Articles from the November 9, 2023 edition


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  • Doing Halloween the Wright way

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  • Candidates selected for commissioner vacancy

    Joshua Wood|Nov 9, 2023

    At a special meeting held on November 2, the Carbon County Republican Party Central Committee selected three candidates for the vacancy on the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) following the resignation of Commissioner Byron Barkhurst. As was previously reported, Barkhurst’s resignation was accepted by the commissioners on October 17. At the same meeting, the BOCCC also declared a vacancy and provided a written letter to the chairman of the Carbon County Republican Party. The c...

  • Representative has concerns about Red Desert RMP

    Joshua Wood|Nov 9, 2023

    As goes the Red Desert, so goes the rest of the country. This is the concern of Representative Bob Davis (R - Baggs) of House District 47. Davis’ district, while encompassing most of Carbon County, also includes portions of Sweetwater County which is included in the Red Desert. Since it was released in August of this year, the draft resource management plan from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the Red Desert has been the center of controversy and debate. Conservation groups have p...

  • Harmful algal blooms still an issue

    Staff Report|Nov 9, 2023

    Cooler weather may have arrived, heralding the eventual return of winter, but that doesn’t mean bodies of water with harmful cyanobacterial blooms (HCB) are any less of a danger. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Wyoming Department of Health and Wyoming Livestock Board are continuing to remind people—especially hunters and anglers—to continue to avoid harmful algal blooms. “Although most blooms occur during the warmer months and blooms are expected to dissipate as temperatures decrease, some types of cyanobacteria are kno...

  • Barbara Ann Bry Johnson

    Nov 9, 2023

    Barbara Ann Bry Johnson passed away at the age of 82 on October 13th, 2023, in the early hours of the morning surrounded by loved ones at home. She lived a full life filled with love from many family and friends, and was loved as deeply by her children, grandchildren, and husband. On June 25th, 1941, she was born in Grand Forks, ND to Edwin and Nellie (Kittleson) Bry. From an early age, she had an amazing personality that lit up the room when she entered it. As a child, she learned piano and...

  • Experience "Riding the Stage" at Saratoga Library Nov. 16th

    Dick Perue|Nov 9, 2023

    History buffs and folks interested in this area’s pictorial heritage are invited to climb aboard the stage running from Walcott Junction, Wyo., to Pearl, Colo., Thursday evening, Nov. 16th. Boarding will be at 6:30 in the Saratoga Branch Library for a 45 minute narrated video stage coach ride to be presented by Dick Perue of Historical Reproductions by Perue. Perue is a collector of Saratoga & Encampment valley history and is working to “preserve local history one picture at a time” through prog...

  • Saratoga to host November blood drive

    Staff Report|Nov 9, 2023

    What if you were told an hour of your time could change someone’s life? In the time it takes you to read this article, nearly 100 people will receive lifesaving blood transfusions. By taking just an hour or so to donate, you will do something wonderful! Here, in the southern part of Wyoming, it takes 500 people a week to donate blood to serve the 47 area hospitals in this region! One out of every 3 people will need blood during their lives, but only one in 20 people regularly give blood. Saratoga’s next blood drive with Vitalant is on Tue...

  • Giving Tree returns to spread holiday cheer

    Staff Report|Nov 9, 2023

    An annual tradition, the Platte Valley Giving Tree Project is set to return for another year of giving area residents an opportunity to give to others. Kassey Westring, Valley Service Organization (VSO) coordinator for the 2023 Platte Valley Giving Tree project said forms for inclusion on the Giving Tree have been distributed and the deadline for families to return the application forms is Thursday, November 16. Forms were distributed to area families earlier through Saratoga and Encampment schools, preschools, Head Start, Carbon County Public...

  • Love the Lord Your God with All Your Heart

    Nov 9, 2023

    In Matthew 22:34-35, Jesus is being tested by the Pharisees, asking him which commandment is the greatest. Not which of the Ten Commandments, but which of all the commandments in Torah – those first five books of the Old Testament. Torah has 613 commands according to Jewish tradition. Jesus answers them by quoting Scripture. Specifically, part of the Shema, the prayer that all devout Jews are to recite daily. The part that Jesus quotes to the Pharisees is part 3 of the Shema from Deuteronomy 6:5 - “You shall love the Lord your God with all you...

  • Brightening the Holiday Season for the Military Community

    Nov 9, 2023

    As we enter the holiday season and Americans across the country look forward to spending time with family, thousands of service members deployed overseas – many to the Middle East in response to the Israel-Hamas war – will not have that luxury and will be spending the holidays far away from loved ones. Here is how USO Holidays programming delivers a piece of home to them, along with ideas for how you can get involved: - Care packages: A care package might seem small in light of the cha...

  • Walk This Way - Spooky Edition

    Nov 9, 2023

  • Burlington bites down on Tigers in semifinals

    Joshua Wood|Nov 9, 2023

    The Encampment Tigers’ nearly undefeated season came to a heartbreaking end on Friday as they were dealt a loss by the Burlington Huskies in the semifinal round of the 1A Six-Man Playoffs. A mere 7 points separated the Tigers and Burlington. “Our game against Burlington was a shootout as anticipated,” said Kegan Willford, head coach of the Encampment Tigers. “Burlington has a great team and they execute very well. Our team played hard and fought all game to try and gain the advantage but, in...

