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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 ( 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 ( 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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Candidates Filed for 2016 Primary Election

CommissionerKent ConnellyRepublican
Precinct Committeeman Dist 2 Prec 6Steve PiepenburgRepublican
Precinct Committeewoman Dist 2 Prec 6Beth PiepenburgRepublican
Precinct Committeeman Dist 2 Prec 7Joseph B. ShumwayRepublican
Precinct Committeewoman Dist 2 Prec 7Judy ShumwayRepublican
County AttorneySpencer AllredRepublican
Precinct Committeewoman Dist 2 Prec 4Jennifer GieseRepublican
Precinct Committeeman Dist 2 Prec 4Robert GieseRepublican
Precinct Committeeman Dist 1 Prec 2Joshua NewellRepublican
Precinct Committeewoman Dist 2 Prec 5Marti HalversonRepublican
Precinct Committeeman Dist 2 Prec 9Taylor AllredRepublican
Precinct Committeeman Dist 2 Prec 7Wade HirschiRepublican
Precinct Committeewoman Dist 2 Prec 6Christine WetzelRepublican
Precinct Committeewoman Dist 1 Prec 3 Jessica J. BolerjackRepublican
Committeeman Dist 2 Prec 6Dan DockstaderRepublican
Committeewoman Dist 2 Prec 6Kim DockstaderRepublican
Committeeman Dist 2 Prec 5Bob ChomaRepublican
Committeeman Dist 1 Prec 1Michael LundgrenRepublican
Committeeman Dist 1 Prec 3Mark VickeryRepublican

Reported scam affecting Lincoln County residents

Our County Assessor’s Office has been notified that some residents are receiving documentation from “RECORD TRANSFER SERVICES” asking for a fee in exchange for giving you a copy of a property assessment profile. An example document is attached to this post. This is NOT affiliated with Lincoln County Government. If you have any questions, contact the Assessor’s Office @ 307-877-9056.RTS Scam


It’s Flood Season! Here are some tips to help you prepare.

As the runoff season come into full swing, the chance for localized flooding increases.  If you live near waterways, or in drainage areas, preparing early can make a big difference in mitigating the potential for flooding and decreasing the chance of damage to your property.  For more local flood information, contact our Emergency Management office.

The following information contains excerpts from a FEMA Region VIII email:

See below for great tips to prepare you, your household, and your community.  Lots of additional info can be found at
When it’s not flooding – prepare by taking action:
  • Know your flood risk.
  • Make a flood emergency plan.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Consider buying flood insurance.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
  • Stay tuned to phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.
Remember flooding basics:
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
Social media posts for you to steal & share – spread the word:


  • #Floods occur in every U.S. state. Make sure your family is prepared & take action: #FloodSafety
  • #FloodSafety Tips: Charge mobile devices. Locate flashlights & radio. Tell friends/family your location in case of power loss.
  • Gather the supplies you may need in case a flood leaves you w/out power, water or gas. Supply list: #FloodSafety
  • During severe weather Wireless Emergency Alerts can save your life. Watch how: #FloodSafety
  • Don’t let your business end up in a dumpster. Make a #FloodSafety plan today:
  • Get your communication ON when the power’s OFF by packing a hand-crank radio, solar or car phone charger & batteries. #PrepareAthon


  • Do you know where your family will be during a flood? Make a plan to connect during disasters by text, e-mail, social media & cell and practice your plan today. #FloodSafety
  • In case you are not together when authorities issue a flood watch or flood warning, practice how you will communicate with each other. Sending texts is often faster than making a phone call. Keep important numbers written down in your wallet, not just in your phone. #FloodSafety
  • Floods can happen at any time!  Take simple steps to protect your family and property from the damaging impact of floods. Stay afloat by participating in America’s PrepareAthon grassroots campaign by registering  #PrepareAthon
  • In a flood, a little water can do a lot of damage. Did you know that just 6 inches of flood water can cause thousands of dollars of damage, 12 inches is enough to float and carry away a small vehicle and 18 to 24 inches of rushing water can be enough to float and carry away a full size pickup truck or SUV? Get prepared now for floods #FloodSafety
If social media is your thing – there is a lot more where these came from 

Commissioners Appoint Lincoln County Attorney

On March 23, 2016 the Lincoln County Commissioners appointed Spencer L. Allred to fill the unexpired term of Joshua T. Smith who recently resigned as Lincoln County Attorney.  The County is looking forward to Mr. Allred taking the Attorney’s Office to the level of service the people want. The Commissioners wish to thank Joshua Smith for his past work as County Attorney.  Appreciation is also given to the Lincoln County Republican Party for their work in this process.

Lincoln County Commission

Jerry T. Harmon Chairman

Kent Connelly, Vice-Chair

Robert E. King

Special Commission Meeting

The Lincoln County Commission will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. to appoint a new County Attorney. The meeting will be held at the Lincoln County Courthouse, Commission Board Room in Kemmerer with video conference to the Branch Office Conference Room in Afton.