Articles from the November 16, 2023 edition


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  • Hay, Can You Dig It?

    Staff Report|Nov 16, 2023

    The 7th Annual Hay Bale Sculpture Contest, sponsored by the Platte Valley Arts Council (PVAC), concluded on October 31 with the award going to the newest group to enter the annual contest: the Encampment Dirt Diggers Garden Club. The Annual Hay Bale Sculpture Contest began in 2016, when the PVAC challenged local ranches, businesses and families to get their creative juices flowing and make a “sculpture” with the predominant medium being hay bales. Other aspects could be incorporated such as woo...

  • Saratoga PD preparing for dispatch shortage

    Joshua Wood|Nov 16, 2023

    The same struggle of employee shortages plaguing emergency call centers around the nation will also soon impact the Saratoga Police Department, which already has a small staff of dispatch workers. At the November 7 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, Chief Mike Morris told the council that he would soon be down to only two full-time dispatchers. The typical amount of dispatch staff for his department is four full-time employees. Dispatch Shortage “We’re running into a little bit of an iss...

  • William Craig

    Nov 16, 2023

    William Craig, age 66 of Encampment, Wyoming passed away on November 5, 2023. Bill was born in Rawlins, Wyoming and grew up in the Saratoga area, between the Brush Creek and Pick Bridge Ranches. He worked for the Town of Encampment for 27 years in multiple roles as a Police Officer, Head of Maintenance and most recently on the Town Council. He also served in the volunteer fire department. Bill also worked as an operator for Sinclair for the past 12 years. Bill loved spending time outdoors in Wyo...

  • News Briefs From Around the State

    Nov 16, 2023

    Barrasso, Lummis express concern over nursing home staffing rule CHEYENNE (WNE) — U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis, both R-Wyo., sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) regarding the agency’s proposed minimum staffing standards in nursing homes. A news release from the Senate delegation’s office said they “disapprove of the administration’s one-size-fits-all approach that does not account for the needs of rural states, such as Wyoming.” The release said, “Should the proposed rule become a requirement, it will res...

  • Be the one who turned back!

    Bishop Bob Keel|Nov 16, 2023

    As a medical Provider in Carbon County I take particular interest in the biblical references when our Savior Jesus Christ healed infirmities and raised people from the dead. Jesus is our “Master Healer”. For example the miracle when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead just amazes me and is a wonderful example of God’s love for us! In Luke 17 the story is told of Jesus traveling to Jerusalem when “ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off…lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. When he saw them, he said unto them...

  • Living on Purpose

    William F. Holland Jr.|Nov 16, 2023

    Late one stormy London night in 1763, a man filled with despair was determined to end his life. He hired a driver to take him to the river and was convinced that if he could only cast himself into the depths of the Thames, his agony could be finally put to an end. He was unwavering in his resolve as he stepped down from the carriage and as it pulled away; he walked through the fog toward the pier and suddenly noticed a strange figure sitting there, staring at him as if he had been expecting him. In the awkward silence, he also observed the...

  • Dine-in option returns for community dinner

    Staff Report|Nov 16, 2023

    After several years of the Platte Valley Helping Hands (PVHH) Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner being available by delivery only, the 27th Annual Dinner will return with a dine-in option. This delicious free traditional Thanksgiving meal is available to anyone in the valley, but you must contact a PVHH Board Member by Friday, November 17th by calling any one of these Board members: Marilyn Verplancke 326-8190, Crissy Blocker 329-3468, Wanda Snell 256-2860 or Jamie Campbell 321-8728. The PVHH Board decided to eliminate their sit-down Free...

  • Getting to know Stan Lee

    Joshua Wood|Nov 16, 2023

    In the southeast corner of Wyoming sits the state’s only university, home of the University of Wyoming Cowboys and alma mater of current NFL players such as Josh Allen and Logan Wilson. Just a stone’s throw away from War Memorial Stadium—which arguably becomes the most densely populated location during home football games—is a surprising looking structure with equally surprising contents. The American Heritage Center (AHC) is located within the Centennial Complex which catches the eye with its u...

