Articles from the March 2, 2022 edition


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  • Boswell springs again

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2022

    The Medicine Bow Town Council met on February 15 at the Community Hall, rescheduled from February 14. Those present were Mayor Sharon Biamon and Councilmembers Lucinda Schofield, Cynthia Chace, Sharon Kahl, and Dawndee Yocom. Others present were Town Clerk/Treasurer Karen Heath, Public Works Director Hayden Bricker, Town Marshal David Redding, Town Attorney Robert Piper, and Fire Chief Robert Maddox. The minutes from the regular meeting on January 10, 2022, and special meetings on January 13...

  • Joseph 'Sonny' Morris, Jr.

    Mar 2, 2022

    Joseph "Sonny" Morris, Jr., 83, passed away on February 19, 2022 at his home under hospice care. A visitation with family present will be held on Sunday, February 27 from 2 - 4 pm at Kinzley Funeral Home in Salem. Joe (Sonny) was born in Craig, Colorado on December 1, 1938. His parents moved him to Encampment, Wyoming when he was one month old. That would be his first trip but would not be his last. He loved the nomadic lifestyle, traveling to new places and meeting new people. He never met a... Full story

  • Ode to the stepfather

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2022

    I found out Tuesday morning I was an orphan. The last of my four parents had passed away quietly at 5:45 a.m. Although I had been warned by a nurse the day before my stepfather’s end was possibly approaching, I was positive he would rally as he has done before. I was reinforced in my belief all would be fine when my sister, Michelle, saw him on Monday and talked to him for about an hour. My stepfather, Stuart, has been in my life since I was little over 5 years old when both my parents remarried...

  • Health emergency to end

    Staff Report|Mar 2, 2022

    Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon will end the state’s COVID-19 public health emergency effective March 14, nearly two years since the pandemic first began. The announcement came from the Office of Governor Mark Gordon on February 28. “As we see our numbers and hospitalizations receding, it is time to begin the shift to a new phase. This virus will be with us for the foreseeable future and we should manage it appropriately,” said Gordon in a press release. “That means being personally responsible for one’s own health and respectful of your fami...

  • Focus on the kids

    Mary Angell - Special to the Sun|Mar 2, 2022

    Darrin Jennings was happy to talk about his new position as superintendent of Carbon County School District No. 2, but he said he didn’t have long for an interview because he needed to drive a busload of kids home. “I help out wherever I can,” he said Thursday. “I’ve only done it a few times this year.” He later explained that the bus is really a Suburban, and he was driving a regular route, “to take our country kids home.” The CCSD2 board of trustees announced Wednesday that it had chosen Jennings as the district’s new superintendent. H...

  • Rattlers go cold in Lander

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2022

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers started out at the Regionals beating a tough Meeteetse Longhorn team. “They jumped out on top in the 1st quarter 15-4 and I think the Rattler fans thought it has been a good run, but it is done,” Head Coach Jack Cobb said. “I challenged the boys going into the 2nd quarter to step up on defense and by half-time we were up, 17-15.” Cobb said the Rattlers played great defense the last three quarters, keeping the Longhorns from scoring more than eight p...

  • Mining sliver linings

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2022

    Robert Riddle, head coach of the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) miner wrestlers, left the State Tournament pleased with the outcome. “Tom (Wagner) ended up placing 5th in the 145 division,” Riddle said. “He did really well. He lost to the kid who ended up taking 1st place. Tom wrestled that kid really tough. He just didn’t quite have the experience this boy did and there were moves Tom hadn’t seen before and didn’t know how to get out of them.” There was also a tough break for Mac...

  • Panthers place three

    Joshua Wood|Mar 2, 2022

    The season has come to an end for Saratoga Panther Wrestling as they competed in the 2A State Wrestling Tournament in Casper this weekend. The Panther grapplers took seven wrestlers to the Ford Wyoming Center and three of them saw individual placings while the team landed in the middle of the 2A rankings in 11th place with a score of 61.5, between Greybull/Riverside and Big Piney. 106 Class Representing the 106 weight class for Saratoga, Brain Smith placed 5th at the state tournament. In Champio...

  • Amazing Humans

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2022

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miner won their pigtail against Guernsey/Sunrise Lady Vikings on February 22, 46-16, in a game which showed the Lady Miners deserved to go to the 1A East Regional Tournament. Their first game on February 25 was against the No. 1 Northeast Upton Lady Bobcats. The Lady Miners’ six players did their best and played their hearts out according to Head Coach Jackie Jones, but came up short against this powerful team. The Lady Miners lost 62-19. The seco...

  • Lady Panthers punch their ticket

    Joshua Wood|Mar 2, 2022

    The Saratoga Lady Panthers will be making their second trip to the state tournament since 2005. It also marks the second time the Lady Panthers will be going to the 1A State Basketball Tournament since entering the 1A Conference in 2017. "We are very excited to be going to the state tournament! It was an exciting weekend with many close games for us," said Head Coach Heather Bartlett. "I am very proud of the girls and their efforts in all of the games this weekend. They had to grit out four...

  • Panthers secure spot for State

    Joshua Wood|Mar 2, 2022

    The Saratoga Panthers have officially punched their ticket to the 1A State Basketball Tournament, returning to Casper for the third year in a row. The Panthers' will enter the state tournament and will return to the Ford Wyoming Center as the No. 2 West Seed. That placing came after Saratoga dealt losses to the Ten Sleep Pioneers and the Farson-Eden Pronghorns before falling to the Dubois Rams in the championship round. "Our goal for the regional tournament was first and foremost to qualify for...

  • Lady Rattlers head to state

    Joshua Wood|Mar 2, 2022

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers will be headed to the 1A State Basketball Tournament this weekend after taking 3rd at the 1A West Regional Tournament in Lander. Working their way through a total of four games, the Lady Rattlers worked matched up against the Dubois Lady Rams, the Burlington Lady Huskies, the Encampment Lady Tigers and the Saratoga Lady Panthers. This will be the first trip to the state tournament for the LSRV girls with Head Coach Mark Gillies, who took over...

  • Tigers building for next season

    Joshua Wood|Mar 2, 2022

    Going into the the 2021/2022 season, Encampment Tigers Head Coach Duane Gilbert knew it would be a battle for any team in the 1A Southwest Conference to get to the 1A West Regional Tournament. That battle came about on February 21 as the Tigers faced off against the Cokeville Panthers in Cokeville for a pigtail play-in game. The game marked the last of three games which brought an end to Encampment's season. They had been hosted by the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers on February 15...

  • 'It changed my philosopy'

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2022

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners played their last game of the season on February 22 in a pigtail game against the Rock River Longhorns, a team they lost to by three points and a team they beat by three points earlier in the season. The game was decided by three points, but not in the Miners favor. The score ended 39-36. Head Coach Cliff Jones wasn’t unhappy with how the season ended for his five man team. “It was a game that we could not quite reach the win, but it was a good...

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  • Brown terminated by Saratoga Town Council

    Joshua Wood|Mar 2, 2022

    Three months after the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) attempted to execute a search warrant for a K9 dog owned by Justin Brown, the Saratoga Police Department (SPD) sergeant has been officially terminated by the Saratoga Town Council. Brown had initially been placed on suspension from the department effective January 17 per a letter from the SPD dated January 14. The decision came following a 90 minute special hearing open to the public and an hour long closed session. An announcement o... Full story

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