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Elementary bands rock school board meeting

Music teacher John Steinhardt and his two elementary school bands from Medicine Bow and Elk Mountain put some rock and roll into the Jan. 21 Carbon County School District No. 2 Board of Directors...

 By Joe Elder    News    February 6, 2013

Saratoga’s “lone wolf”

In the month after Sandy Hook, Ken Lehr’s job went from teaching and educating students to patrolling and doing door checks. Lehr, School Resource Officer in Saratoga said his emphasis on the...

 By Joe Elder    Sports    February 6, 2013

Morgan blocks seven

Jennifer Morgan’s seven blocks stood in contrast to the Lady Tigers’ lowest game stats of the season in a frustrating 10-43 loss to Little Snake River Valley Friday night. “We came out slow and...

 By Joe Elder    Sports    February 6, 2013

Lady Panthers buzzed by Hornets, spun by Cyclones

With more games behind them and playing on their own hardwood, the fifth ranked Saratoga Lady Panthers (7-13), (0-7) improved their performance against Pine Bluffs (5-9), (2-3) Friday night. Saratoga...

 By Joe Elder    News    January 30, 2013

Ramping up school security

School security is always something Superintendent Bob Gates, Carbon County School District #2 Board of Directors and principals talk about, but events like the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary...


Rolling with the stone

Walking into Jerry Wood’s studio is like walking into another era. The still grace of the sculptures themselves are the only suggestion of movement, except for the carver himself surrounded by the...

 By Joe Elder    Sports    January 30, 2013

Town looks to add recreational path

A proposed walking path from Veterans Island to Sandy Beach at Saratoga Lake got a boost when the Saratoga Town Council passed a resolution, at Recreation Director Lisa Burton’s request, to approve...

 By Joe Elder    News    January 30, 2013

Old world charm wins new business of the year

Planning, designing and running a restaurant is hard work and even harder if your business partner is your spouse. Tommy and Cassie Orduno, owners and operators of Bella’s Bistro, not only pulled...

 By Joe Elder    News    January 23, 2013

Encampment police chief resigns

Encampment Police Chief Nick Finer gave the Encampment council a letter of resignation at their meeting Jan. 10. Finer said he flew when he was in the Army and was resigning to pursue a career in...

 By Joe Elder    Politics    January 23, 2013

Letters, public comments top discussion

Members of the public applauded after Councilman Steve Wilcoxson read from two letters at the Saratoga Town Council meeting Tuesday. The first was one he had written to the Planning Commission to...

 By Joe Elder    Politics    January 23, 2013

Paxton supports gas tax

It can be hard for a conservative guy to support raising taxes, but that is what freshman representative for House District 47, Jerry Paxton, did when he voted for the 10-cent gas tax. “When I first...

 By Joe Elder    News    January 23, 2013

CCSD#2 considers social media policy

The Board of Trustees for Carbon County School District No. 2 wants to update its policy governing employee use of social media and considered four policies ranging from explicit and specific to... Full story


New events and plenty of snow for Winter Carnival

The Sierra Madre Winter Carnival in Encampment has slalomed through some changes over its more than 25 years in existence. This year, the carnival will have a winter feel thanks to snowfall in... Full story

 By Joe Elder    Business    January 16, 2013

Saws humming along at the Saratoga mill

The biggest mill in 400 miles started operating in Saratoga in mid-December and the cold weather over the past few weeks has highlighted the smoke coming out of the stacks above the by-product fed...

 By Joe Elder    News    January 16, 2013

Planning commission votes to meet off-camera

At last Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting, Saratoga resident David Worthington was asked not to film the meeting. Worthington said he has been filming airport board and town council meetings...

 By Joe Elder    News    January 16, 2013

Planning commission goes on zone offense

After an executive session to discuss personnel, the Saratoga Planning Commission gained ground on a common understanding of Home Occupations as they are defined in Chapter 18.06 of the Saratoga...

 By Joe Elder    News    January 16, 2013

New council member sworn in

Mayor Ron Bedwell swore in new Riverside council member, Margaret Weber along with returning councilman Leroy Stephenson. Weber replaced Councilwoman Helen Weiland. Stephenson reported the sewer...

 By Joe Elder    News    January 16, 2013

Influenza visits Valley early

Instead of the usual seasonal influenza cases in February and March, influenza showed up in the Valley early this year and is infecting more people than normal, according to Dr. Dean Bartholomew at...

 By Joe Elder    Business    January 16, 2013

Sagebrush Senior Center has new site manager on board

At home, Ronda Krouch’s favorite meals are the ones her husband cooks, because she doesn’t have to. At work, though, Krouch likes to cook and will get the chance to do just that in her new role...

 By Joe Elder    News    January 16, 2013

Parsons picked for new role at SERCD

After a year with the Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District (SERCD), Joe Parsons is now the Supervisory Resource Specialist for the organization. Parson’s old and somewhat unique positio...


Derby reels in number 30

With temperatures dropping well below zero over the weekend and projected lows in the teens all week, anglers should have augers ready to drill through thick ice on Saratoga Lake for the 30th Annual Fishing Derby this weekend. Thirty years ago, C.J....

 By Joe Elder    Opinion    January 9, 2013

Dogged New Year’s Resolutions

This column was supposed to be about New Year’s resolutions, but it is probably going to end up going to the dogs. Either way, much has already been written about both subjects. I am disorganized... Full story

 By Joe Elder    News    January 9, 2013

Golf course vandalized

Two irrigation control boxes were run over and ripped out of the ground at the Saratoga Resort and Spa golf course over the weekend. “We’re pretty confident it had to be sometime Friday...

 By Joe Elder    News    January 9, 2013

Town ordinances on chopping block again

After an executive session to discuss personnel and matters of litigation, the town council approved a motion to allow Mayor John Zeiger to act on behalf of the town in a court hearing against Randy...


Wyoming blues band to compete in Memphis

Jay Shogren and the Shanghai’d were selected by the Wyoming Blues and Jazz Society to represent Wyoming at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. Jan. 30 through Feb. 2. “Memphis is...


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