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This Side of the Pond

The Casper Star Tribune published a lovely article last week about a 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex called Lee – the only T. rex skeleton found in this state that will be staying in Wyoming...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Mayor commends law enforcement for "gotcha" exercise response

Calling it the “great post office stand-off,” Mayor Paul Brooks commended the Crook County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday for its handling of the “gotcha” exercise in which two men came to town claiming to be “First Amendment auditors....

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 3, 2021

Smith reaches plea agreement

Marty Smith has changed her plea to “no contest” on charges that she was an accessory to the death of local man Doug Haar and will appear in District Court next month for a sentencing hearing with Judge Thomas W. Rumpke. Smith was found guilty...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 3, 2021

District resubmits offer for Hulett clinic

The hospital district and foundation appear to have come to a tentative agreement regarding the future of the new Hulett clinic. With the sticking point of who will ultimately own the building solved, the Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 3, 2021

Senior Services launches support program for dementia carers

In association with a statewide program called Wyoming Dementia Together, caregivers to people who are suffering from dementia have the opportunity through Crook County Senior Services (CCSS) to become part of an inclusive community for support and...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 3, 2021

Tornadoes touch down in southern Black Hills

Citizens in and around Sundance received an alert on May 23 that a tornado watch would be in effect for the majority of the afternoon and early evening. Fortunately, no tornadoes have been reported during that timeframe within Crook County. Over the...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 3, 2021

Wyoming sees small uptick in COVID-19 cases

Wyoming appears to be experiencing a mild resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with more hospitalizations recorded last week than the state has seen since January, as well as six new deaths. In Crook County, a long period of very low case numbers has come t... Full story

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 27, 2021

Old Stoney hosting annual art auction

Another opportunity to own a locally created piece of art and support your local cultural center at the same time is just around the corner. The annual Old Stoney Art Auction is scheduled for June 5, and this year it will be taking place inside the h...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 27, 2021

Hospital district considers budget options

The board of trustees is currently considering two very different proposed budgets for Crook County Medical Services District’s next fiscal year. One includes the cost of renting the new Hulett Clinic, while the other does not. Both versions of...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 27, 2021

"Gotcha" exercise creates internet stir

Two self-proclaimed “First Amendment auditors” came to Sundance last week on a mission to “prove” that local law enforcement goes beyond its remit and encroaches upon citizens’ right to freedom of speech. After the resulting video was...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 27, 2021

Rain arrives but drought persists

The rains of spring have arrived, bringing several days of overcast weather and a significant green-up to the Sundance area. But contrary to how things may appear, the U.S. Drought Monitor has yet to lift the warnings of severe drought in Crook...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 27, 2021

Don't snuggle your chickens, says CDC

An outbreak of salmonella infections has so far caused illness in 43 states, including Wyoming. The infections have been linked to backyard poultry and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are urging the public to take extra care when handling chick...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 27, 2021

Reduced charges for Sundance resident following altercation with a juvenile

Sundance resident Chauncey Jenerou has been sentenced in Circuit Court after felony charges of child abuse were reduced to misdemeanors. On December 18, a Sheriff’s Office Deputy was asked to investigate reports of a juvenile who claimed Jenerou...


White Ranch Park preps to open

George and Betty White always wanted to leave a legacy for their community. This Memorial Day weekend, the foundation that has worked for more than a decade to fulfill their vision invites you to...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 20, 2021

Lawsuit against county health officer dismissed

A lawsuit against county health officers across Wyoming, including Crook County’s Dr. James Larson, has been dismissed by the Fourth Judicial District Court. Filed by a group of individual petitioners, the suit alleged that officials caused harm...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 20, 2021

Upton confirmed as RER test plant location

Rare Element Resources (RER) confirmed this week that the next stage of development for its planned rare earth mine will take place in Upton. This is the location originally chosen for the company’s full-scale separation activities once the mine...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 20, 2021

Seller's market:

The conversation over many a recent cup of coffee has centered on how many people seem to be moving to this area. It’s a trend that appears to be continuing across the Midwest, but has Crook County...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    Opinion    May 20, 2021

This Side of the Pond

I made it halfway through my wedding day before nature called. If you’ve never worn a voluminous dress that’s twice as wide as your own hips by the time it reaches the floor, you may not be aware...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 20, 2021

Unidentified military headstones discovered near Beulah

A curious discovery was recently made under the sign on top of the hill next to Beulah. Two motorcyclists came across a pile of old military tombstones, with no indication as to where they may have...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 20, 2021

Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have been given the go-ahead to return to the everyday life they enjoyed before the pandemic began. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its public health guidance to remove the... Full story

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 20, 2021

Missouri man sentenced on felony drug charges

A Missouri man has been given a suspended sentence for felony possession charges involving both marijuana and methamphetamine, after being pulled over for speeding in Pine Haven last fall. On August 27, 2020, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office Deputy...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 20, 2021

Gillette woman arrested for possession following vehicle fire

A Gillette woman faces felony possession charges after marijuana was found during an investigation into a vehicle fire in Beulah. According to court reports, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy spoke with Jennifer Archer while investigating a...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 13, 2021

Café coming down

When the Coders purchased local eatery higbee’s, the plan was to renovate and reopen as swiftly as possible. Unfortunately, the Sundance City Council heard last week, it has proven impossible to...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 13, 2021

Foundation refuses to donate clinic

The Crook County Medical Foundation Board has refused a request to hand over the new clinic building in Hulett to Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) once construction has been paid off. Instead, the foundation says it intends to open up...

 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    May 13, 2021

Rest areas to re-open

Sundance and Moorcroft will see their rest areas re-open for the 2021 tourist season, and possibly beyond. In a press release, Wyoming Office of Tourism Executive Director Diane Shober described them as valuable tourism tools. “With the summer seas...


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