Thursday, January 4, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • In an update to a story previously reported by Bigfoot 99, the City of Rawlins has adopted several changes to its emergency snow removal route.
  • The Town of Saratoga continues to consider options to encourage people to move their vehicles from the road to assist in the town’s efforts for snow removal.
  • The Carbon County Board of Commissioners will soon begin the process of filling a vacancy on the board after Commissioner Glode announced she will be stepping down from her position at the end of the month.
  • The public is invited to join students at Saratoga Elementary next week to learn the historic parallels of the Australian Outback and the American West.
  • The Rawlins Outlaw basketball team is set to open up the second part of their schedule.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • A former Rawlins attorney has been identified as the gunman responsible for the New Year’s Eve ambush-style attack that left six people wounded – including three Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies, one police officer, and two civilians. A fourth Sheriff’s Deputy was fatally wounded in the shooting and died at the scene.
  • With a resolution passed by the Saratoga Town Council, the municipality will be able to receive financial assistance from the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
  • Carbon County Economic Development Corporation spent a lot of time in 2017 promoting the county to several industries and plans to continue its work in 2018.
  • On the basketball court: A look at the County’s High School standings.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Today’s Headlines:

  • Carbon County residents familiar with the Sage Creek Highway south of Rawlins will see some changes to the roadway in the coming year as officials finalize preparations to pave a 44 mile stretch of road.
  • Like the state, Carbon County School Districts are experiencing declines in student enrollment.
  • The Rawlins Division of the Wyoming Highway Patrol began the New Year one man short after Lieutenant Bob Garner officially retired on December 31st.
  • New national data indicates that Wyoming’s workplace fatalities remain fairly static, most of the US is seeing an increase.
  • The year 2017 proved to be a solid one for the high schools of Carbon County. A year’s recap of highlights.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • The Saratoga Police Department’s 911 system is now running smoothly after several months of fixing glitches. Cell phones will now ring into the department without being re-routed, saving precious time in emergency situations.
  • It’s good news/bad news for ice anglers in Carbon County. While conditions look promising for next month’s ice fishing derby on Saratoga Lake, there’s still hardly any ice to be found on Seminoe Reservoir.
  • There is still a lot of cold weather yet to come and youngsters wanting to get into ice fishing prior to Saratoga’s Ice Fishing Derby have the chance to learn the skills and safety practices.
  • If you are prowling for a party this weekend, plan accordingly. You don’t want to start the New Year dishing out money for fines and attorney fees because of a DUI. New Year’s Eve events are planned for across Carbon County and free cab services are available in Rawlins and Sinclair.
  • Carbon County School District #2 is thanking Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company for their donation to the Kindergarten Readiness Program.
  • Tucker Carricato of Saratoga has accomplished what many cowboys can’t in a lifetime; a National Finals Rodeo championship.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • The Prevention Management Organization will cease operations on July 1st. During a Joint Appropriations Hearing in early December, Department of Health Director Tom Forslund told lawmakers that enough is enough. Forslund, while appearing before the JAC to discuss his agency’s budget said the contract to fund the PMO at the end of the current fiscal year will not be renewed. Instead, a more effective way to deliver drug, alcohol, and suicide prevention services will be sought.
  • Consultants hired by state lawmakers have released four main recommendations on ways to tweak Wyoming’s School Funding Model.
  • The Rawlins Music Academy’s 3rd Annual Music Til Midnight fundraiser promises a little something for everyone. This year’s event boasts music from two local bands, a dance for teens, catered food, and a full bar.
  • The Saratoga Panthers basketball team is sitting right where they want to be during the winter break.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • During its December 19th meeting, the Rawlins City Council took care of a few final orders of business for 2017.
  • The South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Services continues to advocate for volunteers to take part in EMT training by reaching out to Encampment to address a shortfall in available EMTs throughout the region.
