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Driving Carbon County

I commute 40 miles one way every day I work at the Saratoga Sun. My job before had me going back and forth from Laramie. That means I have been exposed to a fair amount of driving in Wyoming, most of it in Carbon County, just going to work There are... Full story


History is always important

This is probably to seem like it is going to be about one topic, but then it goes in another direction. It will tie together, I promise. Last week, Milton Ontiveroz, University of Wyoming Communications Specialist came to the office of the Sun. After... Full story


'King' keeps busy

King Coal days started Friday with a community barbecue, baseball games and Texas Hold-em poker games and wrapped up Sunday with Mud Drags. There was a lot in between. Saturday began with a 6 a.m. 5k... Full story


Science school summer

"We have had a relationship with Teton Science School for seven to eight years and it has worked out real well," said Mark Shipp, the Carbon County District No. 2 (CCD2) summer school supervisor, "We... Full story


North Fork keeps it civil

North Folk Engineering was founded in March by Jon Nelson, a professional civil engineer with a strong background in construction. He has supervised construction of tunnels, dams, reservoirs,... Full story


Oak Ridge Boys sell out

William Lee Golden, Duane Allen, Richard Sterben and Joe Bosnall-known as the Oak Ridge Boys-came to the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) to benefit local charities on Saturday. The Oak Ridge... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    News    June 21, 2017

Slow water flow, metering, subsidence, radios and grants

Tuesday the Hanna Town Council met to approve the new hours of the Hanna Recreation Center, discussed ways to find out how to get the water meters to read data currently not being collected and the Marshal reported the status of the recently purchase... Full story


20 years of fashion, fur, fine art and fun

"Fashion, fur, fine art," said Laura Morrow when asked to describe her store Laura M Gallery on 102 West Bridge Avenue. The business celebrated 20 years of being open although the location has... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    Sports    June 21, 2017

Neimark set to 'kick it'

The rosters are set for the Six-Man Shootout All-Star game between Wyoming and Nebraska's best small-school football players. The sixth Nebraska-Wyoming Shootout Six-Man football game will be June 24... Full story


'Russell'ing up some fun

Bryon Russell played with the Utah Jazz on the team that was a contender for the NBA championship two years in row. Russell is often remembered for guarding Michael Jordan as Jordan made the clutch... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    News    June 21, 2017

Things going 'swimmingly' in Hanna again

It has been six weeks since the pool at the Hanna Recreation Center had to be closed for repairs to the pipe draining into the scrubber box that starts the filtration. "We had to have it special... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    News    June 14, 2017

Jazz lesson

Bryon Russell, a former Utah Jazz small forward, is coming to visit the Hanna Recreation Center at 1 p.m. on June 15 in coordination with the Utah Jazz Junior Basketball recreational program in Carbon County. Russell, a native of California,... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    News    June 14, 2017

Landfill gets messy

“You’re talking trash, this is it. If you’re talking sewer, this is not it.” said Sue Jones, the Upper Platte River Solid Waste Disposal District (UPRSWDD) board member, as she got the meeting to calm down from some heated exchanges between... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    News    June 14, 2017

Liquor, camping, shuttle, map, eclipse and fogging

The Riverside Council met Thursday to appoint representatives to two Carbon County boards, renew liquor licenses and go over the camping situation when the Whatfest event comes to town in late July. Riverside Hospitality (Bear Trap) and Mangy Moose... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    News    June 14, 2017

New rep, Battle Pass, events discussed

On Thursday at 7 p.m. Encampment Town Council met to approve a new representative for the Carbon County Visitors Council and filled three vacancies with the Planning Commission. The May 2017 payroll, contracted liabilities and the monthly regular... Full story


Two-wheeled tuneups

“No tag, no repair,” says Ralph Hicks who is behind the program Bikes for Kids which gives children donated and repaired bikes. Bikes for Kids takes a contributed bicycle and will either recondition it or use the bike for spare parts. Hicks says... Full story


Do moose like a bargain too?

Saturday marked the first time both the towns of Hanna and Elk Mountain introduced community garage sales. Hanna started at 8 a.m. with the Hanna Recreation Center being the place to see objects from... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    Opinion    May 31, 2017

It's the kids, stupid

To most people who know me in Wyoming, it is not much of a secret I worked in the world of spirits (not the ghostly type) to make my living. Probably less well known, I earned my bread and butter as an English teacher in Taiwan for almost half a... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    News    May 17, 2017

Science Fair shows interesting results

The fourth, fifth and sixth grade students of Saratoga Elementary showed their science fair projects at the Platte Valley Community Center gym Thursday until around noon when the last science undertaking was judged. Experiments discovered Yeti was... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    News    May 17, 2017

Riverside CCEDC rep picked, summer activities discussed

own Council listened to Sandy Martin’s, Encampment resident offer to represent the town on the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) and voted to have her take the position. Martin said she would look into why large tanker trucks w... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    News    May 17, 2017

Hanna discusses mines, pool fix

The Hanna Town Council met Tuesday to hear from Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Abandoned Mine Land Division (AML) how defunct mines in and around town limits are being checked for mine subsidence, and to approve $3,500 for fixing the... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    News    May 17, 2017

Pedaling excitement

Jeff Niemark, Marshal of Hanna, and Mark Shipp, principal of Hanna Elementary School, had hoped for a positive experience for students attending the Bike Rodeo on Friday at Hanna Elementary School. They got it judging by the smiles from... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    News    May 17, 2017

Bravery defined

Few parents put their children to bed and have to hope when they wake up, both children are still alive. This is the scene endured every night when Sharon and Jerome Bustos put their two-year-old daughter Alison to bed. “I go to bed knowing I have... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    Sports    May 17, 2017

HEM sends entire track team to State

“I could burst,” said Hanna-Elk Mountain-Medicine Bow (HEM) high school track coach Jackie Jones. She was commenting about how the entire track team made state. Of the good showing in Gillette over the weekend Jones said, “Over the weekend the... Full story

 By Mike Armstrong    News    May 17, 2017

Vet Chefs get truckin'

Oliver Tanner first opened the Manley store in Hanna at Miner’s Plaza about a year ago. The store sells sporting equipment, rifles, bows and licenses for hunting and fishing. There are those in the community who knew Tanner was a chef from... Full story


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