Monday, October 23, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • During a public meeting last week in Saratoga, District Ranger Melanie Fullman offers few assurances that the Forest Service will keep the Cedar Pass Road open as county officials grapple with the financial and environmental challenges involved in taking local control of the popular mountain route across the West Side of the Snowy Range.
  • The Rawlins City Council, along with City Manager, Scott Hannum, discussed the city’s current snow removal plan and bounced around a few idea of improvement during the last week’s city council session.
  • The weekend was an eventful one for the county teams with two local athletes named champions.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • Rawlins City Council unanimously voted to approve the first quarter funding in full to the 14 non-profit and ancillary agencies during Tuesday’s council meeting.
  • In Saratoga, Verizon Wireless is now able to build a communcations tower in Saratoga after being approved for a special use permit by the Saratoga Town Council on Tuesday.
  • Rawlins City Council will not adjust the city’s water and sewer fees this year. During Tuesday’s council work session, officials decided to revisit any sewer fee adjustments during budget time next year.
  • In Washington, Senate Republicans were able to do on budget and tax reform yesterday what have not been able to get done on health care – find 50 votes – 51 to be exact.
  • The high school teams across the county are playing in one of the biggest weekends of the year. Girls swimming and cross country are in the post season, while football and the volleyball regular seasons wrap up after Saturday.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • Late last week, Union Telephone crews trenched large runs of fiber optic cable on rights-of-way along state highways 130 and 230 at the south end of the Platte Valley. While the new technology will serve Brush Creek Ranch, who requested and paid for the service, officials say the upgrade ultimately will improve phone, data, and internet streaming capabilities of its other customers in the area.
  • The Rawlins City Council, this week, discussed potential ordinances that would regulate when and where recreational vehicles can be parked on public streets. This time around, the focus was restricting RV parking along snow routes.
  • In Saratoga, Town Council approved, on Tuesday, a request by Bridge Street Bargains to assist the Community Garden Board in using USDA grant money to put a pollinator bed at Odd Fellow Park.
  • As part of an annual preparedness drill, Carbon County residents are encouraged to participate in the today’s Great Wyoming Shakeout, which aims to increase awareness of protecting yourself in the event of a major earthquake.
  • The HEM volleyball team has put together a nice string of wins heading into a big conference weekend.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • Rawlins City Council last night pulled the plug on an ordinance that would have taken away the authority of local business owners to perform their own electrical repair work rather than hiring a licensed contractor.
  • A program implemented in April to oversee drug testing for suspected probation offenders has proven to be successful for the Saratoga Police Department.
  • Those interested in celebrating the autumn weather while also experiencing local history are invited to join the Grand Encampment Museum for a fall festival on Sunday.
  • The Little Snake River football team suffered their first loss of the season but still are in the hunt for the first seed in the 6-man west with a win on Friday.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • A Saratoga man, who pleaded not guilty on a felony charge of kidnapping, was ordered by the court to relocate to Idaho if he posts bond.
  • In Rawlins, city council members will decide tonight whether to approve the funding allocations for local non-profits and ancillary agencies. Guiding their decision will be a nearly 8% decrease in sales tax revenues for the first quarter of this fiscal year.
  • In Saratoga, the Planning Commission is ready to action on possible changes to application fees after debating the issue for several months.
  • As Rocky Mountain Power issues yet another warning about the latest in a series of phone scams targeting utility customers, the company is asking people who receive calls to report the information to the customer service department.
  • The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced the Black Bear Hunt Area 9 in the Sierra Madres Bear Management Unit closed as of yesterday afternoon. Black bear hunting seasons close when the mortality quota is reached, or on the closing day, whichever comes first.
  • The Encampment Volleyball team fell in a tight one over the weekend, but are ready to bounce back this week as they’ll wrap up conference play and the regular season.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • Claims made by Rawlins city officials during a council meeting earlier this month about needing to make changes to a local ordinance conform to new state regulations on electrical codes have proven to be unfounded. As a result, the city is postponing a second vote to forbid commercial property owners from performing their own electrical work.
  • The Town of Encampment is considering a funding grant from the Wyoming Department of Transportation to increase safety where Highway 70 enters town.
  • In an update to a story previously reported by Bigfoot 99, the Carbon County Attorney’s Office says the reconstruction of the fatal crash that claimed the life of Rawlins business owner Pat Cain has not yet been completed.
  • The Saratoga Public Works Department is waiting for a permit to construct so a long list of items can be completed to improve the town’s lagoon system.
  • It was a mixed bag for high school teams this weekend.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • In Saratoga, only a couple of weeks after letters were sent out to the public, Zoning Officer Dan Ferrin said he has received a lot of feedback from people violating the nuisance ordinance.
  • Members of Carbon County’s LEPC met yesterday to work through changes to the county’s Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, which helps officials prepare for a variety of threats, both natural and human caused.
  • The consulting firm hired by the Wyoming Legislative Select Committee on school finance to review the K-12 funding model, has gathered public feedback to understand the difficulties districts are experiencing while operating under the current model.
  • In Sports: The weekend slate is loaded with conference play for the teams around the county.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • The Saratoga Planning Commission is seeking legal opinion to determine whether the Saratoga Forest Management saw mill need to erect a fence on their property line adjacent to residential zoning.
  • With cases of the flu beginning to pop up around Wyoming, health officials are reminding the public to receive vaccinations as soon as possible.
  • A request for Verizon Wireless to obtain a special use permit to build a tower near the Saratoga High School is slated to go before the Saratoga Town Council on Tuesday.
  • This year, proceeds from the annual Pumpkin Fest in Rawlins will benefit the Carbon County Youth Crisis Center and the Carbon County Library Foundation.
  • The Little Snake River football team will take their undefeated record to Burlington this weekend for their biggest test of the season to date.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • In an update on developments surrounding the crash that claimed the life of Rawlins businessman Pat Cain last month, the Rawlins Division of the Wyoming Highway Patrol has concluded its investigation.
  • A crackdown on drug trafficking along I-80 led by the Wyoming Highway Patrol resulted in multiple drug related arrests and the seizure of large amounts of marijuana.
  • Governor Matt Mead yesterday said he supports the steps being taken by the Trump Administration to repeal the Clean Power Plan.
  • The City of Rawlins has officially completed both phase one and phase two of the municipal landfill closure. The project came in under budget. To celebrate, city staff is inviting Rawlins residents to join them at the landfill on Saturday for a tour.
  • Despite losing to Cokeville over the weekend, the Saratoga football team hung in and did not give up, now the Panthers are looking to improve their game.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • State budget cuts to K-12 schools is forcing changes to the way school districts are accredited across Wyoming.
  • National Fire Prevention Week is here and beginning today, Rawlins students will head to Fire Station 2 to participate in educational activities with local firefighters.
  • While the snow that closed Interstate 80 yesterday morning is gone, the Town of Saratoga is preparing for winter and is also offering some advice for residents for when it settles in for the season.
  • If you are one of those brave souls who enjoys being spooked by Halloween spirits, you’re advised to make reservations now for one of this year’s popular haunted tours at the Wyoming Frontier Prison.
  • The Rawlins girls swim team is making a final push as the regular season draws down quickly.