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Photo by Joe Elder
Eden Diorio, left, holds an
envelope with money raised by
Laura Morrow to help people in
Diorio’s hometown affected by
Typhoon Pablo. As of Tuesday,
Morrow had raised over $1,600
Local generosity reaches Philippines
wanting to donate to local organizations, individuals, and
“So many people are in so
much need right now,” Morrow said. “This kind of hits
home because (Eden) is one of
our residents and one of our
By Friday, Morrow had raised
$1,300 which converts to about
52,000 Philippine pesos.
“It’s mostly ‘cause this town
has got such a warm heart,”
Morrow said.
Diorio and her sister, who
lives in Oregon, have been
sending their parents money to
live on, but the extra donated
money will purchase rice,
noodles, bread and dry fish for
villagers and building supplies
to help with reconstruction.
“It’s just sad because the
ones who live on the farms - we
get our food from them, the rice
the crops, the bananas - it’s all
wiped out,” Diorio said.
The water is contaminated
and it will take six months to
get the power back on.
The only building left standing is the school and because
of the people temporarily taking shelter there, classes are
not expected to resume until
What started out as a single
donation of $100 has grown
and Morrow has decided to
$100 to help Diorio’s family.
But then she thought of the
money she was going to spend
on Christmas presents for her
friends and family.
“I got thinking, my friends
and family don’t need a gift
and so I got a hold of all them
and asked if I could donate in
their name instead (of give
them) a Christmas gift,” Morrow said.
As word has spread, people
have been coming in to the
store to offer donations, Morrow said.
That generosity is not uncommon, especially this time
of year. Morrow said she often
has people come into her store
The devastating effects of
natural disasters can reach
around the world, but hands
extended in support of those
left in the wake of destruction
can reach just as far.
When Laura Morrow, owner
of Laura M’s, learned of the
Philippines’ Typhoon Pablo
and the havoc it wrought on
her friend Eden Diorio’s family
in the hardest hit Compostela
Valley, she embarked on a mission to help feed and reconstruct the village.
Diorio has lived in Saratoga
four years with her husband
and toddler son.
At first, Morrow donated
By Joe Elder
extend the donation period to
the end of the year and possibly reach $2,000.
“It just depends on how many
people are willing to open up
their heart and give during
this time as opposed to buying
a lot of unnecessary things, I
guess,” Morrow said.
Diorio said it was hard being
here while her family struggles
- she was just there in September for the first time in four
years - to attend her brother’s
wedding. Hearing the reaction
of her parents to the incoming
donations has helped, though.
“My wish came true because
of the angels here,” Diorio
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James “Jim” R. Caswell
James “Jim” R. Caswell, 80, of
Laramie, formerly of Rawlins,
died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at
Laramie Care Center.
He was born Jan. 24, 1932 in
Estes Park, Colo., to Birdsey
and Beatrice (Green) Caswell.
He was raised in Colorado and
moved to Saratoga during his
high school years.
He married Georgie Currey on
July 11, 1951 in Encampment.
Jim served in the United
States Navy and was honorably
He lived and worked in Colorado and Wyoming throughout
his life. Jim loved to do woodwork.
He is preceded in death by
his parents; his first wife, Georgie (Currey) Caswell; his second wife, Elaine (Youngberg)
Caswell; his three siblings; and
one grandchild.
Jim is survived by his children; Jim Caswell of Golden,
Colo., Fran Cordell of Severance, Colo., Don Caswell of
Evans, Colo., and Jessie Shef-
ferd and her husband, Dan of
Eaton, Colo. He is also survived
by his 10 grandchildren; his six
great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A private family memorial
service will be held at a later
date. Cremation has taken
Services are under the direction of Montgomery-Stryker
Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign the online
guestbook, please go to www.
Charles Richard “Dick” Neuman
Dick Neuman passed away
quietly at his residence in
Saratoga on Dec. 11, 2012 after
his long battle with pancreatic
cancer. He was 60 years young.
Dick was born in Rawlins on
July 17, 1952 to H.T. and Evelyn Neuman.
H e a t t e n d e d s ch o o l s i n
Rawlins and later attended
Casper College then the University of Wyoming. After this
he went to work for his father
at Neuman Transit Co., in
Rawlins, along with his four
Dick moved to Saratoga in
1992. In 1995, Neuman Transit
was sold after 81 years in business in Casper and Rawlins.
Dick then attended the University of Wyoming again and
received his bachelor’s degree
in English. Dick soon found
himself teaching young people
in High School as well as helping out in theatrical plays in
Rawlins. He did a short stint in
Rawlins and then found himself
teaching in the Platte Valley and
still working with youngsters in
various plays and theatrical
groups. Dick was very dedicated
to the young people in Rawlins
and the Platte Valley and made
a big difference in their young
lives. He married his long-time
girlfriend and soulmate Beth
Carter in 2011.
Dick was very involved in a
12-step program in the Saratoga
area and was very close to those
individuals involved. He will
miss this group tremendously
and I am sure they will miss
him also. Dick will always be
remembered for his engaging
manner with all acquaintances.
He always had time to listen and
talk. He loved people and people
loved Dick.
Dick loved acting and directing plays, fishing and hunting,
and he especially loved his dogs.
Music was a passion of his all
of his life. Dick left a mark on
many people and he will forever
be in our hearts and souls. We
will miss him immensely.
Dick was preceded in death
by his mother, Evelyn and father, H.T. Ted Neuman and his
step-mother Joyce. They will
greet him with big smiles and
open arms. He left his wife Beth
in Saratoga with some great
He also has a daughter, Chelsea Torres, from Laramie. Sister Irene Mikkelsen lives in
Saratoga and sister Judy Dalton
lives in Sun City, Ariz. Brothers Craig, Tom, and Mike live
in Rawlins and Jeff resides in
Cheyenne. Uncle Dick had many
nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be on
Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at 1 p.m.
at the Platte Valley Community
It will be a time of remembrance and celebration of Dick’s
life. All are encouraged to remember a special time with Dick
and can share with all if you are
willing to, so start thinking of
one. Godspeed Dick Neuman.
Please don’t buy flowers.
Please send money of any
amount to Dick’s favorite pastime and charity: Checks can
be sent to in Dick’s name:
Saratoga Middle/High School
(SMHS) Drama Dept.
Attn: Ronda
P.O. Box 1710
Saratoga, WY 82331
In the memo please note “Drama” Dept.
Christmas services begin Friday
By Liz Wood
Christmas services in the
Platte Valley will begin Friday
night at 7 p.m. at the Abundant
Life Church, 211 N. 1st Street in
Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints will hold
Christmas Services during their
regular worship time, Sunday at
10 a.m. The church is located at
9th and Hugus in Saratoga.
The Platte Valley Lutheran
Church at 514 S. 1st Street in
Saratoga is holding a Christmas
Eve service Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
Encampment Christian Community Church is holding a
candlelight service Dec. 23, at
6 p.m. The church is located at
3512 Hwy 230, north of Encampment.
The First Baptist Church in
Saratoga is holding a Christmas Eve Candlelight/Communion Service Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
The church is located at 802 W.
St. James Episcopal Church
in Encampment is holding a
Christmas morning service Dec.
25, at 9 a.m.
Ride on Faith Ministries will
hold their Christmas Services
during their normal worship time
on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m.
Platte Valley Christian Center
will host a Christmas Eve service
at 5 p.m., Dec. 24 .
Saratoga Alliance Church’s
Christmas Eve service begins at
7 p.m., Dec. 24.
The Saratoga Sun
Museum helps kids “discover” history
Staff report
Carbon County Museum
last Wednesday announced
the opening of its “Discovery
Zone,” a brand new, hands-on
children’s space. The museum
will host an Open House on
Friday, Jan. 4, from 3 p.m.
until 7 p.m., to celebrate the
new space.
“We’re really excited to offer
this space as a family-friendly
option,” Education and Outreach Coordinator Lauren
Huntley said. “It really expands our ability to reach more
people in the community.”
Outfitted with a tipi and a
photomural of the North Platte
River, the Discovery Zone will
also feature a dress-up station
and interactive games. Children ages 3 to 12 can explore
how the bison was a virtual
Native American department
store, erect a miniature tipi,
play native games, and even try
on a Sioux headdress.
“The Discovery Zone is not
only a lot of fun, but it’s a
learning environment, too,”
Huntley said. “The kids will
learn through play.”
The Open House isn’t only for
kids and families, though. Visitors of all ages can sample traditional Native American foods,
view our Native American doll
collection, and take in Carbon
County vistas captured by local photographers. Capturing
Carbon County, an exhibit inspired by a competition for the
Discovery Zone mural image,
will be on display from Dec. 21
through Jan. 25.
For more information, call
the museum at 328-2740.
Byways closed for season
Staff Report
closed for the season.
WYO 130 over the Snowy
The highways were tentaRange between Saratoga tively closed Dec. 7 and Dec.
and Laramie and WYO 70 8 and could have reopened if
over Battle Pass between the weather permitted.
Encampment and Baggs are
Ross Doman, spokesman
for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, said
the roads were closed for
the season due to continued
drifting snow and limited
BLM seeking comment on
Continental Divide-Creston
natural gas project expansion
Staff Report
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office is seeking public comment
on its environmental analysis
of a proposed major expansion
of natural gas development
on 1.1 million acres of mixed
ownership land in Carbon and
Sweetwater counties.
The Draft Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) evaluates the potential impacts of
the Continental Divide-Creston
(CD-C) Natural Gas Development Project, a proposal to
develop 8,950 additional natural gas wells, including 100 to
500 coal bed natural gas wells
near the existing Continental
Divide/Wamsutter II and Creston/Blue Gap natural-gas fields.
The wells could produce an estimated 12.02 trillion cubic feet of
natural gas during the project’s
anticipated 30 to 40 year life
and would use a combination of
vertical and directional drilling
The checkerboard pattern of
land ownership for the project
is comprised of 59 percent federal, 37 percent private and 4
percent state-owned land. The
development stretches from
about 25 miles west of Rawlins,
on the eastern boundary to
roughly 50 miles east of Rock
Springs as the western bound-
ary. Interstate 80 bisects the
project area. Proposed by BP
American Production Co., the
planned facilities would include
well pads, gas and water collection pipelines, compressor
stations, water disposal systems, an access road network
and an electrical distribution
system. The CD-C project area
was first developed for natural
gas in the 1950s, and currently
supports more than 4,000 wells.
Presently, there are 49,218
acres of surface disturbance,
including nearly 8,500 acres of
long-term disturbance, in the
project area.
The BLM has worked closely
with federal, state and local
partners, members of the environmental and conservation
communities and other interested stakeholders to develop
the EIS’s preferred alternative,
which would require significant
environment mitigation measures to ensure an appropriate balance between energy
development and protection of
the area’s outstanding natural
Written comments will be
accepted until Jan. 21, 2013.
Comments may be emailed
to [email protected], faxed to
307-328-4224, or mailed to the
Bureau of Land Management,
Rawlins Field Office, P.O. Box
2407, Rawlins, WY 82301.
After the 45-day comment period on the Draft EIS concludes,
all comments will be reviewed,
responded to, and addressed in
Final EIS which is anticipated
to be released summer 2014.
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf
(TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS)
at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the
individual listed below during
normal business hours. The
FIRS is available 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week, to leave a
message or question with the
below individual. Replies will
be made during normal business hours.
Before including addresses,
phone numbers, email addresses, or other personal
identifying information in the
comments, be aware that the
entire comment – including
personal identifying information – may be made publicly
available at any time. While
writers may ask us that comments withhold personal identifying information from public
review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to
do so.
For further information,
contact Mark Ames at 307328-4294.
December 19, 2012, Page 3
Just for Kids!
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The Saratoga Sun
The hardest task falls to the living
n 1642, John Donne
wrote the following
words: “No man is an
island, entire of itself. Each
is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main ... Each
man’s death diminishes me,
for I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not
to know for whom the bell
tolls, it tolls for thee.”
Donne was familiar with
death. He wrote the above
words six years before the
end of the Thirty Years War,
a war between Catholics and
Protestants which claimed
8,000,000 lives by combat
and disease.
In those old days, death
was never more than a yell
away. We humans didn’t have
the sophisticated weapons to
kill each other then that we
do now, but it didn’t slow us
Back then, disease and infection outclassed all killers
of humans. Very few parents
saw all of their children reach
adulthood. Until the 20th
century, that was normal.
Abraham Lincoln, while
he was President and in
the midst of the worst war
this nation has ever fought,
watched his 11-year old son,
Willie die of what was likely
typhoid fever.
It has never been easy to
watch children die. It never
will be. But at least when
kids died of disease, parents
knew what was coming. After
growing up and watching
their siblings, their cousins
and friends die, they lived
with a sense of the inevitable
when it came to their own
By Joe Elder
The parents of the children
killed in Connecticut did not
live with the irrevocable sense
that their children might not
reach the age of 8.
In an era when the number
one killer of people is age-related ailments, the Connecticut parents lived with a 21st
century innocence, expecting
that their children would live
to bury them.
Last week, as a nation, we
lost a part of ourselves and
a piece of our innocence. As
rational beings, we want to
know why things happen
they way they do.
That curiosity leads to discoveries both wondrous and
ordinary. Finding cause also
helps us to understand the
course of events and thereby
aids in our grieving.
But there is no way to
find purpose in the deliberate killing of children. Our
only recourse is to relegate
the purpose to God and try
to bind up what has been
washed away.
Meanwhile, we will wring
our hands over ways to solve
the problem of mass killings.
We will look for answers in
gun control laws.
We will blame a medical
culture and insurance industry that is unresponsive to
mental illness and look for
ways to diagnose, treat and
support mental diseases earlier and more effectively.
We will cry for more security until all of our public
places are guarded by the
government. We might even
outsource our safety to private companies who will
guard the highest bidder.
