Articles from the February 23, 2023 edition


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  • Encampment council talks spring projects, lagoon bids

    Virginia Parker|Feb 23, 2023

    At their February 9 meeting, the Encampment Town Council updates from the South Central Wyoming Emergency Services (SCWEMS) and various projects which would require attention once the weather clears. Slow, but steady Penny Layman, a representative for SCWEMS, updated the council on the progress of the ambulance station in Saratoga. Construction began on the addition to the Saratoga station nearly two years ago but progress has been slow. Layman reported one of the new features would be two bedro...

  • Arrest made in Saratoga overdose deaths

    Staff Report|Feb 23, 2023

    Less than two weeks after the overdose death of a Saratoga couple on February 4, at least one suspect is in custody. On February 21, the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office announced an arrest had been made in Saratoga on February 17 in connection with the deaths. Max Schneider of Saratoga appeared in Carbon County Circuit Court on Tuesday where he pled not guilty to one count of unlawful manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Schneider is being held at the Carbon County Detention Center on a...

  • Paxton honored for commitment to education

    Virginia Parker|Feb 23, 2023

    In the Platte Valley, it seems the name Jerry Paxton is synonymous with education. Paxton, who served as House District 47 representative from 2013 until 2022, has been involved in education since the early 1970s. For five decades, he has been involved with education with nearly 30 of those years as a teacher at Encampment K-12 School. After teaching for 27 years, Paxton became principal before retiring in 2005. Along with serving four terms in the Wyoming Legislature, Paxton also served as...

  • Dr. Gary W. Lyons

    Feb 23, 2023

    Dr. Gary W Lyons, 88, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2023. Born October 18, 1934 in Corry, Pennsylvania to the late Arch and Aralene (Drought) Lyons. Dr. Lyons was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Darlene. Sweethearts since childhood, Gary and Darlene were married on June 21, 1958. Dr. Lyons was also preceded in death by his brother Dr. Richard Lyons and his sister Phylis Honey. Dr. Lyons was a leader in his professional field of medicine. A proud graduate of... Full story

  • Betting on community kindness

    Virginia Parker|Feb 23, 2023

    After snowmobiles were done flinging snow at the 6th Street Sprint and kids were done sledding, the evening warmed up as chips flew to end the 36th Annual Sierra Madre Winter Carnival on January 28. Casino Night, which caps the annual event, transformed Encampment Opera House into a house of luck and skill. Blackjack tables, a roulette wheel, a craps table, traditional bingo and chicken poop bingo were all offered to attendees of the fundraising event. Organized by Gayle Wessel, the majority of...

  • The martial arts of non-violence

    Virginia Parker|Feb 23, 2023

    When Nick Haderlie came to the Valley with his family five years ago, he began looking for judo or jiu-jitsu classes but was unable to find anything local. His solution was to start his own martial arts group and begin training at the Saratoga Recreation Center. Platte Valley Martial Arts was born April 2018. Along with wanting to remain active, another major motivation for Haderlie in starting the program a lack of activities for younger children. He began the program with a focus on...

  • It's Wyoming

    Virginia Parker|Feb 23, 2023

    A few weeks ago I wrote a column about my encounter with some dunderheads that were visiting our wonderful state and weren’t happy with their experience. I got to thinking about Wyoming, and what makes me love it here so much. I spend my childhood on the west coast, and sometimes I get homesick, but not enough to move out of the Cowboy state. So, I started pondering and researching what is so appealing about Wyoming, where winter can seem a year long, and it take two hours to get to an Olive Gar...

  • Time to admit there's a problem

    Saratoga Sun Editorial|Feb 23, 2023

    When overcoming an addiction, the first step is admitting there’s a struggle. The same is also true for a community to overcome a problem with drugs. The Platte Valley has a dilemma with drugs.. The increased number of drug arrests during the time the Saratoga Police Department had a K9 unit was evidence of this. It became obvious when two young people lost their lives. Though the cause of death is still unconfirmed, the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office suspects a fentanyl overdose. The Valley has many wonderful things about it. From the nat... Full story

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  • Chronicling Saratoga's healing waters

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 23, 2023

    The history of Saratoga's hot springs and its healing waters are deeply tied to that of the town itself. So is that of the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Dr. Michael "Doc' Janssen, the most recent owner of the resort, recently released "The Healing Waters of Saratoga" detailing the history of the springs, Saratoga and the resort itself. The book was first available at the end of January, just in time for the annual poker run, one year to the day Janssen first considered writing the book....

