Articles from the August 10, 2023 edition


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  • Carbon County Commissioners updated on long-anticipated energy project

    Virginia Parker|Aug 10, 2023

    An update on the TransWest Express Transmission Project was given by Kelly Cummins, Vice President of Land and Environmental Services at the August 1 Board of Carbon County Commissioners regular meeting. She told the Commissioners that the project is 732 miles, crossing four states, fourteen counties, three national forests, and nine BLM offices. The project has taken about 12 years, but they are now in the construction phase. Cummins said the final configuration of the project is 3,000...

  • A winning repeat

    Virginia Parker|Aug 10, 2023

    Saratoga High School senior, Tuker Carricato took the World Champion National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in bareback for the second year in a row. Scoring 84.0 points to win the short go-round of bareback bronc riding on Saturday, July 22 at Gillette’s CamPlex Center. This is his second consecutive NHSFR title with a three-head score of 240 points. He was one of seven cowboys and three cowgirls from Wyoming to finish in the top 20 in the average. Carricato has been riding bareback in...

  • School Supply Drive Scheduled for August 7 - 31

    Aug 10, 2023

    The Saratoga Sun, in partnership with Carbon County School District 2, will be holding a school supply drive from Monday August 7 through Thursday August 31. The goal is to ensure that all of our local students can get the new school year off to a great beginning, with the necessary resources, and help them have a successful school year. There will be four drop off locations: the Saratoga Sun offices, in Hanna at Hanna Elementary School, Monday - Thursday from 8am to 3pm, in Medicine Bow at the C-Spear Restaurant and Bridge Street Bargins in...

  • Selling property, rehabbing property

    Zeb Munson|Aug 10, 2023

    Different properties owned by the Town of Saratoga were major topics during the August 1 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. While one piece of property may have potential buyers, another could obtain a Brownfields Assessment through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additional topics discussed by the governing body included a cyanobacterial bloom at Saratoga Lake and sheep owned by Scott Kerbs. Saratoga lake is experiencing a cyanobacteria bloom and the council talked about safety...

  • Lynn E. Acord

    Aug 10, 2023

    Lynn E. Acord, resident of Encampment, WY, passed away on July 28th, 2023 at North Platte Medical Center at the age of 72 years. Lynn was born in San Jose, CA on July 17th, 1951, to Fred and Eleanor Bank. She grew up on an apricot orchard and was heavily involved in 4-H where she showed sheep, cattle, and horses. Lynn graduated from Mount Pleasant High school in 1969. Lynn attended the University of Wyoming in 1975 where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science. She made Wyoming...

  • Corinne M. (Turcotte) Gaspari

    Aug 10, 2023

    Corinne M. (Turcotte) Gaspari, 90, passed away on August 2, 2023, at Evergreen Assisted Living in Kingsford, Michigan. Corinne was born in Iron River, MI, on July 11, 1933, to Henry and Beatrice (Bolduc) Turcotte. Corinne grew up in Iron River and attended the Iron River schools. She graduated from Northern Michigan University with an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in remedial reading. Corinne married Rudolph “Rudy” Gaspari on September 1, 1951, in Iron River, MI,...

  • Pickleball "History"

    Aug 10, 2023

    Hello Pickleball is something Barb and I wanted to learn to play. October of last year 2022 we went to Sarah the then Recreation Director and asked for permission to tape two courts at the gym. She got us permission, tape and two nets, paddles and balls. The three of us taped the two courts at the gym. We started playing and learning the rules as we went. Fern Clark soon joined our group Fern is the “Guru” for the rules and pickleball etiquette. It was funny we would try to play a game and question the rule have to go look it up and then...

  • CWD increasing in state deer, elk herds

    Mark Davis|Aug 10, 2023

    POWELL — Sobering news resulting from a multi-year Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance program by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department between 2018 and 2022 shows significant increases in the fatal disease for the state’s prized mule deer and elk herds. In one herd, the prevalence rate is calculated at 65% in mule deer bucks, and there are concerning increases in infected elk, including hunt areas popular for Big Horn Basin hunters. The disease, which typically kills infected animals within two years after initial exposure, now occur...

  • Letters to the Editor: ROCKY MOUNTAIN POWER has proposed 29.2% total rate increase

    Tony Locke|Aug 10, 2023

    Yes, 29.2%! That’s not a typo. Rocky Mountain Power is requesting that YOUR power bill be raised almost 30%, with 7.6% of that already in place on an “interim basis” – prior to any ruling by the State’s Public Service Commission, and prior to the People of Wyoming having a voice and the ability to weigh in on a crippling rate hike. A rate hike of this magnitude would devastate local WYOMING households and cripple local WYOMING businesses. Think of what adding 30% to your own power bill would do. Ask your employer what that will mean...

  • Regarding Saratoga Lake

    Aug 10, 2023

    I think it’s timely to review the results of the chemical poisoning of Saratoga Lake by the Game & Fish Department. First f all, I am confident the fisheries department mixed their chemical well and killed everything they wanted to (plus everything else). However there are some rather obvious side effects that are annoying for the lack of a better word. The large rafts of rotting, odorous, grass is one of them. They greatly hinder boats and fishermen. The delay in refilling the lake to capacity is another. The city was unable to float...

  • From the Platte Valley Ministerial Association

    Aug 10, 2023

    Eat, Sing, Give! Do you love an old fashioned Gospel Sing? How about a Gospel Sing that features free hot dogs, chips, popcorn, sodas, and even snow cones? Well, then, head to the Saratoga Museum Pavilion on Sunday, August 13th for a wonderful evening of food and entertainment! The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. The evening is being sponsored by the churches of the Platte Valley Ministerial Association to raise funds to support the cancer journey of the oldest son of Brian and Lila Hopper. Brian and Lila have been serving as Associate...

