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Elementary school principal resigns

Carbon County School District Two has accepted the resignation of the Hanna Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow Elementary School Principal Monday evening.

Traci Schneider is headed back to Laramie County while the school board here works to find her replacement. Emma Diercks has the story.



Snowy Range Pass in 2018. Photo: Bigfoot 99.

Storm could delay opening of Snowy Range Pass

Except for one little thing, the Snowy Range Road could open by Friday for Memorial Day travelers. That one thing, however, could be big.

A massive spring storm is expected to drop moderate to heavy snow amounts across the Sierra Madre, Snowy and Laramie Ranges.

Matt Murphy, spokesperson for WYDOT in southern Wyoming, told Bigfoot 99 yesterday that the high elevation portion of Wyoming 130, the Snowy Range, was ready to open last week, but the storm might delay when WYDOT unlocks the gates.

Winter Storm warnings are in effect for the high country.

The latest forecast for the three mountain ranges in Albany and Carbon Counties calls for accumulations of 10 to 20 inches with some areas seeing as much as two feet of new snow.

The Laramie and Saratoga crews started snow removal operations on Wyoming 130 during the first week of May, working from either side of the mountain. Murphy said the job went relatively easy compared to recent years.

The two crews historically plow from the Centennial and Ryan Park sides and meet around Lake Marie, where the biggest drifts are usually found.

Murphy said after the Saratoga crew wrapped up digging out the Snowy Range Road last week, they started plowing operations on Wyoming 70 over Battle Pass.

WYDOT aims to have the Snowy Range Road open by Memorial Day Weekend each year, and Murphy said that goal has not changed despite this week’s storm. The opening of the scenic byway is generally regarded by Platte Valley locals as the unofficial start of summer.


The Carbon County Courthouse will undergo major renovations with funds from the specific purpose tax. Photo: Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

Carbon County communities already putting sixth penny funds to work

Two weeks ago, voters passed the optional specific purpose tax to fund a variety of major infrastructure projects. Some government entities have wasted no time to put their plans into action. For instance, Carbon County Commissioners have begun looking at design and architectural plans for the renovation of the courthouse and Carbon Building. Cali O’Hare reports.



WYDOT and WGFD consider wildlife overpasses

The Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are exploring ways of putting three overpass structures along Interstate 80 west of Elk Mountain.

The goal is to assist mule deer and elk in crossing the interstate corridor without endangering themselves or motorists. Emma Diercks the story.


Sports: County athletes clean-up post season awards

Now that the 2019 spring sports season has come to a close, the post season awards have been dished out. Joey Saverine takes a look at who made the list.


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