Articles written by Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers


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  • Appointment made to vacant council seat

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|May 9, 2024

    Nearly three months after the untimely passing of Saratoga Town Council member Jacob Fluty—and a month of advertising—the governing body received two letters of interest for the vacant seat. One letter was from Bub Barkhurst, owner of Barkhurst Collision Center, and the other was from Chia Valdez, owner of Saratoga Land Company and a current member of the Saratoga Planning Commission. Both applicants cited their long ties to Wyoming in their letters with Barkhurst stating his family had set...

  • Making Healthcare Accessible

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|May 2, 2024

    In rural areas such as Carbon County, access to healthcare doesn’t always mean it is affordable. According to the Rural Health Information Hub (ruralhealthinfo.org), while access to healthcare would imply that services are available and obtainable in a timely manner many rural residents encounter barriers to healthcare. “Even when an adequate supply of healthcare services exists in the community, there are other factors that may impede healthcare access,” reported the Rural Health Infor...

  • Moving forward or backward?

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Apr 4, 2024

    The resubdividing of existing lots and how that could impact the future of zoning was a subject of the Saratoga Planning Commission during their March 12 meeting. At the heart of the discussion was property owned by Paul Newman located at 208 W. Saratoga Avenue. Rather than either the property being a single lot or two lots, it is a lot-and-a-half. “I’d like to put two brand new trailers on that lot-and-a-half but per zoning, I’m only allowed to do one per lot,” said Newman. “I’m asking to divide my lot-and-a-half into two three-quart...

  • Hop to it!

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Apr 4, 2024

    It seemed the Easter Bunny not only made a stop in the Encampment and Riverside area, but lost most of his basket in the process. On March 30, the Encampment/Riverside Volunteer Fire Department held their annual easter egg hunt for children aged preschool through 6th grade. The event, held at Rick Martin Memorial Park in Riverside, seems to draw participants from near and far every year and with good reason. Approximately 30 dozen eggs and pounds upon pounds of candy were littered throughout...

  • Shaking things up at SMHS

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Mar 7, 2024

    When reading up on types of earthquake-resistant structures, one will be greeted with a variety of options when it comes to construction. Flexible foundations, seismic dampers, ductile materials which can either deflect, absorb, transfer or distribute vibrations from seismic activity. Professional architects and contractors have a variety of materials at their disposal to attempt this. The 8th grade science class at Saratoga Middle High School just had marshmallows and pasta noodles. Yet, quite...

  • Cooking up something for state

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Feb 22, 2024

    It’s before noon on a Monday. The sound of oil on cast iron cuts through the air, just like the smell of hot cast iron. Mixed in is the odor of seared meat and the aroma of cooked vegetables and potatoes. On one skillet is Skyler Wood, making a batch of bacon home fries while, on the other skillet, Kayden Erick puts a sear on a cut of bison tenderloin. Douglass Campbell occasionally steps in between the two, offering some quick advice and bringing them supplies. This could be a scene from an e...

  • Teense Willford, The Voice of the Valley

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Feb 15, 2024

    It can be hard to find just one word which would best describe Loren “Teense” Willford. A fifth-generation resident of the Platte Valley, Teense has been and is many things. A husband, a father, a friend, a Mason, a musician and a statesman. On February 3, though he was being honored by the Saratoga Masonic Lodge, it was difficult for those in attendance not to talk about Teense’s other contributions. “He’s always giving to something else, always supporting somebody else,” said Howard Hill...

  • Calling for Reinforcements

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Jul 20, 2023

    More than two years have passed since the formation of a working group for Never Forget Park—formerly Tyler Pickett Memorial Park—and from the outside looking in it appears there has been little more progress than in the previous decade. It’s not for lack of trying. “I have written six grants and have a couple more in the works,” said Stacy Crimmins, who has been with the working group since its formation. “Unfortunately, (we) have not received any of those grants yet. It’s a little frustrating...

  • Local couple accused of fraud

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Jul 20, 2023

    An Encampment couple could be facing a total of 28 counts of welfare fraud—all felonies—according to documents filed with Carbon County Circuit Court. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Sarah Fitzwater and Matthew Wagy are accused of defrauding three welfare programs of nearly $45,000 between 2017 and 2023. Fitzwater is facing 19 counts, Wagy is facing 9 counts as an accomplice. Each count carries with it a $10,000 fine, up to 10 years in prison or both. Following an investigation by the Department of Family Services Eligibility Int...

  • Rawlins City Council changes vices

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Jan 12, 2023

    While the House of Representatives hit a stalemate in electing leadership in Washington D.C. on January 3, nearly 1,800 miles away the Rawlins City Council decided on their own leaders. The entire process was held by secret ballot. The governing body will have two familiar faces in leadership for the next two years. Mayor Terry Weickum was reappointed for another two years on January 3 while Steve Sanger was appointed vice-mayor. Sanger previously served as vice-mayor from 2017 to 2021 under mayors Richard Grauberger and Steve Nicholson....

  • Who will represent Ward 2?

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Jan 12, 2023

    The residents of Ward 2 in Rawlins were without full representation on January 3 and will be without at least until the first meeting in February. Tonya Lewman, who defeated incumbent Linda Smith in the 2022 General Election, did not take her Oath of Office following allegations of violating campaign finance laws. The City of Rawlins began taking nominations for the vacancy on January 6 and will accept them through January 20. The other Ward 2 representative is Councilmember Darril Garner. Lewman Speaks Lewman, who defeated Smith by more than 1...

  • Snow-place like small towns

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Jan 12, 2023

    There was no shortage of snow as Rawlins entered the New Year, receiving a total of two feet between the night of January 1 and the morning of January 4. Fortunately, there was no shortage when it came to acts of kindness as well. From pulling vehicles out of drifts to shoveling driveways to clearing sections of the city, the immense snowfall brought out a sense of community. “My amazing neighbors helped me dig out my driveway,” said Megan McComas. “I had giant drifts of snow almost four feet deep and they helped me by bringing over their...

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