Articles from the June 15, 2023 edition


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  • North Platte Valley Medical Center opens doors and care to Valley residents

    Virginia Parker|Jun 15, 2023

    The night is quiet, with snow drifts reaching the window sills. Streets are filled with slush, freezing quickly as the outside temperature drops below zero. A cough and a wheeze breaks the silence and a mother's hand brushes her child's feverish brow. Fear grips her heart when she sees the readout of 103 on the thermometer. The child coughs again, struggling to take a breath, whimpering weakly. Only a few short weeks ago, this mother's only choice would have been to call an ambulance, while the...

  • Swimming Lane of Dreams

    David Martin, Special to the Sun|Jun 15, 2023

    If you build it, they will come and an aquatics center for Saratoga’s residents is still in the works according to Nick Haderlie. Haderlie provided an update on the project at the June 6 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. Since its initial conception during the fall of 2021, an aquatics center which could both serve as a community pool and host high school swim meets has been a goal for a group dedicated to bringing the facility to fruition. “I’m certain you’re getting a lot of questions about it,” Haderlie told members of the Saratoga...

  • Have Shovels, Travel West

    David Martin, Special to The Sun|Jun 15, 2023

    Town councils throughout Carbon County, including the Saratoga Town Council, have been invited to a groundbreaking ceremony at the Overland Trail Ranch on June 20. The groundbreaking will be held for the TranWest Express transmission line, a project of Power Company of Wyoming. Both Power Company of Wyoming and the Overland Trail Cattle Company are owned by The Anschutz Corporation. According to information from the TransWest Express website, the project was originally proposed in 2005 and will connect renewable energy resources to the western...

  • Looking For Resources in Carbon 2

    David Martin, Special to the Sun|Jun 15, 2023

    The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office is close to reaching an agreement with Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2) to provide a school resource officer for its facilities. Sheriff Alex Bakken told the Board of Carbon County Commissioners on June 6 the district had tentatively agreed to provide $40,000 annually to fund the position. The resource officer would travel throughout the district, covering seven schools and three high schools. “This is still in the early stage,” Bakken said. “Luckily we can pull a lot of our (Carbon County School) d...

  • Pickleball tops the agenda once again in Encampment Town Council Meeting

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 15, 2023

    The community push for pickle-ball is slowly gaining ground in Encampment. The Encampment Town Council met on June 8 at 7:00 p.m. for their regular meeting, where they discussed ordinances and the pickle-ball court. The pickle-ball discussion in this month’s meeting focused on the acquisition of nets for the courts. Peggy Huntley brought the request for funding before the council in order to buy two nets. She stated that the nets could be placed in the ground, and have the potential to be r...

  • Riverside Town Council updated on local issues

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 15, 2023

    Rural issues lined the docket as the Riverside Town Council discussed matters ranging from water lines to broadband accessibility. The council met on June 8 for a regular meeting. Liquor license renewal started off the meeting, with both the Bear Trap and the Mangy Moose being successful in their renewal. Flooding was discussed with Councilman Mark Helwick discussing the water levels in the Encampment River Basin. He said that he believed the high point of the water was reached the previous...

  • Find compassion for those struggling with mental health

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspaper|Jun 15, 2023

    Communities in Carbon County have had a dark cloud settle over what is typically a sunny summer with the loss of three lives to suicide. This overwhelming loss proves two things: it is difficult to know what battle someone is fighting internally and we need to talk about it more than we already do. I am no stranger to the tragedy of suicide and the struggles in Wyoming with mental health. Nearly four years ago, the Saratoga Sun lost its publisher to suicide. It was a shock and one which still...

  • Bugs are FUN!

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 15, 2023

    One of the most interesting parts of college is getting to take classes you didn’t even know existed. Now I’m a computer science major, and one of the requirements for being a computer science major is taking actual science classes. This was devastating news to me as I did not like Chemistry, Biology, or Physics in high school and knew having to take those classes in college would be a struggle. Thankfully, if you don’t want to take actual Biology, Insect Biology works as a great alter...

  • Changes

    Virginia Parker|Jun 15, 2023

    Life is full of changes, as I've mentioned in my columns of the past. Well...here comes another change in my life. I've decided to step back from editor/publisher and return to reporting, writing, photographing and spending time with friends and family. Josh has taught me so much about publishing a newspaper, and some of it has enhanced my life already. Learning is my favorite thing to do, so I happily latched on to all the new skills I could, but now, it's time to back off a little bit. Change...

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  • BLM 'conservation rule' divides Wyoming public land users

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com|Jun 15, 2023

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management proposes to change how it manages millions of acres across the nation — and in Wyoming — by reestablishing conservation as an equal priority in its “multiple use” doctrine, according to the agency. The Conservation and Landscape Health draft rule recognizes that drought, wildfires and other mounting pressures require a shift in how BLM lands are managed, the agency said. “As pressure on our public lands continues to grow, the proposed Public Lands Rule provides a path for the BLM to better focus on the healt...

  • SCWEMS Public Hearing

    Jun 15, 2023

    A public hearing on the proposed budget of the South Central Wyoming EMS JPB for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2024 will be held Monday, June 19, 2023 at 6:00 PM at the Medicine Bow Fire Department, Medicine Bow, WY 82329. The public is invited. The summary of the proposed budget (subject to change) is as follows: General Fund and Forecasted Revenues Available: $1,095,260.91 Expenditures: $1,095,260.91...

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