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  • Howdy and welcome to Dee Dee's Diner

    Dee Dee Martz|Apr 11, 2024

    Our special this week is my delectable Creamy Chicken and Noodles. This recipe will fill up your belly with healthy vegetables, too. Let’s get started preparing and enjoying this delicious delight. You will need the following ingredients: - I whole chicken or 4 large chicken breasts - 6 carrots sliced - I medium yellow onion diced - 4 Celery stalks sliced - I can Cream of Chicken soup - 1 can Cream of Celery soup - I bag of Wide Egg noodles - 1/4 stick butter In a 13 x 9 inch pan place the c...

  • Proposed Postal Service changes are bad for Wyoming

    Apr 11, 2024

    For several generations, the unofficial postal carrier motto was “Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds.” These days, the United States Postal Service motto – at least at the top level – seems to be “You’ll get it when you get it, and if you don’t like it, too bad.” Of course, as with all blanket overstatements, there are many exceptions to the rule. We know that there are many postal carriers who take pride in their work and still consider mail delivery to be a noble profession. We...

  • Get involved in your local government

    Joshua Wood|Apr 4, 2024

    “Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring to your own life.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger. Last week, the Town of Saratoga began advertising for the vacancy on the Saratoga Town Council. The seat, previously held by Jacob Fluty, will be on the ballot as a two-year unexpired term this year. Whoever is appointed to the vacancy will onl...

  • Wyomingites deserve better

    Jake Goodrick Gillette|Apr 4, 2024

    Those unsure whether their elected representatives have enough flair for the dramatic need not worry. The day late, dollar short political posturing seen in the Cowboy State this week was fitting, and expected, coming from the same group of lawmakers who pushed the bounds of the state’s 20-day budget session, and only emerged successful in accomplishing their simple, utmost goal — passing a budget — by the skin of their teeth. Now they want a special session to run it all back. Apparently, these lawmakers didn’t get their fill in Cheyenn...

  • The next gen of women's basketball is in the 1A Southwest

    Richard Espinoza|Mar 28, 2024

    Women’s basketball, both in high school and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), is on the rise. Believe it or not it is catching the attention of those who follow sports especially those in the sports journalism world. One of the many reasons is because of Iowa University Lady Hawkeyes point guard Caitin Clark, who has been taking the NCAA by storm. Clark has broken a record no one ever thought would ever be broken. She became the NCAA’s men’s and women’s all-time leading...

  • Transparency at work in School District 2

    David Peck|Mar 28, 2024

    Newspapers from coast to coast last week celebrated Sunshine Week, a time to champion openness and transparency in government in issues from access to public records to open meetings. Ironically, Sunshine Week 2024 happened to coincide with an example of transparency worth celebrating right here in our neck of the woods. Thursday night, Big Horn County School District No. 2 held a public forum during which citizens were able to question three finalists to be the next principal of Lovell Elementary School. We’re not sure most folks realize how r...

  • Let the planning commission plan

    Saratoga Sun Editorial|Mar 28, 2024

    The Saratoga Planning Commission has its hands tied, for all intents and purposes and we at the Saratoga Sun believe it is a disservice to the planning commission itself and the residents of Saratoga. While it is an advisory board, the role of the planning commission is to not only interpret existing zoning code but improve upon it as well. Such is the case regarding short term rentals in residential zones, which culminated in an 18 month process of drafting a proposed short term rental permit. At the recommendation of Kylie Waldrip, legal...

  • Bullying: Not Just 'Kids Being Kids'

    Joshua Wood|Mar 21, 2024

    In the past week, I’ve talked with a few people—many of them longtime Valley or Carbon County locals—about the issues of bullying. It was even a major topic during the recent community forum with the candidates for Encampment K-12 School principal. I won’t reveal the names of the people I’ve talked to nor the exact nature of what they spoke with me about. These were personal conversations and the only reason I’m bringing them up is due to a similar comment through most of the conversatio...

