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  • Drive it like you stole it

    Richard Espinoza|Jun 13, 2024

    It’s not often the Wyoming Highway Patrol pulls over a pair of Lamborghinis, but that’s exactly what happened recently in Carbon County. On May 26, Rawlins-area troopers received a report of two rental vehicles which were likely stolen heading towards Carbon County on Interstate 80. “The rental company reported two males rented Lamborghinis in the Salt Lake City area,” said Trooper Ryan Gerdes. “The drivers then left Utah in violation of the contract, exceeded the allowable miles, were spee...

  • Tractor-Trailer reason for Resort Wreck

    Richard Espinoza|Jun 13, 2024

    Following a collision near the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, an investigation by the Saratoga Police Department determined the incident was caused by tractor-trailer traffic in the area. On May 31, around 9:40 a.m., the Saratoga Police Department received a report of a traffic collision on Pic Pike Road. According to SPD Chief Mike Morris, officers arrived on the scene and found that a pickup truck driven by an area resident had collided with a fence. “The driver of the truck reported they had b...

  • Bring on the Smoke Show

    Richard Espinoza|Jun 13, 2024

    Those looking for a little smoke and fire with great quality in the Valley can now find it right in Saratoga. The Malt recently added barbecue to its menu, including the Smoke Show Plate. Before buying the Smoke Show there are some things to know. It's a big plate with a lot of food that can be shared with two people. The plate has pulled pork, brisket, ribs, a hot link, and barbecue smoked chicken. It also comes with house-made biscuits and house-made pickles. Customers can also pick two side...

  • Three Tigers Shoot-out In Nebraska

    Richard Espinoza|Jun 13, 2024

    Encampment graduates Quade Jordan, Ryon Miller, and Kaben Pickett have officially closed the chapter on their time as teammates. The three former Tigers represented Encampment as they played for the Wyoming All-Stars in the Wyoming-Nebraska Six-Man Shootout. The All-Star game took place on May 31 in Chadron, Nebraska. The Wyoming All-Stars lost to the Nebraska All-Stars 48-14. The Encampment alumni wanted the game to go differently, but they gave their all and then some. All three Encampment...

  • A premium deal

    Richard Espinoza|Jun 13, 2024

    The Country Store in Saratoga is now providing premium diesel, a recent move made by owners Megan Martin and her fiance, Jay Buszkiewic. The addition of diesel, said the owners, is due to demand from their customers since taking over two years ago. Martin said investing in premium diesel helps them compete in business and brings revenue to the Platte Valley community. She said premium diesel is beneficial for local businesses. “We wanted to prioritize our goal of obtaining premium diesel,” Mar...

  • Good Food Starts With Healthy Ingredients

    Richard Espinoza|Jun 6, 2024

    When eating at a restaurant, people should know what the ingredients are. Julie Lassiter, owner of Juniper’s Fine Dining in Rawlins, said people should know the ingredients in the food that is being served to them. She said everything she cooks at her restaurant is made from scratch. “We serve primarily scratch ingredients,” Lassiter said. “I am still looking for a baker. Everything I make comes from my recipes and I came up with scratch sauces, barbecue, and other homemade foods. What we are do...

  • Saratoga Panthers make their mark at State

    Richard Espinoza|May 30, 2024

    The Saratoga Partners had an amazing Track and Field season and finished regionals and state on a positive note. The Girls and Boys gave it their all and did all that they could to make the season memorable. Saratoga Track and Field headed to Casper to compete in the 1A State Track and Field Championship over May 16-18. While neither of the teams came away as champions, there were some individual victories and some record-breaking performances for the Saratoga Panthers. Saratoga Girls Varsity...

  • Raising the Bar

    Richard Espinoza|May 30, 2024

    The Saratoga Middle School track and field team has many rising stars who could be the future for the high school program. One athlete in particular is 8th grader Brody Johnson, who has broken four school records at Saratoga Middle School. Johnson competed in Lander where he broke the Best of the Best record in the 200 meter dash. Johnson also broke state records for the best time for the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and 200-meter hurdles. Johnson said this track meet was the best of the entir...

