Articles from the December 7, 2023 edition


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  • Raising funds 'fir' a good cause

    Joshua Wood|Dec 7, 2023

    Christmas magic was on full display at the 21st Annual Festival of the Trees, held at the Platte Valley Community Center in Saratoga on December 1. According to Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Amanda Knotwell, the annual event had approximately 250 people in attendance—the highest turnout in the past five years. This year’s event also raised more than $43,000 gross with $36,875 of that from the live auction held that night. While a number of items were auctioned off between $10... Full story

  • New commissioner: no agenda, just what the people want

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Dec 7, 2023

    The Carbon County Commissioners at its recent meeting appointed Elk Mountain resident Garrett Irene to fill a vacant seat on the Board. The position became available when Byron Barkhurst resigned with one year remaining in his term. Irene said in an interview he has lived in Wyoming his entire life. His family has lived in Carbon County since the late 1800s. Making the motion to appoint Irene, Commissioner John Johnson said Irene fills a demographic that has been missing on the Board. Irene...

  • Appointments, electric and closures

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Dec 7, 2023

    The Carbon County Board of Commissioners appointed Garrett Irene to fill the seat vacated by former Commissioner Byron Barkhurst, who resigned. Irene’s term will expire in January 2025. Irene will be sworn in December 5. Prior to making their selection, the Board interviewed three candidates during their November 21 meeting. The other two candidates were Emilee Berger and Joey Correnti. Commissioner John Johnson made the motion to appoint Irene saying a “demographic has been missing” on the Board that Irene will fill. The Board approved the mot...

  • Public input sought on land use plan

    Staff Report|Dec 7, 2023

    While there’s been plenty of statewide attention and public input on a natural resource plan for the Red Desert in neighboring Sweetwater County, Carbon County is seeking input for its 2024 Land Use Plan. In a press release, the County announced it is seeking feedback from the public as it reviews and updates the land use plan, which will help guide development for the next two decades. According to the press release, a public input survey is now available where citizens can offer their vision for the County. They can also use the survey to r...

  • Chatting with the Chief: Staffed Up in Dispatch

    Joshua Wood|Dec 7, 2023

    At the November 21 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, the governing body approved the hiring of two part-time and one full-time dispatcher for the Saratoga Police Department. The two part-time dispatchers are Tiffany Moore and Tana Davi, the full-time dispatcher is Joshua Mathieu. “We’re doing the onboarding right but we’ve still got a couple of hoops to jump through to get the full-time going,” said Saratoga Police Chief Mike Morris. “Then we’ll be able to put him on the schedule and start t...

  • Christmas Price Index Through the Years

    Staff Report|Dec 7, 2023

    The good old days – when a gallon of gas was only $1.13 and a performance by 10 leaping lords could be purchased for just more than $2,900. The year was 1984 and those Lords-a-Leaping, along with the other 11 gifts from the popular holiday carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” were making their debut in the inaugural PNC Christmas Price Index (CPI). Dating back to the late 1700s, the carol’s early verses deviate very little from the version of the song known today. Though one factor has changed...

  • Shopping Small this Holiday Season

    Aikta Marcoulier|Dec 7, 2023

    The pandemic confirmed the critical role that small businesses play in our daily lives. It sounds cliché, but locally owned small businesses truly are the heart and soul of our cities and towns. The holiday shopping season is a crucial time for small retailers and restaurants that depend upon the boost in sales earned between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not so long ago, it was an American tradition to shop and explore at the local mega mall or vibrant small business district downtown. Brick-and-mortar businesses would promote their best deals... Full story

  • Major Divisions of Christianity – Part 4 Worship – The Divine Service

    Dec 7, 2023

    If you have ever attended a Church of God in Christ worship service, a Baptist service, a Roman Catholic mass, or an Orthodox service, you know that there are many different ways that people show forth their praise and worship of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A question to ponder… Do these different forms of worship all honor God? Are there any benefits of one style of worship over another. Does the style of worship in any way reflect or influence what one believes or teaches about God? For that matter, what really is the most important thi...

