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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 22, 2021 

County treasurer arrested

County Treasurer Mary Kuhl was arrested on Friday afternoon on a felony charge of unauthorized use of monies, a felony punishable by up to two years' imprisonment, a $5000 fine or both. Kuhl has also...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 22, 2021 

National fire preparedness hits highest level

The national fire preparedness level has this week been upgraded to a level five – the highest level of wildland fire activity on the National Interagency Fire Center’s scale. At this level, several geographic areas across the nation are experien...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 22, 2021 

Show ring gets a makeover

Just in time to welcome the kids and their animals, the Crook County fairgrounds are ready to unveil a new look. The renovation includes a new show ring and tie-outs to replace the barns that were...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 22, 2021 

Drought conditions continue to worsen

Occasional downpours may have punctuated the last couple of weeks, but Crook County is not out of the woods when it comes to drought. In fact, the situation has continued to worsen, with approximately one third of the county now listed as under...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 22, 2021 

Delta variant detected in county

A case of COVID-19 involving the Delta variant has now been officially recorded in Crook County during a time when the number of new infections within this community remains steady, but still relatively low. The Delta variant appears to still be...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 22, 2021 

California men arrested on drug possession charges

Two California men face felony charges related to possession of THC, marijuana and meth after their van was searched following a traffic stop and a wide range of controlled substances were discovered scattered throughout the vehicle. On July 10, a...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 22, 2021 

County woman sent to prison for fifth DUI

Crook County resident Nancy Hawken has been sentenced to between five and seven years for a felony charge of driving while under the influence, fifth offense, after her vehicle was found in a ditch. On the evening of December 15, 2020, a Wyoming High...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    Opinion    July 22, 2021 

This Side of the Pond

Just when you think you’ve finally got a handle on the wildlife of Wyoming, along comes a critter determined to prove you wrong. As I grabbed my purse and water bottle on Monday morning and...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 22, 2021 

Are you owed $18,000?

Someone in Crook County is owed more than $18,000. Someone else recently found out they were entitled to almost $8000. Though the State Treasurer’s Office Unclaimed Property Division paid out a record $7.4 million in unclaimed property over the...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 22, 2021 

PRECorp sponsors free concert

Three siblings who grew up on a buffalo ranch near Reva, South Dakota will be bringing their country, pop and rock band to Sundance in a couple of weeks. Zeona Road will entertain the community in a free concert at Sundance Square on August 6 from 5...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 22, 2021 

Rental assistance available

WYO HELP is calling for renters in Crook County who experienced financial hardship during the pandemic to make use of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The program was created to help those who have been struggling to make rent, utility...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 15, 2021

City plans for busy Rally week

Early estimates suggest that this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally could be a big one, with South Dakota authorities reportedly planning for up to a million visitors across the week. With that in mind, the Sundance City Council spoke with Sheriff...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 15, 2021

Visitation high on National Forest

The Black Hills National Forest is a popular place to be this summer, according to District Ranger Mike Gosse. Unleashed for the summer vacation, visitors are flocking to the various campsites and recreation areas on the Forest across this county....

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 15, 2021

KOA event raises $20,000 for emergency service

Three quarters of the money that was raised during the Devils Tower KOA fundraiser on Independence Day will be going towards the county’s firefighters. The remaining money, Ogden Driskill told the county commissioners last week, will be donated to...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 15, 2021

Zoning ordinance heads for third reading

Heading for its third and final reading at next month’s meeting of the Sundance City Council, an ordinance that bans shipping containers in the residential district and advertising signs anywhere...

 

City plans volunteer group to clean creek

At the suggestion of a concerned resident, the City of Sundance is looking into the possibility of putting together a group of volunteers to clear out the creek as it flows towards Sundance Pond. The creek is in need of attention because the water...

 

Bike trail to be extended out of Sundance White Ranch Park

The City of Sundance has granted permission for the bike trail through Sundance White Ranch Park to be extended across city property. The trail, which was created by the Sundance Chain Gang, is...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 15, 2021

Relief funds arrive early

A budget amendment was a necessary element of housekeeping for the Sundance City Council last week after the first installment of the city’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds arrived a little earlier than expected. The city had been expecting to rec...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 15, 2021

E-cycling event coming again soon

Not sure how to get rid of your old television or laptop? Concerned about discarding your old devices because they still contain private data? For the last few years, Crook County Natural Resource District has helped the community solve these...

 

This Side of the Pond

To support England’s national soccer team has always been a harrowing commitment to stress, dashed hopes and heartbreak, over and over again…but not any more. On Sunday, we came a single kick...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 8, 2021

Lightning plagues county with nonstop fires

There’s been barely a pause so far in this year’s fire season. According to Fire Warden Doug Leis, some days have seen several incidents in quick succession – and it doesn’t look like the weather will be letting up any time soon. “It’s...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 8, 2021

Fair week events begin next weekend

Consider yourself a white hat? This year’s Crook County Fair invites you to test out your skills by “unmasking the outlaws, bandits and thieves and stealing the show” from July 24 to 31. Visitors and exhibitors alike can expect all the usual...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 8, 2021

County budget better than expected

Despite ongoing financial concerns at the state level, the fiscal year of 2021 doesn’t look like it’s going to be too painful for Crook County. Thanks to some conservative budgeting from the individual departments, says County Clerk Linda Fritz,...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 8, 2021

Salmonella outbreak continues to spread

The number of cases linked to an outbreak of salmonella caused by backyard poultry has continued to grow and has now been found in 46 states, including Wyoming, according to the Centers for Disease Control. With the addition of another 311 cases,...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 8, 2021

Cheney joins committee to investigate U.S. Capitol attack

U.S. Representative Liz Cheney said late last week that she is honored to have been named to serve on the House select committee to investigate what occurred during the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol. “Congress is obligated to...

 

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