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 By Mike Armstrong    News    July 21, 2021 

A burning discussion

The Medicine Bow Town Council met at on July 12 at the Community Hall with all council members and mayor in attendance. The council quickly approved routine matters before listening to town clerk/trea...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    Opinion    July 21, 2021 

The Joke is on me

I love music, but I can’t play a thing on any instrument, not counting chopsticks on a piano. Even then, my version is pretty shaky. I took drum lessons when I was 14, but I quickly learned I...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    News    July 21, 2021 

Kept in suspense

The Hanna Town Council met on July 13 at the Hanna Town Hall. Mayor Lois Buchanan, Council members Jayson Nordquist, Sammy Sikes, and William Dys were in attendance. Council member Tracy Fowler was...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    Business    July 21, 2021 

Providing customer service with a smile

Driving into Saratoga from Walcott Junction there is a building on the left about a mile before town which houses a business is essential to many ranchers in feeding their livestock. Pet owners also...

 

Smile when you go through the doors

The Owen Wister Cabin residing at the Medicine Bow Museum (MBM) is open after being closed for four years. "It got re-painted and refurbished," MBM worker Howard Bame said. "It was looking pretty...

 

Here's a llama, there's a llama

According to her parents, Elk Mountain residents Steve and Courtney Priest, Mackenzie has been obsessed with llamas since she was about eight years old. "I did like the book 'Llama Mama'," Mackenzie,...

 

Nichols exhibit opens at Grand Encampment

On June 25 and 26, The Grand Encampment Museum (GEM) hosted author Nicole Jean Hill, Professor of Art at Humboldt State University in California. Hill was present not only to present her book on...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    News    July 7, 2021

World War I monument dedication delayed

A World War I monument restored over the winter was not presented to the public on July 4 as the Hanna Basin Historical Society (HBHS) board had hoped. About two weeks ago, the HBHS board decided,...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Comic book connections

It is sometimes really difficult to narrow down the subject matter for a column. Without a doubt, I have my drought periods trying to think of what to write about but, often enough, I have a couple...

 

An end of a preaching era

Gary Wilken has been a minister at the Medicine Bow Methodist Church for just shy of a quarter century. Wilken went to Colorado State University (CSU) and attained his undergraduate degree and then...

 

Three decades of service

People who know Hanna Fire Chief Mark Kostovny know he didn't want a big deal made out of him hitting the 30 year mark working as a firefighter. His crew, however, insisted and a small award party...

 

Distilling a craft

Phillip Mundt was recently appointed as head distiller and production manager at Brush Creek Distillery in Carbon County. Mundt comes to the distillery from Colorado where he worked at Stranahan's Col...

 

Poetry and prose

Most people know Karen Heath as the clerk and treasurer for the Town of Medicine Bow, but she is also a writer of seven fiction works and a book of poetry which she recently published in 2021. Her boo...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    News    June 23, 2021

Busy in MedBow

The Medicine Bow Town Council met on June 14 at the Medicine Bow Community Hall. All four council members were present, Mayor Sharon Biamon was absent. Councilmember Lucy Schofield, President of the...

 

Happy Birthday America

Wow, it is hot outside. It has cracked 90 a couple times in the past few days. I love it. There are a million reasons I love warm weather in Wyoming, not the least of which is I don’t like bitter...

 

Free your spirit

Brenda Oxford was born and raised in Wyoming, but she spent many years outside the state. For that matter, she spent years outside the country. For about 16 years, Oxford worked and traveled...

 

Volunteering pays off

The Bridge Street Bargains (BSB) board is known for the good it does around Carbon County. The organization gives funds to fire departments around the county and are a source of funding for many...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    News    June 16, 2021

Neimark signs off

Hanna Marshal Jeff Neimark put in his last day in law enforcement on May 11. The town gave Neimark a small send off party to show their gratitude for his 13 years of service to the town. All told, Nei...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    News    June 16, 2021

No work on Saturdays

The Hanna Town Council met on June 8 at the Hanna Town Hall. Councilmember Bill Dys and Mayor Lois Buchanan were present. Councilmember Tracy Fowler was present by phone. Council members Jayson...

 

Hanna goes international

The Hanna Basin Museum was recently given access to an audience in the millions.  ARD German Radio & TV is the largest public broadcasting network in Europe. It serves 60 plus radio stations...

 

A model dedication

It is all too easy to become mesmerized by the various historical collections and exhibits at the Grand Encampment Museum in Encampment, Wyoming. On June 9, the museum added yet another one, which...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    Opinion    June 9, 2021

Internet is losing its luster

It is hard to believe the internet has been in my life only a little over 20 years. I started using it when I moved to Australia and set up my hotmail account. Not everyone I know had an account, but...

 

Making math enjoyable

Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow High School (HEM) math teacher Crystal Clark was presenting her own achievement awards on May 27 when she learned she had won Carbon County School District No 2's Tea...

 

The world of brothers, sisters and twins

Graduation is over but the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow High School had an unusual statistic with its graduating class. One third of its seniors were twins. Given the graduating class was 18...

 

Heading to higher education

The school year is over and parents, graduates and educators feel a sense of accomplishment. Summer is almost here but, for most graduates, life is going to change in the near future. Some students...

 

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