Articles from the February 19, 2020 edition


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  • Fire on Main Avenue

    Joshua Wood|Feb 19, 2020

    Shortly before noon on February 12, the Saratoga Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) responded to reports of a structure fire at 309 W. Main Avenue in Saratoga. The structure affected was in the back of the lot. The first truck to respond was able to access the alleyway behind the property. According to SVFD Fire Chief Pat Waliser, units responded to the call within 5 minutes and a total of 12 personnel were dispatched to fight the blaze. As firefighters attempted to put out the fire, billowing...

  • BOCCC approve full-time positions

    Joshua Wood|Feb 19, 2020

    The Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) will soon be advertising for two full-time positions for Carbon County Fire Warden and Carbon County Emergency Management Coordinator following their rescheduled February 10 meeting. As was reported previously (see “Evolving emergency management” on page 16 of the January 15 Saratoga Sun), Fire Warden John Rutherford approached the BOCCC about expanding the two positions from part-time to full-time at their January 7 meeting. While no dis...

  • MHCC awarded grant

    Staff Report|Feb 19, 2020

    Memorial Hospital of Carbon has been selected as a recipient for grant funds by the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative for 2020. MHCC was awarded $8000 to provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic imaging to women who are uninsured or underinsured. The Radiology Department at MHCC is equipped with state-of-the art equipment, including 3D Mammography, ensuring women receive superior diagnostic accuracy for early detection. Wyoming is 48th in the nation for breast cancer screening due to remote access and socioeconomic barriers. Breast cancer...

  • County adopts snow removal policy

    Joshua Wood|Feb 19, 2020

    During their rescheduled meeting on February 10, the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) unanimously approved a county snow removal policy presented by Interim Road and Bridge Coordinator Kandis Fritz. Fritz also requested purchase of an additional snow blower and the ability to hire part-time employees on an as-needed basis. Snow Removal Policy As was reported previously (see “Snow removal policy released” on page 1 of the January 29 Saratoga Sun), a proposed policy was presented to th...

  • Hanna went CodeRED

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 19, 2020

    The Hanna Town Council met at 6 p.m. on February 11 at the Hanna Town Hall. All members of the council and mayor were present. The agenda was approved after it was amended to show that Carbon County Fire Warden John Rutherford would not be making the meeting due to road conditions on US 30. After the agenda was approved, the minutes for the regular meeting of January 18 and special meeting on January 28 were approved. Mayor Lois Buchanan gave a quick overview of the public works report. She...

  • Your right to know is at stake

    Saratoga Sun Editorial|Feb 19, 2020

    Much like a bad penny, attempts by the Wyoming Legislature to remove public notices from the pages of Wyoming newspapers, and leading to less informed constituents, have returned. Despite the failure of three similar bills last year, these bills—HB0050, HB0051 and HB0052—would amend Wyoming State Statute to where the only notice required would be on the state procurement website. On Friday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved these three bills. These pieces of legislation, having now passed the House, will go onto the Sen... Full story

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  • Discussing standards

    Dana Davis|Feb 19, 2020

    One of the first items discussed during the Airport Board meeting on February 12 was the financial report. In 2019, the airport saw a total of 460 “movements” and $37,150 in landing fees. So far, this January is up from last year seeing 21 jets, 3 turbo props and $1,725 in landing fees. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 9 Circular was received with criteria for runway conditions and reporting. If a runway has more than 1/4 inch of ice and snow the FAA will close it until the report is upg...

  • SCWEMS update

    Dana Davis|Feb 19, 2020

    The Riverside Town Council meeting of February 13 was as short as the agenda. An update was provided by Helen Weiland, representative for the South Central Wyoming EMS Joint Powers Board on their new hire. According to Weiland, they are having issues with the EMS state office certifying the paramedic even though the person who was hired is on the national registry and her license is good nationally. Weiland said, “The state is just dragging their feet.” It could take as long as six months to...

  • Dredging Encampment

    Dana Davis|Feb 19, 2020

    February 13 was a night for short meetings. The Encampment Town Council quickly reviewed and approved most of the items on their agenda. Some of the agenda items that were approved include the purchase of a protective vest for Chief Shue, a request for street closure for a kids sledding event and the disconnection of power to the Japanese Garden. Jon Nelson provided an update on the sewer lagoon improvement and dredging projects. There has been progress with landowners who are interested in...

  • Lady Panthers take out Lady Pronghorns

    Joshua Wood|Feb 19, 2020

    The Saratoga Lady Panthers finished two of the last three conference games they have in the regular season over the weekend. They were hosted by the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns (7-13, 2-5) on Friday and the Cokeville Lady Panthers (16-2, 6-0) on Saturday. Still in the No. 2 spot of the 1A Southwest Conference, the Saratoga girls went 1-1 over the Valentine’s weekend. Lady Panthers vs. Lady Pronghorns “This was a great conference road win for us,” said Heather Bartlett, head coach of the Lady...

