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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    February 25, 2021 

County clerk offers inside look at elections

In response to ongoing national suspicions about the integrity of America’s elections, County Clerk Linda Fritz is inviting all interested citizens to take a behind-the-scenes look at how elections...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    February 25, 2021 

Ammo manufacturer relocates to Sundance

An ammunition manufacturer that was originally founded in New Hampshire will soon be relocating to this area. Discreet Ballistics exclusively produces subsonic ammunition and aims to continue delivering its products nationwide from its new home in Su...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    February 25, 2021 

Weather causes blip in vaccine program

Wyoming has experienced a brief blip in its vaccine problem due to the weather issues across the nation over the last week. These issues have temporarily prevented some shipments of vaccine doses to reach the state. The Wyoming Department of Health... Full story

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    February 25, 2021 

Senators aim to protect Devils Tower name

A bill recently introduced in Congress would cement the name of Devils Tower National Monument in perpetuity. Senator Cynthia Lummis, who penned the bill with co-sponsorship from Senator John Barrasso, says her aim is to protect the monument from...

 

This Side of the Pond

It surprises me that a peculiarly British phenomenon has wedged its way into the news cycle here in the Midwest, as I personally would not have considered it news. I speak of an article that recently...

 

Smith wins appeal

The Wyoming Supreme Court has overturned the jury’s guilty verdict in Marty Smith’s conviction as an accomplice to the death of local man Doug Haar. Smith was sentenced to up to 18 years in jail on felony counts of accessory before the fact to in...

 

Wood shop burns in early morning fire

A wood shop near the center of Sundance caught fire in the early hours of Friday morning, leading to a total loss of the structure but no injuries to people or damage to surrounding buildings. The...

 

Cold snap breaks local records

The bitterly cold air that settled across this region for around ten days has led to a number of new record low temperatures, according to statistics released by the National Weather Service. This...

 

Legislature signals support for rare earths

As support grows for rare earth minerals on the national level, so too has the Wyoming Legislature signaled its desire to see the industry grow in this state. A bill signed into law last week aims to support efforts to expand rare earth mining in...

 

This Side of the Pond

There is scandal afoot in my homeland. For reasons best known to their mutual marketing teams, two British purveyors of breakfast foods are trying to promote a disastrous combination of flavors. Befor...

 

Health orders ease

Thanks to the improving situation across Wyoming, public health order changes that took effect this week have eased restrictions in several ways. This includes a loosening of pandemic-related rules for restaurants, gyms, indoor and outdoor events... Full story

 

Woman sentenced on possession charges

Sarah Lenchner of Illinois has been given a suspended sentence for a felony count of possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense after being arrested in the Moorcroft rest area in association with a stolen vehicle. On April 7,...

 

Suspended sentence for Gillette man charged with possession

Gage Vauthier of Gillette has been given a suspended sentence on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance after meth and marijuana were allegedly found in his vehicle after it crashed on the highway in Crook County. On May 4, 2020, a...

 

Deferred judgement for Denver man caught with marijuana

Ayub Kouri of Denver has been given a deferred judgement and order of probation on one felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. On September 7, a Sheriff’s Office deputy was patrolling Highway 585 when he recorded a vehicle traveling...

 

Emergency rental assistance program to roll out soon

The Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) has been instructed to make preparations for administering a new federal program that has distributed $25 billion throughout the nation for households unable to pay rent and utilities due to the pandemi...

 

County under severe drought conditions

Despite the recent influx of snow, drought conditions have been worsening across Crook County over the last month. The U.S. Drought Monitor has now placed the entire county under severe drought conditions. At the D2 level of the classification...

 

County passes on landfill district

A solid waste district is not on the cards as a means to solve the county’s issues with trash, but the commissioners are still willing to explore the available options. A committee is to be formed over the next month to more fully investigate what...

 

City revisits franchise fees

With budget cuts looming ever closer, the Sundance City Council is revisiting the idea of franchise agreements with utility companies that serve citizens within town limits. While these do already exist with certain companies, until now they have...

 

Aladdin Water District faces the axe

Convinced that members of the Aladdin Water District will not be organizing themselves properly any time soon, the county commissioners have taken the first step towards dissolving it. A hearing will take place at the beginning of March to make a...

 

County considers new rules for large parcels

County regulations provide guidance as to what a landowner may and may not do when it comes to such things as placement of mailboxes and cattleguards – but only if they own less than 35 acres....

 

City considers new water project

The City of Sundance is planning to pursue a new water project. Though the North Transmission Line has been sitting on the priority list for a while, the deteriorating condition of the current water line is becoming an ever-more-serious problem. The...

 

Pandemic continues to improve across Wyoming

An important milestone this week offered further evidence that Wyoming may have passed the worst of its winter wave of COVID-19. For the first time since the end of September, active cases fell below 1000 on Saturday. The decline has been ongoing...

 

Council pleased with law enforcement contract

A month after the Crook County Sheriff’s Office took on the enforcement of law within Sundance, the city council had no concerns or complaints to share with Sheriff Jeff Hodge at last week’s regular meeting. “The people I’ve talked to think...

 

Aladdin hall to get a makeover

The Aladdin Community Hall is set to receive a full makeover courtesy of the Aladdin Homemakers. The group has been maintaining the building for a while but, said Sheila Burggraff last week, it’s time for some major repairs and renovations....

 

Smart Capital funds still available to local businesses

Businesses that are in need of working capital to get started or expand but are having a hard time mustering the collateral for a loan can still take advantage of a program that Sundance helped pioneer almost a decade ago. Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz...

 

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