Articles from the October 20, 2021 edition


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  • Carbon County treasurer to retire

    Joshua Wood|Oct 20, 2021

    After nearly four decades working for Carbon County, Treasurer Patty Bentsen is preparing to retire. The announcement was tearfully delivered by Bentsen during the October 5 meeting of the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC). While the commissioners ultimately accepted Bentsen’s resignation, effective December 3, it was not without statements from Bentsen’s fellow elected officials. “On May 13, 1985 Mary Aydelotte gave me an opportunity to become a part of (the) Carbon County workf...

  • Medicine Bow swears in new deputy

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 20, 2021

    The Medicine Bow Town Council met at October 11 at the Medicine Bow Community Hall for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Mayor Sharon Biamon and three council members were present. Councilmember Lucy Schofield was absent. The Council approved the agenda and the minutes from the August 9 regularly scheduled meeting. There was no meeting in September due to COVID-19 illonesses when the meeting was scheduled. The financials for September and October were approved. The total for September...

  • Commissioners opt for plaque over building name

    Joshua Wood|Oct 20, 2021

    Too few buildings and too many good employees. That appeared to be the reasoning given by the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) during their October 5 meeting when they revisited the idea of naming a county building after a former county employee. As was reported previously (see “A building by another name?” on page 1 of the October 6 Saratoga Sun), Encampment resident Gary Jacobsen appeared before the county commissioners to consider naming the road and bridge building in Enc...

  • Walking the talk

    Saratoga Sun Editorial|Oct 20, 2021

    It isn’t a secret how busy the intersection of 1st Street and Bridge Avenue in Saratoga is on any given day. Wyoming Highway 130, which becomes 1st Street once it enters town limits, is the route to the Snowy Range, the Sierra Madres and Northern Colorado. For that reason, vehicles of all shapes and sizes—from sedans to recreational vehicles to semi-trucks—make their way through the center of town. This, however, also creates a safety issue. We at the Saratoga Sun would like to commend Councilmember Jon Nelson for speaking with the Wyomi...

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  • An answer is needed for housing

    Joshua Wood|Oct 20, 2021

    If there’s one thing I can agree with the Saratoga Town Council on when it comes to the issue of income-based housing, it’s there is no quick or easy answer. To be honest, I don’t think anyone expects there to be a quick or easy answer. It’s probably why it was listed as a concern in the 2016 Saratoga Master Plan which, as Pastor Steve Niccolls put it during the October 5 council meeting, is collecting dust at town hall. A number of goals were presented in the document to address the forecas...

  • Panthers falter with turnovers

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 20, 2021

    A Panther team won in the battle between Saratoga High School and Wright High School on October 15. Unfortunately for Saratoga, it was the Wright Panthers. If the Saratoga Panthers had won by 9 points, they would be in the chase for the playoffs. Due to turnovers, Saratoga will not be competing. “We have some physical kids that will get in there and make the plays and mix it up but, the score being 32-14, those turnovers cost us,” Head Coach Logan Wright said. “Next year we will be older but tha...

  • Tigers dispatch Dubois

    Joshua Wood|Oct 20, 2021

    When the final buzzer sounded on the Encampment Tigers' home game against the Dubois Rams, the hosting team had won 61-26. This win at the final home game of the season was more than just another victory under the belt of a program in its second varsity year. With a win over the Rams, Encampment was able to hold onto their No. 2 spot in the 1A West Conference for six-man football. It also meant, for the first time in school history, the Tigers would host a playoff game. "This game was a must...

  • HEM fights the Devils

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 20, 2021

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners wer only able to field seven players for their October 15 game against the Hulett Red Devils.. “Hulett is very good team and they have some excellent senior athletes this year,” Head Coach Zack Scott said. Hulett is 6-0 overall and number 1 in the 1A East Conference for six-man at 4-0. “We fought well and played hard, but there was just seven of us at the end,” Scott said. “We just kept fighting because our boys don’t give up. We did the bes...

  • LSRV aims to keep No. 1 spot

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 20, 2021

    “It was a fun day in Casper playing the Natrona sophomores and we got a lot of positives out of this game,” Jack Cobb, head of Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattler football, said about the win against the junior varsity Natrona County Mustangs. It was a good day for the Rattlers because they came out on top, 56-6. While it wasn’t a conference game, this continues the Rattlers undefeated streak with a season record of 6-0 along with their conference record of 4-0. Cobb said his team keeps...

  • Tough week for Lady Panthers

    Micky Jones|Oct 20, 2021

    The Saratoga Lady Panthers were busy last week with three games, one on the road and two at home. Saratoga was hosted by the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners before they hosted the North Park Lady Wildcats and the Cokeville Lady Panthers. It was also a tough week for Saratoga as they lost all three matches. Lady Panthers vs. Lady Miners When Saratoga hosted the Lady Miners last month, it was to the benefit of the Lady Panthers as they dispatched HEM across three sets. On...

  • Lady Tigers take two losses

    Micky Jones|Oct 20, 2021

    The Encampment Lady Tigers hosted two volleyball games last week as the Rock River Lady Longhorns visited on Thursday and the Cokeville Lady Panthers came to Tiger Nation on Saturday. In both matches, the Lady Tigers were dealt losses on their home court but not without putting up a fight. Lady Tigers vs. Lady Longhorns Though Rock River was able to leave Encampment with a win, the Lady Tigers didn't make it easy. The Lady Longhorns took the 1st set of the match 25-17 against Encampment with a...

  • Lady Miners have ups and downs

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 20, 2021

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners had a roller coaster ride last week. "We had a very busy schedule last week with four games to wrap up one of the final weeks of our season before regionals," said Head Coach Tiera Scott. The first game started on October 12 against the Saratoga Lady Panthers. "I thought that the girls came out ready to play on Tuesday," Scott said. "We knew that Saratoga was a good tough team and we had to be ready for hard hitting serves." The Lady...

  • HEM students get hands on with science

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 20, 2021

    Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School got experimental on October 15 as the University of Wyoming Science Initiative Roadshow visited to talk to students about science. Five University of Wyoming students were at the high school for presentations on the brain, microbiology, ecology. engineering and physiology. Karagh Brummond, taught about the brain and how it worked with the different senses. She had students guess which brain belonged to a moose, a sheep, guinea pigs and rats....

  • A bit of agriculture at HES

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 20, 2021

    The students of Hanna Elementary School were visited by the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) chapter of FFA on October 15. Not only were HES students present, but elementary students from Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow were also in attendance.. "Instead of trying to coordinate multiple field trips, we talked about bringing all the elementary students together here and do just one event," HEM principal Steve Priest said. "We talked to our Ag teacher about making it one big STEM (Science,...

  • North Fork reports to Hanna Council

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 20, 2021

    The Hanna Town Council met on October 12 at the Hanna Town Hall to a packed room. Mayor Lois Buchanan was present as were council member Jayson Nordquist and council member Sammy Sikes. Council members Tracy Fowler and William Dys were absent. The council approved the agenda and minutes from the regularly scheduled meeting on September 20 and the special meeting held on September 27. Public Works Director Larry Korkow told the council CJ Mahon Construction was done with their work and Howard...

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