Articles from the April 21, 2021 edition


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  • All eyes on Carbon County

    Mike Armstrong|Apr 21, 2021

    Carbon County has been getting a lot of national and international attention recently. So, too, has former county commissioner and current Rawlins mayor Terry Weickum. On page A1 of the March 4 New York Times, a train was photographed carrying its cargo with windmills stretching out on a landscape of the high desert. Underneath the picture was the headline 'Wind Rises in Coal Country" (Editor's Note: the headline now reads "Wyoming Coal Country Pivots, Reluctantly, to Wind Farms"). The picture...

  • Clearing the muddy waters

    Joshua Wood|Apr 21, 2021

    As the Saratoga-Carbon County Impact Joint Powers Board (SCCIJPB) continues its pursuit of extremely delinquent accounts, potential changes to the municipal code may help streamline that process. During the April 13 meeting of the joint powers board, Director of Public Works Jon Winter presented the board members with changes to Saratoga Municipal Code 13.60.010 and 13.60.020. These two sections of the code pertain to delinquent charges and termination of services. When the SCCIJPB began to...

  • Energizing Rock Creek

    Joshua Wood|Apr 21, 2021

    As Carbon County receives national, and international, attention for its embrace of wind energy, the influx of wind energy projects shows no sign of stopping.  On April 6, Michael Svedeman, Senior Manager of Development for Invenergy, appeared before the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) to discuss yet another upcoming wind project. Inevergy’s appearance before the county commissioners comes nearly two years since the Illinois-based company transferred ownership of the Ekola Flats...

  • Supporting victims

    Staff Report|Apr 21, 2021

    The week of April 18 is being recognized by the Carbon County Sheriff’s Victim/Witness Program as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The intention of the week is to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues, promote victims’ rights and to honor victims of all crimes. The theme for 2021 is “Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities” with the goal to remind people that the rights of crime victims are best protected when all participants in the criminal just process—not only victims—are appropriately educated about...

  • Subdividing Green Acres

    Joshua Wood|Apr 21, 2021

    With construction having begun on the North Platte Valley Medical Center at 13th Street and Bridge Avenue, surrounding property has the potential to be of value.  The closest property with the possibility to be developed is a five acre parcel on the east side of 13th Street owned by one person. On April 13, local business owner, and owner of that property, Randy Raymer appeared before the Saratoga Planning Commission with a preliminary subdivision plat. “I bought that whole seven acre parcel...

  • Drink more water, you noodle!

    Joshua Wood|Apr 21, 2021

    I really picked a heck of a week to reduce my caffeine consumption. Since I’ve been at the Saratoga Sun, it has not been uncommon for me to drink anywhere from three to five cups of coffee in a day. Often, if the pot is a day old and there’s still some coffee left, I’ll just reheat it and drink that.  That’s not counting the two or three sodas I was drinking, either.  Or the occasional double shot after a long meeting the night before. It’s not like I didn’t drink any coffee... Full story

  • Thank you for your public service

    Saratoga Sun Editorial|Apr 21, 2021

    It’s not easy serving the public. This was made clear on April 6, when Bob Keel resigned his position from the Saratoga Town Council. Keel, in his resignation letter, stated that he was choosing his family over the council. The Saratoga Sun applauds him for making such a difficult decision and wishes him well in his new venture. There may be many in the community who are disappointed that Keel did not finish out his four year term. A look into Saratoga’s past, however, shows that it is not at all uncommon for people to take their leave at... Full story

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  • Former publisher offers advice

    Apr 21, 2021

    Okay, Sun editor, you asked for it and I’m ready to give it to you. (see “Against the Grain” by Josh Wood on page 4 of April 15, 2021 issue of the Saratoga Sun) Right off, I want to compliment you on last week’s column, it’s the best you’ve written. Short, concise, to the point, informative and best of all you ask for reader input. Here are some suggestions if I—Dick Perue, former editor, publisher, printer and janitor of “The Saratoga Sun”—was once again running the award-winning weekly newspaper. Go to tab-size paper with... Full story

  • Limiting 'Lope Licenses

    Staff Report|Apr 21, 2021

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is proposing to reduce antelope license quotas for the 2021 hunting season. In many hunt areas, the proposals cut the quota due to impacts from persistent drought conditions and the record-breaking 2021 spring blizzard. The license reductions should be short-term, according to wildlife managers who believe the conservative proposals for each herd will stabilize pronghorn populations and allow them to bounce back.  Fluctuations of the number of pronghorn...

