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  • Lawmakers weigh in on political extremism

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 4, 2024

    CHEYENNE — When former Wyoming lawmaker Rodger McDaniel wrote the story of former U.S. Sen. Lester Hunt’s death, it was a story that hadn’t been told before. The story is one of suicide, blackmail and how divisive politics permanently changed the lives of a Wyoming politician’s family. “When I wrote the book ‘Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins,’ very few people knew (the story),” McDaniel told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. “They were shocked to learn that there was a time in Wyoming history when politics was so divisive that it resulted in a suici...

  • 2024 Platte River Rodeo Results – Saratoga, WY

    Jul 4, 2024

    Bareback Spencer Denaeyer 69 $874.80 Steer Wrestling Kaden Alcorn 16.9 $562.40 Ladies Breakaway Katie Jo Knez 3.6 $646.20 Larame Barnett 4.3 $502.60 Millie Woody 6.7 $287.20 Saddle Bronc Colton Williams 80 $424.73 Traven Sharon 79 $337.28 Waitley Sharon 78 $249.84 Colby Smith 74 $162.40 Daniel Weyrich 73 $ 74.95 Tie Down Roping Morgan Murray 23.71 $812.00 Mixed Team Roping Willow Wilson/Todd Wilson 6.7 $578.20 EA Macklyn Greenhalgh/Josh Fillmore 7.5 $433.65 EA Jayla Reed/Austin Crist 9.8...

  • Chevron doctrine overturned

    Mark Davis Powell Tribune, Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 4, 2024

    POWELL — The Supreme Court has overturned the Chevron Doctrine, which instructed courts to defer to federal agencies on details where the law is unclear, so long as that guidance is “reasonable." The decision, released Friday by the court, will significantly reduce the federal government’s power to interpret laws and issue regulations — including protections for the environment, wildlife and their habitats and how scientists work in a variety of fields. The victory for Loper Bright Enterprises, a herring fishing company in New Jersey, will ma...

  • Downtown death under investigation

    Joshua Wood|Jul 4, 2024

    Downtown Saratoga became the scene of activity for the Saratoga Police Department on the afternoon of July 2 as a portion of east Bridge Avenue was shut down for approximately three hours. Around 1 p.m., the Saratoga Police Department and South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Services (SCWEMS) were observed attending to a vehicle with Laramie County license plates. What at first seemed to be the rescue of a dog from a hot car turned more somber as it became clear an unresponsive individual...

  • Bringing Bluegrass to the Platte Valley

    Richard Espinoza|Jul 4, 2024

    The sound of the banjo and guitar brought high energy to the Lazy River Cantina as Dan Mazer aka Banjer Dan made his first visit to Saratoga on Wednesday, June 26. The crowd went crazy with some loud yee-haws as Mazer played the song Dueling Banjos to get the crowd fired up. Mazer has traveled to many different places in his lifetime, but this was his first time playing in Saratoga. His trip to the Platte Valley came following a trip through Wyoming and a stop in Sinclair. “I go on the road a l...

  • 'This is about water'

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 27, 2024

    Wyoming’s unofficial motto “water’s for fighting, whiskey’s for drinking” was on full display as people from across the Platte Valley attended a public hearing held by the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office on June 4. The hearing was in regards to State Engineer Docket No. 2023-6-2024, over the HF Sinclair Water Exchange. HF Sinclair purchased the Encampment River Ranch in January 2023 to supplement the refinery’s water supply during dry months, when the refinery’s water rights are not enough to f...

  • Fowl language in ordinance

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Jun 27, 2024

    Saratoga residents are one step closer to being able to own poultry within town limits following the June 18 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. Ordinance No. 870, previously preferred to as the "Chicken Ordinance" was passed unanimously on first reading at the second June meeting of the governing body. A proposed draft of the ordinance was presented to the Saratoga Town Council in March, discussed by the Saratoga Planning Commission in April and the subject of a public hearing at the May 14...

  • A Tale of Two Rec Resignations

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 27, 2024

    The Saratoga Recreation Department faced multiple resignations at the June 18 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. Councilwoman Kathy Beck resigned from being town council liaison to the Saratoga Recreation Department Board. She read a letter to the community members, talking about her history with the board and her passion for recreation. In her letter, Beck listed health and wellness, physical activity, community engagement, economic impact and quality of life as reasons why recreation is...

