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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Tigers Celebrate Homecoming

    Feb 8, 2024

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Campbell, Crook County residents give back with 300 pounds of produce

    Jan 18, 2024

    GILLETTE (WNE) — Campbell and Crook county residents combined to grow a little extra produce for those in need — a “little” that amassed to about 300 pounds. Across the state, about 10,000 pounds of fresh produce — similar to the weight of a standard RV — was grown and donated to those in need in 2023. The Grow a Little extra program began as an extension of the Wyoming Hunger Initiative in 2021, said Tailor Morris, Cent$ible Nutrition Specialist at the University of Wyoming Extension office. The idea is simple. “We donate seeds...

  • Jackson CVS to close as part of nationwide shuttering

    Jan 18, 2024

    JACKSON (WNE) —- The CVS Pharmacy located inside Target will close March 7, less than three years after its grand opening. To be clear, the Target store is not closing. “We’ve made the difficult decision to close the CVS Pharmacy,” said Amy Thibault, communications director for CVS. “All prescriptions will be transferred to a nearby pharmacy to ensure patients have uninterrupted access to pharmacy care. Employees are being offered comparable roles within the company.” The Jackson pharmacy employs two part-time employees and one...

  • VSO blood drive scheduled

    Jan 11, 2024

    Valley Service Organization (VSO) will sponsor a blood drive on Jan. 16th from 12:30 to 5:30 at the Platte Valley Community Center. Blood banks are in short supply and donations of your blood can make a difference. Anyone wishing to make an appointment is asked to contact chair Roxie Baldwin at 307-329-6332. People wishing to donate may also schedule their appointments online at Vitalant.org. According to information from the Vitalant website, donors must meet the following basic requirements: must be at least 16 years old, must weigh a...

  • A Liturgical Church Primer

    Rev. Canon Bobbe Fitzhugh|Jan 11, 2024

    The Episcopal Church is one of a number of churches identified as liturgical churches. “Liturgy” means the church’s public worship of God. The term comes from Greek words for “people” and “work.” Here is a short primer on the major aspects of a liturgical church. Much of the source documentation can be found at episcopalchurch.org. Liturgy...

  • Union Fundraiser

    Gary Honodel|Jan 11, 2024

    Leading into Christmas every Union office in Wyoming staged a charity fundraiser. The individual offices could select a cause they wanted to support, so the local branch, here in Saratoga, choose the Must Love Dogs Sanctuary. Last Friday, January 5, a check for $275- was presented to Theresa Ramsey, Chairman, of the organization, a registered 501(c3), by Kyle Thompson, manager of the Union office. Ms. Ramsey commented “We really appreciate Union choosing our organization. This is a slow...

  • Cyber scams, old & new

    From the Wyoming Press Association|Jan 4, 2024

  • How to Support Early Readers at Home

    Jan 4, 2024

    Recent data indicate that over 60% of fourth graders in the United States are reading below grade level, with performance particularly low due to the lingering effects of the pandemic. The good news? Learning experts say that the trend is reversible. One key factor is to make sure that young children have a strong foundation in early language skills when they begin kindergarten. Here are a few tools and ideas for supporting the literacy journey at home and on-the-go: Make Reading Playful Interactive learning tools can go beyond drills and...

  • Raising Their Voices

    Jan 4, 2024

    Photos courtesy Mary Martin The Encampment Community Choir, which was also joined by members of the Encampment Elementary School, serenaded residents with festive, holiday songs on December 6 at the Grand Encampment Opera House.  ...

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