Articles from the July 20, 2023 edition


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  • Calling for Reinforcements

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Jul 20, 2023

    More than two years have passed since the formation of a working group for Never Forget Park—formerly Tyler Pickett Memorial Park—and from the outside looking in it appears there has been little more progress than in the previous decade. It’s not for lack of trying. “I have written six grants and have a couple more in the works,” said Stacy Crimmins, who has been with the working group since its formation. “Unfortunately, (we) have not received any of those grants yet. It’s a little frustrating...

  • If it's too good to be true

    Gary Hohnodel|Jul 20, 2023

    The days of the Nigerian Prince asking for financial aid may have gone the way of the snake-oil salesman, but that hasn’t stopped scammers from evolving their tactics to find new victims. The Saratoga Police Department has received several complaints recently about scams coming via phone, email and text to area residents. Everyone should use the utmost caution responding to voice or electronic communication from people they do not know and phone numbers or email addresses they do not recognize. The scams can take many forms from a request f...

  • Local couple accused of fraud

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Jul 20, 2023

    An Encampment couple could be facing a total of 28 counts of welfare fraud—all felonies—according to documents filed with Carbon County Circuit Court. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Sarah Fitzwater and Matthew Wagy are accused of defrauding three welfare programs of nearly $45,000 between 2017 and 2023. Fitzwater is facing 19 counts, Wagy is facing 9 counts as an accomplice. Each count carries with it a $10,000 fine, up to 10 years in prison or both. Following an investigation by the Department of Family Services Eligibility Int...

  • Sandra Smith Fisher

    Jul 20, 2023

    Sandra “Sandy” Smith Fisher was a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother “Grandy”, sister, aunt and friend. She passed away on November 15, 2022 in Hot Springs, SD. Sandy was born to Jack and Ruby Smith on July 20, 1950 in Greybull, WY. She moved what she would tell us nearly 30 times before she graduated from Platte Valley High School in 1968. She mentioned the many moves being difficult, but we think that may have contributed to her ability to strike up a conversation with anyone. Soon after high...

  • Slow & Easy caboose open to public

    Staff Report|Jul 20, 2023

    Living history at the Grand Encampment Museum Sat., July 22, will feature the opening and start of tours of a recently remodeled caboose which ran on the rails of the now defunct Saratoga & Encampment Railway, better known as the Slow & Easy. Official dedication of the caboose is scheduled for Aug. 16 at the GE Museum grounds. A news release from the GEM notes: In December of 2014 Gene Bashor donated a wonderful piece of history, a caboose from the Saratoga and Encampment (S&E) Railway, that...

  • Past meets present this weekend in Encampment

    Virginia Parker|Jul 20, 2023

    Full skirts swish across the lawn, the whirr of a spinning wheel and the whine of a fiddle bounce off the log buildings, all of this adding to the atmosphere that takes the visitor back to a time when human beings worked with their hands, and their heads to build a life in the wilds of Wyoming. Reenacting historical events and experiencing history hands-on is a terrific way to spend the day. Stepping back into the 19th century, nearly 200 years ago can be eye-opening. Volunteers dress in period...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jul 20, 2023

    Dear Editor, Saratoga Forest Management has been pleased to offer free firewood to residents of the Valley (mostly Saratoga and Encampment) since 2012. Most of the residents appreciated the opportunity to get free firewood. However, the past few months, some people have been disposing of their garbage at the free firewood loading area at Saratoga Forest Management. Consequently, the area is now closed to the public for gathering free firewood. In a few weeks, we will open the area for people to get free firewood and will stay open unless the...

  • Obey the signs

    Buffalo Bulletin|Jul 20, 2023

    For weeks muddy conditions on the Bighorn National Forest have been the norm. Some roads have become impassable, exacerbated by irresponsible motorists. It has become all-too-familiar to witness or hear about travelers and recreationists stuck on muddy mountain roads, despite the warnings from the U.S. Forest Service. Repairs necessitated by these incidents can strain limited resources, resulting in longer closures that impact everyone’s access to the forest. Moreover, travelers risk damaging their equipment and personal property, p...

