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  • Something Fishy, Something Exotic

    Richard Espinoza|May 9, 2024

    When walking into an establishment where fish are swimming, tarantulas and bearded dragons are crawling or a ball python is slithering it’s obvious someone has entered the BackLife Aquatics Pet Store. Scott Nelson, owner of BackLife Aquatics, partnered with his father Greg Nelson. Nelson and his father originally started as a home business before they opened their store. “We started our business at my dad’s house and my house was a big fish room down in the basement,” Nelson said. “My dad did hi...

  • Greenhouses Are The Place To Be

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 25, 2024

    Spring is here. It’s a time when colorful flowers blossom and people start to work on their home garden. For those who have a passion for colorful, eye-catching plants and flowers Doggett Greenhouse is the place to be. Doggett Greenhouse was established in Encampment in 1986 by Gary and Mary Jacobsen. Their son Zane and his wife Maura took over the business in 2021. For 38 years the Jacobsen family has had amazing success in serving the entire Plate Valley by providing their customers and c...

  • There's a new Chief (Financial Officer) in Town

    Richard Espinoza|Mar 28, 2024

    Memorial Hospital of Carbon County recently hired Margaret Fontana as their new Chief Financial Officer. She started her position as CFO the first week of March. Fontana is the former CFO of Prairie Health in Langdon, North Dakota with over 15 years of financial management experience both in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She also earned her Masters in Business Administration from Louisiana State University-Shreveport along with different healthcare management certifications. Fontana...

  • Good Help is Hard to Find

    Kaitlyn Campbell, Special to the Sun|Jun 29, 2023

    This summer, it's been common to see businesses throughout town closed multiple days of the week. Though staffing has always been an issue for Saratoga businesses, recent developments have exacerbated the difficulty in finding employees. "In our 13 years of having businesses in Saratoga we've always had issues with staffing," said Cassie Orduno. She and her husband own Bella's Bistro, Saratoga Sandwich Company and SunnyCup. According to Orduno, the past couple years have made it more difficult....

  • RNB State Bank awards more funds

    Staff Report|Jun 22, 2023

    RNB State Bank, in partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, is pleased to announce that 7 Carbon County organizations will receive $18,062 in grant funds from the FHLB Des Moines Member Impact Fund. This matching grant program, which was introduced in 2023, provides up to $15 million to eligible organizations in order to strengthen communities in targeted areas of the FHLB of Des Moines district. "We've always taken pride in giving back to the community and supporting our local...

  • GEM Director publishes second book

    Virginia Parker|Feb 2, 2023

    When Tim Nicklas came to the Grand Encampment Museum (GEM) as the new director in 2018, he had already published one book and several historical articles. Nicklas said he loves to write, especially historical narratives. He began writing 'around the turn of the century', for the Winter Park Manifest, a small town newspaper. Nicklas has always been fascinated by history and the connections in the communities where he lived. Nicklas was working for the Grand County Historical Society Museum when...

  • Bringing focus on womens health

    Staff Report|Feb 2, 2023

    Jolena Martin, PA-C will join the Platte Valley Clinic where she will provide care to patients three days a week beginning February 6th. Martin will also be part of the team at the North Platte Valley Medical Center when it opens. A physician assistant for 18 years, Martin brings with her a wide range of clinical experience in primary care, family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, and urgent care, with a passion for women's health. Martin completed her studies at Southern Illinois...

  • In honor of a hero

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

    The loss of Tyeler Harris had a huge impact on not only Carbon County, but across the country. Harris was killed when he was struck by a semi while responding to a crash on Interstate 80 on December 21, 2022. The Memorial Hospital of Carbon County (MHCC) has started a scholarship program to honor Harris’ memory. According to the MHCC website, two scholarships will be offered annually in the amount of $500.00 each. There are options available for first responders who wish to earn their E...

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  • Goodbye Laura M

    Dana Davis|Jan 19, 2023

    It seems like yesterday, a young lady came to this tiny community to pursue a dream. In 1997 Laura Morrow opened a boutique, Laura M, retailing her own designs as well as other apparel that appealed to her eclectic taste. Within just a few short years, she became an icon of fashion and fun. People would come from all over the state to shop at Laura M. The store is known for high quality merchandise, western wear, fur, gifts and fine art. From her meager beginnings with a portable sewing machine...

