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Rawlins joins communities seeking impact assistance funds

The City of Rawlins, like many communities in Carbon County, is looking to obtain impact assistance funds from two upcoming wind energy projects. Cali O’Hare has more.

Click here to view the memorandum of understanding


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Saratoga sandbags up for grabs

The Town of Saratoga was unsuccessful in finding a place to store about 9,000 sandbags hurriedly put together this spring when fears of flooding ran high. They were never deployed.

To dispose of the bags, the town is allowing the public to take them for personal use. Emma Diercks reports.

People interested in taking sandbags should contact the Saratoga Town Hall at 307-326-8335


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Rawlins PD introduces 911 texting

Sometimes in an emergency, talking to a 911 operator is not an option. In some life or death situations, talking might give your location away to someone intent on harming you. Maybe you physically can’t talk because of a medical reason.

To better respond to those kinds of situations, the Rawlins Police Department is now accepting Text-to-911 across Carbon County.

Use the text app on your phone. Type “911” in the “To” field on your message screen.

Your first message should be brief. Use simple words, not abbreviations. For instance, describe the type of emergency and the location. Officials caution that the text version of 911 is not yet as robust as the voice version.

For instance, voice 911 is not available if you’re roaming. The technology that allows for rapid geographical mapping of 911 voice calls may not be as accurate for the text version. Response times might be slower as a result. Still, the text version of 911 could be a lifesaving tool in an emergency.

The Rawlins Police Department activated the service for Verizon Wireless, Union Wireless and Sprint users in the county on August 9th. Officials say it will be available to T-Mobile and AT&T customers in the near future.


Platte Valley Healthcare Sustainability Committee member George Haigh hands out informational materials at a public input meeting.

Platte Valley healthcare meeting preview

In Saratoga, BKD, a third party accounting firm, is set to share data on the feasibility of a critical access hospital in Saratoga.

The company spent the past month finalizing their report for Wednesday’s meeting. Emma Diercks has a preview.



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Latinofest kicks off Friday in Rawlins

In Rawlins: Organizers behind the First Annual Latinofest say they expect this Friday’s event to draw hundreds of people from around Carbon County and beyond.

It’s the first major Latino cultural event Wyoming. Cali O’Hare takes a look at what’s planned.



Sports: Young RBs impress Pokes staff

The Wyoming football team got back onto the field on Monday it was some of the younger guys getting some praise. Joey Saverine has the story.


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  • Cowgirl soccer shows improved defense as scrimmage ends 0-0
  • Cowgirl volleyball begins practice with eyes on post season
  • Broncos get good news on the injury front


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