Week of July 18, 2024

Hospital, heal thyself

Kaitlyn Campbell

The Memorial Hospital of Carbon County (MHCC) is looking to form a tax district which would help provide funding for the hospital. Stephanie Hinkle, MHCC Director of Strategic Operations, spoke with the Saratoga Sun to discuss the initiative and the process for the potential district. The Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) will vote during the August 6 meeting to determine whether the formation of the hospital district will be put on the November 2024 ballot. If the resolution during that meeting is successful, voters will then...

Practicing With Saratoga Days

Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspaper

This year’s Saratoga Days appeared to be a success as Southern Fryed, Los Cheesies and Lita Ford brought each of their own musical stylings to downtown Saratoga on July 6. As this event has grown over the years, from one with local and regional artists to nationally known talent, so has the planning and response from law enforcement and first responders. This year, Saratoga Police Chief Mike Morris worked closely with both the Saratoga Days Committee as well as Stayton Mosby, director of the...

Unemployment up in Carbon County

Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun

According to the 2024 Wyoming Workforce Annual Report published in June, Wyoming's labor market continued to grow in 2023, with the number of jobs finally returning to prepandemic levels from 2019. The state added 6,362 new jobs and $1.1 billion in total wages compared to 2022, as stated in the annual report. The most recent month-over-month unemployment numbers reported by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services shows the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose statewide...

Finding Common Ground

Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers

“It was sad that it has come down to this, to somebody possibly losing their life over it.” Following an attempted assassination of former president Donald Trump on Saturday, Saratoga mayor Chuck Davis and other local elected officials echoed comments on the national level about the need to “turn the rhetoric down.” Mayor Davis said while he hopes the country can steer away from violent political rhetoric, he’s not sure it’s possible. “There’s so much hatred in the world today, in the United States especially,” said Mayor...

Judge: WDE violated Public Records Act, tried to conceal evidence

Ivy Secrest, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange

CHEYENNE — Defendants in the public records lawsuit led by former lawyers George Powers of Cheyenne and Rodger McDaniel of Laramie have been found to have “knowingly or intentionally” violated the Wyoming Public Records Act. The lawsuit, filed against the Wyoming Department of Education, Communications Director Linda Finnerty and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder, was related to records detailing the origin of funds for a press conference titled “Stop the Sexualization of Our Children.” The event,...

Wyoming officials respond to attempted assassination of former President Trump

Maggie Mullen, WyoFile via the Wyoming News Exchange

Wyoming’s top elected officials denounced political violence and offered their prayers following an assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday. “President Trump, his family and the families of the victims of today’s shooting are in our prayers,” Gov. Mark Gordon said in a statement. Trump’s campaign said the presumptive GOP nominee was doing “fine” after the shooting, according to the Associated Press, after a bullet...

Proposed OSHA heat standard: protection for workers, costs for employers

Aaron Pelczar, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange

CODY — The Biden administration has recently proposed a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule aimed at protecting workers from extreme heat exposure. This regulation, while potentially life-saving, could impose significant costs on employers. The proposed rule, announced on July 2, 2024, requires employers to develop comprehensive heat illness prevention plans. These plans would include measures such as providing water, mandatory rest breaks, and monitoring for heat-related symptoms when temperatures reach certain...

No lawyer? A new program in Casper could help you navigate the court system

Madelyn Beck, WyoFile via the Wyoming News Exchange

CASPER—Walking into the Natrona County Townsend Justice Center is a bit daunting. You’re met with security, asked to part with electronic devices and then shepherded through a metal detector. Take a quick right, then left, and just past the elevator you arrive at the Natrona County Court Navigator Pilot Project, which has a name possibly larger than the closet-like space from which it operates. While sparse and windowless, the room and its volunteers represent an effort from the state’s...

  • Cutthroats try to raid the Bandits

    Richard Espinoza

    The Saratoga Cutthroats ran into trouble against the Rawlins Bandits on July 9 as Rawlins pitching limited Saratoga to only two hits and the Bandits won 11-0 in Game 1. Saratoga attempted to make a comeback in Game 2 as they were able to knock in runs in the later innings. Rawlins however, made the big plays on defense just enough to hold off Saratoga. Game 1 Rawlins pitcher Lee Maestas had a dominant performance with a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts. The Bandits hitting was on fire and...

  • Bowling For Pickles

    Richard Espinoza

    It was not a perfect strike, but Saratoga’s own Barb Youngberg and Cindy Carnes competed in this year's Women's Wyoming State Bowling Tournament on April 26 in Cheyenne. Youngberg and Carnes are currently members of a bowling league at the 10th Frame Bowling Alley in Walden, Colorado. “On the singles, I finished 5th place and won $250,” Youngberg said. “My score was 766 and Cindy’s was 735, this was in handicap. I have been competing for 3 years and Cindy has been competing for 5...

