Articles from the November 23, 2023 edition


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  • Ordunos strike it lucky with The Pearl

    Joshua Wood|Nov 23, 2023

    Over the past several years, Cassie and Tommy Orduno have added a number of businesses to Saratoga beginning with Bella’s Bistro and then adding the Saratoga Sandwich Company and SunnyCup. Now, the couple have added yet another business with The Lucky Pearl at 100 N. 1st Street. The location had previously been the home of the Laura M Art Gallery until owner, Laura Morrow, chose to close her business last year. When Laura M made her announcement, Cassie said she briefly considered opening s...

  • Planning commission plans for the future

    Joshua Wood|Nov 23, 2023

    As the year draws to a close, the Saratoga Planning Commission is preparing for 2024. At their November 14 meeting, the planning commission discussed potential ordinances, a brownfield grant application and goals for next year. Processing Code Changes Emery Penner, zoning and planning director, raised the idea of a potential ordinance to the planning commission in regards to meat processing facilities. Currently, under section 18.39.020(B) of the Saratoga Municipal Code, a meat packing plant or...

  • Garland Bartlett

    Nov 23, 2023

    Garland Bartlett, Jr, resident of Saratoga, WY, passed away on November 15, 2023 at the age of 80 years old. He was born on 11/14/1943 in Saratoga Wyoming to Garland Bartlett, Sr. and Elsie Williams. He grew up on the family ranch and attended school in Saratoga. As a teenage boy, he helped to build the Old Baldy golf course. He loved sports and played football and basketball for the Saratoga Panthers. He graduated from Saratoga High School in 1962. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Ch...

  • Saving, donating makes cents

    Joshua Wood|Nov 23, 2023

    The Saratoga branch of RNB State Bank recently presented checks totalling $600 to members of the community. On November 3, two checks for $200 each were presented to two Valley non-profit organizations and one check for $200 was presented to Liandro Escobedo. The presentation of the check to Escobedo was due to his success in a recent program called “Saving Makes Cents” in which people were asked to guess the amount of pennies in a jar. “We just decided to select a jar, fill it with penni...

  • Permitting Reform Will Build a Stronger Wyoming

    Nov 23, 2023

    As the representative for Wyoming’s House District 41, top priorities include eliminating bureaucratic red tape, fostering swift economic growth, bolstering businesses, and ultimately ensuring a thriving Wyoming with good job opportunities for hardworking families. When our economy is strong, our Wyoming communities are strong. That’s why I’m proud to support investments to build out, upgrade and modernize our infrastructure to help create much-needed competitive jobs, support Wyoming businesses and strengthen our local economies across the s...

  • Reminder to be aware of scams

    Nov 23, 2023

    Fishy Finances via Text: A Laramie resident recently received a text message from an unknown number, with the sender claiming to be Amy from Merchant Funding. In the message, “Amy” stated that they had pre-approved credit lines available for the citizen’s company and asked, in poorly written language, “How much could you be looking for?” The message raised suspicions due to the unprofessional grammar and the fact that the sender’s identity was unknown. CyberWyoming Note: When in doubt, throw it out! Suspicious text messages, especially...

  • Count Down to Christmas With an Advent Calendar

    Nov 23, 2023

    As Christmas approaches, there is no better way to kick off the holiday season and get the entire family excited about the approaching fun and festivities than with an advent calendar. For over a century, celebrants have marked the days before Christmas and enjoyed a daily treat, with advent calendars. Fun thematic twists on this tradition have included everything from games and puzzles for kids to dog chews for furry friends. Of course, in the modern era, there are now digital options, too,...

  • Dr. Seuss and Thanksgiving

    Nov 23, 2023

    As a father of 8 children, I have read my share of Dr. Seuss books. The “Cat in the Hat” reminds me to keep my kids active otherwise they may get into mischief, and to be very careful who I let influence my children. As a Pastor, the movie “Horton Hears a Who” has some great spiritual lessons that we can draw out; everyone is important, everyone is worthy to be saved, and providing for and protecting the less fortunate. Dr. Seuss’ real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel. He wrote over 60 books and at the time of his death had sold more than 600...

