Articles from the November 2, 2023 edition


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  • First FallFest Flourishes

    Joshua Wood|Nov 2, 2023

    It all started with some pumpkin seeds. “I found pumpkin seeds in Cheyenne. I grew pumpkins thinking they weren’t going to make it, I grew them in tiny medicine cups and they took off,” said Sophia Borg. “So, I had this big plan that we (StrongTower Designs and Palomino Hat Bar) were going to have a pumpkin patch. That grew from the pumpkin patch into the festival.” The festival is the inaugural Saratoga Fall Festival—or Saratoga FallFest—which was held on October 21 on east Spring Street...

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  • Never Forget Park to go out for bid

    Joshua Wood|Nov 2, 2023

    After more than a decade, multiple blueprints and plans and a name change it seems there might be some progress for Never Forget Park. During the October 17 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, the governing body was provided an update from Stacy Crimmins, a member of the working group formed more than two years ago for the memorial park. With that update came a request to go out for bid for phase one of the long-awaited project. “In phase one construction, we will be seeking bids to include s...

  • Sheriff's department adds to fleet

    Joshua Wood|Nov 2, 2023

    In the midst of the United Auto Workers strike—which reached a tentative agreement with General Motors on October 30—law enforcement departments have had to be creative when it comes to restocking their fleet. Carbon County is no different. At the October 17 meeting of the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC), Sheriff Alex Bakken requested permission from the commissioner to purchase two used vehicles, both Ford Explorers which were already police packaged. “It means they are ready...

  • BLM withdraws right-of-way approval for transmission line project

    Joshua Wood|Nov 2, 2023

    The Rock Creek Wind Gen-Tie Transmission Line hit a snag last week as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) withdrew its decision to grant a right-of-way for the project to cross federal public lands in southeastern Wyoming. The announcement came in a press release from the group Albany County Conservancy who, along with retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Mike Lockhart, were plaintiffs in a legal challenge to the decision. The Rock Creek Wind Gen-Tie project is part of the Rock Creek...

  • Weight or wait

    Staff Report|Nov 2, 2023

    Wind is such an ever present force in the state of Wyoming it is often joked if it were to stop blowing, everyone in the Cowboy State would fall down. Nowhere is the wind more present than perhaps Interstate 80 and Wyoming’s highways, where it has caused numbers of vehicle blowovers over the years. Due to that, messaging often seen on I-80, interstate onramps and highways warns of blow over risk for “light, high-profile vehicles.” Now, that messaging will be more specific according to a press release from the Wyoming Department of Trans...

  • We need to determine the threshold

    Saratoga Sun Editorial|Nov 2, 2023

    In the past three years, the amount of short term rentals in the Saratoga area have grown from less than 25 to more than 70. In fact, they are now nearly 8% of the total housing in Saratoga. For the past year, the Saratoga Planning Commission has discussed short term rentals, whether they should be regulated and how they should be regulated. That discussion culminated in a special use permit for short term rentals, which was ultimately tabled last month. The tabling of the permit came following input from the Town of Saratoga’s legal counsel, K... Full story

  • Jesus said, Blessed are those who mourn…

    Greg Snell|Nov 2, 2023

    Today’s article is a look at the second beatitude from Jesus’ teaching in The Sermon On The Mount, found in Matthew 5:4, Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. To be blessed of God is to receive spiritual benefit from Him that lasts for eternity. Remember, there are eight beatitudes. The first four focus on our relationship with God. The second four focus on our relationship with our fellow man. They are not a “to-do” list. They are a “to-be” list. The first beatitude is the foundation for the other seven. Jesus began his ser...

  • Falling Over with Fun

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  • Tigers down Longhorns in quarterfinals

    Joshua Wood|Nov 2, 2023

    It was a brisk, but beautiful, day for football on October 27 as the No. 2 Encampment Tigers hosted the No. 3 Meeteetse Longhorns for the quarterfinal round of the 1A Six-Man Playoffs. With the postseason now in full swing, the Tigers had no issue dominating their home field against Meeteetse, though the Longhorns came out charging for a playoff win. “Meeteetse started out strong, like any playoff team should, but we knew we had to stick to our game plan,” said Kegan Willford, head coach of the...

  • Lady Tigers looking towards next season

    Joshua Wood|Nov 2, 2023

    The season has come to an end for the Encampment Lady Tigers, who were knocked out of the 1A West Regional Tournament in two matches over the weekend. Last Monday, October 23, the Lady Tigers punched their ticket to the regional tournament in Riverton after taking down the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns in three sets. That win, while getting them into the regional tournament, also put them against the No. 1 ranked Riverside Lady Rebels who were 8-9-2 for the season and 4-0 in conference play. For...

  • Lady Panthers compete in Regionals

    Gary Honodel|Nov 2, 2023

    The Lady Panthers of Saratoga High School traveled to Riverton last weekend for the volleyball Regionals. The team opened the tournament with a 3-1 win against Dubois. Unfortunately they just could not find their rhythm during the tournament and dropped the next match to Cokeville 0-3. They then faced Burlington, a team they had defeated twice over the course of the season. Throughout the sports world, at all levels of competition, they say beating the same team three times in a season is very...

  • Around Our Area

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