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 By Joshua Wood    News    December 7, 2023 

Raising funds 'fir' a good cause

Christmas magic was on full display at the 21st Annual Festival of the Trees, held at the Platte Valley Community Center in Saratoga on December 1. According to Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of... Full story

 By Joshua Wood    News    December 7, 2023 

Chatting with the Chief: Staffed Up in Dispatch

At the November 21 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, the governing body approved the hiring of two part-time and one full-time dispatcher for the Saratoga Police Department. The two part-time disp...


Fun run or cozy mozy?

Ugly sweaters have had a place in popular culture since the 1950s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that they truly entered the mainstream with Clark Griswold. On December 2, more than a dozen ugly...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 30, 2023

Shop 'til you Drop!

When it comes to birthdays or holidays, a hand-made gift from a child will always carry a special place in the hearts of parents and grandparents. While that warm and fuzzy feeling can be great,...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 30, 2023

Jingle while you Mingle

On the night of November 9, downtown Saratoga resembled something similar to a Hallmark movie as people milled in and out of businesses with shopping bags in tow as they participated in the inaugural...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 30, 2023

Tangling with Tango

On November 4, for one day only, the hot springs at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort weren’t the only things heating up. In the Saratoga Room, just past the Silver Saddle Room, five couples learned...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 30, 2023

Valley, Sweet Valley

The famed author and satirist Mark Twain once said “write what you know.” Former Saratoga local and author Sarah “S.E.” Reichert did just that with the Sweet Valley series, her newest romance...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 23, 2023

Ordunos strike it lucky with The Pearl

Over the past several years, Cassie and Tommy Orduno have added a number of businesses to Saratoga beginning with Bella’s Bistro and then adding the Saratoga Sandwich Company and SunnyCup. Now, the...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 23, 2023

Planning commission plans for the future

As the year draws to a close, the Saratoga Planning Commission is preparing for 2024. At their November 14 meeting, the planning commission discussed potential ordinances, a brownfield grant...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 23, 2023

Saving, donating makes cents

The Saratoga branch of RNB State Bank recently presented checks totalling $600 to members of the community. On November 3, two checks for $200 each were presented to two Valley non-profit...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 16, 2023

Saratoga PD preparing for dispatch shortage

The same struggle of employee shortages plaguing emergency call centers around the nation will also soon impact the Saratoga Police Department, which already has a small staff of dispatch workers. At...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 16, 2023

Getting to know Stan Lee

In the southeast corner of Wyoming sits the state’s only university, home of the University of Wyoming Cowboys and alma mater of current NFL players such as Josh Allen and Logan Wilson. Just a stone...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 9, 2023

Candidates selected for commissioner vacancy

At a special meeting held on November 2, the Carbon County Republican Party Central Committee selected three candidates for the vacancy on the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) following...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 9, 2023

Representative has concerns about Red Desert RMP

As goes the Red Desert, so goes the rest of the country. This is the concern of Representative Bob Davis (R - Baggs) of House District 47. Davis’ district, while encompassing most of Carbon County,...

 By Joshua Wood    Sports    November 9, 2023

Burlington bites down on Tigers in semifinals

The Encampment Tigers’ nearly undefeated season came to a heartbreaking end on Friday as they were dealt a loss by the Burlington Huskies in the semifinal round of the 1A Six-Man Playoffs. A mere 7...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 9, 2023

From LOX farming to horseshoeing

When Eric Soyez joined the United States Navy, he became the 3rd generation in his family to serve in that branch of the Armed Forces. His father and his grandfather had both served and had been jet m...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 9, 2023

Service completed in two paths

Justin Brown can be pretty easy to pick out in a crowd. He stands at over six feet tall and is covered in tattoos. When he speaks, he has a bit of a southern drawl. Though he owns and operates TYK9 ju...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 9, 2023

Make the best of it

Alan Brundage looks very unassuming. He’s tall, standing over six feet, and sports a beard and mustache. He speaks in a soft tone but with purpose and intent, making one feel that if he’s talking...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 9, 2023

A thank you for their service

When it comes to honoring veterans and their service to the United States, there are various ways in which people, businesses and organizations show their respect. It can be a “thank you” in...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 2, 2023

First FallFest Flourishes

It all started with some pumpkin seeds. “I found pumpkin seeds in Cheyenne. I grew pumpkins thinking they weren’t going to make it, I grew them in tiny medicine cups and they took off,” said...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 2, 2023

Never Forget Park to go out for bid

After more than a decade, multiple blueprints and plans and a name change it seems there might be some progress for Never Forget Park. During the October 17 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, the...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 2, 2023

Sheriff's department adds to fleet

In the midst of the United Auto Workers strike—which reached a tentative agreement with General Motors on October 30—law enforcement departments have had to be creative when it comes to...

 By Joshua Wood    News    November 2, 2023

BLM withdraws right-of-way approval for transmission line project

The Rock Creek Wind Gen-Tie Transmission Line hit a snag last week as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) withdrew its decision to grant a right-of-way for the project to cross federal public lands in...

 By Joshua Wood    Sports    November 2, 2023

Tigers down Longhorns in quarterfinals

It was a brisk, but beautiful, day for football on October 27 as the No. 2 Encampment Tigers hosted the No. 3 Meeteetse Longhorns for the quarterfinal round of the 1A Six-Man Playoffs. With the...

 By Joshua Wood    Sports    November 2, 2023

Lady Tigers looking towards next season

The season has come to an end for the Encampment Lady Tigers, who were knocked out of the 1A West Regional Tournament in two matches over the weekend. Last Monday, October 23, the Lady Tigers punched...


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