Articles from the February 8, 2024 edition


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  • Love for humanity is the greatest cure

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    Dr. Gene Bolles, a retired neurosurgeon from Boulder, Colorado, was the first guest of the 2024 Tuesday Talks at the Platte Valley Community Center. Bolles is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Colorado. He has been practicing medicine for over 60 years, with 32 years of those in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. He has traveled around the world doing volunteer humanitarian work in countries such as Al...

  • Davis: Consider Consequence of Property Tax Relief

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Feb 8, 2024

    With the 2024 Budget Session convening February 12, a number of bills are aimed at providing property tax relief to Wyoming residents. House District 47 Representative Bob Davis (R - Baggs) said the ramifications of some of the residential property tax relief bills being proposed for the upcoming legislative session need to be weighed against a loss in funding for essential government-funded services. For example, counties get 17.23 percent of property tax revenues, which they use to provide essential services. Some legislators are talking...

  • Cost saving and time saving?

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Feb 8, 2024

    The Town of Saratoga may be considering switching contracting with the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office for dispatch services following the January 16 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. Currently, the Town operates its own dispatch services and contracts for the Town of Encampment. The City of Rawlins and the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office also have their own dispatch. All other municipalities such as Hanna, Medicine Bow and Baggs contract with the sheriff’s office. Some other parts of Wyoming have made the change to a joint dispatch...

  • Nola Jean Bush

    Feb 8, 2024

    Nola Jean Bush was brought into this world in a small town in Arkansas in 1937. She was called back home January 2024. She is preceded in death by her husband, Leroy and her brother Billy Vansickle. She is survived by her three children, Greg Bush of Saratoga, Tammy Emery, of Cheyenne and Todd Bush of Fort Collins, Colorado. She is also survived by her sister, Lou Wintroth of Little Rock, Arkansas. Nola Jean will be sorely missed by all those who knew her.  ... Full story

  • Tyrell Grant Baldwin

    Feb 8, 2024

    Tyrell Grant Baldwin of Encampment WY passed away on January 30, 2024 in Walden CO. Tyrell was born on March 1, 1987 in Fort Collins, CO. He went to school in Cheyenne until the third grade, went to school in Rawlins until the 7th grade and graduated high school in Longmont CO. He went on to earn an associate degree in computer programming. He worked for Covidien for 12 years before moving back to WY. He worked for Merrill Meats and the Saratoga Cemetery, which he loved. He thoroughly loved... Full story

  • John D. Swanson

    Feb 8, 2024

    John D. Swanson of Morristown, Arizona passed away on December 20, 2023 at his daughters home in Saratoga at the age of 89 years. John was born in Encampment, Wyoming on August 28, 1934 in his grandparents’ home. He went to school in Rawlins and Encampment. He worked at Cedar Creek Ranch for Bob Lucas, then for the Sangers. John joined the Marines and served from 1954 to 1957 with his longtime friend, Bill Seahorn. John and his brother, and best friend, Ken Swanson worked together for 45... Full story

  • Robin Lee Blake

    Feb 8, 2024

    Ode to Boone, by Clinton Blake You could always count on Boone We’re here to reminisce the times with Boone that we all had, huntin, fishin, skipping school with him, sometimes even with his dad. He always had a trap line, the bell in school couldn’t ring too soon, he had to run and check his traps, you could always count on Boone. His unique laugh and storytelling, a hereditary trait, kept us all in tune with how things are, and his perspective, it was great. We all could tell some... Full story

  • What I like about covering local high school sports in Platte Valley

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    My interest in covering local high school sports all started when I was a sports journalism student at Northern Arizona University. I would work as a voluntary local sports journalist for the Arizona Daily Sun to cover local high school sports in Flagstaff, Arizona. Local high school sports are a lot different in the Flagstaff community compared to the Platte Valley community because Flagstaff has four high schools and the Platte Valley has two. The fun part about covering high school sports is...

  • Unveiling the Master Plan

    Staff Report|Feb 8, 2024

    In January, Discover Carbon County Wyoming—formerly Carbon County Visitors Council—unveiled their Tourism Master Plan. According to a press release from Leslie Jefferson, CEO of Discover Carbon County Wyoming, the tourism master plan is “ambitious” and will chart “a course for a vibrant and sustainable future for this captivating piece of the West.” The press release went on to call the master plan a data-driven roadmap which outlines a strategic approach to attract new visitors, extend stays and generate economic growth. The...

