Articles from the July 27, 2023 edition


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  • The old water tower finally comes down

    Photo courtesy Brandan Mistelske|Jul 27, 2023

    The western water tower for the Town of Saratoga, which has long been a source of frustration for both the Saratoga Town Council and the water and sewer joint powers board, was finally demolished this week. The tower had been scheduled for demolition and isolated from the water system for over a year....

  • Second Arrest Made in Carbon County Fentanyl Deaths

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Jul 27, 2023

    A 34-year-old man from Washington State was arrested in June in connection with one of three fentanyl deaths in Carbon County earlier this year. Marty Leroy Ervine is facing two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of involuntary manslaughter in Carbon County according to documents filed in circuit court earlier on May 25. Ervine was arrested on June 5 on a warrant issued from Carbon County, according to an article originally published in the Kitsap Sun. The charge...

  • Expanded programs, new challenges

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Jul 27, 2023

    Expenses presented from the recreation department were the catalyst for a conversation regarding bidding processes, approval policies and the spending of public money during the July 18 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. Councilmember Kathy Beck, who serves as the council representative to the recreation commission, presented a bill for $741 from Cowboy Couture for t-shirts and discussed a $780 bid from Hangry Services, Inc.. Both bids, which were for the pickleball tournament on July 22,...

  • Busy weekend in the Valley

    Jul 27, 2023

  • Pulling their weight

    Joshua Wood|Jul 27, 2023

    Since the invention of the combustible engine, it’s been common for people to compete to brag about their equipment. During Prohibition, moonshiners created the model for NASCAR by racing their vehicles along county roads. In farm country, it was less about speed and more about strength. To show the strength of their tractors, farmers would compete in power pulls or tractor pulls. The concept is fairly simple: a tractor is hooked to a sled with a set amount of weight. The sled can be in two diff...

  • Bench dedicated in memory of Tyeler Harris

    Zeb Munson|Jul 27, 2023

    Within the walls of a hospital, the range of human emotion can be seen and felt on a daily basis. A single visit to these buildings can change a person’s life forever. They can be a place of new beginnings and relief from life’s pain and suffering or can bring sorrow and loss, pulling the world out from under someone’s feet. A person may not feel the true gravity of a situation until they find themselves alone and away from the monitors, noises and organized chaos of the hospital. Many place...

  • Grazing on residential property

    Zeb Munson|Jul 27, 2023

    A request by a Saratoga resident has appeared to have highlighted a gap in the municipal code when it comes to temporary agricultural uses on residential property. At the July 18 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, Mayor Chuck Davis said Scott Kerbs had asked about letting his sheep graze an overgrown parcel of property along Farm Street between 7th and 9th streets. The property in question is zoned RD7200 which, under section 18.42.150 of the municipal code, only allows horses to be kept permanently on a residential property. There is an exc...

  • Chattin' with the Chief: Saratoga Hobo Pool and School Year Prep

    Zeb Munson|Jul 27, 2023

    The Saratoga Police Department is making preparations for the 2023/2024 school year, according to Chief Mike Morris. Morris also provided some updates regarding the hobo pool. In a sit down with Morris, the topic of school bus pickup and dropoff along with maintaining a significant presence around the schools was his main concern. Morris spoke on getting everyone on the same page understanding how a safe and effective bus pickup and drop off at the schools should take place. Last year, with the construction on Spring Street, the loading and...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jul 27, 2023

    Editor, I just finished reading the article about Never Forget Park and would like to offer comments and a suggestion. You stated that “there are individuals who have wanted to donate funds to the park but are hesitant because of how long the project has languished in the planning stages.” Truer words have never been spoken! Personally, I think the amount of money invested in studies is abhorrent to most of us. How long must we study something and how much money must we spend? It sounds like there is a plan for Never Forget Park. If we don...

  • Shoutout for Saratoga Days

    Gary Honodel|Jul 27, 2023

    This was my first Saratoga Days. Despite being a working day, covering the events from the Neal McCoy tour bus pulling in at about 7:30am to Neal’s performance, I did enjoy myself. Mostly though I ended the day impressed by the event, by everything. All three music acts were great; the bluegrass boys, West King String Band, That 80’s Band were a cover band of the highest quality, and then the headliner Neal McCoy. I felt that if you weren’t a Neal fan at the start of the show, you probably were...

  • Sheridan County school district providing new teachers with housing amid countywide shortage

    Caroline Elik, via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 27, 2023

    SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 2 is offering staff a solution to the Sheridan housing shortage by renting out properties on the old Normative Services Academy, Inc. campus to incoming teachers. The district bought six housing units on the 227-acre NSI property, which is now owned by Community Impact LLC, earlier this year for a purchase price of $1,046,571 and is currently renting out those units to new faculty. Community Impact LLC, an entity of the Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation, also donated around $500,000 to the d...

  • What is the Reality behind the Truth? James 3: 8-10

    Pastor Gene Smith|Jul 27, 2023

    What is the Reality behind the Truth? James 3: 8-10 8But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. What is the reality behind the truth? Most people today would like to find out what is really real in contrast to what is counterfeit, plastic, hollow, shallow, or empty. Some will define this reality in...

  • Bucking horse drive pulls attendees back in time

    Jasmine Hall, via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 27, 2023

    CHEYENNE — In the back of an SUV with a license plate frame proudly stating “I wasn’t born in Wyoming, I got here as fast I could,” a mother and daughter waited patiently Sunday for the unofficial kickoff to Cheyenne Frontier Days. Debbie Harvey told her mother, Cynthia Newby, to be ready early in the morning to head out, but gave little indication what the surprise would be.They drove from Harvey’s home in Cheyenne to the intersection of Interstate 25 and Vandehei Avenue, and were joined by fam...

  • Wyoming manufacturing center distinguished as a national best with core focus, clear goals

    Rachelle Trujillo|Jul 27, 2023

    LARAMIE — Four years ago, Manufacturing Works, Wyoming’s extension of a national manufacturing partnership network, was one of the poorest performing centers in the country, according to Center Director Rocky Case. Today, a recent national achievement distinguished the center as one of the roughly top 20% of performing manufacturing centers in the United States. Manufacturing Works is a collaborative program with the University of Wyoming that provides a variety of services to manufacturing programs across the state. According to Steve Far...

  • Family Living

    Jul 27, 2023

    The start of a new school year carries with it so much potential, particularly when students -- and their parents -- stay organized. Amid the back-to-school chaos, use these tips and gear recommendations to help keep everyone on track, whether they are at school, at home or on-the-go: Notes and Big Ideas Color-coded notebooks and binders, along with labeled dividers, can help you keep your coursework straight and your note-taking organized. Take your color-coding a step further by extending the concept to the tools you write with. Pilot...

  • Editorial Cartoon

    Jul 27, 2023

  • Saratoga man believed to be on the run

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Jul 27, 2023

    A man with ties to Saratoga and the Platte Valley is on the run from the Rawlins Police Department following an incident on the evening of July 27. According to a press release from the Rawlins Police Department, officers responded to a call about a suspicious person in an SUV at a business located on Airport Road. Upon arriving at the scene, one of the officers recognized the driver of the SUV as Wyatt Fluty, 29, of Saratoga. Fluty fled in the SUV until it crashed into a creek bed, then fled on... Full story

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