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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 19, 2020 

Stricter pandemic measures expected

Governor Mark Gordon has indicated that stricter state health orders will be coming soon in reaction to the worsening pandemic across Wyoming and most of the Midwest. What exactly will be contained in those orders has yet to be specified, but all...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 19, 2020 

Jury trials placed on hold again

Orders from the Wyoming Supreme Court have once again put a hold on any jury trials that were scheduled to happen in the state. “Recent dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases throughout Wyoming have...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 19, 2020 

New ambulance arrives

Crook County Medical Services District has taken ownership of a sorely needed new ambulance thanks to a CARES Act grant from the State Lands and Investments Board. The vehicle will boost the ability...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 19, 2020 

'Tis the season

Holidays are coming and Sundance is all set up to enjoy the season while we wait for the big man to harness his reindeer. Avoid those last minute shopping panics and support your local businesses with several opportunities to shop local provided by t...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 19, 2020 

PRECorp Foundation announces holiday giving

The Powder River Energy Foundation announced last week that it has boosted this year’s donations to charitable organizations through its Holiday Giving Campaign. While $10,000 was donated across northeast Wyoming in 2019, this year’s grants have...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 19, 2020 

Governor suggests stark budget cuts

Another half billion dollars will be chopped from the state’s budget if Governor Mark Gordon’s supplemental budget is approved by the Legislature in January. The proposal, released on Monday, reflects an average cut of 15% to state agencies....

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 19, 2020 

Event aims to support survivors of suicide loss

Each November, the international community recognizes Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, a time for those who have experienced the grief of a loved one taking their own life to gather together in a safe environment. There, they are invited to find...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 19, 2020 

Agencies provide reports on monthly activities

A busy election day led the county commissioners to hold a shortened regular meeting this month and ask agencies to deliver their reports electronically. The reports provided include: Public Health A report from Carol Stutzman celebrates a successful...

 

This Side of the Pond

I’m sure that, by now, you’ve heard the latest story of bizarre behavior in Yellowstone National Park. If these terrible tourists aren’t taunting bison or losing their trousers, they’re...

 

CWD confirmed in county hunt area

One of Crook County’s elk hunting areas is the latest to join the list of Wyoming places in which chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed. Wyoming Game & Fish announced last week that the d...

 

COVID-19 confirmed in nursing home

Confirmation this week that the coronavirus pandemic has reached inside the Sundance hospital building and caused infections among the elderly residents of the long-term care facility. “We do currently have positive cases of COVID-19 in the...

 

City moves ahead with law enforcement contract

The Sundance City Council passed a motion on Tuesday to move ahead with plans to contract for law enforcement services with the Crook County Sheriff’s Office. The aim is to have the new system in place by January, when Police Chief Marty Noonan...

 

City projects continue on track

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Sundance City Council heard updates on ongoing projects ranging from the new park to water tanks and the Old Stoney restoration. Karla Greaser of Trihydro reported that...

 

Hospital district pursues lawsuit settlement

Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has reached an agreement with ex-management company Health Management Services (HMS). An ongoing court case has seen both sides accuse the other of financial wrongdoing. HMS filed the case, claiming the...

 

Sundance backs countywide garbage district

The Sundance City Council has agreed to lend its weight to renewed efforts to create a countywide garbage district with its landfill based in Moorcroft. Dick Claar, Mayor of Moorcroft, again visited with the council on Tuesday ahead of his scheduled...

 

Cleaning up the neighborhood

After months of fighting to clean up a property on E. Sewell Street that was long ago determined a nuisance, the Sundance Council heard last week that the Crook County School District has taken ownership of it. Sharing the district’s plans to...

 

Council lends support to library's StoryWalk concept

After being cut short at last month’s regular meeting due to time, Library Director Jill Mackey spoke again to the Sundance City Council on Tuesday about a project to install a StoryWalk® along the nature trail for local kids to enjoy. Her...

 

Council talks fairness over landfill rates

How much it costs to dump a trailer home at the Sundance landfill will now depend on whether or not the customer lives inside city limits. While believing it’s important to help citizens keep their community clean, the council doesn’t feel...

 

Election turnout extremely high

Last week’s election saw an impressive turnout in Crook County, with more voters casting their ballots than County Clerk Linda Fritz has seen before in her 22 years of working for the county. A total of 4143 people voted, representing 91% of the...

 

Write-in candidates revealed

Two seats that opened up during this year’s election were decided via write-in ballot because no candidates stepped forward to place their names on the ballot. The winners were announced on Thursday after the canvas board had met. Audrey Ebsen...

 

Fire marshal shares Thanksgiving cooking tips

With Thanksgiving around the corner, Sundance Fire Marshal Chris Tomford is sharing tips on fire safety in the kitchen. It’s important at any time of the year, but especially so during the activity-filled holidays when there are more people in the...

 

Election: county supports funding measures

Election night’s unofficial results saw voters strongly support the county’s senior service district with a continuation of the one mill levy it uses to fund the programs offered to senior...

 

Courthouse threat thwarted

A local man was arrested on Thursday before he could carry out a plan to shoot an employee within the Crook County Courthouse. Sheriff’s Office deputies apprehended county resident John Roscoe at his home thanks to a warning call from a member of...

 

COVID-19: county reactivates emergency response

Over the past week, Wyoming has chalked up more than 2000 new cases of COVID-19 – more than the state saw over the entire first four months of the pandemic. With cases rising so quickly, Crook County has reactivated its emergency operations center....

 

Gunshots unlikely to lead to charges

Residents of Sundance reported hearing a series of gunshots on the evening of Sunday, November 1, with no clear origin or reason. According to Police Chief Marty Noonan, the issue is still being investigated. The incident took place in the area of...

 

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