  • Pulling For A Second Year

    Richard Espinoza|May 30, 2024

    Get ready to witness the raw power in powersports at the 2nd Annual Snowy Range ATV/UTV Pull at the Whistle Pig. Every competitor who rides all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility task vehicles (UTVs) will put their machines to the test and see if they can meet the challenge of how far they can pull a weighted sled. According to Dan Jones, one of the event organizers, the ATV/UTV pull is almost like a tractor pull but the machines involved pull a smaller load. Jones said contestants in the...

  • An Un-Bee-Lievable Family History

    Richard Espinoza|May 23, 2024

    Twin brothers Jack and Jim States were guests at the final Tuesday Talks of the season on May 14. The brothers provided background on the long history of the States family, beginning with how the family made its way from Europe to Colonial America. Included within the presentation was the family’s involvement in pottery, electrical work and beekeeping. “The long history of the States family was unknown to us,” Jack said. “As I got older, I became interested in the stories of our family backgro...

  • Remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice

    Richard Espinoza|May 23, 2024

    It has been said, “all gave some, some gave all.” This is what Memorial Day should be about. For some across America, they would rather spend the day barbecuing or going up the river for the Memorial Day Weekend. This isn’t what the weekend should be about. It should be all about taking the time to remember the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price. Those who went to the battles of D-Day on the beaches of Normandy, Iwo Jima, the Battle of the Bulge, the Korean War, Vietnam, and beyond....

  • Signing their letters of intent

    Richard Espinoza|May 23, 2024

    It was a day of laughter, joy, tears, and happiness as Saratoga seniors took part in college signing day on Senior Fischer Williams said he had almost forgotten about signing day. He said he ended up wearing his crazy shorts when he signed his letter. “It was a lot of fun and I almost forgot it was happening,” Williams said. “It is exciting to come together with my family and friends on this special day.” Williams has signed a letter of commitment to Northwest College (NWC) and wants to major i...

  • Encampment Finish State With A Loud Roar

    Richard Espinoza|May 23, 2024

    The Encampment Tigers’ success in Casper at the State Track and Field Championships as they earned top finishes. Every athlete gave it their all and then some. History was made and a 25-year-old state record was broken as senior Quade Jordan put in the exclamation point to be the best in 1A and to become two-time and back-to-back 1A State Champion in shot put. Jordan also won the All-State Award and Best of the Best award. Jordan also set a new 1A State record with a throw of 57 feet, 6.5 i...

  • Long Live the Queen

    Richard Espinoza|May 23, 2024

    Over the decades, several bands have left their mark on popular culture, their music reverberating for generations afterward. One such band is Queen and their late frontman Freddy Mercury. On May 17, the Fat Bottom Boys, a Queen tribute band from Denver, Colorado, performed a number of the band’s classic hits at the Parco-Sinclair Historical Theatre. The Fat Bottom Boys first performed as a Queen tribute band at Cheers, a bar in Northglenn, Colorado. People loved their performance and they e...

  • A Helping Hand Comes To The Rescue

    Richard Espinoza|May 16, 2024

    For over 50 years, Wee Folks Preschool has been an important part of the Hanna community in helping children succeed in early education. Recently, the program was on the brink of closing its doors. Due to a lack of funding, Wee Folks was left with no choice but to leave the building near Miners Plaza Shopping Center because of the cost of rent. This left parents concerned about where to send their preschool-aged children if the program couldn’t operate. Carbon County School District No. 2 S...

  • Miracles Save a Remarkable Woman's Photo Collection

    Richard Espinoza|May 16, 2024

    Nancy Anderson, a local historian, was the special guest at the May 7 Tuesday Talks where she made a presentation on the life and times of Lora Webb Nichols. Anderson, a close friend of the Nichols family, is the author of “Lora Webb Nichols: Homesteader’s Daughter, Miner’s Bride.” She is also a close friend of the Nichols family. In her presentation, Anderson talked about how Nichols was a contributor to preserving Encampment’s history. According to the Nichols’ Archive website, (https://ww...

  • Agriculture is a part of everything

    Richard Espinoza|May 16, 2024

    Encampment preschool, kindergarten, and upper-grade students had the opportunity to experience what it is like to work on a ranch with the sounds of goats, cows, and cattle dogs and the sight of tractors and bailers. Encampment K-12 hosted its inaugural agriculture day on Wednesday, May 8. This event received support from students of local ranchers, businesses, and Encampment FFA. Students and the community took the time to see how ranchers work their day-to-day operations. Justin Stern, Water R...

