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  • The Lazy River eddies back to Saratoga

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 24, 2022

    Scott and Michelle McIlvaine love Wyoming, Carbon County and especially the town of Saratoga, where Scott was raised. Scott, along with his father Bob, founded the Lazy River Cantina (Cantina) in 1996. Scott graduated from the Colorado Mountain College - Steamboat Springs with a restuarant and culinery degree. The Cantina was a place he put his education to work. In 2001, Michelle came to Saratoga for a summer job. Scott had a rule about dating employees which went out the door when he met his f...

  • Investing in non-profits

    Mike Armstrong|Mar 17, 2022

    On March 15 the student council for Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School was presented with a check for $460 from the Bank of Commerce (BOC). The HEM student council was chosen by the employees of BOC for the donation because they contribute half the funds and BOC matches the money. Copper France, president and CEO of the bank, said this is done monthly and has been going on since 2018. "I used to have employees that used to come to me regularly on Friday and say, 'Can we wear jea...

  • Valley Chamber recognizes community members

    Joshua Wood|Mar 17, 2022

    On March 10, members of the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce (S/PVCC) gathered in the Great Hall of the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) to honor local businesses, organizations and volunteers from throughout the community during the Annual Chamber Dinner. Each year, the Chamber of Commerce honors the Volunteer of the Year, Organization of the Year, New Business of the Year and Business of the Year. A recent addition to the categories, Emerging Business of the Year, is also...

  • Valley healthcare organization receives grant

    Staff Report|Mar 9, 2022

    The Platte Valley Healthcare Project (PVHP) has received a $500,000 grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to purchase an advanced computed tomography (CT) scanner for the North Platte Valley Medical Center.  A CT scanner is a high-resolution imaging device that combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around the body and uses computer processing to create detailed cross-sectional images of bones, blood vessels and soft tissues. CT scanning has a wide array of medical diagnostic uses, including for...

  • NP Lake checks in

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 16, 2022

    Carey Lake is the nurse practitioner at the Medicine Bow Clinic. He is a relatively new face having taken over about three months ago. Lake is also the Hanna representative of South Central Wyoming Emergency Medical Services (SCWEMS) and chairman. He has lived in Hanna for a few years, but he was born and raised in Kentucky and Indiana. "I am a hillbilly," Lake said. "I am really from the hill areas of Kentucky." After graduating, Lake studied electronics before going into the Air Force and was...

  • Spirited about spirits

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 2, 2022

    The Brush Creek Distillery (BCD) has brought on an individual who knows and loves the world of spirits. Not the ghostie type, but the type which are produced in a copper still. Shawn Hogenmiller has recently been made the Hospitality and Barrel Director for BCD. Shawn knows a thing or two about the world of spirits having spent over 30 years working in various food and beverage positions, with the emphasis being on beverage. He is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. "I went from the beach...

  • Economic development to get new site

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 2, 2022

    The Carbon County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) met on January 24 at the Rawlins City Hall. The CCEDC meets quarterly and one of the main focuses of this meeting was to preview the new website being designed by VIP Marketing. Cindy Loose, owner of VIP Marketing, attended the meeting to answer questions about the prototype she had designed for the board. The CCEDC board decided about three months ago the current website needed to be changed. Yvonne Johnson, Director of CCEDC, talked...

  • Finding balance

    Staff Report|Jan 19, 2022

    Balance is an important concept to Jeff Mincy. As he takes over the administrative leadership of the Platte Valley Clinic and the Saratoga Care Center, which he will lead until the North Platte Valley Medical Center opens in August, he says it’s important to balance four things for the success of the healthcare system: clinical care, customer service, financial responsibility and employee satisfaction. “These four things have to be in balance to provide long-term, quality healthcare to a community,” Mincy said. “One of my goals will be...

  • A Wild Vision for Carbon County

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 8, 2021

    April Avery started her business Wild Vision, which is based in Hanna, almost by accident. She was developing some pictures and her husband's grandkids asked her to make some postcards. "I had been a scrimshaw artist for about 20 years, but the detail needed became too difficult to continue because of my arthritis," Avery said. "So when the kids asked me put photos on postcards, it started me to learn different computer programs that allowed me to layer my photos. Then I started designing the...

