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  • Finding friendship while hunting for rocks

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    John Moore, Jack Weiberg and Janice White were the presenters at the February 13 Tuesday Talks as they spoke about rocks and various artifacts connected to the Indigenous American tribes of Wyoming. Arrowheads were the main subject during the lecture. Each one that has been discovered in Saratoga is evidence that Native Americans lived here before Wyoming joined the union. An arrowhead can tell a person about its historic significance such as what it is made of and where it came from. The rocks...

  • The taste of winning

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    Success never tasted so good. The Town of Saratoga recently competed against all 50 states in the National Rural Water Association’s Annual Rally in Washington D.C. As a result, Saratoga finished in the top five at the 25th Annual Great American Water Taste Test. Saratoga has often made it as a top finisher in the state and earned its way to represent Wyoming in the final five taste-offs. The state of Wisconsin received the Gold Medal for the second year in a row. For the last 18 years,...

  • Fore for four years

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    On Saturday, the Saratoga Museum hosted Carbon County’s Winter Golf Classic, the Frozen Fore, at Saratoga lake. Each team has a total of four players and gets four tennis balls. At the end of the game cash prizes are given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. All participants from the Frozen Fore tournament met at the American Legion Hall Post 54 where the winners were announced. Dana Davis, director of the Saratoga Museum and lead organizer for the Frozen Fore golf tournament, said that this...

  • Panthers take tough losses heading into postseason

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    For their final games of the regular season, the Saratoga Panthers hosted two conference foes and were dealt two tough conference losses. On Thursday night, Saratoga hosted the Farson-Eden Pronghorns and hosted the Cokeville Panthers on Friday. Saratoga vs. Farson-Eden The last time the Saratoga Panthers faced the Farson-Eden Pronghorns, it turned into a hard-hitting battle which went into overtime. In that game, the Pronghorns dominated almost the entire four quarters until the Panthers were...

  • Saratoga girls go 1-1 to end their season

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    It has been a rollercoaster ride for the Saratoga Lady Panthers to say the least. As tough as the season has been for the Lady Panthers, they are working hard to make a great seasoning ending. So far, Saratoga is doing just that.   Saratoga vs. Farson-Eden The Lady Panthers got their second conference win against the always-tough Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns in an impressive 54-41 win. The Lady Panthers had a dominant 1st quarter but, in the 2nd quarter, the Lady Pronghorns were able to...

  • Lady Tigers end the regular season on a six-game losing streak

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    The last time the Encampment Lady Tigers won a game was on February 2 when they beat Valley rival the Saratoga Lady Panthers, 40-38. Since then the Lady Tigers have gone on a six-game losing streak. Encampment lost the last two games of the regular season against Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers 57-31 on Friday and to Cokeville 66-41 on Saturday. The Lady Tigers have nothing to be ashamed of, after all the 1A Southwest Conference is a powerhouse with Cokeville ranked at No. 1 and t...

  • The path less traveled?

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 15, 2024

    The cost of repairs and maintenance for proposed walking paths seems to be an ongoing debate since the January 17 meeting for the Transportation Alternative Master Plan. OV Consulting and the Town of Saratoga’s Department of Public Works have heard these concerns from residents. The next step is trying to figure out how they can balance the budget without overspeeding and using grants that are available for the project. Saratoga residents appear to be divided on this issue. Residents who suppo...

  • Full speed at second gear

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 15, 2024

    Motor sports enthusiasts raced to the ice this weekend as 307 GoFast held it’s second annual ice races at Saratoga Lake on February 10. Competitors from all parts of Wyoming and out-of-state competed in the ATV buggies and dirt bike racing on the frozen lake. There were a total of 30 racers at the event. Before the race took place both competitors and spectators took part in the National Anthem. A moment of silence also took place in memory of Jacob Fluty who passed away on Friday in an...

