Articles from the February 2, 2022 edition


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  • Problematic Perch

    Joshua Wood|Feb 2, 2022

    During the 39th Annual Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby, there were plenty of trout caught by anglers from near and far. There was even, at least, one walleye hooked. There were also a number of Yellow Perch, which is a concern for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD). While the exact number of Yellow Perch in Saratoga Lake is unknown, there were enough to be caught by several attendees of the ice fishing derby with at least one participant reeling in approximately six. According to Chance...

  • Paula Harvey

    Feb 2, 2022

    Paula Harvey, 67, of Cheyenne, passed peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family on Sunday, January 23. She was born on October 19, 1954, in Rawlins, Wyoming to Paul and Norinne Hilliard of Saratoga, Wyoming. Paula was all about family. She loved being with her family no matter what they were doing. She enjoyed experiencing new adventures, traveling, watching activities, even outings as simple as going to the grocery store. She could find the fun in almost everything. Paula is survived by... Full story

  • Eight years a father

    Joshua Wood|Feb 2, 2022

    Where has the time gone? In many ways, it feels like just yesterday my son, Jareth, was born. Tomorrow (Thursday) he’ll be 8 years old and I find myself both amazed at what a wonderful young person he is and afraid of how quickly the years will continue to slip by. What’ll be even harder, this year, is that I won’t be around for his actual birthday. Instead, I’ll be in Casper at the Wyoming Press Association Winter Convention. Living in Wyoming, I’ve often joked with people that I remember...

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  • Saratoga comes out cold

    Joshua Wood|Feb 2, 2022

    The Saratoga Lady Panthers were a little cold on the court last week as they went 1-2 at home and on the road but are still sitting in the middle of the 1A Southwest Conference. On January 25, Saratoga was hosted by the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners for their one win of the week. On Friday, the Lady Panthers were hosted by the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers for a conference loss. Then, on Saturday, Saratoga hosted the Southeast Lady Cyclones for their...

  • Grappling at Ron Thon

    Joshua Wood|Feb 2, 2022

    The Saratoga Panther grapplers competed in the Ron Thon Memorial Tournament in Riverton this weekend. Competing against more than 30 teams, Saratoga didn’t have a team placement but saw individual placings in the junior varsity matches. Varsity In the 106 varsity class, Josiah Stockwell scored 4 team points. In Championship Round 1, Stockwell won by fall over Caleb Morrison of Star Valley. In the quarter final, Tanner Johnson of Douglas won in sudden victory over Stockwell. In Consolation R...

  • LSRV bites Saratoga

    Joshua Wood|Feb 2, 2022

    While originally scheduled to host the Encampment Lady Tigers and the Saratoga Lady Panthers, the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers were down to one game this weekend. Though illness sidelines Encampment, the Lady Rattlers were still able to host Saratoga for a conference in. “I thought our girls played a great game. We came out and played very well defensively and that really helps our offense get going,” said Head Coach Mark Gillies. “We moved the ball really well on offen...

  • Facing strong adversity

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 2, 2022

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners faced two larger teams last week, showing their coach they may be small but they still have fight. First, the Lady Miners hosted the Saratoga Lady Panthers on January 25. Then, on January 29, they were hosted by the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns. Lady Miners vs. Lady Panthers During the 1st quarter, the Lady Miners kept up and the score was even. Then Saratoga used their depth of players to move ahead of the smaller team. "I thought our...

  • Panthers pounce on wins

    Joshua Wood|Feb 2, 2022

    The Saratoga Panthers have regained their top spot in the difficult 1A Southwest Conference following a 3-0 week with one of those a conference win. On January 25, Saratoga was hosted by the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners. Then, on January 28, the Panthers entered the Snake Pit as they were hosted by the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers. Finally, the Southeast Cyclones came to the Panther Den as they were hosted by Saratoga on January 29. In all three games, the...

  • Rattlers get bit by Saratoga

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 2, 2022

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers faced off against the Saratoga Panthers on January 28 and came up with a loss. Head Coach Jack Cobb has said all season the 1A Southwest Conference was going to be brutal and that every win and loss was going to be crucial. The score was 64-46. The loss puts the Rattlers at 2-1 in conference play. “It was a tight 1st quarter being 9-8 and then they just got on a run in the 2nd quarter and got going making shots while we were missing shots at the s...

  • Miners keep improving

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 2, 2022

    Despite having just six players, the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners appear determined to try and hold their own against teams with deeper benches. The small team of Miners faced two teams from the 1A Southwest Conference as they hosted the Saratoga Panthers on January 25 and were hosted by the Farson-Eden Pronghorns on January 29. Miners vs. Panthers The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miner High School basketball team hosted the Saratoga Panther basketball team on...

  • Spirited about spirits

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 2, 2022

    The Brush Creek Distillery (BCD) has brought on an individual who knows and loves the world of spirits. Not the ghostie type, but the type which are produced in a copper still. Shawn Hogenmiller has recently been made the Hospitality and Barrel Director for BCD. Shawn knows a thing or two about the world of spirits having spent over 30 years working in various food and beverage positions, with the emphasis being on beverage. He is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. "I went from the beach...

  • Economic development to get new site

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 2, 2022

    The Carbon County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) met on January 24 at the Rawlins City Hall. The CCEDC meets quarterly and one of the main focuses of this meeting was to preview the new website being designed by VIP Marketing. Cindy Loose, owner of VIP Marketing, attended the meeting to answer questions about the prototype she had designed for the board. The CCEDC board decided about three months ago the current website needed to be changed. Yvonne Johnson, Director of CCEDC, talked...

  • Restoration project awarded $2.8 million

    Staff Report|Feb 2, 2022

    The Valleys and Headwaters Restoration project in southeast Wyoming has been awarded $2.8 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to support landscape restoration through targeted forestry management. The project is focused on the Medicine Bow National Forest and adjacent state and private lands in Albany and Carbon Counties. It is one of 17 new projects financially supported by the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership, which will help m...

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