  • Rosie's Posies sprouts up in Hanna

    Mike Armstrong|Nov 24, 2021

    Rose Dabbs came to Hanna 10 years ago from Oregon where she had been born and raised. She was a missionary and was a care person for the elderly. "I did live-in 24 hour care," Dabbs said. "I loved doing it. There was real joy in what I did. It felt good to be able to help people stay in their own home. People do much better when they are in an environment that they know." Dabbs said when she got married, the family moved to Nebraska for a time. She has two sons, one daughter, four grandchildren...

  • Building communities

    Micky Jones|Nov 17, 2021

    You may not imagine small town Wyoming as having an exceptional martial arts program. Nick Haderley his family and team, however, have made it their mission to bring a martial arts program to the Valley. Starting in 2018 at the community center with other collaborators and eventually branching out to their own building, Platte Valley Martial Arts is becoming a household name in much of Carbon County. After extensive renovations PVMA reopened in September 2020 at its new location on Bridge Street...

  • Wood awarded BPOY

    Micky Jones|Nov 17, 2021

    The Saratoga Sun's own Joshua Wood has been named Carbon County Board of Realtors 2021 Business Person of the Year. Each year, the Board of Realtors take nominations from their membership as to who should receive the award. One person is selected by the board. Listed in the nomination are business accomplishments, business impact, special endeavors and other comments from realtors. "Established in 1888, the Saratoga Sun has been devoted to providing factual and accurate reporting for over 125...

  • Mincy named CEO

    Staff Report|Oct 27, 2021

    Jeffrey Mincy has been named CEO of the Platte Valley Clinic and Saratoga Care Center and will head administrative operations of the North Platte Valley Medical Center when construction is complete in the summer of 2022, the Platte Valley Healthcare Project has announced. According to PVHP Chairman Will Faust, Mincy was selected from a field of multiple candidates by Health Management Services, LLC (HMS) which is under contract to oversee administrative operations at the facilities. Prior to...

  • New owner, same service

    Staff Report|Oct 6, 2021

    Laurie Forster gave the long-time reins of her real estate company Town & Country Realty to her agent Amanda Shahadey back in July. Amanda bought the business and building but the same faces are in the office. Laurie including her husband Reg, along with Associates Shelby McGuire & JoAnn Capellen in addition to long time Administrative Assistant Mary Martin have all made the transition with the new owner. “I am proud of each and every one of my Associates & Staff and am excited with OUR Town & Country,” said Forster  Amanda became the...

  • A new smiling face

    Staff Report|Oct 6, 2021

    Town & Country Realty is proud to announce Lauren Trostle has joined the team. She was born in the heart of Amish Country, Pennsylvania but now calls Elk Mountain, Wyoming home sweet home. She loves exploring the beautiful views around every corner of the area.  In her spare time Lauren is found outdoors every chance she gets. Also specializing in wildlife photography, with a camera in her hand and black lab by her side she loves to go hiking and fly fishing.  "I am honored to be a part...

  • Get energized

    Micky Jones|Sep 29, 2021

    Having a convenient healthy drink option doesn’t have to be a struggle for Saratoga residents any longer. With the opening of Panther Energy on July 3, nutritious shakes and teas have begun to trickle into the community. “I want to change peoples lives, I want to make people healthier,” owner Thatcher Spiering explained about his business mission. “To be able to provide someone with a protein shake that actually tastes like brownie batter and is really good for them is so cool....

  • Delicious Delights in the Valley

    Micky Jones|Sep 8, 2021

    Spend any amount of time in the Platte Valley during the warmer months, and you've probably seen DeeDee Martz, owner of DD's Delicious Delights, set up somewhere. A regular face at the Farmer's Market at the Saratoga Museum, Dee Dee also sets up at multiple events and locations throughout the summer. While most of her business takes place in the summer, a few special customers have orders for the winter as well. "Don't get between Teense Wilford and his Jalapeño jam," said Dee Dee "I've made...

