Articles from the April 4, 2024 edition

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  • On the Hunt

    Apr 4, 2024

    Photo by Joshua Wood Ellia Krugman keeps her eyes open for candy and eggs during the Encampment/Riverside Volunteer Fire Department Easter Egg Hunt on March 30. For more photos and results see A7 of this week’s Saratoga Sun....

  • Moving forward or backward?

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Apr 4, 2024

    The resubdividing of existing lots and how that could impact the future of zoning was a subject of the Saratoga Planning Commission during their March 12 meeting. At the heart of the discussion was property owned by Paul Newman located at 208 W. Saratoga Avenue. Rather than either the property being a single lot or two lots, it is a lot-and-a-half. “I’d like to put two brand new trailers on that lot-and-a-half but per zoning, I’m only allowed to do one per lot,” said Newman. “I’m asking to divide my lot-and-a-half into two three-quart...

  • Housing in Hulett

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Apr 4, 2024

    About 23 years ago, another small town in Wyoming faced similar obstacles to building low-income housing like the Town of Saratoga. Hulett, Wyoming, with a population of 323 at the 2022 U.S. Census, is that town. James S. and Sally Ann Neiman, owned the Neiman Mill in Hulett, which cut pine for lumber. According to their daughter, and former manager of the Hulett Community Housing Authority, Connie Lindmier, her parents led the effort to find low-income housing for Hulett. They wanted to provide affordable housing for their employees. Ultimatel...

  • Flying with The Fishes

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 4, 2024

    Mother Mountain Anglers, from Encampment, hosted the Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Platte Valley Community Center on Saturday, March 30. Community members attending the event took part in raffle ticket drawings. Free beer and drinks were also available to those who attended the event. People were able to learn about the skill and craft of flying fishing. The film documentary also raises important awareness of the environment and how climate change can affect the future of fishing as well as how p...

  • Alden Revelle Condict

    Apr 4, 2024

    On March 28th, 2024, beloved husband, father and friend, Alden Revelle Condict passed from this world to the next. He was 96 years old. Alden was born December 31st, 1927, in the family home of Aurilla and W.C. Condict on the Condict Ranch near Brush Creek. A childhood on the ranch fostered an early love and lifelong dedication to animals and the land. He especially loved horses and dogs. Alongside his close friend, Dick Barkhurst, he attended a country school located on the Condict Ranch....

  • Medical Center awarded grant for new equipment

    Staff Report|Apr 4, 2024

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted $64,362 to the North Platte Valley Medical Center (NPVMC) to purchase a Sonosite Ultrasound and a GE Logiq E10 R3 cardiac package as part of a statewide ultrasound initiative across Wyoming. The initiative includes nearly $13.9 million to help Wyoming hospitals and health centers purchase ultrasound imaging devices and boost sonography and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) training opportunities across the state. “We are incredibly grateful that once again the Helmsley Charitable T...

  • VSO Scholarship open

    Staff Report|Apr 4, 2024

    The Valley Service Organization (VSO) has, once again, opened up the Youth Citizenship Award for graduating seniors from Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2). This scholarship awards a cash scholarship each year to a senior selected by the VSO Award Committee. VSO Chairwoman Cindy Walton has emphasized this scholarship is not based on grades. Instead, it is a cash award given directly to the student for their “community service and understanding of what it is to be a good citizen”. The award is open to graduating seniors from Sar...

  • Get involved in your local government

    Joshua Wood|Apr 4, 2024

    “Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring to your own life.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger. Last week, the Town of Saratoga began advertising for the vacancy on the Saratoga Town Council. The seat, previously held by Jacob Fluty, will be on the ballot as a two-year unexpired term this year. Whoever is appointed to the vacancy will onl...

  • Wyomingites deserve better

    Jake Goodrick Gillette|Apr 4, 2024

    Those unsure whether their elected representatives have enough flair for the dramatic need not worry. The day late, dollar short political posturing seen in the Cowboy State this week was fitting, and expected, coming from the same group of lawmakers who pushed the bounds of the state’s 20-day budget session, and only emerged successful in accomplishing their simple, utmost goal — passing a budget — by the skin of their teeth. Now they want a special session to run it all back. Apparently, these lawmakers didn’t get their fill in Cheyenn...