  • Lady Tigers' troubles continue

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 15, 2024

    The Lady Tigers’ troubles continued to a four-game losing streak. The Encampment girls have not won a game since beating valley rival the Saratoga Lady Panthers on February 2. Since then they lost to the Upton Lady Bobcats and the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers, who hold the 2nd top seed in their conference Then they had losses to conference rivals Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns and the Cokeville Lady Panthers who hold the top seed in the conference. Lady Tigers vs. Lady...

  • Tigers still trying to find their groove

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 15, 2024

    The Encampment Tigers’ basketball problems have continued, having not won a game since beating Rock River 74-16 on homecoming week. Since then, Encampment has fallen to Valley and conference rival the Saratoga Panthers and a lost non-conference matchup against the Upton Bobcats. The Tigers would lose three more conference matchups against the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers, the Farson-Eden Pronghorns and the Cokeville Panthers. So far the Tigers have been winless in conference...

  • Love for humanity is the greatest cure

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    Dr. Gene Bolles, a retired neurosurgeon from Boulder, Colorado, was the first guest of the 2024 Tuesday Talks at the Platte Valley Community Center. Bolles is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Colorado. He has been practicing medicine for over 60 years, with 32 years of those in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. He has traveled around the world doing volunteer humanitarian work in countries such as Al...

  • What I like about covering local high school sports in Platte Valley

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    My interest in covering local high school sports all started when I was a sports journalism student at Northern Arizona University. I would work as a voluntary local sports journalist for the Arizona Daily Sun to cover local high school sports in Flagstaff, Arizona. Local high school sports are a lot different in the Flagstaff community compared to the Platte Valley community because Flagstaff has four high schools and the Platte Valley has two. The fun part about covering high school sports is...

  • Lady Tigers roar again in a 40-38 win over Saratoga

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    The Encampment Lady Tigers dominated the first three-quarters of their rematch with the Saratoga Lady Panthers. Saratoga attempted to steal the game with under two minutes left in the 4th quarter. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the Lady Tigers had a 15-point lead but the Lady Panthers turned it into a catfight. They reduced the deficit to 12 points midway through the 4th quarter and, in the final minutes, Saratoga was down by 2 points but it was too late the Lady Panthers could not make their... Full story

  • Panthers victorious in Valley rematch

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    Saratoga Panthers freshman Griffin Barlett made his return to the Panther Den for the first time since January 5th. It could not have happened at a better time as the Panthers got a 70-52 win over their valley rival the Encampment Tigers. Bartlett had been battling with an illness but joined the team on the road against Cokeville and Farson-Eden. He received a loud cheer from the home crowd when the announcer called out his name. “It is so amazing to be back and to play on our home court,...

  • Skijoring races to another banner year

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    The 8th Annual Saratoga Skijoring Races were one for the record books with a huge turnout of spectators tailgating in the parking lot along with skiers and riders competing in different divisions. Will Faust, one of the event organizers and co-founder of the Saratoga Skijoring races, said this year’s event was one of the biggest it has had so far. “Saturday we had 688 paid spectators with 95 racers and 40 volunteers,” Faust said. “Saturday’s races seem to be the biggest turnout of...

  • Finding The Best Path Forward

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 1, 2024

    Residents of Saratoga agree that pedestrian safety is an important issue. Where they are divided, however, is whether it is truly worth the financial cost. Chris Vogelsang, traffic and transportation engineer for OV Consulting, spoke with community members at the Platte Valley Community Center on January 17 about the Transportation Alternative Master Plan. In the proposed master plan, the goal is to create a “roadmap for mobility” with the support of the community and to investigate the...

  • The Last Bee Standing

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 1, 2024

    Sixth grade student Levi Goodwin became the last bee standing as he won 1st place in the Saratoga Elementary School Spelling Bee competition on January 19. Goodwin competed against 45 other students. Each spelled words which were not easy but only the top five students were rewarded in the competition. “I think I did pretty good, I practiced a little bit at home,” Goodwin said. “I would practice at home and practice when I was told to or just did it on my own when I was not told to...

