Articles from the December 14, 2023 edition


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  • Santa & Mrs. Claus

    Dec 14, 2023

    Photo by ghonodel/Sun Staff Santa, Kris Kringle, St. Nick - by any name he’s a welcome visitor. Great to see the Old Fella & the Mrs. visit Saratoga for the VSO Lighted Parade last Saturday night.... Full story

  • A trophy room purchase

    Joshua Wood|Dec 14, 2023

    Shaylee Martin has no problem admitting that she was the “weird kid” who was fascinated by dead animals when growing up. “Growing up, when my dad would get an elk, he’d always be like ‘Here, clean this out,’” said Martin. “So I was always the one out back after everybody was done tinkering seeing what I could get cleaned off.” That interest in cleaning a harvested animal grew as Shaylee grew, starting with an interest in taxidermy at an early age. How amazed would young Shaylee be, then, to see...

  • Town of Saratoga considers new website… again

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Dec 14, 2023

    The Town of Saratoga discussed a plan to make its website more user friendly by hiring a local web designer at its recent council meeting. Councilwoman Kathy Beck said she has received some feedback from residents, who say the “website is not user friendly.” The current website went live approximately one year ago, in December 2022. Beck asked if there is a way the town could look at not renewing the website license, which is $3,400 a year, and instead hiring a local web designer. The designer would set up the website and the town staff wou...

  • Lynn Finney

    Dec 14, 2023

    Lynn C. Finney of Riverside, Wy. passed away on Saturday the 2nd of December 2023 at Spirit West River Lodge at the age of 83. Lynn was born in Saratoga on October 18th, 1940, and graduated valedictorian in 1958 from Encampment High School. She then attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Her desire to see the world took her to Chicago as a flight attendant for Ozark Air Lines for six years. In 1965 she met and married R.G. Finney, a paratrooper stationed at Ft. Bragg. In 1969 Lynn gave... Full story

  • Road Closures and Zone Changes

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Dec 14, 2023

    The Board of Carbon County Commissioners received a variety of updates during their December 5 meeting, including county roads and the status of COVID in the county. Road conditions and closures Kandis Fritz, coordinator of the Carbon County Road and Bridge Department, said, at the Commission meeting Dec. 5, she has prioritized the following for any grant opportunities the county may secure: The South Road, County Road 401 (Sage Creek Road) for double chip seal, the Seminoe Road, County Road 351 for double chip seal and 12 bridges around the...

  • Expanding commerce in Saratoga

    Staff Report|Dec 14, 2023

    Saratoga and Platte Valley residents will now have even more banking options. On Monday, Bank of Commerce announced the official opening of a new full service branch in Saratoga. The branch opening comes about a year after the Bank of Commerce first opened the location at 217 N. 1st Street as a loan production office. “We are pleased to expand our footprint in Carbon County,” said Copper France, Bank of Commerce President. “We have been providing banking services to the Platte Valley for many...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Dec 14, 2023

    A big, big Thank You! About seven years ago my wife and I were on a road trip up from Denver up to the Tetons and Yellowstone and on the way back, quite by accident discovered Saratoga. We knew immediately this was someplace very special. From the people we met in local stores and restaurants to folks hiking the trails in the Snowy’s, without exception everyone was friendly, helpful and kind. I have returned every year since for the fabulous fishing in the North Platte and the breathtaking - literally, for this sea-level Easterner! - s... Full story

  • Living with Great Expectations; Luke 1: 67-80

    Pastor Gene Smith|Dec 14, 2023

    Christmas is a time of expectation, and it should be. On Christmas day there will be children looking for a special gift. The very first Christmas was a time of great expectation. God had promised His coming Messiah for generations through His covenant promise to Adam and Even, to Noah, to Abraham, to Moses, to the people of Israel, to King David. Zacharias the priest in this prophetic utterance tells us that his son John will announce his coming. His coming is just around the corner. The years were long and their captivity cruel and God’s p...

  • Amplifying the Voices of Caregivers and Families

    Dec 14, 2023

    Advocates say it’s important to not only honor caregivers’ dedication, compassion, and resilience, but to also acknowledge their challenges and aspirations. Doing so can help families thrive. Here are three ways that can happen: - Put families at the center of efforts to help families. Ascend at the Aspen Institute uses the two generation (2Gen) approach long used by Indigenous communities in the United States and around the world. This approach recognizes that the goal of supporting fam...

  • Panthers rip into season opener

    Joshua Wood|Dec 14, 2023

    The Saratoga Panthers started off their season with a trio of wins as they co-hosted the Carbon County Classic—a preseason non-conference tournament in Saratoga, Encampment and Hanna. The Panthers faced off against the Burlington Huskies and the Dubois Rams on Friday in Saratoga, then took on the Rock River Longhorns on Saturday in Hanna scoring more than 70 points in each game. Panthers vs. Huskies “We felt like the boys came out and played really well this past weekend,” said Jason Willi...

  • 2023 Tiger Invitational Results for Saratoga

    Dec 14, 2023

    7 lbs. Ace Arnold placed 1st and scored 22 team points. Quarterfinal - Arnold won by fall over Karston Kilgore (Kelly Walsh JV) Semifinal - Arnold won by fall over Caden Vrana (Upton) 1st Place Match - Arnold won by decision over Bodie Vanderboom (Newell) 113 lbs. Josiah Stockwell placed 1st and scored 23 team points. Quarterfinal – Stockwell won by fall over Anthony Solaas (HEM) Semifinal - Stockwell by tech fall over Slader Gangwish (Kelly Walsh JV) 1st Place Match - Stockwell won by tech fall over Gideon Boyd (LFL/SE) 120 lbs. Anthony C...

