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 By Joshua Wood    News    June 13, 2018 

Cleaning, fixing, repairing

Nearly two months have passed since a fire at the Saratoga Forest Management (SFM) sawmill consumed 6 million board feet of timber and threatened the surrounding community. With the fire out, and... Full story


Keeping Joe home

By Joshua Wood On March 27, C.J. Box released "The Dissappeared," the 18th installment in the Joe Pickett series, which follows the exploits of the popular Wyoming Game and Fish warden. Newcomers and... Full story

 By Joshua Wood    News    June 13, 2018 

Building, water and road

During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Upper Platte River Solid Waste Disposal District (UPRSWDD) at 7 p.m. on June 6 at the Saratoga Town Hall, the board discussed options for dealing with was...

 By Joshua Wood    News    June 13, 2018 

Increasing NEPA's scope

In the past, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been focused on site-specific projects in one area with the whole process taking approximately 1 to 2 years before implementation can...

 By Joshua Wood    News    June 13, 2018 

Seatbelts save three

Life can change in an instant, a fact that people can sometimes forget. Such was the case with Encampment resident Kassidy Barr as she was headed to the movies with her friend, Ember Yeary, on the...


The primrose path

This weekend marks the annual Woodchoppers’ Jamboree and, with it, the events that so many people have come to enjoy; chainsaw tosses, pole climbing, ax throws and melodramatic performances. When...

 By Joshua Wood    News    June 13, 2018 

Railroad to rodeo

While the Woodchoppers’ Jamboree and Rodeo is entering its 58th year, it was only in the last few decades that it had the fortune of calling the Encampment/Riverside Lions Club Arena home. As many...

 By Joshua Wood    News    June 13, 2018 

Looking back to the Lyre

On July 10, 1890 Gertrude Huntington became the first woman editor in the state of Wyoming shortly after she and her sister, Laura Huntington, had purchased the Platte Valley Lyre. Nearly 130 years...

 By Joshua Wood    Politics    June 6, 2018

The candidates have filed

The candidates for the 2018 Primary Election are in, starting with the United States Senate seat currently held by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming). With six candidates for the up-for-grabs senate se...

 By Joshua Wood    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Talk is cheap (or free), until it's not

“Somewhere along the line we started misinterpreting the First Amendment and this idea of the freedom of speech the amendment grants us. We are free to speak as we choose without fear of...

 By Joshua Wood    Lifestyles    June 6, 2018

'Sprucing up'

According to an old Chinese proverb, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now." Valley residents will no doubt remember this quote as it was a favorite of the late...

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 30, 2018

Ranges reopen

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) recently announced in a press release that Wyoming Highway 130, over Snowy Range, and Wyoming Highway 70, over the Sierra Madre, were open as of May...

 By Joshua Wood    Lifestyles    May 30, 2018

Community Picnic in the basket

Many longtime residents of the Platte Valley have fond memories of the community picnics that had been organized by Kendall McBride for several years. John Zeiger, one of those residents, is hoping...

 By Joshua Wood    Lifestyles    May 30, 2018

Evans named Woman of Distinction

The ladies of the Valley Service Organization (VSO) gathered at the historic Hotel Wolf at noon on Thursday, May 24 to honor one of their own. Before doing so, Carol Beach announced Saratoga Middle...

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 30, 2018

Unemployment rate down

In a recent press release from the Research and Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, it was reported that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from...

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 23, 2018

Lagoon, fire update, sewer

During their regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. on May 9 at the Saratoga Town Hall, Department of Public Works director Jon Winter gave the Carbon County Impact Joint Powers Board updates on the...

 By Joshua Wood    Politics    May 23, 2018

Talk at the Trap

The Bear Trap Cafe and Bar in Riverside, Wyo. has been host to a variety of events over the years. From the post-jamboree party spot to the home of WHATFest for a handful of years. Now, Margaret Weber...

 By Joshua Wood    Sports    May 23, 2018

For the love of sport

Parents of student athletes will often take every chance they get to watch their children play. Some will attend every football game, basketball game or track meet to cheer them on and provide... Full story

 By Joshua Wood    Lifestyles    May 23, 2018

Part-time pastor-full-time commitment

When David Cole arrived at the First Presbyterian Church of Encampment in January, the parishioners had been without a pastor for over a year. During that time, members of the church had taken turns g...

 By Joshua Wood    Sports    May 23, 2018

Saratoga tracks down medals, honors

Saratoga track left the Panther Den on Thursday to compete at State track in Casper. Sam Schneider, junior, and Gage Bartlett, senior, returned home with All-State honors as would the Lady Panthers...

 By Joshua Wood    Sports    May 23, 2018

Personal bests, school records broken

While competing at State track in Casper, the Encampment track team returned to Tiger Nation boasting state champions, new school records and a 3rd place trophy for the Lady Tigers. Over the weekend,... Full story

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 16, 2018

Volatility at planning commission

“Shut the f---ers down, man!” An outburst from Saratoga resident Chris Shannon, followed by a request from chairman Jon Nelson to leave the room, during the Saratoga Planning Commission meeting...

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 16, 2018

Flushed fees, parks & preschool

During the regularly scheduled Riverside Town Council meeting at 6 p.m. on May 10 at Riverside Town Hall, the council discussed purchasing new park equipment and the best way to deal with businesses...

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 16, 2018

Runway takes wings

The Saratoga Airport Board, during their regularly scheduled meeting at 1 p.m. on May 9 at the Saratoga Town Hall, were informed that the runway rehabilitation was nearing completion. The board also...

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 16, 2018

Bring down this wall

Discussion became heated between the Encampment Town Council and Encampment resident Barry Cole during the regularly scheduled town council meeting at 7 p.m. on May 10 at the Encampment Town Hall....


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