  • Tough Road For The Cutthroats

    The Saratoga Cutthroats tough luck continued as they got swept in a doubleheader against the Evanston Outlaws on Saturday, July 13. Game 1 According to a WyoPreps report, the Outlaws clinched the southwest title with their victory over Saratoga. Evanston led 6-0 and scored 13 runs in the 3rd inning. They had 16 hits & 11 walks. Braxton Bauer led the way with 3 hits & 6 RBIs thanks to 2 doubles & 1 HR. Jackson Osborne also homered and the Outlaws took Game 1. Outlaws 23, Cutthroats 4 Game 2 WyoPreps reported the Outlaws scored 14 runs in the...

  • Trout move to consolation bracket

    Richard Espinoza

    The Platte Valley Trout All-Star team is now in a position where, if they lose one more game, they take an exit out of the District 2 Tournament. On July 15, the Trout had a tough loss to Laramie 10-0. According to Platte Valley Head Coach Ben Spaulding, Platte Valley came out a little nervous and tense. He said It showed when they first went up to bat. “We had two great hits from Jackson Kopasz and Beckett Spaulding In the 1st inning,” Spaulding said. “Shortly after, we got punched with...

  • Fighting Obesity

    Richard Espinoza

    I have been fighting obesity off and on in my entire life and it is never easy. Staying in good health is a big challenge for many people. For those who are dealing with obesity or being overweight, understand it is not your fault. We think it is because people have a problem with overeating which causes excessive body weight. However, it goes way beyond controlling food portions. I have dealt with food addiction before and, at times, I felt helpless. Then I realized I was dealing with a...

  • Time To Tone It Down

    Saratoga Sun Editorial

    The news coming out of Butler, Pennsylvania on Saturday felt like a scene out of a movie or what one would find in history books. A former president—and current presidential candidate—the target of an attempted assassination just days ahead of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. It didn’t take long for a photo of former president Donald Trump to circulate across the news and through social media. Surrounded by Secret Service agents, blood on his face and fist raised in the air before being whisked away. While the former...

  • Hospital, first responders shine on tragic day

    David Peck, Lovell Chronicle, July 13

    The planners and designers of North Big Horn Hospital’s expanded state of the art emergency room surely had in mind a scenario like that which unfolded a week ago when four young men were involved in a horrific incident where fireworks went off inside a moving vehicle on the Fourth of July, severely burning all four. Perhaps some might have wondered if the large, multifaceted space was really needed. Was it overbuilt for a small hospital? Four young men and their families would answer that question emphatically: It was absolutely needed....

  • Living on Purpose: Be encouraged! God will take care of you

    Dr. William F. Holland

    It’s reassuring to know that as a child of God, you are not alone in this world. Our gracious heavenly Father has promised that He is aware and interested in even the tiniest occurrences in your life and has promised to be with you always. Does this mean you will never have struggles and problems? Of course not, but knowing we are secure in the palm of His hand definitely gives us hope and faith. Matthew chapter six reveals that He knows what we need before we even ask Him, and this spiritual insight brings comfort to realize that God loves...

  • The Moral Law of God

    Part 1 I recently read in the newspaper that the State of Louisiana just passed a law that all classrooms in all public school will post the Ten Commandments in clear view so that everyone can see them. Louisiana is the first state in the union to pass such a law. I know that this law will end up in front of the Supreme Court with numerous challenges saying it violates the principle of separation of Church and State. You can no more take God out of any institution that you can take nitrogen out of oxygen and still have oxygen to breathe Since...

  • Voices and Visions Come Together

    Richard Espinoza

    The University of Wyoming hosted the 38th annual VisCom Conference at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort from June 17-20. Scholars and professors from UW and other universities shared their work and ideals on social, political, cultural, and sexual issues through visual communication. At the end of each presentation, scholars and professors answered questions from the audience about the research they put into their project. Professor Cindy Price Schultz, head of communication and journalism at UW,...

  • Chattin' with the Chief: Traffic and Canine Control

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers

    As the summer has reached its peak and starts heading towards fall, the Saratoga Police Department has seen an increase in traffic violations, though not the type one might think. According to Saratoga Police Chief Mike Morris, his department is seeing an increase in unlicensed ATVs, motorcycles and UTVs (side-by-sides) on the streets of Saratoga. Additionally, many times they are being driven by unlicensed drivers. “We are starting to increase our patrols to address that,” said Morris....

  • Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering this weekend

    Staff Report

    Saratoga’s own cowboy musician Daron Little will perform his “Cowpuncher Music” this weekend at the 22nd Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering (GECG) in Encampment. He will be joined by another dozen noted cowboy poets and musicians to entertain at Grand View Park, Opera House and Encampment school. Kicking off the three-day event Friday evening at 6:30 in Grand View Park will be the open mic poetry and music performance, hosted by GECG Outfit member Jason Swedlund, followed by the...

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