Articles from the September 21, 2023 edition


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  • Community Center celebrates sweet 16

    Joshua Wood|Sep 21, 2023

    On the evening of September 8, the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) hosted the 16th annual Party on the Platte fundraiser. PVCC Director Joe Elder could not be more pleased with the results. Each year, the PVCC Joint Powers Board selects a project to raise funds and past projects have typically been centered around the interior of the building. This year, the fundraising was for some exterior working, specifically increasing the amount of exterior lighting. Joe Glode, chairman of the PVCC...

  • Rawlins man charged with attempted murder

    Joshua Wood|Sep 21, 2023

    A 73-year-old Rawlins man is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges following an incident on United States Highway 287 earlier this month. Melvin Leon Bagley has been charged with two counts of attempted second degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and battery, reckless driving and reckless endangerment according to court documents. In an affidavit of probable cause filed in Carbon County Circuit Court, the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) was dispatched to Mile Marker 22 on US...

  • Daniels Scholarship Program application opens September 15

    Sep 21, 2023

    Wyoming students encouraged to apply September 12, 2023 – The Daniels Fund is excited to announce the opening of the application for the Daniels Scholarship Program, providing a life-changing opportunity for students looking to pursue their higher education dreams. Wyoming high school seniors are encouraged to apply to become a 2024 Daniels Scholar at DanielsFund.org/Scholarships by 4:00 p.m. MST on Oct. 15 to be considered for the scholarship. The Daniels Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for motivated students to attend the c...

  • Governor Gordon to Issue Proclamation on Wyoming Arts and Humanities Month

    Sep 21, 2023

    CHEYENNE, WYOMING (September 13, 2023) — The Wyoming Arts Alliance and Ucross Foundation announced today that Governor Mark Gordon will issue a proclamation designating October as Wyoming Arts and Humanities Month during the Ucross 40th Anniversary Gala on September 27 in Ucross, Wyoming. In the proclamation, the Governor will emphasize the value of the arts and humanities and urge individuals, schools and businesses to engage with the various artistic and cultural activities available throughout the state. “Wyoming boasts a rich cultural her...

  • Daylight Savings is a Hoax

    Sep 21, 2023

    As cool weather rolls in and the days seem shorter it reminds me that we are quickly approaching the day on our calendar called “Daylight Savings Time”. This is a day we adjust our clocks and “fall back” to save an hour of daylight. This has always stuck me as odd. I know the history behind it and why we do it. I worked on a ranch in Montana as a teenagers and I remember Maurice Crabtree telling me, “The government is not going to tell me what time it is. We get up when the sun comes up and we work until it goes down, then we rest”. Wh...

  • Serving God and country

    Virginia Parker|Sep 21, 2023

    Bob Cain grew up in a little farm town in midwestern Illinois. Cain decided to join the Navy in 1985, a year after he graduated from high school. His oldest brother was in the Navy and Cain wanted to get away from Illinois to see the world. Cain's dad was in the Army in WWII. Cain went to boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He went to basic Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut. Cain was on submarines for two years as a helmsman, then served for two and half years as a hospital...

  • Carbon County Land Use Plan Update

    Sep 21, 2023

    Carbon County Planning and Development is starting the process of updating the County’s Land Use Plan, which is intended to be a guide for future development and growth for Carbon County. The land use plan should provide a functional plan for 10 years, with an outlook out to 20 years. Carbon County wishes to update its land use plan utilizing a planning process that is engaging, well-conceived, and professionally facilitated. The County expects the plan to be a community-based effort emphasizing citizen involvement with representation and c...

  • Cody Radio Station Owner Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud

    CJ Baker|Sep 21, 2023

    A Cody businesswoman recently pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, admitting she withheld and then manipulated several years of returns in an attempt to avoid paying more than $2.5 million in taxes. As part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Susan K. Patrick acknowledged that she’d hidden $10 million of business income — and, in turn, $9.5 million of personal income — between 2012 and 2014. Patrick is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 19 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Although she now makes her home on the South Fork, she wa...

  • Will the gates open again?

    Jordan Smith|Sep 21, 2023

    Hell’s Half Acre, an area west of Casper known for its geologic landmarks, could see long-shut gates open to the public once more. A committee composed of the Natrona County Parks and Rec- reation Department, Visit Casper and subcommittee members of the Natrona County Outdoor Rec Collaborative wants to reopen the Hell’s Half Acre trailhead and restore the interior for tourists. It estimates that the project will cost about $200,000. The money will come from grants, the committee stated. They plan to apply for funding starting in October, though...

  • A Need to Look Ahead

    Aedan Hannon|Sep 21, 2023

    Wyoming is aging and aging quickly. That fact is not new. In 2014, experts urged state action to prepare for an impending “gray wave” in Wyoming. The state’s rapidly aging population is raising similar concerns almost a decade later. But there is a silver lining. The majority of Wyoming’s 65 and over residents are “young-old,” giving the state valuable time to reinforce its elderly and health care systems, according to a new report and data compiled by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston in partnership with the Wyoming Hea...

