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 By Sarah Pridgeon    Sports    July 7, 2022 

WJRA rodeo this weekend

Head on over to the fairgrounds this weekend for the Wyoming Junior Rodeo Association (WJRA) Sundance rodeo, an opportunity for kids to test their skills in the sport. Starting at 10 a.m. on June 9 and 9 a.m. on June 10, the rodeo will include all...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 7, 2022 

"Team Keona" places in NADAC dog trials

Any dog can compete in a North American Dog Agility Council trial, but it takes a special team of canine and handler to come home with a winning ribbon. 15-year-old Karen Ulmer and her four-year-old...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    Sports    July 7, 2022 

Fight night

Boxing was never meant to become a passion. Orla Rose Davis took up the sport for the health benefits – the increased confidence, the body toning, the self-defense. She chose it through curiosity, and because she happened to be living with an...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 7, 2022 

Vacation Bible School starts next week

The United Methodist Church will be presenting its annual Summer Vacation Bible School next week for kids between the ages of three and sixth grade. The theme this year is: “Monumental: Celebrating God’s Love” and the church promises a...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 7, 2022 

Sentence imposed for marijuana smuggler who broke probation terms

A Washington man who was given a deferred sentence in 2016 after being caught smuggling marijuana through Crook County has appeared in court again after being accused of breaking the terms of his probation. Evan Rice has now been given a suspended...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 7, 2022 

Nebraska man charged with felony DUI

A Nebraska man has been charged with a felony count of driving while under the influence after being stopped by law enforcement on the interstate for driving over the posted speed limit. On June 23, B...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 7, 2022 

CDC ups response to monkeypox outbreak

Several surrounding states have now joined the list of locations where the 2022 outbreak of monkeypox has been detected, including Nebraska, Colorado and Utah. While Wyoming still remains free of the disease, the Centers for Disease Control wants to...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    Opinion    July 7, 2022 

This Side of the Pond

Quick, off the top of your head: what edible item are you least likely to include in your dinner plans tonight? If your answer was “stinging nettles”, I’m afraid you’re not going to be much...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    July 7, 2022 

Comment period open on local government ARPA grant rules

Many a government agency in Wyoming has mused on whether it will be possibility to access American Rescue Plan Act funding to support needed infrastructure projects, and it seems they will soon have their answer. The State Lands and Investments...


Full summer ahead for Cook Lake

Landslide dangers and necessary construction have hindered use of Cook Lake Recreation Area in recent seasons – but not this year. According to Mike Gosse, District Ranger, the popular site will be offering a full set of amenities over the coming...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 30, 2022

Drought declared over

The rain might have interrupted a few early-summer barbecues around the area, and many a vehicle and siding panel could have done without the hail, but Crook County has officially been raised out of drought conditions thanks to all the recent...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 30, 2022

Passing the book

You don't need to be quiet in the library. You're allowed to talk, and laugh, and enjoy yourself. The cliché of the stern librarian with a finger to her lips, hair pulled back in a bun and a cross lo...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 30, 2022

CCMSD financials given clean bill of health

Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) was given a relatively clean audit report last week, courtesy of Scott Nelson of Eide Bailly of Montana. Only two issues were noted in the report, neither of which came as a surprise. Both, said Nelson,...


This Side of the Pond

The scientists of my alma mater solved a bird-based mystery last week, but the solution was not nearly as bizarre as it first seemed. The head-scratcher involved an oystercatcher that seemed to be...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 30, 2022

Pandemic still active in county

The COVID-19 pandemic may have been on the down-low over the last few months, but it certainly isn’t gone. According to CEO Micki Lyons of the Crook County Medical Services District, the virus is still cropping up in the local community....

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 23, 2022

Jones appointed County Clerk

At a special meeting last week, the commissioners appointed Melissa Jones as the new Crook County Clerk. The commission followed the statutory rules governing the appointment of a replacement for an elected official who resigns their position before...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 23, 2022

Lighting up the holiday

Watch the sky light up this July 4 at the annual Devils Tower celebration of Independence Day, a full day of activities that raises money for local EMS and firefighters, or head over to the annual...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 23, 2022

New laws to go into effect

New Wyoming laws that will impact residents of northeast Wyoming are set to become official in a couple of weeks. During the Legislative Budget Session earlier this year, numerous bills were passed with an effective date of July 1. HEA-23 allows...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 23, 2022

Man arrested for intent to deliver during Hulett Rodeo traffic stops

A Casper man was arrested for possession with intent to deliver during routine traffic control for the Hulett Rodeo parade. At around 10 a.m. on June 11, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy was... Full story

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 23, 2022

Wyoming Supreme Court remands DUI conviction

The Wyoming Supreme Court has remanded a driving under the influence conviction against Nancy Hawken back to the Sixth Judicial District Court after she successfully argued on appeal that the Wyoming...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 23, 2022

Backyard poultry linked to salmonella outbreak

Backyard poultry is believed to be the cause of an outbreak of salmonella that has spread to 38 states, including Wyoming. The outbreak has so far caused around 219 illnesses, 27 hospitalizations and one death. At least four infections have been...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 23, 2022

Missing person rescued after ATV crash

A missing person was successfully found and rescued after two members of the public spotted their ATV upturned in a ravine beside Old Sundance Road. On June 9, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a report of a person missing from...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 16, 2022

Zoning plans put on the backburner

Can Crook County control its own future without zoning? This question has been troubling the Crook County Commissioners, who dedicated time on Wednesday for further discussion on the problem of large-acre parcels and subdivisions cropping up with...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 16, 2022

Commission focuses on EMS sustainability

Calling 911 doesn’t guarantee that an ambulance will be sent to your aid. At least, it’s not a guarantee in Wyoming, because emergency medical services are not considered essential. This is...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 16, 2022

Council gives go-ahead for fireworks

It’s looking like a green start to the summer, said Mayor Paul Brooks as the Sundance City Council approved the use of fireworks for this year’s July 4 celebrations. Brooks noted that Fire Chief Gari Gill has agreed to keep an eye on conditions...


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