Articles from the March 2, 2023 edition


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  • Olive buries Wyoming with snow

    Virginia Parker|Mar 2, 2023

    Winter Storm Olive was ushered in with wind gusts topping 78 miles per hour west of Laramie and 83 miles per hour south of Casper. Blowing into Wyoming, Olive wrought havoc on transportation, supply chains, medical needs and education. The National Weather Service called for severe cold temperatures with heavy snow and high winds which came to fruition on the evening of February 20. Olive entered the east side of Wyoming, caused by a dip in the jet stream and a low-pressure system which flowed...

  • Addressing problems, looking for solutions

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Mar 2, 2023

    As investigations continue into recent fentanyl overdose deaths, community members from the Platte Valley and Carbon County gathered at the Platte Valley Community Center on February 23. Those who couldn't attend in person either attended via Zoom or watched livestreams offered by the Saratoga Sun and the Town of Saratoga. The community roundtable, which lasted 90 minutes, was facilitated by Saratoga Police Chief Mike Morris and Joshua Wood, interim publisher of the Saratoga Sun. Over the...

  • Getting their money's worth

    Virginia Parker|Mar 2, 2023

    Two important projects for the Town of Saratoga—the sale of property to Valley Village Child Care and progress on Never Forget Park—were among the topics discussed by the Saratoga Town Council on February 21. Going, going, SOLD! Following a public hearing and an unanimous decision by the Saratoga Town Council, Valley Village Child Care and Excel Preschool will eventually have a new home in what is now the Corbett Medical Building. During the public hearing, held prior to the regular mee...

  • Details emerge on arrest of local man

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Mar 2, 2023

    More details have emerged regarding the arrest of a local man in connection with the overdose deaths of a Saratoga couple on February 4. Max Schneider, 23, is facing charges on one count of delivery of a controlled substance (fentanyl) and two counts of involuntary manslaughter for the deaths of Richard Heap and Megan Cassidee Wingo. Schneider was arrested on February 17 following an initial investigation by the Carbon County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and Wyoming Department of Criminal...

  • Carbon County Sheriff's office bridging the gap

    Virginia Parker|Mar 2, 2023

    In the past, school resource officers were typically pulled from the local police department. In a historical move, the Board of Carbon County Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Carbon County Sheriff's Office and Carbon County School District No. 1, establishing a full-time District One School Resource Officer for the Sheriff's Office. Deputy Joel Robertson, who was worn in Monday, February 28, will become the first School Resource Officer in the history of...

  • A History of Public Lands

    Mar 2, 2023

    Dear Editor,  The right to access public lands was codified into law in 1885. The Federal Unlawful Inclosures act.43 U.S.D.A. was passed to stop private landowners from inclosing public lands for their exclusive use. The act prohibits the maintenance, erection, construction, or control of an enclosure to prevent access to public lands. From its enactment, it has been contested, ignored and state laws passes to undermine it.       Throughout the years, this law have been upheld in the courts.In the following cases illegality of enclosure and...

  • New McDaniel book highlights   underdogs including Tom Bell and others 

    Bill Sniffin|Mar 2, 2023

    Like many Davids fighting their Goliaths, the heroes picked by author Rodger McDaniel in his new book suffered greatly, but caused great change in the Cowboy State. The book “Profiles In Courage, Standing Against The Wyoming Wind,” recently came out and features some old friends of mine. Rodger sent me a copy, and folks like the late Tom Bell deserve some mention. It was more than 50 years ago when a rancher named Herman Werner went to war against various endangered species at his Douglas ranch. During hearings before U.S. Sen. Gale McG...

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    Mar 2, 2023

  • Wyoming transplant brings love of history to Hanna

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2023

    For six months, the Hanna Basin Museum operated without a director while the board waited for the right candidate. They finally found one with Geraldine Hutchins, who moved to Wyoming in 2011 and moved to Carbon County a year ago. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Hutchins moved to Wyoming-and later Carbon County-to work as an Alzheimer and dementia care nurse. She currently works at the Saratoga Care Center and, while she works in Saratoga, she lives in Hanna. "I found this house with an...