We will call for more personal accountability. But in
order to be accountable, we
must preserve some measure
of freedom. An unfree man
cannot be accountable.
We must take care to preserve the balance between
security and freedom and
remember the words of Benjamin Franklin: “They who
can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty
nor safety.”
Death will always find a
way. As people who lived before the 20th century knew,
and as we still know, death
does not discriminate.
We are mortal and we have
always lived with disease,
violence, and accidents.
We have, as Isaac Newton
said, stood on the shoulders
of giants and made great
discoveries that explain the
ways death reaches us.
We will never flush all of
the mystery out of death or
map out all the motives for
the actions of men.
In the wake of inexplicable
horror, the hardest task falls
to the living, who in the throes
of confusion and grief must
remain rational and vigilant
National Weather Service forecast for Saratoga and vicinity
Established in 1888
k Wednesday Snow likely, l Thursday Night Partly
mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, with a temperature rising to
near 15 by noon, then falling to
around 9 during the remainder
of the day. Wind chill values as
low as -10. North wind 10 to 15
mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is
60%. New snow accumulation of
less than a half inch possible.
cloudy, with a low around 12.
a Friday Sunny, with a high
near 34.
Friday Night Partly cloudy,
with a low around 15.
b Saturday Mostly sunny,
with a high near 36.
Wednesday Night Partly
Saturday Night Partly
cloudy, with a low around 1. cloudy, with a low around 15.
Wind chill values as low as -20.
Sunday Mostly sunny, with
Breezy, with a southwest wind
near 36.
15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high
as 30 mph.
Sunday Night Mostly
Thursday Mostly sunny, cloudy, with a low around 20.
with a high near 25. Breezy,
Monday A chance of snow.
with a southwest wind 15 to
with a high near 31
20 mph.
toward the consequences of
Words cannot resurrect the
dead, but they can sometimes
provide a way for us to share
a burden. We can acknowledge the pain of a small community in Connecticut.
By doing so, we remain together as a people and give
those suffering the small,
comforting knowledge that
they are not alone. It may be
that is all we can do.
In his simple way, Lincoln
captured the helpless suffering a parent feels at the
death of a child, when he said
of his own son’s death, “My
poor boy ... it is hard, hard to
have him die.”
Gary W. Stevenson
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LIEAP accepting applications for
heating bill assistance
Staff Report
The Wyoming Low-Income
Energy Assistance Program
(LIEAP) is accepting applications through midnight February 28, 2013. The Department
of Family Services is urging
action before cold spells or
bills pile up.
Applications are available at
all local Department of Family Services (DFS) offices and
Senior Centers, and online at
http://dfsweb.wyo.gov/economic-assistance/lieap. You may
also request to have an application mailed to your home by
calling 1-800-246-4221.
The Low-Income Energy
Assistance Program (LIEAP),
administered by the Department of Family Services (DFS),
helps low and fixed income
families pay their home heating bills during the winter
LIEAP eligibility is primarily based on household
size, income, and type of heat
(natural gas, electric, propane,
wood, coal, heating oil). Eligible applicants may also be
eligible for the Weatherization
Assistance Program (WAP), a
program that works to make
homes safer and more energy
effi cient. Eligible applicants
may also be eligible for crisis
intervention assistance. The
first step in the eligibility
process is to get an application
and turn it in with the required
supporting documents.
Applications can be mailed
to the LIEAP Eligibility Office, P.O. Box 827, Cheyenne,
Wyoming 82003. Applications
can be faxed to 307-778-3943.
Completed applications can
also be scanned and emailed
to [email protected]
Applications can be dropped off
at local DFS offices and then
forwarded to the LIEAP Eligibility Office. And, applicants in
the Cheyenne area may choose
to drop their applications off at
the LIEAP Eligibility Office located at 1401 Airport Parkway,
Suite 300.
Anyone needing assistance completing an application can receive help by
calling 1-800-246-4221 or by
sending an email request to
[email protected]
Questions may also be directed
to the LIEAP 800 number and
email address listed above.
December 19, 2012, Page 5
Future of men’s golf league
topic of meeting tonight
Staff Report
The future of the men’s
golf league at Saratoga Golf
Course will be discussed
tonight at 7 p.m. at the
Saratoga Resort & Spa, according to a press release.
The special meeting of all
members of Saratoga Men’s
Golf Association has been
called by club officers to
discuss proposed green fees
scheduled for next season,
which could determine fu-
The Hotel Wolf
will be CLOSED
Sunday, Dec. 23
through Tuesday,
Dec. 25
to celebrate
ture of the league.
Present and future league
golfers are urged to attend.
An invitation has been extended to management of
the golf course to attend the
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The Saratoga Sun
Elder named editor
Staff Report
Joe Elder, reporter for the
Saratoga Sun, has been promoted to editor with the departure
of Tom Dixon.
“Joe has done a great job for
us,” general manager Liz Wood
said. “I look forward to working
with him as our new editor.”
Brian Trautwein, of Cheyenne,
has been hired as the sports reporter for the Saratoga Sun.
Trautwein, who has a degree
in Communications from the
University of Wyoming, began
with the Sun Dec. 10.
“Brian has a passion for sports
and I think he will be a good addition to the Sun,” Wood said.
Elder will continue reporting
in addition to his new editorial
duties. Trautwein will also cover
the school board meetings and
school news.
In addition to the changes
inside the Sun, a new website
was launched Friday.
“I am really excited about the
new website,” Wood said. “Readers will be able to subscribe
online and we have a whole new
format.” The address for the
website is www.saratogasun.
Check out the Saratoga Sun’s new Ordinance revisions
website: www.saratogasun.com top list for 2013
By Joe Elder
Encampment Fire Department
Chief Cory Nuhn asked the Encampment Town Council at its
meeting Thursday if it could look
at creating an ordinance that
would levy a fine or something
similar to individuals that light
controlled burns within town
limits without notifying the fire
Nuhn said his department had
been paged to respond to controlled burns that are not called
in before lighting.
“They are putting crew and
equipment at risk,” Nuhn said.
Mayor Greg Salisbury said
calling in controlled burns should
be common courtesy, but it was
something the council could look
A property owner had some
engineered water main extensions put in the town’s system but
may not have had them pressure
tested, chlorinated and flushed.
The contractors had a signed
DEQ permit for the scope of
their construction, but they never
signed a form indicating the work
was properly inspected.
The work caused problems with
a couple of fire hydrants, which
had rocks remaining inside the
line and when the fire hydrants
were shut down the seal was
Anytime a main is extended it
has to be engineered, permitted
and inspected.
Salisbury said the lack of inspection is one of the items the
council needs to address as soon
as it possibly can.
“We need some kind of emergency measure to stop the installment of these mains by anyone
other than authorized contractors,” Salisbury said.
Town Clerk Doreen Harvey
said the town can stop it from
happening again without a new
ordinance based on tap agreements.
“We do need to amend the ordinances,” Harvey said. “There is a
process in place, it is just not as
clear as it could be.”
Harvey said when the council
revises the town’s ordinances, it
can adopt the Wyoming Water
Works standards.
The council appointed Jeff
Goolsby, maintenance operator
for public works, to the planning
After an executive session to
discuss personnel, the council
took no action.
The next Encampment council
meeting is Jan. 10, at 7 p.m.
The offices of the Town of Saratoga will
be closed Tuesday, December 25 in
observance of Christmas.
We will also be closed
Tuesday, January 1 for
New Years.
Wishing you Happy Holidays!
The Saratoga Sun
Riverside to get newer ambulance
By Joe Elder
The Riverside Town Council
appointed two new members to
the Sierra Madre Joint Powers
Board to fulfill expiring terms
at their meeting Thursday.
Councilman Leroy Stephenson nominated Riverside resident Ed Golden to fill a threeyear term.
Councilwoman Helen Weiland nominated Bill Walters to
fill the one-year position.
Saratoga and Hanna received
new ambulances from grants
prepared by the South Central
Wyoming Emergency Services
Joint Powers Board.
Weiland said Riverside will
get a newer ambulance when
they acquire Saratoga’s firstout ambulance and Encampment will get a refurbished
four-wheel drive ambulance
from Carbon County Memorial
The council approved a motion to support the Platte Valley
Arts Council by purchasing a
The council also approved a
motion to decline participation
in a joint powers board that
would oversee a critical access
hospital in the Valley. The hospital was proposed to the council
in September by Dean Dragon.
“I don’t believe a critical access hospital can be sustained
and I would not like to see the
town get involved in a joint
powers board to go forward with
this,” Weiland said.
The next Riverside council
meeting will be Jan. 10, 2013.
Discussion over firewood heats up
By Joe Elder
At Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting, the board
approved a motion to require
a special or conditional use
permit to cut and sell firewood
on residential property.
The town’s zoning ordinances
already require a conditional
use permit for many such
business-type activities in
residential areas, but zoning
officer Chuck Bartlett asked
the board’s opinion on what
should be done about people
cutting and selling firewood
in town.
“None of them have a special
use permit to do any of it, but
there’s about four or five of
them,” Bartlett said.
Bartlett said he had not received any formal complaints,
but resident Andy Van Tol told
the commissioners at the meeting this is the third year he has
Van Tol said semi-trucks
were bringing as many as 85
logs a load and complained
about noise from people cutting wood in his neighborhood
at 6th and Farm on the east
side of 6th, on property owned
by Saratoga resident Royce
“It is basically an industrialtype operation on residential
property,” Van Tol said. “I can’t
say for sure who is doing it or
what the circumstances are or
anything, all I really care about
and all I know for sure is that
it is very, very noisy and very
Part of the debate centered on
what constitutes a business and
whether that business can be
operated in residential areas.
Town Council liaison Steve
Wilcoxson equated selling firewood to selling a car and said it
would be discrimination to pick
on one type of activity while
ignoring others.
“It doesn’t matter whether
I’m selling a sewing machine
or I’m selling my car, at that
point in time what I’m doing is
I’m selling something there and
so what you are trying to say
is that it is illegal,” Wilcoxson
said. “I disagree with that.”
Other board members made
a distinction between selling
personal property and selling
retail property.
“The difference between you
selling a car and someone selling a sewing machine is we
are talking about a guy who is
bringing a semi load of logs to
cut up and treat as a business,”
board member Rod Weinman
Commissioner Randy Raymer said people who want to
conduct a business from their
home such as a day care go
before the Planning Commission and obtain special use
permits as required by town
Existing regulations need to
be enforced, Raymer said.
“We have those ordinances
in place and certainly we have
personnel in the town to deal
with that,” Raymer said.
Underlying the discussion
was the question of enforcement and whether to make
people comply across the board
or do it on a case-by-case basis
as complaints come in.
“It needs to be uniform over
everybody,” Bartlett said.
Raymer questioned the sta-
tus of the nuisance ordinance
and whether or not the town
intends to enforce it or has just
tabled it for the time being.
“Why did the town council
feel the need to do (the nuisance ordinance) if we’re not
going to do something with it,”
Raymer said.
Wilcoxson argued heatedly
that no distinction should be
made between one person’s
sales and another person’s
and that the board would end
up overreaching by requiring
permits from everyone who
sold anything.
Chairperson Bev Hempel had
to call the meeting to order at
one point to quiet Wilcoxson.
“We are not saying they
can’t do it,” board member
Rory Grubb said. “We are saying they need a special use
Kelley said in an interview
Monday he has had over 13
complaints since he started
building on the property at 6th
and Farm and that none were
legally justified.
No one has complained to
him personally, Kelley said.
Kelley suggested there are
a lot of people who have businesses in their homes but don’t
have permits and the town does
not enforce the ordinances unless someone complains.
“As far as me selling firewood,
I’m not,” Kelley said. “I am letting a disabled vet on social
security and a single father
with two kids in school sell my
left over wood from buildings
that I have permits for.”
The board voted five to one to
approve the motion, with only
Wilcoxson dissenting.
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of names gathered on a form with the intent to petition for vacation of streets and alleys.
The Sun apologizes for the error.
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The Saratoga Sun
Tigers beat 3A Rawlins team: lose to Hayden
By Brian Trautwein
The 3A Rawlins Outlaws
came to play the 1A Encampment Tigers (6-1), (2-0) last
Tuesday night in a game that
proved the Tigers could hang
with anyone. Rawlins is a
much bigger school than Encampment but that didn’t
phase the Tigers.
“It’s always the same,” head
coach Dan Kraft said before
the game. “We’ve got to play
defense and rebound. It’s our
strength and we’ve got to keep
doing it every game.”
The first quarter was physical, and the Tigers came out a
little lack-luster against the
Outlaws’ strong man-to-man
defense. The shots weren’t
falling for the Tigers, and the
score showed after the first
quarter with the Encampment
team only up by 10-7.
“Till we see what were up
against, well stick to our plan,”
Kraft said. “We may have to
make adjustments at half, depending on if they have shooters. We may have to lock on to
them, play them straight and
see how it goes,”
The Outlaws were a shooting team, and into the second
quarter they gave Encampment a run for their money.
The referees kept their whistles hot, calling fouls on both
sides. The Tigers saved their
stripes in the second quarter
at the foul line with Waddie
Love, A.J. Kuster and Kyle
Wessel all shooting good percentages to the half.
The Tigers shot 68 percent
from the line with 15 of 22 free
throws falling on the night.
Kuster shot 3-4, Wessel shot
4-7 and Pantle was 4-5 from
the line, keeping the Tigers
The score reflected the aggressive pace of the game at
half time with the Tigers up by
only two going into the locker
room 22-20.
