Darrell Moore grew up in the historic Hotel Wolf in Saratoga, Wyoming. Fredrick G. Wolf, a German immigrant, built the hotel in 1893. Since then, the hotel has had only four owners. Moore’s father bought the Wolf in 1937, and his family maintained the place for 40 years. The hotel and restaurant has hosted hunters, fishers, and ranchers through the years, and is still open to adventurers today. Moore shares his memories of growing up at the Hotel Wolf.
The historic hot pool, located on the banks of the Platte River, is a natural hot springs once believed to possess healing properties. Indian tribes would lay down their weapons to partake of the waters healing powers in peace. Today, it brings that same relaxing ambiance.
The pool is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week year round. The Hobo Pool temperature ranges from 108 to 119 degrees. The Not So Hot Pool maintains a temperature around 100 degrees.
The Saratoga Museum is a delight for all ages. Located in Saratoga, Wyoming, nestled between the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre Mountains, the Saratoga Museum has one of the largest geology collections in Wyoming.
Bison bones discovered at The Casper Site are also a part of the museum's collection. Long-time board member Rod Laird was one of the discoverer's of the site. Laird has been the driving force behind the museum for the last 20 years and he held the first World Atatl Atatl contest.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved nearly five million dollars in budget cuts that were necessary after the legislature failed to approved an increase in game and fish license fees. The department is funded 80 percent by license fees and was already dealing with a deficit when the fee hikes were voted down. But lawmakers wanted the Game and Fish Department to be more efficient. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has more.
BOB BECK: The cuts were approved at a recent Game and Fish Commission meeting in Saratoga and many were unhappy.
The Wyoming Workforce Development Council has awarded a grant to Saratoga Forest Management to train new workers at a once-defunct sawmill they’re reopening.
The Saratoga Sawmill closed down years ago, along with many other sawmills in the Rocky Mountain region, due to low timber prices and inconsistent supply, among other factors. The closing of the Saratoga Sawmill hit the Saratoga and Encampment job markets hard.
Wyoming Highway 130 between Saratoga and Centennial could open two weeks early this year because of mind winter weather.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is working to remove remaining ice and snow. Tim McGary is WYDOT’s district maintenance engineer for Southeast Wyoming.
“We’ve had significantly less snow up there – in a lot of places less than 50 percent of the normal snowpack – so we have had to use a lot less equipment and we started earlier because a lot of the road was already bare.”