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Articles from the January 4, 2024 edition


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  • Freeze Your Fanny gets new starting point

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 4, 2024

    The starting point has changed for chilliest run of the year, but Freeze Your Fanny will still be the opportunity for a fun and bracing start to Superbowl Sunday that Sundance has come to expect. Once again, enjoying the four-mile run or walk and tucking in to the hearty breakfast provided will also support the kids of your community. “Our big news this year is that we will be based at the Sundance High School commons instead of at the courthouse basement,” says Ann-Marie Mickle, who co-organizes the event with Jennifer Jungwirth. “The route...

  • Wyoming State Parks launches new booking website

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 4, 2024

    Wyoming State Parks has announced the launch of a new reservation and permit sales system that it says will offer a more streamlined experience for recreationists looking to enjoy the state’s outdoor opportunities. The new website allows you to refine your needs when staying in a state park, from the type of camping or lodging you’d prefer through to the type of camping equipment you will bring. Once you select from the available options, you can view maps detailing exactly where each available site is located and additional information, suc...

  • Farewell to 2023

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 4, 2024

    January As the annual Wyoming Legislative Session kicked off, Jason Perry was honored during the opening ceremonies for his work as Hulett's ambulance director and his efforts to get all of Hulett's EMTs certified as paramedics. Meanwhile, Ogden Driskill took the oath as President of the Senate and Chip Neiman was selected as House Majority Floor Leader – which, to the best of his knowledge, was a position never before offered to a freshman legislator. Crook County Medical Services District (CCM...

  • Randall Jay Harvey

    Jan 4, 2024

    Randall Jay Harvey, 63, of Hulett, Wyoming, took his eternal ride on December 26, 2023. He passed unexpectedly and peacefully at his home. He was known to most as Harv. Harv was born to Ralph and Dorothy (Bebensee) Harvey on March 21, 1960, in Brookings, South Dakota. His childhood was spent thinking up adventures on a farm just west of Aurora, South Dakota. At the age of 18, he began his life's adventure when he left Brookings and moved to Lead, South Dakota where he worked at the Homestake Mine. From there he continued to New Mexico, Texas, W... Full story

  • SERVICE: Keith Haagensen, Sr.

    Jan 4, 2024

    Keith Haagensen, Sr., 83 of Sundance, Wyoming passed away, Thursday, December 7, 2023, at Crook County Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2024, at Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel in Sundance.... Full story

  • Edwin Sisson

    Jan 4, 2024

    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Edwin Sisson on December 29, 2023 at Weston Country Hospital in Newcastle, Wyoming. He fought a short but courageous battle with cancer. Born on September 6, 1935 in Stanley, Iowa to Ancil and Ona (Hefner) Sisson, he was the youngest of three siblings. Edwin attended schools in Iowa, Minneapolis and Wyoming before graduating from Moorcroft High School in 1954. On September 20, 1959 he married his beloved Carol Lee Kummerfeld. Together they welcomed three wonderful boys into their lives. Ed... Full story

  • James Vernon Royer

    Jan 4, 2024

    James Vernon Royer was born June 11, 1962 to Gary and Ruth Royer in Pierre, South Dakota. He spent most of his young life on a ranch being a typical young boy raising mischief. As he grew, he learned the ranch life and helped his father work cows. Jim learned how to drive tractors and trucks and used that knowledge to wrangle cattle and occasionally bring in small calves in the truck bed. In 1977, Gary and his family moved to Sundance, Wyoming. James continued his ranch work there and even got his own ranch dog, Sadie. Sadie went everywhere... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Jan 4, 2024

    1 Years Ago January 3, 1924 Quite an excitement was created at the dance at Barrett’s hall last Saturday night when it was discovered that the roof was on fire. There was quite a scramble for wraps and babies, but a few buckets of good strong coffee put it out and the dance went merrily on. Potter Bowman, county surveyor, has been surveying a road down Beaver creek, and also located a new road up Deep creek hill, which when built will be a great improvement on the present grade. 75 Years Ago January 6, 1949 A frigid, lashing blast of snow a...

  • Healy shortlisted for Wyoming Supreme Court

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 4, 2024

    One of the Sixth Judicial District Court’s three judges has been selected as a nominee to fill a vacancy on the Wyoming Supreme Court. The Honorable Stuart S. Healy III is among three names to have been submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission, along with Robert C. Jarosh and Timothy M. Stubson. The commission considered all applicants who expressed interest in the position of Justice for the Wyoming Supreme Court and, pursuant to the requirements of the Wyoming Constitution, submitted t... Full story

  • Pine Haven man charged with aggravated assault

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 4, 2024

    A Pine Haven man has been charged with aggravated assault and bound over to District Court after allegedly pulling a knife on a person who was attempting to make him leave a local bar. On December 8, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a bar in Pine Haven for a disturbance involving a weapon. The suspect was later identified as Todd Allen Wiseman according to his driver’s license. According to court reports, Wiseman was asked to leave the bar after vomiting on the floor. Upo...

  • Circuit Court

    Jan 4, 2024

    Speeding – Rodney W. Brown, Philip, SD, 45/30, $205; Trevor Ray Tognoni, Rozet, WY, 91/80, $115; Stacy Haggerty, Newcastle, WY, 83/70, $125 No Seat Belt (driver) – Marla Hether, Sheridan, WY, $25; Nathaniel McGillivray, Gillette, WY, $25 Follow Too Closely – Marla Hether, Sheridan, WY, $100 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Rickie Linneman, Gillette, WY, $140 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked – Mark P. Christman, Gillette, WY, $450 No Valid Driver’s License; Unauthorized Use of Vehicle – Preston James...