  • They're everywhere

    Jul 20, 2023

    Thermopolis Independent Record, July 13 Scammers are targeting us all and they seem to be coming at us from every which way. There are lottery scams, package delivery scams, open enrollment for benefits scams, utility delinquency scams, identity theft scams and the list goes on and on. Several years ago, scammers primarily targeted senior citizens who they believed were the most vulnerable. They have advanced their scams to a point where each and every one of us is vulnerable. Their tactics have improved to a point where they are tricking...

  • Summer – A season for weddings!

    Susan Dyer|Jul 20, 2023

    I have the privilege of being the officiant at two weddings this July, and this has provided the inspiration to meditate on, pray on, and research weddings through the ages. As we remember, Jesus very first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding feast! Other that having barrels of wine, we wonder what other traditions surrounded an ancient Jewish wedding. The Jewish family would have been very familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures and would have known Genesis 2:18, 22, “The Lord God said, ’It is not good for the man to be alone. I wil...

  • Bake Sale, Homemade Breakfast

    Jul 20, 2023

    A fundraiser bake sale and homemade breakfast will be held Saturday, July 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Saratoga Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Proceeds from the event will help provide “free meals and fellowship” for those who “Gather at the Table” the first Monday of each month. In addition to all the delicious bake sale items, folks may purchase a homemade breakfast consisting of biscuits and gravy or a breakfast burrito, to be eaten at the Fellowship Hall table or to take home. Bake Sale sponsor is “Gather at the Table”, a...

  • Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering 21st year is in the books

    Virginia Parker|Jul 20, 2023

    Entertainers gathered in Grandview Park on the North side of the Grand Encampment Museum this last Friday and Saturday, watched and admired by hundreds of attendees. The 21st Annual Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering kicked off Friday evening with an open mic session. Poets and musicians picked, sang, told stories, and in general, lightened the hearts of those watching.Saturday morning Jack Schmidt provided instruction and poetry to a dozen or so participants as he taught the fine art of Dutch...

  • Breaking Ground for Ag Education

    Gary Honodel|Jul 20, 2023

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) High School will be getting a new agriculture education center, the groundbreaking for which was held on July 12 in Baggs. Members of the Carbon County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees and representatives of the engineering and construction companies were in attendance. Others in attendance included FFA officers and students from LSRV High School. The new facility is expected to be completed in February 2024. Federal funding, of $1.7 million, was...

  • Cheyenne Frontier Days Enforcement Detail: A Joint Effort to Ensure Safety on Wyoming Roads

    Jul 20, 2023

    The Wyoming Highway Patrol, Laramie County Sheriff’s Office, and Cheyenne Police Department are joining forces to enforce strict traffic safety measures during the upcoming Cheyenne Frontier Days event. From July 21st to July 30th, 2023, law enforcement agencies will concentrate their efforts on combating driving under the influence (DUI), distracted driving, and speeding within and around the Cheyenne area. Cheyenne Frontier Days is a celebration cherished by residents and visitors alike, and e...

  • Sewer Lagoon Improvement Project is underway

    Virginia Parker|Jul 20, 2023

    Jon Nelson, of North Fork Engineering told the Encampment Town Council that the project has been mobilized. the contractor began excavation, compaction and backfill with testing to be completed. He said pipe removal is 90% complete and the old structures will be removed. Concrete forms, rebar and road base will be delivered in anticipation of the first footer and the forms in place. Weekly progress meetings will be 2 p.m. each Wednesday at the town hall. Nelson told the Council that the...

  • North Platte Valley Medical Center partners with HealthONE to provide telemedicine neurology and psychiatry services

    Jul 20, 2023

    Technology offers 24/7 access to HealthONE’s Telemedicine Network of neurologists and psychiatrists for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke victims and patients with neurologic and behavioral health needs. Saratoga, Wyoming – HealthONE Virtual Network (H1VN) is now able to provide telemedicine stroke, acute-neurology, and psychiatry services to North Platte Valley Medical Center. The H1VN Telemedicine program is an innovative system that uses technology to bring the best of stroke, neurology a...

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