Articles from the January 18, 2024 edition


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  • Pucks on Saratoga Lake

    J. Hemenway|Jan 18, 2024

    The inaugural year of the Saratoga Pond Hockey Tournament on Saratoga Lake was, by all accounts, a success A large section of Saratoga Lake was cleared off this past weekend for the first Saratoga Lake Pond Hockey Tournament. The tournament consisted of over 30 players and their families who battled the subzero temperatures for a fun, competitive and joyful weekend. The impetus behind the tournament was Levi Wood, Wyoming Game & Fish Game Warden. A former junior and UW Hockey Player, Warden...

  • 'You have to grow yourself out'

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Jan 18, 2024

    Buying entry-level housing in Saratoga is challenging. Teachers take a job in Saratoga for a year and then move on to a town with more affordable housing. Bryan Drake builds homes in Saratoga. He said he would like to see people take a job in Saratoga and stay. Bryan and Kathy Drake, co-owners of Triple D Construction, are looking for ways to make constructing housing in Saratoga affordable to the entry-level buyer. The Drakes have been building in Saratoga since they came to town in 2013, Bryan said. About a year and a half ago, the Drakes...

  • Carrie Lynn Herold

    Jan 18, 2024

    Carrie Lynn Herold, our beloved precious daughter, sister, mother, born April 3, 1955, went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 2, 2024. After graduating high school in 1973, Carrie went to college receiving an associate degree. She worked for State Farm Insurance as an insurance agent for 20 plus years. In 2022 she retired to pursue her passions of gardening, cooking, photography, and caregiving. Carrie lived every day of her life abundantly and to the fullest, always ready to lend a... Full story

  • Commissioners ask about gatekeeping

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jan 18, 2024

    Rural health care has historically been one of the critical issues that policy makers have had to face. In order to discuss the Behavioral Health Redesign being done by the Wyoming Department of Health, the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) met with Senior Policy Analyst Franz Fuchs on January 2. This redesign will focus on mental health care in the state of Wyoming. The new system will change how behavioral health services are provided throughout the state. Funding will change to a...

  • New Year and New Codes for 2024

    Richard Espinoza and Joshua Wood|Jan 18, 2024

    With the New Year upon them, the Saratoga Planning Commission is examining a variety of goals for 2024. One of those is to review Title 18, the zoning code for the Town of Saratoga, to determine where, if any, changes need to be made. The discussion took place during the commission’s January 9 meeting. “I think that this should be one of the top priorities for the board to go over the zoning ordinance and how we look at things,” said Mayor Chuck Davis. “Not only will this help the town out but it will also help out on how affordable...

  • Protecting Americans' Access to High-Quality Health Care

    Jan 18, 2024

    Accepting Medicare is becoming increasingly unsustainable for physicians, which has resulted in many practices refusing to take new Medicare patients, or even to shutter their doors. At the same time, millions of additional Americans are projected to rely on Medicare in the coming years. With a 3.37% reduction to Medicare imposed at the start of this year, the American Medical Association (AMA) says that reforms are needed to protect millions of Americans’ access to their physicians. “After three consecutive years of Medicare cuts,...

  • The Environment in which we grow

    Jan 18, 2024

    Often when the weather is bad it is hard to see the positive when 60 mph winds and horizontal blowing snow hits me in the face, I look forward to spring and what the joy of that season brings. In that light I have adapted a message Justin Hull shared recently in our Sunday services and share it with you. I took the liberty in using his message as well as resources found on the website ChurchofJesusChrist.org in this written message. When a plant is struggling to grow do you try and fix the plant or the environment that the plant is growing in?...

  • Romance Scams on the Rise and Elderly are Particularly Vulnerable

    Jan 18, 2024

    They say, “you can’t buy love,” but scammers have figured out a way to exploit it for profit. Romance scams are at an all-time high and, while victims cross all demographics, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that elders are increasingly targeted. Why? Because they often have retirement savings at their disposal and may be more be isolated and less tech savvy. “Romance scammers often manipulate emotions to gain trust,” says Mark Kwapiszeski, head of enterprise fraud for PNC. “Those who fall victim end up putting feelings...

  • How to Limit Indoor Air Pollution in Your Home

    Jan 18, 2024

    On average, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, making indoor air quality critical to the health of families. The level of some pollutants in indoor environments can be two to five times higher than outdoor concentrations. Through the new Healthy and Efficient Homes campaign, the American Lung Association is raising awareness of common sources of indoor air pollutants -- including gas-, propane-, oil- and wood-burning appliances -- and promoting practical short- and long-term solutions...

  • Practical DIY Projects to Complete Over a Winter Weekend

    Jan 18, 2024

    While many home renovation projects are best tackled during the warmer months, there are specific minor repairs and tasks that are important to address in winter. These quick projects are easy to complete in a weekend and will make for a more cozy, organized winter home. Service the Furnace. It’s easy to get behind on regular home upkeep duties during the busy holiday season. But now that the holidays are over, it’s time to take stock of your furnace. During winter months, dirt and debris buildup on the furnace air filter can keep your...

  • Cheyenne Frontier Days won't pursue horse racing at Frontier Park

    Jan 18, 2024

    CHEYENNE (WNE) — Cheyenne Frontier Days officials announced Friday that they have decided not to pursue a deal with Accel Entertainment that would convert Frontier Park into a live horse racing venue every year in the late summer. “The decision was made based on what we feel is best for Frontier Days, the city of Cheyenne, Laramie County and the fans and supporters of Frontier Days,” CFD President and CEO Tom Hirsig told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, “and amidst controversy on gaming and horse racing and all those things, that’s why it... Full story

  • Campbell, Crook County residents give back with 300 pounds of produce

    Jan 18, 2024

    GILLETTE (WNE) — Campbell and Crook county residents combined to grow a little extra produce for those in need — a “little” that amassed to about 300 pounds. Across the state, about 10,000 pounds of fresh produce — similar to the weight of a standard RV — was grown and donated to those in need in 2023. The Grow a Little extra program began as an extension of the Wyoming Hunger Initiative in 2021, said Tailor Morris, Cent$ible Nutrition Specialist at the University of Wyoming Extension office. The idea is simple. “We donate seeds...

