Articles from the January 11, 2024 edition

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  • Mr. Davis comes to Saratoga

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Jan 11, 2024

    House District 47 Representative Bob Davis (R - Baggs) updated the Saratoga Town Council on some key legislative issues at its meeting January 2. The representative said a Bureau of Land Management Resource Management Plan is underway in Medicine Bow. “We need to keep our eye on what’s happening in Rock Springs,” Davis said. He said the Rock Springs Resource Management Plan controls 3.8 million acres of public land and the federal government is trying to conserve an additional 1.8 million acres it contends is of “critical environmental concern...

  • The Ice is Nice

    Jan 11, 2024

    Photo by Joshua Wood Ashlynn Raymer finds her groove on the ice on January 6 during the grand opening of the Kiwanis Ice Skating Rink at Veterans Island....

  • Tuesdays are for talking

    Richard Espinoza|Jan 11, 2024

    Leslie Johnson has a great passion for the Saratoga community she calls home. Growing up in Massachusetts, Johnson has a great love for American History that she loves to share and talk about with other members of the community. Johnson has founded a community meeting group called Tuesday Talks. It is a community group where Saratoga residents get together on Tuesdays. It also allows the community to make new friends and share ideals. Johnson explained how Tuesday Talks all started and the... Full story

  • Robert Victor Johnson

    Jan 11, 2024

    Robert Victor Johnson of Saratoga, WY, passed away on December 28, 2023. Bob was 83 years old and the beloved husband of G. Glee Johnson for 62 years. They were married on May 13, 1961, at St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church in Laramie, WY. Bob was born June 12, 1940, in Cripple Creek, CO then moved to Laramie in 1942 at the age of one and a half. He attended Stanton Elementary, St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic School and Laramie High School where he was a Plainsmen grappler. Bob received a Nat... Full story

  • Studying transportation in Saratoga

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Jan 11, 2024

    The Town of Saratoga was awarded a state grant to pay for a study to determine what transportation improvements residents want. “The Transportation Alternatives Master Plan study is an opportunity for staff, residents and the planning consultants to investigate opportunities to alter, increase and/or improve pedestrian connectivity and accessibility through the community,” said Public Works Director Emery Penner. “This is just a study.” Last summer, the town hired Denver-based OV Consulting to do the study, Penner said. The grant money paid for...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jan 11, 2024

    Dear Editer, 1/2/24 this is a short message. My question is why don’t you have comic strips? I think comic strips would be a fun addition to the Sun. don’t you think people would like to read strips like calvin and hobbes? or dilbert? Or maybe garfield and big nate. so I’ m asking that you Please add comics to the saratoga sun. Thanks, for reading this, Respectfully Parker Monroe Saratoga From the Sun Dear Parker - Thank you for writing to the Saratoga Sun. We always like hearing from loyal readers. Although you did not mention your age, we we...

  • VSO blood drive scheduled

    Jan 11, 2024

    Valley Service Organization (VSO) will sponsor a blood drive on Jan. 16th from 12:30 to 5:30 at the Platte Valley Community Center. Blood banks are in short supply and donations of your blood can make a difference. Anyone wishing to make an appointment is asked to contact chair Roxie Baldwin at 307-329-6332. People wishing to donate may also schedule their appointments online at According to information from the Vitalant website, donors must meet the following basic requirements: must be at least 16 years old, must weigh a... Full story

  • A Liturgical Church Primer

    Rev. Canon Bobbe Fitzhugh|Jan 11, 2024

    The Episcopal Church is one of a number of churches identified as liturgical churches. “Liturgy” means the church’s public worship of God. The term comes from Greek words for “people” and “work.” Here is a short primer on the major aspects of a liturgical church. Much of the source documentation can be found at Liturgy Liturgy includes the actions and words, symbols and ritual, scriptures and liturgical texts, gestures and vestments, and prayers that are spoken or sung. It is also shaped by the seasons, feasts, and f...

  • 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...

  • Wyoming's outdoor recreation numbers zoom into high gear

    Zak Sonntag|Jan 11, 2024

    CASPER — Wyoming’s outdoor recreation is a sector to be reckoned with. New numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) show the outdoor recreation industry is comfortably outpacing the state’s overall economic growth. From 2021 to 2022 the outdoor recreation economy in Wyoming leaped by 26% to become a $2 billion industry. It’s boosted a diversity of businesses across the state — from local restaurants in Laramie, to R.V. dealers in Cheyenne, and gear shops in Cody — and it now accounts for more than 4% of the state’s GDP, the fourth hi...

  • Panther wrestling team competes at Shoshoni

    Jaden Campbell - Special to the Sun|Jan 11, 2024

    The SMHS wrestling team traveled to Shoshoni for a dual tournament, which brought mixed results. Shoshoni is one of the few events in the state that doesn’t use digital scoring and recording, so all of the results and match records come via the work of volunteer parents. The teams are also mixed as athletes are traded to fill empty weight classes on other teams. SMHS itself had a few athletes from other teams compete as Panthers for several duals. Saratoga had duals against Wyoming Indian, B...

  • Lady Panthers pressed by Wind River

    Gary Honodel|Jan 11, 2024

    There was a battle of big cats at Saratoga High School Friday night, when the Cougars of Wind River visited the local Lady Panthers. Wind River brought along an aggressive full court press defense, that they employed from the opening jump to the final whistle. The Lady Panthers were playing up in class against 2A Wind River and came out on the short side of a 62-41 final score. Coach Heather Bartlett was not disappointed by the game noting that playing the larger school, and experiencing the...

  • Panthers takedown Cougars post-holiday

    Joshua Wood|Jan 11, 2024

    The Saratoga Panthers came out of the holiday break without skipping a beat, it seemed, as they hosted the 2A Wind River Cougars on January 5. Despite being a larger conference, the Cougars didn’t appear to stand a chance as they entered the Panther Den on Friday afternoon. They ultimately fell to Saratoga by more than 40 points. “The Wind River game was a great way for us to come out of the holiday break,” said Jason Williams, head coach of the Saratoga Panthers. “It is sometimes challen...

  • Union Fundraiser

    Gary Honodel|Jan 11, 2024

    Leading into Christmas every Union office in Wyoming staged a charity fundraiser. The individual offices could select a cause they wanted to support, so the local branch, here in Saratoga, choose the Must Love Dogs Sanctuary. Last Friday, January 5, a check for $275- was presented to Theresa Ramsey, Chairman, of the organization, a registered 501(c3), by Kyle Thompson, manager of the Union office. Ms. Ramsey commented “We really appreciate Union choosing our organization. This is a slow p... Full story

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