Encampment started the
second half fast, spurred by
Wessel’s performance under
both hoops. Gaven Pantle and
Harold Jackson kept the arc
under control, but A.J. Kuster
had a monster third quarter
that proved the senior is truly
leading his team in all areas
of play. Kuster finished the
night with 17 points and 10
rebounds and several blocked
“I think that everyone needs
to keep playing to the full potential,” Kuster said. “I’ve been
working my butt off down low,
and if we just keep doing it as a
team, we’ll be more successful
and we’ll be winning by more
than three points a game.”
“Kuster is really aggressive in the paint,” Kraft said.
“When he asserts himself he’s
hard to stop. When he goes
to the hoop instead of fading
away he’s more affective at
drawing fouls.”
Wessel kept the pace, shooting well from the line and
finishing the night with 14
“Kyle is turning out to be a
solid offensive player consistently coming up with double
digits,” Kraft said.
The effort from the Tigers
was good all around, and everyone stepped up against the
Outlaws to come away with the
victory, beating a school in the
3A division 46-41.
Encampment did not fair as
well in their next game against
Hayden on the road, coming
away with a 47-62 loss.
The Encampment team
started out playing well leading after the first quarter 1512. The pace of the game was
a little more hectic and that
made it hard for the refs to
differentiate who was committing fouls.
“Kyle Wessel and A.J. Kuster
got into foul trouble early with
good, aggressive play but all
of our size was on the bench
early,” Kraft said. “Kuster
was out in the first half with
foul trouble, and he didn’t
play again until four minutes
remaining in the fourth. That
made it tough.”
Kyle Wessel led the scoring
with 20 points and kept Encampment in the game. Wessel
shot 9 for 15 from the field.
Love kept the Tiger defense together guarding the big Hayden
“Waddie Love did a great job
of guarding their big kid,” Kraft
said. “The kid was six foot two
inches tall and Love kept him in
check the whole time.”
Love had nine rebounds and
8 points on the night.
Hayden had one shooter that
hit some very deep threes, and
Encampment had a tough time
getting shots from outside the
arc to fall.
When the Tigers matched
Harold Jackson up with
Hayden’s best shooter, Jackson
held him to three points in the
second half after the Hayden
player scored 11 in the second
quarter alone.
“The boys came away from
the Hayden game pretty positive,” coach Kraft said. “It was
a good learning experience.”
Up next is the Valley rivalry
with the Panthers at home
Thursday at 8 p.m.
“We have to get ready,” Kraft
said. “We’re expecting a tough
game, and we have to guard
them well and take care of the
Photo by Liz Wood
Waddie Love (25) and A.J. Kuster (23) combine forces to deny a Rawlins Outlaw a chance at 2 points last Tuesday. The
Tigers beat the Rawlins Junior Varsity team 46-41.
The Saratoga Sun
December 19, 2012, Page 9
Saratoga(49) at Niobrara County (78)
Niobrara County
John Brennan
Cameron Collamer
B. Schwartzkopf
Daniel Kerbs
Jake Fourman
Ryan Malone
Ben Falk
E. Pattishal-Baker
Ben Gates
Saratoga (42) at Pine Bluffs (65)
Pine Bluffs
John Brennon
Cameron Collamer
Daniel Kerbs
Jake Fourman
Ryan Malone
Ben Falk
E. Pattishal-Baker
Ben Gates
Photo by Dave Clark, Pine Bluffs Post
Ryan Malone works around a Pine Bluffs defender at Saturday’s game in Pine Bluffs.
The Panthers lost their first two conference games last week.
Panthers taste conference play
By Brian Trautwein
The Panther (2-4), (0-2)
basketball team took two difficult losses away from this
last weekends’ conference play
in Lusk (9-0), (7-0) on Friday,
and Pine Bluffs (4-3), (2-2) on
Although the Panthers were
confident about competing
in their first game, coach
Sandlian said, “We have to
compete for the whole game.”
The men dropped the Lusk
match 49-78 in a frustating
game that the Panthers trailed
for the first three quarters.
Led by Hunter Dockery, who
scored 28 points on his own,
Lusk had an offense that was
hard to stop.
“Take away that scoring effort, and we would have done
a lot better,” coach Sandlian
Dockery added to the damage by finishing 80 percent
from the line.
“Ryan Malone was guarding Lusk’s leading scorer and,
although Malone played great
defense, Dockery was able
to get good shots,” Sandlian
Malone stuck with Dockery, but the Lusk player had
three pointers that fell and
sometimes Malone was in the
right spot and sometimes he
“It was a pretty tough weekend, with both games being conference play. We will
know what to look for the next
time we play Lusk,” Sandlian
The Panthers fell to Pine
Bluffs, 42-65 the following
“It’s a battle every time
we play Pine Bluffs,” coach
Sandlian said.
There were some turnovers
on the weekend, 17 against
Lusk and 16 against Pine
Bluffs, but Sandlian wasn’t too
concerned with that.
“We did pretty good on turnovers both games, Sandlian
said. “Unfortunately, we had
12 in the first half against Pine
Saratoga also got into foul
trouble early, and two or three
starters fouled out by mid-way
through the fourth.
“It is pretty tough to win
with starters on the bench,”
Sandlian said.
With key players out of the
game, Sandlian had to rely
on younger, less experienced
players to try to put together a
comeback late in the game.
“It’s hard for players with
less varsity experience to
be asked late in a game to
try and battle back,” coach
Sandlian said. “Especially in
a conference game right before
Christmas break. Later in the
season they would be able to
fill in and not miss a beat, but
right now the young kids are
trying to get used to the faster
pace of varsity play.”
The Panthers were trying
to come back from a 10-point
deficit and when a few open
lay-ups were missed late, the
Toga team could not recover.
“The final score would have
been a lot different if those
open shots hadn’t been missed,”
Sandlian said.
Up next for the Panthers is
Valley rival Encampment.
“I expect it to be a good
game,” coach Sandlian said.
“The kids battle each other a
lot in basketball season but
also play together in the football season. There are friendships that will have to be left
on the bench for a few hours.”
The men will face Encampment Thursday at 8 p.m. at the
Encampment School gym.
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December 19, 2012, Page 9
Saratoga(49) at Niobrara County (78)
Niobrara County
John Brennan
Cameron Collamer
B. Schwartzkopf
Daniel Kerbs
Jake Fourman
Ryan Malone
Ben Falk
E. Pattishal-Baker
Ben Gates
Saratoga (42) at Pine Bluffs (65)
Pine Bluffs
John Brennon
Cameron Collamer
Daniel Kerbs
Jake Fourman
Ryan Malone
Ben Falk
E. Pattishal-Baker
Ben Gates
Photo by Dave Clark, Pine Bluffs Post
Ryan Malone works around a Pine Bluffs defender at Saturday’s game in Pine Bluffs.
The Panthers lost their first two conference games last week.
Panthers taste conference play
By Brian Trautwein
The Panther (2-4), (0-2)
basketball team took two difficult losses away from this
last weekends’ conference play
in Lusk (9-0), (7-0) on Friday,
and Pine Bluffs (4-3), (2-2) on
Although the Panthers were
confident about competing
in their first game, coach
Sandlian said, “We have to
compete for the whole game.”
The men dropped the Lusk
match 49-78 in a frustating
game that the Panthers trailed
for the first three quarters.
Led by Hunter Dockery, who
scored 28 points on his own,
Lusk had an offense that was
hard to stop.
“Take away that scoring effort, and we would have done
a lot better,” coach Sandlian
Dockery added to the damage by finishing 80 percent
from the line.
“Ryan Malone was guarding Lusk’s leading scorer and,
although Malone played great
defense, Dockery was able
to get good shots,” Sandlian
Malone stuck with Dockery, but the Lusk player had
three pointers that fell and
sometimes Malone was in the
right spot and sometimes he
“It was a pretty tough weekend, with both games being conference play. We will
know what to look for the next
time we play Lusk,” Sandlian
The Panthers fell to Pine
Bluffs, 42-65 the following
“It’s a battle every time
we play Pine Bluffs,” coach
Sandlian said.
There were some turnovers
on the weekend, 17 against
Lusk and 16 against Pine
Bluffs, but Sandlian wasn’t too
concerned with that.
“We did pretty good on turnovers both games, Sandlian
said. “Unfortunately, we had
12 in the first half against Pine
Saratoga also got into foul
trouble early, and two or three
starters fouled out by mid-way
through the fourth.
“It is pretty tough to win
with starters on the bench,”
Sandlian said.
With key players out of the
game, Sandlian had to rely
on younger, less experienced
players to try to put together a
comeback late in the game.
“It’s hard for players with
less varsity experience to
be asked late in a game to
try and battle back,” coach
Sandlian said. “Especially in
a conference game right before
Christmas break. Later in the
season they would be able to
fill in and not miss a beat, but
right now the young kids are
trying to get used to the faster
pace of varsity play.”
The Panthers were trying
to come back from a 10-point
deficit and when a few open
lay-ups were missed late, the
Toga team could not recover.
“The final score would have
been a lot different if those
open shots hadn’t been missed,”
Sandlian said.
Up next for the Panthers is
Valley rival Encampment.
“I expect it to be a good
game,” coach Sandlian said.
“The kids battle each other a
lot in basketball season but
also play together in the football season. There are friendships that will have to be left
on the bench for a few hours.”
The men will face Encampment Thursday at 8 p.m. at the
Encampment School gym.
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Grapplers have good showing at HEM, Kremmling
By Brian Trautwein
Saratoga won 15 matches in a
Quadrangular meet Thursday
night at Hanna-Elk MountainMedicine Bow (HEM) in the
first of two meets. Saratoga,
HEM and North Park competed in the match.
Although the meet was more
of a practice session, this was
a chance for the wrestlers to
get more experience under
their belts.
“It’s a good opportunity to
get together and get some mat
time instead of just wrestling
ourselves,” head coach Jared
Mason said. “It’s better than
beating on our own guys.”
Although the meet had only
three teams, all of Saratoga’s
11 wrestlers were on the mat
in three rounds of matches.
“We’ll get at least one or two
matches for each kid,” Mason
said. “We’ll see how it goes. I
think we will do well.”
Coming out of the Soroco
tourney, on Dec. 8, one wrestler
in particular was on fire. At
106 pounds, freshman Bradley
Bifano is a force to be reckoned
with. Pinning all three of his
opponents in that tournament,
Bifano was the only Panther to
win first place. That gave the
young wrestler great momentum going into the next big
event in Kremmling, Colo. last
“That made me real excited,”
Bifano said of the first place
win. “ I was happy to do that.”
“I feel pretty good going into
the Kremmling meet,” Bifano
said. “They are pretty much
the same kids as the Soroco
meet, but there will be more
teams there.”
“The kids continued their
good wrestling over the weekend,” Mason said. “We had an-
other good tournament placing
six guys in Kremmling.”
Bifano, Thatcher Spiering
and Jacob Wells all had second
place finishes. Daynon Mowry,
Lionzo Escobedo and Levi
Weatherd also placed in the
With a big turn around in his
wrestling, Wells at 285 pounds
finished second in the Kremmling tourney, earning the
“wrestler of the week” title in
the Panther’s locker room.
Photos by Brian Trautwein
“Wells looked more aggres- Thatcher Spiering working a move against North Park’s T. J. Richard. Spiering won the
sive this week,” coach Mason match with a pin.
said. “He seemed tentative
up until this meet. There was
more sparks from Jacob this
past weekend. He was tryHead
ing different combinations of
moves that he wasn’t using up
until now. He had more take
downs than I’ve ever seen from
The freshmen Panthers conassistant
tinued to wrestle well over
the weekend, and the two seSterling
niors, Escobedo and Weatherd,
rounded out the team’s effort look on as
with a third and fourth place a Panther
spot on the podium.
“Lionzo took third and wreshis
tled well,” coach Mason said. opponent.
“His only loss was to Anthony
Watt, of Meeker, Colo., and that
kid was voted by the coaches
the wrestler of the tournament.
There is nothing wrong with
that loss.”
With the Christmas break
coming up next, Mason is a
little concerned about staying
“We will be practicing during the break,” Mason said.
“We need to keep up on our
conditioning. The kids get back
from break and then travel to
Douglas two days later. We
need to keep an eye on the
weight scale.”
Levi Weatherd works to pin opponent Adrian Cereceres of North Park.
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Lady Panthers falter on road
By Brian Trautwein
The Lady Panthers (2-4),
(0-2) started conference play
over the weekend in Lusk on
Friday night and Pine Bluffs on
Saratoga was short a couple
of starters against Lusk and
the Panthers quickly lost their
lead after the first quarter. They
never regained it and came
away with an 18-45 loss.
“We got into foul trouble early,
we were missing a couple starters, and we could not score,”
head coach Matt Love wrote
in an email. “We were leading
after the first quarter but then
it got ugly.”
Justine Fourman played
well both nights, scoring nine
against Lusk and 14 on Saturday against Pine Bluffs (4-3),
(2-2). The Panthers lost to Pine
Bluffs 38-42.
“We were still missing the
starters from the night before,”
Love said. “But this was a much
better game.”
Fourman had two steals and
Taylor Smith dumped in 2 points
and snatched two steals. Mati
Love was all over with 3 points,
six steals and five rebounds.
Photo by Dave Clark, Pine Bluffs Post
After three quarters the Lady
Kelsie Samson looks for an offensive play against Pine Panthers were up by 3 points,
Bluffs Saturday. Samson scored 9 points against Lusk in but failed to hang on through
the Junior Varsity game Friday.
the final buzzer.
“It was a great effort,” Love
wrote. “The girls showed a lot
of improvement in Pine Bluffs,
especially on defense.”
The Junior Varsity team also
got court time but dropped their
two chances in both venues.
Against Lusk, the JV score was
17-35 and in the Pine Bluffs the
score was 12-17
The Lady Panthers travel to
Encampment for a Thursday
5:00 p.m. tip-off.
