Articles from the September 29, 2021 edition


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  • Determining the need

    Joshua Wood|Sep 29, 2021

    Is there a need for affordable housing in Saratoga? This is the question at least one member of the Saratoga Town Council is hoping to answer. As housing itself continues to be scarce in Saratoga—as of September 27 only 10 houses were listed on the Wyoming multisting website with only two of those below $200,000—the subject of affordable housing has also come up.  Councilmember Ron Hutchins brought up the subject of affordable housing under the council comments portion of the meeting....

  • Walk this way?

    Joshua Wood|Sep 29, 2021

    On any given day, entering 1st Street/Wyoming Highway 130 in Saratoga from Bridge Avenue typically requires saying a prayer, holding your breath and stepping on the gas pedal.  It can be just as dangerous on foot when crossing that same intersection, often with the feeling of recreating the classic arcade game “Frogger”. While not as busy as Interstate 80, which sits 20 miles north of Saratoga, 1st Street is by no means a quiet street. Though there aren’t any plans in the near future of...

  • Get energized

    Micky Jones|Sep 29, 2021

    Having a convenient healthy drink option doesn’t have to be a struggle for Saratoga residents any longer. With the opening of Panther Energy on July 3, nutritious shakes and teas have begun to trickle into the community. “I want to change peoples lives, I want to make people healthier,” owner Thatcher Spiering explained about his business mission. “To be able to provide someone with a protein shake that actually tastes like brownie batter and is really good for them is so cool....

  • Be careful what you wish for

    Joshua Wood|Sep 29, 2021

    “There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.” ~ Philip K. Dick Growing up, I often thought about how I wanted to live in a world inspired by science fiction. I suppose I should have been a little more specific on what science fiction future I was hoping for. The ideal was to be in a future similar to that presented in “Star Trek”, Gene Roddenberry’s brainchild which has spawned...

  • New faces on Sinclair council

    Mike Armstrong|Sep 29, 2021

    Members of the Sinclair Town Council found themselves in a bind in April. Mayor Asa Meeks had not shown up for several regularly scheduled council meetings. Further, there was no contact with town hall to explain why. Additionally, one of the council members, Leo Black, was missing the same meetings and there had also been no contact to explain the reason. "They just stopped showing up at the meetings," Current Sinclair mayor Leif Johansson said. "We never received anything from either on why...

  • River concerns raised

    Joshua Wood|Sep 29, 2021

    With the highwater season all but a distant memory, flooding concerns may be the last thing on most people's minds. At the September 21 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, however, a request to do river work was heard by the governing body. Ralph and Ann Hicks, who own a home behind the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, wrote a letter to the council which was read by Councilmember Ron Hutchins. "We are lifelong summer residents of Saratoga and each year we are river watchers. This year has...

  • Saratoga earns tops spots at home

    Joshua Wood|Sep 29, 2021

    The men's and women's varsity Saratoga Cross Country teams had a good showing for the hometown crowd on Friday as they hosted their annual Shana Ward Memorial Invite at Saratoga Hot Springs Resort. On the men's varsity side, the Bartlett twins continued to showcase their winning ways by placing in top spots for some individual victories. On the women's varsity side, however, Saratoga's long-distance runners were able to secure a team victory as they placed in the top spot. With only two meets...

  • Lady Tigers go 1-1 over weekend

    Micky Jones|Sep 29, 2021

    The Encampment Lady Tigers came away with a split weekend after one non-conference game and one conference game. On Friday, they were hosted by the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners and the Cokeville Lady Panthers on Staurday. Lady Tigers vs. Lady Miners The Lady Tigers attacked HEM on their home court for a 3-1 match. The netters played four sets total with Encampment taking a bite out of the Lady Miners in the first set at 25-21. HEM refused to be held down on their own court...

  • Lady Panthers dealt two losses

    Micky Jones|Sep 29, 2021

    The Saratoga Lady Panthers were dealt an 0-2 weekend as they were hosted by the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers and the Cokeville Lady Panthers. The Lady Panthers traveled to LSRV’s home net on Friday. The Lady Rattlers showed their fangs first thing winning the 1st set at 25-23. Continuing to defend their net, LSRV took a bite out of the Lady Panthers winning the 2nd set at 25-18. The Lady Panthers dug their heels into the 3rd set with 79 match digs. Leading in digs was...

  • Lady Miners split weekend

    Mike Armstrong|Sep 29, 2021

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners started their weekend on Friday facing the Encampment Lady Tigers. The first game of the season had the Lady Miners meet the Lady Tigers on their home turf where Encampment came out on top after playing five sets. It was hoped the Lady Miners would get revenge on their home field. It did not happen with the team losing 3-1. The 1st set was close at 17-17 before the Lady Tigers made a run to go ahead and stayed there, winning 25-21. The...

  • Lady Rattlers strike again

    Joshua Wood|Sep 29, 2021

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers had just one game last week as they hosted the Saratoga Lady Panthers on September 24. While the Lady Panthers would take one set from LSRV, the Lady Rattlers came away with another conference win. Head Coach Jenny Evans was proud of her team of netters, with positive comments for both the front and back row players. “I felt like it went pretty well. I just told them they need to go out and they need to be really aggressive and I feel like we...

  • Rattlers sink fangs into Dubois

    Mike Armstrong|Sep 29, 2021

    When the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers met the Dubois Rams on the gridiron last year, the Rattlers ended up losing a very tight game. That memory had Head Coach Jack Cobb very nervous because, he said, the Rattlers were basically facing the exact same team. It was a very different outcome with LSRV winning 46-0. “We came out knowing we had to play a complete game against Dubois,” Cobb said. “You have to beat Dubois because they never beat themselves.” Cobb said in the 1st...

  • HEM defends against Vikings

    Mike Armstrong|Sep 29, 2021

    Though the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners fells 50-13 to the Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings, the resulting game on Saturday was a great one to watch. While the Miners lost against the much larger Viking team, HEM put on a show of commitment and heart although the eight players on the team never got much breathing time. "I am proud of every single one of these players," Head Coach Zach Scott said. "Every single one of those kids went out there and played their heart out. They didn't...

  • Making history come alive

    Mike Armstrong|Sep 29, 2021

    After a difficult summer in 2020, the Hanna Basin, Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow museums invited Carbon County residents and outsiders to come and visit the Hanna Basin Museum to welcome them back on September 19. Directors of all three museums welcomed the visitors with a food spread donated by restaurants from Elk Mountain, Hanna, Medicine Bow and Saratoga. To raise money, there was a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction which had items donated by businesses from all over the county. There were...

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