Articles from the February 15, 2024 edition


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  • The challenge of rural EMS

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Feb 15, 2024

    In recent years, some emergency medical services in Wyoming have struggled to stay in business. According to Dirk J. Dijkstal, Health Readiness and Response Section Chief for Wyoming Department of Health, at least 11 agencies have been replaced by another, consolidated or closed their doors since 2015. The State of Wyoming does not mandate county government to provide emergency medical services. As a result, these operations have to find other ways to fund their businesses. Emergency medical service is a high-cost industry and healthcare...

  • Teense Willford, The Voice of the Valley

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Feb 15, 2024

    It can be hard to find just one word which would best describe Loren “Teense” Willford. A fifth-generation resident of the Platte Valley, Teense has been and is many things. A husband, a father, a friend, a Mason, a musician and a statesman. On February 3, though he was being honored by the Saratoga Masonic Lodge, it was difficult for those in attendance not to talk about Teense’s other contributions. “He’s always giving to something else, always supporting somebody else,” said Howard Hill...

  • Avalanche claims life of Saratoga council member

    Joshua Wood|Feb 15, 2024

    Tragedy struck the Saratoga community early on the afternoon of February 9 when an avalanche claimed the life of 34-year-old Jacob Fluty. According to a press release from the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, a SPOT device emergency SOS activation was received in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. The location of the SOS was southwest of Bridger Peak in an area known as “Avalanche Alley.” Responding deputies were able to contact the individual who had activated the SPOT device, who reported he an...

  • The path less traveled?

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 15, 2024

    The cost of repairs and maintenance for proposed walking paths seems to be an ongoing debate since the January 17 meeting for the Transportation Alternative Master Plan. OV Consulting and the Town of Saratoga’s Department of Public Works have heard these concerns from residents. The next step is trying to figure out how they can balance the budget without overspeeding and using grants that are available for the project. Saratoga residents appear to be divided on this issue. Residents who support...

  • Alyza Tenneil Sifford

    Feb 15, 2024

    Alyza Tenneil Sifford, 13-month-old daughter of Matt & Jenn Sifford, passed away on Sunday, January 28. Alyza was born on December 15, 2022, in New Castle, Indiana. She was a beautiful, happy child who always wanted to be near her siblings. She loved music and dancing, and had recently taken her first steps. She had learned to say “Mom”, “Dad” and “Hi”. She loved animals and was almost ready to say “Cats”, with “Ats” being good enough for the time being. She loved her 2 kittens, Boots and...

  • Jacob Scott Fluty

    Feb 15, 2024

    Jacob Scott Fluty of Saratoga was born in Laramie, WY on August 26, 1989 to Jerry Fluty and Lisa Milliken Dilley. We hoped that he would share a birthday with Grandpa Bud Milliken (August 25); however, he let us know early on about his stubborn streak and that he would do things on his own timeframe. He was taken from us way too soon on February 9, 2024 at the age of 34, in an avalanche while snow machining in the Sierra Madres. He was doing what he loved. Jacob brought love, laughter, sarcasm,...

  • Donald Frank Sherrod

    Feb 15, 2024

    Donald Frank (Don) Sherrod died Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Meadow Winds Assisted Living, where he had resided for the past year. Before moving to Casper, he made his home for almost 50 years in Saratoga, Wyoming. His passing at the age of 85 brought to a close a lifetime of service. Don was born Sept. 9, 1938, in Green River, Wyoming, to Frank Leroy and Gladys Belle Sherrod. At the tender age of 17 and just after graduating from Green River High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy. After...

  • Council moves forward on projects

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Feb 15, 2024

    The Saratoga Town Council voted to move forward on two public works projects at its February 6 meeting. One of the projects is the River Street Project, which will “roughly start at Elm Street and head south just across the Hugus Ditch,” said Public Works Director and Zoning Administrator Emery Penner in a later interview. “It will also include a section that will loop Walnut and Maple streets to the east of River Street as well as a new piece of pipe to the swimming pool.” In his report to the council, Penner said the River Street Project...

  • Small communities means losses are felt harder

    Joshua Wood|Feb 15, 2024

    Living in a small community like the Platte Valley, every loss seems to be felt far more acutely than in more urban areas. Running a newspaper in a small community, one of the hardest parts of the job is receiving the obituaries. It's even hard when it's someone who is not only close to your age, but who you knew. I didn't know Jacob Fluty as well as his friends and family, but you can't grow up in a small town with someone and not have some knowledge of who they are. When I first heard about...

  • Adler: Landmark ruling give press, public access to criminal trials

    Feb 15, 2024

    The First Amendment’s Free Press Clause, which Thomas Jefferson declared indispensable to republicanism, has long been regarded as the “people’s right to know.” Without knowledge of governmental programs, policies and practices, the people would have little ability to hold government accountable. The press, as Jefferson and the founders recognized, could provide the crucial informing function that would make self-government possible. Historically speaking, protection of the informing function is precisely why the Supreme Court has protect...

