Week of April 18, 2024

Clucking Around

Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers

Taking a short break from discussing short term rentals, the Saratoga Planning Commission held a brief discussion over a proposed chicken ordinance during their April 9 meeting. Under current municipal code, it is mostly illegal to own chickens or other domestic fowl on residential lots within town limits. One of the only exceptions, per section 18.42.150© of the municipal code, are undeveloped areas in residential zones which are greater than five acres. This section of the code allows...

Missionary work through basketball

Richard Espinoza

Jason Williams, Saratoga Panthers Basketball Head Coach, always teaches his players the value of teamwork as part of his coaching philosophy. On the basketball court, he is a tough disciplined coach who demands high expectations from his players on game day. Off the court, Willams is a devoted teacher, father, husband, and Christian. He is involved in many activities at Saratoga Christian Alliance Church. Recently, Williams and a group of Saratoga Middle High School students volunteered to do...

  • Encampment makes improvements in track and field

    Richard Espinoza

    On April 12, Encampment Tiger Track and Field competed in the Rawlins where the Jordan siblings earned top finishes for Encampment. The Tigers finished strong getting into the top seven. Encampment Girls Kristie Jordan and Eckerley Pickett earned top finishes for the girls team while in Rawlins. Jordan placed 7th in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.92, 1st place in shot put with a distance of 33 feet, 10 inches with a and 1st place in discus with a throw of 105 feet, 5.5 inches. Pickett...

  • Saratoga scores big numbers in Rawlins

    Richard Espinoza

    The Saratoga Panthers track and field team gave a dominant performance at their recent track meet in Rawlins on April 12. Both the boys and girls got top finishes and state championship qualifications. Saratoga Girls Laenee Barkshurt earned a 7th place finish in the discus with a throwing distance of 78 feet, 7.75 inches. Josie Little earned a 2nd place finish in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 5 inches. Little also earned a 2nd place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 63.07...

  • Three Tigers picked for a shootout

    Richard Espinoza

    Three Encampment football players have been selected to play in the 2024 Wyoming-Nebraska Six-man Shootout All-Star Game. The annual cross-border game will kick off at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska on Friday, May 31. Quade Jordan, Ryon Miller, and Kaben Pickett were all selected to play on the Wyoming team. “It should be a lot of fun and I think it would be a good time to meet new kids,” Jordan said. “It would also be great to play against teams that we have not played...

  • Cowgirls Come Up Just Short at Conference-Leading New Mexico

    The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team came up just short on the road against conference-leading New Mexico Sunday. Wyoming’s four match winning streak was snapped as its comeback fell shy, losing 4-3. The Cowgirls (15-9, 6-3 MW) got out to an early lead thanks to a marathon win in doubles. Wyoming got a 6-2 win at No. 1 from the duo of Violetta Borodina and Sophie Zehender. The tandem extends their program record for single-season doubles victories with 27 this season with the win. The Cowgirls clinched the doubles point at No. 2 as the team of...

  • Nance and Maldonado Set to Compete this Week in Postseason Play

    Staff Report

    The University of Wyoming has representation in a pair of professional postseason tournaments this week. Larry Nance Jr. and the New Orleans Pelicans compete in the NBA Play-In Tournament, while Hunter Maldonado and the Oklahoma City Blue play for an NBA G League Championship. The Pelicans earned the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference after compiling a 49-33 record. They host the No. 8-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the opening round of the play-in tournament Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on TNT. If New Orleans wins Tuesday night, they’re the No. 7...

  • Pay attention to who you threaten

    Hannah Romero

    I was startled when I started going through my email on Tuesday, and was getting ready to mark “receive death threats” off my journalism bingo card. I had to read the email a couple of times as I tried to understand it, and understand why I had received it. It said: “First of all you are morally and legally responsible for the action taken again [sic] innocent Earth life in your establishment. You will be closed in a year. I hope you and your family starve and get ripped apart by the species you seem to enjoy contributing to the torture...

  • Revisting the 2024 Legislative Session

    Rep. Bob Davis

    The 2024 Wyoming Legislative session was February 12 to March 8, 2024, at the State Capitol in Cheyenne. With this being my first budget session, I learned a lot and have a new respect for the process and the work and time that is put into the state’s budget. We heard 350 bill and passed a $10.6 billion Biennium Budget. One of the big issues this session was to find tax relief for the people of Wyoming. We passed 4 new bills for tax relief - HB0045 Property tax exemption for residential structures. - HB0004 Property tax Refund Program is an...

  • Living on Purpose: Control your thoughts or they will control you

    Dr. William F. Holland

    We all know the feeling of having something on our minds that we have a difficult time letting go of. Similar to an image or a catchy song that gets stuck in our head, commonly called an earworm, negative thoughts can be very difficult to remove and the more we replay them the more familiar they become. Rumination is a psychological term for rehashing thoughts over and over. While it can simply mean being stuck in a mental cycle, that may not always be necessarily bad, the psychological term leans toward pessimistic thinking and feelings of...

  • Mysteries of the Faith – I. An Overview

    Rev. Randolph Schnack

    Everyone loves a good mystery. We read them, looking for clues, trying to figure out ‘who-dun-it’ before the big reveal. One meaning of mystery (musth, rion) in the Bible is a secret, or something that was for a long time a secret, but now has been revealed. Examples of this abound in Scripture. Who would the Messiah be? What would He do? When would He come? Is God, only the God of the Jews, or also of the Gentiles? All of these answers are clearly revealed in Jesus, and His teachings. Another meaning of mystery, is something that is...

  • Southern Fryed has a taste of Texas Red Dirt

    Richard Espinoza

    Later this month, Southern Fryed will be bringing a taste of Texas Red Dirt to the Parco-Sinclair Theater. The concert will be a preview of what they have in store later this year for other Carbon County venues. Southern Fryed was founded in 2008 by frontman Russ Brown. Brown, a native of North Platte, Nebraska, retired from the US Air Force after 22 years of service before moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming. He fell in love with his new town and Wyoming and Brown knew it was where he wanted to make...

  • Carol Jean Esterby Clemetson

    Our dear sweet beloved mother Carol Jean Esterby Clemetson of Saratoga Wyoming passed away at the age of 97 on Easter Sunday March 31st, 2024. She was born January 9, 1927 to Amandus Esterby and Oliva (Oline) Jacobson Esterby in Minot North Dakota. She was a loving sister to her brothers Art and Bob (both deceased); sisters Gail (deceased), Katharine (Renee), and Gloria; a loving wife to her husband Lloyd (deceased); a devoted mother to her two sons Brian and Kyle; and a loving grandmother to...

  • Patty Sexton

    Patty Mary Sexton, 63, resident of Saratoga, Wyoming, passed away April 1, 2024, after her battle with cervical cancer. After living 25 years in Salem, SD she moved to Saratoga to be closer to family. She worked for Wyoming Outdoor Adventures where she met a lot of wonderful people and made many friends. The thing that brought her the greatest joy was being around her grandbabies. She will be sadly missed by her husband Dave, son Tim {Dani}, their two children Sahen and Henley, her daughter...

  • Gregory Scott Bush

    Gregory Scott Bush, 60, of Saratoga, Wyoming was called Home March 26, 2024. He was born in Rapid City South Dakota in 1963 to LeRoy and Jean Bush. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, he moved to Japan to pursue his passion for teaching. He spent a total of 10 years there before coming home. The last 20 years of his life was spent in Saratoga to help his parents. He is proceeded in death by his father, LeRoy and his mother Jean. He is survived by his brother, Todd Bush, sister,...

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