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Patriotism was defined by John McCain

When I was pretty young, my stepbrother got his draft notice and my stepmother was freaked. She was even talking about sending him to Canada. The Vietnam War was going on and she didn’t want her...

 

Coach's confidence justified

When asked how he felt when the score was tied at 52 to 52 with 57 seconds left, Logan Wright, Saratoga head football coach, said he was not worried. "I was confident we would get the ball down the...

 

HEM netters take two

HEM vs Rock River The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School Lady Miners volleyball team played Rock River High School Lady Longhorns on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at HEM. Last year the Lady...

 

Miners dig winning

The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School football team met Hulett Red Devils at Midwest at 1 p.m. on Sept 15. The teams picked this high school for it being equidistant to each school....

 

Dirt, doctor discussed

The Saratoga Town Council met at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Saratoga Town Hall and was short one council member, Richard Raymer, who was away at the scene of an accident on Highway 130. The agenda, minu...

 

Fatigue versus Farson

The Saratoga football team played Farson-Eden, the number one ranked six man team, on Friday. Panthers coach Logan Wright was extremely pleased with how his players performed though he acknowledged th...

 

Two down

The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School varsity football team won their first game of the season resoundingly against St. Stephens 60-13 on Aug. 31. The Miners did even better against...

 

Lady Miners take two

"You had two balanced teams meet and we came out on top, but it could have gone the other way several times," Jackie Jones, head coach for the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School Lady...

 

Christmas & candidate

The Hanna Agriculture Resource Team (HART) met at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Hanna Market. Rose Dabbs, chairman of HART, turned over her lead position to Perry Goodrich. Dabbs said she would like...

 

Getting his fix

The ceiling tiles have been replaced throughout Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School, along with air systems and ventilation. There were five contractors working on the building...

 

Local poets win competition

Hanna librarian Ellen Freeman wanted to give local residents the opportunity to put forth some writing skills over the summer. To that end she put together a poetry contest. "Ellen is always coming...

 

Ice cream, cookies & cobblers

The First Baptist Church in Hanna had an ice cream social starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and had over 50 people attend. In addition to the five types of ice cream, there were homemade cookies and...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    News    August 29, 2018

Plastics and politics

The Saratoga Town Council met at 6 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Saratoga Town Hall with all the council attending. It was business as usual with the approval of the minutes for the meeting on Aug. 7 and...

 

A high employment rate

My father had two employers his entire work career. The government—I include his years with NASA and the Air Force as one—and General Electric (GE). When he retired, he was more or less set for th...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    News    August 29, 2018

Relicensed, refilled, reopened

The pool at the Hanna Recreation Center opened on Aug. 21 and Vivian Gonzales, the director of the center, is happy. It had been shut for over three months. "The impact of the pool closing has had...

 

Get a job! We did!

Depending where you live in Carbon County, summer jobs for high school students can be difficult to find. Basil Phillips, a junior at Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Middle/High School and...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    News    August 22, 2018

Void in Hanna

The Hanna Town Council convened at 6 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Hanna Town Hall. It was business as usual in the beginning where the agenda, minutes from July 10 meeting were approved. Robert Patton,...

 

A Firewater first

Firewater Public House (Firewater) turned one year old on Aug 19. "It is shocking to me that it has been a year already but simultaneously it feels slow but there is relief we got here, there is no...

 
 By Mike Armstrong    News    August 22, 2018

6th penny talks

The Carbon County Council of Governments (CCCOG) had a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Platte Valley Community Center in Saratoga. The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss...

 

Putting in the work

Twenty-year-old Thomas Ingraham was back in Saratoga working at his family's establishment, JW Hugus Restaurant, for the summer. In a week or so, he will be returning to University of Jamestown, a...

 

Hanna razes the roof

Harold Phillips, Director of Maintenance for north county Carbon County School District No. 2 schools said the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Middle/High School needed upgrades to improve...

 

School safety subject of summit

The Federal Commission on School Safety held its third listening session of four starting at 1 p.m. on Aug. 7 in Cheyenne to listen to speakers from several western states with many rural...

 

Million won at derby

Mart Million was the winner of the Carbon County Fair Demolition Derby that started at 3 p.m. on Saturday. It was not the first time he has won. He came in first place in 2009 and second in 2012. He...

 

Targeting five by five

John Russo and other professional gun trainers will be at the Spur Outfitters pistol range starting August 18 to teach the fifth annual Advanced Defensive Pistol course. In the past, students with...

 

Bow River top three percent

There was great news for the Bow River Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter in Hanna. The team of Jolynn Borah and T’lysa Solaas representing the Bow River FFA chapter has been named a finalist...

 

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