  • Wyoming’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has been appointed to a national commission which she hopes will spotlight the work being done for education within the state.
  • Outdoors men hoping to hunt big game into the new year in Wyoming are reminded to make sure they obtain a 2018 Conservation Stamp and any other applicable permits to replace those expiring on December 31st.
  • The Wyoming football team created history with their Famous Idaho Potato Bowl appearance and victory last Friday. The Cowboys scored a university high for points in a bowl game with 37, topping their 35 in 2009’s New Mexico Bowl win.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • The Board of Carbon County Commissioners and the fair board are working together to repair the strained relationship stemming from miscommunication between the two bodies. After a meeting between the two entities in mid-December, the commissioners feel they’re finally on the right track and are looking toward a positive working relationship.
  • In the Platte Valley, Saratoga Elementary has many programs in place to help the school reach its goal of exceeding state expectations. Principal Darrin Jennings presented to the Carbon County School District #2 board how he plans to reach that objective.
  • The Battle Pass Scenic Byway, which is also known as Highway 70, has closed for the season.
  • As part of the development of a new strategic plan for the future of Wyoming’s wildlife, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking public input from residents and non-residents alike. A dedicated online forum has been set up allowing anyone to provide the department with feedback on issues they deem important.
  • With a table regarding many application processes, the Saratoga Planning Commission continues to work through fees for different permits obtained through Town Hall.
  • It was a great weekend to be a Wyoming Cowboy fan as the Pokes roped Central Michigan.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • Pending final review by both the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners, the county will likely adopt a new fee schedule for planning and development applications, including zone changes in 2018. Some of the changes are being made in anticipation of a coming boom in wind energy and transmission lines.
  • The Town of Saratoga is seeking new equipment vital to cleaning and draining the town’s sewer system.
  • In an update to a story previously reported by Bigfoot 99, the City of Rawlins is moving forward on implementing several changes to the emergency snow removal route.
  • A vocational agriculture shop at Encampment School is expected to receive renovations. The school district is moving forward with a design phase and will review those plans to see if enough funding is available for the project.
  • Christmas comes early for Wyoming fans with today’s showdown between the Cowboys and the Cheppewas of Central Michigan. Kickoff is set for two o’clock for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • In Rawlins on Tuesday night, tensions ran high among some city council members as they sparred during a work session over how to use 8-thousand dollars in project funding from Wyoming Community Gas. By the end of the night, council decided to put a park bench where there already is one…in front of city hall.
  • Frustration was also evident at the Saratoga Town Council meeting on Tuesday night. A resident who had obtained a temporary special use permit to allow an RV to serve as a residence on a lot where that is not allowed under zoning regulations requested a permanent waiver.
  • In an update to a story previously reported by Bigfoot 99, the Carbon County Commissioners are reaching out to other counties across the state before joining a lawsuit against nine major pharmaceutical companies in hopes of holding the drug manufacturers financially responsible for the opiate crisis.
  • The staff at Saratoga Middle High School is combining different learning tools in hopes of exceeding the state’s academic expectations for students.
  • It’s Bohl Mania for the Wyoming Cowboys as they are just a day away from taking on Central Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The question leading up to the game was whether or not Quarterback Josh Allen will play after suffering a shoulder injury.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • With a civil rights lawsuit looming against the City of Rawlins and two police officers who shot and killed an unarmed man, Carbon County Attorney Cal Rerucha says the special prosecutor who made the initial determination that the shooting was justified, had no conflict of interest even though she knows one of the officers.
  • Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson will retire next month with the official announcement yesterday. Carbon County Commissioners will be tasked with choosing his replacement.
  • Working Americans will have more money in the pockets next year. The senate, last night, passed the sweeping tax reform plan along strict party lines.
  • More than 20 city employees were honored for their service during Tuesday’s Rawlins City Council meeting.
  • The Rawlins girls basketball team is off to a fine start and has plenty of positive to take away from the first two weeks of play.