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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 21, 2019 

Johnson trial could see change of venue

Through “an abundance of caution”, defense attorney Don Fuller plans to file a motion for a change of venue in the trial of the State of Wyoming vs. Jessie Johnson. Fuller stated his intention during a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday afternoon...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 21, 2019 

Weathering the 'bomb cyclone'

A storm believed to have had the largest span in at least a decade rolled through Crook County on Wednesday, disrupting ordinary business and sending residents scurrying for home until the snow gave...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 21, 2019 

CenturyLink officially deregulated in rural zones

The County Commissioners have received official confirmation from the Public Service Commission that CenturyLink will be deregulated in rural zones of Wyoming. It was not unexpected, says County...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    Opinion    March 21, 2019 

This Side of the Pond

In case it escaped your notice, the internet turned 30 years old last week, an anniversary for which I should obviously take some credit on the basis that the man who invented it lives in my home...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 21, 2019 

State gears up for hemp

By Sarah Pridgeon Changes to Wyoming law have introduced a potential new crop to Wyoming. Producers will legally be able to grow industrial hemp, which is believed to have thousands of uses, once the Wyoming Department of Agriculture has finalized...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 21, 2019 

Washington woman sentenced for intent to deliver

A Washington woman has been given a deferred sentence on a charge of possession with intent to deliver after being pulled over for speeding near Colony last May with more than 50 pounds of marijuana h...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 14, 2019

County residents encouraged to complete broadband survey

The more local people who take a brief connectivity test, the more likely it is that Wyoming – and Crook County – will get a share of the pot when federal money comes available to improve broadband access in rural areas, said County Clerk Linda...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 14, 2019

Study may look for cause of Carlile water issues

The ball is now rolling on a water study that will investigate whether or not it is feasible to form a water district on the west side of Crook County with the ultimate goal of hooking on to Gillette’s Madison water system. The county...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 14, 2019

State revenue drop sends city hunting for savings

As the Legislature was not able to fulfill Governor Matt Mead’s promise of an extra $25 million for towns and counties, Mayor Paul Brooks has asked the Sundance City Council to take a different approach this go-around as budgeting season begins....

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 14, 2019

City explains Winterfest funding model

How exactly is the Sundance Winter Festival paid for? Council Member Jana McLean raised this question at last week’s meeting on behalf of several residents who had approached her. According to...

 

This Side of the Pond

They say that a pet will always end up resembling its owner and vice versa, but I have reason to hope this is just a myth. If it’s not, there’s no hope for me at all and I might as well just give...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 14, 2019

Council hears progress reports

Creating a utility to control natural gas in the Sundance area is a no-brainer, Mayor Paul Brooks told the council at Tuesday’s regular meeting, but the cost of a transmission line to get that gas to town is a different story. Another meeting to...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 14, 2019

Plans to bring well monitoring in-house scuppered

The City of Sundance has opted not to perform its own groundwater monitoring at the now-closed landfill site after finding that the process is more finicky than first thought. Public Works Director Mac Erickson researched the idea at the request of... Full story

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 7, 2019

Rare earth mine creeps ahead

Rare Element Resources (RER) has announced it will spend the first nine months of 2019 completing a pilot plant campaign to verify all the steps in its proprietary process of separating rare earth elements. Whether the Bear Lodge Project is revived...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 7, 2019

Lindholm: budget remains stable, for now

The 2019 Legislative Session was a successful one, says Representative Tyler Lindholm, but he feels Wyoming should stay wary of its future when it comes to state finances. The budget might balance for now, he explains, but it still depends on income...

 

This Side of the Pond

On my very first trip across the pond, I landed in New York City. Bleary-eyed, I staggered the unfamiliar streets in search of sustenance. That was when I stumbled across one of the best ideas...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 7, 2019

Governor signs new laws

The 2019 session of the Wyoming Legislature drew to a close in the early hours of Thursday morning, finalizing the list of bills that would be presented for Governor Mark Gordon’s signature. Some of the noteworthy changes to Wyoming’s law...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    School    March 7, 2019

Commissioner scholarship applications open

The county commissioners invite seniors of Crook County’s schools to apply for their annual scholarship program. Due April 20, applications are open to anyone who is either enrolled in a Wyoming college or set to enroll this year. The Crook County...

 

Smith verdict: Guilty

On the surveillance video, two men and a woman are seen arguing inside the Sundance Travel Center. There's pushing, shoving and slapping, tempers are boiling and the woman falls down several times bef...

 

Local names among state board appointments

Among the list of names submitted by Governor Mark Gordon to serve on the state’s many offices, boards and commissions in 2019 are four from Crook County who have been selected to serve again at the governor’s pleasure. Mike Easley, CEO of...

 

Governor signs new laws

As the 2019 Legislative Session draws to a close, Governor Mark Gordon held three formal signing ceremonies on Tuesday to sign a long list of bills into law that will impact life across Wyoming. These bills include new felony offenses, funding for a...

 

Smith trial gets underway

The trial of Marty Smith began this week for charges related to the death of local man Doug Haar last August. Smith was arrested on several felony charges following the suspected homicide, all of which were associated with her alleged role as an...

 

Good, cold fun

For the first time in its five-year history, the Sundance Winter Festival was not blessed with sunshine or unusually warm temperatures on Saturday. Of course, that did little to dampen the spirits of...

 

This Side of the Pond

Distressing news from back home this week: my elementary school has gone into administration. An independent school in a converted family home, Buckholme Towers was the place that taught me how to...

 

Original FFA banner donated to museum

The Crook County Museum took ownership of a special piece of local history last week as the Sundance FFA chapter delivered the original banner that commemorated their organization's founding many deca...

 

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