Articles from the August 5, 2020 edition


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  • Auditors issue qualified opinion

    Joshua Wood|Aug 5, 2020

    At the July 21 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, the governing body voted 3-0 to officially accept the audit of Fiscal Year 2019/2020 by new auditors Carver, Florek and James (CFJ). Councilmember Bob Keel was not in attendance. As was previously reported (see “Audit accepted, questions remain” on page 1 of the July 29 Saratoga Sun), Councilmember Jon Nelson asked Councilmember Judy Welton and Mayor John Zeiger how they proposed to address some of the findings in the audit. Both Welton and Ze...

  • Down to five

    Joshua Wood|Aug 5, 2020

    On July 20, the Valley Service Organization (VSO) hosted the first of two forums as the remaining five of the eight town council candidates gathered at the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) Great Hall. Michael Cooley, John Jump and Steve Heinitz had all withdrawn by the time of the forum. While a handful of potential voters were in attendance, many more tuned in through the Saratoga Sun Facebook Live stream. Due in large part to ongoing issues surrounding the Town of Saratoga, the financial...

  • Council to interview candidates

    Joshua Wood|Aug 5, 2020

    UPDATE: Following an executive session in which two candidates, D'Ron Campbell and Michelle Cook, were interviewed the Saratoga Town Council voted unanimously to appoint Campbell to the seat left open by the passing of Councilmember Steve Wilcoxson. Glee Johnson, according to Mayor John Zeiger, had withdrawn her letter of interest prior to the meeting. More than a month since Mayor John Zeiger announced that three candidates for the open seat on the Saratoga Town Council would be interviewed,...

  • COVID rises in Carbon County

    Joshua Wood|Aug 5, 2020

    In the past two weeks, Carbon County has seen a continued increase of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as tourists pour into the state and parents prepare to resume school. According to local health officials, the number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began has reached 61 with 26 of those having recovered. There are currently 35 active cases of COVID-19 within Carbon County. In addition to the 61 total confirmed cases, there have also been six non-local COVID cases. Of... Full story

  • Mangy Moose approved

    Dana Davis|Aug 5, 2020

    A special meeting of the Riverside Town Council was held on July 28, 2020 to revisit the liquor license for the Mangy Moose since the Wyoming Liquor Commission informed the Council that it is not possible to issue a license for a term of three months. At the beginning of the meeting there was discussion regarding a letter that had been recently written to the Riverside Town Council which council member Ed Golden found offensive. He reminded the audience that the position of council member is...

  • Park it, mister

    Dana Davis|Aug 5, 2020

    The Planning Commission meeting on July 14, 2020 started with a public hearing regarding the horses on Robert Smith’s property where he runs a bed and breakfast. There had been a nuisance complaint from one of the neighbors who was in attendance citing dust problems and issues with the expansion of the on going business. The Smiths rebutted that the complaint was in retribution for their own complaint to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regarding an illegal gravel pit. They went on...

  • Each week a victory

    Joshua Wood|Aug 5, 2020

    “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ~ John Lennon Well, here we are. The first issue of Volume No. 134. Here at the Saratoga Sun, this new volume means closing a chapter on what was a very somber start to Volume 133. Our July 31, 2019 paper bore terrible news on the front page for our small family in the office and our August 7, 2019 paper had a page dedicated to someone we weren’t ready to say goodbye to. Keith McLendon will always be sorely missed by his fam... Full story

  • Where credit is due

    Aug 5, 2020

    Dear Editor, Thanks for publishing histories of area museums in Carbon County. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. Although I appreciate the article concerning founding of the Saratoga Historical & Cultural Assn. and Saratoga Museum, the piece gave me WAY MORE credit than I deserve. Yes, I was one of the founding members, but played only a modest part–mostly with newspaper articles, editorials and donated advertising–in establishing the organization and museum. The real credit has...

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  • Museum invite

    Aug 5, 2020

    To the Editor, I very much enjoyed Mike Armstrong’s article in the Sun (July 29) concerning the museums of Carbon County. I was dismayed, however, to read Dick Perue’s comments concerning his reluctance to make contributions to the Carbon County Museum. Perhaps Mr. Perue is unaware of the fact that, in the past two years, we here at the CCM have professionalized the place as never before. My newly-hired staff is highly trained; we very much value every object and gift that we receive from our contributors. I welcome Mr. Perue to visit us any...

