Articles from the February 16, 2023 edition


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  • Prepare for the worst, hope for the best

    Virginia Parker|Feb 16, 2023

    Emergencies and emergency management were among the topics for discussion for the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) on February 7. The Carbon County Fire Protection District and the West Fork Battle Creek Watershed Plan were also discussed by the commissioners. Deputy management On December 6, Carbon County Emergency Manager Lenny Layman had requested permission to fill the deputy position within his department. Layman presented the BOCCC with a grant awarded from the Wyoming...

  • Town of Saratoga to challenge flood map

    Virginia Parker|Feb 16, 2023

    After several years developing new flood maps, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has finalized the documents. The maps, however, are being called into question by a former council member and the county emergency manager. Discussion about the flood map was one of several topics discussed at the February 7 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. The governing body also discussed a Transportation Alternative Master Plan, which has been spearheaded by Saratoga resident McCall Bura...

  • Rita Wagner

    Feb 16, 2023

    Rita Wagner, age 79, died Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at her winter home in Overton, Nevada.  She was born August 18, 1943 in Sidney, Nebraska to Frank Andrew and Kathryn G. Petersen Rasmussen.  On November 4, 1962 she married Wayne William Wagner in Kimball, Nebraska. Rita grew up in Kimball, but lived most of her adult life in Saratoga, Wyoming.  She loved to be mother and devoted her life to her family.  She enjoyed handicrafts, sewing and crocheting.  In her later years she found great... Full story

  • Wallace Clark Chesbro, Jr.

    Feb 16, 2023

    Wallace Clark Chesbro Jr.(Wally), 92 years old, passed away peacefully January 25th, 2023 at Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, Wyoming. He was surrounded by his family. Wally was born April 27th, 1930, in Waterloo, Iowa to Eathel and Wallace Chesbro. Wally grew up and attended school in Casper, WY. He joined the Navy served on the USS Rowan during the Korean War. In 1957 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Range Management from the University of Colorado. He married Docia... Full story

  • Wally and Jean Rayl

    Feb 16, 2023

    Love at first sight may often be thought to be a cliche reserved for romance novels and movies, but it was reality for one couple now celebrating 70 years together. "It was love at first sight," said Wally Rail every time he tells the story about the night he met Jean Krouse at the Lima YMCA in January 1952. A little over year later, the two were married on February 7, 1953. Jean grew up in Lima, Ohio and Wally was raised on a farm in nearby Ada, Ohio. Two months after they were wed, Wally was...

  • Good Neighbors are a True Treasure

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 16, 2023

    Growing up in the Washington D.C. suburbs, in a planned community of ‘Leave it to Beaver’ style homes, one facet I took for granted,was having neighbors watch out for you. As a teenager, I sometimes found the neighbors a tad annoying because they seemed to report my comings and goings to my folks when it didn’t serve what I thought was my best interest. Remember, I was just a kid. I am lucky they were concerned. I won’t ever forget when my folks went to Germany for a vacation and I was...

  • Tom Arthur speaks after guilty plea

    Staff Report|Feb 16, 2023

    A hunting violation involving Saratoga resident Tom Arthur has finally reached a conclusion. On January 20, Arthur pled guilty in Carbon County Circuit Court to the charge of Illegal use of Firearm to Take Deer during Archery Only Deer Hunting. The guilty plea relates to a September 2022 violation and a back-and-forth between Arthur’s legal counsel and the Carbon County Attorney’s Office. “The circumstances for the violation occurred in September while legally hunting for a cow elk with a rifle on our ranch near Saratoga,” said Arthur...

  • Riverside approves restroom bids

    Virginia Parker|Feb 16, 2023

    Despite a short agenda, the Riverside Town Council was able to open bids and receive updates during their February 9 meeting. South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Services representative Helen Weiland was at the meeting to share updates. She said SCWEMS had received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which will be used to purchase an ambulance in Hanna. This grant also freed up money from the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) grant application for an...

  • Farming on the small scale

    Staff Report|Feb 16, 2023

    The University of Wyoming Extension and Central Wyoming College will host the state’s first Harvest Wyoming small farm symposium in Riverton March 10-11.  Farmers and ag professionals from across the state will lead workshops on topics including small livestock, mushrooms, cut flowers, insect management, marketing and finances. On Friday afternoon, two local producers will offer farm tours. All are welcome, but the event is designed for folks who want to run profitable agricultural enterprises on small acreages, says UW Extension educator...

  • Sand, snow and water

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 16, 2023

    Powerboaters from across the country put into Saratoga to take part in an Egyptian themed night of fun at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort the last weekend of January. Michael "Doc" Janssen, owner of the Resort, puts on the event every year which starts on a Thursday and ends Sunday. Janssen reached out to this group of powerboaters some years ago to attend the event, and many come return year-after-year. From Power to Powder Power boating describes activities performed in a motorized boat. Gener...

