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  • Grants and resolutions top the list

    Virginia Parker|Nov 10, 2022

    At the November 1, 2022 Carbon County Commissioners meeting Carbon County Clerk Gwynn Bartlett recognized several staff members for their service to Carbon County: Jody Deist-Fairhurst for 18 years of service who works at the Clerk of District Court; Mark Wagner in Road and Bridge–for 18 years of service; Brynna Grundman of the Sheriff’s Office for 8 years of service; Julie Webb with Buildings and Grounds for 6 years of service; Ben Opfar for 4 years of service. Lenny Layman, Emergency Man...

  • Dollars and cents at the front of the line

    Virginia Parker|Oct 27, 2022

    Saratoga Mayor Creed James presented the Childhood Cancer Awareness resolution to the Council and the guests at the Saratoga Town Council meeting on October, 18, 2022. It is a resolution that makes October 23 through October 29 Childhood Cancer Awareness week. It was proclaimed and signed by Mayor James at the meeting. Lenny Layman, Carbon County Emergency Manager, addressed the Council about a joint funding opportunity to hire a deputy emergency manager. Layman has also presented this option...

  • Retirement, roads and turbines

    Virginia Parker|Sep 29, 2022

    At the Carbon County Commissioners meeting on September 20, 2022, Sheriff Archie Royal asked to recognize Becky George’s 17 years of service to Carbon County Sheriff’s office. She is retiring. The Commissioners expressed their gratitude for her years of hard work. Leah Nation’s resignation was also regretfully accepted by the Commissioners. Road and Bridge Superintendent, Kandis Fritz, presented bids that were received for motor grader prices. Wyoming Machinery’s bid, with trade in, for two mac...

  • Carbon County Fire District under consideration

    Virginia Parker|Sep 22, 2022

    Carbon County has approximately 137 fire fighters responding to fire and rescue emergencies within the county. Carbon County Fire Department operates county-owned fire stations in Hanna, Muddy Gap, Rock Creek, Ryan Park, Rawlins and contracts fire protection for Baggs and Medicine Bow, according to the fire district website. Carbon County Fire Department also has equipment located in Elk Mountain, Encampment, Saratoga, and Sinclair. Current fire departments provide fire protection for...

  • Board of Carbon County Commissioners meeting at a glance

    Sep 1, 2022

    • Kandis Fritz of Road and Bridge reports traffic counts have risen. For example, the traffic on CR387, South Spring Creek the count was 118 cars, Cow Creek was 86 per day. These numbers determine whether magnesium chloride will be applied to the roads. • Resolution 2022- 36 for application for Federal Funding for the Seminoe Centerline Marking Project was passed. • Two lease agreements for Wille Pit 525 and Wiant Pit 425 were presented for renewal and were passed. • Financing options and availability for two motor graders were discuss...

  • The Fair is good for Kids

    Mike Armstrong|Aug 11, 2022

    Pam and Scott Thayer are well known in Rawlins and Carbon County for their work and volunteer efforts. They were still surprised and honored when Scott was picked to be the Grand Marshal of the Carbon County Fair in 2022. It was no surprise to Carbon County Fair director Julie Webb who said Scott had been selected because of his support of the Fair. "He has supported the Fair so much over the years as has RNB State Bank where he recently retired," Webb said. "The board picked him as sort of a...

  • Fire District for protection of Carbon County

    Mike Armstrong|Aug 4, 2022

    Carbon County Fire Chief, John Rutherford, and County Commissioner, Travis Moore, have been making themselves available all over Carbon County to answer questions about the possibility of a fire protection district for the unincorporated area of the county. "Our presentation or roadshow has consisted mainly of just giving people information," Moores said. "We tell them this is what we have got, these are the options that were explored, this is the model of the district that was chosen, and we...

  • End of Watch

    Staff Report|Jul 7, 2022

    The Carbon County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) lost one of their own over the July 4 weekend. According to a press release from the CCSO, Deputy Jeffrey Walton-a 30 year veteran of the office-passed away on July 3. "In Deputy Walton's forty-year career in public service, he served in a variety of different positions starting at the Rawlins Department in 1982 as a dispatcher," read the press release. "In 1987, Deputy Walton started his career at the Carbon County Sheriff's Office as a Detention...

