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  • Unofficial results now official

    Staff Report|Nov 17, 2022

    Carbon County’s Canvass Board completed its canvass of the 2022 General Election November 10 and the results from the general election are now official. The final, official results are available on Carbon County’s website at http://www.carbonwy.com/997/Election-Results. These are unchanged from the unofficial results including the recount that was required for the tie in the Sinclair Town Council 4 year race. The tie was broken by “casting lots” and David Robinson was deemed the winner. No provisional ballots were counted of the three receive...

  • I voted, did you?

    Nov 10, 2022

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  • Nov 10, 2022

  • Saratoga Lady Panthers head to state after regional playoffs

    Virginia Parker|Nov 3, 2022

    The Lady Panthers faced Burlington's Lady Huskies first and won 3-0. They never let the Huskies get more than 13 points in any of the three matches, showing their determination. The Riverside Lady Rebels topped the Panthers during the second game with 3-0 win. The Panthers faced Meeteetse's Lady Longhorns and the battle was on. The Panthers won 3-2, but it was a hard win. The first match score was 28-26 giving the Longhorns a hard fought for win. The next match was close as well with the...

  • Nov 3, 2022

  • Deputies throw their hats in the ring

    Aug 18, 2022

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  • Filing period officially closed

    Joshua Wood|Jun 2, 2022

    The date of the 2022 Primary Election continues to draw closer. With the filing period closing at 5 p.m. on May 27, some candidates will have a tough race ahead of them. Other seats, however, will have to be filled with write-in campaigns. United States Representative - Republican After well over a year of a number of potential candidates coming out of the woodwork to run against incumbent Representative Liz Cheney, the official number of candidates for Wyoming’s lone seat in the House of R...

  • Lummis visits Valley

    Mike Armstrong|May 12, 2021

    The Valley hosted U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R - Wyoming) on Thursday as the junior senator toured restoration projects on the North Platte and Encampment Rivers and later spoke at the inaugural Platte Valley Expo. Lummis witnessed firsthand projects where 22,000 linear feet of stream channel was restored and aquatic habitat enhanced. She first visited the Ryan Ranch where restoration of a channel has reconnected 180 miles of fish habitat to the North Platter River. As if on cue, Lummis got to...

  • A more thoughtful manner

    Joshua Wood|May 5, 2021

    When the 66th Wyoming Legislature gathered in Cheyenne, they arrived with a heavy task on their shoulders. Following the economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19), a number of budget cuts were on the table including education funding. The State of Wyoming is obligated, through the state constitution, to fund education. In the interim sessions, the School Recalibration Committee had made their recommendations on how to make those cuts while still fulfilling the legislature’s c...

  • Making the rounds

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 31, 2021

    On March 18 and 19, Jackie King, a field representative for Senator Cynthia Lummis, came to Carbon County to touch base with residents, organizations and businesses. The morning of the 18th, King introduced herself to the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) during their regularly scheduled meeting in Rawlins. King had also scheduled meetings with constituents throughout the day until she attended the Saratoga Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce's Annual Banquet later that evening in...

  • Lummis reps to visit Carbon County

    Staff Report|Mar 10, 2021

    Staff for U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis will hold mobile office hours in Rawlins and Saratoga on March 18 and 19, 2021 to meet with constituents. Field Representative Jackie King will be available to meet with residents and hear ideas, comments and concerns about what is happening in the U.S. Senate, and also to help anyone having trouble working with a federal agency. Of the mobile office hours, Sen. Lummis said: “We are working every day to make sure the federal government works for the people of Wyoming. Whether that is through legislation l...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Nov 4, 2020

  • We the people

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 28, 2020

    In Carbon County there are many small municipalities and that is part of their charm. Small populations can often mean that townspeople know each other and will help a neighbor in times of trouble. This goodwill and cooperation is essential to a town’s character but, when it comes to participating on boards and even town councils, many residents don’t contribute. “If we don’t participate in local government, and it is we the people, it effects every aspect of how a town runs,” Sue Jones, Ca...

