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Labor Day - County Offices Closed Albany County Courthouse
Monday, September 01, 2014
All Day
Regular Commissioner's Meeting Albany County Courthouse, Rm. 105
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Regular Commissioner's Meeting Albany County Courthouse, Rm. 105
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
How to Write Grant Proposals Workshop Holiday Inn Conference Room, 204 S. 30th Street, Laramie WY $115.00 Register for This Event
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Friday, September 26, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
How To Write Grant Proposals

September 25-26, 2014, 8:30am-4:30pm
Holiday Inn Conference Room
204 S. 30th Street, Laramie WY
$115 (lunch is not provided)

Summary: A grant proposal is written by each participant.

Regular Commissioner's Meeting Albany County Courthouse, Rm. 105
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Columbus Day - County Offices Closed Albany County Courthouse
Monday, October 13, 2014
All Day
Regular Commissioner's Meeting Albany County Courthouse, Rm. 105
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Regular Commissioner's Meeting Albany County Courthouse, Rm. 105
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Veteran's Day - County Offices Closed Albany County Courthouse
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
All Day
Regular Commissioner's Meeting Albany County Courthouse, Rm. 105
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Public Service AnnouncementAlbany County Clean Up Day

Saturday, August 23, 2014     8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

A voucher number is needed for refrigerators and car and light truck tires. Voucher numbers can be obtained at eh county planning office (1002 South Third Street), by phone (307-721-2568), or by emailing Cleanup@co.albany.wy.us. Voucher numbers may be available at the dump entrance IF funds allow.

Laramie Landfill is located at North 9th St., 112 Roger Canyon Road.

Free admittance to the dump will be permitted for all county residents for disposal of trash, junk, tires, appliances, e-waste and batteries. No Commercial Waste will be accepted. Tires & refrigerators will be accepted for free with a voucher number only. Property owners will be responsible for getting their items to the landfill.

No household hazardous wastes will be accepted. (Paint, oil, herbicides, pesticides, etc. – you may call the City of Laramie Hazardous Waste Program at 721-5279, M-F from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to schedule a drop off of these chemicals).

 

Public Service AnnouncementHazard Mitigation Survey

Albany County, along with the incorporated jurisdictions of Laramie and Rock River, are currently engaged in a planning process to update the local hazard mitigation plan. This plan is part of a federal requirement to identify risks and become less vulnerable to natural disasters. Your participation in this brief, 10 minute online survey is very important to ensure your voice is heard. We invite all residents to participate in the planning process by taking this on online survey. 

This questionnaire provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process.  The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that should help lessen the impact of future hazard events.  This survey is anonymous and open to the public. Should you have any questions, please contact Caroline Cunningham (Louis Berger), the planning consultant on the project. She can be reached at (919)-866-4413.

 

Public Service Announcement

Two Fires Start on Routt National Forest, Camp Creek and South Fork

(STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.)  July 23, 2014 – Small fires were discovered in both the Pinkham area and Mount Zirkel Wilderness on the Routt National Forest, Tuesday afternoon, July 22.

The Pinkham area fire, named the Camp Creek Fire, was fully contained as of Wednesday morning. Jackson County and U.S. Forest Service crews caught the fire during initial attack and limited its’ spread to 12 acres.

Camp Creek Fire was located about a half mile south of the Colorado/Wyoming state line, approximately 20 miles due north of Walden, Colo. A single-engine air tanker, as well as a county dozer contributed to the early success of crews on Tuesday, while a Type I helicopter is working the fire Wednesday.

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Public Service Announcement

Lake Owen Campground Opened, Fire 100% Contained

(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 16, 2014 The Owen Fire has been declared 100% contained and the nearby Lake Owen Campground and Day-Use Area have re-opened to the public.

Storm Peak Wildfire Module from Steamboat Springs, who had been managing the fire since Saturday, turned the incident back over to the Laramie Ranger District today. The District will continue patrolling the fire until it is fully controlled, completely out.

Recent rains were a major factor in full containment of the fire.  Although Forest Road 540, which accesses the campground and day-use area, has reopened, there are still a few remaining closures. The portion of the Rail Trail that runs through the west side of the fire is still closed to the public, as well as Forest Road 517.G and its’ spurs along the north edge of the fire. Several dispersed camping spots along Forest Road 540 are also closed.

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Public Service Announcement

Owen Fire Receives Precipitation, Area Closures Remain In Effect

(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 11, 2014 The Owen Fire received widespread precipitation yesterday after firefighters made progress constructing containment line with the assistance of mechanical equipment. Containment remains at 80 percent and fire managers want to remind the public that the remaining 20 percent will be the most challenging and time consuming to complete.

“We hope to have the fire fully contained by around the end of the month.” said Laramie District Fire Management Officer Tom Gonnoud. “With the rugged terrain and hazard trees in the area, remaining containment will take more time to assure firefighter safety.”

