Photo: Bigfoot 99.

Superintendents weigh in on schools’ test performances

Carbon County School District superintendents provided their thoughts on their schools’ performances on the first run of the state’s new assessment, WY-TOPP. Carbon County School District Two is pleased with their results while District One is looking for ways to improve. Emma Diercks reports.



Photo: Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

Train display treated for asbestos

Rawlins Residents may have noticed men in white suits working on the Union Pacific engine on display at Tully Park last week. City officials recently discovered asbestos inside the historic engine and are taking steps to resolve the issue. Cali O’Hare has the latest update on the project from City Hall.



Dry, windy weather keeps Ryan Fire raging

Photo: Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

Two days of strong winds and Red Flag conditions stirred up the Ryan Fire. The latest estimate shows a big increase in the size of the fire – 26,850 acres burned.

The fire burned actively on both sides of the state line over the weekend. On the Wyoming side of the border, the Ryan Fire made a run at Bear Mountain. On Sunday, the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office evacuated residents in the Skyline Community. Jackie Parks with the incident team said less than two-dozen homes or cabins were notified.

Parks added that no other structures have been lost since the cabins at Jerry Park last Saturday night.

In Colorado, spot fires developed along Forest Road 498. The Jackson County Sheriff’s office issued an evacuation order for the community of Pearl, Colorado, which two years ago was threatened by the Beaver Creek Fire.

The Smoke plume from the Ryan Fire was visible from around the region for most of the weekend. Smoke and ash was so bad in Laramie late Saturday afternoon that the start of the Wyoming-Boise State game was almost delayed because of poor air quality.

Crews on the Wyoming side of the fire spent most of Sunday protecting structures between Bear Mountain and Wyoming Highway 230.

On Friday, officials announced that investigators determined that the fire was started by an unsecured campfire in Colorado. The investigation is still ongoing.


Saratoga seeks to improve water master plan

The Town of Saratoga is working with an engineering firm to gather data on the municipality’s water system. The company will use the information to make recommendations on how the system could be improved. Emma Diercks reports.



Rawlins Best Buddies group grows in second year

The Rawlins High School Best Buddies group is gearing up for an eventful school year. In its second year, the growing club plans to engage more with the community and hold fundraisers in an effort to start a Best Buddies State Office in Wyoming. Cali O’Hare reports.



Classic Air Medical drops the game ball at the H.E.M. Miners’ homecoming football game against the NSI Wolves. Photo: Joey Saverine/Bigfoot 99.

Sports: High school weekend review

The high school teams of the county cleaned up over the weekend as they won nearly seventy-five percent of their contests. Joey Saverine recaps the action.

More Highlights:
  • Cowboy football team loses in conference opener.
  • Cowgirl volleyball team falls for first time in Mountain West action.
  • Broncos set to rebound this evening against Kansas City.


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