Photo: Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

Survey shows Rawlins beautification strategies are on target

Officials from the Rawlins Downtown Development Authority say the results of the recent survey conducted reaffirm beautification strategies put into 2016.

The National Main Street Center conducted the survey. The DDA presented the preliminary results to City Council last week. Cali O’Hare was at the meeting and filed this report.



Sage grouse working group meeting Wednesday

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the South Central Sage Grouse Working Group are meeting in Saratoga Wednesday afternoon to update the state’s sage grouse Executive Order. The public is invited to provide input at the meeting or online.



Photo courtesy of BLM.

BLM asks for public comment on proposed mining project

The Bureau of Land Management Rawlins Field Office is seeking public input on a proposed in-situ uranium mine in the Shirley Basin. The project developer is Pathfinder Mines Corporation, based in Mills, Wyoming.

In situ mining involves the deployment of dozens of wells in a grid pattern. Some wells inject water and baking soda into an underground aquifer under high pressure. Uranium deposits are flushed and then pump to the surface through other wells.

Pathfinder is a subsidiary of Ur-Energy, which operates an in situ operation—the Lost Creek Mine—in Bairoil. From the 1950s to the 1980s, nearly 50 million pounds of uranium were extracted from the same area north of Medicine Bow using traditional open pit mining techniques.

Bigfoot 99 interviewed Ur-Energy president Wayne Heili in 2015 when the Shirley Basin project was first proposed. Heili said another 6 million pounds of the mineral can be tapped from the same area with the in situ process.

The BLM public comment period runs through March 25th. Input received during this preliminary scoping period will help the BLM determine the best approach to analyzing the proposal.


New committee focuses on supporting recovering addicts

Since hearing from a group of recovering addicts in the area about the challenges of becoming and remaining sober, some members of the Carbon County Alliance for Drug Endangered Children have branched out. They have formed a committee focused on finding ways to better support individuals in recovery.

The group, which has met twice now, recently issued a survey to gain a better understanding of the recovery needs within the county. Cali O’Hare reports.



Final high school post season accolades delivered

Now that the 2018-19 high school basketball season has come to a close for Rawlins, eight student athletes have been named to the post season award lists. Joey Saverine breaks down who made the cut.
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