  • Major Divisions of Christianity – Part II: How Is Man Saved

    Rev. Randolph Schnack|Aug 10, 2023

    Most Christians talk about the salvation of man, but they see this work of salvation in different ways, some actually denying that man even needs saving. We begin by looking at this group first. The first group’s position, simplified, is this. God created us in love. He loves all of us so much that He would never consign a soul to hell. Jesus came to this earth, not to pay for our sins, but to show us how best to live. But no matter what, in the end, no matter how one lives their life, God will show everyone the way and bring everyone to...

  • Government guarding against fraud

    Mary Steurer|Aug 10, 2023

    CASPER — To better guard against fraud in Wyoming’s small towns, the state recently established its first training requirements for officials on how to manage public funds. The state Legislature in 2022 directed the Department of Audit to develop the new rules amid growing concerns about rogue communities evading compliance with financial regulations. “This was kind of borne out of findings and things that were coming out of audits of local governments and special districts and smaller towns and cities,” said Department of Audit Public...

  • Carbon County Sheriff's Office

    Aug 10, 2023

    Bekir Aldemir of Woodstock, GA was arrested for Manner of driving and failure to report accident: more than $500. Andrea Archuleta of Rawlins was arrested for shoplifting. Joscelyn Aubert of Rawlins was arrested for Interference with a peace officer; drugs: manufacture/deliver meth; theft under $1000. Jacqueline Benitez of Rawlins was arrested for equipment violation; interference with a peace officer and no vehicle insurance. Terry Bonds of Longmont, CO was heldover for another agency. Lydia Carmona of Rawlins was arrested for drugs: use of, u...

  • Saratoga Police Department

    Aug 10, 2023

  • A Fun Night Out

    Zeb Munson|Aug 10, 2023

    Important in any community is the relationship the public shares with law enforcement agencies that keep a vigilant watch over the general public. In a world which seems to dismiss the importance of law enforcement protecting people and their property, events like National Night Out help to bridge the gap between the public and agencies that hold power over them. National Night Out was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The founder Matt Peskin established The National Association of Town...

  • From the Platte Valley Martial Arts

    Aug 10, 2023

    SARATOGA, WY - Saratoga recently played host to several prominent martial artists, including world-renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) instructor, Roy Dean. Platte Valley Martial Arts was the center of attention in hosting Roy Dean and his affiliates at their annual gathering. BJJ practitioners from as far as Australia visited Saratoga to train with fellow students and athletes at PVMA. “It was an honor and privilege to host Professor Dean and showcase BJJ to our community and beyond,” said...

  • Here's a llama, there's a llama

    Joshua Wood|Aug 10, 2023

    There wasn’t any drama on Saturday at the BearTrap Cafe and Bar, though there were plenty of llamas. The Platte Valley Arts Council, in cooperation with 307 Llama Company and the BearTrap, hosted a llama art event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. According to Mary Martin, secretary of the Platte Valley Arts Council, the event was well attended with 39 kids and 45 adults. “We actually beat Saratoga Days (this year) and that’s usually our big draw as far as participation,” said Martin. The event...

  • 5 Ways to Honor and Support U.S. Service Members

    Aug 10, 2023

    U.S. military service members are ready to be called upon at any time to protect the country, and you may have wondered how to express gratitude for their sacrifices. “Many service members are overseas supporting NATO due to war in Ukraine. These deployments should be a reminder to all Americans of the importance of expressing our gratitude to the men and women in the military who sacrifice so much for us,” says Christopher Plamp, United Service Organizations (USO) senior vice president of...

  • Pickleball drama continues

    Joshua Wood|Aug 10, 2023

    Pickleball was again a center court issue for the Saratoga Town Council during their August 1 meeting as the council discussed the recreation commission's handling of the event. The discussion involved, at times, heated exchanges between Mayor Chuck Davis, Councilmember Kathy Beck and members of the public. The event itself didn't appear to be the issue. The issues, instead, seemed to be communication between commission members and businesses, the bidding process for food service and authority o...

  • 2023-2024 New Teacher/Staff Profiles

    Aug 10, 2023

    District: Jackie Jones, HES/MBES Principal After 28 years in the classroom, I am starting my new role as principal of the North Carbon County Elementary Schools and couldn’t be more excited. I have spent most of my summer working on administration classes and working in Hanna and Medicine Bow Elementary Schools to prepare for the 2023-24 academic year. My husband, Clif, and I were able to take a couple of trips to Yellowstone to do some photography and escape cell phone and internet service....

  • 4 Tech-Friendly Ways to Ace the School Year

    Aug 10, 2023

    American families are expected to spend record-high amounts this back-to-school season. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), families with children in elementary, middle and high school will spend $890 on average for school items, while those with college-aged students are looking at more than $1,360 in shopping expenses. Whether your kids are off to kindergarten or college, here’s how you can shop smarter and prepare for the school year: Upgrade Your Devices. Electronics and tech are a top priority for families this school...

  • Tips to Get Your Student Prepped for College Entrance Exams

    Aug 10, 2023

    Is the SAT or ACT on the horizon for your high schooler? A lot of emphasis is placed on college entrance exams, and your child may be anxious about their scores. To adequately prepare for the SAT or ACT, consider these tips: Practice, practice, practice: Encourage your student to take free online practice tests early and often. Not only is this an effective way to get familiar with the types of questions that will be on the test, it can give your child a sense of where they stand currently and...

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