Articles from the August 19, 2020 edition


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  • Zeiger resigns

    Joshua Wood|Aug 19, 2020

    Less than two years after officially taking office for his fourth term, John Zeiger has resigned from his position as mayor of Saratoga “effective immediately”. In a post made on social media late Monday night, Zeiger cited familial reasons—the upcoming birth of his grandson—as his reason for resigning. The post announcing his resignation comes after multiple vague posts about an upcoming decision. At the August 4 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, Zeiger had appointed Councilmember Bob Keel...

  • Finding a path forward

    Joshua Wood|Aug 19, 2020

    The Saratoga Town Council appears to be moving forward with plans to address findings from the audit of the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year following a workshop on August 13. As was reported previously (see “What’s the plan?” on page 3 of the August 12 Saratoga Sun), the workshop had been scheduled following questions from Councilmember Jon Nelson to Mayor John Zeiger and Councilmember Judy Welton, who serves as the liaison to Town Hall, about how they believed the findings should be addressed. The audit...

  • Show me the money!

    Joshua Wood|Aug 19, 2020

    In any election, advice often given regardless of party is to “follow the money.” From national races down to state races, it is often concluded that looking at a candidate’s donors may provide insight into how they will represent. For Wyoming, the 2020 Primary Election has seen a number of Republican incumbents facing challengers. House District 47 is no different as Representative Jerry Paxton has been working to fend off three challengers; Joey Correnti IV, Dee Garrison and perennial candi...

  • W.B. 'Butch' Alcorn

    Aug 19, 2020

    W.B. “Butch” Alcorn of Encampment, Wyoming passed away on August 7, 2020. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on August 29, 2020 at the Encampment Presbyterian Church. Obituary to follow.... Full story

  • Nina 'Huston' Parkhurst

    Aug 19, 2020

    Nina (Huston) Parkhurst, 87 years old, long time resident of Encampment Wyoming, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 15, 2020.... Full story

  • The only constant is change

    Staff Report|Aug 19, 2020

    The Platte Valley Clinic has been a very busy place for a long time. Just ask Susan Foley, FNP. Foley has been holding down the fort as the sole medical provider in town since January, but now she says things are looking up. Before Dr. Adrian Durham joined the clinic staff this month, Foley said she was often booking appointments a month to six weeks out and appointment time set aside for emergencies and urgent care got filled under a crush of patients. “Let’s just say I’m very, very happy to have him here,” she said. “It’s not only better for...

  • HART talks gardens

    Mike Armstrong|Aug 19, 2020

    The Hanna Agricultural Resource Team (HART) met at 5 p.m. on August 12 at the Hanna Market. Recent summer meetings have been held at the community garden. The indoor meeting had almost a dozen members attend, including Hanna Mayor Lois Buchanan. Perry Goodrich, the chairman of HART, said that the organization had purchased a new water pump and hose that made watering the gardens easier. Linda Goodrich, secretary of HART, said there was going to be a work day in September to be decided. L....

  • Signed, sealed … delivered?

    Joshua Wood|Aug 19, 2020

    For many, the post office is simply another stop in the continual errands that are to be run throughout the day. Others, meanwhile, treat it as a sort of community gathering spot where they talk with friends and acquaintances while checking their mail. The importance that the United States Postal Service plays in our daily lives is not one that is often felt until we reach those moments when the mail stops coming. In mostly rural Wyoming, a blizzard can shut down the interstate for days at a tim... Full story

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  • New position, familiar face

    Staff Report|Aug 19, 2020

    The Carbon County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce they have hired long-time Rawlins resident, Yvonne Johnson, to take the helm for the organization. Johnson has a long history of service for Carbon County. From 2004 to 2012 she served as the executive director of the Saratoga Historical & Cultural Association and was credited to successful fundraising efforts and outreach that set up the organization for success. Johnson also served as the executive director of the Rawlins-Carbon County Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Johns...