  • Brightening the Holiday Season for the Military Community

    Nov 23, 2023

    As we enter the holiday season and Americans across the country look forward to spending time with family, thousands of service members deployed overseas – many to the Middle East in response to the Israel-Hamas war – will not have that luxury and will be spending the holidays far away from loved ones. Here is how USO Holidays programming delivers a piece of home to them, along with ideas for how you can get involved: - Care packages: A care package might seem small in light of the cha...

  • Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes By Kindergarteners

    Nov 23, 2023

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  • Wyoming Completes a Perfect 7-0 Home Season With a 42-9 Win Over Hawai'i

    Nov 23, 2023

    Laramie, Wyo. (Nov. 18, 2023) -- An explosive first half by Wyoming’s offense and a smothering Cowboy defense fueled a 42-9 victory for the Wyoming Cowboys over Hawai’i in the final home game of the 2023 season. Wyoming scored five touchdowns on its first six possessions of the first half, while the Poke defense shutout the Rainbow Warriors in the first half to build a 35-0 halftime lead. The Pokes improved their record to 7-4 on the season and 4-3 in the Mountain West Conference. Haw...

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

    Nov 23, 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...

  • This Fall, Older Adults Should Protect Their Health

    Nov 23, 2023

    “During the holidays, our lives get very busy with family and friends,” said Dr. J.B. Sobel, chief medical officer for Cigna Healthcare’s Medicare business. “Before then, please take time to ensure you get the preventive care you need to stay healthy.” Preventive care is critical for everybody, but particularly for older adults, and especially in fall when risks can increase, Sobel said. Recommendations vary based on age, gender and health status, but the following are some of the most comm...

  • How to Navigate Your Medicare Options During the Annual Enrollment Period

    Nov 23, 2023

    The average Medicare beneficiary in 2023 has access to 43 Medicare Advantage plans, the largest number of options ever, according to KFF. With so many plans to choose from, the Medicare and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), taking place from October 15 to December 7, may be overwhelming and confusing. “The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is when you can shop for a new plan, if you want to,” says Kate Long, consumer financial wellness advocate at Assurance IQ. “If you have a new doctor, are taking new prescriptions or if...

  • The Coat Tree - a special blessing for the community

    Gary Honodel|Nov 23, 2023

    Driving down 1st Street you will see coats hanging from a tree in the yard of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. This unique ministry began last year when someone told Virginia Parker that they had seen three men walking to work in below zero weather without coats. Sensing a need in the community Ms. Parker enlisted the help of her sister, Ginger Peters, and they began to visit area thrift stores buying all of the winter coats they could find. Initially they handed those coats directly to...

  • Adding xing for gobblers

    Nov 23, 2023

    Photos courtesy Lee Ann Stephenson Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Town of Riverside now has two state-approved turkey crossing signs posted at either entrance to the small southern Platte Valley town. Wild turkeys have been ever present in the area, often seen taking a relaxing stroll down Wyoming Highway 230 near the Encampment River....

  • CCEDC Gives Back

    Nov 23, 2023

    Photo courtesy Yvonne Johnson Yvonne Johnson, CCEDC Director, recently presented a check to members of the Saratoga High School basketball team and Head Coach Jason Williams as well as Saratoga High School FBLA for their help at the CCEDC fundraiser on October 6 at the Platte Valley Community Center. The basketball team served food at the event while the FBLA handled the raffle tickets....

  • The Best Holiday Gifts for Teachers

    Nov 23, 2023

    Have some teachers in your life? Use this subject-by-subject holiday gift guide to help them level up their lesson plans: History Spark a vibrant classroom discussion every day with the History Channel’s This Day in History boxed calendar. Featuring brief explanations of extraordinary happenings throughout the ages -- from groundbreaking inventions to declarations of war -- teachers, and their students -- will be treated to a breadth of information that can deepen their understanding of world e... Full story

  • How to Host the Holidays Affordably

    Nov 23, 2023

    From getting your home ready for guests and finding the perfect gifts to preparing a delicious meal, the holidays can seem overwhelming and expensive – but they don’t have to be. Take the following steps to save time and money on seasonal essentials. Prepping Your Home To get your home ready for holiday hosting, begin by decluttering surface areas such as tables and kitchen counters. Next, take an inventory and purchase any additional cleaning supplies you’ll need for a deep clean. Remem...

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