  • Living on Purpose: Christ is risen and what it means for everyone

    Dr. Willia F. Holland|Apr 4, 2024

    Throughout history, no one has made a greater impact than Jesus Christ. So, who is this person called Jesus? He was not just a man; He was God. It’s widely known Jesus was born of a virgin 2000 years ago, but He existed long before that. As the Son of God and second person of the Trinity, Jesus is the Alpha and Omega which means He is from the beginning and has no end. His being infinite is beyond our comprehension and exalts God as the highest authority. Jesus the Christ means He is the anointed one, the promised Messiah. All other gods and i...

  • We Walk by Faith and Not By Sight

    Rev. Peggy Hotchkiss|Apr 4, 2024

    Vision has been very much on my mind recently. Vision problems have played a large role in the lives of my husband and me the last 18 months or so. Between my macular edema and his cataracts, we have made numerous trips to the Front Range to see retinal specialists and cataract surgeons. For those of us who have enjoyed relatively good vision all our lives, having vision problems can be debilitating and frustrating. Being able to see—even with assistance from eyeglasses—is something we often take for granted. We seldom think about the cha...

  • Commissioners pay off millions

    Staff Report|Apr 4, 2024

    The Board of Carbon County Commissioners announced today that it will pay off approximately $9.6 million in debt related to the Courthouse and Carbon Building Improvement Project. The project, which renovated the two buildings was partially paid for using $18 million in specific purpose tax funds, otherwise known as the 6th penny tax funds that were passed by the voters in May of 2019. That left approximately $10 million the county financed with NBH Bank to complete the remodels. In October 2022 the county accepted $8,789,400 from the US Depart...

  • A little bit country, a little bit… the Platte Valley

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 4, 2024

    Jason Swedlund and Mary de la Fuente performed at the Rustic Bar in Saratoga on Saturday, March 23. Swedlund and de la Fuente have both had an interesting musical journey which led them to become a perfect match as a musical duo. Swedlund started his musical journey at the age of nine when he picked up his dad’s banjo and started “plinking around.” Swedulund thought he would be in trouble for messing with his dad’s banjo. “I thought he would kill me for messing around with it,” Swedlund sa...

  • Hop to it!

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Apr 4, 2024

    It seemed the Easter Bunny not only made a stop in the Encampment and Riverside area, but lost most of his basket in the process. On March 30, the Encampment/Riverside Volunteer Fire Department held their annual easter egg hunt for children aged preschool through 6th grade. The event, held at Rick Martin Memorial Park in Riverside, seems to draw participants from near and far every year and with good reason. Approximately 30 dozen eggs and pounds upon pounds of candy were littered throughout...

  • Lander-based outdoor school NOLS sheds jobs, announces closures

    Katie Klingsporn, via WyoFile|Apr 4, 2024

    Just four years after the COVID-19 pandemic upended operations at the National Outdoor Leadership School, the nonprofit wilderness school and staple of Wyoming’s outdoor landscape has announced plans to shed jobs and close satellite facilities. NOLS, a global operation and major Fremont County employer with headquarters in Lander, will eliminate 60 jobs as well as suspend operations at three of its campuses come fall. The bulk of the layoffs, 42, will directly impact staff; the remaining 18 p...

  • The Wyoming Open shoots for a Sweet 16

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 4, 2024

    The Platte Valley Community Center will be hosting the 16th Annual Wyoming Open and Billiards Player pool tournament, a four-day event that will take place on April 4th -7th. Competitors in this tournament will be competing in the Masters Division, Sportsmen Division, and Classic Division. The Wyoming Open first started in 2008 and has continued each year except for 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wyoming Open returned in 2021 when COVID-19 restrictions were limited. This year about 140...

  • An aging Wyoming presents big housing challenges

    Madelyn Beck, via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 4, 2024

    Wyoming faces an array of future affordable housing challenges, but one big hurdle is an aging population. “The state is projected to experience moderate population growth in the coming years,” a new Wyoming Community Development Authority housing needs assessment found. “However, the aging of the population has deep implications for future housing needs, as older adults living longer independently accelerate housing demand.” To illustrate that trend, the report estimates that people 65 and old...

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