  • Council candidates questioned

    Joshua Wood|Oct 21, 2020

    The vacant mayor position, a divisive council and the need for a planning and zoning director were the major points of discussion for the four Saratoga Town Council candidates during a forum held on October 12 at the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC). The forum, held in the Great Hall of the PVCC, was hosted by the Valley Service Organization (VSO) and livestreamed on Facebook by the Saratoga Sun. Tasha Worthington, Ben Spaulding, Danny Burau and Creed James spent approximately an hour...

  • District 47 candidates in the House

    Joshua Wood|Oct 21, 2020

    Republican Jerry Paxton and Libertarian Lela Konecny, the two general election candidates for House District 47, met at the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) on October 12 to participate in a forum hosted by the Valley Service Organization (VSO). The current budget shortfall was the biggest subject of the night, but the candidates also answered questions about Governor Mark Gordon’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and their thoughts on past bills. Budget Revenues While the S...

  • Candidates to speak at VSO forum

    Staff Report|Oct 7, 2020

    All candidates for Saratoga Town Council and House District 47 have indicated they will attend the upcoming candidates’ forum sponsored by the Valley Service Organization (VSO), according to Kassey Westring, forum moderator for the organization. The forum is scheduled for Monday, October 12, at 7 p.m. at the Platte Valley Community Center Great Hall. As in past forums, VSO will open the event with a few brief remarks, then the candidates will be asked to tell the audience why they are running, she said. Questions provided to VSO earlier and f...

  • Lummis visits the Valley

    Joshua Wood|Sep 23, 2020

    Senate candidate Cynthia Lummis made a stop in Saratoga on September 19 as she gears up for the general election. Lummis, who served as Wyoming's sole representative from 2009 to 2017, was hosted at the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) by Teense and Sandy Willford. Prior to running for the U.S. House of Representatives, Lummis had served in the Wyoming Legislature alongside Teense Willford. Despite a packed agenda for the day, Lummis paid a visit to the Saratoga Sun where she answered...

  • General election set

    Joshua Wood|Sep 2, 2020

    As the dust has settled from the 2020 Primary Election on August 18, the roster has been set for the general election on November 3. On the national stage, Wyomingites will have four women from the two major parties to choose from in both the House and the Senate to represent them come January. Meanwhile, incumbent Representative Jerry Paxton still faces a challenger. President of the United States President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Michael R. Pence will be running for another four...

  • Absentee ballots increased in 2020

    Joshua Wood|Sep 2, 2020

    While most data from the 2020 Primary Election was on par with the primary election two years ago, one area that saw an increase was in absentee ballots cast prior to August 18. This information was provided to the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) by Carbon County Clerk Gwynn Bartlett at the rescheduled August 25 meeting of the county commissioners. Bartlett also informed the commissioners that requests for ballots for the general election had already exceeded those ballots cast for...

  • Carbon County turnout average

    Joshua Wood|Aug 26, 2020

    With the primary election over, some candidates can breathe a sigh of relief as they have successfully fended off challengers in both House District 47 and on the Board of Carbon County Commissioners. Compared to the 2018 Primary Election, voter turnout saw a three percent increase. In the last primary election cycle, Carbon County had a 56 percent turnout while, this election cycle, that number had increased to 59 percent. In that time, however, the number of registered voters decreased from...

  • Show me the money!

    Joshua Wood|Aug 19, 2020

    In any election, advice often given regardless of party is to “follow the money.” From national races down to state races, it is often concluded that looking at a candidate’s donors may provide insight into how they will represent. For Wyoming, the 2020 Primary Election has seen a number of Republican incumbents facing challengers. House District 47 is no different as Representative Jerry Paxton has been working to fend off three challengers; Joey Correnti IV, Dee Garrison and perennial candi...

  • Aug 19, 2020

  • Acting up

    Joshua Wood|Aug 12, 2020

    It likely goes without saying that the primary race for House District 47 has been unlike any previous race for the district in the past eight years. This year, incumbent Representative Jerry Paxton has faced three Republican challengers in Joey Correnti IV, Julie McCallister and Dee Garrison. With only a week until the primary election, it appears that the intensity of the race has taken a turn that few expected as Garrison and McCallister are claiming that Correnti had threatened Garrison and...

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