  • Ride for the brand

    Buffalo Bulletin - Wyoming Editorial Roundup|Mar 21, 2024

    Buffalo Bulletin, March 13 It has been said that Wyoming is one small town connected by very long streets. We are the least populated state in the union. There are 19 cities (municipalities with over 4,000 population) and 80 small towns. Despite the number of us who call a small town home, it’s no secret what the Wyoming Freedom Caucus thinks about the small towns in our state. Wyoming House Freedom Caucus Chairman John Bear, R-Gillette, made his disdain for small towns clear three weeks ago during debate of HB70, a bill designed to help W...

  • Facts matter in our news coverage

    Matt Adelman, Wyoming Editorial Roundup|Mar 21, 2024

    Often, we in the media get accused of having sacred cows we don’t cover or, alternatively, have targets of coverage. Neither is accurate, though some specific cases certainly can be made (fairly or unfairly). Whether the allegations are made based on favoritism or economics, the reality of our news coverage isn’t based on friendships or dollars and cents. It’s based on facts and how those stack up against the claims being made by those in charge. Sure, we read the rants on social media, but those aren’t facts. They are primarily someone...

  • What about Bob… again

    Jess Oaks|Mar 14, 2024

    Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” There has never been a truer phrase. Living in a small community there is chatter on every street corner. We are close-knit neighbors here in Goshen County and more times than not, we chat. It isn’t the fact we stop and catch up from time to time in the grocery store. Sometimes we stand in the produce section, just chatting with our neighbors and our friends and that’s perfectly fine. Other shoppers will just simply avoid the tra...

  • Letters to the Editor: SPRING CLEAN UP

    Mar 14, 2024

    Dear Editor, I’m assuming you made or have you landscape plan. While some may have brand new yards to plant. But, for the majority, I’m assuming most of you can do some work in your yard, as weather allows. For, even though, snow drifts and snow showers are still part of our landscape, on warmer days spring clean up can begin. It is also the perfect time to prune bushes and trees. Some of you even may have a fruit tree to prune. Throughout the years, I have planted a number of fruit trees. While I wasn’t optimistic about getting fruit, their...

  • Letters to the Editor: Balance of energy development misses the mark

    Mar 14, 2024

    Dear Editor, As I watch the big wind farm in Carbon County take shape it continues to sadden me. I know Phil Anschutz and am confident his organization will do as responsible a job in installing them according to the conditions the permits that the Federal agencies require as can be done. Hopefully it will provide some significant long term financial benefit to the state and county. It is certain that it will negatively impact the vista’s those of us in Wyoming have enjoyed generations. As I appreciate the dynamics of the project most, of n...

  • Adler: Long reach of the pardon power

    Mar 7, 2024

    The intriguing President’s Day news that President Abraham Lincoln granted a pardon 160 years ago to President Joe Biden’s great-great-grandfather revived Americans’ fascination with the purpose, concerns, scope and history of this sweeping executive power. Thanks to the good work of historian David J. Gerleman, we now know that President Lincoln pardoned Moises J. Robinette, a civilian hired as a veterinary surgeon for the Union army, who was court martialed on charges resulting from a brawl on the evening of March 21, 1864. Robinette was f...

  • Civil discourse a pleasant surprise

    Karla Pomeroy|Mar 7, 2024

    I knew ahead of last Tuesday’s council meeting there would be a crowd, having received a bulk email about concerns over the proposed rate increases. I am always a bit nervous when there is a crowd at government meetings because you never know the atmosphere of the meeting, but I need not have worried about the Feb. 20 meeting, as the meeting was the epitome of great civil discourse. There was nearly standing room only, but there is not a lot of seating in the council chambers. Questions, comments from the audience were courteous, well thought o...

  • Lawmakers try to shut down all talk of diversity, equity and inclusion

    Feb 29, 2024

    It should come as no surprise that Wyoming lawmakers would debate a bill like Senate File 130, “The equality state not equity state act.” After all, they have a long history of wasting time on the political hot-button issues of the day, as well as debating bills that provide “solutions” to things that aren’t a problem here. Yet we were all surprised that 22 state senators voted to introduce SF 130 during a budget session. The bill is described as “an act relating to the administration of government; prohibiting governmental entities fr...

  • What about children like Nex?

