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  • Make a path

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jun 13, 2024

    Children took the future into their own hands at the June 4 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council as they discussed plans to renovate the bike park behind the Saratoga Public Library. Jaxon Owen, age 12, and Archer Burau, age 10, went before the council with a petition for a new bike track. “I’ve been a Saratoga resident for my whole life. I enjoy living here. I also enjoy riding my bike,” Owen said. “I would enjoy a nice bike park here.” Owen outlined various safety issues around the current p...

  • Drive it like you stole it

    Richard Espinoza|Jun 13, 2024

    It’s not often the Wyoming Highway Patrol pulls over a pair of Lamborghinis, but that’s exactly what happened recently in Carbon County. On May 26, Rawlins-area troopers received a report of two rental vehicles which were likely stolen heading towards Carbon County on Interstate 80. “The rental company reported two males rented Lamborghinis in the Salt Lake City area,” said Trooper Ryan Gerdes. “The drivers then left Utah in violation of the contract, exceeded the allowable miles, were spee...

  • St. Barnabas' Church to Celebrate 135th Anniversary

    Rev. Dr. Peggy Hotchkiss, Priest in Charge|Jun 13, 2024

    St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, the oldest church in the Upper North Platte River Valley, will celebrate its 135th anniversary on June 23rd. The first service in the newly built sanctuary was held on January 10, 1889. Since January is not an optimal time for celebrations in Wyoming, church members chose to celebrate the anniversary closer to June 11th, the Feast of St. Barnabas, for whom the church is named. The day will begin with a celebration of Holy Communion from the 1892 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. The service will be followed by a p...

  • Living on Purpose: Cherished memories about my father

    William F. Holland Jr.|Jun 13, 2024

    May God bless each and every father as we wish you a Happy Father’s Day. Fatherhood is a theme within scripture, and we know that God is the best Father who loves His Son Jesus Christ, and all of His children so much that He provided a way for them to spend an eternity with Him. My dad passed away in 2016. I miss my father, I admired him and always will. There are lots of stories about Father’s Day and recently I was curious about how the special day began. According to one historian, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the idea of hon...

  • Summertime, and the livin' is easy

    Rev. Peggy Hotchkiss|Jun 13, 2024

    “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” If you are familiar with the song “Summertime” from George and Ira Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess, you probably just sang those words in your head. Now that school is out for the summer, we have almost three months in which to enjoy the beautiful North Platte Valley summer, when the pace of life is less busy than it is during the school year and the weather is more conducive to relaxing pursuits. Summer is the perfect time to slow down, to enjoy the wonders of God’s creation, and to rest. In today’s fast-...

  • Valley Service Organization presents awards

    Jun 6, 2024

  • Living on Purpose: Fallen but not forgotten

    William F. Holland Jr.|Jun 6, 2024

    This week we honor those who died while fighting for our country. There was a time when society seemed to be more sensitive and compassionate about casualties of war, but today there are so many distractions that cause us to not have our priorities in the right order. This day is not about politics or worldviews, it’s about giving the highest respect to those who paid the greatest price. The liberties we are thankful for today did not come without the sacrifice of many brave men and women as freedom does not come without cost. We remember t...

  • All Access Pass

    Pastor Vince Vannett, Saratoga Alliance Church|Jun 6, 2024

    Summertime is here! At least it feels like it has arrived. Summertime ushers in some specific events and one of those is….waiting in lines. How many of us spend a significant amount of time waiting in line to gain access to rodeos, amusement park rides, concerts, national parks, movies, or whatever activity is scheduled that day? Wouldn’t it be nice to have one of those “VIP” passes where we can just walk right in and have access to all that is behind the gate, door, or curtain? As a VIP we could walk in confidently and boldly knowing we had...

