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 By Mike Armstrong    News    February 24, 2021 

Outreach expanding

The Carbon County Visitors Council (CCVC) met on February 17 via Zoom. It would be a short meeting compared to most CCVC board meetings. As it lasted exactly one hour. After all board members were...

 

How did they do it?

A couple weeks back, I was in the town of Elk Mountain and a snow squall was making my departure back to Hanna seriously questionable. I guess I have to acknowledge, my trusty white Mazda is not exact...

 

Mixing media

Most artists are happy to be selling the work at any age, but few find themselves a senior in high school having sold about a dozen pieces before graduation. Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM)...

 

HEM visits Tiger nation

The last games the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School basketball teams got to play was back on February 8 against the Wheatland junior varsity teams. Both the Miners and Lady Miners...

 

Saratoga sends all grapplers

Saratoga High School wrestling head coach Jared Mason was happy with the showing his Panther grapplers. "The Saratoga Panthers wrestling team really stepped up at the WHSAA (Wyoming High School...

 

HEM seeds four

The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) wrestling team sent six wrestlers to the WHSAA (Wyoming High School Activities Association) 2A Southeast Quadrant and were able to place four grapplers to...

 

Restoring history

"I have been the director for the Hanna Basin Museum for almost two years now and I have been working diligently to getting someone out here to restore this monument," Sunshine Solaas said. "The...

 

Mining lemonade

Adversity is part of sports, but it is tough when mothernature is your opponent. At Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School, winter weather canceled another senior appreciation night and t...

 

Filling a void

Joel James, Brierly Associates, gave a presentation on the status of the Abandoned Mines Land (AML) program in Hanna on February 9. He explained the purpose of the program was to mitigate hazards to...

 

Medicine Bow tries to control traffic

At the February 8 meeting of the Medicine Bow Town Council, the audience and council members learned from town Marshal Dave Redding that trucks were not observing the 30 miles per hour speed limit...

 

Wolf survives COVID

The Hotel Wolf is hard to miss coming into Saratoga. An L-shaped, two and one-half story, brick and frame building located on lots 11 and 12 of Block 27 of the town, the front of the hotel faces...

 

Almost a secret weapon

When Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) student Charlee Solaas decided to go out for wrestling in her sophomore year, she admits there were challenges. "Back when I first started, I think the...

 

Heating and coal

The Hanna Parks and Recreation Board met on February 3 at the the Hanna Recreation Center. All members of the board were present as was Mayor Lois Buchanan. The agenda and regular meeting minutes...

 

Learning the Wright way

Saratoga Panthers football coach Logan Wright has been asked by Brent Walk to be one of his coaches in the Wyoming Shrine Bowl on June 12 at Dick Cheney Field in Casper. Walk is the head coach for...

 

HEM takes down Longhorns

The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners and Lady Miners basketball teams went to Rock River for a conference game on Saturday and both came away with wins. Lady Miners vs. Lady Longhorns La...

 

Rimmer among Super 25

In the beginning of football season there was real concern if the sport was going to be able survive all the protocols that were being put forth to play. After all, basketball tournaments and track...

 

The Pearl of the Plains

The Virginian Hotel, a historic hotel in Medicine Bow, has hosted many guests over the years and has been in the family of owner Vernon Scott for several generations. "It was known as the 'Pearl of...

 

Alerting CCCOG

The Carbon County Council of Governments (CCCOG) met via Zoom on January 13. The board usually meets every two months on the third Wednesday, but this meeting was scheduled a week early. All...

 

Volunteer shortage hurting SCWEMS

The South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Services (SCWEMS) board met on January 18 in Medicine Bow and, according to Director Melissa Sikes and North District Supervisor Shana Romero, the topic...

 

Planning in Hanna

The town of Hanna has been without a planning and zoning board for over a decade, but that all changed on January 25. Three of the five board members met along with Mayor Lois Buchanan at the Hanna...

 

Wrestling in Wheatland

After the Saratoga Dual was canceled this past Friday, Carbon County School District No. 2 high schools Saratoga and Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) went to Wheatland. HEM had only three...

 

Lady Miners undermined on the road

The previously undefeated Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners got a taste of losing this week as they faced the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns, Wind River Lady Cougars and the Kaycee Lady...

 

HEM takes digs on the court

"Not our best weekend of basketball," Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners Head Coach Cliff Jones remarked. "We did however play three very good teams in Farson, Wind River and Kaycee."...

 

Delinquent accounts in hot water

Delinquent water accounts were the hot topic for Hanna Town Council at their first meeting of 2021. While the outstanding amounts owed to the Town of Hanna has drastically reduced since last...

 

Teaching history as it happens

The past months would be challenging for any current events and government studies instructor to teach as the United States has veered into unprecedented times. Then on January 6, the country and...

 

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