Articles from the March 17, 2022 edition


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  • Closed for the season

    Joshua Wood|Mar 17, 2022

    For the past few years, the expenditure of county resources to rescue visiting motorists stranded on seasonally closed county roads has frustrated the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) and Carbon County Road and Bridge. The motorists, often passing through the county when winter weather forces the closure of Interstate 80, have relied upon the unreliable direction of their map applications. Despite ample signage or warnings from locals, the end result has been the need to rescue said...

  • Knock three times

    Joshua Wood|Mar 17, 2022

    The locking of doors during business at one of Saratoga’s liquor establishments was a topic of discussion during the March 15 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. Saratoga Police Chief Ken Lehr informed the governing body of Saratoga of an incident involving Sergeant Tyler Christen on Saturday evening at the Rustic Bar (Rustic), which is one of three businesses on Bridge Avenue which holds a liquor license. According to Lehr, when Christen went to the Rustic to conduct a bar check he found t...

  • Do the things you enjoy

    Mary Angell - Special to the Sun|Mar 17, 2022

    Long-time Saratoga resident Don Herold, who marked his 90th birthday on March 16, was at his shop bright and early on Friday morning, taking care of some bookkeeping. He established Herold's Iron Works in the winter of 1969, and he still runs it - and although he's cut back on the jobs he takes on, he still keeps busy. "I used to have a body shop, machine shop, fabrication shop, but times have changed. The people have changed, wages have changed," he told the Sun. "I couldn't pay the help what...

  • Avalanche claims one

    Staff Report|Mar 17, 2022

    A 58-year-old South Dakota man is dead following an avalanche in the Encampment River Wilderness on March 12. At approximately 1:02 p.m., the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) received a call from Roy Simonson of Rapid City, South Dakota. Simonson reported himself and Jon P. LaFramboise, also of Rapid City, had been caught in an avalanche while snowmobiling near Hog Park in the Sierra Madre mountain range. He also reported he had performed CPR on LaFramboise, but couldn’t find a pulse and noted LaFramboise still wasn’t breathing. CCSO...

  • Investing in non-profits

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 17, 2022

    On March 15 the student council for Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School was presented with a check for $460 from the Bank of Commerce (BOC). The HEM student council was chosen by the employees of BOC for the donation because they contribute half the funds and BOC matches the money. Copper France, president and CEO of the bank, said this is done monthly and has been going on since 2018. "I used to have employees that used to come to me regularly on Friday and say, 'Can we wear jea...

  • Funding the arts

    Staff Report|Mar 17, 2022

    The Platte Valley Arts Council (PVAC) recently received two grants from two organizations which will go towards the installation of public art in the Valley. One of those grants comes from another Valley organization, Bridge Street Bargains. The other comes from the Wyoming Community Foundation. The announcement of both grants came in press releases on March 15 from Stacy Crimmins, project coordinator for the PVAC. The Wyoming Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization which works with donors to support the charitable causes they care...

  • Leaders don't always represent the people

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 17, 2022

    When you live in an international city like Shanghai, it is likely you are going to meet a lot different folk from different countries. Because there is a mix of companies from all over the world doing business in China, Shanghai is often where they have a presence. It being located in China made it a bit unique compared to places which are a bit more Western. The only other city I have ever lived in that was as international was Washington D.C. My years in Australia and Taiwan exposed me to a... Full story

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  • Welcome to Thursday

    Saratoga Sun Editorial|Mar 17, 2022

    If you received your newspaper on a Thursday, there’s no need to worry. The mail wasn’t late this week. Instead, this week marks the Saratoga Sun’s return to Thursday publication. We have switched to a new printer, one in eastern Wyoming, in our continued efforts to provide you with the best product we can each week. When we use the term return in regards to Thursday publication, it may be confusing to some of our readers. It may seem to some that the Sun has published on Wednesday forever. Long-time Saratoga locals, however, can tell you d... Full story

  • The dangers of tribalism

    Mar 17, 2022

    Editor, World peace remains elusive, thus raising the question of whether it is possible. Even peace within our country is in question. For tribalism is continuing to tear us apart. Unless we learn to view and treat each other each other with respect, it will continue to threaten our existence as a human race. You could argue that we have existed with it for centuriesand you would be right. But we have become a global community, interconnected and dependent upon one another. All conflicts and environmental crisis’s now have the ability to d...

  • Valley Chamber recognizes community members

    Joshua Wood|Mar 17, 2022

    On March 10, members of the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce (S/PVCC) gathered in the Great Hall of the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) to honor local businesses, organizations and volunteers from throughout the community during the Annual Chamber Dinner. Each year, the Chamber of Commerce honors the Volunteer of the Year, Organization of the Year, New Business of the Year and Business of the Year. A recent addition to the categories, Emerging Business of the Year, is also...

  • 'You put your emotions on paper'

    Joshua Wood|Mar 17, 2022

    The French impressionist artist Edgar Degas once said "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." On the afternoon of March 12, the Saratoga Museum held their first "Local Artists on Display" event. The first featured artist was, likely, a familiar face to those who frequent the local United States Post Office. The smiling face of Jessica Lane can often be seen behind the counter at the post office as she helps residents with their mail. Saturday afternoon, Jessica was not behind...

  • Putting in thirty thousand hours

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 17, 2022

    Hanna Fire Chief Mark Kostovny gave a report to Hanna Town Council on March 8. "I just thought it would be good for you to know who is helping us and what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter," Kostovny told the council. "There are a lot of elements going on to keep a volunteer fire department going." Kostovny said the Hanna Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) answered 122 calls in 2021. As of March 12, there have been 32 calls this year. "In 2021 we spent 1,071 hours on total fire call time, 474...

  • Van Winkle joins Marshal's office

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 17, 2022

    The Hanna Town Council met on March 8 for its regularly scheduled meeting. Mayor Lois Buchanan was not present. Mayor Pro-Tem Sammy Sikes ran the meeting. All other council members were present. After the approval of the agenda, John Van Winkle was sworn in as the new Hanna deputy marshal. "Welcome aboard," Sikes said. "Good to have you." Craig Kopasz, Engineering Associates, said he was working with Public Works Director Larry Korkow in anticipation of putting in the new water line. He said thr...

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