  • Good Food Starts With Healthy Ingredients

    Richard Espinoza|Jun 6, 2024

    When eating at a restaurant, people should know what the ingredients are. Julie Lassiter, owner of Juniper’s Fine Dining in Rawlins, said people should know the ingredients in the food that is being served to them. She said everything she cooks at her restaurant is made from scratch. “We serve primarily scratch ingredients,” Lassiter said. “I am still looking for a baker. Everything I make comes from my recipes and I came up with scratch sauces, barbecue, and other homemade foods. What we are do...

  • Eight years of chasing chains

    Owen Acord, Special to the Sun|Jun 6, 2024

    This Saturday the Mother Mountain Anglers (MMA) are holding their 8th Annual Tale of Two Cities Disc Golf Tournament. The Mother Mountain Anglers are a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is to preserve the connection between nature and community through the love of fishing. The Tournament is comprised of 27 holes spread evenly among 3 courses. It will start at Grand View Park with the women's class teeing off at 9 a.m., then the men’s class at 10 a.m. All of the Tournaments p...

  • Road Construction Limited in Carbon County

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Jun 6, 2024

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation has two road construction projects going on in Carbon County this summer. WYDOT Public Relations Specialist Andrea Staley said the two projects are a bridge rehabilitation project that has a structure on Wyoming Highway 76 at MM 221.68 and another on Interstate 80 near Wagonhound. Crews with Reiman Corp. and the Wyoming Department of Transportation began a bridge rehabilitation project in April on Interstate 80 near Laramie, according to a WYDOT press release. The project began at milepost 302.91 in the...

  • Come fun or HiWater

    Jun 6, 2024

    Photos by Richard Espinoza De Geringos Y Gremmies opened up the HiWater Hoedown at The Yard on Saturday night and was followed by House of Cards. Sgrny closed out the night....

  • North Platte Valley Medical Center nears finish line

    Staff Report|May 30, 2024

    The North Platte Valley Medical Center (NPVMC) received last week a long-awaited Critical Access Hospital Certification Letter from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The letter indicates that CMS has reviewed and approved that NPVMC meets the location and distance requirements to become a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). NPVMC may now seek initial CAH Medicare certification via DNV Healthcare USA Inc., an internationally recognized accreditor, which entails an in-depth survey of...

  • Pork on menu for free meal

    Dick Perue, GAT Correspondent|May 30, 2024

    “Best free meal in the country,” boasts a satisfied patron with a full tummy at the last Gather at the Table supper. He further promised, “I’ll be back next month.” That happy diner, along with everyone else, is invited to “Gather at the Table” for a free meal and fellowship Monday, June 3rd, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Saratoga Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at the corner of Third and Bridge Streets in downtown Saratoga. On the menu is stir fried glazed pork with broccoli as well as buttered rice, ramped-up baked mac-n-cheese,...

  • What is the abundant life Jesus offers?

    Dr. William F. Holland|May 30, 2024

    It’s common in this modern age for religious seekers to comb the Bible for passages that promise endless blessings. People love to hear messages about God protecting His children from danger and suffering, and how He wants to give us everything we dream about. The problem is this is not exactly why the Christian life was established. Christians should read and study the Bible daily, while keeping everything in context is critical to understanding more clearly to what God is saying. It’s true that He loves us, but even in His endless com...

  • Be a Peacemaker

    Bob Keel|May 30, 2024

    This Memorial Day I find myself reflecting on the people in my life that have passed on. In a newspaper article I cannot say enough to do justice to them. Ultimately, I settle on my grandfathers who served in the Army and the other served in the coast guard during World War II. They had passion about their country and their ability to fight for their freedoms and the freedom of us all. Jehovah in the Old Testament said “He shall say: “Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be ter...

  • For Those Who Ensured Our Freedom

    Owen Acord, Special to the Sun|May 30, 2024

    On Monday, many community members came together at the Encampment Cemetery to be a part of a Memorial Day tradition. Memorial Day was first celebrated under the name of Waterloo on May 5, 1866. From there it spread across the nation. On May 5 1868, General John A. Logan created Declaration Day which was to be held on the 30th of May. Then, in 1971, Memorial Day as we know it was made a federal holiday to be held on the last Monday of May. A ceremony, put on by VFW post 1625, was held in honor...

