Articles from the January 26, 2023 edition


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  • Hospitality icon loved Wyoming

    Mike Armstrong|Jan 26, 2023

    When icons of an industry pass on from this world, it is interesting to perceive their life and accomplishments. When all is said and done, recounting this unique person's life and contributions, it is important to remember where this individual considered his home to be. Bruce White, founder of White Lodging which includes Carbon County's Brush Creek, considered Wyoming his home. "Bruce loved Saratoga, the Valley, Wyoming," said Mike Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Brush Creek Ranch who knew...

  • In honor of a hero

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

    The loss of Tyeler Harris had a huge impact on not only Carbon County, but across the country. Harris was killed when he was struck by a semi while responding to a crash on Interstate 80 on December 21, 2022. The Memorial Hospital of Carbon County (MHCC) has started a scholarship program to honor Harris’ memory. According to the MHCC website, two scholarships will be offered annually in the amount of $500.00 each. There are options available for first responders who wish to earn their E...

  • Snowmobile accident on Battle

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

    A snowmobile accident in the Sierra Madre Mountains, west of Encampment, occurred in the afternoon of January 19, only one man hurt was hurt. Sheriff Alex Bakken said, "At about 1 p.m. the Carbon County Sheriff's Office got a call for a snowmobile accident on Battle. Carbon County Sheriff's deputies, Saratoga and Encampment Search and Rescue and Saratoga Ambulance responded to the gates end on Highway 70. They sent in the Haglund, several search and rescue units on snowmobiles. They were able...

  • Hazard mitigation incipience

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

    At the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) meeting January 17, Emergency Management Director Lenny Layman introduced Joe Parsons, Saratoga Encampment Rawlins Conservation District (SERD), who gave an update on the hazard mitigation plan for flooding at Boozer Creek. Parsons told the Commissioners the snow-pack is currently sitting at 132% on the Upper North Park drainage. He said over the past year the WWC Engineering has come up with a survey and design so they have been able to apply...

  • To snack or be the snack

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

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  • Neal Forbes

    Jan 26, 2023

    Neal Forbes passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2023. Services will be held Friday, January 27, 2023, 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church....

  • Ruby Alice Ross

    Jan 26, 2023

    Ruby Alice Ross, 90, of Saratoga passed away January 19. Ruby was born on October 20, 1932 in Laramie, Wyoming to Melbourn and Loma Peach. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. Casada Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements....

  • Wind project seeks input

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

    Saratoga Town Clerk Marie Christen presented a letter received from Two Rivers Wind, LLC. This letter was sent to inform the public that they are beginning applications for permits required to construct and operate Two River Wind project on a private ranch and BLM lands in Carbon County, Wyoming. The project will include up to sixty turbines, with a total capacity of 280 megawatts, located on 15,657 acres. The project will be on the Two Rivers Ranch in Carbon County north of Highway 30 and the...

  • Crosswalk Safety Bill to Be Heard in House Transportation Committee Tuesday

    Staff Report|Jan 26, 2023

    A bill that authorizes the use of video systems on official traffic control devices to monitor pedestrian safety at school zone crosswalks will be heard by the House Transportation, Highways and Military Transportation Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24. H0068 School zone crosswalks is authored by Rep. Bill Henderson (H-41) and addresses safety concerns heard by stakeholders, community members and the Wyoming Department of Transportation. “We must do everything we can to prevent further injuries and death at school crosswalks,” said Rep...

  • Governor Gordon Appoints Byron Mathews State Fire Marshal

    Staff Report|Jan 26, 2023

    Governor Mark Gordon has announced the appointment of Byron Mathews as State Fire Marshal and Director of the Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety. Matthews replaces Mark Young, who is retiring after serving as interim State Fire Marshal following the retirement of Michael Reed in August, 2022. Mathews has been employed by Cheyenne Fire Rescue (CFR) since 1999 and currently serves as Fire Marshal Division Chief. Mathews has worked through all the ranks at CFR, including Firefighter, Engineer and Lieutenant. In his current...

  • Governor Appoints John LaBuda to be a Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial District

    Staff Report|Jan 26, 2023

    Governor Mark Gordon has appointed John LaBuda to be a Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial District serving Sublette County. LaBuda’s appointment fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Jim Radda in Teton County and the subsequent transfer of Judge Curt Haws from Sublette to Teton County. LaBuda has been a private practice attorney in Pinedale since 2008 and is currently the Managing Partner at LaBuda & White. From 1997 until 2008 he was a partner at Palmer & LaBuda law office in Rock Springs. He has also served as an attorney...

  • The almighty egg

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

    Most people know I have a few chickens in my backyard, and sell a few eggs to my neighbors. It never seemed like much of a big deal to me until recently egg prices shot up. We've all heard the nursery rhyme of the goose that laid the golden egg, but I never thought I would see the day when a dozen eggs cost more than a gallon of milk. My little backyard flock has become very popular and that makes me happy. I usually consume six eggs a week unless I'm baking a lot, which I do once a month or...

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    Jan 26, 2023

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  • Our town has been buried in snow and enduring freezing temperatures This Winter

    Bill Sniffin|Jan 26, 2023

    Between hurricanes and blizzards, this has been a winter to remember for retirees Jerry and Cassy Venters of Lander. Normally, they head to their condo on Sanibel Island off the Florida coast and never worry about cold weather or even winter-style clothes. But Hurricane Ian pretty much destroyed Sanibel and the Venters found themselves spending winter in Lander for the first time in years. No problem. Winters over the past three years have been warm and open. No snow. No harsh freezes. But this year? Yikes. “Thank God for Walmart and thrift sto...

