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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    September 24, 2020 

Fire breaks out in Sundance home

A Sundance family was evacuated from their home during a structure fire on Alden Street at the weekend. The blaze began on Saturday evening at around 10 p.m. Sundance Volunteer Fire Department...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    September 24, 2020 

Cook Lake project nears completion

An ongoing project to replace the dam at Cook Lake is reaching its final stages, says District Ranger Mike Gosse. The popular site is still open for day use activities and will be open for camping in...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    September 24, 2020 

CCMSD counterclaims for damages in HMS lawsuit

Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has responded to a second lawsuit filed by its ex-management firm. Denying all allegations against it, the district claims that Health Management Services (HMS) overbilled for its management fee and...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    September 24, 2020 

COVID-19: cases still rising

Confirmed daily cases of COVID-19 hit triple digits in Wyoming for the first time during the pandemic this week. Locally, a minor outbreak in Crook County’s schools and elsewhere in the community appears to have slowed, though a few new cases have...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    September 24, 2020 

Local producers eligible for emergency loans

Because Crook County is contiguous to one of the two Wyoming counties that was last week designated a primary natural disaster area, producers here are now eligible to apply for emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) branch of the U.S....

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    September 24, 2020 

Missouri man faces felony drug charges

A Missouri man faces felony charges of possession of both marijuana and methamphetamine after being pulled over for speeding in Pine Haven. On August 27, while on patrol in Pine Haven, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office Deputy saw a truck traveling...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    September 24, 2020 

Unemployment rates dropping in Crook County

As the Extended Benefits program comes to an end for Wyoming residents who are currently claiming unemployment, the number of people in Crook County who are making continued claims for unemployment benefits has dropped significantly from its highest...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    September 24, 2020 

Ranch A launches raffle fundraiser

Crook County’s most famous historic residence has launched a raffle fundraiser to replace the usual banquet that takes place each August or September. The destination is also still open to the public this year for everything from a weekend getaway...

 

This Side of the Pond

So let’s say you’re kicking back bored on the sofa, somewhere in the south of England, wishing you could have a vacation to clear the cobwebs. You’re dubious of planes and bored to tears of cara...

 

COVID-19: community spread present in county

An unprecedented number of new cases of COVID-19 have appeared in Crook County over the last week, including a small outbreak within the school district for the first time since in-person learning resumed. Crook County Public Health has reason to...

 

Truck overturns on I-90, kills driver

A semi trailer carrying a load of soda pop products came off the road during last Monday's storm, unfortunately leading to the death of its driver. Weather conditions are believed to have caused of th...

 

Board candidates confirmed for general election

At the general election this November 3, voters will be asked to decide who will fill numerous seats on local boards of trustees, including the school, museum, natural resource, senior services and medical services districts. School Four trustees...

 

2020 Census reaching deadline

With just a couple of weeks to go until the 2020 Census wraps up, Crook County has had one of the lowest self-response rates in the state – and the nation. Efforts are still underway to complete the population picture before the deadline at the...

 

E-cycling events return for the fall

Busted computer taking up space under your desk? Need to get rid of your old phone, but don’t want to risk its data being accessed by someone else? Crook County Natural Resource District has been solving this problem for the last few years with...

 

This Side of the Pond

The pandemic has always seemed comfortingly far away here in Crook County. Halfway up a mountain, safe in our small towns, few of us know anyone who’s been diagnosed with the dreaded virus ...

 

State aims to solve meat processing bottlenecks

Applications opened this week for a new state initiative called the Meat Processing Expansion Grant Program (MPEG), an attempt to strengthen the local food supply chain and address meat shortages at retail locations and food banks. The program will...

 

Natural resource plan ready for public comment

A management plan for Crook County’s natural resources is now ready for public scrutiny and the comment period will remain open for the next month, with public meetings planned at the end of September. The plan has been in development since April...

 

Health officials reiterate procedures amid outbreak

With cases of COVID-19 on the rise in Crook County, the chances of a community member experiencing symptoms appear to be higher than at any other point yet during the pandemic. At least ten new cases have appeared in just the last week, prompting...

 

Budget drives look at PD options

Wyoming’s finances are an increasing worry, said Mayor Paul Brooks at last week’s council meeting, and this has prompted the City of Sundance to consider its own budgetary future. One cost-saving measure that could have a significant impact...

 

Old Stoney gets ready to open

The state fire marshal has given the nod and Old Stoney is about to become a hive of activity as its new occupants begin the process of moving in. This will mark the final leg of a long – and often...

 

Council updated on developing projects

At September’s regular meeting, the council heard news of several new and ongoing development projects. The first was an update on the corner lot where the North Pole meat locker once stood, which is currently in the city’s hands. An individual...

 

Fairgrounds to get RV dump station

When WYDOT made the decision to close the rest area in Sundance earlier this year, the consequences for campers and RVs were perhaps unforeseen by most. “We’ve lost the local public dump station,” said Doug Ramsey last week, speaking to the...

 

Sundance banishes peddler permits

Most of the time, when someone comes to City Hall asking for permission to sell their wares door-to-door, everything turns out fine. That’s not always the case, though, said Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lenz last week as she asked for the council’s guid...

 

Ambulance money to be divided among towns

With the City of Sundance bowing out of the ambulance business, the county commissioners considered on Wednesday what should be done with the $2666.75 that has been given each year as the county’s contribution to running the city’s service. The c...

 

Parking the Kid

Neither the county nor the City of Sundance heard opposition to the plan to relocate the Sundance Kid statue to the new Sundance Square park next to Old Stoney. Both entities held public hearings last week but heard no comments from the public. With...

 

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