  • Saratoga Remembers

    May 30, 2024

    Photos by Richard Espinoza The summer-like weather allows members of American Legion Post 54 hold their Memorial Day Service at Saratoga Cemetery on May 27 without any concern for the unseasonable weather experienced in the Valley recently....

  • Funding Their Education

    Staff Report|May 30, 2024

    Saratoga and Encampment graduates applied for and earned a large number of scholarships their senior year as they prepare to further their education. What follows is a list of students and their scholarships. Thanks to Amy Johnston at Saratoga Middle High School and Brooke Bodar at Encampment K-12 School for the list. Saratoga Tucker Carricato - Tarleton - Ag Communications Tarleton - Rodeo Scholarship High School Rodeo Championship Scholarships SMHS Rodeo Scholarship American Hats Scholarship Aidan Clarke - Working career at Valley Foods...

  • Seasonal passes now open

    Staff Report|May 30, 2024

    A sign of summer in the Valley, even despite the unseasonable weather recently, is the opening of the Wyoming Highway 130, or Snowy Range Scenic Bypass, and Wyoming Highway 70, or Battle Pass. The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) announced the opening of both seasonally-closed sections for the summer on May 23. According to a press release from WYDOT, work on the 23-mile stretch of highway between Encampment and Baggs began in early May with the use of multiple rotary plows,...

  • Pulling For A Second Year

    Richard Espinoza|May 30, 2024

    Get ready to witness the raw power in powersports at the 2nd Annual Snowy Range ATV/UTV Pull at the Whistle Pig. Every competitor who rides all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility task vehicles (UTVs) will put their machines to the test and see if they can meet the challenge of how far they can pull a weighted sled. According to Dan Jones, one of the event organizers, the ATV/UTV pull is almost like a tractor pull but the machines involved pull a smaller load. Jones said contestants in the...

  • An Un-Bee-Lievable Family History

    Richard Espinoza|May 23, 2024

    Twin brothers Jack and Jim States were guests at the final Tuesday Talks of the season on May 14. The brothers provided background on the long history of the States family, beginning with how the family made its way from Europe to Colonial America. Included within the presentation was the family’s involvement in pottery, electrical work and beekeeping. “The long history of the States family was unknown to us,” Jack said. “As I got older, I became interested in the stories of our family backgro...

  • Snells Recognized for Volunteer Work

    Staff Report|May 23, 2024

    First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative, in partnership with the Hughes Charitable Foundation, hosted its fourth regional summit in central Wyoming recently to bring folks together who are working in the space of food insecurity and to honor volunteers. Wyoming Hunger Initiative was launched in 2019 with two tenants in mind: one, to never reinvent the wheel and two, to be in all twenty-three Wyoming counties. There are grassroots efforts in every Wyoming county dedicated to r...

  • On Pentecost

    Rev. Canon Bobbe Fitzhugh|May 23, 2024

    Pentecost, a Greek word meaning 50, is the 50th day after the Easter Resurrection – a Feast Day celebrated this year on May 19th. Pentecost is the day the “Holy Spirit” entered a room holding Jesus’ apostles and entered each of them, an event which “makes the church the church.” Happy Birthday, Church! Jesus has gone and the disciples are hanging out rather fearfully in the upper room. They have just had a rather tumultuous time – they walked with Jesus for up to three years before he is taken from them on the cross. Now they wait, disappo...

  • Do we love God and ourselves enough to change?

    William F. Holland Jr.|May 23, 2024

    I recently read a story about an elderly preacher who was invited each week to speak at a school in Africa and he made a tremendous impact on the children. In every lesson, he would begin and conclude by leading them into confessing the phrases, self-control, self-discipline, and sound mind. One of the young students in these classes is now a man who remembers how they recited these words so much they became a part of their vocabulary. When the children would see him walking down the streets, they would shout, “self-control, self-disciple, a...

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