Articles from the December 1, 2022 edition


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  • Giving, pantry and coat trees

    Virginia Parker|Dec 1, 2022

    Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, initially called the Church of the Heavenly Rest, sits at 106 West Main Street in Saratoga. It has been there since January 10, 1889. It was the first completed church building in the Saratoga/Encampment Valley and cost Thomas H. Hood approximately $1,000 to build. Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church has been a haven for travelers and those in need of rest and sustenance since the day the doors opened. The Rectory, currently called the the Agape House, is on the corn...

  • Miners honored and remembered

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 1, 2022

    On November 22, the Town Council of Hanna approved the name enhancement of the building known as the Hanna Parks and Recreation Center to the Hanna Miner Memorial Parks and Recreation Center. "This town was built on the backs of miners from its inception as a company town for the Union Pacific Coal Company (UPCC)," Hanna Parks and Recreation Director William Armstrong said. "The Recreation Center itself was built for miners and their families in 1982 by the Carbon County Coal Company." The...

  • A Sunny Donation

    Virginia Parker|Dec 1, 2022

    Every year the Head Start program gives turkeys to the families enrolled in the program. These turkeys are usually bought through the generosity of Sinclair Oil. Depending on the remaining funds available, families would receive a food basket with non-perishable items that can be used all year long. This year no one will go away empty handed thanks to the incredible generosity of Sunny Cup owner Cassie Orduno. According to Mindy Greene, this is the first year, she can remember, Saratoga being...

  • Senior Olympics

    Dec 1, 2022

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  • Donna Marie (Vandyke) Wells

    Dec 1, 2022

    Donna Marie (Vandyke) Wells, who called Riverside home since 1975, passed from this world peacefully on November 20, 2022 in Laramie, Wyoming. Donna was a woman who had many jobs in her life but enjoyed raising her three sons and spending time with her friends and family most of all. Donna was preceded in death by her father, mother, sister, and two brothers. She is survived by her husband of fifty-nine years and life-long friend Roy Thomas Wells (Encampment, WY); her three sons William Wells...

  • Erik Nelson

    Dec 1, 2022

    On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, Erik Nelson, loving husband and father of four children, went to heaven at the age of 81. Erik was born March 14, 1941 in Denver, Colorado and was adopted a few days later by Dr. John Nelson and Marion Nelson. He received two degrees in Agriculture and Animal Science from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Erik worked as a rancher for several years on Cedar Creek Ranch. He then became the owner of The Rustic Bar in Saratoga, Wyoming and has owned it...

  • Thomas Dean Waeckerlin

    Dec 1, 2022

    Thomas (Tommy) Dean Waeckerlin passed away on November 21, 2022, at Cheyenne Regional Hospital. Tommy was born in Rawlins, WY on October 3, 1957, to parents Robert and Virginia Waeckerlin as the the youngest of three sons–his brothers Rod and Gary. In his youth, Tommy participated in little league, marching band, bowling and learning to golf at the old Sinclair Golf Course. One of Tommy's proudest moments was earning an Amateur Grand Slam, achieving a combined pitch and no-hitter in little l...

  • Vandalism - WHY!?!

    Dec 1, 2022

    In all the years I’ve lived in this valley, I’ve seen many examples of vandalism–obscene words and pictures spray painted on the bridge, written on walls at the hot pool or a public bathroom are fairly common. Slashed tires and broken windows have also been reported by local folks. The most recent occurrence I know of is at the ice rink on Veterans Island. The ice rink that was so generously given to the community by the Kiwanis was damaged over the Thanksgiving holiday by vandals. Although the gates that lead into the skate park where the i...

  • Lots To Be Thankful For – Mainly That Pandemic Is In Our Rear View Mirror

    Dec 1, 2022

    Masks, guns, and banks. Out here in Wyoming, that sounds like Butch Cassidy and Wild Bunch. Butch was famously asked why he robbed banks? “That’s where the money is,” he answered, looking like he had just been asked the dumbest question on the planet. If Butch did not say it originally, I am sure he thought it. Two years ago, right now, I recall seeing a local Lander sportsman standing before a teller in a local bank, with his pistol on his hip, wearing a mask, and making a withdrawal. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, this happened all the t...

