Articles from the April 25, 2024 edition

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  • Changes in affect ahead of primary election

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Apr 25, 2024

    The Wyoming Legislature has changed some of its dates and deadlines that take effect in the 2024 election. The state has made a change to the date absentee ballots are sent out. Absentee ballots used to go out 45 days ahead of the election, said Gywnn Bartlett, Carbon County Clerk. Now absentee ballots will be sent out 28 days ahead of the election. This change does not apply to Uniformed and Overseas Citizens, Bartlett said. Those ballots will continue to be sent out 45 days ahead of the...

  • Ur-Energy to reopen Shirley Basin Mine

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Apr 25, 2024

    Ur-Energy Inc., a large uranium mining company in North America, is reopening Shirley Basin Mine in Carbon County for the purpose of pumping out uranium. A different owner had operated Shirley Basin Mine until closing it in 1992. “Ur-Energy purchased the assets of Pathfinder Mines Corp in 2013, including the Shirley Basin Project, because of the high quality of the remaining mineralization,” said John Cash, CEO and president of Ur-Energy Inc. “The uranium price was too low in 2013 to suppo...

  • Saratoga Cougar Captured

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Apr 25, 2024

    Living in rural areas such as Saratoga, interactions with wild animals are a given. In many cases, it’s that interaction which attracts people to the area. These interactions go beyond the “town deer” which live in town limits or the occasional moose making its way through. Such is the case with the mountain lion recently captured and relocated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD). According to Teal Cufaude, Saratoga Wildlife Biologist for the WGFD, this is possibly the second mount...

  • James Michael Callahan

    Apr 25, 2024

    James Michael Callahan “Mike”, 67, of Burney California, passed away on March 19th after a courageous battle with cancer. Mike was born on September 8th, 1956, in Willows, California to James “Jim” and Denita Callahan. After graduating from Elk Creek High School, Mike followed in his father’s footsteps and began a career in the lumber industry. He was a devoted and talented employee, working as a saw filer for 49 years, and retiring June of 2023. In 1983, Mike moved to Wyoming, where he truly...

  • Loving dogs a must

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 25, 2024

    About a year ago, Theresa Ramsey found herself in a situation helping a dog which touched her heart. In response, she started an organization called Must Love Dogs Sanctuary. About this time of year, I learned about a white German Shepherd that had been abandoned,” Ramsey said. “Saratoga Police Chief Mike Morris picked her up and she was beautiful. I wanted to adopt her. When I met her with my dog, she became aggressive.” Ramsey knew she had to find the German Shepherd a home. She asked herself...

  • Platte Valley Has a Dairy Good History

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 25, 2024

    Retired dairy farmer and teacher Larry Vyvey was a special guest at Tuesday’s Talk on April 16 where he gave a lecture on the history of dairy farming in the area. Vyvey is part of a family tradition of dairy farmers. He learned the dairy trade from his father before earning his bachelor’s in agriculture education at the University of Wyoming (UW). He was also a member of the Dairy Farm judging team at UW. He worked as a 4th-grade teacher and taught for 26 years before retiring from Sar...

  • Giving a voice to the voiceless

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 25, 2024

    This week Carbon County honors the voice of the voiceless for National Crime Victims Rights Week, which goes from April 21 to April 27. Carbon County and victims’ rights advocates are honoring and remembering those who have been victims of crime. According to the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), “this year’s theme is a call to action for us all to create safe environments for crime victims to share what happened to them. By doing so, we’re able to offer support, options for life-sa...

  • You can make a difference in ending sexual assault

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 25, 2024

    I’m not stranger to reporting on sexual assault. It is something I hate to talk about, however, it is important to me that I address this issue. The first time I ever covered a story on sexual assault was when I was a journalism student at Los Angeles Pierce College as a reporter, photojournalist, and opinion editor for Roundup News. Each year students across the country address this issue on college campuses. They would hang up t-shirts and jeans as a symbol of their being a victim of this h... Full story

  • Housing needs become dire

    Buffalo Bulletin|Apr 25, 2024

    A housing needs report from the Wyoming Community Development Authority paints an ominous, but not surprising, picture of our community’s current housing situation. Housing issues have plagued Johnson County, northeastern Wyoming and the state over the past four years as population growth drove real estate prices and average rents to historic highs. While the housing market has cooled in recent months, advocates say the situation is still untenable for many residents. According to the report, anyone working for an average wage industry in t...

  • Our Human Condition: Missing the Mark

    Pastor Gene Smith|Apr 25, 2024

    Romans 4: 5-8 “5But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” (NKJV) Using a stress ball might be good for relieving some anxiety, but it doesn’t get to the heart of our human condition. Perhaps, I can release enough stress...

  • Living on Purpose: An optimist chooses to see life differently

    Dr. William F. Holland|Apr 25, 2024

    The older we are, the more we can see how the world has changed. The Bible reveals the human race fell from God’s favor when Adam and Eve decided to disobey God in the Garden. Since that separation curse, all humans are now born with a depraved nature. Our spirits and minds can be transformed through God’s power, but this does not mean the optimist ignores reality or has blind faith. So how can we regain a positive attitude and discover restored spiritual security with our Creator? For those who are truth seekers, God’s word explains the probl...

  • Resident protests Town of Saratoga

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Apr 25, 2024

    On Monday morning, those driving up and down 1st Street in Saratoga likely saw an uncommon sight as a local resident held a protest outside Saratoga Town Hall. Wearing a bright yellow coat and carrying a pink sign, Jimmy Dempsey called for Mayor Chuck Davis to remove Town Clerk Jennifer Anderson for “neglecting her duty.” On his sign, Dempsey cited section 02.08.020 of Saratoga Municipal Code. This section of the code reads that all town employees may be dismissed by the mayor and council, wit...

