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  • Saratoga Panthers Boys Team Finish on Positive Note at State

    Dallas Fields|Jun 1, 2023

    The Saratoga Panthers boys track team competed at state for three days. Grant Bartlett led the way placing 2nd in both the 1600 Meter Run and 3200 Meter Run with the times of 4:51.96 and 10:34.37. The Panthers finished in 7th place with 40 team points. Coach Hohnholt said, “I thought we had some pretty good performances. We had boys get their personal bests in different individual events. Our relay teams had some personal best performances and we had several boys get on the award stand at s...

  • Encampment High School Graduation

    Dallas Fields|Jun 1, 2023

  • Lady Panthers-State Champions

    Dallas Fields|May 25, 2023

  • Tigers Finish Season Strong

    Dallas Fields|May 25, 2023

    The Encampment Tigers finished their boys and girls season at state in Casper, Wyoming from Thursday May 18 to Saturday May 20. All the teams from around the state came to compete and the tigers went to work in the 1A classification. PIckett came away as both the 1A boys state champion in the shot put and the discus. He threw the discus 145-11 and the shot put 45-2.75. Quade Jordan took second place in the discus with a throw of 137-9. Bryce Reid finished in 3rd place on the 110 Meter Hurdles. O...

  • Saratoga Lady Panthers take Regionals forging their path to State

    Dallas Fields|May 18, 2023

    With their impressive performance at Regionals, the Lady Panthers Track Team solidified many individual’s positions in various events to have an opportunity to repeat as state champs. The 4x100, 4x400, 4x800,and sprint medley relay teams dominated the meet with first place finishes. These performances alone led to 40 team points. The girls impressed everyone in the long distance events as well, where they racked up several more points to add to their overall point total of 148. Whitney B...

  • Tigers impress fans in throwing events at Regionals

    Dallas Fields|May 18, 2023

    The Encampment Tigers High School boys and girls track teams competed in Regionals held in Shoshoni on May 12 and May 13. The meet was hosted by Shoshoni High School. For team points, the girls placed 6th with 48 points and the boys also placed 6th with 55 points. Quade Jordan and Kaben Pickett placed 1st and 2nd in both Shot Put and Discus. Their individual efforts earned 36 points for the team in these two events alone. The girls were not going to be out done. Kyenna Jackson and Kristie...

  • Saratoga Town Council Addresses Flood Concerns 

    Dallas Fields|May 11, 2023

    Living within the North Platte River floodplain can be concerning with the coming spring rains and snow melt, and the possibility of flooding. In the May 2 town council meeting, many of these concerns and solutions were offered up to the residents. Carbon County Sheriff Carbon County Sheriff Alex Bakken briefed the town council on what the Sheriff’s office is working on. Carbon County School District #1 has a school resource officer program with one deputy on duty in the school district #1 schoo...

  • EHS Tigers Track Team Pounces 

    Dallas Fields|May 11, 2023

    Tigers boys and girls place 2nd in Rawlins and teams get in some events in Torrington before Mother Nature throws a bolt from the blue and cancels the meet. The EHS Tigers track team competed in Rawlins on May 1 in the Nancy Steinberg Track Invite at Rawlins High School. The girls placed 2nd with 61 team points and the boys also placed 2nd with 97 team points. Coach Willford said, "It was a beautiful day in Rawlins and a lot of our athletes did really well. It's nice to see that most of our...

  • SMHS Panthers Track Team travels to Thermopolis and Lander

    Dallas Fields|May 11, 2023

    The SMHS Panthers track team competed at the Bobcat T&F Invitational in Thermopolis on May 5. It was at the Thermopolis High School and twenty three teams competed at the meet. Saratoga’s girls team placed 3rd with 70 team points and the boys placed 12th with 20 team points. Individual Results: Girls 4x100 Relay (Olivia Everett, Madison Rodriguez, Milan Scott, Aspen Sewell) 56.31, 5th place Whitney Bennett: 100 Meter Hurdles 16.79, 1st place; 300 Meter Hurdles 47.50, 2nd place; Triple Jump 3...

  • What it's like Living in Wyoming as a French Native?

