Articles from the August 17, 2023 edition


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  • Finding balance at Brewfest

    Joshua Wood|Aug 17, 2023

    What makes a good pale ale? This was the question which 10 Wyoming breweries sought the answer to at the 27th Annual Steinley Cup Microbrew Festival on August 12. While the question may seem simple enough to answer—pale ales are identifiable by their golden to amber colors—there comes with it a long history dating back to the 1700s. Additionally, the brewing style is diverse with types ranging from the well-known India Pale Ale (IPA) to American Pale Ale (APA), English Pale Ale and European Pale...

  • Affordable housing and sub divisions collide

    Zeb Munson|Aug 17, 2023

    The Saratoga Planning Commission, now fully seated, discussed short-term rentals (STRs), affordable housing and subdivisions during their August 8 meeting. JoDell Hone, the most recently appointed board member, joins Matt Baker, Johnny Portillo, McCall Burau, Nancy Ford, Mayor Chuck Davis and Chia Valdez-Schwartz on the planning commission. The make-up of the commission appears quite diverse with members either being long-time locals or recent arrivals to Saratoga and includes retired individuals, local business owners and real estate agents....

  • Libraries are a symbol of democracy

    Joshua Wood|Aug 17, 2023

    Jo Godwin once said, “A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.” This quote seems especially fitting now, considering the current political climate surrounding libraries and librarians. There is, it seems, a war on libraries as library boards have joined school boards as the newest front in America’s ongoing “culture war.” Wyoming hasn’t been shielded from this, but rather seems to be trying to make itself a leading voice. Take, for example, the recent development...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Aug 17, 2023

    There’s a lot of us that owe a debt of gratitude to Gary and Cheryl Ervin. They generously and thoughtfully supply probably hundreds of people with FREE firewood. We are grateful and very appreciative. It’s a shame there are morons who almost ruined it for all of us by being lazy slobs and dumping their garbage in our FREE firewood area. We need to start policing ourselves and call others if we see someone pull in with bags of garbage, pay attention. We don’t carry garbage when we go after wood, why would anyone? And can we open the bags and c...

  • Do people still read the newspaper?

    Virginia Parker|Aug 17, 2023

    With the internet readily available on your phone, computer, tablet, television and television screens invading your dining experience in many restaurants it isn’t surprising that readership of newspapers is declining. However, there are still many that do pick up the newspaper and spend a few minutes at least, perusing the printed page. Reading a newspaper is relaxing and easier on the eyes than looking at a screen. Studies also show that retention is better when reading printed material. A...

  • Hope is a Song in a Weary Throat

    Rev. Peggy Hotchkiss|Aug 17, 2023

    “Hope is a song in a weary throat.” These words, along with a picture of their author, the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, will grace the reverse side of a quarter to be minted in 2024 as part of a series of quarters honoring American women. Anna Pauline Murray (1910-1985) was an American civil and gender rights activist, scholar, poet, writer, lawyer, and Episcopal priest. She was an activist for civil rights before and during the Civil Rights Movement and, as an icon for women’s rights, was a co-founde...

  • Educating on energy

    Joshua Wood|Aug 17, 2023

    Carbon County, as its name implies, earned its name from coal production. Yet, today, it serves as an example of Governor Mark Gordon’s “all-of-the-above” approach to energy development. Each year, on the first day of the Carbon County Fair, the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) showcases energy development in the county with their annual Energy Day. This year, it was held on July 31. “We’ve been historically known for our energy production, initially it revolved around co...

  • Saratoga American Legion Baseball Finishes 3rd in Conference

    Aug 17, 2023

    In a small town there is the opportunity for each kid to participate in a lot of different activities, some offered by the school system and some from outside organizations. With everything that is going on in Saratoga for the youth, there has definitely been a lull in what most will still call “America’s Sport”... baseball! Over the past few years there has been a resurgence in community baseball for younger kids (ages 5-12) to get exposed to the game and play in a local league vs. each other...

  • Carbon County Board of REALTORS Awards

    Aug 17, 2023

    Carbon County, Wyoming, August 9, 2023 -- The Carbon County Board of REALTORS is proud to announce their annual Business Person of the Year and Realtor of the Year awards were presented to Mike Lujan & Jezria Latham, respectfully. One outstanding businessperson is selected from the Carbon County Board of REALTORS in a competition for the award of Wyoming REALTOR Business Person of the Year. Criteria upon which the nominees are judged include service to the local community, the general area and t...

  • Tips to Make Your Back-to-School Shopping Game Plan

    Aug 17, 2023

    The results of a new survey from Sensormatic Solutions, a leading retail solutions provider of Johnson Controls, show that despite new shopping options popularized during the pandemic, such as buy-online-pick-up-in-stores (BOPIS), 79% of respondents plan to conduct their back-to-school shopping in stores this year, a slight increase from 2022. The most important factors when shopping in-store include price (91%), product availability (75%) and a safe and comfortable store environment (44%)....

  • Girl Scout STEM Van Coming to Saratoga, WY

    Aug 17, 2023

    Billings, MT—August, 9 2023—Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming (GSMW) will be bringing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programming to Saratoga, WY on Monday, August 21 from 3:30pm – 6:00pm with their Mobile STEM Learning Center. Programming will take place at Saratoga Elementary located at 311 W. Springs Ave. All programming is free and open to girls in grades K-12. The Mobile STEM Learning Center is a new resource to GSMW that will provide valuable programming to girls acros...

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