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 By Joshua Wood    News    June 12, 2019 

Political theater

Editor's note: Due to the length and breadth of discussion at the most recent Saratoga Town Council Meeting, that meeting coverage has been split into three stories. If it was the intent of Saratoga...

 By Joshua Wood    News    June 12, 2019 

Auditor disengaged, 911 called

It wasn’t all healthcare and public comment during the marathon meeting of the Saratoga Town Council on June 4. The council also made decisions in regards to who will perform the next audit,...

 By Joshua Wood    News    June 12, 2019 

Lease at last

As has been the norm for recent meetings of the Saratoga Town Council, the discussion of the Corbett Medical Building lease between the Town of Saratoga and Health Management Services, LLC (HMS) was...

 By Joshua Wood    News    June 12, 2019 

Recycling, dead

Recycling and dead animal pits were the main topic of discussion for the Upper Platte River Solid Waste Disposal District (UPRSWDD) during the regular meeting on June 5 at the Saratoga Town Hall. Recy... Full story

 By Joshua Wood    News    June 5, 2019

Flying solo

During the May 21 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, the governing body of Saratoga did more than listen to a presentation from Memorial Hospital of Carbon County. The council made an appointment...

 By Joshua Wood    News    June 5, 2019

There and gone

On Friday afternoon, a Facebook page popped up on social media called “Platte Valley Citizens.” The page, along with a website, claimed to represent citizens of the Platte Valley who are...

 By Joshua Wood    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Columns, editorials and news are not the same

Newspapers have a long history of being watchdogs for government, whether it is the White House or Town Hall. To be able to serve in that capacity, the readers of any newspaper should be able to...

 By Joshua Wood    Business    June 5, 2019

Hack's 'tackles the monster'

After 25 years of ownership, Michael "Hack" Patterson is taking a step back from the business that bears his name. For a quarter of a century, Hack's Tackle and Outfitters (Hack's Tackle) has been the...

 By Joshua Wood    Lifestyles    June 5, 2019

'Red shirt' of the year

In small Wyoming towns, the local game warden for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is one of the more recognizable officials. The green truck and red shirt have become iconic. Biff Burton...

 By Joshua Wood    News    June 5, 2019

Attempted murder filed

A Saratoga man could be facing life plus 35 years in prison for attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault and battery, strangulation of a household member and kidnapping. According to the...

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 29, 2019

Presentation consternation

“I just feel unprepared to have meaningful questions because we didn’t know you were going to be here tonight. At least, I didn’t.” This comment from council member Jon Nelson during the May...

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 29, 2019

Questions for the auditor

Since receiving the audit on March 5, and accepting it on April 2, the Saratoga Town Council has expressed a desire to speak with Dennis Tschacher of ACM, the company that performed the audit for Fisc...

 By Joshua Wood    Sports    May 29, 2019

Special athletes enjoy summer games

On the weekend of May 9, Laramie played host to the 2019 Summer Games for Special Olympics of Wyoming. Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2) sent five students to compete and, for the first...

 By Joshua Wood    Lifestyles    May 29, 2019

Medals and mystery

It was not uncommon, following the end of World War II, for the young men, and women, to return home and go back to work, rarely talking about what they had experienced. A generation that went from a...


Athletes and weather

An old adage about Wyoming states: "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes, it will change." Nowhere is this more apparent than at the State Track and Field Championship in Casper. Those...

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 22, 2019

Rate change sent

The Carbon County Impact Joint Powers Board (CCIJPB) voted to send their proposed water rate structure to Saratoga Town Council for approval during their meeting on May 8. As was reported previously...

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 22, 2019

Variance and the 'Turtle zone'

The Saratoga Planning Commission is officially down to three members following the resignation of Commissioner Chris Duke via email. Also, during the May 14 meeting, the commission held a public heari...

 By Joshua Wood    Sports    May 22, 2019

Teams, individuals place well in Casper

The Saratoga Panthers’ track season has come to a close with the conclusion of the State Track and Field Championship in Casper this weekend. While the teams placed well, the boys placed 5th and...

 By Joshua Wood    Sports    May 22, 2019

Disc and shot

With the conclusion of the State Track and Field Championship in Casper this weekend, the season for the Encampment Tigers has come to an end. They may not have returned home with any team victories,...

 By Joshua Wood    Education    May 22, 2019

Being a Bighorn

Walking into Jordan Seitz's classroom at Encampment K-12 School, it is obvious he enjoys the outdoors. The 6th grade homeroom is decorated with furs and skull mounts. A bulletin board on the west...

 By Joshua Wood    Education    May 22, 2019

Set to serve

For many students, time after graduation is plentiful as they spend the summer preparing for college or trade school. Others, meanwhile, will enter the workforce. A select few, however, make the...

 By Joshua Wood    Education    May 22, 2019

No Mo, no mo'

Nobody who has ever had Cheryl Munroe as a teacher calls her "Mrs. Munroe." Those who work with her don't call her "Cheryl." To students and staff alike, she has always been just "Mo." For 36 years, M... Full story

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 15, 2019

6th penny passes easily

Unofficial results from the May 7 special election on the One Percent Specific Purpose Sales and Use Tax (6th penny tax) showed an overwhelming support for the tax at the polls when they were...

 By Joshua Wood    News    May 15, 2019

Saratoga 'unbound'

“The past council can’t bind this council until 2022. I’m sorry.” This statement, from Mayor John Zeiger, came during the May 7 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council during a discussion of the...

 By Joshua Wood    Opinion    May 15, 2019

Making time for meetings

A common frustration, expressed from town to town, is the inconvenient scheduling of public meetings. Whether on social media, over lunch or in conversation at the post office, the complaint is... Full story


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