Articles from the September 15, 2021 edition

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  • A dignified tribute

    Joshua Wood|Sep 15, 2021

    It was a warm, nearly cloudless, fall day in Encampment as columns of white and black smoke rose from the firepit at Grand View Park on September 12. The source of the smoke came not just from wood, but from American and Wyoming flags being placed on the open flame. Such a sight was surely shocking to some, especially two young boys who witnessed the act and raced home to tell a parent. The parent, equally concerned, called dispatch at the Saratoga Police Department. It was, if anything, an oppo...

  • Going overboard?

    Joshua Wood|Sep 15, 2021

    Now that the proverbial cat is out of the bag in regards to the presence of certtain drugs within Saratoga, it appears some community members are concerned about the Saratoga Police Department “going overboard”. During the September 7 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, Councilmember Ron Hutchins told Chief Ken Lehr he had been approached by “a few people” about the increased citations and names in the police report published each week by the Saratoga Sun. “I think the fact that we started pub...

  • Judy Wombaker

    Sep 15, 2021

    Judy N. Wombaker, age 75, passed away Thursday morning, August 26, 2021, at her home in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, John L. Wombaker; children: Randy Wombaker (Patty), David Wombaker (Jonnie), and Tim Wombaker (Toni); Grandchildren: Thomas, Breanna, William, Christopher, Andrew, Kenzie, Austin, Caleb, Tristyn, Trevyn, Tayla, and Teyawna; Great Grandchildren: Elena, John, Serenity, Benjamin, and Kimber; as well as her sister June Novreske (Larry) and brother Larry Fritts (Bonnie). Judy is preceded in... Full story

  • Janet G. (Herring) Kennaday

    Sep 15, 2021

    Janet G. (Herring) Kennaday, 86, passed away Sunday, August 29, 2021 at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center in Green River, Wyoming. A full obituary and Celebration of Life announcement will be published next week....

  • Levi Whitfield and Shirley Hickman Whitfield

    Sep 15, 2021

    Levi and Shirley Whitfield enjoyed more than 66 years together until death parted them when Levi passed away on June 4, 2021. Their separation was brief , however as Shirley passed away on August 14, 2021 Levi was born on January 10, 1932 to Allen Edgar Whitfield and Hattie Ellen Adams Whitfield in Old Joe, Arkansas. He was one of 12 children and grew up playing music and working hard. Shirley was born November 24, 1934 to Floyd Norman Hickman and Nola Faye Newman Hickman in Mountain Home,... Full story

  • Friends and Fun make the Valley

    Micky Jones|Sep 15, 2021

    Attending a Polka Dance may not be what one thinks of as an exciting time. The Platte Valley Arts Council truly made it an event Saturday night. Though it wouldn’t be considered a high turnout the band and the crowd really had some chemistry. A drinking game certainly isn’t what I expected out of the night, neither was being welcomed with open arms by everyone I encountered. The folks in our little Valley really have a way of making everyone feel so welcome no matter who you are or where you... Full story

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    Sep 15, 2021

  • Transfers and late payments

    Joshua Wood|Sep 15, 2021

    Financials, as they have been for the past 36 months, were discussed by the Saratoga Town Council during their September 7 meeting. Along with making a substantial transfer from four enterprise funds into reserve accounts, the governing body also discussed the ongoing issue of delinquent accounts. The biggest question, which was eventually answered by the Saratoga-Carbon County Impact Joint Powers Board (SCCIJPB) the following night, was whether the accounts of deceased residents should...

  • Town positions filled

    Joshua Wood|Sep 15, 2021

    The Town of Saratoga has filled two vacant positions and hired a fourth police officer following the September 7 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. The position of treasurer, which has been open since the departure of Sammy Flohr in May, was filled with new treasurer Georgia Gayle sworn in by Mayor Creed James on Tuesday evening. The governing body also announced the replacement for Lisa Burton, former recreation director, who resigned August 13. New treasurer While there was no public in...

  • TNT Forest Products retains mill lease

    Micky Jones|Sep 15, 2021

    Encampment Town Council was in session September 9 and first on the agenda was Brush Creek Ranch and their planned unit development (PUD) on Green Mountain. The community and council hope to make it clear to involved protection agencies that it is a cumulative project and not an individual unit. The PUD is in the Encampment watershed protected area, which the town defends. Citing multiple red flags already in the process by the developer, as well as lack of inspections at the site, the Town of...

  • Saratoga rings Liberty Bell

    Joshua Wood|Sep 15, 2021

    Saratoga’s long-distance runners headed south this weekend as they competed in the Liberty Bell Invitation on September 11 in Littleton, Colorado. Both the boys and girls teams did well, placing 8th out of 25 teams. The teams also did well individually, with runners placing in top spots while in Colorado. The team placings will likely serve as a confidence booster for Saratoga as they compete closer to home the next two meets. Men at Lander Leading the Men’s Varsity team, Grant Bartlett cam...

  • Encampment bit by Rattlers

    Joshua Wood|Sep 15, 2021

    Just one week after dealing a 60-point loss to the Midwest Oilers, the Encampment Tigers suffered their first loss of the season while in the Little Snake River Valley on September 10. The Tigers, who clawed their way into the semi-final round of the six-man playoffs last season, were dealt a 24-66 loss by the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers. While, last season, the recent addition to the 1A West Six-Man conference were able to take a win from LSRV, the Rattlers returned the favor on t...

  • HEM waits to get healthy

    Mike Armstrong|Sep 15, 2021

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miner football team had to take a pass this week on playing. The Miners team started the season with a smaller number of boys than past years, which made HEM have to cancel this week's game when injuries and sickness took their toll. "With our low numbers and the number of injuries, we are unable to play week two and three," Head Coach Zack Scott said. "Our hope is to have enough kids back to play at home against Guernsey/Sunrise in week four." It is...