  • The Spirit Of Ecumenism

    Feb 8, 2024

    I was assigned to St. Ann’s Catholic Church as pastor last July and I would like to express my gratitude for the warm welcome I have received from the community. Before I came to Saratoga, I served eleven years as a parish priest in Wyoming, followed by seventeen years as a chaplain for the Department of Veterans Affairs. My twenty-eight years of ministry has allowed me to witness the interaction between pastors and their faith communities, and the interaction of pastors with their fellow pastors. In some communities, I noticed a common...

  • 5 Life-Improving Goals and Apps to Help You Accomplish Them

    Feb 8, 2024

    Setting a goal that will improve your life is simple, but holding yourself accountable and tracking progress can make it difficult to stick with your objectives. Make your new attempts at reaching your goals different by utilizing apps to stay on track. Stay Connected with Loved Ones. With busy schedules and loved ones living near and far, it can be hard to keep track of life’s special moments. Luckily, the American Greetings ecards app makes celebrations easy and affordable. With more than 1,000 highly personalized digital greetings...

  • Man found in woman's home arrested for drug use, trespassing

    Feb 8, 2024

    GILLETTE (WNE) — A 31-year-old man was ticketed for drug use after a 65-year-old woman found him in her home Friday night. The woman called police after finding the man in her apartment in the 600 block of Tyler Avenue. She had not given him permission to be there, but she was able to get him out of her apartment and into the hallway. He appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, and EMTs were called. The woman showed police a syringe that she found in her apartment, in the place where the man was lying, said Police Deputy...

  • Skiers trigger slide in Grand Teton National Park

    Feb 8, 2024

    JACKSON (WNE) — Five skiers triggered an avalanche in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday afternoon. The Teton County Search and Rescue team was contacted at 2:11 p.m. after park rangers requested helicopter assistance to respond to an injured 29-year-old skier on Prospectors Mountain inside the park. The skier, a local woman, and four men were near the top of the Banana Couloir at 10,800 feet when they triggered and were caught by an avalanche. “Three in the group were able to self-arrest, while one of the men was carried 500 feet and the...

  • Lady Tigers roar again in a 40-38 win over Saratoga

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    The Encampment Lady Tigers dominated the first three-quarters of their rematch with the Saratoga Lady Panthers. Saratoga attempted to steal the game with under two minutes left in the 4th quarter. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the Lady Tigers had a 15-point lead but the Lady Panthers turned it into a catfight. They reduced the deficit to 12 points midway through the 4th quarter and, in the final minutes, Saratoga was down by 2 points but it was too late the Lady Panthers could not make their...

  • Panthers victorious in Valley rematch

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    Saratoga Panthers freshman Griffin Barlett made his return to the Panther Den for the first time since January 5th. It could not have happened at a better time as the Panthers got a 70-52 win over their valley rival the Encampment Tigers. Bartlett had been battling with an illness but joined the team on the road against Cokeville and Farson-Eden. He received a loud cheer from the home crowd when the announcer called out his name. “It is so amazing to be back and to play on our home court,...

  • Basketball is a Pantle Family Affair

    J. Hemenway|Feb 8, 2024

    The Pantles have been an integral part of Encampment basketball over the years and now a new generation of Pantle family members are excited to uphold the tradition. Currently there are four members of the Pantle family involved in basketball in Encampment. Kevin Pantle, first year head coach for high school girls basketball, coaches with his daughter Micaiah, a 2018 Encampment graduate and player. Luke Pantle, assistant coach for boys high school basketball and 2015 Encampment graduate and...

  • Stimulus bill clears committee

    Zak Sonntag|Feb 8, 2024

    CASPER — The Joint Minerals, Business & Economic Development Committee on Monday advanced a stimulus bill that could boost Wyoming’s enhanced oil recovery (EOR), a production method in which carbon dioxide is injected underground to help pressure up latent oil reserves in older fields. The legislation would pay carbon dioxide suppliers an extra $10 per tonne for CO2 for use in EOR, building on a federal tax policy known as 45Q, which pays producers $65 per tonne of carbon that’s captured and supplied for enhanced oil projects. By...

  • Skijoring races to another banner year

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    The 8th Annual Saratoga Skijoring Races were one for the record books with a huge turnout of spectators tailgating in the parking lot along with skiers and riders competing in different divisions. Will Faust, one of the event organizers and co-founder of the Saratoga Skijoring races, said this year’s event was one of the biggest it has had so far. “Saturday we had 688 paid spectators with 95 racers and 40 volunteers,” Faust said. “Saturday’s races seem to be the biggest turnout of...

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