Saratoga (18) vs Niobrara County (45)
Niobrara County
Heather Oxford
Justine Fourman 9
Veronica Lincoln Taylor Smith
Amber Young
Mati Love
Peyton Fisher
Saratoga (38) vs Pine Bluffs (42)
Pine Bluffs
Veronica Lincoln 1
Kelsie Samson
Haley Soles
Heather Oxford
Justine Fourman 14
Taylor Smith
Cruz Escobedo
Taylor Miller
Mati Love
The notice mailed on October 31,
2012 and published on October 31
and November 14, 2012, erroneously indicated that the Department of Environmental Quality,
Solid and Hazardous Waste Division (Department), would accept
written comments to a proposed
permit amendment application and
completeness review from October
31, 2012 to December 2, 2012. The
public notice has recommenced
and the comment period has been
revised as indicated below.
In accordance with the provisions
of the Wyoming Environmental
Quality Act and Chapter 1, Section
2(c) of the Solid Waste Rules and
Regulations (SWRR), the Upper
Platte River Solid Waste Disposal
District has submitted an application for a major permit amendment
for the Saratoga Landfill.
The major permit amendment
application consists of a 40-acre
facility expansion, with approximately 26 acres for placement
of construction and demolition
waste in unlined trenches. The
Saratoga Landfill is located one and
one-half miles east of the Town of
Saratoga. More specifically, this
facility is located in the Section 8
of Township 17 North, Range 84
West, Sixth Principal Meridian in
Carbon County, Wyoming. The
total volumetric capacity of this
facility is estimated to be 573,268
cubic yards of solid waste. The
life of the facility is estimated to be
63 years.
The Department has reviewed the
major permit amendment applica-
tion and determined that it is complete. Chapter 1, Section 2 (b)(i) of
the SWRR, requires that the applicant must provide public notice
that the major permit amendment
application has been determined to
be complete and inform the public
that there is an opportunity to file
comments on the major permit
amendment application. This publication provides notice of that opportunity. Additional information
on the major permit amendment
application and the Department’s
completeness review may be obtained at the address below.
The Department is now conducting a detailed review of the major
permit amendment application to
determine if it is technically adequate. If, after the Department’s
technical review, the agency finds
that the applicant has complied
with all applicable standards for
a facility of this type, Department
will issue a proposed major permit
amendment and public notice of
the proposed major permit amendment will be provided.
Any interested person has the right
to file comments on the major permit amendment application and
the Department’s completeness review. The period for providing comments shall begin on Wednesday,
December 12, 2012 and end on
Friday, January 18, 2013. Comments must be received by 5:00 PM
on the last day of the notice period.
Comments on this application
must be submitted in writing to
the Department of Environmental
Quality, Carl Anderson, Administrator, Solid and Hazardous Waste
Division, 122 West 25th Street,
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002. The
Department may, at its discretion,
conduct a public hearing on this
permit application.
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, special assistance or alternative formats will
be made available upon request for
individuals with disabilities.
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Published in the Saratoga Sun
Dec. 12 and 19, 2012
agriculture is the secondary use,
and in which protection of the
timber and recreational lands is
essential to the general welfare.
It is the additional goal of this
zone to allow the recreational and
residential use of the county’s
seasonally accessible recreation
lands when those uses do not
conflict with timber harvesting or
seasonally accessible recreational
value of these lands.
Applicant & Land Owner: Day
Ranch, Inc.
Pursuant to the Wyoming Weed
and Pest Control Act of 1973 (W.S.
11-5-101 through 11-5-303),
notice is hereby given to solicit
nominations for appointments
to Carbon County Weed and
Pest Control District for Area I
– Rawlins, Area III – Elk Mountain
and Area IV – Riverside/Encampment/Saratoga. Appointments
shall be made in accordance with
W.S. 11-5-104 on the 7th day
of January 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
in the Commissioners Room at
the Carbon County Courthouse,
Rawlins, WY.
Location: Adjacent to the east
side of U.S. Forest Service Road
Notice is hereby given that the #100; approximately 1 mile north
Prior to appointments, the nomiBoard of Carbon County Commis- of HWY 130
nee for Director shall submit a
sioners will hold a public hearing
on Monday, January 7, 2013 at Legal Description: A PARCEL petition signed by at least ten (10)
1:30 p.m. in the Commission- OF LAND located within Section landowners, to the Office of County Commissioners at P.O. Box 6
ers Room, located at the Carbon 8 and Section 17, Resurvey Townth
or 415 W. Pine St., Suite 101,
County Courthouse, 415 W. Pine ship 16 North, Range 81 West, 6
Rawlins, WY at least five (5) days
St., Rawlins, Wyoming, to listen to
all interested parties and receive said parcel lying easterly of and before the date of the meeting.
public comment concerning the adjoining the centerline of North Questions may be addressed to
Brush Creek Road, F.D.R. 100. Kathy Turner or Gwynn Bartlett
Complete legal description is at 307-328-2668.
Z.C. Case File #2012-15: Re- available upon request and request for a Zone Change from corded at Book 1228, Page 107, -s- Gwynn Bartlett
Carbon County Clerk
Ranching, Agriculture, Mining as the Day Ranch Estates.
(RAM) to Forestry Production and
Seasonal Recreation (FPSR) encompassing 165.12 acres (4 parcels recorded, at Book 1228, Page
107 as Day Ranch Estates, Parcel
1, 40.76 acres, Parcel 2, 44.50
acres, Parcel 3, 43.21 acres, and
Parcel 4, 36.65 acres). The FPSR
Zone is intended to be applied
to areas of the County in which
timber production and seasonally
accessible recreation uses are the
desirable predominant uses and
For additional information, call Legal #6061
the Carbon County Planning and Published in the Saratoga Sun
Development Department at (307) Dec. 5 and 19, 2012
-s- Carbon County Planning &
Development Department
Legal #6065
Published in the Saratoga Sun
Dec. 19, 2012
Saratoga Sun
The Saratoga Sun
December 19, 2012, Page 13
Mary Hohnholt earns
assistant coach of the year
By Tom Dixon
In only her second year of
coaching, Mary Hohnholt was
voted assistant coach of the year
by her peers in the Wyoming
Coaches Association.
Although she is new to the
official title, Hohnholt has been
around the Saratoga cross country program for years. Her husband, Rex is the head coach.
“Rex is an awesome coach, and
I’m lucky to coach under him,”
Hohnholt said. “We talk about
running and I have seen how he
coaches, so I think we have the
same style of coaching.”
Hohnholt got interested in
running back in sixth grade.
“I’ll always remember field
day in sixth grade, we had a
race and I beat most of the boys,”
Hohnholt said after learning
about the award Dec. 5.
Running is in Hohnholt’s
blood - her dad ran track and
field - and after that day on the
field in sixth grade, she never
looked back. Hohnholt ran track
in high school in Montana and
went on to Weber State.
She was state champion twice
in high school, and she earned
all-conference while running
the five-kilometer and 10-kilometer races in college.
Hohnholt’s competitive spirit
gets the better of her and she
cringes when she admits she
never made it to nationals.
Today, Hohnholt finds her
challenge in running marathons and in passing on her love
of running to the next generation of endurance athletes.
“It’s something I really have a
passion for, and I guess I want
to share that with the kids,”
Hohnholt said. “This is most
sports’ punishment, I want to
make it fun.”
Since becoming assistant
coach, Hohnholt has had her
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Fri. & Sat: 8am to 8pm
Sun.-Thurs: 8am to 7pm
Lodging - 7 days a week
runners doing high knees in
the lake and has posted photos
of the meets around Saratoga
High School.
“ We j u s t wa n t t o m a k e
(the program) more visible,”
Hohnholt said. “It’s not a big
glory sport, there’s not the same
recognition there that is in some
Hohnholt hopes that visibility
translates into more students
trying out for cross country in
the future. The 2012 Lady Panthers’ team was the first in recent history to not have enough
athletes to compete at state.
Rebuilding the women’s team
parallels Hohnholt’s comeback.
The marathon runner competed
in her first 10K since her knee
surgery two years ago.
Right now, though, getting
the numbers back in the girls’
program is Hohnholt’s biggest
She hopes performances from
runners like those from eighth
grader Katie Loose last season
show other girls what they can
accomplish on the course.
“Kids see that success and
they want to be part of that,”
Hohnholt said. “If you can show
them progress, that’s exciting
too, that they can set goals and
get faster each week.”
The key to making those strides
is off-season work. Hohnholt
said the coaches get a handful
of days to do some summer work
with their runners, and even a
little bit of consistent running
over the break can help them
maintain a baseline.
“If we could just get our kids
to run a couple days a week
over the summer, it would make
a huge difference,” Hohnholt
said. “Otherwise they start out
behind, and it takes a while to
get it back.”
The Saratoga Sun staff
wishes all of our readers a
Merry Christmas
and reminds you
to drive safely
during the holiday season.
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The Saratoga Sun
Habitat partnership set for action
By Joe Elder
The Platte Valley Habitat
Partnership is alive and well
and showed its strength during
a meeting Friday at the Platte
Valley Community Center.
The group got through what
facilitator Jessica Clement
called the “groan zone of the
process,” as it hammered out
goals and objectives for PVHP’s
first habitat plan.
“The takeaways from Friday’s meeting is there are still
a lot of people attending even
though we were talking about
goals and objectives and wordsmithing,” Daryl Lutz, wildlife
management coordinator for
the Lander region said.
“If people are creating a
house where we can have lots
of mule deer habitat, you’ve got
to have a foundation,” Clement
said. “In my impression, we’ve
got a good foundation and we
got a lot of consensus points.”
Heather Halbritter, habitat
biologist for the Game and
Fish, said around 40 people
attended the meeting, including members of the Forest
Service, the BLM, and Game
and Fish.
Participation by private
landowners and members of
the public is viewed as crucial
by the group. Without those
parties at the table, the land
available for habitat initiatives
becomes more limited to public
lands and the spirit of collaboration and trust, carefully
nurtured by the group over the
past year, withers.
“We have enough landowners
to make a really decent start,”
Clement said.
The group maintained its
schedule, in spite of a twomonth gap in September and
October for hunting, and managed to overcome the difficulties of finding time to assemble
the many stakeholders under
one roof for meetings.
“I’m really impressed with
amount of energy everyone has
put into this,” Lutz said.
The group gained traction
at the end of Friday’s meeting
when Will Schultz, wildlife
biologist with the Game and
Fish, presented a series of
maps identifying areas in
the Valley that provide winter, transitional, and summer
range for mule deer.
That started to focus the
group’s attention geographically, Lutz said.
The group has been anxious
to put into play some actual
habitat improvement ideas
and it will get the chance to
start that process early next
Before the next meeting,
Map courtesy of the Wyoming Game and Department
One of the maps presented by Will Schultz, Game and Fish wildlife biologist, showing the seasonal ranges of mule
deer in the Upper Platte Valley.
individuals from the Game
and Fish, the BLM, and the
U.S. Forest Service will get
together to look at the history
of treatments on public lands
and examine proposed projects
to see if any may be beneficial
to mule deer.
“Private landowners that are
willing to have some projects
will bring their ideas in as
well,” Halbritter said.
“The next meetings will be
adding muscle to a skeletal
plan,” Lutz said. “We will be
looking at where the most bang
for the buck is. The meetings
will be more fun, interesting
and result oriented.”
The Platte Valley Habitat
Partnership’s only focus is improving mule deer habitat in
the valley, but it is only a part
of the larger Platte Valley Mule
Deer Initiative.
“Don’t think because of the
(habitat partnership) that all
other facets of mule deer management, including predation,
are taking a back seat,” Lutz
said. “The two efforts are parallel and equally important.”
The next PVHP meeting
will start at 1 p.m., Jan. 24 at
the Platte Valley Community
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December 19, 2012, Page 15
th e Yea r
Music resounded in the Valley as Saratoga Elementary School
music students performed at the Platte Valley Community Center Dec. 11.
The Saratoga Middle School Band, High School Band, High School Choir and Jazz Band
also entertained at the PVCC on Dec. 13.
SMHS photos
by Keith
SES photos by Joe Elder
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Santa Letters
To Santa,
I would like a new
blanket. I have been a
good girl.
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Love, Haley
I want a toy. I have
been a good boy. Merry
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I would also like a
different doll house. I
was a good girl all year.
Bye Santa.
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P.S. I I also want some
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I am going to make
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things into and watch
also like puzzles and
stringing beads. I have
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my Dad. I will leave milk
and cookies for you and
reindeer food for the
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you water and gummy
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Christmas Santa.
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motorcycle. I would also
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now I’m going to be
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for Christmas this year.
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Monster Jam and a
Jam remote control for
somebody. I have been
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good. My Mom will leave
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am a good boy. I played
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with my sister and Oh, I also want 3
shared with her.
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I would like a Baby Dear Santa,
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I would like a toy fox Little Ponies. I have LIT YER
Love, Nathaniel
for Christmas, or a toy been good this year. I’ve
horse. I’ve been good.
been playing nice and
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my brother, my Mom, I WOULd like A BARBie.
Love, Nevada
To Santa,
and my Dad. Merry
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From, RYLEY Dear Santa,
basketball, P.S. I will leave you milk I Would like a IPHONe
Love, Jerah
and turquoise jump and cookies.
rope. I played with my
brother a lot and did
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I WOUld like A SWORD.
not fight. I have been
good. Merry Christmas
From, Laenee
I WOUlD like A PHONe.
love, HOPE
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To Santa,
I want a toy Water I would like a big ball. I
Buffalo. I was being have been good. I can’t
naughty for a day but wait for you to say “ho,
Ho! Ho! Ho!
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Santa Letters
Dear Santa,
I would like a TOY Ice
cream Maker
Dear Santa,
I Would Like a IPAD.
