PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (April 13, 2014)
2014 LARAMIE COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY: On SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014, 8 AM until Completion. Basic landfill fees will be waived for all Albany County residents. Standard fees will be assessed for disposal of commercial waste, business waste, asbestos, tires, refrigerators, trailers, campers, dead animals and any other item that requires special handling. No hazardous waste, e-waste, or oil will be accepted by the trucks or dumpsters located around the community. Please contact the Solid Waste Department at (307) 721-5279 for appointments to dispose of hazardous household waste.
NEWS RELEASE (March 25, 2014)
Annual Shooting Restrictions Begin Monday on Pole Mountain (LARAMIE, Wyo.)
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) March 28, 2014 – The Laramie Ranger District would like to remind the public that annual shooting restrictions will take effect on Monday, March 31. These restrictions, which are authorized by Forest Service special order, prohibit the discharge of firearms within the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest from March 31 through Sept. 10. Hunters who possess a valid Wyoming hunting license and are in pursuit of the species for which their license is valid are exempted. This includes spring turkey hunters.
Discharging a firearm during the restricted period is prohibited to provide for public safety. The Pole Mountain unit is one of the most highly used recreation areas on the National Forest. Visitor safety is of the utmost concern and stray bullets pose an unnecessary hazard. This is an annual renewal of a special order which has been in effect since the late 1990’s.
NEWS RELEASE (March 25, 2014)
Wet Conditions and Violations Prompt Temporary Forest Road Closures (LARAMIE, Wyo.)
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) March 25, 2014 – A combination of wet conditions and illegal off-road travel are damaging roadbeds, as well as soil and vegetation resources, prompting the temporary closure of roads on the Medicine Bow National Forest’s Pole Mountain Unit between Laramie and Cheyenne.
After Forest personnel monitored ground conditions over the past couple of weeks, Laramie District Ranger Frank Romero decided to temporarily close most Forest Service roads within Pole Mountain. The closures, which will be implemented later this week, will not affect access to private lands, Forest Service permit holders, or users of the Tie City and Happy Jack Recreation Areas. Until conditions improve, closures will prohibit wheeled motor vehicles, while still allowing non-motorized access for activities such as hiking, bicycling, hunting, skiing and rock climbing.
NEWS RELEASE (March 25, 2014)
Public Asked for Comment on Proposed Invasive Plant Species Management (LARAMIE, Wyo.)
The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB) is proposing to treat non-native and invasive plants using a variety of methods in the future. Possible alternatives for those actions have been crafted into an Invasive Plant Management Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which is now available for public review and comment.
The Draft EIS is online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/mbr/landmanagement/projects. Adaptive management and the use of newly developed herbicides are addressed by the Draft EIS, but the main focus of the analysis is providing for the use of approved herbicides to be applied aerially. The emphasis is on controlling cheatgrass and other annual bromes on critical big-game winter ranges and enhancing native species sagebrush understories on sage-grouse habitats found on the MBRTB.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (March 19, 2014)
Emergency Siren Test: On Friday, March 21st at 10:00 AM, the Emergency Management System will be conducting a 30 second test of the Emergency Sirens. The sirens are located in 8 areas around the county and all will be simultaneously tested. This is a test only. Please do not call 911. If this was a real emergency, the sirens would last for 180 seconds and further information would be available through radio announcements. This will only test connections and a short wail sound will be heard. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
NEWS RELEASE - (February 25, 2014)
On Sunday February 16th, 2014 Deputies of the Albany County Sheriff's office responded to a residence on the report of allegations of a sexual assault originating in the Rock River area.
As a result of the investigation it was determined that the suspect in the case had been an employee with the Albany County School District as a Physical Education teacher, as well as a Girls basketball coach.
Free Avalanche Awareness Clinics Available to Public
Backcountry users and winter enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in either of two, free avalanche awareness clinics that will be offered this upcoming weekend.
Users of all levels and varieties, be it skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding or snowshoeing, will benefit from the clinics taught by professionals from the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center in Jackson, Wyo.
Each clinic will consist of a classroom session, held in Laramie at the Holiday Inn, and a field session, held in the Snowy Range on the Medicine Bow National Forest.
This program is designed to give winter backcountry travelers information on identifying avalanche terrain, travel techniques, snow pack conditions and safety factors. The field sessions will look first hand at snowpack conditions, terrain factors, beacon use, probing and shovel techniques.
The National Weather Service will be conducting Spotter Training in Albany County on 3-20-2014. The training will take place at Laramie Fire Station #3 located at 2374 Jefferson Street from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
The Albany County Sheriff's office was notified at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday morning (012514) of (4) Nebraska men that had reportedly left the Albany, Wyoming area at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday morning and had failed to return and meet with a friend with whom they were staying with.
-Searchers had no information as to where these men may be riding snowmobiles resulting in an extremely large area that had to be checked initially which was unsuccessful as dark time neared.