  • Editorial Cartoon

    Dec 1, 2022

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  • Medicine Bow closeted

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 1, 2022

    The Medicine Bow Town Council met November 14 at the Community Hall. Mark Davidson from Sunrise Engineering (Sunrise) said there had been a meeting with the Council and the contractor a few weeks ago to talk about the streets project. He said Sunrise would try to schedule a meeting with Clayton Bohr, the representative of the manufacturer of the polymer which had been laid down on the town’s roads over the summer. The polymer is not working the way the town had been told. All parties involved a...

  • Three times is the charm

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 1, 2022

    The Hanna Town Council met November 22 at the Hanna Town Hall. The Council had not met since their regular meeting on September 13. The meeting on October 11 was canceled when a car accident at Hanna Junction required two council members to leave as the meeting was starting and no quorum could be made. On November 15 there were not enough council members for a quorum. Because of the two months of cancellations, there was a lot on the agenda for the evening. Mayor Lois Buchanan told the council...

  • Reflections from the Grand Encampment Herald

    Dec 1, 2022

    Reprint of this story from the November 22, 1912 issue of the Grand Encampment Herald brought to you courtesy of Grandma’s Cabin, Encampment, Wyoming. Preserving History - Serving the Community. Short Course for Farmers at State University The Agricultural College of the University of Wyoming will offer a course for farmers and farmers’ wives, beginning January 6, 1913. This does not mean two weeks of visiting and sightseeing, but two weeks of hard work and study under the guidance of trained specialists. The course is outlined with the ide...

  • Runner retires from RNB State Bank

    Staff Report|Dec 1, 2022

    RNB State Bank would like to thank Dan Runner for 27 years of dedication to the Saratoga community, the staff and the bank as he announces his retirement. Runner says that serving as Saratoga market president was more than a job, it has been a way of life. Over a 42-year career, Runner looks back and recalls his treasured memories of the countless friendships and banking relationships he has made. Runner and his wife, Jean, have made their home in Saratoga, Wyoming where they plan to enjoy more time together and with family. As Runner looks...

  • This week at the Saratoga Care Center

    Dec 1, 2022

    by Tom Mansfied, Activity Volunteer The Activity Director and her assistants offered activities both mornings and afternoons throughout the week. Residents worked out to Sittercise on Monday morning and had Trivia in the afternoon, listening to Herstory, Memorable Places, and Magic Number. Residents played Mexican Train Dominoes onTuesday morning and made Christmas decorations in Arts and Crafts in the afternoon. The ever popular Hair and Nail Care happened on Wednesday morning. In the afternoon, residents played Bingo for quarters and candy....

  • Diggin' the Greens

    Virginia Parker|Dec 1, 2022

    Every year the Dirt Diggers Garden Club has a Christmas greens sale. All the items for sale are assembled by the members of the club using various ribbons, greenery and Christmas decorations. Centerpieces for the table or sideboard, swags and wreaths to hang will be available from $15 to $50. This year there is a new addition to the event, a last minute Christmas Gift table with all kinds of items for purchase. The Dirt Diggers support community projects, recently they purchased picnic tables...

  • A fun first for the Saratoga Museum

    Staff Report|Dec 1, 2022

    The Saratoga Museum held an event that has not been seen here, in Saratoga, in the past. The first Model Train Show was held November 19, 2022 and it was a hit with more that 140 attending the event. Museum Director, Dana Davis, wanted to create an event that would be family friendly as well as get kids and adults interested in trains and museums. Since, most of the museums in the area have train related displays and the Saratoga Museum building is an old Union Pacific train depot, a model...

  • The Runaway Lunchbox opens its doors

    Virginia Parker|Dec 1, 2022

    "It started as an ice cream truck," said Michelle Wolfard when asked what led her to be the owner of a food truck. Wolfard had seen a modified golf cart that was turned into an ice cream vending trailer. She remembered loving those as a kid and thought it would be fun. Unfortunately, she missed out on buying that vehicle, but a couple years later her dream came true. Wolfard was able to purchase a trailer with a shed sitting on it. The shed had already been turned into a food truck and just...

  • 2022 Outstanding Bighorn Teacher

    Virginia Parker|Dec 1, 2022

    Brett Miller started teaching VOAG at the Little Snake River Valley school June 2020. He is also the FFA Advisor for ninth through twelfth grade. This year Miller received the 2022 Outstanding Bighorn Teacher Award at the 29th Annual Bighorn Bash, sponsored by the National Bighorn Sheep Center in Dubois, Wyoming. The National Bighorn Sheep Center came to be in "remarkable effort of cooperation and partnership." Many entities including the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the town of Dubois, U.S...

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