Dear Santa,
I would like a BATMAN
Dear Santa,
I WoUld like a pUPPY
LoVe, Corbin
Dear Santa,
I WoUld like a IPhoNe.
Dear Santa,
I want a toy chainsaw
and a toy bow and
arrow. I like your rosy
nose and the way you
push it to become
smaller. That way, you
can fit through our
Dear Santa,
I want a water bottle chimney.
Love, Brian Smith
and a sticky hand. Be
careful riding on the
reindeer. I also want a Dear Santa,
real pet sheep. Have fun I love you. I want a bike
and a spider man. I like
Love, Rebecca Geer your reindeer because
Thank you and have a
Merry Christmas!
Love, Gatlin Thomas
that’s pink and purple. I
also want a giant cherry
tent that I can unzip
and crawl into. Have a
happy Christmas.
Love, Sophie Diaz
Dear Santa,
Dear Santa,
I Would LiKe a Bell.
LoVe aSPen I want a bow and arrow
and a real bunny.
What do you feed your
reindeer? A play bus
The Flower
would be fun to have
also. Be safe coming to
Love, Bailey Glode
DeAr Santa
I Would like a real IPOD Dear Santa,
LOVe, DAYlene I want a real La La
Loopsy doll. I also want
a teddy bear and a bell
off your sleigh. I wish
I Would like A BIKe.
LOVe KAnEAn you a Merry Christmas.
Love, Sofia Grubb
I Would like A EASY Dear Santa,
I want a bow and arrow
Love CHLOE and for the world to
never die. Are you doing
well? Is your sleigh all
Dear Santa,
I want a toy elephant packed? Have a good
and a T-rex. I also want year santa!
Love, Allyster Ingraham
a toy ogre thats green.
Santa, what do you
feed your reindeer? Be Dear Santa,
careful riding on your I want one of your bells.
Take the bell off of one
sleigh and stay warm.
Love, Robert Berry of your reindeer. I would
also like a little notebook
with a pen so I can write.
Dear Santa,
I want a make-up set. I hope you have a Merry
I also want a Pillow Pet Christmas and a Happy
and a new baby doll. New Year!
Have a nice ride with Love, Madison Johnson
your reindeer. Tell Mrs.
Claus “hello.” Dress Dear Santa,
I want a teddy bear and
warm Santa!
Love, Samantha Burks a new water bottle. I
want a puppet snake
also. What do you do
Dear Santa,
I want a real pet bunny. at the North Pole? I like
I want a cage for my you because you bring
bunny too. I also want me toys.
Love, Owen Murray
a lot of carrots for my
bunny. Have a safe flight
on your sleigh. Merry
Christmas and a Happy
New Year!
Love, Bria Calvert
Dear Santa,
Can you get me a real
guitar? I also want a
picture of your elves.
Can I also have a bell? I
hope you deliver all the
presents. Have a Merry
Love, Alli Condict
Dear Santa,
I want a picture of
your reindeer and a
toy phone. I also want
a kitchen set. Have a
happy Christmas and
I hope you travel safely
and get plenty of sleep
so you can make it to all
50 states.
Dear Santa,
I want a real pet shop toy
Brecken Sandlian
that is a dog with a hat
Dear Santa Claus
I have been good this
year! My name is John
Steele. I love you! I
want a hula hoop,
Teenage mutant Ninja
Turtles, BB gun and
Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtle van. How are
the reindeer? How did
Rudolph get a red nose?
Whate do the reindeer
eat? Merry Chiristmas!
Clip ‘N Curl
Dear santa,
My name is Katie Fiedor.
I have been good this
year. My puppy’s name
is Lucy. For Christmas I
would like a robot horse
that neighs and a pink
horse. I would also like
a finger nail decorator
kit and a tea set. Is
there more than one red
nosed reindeer? What is
your real name? Have a
merry Christmas.
Love, Katie
Dear Santa
for christmas I would
like 3Ds, I pod2, and a
video Game for my 3Ds.
I Love you Santa
Your Friend JosepH
Dear Santa
For christmas I would
like a ipod Ds gams and
a ipad I love you Santa!
Merry christmas!!
Santa Your Friend
Makenna King
Dear Santa
For christmas I would
helicoptor ipod 3Ds
Your Friend JJ
chRistMas! I. would
Like 3Ds ReMot cANTRL
I lave you
Your Friend AYDEN
Dear santa, My name
is Annalina I live at
Walcott I love you santa.
I want an American Girl
Doll, Dino Dig, a pink
bow and arrow, and a
Chem-Dry of
light up pillow pet for
Christmas Iv’e been
Snowy Range
good this year. How
is Rudolph, How did
Rudolph get a red nose?
I wish you a merry Dear Santa
For christmas I would
Love, Annalina like my four front teeth
And ipod And Just
Dear Santa Claus,
Saratoga christmas. And I Love
Elementary school. I am your Presents. I hoPr
in 1st grade. I have one your warm At the north
dog and one brother and Pole.
one sister. I am seven
Your Friend Emily
years old. I like you. My
birthday is May 29. I Dear Santa I want a
would like a kindle, an pillow for christmas.
air gun, a wii game, a You are the best.
lego star wars. I’ve been
Your Friend Tuker
good. How is Rudolph?
What is your real name? Dear
Do you have any kids? christmas I would like
Merry Christmas!
ipod. Remote control
Love, Paysen train, and metal cletetor
your the Best.
Your Friend Garrett
Dear Santa Claus,
I am in first grade. I
have one dog and two
brothers. I love you! I
am six. I like to hunt.
My whole family has
brown hair. My birth
day is on May 25. I
live in Saratoga. I am
Kamryn. I would like
a scooter, a Barbie
house and a Journey
Laura M
Girl. I have been good.
How are the reindeer?
How did Rudolph get a
red nose? How is Mrs.
Dear santa Claus,
claus doing?
Your friend, kamryn I love the month of
DecemBer. My name is
Fischer Lee WiLLiAms. I
Saratoga Auto have a Wii. I go to school. I
Love Christmas. I would
like lego ningans lego
Batman, my owngun,
and lego ironMan. What
Dear Santa,
is your real name? How
My name is Xander. is Rudolph doing? Have
My pets are a cat and a merry Christmas.
a dog. My birthday is
Love, Fischer
February sixth. I have
a brother and a mom Dear Santa claus,
and a dad. My cat’s I love you! I have one
chistmas. sister and one brother.
What I would like for I am in first grade. I
Christmas is Ninjago would like a remote
Legos, air hockey table, control monster truck,
and a flash rider 360. I a toy shotgun with
want every one to have fake bullets, a hot tub
a good christmas. How for my family, and a
are you elves doing?Are pink crossbow with an
there any polar bears? inflatable deer target.
How are the reindeer? Please come to my house
Merry Christmas
to take me for a ride!
Love, xander
Your friend, Gus
Dear Santa
For christmas I would
like a 3Ds, skylaners
gaints glow in the dark
starter pack sky landers
starter pack thank you
Your Friend Doulgass
Dear Santa
For chismas I would Like
a Play station 3 controller
and a ipad and i want a
video game
Your Friend ELi
Duke’s Bar &
This year I would like one
thing for chistmas. First
I would like a Cat tractor
with forks on the leader.
How are your reindeer
doing. I hope you have a
good Chistmas.
From, Calvin
Lumber & Supply
Dear Santa,
This year I want four
things for Christmas.
These are the four
things I want want
four Christmas. First,
I want a remote control
heloecopctor. Do you
know why I want one? I
want one so I can fly it in
my room. Next I want a
Nerf gun for Christmas.
Guss what I also probly
would need extra bullets.
Do you know I am done,
I think? Now, I want
to wish you a merry
Your Christmas buddy,
Whitney Bennett
Dear Santa this year
I want fore things for
christmas. First, I really
need a rael horse. My
horse is old it is 22 years
hold. Next, I really want
a i pad2. I don’t have
one. Next I really want
a wii hunting becuase i
know a lots of of people
who have a differint wii
Jerry L. Wood
Stone Artist
Dear Santa,
First, I Whant a big
american girl Doll named
Caroline. Next, I whanta
Lego set named Olivias
House. Alos, I want
american Girl outFit that
belongs to Kit’s winter
coat. in my Stocking I
want sever things I want
Kits PJs And her dog And
her holidat outfit. And I
whant her birthday outfit.
And Carolines book And
Little america Girl Doll
named Caroline.
Dear Santa
This Christmas I want
an x box That has a
haro game With it and
Sincerely, Seven
Dear Santa,
This year I want five
things. First, I want a
big Amarican Girl Doll
named Caroline. Next, I
want a Lego Friend toy
which would be called
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Olivas New House. Also,
I want a Barbiedoll
named Chelsie. Another
thing, I want is an
Ultimate Dream Castle.
Last, I want the movie
called “Barbie In The
Pink Shoes.” How many
elves do you have?
Sincerely, Makenzie
Dear Saint Nick,
Do you now what I want
for Christmas? Well,
After you read this letter
you will. I want tow
Sincerely, Ashton
2 Cow
Dear Saint Nick,
This year I want tow
things for Christmas.
First, I want some more
Star Wars people. The
set that I want is the
Gungan battle. Next I
want a light designer. It
spins when you flip the
switch. I hope you dont
wreck your sleigh.
Your friend, Rowdy
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Santa Letters
not really good at my
Farm Bureau
math. Second, I want a
Ipod so I can do Lexia
Rick Hughes
and other things on my
Ipod while my brother
can do things on our
cumputer. Third, I want Dear Santa,
some stuffed animals.
For christmas I’d like a
Kayla Smith 3DS, a X BOX360, P.C.,
sims3, t.v., $1.000, legs,
Dear Santa
car, a toy train, R.C.
This year I need a red car, R.C. hericapter,
box for christmas so we internet, A sand Box,
can watch movies on sweater, hat, gloves,
it. we barely have any Boots, snow board, and
movies we have 5 movies ice skates.
so we need it. we really This is what I would like
need it
for christmas.
Sincerly, Dakota
Love, Nicholas
Dear Santa,
This year I want several
things for Christmas.
First, I want a big
American Girl named
Julie. Next, I want
American Girl clothes.
Then, I want an Ipad
2. Also, I want some
books. Finally, can I
get a toy horse too? I
hope you have a good
Sincerely Anna
Dear Santa,
I would like several
things for Christmas
First, I would like an
AtAt Waker a rifeall
Next, I would like some
Dear Santa
This year for christmas Exploders third I would
a skateboard an a ipad like a Pie regone and a
I also want an Elf and HailFire
Sincerely, Heston
eyeglass kit.
Sincerely, Dallas
Dear Santa Claus
This year I want several
things for Chirmas.
First, I want a Wii game!
Second, I need some
kittens. Third, I need you
to help me find a library
so I know where to get
books! Last, I could use
some Wii game cases.
I will have lots of fun
and I can get in shape! I
want to know how many
reindeer you have?
Love, Hannah
Dear Santa,
I want a skat bord,
Ipad, wii games, pretty
princess costumes, and
Sincerely, Kelsy
Albany County
Dear Santa,
cumputer to play some
of my subtraction and
addition games. I want
a cumputer becau I am
Platte Valley
Community Center
Dear Santa,
I have been nice realy
nice. I want an Orbes
flower power because
you get to grow the Orbes
in water. I would love a
DS game called Brave. A
Brave DS game is a cool
game I’v seen on tv. How
are the raindeer doing?
How ar the elvs doing? I
would realy like a mario
DS game. I would realy
like a 3DSwith a 3DS
game with it. I would
love a pair of skies. I’m
probably going to leave
cookies. If we do leave
cookies I hope you like
the. I realy want some
new shoes. Why I want
new shoes, is because
my shoes bug me. They
are to sciny were my toes
are. It realy realy herts.
Love, Dany
Dear Santa,
I have been naughty
and nice. I would like
for Christmas Starwars
shoes and some more
stuff. I got lots of
questions for you like,
do you have an elf that
eats dog bones or an
elf that has rainbow
colors all over him or
her? Do you like cocoa?
If you do I like cocoa
too. I have been looking
for you but I know you
won’t come. When I am
awake. Also, the big kids
think you are not real
but I think you’re real. I
also got a hair cut. You
probobly noticed since
your Santa. So I was
wondering if you deliver
all those toys in a night.
Mery Christmas and a
happy new year. Love
you Santa.
Love, One of the kids
Dear Santa,
I Want a xbox 360 so I
could teach my MoM to
play Minecraft I want
a real football. I want
XboX. I want a narf gun.
I want more Wii games.
I’V been a good boy. I
like legos. Can you get
me some legos? I would
like to have more fighter
pods. I would like a
touch screen phone.
Love, JD
Dear Santa,
I have been good this
year. I want to get a game,
a pair of skis, I want to
go skiing, a book, a nerf
gun, and an ipad. I want
to get a game so I can
play a game. I want to
get a pair of skis so I can
go skiing. I want to go
skiing so I can have fun.
I want a book so I can
read exciting stories. I
want an ipad that I can
play to entertain myself.
I would like to get some
of those things.
Love, Ethan
Lane’s Plumbing
& Heating
Dear Santa,
How are you? I can’t
wait to see you and tell
you what I want. This
year I want somthing
new that just came out.
I want alot of things.
I want alot of toys and
oh ya speaking of which
I’ve been really good this
For Christmas I want a
furby, an ipad, a laptop,
a bike, and a for real
friend, and bardies. I
also want new shoes and
army guys. Thats what
The Rawlins I want for Christmas. I
National Bank need to know what kind
cookies you like. I will
326-8314 of
have alot of presents
because of you. Thanks
Santa. I hope you have a
Dear Santa,
I have been really good good Christmas.
Love, Annie
this year. My brother
Hat Creek
thing I want this year
is a robot. The reason I
want a robot is because
it can work for me. That
would rock if I had one.