  • Grand opening huge success

    Virginia Parker|Jan 5, 2023

    The 307 Pub and Grub owners Adrianne Wagnon, Sally Wells and Jennifer Cuningham opened the doors of the Pub and Grub on November 4th, but only the Pub was serving. The grand opening of 307 Pub and Grub at the corner of 6th and Highway 70 in Encampment on New Year's Eve Day was a tremendous success if attendance is any indication. From the time they opened for breakfast until after dinner there was seldom an empty table. Co-owners Adrianne Wagnon and Sally Wells said that they served at least 50...

  • Hospital signs with Aligned Providers Wyoming to manage emergency medicine and inpatient service

    Staff Report|Dec 29, 2022

    Recruiting qualified medical personnel has long been a challenge to rural communities. To meet the healthcare needs of the Saratoga community through the North Platte Valley Medical Center (NPVMC), the Platte Valley Healthcare Project has contracted with Aligned Providers Wyoming to staff and manage NPVMC’s emergency and inpatient departments. Aligned Providers Wyoming (APW) is an emergency, urgent care, and hospitalist medicine management group formed in 2016 to serve Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s emergency department. Today, they serve m...

  • NPVMC optimistically hopes to open mid February

    Virginia Parker|Dec 22, 2022

    The North Platte Valley Medical Center (NVPMC) hosted a round-table discussion at the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) December 13. The CEO of the Platte Valley Medical Clinic and Saratoga Care Center, Jeff Mincy had predicted an opening in early January 2023 during the press tour in October. Mincy said equipment delays have made it difficult. He said they are now waiting for a coil for the rooftop air handlers and a cap for the roof parapet. They had received a coil for the handler, but...

  • Ultrasound Advice

    Dec 22, 2022

    by Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers Memorial Hospital of Carbon County (MHCC) has added yet another service for Platte Valley residents through its MHCC Health Center–Platte Valley Saratoga location. Patients can now utilize outpatient ultrasound and digital x-ray services without driving to Rawlins. "With the services that we have in Rawlins, we've been fortunate to have new technology (and) up-to-date equipment, a lot of that through grants. It's been wonderful to offer those services. W...

  • A very Grumpy Christmas

    Virginia Parker|Dec 22, 2022

    When Steve Deorio opened the doors of the Grumpy Italian five years ago his goal was to have a place where families could sit down and step back into a bygone era where people shared stories and tales while eating classic Italian-American fare. Deorio grew up in North Denver where there were a lot of Italian families. He wanted to provide family-focused food and dining that he remembers when he was a kid. Deorio said in interview in 2018, "I wanted to give people the experience of sitting on...

  • Granny D's delights

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 22, 2022

    Darlene Scheneman has been baking and making sweet treats since she was a little girl growing up in Utah in what she said was a little tiny town. "It is called Roosevelt, right below Flaming Gorge," Scheneman said. "It is a pretty rural area and the population is not much bigger than Hanna." Scheneman is no stranger to baking and confections. "I started baking bread when I was six years old, maybe even a little younger," Scheneman said. "I learned out of necessity. I started with basic white...

  • Kids shopping day

    Dec 22, 2022

    Every year, Bridge Street Bargains opens it doors exclusively for children. They provide students from Saratoga Elementary School with a ticket that says one dollar but it is good for any one item in the store. The volunteers help the kids find the perfect gift for their parents, grandparents or that pesky older teenage brother who is hard to buy for....

  • 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 cut...

  • Tourism challenges and rewards

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 15, 2022

    On November 6, the voters of Carbon County renewed the lodging tax in a strong manner. The tax was approved by 79 percent of the residents who voted. Keeping the tax will help make sure the Carbon County Visitors Council (CCVC) can continue to fund grants for activities for the different communities throughout Carbon County. The events that the CCVC sponsor promote visitors spending the night in the county so the funds can be replenished. However, the CCVC and Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) rea...

  • Fitzsimmons settling in as new hospital doctor

    Staff Report|Dec 8, 2022

    "This is a sensational time to be associated with the opening of the North Platte Valley Medical Center," said Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons, new medical director for the NPVMC. "It's exciting to see all the pieces coming together." Fitzsimmons officially took the reins November 1 and has been overseeing the Platte Valley Clinic and Saratoga Care Center while finishing touches are put on the hospital. He will supervise medical aspects of the transition of the Clinic and Care Center to the new...

  • A convenient cafe

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 8, 2022

    Medicine Bow Crossing convenience store in Elk Mountain has a new look, but it is not apparent from the outside. Medicine Bow Crossing was established in the town of Elk Mountain about four years ago by Bill Jones, Cody Jones and Joyce Menke. Menke departed after about a year and father and son ran the business. The store had success but Bill Jones had to drive in from Laramie which was a challenge in winter. This past summer the Jones' sold the business to Menke. The new owner had major...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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