  • Tigers bare their teeth in season opener

    Joshua Wood|Dec 14, 2023

    It was a strong start for the season for the Encampment Tigers as they hosted the Carbon County Classic over the weekend and went 3-1. The Tigers faced off against the Midwest Oilers, the Burlington Huskies, the Dubois Rams and the Ft. Washakie Eagles dealing losses to everyone except for the Huskies. Even then, Burlington barely left Tiger Nation with the win. “It was fun to kick the season off. I thought our team competed well and played well together,” said Jake Johnston, head coach of the...

  • Saratoga & Encampment Girl's Basketball

    Dec 14, 2023

    The Carbon County Classic was held last weekend. This round-robin style tournament was played in Saratoga, Encampment and Hanna. Although individual game details and box scores were not available at deadline, game scores are provided as follows. Carbon County Classic in Encampment, Hanna, & Saratoga Game results from Friday, December 8 Final Score: Encampment 64 Midwest 19 Final Score: #4 Burlington 65 Saratoga 45 Final Score: H.E.M. 50 Ft. Washakie 49 Final Score: Rock River 44 Dubois 41 Final...

  • Carbon County Sheriff's Office Arrest Report

    Dec 14, 2023

    December 2 - Cassandra Chalcraft of Lakewood, Colorado was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in plant form, felony possession of a controlled substance, speed too fast for conditions and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. December 3 - Sylvia Schadlick of Rawlins, Wyoming was arrested for domestic battery. December 4 - Mitch Calhoun of Rawlins, Wyoming was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol - incapable of safely driving, one-way road violation, failure to provide proof of insurance. - Allana...

  • 'Tis the Season for Scams: 5 Ways to Protect You and Your Family

    Dec 14, 2023

    In today’s hyper-connected digital universe, cyber criminals have more information than ever before, with the ability to reach you through unsecure public Wi-Fi, your email inbox, via text message, and more. According to a Scam and Robocall Report from T-Mobile, Americans lost an estimated $39.5 billion to phone scams in 2022. Lucky for you, there are several ways to protect and safeguard your personal information to help prevent scammers from scammin’ this holiday season. - Avoid Public USB Ports: Traveling by plane this holiday season? The...

  • Ugly Sweaters make great music

    Gary Honodel|Dec 14, 2023

    There was a Standing Room Only crowd gathered at the Platte Valley Community Center Auditorium the evening of December 5th, and they were treated to a wonderful concert by the students from Saratoga Elementary School. The Ugly Sweater Concert featured eight musical numbers, some narration and some entertaining choreography. Under the skilled direction of Ms. Ivy Palmer, Music and Band Teacher at SEM, the kids staged a truly enjoyable show that garnered loud applause after every number. And a sta...

  • Their chance to shine

    Joshua Wood|Dec 14, 2023

    Out of 15 players on the bench this season for the Saratoga Lady Panthers, Head Coach Heather Bartlett has only two returning starters, the other three having graduated last school year. That’s not to say, however, there’s any lack of experience. “Our junior class is pretty heavy with players,” said Bartlett. “So we have quite a few junior players that are coming back and giving us some good experience this year.” That returning experience is giving Bartlett some hope for this upcoming se...

  • Young but fierce

    Joshua Wood|Dec 14, 2023

    Green but determined is probably one of the best ways to describe the Saratoga Panthers this year. According to Head Coach Jason Williams, of the 21 student athletes which will be donning jerseys only a few have previous experience. “We have a lot of new faces; there’s only six kids in the program that have been in the program at all before. At this point, we’re seeing what your strengths are and seeing what we need to work on,” said Williams. “These first couple of weekends are going to be rea...

  • Bullies on the mat, gentleman off the mat

    Jason Campbell|Dec 14, 2023

    The Saratoga Panther wrestling team started the 2023 season with new a coaching staff who are incredibly excited about the upcoming season. Head Coach Rusty Arnold brings a wealth of experience, having helmed the Saratoga USA wrestling club for the past 14 years. Arnold is also a Saratoga High School graduate and won a state championship for the team his senior year. His assistant, Thomas Ingraham, is also a Saratoga graduate and wrestling state champion. Ingraham wrestled after high school for...

  • Lady Tigers ready to sink claws into season

    Joshua Wood|Dec 14, 2023

    The Encampment Lady Tigers are beginning their season with a total of nine girls, but with only four having played for the red and black previously. "Five of the nine girls did not play for Encampment last year," said Kevin Pantle, head coach for the Lady Tigers. "Two foreign exchange students, one transfer from Saratoga and one did not play last year because of an injury." According to Pantle, who is a first year head coach for the Lady Tigers, the girls aren't letting a lack of experience in T...

  • Encampment preparing for season

    Joshua Wood|Dec 14, 2023

    The Encampment Tigers are hitting the hardwood with 12 players this year, led by experienced coach Jake Johnston. Johnston coached the Tigers from 2017 to 2021 during which Encampment made three appearances at the 1A State Championship. “We are still pretty young as a team, but our goal each week is to just keep improving,” said Johnston. “We need to stack good days together.” According to Johnston, the young team has been working hard on communication well during practice. As long as that co...

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