I wish I could have one. Dear Santa,
The other thing I want Why I want hunting
is a big statue of Mary. unlimited 2011 because
The reason I would like I lost my old. Why I
to have a statue of Mary want Cabelas hunting
is because I love Mary. expedition.
Love, Geoffrey
That is all I want this
christmas. I am still
pretty sure that I have Dear Santa,
been nice. Not naughty! I have been good kid this
I do not want to be a year Santa. I want a toy
bad person. So please shotgun. I want a xbox
do not put me on the 360. I want a 3DS. I
want the Whole World to
naughty list.
Love, Jaden be happy for chiristmas.
I want a skate board. I
Squirrel Tree
want a machine gun.
I want a battery four
Truck & Auto Glass
wheel I want a macola
toy chain saw. I want a
toy turk houlstNt I want
thet bat mobil. I want a Dear Santa,
How are you? I want an i
Love, Chris pad mini, a marble track
crash of the titans for
the wii, wipeout three
for the wii, and a X box
Valley Foods 360. I want a marble
326-5336 track and crash of the
titans the most. I hope
you get me crash of the
Dear Santa,
titans or a marble track.
For Chistmas I want a I don’t know if i’m going
wii, 3 wii controllers. For somewhere for Chistmas
Wii games I want Just or not.
Dance 4, Morio Brothers, How are you doing? Are
Wii sports, Truth or lies. any of your raindeer
For presents I want a sick? I’m going to make
monster high doll, a cookies and milk for you.
mp3, a laptop, a Ipod, How is Cr. Claus? I can’t
a mushy monster give wait until Christmas.
card 6 monts. I’ve been
Love, Zachery
good this year. I have a
lot of quistions to ask Dear Santa,
you. Do some of your I want a rc car because
elfs go on your slay Do it is fun to drive it in
you lik milk and cookies dirt. I want to x box
is Mrs. clase doing ok.
games. because I would
Love, Sara want Call Of duty2,
Call of duty 3, modern
war fare and a connect
I want a PS3, ds war
Bella’s Bistro games and a fake tree
326-8033 for my room.
Love, Piercen
Dear Santa,
I want a bunch of things
but I cant get them all.
I want an ipod and an
iphone. I hope I can get
an x box 3 sixty. I want
a baby deer I think I hve
been I have been a really
good girl this year. I
want a bunch of clothes
and shoes. I want a
trampoiline. I want a
Wii to so I can play Just
dance. I want a kindle
fire I used to have one
but it broke. I cant wait
to see what I get.
Merry Christmas!
Love, Paige
Double R
Land Co.
Dear Santa,
For christmas I want a
Barbie doll, an american
girl doll, a hamster, a
bunny, and a stuffed
animal. I want a barbie
doll because I don’t
have alot know. I want
an american girl doll
because I don’t have
any. I want a novie star
because they look cool
and I never had one
either. I wan’t a gold fish
because I was planning
on getting it but I don’t
think I will get it one for
a wile. I wan’t a stuffed
animal because I only
have 4 of them.
Love, Nicole
Prairie Dog
Dear Santa,
This year I haven’t been
naughty all year except
for yesterday. can I at
least have four presents
are fifty dollars for my
cruise in January. The
next thing is a kindle
fire. Then there is a skat
board. Last of all the
new shoes. This is what
I want for Christmas.
Love, Jed7
Dear Santa,
I would like a pink pony,
a spell book with a wand
that goes with it and I
would like a few sur prises and one more
thing I have to have is
a dinosaur molding kit.
I am going to make you
muffin and really cold
milk. I will be in Florida
for Christmas.
Thank you Santa,
Madison Dunning
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Santa Letters
Dear Santa,
I would like a baby gun.
I will leave you five cookPharmacy
ies when you come to my
Thank you Santa,
Tallulah Sipe Dear Santa,
will you please bring me
another kitty cat, a baby,
Dear Santa,
Will you please bring me and a reindeer, and I
an airplane thing that want a bike. I already
you fly jet off of a boat, have watch. I would also
and a semi thing that like cowgirl hat and a
santa claus.
you haul cars on.
Merry Christmas,
Thank You Santa,
Regin Stewart
Kannon Gilbert
like a tent. Santa you
give the greatest presents in the world.
Your Friend,
Lane Robinson
Dear Santa,
I would like a new baby,
a baby bear, a toy turkey, and some toy food
and a toy tree. I will
leave you some cookies
and milk because I want
you to be really fat because santa is supposed
to be fat.
Love, Mariah Ricks
Dear Santa,
I would like a dancing
Town &
dollie, and a toy horse,
and also a toy bus, a toy
329-5598 reindeer. I love you santa
clause we will you some
cookies & milk.
Dear Santa,
Love, Dallie Uratani Dear Santa,
Will you please bring me
I would like a lala loopa special picture, a firefighter hat, a new room Dear Santa,
sy and it has a doctor
because mine is messy will you please bring me kit Rosie bumps and
and a real fire truck and the new tinkerbell and bruises.
the lalaloopsy that can Merry Christmas Santa,
a fire hose.
Love, Hayden Suttee fly. I think my mom made
Samantha Anderson
cookies for you today.
Love Cassidy Herring Dear Santa,
Dear Santa,
will you please bring me
Will you please bring me
a Captain America toy
a star angry birds, a airDuke’s Bar & that comes with a little
plane, and toy farm with
animals. We have cookies
Thank You,
at are house.
Decker Sipe
Love, Joseph Ricks
Aspen Portable
Toilets, Richard &
Abby Raymer
Dear Santa,
Will you please bring me
a Thomas table and some
exploders and some fire
fighter and Army hats. I
will leave you some cookies and milk.
Love, Griffin Bartlett
Dear Santa,
will you bring me a rocket ship and a place where
I can take off with it.
Thank You,
Rayden Miller
Bridge St.
Dear Santa,
I would like a toolbox for
Christmas. I will leave
you some cookies and
Thank You Santa,
Payson Graves
Dear Santa,
will you please bring
me some cool playdoh, I
want a super super super
cool and fast car, when I
grow up like Peter Parker
I want a cool spider man
suit. I would also like a
sled like yours.
Thank You Santa,
Cooper Austin
Dear Santa,
I would like a real horse
for Christmas and an I
Have a Merry Christmas,
Caleb Koehn
Dear Santa,
will you please bring me
some boots, a hamster,
and a dress, and some
toys, a barbie pool, and a
pet dog that stays in my
room. I’ll leave you cookies & milk just for you.
Thank You,
Ashten Hubbs
Will you bring me clothes,
toys, a snowboard and a
snow machine. Santa I
will leave yu cookies and
milk when you come to
my us.
Love Dashaal Baysinger
Dear Santa,
will you get me baby butterscotch. Chloe would
like the tike coyote toy
and a Santa Claus toy.
I would also like a princess castle with playdoh
and a princess inside.
Love, Aspen Boxberger
Platte Valley
Dear Santa,
I would like a baby set,
and some cool socks. I
will put some cookies
& milk out for you on
Christmas Eve.
Thanks, Reese Graves
Dear Santa,
I would like a toy airplane, and my own gun
and even my own bow
and arrow. I would also
Dear Santa,
will you please bring me
a transformer rescue robot. I will leave you some
cookies and chocolate
Thank You,
Korbyn Barkhurst
Platte Valley
Medical Clinic
Dear Santa,
I love your redcuat. I
would like a NeW gatar
for Chrismas aNd a tracter with teeth ON the
buket. Please SaNta.
Love, RYON
Dear Santa,
I love your wife and
you becase you give me
presnets. I want a dirtbike and a pet dog and a
pet hastr.
Love, Trenten
Dear Santa,
Yor beard is crily and
white. you or very nis.
I was good this yer. I
want a rock crolr and a
love, Hayden
Dear Santa,
I love your curly beard. I
will give you warm gooey
cookies. I want lots of
Love, Logan
Kum & Go
Dear Santa,
I like your curly beard.
Do you have a Pangooin
for a pet? i wunt a snomobeele.
Dear Santa,
I love your itchy beard.
has your wife made you
sofut my cookies? I have
been good. I wut fou
cismis is dajris huns
Love, Kaben
Dear Santa,
I like you because you
give me presents. For
Christmas I would like a
big choclate chip cookie.
how cold is it up there?
Do you need a new raindeer?
Love, Jace
Hack’s Tackle
Dear Santa Claus,
How is Rudolph? How
is Mrs. Claus? I ‘m
soooooooo good this year.
Am I on the naughty list?
Can I have a skatebord,
20 dallors, ski-doo, get
baptisted. Thankyou for
the elves they have ben
oooo bad they were in are
fridge this morning.
Merry Christmas
Dear St. Nicholas,
How is Mrs. Claus? Gess
what I do 4-H. I had two
pigs named Lilly and
Pock-a-dot. They were
the coolest pigs ever.
But I want two American girl dolls named
Caroline and Josefina
and clothes and four
horses, dogs, two cats,
riding clothes cheering
clothes and jamas to. Do
have 4-H where you live?
But I have 4-H here. Oh!
Can you write my mom
and dad I want a puppy
name Chubby.
Merry Christmas
Love Peyton,
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& Sheet Metal
Dear St. Nick
How are your reindeer?
Do you have any girl
reindeer? I do 4H. I have
sheep. I show them at Can I have a nerfgun and
fair. Do you show rein- another red heller.
deer at fair? I would like
Your freind, Deke
a new pair of mittens.
Love, Savannah
Dear Santa,
I like you. I Love you. I
wish I could see you. I
want a toy truck. I am
excited that you are com- Dear Santa Claus
How is Mrs. Claus? I am
Love, Amanda sooo excited for you to
wrie to me. I do 4-H. Do
you do 4-H with reindear? I have been good
this year. Can you bring
me an art table and an
ipad? It might not hapen
but thank you! Their is
Dear Santa,
more but those are some
How did Christmas start? of them.
How is Mrs. Claus? Do
Merry Christmas, Alli
you have a lot of reindeer? I have been good Dear Santa,
this year. I really want how is Mrs. Claus? How
a bebegun. I want hot- are the reindeer? How is
tub. I wish I could get Rudolph? How is it bea robot.
ing in the North Pole? I
Merry Christmas, Grant would like a Xbox 360
please. I’ve been good
and I have friends. I have
Dear St. Nickhlas,
I am sooooooooooo ex- a nice teacher.
Merry Christmas,
cited to write to you!
Ben H
How did this Santa
thing start? How is Mrs.
Claus? Are the reindear Dear Santa,
good? I’v been pretty How are your reindeed?
good this year! If you How is Mrs. Claus? How
get a chance would it be are the elves? How is
possible for you to bring Rudolph? I have been
me a puppy? It probely a good boy. By the way,
won’t happen. But if you can I please have an
does thank you! thank ipod. Merry Christmas.
you! thank you!
Your Friend, Bristin
Merry Christmas, Cora
Dear Santa,
How is Rudolph doing?
Carbon Power My brother Mikey and
my sister Kayla are com& Light
to Wyoming. I really
326-5206 ing
don’t care what I get.
Love, Benjamin W.
Dear Santa Claus,
I love you Santa. How
are your reindeer doing?
I’ve been doing good.
How have you been?
Can you please bring
me a brush for my horse
Alice. I want a pet mouse
Merry Chirsmas, Callie
Dear Santa,
Dear Claus,
Can I please have a tabDo you have to have a let for Christmas and, I
lot of muscle to carry all would really appreciate
the toys? I want a hottub. it if you could get my
I want a pocketknife. I brother an X-box 360.
want an army of Cor - he will love it!! I want
to know how you get all
Your friend, Grady the presents to all the
houses! Plus can I be an
Dear St. Nicholas,
elf, please? I will try my
Hi how are you? Im doing very best to be good and
good. Are your reandeer I love Rudolph. I want to
being good? I am doing meet him and also the
good in school. Can I kids that say you’re not
have an ipod, cat collar, real. I honestly do believe
in you, bless my heart, I
and guitar please.
Love, Shelby don’t believe them. You’re
a very nice man. I believe
in you.
Dear St. Nicholas,
Love, Olivia Knotwell
How are your reindeer? I
have been grate this year. P.S. I will help Mrs. Claus
If you can, can you get bake cookies. I will love
me a snowboard. Can I
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to be an agent elf. In my
brothers X-box he will
love an Avengers game
and Call of Duty game
Dear Santa,
I am interste what kind
of milk do yo uwant this
Christmas? We have almond milk. I have to tell
you the Chocolate almond milk it is good.
Can I please have a ride
on your slegh and can I
have Rudolph?
The things and toys I want
are a snake Bite truck
and a Psycho Cycle
Edward James Buford
Dear Santa,
I would like to have a
Nintendo DSi. I would
appreciate haveing The
Nutcracker army and
mice army. I would like
to have a giant helicopter
That is green that I saw
The Saratoga Sun
Santa Letters
at a store. I would really
want to have a stuffed
rudalph and a stuffed
Love, Kelton
PS How many elves do
you have? How is Mrs.
Claus and the reindeer
and the elves doing?
Dear Santa Claus,
I hope the reindeer are
feeling well. how are you
and Mrs. Claus? For
Christmas I want an iPod
Touch, 22 pistol, and a
dirtbike. I woud love a
Lego set. This is what I
want for Christmas.
Love, Kyle
Dear Santa,
I would like an iPad
Touch because I could
play games on it. I would
appreciate the wii game
skylanders Giants because my best friend has
the game and it is really
fun! I also would like a
tablet so I could read off
it. I’m anxious for an MP3
‘cause my old one broke.
Could you also get my
dad shock collars for his
dogs? And could you get
my mom and dad both a
really long nightstand.
Your good boy, Koye
P.S. could you say hi to
the reindeer and Mrs.