  • Saratoga mauls Wolves

    Mike Armstrong|Sep 15, 2021

    The Saratoga Panther football team continued their winning ways with their second game of the season against the Moorcroft Wolves. “We played pretty good and it was a team that came here last year and beat us,” Head Coach Logan Wright said. “We are 2-0 for the first time since I have been here.” Wright said he told the team being 2-0 was great, but being 3-0 would be better. “Each week, it gets harder,” Wright said. “Next week we play Pine Bluffs and they just knocked off the number one te...

  • LSRV takes bite out of Tigers winning ways

    Mike Armstrong|Sep 15, 2021

    Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers football Head Coach Jack Cobb anticipated a real challenge to his team when he faced the Encampment Tigers team this past Friday. “We had a good game with them last year,” Cobb said. “They have size, speed and a lot of talent. We knew it was going to be a team effort to win and not because of one or two players.” In the 1st quarter, both teams could not put any points on the board. “Encampment is a big powerful team. Three kids are over 220 or 230 and t...

  • HEM raids Lady Vikings

    Mike Armstrong|Sep 15, 2021

    Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners volleyball team was hosted by the Guernsey-Sunrise Lady Vikings on Friday and left winners. “We won in three games,” Head Coach Teira Scott said. “The first game we won 25-10 and then the other two games were actually very close.” Scott is right. The 2nd game had the Lady Miners win 26-24. “It was a little closer than we would like them to be,” Scott said. “But we came out on top and that is what counts in the end.” The last set, HEM won 25...

  • Lady Rattlers strike twice

    Joshua Wood|Sep 15, 2021

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers came to the Platte Valley twice last week as they faced the Saratoga Lady Panthers on Thursday and the Encampment Lady Tigers on Saturday. In both cases, the Lady Rattlers came away with a conference win, but not without some resistance from the Platte Valley teams on their home courts. Lady Rattlers vs. Lady Panthers The match between LSRV and the Lady Panthers was the first conference game for either team as they faced off in the newly renovat...

  • Lady Tigers fight through five

    Micky Jones|Sep 15, 2021

    The Encampment Lady Tigers and the Little Snake River Valley Lady Rattlers faced off in Encampment on September 11. Playing a full five sets, the Ladyu Tigers fought a hard battle. The Lady Rattlers sunk in their fangs in the 1st set, going 12-25. Not an ideal start but Encapment was quick to bite back in the 2nd set with a score of 25-21. The match started fast and never slowed down. With quite the crowd for both teams, the gym was alive with the echoes of chants and cheers. LSRV was quick to c...

  • Saratoga battles Lady Rattlers, Rock River

    Joshua Wood|Sep 15, 2021

    Saratoga Lady Panther volleyball had games both at home and away this past week. Though there wasn't a win for the Lady Panther netters this time around, they certainly put up a fight against both Little Snake River Valley and Rock River. Panthers Vs. Rattlers The Little Snake River Valley Lady Rattlers bit into the Lady Panthers on their own court Thursday night as Saratoga lost 0-3. The 1st set was neck-and-neck ending at 26-28. The 2nd set was lost by 10 points with a score of 15-25. The...

  • Making housing affordable

    Mike Armstrong|Sep 15, 2021

    "I don't really like the term affordable housing," Jezria Latham, broker and owner of Provident Realty said. "I have been trying to figure out another term because, clearly, what is affordable to some people is not affordable to others." Latham prefers to think of affordable housing as income-based housing and there are different tiers and brackets. "What I am seeing for those looking to come into the Valley-such as police officers, teachers and entry level health care personnel that are just...

  • Riverside talks fire district

    Micky Jones|Sep 15, 2021

    Riverside Town Council’s September 9 meeting began with discussions about the fire district proposed at recent meetings of the Carbon County Council of Governments. Riverside focused on deciding between two options on how the fire protection district would be established; a resolution by the Board of Carbon County Commissioners or a petition of 25 percent of 25 percent of property owners. The council’s decision came down to how the community would represent itself. Having a population of sea...

  • Laramie school mask debate boils over

    Sep 15, 2021

    by Greg Johnson Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange An unruly and disruptive group of local residents nearly derailed Wednesday’s Albany County School District Board of Education meeting minutes into it. The group, many not wearing face masks, were there to speak about the board’s consideration of extending a mask mandate for district students and staff. The current mandate is set to expire Friday. But before the board could get to the public comment part of its agenda, the group had pushed its way into the room and confronted the boa...

  • Local beauty abounds

    Dana Davis|Sep 15, 2021

    The weather was perfect for a hike through the Snow Mountains this Sunday, September 14. With fall weather surely not far away, I headed out with a copy of "Platte Valley Adventures" published by the Saratoga Sun which contains maps of various trails throughout Carbon County. The day did not dissappoint. Sunshine, fresh air, wildlife and beautiful surroundings made for some great photo opportunities. The photos on the right are from the trail around Mirror Lake and Lewis Lake. I feel very lucky... Full story

  • Hay, listen up!

    Staff Report|Sep 15, 2021

    The Platte Valley Arts Council is sponsoring the 5th annual Hay Bale Sculpture Contest. All local ranches, businesses or families are invited to show off some good ole’ fashioned ranch ingenuity that could give their outfit creative bragging rights for a year. The rules state that sculptures must be made predominantly of hay, whether loose, round, square or rectangle bales but then are given artistic leeway to incorporate wood, metal, wire, paint, canvas damns, or anything other medium they could dream up. The council did want all of the v...

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