Articles from the May 5, 2022 edition


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  • Changes coming for special event permits

    Joshua Wood|May 5, 2022

    In Saratoga, there are various signs pointing to the approach of summer. For some, it’s the opening of the Snowy Range Scenic Byway. For others, it’s the steady increase in out-of-state license plates. In the council chambers of Saratoga Town Hall, it is the perennial discussion of the process through which special events in town limits are permitted. On May 3, the Saratoga Town Council held their second reading of Ordinance No. 862 which amends portions of Chapter 5.30 of the Saratoga Mun...

  • The forest for the trees

    Mike Armstrong|May 5, 2022

    The Saratoga Forest Management lumber company had 30 Danish students from the University of Copenhagen vist the mill on April 26 to observe operations. Owner Gary Ervin was happy to host this group of interested forestry students. "It went well and it was interesting to see their reactions to the mill," Ervin said. "They were amazed to see the size of our logging equipment, they don't have anything that large back in Denmark." He said the group was good to be around. "They were interested in...

  • Smoke on the water

    Joshua Wood|May 5, 2022

    It was a sunny, but breezy, Wednesday afternoon when Aaron Grow was looking for a spot to fish. The first spot he visited was one of his favorites on the North Platte River; the historic Pick Bridge. When Grow arrived, he told the Saratoga Sun, a white vehicle was on the east bank of the river. Not wanting to bother them, he went to look for another location. When he returned, the white vehicle was gone and a fire was racing along the east bank of the North Platte River. The breeze, which had...

  • Encampment man arrested

    Joshua Wood|May 5, 2022

    An Encampment man could be facing more than 10 years in prison following charges of felony child abuse and domestic battery according to documents filed in Carbon County Circuit Court on April 29. Dustin Gene Buffington was arrested on April 28 and charged with felony child abuse and domestic battery. According to an affidavit completed by Carbon County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Investigator Dale Miller, CCSO Deputy Kelly Finn had been notified by dispatch about a report of an assault at E...

  • Seminoe gunshot investigated

    Staff Report|May 5, 2022

    The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a gunshot incident which occured on April 30. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the CCSO received a call for a woman with a gunshot wound being transported by passenger vehicle on Carbon County Road 351 (Seminoe Road). At the time of the call, the vehicle transporting the injured woman was at mile marker 30 and heading south towards Rawlins. Deputy Alex Bakken and Deputy Zach Burns responded to the call and intercepted the vehicle at the Dugway, which is app...

  • Car chase ends in Encampment

    Joshua Wood|May 5, 2022

    The sound of sirens filled the Platte Valley on the night of Friday, April 29 as what began as an attempted traffic stop in Saratoga resulted in a high-speed car chase eventually ending in Encampment. According to Saratoga Police Chief Ken Lehr, he had been preparing to turn off Rochester Avenue onto 1st Street in Saratoga when a vehicle-the driver of which was later identified to be a woman-came through Saratoga at approximately 60 miles per hour. Preparing to do a traffic stop, Lehr followed...

  • Your community needs you

    Saratoga Sun Editorial|May 5, 2022

    Do you have what it takes to be a public servant? Next week—May 12—marks the start of the filing period for the 2022 Primary Election. In recent elections, the Saratoga Sun has encouraged our readers to head to the polls in both primary and general elections to cast their votes. What should be equally stressed is the need for people to run for those offices in the first place, especially at the local level. After all, there could be a great turnout of voters but it means little if there is nobody to vote for. Just two years ago, during the 202... Full story

  • The invisible struggle

    Joshua Wood|May 5, 2022

    “Depression isn’t a war you win. It’s a battle you fight every day. You never stop, never get to rest. It’s one bloody fray after another.” ~ Shaun David Hutchinson Normally, I try to avoid columns on difficult topics such as mental health. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, however, it felt important to write something. That being said; I don’t know about anybody else, but each day I struggle with an inner voice whose sole intention is to bring me down. Sometimes it comes as a...

  • Keeping their memory alive

    Mike Armstrong|May 5, 2022

    The Miners Monument in Hanna, which is dedicated to the miners who lost their lives over a 100 years ago is getting attention from some people who feel this monument has been somewhat forgotten due to time and the sign indicating where the mine is located is not very prominent. According to the Hanna Basin Museum website, run by Bob Leathers, the Union Pacific (UP) Coal Company's No. 1 mine in Hanna was the only mine to explode in Hanna and it did so four different times in its short history....

  • No school too small, no event too big

    Mike Armstrong|May 5, 2022

    Conor McGraw, a graduate from Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School was a standout athlete along with his twin brother Shane. The HEM football team went to the state championship and in basketball the two were nicknamed the McGraw Machine. However, it was track where the two were individual stars. Shane had won state for the 400 meter three times and was hoping for a 4th time his senior year, before Covid-19 restrictions canceled the season. Conor was also hoping for great things....

  • Rattlers prequalify in Steamboat Springs

    Micky Jones|May 5, 2022

    The Little Snake River track team had two meets planned over the weeked. The Friday meet was canceled due to snow. However the Rattlers still headed to Steamboat Springs for the Steamboat Springs Track and Field Invitational. Head coach Norman Yoast said, “We had pre-qualifying times with our 4x100 team of Myers, Cheatham, Valles and Peroulis. Kannadis Peroulis also improved his pre qualifying score in the long jump. Jaziel Giron Prequalified in the long jump. Hadley Myers improved his pre quali...

  • Tigers prequalify in Riverton

    Micky Jones|May 5, 2022

    The Encampment Tiger Track team traveled north to Riverton Saturday to participate in the Roy Peck invite. Koye Gilbert and Kaben Pickett prequalified for state along with the boys relay team. The large track meet hosted 18 teams from around the state. Girls Results Kristie Jordan placed 7th in shot put with a distance of 35 feet 9 inches. Jordan scored a distance of88 feet 3.5 inches in discus. In the 100 meter hurdles Jordan had a time of 18.6 seconds and in the 300 meter hurdles Jordan had a...

  • Panthers racing to state

    Mike Armstrong|May 5, 2022

    “We want our kids to be racing the best kids in the state,” said Rex Hohnolt, Saratoga track and field head coach. “It was nice that it was a decent day in Riverton.” Hohnholt is talking about the Panther team going to Roy Peck Riverton Invite on April 30. There were 18 teams competing. He said the team did well, with Whitney Bennet having an excellent showing. “Whitney ran her best times ever in the 100 Hurdles (she placed 2nd at 16.92) and had personal bests,” Hohnholt said. “It is remarkable...

  • Running against the wind

    Mike Armstrong|May 5, 2022

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miner High School Track and Field team went the Scott Hardy Memorial track meet in Wright on April 29. The weather was a bit challenging for the athletes head coach Jackie Jones said. “It was windy, it was rainy and it sleeted for a bit of time, typical track in Wyoming,” Jones said. “At times I had kids bribing me to come home, but we all survived and it turned out to be a decent day for us.” Justine Widdison and T’lyssa Solaas had a big day for us,...

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