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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 14, 2019 

Local business penalized for tax exemption error

The county commissioners have refunded a civil penalty to a business owner who was inaccurately advised by the Crook County Treasurer’s Office that her vehicles were tax exempt. The decision was made despite legal advice from County Attorney Joe...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 14, 2019 

Shooting nuisance tabled for due process

Consideration of a complaint over an alleged shooting nuisance in the Sundance Canyon Ranch subdivision will be delayed until December because the accused was not present at last week’s meeting of the county commissioners. On the advice of County...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 14, 2019 

Moskee acquisition nears public comment period

A state land acquisition that would return part of the Moskee to public ownership may finally be coming to fruition. Originally given the blessing of the State Board of Land Commissioners more than three years ago, the 4714-acres of scenic canyon...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 14, 2019 

City unsure about future of ambulances

The question of whether or not the City of Sundance should be in “the ambulance business” was once again discussed at last week’s regular meeting of the council. The issue has been raised several times in anticipation of the need to either...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 14, 2019 

Sixth Judicial District seeks to secure new judge

Crook County’s three District Court judges are doing the work of four people, according to the latest workload assessment from the Wyoming Supreme Court. One of those three, Honorable Michael N. Deegan, updated the county commissioners last week...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 14, 2019 

Council discusses nuisance determinations

How do you determine when there’s a nuisance within the city? Council Member Jana McLean asked this question at last week’s meeting of the Sundance City Council with the hope of making sure that the city is treating every resident fairly. It...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 14, 2019 

Council views new pre-annexation agreement

At last week’s regular meeting, the Sundance City Council heard that City Attorney Mark Hughes has prepared a new pre-annexation agreement for developments on the edges of town. However, he said, he is unsure as the legality of using them....

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 14, 2019 

City considers six percent utility rate increase

The annual conversation about utility rates took a different turn this year when it transpired that the end of the Specific Purpose Option Tax (SPOT) means the Sundance City Council will be obliged to consider a six percent rate increase across the...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    November 14, 2019 

PreCORP deploys tech upgrades

Deployment of new auto metering infrastructure is in full swing for customers of Powder River Energy, reported Troy Bifulco to the county commissioners last week. The new technology will change how the cooperative reads meters and allow PreCORP to...

 

This Side of the Pond

Well here’s a thing I wasn’t expecting to say: the mystery of the yeti has been solved. The answer is not disappointing, either, because it turns out there really have been yetis wandering the...

 

Ranch to cafeteria

The popular “farm to table” concept urges us to eat more of the foods that are grown and raised on our doorsteps. Local kids experienced exactly that luxury on Wednesday, although it probably...

 

Hospital board split over Hulett clinic plans

Questions were raised over the viability of plans to build a new clinic in Hulett at last week’s meeting of the Crook County Medical Services District Board of Trustees. Split opinions caused disagreements on the need for a new clinic and the...

 

Community invited to SHS Veteran's Day concert

The Sundance High School band and choir will be hosting a program of music and poetry on Veteran’s Day and the community is invited to attend in honor of our local veterans. “We would love to see the community, and especially the veterans, in...

 

School district focuses on climate and culture

Students, parents and teachers were recently asked to complete a survey looking at the climate and culture within Crook County School District. Not only was this an opportunity to find problem areas, says Superintendent Mark Broderson, it was part...

 

How important is local spending? Let's find out…

The Christmas season sees more gifts bought than any other, but how much of that spending is happening in our local stores? Sundance State Bank and the Sundance Times are jointly launching a challenge this year that will aim to visibly demonstrate...

 

This Side of the Pond

Contrary to the stereotype of a young British girl, I did not grow up wanting to be a princess. I imagined it would be a dull existence unsuited to my life ambitions. It would be a different story if...

 

Hulett woman charged with assault with a deadly weapon

Michelle Hunt has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly attacking another Hulett resident with a 2x6 piece of lumber. On October 18, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office sergeant and deputy responded to reports of a domestic...

 

Document fraud charges dropped to allow deportation

A Mexican native was charged earlier this month with identification fraud after the vehicle he was traveling in was pulled over for speeding on I-90. However, as Cristian Velasco-Gomez was found to be in the United States unlawfully, the charges...

 

Tricks and treats

The brave and the ghoulish headed to the elementary school on Saturday to celebrate the scariest of seasons. Kid Prints hosted their second Halloween Carnival in the gymnasium to give the kids a...

 

CCMSD trustees spar over executive session

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, a trustee for Crook County Medical Services District called into question the protocol followed when the Board of Trustees conducted an executive session earlier this month, leading to a brief but heated debate....

 

Dam near done

Despite the best efforts of Mother Nature, ongoing work to upgrade the dam at Cook Lake Recreation Area is heading towards completion. Though the weather this year has been particularly irksome for...

 

Closing, but just for a bit

Something’s missing from the sidewalk along 3rd Street this week: the sign that once drew attention to the 1875 Gallery. The building now awaits new occupants, having been emptied of its artistic contents, which will remain in storage awaiting...

 

Gillette man facing possession charges

Gillette man Cody Shuck faces possession charges after he was spotted acting suspiciously near a Crook County bentonite pit. A Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a report of a suspicious person on Wagener Road on October 8. The reporting par...

 

This Side of the Pond

As costumes go, it was remarkably close to the real thing. On my eighth Halloween as a human being, I marched into the school gym wearing a homemade version of Jack Pumpkinhead from Return to Oz. To...

 

Teen grief group launches next week

A grief group launches next week specifically for Crook County’s teens, offering a confidential environment in which bereaved young people can learn to work through loss in a constructive way. The teenage years bring their own set of challenges...

 

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