Articles from the November 11, 2020 edition


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  • Lining up the shot

    Nov 11, 2020

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  • Big turnout for generals

    Joshua Wood|Nov 11, 2020

    While other states are still counting votes days after November 3, the results in Carbon County were finalized on November 4. With more than 100 percent turnout, Carbon County Clerk Gwynn Bartlett said that, while it wasn’t a record turnout, it was a great turnout for the county. In Saratoga, voters overwhelmingly approved the formation of the Saratoga-Ryan Park Museum District while, in Medicine Bow, enough write-in candidates accepted their ballot nominations to ensure a quorum of the M...

  • County at 86 active cases

    Joshua Wood|Nov 11, 2020

    Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2) added two more positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) earlier this week as Carbon County’s active cases continue to rise. Additionally, the county has added one more COVID-related death bringing the count to three. On November 8, CCSD2 Superintendent Jim Copeland updated the school district website to include two positive cases in Saratoga. While previous cases had been staff members, the two new cases were students. Copeland wrote that the...

  • Pamela Susan 'Pixler' Rollison

    Nov 11, 2020

    On November 1, 2020, Pamela Susan (Pixler) Rollison–loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and sibling–passed away due to complications from COVID-19 at the age of 75. A lifelong resident of Wyoming, Pam was born on August 28, 1945 and was a graduate of Rawlins High School. After marrying Patrick Rollison and following the birth of their three sons, the family eventually settled in Saratoga, Wyoming where she managed the family business in addition to working for and retiring from the Carbon Cou...

  • Appointment delayed

    Joshua Wood|Nov 11, 2020

    The question of who will be appointed to the vacant mayoral position on the Saratoga Town Council remains unanswered following the rescheduled November 4 meeting. With six meetings having elapsed since the resignation of former mayor John Zeiger and three meetings remaining until the end of the calendar year, continued discussion and the potential appointment have been pushed back until the November 17 meeting of the governing body. As was reported previously (see “Saratoga plans for filling v...

  • Joe Biden passes 270

    Joshua Wood|Nov 11, 2020

    When there were no clear results on the night of November 3 or the morning of November 4 in regards to the 2020 Presidential Election, the country seemed to collectively hold its breath. On the morning of November 7, at approximately 9:25 a.m. MST, a projected winner was announced by the Associated Press. Clearing the required 270 electoral votes, the Associated Press–along with Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News, CBS News, CNN and NBC N...

  • The greatest gift

    Staff Report|Nov 11, 2020

    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, formerly Uni...

  • It's tough to lose

    Mike Armstrong|Nov 11, 2020

    The hardest part of my job by far is going up to a coach who has just lost a big game. There have been occasions that the loss was so painful, I could see tears in the eyes of the players as they listened to their coach and I honestly could feel the pain these young folk were feeling. I have even decided it wasn’t the proper time to talk to the coach because there was still so much being processed. I have been covering high school sports for three and a half years and have been exposed to s...

  • Editorial Cartoon

    Nov 11, 2020

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  • Museums are valued

    Nov 11, 2020

    Editor, The overwhelming victory of the Saratoga-Ryan Park Museum District in the recent general election is a victory for all museums in Carbon County. What this win for the Saratoga Museum tells us is that people in our communities value and cherish their museums. Furthermore, the tax that the Saratoga Museum will receive will go far in creating financial stability for their museum and when one museum strengthens all museums benefit working together. All of this being said, I would like to remind you all that the museums in Elk Mountain,...

  • Thankful for support

    Nov 11, 2020

    Dear Editor, On behalf of the newly formed Saratoga-Ryan Park Museum District, I want to thank everyone who worked to pass the ballot measure that will help fund the preservation of our shared heritage. There are so many people who were involved in the process and what unites us all is a love of our communities’ history and a desire to preserve that history. Thank you to all those who gathered the required number of signatures, those landowners who signed the petitions to request the issue be placed on the ballot, those who formed, managed a...

  • Landfill Board learns of monies owed

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Nov 11, 2020

    On October 28 the Upper Platte River Solid Waste Disposal District (UPRSWDD) held a special meeting with Saratoga mayor pro-tem Bob Keel to discuss the fund balance previously held by the town. This meeting was originally going to be held after the November 4 town council meeting, but was moved up in order to ensure there was a recording of the district’s concerns if a mayor were to be chosen after the election. Randy Raymer called the meeting to order, then allowed Keel to present the f...

  • Healthcare group requests waiver

    Joshua Wood|Nov 11, 2020

    The Saratoga Town Council may consider putting a cap on building permit fees in the future. This comes following a request from the Platte Valley Healthcare Project (PVHP), represented by Sonja Collamer, to waive or reduce a building fee for the North Platte Valley Medical Center (NPVMC) during the November 4 meeting of the governing body. That request also comes at a time when the PVHP recently announced a fundraiser for an additional $1 million for the critical access hospital. After listing...

