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“Great American Eclipse” News Release #2

 

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.

Stay informed

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.

 

Definitions:

 

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

pio@lcwy.org

http://www.lcwy.org

facebook.com/LincolnCountyOHS

 

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“Great American Eclipse” News Release

Stephen Malik, Public Information Officer
Lincoln County Emergency Management
pio@lcwy.org

The Great American Eclipse

AFTON, Wyoming – August 21, 2017 marks the day of the “Great American Eclipse”, being the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast since 1918, and the first to be exclusive to the U.S. since 1776. Because of historically good weather conditions during this time of year in the region, many eclipse-goers will focus on portions of Idaho and Wyoming in hopes of gleaning the best view possible. This highly anticipated event will bring exceptionally large numbers of people to the area as they travel towards the path of totality. Due to the sheer volume of traffic expected, there will likely be significant impact to services throughout Lincoln County, and especially in Star Valley and surrounding areas.

What to expect

In the days leading up to the eclipse, the day of, and for a time afterward, there will be marked impacts to the local and regional area. These impacts will include, but are not limited to the following:

Travel

Highways will be experiencing much higher than normal volumes of traffic. This will likely begin up to a week in advance of the eclipse, and will potentially remain for days afterward. Primary and secondary roads are likely to be congested, most notably during times that are nearest the actual eclipse event. On the day of the eclipse, daylight will be diminished for a period of hours before, during, and after the totality event. Travellers are asked to utilize headlights throughout the day to help with visibility of traffic. Be patient, and plan for significant increases in travel time to all daily activities. Eastern Idaho and surrounding counties will also see heavy traffic impact during this time. Be courteous and plan ahead.

Communications

With the dramatic increase of area population, cellular phone service will likely suffer outages. When communicating with cellular devices, use text rather than voice, as text messaging is not as resource intensive as voice or video calls. NOTICE: Lincoln County cannot currently receive 911 communications via text message. There is some possibility of internet service and landline phone service interruptions during high-demand times. Despite this, landlines will likely be much more reliable than cellular services, especially for emergency calls.

Emergency services

Local law enforcement and other emergency services are going to be operating with “all hands on deck”. However, because of the large population increase, and limited numbers of first responders, some services may be delayed and prioritized in high-demand situations. If you encounter emergency vehicles on the road, please give them right of way to allow them to respond as quickly and safely as possible.

Food and supplies

Food and fuel supplies may become more limited due to the increased demand with the spike in population through the coming weeks. Demand will increase, but supply chains will likely be bottlenecked by traffic and availability problems.

Ways to prepare

Being prepared for the event will help to minimize any negative impacts. Again, we must emphasize that any who will be travelling during this timeframe should allow themselves ample time to arrive safely at their destination. Food and other needed supplies should be acquired a week or two in advance whenever possible, to avoid the possibility of shortages. Where possible, it is also recommended to have extra fuel on hand in gas cans.
Because of likely cellular outages, it would be good practice to know landline phone locations in the event of an emergency. Notify family and friends that services may not function properly during high demand.

Personal safety precautions

Eye protection

Eye protection should be worn at ALL times except during TOTALITY. Even at 99% eclipse, the sun’s rays can cause permanent damage your eyes if you look directly at it. Only during totality, when the sun’s rays are completely blocked, is it safe to remove eye protection. 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, and elsewhere. Lincoln County Public Health will also have some available at their booth during the Lincoln County Fair.

Stay informed

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.
Definitions:
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
pio@lcwy.org
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Job Opportunity – Public Health Nurse – Kemmerer

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.

Equipment for bid – tandem axle bumper pull trailer

Lincoln County will be accepting bids for a homemade 7ft x 16ft bumper pull trailer.  This trailer is tandem axle with a gross weight of 7000lbs.  Minimum bid is $500.00.

The trailer can be seen at the Afton Road & Bridge shop.

All sealed bids must be received by November 28th @ 5:00pm to Lincoln County, 925 Sage Avenue, suite 101, Kemmerer, WY 83101 or Lincoln County Road & Bridge P.O. Box 237 Thayne, WY 83127.

Any questions contact Matt McCloud 877-2117 or Mark Luthi 885-5200.

Invitation to Bid – Kemmerer Courthouse & Law Enforcement Facility Project

Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of the Courthouse Renovation and Law Enforcement Facility Demolition Project will be received by Lincoln County, Wyoming at the office of   Lincoln County Planning and Engineering at 520 Topaz Street, Suite 109, Kemmerer, Wyoming until 3:00 p.m. local time October 26th, 2016 and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud.

The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations:

Forsgren Associates, Inc.

849 Front Street, Suite 201 Evanston, WY 82930

Phone: (307) 789-6735

Lincoln County Wyoming

Planning and Engineering

520 Topaz Street

Kemmerer, WY 83101

The Project consists of the following work: Demolition within the Courthouse, remodel of the Courthouse demolition areas, demolition of the Law Enforcement Building and disposing of materials, constructing the parking lot and associated structures.  The work consists of site and building demolition, excavation, grading, concrete, building interior demolition, remodeling building interior, inside framing, electrical, and other utility work.

Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained online at the County Website (www.lcwy.org) Bid Docs tab. Contractors will be required to register and pay the associated fee of   $10.00   to download the documents.

(Quest CDN eBidDoc#4685675)

Contractor responsible for being on bidders list to qualify for bidding project.

Each BIDDER will be required to submit, with his proposal, a certified check, or Bid Bond made payable without condition to the Lincoln County in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the BIDDER’s maximum Bid Price as guarantee that such BIDDER will enter into a contract within fifteen (15) days after the date of the OWNER’s Notice of Award.

The funding for this project is from the Wyoming Business Council CDBG grant program, the Office of State Land & Investment Mineral Royalty grant program and local funds.  Therefore, the contractor will be required to follow applicable state and federal laws including the Davis Bacon Act of 1931.  A guide and the required payroll form are provided.

Qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) are encouraged to submit bids on this project.  Bidders that use a subcontractor(s)/supplier(s) are required to make a good faith effort at soliciting DBE subcontractor/supplier participation.  Bidders shall submit the required DBE Good Faith Effort Documentation form and other related forms with their bids.

Pursuant to W.S. 16-6-201, Wyoming Preference Act of 1971, Preference for State Laborers. “Every contract shall contain a provision requiring that Wyoming labor be used except other laborers may be used when Wyoming laborers are not available for the employment from within the state or are not qualified to perform the work involved.”

Lincoln County reserves the right to reject any or all bids or any part of any bid, to waive any formality in any bid, as its best interest may appear.

All questions about the meaning or intent of the Bidding Documents are to be submitted to Forsgren Associates Inc. in writing.  Interpretations or clarifications considered necessary in response to such questions will be used by Addenda delivered to all parties, recorded as having received Bid Documents.  Questions received AFTER 4:30 p.m. October 20th, 2017 will not be answered.  Only questions answered by Addenda will be binding.

A Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held at  2:00  pm on the  19th day of  October 2016, at Lincoln County Courthouse Commission Board Room, Suite 301, Kemmerer, Wyoming.