Articles from the June 24, 2020 edition


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  • Proposed museum district enters 30 day protest period

    Joshua Wood|Jun 24, 2020

    "I kind of feel like (King) Solomon here with the baby. We've heard a lot of comments to and fro, we've received a lot of comments to and fro and I feel like I'm a fenced turtle on this." This statement from Commissioner John Espy appeared to reflect the thoughts of the entire Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) during their June 16 meeting in regards to the proposed Saratoga-Ryan Park Museum District. As was reported previously (see "Saratoga-Ryan Park Museum District on hold" on page...

  • Language over litigation?

    Joshua Wood|Jun 24, 2020

    For the second time this month, the Saratoga Town Council held a special meeting on June 17 as business previously thought addressed in the first special meeting required further attention. As was reported previously (see “Special meeting to special meeting” on page 7 of the June 17 Saratoga Sun), the council had approved an amended representation letter for James Childress of Childress Accounting and Consulting on a 3-1 vote. On June 15, an email sent to council members and the media ann...

  • Rev. Cindy Pattishall-Baker

    Jun 24, 2020

    You are invited to join David, Jonathon, Emmanuel and Jadyn in a celebration of Rev. Cindy Pattishall-Baker’s life at 11 a.m., Friday July 3, 2020 at Platte Valley Christian Center (A.G.) 111 N 7th St, Saratoga, WY 82331. There will be a pot luck lunch following the internment, if you are able to bring any food to share it would be appreciated. In order to facilitate planning please let David know as soon as possible if you are intending to come. His contact details are: Email; [email protected], Cell Phone: text (preferably) or call 3... Full story

  • Edna Lyle 'Hyatt' Makinen

    Jun 24, 2020

    On April 25, 2020, Saratoga, Wyoming, resident Edna Lyle (Hyatt) Makinen, affectionately called “Howdy” by her family, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Saratoga Care Center at the age of 101. Lyle was born on June 15, 1918, to Sherman and Edna (Hart) Hyatt in Telluride, Colorado. She was one of five children. When Lyle was a young child, her family moved to the town of Carbon near Hanna, Wyoming, where her father worked for the Wyoming Highway Department and helped build the Lincoln Highway. When Lyle was a young teen, she and her... Full story

  • A bumpy road to 100

    Joshua Wood|Jun 24, 2020

    Editor's note: This story originally ran June 20, 2018 On June 15, 1918 the end of World War I was approaching. The University of Wyoming had just announced it would no longer be teaching German as a foreign language, following the lead of many other institutes of higher learning in the United States. The Austrians, at the behest of the Germans, began an offensive along the Piave River in Italy that they would not be able to hold. Also, on that day, Lyle Makinen was welcomed into the world....

  • Lesson learned

    Mike Armstrong|Jun 24, 2020

    I have said before, most people haven’t had as many roommates as myself. My last column I went over the ones I had before marriage. I couldn’t even try to put them all in one sitting. So I ended my roommate countdown when I got married. My marriage ended quickly and unexpectedly, by me, and the expensive apartment our two salaries supported wasn’t viable for me alone. Jack, a 60-year-old widower who I had done work for, lived on Capitol Hill in a small mansion. He traveled a lot and the place...

  • Reminder to elected officials

    Jun 24, 2020

    Dear Editor, I would like to remind the elected officials of our town that it is their duty and responsibility to answer to the constituency. Questions from other council members are not an inconvenience to be overcome; they are means to discovering and understanding the truth. The public is not an inconvenience to be overcome; they are the citizens of this town to whom you answer. The financial activity of the town is not a mere inconvenience to deal with; it is a priority for you to manage. You chose to sit behind that bench. You chose the...

  • The cost of COVID

    Jun 24, 2020

    Dear Editor, Black Lives Matter marches and protests around the country have had a secondary significant benefit beyond raising social awareness of race related issues in our society. It has put our elected officials in a position that they have little rational reason to reimpose the draconian measures associated with the COVID pandemic. In my opinion, the overwhelming majority of the country imposed restrictions that did much more harm than good. Elected officials at all levels, from City Mayors to Governors and public health officials,...

  • Memorial Hospital updates visitor guidelines

    Joshua Wood|Jun 24, 2020

    Memorial Hospital of Carbon County (MHCC) has updated its visitor policy, which had originally been put in place during the initial arrival of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Carbon County and Wyoming. Effective as of June 16, the policy allows one visitor per patient in the hospital. According to the revised guidelines, patients and visitors should expect the following when visiting MHCC or one of their clinics: • Every person will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening prior to e...

  • GEM shows off new Lora Nichols exhibit

    Mike Armstrong|Jun 24, 2020

    by Mike Armstrong "Its wonderful," Carbon County historian Nancy Anderson exclaimed about the new Lora Webb Nichols exhibit at the Grand Encampment Museum (GEM). "It is very informative and beautifully done." Anderson currently lives in Nichols' house and has been presenting GEM with artifacts of the Valley's famous photographer over the years. "It captures her essence," Anderson said. "There is even a blue wall. She loved blue." Tim Nicklas, GEM museum director, is the force behind the exhibit....

  • Hanna Landfill gets ready to close

    Mike Armstrong|Jun 24, 2020

    The Hanna Landfill will close June 27 as a general dump for the towns of Elk Mountain, Hanna and Medicine Bow. To get the job done, roughly two dozen contractors went out to the landfill on Thursday to survey what needed to be accomplished for the closure. After looking over the landfill bids were submitted. On June 26, the bid will awarded. Watching the trucks come into the dump was Robert Young, the new landfill operator. He came to work at the landfill about three weeks ago. The landfill was...

  • HART starts work on historical garden

    Mike Armstrong|Jun 24, 2020

    The Hanna Agricultural Resource Team (HART) met at 9 a.m. on June 13 at the Hanna Basin Museum to work on the historical tea garden the group had offered to create for the museum. Members Linda Goodrich and Rose Dabbs have looked at compiled lists of flowers and pictures of English gardens that were once common in Hanna during the turn of the 20th century over the past year. The Hanna Basin Museum had asked HART to put in an English garden at the cottage back in the summer of 2019. The museum...

  • Commissioners approve four fireworks applications

    Joshua Wood|Jun 24, 2020

    The Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) approved four firework applications during their June 16 meeting, but not without some discussion in regards to equitable enforcement of the process. Applications from Brush Creek Ranch, Old Baldy Club, Seminoe and Randy Arnold were all presented to the commissioners by Fire Warden Ron Brown. Brown informed the BOCCC that he had personally visited each site and that they had passed inspection. His only suggestion was that the commissioners wave...

  • Citizens organized to see violence ended

    Dana Davis|Jun 24, 2020

    On Wednesday June 17, 2020 Citizens Organized to see Violence Ended (COVE) held a meet and greet for volunteers. The turn out was better than expected with not only volunteers from Rawlins, but Saratoga as well. COVE has not had volunteers for the past 13 years and is looking for people to help out. COVE is a non-profit organization that was started back in the 1980s to help all of Carbon County with advocates for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The organization said that with...

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