Articles from the July 29, 2020 edition


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  • Audit accepted, questions remain

    Joshua Wood|Jul 29, 2020

    At their July 21 meeting, the Saratoga Town Council formally accepted the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 audit from Carver, Florek and James (CFJ) as the 2020/2021 fiscal year begins. Along with the highly anticipated document came additional questions from Councilmember Jon Nelson in regards to the town’s finances. Councilmember Bob Keel was not in attendance as he was “tied up at work” according to Mayor John Zeiger. More or Less? The release of the audit followed the 3-1 approval of a repre...

  • Museum district heads to ballot

    Joshua Wood|Jul 29, 2020

    After an extended public hearing and 30 day protest period that saw no written protest, the proposed Saratoga-Ryan Park Museum District will be heading to the ballot in November. During the July 20 meeting of the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC), the commissioners voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. 2020-31 which directed Carbon County Clerk Gwynn Bartlett to place the question on the ballot. “As you recall, you had your public hearing for the proposed Saratoga-Ryan Park M...

  • James Grimes

    Jul 29, 2020

    James Grimes, 34 of Saratoga, passed away unexpectedly on July 16 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. James was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing and camping in the mountains around Saratoga. He was also a talented cook and enjoyed making meals for his friends and family. James was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by his many family members, friends, and his sweet dog, Benelli. Survivors include his parents, Will and Sally Grimes of Laramie; his sister, Kate; his daughter, ShayLynn, as well as several uncles, aunts, and... Full story

  • Early voting moving ahead

    Joshua Wood|Jul 29, 2020

    With the primary election rapidly approaching and the United States still dealing with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), absentee voting has taken center stage this election cycle. At the July 20 meeting of the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC), Carbon County Clerk Gwynn Bartlett provided the board with an update on ballots. According to Bartlett, her office had sent out a total of 1,744 requested absentee ballots and 529 had been received as of the day of the meeting. “As I told y...

  • Reopening plan approved by school board

    Mike Armstrong|Jul 29, 2020

    Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2) passed the first hurdle in resuming school this fall as the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the district’s Smart Start Reopening Plan during the June 23 special meeting. According to CCSD2 Superintendent Jim Copeland, the district received guidance throughout the process from Carbon County Public Health. Before classes can officially resume on August 17, however, the plan has to receive final approval from the Wyoming Department of Education (...

  • Saratoga talks trash

    Joshua Wood|Jul 29, 2020

    Trash talk was no small part of the July 21 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council as the governing body addressed excess refuse near the municipal swimming pool and repeated violations at Family Dollar. Swimming in Trash Under a report from the Saratoga Police Department, Chief Ken Lehr informed the council that trash cans and dumpsters placed around the municipal swimming pool, Hobo Pool and boat ramp were all being overfilled. “Can’t keep up with the garbage down there. I don’t know if you’v...

  • Want change? Run for office

    Saratoga Sun Editorial|Jul 29, 2020

    The date of the 2020 Primary Election draws ever closer and, soon, voters will be going to the ballot to make their choice on who they want to move forward to the General Election to represent them. While there are plenty of choices on the national level—a total of 16 people are running for United States Senate between both Democratic and Republican candidates—the options are far more slim the closer one gets to local government with a few exceptions. In Encampment, three people are running for town council and, in Saratoga, that number has... Full story

  • The world has enough 7-11s

    Mike Armstrong|Jul 29, 2020

    I was crushed a couple of weeks ago when someone sent me a picture on Facebook of the building that housed my restaurant in Taichung, Taiwan. This beautiful Mediterranean style building, which was home to one of the coolest places to get a taste of Western culture in this city of 3 million, is now a 7-11. I almost cried. Really. There were a bunch of postings from friends and customers who recalled different memories of this awesome place. Of course memories flooded back to me, too. It hit home,... Full story

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  • A late shootout

    Mike Armstrong|Jul 29, 2020

    "The Six-Man All-Star game was played at Sioux County High School in Harrison, Nebraska on July 23, 2020.Team Wyoming was represented by 16 recent graduates from across the state," Cliff Jones, an assistant coach for the Wyoming team said. Jones was the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School assistant football coach last season when HEM went to the State championship. Although the world of high school sports has seen many cancellations of events since the novel coronavirus sprang up...

  • Living History Days

    Joshua Wood|Jul 29, 2020

    When one walks onto the ground of the Grand Encampment Museum (GEM), it is difficult not to feel like one is being transported back in time or to the movie set of an old western. Old storefronts, cabins and liveries are immediately visible, all are connected by a boardwalk. The various structures, now neighbors, all had some part to play in the history of the Encampment area. While there is certainly a wealth of information on these structures during normal tour hours, during GEM's Annual...

  • Cornering the market

    Mike Armstrong|Jul 29, 2020

    Opening a restaurant is a risk at any time. To open during a time when many venues throughout the country are having to close, an owner has to have a lot of confidence in their food and the public. Laurie Schnabel is doing just that. Schnabel opened the Corner Cafe on 1007 Jade Drive in Hanna about a month ago and is finding success. Her business model happens to be focused on more of a to-go operation, although there is a dine-in option. "Opening during COVID hasn't been that stressful because...

  • Anything you can do

    Mike Armstrong|Jul 29, 2020

    In 1870, 50 years before the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote in the United States, Louisa Swain cast the first historic ballot for the general election in Laramie. She was able to vote because of a law passed the year prior in the Wyoming territory giving women over the age of 21 the right to vote and to hold public office. There were actually 93 women that voted that day, but Swain is the only name recorded. Also in 1870, Esther Hobart Morris became the first female justice of the...

  • Big show, little town

    Joshua Wood|Jul 29, 2020

    When driving through Riverside, population 52, one might not expect there to be much for entertainment as they take Wyoming Highway 230 down to Colorado. In this small town, which was home to WhatFest for a number of years, it all just depends on the day one is coming through. Take, for example, the night of July 25. Despite the unusual humidity and the dark clouds that threatened rain, a crowd that was nearly the population of Riverside gathered behind the Bear Trap Cafe and Bar on four sets...

  • Preserving local history

    Mike Armstrong|Jul 29, 2020

    Editor's note: This is the first in a series on museums in Carbon County. There are seven museums in Carbon County. Some have been around for decades and others are still fairly new. It takes time, vision, fund raising and motivated founders to make these cultural institutions come to life. The newest museum in the county is the Elk Mountain Museum. It was established in 2014. "I have always wanted a museum here," Bill Jones, one of the founders said. "I started collecting things and I had...

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