Articles from the May 23, 2024 edition


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  • Public supports poultry

    Kaitlyn Campbell|May 23, 2024

    Many members of the public showed up in strong support of a proposed chicken ordinance during a public hearing at the May 14 Saratoga Planning Commission meeting. During a previous Saratoga Town Council meeting, resident Jon Nelson presented a proposed ordinance that would allow people to own chickens on residential lots within town limits, which is currently mostly illegal. Under Saratoga municipal code 18.42.150, the owning of chickens is prohibited in residential zones with a few exceptions....

  • Candidates starting to file for seats

    Kaitlyn Campbell|May 23, 2024

    Filings for the 2024 Primary Elections are currently underway. Many candidates have already applied, however there remain many positions across Carbon County without any filings. The deadline to file for candidacy in all partisan and nonpartisan races is May 31. Here are the current candidates for the 2024 Primary Election as of May 21. For the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCC), three seats are open to be filled. Sue Jones and John Espy will be running for reelection. Their most recent...

  • An Un-Bee-Lievable Family History

    Richard Espinoza|May 23, 2024

    Twin brothers Jack and Jim States were guests at the final Tuesday Talks of the season on May 14. The brothers provided background on the long history of the States family, beginning with how the family made its way from Europe to Colonial America. Included within the presentation was the family’s involvement in pottery, electrical work and beekeeping. “The long history of the States family was unknown to us,” Jack said. “As I got older, I became interested in the stories of our family backgro...

  • Harold Kelley

    May 23, 2024

    James “Harold” Kelley, of Pinedale, Wyoming, passed away peacefully in Tulsa, Oklahoma surrounded by loved ones on May 14, 2024. Harold was born in El Paso, Texas on July 13, 1952. He was the oldest child of James “Pete” and Marjorie Kelley. In his early 20s, Harold operated heavy equipment in Alaska, which included driving over ice roads. This adventure inspired him to complete a heavy equipment operator program. Harold then worked on a seismograph crew before being hired to work at Cordero...

  • Snells Recognized for Volunteer Work

    Staff Report|May 23, 2024

    First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative, in partnership with the Hughes Charitable Foundation, hosted its fourth regional summit in central Wyoming recently to bring folks together who are working in the space of food insecurity and to honor volunteers. Wyoming Hunger Initiative was launched in 2019 with two tenants in mind: one, to never reinvent the wheel and two, to be in all twenty-three Wyoming counties. There are grassroots efforts in every Wyoming county dedicated to r...

  • Plan accordingly but accept change

    Joshua Wood|May 23, 2024

    Seniors of Carbon County School District No. 2, you are about to officially take your first step into the “the real world.” I would make a reference to a popular reality television show which used to be on MTV, but I’m not sure if you’d get that reference. Nor am I sure I want to age myself, though I’m going to be doing that now. I, along with 35 other members of Saratoga’s class of 2005, sat through my own graduation ceremony 19 years ago. At 36 students, we were one of the largest classes to...

  • Remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice

    Richard Espinoza|May 23, 2024

    It has been said, “all gave some, some gave all.” This is what Memorial Day should be about. For some across America, they would rather spend the day barbecuing or going up the river for the Memorial Day Weekend. This isn’t what the weekend should be about. It should be all about taking the time to remember the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price. Those who went to the battles of D-Day on the beaches of Normandy, Iwo Jima, the Battle of the Bulge, the Korean War, Vietnam, and beyond....

  • On Pentecost

    Rev. Canon Bobbe Fitzhugh|May 23, 2024

    Pentecost, a Greek word meaning 50, is the 50th day after the Easter Resurrection – a Feast Day celebrated this year on May 19th. Pentecost is the day the “Holy Spirit” entered a room holding Jesus’ apostles and entered each of them, an event which “makes the church the church.” Happy Birthday, Church! Jesus has gone and the disciples are hanging out rather fearfully in the upper room. They have just had a rather tumultuous time – they walked with Jesus for up to three years before he is taken from them on the cross. Now they wait, disappo...

  • Do we love God and ourselves enough to change?

    William F. Holland Jr.|May 23, 2024

    I recently read a story about an elderly preacher who was invited each week to speak at a school in Africa and he made a tremendous impact on the children. In every lesson, he would begin and conclude by leading them into confessing the phrases, self-control, self-discipline, and sound mind. One of the young students in these classes is now a man who remembers how they recited these words so much they became a part of their vocabulary. When the children would see him walking down the streets, they would shout, “self-control, self-disciple, a...

