Articles from the February 9, 2023 edition


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  • Saratoga skijoring hits seven

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 9, 2023

    "This is the first year we didn't have to haul any snow out to the event," Richard Raymer, one of the founding organizers for the Saratoga Skijoring Event. "In fact we had to move snow off the track, because we almost had too much if you can believe that." Raymer said mother nature did indeed help the event out this year. "I would call what we had this year was our biggest, best track to date," Raymer said. "We had some amazing features and the only real mishap was when Will (Faust) broke his...

  • Stop, don't pass

    Virginia Parker|Feb 9, 2023

    The Saratoga Police Department has major concerns about multiple incidents that have been reported regarding people passing school buses that are stopped to load or unload students. The police department recently posted a reminder on their Facebook page reminding drivers that it is illegal to pass a school bus with flashing red lights. The confusion seems to be when buses are loading students at the Saratoga Elementary loading area on the south side of the school. The students' exits and bus...

  • Saratoga couple's cause of death unconfirmed

    Virginia Parker|Feb 9, 2023

    In a press release sent to the Saratoga Sun, Sheriff Alex Bakken said the death of a couple found in their apartment is still under investigation by the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. Sheriff Bakken stated in the press release on the morning of Saturday, February 4, the Saratoga Police Department received a call for service to the 400 block of North Sharp Street for two unresponsive individuals at a residence. Deputies from Carbon County S...

  • School Board Appreciation Week

    Feb 9, 2023

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  • Mountain lion spotted in town

    Virginia Parker|Feb 9, 2023

    Saratoga Police Department received a report of a mountain lion sighting at the hot pools on Wednesday, February 1. . Saratoga Police Chief Mike Morris said that a dead deer was reported near the hot pools before the sighting of the lion. Wyoming Game and Fish was notified and removed the deer which showed some evidence of possible lion activity. Although law enforcement never spotted the lion, Chief Morris said they did find paw prints in the snow. They followed the tracks to no avail. Chief...

  • Celebration of life

    Feb 9, 2023

    Rick Kinney & Cassidee Wingo Friday, February 10th at 1:30 p.m Platte Valley Community Center in the Great Hall...

  • Carl Delton Kerbs

    Feb 9, 2023

    Carl Delton Kerbs passed away on January 21, 2023 at his home on the 4 Bar Ranch outside of Saratoga, WY, surrounded by his wife and family. Carl was born May 7, 1929 in Great Bend, KS, the third child of Fritz and Ethel Kerbs, and grew up on the Kerbs Hereford Cattle and Wheat Farm near Otis, KS. The family acquired a ranch near Coalmont, CO during the Dust Bowl. In North Park, Carl graduated from Jackson County High School in 1948 with Nadene Chedsey; they married that September 5th. They...

  • Catherine Evertz Ryan

    Feb 9, 2023

    Catherine Evertz Ryan passed away peacefully at her home in Laramie on February 1, 2023. She was born to Nicholas Evertz and Otilla Kobe Evertz on January 11, 1925, in Northeast Minneapolis where she was raised with four brothers, Edward, Joseph, Donald and Max. Catherine attended the University of Minnesota and graduated from the Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Chemistry degree and later from Arts and Sciences with a Masters degree in Physical Chemistry. After graduating, her first job was teaching Analytical and Physical Chemistry...

  • Thomas Stanley Brooks

    Feb 9, 2023

    Saratoga resident Stan Brooks passed away peacefully in Denver on February 2, 2023 after a brief illness, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife Claire, his four children and six grandchildren, who all miss him deeply. Thomas Stanley Brooks was born in Rawlins in 1932 and spent his boyhood in PARCO-Sinclair where his parents J.G. Brooks and Adele Whatley lived along with his older sister Betty. His mother and father met in Breckenridge, Colorado, where Stan's grandfather...

  • Wintertime blues

    Feb 9, 2023

    People feel sad sometimes, that’s normal. Emotions are what make us human and capable of the amazing acts of kindness and love toward our fellow man, however winter can bring on more frequent bouts of sadness and lack of motivation, as well as insomnia. During the winter people usually go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. This can definitely affect a person’s disposition. Being indoors so much usually means increasing screen time. It is recommended, to help minimize stress, sadness and despair–turn off the news. It’s recommended to...

  • Wyoming has more guns than people and lots of crazy stories

    Bill Sniffin|Feb 9, 2023

    Guns, guns, guns. Wyoming is Gun Central in the United States. Two-thirds of the residents own guns and there may be more guns than citizens of this fine state. There are at least three gun-related bills grinding through the Legislature as I write this – gun ownership is a big, big deal here in the Cowboy State. Wyoming is full of funny and weird gun stories. • Back on Dec. 3, 2012, a burly guy walked into the Modern Nails Salon in Casper and offered to sell diamonds to an employee working the front desk. He got upset when the employee tol...

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    Feb 9, 2023

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  • STEM field trips can rule Fridays

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 9, 2023

    Kaitlyn Larson is a split position teacher at Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School "I teach 7th grade math, 8th grade math and two sections of Biology 1 and two sections of Biology 2," Larson said. Larson is also the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teacher. This means she has taken over the STEM Fridays and set up field trips that celebrate the subject matter of STEM. "This year I have either field trips or speakers for our STEM Fridays that happen once a month,"...

  • Saratoga senior performs at Wyoming All-State Jazz Honor Ensemble

    Staff Report|Feb 9, 2023

    Madison Teichman, a senior at Saratoga Middle High School recently participated in the Wyoming Jazz Educators' Honor Vocal Jazz set of rehearsals and performance at Natrona County High School in Casper. Madison was selected as an alto singer in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble; one of twenty six students selected out of over one hundred auditions state wide. The director of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble was Kerry Marsh of the professional performing group Vertical Voices. Marsh has also been on the Vocal...

