Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • The Wyoming Congressional Delegation voiced support Tuesday for President Donald Trump’s decision to ditch the nuclear deal with Iran that his predecessor brokered. In announcing the decision yesterday, Trump said the deal was an embarrassment to the United States and that he was reinstating the tough economic sanctions that the Obama Administration had removed when the deal was inked.
  • The Saratoga Planning Commission, after considering the town’s role in enforcing regulations that might prevent another dangerous saw mill fire, determined last night that the fire chief has the sole authority to report and mitigate potential hazards.
  • The Rawlins City Council tentatively agreed to provide some level of funding to each of the organizations that requested financial assistance for the upcoming fiscal year. The decision was reached in less that 10 minutes without any real public discussion.
  • The Brush Creek Hayden Ranger District is gearing up to start implementing a vegetation and fuels project in Ryan Park this summer. Plans to host a stakeholder field trip to discuss treatment options will take place in late June.
  • The Little Snake River track team is sitting right where they want to be heading into the post season.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • A Saratoga woman, who allegedly cut her husband with a knife, causing him to nearly bleed to death, entered a plea of “not guilty” to charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault in court on Monday.
  • Monday may have been the toughest day Governor Matt Mead has spent on the job since he was sworn in to office almost eight years ago. Wearing a black apron, the Governor hurried back and forth behind the counter at Lollypops on Bridge Street in Saratoga, keeping up with the rush of orders for ice cream cones. The little desert shop was bustling with customers and all eyes were on the new employee. The flat and lopsided shapes of the ice cream cones coming across the counter was evident that the governor faced a stiff learning curve. Nobody cared. Everybody was smiling. While filling an order fro a double scoop of butter pecan in a waffle cone, the Governor said he was in town to launch National Travel and Tourism week in Wyoming.
  • Republican candidate for governor Sam Galeotos visited Encampment last night. He shared his vision of controlling state spending and creating jobs.
  • The Hanna Elk Mountain track team is coming off of a solid performance and heading into the regional meet this weekend.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • A new permanent ranger for the Brush Creek – Hayden District is now in place. After taking a week to get accustomed to his new role, Ranger Jason Armbruster met with Bigfoot 99 to share his goals for the position.
  • The upcoming election season could produce significant changes at both the state and local levels. With most of the municipal and county terms expiring in December, there’s sure to be at least a few new faces in government offices across Carbon County and Wyoming.
  • The Old Pen is making strides toward the highly anticipated renovation of the old guards’ quarters. Officials will accept bids through May 17th and construction is slated to begin as soon as possible.
  • After hosting open houses last month, the Carbon County Wyoming Public Lands Initiative Committee is now creating proposals to fit the interests of the public on the county’s four Wilderness Study Areas. Last week committee members discussed options for the Prospect Mountain and Encampment River Canyon.
  • High School track teams wrapped up their regular season schedule in a big way over the weekend.

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • Representatives from twelve local non-profit and ancillary agencies approached the Rawlins City Council on Tuesday during a a special work session dedicated to funding requests for the upcoming fiscal year. In all, the funding requests total a little more than 213-thousand dollars.
  • After seeing the Annual Health and Wellness Fair through its most successful year, Committee Chair and Hospital nurse Christina Baugh plans to pass on her role as event organizer.
  • Each year, the Bureau of Land Management seeks comments and suggestions from the public regarding wild horse management and gather methods. This year’s meeting has been scheduled for next week in Rawlins.
  • In Saratoga, to increase storage and put facilities closer to the transfer station at the area landfill, the Upper Platte Valley Solid Waste Disposal is looking to put a new building on the site.
  • It’s a big weekend for the high school track teams of Carbon County as it will be the last time they run and jump before heading into the post season.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • While state funding to education is decreasing, federal funding has increased. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said the uptick in money from Washington might help the poorest schools in the state.
  • In anticipation of the upcoming National Travel and Tourism Week, representatives from the Carbon County Visitor’s Council met with the Board of Carbon County Commissioners to discuss the importance of local tourism.
  • To move construction of Tyler Pickett Memorial Park forward, the Town plans to hire an engineer to come up with a plan for how to develop the new green space across from Veterans Island.
  • As part of a statewide effort to determine what resources and services are available for at-risk children and families, the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund conducted an information gathering session in Rawlins earlier this week.
  • The Platte Valley’s community clean up days take place this weekend starting on Friday. Extra trash fees will be waived to promote keeping the valley clean.
  • The University of Wyoming Rodeo Team hosted their annual Laramie River Rendezvous Rodeo last weekend, but this one may have stood out among the rest despite what any of the scores read.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • Two weeks after disaster was avoided when strong winds pushed a massive fire at the saw mill in Saratoga away from neighboring houses, the incident continues to draw the focus of officials. The fire and how to prevent a similar occurrence were discussed at last night’s council meeting.
  • One of the big concerns for Carbon County officials was whether or not the bids for expanding the local youth crisis center would stay within budget. Yesterday, those involved in the process breathed a sigh of relief as the bids were awarded.
