Articles from the July 7, 2021 edition

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  • On top of Green Mountain

    Joshua Wood|Jul 7, 2021

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles on the Green Mountain ski area. On July 12, representatives from Brush Creek Ranch will appear before the Carbon County Planning Commission in regards to a zone amendment for the Green Mountain ski area from Residential to Planned United Development (PUD). The public hearing comes almost 20 years to the day after the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) approved a previous zone amendment for all of Section 36 of Township 14 N...

  • Nichols exhibit opens at Grand Encampment

    Mike Armstrong|Jul 7, 2021

    On June 25 and 26, The Grand Encampment Museum (GEM) hosted author Nicole Jean Hill, Professor of Art at Humboldt State University in California. Hill was present not only to present her book on photography from the Lora Webb Nichols Collection, but to also help kick off the museum's newest exhibit. The new exhibit is all about Lora Webb Nichols. The exhibit has pictures, cameras, clothes and other mementos of Nichols life. The exhibit opening stretched out for two days and was well attended....

  • Definitions Questioned

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jul 7, 2021

    Over a decade of history converged at the June 8 Saratoga Planning Commission meeting. Chris Shannon, co-owner of The Yard music venue, attended the meeting to voice his concerns about the definition of resort and the current zoning of The Yard. These issues have been expressed before (see “And the party never ends” on page 1 of the June 30 Saratoga Sun and “Resort definition questioned again” on page 3 of the June 30 Saratoga Sun). Shannon stated resort zoning comes with a list of accesso...

  • Vicki Wiant

    Jul 7, 2021

    Vick Sue (Vurpillatte) Wiant, 78, passed away June 3, 2021in Lake Havasu, Arizona, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 18, 1942 in Kokomo, Indiana to Ruth Vurpillatte. She moved with her mother and older sister to Lingle, Wyoming. She graduated from Lingle High School with the class of 1960. On May 12, 1961 Vicki married Charles Paul Wiant, they recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. In 1964, Paul and Vicki moved their family to Cheyenne where she has resided since. Vicki... Full story

  • World War I monument dedication delayed

    Mike Armstrong|Jul 7, 2021

    A World War I monument restored over the winter was not presented to the public on July 4 as the Hanna Basin Historical Society (HBHS) board had hoped. About two weeks ago, the HBHS board decided, with all the construction around the monument, it was not a good time to try and have a re-dedication ceremony. The monument sits on a site which has been temporarily taken over by C. J. Mahan Construction Company (Mahan) for cement production. The company is contracted by AML (Abandoned Mine Lands)...

  • Comic book connections

    Mike Armstrong|Jul 7, 2021

    It is sometimes really difficult to narrow down the subject matter for a column. Without a doubt, I have my drought periods trying to think of what to write about but, often enough, I have a couple ideas and it is hard to decide what I want to put forth. This week’s column is a perfect example of this dilemma. First, I was going to write about how visitors and truckers driving on US 30, 130 and I-80 are coming back to form in their lack of consideration on these roads after a year hiatus. T...

  • After the party, it's time to clean up

    Saratoga Sun Editorial|Jul 7, 2021

    Independence Day has passed and the largest party in Saratoga every summer has concluded. From the Festival of the Arts to the Old Fashioned Family Carnival to, yes, even Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band headlining Saratoga Days it appeared to be a successful weekend. Thought that may depend on how one defines success. Was it economically beneficial to the restaurants and businesses on Bridge Avenue? Yes, we would imagine so. When not taking part in the fun family games on West Bridge Avenue or the increasing festivities on East... Full story

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  • Liz Cheney for President? Destiny calls.

    Bill Sniffin|Jul 7, 2021

    Right now, there is a clear path ahead for Liz Cheney, and it does not involve the state of Wyoming. She will deny this. And she may not even believe it now. And for the rest of this year, she will continue to represent us to the best of her ability in the U.S. House of Representatives. But I could see her traveling a different path, based on a number of steps that could very well happen. Three events have set the stage for this scenario. The first was when she voted to impeach President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the...

  • Cowboy Gathering returning to Encampment

    Staff Report|Jul 7, 2021

    "We're back . . . & FREE!" blasts the headline of the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering poster announcing resumption of the cowboy poetry and music event which was cancelled last year by the COVID-19 pandemic. The poster further notes, "Stay well and come to Encampment, Wyo., for the 18th/19th Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, July 16, 17 & 18, 2021." Originally all activities were to be held at Grand View Park adjacent to the Grand Encampment Museum, however, with...

  • Directing the hall of fame

    Staff Report|Jul 7, 2021

    Candy Moulton of Encampment has been named the new Executive Director of the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame (WCHF) while Andy Nelson of Pinedale is the new Board Member for Region 10, which includes Sublette, Teton, and Lincoln counties. Moulton's appointment begins July 1 while Nelson took over in May upon the resignation of Windy Noble. The two newest representatives have deep connections to WCHF and to Wyoming. Moulton has worked with the organization since its inception developing the annual...

  • Worshipping for 75 years

    Staff Report|Jul 7, 2021

    For its 75th year, the Wyoming Ranchers Family Camp will return to Bottle Creek campground south of Encampment. Begun as a mountain top Christian get together three-quarters of a century ago by Wyoming ranchers with families, the event has now grown into a “really neat way to have a blessed gathering for a weekend, not only with your family, but with others so inspired to have a Mountain Top experience”. Attendees are invited to bring a camper or tent to Bottle Creek Campground and can either join for the entire weekend, just a day or even jus...

  • Toys on display

    Staff Report|Jul 7, 2021

    The Platte Valley Arts Council will be holding the fourth annual Toy Tractor Display Show and Competition on September 11 as part of Encampment’s Copper Days Festival according to a press release from the local organization. The show will be held at the Encampment Lions Club Arena from 12:00-2:00 pm on Saturday. There is no cost to see the toy displays or to enter the competition. Winners will be announced during the Community Dance at 7 pm. The purpose of this event is not only to provide friendly competition, but also to show toy c...

  • An end of a preaching era

    Mike Armstrong|Jul 7, 2021

    Gary Wilken has been a minister at the Medicine Bow Methodist Church for just shy of a quarter century. Wilken went to Colorado State University (CSU) and attained his undergraduate degree and then went to Berkley for his masters in religious studies. While at CSU Wilken became acquainted with police officers of the town. "They shared with me the need for a chaplain," Wilken said. "Because of all the divorce, suicide and stresses that come with law enforcement and that sort of became the focus...

  • Three decades of service

    Mike Armstrong|Jul 7, 2021

    People who know Hanna Fire Chief Mark Kostovny know he didn't want a big deal made out of him hitting the 30 year mark working as a firefighter. His crew, however, insisted and a small award party was held for him on June 24 at the Hanna fire station. "They made it very clear, that they were not going to let this-more or less-milestone pass by without some sort of acknowledgment," Kostovny said. Kostovny thanked everyone who came to see Sam Sikes present him with an award. He said he was proud...

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