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  • And the party never ends

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 30, 2021

    The history of a local music venue known as The Yard is long and fraught, and may be gaining a new chapter this summer. The Yard, owned by Chris Shannon and Cindy Bloomquist, is located across from the Angus England American Legion Post 54 on Southeast River Street in Saratoga. One of the first major incidents with music in the Valley occurred at the July 6, 2010 Saratoga Town Council meeting. In the meeting, members of the town came before the council to ask why a musical festival at Veterans...

  • Developments on Green Mountain

    Joshua Wood|Jun 30, 2021

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on the Green Mountain ski area. When Brush Creek Ranch purchased the Green Mountain Ski Area in June 2019, many residents in Encampment and Riverside assumed, or perhaps feared, the luxury resort would develop the 620-acre property. A public notice in the June 16 Saratoga Sun seemed to confirm those assumptions with the announcement of a public hearing on July 12 for a zone change from residential to a planned unit development (PUD). Along with the z...

  • Virgil E. Everist

    Jun 30, 2021

    Graveside memorial services for Virgil E. Everist will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Saratoga Cemetery. Virgil died at home in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 22, 2021. Virgil was born on July 17, 1935, to George A. and Ollie (Davidson) Everist in Thatcher, Colorado. Virgil was a twin. He and his twin brother, Verlin C., joined two older brothers, Farrell and Leland, and two older sisters, JoAnn and Verna at the family home in La Junta, Colorado. In 1936, the Everist family moved to...

  • Resort definition questioned again

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 30, 2021

    The Saratoga Hot Springs Resort (previously known as the Saratoga Resort and Spa) has had a convoluted history with zoning. Additionally, the history of retail business zoning seemingly goes hand in hand with the history of the resort. When the retail business zone was first established, there was no language for many types of businesses under retail business. This included resorts, as the business was established before zoning districts were introduced in the 1980s. For much of its lifespan,...

  • Art returns to Saratoga

    Joshua Wood|Jun 30, 2021

    Last summer, things may have appeared normal in the Valley as locals and visitors were treated to Saratoga Days and the annual Independence Day parade. While many traditional Valley events took place last year, one which didn’t will return in 2021. This weekend, local business and gallery owner Laura Morrow will bring back the Festival of the Arts. Originally organized by the Platte Valley Arts Council, Morrow took over the event some years ago after buying Blackhawk Gallery and opening Laura M...

  • Please celebrate safely

    Joshua Wood|Jun 30, 2021

    This weekend, many of us will be celebrating the 245th birthday of the United States of America. Traditionally, this national holiday is filled with barbecues, fireworks, parades and concerts and this year will be no different. A full slate of events are on schedule for Valley this weekend including the return of the Festival of the Arts, the 3rd Annual Saratoga Days, the 3rd Annual Firewater Fifth, the inaugural Old Fashioned Family Carnival and so much more. Of course, we’ll also have the para...

  • Uden murder mystery solved – some day we will learn about Amy Bechtel

    Bill Sniffin|Jun 30, 2021

    (Note: The Oxygen Cable TV network on Monday night aired a new documentary on the 1980 murders of Virginia Uden and her sons. It will be aired repeatedly on into the future.) Back in 2013, I wrote: “After 33 years of one cold case and 16 years for the other, it has always been easy to believe that some unsolved disappearances will just never be explained.” In Lander, for decades we pondered about two gals who vanished. Virginia Uden and Amy Bechtel both disappeared and I wrote the news stories about them while I was the Lander newspaper pub...

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  • Giving a lot of HART

    Dana Davis|Jun 30, 2021

    The Hanna Agricultural Resource Team (HART) met on June 22 at the Hanna Market. At the beginning of the meeting, recent Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School graduate Haley Felton was presented with a $300 scholarship. Felton, who is going to the University of Wyoming, was grateful to HART for the help. "My dad is a huge gardener and that is one of the things that we do a lot," Felton said. "We actually sell the seeds that we grow together so we make money together. Gardening...

  • Distilling a craft

    Mike Armstrong|Jun 30, 2021

    Phillip Mundt was recently appointed as head distiller and production manager at Brush Creek Distillery in Carbon County. Mundt comes to the distillery from Colorado where he worked at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey. Starting out as a distiller, for six years he was production manager. Mundt grew up in Evergreen, Colorado. He studied international relations at a university in Switzerland and received his masters in management at a school in Scotland. "All of those travels allowed me to try a lot o...

  • Work resumes for Octagon

    Joshua Wood|Jun 30, 2021

    Following discussion between Octagon Construction and the Saratoga Town Council during their June 15 meeting, the question remained as to who should pay water and sewer connection fees; the developer of a subdivision or the individual lot owner. A two-and-a-half hour workshop between the governing body and the Saratoga-Carbon County Impact Joint Powers Board (SCCIJPB) on June 23 and a special council meeting on June 25 appeared to have answered that question … for now. As was reported p...

  • Brit and Fish coast to coast

    Joshua Wood|Jun 30, 2021

    Summers in Wyoming can be heralded by several sights. For some, it's the flurry of cotton from nearby cotton trees which agitate their allergies. When it comes to others, the seasonal opening of mountain byways is the sign. An almost universally accepted sign summer has arrived in the Cowboy State is the sights of bicyclists peddling either through town or in between towns. Some try to maintain a certain pace and an average mileage as they ride the TransAmerican Trail from Astoria, Oregon to...

  • Poetry and prose

    Mike Armstrong|Jun 30, 2021

    Most people know Karen Heath as the clerk and treasurer for the Town of Medicine Bow, but she is also a writer of seven fiction works and a book of poetry which she recently published in 2021. Her book of poetry is titled "Book of Days". A poem in the collection called Elm on the Lawn is one that Heath likes to read to those who don't know her work. 'Warm gentle drops and flickers, Dancing from leaf to leaf, Fuzzy dark emerald sprays Thunder speaks, growling long and low like cougar. Funnel elm...

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