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  • Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 50 years

    Richard Espinoza|Mar 21, 2024

    On March 14, the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 50th Anniversary at the Platte Valley Community Center. Local business owners came together to be recognized for their accomplishments both in business and the community. One of those top winners of recognition was Valley Foods & Liquor, which won 2023 Business of the Year. The local grocery store is owned and managed by Adam Clarke, a third-generation grocery store owner. Clarke said this Business of the Year Award...

  • Feed me, I'm Irish

    Mar 21, 2024

  • Sharing is caring and giving is kindness

    Richard Espinoza|Mar 14, 2024

    On March 4, the First Presbyterian Church of Saratoga hosted a it’s weekly gathering at the table. The special gathering is all about meeting new friends and sharing kindness with everyone in the Platte Valley Community. Gather at the Table takes place on the first Monday of each month and everyone in the community is welcome to join. It is a good way to help people who need a friend or are simply looking for good companionship. Volunteers were cooking free meals for everyone who participated i...

  • A Long-term Commitment to Racial Justice, Healing and Reconciliation

    Mar 14, 2024

    O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – Prayer for the Human F...

  • Living On Purpose: Pulling down strongholds within our minds

    Dr. Willia F. Holland|Mar 14, 2024

    The Human experience includes the standard requirement to choose right and wrong and has always been accountable when it comes to good and evil. Each of us has the free will to choose how we live and no matter how much we brag about being independent, there is no such thing as walking through this life refusing to be accountable to God. Every self-governing and self-reliant person who has ever lived does not have the authority to be excused from God’s judgment. It would seem that humans would understand there are only two choices in this l...

  • Chamber to hold 50th annual dinner

    Joshua Wood|Mar 7, 2024

    Next week, the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce (S/PVCC) will be hosting its annual chamber dinner and awards. While each year the dinner is a way to celebrate local businesses and chamber members, the S/PVCC will also be observing its 50th Anniversary. CEO Amanda Knotwell gave the Saratoga Sun a preview of what to expect for this year’s dinner and awards, which will include everything from live music to a history lesson. This year will feature two guest speakers: Chuck “C.J.” Box a...

  • Freighting teams tangle

    Mar 7, 2024

    ONE EIGHT HORSE TEAM AND A FOUR HORSE TEAM TRY TO PASS AND HAVE MIX-UP Thus reads the headline and subheads in the Dec. 29, 1904 issue of “The Saratoga Sun.” Following is the article which appeared in the weekly newspaper. “Last Thursday afternoon the freight outfit of L. B. Chase, consisting of an eight horse team and three wagons met a four horse coal team belonging to C. S. Taylor in the middle of the bridge and as a result one of the horses belonging to Taylor has a broken leg and a wagon...

  • A musician's journey is led by a musical legend

    Richard Espinoza|Mar 7, 2024

    When Hank Morris listened to his first Bob Dylan record, he knew music was his future. Morris was born and raised in Texarkana, Texas and, at the age of 14 years old, he learned how to play the guitar and harmonica. It was that same combination of musical instruments which Dylan had played in his classic songs during the 1960s. Every Friday, Morris performs at the Mangy Moose Roadside Bar in Riverside, Wyoming. He takes the time to talk to the audience about each song he is going to sing and...

  • Helping people into housing

    Kathleen Stinson for the Saratoga Sun|Feb 29, 2024

    Residents in Carbon County are eligible for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) low-interest home loans, if they meet the income eligibility requirements, according to the state director of rural development. State Director of USDA Rural Development Glenn Pauley spoke to the Saratoga Sun on Friday about the low-interest loan program. “We have a low-interest loan at 4.625 percent and if the income is low enough, it can go down to 1 percent,” Pauley said. The terms are typically for 33 to 38 years and are USDA rural home loans. In Car...

  • Lent, a Liminal Space, a Place for Transition

    Rev. Susan Dyer|Feb 29, 2024

    I was raised in a traditional church, a liturgical church in which the seasons of the church year were practiced: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost now termed Ordinary Time. The altar and pulpit were draped with cloths representing the colors of the seasons: blue or purple for Advent, Green for Epiphany, purple for Lent, Red for the day of Pentecost and green again for that long period of time from Pentecost to Advent. White adorned the altar on through the seasons of Christmas and Easter. While the observance of these...

  • Elk and cattle both eat grass. Lawmakers mull compensating ranchers – for more than the grass is worth

    Mike Koshmrl, via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 29, 2024

    Wyoming wildlife managers worry that a proposed change to landowner compensation regulations could hurt efforts to get a handle on inflated elk populations. Legislation advancing in the statehouse, House Bill 60 – Excess wildlife population damage amendments, is intended to give the Wyoming Game and Fish Department more incentive to lower elk numbers in areas where wapiti are overpopulated. The statute change would do so by sweetening compensation entitlement for ranchers who lose grass on r...

  • Pslam 32: 1,2 (NKJV) A Psalm of David. A [a] Contemplation

    Pastor Gene Smith|Feb 22, 2024

    1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not [b] impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. What makes the world so messed up? There are so many concerned about what is fair these days, right? wrong? actually, maybe? Are we really getting to the real heart of problems in the world? People love to watch the latest bad guy versus good guy programs. Maybe that’s always been that way like the bad cowboys who wear the black hats and the good guys who wear the w...

