General election race heats up with 13 write-in candidates

After receiving enough write-in votes in last week’s primary election, 13 individuals throughout Carbon County now have the opportunity to file to run for municipal seats in November’s general election. Emma Diercks has the story.



Rawlins finance director announces retirement

The City of Rawlins is on the hunt for a new Finance Director. The city’s current number cruncher recently announced his retirement and will move out of the area in October. Cali O’Hare reports.



Closures lifted near Badger Creek Fire

The Badger Creek Fire forced closures of roads and other access to the surrounding area. Photo: Addie Fletcher.

The last of the public closure restrictions in the area of this summer’s Badger Creek Fire were lifted Monday. The Forest Service announced that lack of fire activity and consistent moisture in the Medicine Bow National Forest in southern Albany County has produced significant cooling across the burn area. Smoke has not been reported in the last two weeks, although the statement cautioned that some areas may still be smoldering. Trees still standing but weakened by the fire also pose a danger to visitors. Forest areas on either side of State Highway 230 between Woods Landing and the Colorado State line have been closed since mid-June. The Badger Creek Fire burned 21,3210 acres. It started June 10th. No specific cause has been announced but investigators said early on that human activity was involved. The fire won’t be officially declared out until after the first significant snowfalls of the fall or winter season.


Photo: Bigfoot 99/Emma Diercks.

FEMA shares data and drafts of new flood plain maps

As new flood plain maps continue to be created for Carbon County, representatives from FEMA say hydrology data has been collected and preliminary draft maps have been created. According to FEMA’s timeline, new maps are anticipated to be completed and effective by 2021. Emma Diercks attended last night’s meeting in Saratoga and filed this report.



Sports: Panthers look strong heading into season

The Saratoga football team is optimistic about their season moving forward after a solid zero week performance. Joey Saverine has the story.


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