Articles from the March 23, 2023 edition


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  • Speaking to future leaders

    Mar 23, 2023

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  • Preparing for the worst

    Virginia Parker|Mar 23, 2023

    At the February 7 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, the governing body announced they would be challenging the updated flood maps released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency over discrepancies and inaccuracies. According to Risk MAP Program Manager Maddie Pluss, since the release of the draft maps in 2020, the Town of Saratoga had not reached out to FEMA before now. The FEMA Flood RISK MAP Program is an effort to update flood hazard information for communities across the nation. The...

  • Encampment Town Council discusses water and sewer

    Virginia Parker|Mar 23, 2023

    Updates on the lagoon project and a request for Riverside to tie-in to the Encampment water system were the main topics of discussion for Encampment Town Council on March 9. Dan Jago, a representative for the Sierra Madre Water Joints Power Board, told the council Riverside has found the source of a water leak and were hoping to start repairs on April 3. Riverside is asking for permission to tie into the Town of Encampment's water for approximately two weeks. "Once the repair is complete, and...

  • New hospital inches closer to opening

    Virginia Parker|Mar 23, 2023

    Despite multiple projected opening dates, the North Platte Valley Medical Center (NPVMC) is a little closer to being open with a goal of the last week of April. During a press tour in October, Mincy had predicted an opening in early January 2023. For various reason, the North Platte Valley Medical Center (NPVMC) grand opening has continually been delayed. Supply issues, parts broken in shipping and closed roads have hampered efforts by both the staff and board to open the doors of the critical...

  • Lila J. Patterson

    Mar 23, 2023

    Funeral services for long-time Rawlins resident Lila J. Patterson will be held on Friday, March 24, 2023, at Casada Funeral Home in Rawlins at 11 a.m. Lila passed away on March 12, 2023. She was born in Mills, Wyoming on Nov. 15, 1928, to Manfred and Opal Nordwall. She joined older sisters Valearia and Pearl, and the family would later expand to include brothers Raymond, Joe, Bobby, and another sister Betty. Lila spent much of her childhood on the island of Aruba, Dutch West Indies, where her fa...

  • Spring cleaning for commissioners

    Virginia Parker|Mar 23, 2023

    With winter coming to a close, the Board of Carbon County Commissioners meeting on March 7 introduced many projects which will start in the spring along with cleaning up the damage that winter has wrought. Carbon County Sheriff Carbon County Sheriff Alex Bakken requested approval for an emergency purchase of two duty trucks for the Sheriff’s department. The reason Bakken made an emergency request is because four vehicles went into the shop the week prior meaning the department is losing p...

  • Winds of Change

    Saratoga Sun Editorial|Mar 23, 2023

    While change is seldom welcomed, it is often necessary. It may appear from the outside looking in we are playing musical chairs here at the Saratoga Sun, but things are beginning to settling down into a routine here. As your new editor/publisher I—Virginia Parker—hope you, our readers and advertisers, will be patient with us. Joshua Wood, the operations director, is training and cross-training the entire three person team which currently makes up the Saratoga Sun crew. He can't stay with us forever, so we are working hard to learn all we can...

  • Coming Home

    Dallas Fields|Mar 23, 2023

    Thomas Wolfe once wrote, "You can never come home again." All respect to Mr. Wolfe, but he was wrong. My name is Dallas Fields. I grew up in Saratoga and graduated from Saratoga High School in 2005. I then attended the University of Wyoming where I earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Physical Education. Since then I have worked as a fitness instructor, teacher, and coach. For the past five years I have been living abroad in France with my wife and son. During that time my motivation for com...

  • Gathering of the Green

    Mar 23, 2023

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  • Living Large in Saratoga

    Dallas Fields|Mar 23, 2023

    The Platte Valley has long been home to artists of varying mediums. One such artist was Virginia Frederick Large, whose creations can still be found throughout the Valley. Large's artwork still adorns the walls of the Carbon County School District No. 2 Central Office, the Doc Culleton Building at the Grand Encampment Museum and the Saratoga Presbyterian Church. On March 16, local historian Dick Perue presented the life and work of Large at the Saratoga Branch Library. The program, narrated by...

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  • Jalapeño Popper Chicken - A Kick in the Buds

    Dee Dee Martz|Mar 23, 2023

    Howdy and welcome to Dee Dee's Diner. Our special this week is a delicious Jalapeño Popper Chicken. This recipe came to me while making my famous Jalapeño jam, created for my dear friend Teense Wilford. He swears it is either the best or 2nd best jam he has ever eaten. Let's get started preparing and enjoying this delicious delight. You will need the following ingredients: 2 Large Boneless skinless chicken breast 1 block 8 oz softened cream cheese 1/4 C milk 1/2 Cup shredded Colby jack or c...

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