Articles from the December 15, 2022 edition


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  • Winter wonderland fun

    Dec 15, 2022

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  • Festival of Trees fills the coffers and dazzles attendees

    Virginia Parker|Dec 15, 2022

    According to Amanda Knotwell, the CEO of Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce, the 2022 Festival of the Trees Auction and Gala was a huge success.  Knotwell said the event was sold out at 230 guests.Food was served by Sweet Marie's Bakeshop, with a wide variety of holiday inspired items. There were 41 Items donated for the auction ranging from wreaths and trees to gift baskets and fresh cut centerpieces. The highest item went for $900 and was donated by Aspen Sky Merchant Mall, a wood...

  • Good news for childcare

    Virginia Parker|Dec 15, 2022

    The Saratoga Town Council had a flurry of items to address at their December 6 meeting. Issues ranged from a shortage of water treament chemicals to continued childcare discussions to the ongoing Spring Avenue project. Councilmember Ron Hutchins gave an update on a potential shortage of chemicals used in the Town’s water department. Hutchins reported there should be enough to last until April. The vendors are in Salt Lake City and they currently have chemicals available if needed. Hutchins...

  • Emergency Management comes back for more

    Virginia Parker|Dec 15, 2022

    South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical (SCWEMS) representative Irene Archibald gave an update to the Board of Carbon County Commissioners at their December 6 meeting. SCWEMS was given $154,179.00 for sustainability from the Wyoming Department of Health. Archibald this was designated specifically for bonuses for personnel as well as sign on bonuses. One of the burdens that came from being given this money was SCWEMS would have to pay payroll taxes on it and it had to be used by December 31,...

  • Violence erupts after the parade

    Virginia Parker|Dec 15, 2022

    Saratoga Police Officers responded to a report of an assault Saturday night, following the Lighted Christmas Parade and Winter Wonderland. Saratoga Police Chief Ken Lehr told the Saratoga Sun a fight broke out on Elm Street across from the Platte Valley Community Center. A Saratoga man was inolved in an argument with two men from Rawlins and was assaulted by the two men. According to Lehr, the men used a handgun to beat their victim before they fled the scene. Lehr said the victim was...

  • Kent Craig

    Dec 15, 2022

    A memorial service for Kent Craig, 63, Beebe, Arkansas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 17, 2022 at Amy Baptist Church. Services will be held in Granby, Colorado at a later date.  Kent passed away Monday, December 5, 2022, at his mother's home.    He was born April 20, 1959, at Bloomington, Illinois, to Charles E. and Vera Jeandeville Wray.  He accepted Jesus as his Saviour at the age of 10.  Kent was a 1977 graduate of Encampment High School, Encampment, Wyoming.  He...

  • Treacherous winter activities

    Virginia Parker|Dec 15, 2022

    The snow is coming to the valley in greater amounts now; falling across the valley in blankets of white, turning trees and bushes into works of art. It also brings out the adventurer in some of us. It’s one of the most treacherous activities in winter. I’m not talking about skiing down black diamonds or driving on icy roads-I’m talking about that most mundane of activity-snow shoveling. Over my past 63 years on this earth, I don’t think I’ve lived anywhere where it didn’t snow....

  • Worst Winter Road In America – Who Named Our Snow Chi Minh Trail? 

    Bill Sniffin|Dec 15, 2022

    “Dear God, please help us get through this awful mess of a highway. If you get us through safely, so help me, we will never do anything bad again.”  Prayers like the above and many more variants emanate from folks in a long line of cars stranded in blizzards on a horrible stretch of winter highway called the Snow Chi Minh Trail along Interstate 80.  Like so many Wyomingites, our family has been there so many times.   This area is commonly referred to in the last four decades as the “Snow Chi Minh Trail.”  Where did that name come...

