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Carbon extends furloughs

Carbon County is extending its furlough of 94 employees until the end of the month.

On Thursday, Commissioners’ Chairman Wayne Nothstein made the announcement on the extension to May 31 and will recall the employees as needed. The furlough was initially supposed to end Thursday.

He cited the fact that county court operations can resume before the end of the extension as a reason some employees may get recalled sooner.

In addition, next week, the county commissioners will be voting on a resolution to extend the emergency proclamation for the county because of the pandemic to May 31.

Carbon County made the announcement that it was furloughing 94 of its 398 employees on April 3 as a way to help keep them safe from the coronavirus, while still remaining fully operational for county business.

Fifty-eight of the employees were from the commissioners’ department and offices, 22 were from row offices and 14 from the courts.

Some of the employees were on full furloughs, while others had reduced hours.