  • Major Divisions of Christianity – Part 5 The Church Year

    Feb 15, 2024

    There is a large range of opinions among various church bodies regarding the Church Year. A few churches refuse to celebrate any Christian holidays. The fact is, no one really knows when Jesus was born. A date was picked, and, according to some, it was picked to coincide with pagan observances. Although the date of Easter is much better known since it coincides with the Jewish Passover, the name, Easter comes from pagan sources. This being said, since Christmas and Easter has become secular holidays, celebrated in the western world with...

  • Set These 10 Doctor-Recommended Health Goals

    Feb 15, 2024

    Is it time to hit the reset button on your health and wellness? Not sure where to start? Doctors say you can make the biggest impact with small, incremental tweaks to your routine. “It is quite common to set big-picture, ambitious health goals,” says Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., MPH, president of the American Medical Association (AMA). “But the good news is you don’t have to make major changes in one fell swoop; small, positive health choices made right now can have long-lasting effects.” Want to get started today? Here are the 10 goals the AMA r...

  • Sheridan County leads self-employment in Wyoming; state leads U.S.

    Caroline Elik|Feb 15, 2024

    SHERIDAN — A recent report showed Sheridan County held the highest percentage of self-employed jobs in Wyoming in 2022, and the state led the U.S. in self-employment. Just over one-third of Wyoming’s 436,564 full-time and part-time jobs in 2022 were self-employed, according to the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information (WDAI) report. The data in the report came from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Wyoming was the state with the most self-employed jobs, and Sheridan County had the highest percentage — 50.4% — of self-em...

  • Full speed at second gear

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 15, 2024

    Motor sports enthusiasts raced to the ice this weekend as 307 GoFast held it’s second annual ice races at Saratoga Lake on February 10. Competitors from all parts of Wyoming and out-of-state competed in the ATV buggies and dirt bike racing on the frozen lake. There were a total of 30 racers at the event. Before the race took place both competitors and spectators took part in the National Anthem. A moment of silence also took place in memory of Jacob Fluty who passed away on Friday in an a...

  • Panther Wrestlers Show Strong in the Carbon County Invite

    Jason Campbell|Feb 15, 2024

    Saratoga wrestling hosted the Carbon County Invite last weekend with eleven teams competing. Coach Rusty Arnold felt that the team overall wrestled, ‘pretty well. We made some stupid mistakes and lost some matches we shouldn’t have, but we also won some tough ones.’ The wrestling season is coming down to its final two weeks, as the Panthers head to Tongue River this weekend for Regionals. Saratoga’s two seniors, Tuker Carricato and Douglass Campbell were recognized on Friday night for their t...

  • Lady Tigers' troubles continue

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 15, 2024

    The Lady Tigers’ troubles continued to a four-game losing streak. The Encampment girls have not won a game since beating valley rival the Saratoga Lady Panthers on February 2. Since then they lost to the Upton Lady Bobcats and the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers, who hold the 2nd top seed in their conference Then they had losses to conference rivals Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns and the Cokeville Lady Panthers who hold the top seed in the conference. Lady Tigers vs. Lady P...

  • Tigers still trying to find their groove

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 15, 2024

    The Encampment Tigers’ basketball problems have continued, having not won a game since beating Rock River 74-16 on homecoming week. Since then, Encampment has fallen to Valley and conference rival the Saratoga Panthers and a lost non-conference matchup against the Upton Bobcats. The Tigers would lose three more conference matchups against the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers, the Farson-Eden Pronghorns and the Cokeville Panthers. So far the Tigers have been winless in conference p...

  • Pokes in the Pros: Super Bowl

    Feb 15, 2024

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (2/13/24) – Tashaun Gipson competed in his first career Super Bowl on Sunday night. The 12-year National Football League veteran started at safety for the San Francisco 49ers. Gipson represented the first former University of Wyoming football player to compete in a Super Bowl since Logan Wilson did for the Cincinnati Bengals two seasons ago against the Los Angeles Rams. Unfortunately for the two former Pokes, neither brought home a title. Tashaun Gipson, San Francisco 49ers Gipson made his presence felt in the 49ers’ 25-22 ove...

  • Wrestling Closes Out 2023-24 Dual Schedule Against Beavers

    Feb 15, 2024

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (2/8/24) – The University of Wyoming wrestling team closes out its 2023-24 dual schedule this week. The Cowboys will celebrate Senior Day by hosting No. 21 Oregon State on Saturday at 4 p.m. inside the UniWyo Sports Complex. The Pokes have caught fire during the last month of the season. They’ve won four of their last five duals – all by double figures – to improve to 7-6 on the season and 5-4 in Big 12 action. The late-season push has positioned Wyoming to have its best season, in terms of win percentage, since 2018-19. And whi...

  • Lawmakers agree Wyoming's economy is as 'strong as ever'

    Carrie Haderlie|Feb 15, 2024

    CHEYENNE — Several lawmakers agreed with Gov. Mark Gordon’s assessment that Wyoming’s economy is as “strong as ever” following his State of the State address Monday. Sen. Wendy Schuler, R-Evanston, said she will support his biennium budget heading into the legislative session. “I think the governor has been conservative in his budget, but I think it is a budget that is adequate,” Schuler said. “After looking at it under a microscope and watching the (Joint Appropriations Committee), I r...

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