File photo of David Cesko. Photo by Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

Cesko avoids trial with plea bargain

Dr. David Cesko is scheduled to enter into a plea agreement with prosecutors later this month.

Cesko was stripped of his medical license and indicted by a grand jury last year on multiple felony counts of illegally dispensing painkillers and amphetamines to patients, some of whom were under the age of 21. His case was scheduled to go to court next week.

Papers filed this week indicate Cesko will avoid a jury trial, and will instead go before a judge in a change of plea hearing at the end of the month. Emma Diercks has the latest on the case.

Click here to view the Change of Plea notice


Photo by Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

Cause of water leaks identified at MHCC

Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in Rawlins announced that the cause of this week’s massive leaks and resulting flooding has been identified. The flooding resulted in the hospital closing down all in-patient services except for emergency care and support care.

In a release late Wednesday, officials said malfunctions in the air handlers and automation control units of a hydronic heating system resulted in frozen pipes and leaks across the duct work. Cator Ruma and Associates performed the analysis.

Hospital CEO Ken Harmon told Bigfoot 99 this week that the malfunctioning HVAC unit was turned off Monday as part of the early response to the incident.

A hydronic system circulates heated water through sealed pipes to radiators. HVAC and boiler specialists are working to determine what repairs are needed. Water remediation specialists will perform air and environmental sampling as part of the work to return the critical care center to normal.

The news release notes that the quick actions and teamwork of Memorial Hospital staff minimized water damage. No date has been set to reopen in-patient services.


Photo courtesy of Saratoga Volunteer Fire Department.

Residents without power during fire in Saratoga

A fire in Saratoga took out power to most of the own for about 30 minutes over the lunch hour Wednesday. The electricity was turned off to protect the public and the firefighters on site. Emma Dierks has that story.



Photo by Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

Boys and Girls Club funding may be on chopping block

The Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County is one of thirteen organizations across the state to receive a federal learning grant.

The nonprofit in Rawlins has historically received the award, but some are worried that the president’s spending proposal may put the $100,000 grant in jeopardy. Cali O’Hare reports.



Photo courtesy of Saratoga Museum.

Museum tax likely on next ballot

Voters in the Saratoga and Ryan Park could see a ballot question in November asking whether they would support a museum tax district.

The district would assist in funding the Saratoga Museum. Emma Diercks has the story.



Sports: Outlaws locked and loaded for big weekend

The Rawlins Outlaw basketball team is set for the upcoming weekend of action with the hopes that Mother Natures plays along. Joey Saverine has the story.


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