Articles from the December 12, 2012 edition


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  • Panthers send Wildcats scampering

    Brian Trautwein|Dec 12, 2012

    The Saratoga men’s varsity basketball team evened their record to two and two with a 50 to 37 win at home this past weekend. The North Park Wildcats met the Panther team Saturday in a game that Saratoga dominated from the tip. The Panthers came out of the locker room ready to play, jumping out to a 14 to six lead by the end of the first quarter. But, a determined Wildcat team gave the Panthers a run for their money in the second quarter, scoring 23 unanswered points. “That was not a good qua...

  • Garland Bartlett Sr.

    Dec 12, 2012

    Carbon County native and longtime rancher, Garland Bartlett (Sr.) passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at Valley View Care and Rehab Center in Saratoga at the age of 93. Garland was born on Aug. 19, 1919, in Rawlins to Garland P. Bartlett and Pearl Ellen Frisby. He married Elsie B. Williams, of Encampment, on May 29, 1942, in Encampment. They subsequently had 5 children, 4 of whom are still living. In 1921, the Bartlett family moved from the Rawlins area to the Severson Ranch on Jack Creek where they lived for 15 years. In 1936, the family... Full story

  • Festival of Trees raises over $8,000

    Liz Wood|Dec 12, 2012

    The Saratoga Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce raised a gross of $8,785 at this year’s Festival of Trees. After expenses, the money will be divided to help Saratoga’s High School’s Close Up group and Encampment’s ProStart with traveling expenses. “Raising $8,000 or $9,000 is a good year,” chamber director Stacy Crimmins said. A bid record was broken with Gary Francis’ hand-made gun cabinet - “Shooting for a Great Christmas”; it sold for $1,250. Hack’s Tackle’s tree “Casting Merry Wishes... Full story

  • Center decorated

    Sue Howe|Dec 12, 2012

    We are finally decorated for Christmas. It seems like it took me all week. I hope everyone enjoys it. We had one-and-a-half tables for bridge on Monday. Winners for the week were Sheila Johnson and Marilyn Walck. We are always happy to deliver you a meal if you are under the weather or have just been in the hospital. Please give us a call at 326-5564 and we will do out best to help you out. If you are 60, or the spouse of someone 60, you are eligible to join us for lunch for the low donation of just $3 a meal. We feel that is a great price for... Full story

  • Saratoga misses loan program

    Joe Elder|Dec 12, 2012

    Unless a business owner in Saratoga, Riverside or Encampment can convince the mayor of Rawlins, or an appointee, that their business benefits Rawlins, they will not be eligible for a working capital loan from $13.2 million in funding created by the Small Business Credit Initiative, an arm of the 2010 Small Business Jobs Act passed by the U.S. Congress. Diane Wolverton, executive director of Wyoming Smart Capital Network Consortium (Consortium), created to publicize and manage the funds, said...

  • Carole Jean Kirk

    Dec 12, 2012

    Carbon County native and long-time businesswoman Carole Jean Kirk, 79, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at the McKee Hospice Center in Loveland, Colo., following a year-long battle with cancer. A memorial service is slated for Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at the corner of 6th and Pine streets in Rawlins. Arrangements are under the direction of Shirley Bates, life-long friend, with Gerald O’Connell, lay reader, to conduct the service. A coffee and cake reception w... Full story

  • Arch seeks teacher nominations

    Staff Report|Dec 12, 2012

    The holiday season provides an excellent opportunity to recognize a special Wyoming teacher with a nomination for an Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award, according to Greg Schaefer, vice president, external affairs, western region for Arch Coal, Inc. “During this time of the year, it is always good to remember people who have made a positive contribution to your life or to the lives of your children,” said Schaefer. “This is an especially good time to thank our classroom teachers, who are challenging and inspiring our youth to become their... Full story

  • Middle School Tourney

    Dec 12, 2012

  • Council lacks quorum

    Joe Elder|Dec 12, 2012

    The Saratoga Town Council did not have a quorum at its Tuesday meeting and had to call a special meeting on Thursday to pay the bills. Mayor John Zeiger and Councilmen Steve Wilcoxson and Mike McWain were not present for the Tuesday meeting. At the special meeting Thursday, Zeiger apologized for the lack of a quorum, saying it was a miscommunication. Councilwoman Judy Welton said she has not seen a meeting cancelled due to attendance in the nine years she has been on the council. The next... Full story

  • ‘Tis the season to sing

    Dec 12, 2012

  • Tigers roll through Rock River; squeak by North Park

    Brian Trautwein|Dec 12, 2012

    The Encampment Tigers men’s basketball team came off of last week with two wins and will roll into the upcoming scheduled games with a 5-0 record. The Tigers beat Rock River and North Park, both games on the road. “We got two good wins under our belt,” coach Dan Kraft said. “We try to get better all the time.” Rock River’s Keith Smith tried to stump the Tigers by scoring 26 points, but the Tiger’s Waddie Love staved off Rock River with 23 points of his own. Backed by key efforts from teammates A...

  • Volunteers appreciated

    Sagebrush Seniors|Dec 12, 2012

    A little snow and it is wonderful. I’m just waiting for us to get dumped on, and that will be fine, too, as long as the wind doesn’t blow! The coffee, chuckles, and chatter ladies kept things humming each morning with Connie Beckham, Patty Herring, LeDawn Vorn, Jo Bonnett, Laura Rettelle and Arleigh Simmons participating. The dedicated dominoers also kept things humming, but that would be every afternoon. Due to a fall recently, Julia Priquet has been conspicuously missing from the group. We miss you, Julia. Those managing without her were Made...

