon County performed well at state and regionals.
- Five of six bighorn sheep ewes the Wyoming Game and Fish Department were planning to capture near the Encampment River received radio collars. Collected samples are being sent to the state wildlife health laboratory as a part of a state-wide research effort into bighorn herds.
- Active Republican party members in the area will muster this weekend for precinct caucus at various locations around the county.
- At the legislature, the edible marijuana bill passed the senate on third reading Wednesday.
- After discussing, at length, whether wilderness boundaries should be reduced or expanded for the Ferris Mountains Wilderness Study Area, the Carbon County Wyoming Public Land Initiative Committee continues to research designations that would protect the current land values.
- Today begins the weekend where every game counts more than the last as the 1A schools are at state, and 3A is at their regional basketball tournaments.
- Representatives from the seven communities participating in the area’s emergency management service agreement met last night in Saratoga to discuss how to deal with the multiple challenges they face, including the recent resignation of its board chairman.
- In Rawlins: Roughly 10 businesses were impacted by a break in the main water line running below Edinburgh Street on Monday afternoon. City crews were able to restore the service.
- The sound you hear in the Platte Valley this morning is a helicopter working near the Encampment River as the Wyoming Game and Fish Department captures and collars Bighorn sheep.
- At the Legislature on Tuesday, the senate approved a heavily amended “Stand Your Ground” bill on second reading. The lengthy amendment to Senate File 71 involved a series of deletions, substitutions, and additions, including clarifications to the definition of reasonable defensive force.
- The senate also approved Senate File 23, the latest attempt by lawmakers to define and penalize marijuana products when it is packaged in edible, non-plant products, such as candies and liquids.
- The Lady Outlaw basketball team finished the regular season on a strong note. Now the girls are looking to take that momentum into the post season.