Week of May 23, 2024

Public supports poultry

Kaitlyn Campbell

Many members of the public showed up in strong support of a proposed chicken ordinance during a public hearing at the May 14 Saratoga Planning Commission meeting. During a previous Saratoga Town Council meeting, resident Jon Nelson presented a proposed ordinance that would allow people to own chickens on residential lots within town limits, which is currently mostly illegal. Under Saratoga municipal code 18.42.150, the owning of chickens is prohibited in residential zones with a few exceptions. These exceptions are outlined for animals raised...

  • Encampment Finish State With A Loud Roar

    Richard Espinoza

    The Encampment Tigers’ success in Casper at the State Track and Field Championships as they earned top finishes. Every athlete gave it their all and then some. History was made and a 25-year-old state record was broken as senior Quade Jordan put in the exclamation point to be the best in 1A and to become two-time and back-to-back 1A State Champion in shot put. Jordan also won the All-State Award and Best of the Best award. Jordan also set a new 1A State record with a throw of 57 feet, 6.5...

  • Plan accordingly but accept change

    Joshua Wood

    Seniors of Carbon County School District No. 2, you are about to officially take your first step into the “the real world.” I would make a reference to a popular reality television show which used to be on MTV, but I’m not sure if you’d get that reference. Nor am I sure I want to age myself, though I’m going to be doing that now. I, along with 35 other members of Saratoga’s class of 2005, sat through my own graduation ceremony 19 years ago. At 36 students, we were one of the largest...

  • Remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice

    Richard Espinoza

    It has been said, “all gave some, some gave all.” This is what Memorial Day should be about. For some across America, they would rather spend the day barbecuing or going up the river for the Memorial Day Weekend. This isn’t what the weekend should be about. It should be all about taking the time to remember the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price. Those who went to the battles of D-Day on the beaches of Normandy, Iwo Jima, the Battle of the Bulge, the Korean War, Vietnam, and...

  • An Un-Bee-Lievable Family History

    Richard Espinoza

    Twin brothers Jack and Jim States were guests at the final Tuesday Talks of the season on May 14. The brothers provided background on the long history of the States family, beginning with how the family made its way from Europe to Colonial America. Included within the presentation was the family’s involvement in pottery, electrical work and beekeeping. “The long history of the States family was unknown to us,” Jack said. “As I got older, I became interested in the stories of our family...

  • Snells Recognized for Volunteer Work

    Staff Report

    First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative, in partnership with the Hughes Charitable Foundation, hosted its fourth regional summit in central Wyoming recently to bring folks together who are working in the space of food insecurity and to honor volunteers. Wyoming Hunger Initiative was launched in 2019 with two tenants in mind: one, to never reinvent the wheel and two, to be in all twenty-three Wyoming counties. There are grassroots efforts in every Wyoming county dedicated to...

  • On Pentecost

    Rev. Canon Bobbe Fitzhugh

    Pentecost, a Greek word meaning 50, is the 50th day after the Easter Resurrection – a Feast Day celebrated this year on May 19th. Pentecost is the day the “Holy Spirit” entered a room holding Jesus’ apostles and entered each of them, an event which “makes the church the church.” Happy Birthday, Church! Jesus has gone and the disciples are hanging out rather fearfully in the upper room. They have just had a rather tumultuous time – they walked with Jesus for up to three years before he is taken from them on the cross. Now they...

  • Do we love God and ourselves enough to change?

    William F. Holland Jr.

    I recently read a story about an elderly preacher who was invited each week to speak at a school in Africa and he made a tremendous impact on the children. In every lesson, he would begin and conclude by leading them into confessing the phrases, self-control, self-discipline, and sound mind. One of the young students in these classes is now a man who remembers how they recited these words so much they became a part of their vocabulary. When the children would see him walking down the streets, they would shout, “self-control, self-disciple,...

  • Farewell, Ralene

    Photo courtesy Lindy Glode Ralene Crum, left, celebrated her retirement from Shively Hardware on May 3. Crum worked for Shively Hardware for nearly 40 years. She posed for a photo with co-owner Mike Glode at her retirement...

  • Long Live the Queen

    Richard Espinoza

    Over the decades, several bands have left their mark on popular culture, their music reverberating for generations afterward. One such band is Queen and their late frontman Freddy Mercury. On May 17, the Fat Bottom Boys, a Queen tribute band from Denver, Colorado, performed a number of the band’s classic hits at the Parco-Sinclair Historical Theatre. The Fat Bottom Boys first performed as a Queen tribute band at Cheers, a bar in Northglenn, Colorado. People loved their performance and they...

  • Harold Kelley

    James “Harold” Kelley, of Pinedale, Wyoming, passed away peacefully in Tulsa, Oklahoma surrounded by loved ones on May 14, 2024. Harold was born in El Paso, Texas on July 13, 1952. He was the oldest child of James “Pete” and Marjorie Kelley. In his early 20s, Harold operated heavy equipment in Alaska, which included driving over ice roads. This adventure inspired him to complete a heavy equipment operator program. Harold then worked on a seismograph crew before being hired to work at...

  • Music Springs Eternal

  • Bennett Makes WWCC Honor Roll

    Staff Report

    It was recently announced Saratoga Middle High School alumni Whitney Bennett made the President’s Honor Roll for Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. Bennett, who graduated from SMHS in 2023, earned a 3.72 grade point average and was one of 91 students listed on the honor roll. Chase Kennedy and Mackenzie Priest, who are both set to graduate from Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Junior/Senior High School this year were listed on the Part-Time Honor Roll for Western Wyoming Community College. Kennedy earned a 3.33 grade...

  • Signing their letters of intent

    Richard Espinoza

    It was a day of laughter, joy, tears, and happiness as Saratoga seniors took part in college signing day on Senior Fischer Williams said he had almost forgotten about signing day. He said he ended up wearing his crazy shorts when he signed his letter. “It was a lot of fun and I almost forgot it was happening,” Williams said. “It is exciting to come together with my family and friends on this special day.” Williams has signed a letter of commitment to Northwest College (NWC) and wants to...

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