Forest Service and Saratoga officials working to address annexation issues

In the Platte Valley, annexing the Forest Service office to the Town of Saratoga is still in limbo. The two entities are working to determine the next best step. Emma Diercks reports.



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Rawlins officials proposing changes to subdivision ordinance

The City of Rawlins Planning and Zoning Commission is proposing a number of amendments to Title 18 — the Subdivision Ordinance. The recommendations will now go before the City Council for consideration. The public is also asked to weigh in. Cali O’Hare takes a look at the major changes to Title 18, and what happens next in the process.



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Lifetime livestock brand registration proposal fails in senate

By Jim O’Reilly

At the legislature, a proposal to allow family and corporate-owned livestock brands to be permanently registered failed in the senate Friday. The proposal came in the form of an amendment to House Bill 134, which will require the Wyoming Livestock Board to send notice to an owner at least six months before a brand is declared abandoned by the state.

Currently, owners have to re-record their brand with the state every ten years at a cost of $300. Senate Vice President Ogden Driscoll of Crook County brought the amendment.

It would have allowed a brand to be permanently registered for a one-time fee of $3,000. The brand would exist for the life of the individual or corporation.

If a brand is transferred, it would have to be re-registered as normal brand on the ten-year renewal cycle or as a permanent one with the one-time fee. Driscoll said his amendment would prevent an historic brand being lost.

The idea of permanently registering brands rather than renewing them every ten years is not a new one. It has been debated at various times over the last 20 years.

Ogden’s amendment ran into quick opposition from how the change would have been administered to the cost of the one-time fee.

Senator Eli Bebout of Fremont County suggested bringing back the amendment with a lower fee on third reading of the bill. Other senators also noted the merits of the amendment, but suggested the idea should be fleshed out by the agriculture committee this summer and fall before coming back as a bill of its own.

Ogden’s amendment failed. However, House Bill 134 making other changes to branding law passed on second reading. It passed the House two weeks ago on 55-4 vote.


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Engineer provides update on Encampment’s sewer lagoon project at public forum

The Town of Encampment hosted a public hearing and presentation by North Fork Engineering Thursday evening on its sewer lagoon improvement project. The town would like to fund the improvements through the sixth penny tax.



WGFD asks for public feedback at public meetings

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has announced the public meeting schedule for the 2019 hunting season. Three meetings have been scheduled for Carbon County, and area residents are encouraged to provide feedback. Cali O’Hare has more.


Sports: Post season is here for Carbon County schools

It was a big weekend for the high schools of Carbon County as some enter the post season right where they wanted to be while others will have to play in a one-game playoff early this week. Joey Saverine has the recap and the upcoming details.
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