Articles from the October 5, 2023 edition


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  • Autumn in the Valley

    Oct 5, 2023

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  • County property taxes drastically increase

    Joshua Wood|Oct 5, 2023

    Property owners in Carbon County received their tax statements for 2023 last month. According to County Assessor Renee Snider, on average there was an increase of 18-20% in property taxes for the county. Unfortunately, there seems to be little relief for taxpayers as the Wyoming State Legislature managed to pass just two bills out of 16 regarding property taxes in 2023. Market Inflation According to Snider, there were two major factors in the “substantial increase” seen in property taxes thi...

  • In Loving Memory of Pamela Ann Huntley

    Oct 5, 2023

    Pamela Ann Huntley, 65, of Tucson, AZ, went to her Heavenly Home September 6, 2023 at the Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, AZ after suffering numerous medical issues for the last 10 years of her life. She was a true fighter all the way to the end. Pam was born on June 6, 1958 to Stanley (Pat) and Leona Howatt, in Mather, Manitoba, Canada. She grew up and attended School in Langdon, ND, graduating from Langdon High School in 1976. Pam left North Dakota and lived in Wyoming, until moving to...

  • The sun sets over Saratoga with vibrant Fall colors.

    Oct 5, 2023

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  • Autumn comes knocking at the door

    Virginia Parker|Oct 5, 2023

    When the calendar page flips to October, the valley is filled with the brilliant colors of Autumn.The shadow of falling leaves flutters across the pages of our days. A slight respite after the rush of summer activities is welcome. Autumn lets herself in to our lives with a crispness in the air, a fresh perspective and a swirl of golden leaves. As a prelude to winter, Autumn can inspire us to reset, reevaluate and make goals for the coming months. Most folks think of Spring as the time to start n...

  • Chatting with the Chief: Right-of-Ways and Rules of the Road

    Joshua Wood|Oct 5, 2023

    With October having arrived, snow is well on its way to the Platte Valley and Saratoga. Before the snow really flies and begins to accumulate, the Town of Saratoga is working on repairing the streets for snow removal. Saratoga Police Chief Mike Morris said his department will be working with the Department of Public Works in identifying any unlicense, derelict or abandoned vehicles in the public right-of-way which may inhibit snow removal this winter. Morris also discussed the importance of not...

  • Major Divisions of Christianity – Part 3 The Sacraments

    Rev. Randolph Schnack|Oct 5, 2023

    First off, it must be stated that the term, sacrament, is a human term, and thus, churches choosing to use this term are also free to define it as they see fit. Because of this some churches choose not to use this term at all, since it is not a scriptural term, but still baptize people, marry people, celebrate the Lord’s Supper and so on. For those churches that use this term, it is always a rite carried out by the church. The Orthodox church of America, while listing the same 7 sacraments as the Roman Catholic Church, writes in their w...

  • Knotwell named Director of the Year

    Joshua Wood|Oct 5, 2023

    In March 2021, Amanda Knotwell joined the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce (SPVCC) as their newest CEO. She stepped into a role which had been held by Stacy Crimmins for nearly two decades in the midst of a pandemic. Knotwell, however, appeared to rise to the challenge. If her recent experience at the Wyoming Works Together Conference in Lander is any indication, she is making her own impact on the chamber of commerce. On September 22, she was named the 2023 Wyoming Chamber Director...

  • All Hail King Aidan

    Joshua Wood|Oct 5, 2023

    As is tradition during homecoming week, Saratoga Middle High School crowned its homecoming king and queen following the homecoming parade on September 21. This year, that ceremony took on some very special meaning as Aidan Clarke was crowned as king and his best friend, Marilee Williams, was crowned queen. Aidan, son of Adam and Misty Clarke, moved to Saratoga with his parents when he was in the 5th grade in 2016. A senior now at Saratoga Middle High School, Aidan has seemed to find a special...

  • Tigers continue winning streak

    Joshua Wood|Oct 5, 2023

    A battle of the top six-man teams in the North and the South played itself out at Tiger Nation on September 29 as the Encampment Tigers hosted the Kaycee Buckaroos. Both teams sat at No. 1 in their respective conferences as they met on the gridiron. In the weeks prior, the Tigers had dealt devastating conference losses to the Farson-Eden Pronghorns, 63-6, and the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miners, 77-6. They had also secured a win over the Dubois Rams with a 33 point lead, 65-32....

  • Lady Panthers Compete in the Thermopolis Invitational September 29 &30

    Oct 5, 2023

    The Saratoga High School Lady Panthers participated in the Thermopolis Invitational last weekend, finishing with a 2-2-1 record. The team had a tough week of preparation with several players dealing with illnesses, that effected practice time. Coach Lisa Teichman noted, “Despite limited practices the girls played with all they had. We plan to come back strong this week at the 1A Jamboree!”. That tournament will be held at Riverside High School, Basin WY, on October 6 & 7. Exact times of the gam...

  • Saratoga Cross Country Team - Top Ten

    Virginia Parker|Oct 5, 2023

    Marilee Williams, Bennett Keel, Sihauna Sanchez, Kelsea Raymer and Jett Arney finished in the top ten at the Wheatland Invitational. Marilee Williams became the first Saratoga Woman since 2007 to be an invitational champion at a meet. Saratoga Middle High School Head Coach Rex Hohnholt said, “As we head to the Leroy Sprague Invitational in Cheyenne this week it will mark the end of our middle school season and the last regular season tune up for the high school before the State Cross Country Cha...

  • Panthers emerge in defensive battle

    Gary Honodel|Oct 5, 2023

    In the Homecoming game, the previous week, the Saratoga Panthers exploded for 54 points against visiting Guernsey. Last Friday night in their game played at Wright they only scored 6. But 6 was enough. The smothering Panthers defense shut their opponent out to secure a 6-0 win. Saratoga forced four turnovers on the night. Defensive standout Hazen Williams had a fumble recovery. Allyster Ingraham recovered two balls forced away from Wright ball carriers. Griffin Barlett added an interception....

  • Are You a Medicare Rookie? Pros Can Help You Find Right Plan

    Oct 5, 2023

    Roughly 4.4 million Americans will reach the age of 65 in 2024, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While age is just a number in some respects, this particular birthday marks the time when Americans become eligible for the federal Medicare health insurance program. And if you’ll be hitting this milestone soon, you’re in good company, as athlete, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be doing the same. “I’ve been a rookie a few times in my life, but this time, I’m n...

  • Saratoga Elementary School Hosts Ag Day

    Gary Honodel|Oct 5, 2023

    Students at Saratoga Elementary School enjoyed an opportunity for outside the classroom education last Thursday during Ag Day 2023. Sponsored by the Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District and the Carbon County CowBelles, there were presenters from several local agriculture producers and ag agencies on hand. The program featured hands-on activities and information showcasing the Wyoming farm & ranch agri-business industry. The students got to see and touch big tractors, herding dogs...

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