Saratoga eyes water tank improvement project
The twin towers of Saratoga – the two blue water tanks sitting high on the rise south of town – may get the attention and repairs they need this year.
The first revenues from the voter-approved specific purpose tax are due in March, and town officials are looking at how to put that money to work cleaning and mending the tanks. Emma Diercks reports.
County updates snow plowing policy
After receiving few public comments on a proposed snow plowing policy for county roads, commissioners this week approved the plan.
No one from the public showed up at Monday’s commissioners’ meeting to offer feedback, but a handful of comments were submitted over the past few weeks.
With only one change, the board adopted the policy deeming some county roads seasonal, and therefore closed in winter. Cali O’Hare was at the meeting and has the story.
Saratoga searches for new home for abandoned vehicles
The Town of Saratoga is in the process of removing vehicles from the Saratoga baseball fields to town property on River Street.
Not everyone is happy about the new location to store the impounded and abandoned cars, so the governing body is considering yet another location to meet the initial goal of using residential zones for their intended purpose. Emma Diercks reports.
Lawmakers working to end mail-order tobacco
At the legislature Tuesday, the senate took a step toward outlawing mail-order tobacco and vaping products in Wyoming. The legislation may provide relief to local merchants in Carbon County who sell smoking-related products.
After Bigfoot 99 ran a story last year on minors using vape products, retailers told us they were maligned by on social media and elsewhere for marketing smoking devices to minors.
The brick-and-mortar retailers say they are closely regulated and monitor who buys their products to avoid breaking laws. Underage smokers, they argued, can purchase vaping products more easily online than from local vendors. On-line sales could end soon.
In introducing Senate File 52, Sen. Cale Case of Lander said the bill is one way to stop on-line tobacco sales to minors.
Case ultimately voted against the bill. The language in SF 52 is restrictive, would ban all tobacco products or substances that contain nicotine, including electronic cigarettes or vapor material. Traditional cigars are included in the ban, as are battery powered smoking devices. The vote on introduction was overwhelming.
Among the Ayes was Senator Larry Hicks of Baggs. After passing introduction yesterday, the bill was referred back to the revenue committee for further markup. Lawmakers have until Friday to introduce the alternative legislation that Senator Case mentioned.
Sports: Panthers take down Tigers to tie for first in the 1A Southwest
The Saratoga boys basketball team is coming off a big weekend, and are looking to keep to their winning ways with an upcoming road trip. Joey Saverine has the story.
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