  • Over and done

    Ezra Boileau|Jul 7, 2022

    The Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) held a rather quick meeting post-Independence Day. With Vice-Chair Sue Jones directing the meeting—Chairman John Johnson joined via phone—the commissioners quickly moved through their business on July 5. Several topics were discussed and voted on, resulting in some minor changes coming soon to the County. One of the first reports came from Amanda Brown, nurse manager for Carbon County Public Health. Brown informed the commissioners her department had received pediatric COVID-19 vaccines, wit...

  • Ready for Rainbows

    Joshua Wood|Jun 30, 2022

    by Joshua Wood As the 50th annual gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light (Rainbow Family) approaches its apex this weekend, entities in both Colorado and Wyoming are preparing for a potential influx of people. With an expected 10,000 people attending the annual gathering at Adams Park in Routt County, according to the United States Forest Service (USFS), local and federal agencies are working in conjunction regarding the event. At the June 21 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council,...

  • Rainbows landing in Routt County

    Joshua Wood|Jun 23, 2022

    by Joshua Wood The Rainbow Family of Living Light (Rainbow Family) has settled on a location for its 50th anniversary gathering this summer, bringing the event to the doorstep of Wyoming and Carbon County. In a June 15 press release, the United States Forest Service (USFS) announced the 50th Annual Rainbow Gathering would be held in the Adams Park area of northwest Routt County. This area of the Routt National Forest is managed by the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District out of the Steamboat...

  • Abels' contract renewed

    Joshua Wood|Jun 16, 2022

    Dr. Duane Abels will continue to serve as the Carbon County Health Officer following a unanimous vote from the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) on June 7. The renewal of Abels’ contract with Carbon County comes just one year after he was selected to replace Dr. Marvin Wayne Couch II, who served as county health officer for two years. The reappointment of Abels came with no discussion from any of the five commissioners nor with any of the polarizing politics which seemed to center a...

  • Commissioners trademark seal

    Joshua Wood|Jun 16, 2022

    The now recognizable Carbon County seal-created by artist Bobbie Herman-will soon be trademarked by the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) for use on paper and stationary. While there was much discussion over the ins-and-outs of trademarks during the June 7 meeting of the BOCCC, the commissioners approved a motion to apply for a trademark of the seal. Commissioner Travis Moore and Carbon County Attorney Ashley Mayfield-Davis provided insight into the trademark process during the...

  • Filing period officially closed

    Joshua Wood|Jun 2, 2022

    The date of the 2022 Primary Election continues to draw closer. With the filing period closing at 5 p.m. on May 27, some candidates will have a tough race ahead of them. Other seats, however, will have to be filled with write-in campaigns. United States Representative - Republican After well over a year of a number of potential candidates coming out of the woodwork to run against incumbent Representative Liz Cheney, the official number of candidates for Wyoming’s lone seat in the House of R...

  • A difficult decision

    Joshua Wood|May 19, 2022

    Earlier this month, Memorial Hospital of Carbon County (MHCC) announced they would be terminating labor and delivery services. The decision, according to MHCC CEO Ken Harman, was not one arrived at easily. On May 3, Harman informed the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) what led the MHCC Board of Directors to come to the decision. According to Harman, the hospital had lost approximately $1.5 million in a three month period with $800,000 lost in January, $400,000 lost in February and...

  • Crowding the skies

    Joshua Wood|May 19, 2022

    As wind energy projects continue to blow into northern Carbon County, various entities have sought to determine the impacts it has or will have on wildlife. In 2021, the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) had considered a moratorium on any energy projects in the Shirley Basin area. The discussion of this moratorium came following a presentation from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department regarding a study of wind energy project impacts on the Medicine Bow Pronghorn Herd Unit. That...

  • Rainbows at the border?