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    Dec 15, 2022

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  • Errata

    Dec 15, 2022

    In the November 10, 2022, Salute to Veterans article “Proudly Serving” Lieutenant Colonel Brooks first name was incorrectly stated as Robert. Brooks’ first name is John. He has won five awards; two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Accommodation Medals and one Emeritus Service Medal. Three of these were for combat life support to soldiers down range. Brooks said that less than 15% make it to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The Saratoga Sun regrets these errors in the article....

  • Water rates raise ire

    Joshua Wood|Dec 15, 2022

    Just over two months since the Rawlins City Council passed a sweeping water rate increase, property owners from the Glenn Addition—home to the corrals and agricultural section of the city—expressed their frustration to the city council on December 6. Those frustrations centered on two main points: what residents felt was a lack of communication from the City of Rawlins and inequitable billing in the Glenn Addition. Spigot or Corral? The flood of public comments began with resident Austin Tho...

  • You win some you lose some

    Virginia Parker|Dec 15, 2022

    South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Service (SCWEMS) Representative Penny Layman updated Encampment town council on the use of funding they had received from the Wyoming Hospital Association. The funds were specifically earmarked to enhance recruitment and sign-on bonuses. The requirements were that the money be used before December 31 and given to front line workers and as bonuses. The amount SCWEMS received was $154,000.00. The board decided to use only $112,000.00 due to the amount of pay...

  • Panthers are the team to beat

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 15, 2022

    The Carbon County Classic tournament featured seven teams, three from Carbon County School District No 2 (CCSD2) and saw the Saratoga High School Panthers go undefeated. The Burlington Huskies impressed people attending the games as they handled their opponents. The Dubois Rams, a team which went to the State Championship last year, gave the Carbon County teams tough games, although they lost to both Encampment and Saratoga. The Rams met the Panthers on December 9 in Saratoga.   Head Coach...

  • Miners get a lesson

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 15, 2022

    The Burlington Huskies went to Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School to prove they are a team to watch this year. The first game the Huskies faced HEM. The younger, smaller Miner team played hard, but it did not take Burlington long before they had control of the game. At the half, the score was 36 to 6 in favor of the Huskies. The HEM team did manage to get into double digits, but the Huskies were also able to score another 36 points. The final outcome was 72 to 20. "Burlington...

  • Rattlers play tough

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 15, 2022

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers had a successful first weekend according to Head Coach Jack Cobb. “I was happy with the weekend,” Cobb said. “We took a little time off after winning the championship and then Thanksgiving, so I feel we were a week or so behind other teams who had been practicing.” On December 9, the Rattlers faced the Kemmerer Rangers and lost 66 to 51. “They had one big kid we just didn’t have an answer to,” Cobb said. “Early in the season, it is...

  • Encampment Tigers roared through the weekend

    Virginia Parker|Dec 15, 2022

    The Encampment Tigers headed into the season with a young team, said Head Coach Jake Johnston. The first game against Midwest ended in a wide point spread with the Tigers walloping the Midwest Oilers 66-26. Three hours later the Tigers faced the Dubois Rams and left them in the dirt with a win of 52-44. Coach Johnston said he felt "the weekend went well." He was able to play different combinations of players and see what they need to work on. Saturday morning was a downer for the Tigers with a...

  • One win, two losses and a record number of points

    Virginia Parker|Dec 15, 2022

    The Saratoga Lady Panthers warmed up after the first game of the Carbon County Classic was behind them, winning the second game. For the third game they faced Burlington's Lady Huskies, but the girls couldn't make it happen. "We played three games this weekend and improved significantly with every game. I was proud of the girls and how they stepped up their effort every game we played this weekend," said Head Coach Heather Bartlett. "Our first game was against Rock River. We started off...

  • Quite a milestone for a high school senior

    Virginia Parker|Dec 15, 2022

    Saratoga Middle High School Senior Whitney Bennett reached a remarkable milestone in her high school sports career by scoring her 1,000th point in basketball. The countdown started when Bennett entered her freshman year. She played both volleyball and basketball and left nothing on the court. Bennet scored the landmark 1,000 in the first half of the last game this last weekend against Burlington's Lady Huskies. She said she felt some pressure to make it, and was fairly sure it would happen this...

