Articles from the January 25, 2024 edition


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  • Gordon: We Need That Permanent Record

    Joshua Wood|Jan 25, 2024

    Despite the advent of the internet and social media, Wyoming newspapers still serve as an important avenue for public notices. At least according to Governor Mark Gordon, who spoke at the 125th Annual Wyoming Press Convention in Casper on January 19. Over the past several years, the Wyoming Legislature has seen a number of bills introduced which would remove public notices from the pages of Wyoming newspapers. This, despite the fact that 86% of Wyoming adults cite newspapers as their most...

  • Keeping Tradition

    Jan 25, 2024

    Photo courtesy Amanda Knotwell Amanda Knotwell current director of the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce with Chuck Box at last weekends 40th Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby. Mr. Box, a former Chamber director, started the Ice Fishing Derby, which has grown into one of Saratoga’s most popular events.  ...

  • Short term rentals, long term issues?

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Jan 25, 2024

    Short-term rentals in the Town of Saratoga have increased by approximately 100 percent from January to December 2023, according to airdna.co/vacation-rental-data. Saratoga does not currently have an ordinance that regulates short-term rentals, according to Emery Penner, director of public works and the town’s planning and zoning administrator. The Town of Saratoga, which has a population of 1,727 at the 2021 census count, currently has 145 available short-term rental listings, according to the airdna website. Sixty-six percent of these are...

  • Sun brings home more awards

    Staff Report|Jan 25, 2024

    The Saratoga Sun continued their decades-long tradition of award winning over the weekend at the 125th Annual Wyoming Press Convention. With a total of seven awards, Sun staff took home two first places, a second place and four honorable mentions. Entries were judged by the National Newspaper Association, which typically judges the national contest. One of those first place awards was for Headline Writing, which has been taken home by the Saratoga Sun staff for the past several years. The... Full story

  • Saratoga council discusses combined dispatch

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Jan 25, 2024

    "If we were fully staffed and looking at equipment cost, that's one thing. We are truly one power bump or one illness away from not being able to keep the door's open 24/7." Supported by other law enforcement and first responders, Saratoga Police Chief Mike Morris laid out the case as to why a county-run centralized dispatch was likely a matter of when, not if. Morris, who was appointed to the position of chief last year by Mayor Chuck Davis, explained how staffing and infrastructure issues...

  • Freedom is Worth Defending

    Pastor Vince Vannett|Jan 25, 2024

    Throughout the history of the world there have been numerous battles and wars over the fight for freedom. Often times the ones being oppressed, treated unfairly, or bullied need someone to stand up for them and fight for them and with them. We as Americans should understand this fight for freedom as it is woven into the history of our country. This fight for freedom is not just ours and not just for this time in history. Throughout the Bible there were numerous battles and fights. Our thoughts may go to war, with swords and chariots or a young...

  • Valentine's Day Gift Ideas That Show You Really Care

    Jan 25, 2024

    A perfect brew: As most tea and coffee drinkers know, the ideal temperature beverage can be a fleeting thing, especially with all of life’s distractions and demands. That’s not the case with Nextmug, a gift that will spoil your Valentine with the perfect brew every time. This temperature-controlled, self-heating mug maintains a beverage at the user’s ideal temperature (warm at 130 degrees, hot at 140 degrees, and piping at 150 degrees) for hours using smart technology that requires no app...

  • The 40th Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby was a true ruby

    Gary Honodel|Jan 25, 2024

    Saratoga Lake was turned into an outdoor village last weekend, replete with RVs, food trucks, a temporary Chamber of Commerce office with an ATM and hundreds of ice fishing shelters. The occasion was the 40th Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby held January 20 & 21, staged and hosted by the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce. Under the capable leadership of Chamber Director, Amanda Knotwell, this year’s event saw over 700 people at the lake village; 637 of them registered... Full story

  • Angling For A Good Time

    Liz Wood Special to the Saratoga Sun|Jan 25, 2024

    “This is the best fishing derby, the best organized, best location and best run,” Frank Gutierrez, of Cheyenne, said. “The food is really good too,” he added. Guiterrez said other fishing derbies don’t have the food trucks like the Saratoga Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) does. “The people are friendly too,” Gutierrez said. Alvi Cerise is one of those reasons the fishing derby keeps people coming back. He has volunteered at the fishing derby for several years and he makes friends easily. Known as “Sonny” to his... Full story

  • Panthers win Valley showdown with Encampment

    Richard Espinoza|Jan 25, 2024

    The Saratoga Panthers put on a dominant performance against the Encampment Tigers on the road. Everything went right for the Panthers both on offense and defense and it showed. Saratoga stepped up when they needed to and got a 73-65 win. For the majority of the game, the Panthers were leading as high as 15 points. But Encampment for most of the game was playing catch up but was able to make the game close late in the 4th quarter. In the end, it was Saratoga freshman Griffin Barlett who, despite...

  • Lady Tigers takedown Saratoga in Valley scrap

    Richard Espinoza|Jan 25, 2024

    After a tough loss against the Farson Lady Pronghorns, the Encampment Lady Tigers got redemption and did it at the right time as they defeated their Valley rivals, the Saratoga Lady Panthers by a score of 45-31. Saratoga took an early lead but the Lady Tigers quickly tied the game at 2-2. Less than five minutes into the 1st quarter, both teams turned it into a slug fest. “I couldn’t be more proud of my girls,” said Kevin Pantle, head coach of the Encampment Lady Tigers. “I knew they had...

  • Lady Panthers feel the snake bite of Little Snake River

    Richard Espinoza|Jan 25, 2024

    Things did not go right for the Saratoga Lady Panthers as they fell to the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers, 44-23, giving them their second straight league loss. The visiting Lady Rattlers came into Friday night’s contest confident and determined as they dominated Saratoga. The LSRV defense kept the Lady Panthers in check for three of the four quarters, although the Lady Rattlers had a slow start in the 1st quarter and their free throws could have been better. The Lady Rattlers...

  • Depleted Panther wresting team competes in Lander

    Jason Campbell|Jan 25, 2024

    The SMHS wrestling squad traveled to Lander last weekend, missing much of it’s squad, to compete in both a varsity and JV tournament. According to coach Rusty Arnold, ‘Injury has been following us around the last couple weeks. We only traveled with five kids due to injury.’ The team should have more wrestlers return for this weekend’s Ron Thon tournament in Riverton, dependent upon medical clearance. Two wrestlers were entered in the Lander varsity tournament, Ace Arnold at 106, and Josiah Stockwell at 113. Both wrestlers brought home...

  • It's a Dodge party!

    Richard Espinoza|Jan 25, 2024

    Local enforcement, teachers, and the principal had a fun day of dodgeball at the Platte Valley Community Center. The special occasion was for students who are rewarded for their hard work in the classroom Saratoga Elementary School students from kindergarten through 6th grade must meet their goals by the end of each semester to be eligible to participate in any fun activity. These activities encourage students to work hard to keep their grades up. “Our older kids get to set their own...

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