  • Insurance enrollment open

    Staff Report|Nov 11, 2020

    Open enrollment is the time to purchase, change or re-new your health insurance coverage for 2021. From now until December 15, you can work with an insurance agent or with Enroll Wyoming to make sure you get the coverage you need for 2021. Even if you currently have insurance it’s important to take time to review your plan, especially if there have been changes to your address, family size or income and to see options for lower cost premiums. If shopping for coverage for yourself or your family, here’s everything you need to know about ope...

  • Continuing to serve

    Staff Report|Nov 11, 2020

    We obviously have many reasons to feel gratitude to those who have served in the U.S. military, but one we may have overlooked is the role military service has played in preparing our healthcare workers to help keep our community healthy and secure. Take, for example, Saratoga Care Center Director of Nursing Stephany Ponish, BSN, RN. Ponish served as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy from 1992-1999 and says her experience has enabled her to continue to apply the core values of the U.S. Navy: honor, courage, and commitment. “The courage I g...

  • Tigers leave their mark on Farson-Eden

    Joshua Wood|Nov 11, 2020

    The Encampment Tigers' first varsity season in 30 years has come to an end, but not without a fight against the No. 1 team in the 1A West Six-Man Conference in the semi-final round of the 1A Six-Man Playoffs. On November 7, the Tigers were hosted by the Farson-Eden Pronghorns to determine who would advance to the 1A Six-Man State Championship. For, at least, the first half of the game it looked as if Encampment would down the Pronghorns, who dealt them a loss in the regular season. "This was a...

  • Lady Miners end season with grace

    Mike Armstrong|Nov 11, 2020

    “We definitely came out on fire the 1st set,” Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners Head Coach Jackie Jones said. “Even though we eventually lost, we have never had four sets with Cokeville and we felt pretty good with ourselves.” HEM went to the 1A State Tournament on Wednesday and their first opponent was the Cokeville Panthers. The Lady Miners won the 1st set against Cokeville 25-21. The next set the Lady Panthers beat HEM 19-25. The next set was the worst the Lady Miners...

  • Reverse drawing has begun

    Staff Report|Nov 11, 2020

    The Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce has begun selling tickets for the annual Reverse Drawing. Tickets are $10 each and only 300 are sold. Unlike the usual raffle procedure, the very last ticket drawn is the grand prize winner in this drawing. The winner receives $1,000 in chamber gift certificates which can be redeemed at chamber member businesses only. The first, 50th, 100th, 150th, 200th, 250th tickets drawn will also win $50 certificates. And the owner of the 299th ticket drawn will win a $100 certificate. The first 150 names...

  • Retiring after 25 years

    Mike Armstrong|Nov 11, 2020

    "I am a Carbon County girl," Lezlee Musgrove, the town clerk/treasurer of Sinclair said. "I was born in Rawlins, but grew up in Sinclair. My father worked for the refinery when it was company town and my siblings and myself feel very blessed to have been raised in such a neat environment." Musgrove who loves her hometown is getting ready to retire from her position at the town hall after 25 and a half years. "I love this job," Musgrove said. "I am going to miss it very much." Although Musgrove...

  • Holiday bazaar a benefit to small business

    Joshua Wood|Nov 11, 2020

    The Saratoga Holiday Bazaar has long been a central location for local crafters and makers to sell their wares, promote their small businesses and encourage shopping locally. With a difficult year drawing to a close, shopping close to home and buying from local businesses may be more important than ever. Dixie Berger, co-owner of Pure Dixie, has long found the annual holiday bazaar to be a successful event for her business and is hoping to continue that success this year for multiple small...

  • Hanna hot tub hi-jinx

    Mike Armstrong|Nov 11, 2020

    The Hanna Parks and Recreation Board met on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Hanna Recreation Center. The agenda and minutes from the August 5 regularly scheduled meeting were approved quickly. There was no quorum for the September meeting. All financials for August, September and October were approved. The board met with John Klemola, who submitted an application for the open board seat. The board approved his application and will put it forth to the Hanna Town Council at their next meeting on...

  • Spine clinic to come to Saratoga

    Staff Report|Nov 11, 2020

    Internationally known spine surgeon Dr. Michael Janssen will begin evaluating patients monthly in Saratoga starting Friday, November 20. Dr. Janssen founded the Center for Spine and Orthopedics in Denver and is a frequent visitor to Saratoga. "I'm very excited to open a spine clinic in Saratoga," said Dr. Janssen. "I am passionate about bringing advanced spine care to an area that has become a second home to me. My goal is to help people of all ages remain active doing the activities they love...

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