Articles from the March 14, 2024 edition


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  • Encampment meets the candidates

    Richard Espinoza|Mar 14, 2024

    Mike Erickson, principal at Encampment K-12 School, will be retiring at the end of the school year after 19 years with Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2). On March 5, a community forum giving parents and staff a chance to speak with Erickson’s possible replacement was held. Jacob Johnston and A’Lisa Mueller, both made their case on why they should be picked as the next principal at Encampment. Both Johnston and Mueller took questions from the audience with Robin Brown as the mod...

  • Might not pencil out

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Mar 14, 2024

    One way to provide lower-income housing to residents is to use Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) through an IRS program administered by the Wyoming Community Development Authority (WCDA) for the state of Wyoming. One of these LIHTC developments is currently under construction in Jackson, Wyoming, said Mark Feilmeier, state director with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The LIHTC program has also helped fund the building of three developments in Rawlins, said Christopher Volzke, Deputy Executive Director of the Wyoming...

  • What you don't know can kill you

    Richard Espinoza|Mar 14, 2024

    Saratoga Police Chief Mike Morris and South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Services (SCWEMS) Director Stayton Mosbey did a presentation on the dangers of narcotics at Tuesday Talks on March 5. During the presentation both Morris and Mosbey pointed out that fentanyl is the number one drug that is being smuggled across the U.S Border. Because of the conflict of securing the southern border, fentanyl has become easily accessible on the streets. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Adm...

  • Sharing is caring and giving is kindness

    Richard Espinoza|Mar 14, 2024

    On March 4, the First Presbyterian Church of Saratoga hosted a it’s weekly gathering at the table. The special gathering is all about meeting new friends and sharing kindness with everyone in the Platte Valley Community. Gather at the Table takes place on the first Monday of each month and everyone in the community is welcome to join. It is a good way to help people who need a friend or are simply looking for good companionship. Volunteers were cooking free meals for everyone who participated i...

  • What about Bob… again

    Jess Oaks|Mar 14, 2024

    Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” There has never been a truer phrase. Living in a small community there is chatter on every street corner. We are close-knit neighbors here in Goshen County and more times than not, we chat. It isn’t the fact we stop and catch up from time to time in the grocery store. Sometimes we stand in the produce section, just chatting with our neighbors and our friends and that’s perfectly fine. Other shoppers will just simply avoid the tra...

  • Letters to the Editor: SPRING CLEAN UP

    Mar 14, 2024

    Dear Editor, I’m assuming you made or have you landscape plan. While some may have brand new yards to plant. But, for the majority, I’m assuming most of you can do some work in your yard, as weather allows. For, even though, snow drifts and snow showers are still part of our landscape, on warmer days spring clean up can begin. It is also the perfect time to prune bushes and trees. Some of you even may have a fruit tree to prune. Throughout the years, I have planted a number of fruit trees. While I wasn’t optimistic about getting fruit, their...

  • Letters to the Editor: Balance of energy development misses the mark

    Mar 14, 2024

    Dear Editor, As I watch the big wind farm in Carbon County take shape it continues to sadden me. I know Phil Anschutz and am confident his organization will do as responsible a job in installing them according to the conditions the permits that the Federal agencies require as can be done. Hopefully it will provide some significant long term financial benefit to the state and county. It is certain that it will negatively impact the vista’s those of us in Wyoming have enjoyed generations. As I appreciate the dynamics of the project most, of n...

  • A Long-term Commitment to Racial Justice, Healing and Reconciliation

    Mar 14, 2024

    O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – Prayer for the Human F...

  • Living On Purpose: Pulling down strongholds within our minds

    Dr. Willia F. Holland|Mar 14, 2024

    The Human experience includes the standard requirement to choose right and wrong and has always been accountable when it comes to good and evil. Each of us has the free will to choose how we live and no matter how much we brag about being independent, there is no such thing as walking through this life refusing to be accountable to God. Every self-governing and self-reliant person who has ever lived does not have the authority to be excused from God’s judgment. It would seem that humans would understand there are only two choices in this l...

  • Mayor Davis lists council's success

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Mar 14, 2024

    At its March 5 meeting, Mayor Chuck Davis described the Saratoga Town Council’s accomplishments over its first year, saying he is proud of how the council has “come together.” “I think we have made some accomplishments in the first year we’ve been here and I’m very proud of that,” Mayor Davis said. The council worked on many new projects and hired several people. He enumerated each of the accomplishments. Referring to the period between January 2023 and January 2024, he said the council hired a new treasurer, Corina Daily; a new Department of...

  • Houses hard to come by in Gillette

    Jake Goodrick Gillette|Mar 14, 2024

    GILLETTE — The housing shortage that’s tightened throughout Gillette and Campbell County in recent years has continued into this year, as few home listings and steep prices combine to strain the housing market. The local crunch comes on the heels of national turbulence in the real estate market that has affected would-be buyers and sellers alike in recent years. As of early March, there were 94 active listings throughout Campbell County — including Wright and areas outside of Gillette, said Katie Gray, realtor with Altitude Real Estate and p...

  • Salute to first responders

    Richard Espinoza|Mar 14, 2024

    Encampment K-12 School’s recent Books and Breakfast was in honor of local first responders. On March 6, parents, students, teachers and first responders met at the Encampment School Library to spend time reading together. This event encourages students to read books and improve their reading skills. After reading at the library, members of the community had breakfast in the cafeteria with local heroes who made important sacrifices in protecting children and the Plate Valley Community. This w...

  • Saratoga ballers earn All-State and Conference Honors

    Richard Espinoza|Mar 14, 2024

    With the 2023/2024 basketball season over, the Wyoming Coaches Association has presented players across the state with All-Conference and All-State Honors. Three students—Finn Rolseth, Fisher Williams and Rhiwan Williams—were on that list. Rolseth and Fischer Williams have finished their final season positively with both receiving All-State Honors. Rolseth is best remembered for his clinching performance against the Southwest Cyclones in the state quarter-finals when he made the 3-point win...

  • Encampment hoop stars receive honors

    Richard Espinoza|Mar 14, 2024

    Though the Encampment Tigers didn’t make it to 1A West Regionals and the Lady Tigers didn’t make it to the 1A/2A State Tournament, their season still ended on a positive note as members of both teams received honors from the Wyoming Coaches Association. Junior Kyenna Jackson won 1A All-State honors with junior Kristie Jordan winning All-Conference. Meanwhile, senior Kaban Picket won All-Conference honors for boys varsity. Jackson has had a great season both in scoring and defense. She is kno...

  • No election bills survive the session

    Maya Shimizu Harris|Mar 14, 2024

    CHEYENNE—Election bills didn’t fare well this session. As Wyoming elections have been flooded with anonymous campaign mailers and out-of-state influence, lawmakers and other officials have looked toward legislation to increase transparency and tighten Wyoming’s voter laws. Last year, for example, the Legislature passed a bill closing a loophole that had allowed federal political action committees to skirt state campaign reporting requirements. And after several attempts, lawmakers also adopt...

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  • Ellenson arrested in Florida

    Richard Espinoza|Mar 14, 2024

    On March 14, authorities in the state of Florida arrested Saratoga robbery suspect 32-year-old Cody Ellenson. Ellenson and 28-year-old Victoria Tidball were wanted for robbery at the Whistle Pig Saloon on December 16. Tidball was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon after she fired approximately 40 rounds at her ex-boyfriend’s house and vehicle. Tidball was later arrested on December 27 by the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP). Since then, Ellenson has been on the run for three months u... Full story