Century 21
Cornerstone Realty
Dear Santa,
I would love some Nintendo Dsi games like some
Mario games for the wii or
Nintendo DSi and I also
want a Nintendo 3DS!
Dear Santa,
Say hi to your reindeer
I always been wanting the for me.
whole set of HeroFactory
Love, Caysen
Bionicles. How is Mrs.
Claus and the elves? Dear santa,
Is the weather good in I would like a sewing kit
the North Pole? Can you and my mom would like
see the Northern lights? a John Wayne collection
Could you get my mom and my brother would
a real blue Razor with like an x-box Finally my
five seats’ and my dad an dad would like some new
orange axe. have a Merry gloves and another thing
I would like is a new
P.S How are the reindeer ipod something else my
and Rudolph and how brother would like is an
are you? I also would like iPad. something else my
some more Skylanders mom would like is some
leather. I would like a
Love, Michael new corllar for my dog. I
also would like some new
Nintendo DS games.
From, Alexia
Dear Santa,
How are you doing? Is
Mrs. Claus okay? Thank
you for all the wonderful
gifts you gave me last
year. This year I would
like a Kindle, The Sisters
Grimm series, and an
Amazon gift card. I would
liek these things so I can
read and play games. A
nice fuzzy blanket or a
pair of fuzzy socks would
also be great! I hope you
have a good flight on
Christmas Eve.
Ashton Gayle Powell
P.S. Do you like chocolate
chip cookies?
Merry Christmas!
Platte Valley
Ranch Supply
Dear Santa,
I will like a real B.A.R
and it is a gun and real
R.P.G but it is a bazooka
but not a fake B.A.R and
a R.P.G because I will
like to have them in my
gan collection. Please
can you? I also want a
toy tank and some Army
guys because I am almost out of them. I want
a toy M1, wood carbon
for my gun collection and
a Brothers in Arms two if
you can find one Please.
It is a game of Americans
and Germans. Can you
give me a Call of Duty
X-Box life? Please can
Love, Harrison
Dear Santa Claus,
How are you dong, are
the elves working hard?
Oh, I almost forgot what
kind of cookies would
you like? We have any
kind you would like.
Well, for Christmas what
I’ve always wanted was
an iPod Touch, and another thing I want is an
American Girl Doll! If you
could, get my parents a
blanket with their name
or their picture on it. And
I also want a Wii.
Thanks again,
Mattie Pope
P.S Can you get me a DSi
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The Saratoga Sun
Game numbers low in 1912; 1937 brings Silver Fox Farming
Compiled by Joe Elder
100 years ago
Dec. 19, 1912
The Big Game of the West
After many years of strife to
preserve the big game in this
state we are slowly drifting
toward the utter extinction
of the same. It may be well to
drag the preservation out as
far as possible, to prolong the
hunting. But what is the use
of all the talk about closing
the season on this or that or
feeding the elks. We have long
been a supporter of the protection to game, but we have now
reached a point where we have
drawn new conclusions. Civilization and cultivation, and
reclamation of the agricultural
lands of the west are getting
the game. The hunter might
just as well have his share so
long as he does not play the
hog, as long as the game lasts.
The range is going rapidly for
all game and there is little left
for them but the interior of
the roughest mountains. The
settler encroaches upon the
big game and drives him back
farther and farther every year,
until now the only game that
is left is away back and has no
winter range. The winters are
killing more game from lack of
range than all the hunters put
together … The ranchman and
farmer … have come to stay,
give them the fruits of their labors in the country they choose.
It is only a little time till the
big game is gone. It is useless
to put closed season on them.
They are killed anyway and
their extinction from hunter,
rancher and breaker of the
law, is only a matter of time,
no matter what the law, nor
money spent to prevent it …
75 years ago
Dec. 16, 1937
Silver Fox Farming New
Venture Here
A new type of business in
the Platte valley will soon get
underway, when three pairs of
highly bred silver foxes will
be brought in from Rawlins,
and established in the upper
Spring creek country as the
nucleus of a farm.
Joe and Neal Harden this
week purchased three pairs
of the animals. They were
purchased from Joe Garry of
Denver, and are being cared
for at a fox farm near Rawlins.
The local farm will be established on Neal Harden’s ranch
on Heather creek, the former
Heather creek ranger station.
The ranch is ideally located
for a venture of this sort, and a
load of building materials were
taken out today to be used in
the construction of proper pens
and quarters for the foxes. As
soon as the pens are completed
the foxes will be moved from
Rawlins to the ranch, probably
within the next ten days or two
Mr. Harden also plans to
raise fish on his ranch, and
has recently completed the
construction of one large pond
near his house. Two or three
other ponds will be built along
the creek. The completed pond
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
6 a.m., Cycling Class, Saratoga Fitness cycling room
8 a.m., Yoga, Saratoga Fitness gym
8 a.m.-9 p.m., Weight Room Open, Saratoga Fitness
9 a.m., Yoga Session, Saratoga Library
9 a.m., Low Impact Fitness, Saratoga Fitness multipurpose room
9:30 a.m., Prayer Shawl Knitters, Presbyterian Fellowship Hall
11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saratoga Branch Library
1:30 p.m., Overeaters Anonymous, PV Lutheran Church, 326-5917
2-6 p.m., Children’s activities at The Hub, 106 W. Bridge
4:30 p.m., Cycling Class, Saratoga Fitness cycling room
5:30-7:30 p.m., Family History Center at LDS Church, 950 Hugus
5:45-6:45 p.m., Yoga Session, Saratoga Library
6 p.m., Kickboxing, Saratoga Fitness Gym
7 p.m., Knitting Group, Saratoga Library
7 p.m., Saratoga Volunteer Fire Dept. Training Meeting, Firehouse
7-9 p.m., Men’s Open Gym, Saratoga Fitness gym
7:30 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, Saratoga Senior Center
Thursday, December 20, 2012
8 a.m., Cycling Class, Saratoga Fitness cycling room
8 a.m.-8 p.m., Weight Room Open, Saratoga Fitness
9:15 a.m., Tai Chi, Saratoga Fitness gym
11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saratoga Branch Library
2-6 p.m., Children’s activities at The Hub, 106 W. Bridge
4 p.m., SHS Basketball vs Encampment
6 p.m., Tae Kwon Do, Saratoga Fitness multipurpose room
7 p.m., Cycling Class, Saratoga Fitness cycling room
7:30-10 p.m., Co-ed Volleyball, Saratoga Fitness Gym
Friday, December 21, 2012
Purple Pride Friday
6 a.m., Cycling Class, Saratoga Fitness cycling room
6 a.m.-5 p.m., Weight Room, Saratoga Fitness
8 a.m.-11 a.m., Vet Rep. Workforce Svcs., PVCC
9 a.m., Low Impact Fitness, Saratoga Fitness multipurpose room
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saratoga Branch Library
Noon, Platte Valley Community Readiness Team, PVCC
Noon-6 p.m., Children’s Activities at The Hub, 106 W. Bridge
5:45-6:45 p.m., Yoga Session, Saratoga Library
7:30 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, Saratoga Senior Center
Saturday, December 22, 2012
9-Noon, Weight Room Open, Saratoga Fitness
9-Noon, Open Gym, Saratoga Fitness Gym
10 a.m., Santa delivers candy by Fire Truck
10-11:30 a.m., Platte Valley Food Pantry, 116 E. Bridge, Rm. E
Sunday, December 23, 2012
9 a.m., Narcotics Anonymous, Saratoga Senior Center
5-8 p.m., Weight Room Open, Saratoga Fitness
5-8 p.m., Open Gym, Saratoga Fitness Gym
Monday, December 24, 2012
6 a.m., Cycling Class, Saratoga Fitness cycling room
8 a.m.-noon, Weight Room Open, Saratoga Fitness
9 a.m., Low Impact Fitness, PVCC multipurpose room
11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saratoga Branch Library
7 p.m., OddFellows, OddFellows Hall
7 p.m., ALANON, location varies, call 326-8668
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas
1 p.m., Bring a dish Christmas Dinner, American Legion Post Home
For information on ALANON, call 326-8405 or 326-8723
Did you know Farm Bureau has Auto,
Home and Life Insurance?
Encampment/Riverside Community Events
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
1-6 p.m., Encampment Library
4 p.m., Story Time, Encampment/Riverside Branch Library
4:30 p.m., Beading Group, Enc./Riv. Branch Library
7 p.m., Encampment Community Choir, Grand Encampment Opera House
7 p.m., Encampment Planning Commission, Town Hall
Thursday, December 20, 2012
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Encampment Library
4 p.m., EHS Basketball at Saratoga
Friday, December 21, 2012
7:30 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, Encampment Library
Saturday, December 22, 2012
7:30 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, Encampment Library
Monday. December 24, 2012
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Encampment Library,
1 p.m., Knitting group, Enc/Riv. Branch Library
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas
has been stocked with Brook
50 years ago
Dec. 20, 1962
Brush Creek District Sells
Record Number of Christmas
The local forest service office
this week reported the largest Christmas tree sales ever
made on the Brush Creek District in a single year. Assistant
Ranger Frank Leach said that
to date, 755 trees have been
sold for commercial resale and
170 trees have been sold to
Local residents are reminded
that no Christmas tree permits
will be sold after Friday, Dec.
From December 10 through
December 16, 2012, the Saratoga
Police Department responded
to 181 calls that included the
following call classifications:
Alarm (3); Ambulance (5); Animal Problem (1); Assist Business (1); Bar Check (20); Business Checks (73); Citizen Assist
(3); Dog at Large (2); Lost Dog
(1); Dog Tag (1); Domestic Disturbance (1); Fight (1); Fingerprints (3); Fire (1); Fish and
Game (1); Hot Pool Check (33);
Larceny (1); Lost and Found
(1); Lost Property (1); Parking
Problem (1); House Watch (8);
Record Check (1); School Zones
(11); Suspicious Person, Circumstance (3); Traffic Stop (2); VIN
Serial Number Inspection (1);
Welfare Check (1).
36 homes are currently in the
House Watch program and two
people are in the Home Alone
There were no Warnings,
Citations, or Arrests during
this period.
is your
The Saratoga Sun
December 19, 2012, Page 23
Community donates for Christmas Birthday dinner Friday
At Valley View, residents enjoyed many activities throughout the week. The Activity Department offers a wide variety
of activities each week to meet
the residents’ interests, as well
as the physical, mental, and
psychological well-being of each
We will be having our annual
resident Christmas party on
Thursday, Dec. 20 at 5:00 p.m.
Family members of residents,
volunteers, and friends of Valley
View are invited to attend this
holiday event. We want to thank
the Kiwanis for the Christmas
presents for residents that will
be passed out at this party by
Games throughout the week
provided fun and laughter. On
Monday afternoon, six residents
played Dominoes with Dora
Martin winning. On Wednesday
afternoon, 9 residents played
Bingo, and on Friday afternoon,
12 residents played Bingo.
Jeanette Baker and Frank
Jereb won Four Corners. June
Wenger won Blackouts both
days. Our Bingo helpers were
View Care
By Tom Mansfield
Joni Johnson, Betty Dean, Joy
Hamilton, Jill Martin, Connie
Hood, and Roxie Baldwin.
On Sunday, Joannie Johnson
stood in for Pastor Smith of the
Platte Valley Christian Center
for our afternoon service, assisted by Doris Davis. She told
about the Advent of Lights in
the Christmas season.
On Wednesday morning, Janice Kerpan and Janet Hales
gave six ladies beautiful hairdos.
On Thursday morning, six
residents went Christmas shopping at the Family Dollar.
On Thursday afternoon, 20
residents enjoyed a party with
ice cream and cake.
On Friday, three residents
had salmon patties for Lunch
Out at the Saratoga Senior
On Friday evening, Teense
Willford sang and played country western music on his guitar
for 26 residents.
Evening activities included
Monday Night Football: the
Houston Texans at the New
England Patriots, and Turner
Classic Movies (Channel 44):
We’re No Angels on Sunday, The
Magnificent Seven on Tuesday,
Banjo on My Knee on Wednesday, Les Miserables on Thursday, Trouble in Paradise on
Friday, and The Band Wagon
on Saturday.
We wish to thank Ron and
Mary Ann Garver, Dennis and
Jan Cook, and Connie Hood for
the kind financial donations for
resident Christmas presents.
Also, we wish to thank the
V.S.O. for Christmas presents
for residents. Pat Ramos and
Jill Martin gave financial donations to Bingo.
The Activity program relies on
volunteers to enhance residents’
lives. If interested, please call
326-8212 and ask for the Activity Director, Tom Mansfield.
Give out almost 90,000 business cards a year!
Call 326-8311
to get your business
card noticed today!
There were five here for
bingo on Tuesday. Two-dollar
winners were Grace Johnston, and Madaline Forbes.
Winnie Allen and Grace
Johnston shared a $2 round.
Winnie Allen won the $4
blackout round.
There were two-and-a-half
tables for duplicate Bridge
on Monday. High winners
were Bob Johnson and Sheila
Johnson. Second high went
to Lee Groshart and Mary
We are always happy to deliver a meal if you are under
the weather or just have been
in the hospital. Please give us
a call at 326-5564.
If you are 60, or the spouse
of someone 60, you are eligible to join us for lunch for
the low donation of just $3 a
meal. We feel that is a great
price for a meal this size.
So give us a call and come
join us. Get a jump on the
holidays coming up. Tickets
make a great gift for that
hard to buy for person.
We will be having our advisory council today at 10:30
a.m. Hope to see you here.
We will be having our
birthday/anniversary dinner
on Friday. Please mark you
calendar and come join us.
We want to send all our
thoughts and prayers to the
Bartlett families. Garland
Bartlett, Sr., passed away
last week. We will miss him
By Sue Howe
very much. He always had
a cheery hello for everyone.
The girls will miss him on
the bus very much.
