Map shows the location of the county-owned land at the intersection of US 30 and WY 487 in Medicine Bow where the proposed 18,000-square foot building would be built.

Commissioners reject bids for Medicine Bow shop project

It’s back to the drawing board for a redesign of the proposed county road and bridge shop at Medicine Bow.

County Commissioners last week voted unanimously to reject all four bids received for the project. Original plans to combine residential and industrial uses under one roof came with a price tag too rich for the county project. Cali O’Hare reports.



Smoke from the Pedro Mountain Fire. Photo courtesy of BLM-Wyoming.

Pedro Mountain Fire grows to 7,000 acres

After a new aerial survey, the Pedro Mountain Fire is now estimated to have burned around 7,000 acres near the Carbon-Natrona County line.

In an update Monday evening, Carbon County Fire Warden John Rutherford told Bigfoot 99 that structures are threatened by the active wildfire burning 40 miles north of Rawlins.

When the fire was first reported Saturday, it stood at about 500 acres. On Sunday, hot temperatures and gusty 40 mph winds pushed the flames across open grasslands east of Pathfinder Reservoir.

Map courtesty of BLM-Wyoming. Click to view larger.

Because of the fire’s rapid growth and the number structures in the area, additional resources have been called up. Lori Iverson is the public information officer with the Type 3 incident team that took over operations Monday. Iverson said more aircraft and engines are being brought in to help with firefighting efforts.

Iverson said weather conditions Monday were not as extreme as they they were on Sunday. Temperatures stayed in the 70s yesterday and winds were not as strong. Still, the potential exists for more burning with gusty winds expected again tomorrow. As a result, Iverson said evacuations and closures that went into effect on Sunday have not been lifted.

Iverson said additional surveillance flights were flown yesterday. A new estimate of size of the burn zone is expected later this morning.

County Fire Warden Rutherford said a team will assess private properties today to determine if any structures have been damaged or destroyed. Although numerous agencies have been on the scene, containment is minimal and unconfirmed.

Early reports released over the weekend indicated the fire was the result of natural causes.


Saratoga streets to receive repairs

In Saratoga, two utility companies have been upgrading in-town infrastructure this summer.

The outfits now have been asked to the repair the streets they have torn up so far before starting any new work. Emma Diercks reports.



Photo: Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

Parking panel applicants sought

Regardless of their stance on the issue, Rawlins residents are encouraged to apply to serve on a newly formed On-Street Parking Advisory Group.

The City of Rawlins is now accepting applications for the six seats on the panel. Cali O’Hare has the details.



Sports: Panther football competitive at fall camp

The Saratoga football team is through their first week of practice and Head Coach Logan Wright says it’s going as well as it could be. Joey Saverine caught up with the Saratoga Skipper and filed this report.


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