  • Burning for Victory

    Sep 21, 2023

  • Riverside Town Council updates and upgrades

    Virginia Parker|Sep 21, 2023

    Union Telephone representatives visited with the Riverside Town Council at their monthly meeting on September 14, giving an update to a grant that would make it possible to bring fiber optic internet into Riverside and Encampment. Brian Woody, Chief Customer Relations Officer for Union Telephone told the Council that Union has applied for the Wyoming Capital Projects Fund (CPF) Grant for $1.5 million dollars. This grant is part of a program designed to provide internet service with speeds of...

  • Colorado Grand autos

    Virginia Parker|Sep 21, 2023

    Grand Encampment Museum was the host for the 34th Annual Colorado Grand Tour lunch stop on September 13. Every September at the peak of the fall color season approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in this relaxed, non-competitive trip covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days. Entrants come from around the world. This event is run in cooperation with the Colorado State Patrol. Nine patrolmen run with this group. This year the Colorado Grand was able to present a $15,000 check to...

  • Lady Panthers win Valley matchup

    Joshua Wood|Sep 21, 2023

    The raucous roar of fans filled the Panther Den on September 16 as the Encampment Lady Tigers were hosted by their Valley and conference rivals, the Saratoga Lady Panthers, for their first match-up of the season. Over the course of five sets, the two teams battled it out in a back-and-forth in a match which saw extended volleys and razor thin leads. Ultimately, the Lady Tigers fell to Saratoga 2-3 marking another conference loss for Encampment. Last weekend, the Lady Tigers fell to the...

  • Saratoga Panthers outlasted in road contest

    Sep 21, 2023

    The Saratoga High School Panthers made the long road trip to Lusk for a 6:00p kickoff against Niobrara. The Tigers deploy a wide open passing attack and were able to outpace the visiting Panthers. Saratoga played hard led by Snowdon Williams on offense and Hazen Williams on the defensive side of the ball. Douglass Cambell was recognized by Coach Todd Weber for his solid efforts throughout the game. Passing teams do tax the defense by requiring sustained effort on the pass rush, and running the...

  • Lady Panthers Lose at Rock River

    Gary Honodel|Sep 21, 2023

    Saratoga volleyball faced off with Rock River last Friday afternoon at 4:00 in an away match. The Lady Panthers may have been caught looking ahead to the big match up with valley rival Encampment the next day and dropped the match 3 games to 1. Several players turned in solid performances, keeping the opening two games tight, winning the third, before losing the deciding forth game. Gillian Creed contributed across the board with 18 assists, 22 digs, 4 kills and a block. Allie Condict had 13...

  • Saratoga Middle School remains undefeated

    Sep 21, 2023

    The Saratoga Middle School Panthers played their last home game on Thursday September 14th against Wind River. The Panthers won 40-0 behind the solid running of Hunter Johnson and some shut down defense. Coach Walker Williams said, “I was really proud of how we played as a team on defense. Kids like Weston James, Kaden Westring, and Col Williams made some awesome defensive plays.”. The team is 3-0 heading into a four game stretch playing away....

  • Chatting with the Chief: Those Doggone Deer

    Joshua Wood|Sep 21, 2023

    Saratoga Police Chief Mike Morris spoke with the Saratoga Sun regarding calls to his department regarding deer along with what seems to be an increase in dog calls. Saratoga, like other towns in Wyoming, has had its own urban deer population which can cause issues for the police department in the form of various calls. With the onset of hunting season, the rural deer can also make their way into town and both populations can end up hit by a vehicle. They can also be a nuisance to homeowners who...

  • Keep Your Home Cozy in Cool Weather With These Upgrades

    Sep 21, 2023

    When the temperatures drop and the precipitation turns cold, efficiently keeping your home cozy and warm is likely a top priority. As you make home upgrades this fall, be sure to use materials designed to withstand extreme weather events and which help manage indoor climate control. Doing so will mean greater comfort and more affordable energy bills, not only when it’s cold, but all year long. Roofing As your first defense against all kinds of weather, your roof sustains a lot of wear and tear. Consider prioritizing durability, strength and wea...

  • Saratoga Middle High School Cross Country

    Staff report|Sep 21, 2023

    This past Friday saw Saratoga’s Cross Country team in Rawlins. The weather was perfect for the competition. Their next meet will be this Friday, the 22nd here in Saratoga at the Shana Ward Memorial Invitational starting at 1 p.m. Women’s Varsity Results Marilee Williams—7th Place—21:38 Men’s JV Results Decker Sipe—34th Place—22:00 Dylan Greenberg—56th Place—26:08 Men’s Varsity Results Bennett Keel—22nd Place—20:39 Tyler Greenberg—25th Place—21:05 Zane Butler—27th Place—21:42 Douglas Anderson—29th Place—22:42 Middle School Girls Results 2 miles...

  • A Team Roping Family Affair

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