    Dallas Fields|May 11, 2023

    People are always curious what the rest of the world thinks of Americans and our way of life. Here are my wife’s thoughts on the subject. “Both places have their positives when it comes to the daily life experience.” Angelique Vallat is a French native who moved to the valley. She is married to Dallas Fields and they have one son who is in elementary school. They have lived together both in the U.S. and in France. One positive that stands out in living in Wyoming is how well mannered and open pe...

  • Gaspari appointed by Governor Mark Gordon to State Board of Education

    Dallas Fields|May 4, 2023

    (This is a corrected article that ran in April 27 issue of the Saratoga Sun.) Joe Gaspari knows the importance of taking care of our children and raising them up “in the way that they should go”. Gaspari was recently appointed by Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon to the Wyoming State Board of Education. “I consider it an honor to be chosen. I’m here to help the people’s voices continue to be heard in regards to their children’s education,” said Gaspari when asked about his reaction to being appoint...

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 

    Dallas Fields|May 4, 2023

    The Platte Valley Drama Club performed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory four times from Friday April 28 to Sunday April 30. There was a strong turnout from the Valley that came to support the drama club. The coach of the Platte Valley Drama Club, Marie Christen was very grateful for the community and said that the donations were higher than any previous year. A funny story shared by Marie Christen was that the students who played the squirrels kept losing their nuts backstage. It was funny to...

  • Life and Experience of Pioneer Women in Wyoming

    Dallas Fields|May 4, 2023

    The world doesn’t see many women like Gay Day Alcorn. A very well known lady in the Valley, she was larger than life with a personality like no other. Her daughter, Libbi Alcorn Nauta shared her thoughts about Gay as well as the book that Gay was finishing when she passed away. Editor's note: Libbi’s actual quote was “She was NOT what my grandfather Ken Day used to call, ‘A street angel and a house devil. She was genuine, what you saw was what you got”. Gay’s love of history gave way to many...

  • SMHS Panther high school track team makes the cut

    Dallas Fields|May 4, 2023

    The Panthers gave it their all at Natrona County Invitational. The girls placed fifth with 55 team points and the boys placed 8th with 9 team points. State Qualifiers included Whitney Bennett with her 200 Meter Dash with a time of 28.58, followed by the 100m Hurdles with a time of 16.72, and the Long Jump with a distance of 16-01.00. Madison Teichman qualified in the 800 Meter Run with a time of 2:29.22. Rhiwan Williams went for it in the Long Jump with a distance of 16-01.50. Josie Little took...

  • Encampment Tigers Track Team at the Classic at Kelly Walsh High School

    Dallas Fields|May 4, 2023

    Friday Quade Jordan hit the ground running at the Kelly Walsh High School competition on Friday. The boys placed 27th with one team point. Quade Jordan place 8th in the Shot Put with 49.2 feet. Head Track Coach Kegan Wilford said,”"It was great to see the Wyoming Track Classic come back for the first time in several years. It was also great to have Quade Jordan represent Encampment in the shot put. The track classic is a difficult meet to qualify for since only the top 9 get to go for each event...

  • Joe Gaspari, local Business owner, appointed to Wyoming State Board of Education

    Dallas Fields|Apr 27, 2023

    Joe Gaspari knows the importance of taking care of our children and raising them up "in the way that they should go". "I consider it an honor to be chosen. I'm here to help the people's voices continue to be heard in regards to their children's education," said Gaspari when asked about his reaction to being appointed. He was elected to serve on the Carbon County School Board District #2 (CCSD2) Board of Trustees and has been a board member since 2010. In 2023 he was appointed to serve on the...

  • Saratoga Town Council talks parks

    Dallas Fields|Apr 27, 2023

    With the green grass, and the meadowlark song our thoughts turn to landscaping. First on the April 18 town council agenda was the Saratoga Museum Director Dana Davis addressed the town council concerning the landscaping care at the museum. Davis said that “Ty Brinar volunteered over 30 hours last year to fix the sprinkler system and get the grass looking nice for the community’s use of the pavilion for events”. Ty Brinar is a member of Wyoming Grounds Keeper and Grower Association (WGGA). Davis...

  • The Saratoga Elementary School Music concert was a huge success.

