Monday, October 9, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • An early season storm packing wind and snow forced the closure of Interstate 80 between Rawlins and Cheyenne early this morning.
  • Wyoming is joining three other states and the District of Columbia in a pilot program for digital driver’s licenses.
  • The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has already seen over one thousand hunters enroll in its Hunter Mentor Program this year.
  • The Upper Platte River Solid Waste Disposal District is still trying to determine what they will do with animal waste at the Saratoga Landfill after they will no longer be able to accept it.
  • Carbon County residents should expect to see plumes of smoke here and there in the coming weeks, as the BLM begins conducting a series of prescribed fires. BLM is also advising hunters to be aware of where the burn sites are located.
  • In sports, it was a solid weekend for the high school teams of the county as many came up with a big time win, or a much needed one.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • In Saratoga, despite a request from a Town Councilman to release a survey on the new hours at the landfill, the Upper Platte River Solid Waste Disposal District has decided to maintain the hours written in the landfill’s contract.
  • In Rawlins, city council is in the process of changing the electrician licensing code to conform to legislation passed at the state level. The draft ordinance requires a licensed electrical contractor to complete all electrical work in commercial buildings, taking away the ability of property owners to do it themselves.
  • The Wyoming Department of Health is initiating a statewide assessment to better understand the health issues in Wyoming. As part of this effort, the department will host a community engagement session in Rawlins on Tuesday.
  • The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received a five thousand dollar grant from Wyoming Flycasters to assist with fish passage and aquatic habitat projects on the Encampment River.
  • The weekend is jammed pack of top notch competition on every stage.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • At their Tuesday meeting, the Saratoga Town Council approved a work order to fix technical glitches with the police department’s new 9-1-1 phone system.
  • In an update to a story first reported by Bigfoot 99, Cali O’Hare sat down with Rawlins Fire Chief, John Rutherford, who was appointed to the position Tuesday evening.
  • State lawmakers are looking to draft legislation that would increase opportunities across Wyoming for students to take classes in computer science.
  • Two motions for changes to the fee schedule at the municipal landfill in Rawlins were discussed during Tuesday’s Rawlins City Council meeting.
  • The Wyoming High School Activities Association Board of Directors recently concluded the first of two meetings scheduled for this fall.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • It was a true changing of the guard during last night’s Rawlins City Council meeting as city staff appointed a new fire chief and a new battalion chief.
  • County Commissioners learned Tuesday that the cost to repair and improve the Cedar Pass Road, in the Medicine Bow National Forest, will total about 1.5 million dollars.
  • State lawmakers are looking to draft legislation that would increase opportunities across Wyoming for students to take classes in computer science.
  • Due to last week’s inclement weather, the City of Rawlins was only able to complete the wear course work on Plaza Street. Repairs on 9th Street is rescheduled to begin Monday. Rawlins residents living along 9th Street are advised to plan accordingly.
  • Obesity rates in Wyoming’s youth appear to be decreasing. Carbon County is also seeing decreases in obesity in its general population.
  • The Little Snake River football team has steam rolled their opponents all season long and has done so by using depth.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • A tragic scene unfolded at the I-80 Travel Plaza at Exit 221 Monday morning in what officials are calling a suicide.
  • Officials are reporting the death of a Rawlins man, whose body was discovered on the south side of the city over the weekend. Foul play is not suspected.
  • A Cheyenne man who attempted to steal a truck from the lot at Dallin Motors in May pleaded not guilty to the offense Monday morning by reason of mental illness.
  • The Rawlins Police Department has extended its gratitude to the community for its assistance in the safe return of a runaway teenager.
  • In Saratoga, they are a month behind schedule, but town officials are ready to send out letters to some residents asking them to bring their properties into compliance with the nuisance ordinance.
  • In Rawlins, officials are giving assurances that the city’s water is safe. After the replacement of a repair clamp on the troublesome 20 inch main water line, the results were milky looking water.
  • The HEM Miner football team secured a playoff spot over the weekend with a win over Lingle/Ft. Laramie.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • On Friday, the National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the small plane crash that killed three Rawlins men on September 23rd.
  • To improve the environment in Carbon County School District #1 classrooms, the district is asking parents to take a climate and culture survey.
  • Pronghorn Pantry, the grassroots organization working to create a foo cooperative in Rawlins, is offering prepaid memberships and accepting submissions to its Carbon County Cookbook.
  • High School teams from around the county came up with some big time wins over the weekend. Three football squads secured play-off spots.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • A practice lockdown drill held yesterday at the HEM High School ran smoothly, according to the school’s principal. Overall the lockdown and evacuation plan are solid with the only a few minor items that need changes.
  • The Wyoming Highway Patrol is still investigating the motor vehicle crash that killed a Rawlins businessman earlier this month.
  • In Saratoga, after local officials fielded several inquiries on where to obtain potable water in town, the water and sewer board discussed the possibility of placing a water station in place.
  • The population of wild horses in the Red Desert Complex has grown to more than three times established federal goals. The Bureau of Land Management Rawlins and Lander Field Offices have issued a decision to curb the herd’s growth.
  • This weekend holds some of the toughest competition of the year for county high schools.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • After asking area residents to be on the lookout for a 15-year-old runaway girl, the Rawlins Police Department is thanking the community after she returned to her home last night.
  • With money for Wyoming K-12 education tight, the funding model for major maintenance projects may change from a school’s square footage to student enrollment.
  • The City of Rawlins will begin wear coursing two of its streets this morning, as part of a test to see whether the type of road repair is a viable option for the city’s neglected streets.
  • In a continuation of a story we had earlier this week, a local public lands committee is working toward recommendations for on what to do with several sections of the county that were designated decades ago as Wilderness Study Areas. As a part of their analysis, the group has been looking at the Encampment River Canyon.
  • The upcoming Saratoga and Encampment volleyball game will mean more that just a conference win this Saturday.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • In an update on the fatal plane crash in Minnesota that killed three Rawlins men on Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration now says the investigation into the cause could take a year or more to complete.
  • At the south end of the Platte Valley, aerial spraying near the Odd Fellows Campground which interrupted public use at the site, finished up late Tuesday afternoon.
  • The Bureau of Land Management will team up with University of Wyoming researchers to collar wild horses in the Adobe Town Herd Management Area southwest of Wamsutter. According to a BLM news release, the collaring program will track the movement and habitat selection of the horses which populate the open range in Sweetwater County.
  • The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking hunters to have their harvested animals tested for chronic wasting disease to help with the statewide surveillance program.
  • The HEM football team has put together a nice season so far and are looking to slug out a conference win this weekend.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Today’s Headlines:

  • In Saratoga, a request from the Old Baldy Club for a new water connection to the town’s utility line sparked discussion to review the club’s agreement on how much they pay for the use of the service.
  • Members of the Rawlins City Council and city staff recognized the city’s Volunteer of the Year for developing the 1000 yard rifle range at the Rawlins Outdoor Shooting Complex.
  • A state prison inmate with a history of attacking correctional officers was sentenced in Carbon County District Court on Monday morning.
  • As the Carbon County Wyoming Public Lands Initiative Committee explores the best use for local Wilderness Study Areas, the group learned how a wilderness designation would affect wildlife on the Ferris and Bennett Mountains.
  • The Saratoga football team enjoyed a breakout game on Friday.