Articles from the February 3, 2021 edition


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  • Alerting CCCOG

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 3, 2021

    The Carbon County Council of Governments (CCCOG) met via Zoom on January 13. The board usually meets every two months on the third Wednesday, but this meeting was scheduled a week early. All municipalities of CCCOG were in attendance with the exception of Medicine Bow and Sinclair. In September 2020, Baggs mayor Anna Marie Waldron had asked if any municipality knew of a grant writer. Former Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Stacy Crimmins’ name was mentioned as a possibility. Crimmins has s...

  • Volunteer shortage hurting SCWEMS

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 3, 2021

    The South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Services (SCWEMS) board met on January 18 in Medicine Bow and, according to Director Melissa Sikes and North District Supervisor Shana Romero, the topic that got the most attention was the difficulty in getting volunteers. Besides the problem of not having enough volunteers Sikes said SCWEMS discussed the building addition in Saratoga. Volunteers "We are looking at possibly getting some more full-time people to help out because our volunteer force...

  • Audrey I. (Nelson) Brokaw

    Feb 3, 2021

    Audrey I. (Nelson) Brokaw passed into Eternal Life Wednesday, January 20, 2021. She was born August 6, 1940 to Wm. Richard Nelson and Irene M. (Pountney) Nelson. She married Howard M. Brokaw September 22, 1962. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister,Lois I. Flint; infant daughter, Annetta I. Brokaw; and husband, Howard Brokaw. Audrey is survived by her brother Donald R. Nelson, Colorado Springs; children: Lana (Eric) Clark, Rock River; Richard (Kimberly) Brokaw, Cheyenne; Ralph Brokaw,... Full story

  • Planning in Hanna

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 3, 2021

    The town of Hanna has been without a planning and zoning board for over a decade, but that all changed on January 25. Three of the five board members met along with Mayor Lois Buchanan at the Hanna Town Hall. Donna Pipher, Sammy Sikes and Mike Armstrong were in attendance. Board members Jason Nordquist and Vivian Gonzales were absent. The first meeting saw the board members present look over the planning and zoning codes that were on the book. Maps of the town’s zoning districts were also s...

  • PVHP buys care center

    Staff Report|Feb 3, 2021

    The Platte Valley Healthcare Project (PVHP) has agreed to assume ownership of the Saratoga Care Center for $1, the non-profit recently announced. The purchase also includes Laramie Peak Therapies, which is housed at the facility. “It’s important for people to understand why we are doing this,” said Will Faust, chairman of the PVHP. “When the North Platte Valley Medical Center is complete, it will contain the nursing home, the therapy center and the clinic in addition to the hospital. Private donations that were made to the NPVMC are held in...

  • I put a spell on you

    Joshua Wood|Feb 3, 2021

    Saratoga Elementary School (SES) was recently able to hold its annual spelling bee with a total of 48 students participating in the event. Held in the Platte Valley Community Center Auditorium, the venue allowed for students to participate while social distancing. Out of the nearly 50 SES students that competed, the top spots went to students in the 3rd, 5th and 6th grades. Levi Goodwin, 3rd grade, took 1st place while Snowdon Williams, 6th grade, took 2nd place. Cody Sewell, 5th grade,...

  • Moving minds, raising funds

    Staff Report|Feb 3, 2021

    Saratoga Elementary School (SES) kicked off their 2nd Annual Health Moves Minds initiative on February 1 with the goal of raising money for a local charity. Last year, SES began working with the National Health and Physical Education Society to bring Health Moves Minds to the school with the initiative fulfilling a main component of the health curriculum by focusing on social emotional learning, or SEL. In addition to resources offered by the Health Moves Minds initiative, a fundraising component allows students to give back to their school...

  • COVID trips up CCSD2

    Joshua Wood|Feb 3, 2021

    In the past week, Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2) has dealt with a minor coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that has provided a speed bump to winter sports. In a January 27 update from CCSD2 Superintendent Jim Copeland informed parents and others in the district that the Saratoga Panthers had just returned from a quarantine following two positive cases along with the Saratoga Lady Panthers, who had three positive cases. Additionally, the Encampment Lady Tigers were quarantined as of...

  • Recognizing women

    Saratoga Sun Editorial|Feb 3, 2021

    "... Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." ~ Ann Richards It's been more than 150 years since Wyoming gave all women the right to vote and earned it's official moniker as the "Equality State" and it's been nearly 100 years since Wyoming elected its first, and to-date only, woman governor; Nellie Tayloe Ross. This year, Wyoming elected its first woman senator, Cynthia Lummiss, and re-elected Liz Cheney, who is only the second woman to... Full story

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  • Panthers plunder Guernsey-Sunrise

    Joshua Wood|Feb 3, 2021

    The Saratoga Panthers came out with a win this weekend in their first game since returning from a quarantine that forced them to reschedule two conference games against the Cokeville Panthers and the Farson-Eden Pronghorns. On Friday, Saratoga travelled to Guernsey-Sunrise where they plundered the hosting Vikings for a nearly 50 point win to announce their return to the hardwood. Jason Williams, head coach of the Saratoga Panthers, was quite pleased with his team and their performance. “I w...

  • Saratoga pounces on Lady Vikings

    Joshua Wood|Feb 3, 2021

    While the Lady Panthers were unable to play two conference games the weekend before against the Cokeville Lady Panthers and the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns, they took the opportunity on their return to the court to snag a win. Though they didn’t have their full roster on Friday, the Saratoga Lady Panthers still came out swinging against the Guernsey-Sunrise Lady Vikings with a substantial lead and broke school records in the process. “Guernsey was a good game for us to come off of qua...

  • Wrestling in Wheatland

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 3, 2021

    After the Saratoga Dual was canceled this past Friday, Carbon County School District No. 2 high schools Saratoga and Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) went to Wheatland. HEM had only three grapplers go to the meet and they wrestled with the Wheatland team. Wheatland beat Saratoga 48-15. The Panthers also lost to Torrington 24-36 and Lingle/Ft. Laramie/Southeast 12-60. Wheatland, with HEM, tied Newcastle/Upton 33-33 and lost to Lingle/Ft. Laramie 36-42. HEM assistant coach McKean (Mac)...

  • Lady Miners undermined on the road

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 3, 2021

    The previously undefeated Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners got a taste of losing this week as they faced the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns, Wind River Lady Cougars and the Kaycee Lady Bucs. Lady Miner vs. Lady Pronghorns The first team the Lady Miners faced was Farson-Eden, an opponent they met earlier this year and had beat. It was not to be a repeat performance. The Lady Miners lost by 5 points, 28-33, on Thursday. "To be quite honest, we didn't play our best," HEM Head Coach...

  • HEM takes digs on the court

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 3, 2021

    "Not our best weekend of basketball," Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners Head Coach Cliff Jones remarked. "We did however play three very good teams in Farson, Wind River and Kaycee." Miners vs. Pronghorns The first game, against the Farson-Eden Pronghorns, had the Miners in a rematch on January 28. Like the first time the two teams met, HEM played a good 1st quarter and kept the score close before Farson-Eden took control. "Four minutes into the 1st quarter it was 7-13 and we were...

  • F-f-f-f-f-ore!

    Joshua Wood|Feb 3, 2021

    While the weather seems to be almost unseasonably warm right now, temperatures are expected to drop in the next week or two and bring snow with them. For some, this means it will be the perfect time to catch some fresh powder on their snowmobile or snow shoe in the Snowy Range or the Sierra Madres. For others, it will be the perfect time to work on their golf swing. Saratoga is no stranger to people brainstorming winter events that can bring in a crowd. For 38 years, the Saratoga/Platte Valley C...

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