  • Better than a letter

    Dana Davis|Aug 19, 2020

    The Riverside Town Council gained another council member at the August 13, 2020 meeting. According to LeRoy Stephenson, Mayor of Riverside, Mark Helwick didn’t exactly submit a letter of interest for the open Town Council seats. Instead, he simply wrote “Yes, I am interested” on a Riverside public notice. Stephenson said, “as far as I am was concerned, that is better than any letter”. Although, Helwick is currently on the primary election ballot as the only person running for Riverside...

  • Sign of the times

    Joshua Wood|Aug 19, 2020

    Though the agenda for the August 11 meeting of the Saratoga Planning Commission was sparse, the entire meeting surrounding Octagon Construction and the company’s development of a subdivision west of Saratoga. Bo and Kristen Stocks, co-owners of Octagon Construction, were joined by Craig Kopasz and Levi Wolfe of Engineering Associates to discuss the preliminary plat for phase two of the subdivision project as well as discuss signage for the development. In the case of Octagon Estates II, the larg...

  • Hugs for help

    Mike Armstrong|Aug 19, 2020

    A thrift shop located in the basement of St. Joseph's Catholic Church is the newest business in Hanna. The Catholic church has had thrift shops in its basement over the years, and they were run by volunteers of the church, but it had been hard for St. Joseph's to maintain the store with staff and it had to close. Sondra Clemens, who recently moved to Hanna, decided to change that. On August 3, she opened her doors to the public. Clemens named it Aaron and Bentley Hugs after her son and...

  • A quick blaze outside Hanna

    Mike Armstrong|Aug 19, 2020

    Hanna Fire Chief Tracy Fowler was in her truck just a little outside of Hanna when the call came over her radio that there was a fire burning outside of town on August 11. She turned around and went to the fire station. The fire's smoke could be seen in town. The location was on a hill 2.7 miles from town heading on WY 291 near the old RAG mine site. RAG International, a German coal mining company, were the last owners of the mines in Hanna before they closed and the land went to BLM (Bureau of...

  • All report, no quorum

    Mike Armstrong|Aug 19, 2020

    The August 11 wildfire that burned about two miles outside the town of Hanna did not only burn 106 acres, but was also responsible for the Hanna Town Council being unable to establish a quorum. Councilmember Traci Fowler, who is Hanna Fire Department Fire Chief, and Councilmember Sam Sikes, a volunteer for the fire department, were absent fighting the wildfire outside Hanna proper. Council member Bob Patton was on vacation. One councilmember, Linda Schisel, called in. Mayor Lois Buchanan told...

  • 'Stampede'-ing to the University of Wyoming

    Joshua Wood|Aug 19, 2020

    What do Stan Lee, C.J. Box and Jerry Palen all have in common? While they are each creative people, all three are also included in the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Palen's long-running cartoon "Stampede" was recently added to the extensive collection at UW. The cartoon series will be part of the Jerry Palen Papers, which include a variety of horse memorabilia and saddles. The cartoon series followed the daily life of Elmo, Flo and their dog, Dammit. On...

  • Lost to time, not to memory

    Mike Armstrong|Aug 19, 2020

    The town of Carbon was described in the Lippincott's "Gazetteer of the World", a geographical dictionary of the world published in 1893, as a post-village of Carbon County. "It is 84 miles by rail northwest of Laramie. Coal mining is on here. It has three churches, a bank, a common and high school, and a newspaper office. Pop. 1140." Carbon County, in 1890 had a population of 6,587. In 1870, the number of people was 1,368. Hanna is not listed; nor is Saratoga or Encampment. Rawlins had a...

  • A n'ewe' day at Little Snake River Museum

    Joshua Wood|Aug 19, 2020

    For nearly as long as cattle have grazed along the plains of Wyoming, so to have sheep. While cattle has been king in the Platte Valley, for many years the sheep industry was largely influential in the neighboring Little Snake River Valley. On August 15, the Little Snake River Museum officially unveiled the newest addition to their grounds; the MacPherson Sheep Center. The nearly palatial barn houses five sheep wagons donated to the Little Snake River Museum by Saratoga residents John and Cathy...

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