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  • 2022 Saratoga Homecoming

    Sep 22, 2022

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    Sep 15, 2022

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  • How a tiny mite could slow the spread of whitetop throughout the state

    Staff Report|Sep 8, 2022

    What some people may think is a beautiful white flower is actually an aggressively invasive weed. Hoary cress, also known as whitetop, is a noxious weed that causes many problems throughout Wyoming. To mitigate the spread of this noxious weed, the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council (WWPC) has begun biological control with a tiny mite. Whitetop is a highly invasive and state-designated noxious weed. Originally native to the Mediterranean and areas of Asia, whitetop stops the growth of nearby plant species, which reduces native biodiversity, crop...

  • Sep 8, 2022

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  • Encampment students ready to reach great heights

    Sep 1, 2022

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  • Sports and science

    Micky Jones|Jun 30, 2022

    The Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2) Board of Trustees began their first summer meeting with a presentation recognizing State track champions J.D. Johnson, principal of Saratoga Middle High School, introduced the coaches to say a few words about the teams this year beginning with Rex Honholt. Hohnholt was recently named Girls 1A Outdoor Track Coach of the Year. Honholt began with the Saratoga boys, introducing the 3200M relay team state champions Calvin Condict, Kelton Johnson, Grady...

  • PVAC awards scholarships

    Staff Report|Jun 9, 2022

    Since 1993, the Platte Valley Arts Council has been enriching the quality of life in the area and expanding educational opportunities for all forms of the arts, whether it is music, literature, dance, visual arts, or theater. It’s mission is “to foster awareness of and participation in any form of the arts, with the aim of developing vibrant and cohesive communities.” The purpose of the art council is to keep art in our everyday lives. In the year 2000, the arts council began awarding scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrated that...

  • Kiwanis presents scholarships

    Staff Report|Jun 9, 2022

    The Platte Valley Chapter of Kiwanis International recently announced three recipients of their scholarship for the 2021/2022 school year. Two seniors from Saratoga High School and one senior from Encampment High School were awarded scholarships from the local service organization. Geoffrey Johnson, a graduate of Saratoga High School, will be attending the University of Wyoming to obtain a degree in civil engineering. Johnson was the Valedictorian of the Saratoga Class of 2022 with a 3.9 GPA. Samantha “Sam” Fiedor, another graduate of Sar...

  • Sophomore class plans school field day

    Micky Jones|Jun 9, 2022

    Encampment K-12 school finished out the 2021-22 school year with a new field day event for students. This was the first field day for Encampment students and was planned almost entirely by the sophomore class. The older kids in grades 7-12 have spent the year with a focus on community building. Students chose community oriented projects and were committed to creating a positive environment in Encampment schoos for students and staff alike. Many caring projects were performed over the year....

  • Copeland bids farewell to CCSD No. 2

    Mike Armstrong|Jun 2, 2022

    When Carbon County School District No 2 (CCSD2) superintendent Dr. James Copeland and his wife Melissa first came through the Valley about 16 years ago, they were enchanted with its beauty. "My previous position was in Fleming, Colorado," Copeland remembered. "The week I was interviewing with Fleming, I also interviewed with Pinedale and Walden." Copeland said on his way to Walden after Pinedale, he and his wife went through Saratoga. "What is interesting, as we crossed the bridge and came into...

  • The Field Day tradition goes on

    Mike Armstrong|May 26, 2022

    The Carbon County School District No 2 (CCSD 2) northern elementary schools attempted to have their annual field day on May 12. The field day was a little different this year. The first difference was Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow and Hanna Elementary Schools came together at the Hanna campus instead of each school having their own field day. The schools have merged sometimes but this was the first year of all the students participating together. Mother Nature was not very cooperative for all the k...

  • Rocking like a Tiger

    Joshua Wood|May 26, 2022

    Every great band got its start somewhere. Metallica formed in 1981 after Lars Ulrich placed an ad in a Los Angeles newspaper, The Recycler, which read "Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden." Other bands didn't have to look too hard, such as AJR which is composed of the Met brothers and started in 2005 when the three brothers began to write and produce music in their living room apartment. The Dry Currents would get their start at...

  • May 26, 2022

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  • 'Trees are cool'

    Mike Armstrong|May 12, 2022

    National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area. Carbon County is one of those places. Annalise Perue from the Medicine Bow Conservation District went to the elementary schools of Elk Mountain, Hanna and Medicine Bow to give a presentation on what Arbor Day is and to relate how trees are important to society. She did so with slides, videos and tactile...

  • VSO scholarship open

    Staff Report|Apr 7, 2022

    The Valley Service Organization (VSO) has, once again, opened up the Youth Citizenship Award for graduating seniors from Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2). This scholarship awards $500 each year to a senior selected by the VSO Award Committee. VSO Chairwoman Cindy Walton has emphasized this scholarship is not based on grades. Instead, it is a cash award given directly to the student for their “community service and understanding of what it is to be a good citizen”. The award is open to graduating seniors from Saratoga Middle/High Sch...

