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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 9, 2020 

PRECorp rate case set for public hearing

Powder River Energy’s (PRECORP) bid to adjust its rates this year has been scheduled for a public hearing this month. The cooperative proposed the increase to the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) at the tail end of 2019 in an effort to...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 9, 2020 

Fire season has arrived

Fire restrictions are now in place across Crook County. According to Fire Warden Doug Leis, not only are conditions primed for a severe fire season in this area, we’ve already seen a number of incidents. “Over the last week, we’ve been...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 9, 2020 

Twisted evening

Information regarding the tornado that touched down in Crook County on Monday evening makes it difficult for the National Weather Service to pin down exactly where it traveled, according to Susan...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 9, 2020 

New voting machines tested ahead of absentee voting

County Clerk Linda Fritz led a demonstration of the county’s new voting equipment last week for party leaders on both sides. Randy Leinen, Democratic Party, and Chip Neiman and Roger Connett, Republ...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 9, 2020 

Six lbs. of marijuana found during traffic stop

Three Minnesota residents face felony charges in Crook County related to a large amount of marijuana that was allegedly found in their vehicle when they were pulled over during a traffic stop. On June 22 at around 1:50 p.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 9, 2020 

Sundance man charged with child abuse and aggravated assault

Sundance resident Josh Idler faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges related to an allegedly ongoing situation of verbal and physical abuse that culminated in an incident where he pulled a handgun on a victim. On June 24, Sundance Police...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 9, 2020 

County businesses take advantage of stipend programs

A total of 48 small business owners in Crook County have taken advantage of the state’s COVID-19 Business Relief Interruption fund. The fund is part of a suite of stipend programs that made use of CARES Act money to assist Wyoming’s businesses...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    Opinion    July 9, 2020 

This Side of the Pond

When I took my husband on a sight-seeing trip of the place where I was born, it was understandable that he’d want to see Stonehenge. It tops every list of world class heritage sites and wonders of t...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    School    July 9, 2020 

Back to school

Wyoming’s schools will be taking a tiered approach to reopening for the fall semester, said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow last week. The work done by an education task force to ensure that schools can open safely despite the...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 2, 2020

Storms cause widespread outages

The week began with heavy storms across the region, strong enough to cause power outages throughout northeast Wyoming. On Sunday afternoon, severe thunderstorms hit Crook, Campbell and Weston Counties, causing around 4100 members of the Powder River...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 2, 2020

Long term care allows visitation

With the blessing of the state, family members will once again be able to visit their loved ones at the long term care facility within Crook County Memorial Hospital. However, those who would like to...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 2, 2020

CARES Act funding in question

Whether CARES Act funding can be used to fund a new hospital and clinic in Crook County has been thrown into question. According to representatives from Crook County Medical Services District, it is now believed that the $1.25 billion directed to Wyo...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 2, 2020

Sioux Falls man leads I-90 chase

A Sioux Falls man previously convicted of a fourth count of driving while under the influence in Crook County led local law enforcement on a high speed chase on Friday. According to an incident report from Crook County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 2, 2020

Current COVID-19 restrictions stay in place

The process of easing the restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Wyoming has come to a temporary halt as the coronavirus shows signs of more rapid spread. Governor Mark Gordon announced on Monday that the health orders currently in... Full story

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 2, 2020

CCMSD sticks to 3% salary increases

In the light of budget difficulties at all government levels in Wyoming, Trustee Sandy Neiman last week questioned whether it’s a good idea to pursue a 3% wage increase this year for employees of Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD). It w...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 2, 2020

Changing hands

After researching the issue, Kara Ellsbury, attorney for the board of trustees, announced on Thursday that it does appear to be legally possible for the City of Sundance to hand over its three ambulances to Crook County Medical Services District as a...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 2, 2020

CCMSD engages mentor for new financial officer

Now Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) no longer employs the services of a management company, certain tasks will need to be performed internally. Among these are the duties of a chief financial officer CFO, a position that financial...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 2, 2020

Highway crash leads to drug arrests

Gage Vauthier of Gillette and Carylynn Henderson of Newcastle face possession of a controlled substance charges after meth and marijuana were allegedly found when they crashed on the highway in Crook County. On May 4, a Wyoming Highway Patrol...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    Opinion    July 2, 2020

This Side of the Pond

I don’t necessarily want to hear movie stars sing me a song of solidarity in times of trouble, or take life advice from pop idols who have long since lost touch with reality, but I do believe fame p...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    School    June 25, 2020

Schools plan for fall opening

Students will be returning to their school buildings this fall, says Superintendent Mark Broderson. To make that happen, employees from every department are working on a framework to keep kids safe...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 25, 2020

Management company sues CCMSD

The management company that Crook County Medical Services (CCMSD) fired earlier this year is suing the district for damages. Health Management Services (HMS) claims it was given 120 days of notice as per its contract, but was then “inexplicably...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 25, 2020

State sees growing impact from COVID-19 hotspots

Crook County has only seen one new case of COVID-19 over the last week, bringing the local total to seven – a far cry from the hotspot on the opposite side of the state. In Uinta County, an outbreak linked to Memorial Day gatherings has seen a...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 25, 2020

Burn restrictions incoming

A partial burn ban is set to go into effect on July 5, imposing caution on county residents as the summer kicks into full swing and the danger of wildfire increases. Anticipating a potentially severe...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 25, 2020

Commission hangs up on CenturyLink discussions

It’s been over a year since the county commissioners heard confirmation that the Public Service Commission (PSC) had deregulated CenturyLink in rural zones of Wyoming in return for a subsidy program for customers experiencing service issues. Local...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 25, 2020

County declares a Second Amendment sanctuary

Crook County was declared a Second Amendment Sanctuary last week on the passing of a symbolic resolution by the county commissioners. Resolution 2020-19 recognizes that the Constitution of the United States of America states, “The right of...


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