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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 14, 2021 

Kuhl resigns

A civil trial that was to consider the removal of Mary Kuhl from her position as Crook County Treasurer will no longer be necessary because her letter of resignation was accepted by the county commissioners on Friday. The trial was set to begin on...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 14, 2021 

RER confirms it's going ahead with Upton demo plant

Rare Element Resources (RER) has finally received the $21.9 million funding promised by the U.S. Department of Energy. The company announced last week that its next goal is to construct a demonstration plant in Upton that will process and separate...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 14, 2021 

Ongoing topics occupy council

Two topics are still generating interest for the Sundance City Council: a proposed change to the noon siren and the implication of the recent U.S. Census that the city has lost around 150 citizens over the last ten years. The first came up during...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 14, 2021 

Council asked for exceptions to zoning code

Should the city grant variances on its zoning code for specific requests from citizens? The Sundance City Council had three opportunities to consider this question at last week’s meeting, and the answer was different for each unique circumstance....

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 14, 2021 

Oneok reclamation efforts continue

Addressing concern from local landowners whose property now houses part of the Elk Creek Pipeline, representatives from Oneok last week spoke with the county commissioners to explain that the restoration project is far from complete. The aim, they...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 14, 2021 

Revitalization meetings delayed

The meetings, tours and opportunities for public comment that were expected to take place this week as part of the Revitalization Roadmap and Development program have been postponed until the middle of November. At that time, says Andy Miller of the...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 14, 2021 

Oil company asks for tax relief

A local oil company approached the county commissioners last week to ask for relief on the interest associated with their tax bills for the last three years. Understanding the difficulties companies like Ranch Oil have faced due to prices over the...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 14, 2021 

WYO HELP reaches $150,000 in local rental assistance

Since she began helping locals in need seek assistance back in May, Elise Hanslip of WYO HELP says she has managed to secure around $150,000 in rental support for Crook County residents alone. Hanslip visited the Sundance City Council last week to...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 14, 2021 

Black Hills attract attention of wind developer

A wind developer is looking at the Black Hills National Forest as a possible location for a wind farm that would be large enough to supply the City of Chicago. The project is in its early exploratory phase and where exactly the towers would be... Full story

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 7, 2021

Setting boundaries

Representatives from the northeast of Wyoming met on Thursday to address redistricting in Crook, Weston and Campbell counties. This process will redefine the boundaries of each voting district across...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 7, 2021

Hospital district distances itself from foundation

Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has dropped the idea of occupying the new Hulett clinic without, at this time, attempting to intervene in the Crook County Medical Foundation’s (CCMF) plans to rent it to a competing company. At last...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 7, 2021

CCMSD on edge over vaccine mandates

Crook County Medical Services District is starting to see difficulties with staffing on the horizon. CEO Micki Lyons last week shared her concerns over the impending federal vaccine mandate with the board of trustees. The announcement from President...

 

This Side of the Pond

One of the more common stereotypes about the British is that we have a tendency to be snobbish. I would argue that most of us aren’t, but I’m not going to deny there is a certain sector of...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 7, 2021

Public input requested for Sundance Revitalization Roadmap

Sundance is one of five communities in Wyoming to be chosen for a Wyoming Business Council grant to take part in the Revitalization Roadmap program. The grant pays for the services of Ben Levenger with Downtown Redevelopment, with the overall idea...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    October 7, 2021

Local positivity rate begins to drop

The rate of COVID-19 tests coming back with a positive result is slowly dropping in Crook County, which is good news for Crook County Memorial Hospital. Last week, according to Micki Lyons, CEO, the positivity rate had decreased to 17% from a...

 

Campbell County Health to rent Hulett clinic

oundation (CCMF) has announced that its new clinic in Hulett, the Red Bluffs Medical Facility, will soon open for business under the leadership of Campbell County Health (CCH), with a projected...

 

Kuhl objects to new charges

County Treasurer Mary Kuhl has objected to new charges filed against her in the civil case that seeks her removal from office, complaining in a response filed with District Court that it’s unfair to add new information so close to the date of her...

 

Hospitals struggle as death toll rises

While hospitals across the region continue to struggle with the number of COVID-19 patients needing medical attention, the first local deaths in many months have now officially been reported by the state. Meanwhile, after several weeks of verging on...

 

Driest year on record for Crook County

This year is now officially listed as the county’s driest in 127 years of monitoring, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). The county is said to have received an estimated 5.82 fewer inches of precipitation than...

 

This Side of the Pond

Spare a thought for my homeland this week, which is quickly running out of… well, everything. From chicken wings to home heating, my countrymen are lacking in even the most basic of commodities...

 

Boosters available – but only for some

The COVID-19 vaccine booster shot program is underway and an additional shot is currently being offered to those who fit within a specific set of age, health or profession criteria. However, boosters are only available at this time for those who...

 

Devils Tower sees record-breaking visitation

Full campsites, busy roads and record visitation at some of Wyoming’s most popular spectacles, including Yellowstone – it’s been quite the summer for tourism. The latest figures from the National Park Service show that Devils Tower National...

 

Kuhl suspended

Governor Mark Gordon has suspended Mary Kuhl from her position as Crook County Treasurer in an order filed with the county on Thursday. Meanwhile, an amended version of the verified petition for her removal has been filed by the Attorney General’s...

 

New rec group seeks community input

A new collaborative covering the northeast of Wyoming is offering the whole community an opportunity to get involved in the future of outdoor recreation in this area. Pioneered at the state level but comprised of local stakeholders, the... Full story

 

Bank president warns of knock-on effects from IRS overhaul

President Joe Biden last week thanked the U.S. House of Representatives for continuing its work to advance his economic plan, which includes new ways to ensure the super-rich are less able to evade paying taxes. However, Andy Miller, President of...

 

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