At the September 5th Commission meeting, the Lincoln County Commissioners presented a certificate to Jenny Clarke for her ten years of service with Lincoln County. Jenny is the Chief Deputy in the District Court. Congratulations!
The Great American Eclipse
AFTON, Wyoming – The Great American Eclipse, taking place on August 21, 2017, is fast approaching. This event is expected to bring tens of thousands of additional people through Lincoln County as they travel toward the path of totality. Some areas are already experiencing some additional traffic as eclipse-goers begin to pre-position themselves for the event. The town of Alpine lies just within the Southern boundary of the path of totality, bringing anywhere from a few seconds at the South end of town, to approx 30-45 seconds of darkness near the Port of Entry.
Impacts to forest areas and campsites
Due to the anticipated large numbers of people camping, especially along the Northernmost portions of Greys River, there is likely to be traffic congestion on Greys River Road, and also at local area campsites.
Campers are advised to take ample provisions for their stay, and to keep camp sites clean. Fire danger throughout the region remains high. There may be restrictions in some areas, so be sure to check local County and US Forest Service regulations before starting camp fires. Take all necessary precautions to prevent the possibility of wildfires.
Heed safety recommendations
Eye protection is extremely important
Eye protection should be worn at ALL times except during TOTALITY. Even at 99% occlusion, the sun’s rays can cause permanent damage your eyes if you look directly at it, even through sunglasses. Only during totality, when the sun’s rays are completely blocked, is it safe to remove eye protection. This will only occur within the path of totality.
All eye protection should meet ISO 12312-2:2015 requirements to be considered safe for direct viewing of the sun. Many “eclipse glasses” do not meet this specification, so be careful when shopping around. Eclipse glasses are available at various locations, including some public libraries, optometrists, hospitals, etc. Watching the partial eclipse without proper eye protection can lead to a painful condition called “solar retinopathy”, where the retina becomes damaged, leading to permanent vision loss.
Expect traffic delays, and prepare early
Local highways and secondary roads will see a large volume of traffic. Leave yourself plenty of travel time to get where you are going. Do not expect to be able to travel freely over great distances in the area in normal timeframes. Keep emergency supplies with you as you travel, and obtain supplies early. There may be shortages of supplies and fuel in days leading up to, the day of, and a few days after the eclipse.
Lincoln County Emergency Management will make every possible effort to keep local radio and social media updated with the latest traffic and hazards information through the end of the eclipse event.
Residents are encouraged to stay informed by monitoring local broadcast and print media, social media (https://www.facebook.com/LincolnCountyOHS/). Lincoln County Emergency Management will make every effort to supply updates as situations change throughout the area.
Be aware of emergency alert systems
In emergency situations, notification is critical. Lincoln County currently has mass-call capability through a system called CodeRED, which allows us to notify people of urgent or emergent situations via phone, text, email, and through CodeRED app alerts. If you have a landline, your numbers are automatically added to the system once a year. If you need alerts on a cell phone, or other devices, go to our website (www.lcwy.org) and click on the “CodeRED” button to enter your cell phone or email information.
Another great source for emergency alerts is NOAA Weather Radio Public Alerts. If you have a weather radio with the Public Alert function, it can lie dormant until an alert is issued, at which time it will set off a tone and provide a warning message. This system is utilized not only for weather alerts, but also for other emergencies like Amber Alerts, Boil water orders, etc. For any questions, contact Lincoln County Emergency Management.
Solar eclipse – As seen from the Earth, a solar eclipse is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun.
Path of totality – A path, approximately 70 miles wide, that the moon’s shadow will trace during the eclipse. Locations along this path will experience a period (up to a few minutes) of complete darkness as the sun’s light is completely blocked out.
For additional information, contact:
Stephen Malik, Public Information Officer
Lincoln County Emergency Management
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Brandon Smith and Clint Nielson were recognized for their years of service with Lincoln County at the Commission meeting on August 1st. Clint is the South Road and Bridge Foreman and received a certificate for his 10 years. Brandon received his 5 year certificate. He is also with the South Road and Bridge with a position as Operator. Congratulations Brandon and Clint!
The Great American Eclipse
What to expect
Food and supplies
Ways to prepare
Personal safety precautions
Be aware of emergency alert systems
The Lincoln County Planning & Engineering Department has moved on campus in Kemmerer as of July 24, 2017. The new location is 925 Sage Avenue, Suite 201, Kemmerer, WY 83101
Offices are now on the second floor of the Lincoln County Courthouse. The mailing address remains unchanged, however.
Steve Dillree, Court Security Officer, was recognized for his five years of service at the Lincoln County Commission meeting on July 18th in Kemmerer. Congratulations Steve!
Would you enjoy a work schedule that is conducive to family life? Take advantage of a work environment with independence and a supportive team focused on making a difference to the health and well being of families in the community. Hiring range: $4151-$4883 per month.
Preference will be given to a BSN with work experience in public health nursing; must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Wyoming.
For more information or to apply online go to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wyoming/jobs/1761829/hsnu08-06379-nurse-kemmerer/apply?sort=PostingDate%7CDescending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs or submit a State of Wyoming Employment Application to the A&I Human Resources Division, Emerson Building, 2001 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0060, phone: 307-777-7188, fax: 307-777-6562 along with transcripts of any relevant course work. Open until filled. EEO/ADA Employer.
The Lincoln County Commissioners presented Shane Johnson with his 10 years of service award at their meeting on June 6, 2017 in Kemmerer. Shane holds the office of Sheriff in Lincoln County. Congratulations Shane!
Lincoln County will replace the current iDoc system as of May 24, 2017. All users who wish to utilize services beyond this date must sign up for the new service. Instructions for the move are found on our Public Records page.
At the Lincoln County Commission meeting on April 18th Rebekah Johnson was recognized for her 10 Years of Service with Lincoln County. Rebekah is the Office Manager at the Public Health Office in Afton. Please join us in congratulating Rebekah for her service!