  • Some Change in The Rates

    Owen Acord|Jun 27, 2024

    At June 14’s Encampment Town Council meeting, the council discussed changes in water and sewer rates, a land dispute, a donation to the 4th of July Firework Display, and a request for use of town land with the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities. Encampment sewer rates have increased from $23 a month to $26. According to Town Clerk Doreen Harvey, this was done due to the additional expenses and man labor caused by the upgraded lagoon system which is more resource intensive and requires more maintenance. The water rate has remained at $46 a m...

  • Everyday Actions and Remembrance

    Owen Acord|Jun 27, 2024

    The Riverside Town Council met June 13 to discuss a plethora of subjects. The agenda included approving liquor licenses, issues with sewer, changing a street name in remembrance, and some discussion on a possible rate change. Liquor licenses applications for the Bear Trap and the Mangy Moose were submitted for renewal which were passed by the council. Mayor Leroy Stephenson reported that, while personnel were in the sewer lift, a battery was blown. Mayor Stephenson presented the idea that a street name was changed in remembrance of long time...

  • Chattin' with the Chief: Preparing for Saratoga Days

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Jun 27, 2024

    The Independence Day weekend and Saratoga Days are just around the corner, bringing with it headlining act Lita Ford. With yet another big name in music coming to perform for free in Saratoga, the Saratoga Police Department is working to prepare for the event. “Last year, the Saratoga Days Committee did an exceptional job of planning,” said Chief Mike Morris. “It was very well run. We had very few issues last year.” Few issues, however, doesn’t mean there weren’t any issues. According t...

  • Buy breakfast, bake sale goodies to help provide free meals for folks

    Dick Perue, GATT correspondent|Jun 27, 2024

    Flush valley residents are urged to buy a breakfast or bake sale item Saturday, June 29, so less fortunate folks may enjoy a free meal once a month. A fundraiser bake sale and homemade breakfast, sponsored by the “Gather at the Table” committee, will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the Saratoga Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at the corner of Bridge & Third streets. In addition to all the delicious bake sale items, folks may purchase a homemade breakfast consisting of biscuits and gravy or a breakfast burrito, to be eaten at the...

  • Wyoming Arts Council Announces Public Art Call

    Staff Report|Jun 27, 2024

    The Wyoming Arts Council announces that a new call for entry for public art is now open. The University of Wyoming is constructing a new building that will house dining facilities, offices, and student residential rooms. Through the State of Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings program, artwork will be commissioned for the interior of the facility. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to artists with a deadline of July 12, 2024. This is a national RFQ open to artists residing in the United States. Wyoming artists will be given preference. T...

  • Mosquito Abatement Begins in Saratoga

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Jun 27, 2024

    As the summer has returned to Saratoga, so too has the frustrating bites of mosquitoes and the familiar hum of the Town of Saratoga’s mosquito fogger. By now, all neighborhoods in town have likely seen the white single-cab truck with the red fogger in its bed driving through their area. According to Director of Public Works Emery Penner, residents should expect to see fogging on Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings and Friday evenings. That schedule, he added, is dependent on the weather. T...

  • Notifying the Public

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 27, 2024

    At the June 18 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, the governing body received a total of nine resolutions from the Wyoming Association of Municipalities (WAM) following their 2024 conference, including one focused on how public notices are published under law. WAM is a non-profit organization representing various local governments from across the state of Wyoming. The association holds conferences to discuss and inform on municipal leadership. The resolutions from the conference not are not...

  • 'No easy answer'

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 20, 2024

    Authorities from across the county met to hear comments and concerns regarding combined dispatch during a public hearing hosted by the Town of Saratoga on June 12. The Saratoga Town Council was joined by Saratoga Chief of Police Mike Morris, Rawlins Chief of Police Michael Ward, Carbon County Sheriff Alex Bakken, Carbon County Dispatch Supervisor Tracy Newbrough, Saratoga Dispatch Supervisor Alex Munson and Rawlins Dispatch Center Supervisor Valeta Rodabaugh. The public hearing was held to hear...