  • Lady Miners ride rollercoaster to No. 3 seed

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 23, 2023

    Like the mine cart scene in an action movie, the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners took their fans on a rollercoaster this past week. On Tuesday, the Lady Miners hosted the Encampment Lady Tigers for a major loss. Then, on Friday, HEM hosted the Guernsey-Sunrise Lady Vikings for a conference win. On Saturday, the Lady Miners hosted the Southeast Lady Cyclones for a conference loss. The end result of the rollercoaster ride was a No. 3 seeding at the 1A East Regional Tournament...

  • Panthers perform perfectly to end season

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 23, 2023

    The Saratoga Panthers finished their regular season with a significant win over the North Park Wildcats and an 18-0 record. On Tuesday, Saratoga dealt a Valentine’s heartbreaker to the Wildcats in Walden with a score of 62-28. “We went down there and our goal was to play strong,” Head Coach Jason Williams said. “The Wildcats are a little down this year, so we were able to take control early. All the boys got to play and almost every player scored. It was a game where everyone contrib...

  • Lady Tigers scratch out two more wins

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Feb 23, 2023

    The Encampment Lady Tigers played two non-conference games on the road to finish out the regular season as they were hosted by the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners on Friday and the Rock River Lady Longhorns on Saturday. Not only did the two games end up as victories for Encampment, but it gave the Lady Tigers some final preparations before the 1A Southwest Regional Tournament. Lady Tigers vs. Lady Miners On Friday, Encampment descended into the Mine Shaft to face the Lady...

  • Saratoga grapplers take 3rd at regionals

    Jason Campbell, Special to the Saratoga Sun|Feb 23, 2023

    All 11 Saratoga Panther matmen who competed in the 2A East Regional Championships on Friday earned the right to contend for a State Championship title. The team boasted individual championships in the 113 and 195 pound classes, along with two third place and three fourth place finishes. The combined efforts of the Panther team resulted in 3rd place overall, behind Moorcroft and Lingle-Ft. Laramie/Southeast (LFL/SE). Several wrestlers for Saratoga returned from injury and illness for the...

  • Miners take three on the chin

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 23, 2023

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners hosted three games last week, but were unable to secure a win in any of them. Despite the losses, the team still had some bright moments. On Tuesday, the Miners hosted the Encampment Tigers for a non-conference game. HEM then hosted the Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings on Friday and the Southeast Cyclones on Saturday for two conference games. Miners vs. Tigers Hosting Encampment on Tuesday, the Miners had a brief period in the 1st quarter where it looke...

  • Miners digging in for State Tournament

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 23, 2023

    Old Man Winter may be trying to take Wyoming to the mat, but that didn’t stop the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners from heading to Casper for the State Wrestling Tournament this weekend. Head Coach Robert Riddle will be taking all of his matmen—and matwomen—to Casper. The Miners are down to just five wrestlers with three boys and two girls. Anthony Solaas in the 106 pound class placed 3rd in regionals and is looking good according to Riddle. “He did very well and in order to get...

  • Lady Rattlers strike at Farson twice

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 23, 2023

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers went 2-2 last week as they ended their regular season with four conference games: two against the Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns and two against the Cokeville Lady Panthers. While the Lady Rattlers were able to sink their fangs into Farson-Eden twice, the Lady Panthers evaded their bite both time. Lady Rattlers on the Road On Monday, the Lady Rattlers made short work of the Lady Pronghorns in an away conference game. They beat Farson in a handy...

  • Rattlers battle for seeding

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 23, 2023

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers finished their regular season with a crucible of conference games, with two against the Farson-Eden Pronghorns and two against the Cokeville Panthers. Head Coach Jack Cobb knew it was going to be a tough week with two games on the road and two at home. Rattlers on the Road Being on the road didn’t help the Rattlers in their first match against Farson-Eden on Monday. It helped even less when they faced the Panthers on Tuesday. “We were in control of...

  • Placing a spotlight on good deeds

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 23, 2023

    The schools in Hanna have begun a new program which aims to recognize students who may typically go unnoticed. The staff of Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School and Hanna Elementary School are working together to select one student from each school and spotlight them. A student doesn't have to be strong academically or a star athlete to qualify for selection. What the schools were looking for in the selection was a person who was kind and helpful to others without looking for any...

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