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Mayor, council sworn in

The Sundance City Council began the year with an open seat to fill, which was achieved through a council appointment. After Callie Hilty was selected for the position, she was sworn in to serve the...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 10, 2019 

City looks to assist stranded seniors

Seniors in Sundance are already facing the prospect of a winter trapped in their homes, but an idea from the city council may be able to dig them out of the hole. Council Member Jana McLean, whose day job is Director of Crook County Senior Services,...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 10, 2019 

County hears audit results

The annual audit returned the usual finding this year that there is an issue with separation of duties within Crook County’s boards. This “significant deficiency”, said auditor Paul Stille of Leo Riley & Associates, comes down to the small...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 10, 2019 

City considers options for new telecom rules

City Attorney Mark Hughes handed the Sundance Council a lengthy sample ordinance at Wednesday’s meeting that would give the city some control over a new rule that could allow cell phone companies to place equipment in public rights-of-way. “The...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 10, 2019 

No bids for food pantry building

By Sarah Pridgeon After the Sundance Food Pantry vacated the city-owned building that had housed it for several years, the council decided it was finally time to get rid of it. Unfortunately, reported Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz last week, there was...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 10, 2019 

Out with the old

Keen to take up the offer of an old water tank that the Town of Pine Haven was in the process of replacing, the Sundance City Council directed city engineers Trihydro to gather some cost estimates. Unfortunately, reports Karla Greaser of Trihydro,...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 10, 2019 

Debris pit permit not expected till fall

The Sundance City Council is now expecting that the timeline to obtain a permit for a new construction and debris pit will stretch into the fall. “Working through the permitting schedule and my experience with the Department of Environmental... Full story

 

This Side of the Pond

Once upon a time, before it became normal to eat a miniscule bag of pretzels while staring down at a cloud, we had no other option but to go about our business via sea. Coming from a maritime town, I know as well as anyone that our relationship with...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 3, 2019

Chamber of Commerce elects new officers

After a successful Christmas season, the Sundance Chamber of Commerce will begin the year with fresh faces and new challenges. Leading the charge into 2019 will be new president Sheryl Klocker. “I’m really glad they asked me, I wasn’t ready to...

 

Federal shutdown has local impacts

With the federal government frozen in place until a funding deal can be reached, national parks and Forest Service sites across Wyoming have been impacted. A partial federal government shutdown was...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 3, 2019

2019: A Look Forward

What goals have our local governments and entities set for themselves over the coming months? Where might we be when 2019 draws to a close? In this issue, we’ll be taking a look forward to the projects, plans and objectives that our county has in...

 

This Side of the Pond

When I told my husband the other day that I was thinking of renaming the cat “Widow Twankey” because she always seems to be behind me no matter how many times I turn around, I wasn’t expecting quite the confusion I was met with. It seems, even...

 

CCMSD leads state in patient feedback

For a hospital that doesn’t like to submit for awards and accolades, believing that it takes away from the more important goal of caring for patients, there’s a certain irony in the news that Crook County Medical Services District is now leading...

 

This Side of the Pond

The international news may seem filled with doom and gloom, but that’s not always the case around Christmas. One of my favorite things about the season is watching the kindness and generosity – and, of course, having the occasional giggle at...

 

The Year in Review

January As the year began, locals who had hoped for Sundance to become the next big source of rare earth minerals were pleased to hear that Rare Element Resources was aiming to restart the permitting process for its planned mine in the Bear Lodge...

 

This Side of the Pond - Dec. 20

If there’s one thing we Brits excel at, it’s the passive aggressive response. One could argue that pinning us down can be frustrating because we dance so delicately around every subject, but you can’t deny that, every so often, the results are...

 

No solution yet for FEMA debt

Public’s right to inspect public records without charge upheld Alexis Barker Newcastle News Letter Journal Via Wyoming News Exchange The State Lands and Investments Board was unable to throw Sundance the lifeline it was hoping for last week. The bo...

 

Hospital unveils revamp

Crook County Memorial Hospital unveiled a sizeable upgrade to the old operating room and obstetrics area this week, transforming storage areas and rooms that have looked the same since the 1960s into...

 

Crow Creek Cemetery to be fenced and protected

The Society of Black Hills Pioneers has turned its focus to the protection of another old cemetery that is known to house Crook County residents and is looking for help from this community to identify who exactly is buried there. The Crow Creek Cemet...

 

Sixth DUI charge for Moorcroft man

Ryan Petersen of Moorcroft has been charged with a sixth offense of driving while under the influence of alcohol after law enforcement allegedly observed him driving erratically on the highway. On December 8 at around 11:12 p.m., a Highway Patrol...

 

Madison water dispute cools

For over a year, the David-versus-Goliath tale of a small group of landowners represented by Senator Ogden Driskill going up against the formidable City of Gillette has dragged on. The Carlile-area la...

 

City rate increases pass on split vote

In a rare display of dissent in the Sundance council chambers, a split vote last week saw Mayor Paul Brooks cast the tie-breaker to pass a four percent rate increase on utilities. Council Member Joe Wilson, supported by Council Member Jana McLean,...

 

This Side of the Pond

Our home is under siege, defenses have been eroded, damage has been done and its occupants are living in terror. All of which wouldn’t be too much of an embarrassment if it weren’t that our attackers are three inches long. We have mice, for the...

 

WYDOT introduces new "yes" policy

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has always made a point to share the details of upcoming construction, Director Bill Panos told the county commissioners last week, but less tends to be said about the other duties of the department. Road...

 

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