Articles from the March 13, 2019 edition


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  • Wolf Pack on the loose

    Joshua Wood|Mar 13, 2019

    "I talked with Marybeth," former governor Spencer Rulon said. "I hear you might need a lawyer." Joe smiled. "I think I do." C.J. Box, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Joe Pickett series, left readers with quite a cliffhanger at the end of "The Disappeared," Box's 18th book in the long-running series. Following a mission in the Upper North Platte River Valley on behalf of Governor Colter Allen, the game warden with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department was last seen in the back of a...

  • Audit approved

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 13, 2019

    The Saratoga Town Council met at 6 p.m. on March 5 at the Saratoga Town Hall with all the council and mayor John Zeiger in attendance. It was business as usual with the approval of the minutes for the meeting on Feb. 19 and the agenda for the evening. The financials were approved to the sum of $168,568.26. Correspondence had a letter from the Local Government Liability Pool (LGLP) telling the town that contribution rates were staying the same. LGLP informed the council that there had been no...

  • Scouting for leaders

    Keith McLendon|Mar 13, 2019

    The Saratoga Lions Club is hosting a meeting to gauge interest in establishing a new Cub Scouts troop. The Lions Club had held both a Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts charter for 30 years. The last Cub Scout troop, which moved to Encampment, recently came to an end. Lions Club member Bob Lauman, who has helped out with administrative duties for previous Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts troops, said he was looking for responsible adults to help get the program going once again. Prospective leaders will have...

  • Brian Joseph Craig

    Mar 13, 2019

    Brian Joseph Craig, 51, died on March 9, 2019 in Saratoga, Wyoming. Brian was born on April 26, 1967 in Rawlins, Wyoming to Dean and Karen Simpson Craig. Brian was a wonderful husband, brother, nephew, cousin and friend. He loved telling stories, fishing, hunting, camping and running his dogs. He was a talented maintenance man and worked at many places in Saratoga. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He is survived by the love of his life his wife Connie; sister Zona Dee Craig;...

  • Wagner to Girls State

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 13, 2019

    Freddie Wagner, a junior at Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School was selected to go to Girls State by the American Legion Auxiliary of Medicine Bow. "We go to the community college in Cheyenne and we get to learn more about our government in United States and Wyoming," Wagner said. "We are going to be able to go to government official houses and get a real taste of how it all works." Wagner said she has wanted to go to Girls State since was a little girl. "I am really excited...

  • Hunter wins state title

    Joshua Wood|Mar 13, 2019

    Following a weekend in Riverton to compete in the State Tournament, Saratoga speech and debate team returned with one of the four members seeing success in two categories. "Kaylyn (Hunter) was our only one to break into semis," said Head Coach Johnny Mercer. "She competed through a pop-up quarterfinal round because there were 66 contestants in Poetry. There, she broke into semis." Along with breaking into the semi-final round in Poetry, Hunter also saw some success in Program Oral...

  • Transfer turnaways

    Joshua Wood|Mar 13, 2019

    It was a quick meeting of the Upper Platte River Solid Waste Disposal District (UPRSWDD) at the Riverside Town Hall on March 6. The majority of the board was in attendance, with Riverside representative Leroy Stephenson absent. While the meeting was brief, the board held continued discussion around cardboard recycling and approved the installation of an evaporation tank for the Saratoga transfer station. As Ron Munson, owner of Evergreen Disposal and current operator of the Saratoga and...

  • Are you ready for some (more) FOOTBALL?

    Keith McLendon|Mar 13, 2019

    Apparently America can’t get enough football. Well, at least the organizers of the new Alliance of American Football think so. The Alliance of American Football (or, because all sports leagues must use acronyms—AAF) is a new league hoping to sate our deep and abiding thirst for MORE FOOTBALL. Now you can watch the Arizona Hotshots, Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders or the San Diego Fleet wreak gridiron havoc on eac...

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    Mar 13, 2019

  • Food fit for a governor

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 13, 2019

    Saratoga Middle/High school students in the ProStart program in the Valley created and served appetizers at the Governors Hospitality and Tourism Conference on Jan. 28 for attendees. The annual event is put on by the Wyoming Restaurant and Lodging Association (WLRA). The three hors d'oeuvres put forth were a huge hit at the conference. A total of 500 pieces were created for the WLRA event. Saratoga made 250 morsels and Encampment K-12 ProStart students made the other 250 "Each school had to...

  • Blood in the air

    Staff Report|Mar 13, 2019

    Memorial Hospital of Carbon County and Classic Air Medical are proud to announce their new emergent blood transfusion program. This program allows Classic Air Medical to pick up blood from Memorial Hospital of Carbon County and transport it to patients on the scene of a traumatic injury, giving patients early access to lifesaving blood. Memorial Hospital of Carbon County and Classic Air Medical have developed a partnership to provide residents of Carbon County and other surrounding counties with leading edge critical care medicine in flight....

  • Food boon

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 13, 2019

    The Hanna Recreation Center played host to the public for people to get free food for the first time in Hanna. The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies truck got to Hanna at around 7:30 a.m. on Friday. Vivian Gonzales, Hanna Recreation Center director had asked volunteers to come around that time earlier. In less than a hour, the truck was unloaded and the volunteers had the distribution of the food ready to go. There was a line forming at 9 a.m., so Gonzales decided to open the doors since they wer...

