Articles from the October 6, 2021 edition


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  • A building by another name?

    Joshua Wood|Oct 6, 2021

    When it comes to traveling in Carbon County, there are many unsung heroes who make it possible. Chief amongst those are the employees of the Carbon County Road and Bridge Department. On September 7, Encampment resident Gary Jacobsen appeared before the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) to change that. In what Jacobsen would later call a “good precedent”, he proposed the county commissioners consider naming the road and bridge building in Encampment to honor long time employee...

  • A path to affordable housing

    Joshua Wood|Oct 6, 2021

    As growth continues to come to Saratoga, the topic of affordable housing appears to be becoming more and more relevant. In May 2021, Saratoga resident Steve Niccolls appeared before the Saratoga Planning Commission and requested the board examine what options were available. For several months, that discussion didn’t appear to take place until the September 21 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council when the subject was raised by Councilmember Ron Hutchins. Now the topic has been brought up, it...

  • New owner, same service

    Staff Report|Oct 6, 2021

    Laurie Forster gave the long-time reins of her real estate company Town & Country Realty to her agent Amanda Shahadey back in July. Amanda bought the business and building but the same faces are in the office. Laurie including her husband Reg, along with Associates Shelby McGuire & JoAnn Capellen in addition to long time Administrative Assistant Mary Martin have all made the transition with the new owner. “I am proud of each and every one of my Associates & Staff and am excited with OUR Town & Country,” said Forster  Amanda became the...

  • A new smiling face

    Staff Report|Oct 6, 2021

    Town & Country Realty is proud to announce Lauren Trostle has joined the team. She was born in the heart of Amish Country, Pennsylvania but now calls Elk Mountain, Wyoming home sweet home. She loves exploring the beautiful views around every corner of the area.  In her spare time Lauren is found outdoors every chance she gets. Also specializing in wildlife photography, with a camera in her hand and black lab by her side she loves to go hiking and fly fishing.  "I am honored to be a part...

  • Something to digest

    Staff Report|Oct 6, 2021

    The Platte Valley Ministerial Association is hosting a Beans and Rice Banquet on Tuesday, October 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Ann’s Church.  The dinner is a fundraising event for the Saratoga Food Pantry.  Admission is by donation. In addition to raising funds to support the work of the Food Pantry, a goal of serving a dinner of beans, rice, and lentils is to make people aware of the diets of poor people worldwide.  According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) 2020 report, nearly nine percent of the...

  • The Purity of a Community

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 6, 2021

    It is sometimes hard for me not to miss the life I had overseas because, often, it was a lot of fun. At one point I was writing for a magazine where my job was going to different nightclubs in Taipei reviewing their “Ladies Night.” My work at the magazine was part-time because I lived in Taichung, a three to four hour bus ride away. Back then the train was not much faster. although that has changed. Using the ‘Bullet Train’, a person can be in Taipei from Taichung in an hour-and-half.... Full story

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  • Lady Rattlers do well in tourney

    Joshua Wood|Oct 6, 2021

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers received a bit of a break from conference play this weekend as they competed in the Bobcat Invitational in Thermopolis. Though other 1A conference teams were in attendance, the Lady Rattlers were able to test their skills against higher conference teams with, mostly, positive results. LSRV faced the Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzlies, the Burlington Lady Huskies, the Big Piney Lady Punchers, the Riverside Lady Rebels and the Thermopolis Lady...

  • Fearless Miners face Midwest Oilers

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 6, 2021

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miner football team would have been within their rights to consider not playing last week when the roster could only field six players to face a team which had nearly double the players. “We only had six and with them not being able to rest at all, there is just little chance of us winning against a team that can rest players,” Head Coach Zack Scott said. “I am so proud of these boys because they fought hard, tried their best and never gave up....

  • Saratoga runs to 3rd place

    Joshua Wood|Oct 6, 2021

    *Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article reported the 2A State Cross Country Championship was on October 15. The event is, in fact, on October 23.* As the cross country season draws to a close and the 2A State Cross Country Championship gets ever closer, Saratoga Cross Country appears poised to do well this season.  On October 1, Saratoga’s long distance runners competed in the Wheatland Invite with both the men’s varsity and women’s varsity placing 3rd. While the Bartlett Twins...

  • Lady Tigers take to Thermopolis

    Micky Jones|Oct 6, 2021

    The Encampment Lady Tigers traveled to the Bobcat Invitational in Thermopolis over the weekend and netted six games over October 1 and 2. Encampment tied against three opponents and only took one loss over the weekend. The Encampment Lady Tigers first faced the Wind River Cougars on Friday. Encampment won the 1st set 21-19. With Wind River quickly returning to win the 2nd set 21-19, the match ended in a tie for both teams. Facing the Big Piney Punchers, the Encampment Lady Tigers lost the 1st...

  • Lady Panthers net five games in away tournament

    Joshua Wood|Oct 6, 2021

    The Saratoga Middle High school Lady Panthers hit the road over the weekend. The Bobcat invitational tournament in Thermopolis was held October 1 and 2. The Lady Panthers played a total of five conference matches over two days. Coming away with two wins and two ties, the Lady Panthers only lost one match of the weekend. Head Coach Shayley Love said,”It was a good weekend overall for our team.  We are trying a few things in our line up and it proved to have some huge benefits for us.  I felt...

  • Tigers topple Meeteetse

    Joshua Wood|Oct 6, 2021

    The Encampment Tigers are now sitting at the No. 2 spot in the 1A West Six-Man Conference following their October 1 game against the Meeteetse Longhorns. Despite a bye week following their hard-fought win over the Farson-Eden Pronghorns, the defending 1A Six-Man State Champions, Encampment was able to keep momentum going into their game against the Longhorns. Meeteetse, for their part, had tied for the No. 1 spot with Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) following a win over the Burlington Huskies....

  • HEM goes 1-1 over weekend

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 6, 2021

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners were at home and away for a split weekend for two conference matches. The Lady Miners hosted the Guernsey-Sunrise Lady Vikings on October 1 and were hosted by the Rock River Lady Longhorns on October 2. Lady Miners vs. Lady Vikings "This was our third meeting with Guernsey this season so we knew somewhat to expect, however volleyball is such a mental sport that you never feel fully prepared," Head Coach Tiera Scott said. "We were down on of...

  • Panthers dogged by Lingle

    Mike Armstrong|Oct 6, 2021

    The Saratoga Panthers played well against the Lingle-Ft. Laramie (Lingle) Doggers on Friday evening but, at the end, could not quite pull off the win according to Head Coach Logan Wright. "If we had three or four minutes left in the game instead of two when we got the ball back," Wright said, "I think we would have scored and won." Wright believes the Panthers were equal to the team the Doggers fielded for the October 1 game. "Their team had three big plays that they scored on and that was the...

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  • Water, water everywhere

    Joshua Wood|Oct 6, 2021

    While the Platte River may be low this time of year, a minor flood occurred in front of the Saratoga Town Hall during the October 5 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council. As the governing body was going about their twice-monthly meeting, Sergeant Tyler Christen requested a short recess for council members to use their vehicles. Upon exiting the front of the town hall, water could be seen bubbling up from under Spring Street and running towards 1st Street. The large break caused a sudden loss in... Full story