    Joshua Wood|May 12, 2022

    The first gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light (Rainbow Family) took place in July 1972 at Strawberry Lake, Colorado. Now, 50 years later, the counterculture movement may be returning to the area. Other potential locations, however, could be closer to Carbon County and the Platte Valley. The Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) were provided information on the potential gathering during the May 3 meeting by Lenny Layman, Carbon County Emergency Manager. “It came to my a...

  • Commissioners set salaries

    Joshua Wood|May 12, 2022

    The salaries for county officials have been set by the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC). The commissioners approved Resolution 2022-16 during their May 3 meeting. The resolution sets salaries for all county officials from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2026. Per Wyoming State Statute 18-3-107, county commissioners are required to meet before June 1 every four years to set those salaries. Under that statute, the following county officials are to be paid not less than $10,000...

  • To take or not

    Joshua Wood|Apr 21, 2022

    As the State of Wyoming moves forward with the process of monthly mineral ad valorem tax collection, counties affected by the process are now eligible for loans impacted by delayed payments for production in 2020 and 2021. During the 2021 Legislative Session, Senate File 60 established a monthly collection of mineral ad valorem taxes, changing it from biannual collection of such taxes. Included within this legislation were provisions which deferred payment on production for the later half of...

  • Helping Victims

    Micky Jones|Apr 21, 2022

    By Micky Jones The Riverside town council had a filled agenda for the spring meeting April 14th. In attendance were Mayor Leroy Stephenson, council members Ed Golden and Fred Lorenz. Stephenson told the council he had to fix the lift station. “The backup generator was not working the way it should have been,” Stephenson said. “I had the people who built the control unit for the generator come down and they got a new motherboard for it, and now it is working perfectly. I don’t have a bill fr...

  • Sand Creek Bridge to be repaired

    Joshua Wood|Apr 21, 2022

    By Joshua Wood Of the four bridges maintained by Carbon County which were proposed by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) for repair or replacement using funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, only one will be substituted. The Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) were first notified of WYDOT’s plan to use funds from the infrastructure law during their March 15 meeting. Kandis Fritz, Carbon County Road & Bridge coordinator, told the commissioners during that meeting s...

  • Hydrogen project recommended for approval

    Mike Armstrong|Apr 7, 2022

    Nicholas Bair, CEO of Clean Energy Holdings and Bair Energy, spent this past weekend speaking with many residents of northern Carbon County.Friday, Bair went to Hanna where he met with Mayor Lois Buchanan, Public Works Director Larry Korkow, Water Work Director David Sutter and others. Joining Bair in Hanna were Tyler Boswell, the project's safety director. When Bair went to a packed house town hall in Elk Mountain on Sunday, he was joined by Boswell as well as Candice McGuire, Board Chair of Ba...

  • Public health short nurses

    Joshua Wood|Apr 7, 2022

    Outdated state salaries and higher paying alternatives appear to have all but depleted the amount of staff at Carbon County Public Health. Amanda Brown, Carbon County Public Health nurse manager, informed the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) of her ongoing staff shortage during their April 5 meeting. Brown, who was in attendance to request permission to advertise for three positions in her department, told the commissioners a full-time position had remained open for more than a...

  • Building bipartisan bridges

    Joshua Wood|Mar 31, 2022

    The Saratoga Town Council will be practicing bipartisanship and building bridges in the very literal sense. During the March 15 meeting of the governing body, Mayor Creed James read correspondence received from the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) regarding the Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. "It says the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill dedicated $45 million per year for five years to the State of Wyoming to replace or r...

  • Racing to Rawlins

    Joshua Wood|Mar 31, 2022

    Place your bets! More than a year after granting approval to Wyoming Downs, LLC (Wyoming Downs), the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) have granted approval to yet another horse racing business to set up shop in the county. While Wyoming Downs has yet to secure any location in the county, another company appears ready to establish their fourth location in Rawlins. Kyle Ridgeway, CFO of 307 Horse Racing, Inc. appeared before the commissioners at their March 15 meeting along with CEO...

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