Albany County Surplus Property Sale
Due to weather and safety concerns, the Albany County Surplus Property Sale originally scheduled for Saturday, December 7th, 2013 has been postponed until futher notice.
WEEKEND SERVICE CHANGES BEGIN 11/2/13
Starting Saturday, 11/2/13, Gem City Grand and the associated Paratransit service for individuals with disabilities will be reducing hours on Saturday to 1pm to 6pm. Unfortunately, we will no longer be offering bus service or Paratransit service on Sunday's starting in November as well.
Pile Burning Coming Soon for Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) Sept. 30, 2013 – Fire crews from the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests are making plans to begin burning slash piles in multiple locations as soon as weather conditions allow.
Slash pile burns will take place in both Wyoming and Colorado, where it is estimated that even after multiple years of this type of work, there are still thousands of piles remaining on the two National Forests. Forest users and the public should be aware that smoke from these burns will often be visible and is expected. Questions should be directed to your local Ranger District Office.
Laramie Peak Trail to be Temporarily Closed for Maintenance
(DOUGLAS, Wyo.) Aug. 15, 2013 – Laramie Peak Trail will be periodically closed over the next two weeks as the Wyoming State Trail Crew does some necessary safety upgrades and trail maintenance.
Visitors should be aware that during this two-week period, Aug. 19-30, the trail may be closed intermittently based on the type of work being done, but will reopen by Labor Day weekend. The trail work is being funded by the Wyoming State Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Sticker Program.
Grant Writing and Grants Management Workshops Fall 2013
The Albany County Commissioners are sponsoring a Grant Writing and Grants Management Workshops this fall 2013. The workshops are designed for those who are interested in learning new skills or for those who are interested in enhancing their current skills. The workshops are designed for administrators, managers, grant writers, business managers, administrative assistants and secretaries, non-profit organizations, foundations, county, city, federal and state personnel, police and sheriff departments and school district personnel.
Albany County Cleanup Day
Saturday, August 24, 2013
8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
North 9th St.,
112 Roger Canyon Road
Public Should Note Temporary Road Closures on Medicine Bow National Forest
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 29, 2013 – Multiple temporary road closures will be going into effect soon on the Medicine Bow National Forest, some as early as this week. Visitors to the area and those using Forest roads for any reason should be aware of these closures and should plan accordingly.
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests to go Out of Fire Restrictions
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 18, 2013 –In coordination with other federal, state and local agencies in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, Stage 1 fire restrictions will be rescinded on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests at 12:01 a.m. on July 19, 2013.
While several factors are considered in fire restriction decisions, increased moisture in fine fuels such as grass and shrubs, plus favorable fire weather forecasts helped influence this decision.
On Thursday July 11, 2013 at approximately 1004 a.m. Deputies of the Albany County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a business on Fort Sanders Drive south of Laramie after receiving a report of a vehicle that was possibly rigged with explosives. Dispatch and investigating deputies were able to obtain a vehicle description and did in fact locate the vehicle in a vehicle storage area of a local area tow company, on Ft. Sanders Drive.
Due to details that were gathered early in the investigation, further assistance was requested of the University of Wyoming bomb detection K-9 team, Wyoming Highway patrol and the Rural Response Team #3 which is comprised of Bomb technicians from the Laramie Police Department as well as an Engine and ambulance with the Laramie Fire department.
Segments of French Creek Road Temporarily Closed for Hazard Tree Removal
(SARATOGA, Wyo.) July 2, 2013 – Hazard tree removal work will be conducted over the next couple of months on the French Creek Road (Forest Road 500) within the Brush Creek-Hayden (BCH) Ranger District. To avoid closing long stretches of this popular route, work will be completed in three segments, working from west to east.
The first closed segment is between the junctions with Forest Road 206 and Forest Road 225. This will be followed by a closure between the junctions with Forest Road 225 and Forest Road 210. Finally, the road will be closed between Forest Road 210 and 500.1J.
Fire Restrictions to go into Effect on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 1, 2013
Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests at 12:01 a.m. on July 2, 2013. This decision, which was made in coordination with multiple agencies and counties, was prompted by a combination of factors that include rapidly drying vegetation, ongoing drought conditions, growing fire danger, and unfavorable fire weather forecasts.
“Despite improved snowpack and a relatively wet spring, conditions are quickly changing and forest vegetation that was recently green is now at increased risk of burning,” said Phil Cruz, Forest Supervisor for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB). “Last year all but one of our four large fires was started by lightning; however, even one human-caused fire is too many and we hope to proactively reduce this risk by implementing restrictions that are now warranted.”
Contact: Laramie Ranger District, (307) 745-2300 or Aaron Voos, (307) 745-2323
Centennial Visitor Center to Host Ribbon-Cutting
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) June 26, 2013 – The Laramie Ranger District and Medicine Bow National Forest will be hosting a ribbon-cutting celebration for the new Centennial Visitor Center on Thursday, June 27.