  • From two towers to one?

    Joshua Wood|Apr 21, 2021

    Rehabilitation of a leaking, bolted water tank west of Saratoga appears to be off the table.  Discussion of the tank came up during the April 14 meeting of the Saratoga-Carbon County Impact Joint Powers Board (SCCIJPB) with two vastly different estimates from two companies to repair the tank. For the past several years, the tank has had either massive water stains or large chunks of ice along its side. When the special election for the One Percent Specific Purpose Sales and Use Tax (6th penny...

  • Hanna takes a pass

    Mike Armstrong|Apr 21, 2021

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) track team had to give a pass on going to Saratoga Track Invitational. “We had a couple seniors on a college visit and a few of the kids were out sick, so we made the decision to not to attend especially with the weather being so unpredictable,” Head Coach Jackie Jones said. “From what I understand, they had a successful meet and my hats off to them.” Jones said with the kids that she had that could have competed, it was decided not to take the...

  • Saratoga wins at Willford

    Joshua Wood|Apr 21, 2021

    Saratoga didn't have to go very far this weekend as they hosted their annual track meet on Saturday. While at the Burt Willford Memorial Invite, a number of Head Coach Rex Hohnholt's student athletes placed well even while working against cooler temperatures. While two relay teams for the boys were able to prequalify for the state track meet, Whitney Bennett broke the very same school record she set just a week prior. Girls at Burt Willford Starting with the track events, Savannah Wells placed...

  • Encampment places well in Saratoga

    Joshua Wood|Apr 21, 2021

    The student athletes of Encampment track and field didn't travel far this weekend to compete as they attended the Burt Willford Memorial Invite in Saratoga on Saturday. While Encampment had been scheduled to compete in Laramie on Friday, the winter-like weather that has plagued Wyoming recently led to Head Coach Kegan Willford forgoing the event. Likely a wise decision as his track and field athletes competed well in Saratoga, despite the cooler temperatures. "Overall, I thought our team...

  • Keel leads local church

    Joshua Wood|Apr 21, 2021

    "I definitely feel that I'm supposed to be here doing this right now. It doesn't mean that I'm the best person or the most qualified, it just means that for some reason I was supposed to do this and I believe that. I know that to be true." Robert "Bob" Keel has taken on various roles in the community in recent years. He served on the Saratoga Town Council for two-and-a-half years, has coached youth and Saratoga Middle School basketball and is a physician assistant for Memorial Hospital of Carbon...

  • Putting it in 'Layman' terms

    Mike Armstrong|Apr 21, 2021

    The Carbon County Council of Governments (CCCOG) met in person at on March 31 at the C4 headquarters building in Rawlins. The C4 (Carbon County Coordination Center) building was picked for the meeting to allow elected officials from the local municipalities to take in firsthand the Carbon County facility built to be the command center for emergencies. Chairman Morgan Irene started the meeting by welcoming all attendees. All Carbon County municipalities were represented with the exception of...

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  • Youth Citizenship Award offered for 2021

    Staff Report|Apr 21, 2021

    Carbon County School District 2 graduating seniors may now apply for the $500.00 Youth Citizenship Award offered by the Valley Service Organization (VSO). Applications may obtained by emailing [email protected]. If the student does not have access to email, he or she should call Judy Hamel VSO award chairman, at 307-710-2440. Completed applications should be returned to PO Box 1620 Saratoga Wy., or by email according to arrangements made when the application was requested. Deadline to apply is April 30 Hamel said. Hamel emphasized that the...