  • A show of Valley hospitality

    Joshua Wood|Mar 13, 2019

    It's not everyday that a group of students get the opportunity to present their culinary skills at a state event. On Jan. 29, however, students of Cheryl "Mo" Munroe who attend Encampment K-12 School and Saratoga Middle/High School were able to do just that as they attended the Wyoming Governor's Hospitality and Tourism Conference, organized by the Wyoming Restaurant and Lodging Association (WRLA) as Platte Valley ProStart. The Saratoga Sun spoke with Encampment students before attending the eve...

  • Triple Play on tap

    Staff Report|Mar 13, 2019

    Shop at any of your favorite local business during three weeks in March. Hit a home run with a purchase of $20 or more made between March 11 and March 29 at any Platte Valley Business allows you the opportunity to win one of three great Prizes, The event sponsor, Rawlins National Bank, and the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce (SPVCC) have teamed up to provide Chamber Gift Certificates redeemable only at Chamber Member Businesses. Improve your RBI: the more you shop, the more opportunities you have to win! Just bring your dated...

  • Koyoty blooms in old Flower Pot

    Joshua Wood|Mar 13, 2019

    The process of moving a business can often be an arduous task. When Koyoty Sports and Trophy Room Artistry moved in 2015, it was from just south of Saratoga to Bridge Street. For three years, Warden Patzer and Kathleen Cervin called 104 E. Bridge Ave. home to their business. "We'd been leasing the building and our lease expired in November, so when that lease expired we got to looking around," said Patzer. Fortunately for Patzer and Cervin, the farthest they had to look was right next door to...

  • Conserving family history

    Joshua Wood|Mar 13, 2019

    The Upper North Platte River Valley, much like the rest of Wyoming, is filled with family histories that are an integral part of the history of the area as well. The descendants of original homesteaders often still operate the very ranches founded by their ancestors. Sometimes, though, a family will find that they are working on far less land than their forebears. Such was the case for Alan Peryam, great-grandson of William T. Peryam. "Suddenly, you look up and this famous old ranch, one of the...

  • Locally sourced, locally served

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 13, 2019

    Firewater Public House (Firewater) owner Danny Burau has always envisioned his restaurant to have locally grown produce and proteins served at his venue whenever possible. "We had conversations with ranchers when we opened and the Barkhursts, from LL Livestock, came in we struck up an easy conversation about serving beef or bison from the Platte Valley," Burau said. He said the talks centered around how Barkhursts and Firewater could make this work. "I knew it was going to be a challenge to...

  • Seeds of change

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 13, 2019

    Steve Priest, the principal of Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School went to Ohio State thinking he was going to major in agronomy. His goal was to graduate and work for the seed company Dekalb. "In high school I was interested in crops, crop science and seeds, and I knew that is what I wanted to study," Priest said. "Then my Ag teacher told me I should consider going into Ag Ed. Then, another Ag Ed teacher told me I should look at it, too, so I decided to consider it." Priest was...

  • A love for leather

    Joshua Wood|Mar 13, 2019

    Toni Tolle may not be a native to the Platte Valley, having moved to Encampment in February 2018, but she is a native to the world of agriculture and the West. Born and raised in Hereford, Texas, Tolle spent countless hours in her father's tack and saddle shop. Her father made and repaired saddles, horse tack and repaired boots. "He didn't get too much into the non-tack stuff," said Tolle. An early benefit to having a father who made saddles was that Tolle used the saddles when showing and ridin...

  • Ranch hand sings lessons learned

    Joshua Wood|Mar 13, 2019

    The economics of ranching are, to put it simply, complex. Whether it's a ranch that's been family owned for over a century or an operation that spans hundreds, if not thousands, of acres, the issues faced are often the same. The health of cattle, the availability of food and the abundance, or lack thereof, of water are concerns shared by ranches of all sizes. Because of the complexity of ranch economics, the life of a ranch hand is one filled with long hours and hard work. On the TA Ranch,...

  • Abuzz about agriculture

    Joshua Wood|Mar 13, 2019

    It is no accident that we use the term "busy as a bee" when talking about how active and hard working someone is. Bees are, and have been, one of the hardest working and most efficient pollinators in the animal world. A well-known byproduct of their pollination efforts is, of course, honey. According to the National Honey Board (NHB), honey production in 2013 was nearly 149 million pounds in the United States and the NHB puts annual honey consumption in the U.S. at 450 million pounds. Wyoming,...

  • Agricultural education changes lives in schools and communities

    Lindsey Freeman|Mar 13, 2019

    As a Career and Technical Education teacher at HEM Jr./Sr. High School I often find myself asking what students are planning to do after high school graduation. "I'm just going back to the ranch," one student answered. I promptly reprimanded the student for considering pursuits in production agriculture an option of dishonor. Students should be proud to be involved in the agricultural industry and agricultural courses strive to support those pursuits. Realms of Participation Participation in...

  • Calving calls

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 13, 2019

    Ranchers will tell you this time of year is calving season. Most of the births happen without having to get a veterinarian involved, but sometimes it is necessary to get help and Carbon County has a vet ready to help. Warner McFarland has been a veterinarian in Carbon County for over 20 years. He attended Carroll College in Helena, Mont. where he earned his B.S. in Biology. In 1993 he graduated from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. McFarland holds licenses to practice...

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