  • Jackson CVS to close as part of nationwide shuttering

    Jan 18, 2024

    JACKSON (WNE) —- The CVS Pharmacy located inside Target will close March 7, less than three years after its grand opening. To be clear, the Target store is not closing. “We’ve made the difficult decision to close the CVS Pharmacy,” said Amy Thibault, communications director for CVS. “All prescriptions will be transferred to a nearby pharmacy to ensure patients have uninterrupted access to pharmacy care. Employees are being offered comparable roles within the company.” The Jackson pharmacy employs two part-time employees and one...

  • Meeting of BLM head, Wyoming leaders on Rock Springs Resource Management Plan deemed 'productive'

    Zak Sonntag|Jan 18, 2024

    CASPER – Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning last week met with Gov. Mark Gordon’s special task force on the Rock Springs Resource Management Plan in a closed door meeting that participants described as productive, releasing steam from the contentious issue and moving a multiyear-long effort closer to the finish line. At the meeting, the task force presented its final recommendations, detailed in a report published Wednesday, that include 24 “agreements in principle” highlighting a strong consensus on topics like big...

  • Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation scholarship opportunities

    Jan 18, 2024

    Nine scholarships totaling $5,500 are offered by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation each year to support Wyoming youth. Scholarships are available for high school graduates and continuing education students enrolled in qualifying college and trade programs. The scholarship deadline is March 1, 2024. Applications are available at www.wyfb.org (Get Involved/Education tabs). For questions, contact Diane “Dee” Brewer at 307.721.7719 or [email protected]. Many county Farm Bureau Federations also offer scholarships locally. Visit wyfb.org and...

  • Latest forecast: $13.3M less available for state spending

    Hannah Shields|Jan 18, 2024

    CHEYENNE — In advance of the upcoming budget session, the Wyoming Legislature’s wallet to appropriate funds for budget requests is expected to shrink by $13.3 million. An updated Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG) report informed members of the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee they had $37.3 million in discretionary funds to spend this year. The CREG report is a forecast of the state’s total revenue and assets. It includes estimates of Wyoming’s mineral prices and production, General Fund revenues, severance taxes,...

  • Ice Fishing Derby returns for 40th

    Joshua Wood|Jan 18, 2024

    For more than four decades, anglers from near and far have converged on the Platte Valley for the annual Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby. One of the oldest and longest running events of its kind in Wyoming, the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce (S/PVCC) is hosting the 40th annual event this year. “Knowing that it’s in its 40th year, that’s what makes it exciting,” said Amanda Knotwell, S/PVCC CEO. “Once we finish this, what’s next? The 50th. We work towards that next decade... Full story

  • Panther wrestlers have full weekend slate, tough out the weather

    Jason Campbell|Jan 18, 2024

    The Panther grapplers began the wrestling weekend by competing in Walden on Thursday against Soroco and North Park. It was a tune-up for the upcoming weekend tournament, and the Panthers had a good showing. Ace Arnold, Josiah Stockwell, and Douglass Campbell all were 1 – 0. Tuker Carricato was 2 – 0, Chase Brown went 1 -1, and both Ben Miller and Atom Linsey were 0 – 2 on the evening. The team then traveled to Pavillion on Friday for the Don Runner Memorial, and had a long day of...

  • A note about this week's local sports coverage

    Jan 18, 2024

    The big blast of Winter weather that settled in last week put a freeze on the high school sports schedule for Encampment and Saratoga schools. The SMHS wrestling team did have a full weekend, participating in a three-team match in Walden on Friday, then in a tournament in Pavillion on Saturday. See Jason Campbell’s outstanding coverage and photos on page B1. The Saratoga boy’s and girl’s basketball games scheduled for Saturday were not played. No details on rescheduling were available when we went to press. Although the Encampment game...

  • Lady Tigers fall to Farson

    Richard Espinoza|Jan 18, 2024

    The Encampment Lady Tigers had one of the few games unaffected by descent into subzero temperatures and snowfall over the weekend as they hosted the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns. “We came out super flat and gave up a 13-point lead,” said Kevin Pantle, head coach of the Encampment Lady Tigers. “I think the girls got nervous, we had not played a game since Rock River and I think it showed”. Pantle said the Lady Tigers made an effort to make a comeback and at times got the game close but in...

  • Farson evades Tigers

    Joshua Wood|Jan 18, 2024

    While Old Man Winter’s subzero temperatures canceled a number of games over the weekend, the Encampment Tigers hosted the Farson-Eden Pronghorns for their first conference game of the season. Prior to the game on January 13, the Pronghorns were ranked at No. 4, just behind Encampment with Farson-Eden 5-4 for the season and the Tigers 7-3. Despite cold temperatures, Saturday’s game showed that nothing can be taken for granted in the competitive 1A Southwest Conference as things begin to heat...

  • A different angle on food

    Joshua Wood|Jan 18, 2024

    It’s a cold winter day and the subzero temperatures promised for the weekend can be felt on the breeze as Olio, a local food truck, parks in the Family Dollar parking lot. Soon, other vehicles arrive as their occupants brave the cold to place an order with owner and chef Daniel Krugman. Due to the cold, Krugman is clad in heavy clothing, overalls and a beanie. It’s not unusual to see a food truck in Saratoga, though it is a relatively recent development. While food trucks have been common...

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