    Dallas Fields|Apr 27, 2023

    From Kindergarten to fifth grade the Country music entertained and the attendees. The Second graders provided "Honky Tonk Man"-in the style of Johnny Horner. Third graders sang their rendition of the Johnny Cash song, "I've Been Everywhere". Kindergarteners sang "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell much to the delight of the audience. The Third Grade brought down the house with Dolly Parton's "9 to 5". Tracy Bird's "I'm From the Country" performed by the First Graders was a woohoo kind of time!...

  • Tigers claw down the hornets nest competition in Pine Bluffs

    Dallas Fields|Apr 27, 2023

    The Tigers traveled over 2 hours to challenge several teams from around the State of Wyoming. Encampment Head Coach Kegan Willford said, "It was a cold and windy day at the meet, but we still had many of our athletes with personal bests and season bests in some of their events. The team continues to gain valuable experiences at our meets we have gone to and we hope to continue that in the final two weeks of the regular season." Quade Jordan took first place in Shot Put with a throw of over 50...

  • Saratoga Panthers Track Team adapt to changes

    Dallas Fields|Apr 20, 2023

    Despite the threat of bad weather, the Panthers headed northeast to compete at the Tony Lehner/Al Finch Invitation on Friday, April 14 in Glenrock. Saratoga Head Track Coach Rex Hohnholt said, "I'm extremely proud of the kids. For us to be planning on going to Wheatland and at the spur of the moment having to go to Glenrock was a challenge that our kids handled well. The weather was cool there but our kids never complained. They are resilient and I appreciate the effort those kids put into...

  • Tiger Nation Pounces on the Competition in Rock Springs

    Dallas Fields|Apr 20, 2023

    The track meet that was scheduled for Wheatland on April 14 was canceled due to weather, and so next day, the Encampment High School (EHS) track and field team went to Rock Springs High School to compete in the Ted Schroeder Meet of Hope on April 15. Eleven teams competed in the girls division and twelve teams in the boys at Rock Springs. Encampment's girls scored 9 team points fishing in 10th place. The boys scored 18 team points and finished in 11th place. Head Track Coach Kegan Willford...

  • Carbon County Commissioners prepare for Spring melt off

    Dallas Fields|Apr 20, 2023

    Road and Bridge Road and Bridge Manager Kandis Fritz gave the commissioners a breakdown of the the winter costs accrued by Carbon County Road and Bridge including fuel from December of 2022, through March 2023, the total expenditures were $152,155.72. The yearly fuel budget for Road and Bridge is $220,000.00. This year with overtime and comp time payout from January 1 to March 17, 2023 the staff accrued 1,947 hours of overtime. The cost for overtime totaled $53,438.91. Fritz told the...

  • TacOne Training comes to the valley

    Dallas Fields|Apr 13, 2023

    The sound of gunshots echoing off of lockers and traveling down the hallways of the Saratoga Middle High School, dropped a veil of reality over the participants. Given the realism of the scenario as the incident played out, it would be no surprise if those taking part were impacted in some way, reminded of what has happened in the past decades in schools across the country. This presentation was led by Joe Deedon the founder and president of TacOne Consulting. TacOne Consulting is a company...

  • Flooding concerns addressed by Town Council

    Dallas Fields|Apr 13, 2023

    Resolution 2023-11-Flood Declaration was approved by the Saratoga Town Council at the April 4 regular meeting. The resolution states that the Mayor of the Town of Saratoga has declared a state of emergency on behalf of the Town of Saratoga due to severe flooding, and will execute for and on behalf of the Town of Saratoga, the expenditure of emergency funds from all available sources, the invoking of mutual aid agreements, and the requesting of assistance from Carbon County. The resolution says...

  • Saratoga Girls Track Team Already Pre-Qualified for State

    Dallas Fields|Apr 13, 2023

    The athletes who prequalified for state at the Okie Blanchard Meet at Cheyenne East Friday April 7 meet were Josie Little in the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 1:04.41, Whitney Bennett 100 Meter Hurdles 17.20 and 300 Meter Hurdles 48.11. Rhiwan Williams in the Triple Jump 32-08.00; 4x400 Meter Relay Team Whitney Bennett, Josie Little, Madison Teichman, and Rhiwan Williams 4:23.50 For a lot of our kids it was their first meet of the season. It was good to put a couple of relays together. I...

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