  • Panthers grapple to second place in Hanna

    Jason Campbell, Special to the Sun|Feb 16, 2023

    The Saratoga wrestling team had eight grapplers compete in Hanna at the Carbon County Invitational on Friday.  Due to injuries, Saratoga's team was missing Josiah Stockwell, Skyler Wood, and Seth Stephens.  Anthony Campbell and Kellen Reeder were also unable to compete due to illness. The Carbon tournament was a mix of brackets and round robin competitions.  Overall Saratoga had four first place finishes, two wrestlers placed second, and one finished third. These individual efforts resulted...

  • Miner grapplers host Carbon County Invite

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 16, 2023

    Miner grapplers host Carbon County Invite Wrestling teams from across the state hit the mats in Hanna by Mike Armstrong Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School hosted the Carbon Tournament with Big Piney, Dubois, Glenrock, HEM, Lusk, Saratoga, Wyoming Indian participating. Big Piney won with 136.5 team points and five champions. Saratoga and Glenrock took 2nd and 3rd. The Miners did have a champion in girls wrestling with McKaylee Widdison winning the 105 weight class. Her teammate A...

  • HEM boys evade Longhorns

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 16, 2023

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners were hosted by the Rock River Longhorns on February 11 where they managed to dig down for a narrow conference win. The win, described by Head Coach Cliff Jones as a battle, was HEM’s second against the Longhorns and puts them in the No. 3 spot of the 1A Southeast Conference. “The game went to overtime,” Jones said. “We had a chance to win it in the end and we came up short. In overtime we traded buckets but we got the two points that...

  • Rattlers hold regional destiny in their hands

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 16, 2023

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers have the fortune to decide their own, at least as far as how they will be seeded for the 1A Southwest Regional Tournament. The Rattlers will spend this week playing a flurry of conference games to determine their seeding, but are guaranteed a spot in the tournament since the Encampment Tigers were unable to secure a conference win this season. In preparation for the crucible of conference games, LSRV played against three Colorado teams last week. On...

  • Lady Panthers weekend sees up and downs

    Virginia Parker|Feb 16, 2023

    The Saratoga Lady Panthers split their weekend on the road with a conference win against the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns on Friday and a narrow conference loss to the Cokeville Lady Panthers on Saturday. Head Coach Heather Bartlett said it is always a tough trip, but she felt really good about their performances at both schools. She said the girls came out and played with some real grit all weekend. Lady Panthers vs. Lady Pronghorns When Saratoga hosted the Lady Pronghorns in January, the Lady...

  • Lady Tigers secure No. 2 spot in conference

    Virginia Parker|Feb 16, 2023

    The Encampment Lady Tigers are holding onto their No. 2 spot in the 1A Southwest Conference as they head to the 1A West Regional Tournament next weekend after splitting two games on the road. On Friday, the Lady Tigers were dealt a conference loss—their third this season—by the Cokeville Lady Panthers. The following day, Encampment secured another conference win against the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns. The loss-win weekend puts the Lady Tigers between two sets of Lady Panthers with...

  • Panthers pounce to number one

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 16, 2023

    The Saratoga Panthers remain the team to beat in the 1A Southwest Conference, continuing their undefeated streak this past week with two conference wins. On Friday, Saratoga was hosted by the Farson-Eden Pronghorns for a close matchup. Then, on Saturday, Saratoga faced their Panther rivals leaving Cokeville in a double-digit deficit. Panthers vs. Pronghorns “Farson came to play. They really wanted to beat us,” said Head Coach Jason Williams. “Frankly, they were more ready for the game...

  • Lady Miners playing until the last buzzer

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 16, 2023

    On February 11, the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners faced the Rock River Lady Longhorns and came up short. “To be quite honest, they handled up pretty easily,” said Head Coach Jackie Jones. “They are definitely a seasoned basketball team and a good basketball team. The coaches do a good job of getting the most out of their girls. My hat is off to them.” Rock River dealt the Lady Miners a nearly 40 point loss, winning 56-17. Jones said the Lady Miners are making mistak...

  • Moulton awarded True Westerner of the Year

    Virginia Parker|Feb 16, 2023

    Candy Moulton was recently given the True Westerner of the Year Award by True West magazine. She has written for True West for many years, sharing her own special insight into what it means to be a Westerner. Moulton said she feels honored and was very surprised to receive this kind of recognition. The author has received many awards throughout her career as both writer and film producer, but this one is kind of special, because it takes her back to her roots. Back to the beginning Moulton grew...

  • 307 GoFast races to success

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Feb 16, 2023

    With the Valley experiencing six months-or more-of winter, it often falls upon residents to find a way to entertain themselves while attracting others to the area. In the past, this has led to the formation of events such as the Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby, the Don Erickson Memorial Chariot Races and Skijoring. Another winter event may have been added to the list this year with the 307 GoFast Ice Races. "Two years ago, the vintage sled races in Walden contacted my brother. He was friends...

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