  • Full speed at second gear

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 15, 2024

    Motor sports enthusiasts raced to the ice this weekend as 307 GoFast held it’s second annual ice races at Saratoga Lake on February 10. Competitors from all parts of Wyoming and out-of-state competed in the ATV buggies and dirt bike racing on the frozen lake. There were a total of 30 racers at the event. Before the race took place both competitors and spectators took part in the National Anthem. A moment of silence also took place in memory of Jacob Fluty who passed away on Friday in an a...

  • Skijoring races to another banner year

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    The 8th Annual Saratoga Skijoring Races were one for the record books with a huge turnout of spectators tailgating in the parking lot along with skiers and riders competing in different divisions. Will Faust, one of the event organizers and co-founder of the Saratoga Skijoring races, said this year’s event was one of the biggest it has had so far. “Saturday we had 688 paid spectators with 95 racers and 40 volunteers,” Faust said. “Saturday’s races seem to be the biggest turnout of them all....

  • Tigers Celebrate Homecoming

    Feb 8, 2024

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  • U.S. Senate Candidate Visits Saratoga

    Gary Honodel|Feb 1, 2024

    Casper businessman Reid Rasner, who is running for the United States Senate seat currently held by John Barasso, visited Saratoga last Tuesday, January 23. Mr. Rasner spent the day in Saratoga visiting the North Platte Medical Center, and several other businesses. He also met with local media outlets, including the Sun, before capping off the day with a town hall at the Platte Valley Community Center. There Mr. Rasner made a few comments before turning the event over to a question and answer...

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  • Sun brings home more awards

    Staff Report|Jan 25, 2024

    The Saratoga Sun continued their decades-long tradition of award winning over the weekend at the 125th Annual Wyoming Press Convention. With a total of seven awards, Sun staff took home two first places, a second place and four honorable mentions. Entries were judged by the National Newspaper Association, which typically judges the national contest. One of those first place awards was for Headline Writing, which has been taken home by the Saratoga Sun staff for the past several years. The... Full story

  • Valentine's Day Gift Ideas That Show You Really Care

    Jan 25, 2024

    - A perfect brew: As most tea and coffee drinkers know, the ideal temperature beverage can be a fleeting thing, especially with all of life’s distractions and demands. That’s not the case with Nextmug, a gift that will spoil your Valentine with the perfect brew every time. This temperature-controlled, self-heating mug maintains a beverage at the user’s ideal temperature (warm at 130 degrees, hot at 140 degrees, and piping at 150 degrees) for hours using smart technology that requires no app o...

  • Commissioners ask about gatekeeping

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Jan 18, 2024

    Rural health care has historically been one of the critical issues that policy makers have had to face. In order to discuss the Behavioral Health Redesign being done by the Wyoming Department of Health, the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) met with Senior Policy Analyst Franz Fuchs on January 2. This redesign will focus on mental health care in the state of Wyoming. The new system will change how behavioral health services are provided throughout the state. Funding will change to a...

  • New Year and New Codes for 2024

    Richard Espinoza and Joshua Wood|Jan 18, 2024

    With the New Year upon them, the Saratoga Planning Commission is examining a variety of goals for 2024. One of those is to review Title 18, the zoning code for the Town of Saratoga, to determine where, if any, changes need to be made. The discussion took place during the commission’s January 9 meeting. “I think that this should be one of the top priorities for the board to go over the zoning ordinance and how we look at things,” said Mayor Chuck Davis. “Not only will this help the town out but it will also help out on how affordable housing...

  • Protecting Americans' Access to High-Quality Health Care

    Jan 18, 2024

    Accepting Medicare is becoming increasingly unsustainable for physicians, which has resulted in many practices refusing to take new Medicare patients, or even to shutter their doors. At the same time, millions of additional Americans are projected to rely on Medicare in the coming years. With a 3.37% reduction to Medicare imposed at the start of this year, the American Medical Association (AMA) says that reforms are needed to protect millions of Americans’ access to their physicians. “After three consecutive years of Medicare cuts, phy...

  • How to Limit Indoor Air Pollution in Your Home

    Jan 18, 2024

    On average, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, making indoor air quality critical to the health of families. The level of some pollutants in indoor environments can be two to five times higher than outdoor concentrations. Through the new Healthy and Efficient Homes campaign, the American Lung Association is raising awareness of common sources of indoor air pollutants -- including gas-, propane-, oil- and wood-burning appliances -- and promoting practical short- and long-term solutions...

  • Practical DIY Projects to Complete Over a Winter Weekend

    Jan 18, 2024

    While many home renovation projects are best tackled during the warmer months, there are specific minor repairs and tasks that are important to address in winter. These quick projects are easy to complete in a weekend and will make for a more cozy, organized winter home. Service the Furnace. It’s easy to get behind on regular home upkeep duties during the busy holiday season. But now that the holidays are over, it’s time to take stock of your furnace. During winter months, dirt and debris buildup on the furnace air filter can keep your hom...

  • Cheyenne Frontier Days won't pursue horse racing at Frontier Park

    Jan 18, 2024

    CHEYENNE (WNE) — Cheyenne Frontier Days officials announced Friday that they have decided not to pursue a deal with Accel Entertainment that would convert Frontier Park into a live horse racing venue every year in the late summer. “The decision was made based on what we feel is best for Frontier Days, the city of Cheyenne, Laramie County and the fans and supporters of Frontier Days,” CFD President and CEO Tom Hirsig told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, “and amidst controversy on gaming and horse racing and all those things, that’s why it was decid... Full story

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