Articles from the March 31, 2022 edition


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  • Building bipartisan bridges

    Joshua Wood|Mar 31, 2022

    The Saratoga Town Council will be practicing bipartisanship and building bridges in the very literal sense. During the March 15 meeting of the governing body, Mayor Creed James read correspondence received from the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) regarding the Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. "It says the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill dedicated $45 million per year for five years to the State of Wyoming to replace or r...

  • Racing to Rawlins

    Joshua Wood|Mar 31, 2022

    Place your bets! More than a year after granting approval to Wyoming Downs, LLC (Wyoming Downs), the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) have granted approval to yet another horse racing business to set up shop in the county. While Wyoming Downs has yet to secure any location in the county, another company appears ready to establish their fourth location in Rawlins. Kyle Ridgeway, CFO of 307 Horse Racing, Inc. appeared before the commissioners at their March 15 meeting along with CEO...

  • Fuel of the future

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 31, 2022

    Hydrogen has been the subject of a few conversations in Carbon County this past week.On March 14, Nicholas Bair, CEO of Clean Energy Holdings, came to the Elk Mountain Town Council to introduce himself and talk about the hydrogen plant project his company hopes to build at Simpson Ridge, outside of town. The town residents and council members listened and had questions Bair answered as best as he could. Bair promised to come back in the beginning of April to further address their questions....

  • Dwight Homer France

    Mar 31, 2022

    Dwight Homer France, of Encampment, made his final departure into the heavenly skies on March 22, 2022. Dwight was born on April 3, 1947 to John Walker France and Marie Wells France in Rawlins. Unbeknownst to his parents and doctor, he was a twin. Dwight was polite enough to let his brother Sherrod be born first. He attended school in Rawlins, graduating from Rawlins High School in 1965. He then attended the University of Wyoming, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. In 1970 he graduat... Full story

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  • Wood and stone

    Staff Report|Mar 31, 2022

    The Platte Valley Arts Council (PVAC) is pleased to present “Two’s the Limit,” a sculpture selected for the public art displays to be revealed in the valley this fall. This work includes a 20-by-15-by-11-inch sculpture of trout leaping into the air by local artist Jerry Wood. The sculpture is one of seven new public art displays in the Platte Valley, that will be revealed this fall. These pieces feature local artists and include murals and sculptures depicting local life and culture. Wood’s sculpture demonstrates his expertise in using translu...

  • Martha G. (Marty) Perue

    Mar 31, 2022

    Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2022 for Carbon County native and long-time Saratoga resident Marty Perue, 89, who passed away Sunday night, March 20, 2022 in the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper after suffering a massive stroke earlier in the day. The memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Steven Niccolls and family members in the First Presbyterian Church of Saratoga at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall hosted by the Deacons. Music will be...

  • Woes followed Big Nose George

    Bill Sniffin|Mar 31, 2022

    Okay, so who was Big Nose George? This legendary character from Wyoming’s formative past has been written about extensively for the past 141 years, but never has anyone really put the whole story all together until now. Dr. Mark E. Miller’s new book “Big Nose George, His Troublesome Trail” is the best telling I have seen of this famous character’s real story. I featured a version of this story, along with some crazy photographic images, in my third coffee table book, “Wyoming at 125,” back in 2015. We included the tidbit that after George...

  • A sliver of hope

    Joshua Wood|Mar 31, 2022

    By Joshua Wood As the Saratoga Town Council seeks to, at the very least, start construction on Never Forget Park in Memory of Staff Sergeant Tyler Pickett this year there seems to be one minor hurdle for the governing body. A small sliver of land less than half an acre in size which the Town of Saratoga may have to conduct a land swap to obtain. The discussion came during the March 15 meeting of the governing body. For more than a decade, various incarnations of the town council have discussed...

  • Water and roads in Medicine Bow

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 31, 2022

    The Medicine Bow Town Council met on March 14 at the Medicine Bow Community Hall. Mayor Sharon Biamon and all council members were present. It took a matter of minutes for the council to approve the agenda, the minutes from the February 15 regular scheduled meeting and the financials. Braeden Hyde of Sunrise Engineering (Sunrise) reported his firm was working on the street design, and the best solution seemed to be a polymer emulsion applied with the water truck. Sunrise would first crown the...

  • Four firsts for Togie

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 31, 2022

    by Mike Armstrong Saratoga High School Panthers went to the Green River Invite and was in competition with three other Carbon County teams, in addition to five other high schools and did very well. Rawlins, HEM and Encampment were present. The Panthers had four 1st place wins. The girls sprint medley team came in 1st with a time of 4:47.63 Whitney Bennet came in 1st in two events at Green River. In the long jump she hit 16-4 to take the win. She also placed 1st in the triple jump going 34-6. In...

  • Tigers run to Green River

    Micky Jones|Mar 31, 2022

    The Encampment Tiger track team traveled west to the Green River Track and Field Invite, held in Green River Wyoming. Nine teams from around the state participated in multiple events at the meet. Kristie Jordan made 1st place in shot put, pre qualifying for state. “I thought we had some good performances while competing against several larger schools,” said head coach Kegan Willford. Out of 36 scored events the Encampment Tigers placed 8th with 47.5 team points. The girls scored 21 points and...

  • Nine Miners to Green River

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 31, 2022

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School Miner track and field team went to Green River on March 25 where they faced competition with eight other teams. Three of those teams came from Carbon County. Encampment, Saratoga and Rawlins sent their teams to Green River. Although the team had only nine athletes go to Green River on Friday, the Miners still had a good showing at the the Invite having several students place in the top 20. Avery Scott placed 1st in the 200 meter dash with...

  • Tigers top ten at Wind River

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    The Encampment Tiger track team traveled north to the Wind River Invitational Track meet held in Fremont county. The first track meet for the Tigers hosted by Wind River High School ranked both teams in top ten. The Lady Tigers were ranked 9th out of 15 schools and scored 32 team points. On the boys side, the Tigers were ranked 6th out of 14 schools and scored 42 team points. Girls Results Starting in the 100 meter dash Eckerley Picket ran a time of 14.49 and placed 11th. In the 3200 meter run Allison Bromley had a time of 14:19.53 and placed...

  • From Rawlins to Saratoga

    Joshua Wood|Mar 31, 2022

    In February, Darren Jennings, principal at Saratoga Elementary School, was offered a contract as district superintendent for Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2). Jennings accepted, which left the CCSD2 Board of Trustees with the task of finding someone to fill his position for next school year. The search wasn’t long and came down to two candidates; Stephanie Long and Seth Hetherington. Long currently teaches 6th grade at Saratoga Elementary School and Hetherington currently teaches k...

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