  • The Rawlins Police, on Tuesday, released the names of the two men involved in Friday night’s high speed chase and eventual capture on Saturday. The pair were booked into the county jail. The suspects are 25-year old Santos Jaramillo and 32-year old Eli Jaure, both of Rawlins. Jaramillo is charged with interfering with a peace officer and Jaure was booked on charges of failure to provide proof of insurance, license plate violation and interference with a peace officer. According to Police Chief, Troy Palmer, additional charges are pending against both men.
  • The suspect in Monday’s shoplifting incident that turned into a city-wide search was identified as Colorado resident Timothy Yoshida.
  • Fore the second time since announcing her candidacy for governor, Mary Throne paid a visit to Carbon County residents, this time dropping in at a coffee shop in downtown Rawlins.
  • The HEM track team’s hard work is paying off late in the season as the Miners become one of the better teams in the state.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • A shoplifting attempt at a down town Rawlins store turned into a pursuit Monday afternoon. The Rawlins Police Department issued a Code Red Alert to residents in the Mountain View, Downtown, and Southside Rawlins areas before the suspects, thought to be dangerous,were apprehended.
  • A Rawlins couple has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of child abuse where the victim allegedly suffered several injuries.
  • In Rawlins: Last year’s budget hearing turned controversial after the mayor and some city council members had harsh words for some of the all-volunteer non-profit organizations that serve the community. Tonight, those same non-profits will approach the council again to request funding for the upcoming fiscal year.
  • Representatives from the University of Wyoming, including President Laurie Nichols, visited schools in Carbon County on Monday morning for UW signing day. They will be in Saratoga today as students make their commitment to be Cowboys and Cowgirls. Photographs of yesterday’s signing ceremonies in Encampment and Rawlins are posted on the Bigfoot 99 FaceBook page.
  • The Wyoming High School Activities Association held their spring meeting and a couple of rule changes will play into the future of the Carbon County High Schools.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • At Thursday’s board meeting, Carbon County School District One directed the superintendent and the Carbon County Higher Education Center to work together to find the best way to provide advanced classes to students amid budget constraints.
  • The newest driver for the Carbon County Senior Services bus is likely a familiar face to most passengers.
  • Rawlins Police apprehended two men Saturday after the pair eluded capture during a harrowing high-speed chase late Friday night across the city and ultimately on foot through backyards and over fences.
  • While some preparation work has already started, the grunt of road construction begins on I-80’s westbound lanes at Cooper Cove Tuesday.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • The biggest story in the state is Josh Allen, who will always be a Wyoming Cowboy. And now, he’s also a Buffalo Bill. You can hear Buffalo fans going crazy as Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement last night on the NFL network. Passed over by the Browns and the Broncos, and the third quarterback to be selected, Allen flashed the Wyoming Bucking horse logo and said he was “on top of the world”.
  • Back here at home, with industry in the form of wind energy production plants, big and small, on the horizon for the northern end of Carbon County, Game and Fish is implementing a study to see how the projects will impact the local pronghorn population.
  • This weekend, the Rawlins Police Department will join more than 5,600 other collection sites across the country for the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Drug Take Back Day.
  • Also tomorrow in Rawlins, residents will be pitching in for the community-wide cleanup event. Anyone interested in participating should meet at 9 am tomorrow morning at Bolton Park. Water and Gatorade will be provided. For more information, call Sheri Shillinger at 328-4515.
  • When it comes to being prepared for an emergency, Wyoming lags behind most of the country, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Locally, the county Local Emergency Planning Committee has initiatives in place to improve effective response in times of need.
  • Just a quick note, Carbon County Road and Bridge boss, Bill Nation, told Bigfoot99 on Thursday evening that crews finished plowing WYO 71, also known as Sage Creek Road and the South Road from Rawlins to the Forest on Thursday. Nation said more that a half-dozen eight-foot drifts were blown out and the road is open all the way to the forest. So, if you are looking to escape out of your cabin and cool off that spring fever, a trek down the South Road to the forest is fun and inexpensive. Take a coat, it is still winter down that way.
  • The weekend will be jam packed for the Carbon County sports as it’s crunch time on the track. It was also a historical evening for the University of Wyoming. GO POKES!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers now have a new tool in their arsenal. Troopers can now administer anti-overdose medication to people who have misused opioids.
  • In an update, today is decision day for several communities around the county that chose to underwrite public improvement projects with bonds in 2009. Communities have been looking at saving money by paying off the bonds early to save in interest payments. However, the amount needed to pay off the bonds in full is more than expected, so some decisions have to be made.
  • Riverside and Encampment have joined the Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community initiative to welcome hikers traveling the 3,100 mile trail.
  • The US Congress only awards one honor to the nation’s youth. This past weekend, 16 teenagers from Carbon County were among 169 of their Wyoming peers honored for their commitment to excellence and service at the Congressional Awards Ceremony in Cheyenne.
  • The University of Wyoming Football team is looking to make history today at the NFL Draft.