  • Governor's 2023 Prayer Breakfast to Feature Anne Beiler, Founder of Auntie Anne's

    Staff Report|Feb 9, 2023

    Governor Mark Gordon invites the public to attend the 2023 Governor’s Prayer Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Anne Beiler, founder of Auntie Anne’s, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise. A longstanding tradition spanning more than 70 years, the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast will take place at 6:30 am on February 15th, 2023 at Little America Hotel and Resort. Beiler’s journey towards success began many years before she rolled the first pretzel, when she and her husband experienced any parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of a...

  • Panthers keep tearing up opponents

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 9, 2023

    The Saratoga High School Panther basketball team kept its winning ways and remains the only undefeated boys basketball team in the state. The first game the Panthers played was against the Southeast Cyclones in Laramie at the University of Wyoming's basketball arena on Friday. It was the Cyclones who got blown out by the Panthers 60 to 35. The Panthers were in control of the game from the beginning, leading Southeast 15 to 4 the first quarter and by halftime it was 32 to 14. "We came out and...

  • Miners win and lose

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 9, 2023

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miner High School basketball team played a Saratoga team this week and won. It was not the Saratoga varsity team which is currently undefeated, but the Saratoga JV team. They won 55 to 50 on February 2. Miner basketball Head Coach Cliff Jones said it was actually a good match up with his team that is rich with young players. "It was a good experience," Jones said. "Their JV team had a few seniors and juniors in addition to the younger players. The mix...

  • Tigers win one, lose one

    Virginia Parker|Feb 9, 2023

    The Encampment Tigers racked up a pretty good score last Friday when they faced Little Snake River in Baggs for a conference game. Little Snake River's Rattlers toppled the Tigers leaving the court with a 56-41 win in this conference game. The Tigers then tangled with the HEM Miners in Saturday's home, non-conference game. The Tigers scored 62 points and held the lead against the Miners with a final scored of 43 for the Miners. The Encampment Tigers will be facing Cokeville's Panthers on Friday...

  • Saratoga Lady Panthers for the win

    Virginia Parker|Feb 9, 2023

    The Lady Panthers had a tough game Friday against Southeast at the University of Wyoming campus Arena Auditorium. They didn't win the game, but the memory of this game will be etched in their hearts forever. Coach Heather Bartlett said, "This was a pretty special event. We played Southeast girls who are number one in the state of Wyoming. There's a reason they are number one, they are a VERY talented team." Bartlett went on to say that she was very pleased with the way her girls went out and...

  • Encampment Lady Tigers take it all

    Virginia Parker|Feb 9, 2023

    The Encampment Lady Tigers went into Friday's game against Little Snake River's Lady Rattlers with one thing on their mind–to win, and they did. The Lady Tigers fought hard and ended with 45 points, the Lady Rattlers with 37. Coach Clint Bromley said, "This was a good win for our team and the first one we have had in the Baggs gym for several years. I thought our girls played hard and finished well, outscoring the Rattlers 18 to 12 in the fourth quarter. I think we have found out a few things t...

  • Win or lose, its how you play the game

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 9, 2023

    The weather let up a little this past week in order for the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School girls basketball play this week. Their first game on February 2 against the Saratoga Lady Panthers team was close but the Lady Miners came up a little short, losing 27 to 21. The next game against the Encampment Lady Tigers playing in Encampment had moments that HEM girls basketball coach Jackie Jones was pleased to see, but the game ended up with the Lady Miners losing 58 to 22....

  • Rattlers split in Valley

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 9, 2023

    This past weekend the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) High School basketball team come to the Valley and played Encampment and Saratoga. The results were mixed. When the Rattlers faced Encampment, the game went in favor of LSRV 56 to 41. "Encampment stayed close with us sometimes and then we would have some runs," LSRV head coach Jack Cobb said. "We had some good moments, but then there were moments that were not so good." Cobb said beating Encampment was a total team win with all players...

  • Miners get no credit

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 9, 2023

    There were a lot of cancellations this past week in the world of high school wrestling in Wyoming. Robert Riddle, the head coach for the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School wrestling team was happy to get his team to the duals in Southeast. “For the most part, we won 50 percent of our matches,” Riddle said. “There were a lot of holes in weight classes, so there were forfeits and teams merging.” The teams that attended the dual besides HEM were Burns/Pine Bluffs, Glenroc...

  • Sweet Soiree

    Staff Report|Feb 9, 2023

    Rawlins’ Premiere Downtown FUNdraiser, Sweet Soiree, is scheduled for February 11, 2023. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, live auction, raffles, Wine & Whiskey Pull and Tasting, and dancing. It is a great opportunity for the community to get together and enjoy a night of fun! Sweet Soiree has two ticket options this year. Couples’ tickets are $200 and includes romantic seating for two in a tent, souvenir charcuterie board and bottle of wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music by Still House Blues, dessert table, cash bar, en...

  • Wyoming Artists' Association post COVID revival

    Staff Report|Feb 9, 2023

    The Wyoming Artists’ Assn has held its annual convention, uninterrupted since 1955, until Covid put a halt to things in 2020. WAA is a nonprofit organization that promotes Wyoming artists and provides an opportunity for its members to gather once a year to display their works, learn, inspire, and have fun. Traditionally, a three-day convention is held the first weekend in May, hosted by the current president, usually in their community. The convention hosts a judged exhibition for its members, with multiple categories; two to three workshops wi...

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