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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 24, 2021 

Disaster averted for town of Pine Haven

Wildfire came so close to Pine Haven last week that flames were clearly visible from residents’ back yards on the northwest end of town. Fortunately, thanks to the combined efforts of 85...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 24, 2021 

Full fire ban now in effect

A full fire ban went into effect across Crook County on Thursday when the county commissioners met to consider the request from Fire Warden Doug Leis and approve the associated ordinance. Due to the high fire danger and the number of fires that local...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    Sports    June 24, 2021 

Taking their game on the road

For basketball hopefuls in Wyoming who aspire to the next level of their game, summer isn’t the time to take a break. Thanks to all-star team Wyoming Power, two of Sundance’s most talented...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 24, 2021 

Sundance State Bank celebrates 125th anniversary

As the nineteenth century drew to a close, a local by the name of John Rogers decided this county needed its own bank, and that he was the man to make it happen. This week, Sundance State Bank...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    Opinion    June 24, 2021 

This Side of the Pond

When you’re running one of the most popular sport tournaments on the planet but it’s been delayed by a year because everyone keeps getting sick, what’s the best way to make sure people are watch...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 24, 2021 

Military headstone mystery solved

There was significant response from the public to news that a mysterious pile of military tombstones had been found on the hill next to Beulah, says Vernon Davis of the Society of Black Hills Pioneers. Initially, there was concern that the eight ston...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 24, 2021 

Building businesses

The busy year continues for local business in the Sundance area, from a gas station upgraded to a local corner store to a new plumbing and excavation service. Z Lazy Y Services Almost a decade of...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 17, 2021

Grand opening for new city attractions

The City of Sundance is ready to unveil the latest addition to local recreation: Sundance Square, a new park next door to Old Stoney. Complete with splash pad, stage and concession stand, the location...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    June 17, 2021

Fire season continues to sizzle

Another week of dry heat with the occasional flash of lightning has brought another week of fires throughout Crook County. Fortunately, says Fire Warden Doug Leis, so far they’ve mostly been...

 
 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...

 

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