The fire will downgrade to a Type 4 incident on Saturday, July 12 with fewer resources assigned; personnel from the Storm Peak Wildfire Module in Steamboat Springs will take command of the fire.

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Public Service Announcement

Owen Firefighters Continue To Construct Fireline, Area Closures Remain In Effect

(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 10, 2014 The Owen Fire remains 80 percent contained with fire managers optimistic that today’s forecast of evening rain showers will assist firefighter efforts. Fireline construction, with the aid of mechanical equipment, is taking place along the east side of the fire.

The wildfire is approximately 500 acres and located directly north of Lake Owen on the Medicine Bow National Forest.

There have been no firefighter injuries, nor have there been any structures burned. Firefighter and public safety remains the top priority of the incident.

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Public Service Announcement

Owen Fire Crews Making Good Progress, Smoke Still to be Expected

(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 9, 2014 The Owen Fire was declared 80 percent contained following Tuesday’s operational period and crews are hopeful to make even more gains today.

The wildfire has not grown in size over the last 24 hours and remains at approximately 500 acres in the area directly north of Lake Owen on the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Despite the significant containment progress, there are still many pockets of unburned timber within the fire perimeter and thus the public should still expect to see smoke in the area for some time to come.

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Public Service Announcement

Public Advised to Avoid Area around 500 Acre Owen Fire

(LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 8, 2014 The Owen Fire, which was discovered Monday afternoon about 30 miles southwest of Laramie on the Medicine Bow National Forest, has now burned an estimated 500 acres. The fire is burning primarily in large beetle-killed timber north of Lake Owen and remains on the National Forest. There is no estimated containment at this time.

Only Forest Roads 517 and 540 immediately adjacent to the fire perimeter have been closed at this time; however, fire officials are discouraging the public from entering the area.

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Public Service Announcement

Owen Fire Discovered on Medicine Bow National Forest

LARAMIE, Wyo.) July 7, 2014 Dubbed the Owen Fire, a wildfire was reported Monday afternoon on the Medicine Bow National Forest about 30 miles southwest of Laramie. The 300-acre fire is burning in timber near Lake Owen in southern Albany County.

Campers and recreationists have been evacuated from the popular area by the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Forest Service.

Residents in the communities of Woods Landing, Jelm and Fox Park, as well as those along Fox Creek Road have been advised by the Sheriff’s Department to shelter in place until given further notice.

A local Type III Incident Management Team will assume management of the fire on Tuesday morning. Current fire management actions include assessment, structure protection and assisting the Sheriff’s Department with safely evacuating residents and the public.

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Public Service Announcement

News Release

In the early morning hours of Monday June 30, 2014 Deputies were requested to respond to a residence in the Centennial, Wyoming area on the report of an Estranged husband forcibly entering the house through a window armed with a shotgun and large knife threatening to harm the victim.

- A responding deputy who was near the location at the time of the call was updated that the suspect was also threatening to shoot responding deputies yet had fled the area prior to dispatch receiving the 911 call.

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Public Service Announcement

News Release

County test of the Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System

 The Albany County Emergency Management Agency is CANCELLING testing of the Outdoor Warning Siren system scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday July 4th, 2014 for all Albany County Sirens located in Laramie, Rock River, Centennial and Albany.

During an actual emergency, when residents hear the sirens they should take cover immediately and tune into a local radio or television station to receive additional emergency information.

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News Release

Portions of 512 and 543 Roads Closed on Laramie Ranger District

-(LARAMIE, Wyo.) June 24, 2014 – Two forest management projects for hazard tree removal will begin this week and will result in temporary road closures on the Laramie Ranger District (LRD) of the Medicine Bow National Forest.

The first closure is on Forest Road 512, from the 511/512 Junction (Four Corners) approximately eight miles west towards the North Platte River. Access to Pickaroon and Pike-Pole dispersed camping areas will be affected, as well as the Douglas Creek and Platte River Trails. The contractor plans on starting cutting in units closest to the river and working their way east.

The closure is from Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no operations on holidays or weekends. Alternate access to the Platte River Wilderness and the North Platte River can be found via the Pelton Creek Trailhead and Six Mile Gap Trailhead.

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Public Service Announcement

News Release

-Wednesday morning (June 11th) at about 8:45 a.m., the Albany County Sheriff's Office and the Laramie Fire department was notified of an adult male that was critically injured approximately 1/2 mile north of the Laramie City limits on the Railroad tracks.