  • A new chapter for Ten Mile Inn

    Joshua Wood|Sep 8, 2021

    A coal miner and a part salesperson buy an inn. That's not the start of a joke. The Ten Mile Inn has recently come under new ownership with Troy and Barb Wallace. Recently from Glendo, Wyoming, Troy worked at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine and Barb spent the last 25 years selling parts for Ford and Dodge. While they spent the last decade in Glendo, the Wallaces were previously residents of Glenrock and, before that, Saratoga. One might say they've come full circle as they make their return to...

  • Fashion Night in Saratoga

    Micky Jones|Sep 1, 2021

    Starting at 6 p.m. on September 17 at The Firewater Public House lawn, Strong Tower Designs will be hosting a free fashion show. Hors d' oerves will be served to attendees and there will also be a cash bar available for guests. The fashion show will highlight vintage clothing and jewelry from many eras. It will feature multiple local artists, many of whom do not have a storefront. Some artists include Love Leathers, Pure Dixie, County 6 T-Shirts, Laura M and more. Michelle Barkhurst and Cheryl...

  • Strohs dig into Saratoga

    Micky Jones|Sep 1, 2021

    Berthoud, Colorado natives Kristin and Faren Stroh have recently purchased Lollypop's Ice Cream Shop located at 107 E. Bridge Ave. in Saratoga. After getting married on July 4 2020, the couple eventually found themselves in Kansas. On previous visits to the Platte Valley, Kristin Stroh had submitted applications to local businesses. David and Amanda Scott, owners of Platte Valley Dental, having an opening for a dental assistant, reached out to Kristin with the job opportunity. With no luck...

  • Resilient amid change

    Mike Armstrong|Sep 1, 2021

    In early 2020, the coronavirus (COVID-19) was changing the way the world did business. Restaurants first closed, then adjusted to social distancing requirements once they were allowed to open again. Travel in airplanes was considered risky compared to vehicles. Recreational vehicles were on the roads in droves while hotels had few occupants. COVID-19 is hardly gone from Carbon County with the arrival of the Delta variant, which is considered more contagious to all age groups. Two town halls...

  • Progress seen at hospital

    Staff Report|Aug 18, 2021

    Construction Superintendent Monty Wardell says he and his team have encountered construction challenges from too much hot, dry heat, wind and dust, but they are making significant progress on the North Platte Valley Medical Center (NPVMC) during the prime building season. Wardell, who works for Sletten Construction of Wyoming, the contractor on the project, said his crews have been installing plumbing ahead of a series of concrete pours during July and will continue to pour concrete each...

  • Hanging up the antlers

    Joshua Wood|Aug 4, 2021

    For 49 hunting seasons, Merrill Meat Company north of Encampment has accepted wild game from out-of-state and local hunters. This season, what would have been its 50th, that will no longer be the case. No elk, no deer, no antelope. A difficult decision, according to second generation owner Cade Merrill, because his parents, Bob and Judy Merrill, started the processing business during the hunting season of 1971. In fact, it was wild game processing that helped establish and grow the family...

  • A crown for Wyoming

    Joshua Wood|Aug 4, 2021

    When one thinks of "The West" and particularly Wyoming, a number of images come to mind. Bucking broncos, hard working cowboys, majestic mountain ranges and clear blue skies. The most iconic of all these images, however, is the buffalo. If the lion is the "King of the Jungle", then the buffalo was the "King of the Prairie". Larger than life, with a massive head and impressive horns, one could easily sense an air of royalty. There is only one place, however, where one can find a Crowned Buffalo....

  • A little thrifty in Hanna

    Mike Armstrong|Aug 4, 2021

    There is another thrift store business that has established itself in Hanna. It is located in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in the basement. It is named the Hanna Thrift Store. The Catholic church has had thrift shops in its basement years prior, and often was run by volunteers of the church. The volunteer system was replaced by an owner who ran the store and its contents as a non-profit. This tenant left and Marcia Beals, and San XXXX decided to open a thrift store again to be non-profit...

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