  • Time in a bottle

    Staff Report|Aug 5, 2020

    In 2009, the late Stephen Hawking threw a Time Traveler’s Party. The most curious part about this event is that Hawking sent the invitations out after the party as an experiment to determine if time travel was possible. While, at the moment, backwards time travel is only possible in books and movies, there is a way for forward time travel. The Saratoga Historical and Cultural Association (Saratoga Museum) is providing a way for current area residents to send a bit of themselves into the future with the creation of a 2020 Time Capsule. In a pres...

  • World class treasures

    Mike Armstrong|Aug 5, 2020

    The size of the Grand Encampment Museum (GEM) in Encampment and the Little Snake River Museum (LSRM) in Savery surprise visitors. Although there is a main building where visitors start in both museums, GEM and LSRM are actually a collection of buildings that have artifacts displayed in all. Both have houses that have furniture from days of past that give the visitor a real taste of what it was like to live in these communities 100 years ago. The Grand Encampment Museum Carbon County historian...

  • Hungry for adventure

    Joshua Wood|Aug 5, 2020

    Ask any local of Saratoga or the Platte Valley where a good place to eat is, the reply will likely be "What are you hungry for?" With 10 eateries in the area, residents and tourists have no shortage of choice. Soon, yet another option will be added to that list. For over seven years, Cassie and Tommy Orduno have played no small part in the culinary landscape of the Valley with Bella's Bistro (Bella's). The Italian restaurant, with Tommy in the kitchen and Cassie in the front of the house, has...

  • Wooly history on display

    Staff Report|Aug 5, 2020

    The Little Snake River Museum in Savery, Wyoming is requesting people not to be sheepish about gathering as they hold the grand opening of a new museum display. Thanks to donations from John and Cathy MacPherson, the museum will be revealing the new William “Billy” MacPherson Sheep Center next week. According to a press release from the Little Snake River Museum, there will be several speakers during the event along with music and other demonstrations. The day after the grand opening, a vehicle trek hosted by the museum will take par...

  • Searching for 'Jap-town'

    Mike Armstrong|Aug 5, 2020

    On July 24-27 there was some digging going on in Hanna and it wasn't by AML. LTA, Inc., an archeological company out of Laramie, came to the historic mining town to see what they could uncover in an area that was known back in the day as "Jap-town". LTA comes at the request of AML. "It is an outgrowth of a grouting program AML is doing," Larson said. "It was determined the grouting itself was not going to do a lot of disturbance to any of above ground property. They went through and picked out...

  • In the dumps

    Mike Armstrong|Aug 5, 2020

    The Hanna Town Council, the High Country Joint Powers Board (HCJPB) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) representative Craig McComie met at 6:30 p.m. on July 29 at the Hanna Recreation Center gym to talk to the residents of Hanna about the landfill closure and dumpsters. The Hanna landfill, which served the towns of Elk Mountain, Hanna and Medicine Bow, was closed at the end of June. Currently the towns of Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow have dumpsters throughout their towns for...

  • A need for discourse

    Jaden Campbell|Aug 5, 2020

    In modern America, political contention is nearly impossible to avoid. From family gatherings to the workplace, politics can often lead to gladiatorial-like spats. However, in these heated debates, it can be found that misinformation runs rampant and political discourse is impossible. This past Thursday, the Saratoga Sun hosted a political forum for candidates running for a variety of Wyoming offices. I have to admit that I knew almost nothing about these candidates before I attended this...

  • Show, don't tell

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Aug 5, 2020

    In creative writing, one of the most common pieces of advice given is to "show not tell". This can be difficult to follow, but the general premise is to use descriptors to build a scene rather than using one sentence to tell the audience what is happening. After attending last Thursday's political forum, I can firmly say that this rule should apply to political candidates as well. There were a wide range of candidates from both sides of the aisle who participated in the forum in Riverside. With...

  • Union Telephone to expand coverage

    Staff Report|Aug 5, 2020

    Union Telephone Company, in partnership with CoBank, recently announced a $100 million debt placement with the funds being invested over the next two years in the region. Union Telephone Company will expand its mobile wireless network, improving coverage across all of Wyoming as well as parts of northern Colorado and Utah, eastern Idaho, and southern Montana. Union will also continue its investment in its fiber optic backbone and broadband service delivery. Union Telephone Company was selected by AT&T to support the deployment of...

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