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  • '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...

  • Healthy food, healthy minds

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 13, 2024

    Carbon County School District No. 2 is being awarded the Innovative School Lunch Makeover Award, in recognition of their efforts to improve the nutritional quality of school lunches. The district applied for the Healthy Meals Incentives (HMI) grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which provided $149,589 to go towards equipment, supplies, training, student engagement and farm-to-school activities. The Innovative School Lunch Makeover “recognizes improvement in the n...

  • Tractor-Trailer reason for Resort Wreck

    Richard Espinoza|Jun 13, 2024

    Following a collision near the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, an investigation by the Saratoga Police Department determined the incident was caused by tractor-trailer traffic in the area. On May 31, around 9:40 a.m., the Saratoga Police Department received a report of a traffic collision on Pic Pike Road. According to SPD Chief Mike Morris, officers arrived on the scene and found that a pickup truck driven by an area resident had collided with a fence. “The driver of the truck reported they had b...

  • New mental health program off to a fast start

    Jun 13, 2024

    GILLETTE (WNE) — A new program to help Gillette residents with their mental health has gotten off to a fast start. Earlier this spring, the Northeast Wyoming Community Health Foundation launched Hope Source to help people pay for therapy and counseling costs. Nachelle McGrath, executive director of the foundation, said she’s received 20 applications, and 10 of them have been approved. The other applications were sent back because they needed more information, and they will be re-submitted. “I didn’t realize we’d have so many so quickly,...

  • Lightning fire in Yellowstone first of season

    Jun 13, 2024

    JACKSON (WNE) — A 0.1-acre wildland fire that broke out in Yellowstone National Park, dubbed the "Milepost 17 Fire" and the first of the season, was on track to be contained on Tuesday, the park announced in a Monday press release. The lightning-ignited fire was detected by a motorist driving on Highway 191, on the west side of the park, after lightning torched a single tree almost a mile west of Highway 191 and 17 miles north of West Yellowstone, Montana. Yellowstone wildland firefighters were suppressing the fire and expected it to be c...

  • Plan for the river we have

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Jun 6, 2024

    The mismatch between the supply of water the Colorado River can provide and the demand for its resource throughout the West has given rise to plans proposed this spring to reduce the level of consumption and rebuild storage at Lake Powell Reservoir. The states that draw water from the river proposed the plans this spring. They have yet to reach a consensus. The two largest reservoirs on the Colorado River are Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Reservoirs are man-made lakes designed to store water during wet years and supplement natural precipitation...

  • Ballots Set for Primary Election

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Jun 6, 2024

    With the filing deadline of May 31 now past, the ballots for the primary election are now set. In the local races, nearly all are contested with several people running for limited seats. Meanwhile, there’s some new faces in the statewide offices as one long-time congressman doesn’t appear to be running for re-election this cycle. United States Senator Beginning with United States Senator, John Barrasso will be seeking another term. Barrasso has served in the United States Senate since 2007, when he was appointed to finish the term of the lat...

  • Never Forget Park tries for more funding

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 6, 2024

    Fundraising progress continues for Never Forget Park. Stacy Crimmins, a member of the Never Forget Park Committee, provided an update on the park to the Saratoga Town Council at their May 21 meeting. Crimmins went before the council to ask for approval to apply for a grant from the Wyoming Intertie Community Investment Project (WICIP) on behalf of the Town of Saratoga, which would grant $50,000 if awarded. The WICIP gives impact money for the Wyoming Intertie Project, which will build a...

  • Builders work to keep up with housing demands despite challenges

    Carrie Haderlie, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 6, 2024

    SHERIDAN — As many builders across Wyoming chip away at a demand for homes that still outpaces supply, any new housing will help alleviate Wyoming’s so-called housing crisis. A greater number of all types of housing — from low income to mid-level to higher end, custom housing — would help, experts say. Available housing at all levels allows people mobility, meaning that someone who moves into a large, custom home at a higher price could free up a mid-level home for another family. However, if a community doesn’t have homes at a higher pr...

  • Commissioners discuss magnesium chloride and tourism week

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 6, 2024

    The Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed road issues and tourism during the May 21 meeting. Arla Strasser went before the commission to discuss the issue of putting magnesium chloride, or mag chloride, on Carbon County Road 201 east of Riverside. Mag chloride is put on unpaved roads to help control dust from drivers. Strasser spoke about the current conditions of the road, and raised concerns about how mag chloride may further deteriorate the road. She pointed to the issues the...

  • Saratoga man pleads guilty in Sturgis shooting

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Jun 6, 2024

    A Saratoga man has pleaded guilty to two charges related to a shooting at the 2023 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Wyatt James Fluty, 29, entered guilty pleas to one count of attempted first degree murder of a law enforcement officer and one count of commission of a felony while armed with a firearm. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the guilty pleas on May 31. The other four charges Fluty was facing were dismissed as part of a plea bargain. At his initial appearance in September 2023, Fluty had pleaded not guilty to the charges....

  • Saratoga Lions Club brings fishing and fun

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 6, 2024

    Families experienced outdoor fun on Jim Hammer Memorial Kids Fishing Day on June 1. Kids’ Fishing Day is sponsored by the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, Saratoga National Fish Hatchery and Saratoga Lions Club. The event takes place on Free Fishing Day, when the Wyoming Game and Fish Department allows anyone to fish without a license. The other fishing regulations such as catch limit remain in place. Children under the age of 12 are invited to participate in Kids’ Fishing Day, where the three spo...

  • Dog-gone it, we like you!

    Jun 6, 2024

    Photos by Owen Acord Doggett Greenhouse in Encampment, Wyoming held its annual Customer Appreciation Day celebration. Customers from the Platte Valley and beyond were treated to free food and drinks as they made their way through the greenhouses on Saturday. Doggett Greenhouse is in its second-generation of ownership as Zane and Maura Jacobsen bought the business from Zane’s parents, Gary and Mary Jacobsen, three years ago....

  • Visitor Council vacancy not filled

    Kaitlyn Campbell|May 30, 2024

    The Saratoga Town Council failed to appoint a member to the upcoming vacancy on the Carbon County Visitors' Council (CCVC) at the May 21 meeting. Per the Carbon County website, the purpose of the board is to "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...

  • Primary Ballots Nearly Set

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|May 30, 2024

    With a deadline of May 31 for candidates to file for the primary election, some races will see some competition while others are either uncontested or without any candidates at all. This year, three seats are up for grabs on the Board of Carbon County Commissioners with five candidates having filed as of May 28. John Espy and Sue Jones both have filed to run for re-election. Joining them on the ballot will be Gwynn Bartlett, who has served as the Carbon County Clerk since 2010 and was re-elected in 2022, James “Jimmy” Hinkle and Garrett Ire...

  • Deeply invested

    Kaitlyn Campbell|May 30, 2024

    Bub Barhurkhust, who was appointed to the Saratoga Town Council on May 7, met with the Sun to share his reasons for applying for appointment and what he hopes to accomplish on the council. The council had a vacant seat in February due to the untimely passing of Jacob Fluty. Barkhurst, owner of Barkhurst Collision Center, was one of two people to send a letter of interest to fill the open seat. In his letter to the council, Barkhurst wrote “as a long time resident and business owner of this commu...

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