We will be serving breakfast next Christmas Eve.
morning from 8 -10 a.m. and
no lunch will be served that
day or Christmas day.
If you need an extra meal
for Christmas day, be sure to
let us know so we can send it
out on Monday.
We want to wish everyone
a very Merry Christmas.
We will be open as usual on
Wednesday. Saratoga Senior
Center is also going to be open
on New Year’s day, so please
plan to join us for lunch.
We want to wish Nadine
Caleb a speedy recovery.
We sure miss her when she
doesn’t come. She has been
sick for a while now. Hopefully they will find out what
the problem is and fix it, so
she is good as new.
It was good to have Ralph
Bensen back up Friday. He
has been gone for a while.
Hope you are home for a
while and back up to take
your seat.
Piano duet for birthday dinner www.saratogasun.com
By Center
Monday morning. You’ll notice
I didn’t say “Good” first. That’s
because the wind is extremely
strong and what snow we got
Saturday night is finding its
way through the air.
At least I think that’s where
the snow is coming from. It
doesn’t look new.
We had a wonderful turnout
for our “breakfast-for-lunch”
Saturday. Breakfast was served
to 45 including home deliveries.
And the French toast casserole
was super delicious.
The coffee kids continue to
keep the coffee pot brewing
each morning. Those enjoying
their coffee and conversation
were Arleigh Simmons, Laura
Rettelle, Connie Beckham, Patty Herring, Jo Bonnett, LeDawn
Vorn and Ellie Behrmann.
The dedicated dominoers
missed a couple days early last
week. Musta been doin’ their
Christmas shopping. Playing the rest of the week were
Madeline and Bill Telfer, Bob
and Lois Thompson, Betty
Merrill, Dick Blake, Kay and
Phil Fleming, Laura Rettelle,
and Charlotte Kraft with Cindy
and David Pattishall-Baker
joining them on Saturday after
The hummingbird puzzle is
quickly going the way of the
chocolate puzzle. It is taking a
very long time but it appears as
though a puzzle fairy may have
come during the night as it suddenly shows a lot of progress.
Anyway, Nancy has her bottle
of Mod Podge and her paint
brush ready.
There was one table for bridge
on Wednesday after sitting out
for a couple of weeks. Players
were Evelyn Hammer, Rosemary Craighead, Sheila Johnson, and Kay Fleming.
The quilters are quickly finishing Jo Roberson’s quilt.
Maybe this week. Lila has one
she can put on when Jo’s is
finished. They plan on doing all
the cutting of the pieces for the
2013 raffle quilt this Thursday
now that they have all the fabric
together. Then they can get the
blocks together and assemble
the quilt. It will be the next one
after Lila’s.
Quilters last week were Nancy
Lynch, Betty Merrill, Jo Roberson, Karen Casson, Lila Walbye
and Sandy Miller.
Our December birthday and
anniversary dinner will be this
Friday at 6 p.m.
Be sure to sign-up by Thursday
evening if you plan to attend. Our
entertainment will be Rosemary
Craighead and Penney Varner
with a piano duet. It’s fabulous.
I had planned on writing the
senior news through the first of
the year but the next two weeks
have to be submitted early and
I will not be able to get it done.
Therefore, I will now wish you all
a blessed Christmas and a great
New Year.
You all take care! So long!
Carbon County
Senior Centers
Wednesday - Lasagna,
Italian vegetable, garlic
bread, peaches, pumpkin
bar, chilled milk.
Thursday - Chicken supreme, fluffy rice, mixed vegetable, wheat bread, Mandarin oranges, chilled milk.
Fr i d a y - R o a s t b e e f,
m a shed p ot a t oes/g rav y,
squash blend, wheat roll,
pears, chilled milk, birthday
Monday (Saratoga Only)
Breakfast- Scrambled eggs,
bacon, cinnamon roll, fruit,
Tuesday - Christmas Holiday
Carbon County
School District #2
cheese nachos, fruit and
vegetable bar, chocolate chip
cookie, milk.
Thursday - Hot turkey
sandwich, mashed potato/
gravy, fruit and vegetable
bar, milk.
Friday (SES 5th grade
menu) - Chicken tenders,
potato wedges, fruit and
vegetable bar, strawberry
applesauce, cinnamon roll,
Wednesday - French toast,
turkey ham, hash browns,
orange halves, milk, syrup,
pancake, ketchup.
Thursday - Chili con carne
with beans, crackers, veggies,
pineapple, cinnamon rolls,
milk, fruit and veggie bar.
Friday - Roast turkey, graSaratoga
vy, mashed potato, fruit and
Wednesday - Chili & veggie bar, hot rolls, milk.
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The Saratoga Sun
Lumber & Supply
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Additions & Garages Big Jobs-Small Jobs
Repair & Insurance Work
Phone 326-8341
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Heating is our business, not a sideline!!
Independent Lennox Dealer
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(Corner of 2nd & Bridge) • 326-5342
of Snowy Range
Superior Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Free Estimates
Carbon County • (307) 703-0303
204 S. 1st Street
Saratoga, WY. 326-5256
Independently Owned and Operated
by Paul & Nell Kenehan
Plumbing & Heat
Heating, Inc.
Portable Toilets and Septic Pumping
Roto Rooter Service,
Septic Pumping, Jet Rodding, Sewer Videos,
Backhoe Service, plus all
Plumbing & Heating Services
Richard G. Raymer
(307) 326-5598
Cell (307) 329-5598
Fax (307) 326-5782
“a clean that is green”
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Saratoga, WY 82331
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Licensed - 38 years experience
For ALL your
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Bus: 307-326-3721
Cell: 307-389-2481
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Call 329-7653/329-(SOLE) for your appointment TODAY!
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Wed.-Sat. 10am-5pm
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P.O. Box 945
Saratoga, WY 82331
(307) 326-8353
Sterling Arnold, Owner
wilderness recreation supplies
winter hours
mon-fri 10am-5pm
128 bridge ave.
saratoga, wy
(307) 710-1169
long-term storage foods • alpaca
Half Hour-$30 • Hour-$60 • Hour-&-a-Half-$90
cks • water purification • first aid •
multi-tools • cold steel knives • canteens • backpacks • fannypa
This space can be yours.
$8.50 a week
(10 week minimum)
There is
Try the o an answer.
to abort option
Call 326-5495 or 1-800-788-4606
All calls are strictly confidential.
The Saratoga Sun
December 19, 2012, Page 25
Ryan Grabow
& Insured
Serving the Garbage
Collection Needs
of Saratoga,
Riverside and
outlying areas.
Jane Johnston
Jean Guy
cell 307-329-8398
Physical Therapist
cell 307-326-8846
Deep Sweep, Inc.
Professional Cleaning
Fine Homebuilding
& Woodworking
Business, &
Residential Service,
Weekend Retreats
Thor Senior
Bonded & Insured
“Building outside the box”
P.O. Box 1454
Saratoga, WY 82331
Serving Carbon County Since 1992
Starting in the low 80s...
Financing - Covenants
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Call 307-327-5543
Saulcy Land Co.
Wiley Jones • Sue Jones
Dumpsters, carts, special events
906 W. Bridge
Call Betty for
Margo’s Sewing
& Upholstery
• Patching • Altering • Hemming
• Zipper Replacement •
Mending - Hourly rate or per item
Upholstering campers, furniture, car seats, etc.
Free Estimates
Pick up & Delivery in
immediate area.
Fabric Swatches available.
For all your insurance needs!
Auto • Home • Ranch • Business • Boats
Motorcycle • Bonds • Health & Life Insurance
In The Rawlins National Bank Lobby
Doors, windows,
garage doors, faucets
[email protected]
Rockin’ M
Painting & Construction
CALL NOW for professional
Painting • Construction • Remodeling
Over 20 years experience.
Licensed & Insured
Call Fred Morrison
for a free estimate today!
This space can
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$15.00 a week
(10 week minimum)
Licensed and insured
Full Service
Happily taking care of the Platte Valley Since 1982
Large & Small Units • RV Storage
Serving Saratoga, Encampment,
Riverside, and select rural areas!
$14/month curbside once-a-week pickup.
$16 if Evergreen provides cart.
P.O. Box 186, Encampment
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The Saratoga Sun
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Find your job in the Sun!
Help Wanted
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Office space for rent in
downtown Saratoga. 3265621 or 326-8135.
The Christmas and
New Year’s editions
of the Saratoga Sun
will appear a day late
(Dec. 27 & Jan. 3)
due to the holidays.
ANY submissions will be
due the Fridays prior to
publication at 5p.m.
601 E. Pic Pike Road
Saratoga, WY 82331
(307) 326-5261
The Town of Saratoga is seeking applications
for the following full-time position:
Town Treasurer
• BS in Accounting or finance with experience in fund
accounting is required.
• Budget preparation and project tracking experience is
• The position will require experience in accounting,
budgeting, project tracking, and purchasing, with a
background in finance or related field or a combination of
relevant experience and education.
The position will require working with the public and
interacting with all elected officials and department employees.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Deadline for applications is December 31, 2012
Send resume, cover letter and application to:
John Zeiger, Mayor, The Town of Saratoga
P.O. Box 486, Saratoga, WY 82331
Applications may be requested in person at the Saratoga
Town Hall or by calling 307-326-8335.
Contact Town Clerk, Suzie Cox for additional information.
The Saratoga Sun
December 19, 2012, Page 27
THEME: (*themed clue)
1. Come from an egg
6. Bad-mouth
9. Cargo
13. Gem state
14. Make a choice
15. Move sideways
16. Chocolate substitute
17. Wade’s opponent
18. *“The _____” moved to
Chicago from NYC
19. *GOP’s 2012 choice
21. *Deceased singing legend
23. Pock mark disease
24. Boris Godunov, e.g.
25. Chicken order
28. Vegetative prickle
Speed of play, pl.
Like decorated cake
Luau souvenirs
Third rock from the sun
Laughing on the inside,
in a chatroom
Small drum
Memorization method
Full of pep
Russian parliament
Farmer’s purchase
Auteur’s art
Peacock’s pride
*Ann to Mitt
“Anything ___?”
*PSY’s style
Bronx Bomber
Whippet or Basset, e.g.
Bard’s before
Lifeboat support
Elephant trainer’s goad
Summer mo.
“Lohengrin,” e.g.
In a golfer’s pocket
Registration, for short
One born to Japanese
1. Wino’s sound?
2. Month of Purim
3. Tropical tuber
4. Bite
5. Rub elbows
6. Nemo’s forgetful friend
7. *Facebook’s big move
8. Seethes
66. Parisian way
Dryer fire hazard
Scandinavian war god
Burn soother
Refuse to accept
Evening party
Jump for joy
Pillbox or tricorne, e.g.
Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier, e.g.
A threat to food safety
“___ __ on the ground
Part of ROM
*“Curiosity” landing site
Weasel’s aquatic cousin
space ____
“Brave New World” drug
Indian side dish of yogurt
and cucumbers
Corrects or edits
Chicken _ __ king
*Where many struck gold
_____ campaign
Giraffe-like African animal
Steps to the river
First rate
Heat in a microwave
African migrators
December 24 and 31,
Michael Collins’s country
68. Chi precursor
Check the Sun next week for the answers
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The Saratoga Sun
School board revises
social media policy
By Brian Trautwein
Want your day in the Sun?
Sun Tell us about your upcoming event!
At their meeting Monday, the
Carbon County School District
No. 2 (CCSD#2) Board of Directors re-elected Greg Bartlett as
Chairman. Diana Berger was
elected as Vice-Chairman. Janice
Peterson was re-elected as the
Clerk, and after some debate,
Joe Gaspari was elected to the
Treasurer position.
Hanna-Elk Mountain-Medicine Bow seventh and eighth
grade science teacher Steven
Priest, asked the Board to consider introducing archery into the
school system to supplement the
physical education program.
If the sport catches on, Priest
said, a club could be formed for
after school activities and then
compete with other clubs, leading
to regional shoots.
Establishing a presence at the
regional level could lead to competition at the state level against
larger schools that already have
archery programs in the curriculum.
Jim Dodson with Porter,
Muirhead, Cornia and Howard
(PMC&H), an independent auditing firm, presented the Board
with the independent auditor’s
report for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 2012. PMC&H found
the business manager, Sally
Wells, and the Board are doing
a great job of keeping track of
revenues and expenditures.
Dodson said even though enrollment has declined by a third
in 15 years, the district is healthy
in terms of factors affecting its future. The district’s funding could
be at risk, though, if it doesn’t
increase its Average Daily Membership (the number of students
enrolled in the district).
CCSD#2 is required to have
two separate audits, one from an
independent firm and one from
the state auditors office.
“It takes one to two days per
employee of CCSD#2 to get ready
for the audits, but if every thing
is in order on a daily basis then
it is not that difficult to prepare,”
Wells said.
The Board also considered
replacing the existing policies on
internet usage, internet acceptable use policy and the current
internet user forms with new
revised forms. The new policies
will be geared toward protecting both students and staff, and
at their first reading, the Board
looked closely at the wording.
The new policies must protect students from each other,
students from teachers and also
teachers from students.
Most of the school busses in
the district are approaching, or
exceeding the 12-year or 175,000mile mark and the board voted
unanimously to put out a bid to
purchase new busses on a fiveyear reimbursement program.
Jubilante Ensemble
performs in Saratoga
Shively’s will
be closed
Dec. 25 for
We wish you
and yours a
very Merry
119 East Bridge • 326-8383
8am to 5:30pm Mon-Fri • 8am to 4pm Sat
Prices good through December
Photos by Brian Trautwein
Above, director Della Smith leads the Jubilante
Ensemble in their performance at the Platte Valley
Community Center Saturday. Below, Valley residents
Jerry Westerfield, on the cello, and June Spencer, on
the French horn, perform with the group.