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  • Three Named to Mountain West 25th Season Team for Tennis

    Staff Report|Apr 25, 2024

    The Mountain West Conference has announced its 25th Season All-Tennis Team Monday by the league office. Wyoming has a trio of former Cowgirls that were named to the squad in Veronica Popovici, Magdalena Stencel and Tessa van Der Ploeg. Popovici, who is one of three Cowgirls in program history to be named All-Mountain West four times, is UW’s all-time leader in career singles wins with 85. Popovici also holds the single-season wins mark with 28, is also the all-time doubles wins leader at Wyoming with 88. Stencel, who has also been named to t...

  • Cowgirls Open Mountain West Tennis Championship Thursday

    Staff Report|Apr 25, 2024

    The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team travels to Las Vegas for the 2024 Mountain West Tennis Championships this week. The Cowgirls are the No. 3 seed at the tournament and will face the winner of sixth-seeded Colorado State and the No. 11 seed Air Force Thursday at 3 p.m., Mountain Time. Wyoming (16-9, 7-3 MW) finished the regular season with a 4-2 victory on the road at Colorado State last week. After dropping the doubles point to the Rams, the Cowgirls rallied to win 4-of-5 completed singles matches on the day to come away with some end-of-season...

  • UW Extension Offers New Grass Thrip Management Guide

    Staff Report|Apr 18, 2024

    For grass seed producers and others concerned about controlling grass thrip populations, the University of Wyoming Extension has released a new management guide. The free digital publication, titled “Grass Thrips in Perennial Grasses Grown for Seed,” provides instructions on how to sample grass seed fields for thrips as well as recommendations for cultural and chemical control. The authors also address the efficacy, application rates, and possible advantages and disadvantages of six insecticides labeled for grass thrip control. These small ins...

  • Nance and Maldonado Set to Compete this Week in Postseason Play

    Staff Report|Apr 18, 2024

    The University of Wyoming has representation in a pair of professional postseason tournaments this week. Larry Nance Jr. and the New Orleans Pelicans compete in the NBA Play-In Tournament, while Hunter Maldonado and the Oklahoma City Blue play for an NBA G League Championship. The Pelicans earned the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference after compiling a 49-33 record. They host the No. 8-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the opening round of the play-in tournament Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on TNT. If New Orleans wins Tuesday night, they’re the No. 7 s...

  • City of Rawlins hires new attorney

    Staff Report|Apr 11, 2024

    The City of Rawlins recently announced the selection of its new attorney. Pinita Maberry-Nave, who previously served as the interim city attorney, is a native to Rawlins and graduated from Rawlins High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy/Astrophysics from the University of Wyoming before earning her Justice Degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 2007. According to the press release, Maberry-Nave brings a diverse background to her new role as the...

  • Men's Golf Vaults to Ninth on Final Day of Tiger Intercollegiate

    Staff Report|Apr 11, 2024

    The University of Wyoming men’s golf team concluded competition at the Tiger Intercollegiate on Tuesday at The Club at Old Hawthorne. The Cowboys finished in a tie for ninth at 861 (+9). Iowa State won the team title at 841 (-11). Missouri’s Jack Lundin took home the individual crown at 200 (-13). Much like Monday’s 36 holes of action, head coach Joe Jensen was pleased with his team’s approach on Tuesday. Coming off a disappointing tournament – the Cowboy Classic a week ago – Wyoming’s head man enjoyed his squad’s effective approach for 54...

  • Cowgirls Host Air Force Thursday on Senior Night

    Staff Report|Apr 11, 2024

    The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team closes its three-match homestand and its 2024 home slate Thursday evening as Air Force comes to town for a 5 p.m., matchup. Wyoming (14-8, 5-2 MW) is looking for its fourth consecutive win and is trying to close its 2024 home schedule with a 10-1 record. The Cowgirls are coming off a pair of home wins last weekend as they defeated Fresno State and San Jose State. UW won a marathon, five-plus hour match 4-3 over Fresno State Friday night before closing the week with a 4-1 win Sunday against San Jose State....

  • Cowgirls Win a Marathon Over Fresno State in Thrilling Fashion

    Staff Report|Apr 11, 2024

    The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team won a marathon, roller coaster of a match Friday afternoon in Laramie to begin their three-match homestand. The Cowgirls bested Fresno State, 4-3. Time of the match took over five hours. Wyoming (13-8, 4-2 MW) got out to an early 2-0 lead behind the strength of winning the doubles point and earning a quick straight-sets victory at the No. 2 singles spot. In doubles, Noesjka Brink and Nikol Dobrilova won 6-3 at the No. 2 position, while at No. 3, Jeselle Ante and Lucia Malinak came out on top, 6-1. The Bulldogs...