  • Game and Fish wrestles with how to handle illegal introduction of fish in Wyoming waters

    Joseph Beaudet, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 23, 2024

    SHERIDAN — Fish that are illegally introduced to non-native bodies of water can cause lasting impacts to the water’s ecosystem and a community’s economy, according to Wyoming Game and Fish officials. An illegal introduction occurs when someone moves a fish from one body of water to another, Wyoming Game and Fish Department Chief of Fisheries Alan Osterland told the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee earlier this week. Osterland said fishermen may have grown up catching a specific fish an...

  • Applying for seniority

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|May 23, 2024

    *Editor's Note: The online edition of this story has been updated to include comments from HF Sinclair received after the print deadline* The Wyoming State Engineer’s Office is holding a public meeting in June in Saratoga to allow the HF Sinclair Refinery to explain its proposed exchange of water rights and give the public an opportunity to comment on what effect that may have on their water rights. “The State Engineer’s Office is holding a public meeting on the proposed HF Sinclair Exchange to provide a public forum for the Petitioner to ex...

  • Tourism expected to strain workforce

    Zak Sonntag, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 23, 2024

    CASPER - Ski weekends in the Snowy Range. Deer hunts in the Red Desert. Road trips through America's first national park. Travel and tourism is growing across Wyoming, and it's bringing a pretty penny to the state. Travelers spent $4.5 billion in Wyoming in 2023, according to a University of Wyoming report, vaulting the travel industry to the number two sector in the Cowboy State. But there's a problem: The industry's demand for skilled workers may not be met. "This sector is really forecasted to grow substantially. And the concern that this...

  • Music Springs Eternal

    May 23, 2024

  • Bennett Makes WWCC Honor Roll

    Staff Report|May 23, 2024

    It was recently announced Saratoga Middle High School alumni Whitney Bennett made the President’s Honor Roll for Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. Bennett, who graduated from SMHS in 2023, earned a 3.72 grade point average and was one of 91 students listed on the honor roll. Chase Kennedy and Mackenzie Priest, who are both set to graduate from Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Junior/Senior High School this year were listed on the Part-Time Honor Roll for Western Wyoming Community College. Kennedy earned a 3.33 grade p...

  • Signing their letters of intent

    Richard Espinoza|May 23, 2024

    It was a day of laughter, joy, tears, and happiness as Saratoga seniors took part in college signing day on Senior Fischer Williams said he had almost forgotten about signing day. He said he ended up wearing his crazy shorts when he signed his letter. “It was a lot of fun and I almost forgot it was happening,” Williams said. “It is exciting to come together with my family and friends on this special day.” Williams has signed a letter of commitment to Northwest College (NWC) and wants to major i...

  • Encampment Finish State With A Loud Roar

    Richard Espinoza|May 23, 2024

    The Encampment Tigers’ success in Casper at the State Track and Field Championships as they earned top finishes. Every athlete gave it their all and then some. History was made and a 25-year-old state record was broken as senior Quade Jordan put in the exclamation point to be the best in 1A and to become two-time and back-to-back 1A State Champion in shot put. Jordan also won the All-State Award and Best of the Best award. Jordan also set a new 1A State record with a throw of 57 feet, 6.5 i...

  • Long Live the Queen

    Richard Espinoza|May 23, 2024

    Over the decades, several bands have left their mark on popular culture, their music reverberating for generations afterward. One such band is Queen and their late frontman Freddy Mercury. On May 17, the Fat Bottom Boys, a Queen tribute band from Denver, Colorado, performed a number of the band’s classic hits at the Parco-Sinclair Historical Theatre. The Fat Bottom Boys first performed as a Queen tribute band at Cheers, a bar in Northglenn, Colorado. People loved their performance and they e...

  • Making it on your own in Wyoming

    Jordan Smith, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 23, 2024

    CASPER — How much does a single parent with one preschooler and one school-age child need to make in Wyoming to live comfortably, provide for basic needs and survive without public or private assistance? The answers are nuanced and vary by county. But the Wyoming 2024 Self-Sufficiency Standard, released by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation in partnership with the Wyoming Community Foundation and the Wyoming Council for Women, tries to provide those answers. The self-sufficiency standard was created at the University of Washington and is an upd...

  • Farewell, Ralene

    May 23, 2024

    Photo courtesy Lindy Glode Ralene Crum, left, celebrated her retirement from Shively Hardware on May 3. Crum worked for Shively Hardware for nearly 40 years. She posed for a photo with co-owner Mike Glode at her retirement party....

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