Articles from the December 4, 2019 edition


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  • Hanna marshal helps Medicine Bow

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 4, 2019

    It was almost out of a movie script. A snow storm shuts down two highways leading to a remote small town of about 300 people in a large Western state. A classic, historical, old hotel has a guest sign in as Donald J. Trump. The man proceeds to get violent, throwing chairs at guests and pulls out guns according to 11 calls coming into 911 dispatch for the huge county. The worst part? This town has no law enforcement stationed in its limits and depends on the sheriff’s department in the county s...

  • Making plans and meeting goals

    Joshua Wood|Dec 4, 2019

    The Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2) Board of Trustees were given a preview of Encampment K-12 School’s new school improvement plan during their Nov. 18 meeting. Held in the music room of the Encampment school building, the update was given by staff members from both the elementary and secondary schools along with Principal Mike Erickson. Erickson began the presentation by reflecting on the goals set by Encampment staff in the previous school year. “Last year we had two goals in our p...

  • Prepare for joyful music

    Staff Report|Dec 4, 2019

    The Encampment Community Choir, in cooperation with the Encampment High School Choir, will be presenting their annual Christmas concert this week, according to a recent press release. Before the respective choirs take the stage, the Sierra Madre Strings will be providing prelude music for the event. The Sierra Madre Strings will be performing at 6:30 p.m. with the choirs performing at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2019 at the Grand Encampment Opera House in Encampment. The concert is a free event and all are invited to enjoy the music. For more...

  • Battle Pass closes for season

    Staff Report|Dec 4, 2019

    Wyoming Highway 70, one of two seasonal passes in the Platte Valley, has officially closed for the season. The announcement came via a press release from the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) on Monday afternoon. The closure is between mile marker 27 in the west and mile mark 50 in the east. According to the press release, recent snow conditions made it necessary to close the road for the season. The closure of WYO 70 comes nearly a month after the season closure of Wyoming Highway 130 over the Snowy Range. Historically, WYO 70...

  • Remembering Jack Shively

    Joshua Wood|Dec 4, 2019

    On June 22, 1944, it was reported by the Saratoga Sun that Lt. Jack E. Shively, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Shively, had been reported missing in action over France. The article, which appeared on the front page of the publication, stated that the message gave few details, "only that he failed to return from a mission over that country on June 13." "The hosts of friends of Lt. Shively here are hoping for further news that he may have made his way into neutral territory, or that at the worse he may...

  • Who cares? or A Parent's Perspective on Valley Healthcare

    Joshua Wood|Dec 4, 2019

    I’ve often been asked, as this debate over medical access in the Valley has played out, who I am in support of providing that care. People have asked me whether I support the Platte Valley Healthcare Project and their pursuit of a critical access hospital or if I support Memorial Hospital of Carbon County and their intention of placing a clinic in Saratoga. My response has often been the same; I don’t care who does it, as long as we have comprehensive healthcare. Over the holiday weekend, whe... Full story

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  • Waiting for an answer

    Joshua Wood|Dec 4, 2019

    For several months now, the Town of Saratoga has been without a permanent zoning officer and building inspector. Beginning in March, with the resignation of Dan Ferrin, the position has been filled on an as-needed basis by Kent Smith while the Town of Saratoga sought a permanent replacement. That search, however, dragged on through the summer and into fall with no solution. Recent discussions about the topic at meetings of the Saratoga Town Council and the Saratoga Planning Commission made it ap...

  • A sense of community

    Joshua Wood|Dec 4, 2019

    Thanksgiving is often a time spent with family. For the past 24 years, the volunteers with Platte Valley Helping Hands have spent that time helping others. Even in a small community like the Valley, there are those who either aren't able to see family or do not have family to visit. Instead, people both young and old have gathered at St. Ann's Parish Hall for a sense of community. Not only have the Platte Valley Helping Hands opened the doors of the parish hall to those seeking food and...

  • Putting Hanna Elementary FIRST

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 4, 2019

    There are 10 Hanna Elementary students going to Casper on Dec. 6-7 to compete in the Wyoming FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League Robotics Competition. Jason Greenway, Principal for all three northern Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2) Elementary School is overseeing the 11 students that will go to the competition. He said there were 22 students who applied to be in the program, but the competition is limited to 10. The extra will be an...

  • Open-facing leftover turkey

    Dana Davis|Dec 4, 2019

    Thanksgiving is over and what is the big thing on every one’s mind? What do I do with all the left over turkey? Well, ok, maybe it isn’t the biggest thing, but certainly there may be a concern about how many left overs are in the refrigerator. A few years ago I happened upon a great recipe for open face turkey sandwiches that my family LOVED. The turkey leftovers disappeared within a day. The amount of napping increased, no kids fought and all had a happy holiday. I am joking. Turkey does con...

  • What Makes America Great?

    Lucas Stubbs|Dec 4, 2019

    The great nation we are today depends on three ideas: democracy, rights, and opportunity. Two important documents gave us independence and order. Then, throughout history, many significant people helped maintain the democracy we have today. It is this democracy that gives us the freedom and rights we will have forever. Without this freedom, we would be without the opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness, which is what makes America great. Democracy is the foundation of the USA. Documents like The Declaration of Independence allowed...

  • What Makes America Great?

    Shiann Finney|Dec 4, 2019

    Greatness is defined as being above average. When I look at America today, I see anything but the standard rule and here’s why. Our military is ranked top of the line safeguarding the liberties at the foundation of our country. We are free to believe and worship as we choose, we are privileged to speak the words that weigh heavy on our hearts, we have the opportunity to hold a powerful platform to influence the masses and we are encompassed by the largest democracy in the world. With commodious harbors, ample rivers, boundless forests, rich min...

  • Raising fir to raise funds

    Joshua Wood|Dec 4, 2019

    It might have appeared to some that a small forest had grown overnight in the lawn across from RNB State Bank in Saratoga the day after Thanksgiving. In the place of snow covered grass, a number of evergreen trees now draw the eye as one drives down 1st Street. For the second year in a row, Scott and Michelle McIlvaine are selling Christmas trees to raise money for American Legion Post 54. Last year, the McIlvaine's were set up in the park next to Lollypop's. Due to the removal of the boardwalk...

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