  • Family banking tradition expands into the Valley

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 1, 2024

    Copper France, President & CEO of the Bank of Commerce, has been part of a family banking tradition in Wyoming dating back to 1873 when his great-great-great uncle, James France, built a building in 1873 on the North East Corner of Front and 5th Street in Rawlins. France ran a grocery store and dry goods business out of one side of the building while the other side is where France opened the first banking house in Rawlins, the James France House of Banking. In 1884 J.W. Hugus & Co....

  • Saratoga Skijoring Races prepared for year Crazy 8

    Richard Espinoza and Joshua Wood|Feb 1, 2024

    The Saratoga Skijoring Races will return for its 8th year on February 3-4 at the Buck Springs Arena. It is a challenging event which requires skill, good balance and focus which can be tricky when skiing on the snow. The Saratoga Skijoring Race’s first year started in March 2017 and has become a popular event for the last seven years. Local, state and out-of-state competitors will be coming into Saratoga to compete in this amazing event which requires a skier, rider and a horse. The day before...

  • Lady Tigers take a split on Homecoming week

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 1, 2024

    The Encampment Lady Tigers went 1-1 during homecoming week as they lost a hard fought game to the Southeast Lady Cyclones on Friday night and took down the Rock River Lady Longhorns on Saturday afternoon. Lady Tigers vs. Lady Cyclones The Lady Tigers were handed a tough loss by Southeast, 44-30. The Lady Cyclones simply outplayed Encampment in the second half of the game and the Lady Tigers had no answers to stop Southeast’s high power offense. In the 1st quarter, both the Encampment and the...

  • Cokeville ends Saratoga's winning streak

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 1, 2024

    It has been said that streaks were meant to be broken and the Saratoga Panthers unfortunately were reminded of that quote on Friday while on the road. Saratoga faced another breed of Panther in Cokeville, who came out on top in a 76-60 win. In many ways it was no surprise to Jason Williams, Saratoga Panther head coach, that a trip to Cokeville is never an easy ride. However the Panthers took a split the following day as they beat the Farson-Eden Pronghorns 67-66. “The Cokeville/Farson road...

  • Lady Panthers finally get a conference win

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 1, 2024

    It has been a tough season for the Saratoga Lady Panthers and a lot had to do with injuries and illness. The Lady Panthers also had to face some tough competition in their schedule and the Cokeville Lady Panthers are no exception. Saratoga fell to Cokeville 60-37 on the road Friday night. However, the Lady Panthers got redemption when they finally got their first conference win of the year against Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns 54-45. Heather Bartlett, head coach of the Saratoga Lady Panthers,...

  • Tigers take two wins over homecoming

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 1, 2024

    The Encampment Tigers were down by 8 points at the end of the 3rd quarter on Friday against the Southeast Cyclones. Then, they let out a huge roar. In the 4th quarter Kaben Pickett and Gunner Henrie both made some key defensive plays to get to the free throw line to win the game against the Southeast Cyclones. Both the Tigers and Cyclones gave it all they got where both teams either took the lead back and forth or tail from behind. In the end, the Encampment found a way to slow down Southeast in...

  • Panthers win Valley showdown with Encampment

    Richard Espinoza|Jan 25, 2024

    The Saratoga Panthers put on a dominant performance against the Encampment Tigers on the road. Everything went right for the Panthers both on offense and defense and it showed. Saratoga stepped up when they needed to and got a 73-65 win. For the majority of the game, the Panthers were leading as high as 15 points. But Encampment for most of the game was playing catch up but was able to make the game close late in the 4th quarter. In the end, it was Saratoga freshman Griffin Barlett who, despite...

  • Lady Tigers takedown Saratoga in Valley scrap

    Richard Espinoza|Jan 25, 2024

    After a tough loss against the Farson Lady Pronghorns, the Encampment Lady Tigers got redemption and did it at the right time as they defeated their Valley rivals, the Saratoga Lady Panthers by a score of 45-31. Saratoga took an early lead but the Lady Tigers quickly tied the game at 2-2. Less than five minutes into the 1st quarter, both teams turned it into a slug fest. “I couldn’t be more proud of my girls,” said Kevin Pantle, head coach of the Encampment Lady Tigers. “I knew they had...

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