Articles from the October 31, 2018 edition


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  • Giving Med Bow a bone

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 31, 2018

    Rocky Mountain Power and Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company (SWRC) had representatives at the Medicine Bow Museum at 11 a.m. on Monday to present Sharon Biamon, Medicine Bow Museum director with checks for $10,000 from each company. Rita Meyer, Vice President-Wyoming for Rocky Mountain Power said her company was committed to the communities in Carbon County. “We’re excited about the fossil cabin’s relocation and the Medicine Bow Museum’s commitment to sharing this historic structure with...

  • VSO forum

    Joshua Wood|Oct 31, 2018

    The Valley Service Organization (VSO) once again held forums at the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) preceding the upcoming general election. The first forum, held on Oct. 22, saw candidates for contested county seats and Senate District 11 enter the Great Hall of the PVCC. The second forum, on Oct. 24, was held for candidates for Saratoga Mayor and Town Council. Both forums were live-streamed on the Saratoga Sun Facebook page, though the second night saw some technical difficulties. At... Full story

  • Towns express desire for 5th penny

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 31, 2018

    The 5th Penny Tax is coming up for approval by voters on election day. The Sun reached out to many of the municipalities to find out how the tax effects each community. Encampment "In Encampment the 5th penny tax represents about 27 percent of our income for general purposes," Doreen Harvey, Encampment town clerk/treasurer said. "It funds emergency services, police, fire, EMS, parks, recreation, streets and maintenance, and helps to provide funding through service contracts to our local... Full story

  • Learning the Lincoln

    Keith McLendon|Oct 31, 2018

    You can learn about the history of the Lincoln Highway in Wyoming during two showings of a Wyoming PBS documentary entitled “100 years on the Lincoln Highway.” The program, sponsored by local historians Leslie Johnson and Dick Perue, will be shown between 1 and 2:30 p.m. and again between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Shively Room of the Platte Valley Community Center. Johnson and Perue are showing the documentary as a public service and Johnson wants to work on getting a...

  • Monumental restoration

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 31, 2018

    Carbon County School District No. 2 has given the Hanna Basin Historical Society (HBHS), a non-profit corporation, permission to assume management of the World War I Monument situated on school property in Hanna at their board meeting on Oct. 15. "We will be in charge of having it completely restored back to its original shape and we will be responsible for it and try to get it on the historical register," Diana Springsguth, president of the HBHS said. The monument was vandalized in the summer...

  • More than just voting (but vote too)

    Joshua Wood|Oct 31, 2018

    I was thinking a lot about this week’s column. Initially, with this edition of the newspaper coming out on Oct. 31, I thought about trying to write a spooky ghost story or examine why some of us love horror movies so much. Then I thought about writing something in regards to the recently arrested Florida man who mailed 12 packages to prominent politicians and activists. Instead, I have decided to focus on the importance of civics and voting with the general election being next Tuesday. Since...

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  • A look back at Saratoga straits

    Oct 31, 2018

    Editor, Election time is November 6th. I am writing to remind everyone how the dismal state Saratoga’s financial affairs came to be. The previous mayor had entered into a lawsuit with Randy Stevens that even the insurance company would no longer honor and left Saratoga financially vulnerable. Over a quarter million dollars was spent out of the reserves that I know of for sure. The current Mayor and Council are still paying on the remnants of this. The town is also financially responsible (court ordered) should that $70,000 wall ever fail...

  • Injury mars historic season for Miners

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 31, 2018

    Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow High School (HEM) football team started out looking like they were going to have another win under their belt against the Burlington Huskies going into the 2nd quarter. The Huskies had not scored with six minutes left in the first half and the Miners were up by 22 points. Then the sheer physical size difference between the players started to kick in. "This was the most physical team we have faced all year," Zach Scott, head football coach said. Burlington...

  • Lady Panthers take third in Regionals, head to State

    Joshua Wood|Oct 31, 2018

    During the weekend, the Saratoga Lady Panthers headed to the 1A West Regionals tournament in Lander for the first time since entering the 1A conference two years ago and continuing an, overall, winning season for the Lady Panthers. While stumbling in the first game against No. 3 Northwest ranked Dubois Lady Rams (25-27, 25-15, 21-25, 27-25, 13-15), Saratoga fought back to claim 3rd place and secure their place at the State Tournament in Casper after defeating the Meeteetse Lady Longhorns...

  • Lady Miners take third in Newcastle

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 31, 2018

    "I said all along we could do it," Jackie Jones, Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School head volleyball coach said smiling. "A third place finish is perhaps not what many thought was possible, but with these girls anything is possible." The Lady Miners first took on Upton to win the match 3-1 with scores of 25-19, 28-26,19-25, 25-19 at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Their second game on Friday against Kaycee did not go quite as well as they lost 3-2. The fifth, and deciding, game of that...

  • Grand Encampment ghosting

    Joshua Wood|Oct 31, 2018

    The Grand Encampment Museum (GEM) in Encampment, Wyo. is known for its collection of buildings from the town’s past. Walking the grounds of the museum, visitors can see the Palace Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor, the Kuntzman Building, the Battle Miner and the Peryam House among other historical structures. One of those buildings, which sits just off the boardwalk and behind the Vo-Ag Building, is the Parkinson House. The two-story house, the rear of which provides a backdrop for events at Grand...

  • Running for Christmas

    Joshua Wood|Oct 31, 2018

    By Joshua Wood Wyoming is not a small state. With a length of about 360 miles, a width of 280 miles and sitting at 97,814 square miles it is the 10th largest state in the nation. On Oct. 10, Noah Fredenberg began running 450 miles of the Cowboy State for a non-profit he founded with his sister, Molly Fredenberg, MeUsWe. With a goal of completing the 450 miles in two weeks, Noah has been focusing on the running while Molly has been going ahead and getting the word out. "We're originally from Mont...

  • Vote, then bleed

    Staff Report|Oct 31, 2018

    The Saratoga Council of Catholic Women is sponsoring a community blood drive on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from noon until 5:30 p.m. at St. Ann’s Parish Hall. According to Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services), more people would donate if only they knew the importance of blood. Doctors use blood only for one reason: to sustain life. And, there is no substitute for blood. It cannot be manufactured. It is the ‘gift of life’ that only human beings can give to one another. “Blood donors save lives,” organizer Val Larscheid said. “Several of...

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