  • Lady Tigers first games show off skills

    Virginia Parker|Dec 15, 2022

    The Encampment Lady Tigers basketball team came out swinging in their first conference games of the season. Coach Clint Bromley said, "With one win and two losses you are disappointed, but you get to reflect on what improvements you need to make before the conference season begins. We were fortunate to get a win over Dubois 55-52,  Cora Schroeder and Kayla Smith scored 17 each and Eckerley Pickett had 9. We were not as fortunate versus Burlington in a 67-39 loss. Kyenna Jackson had 10, Cora...

  • The Lady Miners get a strong lesson this weekend

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 15, 2022

    The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Lady Miners took some hard licks in their first game of the season when they faced off against the Burlington Huskies. "We knew we were going to take our lumps," said Head Coach Jackie Jones. "And lumps we did." The Lady Huskies beat the Lady Miners 62 to 4. The Lady Miners scored 3 points the 1st half and 1 point the 2nd half. The next game they played against the Dubois Lady Rams went better, although the HEM team did lose. Jones believes the team...

  • Lady Rattlers drop three

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 15, 2022

    The Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers played some great teams this past weekend according to Head Coach Mark Gillies. It was the last game against the Wind River Lady Cougars where the Lady Rattlers lost 42 to 41. “Honestly, it was just one of those games where we were doing some of the little things wrong and Wind River was playing really hard,” Gillies said. “They hit a shot with 10 seconds left to take the lead and we had turnovers, way too many turnovers, in that game and...

  • Miners place well in Lusk Tiger Invite

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 15, 2022

    The wrestling season started off over the weekend with events throughout Wyoming on Friday and Saturday. 2 A schools were in Lusk to meet a host of Nebraska schools as well as North Park, Colorado and Newell, South Dakota. The Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Miner High School wrestling team was in Lusk along with Glenrock, Moorcroft, Sundance, Newcastle-Upton, Lingle-Southeast, Saratoga, Wright, Tongue River, Hulett and the Kelly Walsh JV.  Head coach of the HEM team, Robert Riddle,...

  • BLM and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extend public comment period on the Two Rivers Wind Energy Project

    Staff Report|Dec 15, 2022

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have extended the public comment on an environmental assessment of the proposed Two Rivers Wind Energy Project, which would be located near the Towns of Medicine Bow and Rock River in Carbon and Albany counties, Wyoming. The BLM believes it is important to give the public and cooperators sufficient time to review and comment on the project. Specifically, some boards and commissions need time to discuss the project and to formulate comments and this two-week extension allows...

  • Governor's RIDE Education Advisory Group Calls for More Personalized Education Opportunities for Wyoming Students in Final Report

    Staff Report|Dec 15, 2022

    Personalizing students’ educational experience and offering rigorous pathways to the workforce for all students are key recommendations in the final report released by Governor Mark Gordon’s education advisory group. The final report released today comes after the Governor’s Re-imagining and Innovating the Delivery of Education (RIDE) Advisory Group surveyed more than 7000 stakeholders and held 17 listening sessions in seven communities around Wyoming. The RIDE sought input from students, parents, educational professionals, employers and...

  • Governor Gordon Signs Proclamation Recognizing Wyoming Day

    Staff Report|Dec 15, 2022

    Governor Mark Gordon has officially proclaimed Saturday, December 10 as Wyoming Day, commemorating the 153rd anniversary of the passage of the first law in the United States guaranteeing women unconditional suffrage – their inherent right to vote and hold public office. In 1869, Territorial Governor John A. Campbell signed the bill known as the Women’s Suffrage Act into law. Wyoming’s law was passed more than 50 years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. In 1935, the Wyoming Legislature passed a bill...

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