Articles from the June 3, 2020 edition


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  • North Platte claims council member

    Joshua Wood|Jun 3, 2020

    A weekend that was supposed to be one of triumph for high school graduates started off with tragedy as one Saratoga resident drowned on the North Platte River on May 29. According to a press release from the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, a report was received at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Friday of a boat with three occupants capsizing on the North Platte River. The exact location was unknown, but was believed to be between Treasure Island and Kelley Cattle Company. A command post was e... Full story

  • Mettle amid the wreck

    Dana Davis|Jun 3, 2020

    Two booms, dust and a flash. That is how Rick Hughes described the accident that shook Saratoga on Monday morning. Hughes was standing just inside the door of his insurance agency when a car passed only a couple yards from him, hit a telephone pole, then crashed into the fuel island at neighboring Kum & Go. Hughes said, "The car came so fast that when I looked up it had already hit the pole and the transformer exploded, then there was nothing but dust. You couldn't see five feet out the...

  • Betty J. Vyvey

    Jun 3, 2020

    The Memorial Service for Betty Vyvey has been postponed until we are able to travel and meet together safely.... Full story

  • Steve Wilcoxson

    Jun 3, 2020

    *UPDATE* The Memorial Service for Steve Wilcoxson has been postponed until a later date. Instead, a noon luncheon will be held at the American Legion on June 6. The Memorial Service for Steve Wilcoxson will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6 at the Saratoga Cemetery Chapel.... Full story

  • Setting the ballot for 2020

    Joshua Wood|Jun 3, 2020

    If the amount of candidates who have filed is any indication, the 2020 Primary Election will be one to watch on the national, state and local level. Following the deadline of May 29, a total of 16 candidates will vie for the seat held by Senator Mike Enzi while House District 47 incumbent Jerry Paxton will face three challengers on the Republican ticket. Even the county and municipal elections will see some serious competition with multiple candidates for the Board of Carbon County...

  • CCSD2 to provide meals through summer

    Joshua Wood|Jun 3, 2020

    Despite an unusual school year that finished with students at home, Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2) and the Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) have been working to help students and their families. Throughout the rest of the school year, following closures on March 16, the district provided emergency meals to families for both breakfast and lunch. In April, the school district served approximately 6,500 meals. Now, while school may have been dismissed for the summer,...

  • A life of service and dedication

    Joshua Wood|Jun 3, 2020
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    “Service is the measure of greatness; it always has been true; it is true today, and it always will be true, that he is greatest who does the most good.” ~ William Jennings Bryan Being the son of veterans, I have great respect for those who feel the need to serve our country by joining the armed forces. I also have respect for those who come back from serving in the military to serve their country as their representative in government whether it be local, state or national. Steve Wilcoxson was o... Full story

  • In the COVID-19 era, what on earth do you advise to 2020 graduates?

    Bill Sniffin|Jun 3, 2020

    Wow, what on earth would you say to a graduate this year about his or her future? Here in the age of COVID-19, there is more uncertainty now than any time during my lifetime. With 33,000,000 Americans out of work, these are bigger joblessness numbers than the Great Depression 90 years ago. I have often given commencement addresses and always write a special “message to grads” column this time of year. For over 50 years, I have been writing columns called messages for graduates. Almost every one of the other columns was concerned about jobs and...

  • Supporting careers in health

    Stephanie Hinkle|Jun 3, 2020

    The Memorial Hospital of Carbon County Foundation Board has awarded four scholarships to local youth pursuing careers in healthcare. Qualifying applicants had to be a graduate of Carbon County School District 1 or 2, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, demonstrate previous or current community and/or involvement in extra-curricular activities, and plan to pursue a course of study which will lead to a career in healthcare. Riley Little (Saratoga), Makiya Johnson (Saratoga), Bailey Morgan (Rawlins) and...

  • Speaking remotely

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 3, 2020

    Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, many events around the state were cancelled. On the high school level, many sports seasons were unable to finish and competitors were left without a true ending. This was not the case for speech and debate. Starting on April 22, participants in Wyoming speech and debate were able to attend the state tournament online. Interpretation events were recorded prior to the tournament while debates were held via Zoom. The University of Wyoming was able to step in and provid...

  • Honoring their service

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 3, 2020

    The sun was shining down in Encampment on this past Memorial Day as friends and family came together to honor the fallen. Since 1984, VFW Post 1625 has held the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Encampment cemetery. This tradition is a constant reminder to the community to give thanks for veterans and fallen soldiers alike, and it was continued this year through the hardships the public has faced due to COVID-19. Along with the ceremony, the post places American flags on the graves of all veterans....

  • Still waiting to move

    Mike Armstrong|Jun 3, 2020

    The Fossil Museum House is still waiting to be moved to its new home at the Medicine Bow Museum. Its location is already picked out and will be directly across the street from the famous Virginian Hotel, next to the Owen Wister Cabin. Director of the Medicine Bow Museum Saron Biamon said that she talked to the contracted mover two weeks ago. "He said he would be getting on it in the next week," Biamon said. "But I haven't seen any equipment out by the cabin when I went by recently." Biamon...

  • HART gets a start

    Mike Armstrong|Jun 3, 2020

    The Hanna Agricultural Resources Team (HART) met for the first time since November at 6:30 p.m. on May 26 at the Hanna Community Garden. HART usually takes a break in the winter time, but starts to reconvene in March. Because of social distancing, the group decided to wait until May and have the meeting outside. Linda Goodrich, secretary of HART, said that all but three of the two dozen garden beds had been spoken for. One of the beds will be slated to renovated. Perry Goodrich, president of...

  • State FBLA goes digital

    Joshua Wood|Jun 3, 2020

    The final quarter of the 2019/2020 school year saw students learn new ways to use technology. Not only in terms of how to complete their school work, but how to compete in a virtual competition. While Saratoga’s speech and debate team was able to compete in the State Meet through virtual means, they weren’t the only ones to do so. The State FBLA Conference was also held virtually and three Saratoga students placed extremely well. Saratoga Middle High School (SMHS) students Campbell Graybow and...

  • Visitors council approves funding

    Mike Armstrong|Jun 3, 2020

    The Carbon County Visitors Council (CCVC) met at 10 a.m. on May 20 by telephone and video conference. In addition to the representatives from each municipality for CCVC, grant applicants attended to explain their upcoming events. Those events were The Adventures of Joe Pickett by the Saratoga Museum; 14th annual Music in the Park by Encampment; Riverside Party Day from Riverside, Carbon County Fair; 2020 Bullfest by Saratoga Lions Club; ArtBeat by Rawlins DDA/Main Street; Latino Heritage...

  • We've got you covered

    Joshua Wood|Jun 3, 2020

    While it remains to be seen if there will be another wave of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Valley has been relatively unscatched by the global pandemic. Normally insulated from national and international events, this little corner of Wyoming did see impacts as far as businesses and gatherings were concerned. That didn't stop community members, however, from sending out a little Valley hospitality to the rest of the world. As the United States first began to struggle...

  • Hands on deck

    Mike Armstrong|Jun 3, 2020

    In early May, the Hanna Landfill let go of two of its employees. "We had to let them go," Sharon Biamon Medicine Bow mayor and High Country Joint Powers Board (HCJP) member explained. "There were aspects of the job that were not getting fulfilled." This put the Hanna dump in a tough position. Besides having to let the two workers go, the dump could not continue to take trash any longer at the landfill and had to put out roll-offs for residents. Opening the gates for people to deposit their...

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