  • Pokes in the Pros: Week 10

    Nov 16, 2023

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (11/14/23) – Not long ago, Marcus Epps was patrolling the University of Wyoming secondary as a walk-on. Now, not only is he a starting safety in the National Football League, but a productive one at that. The Las Vegas Raider has logged at least four tackles in each of his last four games. That included a five-tackle performance in the Raiders’ 16-12 victory over the New York Jets. For the season, Epps has 44 tackles, three tackles for loss and one pass defended. He’s helped Las Vegas improve to 5-5 overall. Epps isn’t the only fo...

  • Cowgirls Close Regular Season at Home

    Nov 16, 2023

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 14, 2023) – The Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team closes regular season play this week with a pair of home matches as they look to battle their way into the Mountain West Tournament. The Cowgirls host Air Force at 6:30 p.m., Thursday and New Mexico at 5 p.m., Saturday for Senior Night. Wyoming (18-9, 7-9 MW) currently sits in eighth in the conference standings but can get into the top-six in the league to qualify for the tournament with two wins this week and with a little bit of help from the teams just above it. The C...

  • Corner-crossing appeal: Judge wrongly relied on old case

    Angus M. Thuermer Jr.|Nov 16, 2023

    Awealthy ranch owner wants a federal appeals court to overturn a Wyoming judge’s ruling that corner crossing is legal, arguing it relied on a 1914 court decision that is “not binding, persuasive or even good law.” Elk Mountain Ranch owner Fred Eshelman made that argument to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in papers filed Monday by his attorneys. The appeal counters Wyoming Chief U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl’s ruling from earlier this year that federal law prevents Eshelma...

  • State officials, Jacksonites question 'disposal' of Kelly parcel

    Billy Arnold Jackson Hole Daily|Nov 16, 2023

    JACKSON — For the first time in recent memory, a small herd of horses was grazing outside the Teton County Library. Inside, their owner, Jake Hutton, wore a worn, drooping cowboy hat as he regaled state officials with his thoughts on why 640 acres of state land near Kelly shouldn’t be auctioned off. Hutton grazes his small herd on the parcel, which is just east of Grand Teton National Park, and runs an outfitting business there. He’d like to keep that job, but couldn’t if a developer buys th...

  • Veterans Day dinner held at the Saratoga American Legion

    Gary Honodel|Nov 16, 2023

    Area veterans and their guests were honored at the annual Veterans Day dinner at the Angus Eng American Legion in Saratoga Saturday night. Those in attendance enjoyed an excellent dinner, prepared by the Legion staff, shared in reflections and remembrance over the course of the evening. One poignant moment came when Legionnaire Don Ainsworth shared memories of boyhood friend Darwin Judge USMC. Judge and his fellow Marine, Charles McMahon, were the last two American casualties of the Vietnam...

  • New benches for the ice rink

    Gary Honodel|Nov 16, 2023

    When the Kiwanis Club wanted some new benches for the Platte Valley Kiwanis Ice Rink on Veterans Island they knew just where to turn. Kiwanis members Cindy Carnes and Barbara Youngberg contacted Todd Weber, Industrial Tech teacher at Saratoga Middle/High School. Mr. Weber enlisted two of his outstanding students, seniors Jax Pagnac and Tuker Carricato. The end result show that Mr. Weber choose the right men for the job. Barbara and Cindy were impressed with the craftsmanship and excited to be...

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  • Community Thanksgiving Service and Potluck Dinner, November 19th

    Staff Report|Nov 16, 2023

    The Platte Valley Ministerial Association invites everyone to the Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 19th at 5:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Saratoga. The ecumenical service is an annual tradition and is the major fundraising event for the Ministerial Association. The service will feature musical offerings by the Saratoga Community Choir, as well as congregational hymns, prayers, and Scripture readings. Clergy members from valley congregations will lead the service. The Ministerial Association sponsors the...

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