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  • Mar 25, 2020

  • Taking it to another level

    Joshua Wood|Feb 5, 2020

    As Saratoga Skijoring prepares to enter its fourth year, it is already proving to be the place to be for competition. In those four years, the event competition has come a long way. In 2016, the Platte Valley Jaycees approached the Saratoga Lions Club about putting on a skijoring race. The Lions Club, looking for something to replace the cancelled chariot races, were more than willing to help. "Initially, it was the Jaycees that had the idea and they said 'We have no idea how to put this stuff o...

  • Working Class Waugh

    Joshua Wood|Feb 5, 2020

    On Friday evening, people from across the west will be pouring into Saratoga as they head to the Wolf Hotel to register for Saratoga Skijoring. The two-day event is arguably a new past-time for members of the modern working class of the west and, just down the street from the historical building, a local artist will be highlighting those individuals. Local artist Jamie Waugh, who also does business as Bandita Bones, will be holding an art show in the former home of Fishpaw at 120 E Bridge...

  • Engineering an accurate time

    Joshua Wood|Feb 5, 2020

    Part of the evolution of any event, especially one in which time is an essential component, is the timing system. The same goes for Saratoga Skijoring, which has gone from an analog timing system to one that removes human error. While a timing system might normally set an organization back a few thousand dollars, the system used for Saratoga Skijoring comes courtesy of Jon Nelson of North Fork Engineering. Nelson has been part of the timing for Saratoga Skijoring since the very first year. For...

  • Feb 5, 2020

  • Dec 18, 2019

  • Tom and Jerry for Christmas

    Mike Armstrong|Nov 27, 2019

    The cold weather is bearing down on us and so are the holidays. This is the time of year when people break out their recipes of hot toddies or egg nog to get in the spirit of Christmas and keep warm. There is an old time 19th century hot drink that was famous in its day, but has sadly fallen off most drink menus and many modern recipe books; The Tom and Jerry. No, the drink was not named after the famous cartoon duo, because the bartender who created this drink first published it in 1862. Jerry... Full story

  • East County Holiday Season Schedule of Events

    Nov 27, 2019

    Monday, Dec. 2 6 p.m. HEM Christmas Concert HEM High School Wednesday, Dec. 4 4 p.m. Elk Mountain Elementary School Christmas Concert Elk Mountain Elementary School 6:30 p.m. Encampment Community Choir Concert Grand Encampment Opera House Friday, Dec. 6 4 p.m. Hanna Winter Bazaar Hanna Recreation Center 7:30 p.m. Winter Parade Starts at town hall, ends at Rec. Center After the parade is Lighing of Christmas Tree and Candlelight Vigil Hanna Rec. Center Saturday, Dec. 7 2 p.m. Cookie Decoration Medicine Bow Senior Center 5:30 p.m. Saratoga...

  • Lit up for Christmas

    Staff Report|Nov 27, 2019

    The annual Lighted Christmas Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and will begin at Bridge Ave. and River Street as it goes through historic downtown Saratoga. While waiting for the parade to begin, residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of local retailers and "shop small" this season. The parade will end at the Platte Valley Community Center, just in time to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus at "Winter Wonderland." The parade announcer and entertainer each year is...

  • Santa's coming

    Staff Report|Nov 27, 2019

    Following the Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 7, Valley residents are invited to attend what has become "a long-time holiday tradition" according to a press release from the Valley Service Organization (VSO). Winter Wonderland, which will be located in the Great Hall of the Platte Valley Community Center, will return this year. According to the press release, the VSO's "annual Christmas gift" will feature a free chilli and hot dog feed for everyone, cookies and hot chocolate. The perennial star...

  • Holiday food tips

    Staff Report|Nov 27, 2019

    The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is sharing five tips to help prevent foodborne illness from ruining holiday meals that feature turkey as a star attraction. Tiffany Greenlee, an epidemiologist with WDH, said mistakes with holiday dinners can sometimes lead to unfortunate illnesses. “Foodborne illness is something that can be avoided with good practices and habits,” she said. “These steps can be especially important when we have large holiday gatherings that are spread over more time than our everyday meals.” Greenlee suggests the followi...

  • Fabulously fast fudge

    Dana Davis|Nov 27, 2019

    My recipes so far have been about tweaking foods to help make them a little more healthy, but not this week! It is getting close to the holidays and we all like to cheat a little and have a tasty treat. So, a warning to everyone, this is a full sugar, full fat and all of that recipe. I use to think fudge was difficult. I previously only had recipes that involved a candy thermometer. I would either end up with goop or a lump of chocolaty looking substance that was too hard to chew. I remember...

  • Nov 27, 2019

  • From engineering to ranching

    Joshua Wood|Nov 6, 2019

    Rae Richter has lived in the Valley for nearly three years and currently works for Kip Kerbs, helping him on his ranch outside Saratoga. Richter is originally from Masonville, Colorado and served in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) for four years. "I had a lot of friends that were going to college and all that kind of stuff and I just wasn't ready for college," said Richter. "I had another friend that was in the Marine Corps and he told me I should give it a go." Taking her friends advice,...