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Feb 29, 2024

    We’re told to think of the children. That’s the refrain used in state legislatures across the country when it comes to the slew of anti-LGBTQ laws which are proposed or passed. Laws like the one in Oklahoma, which requires people to use the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificate. Yet, due to laws like this, it is likely that a child in Oklahoma has died. Nex Benedict was a non-binary 16 year old student at Owasso High School. On February 7, they were allegedly assaulted by three fem...

  • Healing together

    Feb 22, 2024

    Now, the healing begins. A funeral date is set for the celebration of a 33-year-old life taken too soon. Taken too soon from his wife and infant daughter. Taken from a family who saw their son battle an overseas war in Afghanistan and return, with scars, but returned full-bodied and ready for more service to a new community. Taken from a team of men and women serving the same purpose as him each day to protect the Sheridan community. Everyone mourns and heals in different ways, and the community of Sheridan — as has been shared by many in meeti...

  • Adler: Freedom of the press: the essential foundation of democracy

    Feb 22, 2024

    When the U.S. Supreme Court, in Richmond Newspapers v. Virginia (1980), in the words of Justice John Paul Stevens, “squarely held that the acquisition of newsworthy matter is entitled to constitutional protection,” it was protecting under the First Amendment’s Free Press Clause the essential foundation of our democracy. The conception of the press as a pillar of strength for a free people who mean to govern themselves is as old as the republic itself. In 1765, in his acclaimed treatise, “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law,” a youthful...

  • Small communities means losses are felt harder

    Joshua Wood|Feb 15, 2024

    Living in a small community like the Platte Valley, every loss seems to be felt far more acutely than in more urban areas. Running a newspaper in a small community, one of the hardest parts of the job is receiving the obituaries. It's even hard when it's someone who is not only close to your age, but who you knew. I didn't know Jacob Fluty as well as his friends and family, but you can't grow up in a small town with someone and not have some knowledge of who they are. When I first heard about...

  • Adler: Landmark ruling give press, public access to criminal trials

    Feb 15, 2024

    The First Amendment’s Free Press Clause, which Thomas Jefferson declared indispensable to republicanism, has long been regarded as the “people’s right to know.” Without knowledge of governmental programs, policies and practices, the people would have little ability to hold government accountable. The press, as Jefferson and the founders recognized, could provide the crucial informing function that would make self-government possible. Historically speaking, protection of the informing function is precisely why the Supreme Court has protect...

  • Major Divisions of Christianity – Part 5 The Church Year

    Feb 15, 2024

    There is a large range of opinions among various church bodies regarding the Church Year. A few churches refuse to celebrate any Christian holidays. The fact is, no one really knows when Jesus was born. A date was picked, and, according to some, it was picked to coincide with pagan observances. Although the date of Easter is much better known since it coincides with the Jewish Passover, the name, Easter comes from pagan sources. This being said, since Christmas and Easter has become secular holidays, celebrated in the western world with...

  • What I like about covering local high school sports in Platte Valley

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    My interest in covering local high school sports all started when I was a sports journalism student at Northern Arizona University. I would work as a voluntary local sports journalist for the Arizona Daily Sun to cover local high school sports in Flagstaff, Arizona. Local high school sports are a lot different in the Flagstaff community compared to the Platte Valley community because Flagstaff has four high schools and the Platte Valley has two. The fun part about covering high school sports is...

  • The Spirit Of Ecumenism

    Feb 8, 2024

    I was assigned to St. Ann’s Catholic Church as pastor last July and I would like to express my gratitude for the warm welcome I have received from the community. Before I came to Saratoga, I served eleven years as a parish priest in Wyoming, followed by seventeen years as a chaplain for the Department of Veterans Affairs. My twenty-eight years of ministry has allowed me to witness the interaction between pastors and their faith communities, and the interaction of pastors with their fellow pastors. In some communities, I noticed a common p...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jan 11, 2024

    Dear Editer, 1/2/24 this is a short message. My question is why don’t you have comic strips? I think comic strips would be a fun addition to the Sun. don’t you think people would like to read strips like calvin and hobbes? or dilbert? Or maybe garfield and big nate. so I’ m asking that you Please add comics to the saratoga sun. Thanks, for reading this, Respectfully Parker Monroe Saratoga From the Sun Dear Parker - Thank you for writing to the Saratoga Sun. We always like hearing from loyal readers. Although you did not mention your age, we we...

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