  • Give me a P!

    Joshua Wood|Apr 7, 2022

    The April meeting of the Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2) Board of Trustees may get a dose of cheer. During the March 21 meeting of the Board of Trustees, CCSD2 Superintendent Jim Copeland and Saratoga Middle/High School (SMHS) Principal J.D. Johnson informed the board two parents had expressed interest in starting a cheer group for the high school. According to Copeland, the parents said they were considering self-funding the program. This would not be without precedent, as the six-m...

  • Pleasure doing business with you!

    Staff Report|Apr 7, 2022

    Members from the Saratoga High School FBLA chapter had an amazing showing at their State Conference March 16 - 18 in Laramie. The event kicked off Wednesday evening with the Keynote Speaker, Brandon White who shared his personal story and passion for life while encouraging students to be risk takers and "own it". Milan Scott "owned it" as she volunteered to go on stage to learn how to dance the tango with Brandon White, who taught her the importance of quality leadership, in front of the nearly...

  • From Rawlins to Saratoga

    Joshua Wood|Mar 31, 2022

    In February, Darren Jennings, principal at Saratoga Elementary School, was offered a contract as district superintendent for Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2). Jennings accepted, which left the CCSD2 Board of Trustees with the task of finding someone to fill his position for next school year. The search wasn’t long and came down to two candidates; Stephanie Long and Seth Hetherington. Long currently teaches 6th grade at Saratoga Elementary School and Hetherington currently teaches k...

  • Focus on the kids

    Mary Angell - Special to the Sun|Mar 2, 2022

    Darrin Jennings was happy to talk about his new position as superintendent of Carbon County School District No. 2, but he said he didn’t have long for an interview because he needed to drive a busload of kids home. “I help out wherever I can,” he said Thursday. “I’ve only done it a few times this year.” He later explained that the bus is really a Suburban, and he was driving a regular route, “to take our country kids home.” The CCSD2 board of trustees announced Wednesday that it had chosen Jennings as the district’s new superintendent. H...

  • Super spellers

    Staff Report|Feb 23, 2022

    The Saratoga School Spelling Bee was held on January 21 at the Platte Valley Community Center with 57 students in grades 2-7 participating. Fifth grader Cooper Smith was declared the champion by spelling the word, "rhetorical." Seventh grader Snowdon Williams took 2nd place, and Averie Sanchez, a fourth grader, took 3rd. These students, along with the top 3 spellers from grades 2-7 as identified by their classroom teachers, attended the Carbon County Spelling Bee in Rawlins on February 9. The...

  • Jennings interviewed

    Jaden Campbell - Special to the Sun|Feb 23, 2022

    On Tuesday, February 15, a Community Forum was held for superintendent of schools candidate Darrin Jennings at the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) in Saratoga. Doctor Jim Copeland, the current superintendent for Carbon Country School District No. 2 (CCSD2), retires on June 30 of this year, and candidates have stepped up to the plate to hopefully fill his role. Community Forums were organized for each of the candidates at both the Hanna Recreation Center in Hanna and the PVCC. Members of the public were encouraged to come and ask...

  • Manning the district

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 23, 2022

    Carbon County School District No 2 (CCSD2) Superintendent candidate Noel Manning came to the Hanna Recreation Center to take questions from community members of the north part of Carbon County even though the weather was challenging to get around on Wednesday when the event started. The audience was a mix of adults and students. Hanna Elementary School 6th grade teacher Jackie Jones moderated. Manning gave the audience information on his professional and personal background. Currently he is the...

  • Unstoppable speaker stops in Hanna

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 9, 2022

    Craig Conrad, an author and motivational speaker, came to Hanna on February 2 to speak to the entire student body at Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) Junior/Senior High. Then on February 3, Conrad went to Hanna Elementary to talk to the youngsters. Later that evening, a community dinner was held at HEM with Conrad speaking afterwards. Students who had heard Conrad speak before were in attendance with their families. HEM freshman Cody Priest enjoyed when Conrad spoke before. "I liked when...

  • Jan 12, 2022

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  • Moving on up

    Micky Jones|Jan 5, 2022

    The Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD2) Board of Trustees met for their final meeting of 2021 on December 20. Early in the meeting, Superintendent Jim Copeland shared a Good Sportsmanship Award letter from the Wyoming High School Activities Association for Eddie Buford during the 1A Six-Man State Championship on November 12, 2021. Also in sports, Copeland congratulated Rex Hohnholt on being named the Wyoming Coaches Association Girls 2A Cross Country Coach of the Year. Todd Weber was...

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