  • Encampment track and field running to State

    Richard Espinoza|May 16, 2024

    The Jordan and Pickett families are making their way to the State Championship. Both Quade and Kristie Jordan along with Kaben and Eckerly Pickett have been dominating for Encampment for the past few weeks. Now adding to the list of State Championship qualifiers for the girls is Kyenna Jackson and for the boys is Chase Brown and Hayden Crow. Girls Varsity Results - Jordan got three 2nd places in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.40, the 100-meter hurdle with a time of 17.06, and shot put...

  • Panthers expecting tough competition at State

    Richard Espinoza|May 16, 2024

    Saratoga Girls The Saratoga Lady Panthers are now done with regionals and their next focus is moving on to state. The Saratoga girls track and field team has won back-to-back 1A State Championships for the last two years. However, an attempt for a three-peat could come to an end. Despite some top finishes Saratoga has made to get to State, Head Coach Rex Hohnholt said it is unlikely his girls will win a third straight state title but said there is a chance that some of his girls will win...

  • Transportation Master Plan making progress

    Richard Espinoza|May 16, 2024

    OV Consulting presented the updated progress on the Saratoga Transportation Alternative Master Plan (STAMP) on May 6 at the Platte Valley Community Center. The last meeting OV Consulting hosted was on January 17 when Vogelsang introduced the Transportation Alternative Master Plan. At the time, Saratoga residents had concerns about how the Town of Saratoga could follow through with the program without overspending. Some residents were either for or against the project while others questioned how...

  • Learning the Rules of the Road

    Richard Espinoza|May 9, 2024

    Local law enforcement hosted a bike safety rodeo at the Platte Valley Community Center on Wednesday, April 24. The purpose of the event is to educate young children on bike safety regulations such as wearing a helmet and abiding by traffic laws. It is also a good way for the children to interact with first responders who protect and serve the community. Members of the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, Saratoga Police Department, and South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Services (SCWEMS) were pr...

  • Filling in the blanks

    Richard Espinoza|May 9, 2024

    Ray Waliser and his sister, Karen Herold, were guests at Tuesday Talks on April 30. Wailser and Herold did a presentation on the history of their great-grandparents, John and Mary Swanson, and what they did for the Platte Valley. The Swansons raised five children and worked to give the next generation a better future. The Swanson family comes alongside Waliser and Herold’s Mother, Thelma (Swanson) Waliser. Waliser is the fourth-generation to be raised on his family ranch on South Creek. D...

  • Something Fishy, Something Exotic

    Richard Espinoza|May 9, 2024

    When walking into an establishment where fish are swimming, tarantulas and bearded dragons are crawling or a ball python is slithering it’s obvious someone has entered the BackLife Aquatics Pet Store. Scott Nelson, owner of BackLife Aquatics, partnered with his father Greg Nelson. Nelson and his father originally started as a home business before they opened their store. “We started our business at my dad’s house and my house was a big fish room down in the basement,” Nelson said. “My dad did hi...

  • The Jordans and Picketts roar again for Encampments

    Richard Espinoza|May 9, 2024

    The Encampment Tigers track and field team has been making its mark in recent track meets. Last week, the Tigers added other athletes in top finishes with the Jordan and Pickett siblings getting things done as they prepare for regionals. Encampment had an impressive two days of track meets in Torrington and Baggs. Willford said opportunities are coming his team’s way and they are going to take advantage of it. “It was great for the athletes to get one more opportunity to compete before we go to...

  • Panthers Pouncing Their Way To Regionals

    Richard Espinoza|May 9, 2024

    It is crunch time for the Saratoga Panthers track and field team. With only two weeks left in the season, Head Coach Rex Hohnholt knows that the time is now to prepare for regionals and state. Hohnholt said it has been a great week for his team, especially having back-to-back meets on May 3 and 4 at the Thermopolis Invitational and the Shane Brock Invitational. The next step for Hohnholt’s team is to prepare for the next two weekends. He and his coaching staff are working together on how they wi...

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