  • Medical Center awarded grant for new equipment

    Staff Report|Apr 4, 2024

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted $64,362 to the North Platte Valley Medical Center (NPVMC) to purchase a Sonosite Ultrasound and a GE Logiq E10 R3 cardiac package as part of a statewide ultrasound initiative across Wyoming. The initiative includes nearly $13.9 million to help Wyoming hospitals and health centers purchase ultrasound imaging devices and boost sonography and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) training opportunities across the state. “We are incredibly grateful that once again the Helmsley Charitable T...

  • VSO Scholarship open

    Staff Report|Apr 4, 2024

    The Valley Service Organization (VSO) has, once again, opened up the Youth Citizenship Award for graduating seniors from Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2). This scholarship awards a cash scholarship each year to a senior selected by the VSO Award Committee. VSO Chairwoman Cindy Walton has emphasized this scholarship is not based on grades. Instead, it is a cash award given directly to the student for their “community service and understanding of what it is to be a good citizen”. The award is open to graduating seniors from Sar...

  • Commissioners pay off millions

    Staff Report|Apr 4, 2024

    The Board of Carbon County Commissioners announced today that it will pay off approximately $9.6 million in debt related to the Courthouse and Carbon Building Improvement Project. The project, which renovated the two buildings was partially paid for using $18 million in specific purpose tax funds, otherwise known as the 6th penny tax funds that were passed by the voters in May of 2019. That left approximately $10 million the county financed with NBH Bank to complete the remodels. In October 2022 the county accepted $8,789,400 from the US Depart...

  • Creating Artistic Soundscapes

    Staff Report|Mar 28, 2024

    In an exciting collaboration, the Sound Design Program at Casper College recently embarked on a unique learning experience by recording two singles for the country music band Third Rail out of Cheyenne and Saratoga. This hands-on project not only provided students with a practical application of their sound design skills but also allowed Third Rail the benefit of a state-of-the-art recording studio and the fresh talent of students. Third Rail: A dream in the making. “Third Rail is a band I p...

  • UW's Laramie Research and Extension Center to Host Ram Test Field Day April 13

    Staff Report|Mar 28, 2024

    The University of Wyoming’s annual ram test will conclude with a public field day Saturday, April 13, at the Laramie Research and Extension Center. The event, which begins at 11 a.m., will present results from the 140-day performance test and discuss how test results can be used to make selection decisions. Lunch, provided by Wyoming Wool Initiative, will be served at noon. Starting at 1 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to view the tested rams and participate in a silent auction. “We’ve conducted this central performance test since...

  • Don't underestimate a mother's influence. Especially when it comes to the microbiomes of her reproductive tract and rumen

    Staff Report|Mar 28, 2024

    A new study in the UW Department of Animal Science suggests that investigation of maternal microbiomes in cattle may yield promising results for producers looking to improve herd health, reproductive efficiency, and even feed efficiency. In November 2020, graduate student Madison Shults and assistant professor Hannah Cunningham-Hollinger took vaginal swabs and rumen fluid samples from a group of cows and heifers at the Laramie Research and Extension Center. Open (not bred) cows also received uterine swabs. This was the first step in a study...

  • New UW Extension Educator Bolsters Local Food Efforts

    Staff Report|Mar 28, 2024

    The University of Wyoming Extension welcomes Jennifer Faulkner as a local foods coordinator in the Department of Agricultural and Applied economics. Faulkner grew up on a Wyoming cattle ranch and managed a ranch operation in Riverton for three years. As a rancher, she was highly active in the local foods movement and sold meat, dairy and produce to local customers. Faulkner’s experience with agriculture and passion for local foods serve her well in her new role. “Jen rolled up her sleeves and...

  • New Livestock Production and Marketing Specialist Joins UW Extension

    Staff Report|Mar 28, 2024

    The University of Wyoming Extension welcomes Rob Ziegler as the new livestock production and marketing extension specialist with the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. Ziegler earned his bachelor’s degree in animal and veterinary sciences from UW in 2018 while working as a laboratory technician for the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory. He went on to earn a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2020. His master’s thesis focused on co...