  • Wouldn't change a thing

    Joshua Wood|Nov 6, 2019

    "I went to Phu Cat for two weeks of training and that was kind of exciting because I did something really dumb. I was out at my end of the Qui Nhon and it was during the Tet Offensive and the bus was five hours out taking us to Phu Cat, whoever was going that direction. Being young and bulletproof, I stuck my thumb out and hitchhiked ... to Phu Cat." Steve Flauding has lived in the Valley for 41 years. In that time he has worked a variety of jobs. He went from being a troubleshooter for Carbon C...

  • With the China Marines

    Joshua Wood|Nov 6, 2019

    Morgan Rempel is a 2017 graduate of Saratoga Middle/High School. Following his graduation, Rempel enlisted with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and has been serving si nce June 2017. According to his mother, Carrie Garcia, Rempel advanced as a Scout Swimmer for the Alpha Raiders. He is currently stationed in Camp Pendleton, California and is a 1st Battalion, 4th Marines Alpha Raider, also known as the China Marines. The 1/4 Marines were originally activiated in April 1911 and first saw...

  • A desire to serve

    Joshua Wood|Nov 6, 2019

    Before Katherine Munson graduated from Saratoga High School in 2001, she had a scholarship opportunity in Nebraska. After talking with a friend from Rawlins who had joined the Air Force, however, her plans changed. "She came back and was telling me how awesome it was and then she's like 'Honestly, the pride of serving my country is something you can't replace' and I was like, 'Yeah, I want that. I want to serve my country,'" said Munson. Munson's family, on both sides, have a number of members...

  • Gonzales goes global

    Mike Armstrong|Nov 6, 2019

    Christian Gonzales, a 2015 Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School graduated, has recently come back to Hanna after serving his country from 2016 until the beginning of this month. Gonzales said when he graduated HEM, he went into the work force, but after several months, he felt a call to join the armed forces. After looking into his options, Gonzales settled on the Army. "The Army was a good fit for me," Gonzales said. "I wanted to go into communications and found myself being...

  • Poppies in prose

    Staff Report|Nov 6, 2019

    On May 2 in 1915, Canadian poet John McCrae’s close friend and former student Alexis Helmer was killed by a German shell in World War I. Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915 during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium, this poem became the basis for poppies being the flower symbolically used to honor the war dead. In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead: Short days ago, W...

  • Hoping for some air

    Joshua Wood|Nov 6, 2019

    Logan Wells is a senior at Saratoga Middle/High School and has been giving serious thought to enlisting in the Air Force. While many members of his family, including his uncle, have been in the military, it suggested an option for him until this summer. "I was kind of thinking, 'Oh my gosh. My life's getting ready to start' and I was just kind of looking at all my options," said Wells. "My uncle was in the Air Force, too, so he kind of introduced me to it. Most of my family has been in the Air...

  • Veterans' Day events and activities

    Staff Report|Nov 6, 2019

    In observance of Veterans Day, schools and organizations will be holding events throughout eastern Carbon County on different days. The Saratoga Sun reached out to as many organizations as it could as well as the local schools to compile the following information: American Legion Post No. 54 The Saratoga American Legion Auxiliary will be holding a Veterans Day dinner on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Post, located at 403 E. Bridge Ave. A social hour with a cash bar will begin the evening from 5 to 6 p.m. Toward the end of the social hour, the flag... Full story

  • Nov 6, 2019

  • Shipe hunting

    Mike Armstrong|Sep 18, 2019

    The game warden station in Medicine Bow has been in existence since 1953 according to Rob Shipe, the new game warden for the area. "My district goes along US 30 to Fetterman Road towards Rock River and then I sort of follow the county line to west and quite a lot of my area is public land," Shipe said. "My area includes Shirley Basin, which is a major area for wildlife." He said his territory covers a lot of the new wind farms that are being built. "They are cutting new roads and it is changing...

  • As busy as they want to be

    Joshua Wood|Sep 18, 2019

    Hunting season in the Platte Valley is a busy time of year for many people, but nobody more than the local meat processors. With over 80 years combined experience, Encampment River Processing and Merrill Meat Company are given plenty of business. Lloyd Buford, owner of Encampment River Processing, bought his business in 1983 and experienced his first full season in 1984. “I think the first year we had this, our first full game season, we did six deer for the whole season,” said Buford. “We...

  • Getting the proper outfit

    Joshua Wood|Sep 18, 2019

    In Wyoming, hunting is big business. A report released in 2017 by Southwick Associates estimated that outfitters and guides in Wyoming collected nearly $45 million from big game hunters in 2015. It was also estimated that, in total, both resident and non-resident hunters contributed over $300 million to Wyoming’s economy. In just the Laramie region alone, there are approximately 20 outfitters according to the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association. What can someone interested in having a guid...

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