Initial investigation by Deputies has indicated that the man was either struck or somehow fallen under the wheels of the train causing extensive injury. Only moments later Laramie Fire Department EMT's arrived and provided immediate emergency care and quickly began transport to Ivinson Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Public Service Announcement

Heavy Run-Off Prompts Words of Caution from U.S. Forest Service

T(LARAMIE, Wyo.) June 5, 2014 – As the snowpack rapidly melts and National Forest roads open, the possibility for visitors encountering road damage caused by winter run-off is becoming more likely.

U.S. Forest Service crews are finding damage in a variety of areas and are addressing issues as soon as possible, either fixing the problem or temporarily closing the area until repairs can be made.

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Public Service Announcement

County test of the Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System

The Albany County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the Outdoor Warning Siren system promptly at 10:00 a.m. Friday June 6, 2014 for all Albany County Sirens located in Laramie, Rock River, Centennial and Albany. The warning system will sound a steady signal for a period of 1 to 3 minutes.

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Public Service Announcement

Floodwater Health & Safety Hazards May 28, 2014 (Laramie, WY)

Health Risks associated with Floodwaters and Floodwater Dangers:

Aside from fast flowing waters and dangerous currents, floodwaters can carry a myriad of materials that can affect your health. Here are some pointers to help prepare for and be aware of flooding issues in our community.

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Public Service Announcement

Albany County EMA Media Release May 27, 2014 9:00 a.m. (Laramie, WY)

Area Flooding Update:

Water is at record levels, higher than seen since the 1980s, due to recent storms, snow showers and warm weather conditions.

The Little Laramie and Big Laramie rivers are running fast and high.

Residents in some target locations around Woods Landing have been asked to consider evacuating, due to high water.

Volunteer fire departments have been given sand and sandbags to assist residents in protecting homes.

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Public Service Announcement

Fire in Historic Downtown Laramie - May 24, 2014 (Laramie, WY)

Tranquility in Historic Downtown Laramie was disrupted in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 24, 2014 by a significant structure fire. The fire, reported at approximately 4:30 AM, occurred in the 400 block of South Second Street. The Laramie Fire Department battled the blaze for over four (4) hours before gaining control at approximately 9:00 AM.

The building in which the fire began is a total loss. Through the efforts of the Laramie Fire Department, adjacent buildings remain intact with inspection necessary to determine if losses have occurred. Appropriate agencies have been notified and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

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Public Service Announcement

Possible Flood-Related Health Concerns – Things to consider

With flooding in Wyoming possible during the coming months, the Wyoming Department of Health is asking residents and volunteers to be mindful of potential flood-related health concerns. Dr. Tracy Murphy, acting state health officer and state epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health, said during and after a flood, water can become contaminated. “Unfortunately, contaminated water, even a small amount, can sometimes cause illness,” Murphy said. “We’re asking residents in flood prone areas to plan ahead. If flooding does occur, affected people should be cautious and pay attention to specific announcements from local and state health authorities.”

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Public Service Announcement

FLOOD WATCH - (May 7, 2014) - Cancelled (5-8-2014 10:00AM)

...Thunderstorms may produce flooding today and tonight...

...Flooding possible along the Laramie River in central Albany County this weekend...

A spring storm system will move across the region today and tonight. Thunderstorms will develop ahead of this system this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may become sever and capable of producing large hail and heavy rains.

                         
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Public Service Announcement

NEWS RELEASE - (May 1, 2014)

County test of the Emergency Outdoor Warning Siren System
The Albany County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the Outdoor Warning Siren system promptly at 10:00 a.m., Friday May 2, 2014, for all Albany County sirens located in Laramie, Rock River, Centennial and Albany. The warning system will sound a steady signal for a period of 1 to 3 minutes.

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Public Service Announcement

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (April 13, 2014)

The National Weather Service had a Regional Tornado Emergency Alert Test at 1030am on April 25th. You may have heard the test on your radio station or TV station. This was only a test,if there was a real emergency you would have been given more information and direction by the local radio and TV stations.

 

 

Public Service Announcement

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.

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Public Service AnnouncementNEWS 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.

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Public Service AnnouncementNEWS 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.

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Public Service AnnouncementNEWS 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.

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Public Service AnnouncementPUBLIC 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.

 

Public Service AnnouncementNEWS 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.

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Public Service Announcement 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.

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Public Service Announcement Spotter Training

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.

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Public Service Announcement SEARCH

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.

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Public Service Announcement 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.

 

 

ACTA logoWEEKEND 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  Albany County Cleanup Day
  Saturday, August 24, 2013
  8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
  Laramie Landfill
  North 9th St.,
  112 Roger Canyon Road

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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.

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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.

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NEWS RELEASE

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.   

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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.

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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.”

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NEWS RELEASE

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.

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NEWS RELEASE

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.

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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.

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Public Service Announcement 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

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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.

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Public Notice

Public Service AnnouncementAlbany 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.

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NEWS RELEASE

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.

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Albany County Web Map

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.

Albany County Web Map

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.

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