  • New rates for wind generation

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Jun 20, 2024

    Carbon Power & Light, Inc., a nonprofit member-owned cooperative that distributes electricity, has established a new rate which affects three members operating utility-scale wind generation systems in its service area. Carbon Power and Light, Inc. serves 1,974 miles of energized line across 4,500 square miles in portions of Carbon and Albany counties in south central Wyoming, according to its website at https://www.carbonpower.com/service-area. This new rate does not affect the remaining 4,397 members belonging to the cooperative, said Joe...

  • Zoning change spurs complex discussion

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 20, 2024

    Hard questions regarding zoning were grappled with at the June 4 meeting of the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCC). During the meeting, the commissioners held a public hearing regarding a zone change for the Blackhall Minor Subdivision near Riverside. The 40-acre area was originally zoned as ranching, agriculture and mining (RAM) before being redesignated as residential (RD-10) in 1982. The requested zone change in the June 4 meeting was from RD-10 to residential (RD), which would...

  • Bake Sale, Homemade Breakfast proceeds help provide 'free meals'

    Dick Perue|Jun 20, 2024

    A fundraiser bake sale and homemade breakfast will be held Saturday, June 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Saratoga Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at the corner of Bridge & Third streets. Proceeds from the event will help provide “free meals and fellowship” for those who “Gather at the Table” the first Monday of each month. The next meal will be Monday, July 1st from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (See accompanying news item). In addition to all the delicious bake sale items, folks may purchase a homemade breakfast consisting of biscuits and gra...

  • Hot dogs on menu for Monday, July 1st "Gather at the Table"

    Dick Perue|Jun 20, 2024

    Hot dogs with homemade chili and coleslaw plus toppings, loaded baked beans, summer mac-n-cheese salad, layered cheesecake and drinks are on the menu for the next “Gather at the Table” free meal Monday, July 1, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Saratoga Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Everyone, especially the hungry and lonely, are invited to gather for this popular monthly event which attracts 80 hungry folks at the June 3rd meal. No reservations are needed and no restrictions apply. Folks just need to show up. “Gather at the Table” is a no...

  • No Family Camp

    Owen Acord|Jun 20, 2024

    The annual Rancher’s Family Camp was unfortunately canceled this year. The Rancher’s family Camp is an interdenominational organization where people from all of the state come gather for the celebration of religion and community. The cancellation has occurred because many of the committee members of the camp have been struggling with health issues and are unable to organize and run the event. This year would have been the 78th annual camp. They look forward to making a return in 2025 once the committee is back to health....

  • To prevent private development on state land, Teton County closes in on recreation lease

    Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile via Wyoming New Exchange|Jun 20, 2024

    JACKSON—Naysayers were nowhere to be found Thursday in the Teton County commissioners’ chambers, where residents showered praise on a plan to lease a 640-acre swath of state land on Munger Mountain to keep it open to the public and undeveloped. The occasion was a hearing of the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments, which is formally analyzing a 35-year “recreational lease” proposal that Teton County sent the state agency this spring. Accolades followed accolades as one Jackson Hole re...

  • TerraPower breaks ground for nuclear power plant

    Rana Jones, Kemmerer Gazette Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 20, 2024

    KEMMERER — Monday, June 10, may have started like a normal day for Kemmerer, but as black vans rolled in single file to pick up more than 200 people to shuttle them to the official TerraPower groundbreaking ceremony, it was apparent this was no ordinary day. Heavy excavating equipment set against the big open sky with the Naughton coal plant — which is scheduled for retirement — across the way, served as an appropriate backdrop for the event. Attached to a dozer and an excavator were the American and Wyoming flags, which blew gently in the b...

  • Nice Day For A Landing

    Jun 13, 2024

    Photo by Richard Espinoza The Platte Valley was recently treated to an impromptu air show as United States Army helicopters, including two Chinooks, landed at Shively Air Field on June 6. The aircraft had been taking part in a military exercise and landed in Saratoga to refuel....

  • Visitors council appointments made

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 13, 2024

    Two appointees were approved to the Carbon County Visitors’ Council (CCVC) at the June 4 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. Per the Carbon County website, the goal of the CCVC is to promote “local travel and tourism within Carbon County and its municipalities and to receive and expend the revenues from the excise tax on lodging services.” Members of the council are appointed by several separate municipalities in Carbon County, as well as one appointment from the Board of County Commi...

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