  • Snow finally closes passes

    Staff Report|Dec 12, 2012

    WYO 130 over the Snowy Range between Saratoga and Laramie closed on Friday afternoon, breaking a quarter-century record for the latest date to swing the gates. The previous record was Dec. 5. The following day, WYO 70 over Battle Pass between Encampment and Baggs closed. The roads were closed due to high wind and snow over the weekend. Both highways could reopen this year if conditions permit, according to Ross Doman, spokesman for the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Both mountain highways are closed annually in late autumn when low... Full story

  • Energy efficiency grants available until June

    Staff Report|Dec 12, 2012

    The State Energy Office Small Business Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Assessment grant funds will be available to Wyoming businesses until June 30, 2013. The Wyoming Business Council State Energy Office, in partnership with the University of Wyoming Extension office and Manufacturing-Works, offer funding and technical support to entities pursuing an energy audit and renewable energy assessments. “The goal of the grant funds is to help Wyoming business owners think differently about how they consume energy and provide them an action plan to a... Full story

  • Valley View seeking donations

    Tom Mansfield|Dec 12, 2012

    At Valley View, residents enjoyed many activities throughout the week. The Activity Department offers a wide variety of activities each week to meet the residents’ interests, as well as the physical, mental, and psychological well-being of each resident. Soon, Brenda Zeiger and I will be going shopping for resident Christmas presents. Any donations from individuals or organizations in the valley would be greatly appreciated. We will be having our annual resident Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 5 p.m. Family members of residents, v... Full story

  • STARS program help students transition to Junior High

    Tom Dixon|Dec 12, 2012

    The transition from sixth grade to seventh grade is tough. The level of difficulty and amount of work means students must spend more time and be more organized. In the past, many students have had to deal with those changes on their own, but thanks to the new STARS program, Encampment seventh graders know a handful of students, and a teacher, will always have their back. “A lot of students were going home to places where no one was asking them what is going on, and so there was no accountability,” Leslie McLinskey, Encampment English tea...

  • Lady Tigers fail to find rhythm

    Brian Trautwein|Dec 12, 2012

    The Encampment Ladies basketball team couldn’t bag a win on the road last Tuesday and Friday night against the Rock River Longhorns and the North Park Wildcats. Despite good play from the Tiger team, Encampment trailed the Longhorns for the entire match, finding themselves down 29-37 at the final buzzer. “We had the third quarter jinx going again as we scored 4 to their 14,” said head coach Amy Clay. The Wildcat team came out on top, but had trouble stopping Alyssa Barkhurst and Cassidy Littl...

  • Robert (Bob) Everett Hobart

    Dec 12, 2012

    Robert (Bob) Everett Hobart, born Feb. 23, 1924 died Nov. 27, 2012. Hobart was the husband of Judith Ellen Masnari. A graduate of Colorado School of Mines, Geology, Hobart was also a retired Lt. Col., USMC Reserve. He worked as a geologist for Chevron Oil Company in Denver, Colo., and retired in 1985. Hobart is survived by children Lee Hobart, Art Hobart, Wanda Hobart (Dotty Pakieser), Michele Hobart (Thomas Owens), Eric Hobart (Elaine Moran), Craig Hobart (Sabrina Wright), John Kleemola, Mary K. Kleemola, Thomas Kleemola, Edward Kleemola, six... Full story

  • Wrestlers show strength at Soroco invitational

    Brian Trautwein|Dec 12, 2012

    With senior wrestlers at home taking ACTs, it was up to younger Saratoga grapplers to make a statement Dec. 8 at the Soroco Invitational, in Oak Creek, Colo. Five Saratoga wrestlers placed in four different weight classes at the tournaments’ conclusion. In the 106-weight class, Bradley Bifano and Daynon Mowry placed first and third respectively. “It is good to have guys of equal quality in the same weight class,” coach Jared Mason said. Bifano ruled his weight class, pinning a trio of Color...

  • Lady Panthers lose catfight

    Brian Trautwein|Dec 12, 2012

    The Lady Panthers caught fire in the fourth quarter and almost put away a game they trailed all afternoon Saturday. They ended up five points short of a win against the North Park Wildcats as the clock ran out on their rally. “The girls all played very hard but we definitely didn’t play up to our abilities,” head coach Matt Love said. Eight Panthers contributed on Saturday night with Shelby McGuire and Justine Fourman tallying 10 points apiece. The duo was all over the offensive effort scori...

  • It’s the end of the world as we know it ... and I feel fine

    Keith McLendon|Dec 12, 2012

    Apocalypses have been predicted pretty much since there have been civilizations to cower in fear of them. Since one of the “biggies” is just around the corner I thought this week timely to explore some earlier world-shattering (or not) prophesies.1 Rome’s End. The Romans thought the world would end in 634 B.C. because supernatural eagles told Romulus, Rome’s founder, his civilization would only last 120 years. Romans panicked as the city neared the eventually uneventful anniversary. Really.... Full story

  • Saratoga sawmill draws closer to production

    Brian Trautwein|Dec 12, 2012

    As the production date for the Saratoga sawmill draws closer, there are still a few more positions to be filled. The mill currently has 30 employees but needs 80 by its start date later this month “Finding enough employees was a concern, but it is turning out good so far,” Saratoga Forest Management owner, Gary Ervin said. “There are not many spots left, but there is always room for good help.” In addition to actual mill workers, the logging side of the operation employs 40 people locally...

  • Ladies Night Out a big hit

    Liz Wood|Dec 12, 2012

    An idea that was tossed around at a Saratoga Recreation Commission earlier this year saw success Nov. 29. “Ladies Night Out” attracted 55 paying customers, Lisa Burton, Saratoga recreation director, said. Burton had 17 vendors sign up for the event and the comment she heard the most was shoppers did not realize how many direct sales people were in the area. One vendor came from Elk Mountain and another from Craig, the rest were locals. “It was a chance for exposure at Ladies Night Out,” Burton...

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