  • Lady Tigers prepare to close season

    Joshua Wood|Feb 19, 2020

    Despite their best attempts throughout the season, the clock has run out for the Encampment Lady Tigers as they attempted to secure a conference win and find a way into the regional tournament. On Friday, the Lady Tigers were hosted by the Cokeville Lady Panthers (16-2, 6-0) and were hosted by the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns (7-3, 2-5) on Saturday. “I think we played hard this weekend overall. We were a little short on players because two of our juniors were hurt but I still think we had one o...

  • Saratoga speakers place one over weekend

    Joshua Wood|Feb 19, 2020

    Over the weekend, the Saratoga Speech and Debate team were in Gillette as they competed in the Thunder Basin Top Gun Tournament. Of the four member team, one made it into the semifinal round and another made it to the finals. “This tournament provided us the opportunity to compete against students and pieces that we normally would not see until the State tournament,” said Sheryl Hunter, head coach. “Overall, I am very proud of how our students did, having several pieces barely missing the advan...

  • Tigers take two on the road

    Joshua Wood|Feb 19, 2020

    The Encampment Tigers regained their footing this weekend as they saw two wins on the road against the Cokeville Panthers (8-10, 1-5) on Friday and the Farson-Eden Pronghorns (12-7, 3-4) on Saturday. Despite a loss to their Valley rivals, the Saratoga Panthers, the weekend before they were able to add two more conference wins as the regular season comes to an end. Tigers vs. Panthers When the Tigers hosted Cokeville in January, they sent the visiting Panthers leaving Tiger Nation with a loss by...

  • HEM feels weather woes

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 19, 2020

    Northern Carbon County has seen a lot of snow this season, but what has really effected the towns in the area are the constant road closures due to heavy winds along with the winter conditions. Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School sports teams have been feeling the effects of road closures by having to cancel events and practices because students from Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow and nearby ranches have to get home while they can. “I think it is hard for many to understand the frust...

  • Carbon Invite cut in half

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 19, 2020

    Twenty schools were intending to come to the Carbon Tournament on February 14-15 at Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School. Due to the blustery wind and icy road conditions, three schools dropped out. The wrestling event started at 1 p.m. and the gymnasium where the teams were staging their matches was packed with parents and friends from all the schools attending. HEM, Saratoga and Rawlins were the Carbon County teams that showed up. From HEM, Charlee Solaas at 126 gave the...

  • Panthers dealt dual losses

    Joshua Wood|Feb 19, 2020

    While the Saratoga Panthers may have been riding high on achieving a conference win against their Valley rivals, the Encampment Tigers, they were dealt two blows over the weekend. Saratoga was hosted by the Farson-Eden Pronghorns (12-7, 3-4) on Friday and the Cokeville Panthers (8-10, 1-5) on Saturday and would come away with a loss from both teams. “I think we played a little sloppy against Farson and it was clear that both Farson and Cokeville came into those games very prepared,” said sen...

  • Bennetts break the books

    Joshua Wood|Feb 19, 2020

    In the multipurpose room of Saratoga Middle High School, names and records adorn the walls as they tell the story of achievements by student athletes through the years. Some of these records seem to stand the test of time as decades pass before they're broken. Other records are shattered on an annual basis, and sometimes by the same people who set them the year before. On the night of February 4, the Saratoga Lady Panthers broke one of those long standing records as they hosted the North Park...

  • Examining the Encampment River herd

    Joshua Wood|Feb 19, 2020

    On the afternoon of February 9, staff and students from Encampment K-12 School joined employees of the Wyoming Game & Fish Department (WGFD) on Finley Hill Road outside Encampment. While it certainly wasn't a school day, the students were all excited to join the WGFD in yet another bighorn sheep capture. For the past three years, Jordan Seitz has involved his 6th grade and junior high science classes in aiding with the capturing and collaring of bighorn sheep ewes. This process began under...

  • Town highway, Art Zieger, pay hike and Sherrod wins

    Saratoga Sun Staff|Feb 19, 2020

    1 Years Ago February 10, 1920 Survey for State Highway Through Platte Valley Will Start in Few Days The survey for the State Highway through the Platte Valley from Encampment to Walcott will be under way within a few days, is the statement of State Highway Engineer Z. E. Sevison, who, with District Engineer R. V. Newcomb of Rock Springs, was in Saratoga for a few hours yesterday. They made the trip by auto from Walcott to Encampment, looking over the proposed route for the permanent highway, and Mr. Sevison talked at some length on highway...

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