Articles from the December 21, 2023 edition


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  • Nationwide swatting email included Carbon County

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Dec 21, 2023

    On December 13, Carbon County School District No. 1 (CCSD1) received an email which school officials believe was a “swatting” email several school districts across the state and country also received. Swatting is the act of prank calling emergency services in attempt to get them to arrive at a particular address. The threat was believed not to be credible. CCSD1 Superintendent Mike Hamel confirmed in an interview the next day that the threat is still not believed to be credible. Hamel was out of town on business that day and other members...

  • Joyful Noise

    Dec 21, 2023

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  • Postal service considering move of Cheyenne sorting facility

    Jim Merryfield|Dec 21, 2023

    The United States Postal Service (USPS) is trying to revamp their antiquated service to help with customer service, saving money and bringing the service into the 21st century. The program they are using to do this is called the Mail Processing Facility Review (MPFR). This study determines the feasibility of changing mail processing operations to improve operational efficiency and/or service. An MPFR involves the consolidation of all originating and/or destinating distribution operations from one or more Post Offices /Facilities into other...

  • Dorothy Sintek

    Dec 21, 2023

    Dorothy Sintek, born on December 30th, 1933, was the daughter of Mary and Elmer Irene. Growing up in Elk Mountain, Wyoming, she shared a particularly close bond with her dad, spending countless hours on horseback together. As a little girl, her dad would get her up at 4am to go with him to break horses for another ranch. She was always on a gentle horse, just in case her dad got bucked off and needed a back-up to catch the one he was breaking. When she was 20 years old, she met her beloved... Full story

  • Two on the run following shooting

    Joshua Wood|Dec 21, 2023

    Following an early morning shooting in Saratoga, two individuals—Victoria Tidball and Cody Ellenson—are on the run and considered to be armed and dangerous. “Shortly after 1 o’clock Saturday morning, Saratoga dispatch received multiple calls of gunshots being fired in the 300 block of North Veterans. Officers arrived and found that a Jeep Gladiator and the residence there had been shot multiple times,” said Saratoga Police Chief Mike Morris. “We secured the scene, made sure the...

  • Saratoga Resort holds Christmas party for area elementary students

    Gary Honodel|Dec 21, 2023

    Saratoga Hot Springs Resort opened their doors to elementary school students from Saratoga and Encampment last Friday, December 15. The event, known as, “Chef Ted’s Gingerbread Unveiling & Santa Workshop” featured games, a coloring contest, cookies & hot chocolate, a visit with Santa - and of course, the incredible hand built Gingerbread House. Various rooms and areas at the Resort were set aside for the different activities. The dining area was dedicated for the drinks, snacks, co... Full story

  • Santa, This Year I Want …

    Dec 21, 2023

  • Lighting Up Bridge Avenue

    Dec 21, 2023

    Photos ghonodel/Sun Staff The Sights & Lights of the VSO Lighted Parade in Saratoga. The annual parade kicking off the Christmas season took place Saturday, December 9. Despite the chilly evening weather crowds lined the parade route. Pounds & pounds of candy, and some other collectibles, were tossed to the delight of all the kids attending....

  • Saratoga wrestlers complete full weekend of competition

    Jason Campbell|Dec 21, 2023

    SMHS wrestling had a busy week as they competed in three events, starting with the Hanna Triangular on Thursday. The team then traveled to Kremmling, CO for the West Grand Duals on Friday. They finished the week by placing second in the West Grand Invitational on Saturday. In addition to the team second, all three seniors secured first place medals against tough Colorado competition. Saratoga took second behind Laramie at the Hanna triangular on Thursday evening. Ace Arnold, Josiah Stockwell, An...

  • Lady Panthers play in the Wrangler Invite

    Gary Honodel|Dec 21, 2023

    The Saratoga High School Lady Panther’s spent the weekend in Shoshoni, competing in the Wrangler Invite. They played Burlington, Meeteesee and Rocky Mountain. Although the Panthers finished 1-2, Coach Heather Bartlett cited the strong competition as exactly what the team wants. She added “Coach Moon and I are seeing improvement at every practice and in every game. This is the second time we have played Burlington, and even though they won both games our girl’s were much more competitive... Full story

  • Panthers making a statement

    Joshua Wood|Dec 21, 2023

    The Saratoga Panthers appear to be making a statement early in their season that they shouldn’t be underestimated. Over the weekend, the Panthers hit the road for the Wrangler Invite in Shoshoni where they went 3-0 in yet another preseason tournament. Saratoga faced two 1A teams and one 2A team as they took on the Burlington Huskies, the Meeteetse Longhorns and the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies. “The Shoshoni Tournament was a great tournament for us and a chance for us to play some good teams...

  • Man accused of strangling girlfriend, holding her against her will

    Dec 21, 2023

    GILLETTE (WNE) — Officers forced their way into a home and later arrested a 37-year-old man who allegedly strangled his girlfriend and held her against her will Friday night. Police went to the 100 block of Bay Avenue for the report of a man and woman in a fight at about 11:15 p.m., Police Cpl. Dan Stroup said. When they arrived, they forced their way into the home after they heard a woman whimpering and what sounded like strangling noises. In the home, they spoke to the man and his 30-year-old girlfriend. The woman said she was arguing with...

  • Second mule deer in Bondurant hunt area tests positive for chronic wasting disease

    Dec 21, 2023

    JACKSON (WNE) — Another mule deer in a hunt area near Bondurant has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The deer, which was found dead on someone’s property and later tested, is the second mule deer that has tested positive for the fatal neurological condition this year. The first was harvested by a hunter in September. Mark Gocke, spokesman for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Jackson office, said the detection is not surprising. Hunt area 154, where the most recent buck was found, is bordered by other hunt areas where the...

  • BLM announces oil and gas lease sale

    Dec 21, 2023

    CODY (WNE) — The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming State Office has announced an oil and gas lease sale scheduled for March 5, 2024, to offer 30 oil and gas parcels totaling 13,417 acres in Wyoming. The BLM completed scoping on these parcels in July 2023 and a public comment period in October 2023 on the parcels, potential deferrals, and the related environmental analysis. A 30-day public protest period to receive additional public input is open and will close January 12, 2024. The parcels the BLM has analyzed, as well as maps and...

  • Money for Mother Mountain

    Dec 21, 2023

    The Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber recently donated $3,000 to Mother Mountain Anglers  ...

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  • Shooting suspected arrested

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Dec 21, 2023

    *This article has been updated to include charges faced by Tidball in Carbon County Circuit Court* The primary suspect in a shooting which took place in the early morning hours of December 16 has been arrested. Victoria Tidball, who is accused of firing approximately 40 rounds into a residence and vehicle in the 300 block of North Veterans, was arrested in Nebraska on December 27 by the Nebraska State Patrol. She was booked into the Dawson County Jail at 11:44 p.m. The nature of her arrest was... Full story