Articles written by Zeb Munson


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  • Must Love Dogs, Answer For Those Forgotten

    Zeb Munson|Aug 31, 2023

    Man’s best friend, giving people needed companionship and help even before the beginning of written history. Dogs and humans’ lives are so intertwined that it is hard to think about ourselves without a mention to our most loyal and salutary animal comrades. Dogs are companions, work partners, healers, and family members, but can still find themselves abandoned and without love. Local Saratoga resident and veteran Theresa Ramsey has a soft spot for our furry four legged friends. Ramsey has seen the need for a program to help assist our K-9 com...

  • Foreign Exchange Students Welcomed

    Zeb Munson|Aug 31, 2023

    Moving to a new school can be a hard experience for any young person, and moving to a new country without your family takes a lot of bravery and a love for adventure. Two young ladies with the aforementioned qualities have found themselves in Encampment, seeking education and new experiences. Lola Refouvelet left her home of 17 years in France for a chance to broaden her perspective of the world and chose the United States to continue her education. “When I first got close to my new home it f...

  • Affordable housing and sub divisions collide

    Zeb Munson|Aug 17, 2023

    The Saratoga Planning Commission, now fully seated, discussed short-term rentals (STRs), affordable housing and subdivisions during their August 8 meeting. JoDell Hone, the most recently appointed board member, joins Matt Baker, Johnny Portillo, McCall Burau, Nancy Ford, Mayor Chuck Davis and Chia Valdez-Schwartz on the planning commission. The make-up of the commission appears quite diverse with members either being long-time locals or recent arrivals to Saratoga and includes retired individuals, local business owners and real estate agents....

  • Selling property, rehabbing property

    Zeb Munson|Aug 10, 2023

    Different properties owned by the Town of Saratoga were major topics during the August 1 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. While one piece of property may have potential buyers, another could obtain a Brownfields Assessment through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additional topics discussed by the governing body included a cyanobacterial bloom at Saratoga Lake and sheep owned by Scott Kerbs. Saratoga lake is experiencing a cyanobacteria bloom and the council talked about safety...

  • A Fun Night Out

    Zeb Munson|Aug 10, 2023

    Important in any community is the relationship the public shares with law enforcement agencies that keep a vigilant watch over the general public. In a world which seems to dismiss the importance of law enforcement protecting people and their property, events like National Night Out help to bridge the gap between the public and agencies that hold power over them. National Night Out was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The founder Matt Peskin established The National Association of Town...

  • Chatting with the Chief

    Zeb Munson|Aug 3, 2023

    The valley saw a lot of visitors this past week for various events along with the normal tourism for this time of year. Even with the extra traffic in the area Chief Morris said that the ticketing and violations did not see an increase and was fairly mellow, considering. The Hobo Hot Pool saw a large increase in visitors during the week with most diligently following the guidelines. Morris said that the funds for the new SPD vehicles had been appropriated and was waiting for approval. The plan is to obtain up to two used vehicles to be...

  • 'What just happened'

    Zeb Munson|Aug 3, 2023

    From Music to Fireworks, something could be found to entertain and delight the senses of all attending the 17th Annual What Fest. Many forms of musical expression could be heard throughout the weekend. From bluegrass and folk music, to punk and metal. Attendees could find something for any taste. The mix of genres and their fans made for a unique blend of people coming together to enjoy a weekend of music and a general feeling of togetherness. The lineup included many Wyoming and front range ban...

  • Bench dedicated in memory of Tyeler Harris

    Zeb Munson|Jul 27, 2023

    Within the walls of a hospital, the range of human emotion can be seen and felt on a daily basis. A single visit to these buildings can change a person’s life forever. They can be a place of new beginnings and relief from life’s pain and suffering or can bring sorrow and loss, pulling the world out from under someone’s feet. A person may not feel the true gravity of a situation until they find themselves alone and away from the monitors, noises and organized chaos of the hospital. Many place...

  • Grazing on residential property

    Zeb Munson|Jul 27, 2023

    A request by a Saratoga resident has appeared to have highlighted a gap in the municipal code when it comes to temporary agricultural uses on residential property. At the July 18 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, Mayor Chuck Davis said Scott Kerbs had asked about letting his sheep graze an overgrown parcel of property along Farm Street between 7th and 9th streets. The property in question is zoned RD7200 which, under section 18.42.150 of the municipal code, only allows horses to be kept permanently on a residential property. There is an exc...

  • Chattin' with the Chief: Saratoga Hobo Pool and School Year Prep

    Zeb Munson|Jul 27, 2023

    The Saratoga Police Department is making preparations for the 2023/2024 school year, according to Chief Mike Morris. Morris also provided some updates regarding the hobo pool. In a sit down with Morris, the topic of school bus pickup and dropoff along with maintaining a significant presence around the schools was his main concern. Morris spoke on getting everyone on the same page understanding how a safe and effective bus pickup and drop off at the schools should take place. Last year, with the construction on Spring Street, the loading and...

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