  • Wyoming tourism social media goes dark amid wolf furor

    Katie Klingsporn, WyoFile via the Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 25, 2024

    Wyoming’s state tourism agency has suspended social media posts and paid ads relating to wildlife amid the worldwide furor over the wolf abuse and killing in Daniel. The Wyoming Office of Tourism, also known as Travel Wyoming, alerted unknown recipients to the social media suspension in a letter obtained by WyoFile. “I know you are all well aware of the public criticism over the wolf abuse by a resident,” read the email, which came from the office’s Senior Communication Manager Piper Singer...

  • Trend in agriculture toward subdividing

    Alex Hargrave, Buffalo Bulletin via the Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 25, 2024

    BUFFALO — Johnson County gained both farms and farmland between 2017 and 2022, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture released in February. That bucks the trend both in Wyoming and nationwide. While agriculture remains one of the county’s biggest industries, the outcomes for Johnson County point to a trend toward greater subdivision of large ranch land into parcels with smaller acreage. That trend revealed itself in the ag census and was not much of a surprise for locals who work in the land use sector. A lot of la...

  • Jordan Family leads the way for Encampment

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 25, 2024

    The Jordan siblings once again got some top finishes for the Encampment track team in Pine Bluff. Only two boys and one girl got a 5th place finish or higher. Encampment Girls Kristie Jordan finished 3rd place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.85 and a 5th place finish in shot put with a distance of 31 feet, 11 Inches. She also finished in 3rd place in discus with a distance of 99 feet, 1 inch. Encampment Boys Quade Jordan got a 1st place finish in shot put with a distance of 53 feet, 11.5...

  • Panthers on the prowl for State

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 25, 2024

    The Saratoga Panther Track and Field team is making their mark to earn their way to state. Last week the girls track and field team dominated with four girls making top finishes or state qualifications. Saratoga Girls Josie Little finished 4th place in triple jump with a distance of 32 feet, 2 Inches earning her spot in the State Track and Field Championships. Little also earned another spot in the State Track and Field Championships with a 6th place finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of...

  • Three Named to Mountain West 25th Season Team for Tennis

    Staff Report|Apr 25, 2024

    The Mountain West Conference has announced its 25th Season All-Tennis Team Monday by the league office. Wyoming has a trio of former Cowgirls that were named to the squad in Veronica Popovici, Magdalena Stencel and Tessa van Der Ploeg. Popovici, who is one of three Cowgirls in program history to be named All-Mountain West four times, is UW’s all-time leader in career singles wins with 85. Popovici also holds the single-season wins mark with 28, is also the all-time doubles wins leader at Wyoming with 88. Stencel, who has also been named to t...

  • Cowgirls Open Mountain West Tennis Championship Thursday

    Staff Report|Apr 25, 2024

    The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team travels to Las Vegas for the 2024 Mountain West Tennis Championships this week. The Cowgirls are the No. 3 seed at the tournament and will face the winner of sixth-seeded Colorado State and the No. 11 seed Air Force Thursday at 3 p.m., Mountain Time. Wyoming (16-9, 7-3 MW) finished the regular season with a 4-2 victory on the road at Colorado State last week. After dropping the doubles point to the Rams, the Cowgirls rallied to win 4-of-5 completed singles matches on the day to come away with some end-of-season...

  • Greenhouses Are The Place To Be

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 25, 2024

    Spring is here. It’s a time when colorful flowers blossom and people start to work on their home garden. For those who have a passion for colorful, eye-catching plants and flowers Doggett Greenhouse is the place to be. Doggett Greenhouse was established in Encampment in 1986 by Gary and Mary Jacobsen. Their son Zane and his wife Maura took over the business in 2021. For 38 years the Jacobsen family has had amazing success in serving the entire Plate Valley by providing their customers and c...

  • Saratoga Town Council hears project updates

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Apr 25, 2024

    Saratoga’s water line replacement project will begin in May, said Public Works Director Emery Penner at the April 16 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. “I don’t expect a big interruption in water service,” Penner said during his report on the Water and Sewer Joint Powers Board. In other business, the bids for the surfacing project at Never Forget Park came in higher than expected, Penner said. “We are going back to the drawing board on this project,” he said. The town rejected the Rocky Mountain Sand and Gravel bid of $389,742. “We’ll get mo...

  • River Street Project set to begin in May

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 25, 2024

    On February 6, the Saratoga Town Council voted approved the River Street Waterline Replacement Project. This project is expected to start around May 1 and completed by late summer. Emery Penner, Saratoga Public Works Director, said two contracting companies bid to work on the project: Lewis & Lewis, Inc. and Rocky Mountain Sand & Gravel LLC (RMSG). According to Penner, RMSG was awarded the project with a low bid of $1.7 million. “We put this project out for bid a couple of months ago, the two co...

  • Double Your Donation

    Apr 25, 2024

    Bridge Street Bargains is still planning to match donations made to the Never Forget Park project up to $10,000. To date, however, the organization has only received $3,000 in donations. Donations are being accepted until May 31. From left, Jason Campbell, U.S, Air Force Veteran; Patrick Patterson, U.S. Army Veteran; Bridge Street Bargains Treasurer Carol Beach and D’Ron Campbell, U.S. Air Force Veteran....

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