  • Panther grapplers place at State

    Jason Campbell, Special to the Saratoga Sun|Mar 2, 2023

    The Saratoga Panther wrestling team traveled early to Casper for the State Championship tournament, leaving on Monday in order to beat the incoming blizzard. Ten of the eleven qualified Panther wrestlers competed at State. Anthony Campbell was unable to wrestle due to an injury suffered at Regionals. In the 2A class, Saratoga placed 10th out of 21 teams and had four individual contestants who fought their way to the podium. Tuker Carricato made the Championship match but just came up short and...

  • Panthers proceed with perfect pacing

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2023

    The Saratoga Panthers went into the 1A West Regional Tournament with a large target on their back being the only undefeated boys basketball team in Wyoming Like many teams, the Panthers left for the regional tournament on Monday due to an incoming winter storm which shut down the state. Saratoga faced the Riverside Rebels, the Farson-Eden Pronghorns and the Cokeville Panthers to continue their undefeated record. Panthers vs. Rebels After three days of waiting, Saratoga faced the Rebels on...

  • Widdison grapples her way to bronze

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2023

    It was a tough season for the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miner grapplers on their road to the 2A State Championship. While HEM began with several wrestlers, by the time they made the trip to Casper the team had been reduced to just five. Fortunately, all five punched their ticket the week prior during the regional tournament. Not just that, but grappler MacKaylee Widdison took 3rd place in the 105 pound weight class in the inaugural girls wrestling state tournament. “She did r...

  • Miners find silver lining in regional losses

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2023

    Though the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners didn’t make it to the 1A State Tournament, they managed to accomplish some of their goals at the 1A West Regional Tournament in Lander. “Of course we wanted to make it to State,” said Head Coach Cliff Jones. “But our goal was to be playing on Saturday for the chance to go to State and we did that.” The Miners went 1-2 during the regional tournament, facing the Hulett Red Devils, the Midwest Oilers and the Kaycee Buckaroos. Miners vs...

  • Lady Panthers end season in Lander

    Virginia Parker|Mar 2, 2023

    Just like other teams from the Valley, the Saratoga Lady Panthers were forced by Winter Storm Olive to leave for the 1A West Regional Tournament in Lander a few days early. The weather did more than force an early departure for the Lady Panthers. Many family members were unable to attend due to closed roads, making it a sad end to the season and the final game for the senior players. Despite all of that, Head Coach Heather Bartlett said she believe the girls conducted themselves in an exemplary...

  • Lady Rattlers take rough road to State

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2023

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers chased their place at the State tournament which takes place next weekend. The team raced north to Lander on Monday, hoping to avoid the storm in the forecast. The Rattlers arrived in Lander on Monday, but didn't face a team until Thursday. Gillies said, "We tried not to stay in the hotel very much, but it was hard on us as I am sure it was on all the teams who came early." The Rattlers faced Burlington's Lady Huskies on Thursday, Friday saw the...

  • HEM girls fall short at regional tournament

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2023

    The HEM Lady Miners pursued their dreams of the State tournament by facing two teams at the regionals last week. With weather forcing hurried departures and fewer fans cheering them on the Miners went for the win, but fell short. Lady Miners vs. Lady Buckaroos Thursday they was on the court with Kaycee's Lady Buckaroos first. The came ended with HEM's Lady Miners losing 20-49. The Miners were a third seed facing a second seed. Lady Miners vs. Lady Devils Friday the Lady Miners were challenged by...

  • Lady Tigers bound for State Tournament

    Virginia Parker|Mar 2, 2023

    The Encampment Lady Tigers took to the road, headed for Regionals on Monday, three days early. With a winter storm warning at their heels, the Lady's didn't have much choice, The competition ahead of them was going to be tough, but they faced it with the fierce attitude that their fans have all come to expect. Lady Tigers vs. Dubois Lady Rams The Tigers first game at regionals was against the Dubois Lady Rams, and they left with a little more confidence, in a triumphic win with an 11 point...

  • A STEM-ulating day at HEM

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 2, 2023

    Students at Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School and Hanna Elementary School have recently spent the 3rd Friday of each month out on a limb. Or, rather, a STEM as they are involved in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. In February, students from the University of Wyoming visited HEM and gave presentations in their fields of study to both high school and elementary students. It was the first endeavor of this kind to mix the students of all ages in a learnin...

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