Resignations shock county commissioners

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The Board of Carbon Commissioners put in a long day Tuesday before the holiday break. After working through an ordinary docket of business department by department, commissioners handled the surprising resignations of two library board members. Surprising, at least, to one of the board members who resigned and those waiting in the chamber after the commissioners returned from a lengthy executive session where the years-long drama of the county’s library system seemed to reach a sudden climax. Cali O’Hare reports.


Wind energy project powers forward

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The commissioners’ day was not done yet. During its afternoon session, the board issued a conditional use permit for Ekola Flats, a wind energy project. Ekola Flats is part of a larger scope of work being developed near Medicine Bow by Invenergy, LLC, a Colorado-based wind, solar and natural gas development company. Emma Diercks reports.


Inmate dies in Torrington prison

Photo: Wyoming Department of Corrections

A Rawlins man serving time for aggravated assault and other crimes died in prison this week. According to a release from the Wyoming Department of Corrections, prison inmate Frank Eugene Villarreal died from a lengthy illness on Sunday, July 1 at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington. Villarreal had served two years of an eight-year term for assault with four drug-related sentences still remaining. Carbon County District Court Judge Wade Waldrip presided over the jury trial in April of 2016 where Villarreal stood accused of running over a man with a truck outside Rawlins, and then smuggling drugs into the county jail after he was arrested. Villarreal was born on July 1, 1967 in Galveston, Texas. According to the release, an autopsy is pending as required by state prison policy.


Dead bees spark mosquito spray debate

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes began in June in Saratoga. Photo: Bigfoot99/Jim O’Reilly

In Saratoga, “to spray or not to spray.” Not everyone wants the town’s mosquito control unit to spray their property to kill the needle-nosed insects and frequent bane to summer fun. After hearing a few complaints, Town Council is considering how to maintain an effective mosquito control program and be sensitive to property owners with concerns. Emma Diercks has the story.



Sports: Former Cowboys’ NFL future in question

Unlike Josh Allen, many former University of Wyoming Cowboy standouts are on the 53-man roster bubble heading into the upcoming season. Joey Saverine has the details.

In University of Wyoming golf news, four Cowboys and Cowgirls placed in the top 10 at the 96th annual Wyoming State Amateur Championships.

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