  • Cynor Punctuates Day 3 at the WAC Championships with 200 Free Title

    Staff Report|Mar 7, 2024

    Quinn Cynor claimed his first-career Western Athletic Conference title last year in the 200-yard butterfly. Friday, during Day 3 of the championships inside Pharr-PSJA-URGV Natatorium, Cynor diversified his resume with yet another crown. Cynor spearheaded the University of Wyoming’s effort, topping the field by more than a second in the 200-yard freestyle. He swam a 1:34.34 to claim the championship. The Cowboys now sit in fourth place as a team with 334 points. UNLV leads the way, having accumulated 681 points, while Cal Baptist and Grand Cany...

  • An excellent teacher

    Staff Report|Feb 29, 2024

    Lesley Urasky, a science teacher at Saratoga Middle/High School in Saratoga, Wyoming, has been named the 2024 recipient of the American Geoscience Institute’s (AGI) Edward C. Roy Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. Urasky earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in geology from the University of Wyoming and has achieved National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in science as well as National Geographic certification in education. In her 2...

  • Cowgirls Give Inspiring Effort Closing Out Mountain West Championship

    Staff Report|Feb 29, 2024

    The University of Wyoming women’s swimming and diving team, a resilient group who’s competing with a heavy heart, wrapped up the Mountain West Championship on Saturday inside the CRWC Natatorium. The program set numerous top-10 times, boasted one individual champion and one relay champion for the week along with four school records. “Our team is struggling to comprehend the reality of losing three of our friends and teammates so suddenly,” head coach Dave Denniston said. “I am proud of the compassion and resilience of every single member of...

  • Ready for more winter?

    Staff Report|Feb 22, 2024

    As the second half of winter begins, Black Hills Energy is offering customers advice on how to stay safe and how the lower temperatures and weather-related usage could impact their bill. Weather Safety Anytime a community is threatened with inclement weather, Blacks Hills Energy is watching closely. The company advises customers to follow these tips before, during and after a storm: - Before the storm, know where your natural gas meter and service are located, check your emergency kit and make...

  • Unveiling the Master Plan

    Staff Report|Feb 8, 2024

    In January, Discover Carbon County Wyoming—formerly Carbon County Visitors Council—unveiled their Tourism Master Plan. According to a press release from Leslie Jefferson, CEO of Discover Carbon County Wyoming, the tourism master plan is “ambitious” and will chart “a course for a vibrant and sustainable future for this captivating piece of the West.” The press release went on to call the master plan a data-driven roadmap which outlines a strategic approach to attract new visitors, extend stays and generate economic growth. The master plan...

  • Leap Into a Fundraising Challenge for Never Forget Park

    Staff Report|Feb 1, 2024

    Bridge Street Bargains invite the public to celebrate this Leap Year with a challenge – to raise money for Never Forget Park. “Leap Year allows an extra day to do something extra special,” Committee member of Never Forget Park Stacy Crimmins said. The ladies at Bridge Street Bargains believe in this project and they are offering a match to every dollar donated up to $10,000, Crimmins said. “I think this a great way to celebrate the Leap Year,” Crimmins said, and she hopes the community rises to the challenge. The checks would be made out to Br...

  • Sun brings home more awards

    Staff Report|Jan 25, 2024

    The Saratoga Sun continued their decades-long tradition of award winning over the weekend at the 125th Annual Wyoming Press Convention. With a total of seven awards, Sun staff took home two first places, a second place and four honorable mentions. Entries were judged by the National Newspaper Association, which typically judges the national contest. One of those first place awards was for Headline Writing, which has been taken home by the Saratoga Sun staff for the past several years. The... Full story

  • 307 GoFast hits minor speed bump

    Staff Report|Jan 11, 2024

    After a successful first year in 2023, the organizers of the 307 GoFast On Ice races were looking to make the event “bigger and better” for 2024. One of the primary reasons the races were so successful the year before was due, in part, to cancellation of the annual Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby. WIth the lake restocked with trout, organizers knew that ice huts and ice holes would pose an issue for racers. That, combined with the fact that Sandy Beach was not as large as it had been in 202...

  • Expanding commerce in Saratoga

    Staff Report|Dec 14, 2023

    Saratoga and Platte Valley residents will now have even more banking options. On Monday, Bank of Commerce announced the official opening of a new full service branch in Saratoga. The branch opening comes about a year after the Bank of Commerce first opened the location at 217 N. 1st Street as a loan production office. “We are pleased to expand our footprint in Carbon County,” said Copper France, Bank of Commerce President. “We have been providing banking services to the Platte Valley for many...

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