  • Wyoming Captures the 115th Edition of the Border War

    Nov 9, 2023

    Laramie, Wyo. (Nov. 3, 2023) -- It was another one for the ages in the 115th Edition of the Border War between the Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams on Friday night in Laramie as the Cowboys came away with a 24-15 victory over the Rams. It was the third consecutive win in the series for Wyoming and the seventh UW win in the last eight Border War meetings, earning the Cowboys the right to retain the Bronze Boot traveling trophy in Wyoming for another year. UW improved to 6-3 overall for...

  • New information in Jackson County cold case

    Staff Report|Nov 9, 2023

    For nearly 40 years, a homicide in Jackson County, Colorado haunted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Since 1987, the identity of the victim had eluded law enforcement until recently. According to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the use of Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy, or FIGG, and other advancements in technology allowed sheriff’s office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) and the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to final...

  • From LOX farming to horseshoeing

    Joshua Wood|Nov 9, 2023

    When Eric Soyez joined the United States Navy, he became the 3rd generation in his family to serve in that branch of the Armed Forces. His father and his grandfather had both served and had been jet mechanics. “I’ll be honest, I was a little bit of a hellraiser when I was a kid and I got myself in a little bit of trouble,” said Soyez. “I thought maybe it was time to turn the other direction and do something with my life.” While he followed—in a way—in the footsteps of his father and grandfather,...

  • Wyoming's own - F. E. Warren Air Force Base

    Gary Honodel|Nov 9, 2023

    Wyoming is home to only one military installation, but that base, F.E. Warren in Cheyenne, has a notable history, and continues to play a significant role in the nation’s defenses. Originally established in 1867 as Fort D. A. Russell, F. E. Warren Air Force Base is the oldest continuously active military installation within the Air Force. The former Army fort turned over to the, then, newly formed branch, upon its inception, in 1947. Today it is home to the 90th Missile Wing and Headquarters, 2...

  • Citizen-Soldiers of the Wyoming National Guard: A Legacy of Service and Preparedness

    Nov 9, 2023

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming National Guard, renowned as the vanguard of military readiness and safeguarding Wyoming’s citizens and the United States, boasts a rich history of unwavering dedication to excellence. With its roots dating back to the late 19th century, the Wyoming Guard has become an indispensable asset in our nation’s defense and disaster response efforts. The Wyoming Army Guard was officially established in 1870. Its first federally recognized unit, Company A, 1st Wyoming Regiment, was founded in 1888, with its first feder...

  • Service completed in two paths

    Joshua Wood|Nov 9, 2023

    Justin Brown can be pretty easy to pick out in a crowd. He stands at over six feet tall and is covered in tattoos. When he speaks, he has a bit of a southern drawl. Though he owns and operates TYK9 just outside Saratoga now, he was once a Ranger in the United States Army. He also spent six years working for Blackwater. Now a civilian, Brown works with domestic dogs and does K9 training shepherds and malinois. The drawl he has when he speaks is a holdover from being raised in the south, growing u...

  • Make the best of it

    Joshua Wood|Nov 9, 2023

    Alan Brundage looks very unassuming. He’s tall, standing over six feet, and sports a beard and mustache. He speaks in a soft tone but with purpose and intent, making one feel that if he’s talking they better listen as it’s likely something worth being said. Brundage, who has lived in the Platte Valley for around two years now, spent nearly 50 years working for the federal government when one includes his time in both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. His stint...

  • 4 Ways You Can Observe National Veterans and Military Family Month

    Nov 9, 2023

    When was the last time you thanked a military member or veteran for their service? November is National Veterans and Military Family Appreciation Month and an excellent time to celebrate, support and honor service members. That’s why Points of Light, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing people to take action that changes the world, is sharing ways you can get involved, along with the stories of former military members already doing so. From volunteering to donating and beyond, these ideas are based on the Points of Light C...

  • A thank you for their service

    Joshua Wood|Nov 9, 2023

    When it comes to honoring veterans and their service to the United States, there are various ways in which people, businesses and organizations show their respect. It can be a “thank you” in passing on the street, a dinner honoring their service or a business offering discounts. One way in which the State of Wyoming and county assessors show their appreciation for someone’s service is through a veteran’s exemption for either property taxes or vehicle licensing. How does it work? Accordi...

  • Soldiering across four decades

    Gary Honodel|Nov 9, 2023

    As we were working on this special Veterans Day section the Sun, of course, wanted to include stories from area service members. Then there was some discussion about including my father’s story as well. I was a little reluctant since it doesn’t have a local tie. But, yes, it is interesting. Interesting enough that I am going to share it here. My father, Frank, is one of the horse soldiers you see in this old photo. I’m not sure many people realize that the U.S. Army and the National Guard...

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