  • 5 Tips for Getting Kids Involved in Holiday Traditions

    Dec 7, 2023

    The holiday season is a magical time of year filled with cherished traditions that bring families together. And while gift-giving is one of the most beloved customs (especially for children), it can sometimes overshadow the true spirit of the season. Here are a few festive winter activities that focus on quality time together and spreading joy. - Spread Joy with Kid-Created Cards. According to a recent survey from AmericanGreetings.com, nearly 90% of Americans say that season’s greetings b...

  • Fun run or cozy mozy?

    Joshua Wood|Dec 7, 2023

    Ugly sweaters have had a place in popular culture since the 1950s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that they truly entered the mainstream with Clark Griswold. On December 2, more than a dozen ugly sweater clad people could be seen dashing up Elm Street. “We only had 13 people show, which wasn’t too bad considering it was maybe 20 degrees and the wind was blowing 40 miles per hour,” said Kim Hemenway, director of the Saratoga Recreation Department. “We had some brave souls come out. The course wa...

  • A fir-raising night

    Dec 7, 2023

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  • Wyoming Cowboys Accept Invitation to the 2023 Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl

    Dec 7, 2023

    Laramie, Wyo. (Dec. 3, 2023) – For the third consecutive season the Wyoming Cowboys will be playing in a bowl game, which is the first time that has happened in Wyoming school history. The Cowboys have accepted an invitation to the 2023 Bartstool Sports Arizona Bowl, marking the second consecutive year the Pokes will play in Tucson and the third time in the past five seasons. Wyoming will face the University of Toledo Rockets in this year’s Arizona Bowl. The 2023 Barstool Sports Arizona Bow...

  • 2023-24 college football bowl game schedule, TV channels, matchup information

    Dec 7, 2023

    Saturday, Dec. 16 Myrtle Beach Bowl Georgia Southern vs. Ohio 9 a.m. | ESPN Celebration Bowl Florida A&M vs. Howard 10 a.m. | ABC New Orleans Bowl Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana 12:15 p.m. | ESPN Cure Bowl Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State 1:30 p.m. | ABC New Mexico Bowl Fresno State vs. New Mexico State 3:45 p.m. | ESPN LA Bowl UCLA vs. Boise State 5:30 p.m. | ABC Independence Bowl Texas Tech vs. Cal 7:15 p.m. | ESPN Monday, Dec. 18 Bahamas Bowl (Temporarily renamed the Famous Toastery Bowl) Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion 12:30 p.m. |...

  • How to Host the Holidays Affordably

    Dec 7, 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...

  • Holiday Gift Ideas That Make Learning Fun for Kids

    Dec 7, 2023

    Want to deepen children’s understanding of the world around them? The holiday season is the perfect time to do that. Educational gifts and toys can extend the learning fun throughout the year, and embolden them to make exciting discoveries every day. - Starry-eyed: Bring the night sky closer to the little ones in your life. With the Magic Adventures Telescope from LeapFrog, fledgling astronomers can focus on the moon at night or nature during the day at up to 110x zoom, and even capture and s...

  • Drive Imagination With These Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

    Dec 7, 2023

    To fill the holiday season with magic and joy for little ones, consider these five gift ideas that will spark the imagination and create endless opportunities for fun. - Great books: Listening to a book read aloud is a chance to imagine oneself in the setting and circumstances of the characters. This is especially true when the literature is personalized. Build out a child’s library this holiday season with a book that allows you to customize the story with the child’s name and an ill...

  • Pearl Harbor Memorial

    Gary Honodel|Dec 7, 2023

    Today we recognize the significance of this date in the history of the United States. On Aug. 23, 1994, the United States Congress designated Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Each year on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and visitors from all over the world come together to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The ceremonies begin with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m.,... Full story

  • Father and son explore commercial viability of wind turbine recycling

    Jonathan Gallardo|Dec 7, 2023

    GILLETTE — In the past several years, wind turbines have been popping up all over Wyoming. For Jess Anderson, this raised a question that he wanted to find a better answer to: What happens to the wind turbine blades when they’re no longer usable? “I read they were burying them in landfills, and I felt like there ought to be something better to be done with them than bury them,” he said. But Jess learned it was hard to do any research on the idea. “I just found it difficult to get much informati...

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