Articles from the February 22, 2024 edition


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  • Cooking up something for state

    Joshua Wood - Stevenson Newspapers|Feb 22, 2024

    It’s before noon on a Monday. The sound of oil on cast iron cuts through the air, just like the smell of hot cast iron. Mixed in is the odor of seared meat and the aroma of cooked vegetables and potatoes. On one skillet is Skyler Wood, making a batch of bacon home fries while, on the other skillet, Kayden Erick puts a sear on a cut of bison tenderloin. Douglass Campbell occasionally steps in between the two, offering some quick advice and bringing them supplies. This could be a scene from an e...

  • Finding friendship while hunting for rocks

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    John Moore, Jack Weiberg and Janice White were the presenters at the February 13 Tuesday Talks as they spoke about rocks and various artifacts connected to the Indigenous American tribes of Wyoming. Arrowheads were the main subject during the lecture. Each one that has been discovered in Saratoga is evidence that Native Americans lived here before Wyoming joined the union. An arrowhead can tell a person about its historic significance such as what it is made of and where it came from. The rocks...

  • The taste of winning

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    Success never tasted so good. The Town of Saratoga recently competed against all 50 states in the National Rural Water Association’s Annual Rally in Washington D.C. As a result, Saratoga finished in the top five at the 25th Annual Great American Water Taste Test. Saratoga has often made it as a top finisher in the state and earned its way to represent Wyoming in the final five taste-offs. The state of Wisconsin received the Gold Medal for the second year in a row. For the last 18 years, d...

  • Frances Nadene Kerbs, 93

    Feb 22, 2024

    Frances Nadene Kerbs, age 93, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2024 loved greatly by her family and friends. Nadene was born on July 24, 1930, in Coalmont, Colorado, to Pete and Lois (Spud) Chedsey. She spent her formative years on the Chedsey ranch in Coalmont and graduated from Walden High School in 1948. On September 5th, 1948, she married Carl Kerbs, with whom she shared a 74 year journey, 70 of them on the Kerbs Four Bar Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming. Nadene was celebrated for her remark... Full story

  • Get the lead out

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Feb 22, 2024

    About three weeks ago, the Town of Saratoga Public Works Department started collecting data to inventory all water service lines in order to meet a requirement by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is requiring all communities to inventory their water service lines for lead content by October 2024. “In 1986 Congress Amended the Safe Drinking Water Act, prohibiting the use of pipes, solder or flux that were not “lead free” in public water systems or plumbing in facilities providing water for human consumption,” as stated on epa.gov...

  • Ready for more winter?

    Staff Report|Feb 22, 2024

    As the second half of winter begins, Black Hills Energy is offering customers advice on how to stay safe and how the lower temperatures and weather-related usage could impact their bill. Weather Safety Anytime a community is threatened with inclement weather, Blacks Hills Energy is watching closely. The company advises customers to follow these tips before, during and after a storm: - Before the storm, know where your natural gas meter and service are located, check your emergency kit and make...

  • Healing together

    Feb 22, 2024

    Now, the healing begins. A funeral date is set for the celebration of a 33-year-old life taken too soon. Taken too soon from his wife and infant daughter. Taken from a family who saw their son battle an overseas war in Afghanistan and return, with scars, but returned full-bodied and ready for more service to a new community. Taken from a team of men and women serving the same purpose as him each day to protect the Sheridan community. Everyone mourns and heals in different ways, and the community of Sheridan — as has been shared by many in meeti...

  • Adler: Freedom of the press: the essential foundation of democracy

    Feb 22, 2024

    When the U.S. Supreme Court, in Richmond Newspapers v. Virginia (1980), in the words of Justice John Paul Stevens, “squarely held that the acquisition of newsworthy matter is entitled to constitutional protection,” it was protecting under the First Amendment’s Free Press Clause the essential foundation of our democracy. The conception of the press as a pillar of strength for a free people who mean to govern themselves is as old as the republic itself. In 1765, in his acclaimed treatise, “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law,” a youthful...

  • Pslam 32: 1,2 (NKJV) A Psalm of David. A [a] Contemplation

    Pastor Gene Smith|Feb 22, 2024

    1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not [b] impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. What makes the world so messed up? There are so many concerned about what is fair these days, right? wrong? actually, maybe? Are we really getting to the real heart of problems in the world? People love to watch the latest bad guy versus good guy programs. Maybe that’s always been that way like the bad cowboys who wear the black hats and the good guys who wear the w...

