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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 17, 2021

Primary disagreements

On hearing that it would be impossible to introduce run-off elections in time for the 2022 elections, the Joint Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee has opted to not move ahead with legislation to do so. However, ranked choice...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 17, 2021

Time for treasure hunting

More than 50 individual yard sales will be taking place over two days this weekend as the Country Junkin’ Weekend returns for its third year. Garage and yard sales have always punctuated the summer in this part of the world, but local chambers of...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 17, 2021

LTC temporarily closes to visitation

The long term care unit at Sundance Memorial Hospital has temporarily closed to all visitation. The lockdown is expected to come to an end within approximately a week. Though there has been a small uptick in cases over the last few weeks, CEO Micki... Full story

 

This Side of the Pond

If I had to name an equivalent to Old Stoney from back in my homeland, my mind would instantly go to Battersea Power Station. I’ve spent a lifetime waiting for someone to breathe new life into the...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 17, 2021

Minnesota man given split sentence for possession with intent to deliver

A Minnesota man has been given a split sentence on a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver after a large amount of marijuana was found in his vehicle during a traffic stop last summer. On June 22, 2020, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 17, 2021

Georgia man arrested for possession

Christian Evans of Georgia faces felony possession charges after a sizeable amount of marijuana was allegedly found in his vehicle during a traffic stop on the interstate. A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper reports pulling over a vehicle traveling at...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Five fires sparked on single day

County firefighters found themselves stretched in several directions over the weekend when lightning strikes caused five individual fires to spark at the same time. Fortunately, only one of the five grew to a significant size: the Seely Fire,...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Council makes changes to zoning regs

An ordinance making amendments to the city’s zoning specifications was passed on first reading at last week’s meeting of the Sundance City Council. The changes were suggested by the Land Use Planning Committee and will affect three aspects of...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

City hopes relief fund guidance will include infrastructure

American Rescue Plan (ARP) distributions will begin arriving in Wyoming soon and the City of Sundance is eager to hear guidance on how it can be spent. On Tuesday, Mayor Paul Brooks shared his hope that some of it can be directed towards city...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Council confirms July 4 fireworks

The council has confirmed that fireworks will be permitted for the July 4 holiday this year as long as Fire Chief Gari Gill determines that the ground is not too dry for public safety to be threatened. This is similar to the decisions made by the cou...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Legislators clash over ethics of "pledge"

An interim meeting of the Joint Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee became the unexpected venue for a discussion of ethics on Monday. Crook County’s two legislators found themselves at loggerheads over a “pledge” that had...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Colony railroad set to get an upgrade

The current owners of the hundred-year-old railroad leading into Colony is planning to upgrade the line. The county commissioners have offered their support for the project, which is expected to cost around $84 million and will include 80 miles of...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

County moves ahead with opposition to Biden's land conservation plan

Crook is set to be the first county in the state to come out against President Joe Biden’s “30 by 30” land conservation initiative. Though the Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA) is working on a unified resolution for all counties...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Coronato cleared on all charges

A 12-person jury has found Bob Coronato not guilty on all counts related to an alleged altercation last summer. Coronato was tried on three charges: strangulation of a household member, aggravated assault and battery (threats to use drawn deadly...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Recycling program will continue

After a couple of months gathering feedback from the community about whether Sundance’s recycling program needs to change, Public Works Director Mac Erickson says he’ll be taking on board the clearest indication possible that residents would...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 10, 2021

Blakeman Propane advocates for buying local

Whether or not the county should seek alternative bids for its propane supply came into question on Wednesday when representatives from Blakeman Propane attended the regular meeting of the commissioners to advocate for “shopping at home.” Tally...

 

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...

 

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