The public is invited to the Visitor Center for a brief ceremony at 11 a.m. to highlight the Snowy Range Scenic Byway projects and to recognize contributing partners.
The Centennial Visitor Center is located on Highway 130 just inside the National Forest boundary, about one mile northwest of Centennial, Wyo.
At approximately 7:21 P.M. on Wednesday May 29th, Deputies of the Albany County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to 466 North Pierce Space #5 on an original report of an unknown person unlawfully entering into the residence.
While deputies were responding, additional information was developed that a female was also in the residence and was "screaming for help", and furthermore could be hostage by an unknown male.
Our Future Forests
Ecological dynamics, bark beetles, and forest recovery and restoration
Please join us for an open house to hear from University of Wyoming and U.S. Forest Service experts about the past, present, and future state of our forests.
These informal meetings are open to the public and are meant to answer questions about the bark beetle outbreak and how forest management and succession will shape our future forests. Following presentations, the public will be able to meet Forest Service personnel in an informal setting.
Community Clean Up Day Postponed
Due to weather and safety concerns, Community Clean Up day activities originally scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2013 will be postponed until Saturday, April 27, 2013.
The schedule as planned for the day will remain the same for April 27th. To accommodate people that already have plans to visit the landfill on Saturday, April 20th, the day will remain free. During the rescheduled Community Clean Up Day of Saturday, April 27th, landfill visits will be free as planned also.
Questions can be directed to Brian Forster in Community Development at 721-5285.
In over a decade of Community Clean Up Days, this is only the second time the event has been postponed. Mayor Paulekas and the City Council invite the community to participate in this event. great
Contact: Larry Sandoval or Aaron Voos, (307) 745-2300
USFS Law Enforcement Targets Pole Mountain Violations
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) April 9, 2013 – U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement saturated the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest this past Saturday, April 6 and their efforts resulted in 22 citations written, multiple warnings issued and over $3,000 in fines handed out.
The patrol saturation was an effort to keep tabs on the high springtime usage of the area and to address the natural resource violations taking place.
Albany County Hazardous Materials Contingency Plan
The Albany County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is providing notice that the County Hazardous Materials Operational Procedures Plan, the accompanying Tier II inventory forms and material safety data sheets are available for review at the Albany County Emergency Management Agency Office located at 501 Ivinson Avenue; Laramie, WY between the hours of 9:00 AM and 12:00PM and 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.
February 14, 2013
On Wednesday (February 13, 2013) at about 12:58 P.M., Deputies of the Albany County Sheriff's Office and ambulances from the Rock River Volunteer Fire Department and Laramie Fire Department responded to a residence in Rock River on a report of a 15 month old baby boy that was not breathing.
Upon the arrival of the Deputies rescue breathing was in already in progress, and the child was immediately prepared for transport to Laramie's Ivinson Memorial Hospital.
Contact: Daron Reynolds, (307) 745-2358 or Aaron Voos, (307) 745-2323
Smoke to be Highly Visible from Pile Burning on Pole Mountain
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) January 16, 2013 –Laramie Ranger District fire crews will be burning slash piles in several highly visible areas on Wednesday, January 30. The most noticeable smoke will likely be from piles along Interstate 80 east of Laramie and along Highway 230 west of the town of Woods Landing.
The piles to be burned within eyesight of Interstate 80 are at the U.S. Forest Service Work Center, which is just east of the Summit Visitor Center. Also slated for ignition on the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest include piles at Pole Creek Group Campground and along Forest Road 700N.
Pole Creek Group Campground is near Happy Jack and Tie City recreation areas, which are open during winter months.
Prior to implementation, weather conditions will be closely monitored and the decision to ignite piles will only occur after fire managers determine that conditions such as snow cover are within established burn plan parameters for safe, effective fires.
Residents, travelers and the recreating public should be aware that smoke from these burns is expected and will often be visible.
All of the slash piles that will be burned were created primarily by bark beetle mitigation efforts in Wildland Urban Interface areas. For more information contact the Laramie Ranger District at 307-745-2300, visit our website at http://fs.usda.gov/mbr or follow the MBRTB on Twitter, @MBRNFsTBNG.
New and Enhanced Albany County Web Mapping Program 2.0 Released
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) January 16, 2013 – The Albany County GIS and IT team is proud to announce the release of our brand new web mapping application, Albany County Flex Viewer. Albany County Flex Viewer allows users to obtain a wealth of current information about Albany County properties. This information includes real property information, roads, and route directions, background imagery and measuring tools. The data is only a mouse click away with large, easy to read icons and convenient search functions. Also included are links to Google Streetview, Bing imagery, and local weather forecasts.
We hope you find this tool helpful as we continually strive to improve our services.
Check out the MAP!