  • Gather at the Table' could cure 'cabin fever'

    Dick Perue|Feb 22, 2024

    Saratoga and Encampment area folks looking for a cure to “Cabin Fever” are invited to “Gather at the Table” to partake of a free meal consisting of pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, seasoned steak fries, hush puppies, pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting and beverages on Monday, March 4th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Saratoga Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at corner of Third & Bridge Sts. Join your friends and family for a delicious, free meal, fun and fellowship at this monthly... Full story

  • House Appropriations Committee to consider mental health bills

    Joseph Beaudet|Feb 22, 2024

    SHERIDAN —- The Wyoming House of Representatives referred three mental health bills to its Appropriations Committee last week. Speaker of the House Albert Sommers, R-Pinedale, brought the bills up for consideration, noting his and the Governor’s focus on mental health. “That has been a priority of mine, and I think we heard that it was a priority of (Gov. Mark Gordon during his State of the State address),” Sommers said. The House voted to introduce three mental health bills last week, referring each to the House Appropriations Committ...

  • House, Senate vote to spend $2 million on border security

    Hannah Shields|Feb 22, 2024

    CHEYENNE — The Wyoming House of Representatives and Senate approved mirror budget amendments Monday that would allow the state to send $2 million to Texas or provide resources like personnel to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. If the amendments in both chambers are, in fact, identical, and no additional changes are made to this amendment on third reading of the budget bills, the allocation will be automatically adopted in the state’s 2025-26 biennium budget and would not be up for negotiation in a joint conference committee. On both sides of the...

  • Fore for four years

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    On Saturday, the Saratoga Museum hosted Carbon County’s Winter Golf Classic, the Frozen Fore, at Saratoga lake. Each team has a total of four players and gets four tennis balls. At the end of the game cash prizes are given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. All participants from the Frozen Fore tournament met at the American Legion Hall Post 54 where the winners were announced. Dana Davis, director of the Saratoga Museum and lead organizer for the Frozen Fore golf tournament, said that this e...

  • Panthers take tough losses heading into postseason

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    For their final games of the regular season, the Saratoga Panthers hosted two conference foes and were dealt two tough conference losses. On Thursday night, Saratoga hosted the Farson-Eden Pronghorns and hosted the Cokeville Panthers on Friday. Saratoga vs. Farson-Eden The last time the Saratoga Panthers faced the Farson-Eden Pronghorns, it turned into a hard-hitting battle which went into overtime. In that game, the Pronghorns dominated almost the entire four quarters until the Panthers were...

  • Saratoga Wrestlers Compete in Regionals, Advance to State

    Jason Campbell|Feb 22, 2024

    The SMHS Panther wrestling team boarded the bus early Friday for the long trek to Regionals, which was held on Saturday in Tongue River. The focus of the coaching staff all season has been the State tournament, and all eight wrestlers who competed qualified for next week’s tournament. Overall, the boys competed well, and it is quite an accomplishment that all of the wrestlers made it to the final weekend. Regional wrestling awards medals to the top four finishers, with the top eight in each w... Full story

  • Saratoga girls go 1-1 to end their season

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    It has been a rollercoaster ride for the Saratoga Lady Panthers to say the least. As tough as the season has been for the Lady Panthers, they are working hard to make a great seasoning ending. So far, Saratoga is doing just that. Saratoga vs. Farson-Eden The Lady Panthers got their second conference win against the always-tough Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns in an impressive 54-41 win. The Lady Panthers had a dominant 1st quarter but, in the 2nd quarter, the Lady Pronghorns were able to stay at...

  • Lady Tigers end the regular season on a six-game losing streak

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    The last time the Encampment Lady Tigers won a game was on February 2 when they beat Valley rival the Saratoga Lady Panthers, 40-38. Since then the Lady Tigers have gone on a six-game losing streak. Encampment lost the last two games of the regular season against Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers 57-31 on Friday and to Cokeville 66-41 on Saturday. The Lady Tigers have nothing to be ashamed of, after all the 1A Southwest Conference is a powerhouse with Cokeville ranked at No. 1 and t...

  • Outdoor recreation funding bill lives on in the House

    Katie Klingsporn|Feb 22, 2024

    After failing introduction in the Senate, a mirror bill advancing in the House is keeping alive the discussion of how the newly created Wyoming outdoor recreation and tourism trust fund allocates grants to state projects. House Bill 67 – Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Trust Fund Administration-2, would establish a nine-person board as well as rules for allocating grants from the trust fund that Gov. Mark Gordon signed into law in 2023. The Senate version, SF 40, was sponsored by the Legislature...

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