  • Winter Fun

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

    The sleepy little hamlet of Encampment will be roaring to life this weekend with food, fun, and festivities. The 36 th Annual Sierra Madre Winter Carnival has already started the competitions with the Winter Carnival Button Contest. The winner, Aspen Boxberger took home $50 for her prize-winning art design. Friday, January 27 begins with judging of snow painting, sponsored by the Platte Valley Arts Council. Saucer bowling is next up on Rankin and 8 Later in the evening the treasure hunt begins...

  • Panthers take out Panthers

    Mike Armstrong|Jan 26, 2023

    The Saratoga High School Panthers faced off against the Cokeville Panther in a matchup of two of the stronger teams in the state. The game proved it. "Cokeville is a really good basketball team," Jason Williams, head basketball coach of Saratoga said."They have some really good guards, they shoot the basketball well, they are quick and it was really a battle. I don't think either team ever led by five or six points throughout the game." Williams knew being undefeated the other Panthers were...

  • Turning the Corner

    Mike Armstrong|Jan 26, 2023

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miner High School basketball team played two games this week, winning the first against Rock River on Friday and losing the second to Guernsey-Sunrise. The Miners opened up a lead early in the first game against the Longhorns and through most of the game kept it. "I thought the boys, overall as a team did well executing the plan we had going in," Cliff Jones, head coach of the Miners said." We knew that for us to be successful, we needed to limit...

  • Tigers fall back

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

    Friday's league match up between Encampment Tigers and Farson Eden's Pronghorns proved to be tough game. The boys were defeated 52-38. Saturday didn't play out well with another Tiger loss against Cokeville's Panthers. The Tigers were walloped with a score of 60-28. The Tigers confront North Park Wildcats in Walden in a non-league test of skills January 24 in an attempt to advance it's 4-7 record. On Friday, January 27 the Tigers face off with Southeast Cyclones in a home non-conference game....

  • Rattlers take a bite out of Panthers 

    Mike Armstrong|Jan 26, 2023

    The Little Snake River Valley basketball team went to Colorado to face a strong Colorado 2A team in Rangely. This Colorado team called the Panthers were a solid test for the Rattlers on January 19, but LSRV came out ahead 48 to 42. Rattler head coach Jack Cobb was happy to come out with a win against a team as good as Rangely.. “The Panthers came out right in the beginning and hit some threes,” Cobb said. “I went ‘oh boy’, here we go. Then we hit some threes to answer what they were doing and...

  • Lady Panthers left no survivors

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

    The Lady Panthers dove into the first game of the weekend on Friday, January 20 with a fierce win-it attitude. Coach Heather Bartlett said, "We had a great weekend. The girls were able to bounce back from the slight slump that we had been in. We had an amazing game against Cokeville, I am very proud of the way the girls played, it was a great win for us." Bartlett said, "Our scoring was very even this game with four girls scoring in double digits. Whitney Bennett had a very impressive...

  • Lady Tigers attack

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

    The Encampment Lady Tigers kept fans on the edge of their seats this last weekend with amazing plays, close calls and fancy footwork. Friday the girls faced the Farson Eden Pronghorns with a home court advantage and it paid off. Scores were close, but the Tigers never backed down. Coach Clint Bromley shared his thoughts," I didn't think this was our best effort and we can play this team much better. Cora Schroeder played an average game. She scored 13 points with 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Kyenna...

  • Lady Miners do a split

    Mike Armstrong|Jan 26, 2023

    On January 19 the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) girls High School basketball team faced Rock River and although the game had some excellent moments for the Lady Miners, the Lady Longhorns prevailed. The score in favor of Rock River was 50 to 21."After the game was over, I asked the girls, 'who were starters last year?'" HEM head girls basketball coach said. "Two girls raised their hands. I am not going to use the inexperienced card, but that is who we are. Rock River is a good basketba...

  • Saratoga Wrestlers grapple for the win

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

    5 Josiah Stockwell scored 2.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 - Dominic Sanchez (Big Piney) won by fall over Josiah Stockwell (Fall 2:42)Cons. Round 1 - Josiah Stockwell won by decision over Nate Johnson (Worland) (Dec 7-1) Cons. Round 2 - Josiah Stockwell won by decision over Porter Kemp (Pinedale) (Dec 10-4) Cons. Round 3 - Spencer Wright (Green River) won by decision over Josiah Stockwell (Dec 1-0) 120 Tuker Carricato placed 3rd and scored 18.0 team points. Champ. Round 1 - Tuker Carricato won...

  • Saratoga's Finest 4H Community Club holds first meeting

    Jan 26, 2023

    By Harlan Hatch 4H club reporter Saratoga's Finest 4H Community Club had its first meeting of the year on January 3 at 6 p.m. in the Platte Valley Community Center. At this meeting, they learned about parliamentary procedures and electing officers. The club elected new club officers and talked about ideas for upcoming meetings and club service projects. The next club meeting will be on February 7 at 6 p.m. at the Platte Valley Community Center. The 4-H program is a community for all kids that...

  • Reflections from the Saratoga Sun

    Jan 26, 2023

    1 years ago today January 25, 1923 Strong wind blows Utah Into Wyoming When terrific windstorm swept the Rocky Mountain region recently, according to Professor Samuel H. Knight of the University of Wyoming. Knight examined minutely the particles of dust found in the vicinity of Laramie after the storm had subsided. He announced that the investigation disclosed that the dust is composed for the most part of minute grains of quartz and covered with a thin coat of iron oxide. No dust of a similar...

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