Articles from the March 10, 2021 edition


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  • Class, integrity and respect

    Joshua Wood|Mar 10, 2021

    When the buzzer sounded to end the 1A State Championship game, Saratoga's Gavin Bartlett embraced Upton's Luca Brooks. Then, with tears in his eyes, he walked to Coach Jason Williams and hugged him as well. A year before, the Saratoga Panthers had a much different result as they had won their first State Championship in school history. This year, Upton won the state championship-also their first in school history-but that also meant somebody had to lose. The Panthers had played through...

  • A bridge not far enough

    Joshua Wood|Mar 10, 2021

    Should the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) invest in upgrading a bridge on Wyoming Highway 130 or should the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) spend more than $1 million upgrading Carbon County Road 504? That was the question raised during the March 2 meeting of the county commissioners in discussion with representatives from the United States Forest Service (USFS). Historically, Highway 130 has been the main thoroughfare for logging trucks transporting timber to the...

  • No more masks required

    Joshua Wood|Mar 10, 2021

    Consider it the “Luck of the Irish”. On March 8, Governor Mark Gordon announced in a press release that Wyoming will be removing the statewide mask mandate on March 16. Additionally, the requirements that have been in place for bars, restaurants, theaters and gyms for nearly a year will be removed as well. Even though the statewide mask mandate is being removed, Gordon encouraged Wyoming residents to continue wearing face coverings in indoor public spaces. While the statewide order has been remo...

  • Charlotte Mary (McKee) Orton

    Mar 10, 2021

    *Editor's Note: An earlier version of this obituary had Charlotte's maiden name and not her married name. The Saratoga Sun apologies for the error.* Charlotte Mary (McKee) Orton was born on August 4, 1928, in Pottersville, Missouri to Clyde A. and Lottie V. McKee. Her family moved to Colorado soon after, where she graduated from Grover High School in 1946. She was very proud of lettering in basketball as a Grover Rabbette. Being one of nine children, Charlotte was instrumental in taking care of... Full story

  • Betty Jean Wade

    Mar 10, 2021

    Betty Jean (McLennan) Wade rushed into Jesus's arms Sunday, March 7, 2021. Born in Laramie, Wyoming. She resided in Encampment, WY in the summer and Port Isabel, TX in the winter. Betty passed away in Laramie after a week of visitation with many loving family members. Betty was born on August 25, 1928 to Zelpha Zola (McFadden) and David Homer McLennan. She grew up in Laramie and on December 11, 1946 married the love of her life Walter Otis Wade. Together they raised their five children: Mike,... Full story

  • Give it some gas!

    Joshua Wood|Mar 10, 2021

    More than a month after Blakeman Propane appeared before the Saratoga Town Council, the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) approved a conditional use permit for the Wyoming-based company during their March 2 meeting on a 4-1 vote. As was previously reported (see “But does it look nice?” on page 1 of the January 27 Saratoga Sun), Will Zilka of Blakeman Propane had appeared before the Town of Saratoga’s governing body to address any concerns the council may have had. While the bulk propa...

  • Water you talking about?

    Joshua Wood|Mar 10, 2021

    The first recreational vehicle (RV) park to be constructed since the passage of the Town of Saratoga's RV park ordinance may be in the ditches, quite literally, following the March 2 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. Over the past year, Saratoga residents James (Jimmy) and Jamie Campbell have sought to construct a new RV park along Wyoming Highway 130. Under the name JaJaCa Properties, the couple have sought a zone amendment, a special use permit and an RV park permit. While confusion over...

  • The rabbit hole is scary

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 10, 2021

    A little over a week ago, I was getting out of the shower and I saw something that unsettled me; a dime sized black patch on my back. I had never noticed it before and, because it was the size it was, I was surprised I hadn’t seen it before. I have a few moles on my body but, honestly, there aren’t that many. I had noticed a few skin tags popping up around my neck but I knew them to be fairly harmless, so I paid them scant attention. I couldn’t say the same thing about this creature on my back....

  • Go for Broker

    Staff Report|Mar 10, 2021

    Amanda Shahadey passed her Real Estate Brokers license to become the newest Associate Broker at Town & Country Realty. She completed her Broker Sales Course I & II and Law through an extensive set of classes prior to passing the test. Amanda has been in the real estate profession since 2015. She was honored by her peers in 2019 as the Carbon County Realtor of the Year. She graduated from Terre Haute North High School in 1999 and then attended St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana where she...

  • Caring for the Valley

    Staff Report|Mar 10, 2021

    If you were making a list of the largest private employers in the North Platte Valley, there’s a surprising one you may have overlooked: the Saratoga Care Center. When the Platte Valley Healthcare Project (PVHP) took over ownership of the Center recently, they learned, among other things, that it has 45 full- and part-time employees. According to Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce Director Leanna Jones, that makes the Saratoga Care Center one of the Valley’s five largest private employers. According to Trina Shirley, business off...

  • Lummis reps to visit Carbon County

    Staff Report|Mar 10, 2021

    Staff for U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis will hold mobile office hours in Rawlins and Saratoga on March 18 and 19, 2021 to meet with constituents. Field Representative Jackie King will be available to meet with residents and hear ideas, comments and concerns about what is happening in the U.S. Senate, and also to help anyone having trouble working with a federal agency. Of the mobile office hours, Sen. Lummis said: “We are working every day to make sure the federal government works for the people of Wyoming. Whether that is through legislation l...

  • Lady Miners move forward

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 10, 2021

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners went to Casper knowing they were facing a challenge in the Cokeville Panthers. “Cokeville is every bit as good as that banner they are going to be putting up in their gym,” Head Coach Jackie Jones said. “I have tons of respect for what Cokeville does with their program.” Jones said although the score ended a bit lopsided at 32-72, there were good things that happened in the game. “Taylar Scott scored 16 points and I felt that she had a grea...

  • Hanna plans for the future

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 10, 2021

    The first meeting of the Hanna Planning and Zoning board was held. on February 23 at the Hanna Town Hall. In January, three board members met but the board could not elect officers or do much business. Sam Sikes, Jason Nordquist, Donna Pipher, Vivian Gonzales and Mike Armstrong were all present in addition to several audience members. After the approval of the agenda, the officers were elected. Nordquist was made chairman, Pipher the vice-chairman and Gonzales the secretary. After the officers...

  • Officers in high country

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 10, 2021

    The High Country Joint Powers (HCJPB) met on February 4 at the Hanna Town Hall. In attendance were representatives from Elk Mountain, Ken Campbell and Morgan Irene, representatives from Hanna, Marcia Beals and Lois Buchanan and future Medicine Bow representative Sharon Kahl. Kahl, a member of the Medicine Bow Town Council, was appointed as a representative by the town. The first order of business was for HCJPB to accept Kahl as a representative so that she could vote as the meeting progressed....

  • Give ideas, get ideas

    Staff Report|Mar 10, 2021

    The Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) will soon be host to a multi-day event for the benefit of Valley businesses. The inaugural Platte Valley Regional Business Expo will be held at the PVCC and is a joint venture between the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Rawlins Chamber of Commerce and the PVCC. According to a press release from the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce, "The Platte Valley Regional Expo will enable...

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