  • Sundance native joins Hy-Vee Hall of Fame

    Jan 4, 2024

    Sundance native Jason Farver has been named to the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame. Farver, Hy-Vee’s executive vice president and chief supply chain officer and president of RedMedia, was named Hy-Vee’s Executive Vice President of the Year at the company’s annual stockholders meeting in December. Colleagues nominating Farver had the following things to say: “Jason has held many roles relative to the length of his tenure with Hy-Vee. Despite this, he has consistently adapted and learned the details of his teams and responsibilities. It’s his ability to list...

  • Crook County Library presents Axelbee Gang program

    Jan 4, 2024

    In the territorial days, Crook County was the home to a band of outlaws known as the Axelbee Gang. Stoneville (now Alzada, Montana) was a lawless frontier settlement and one of their havens. In 1884, the Axelbee Gang and lawmen met at Stoneville for a fatal clash. After years of surveying parts of Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota, retired land surveyor Charles M. (Mike) Madler of Spearfish, SD, has compiled all of his historical findings and dove into becoming an amateur historian. Join us Fri., Jan. 12, 7 p.m. in the library meeting room as...

  • Black Hills Snow Course Readings

    Jan 4, 2024

    Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-year Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30-year Median SWE Blind Park Snotel 6870 8 1.3 3.2 * 41 Cole Canyon Snotel 5870 5 1.3 2.5 * 52 Ditch Creek 6880 5.5 0.6 1.9 * 32 Little Bear Run 6240 1.7 0.2 1.7 * 12 Mallo 6240 8.8 1.1 3 * 37 Mount Tom 5560 6.8 0.6 2.3 * 26 North Rapid Creek Snotel 6250 11 2.9 3.2 * 91 * No data collected. Submitted by Sherry Burr, NRCS...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jan 4, 2024

    Have you heard about the Libby app? With your Library card you can unlock a wide range of eBooks, Audiobooks and magazines right to your smart devices. Just download the app and sign in to enjoy all your favorites. LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Crook County Library Foundation meeting Wed., Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. in Hulett. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m. PROGRAMMING: Axel Bee Gang Program by Mike Madler Fri., Jan 12 at 7 p.m. Lunch Bunch Book C...

  • South Dakota appraiser receives national awards

    Jan 4, 2024

    John Widdoss, ARA, of Spearfish, South Dakota, has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA). This recognition follows last year’s achievement, in which John was selected as the winner of the ASFMRA’s D. Howard Doane Award. These awards are some of the most prestigious that the ASFMRA bestows, with the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing individuals who have made lasting differences and shaped the fabric of the rural property professions. Meanwhile, the D. Howa...

  • Working harder than ever

    Senator Cynthia Lummis and Rep. Dan Newhouse|Jan 4, 2024

    Thirty years after its inception, the Congressional Western Caucus is working harder than ever for rural America. During the past three decades, we have grown from our humble beginnings to a bicameral caucus of more than 100 members of the House and 20 Senators; yet our mission of serving the interests of farmers, ranchers, landowners and rural communities alike to ensure their legislative priorities are heard in our nation’s capital remains unchanged. Unfortunately, the fight to preserve our western ideals has not been easy as this a...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jan 4, 2024

    To the editor: As a liberal, tax-and-spend Democrat (yes, even today, there are a few old relics from the distant past), I was surprised on reading The Times, “BCR defends property tax ballot initiative,” that I agree with one of the beliefs attributed to former Republican primary candidate for Governor, Brent Bien. The writer quotes Bien as saying, “It’s [the ballot initiative process] a deliberative process, and it’s intentionally tedious.” Tedious, yes, and thank God so! If the process were not tedious, every ballot would be the size of a s...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jan 4, 2024

    Gray condemns decision to remove Trump from ballot in Maine CHEYENNE (WNE) — In response to Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ decision to bar Donald Trump from appearing on Maine’s presidential primary ballot for the 2024 Election, Wyoming Secretary of State Chuck Gray responded with outraged condemnation, a news release from his office said. Gray said in a statement: “I am appalled by these outrageous, unAmerican attempts to remove Donald Trump from the ballot. Not only have we seen these attempts by the judicial system in Colorad...

  • Meeting

    Jan 4, 2024

    February 1, 2024, CCMSD Board of Trustees Meeting The Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on February 1, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sundance State Bank meeting room. The meeting will also be hosted via Teams webinar. Join the meeting at the link below: https://events.teams.microsoft.com/event/0742c0c8-01a4-430c-9aa1-599f293462a5@f1f73db4-4d69-4e07-8652-10c57c1f3e50 Publish: January 4, 2024... Full story

  • Estray Livestock

    Jan 4, 2024

    Public Notice of Estray Livestock Pursuant to the Laws of the State of Wyoming, W. S. 11-24-114, we hereby give notice that a list of unclaimed estray livestock taken up by brand inspectors at various locations during the past year is posted and is available for examination in the courthouse of this county. Publish: January 4, 2024... Full story

  • PUBLIC INPUT MEETINGS

    Jan 4, 2024

    NOTICE OF INTENT TO HOLD PUBLIC INPUT MEETINGS Notice is hereby given that the Board of Crook County Commissioners is hosting a series of public input meetings where options for growth management in Crook County will be discussed. These sessions will be led by a facilitator and are free and open for the public to attend. The same information will be presented at each meeting. The dates and locations of the meetings are: January 9, 2024, at 6pm - Greater Hulett Community Center Gymnasium, 401 Sager Avenue, Hulett, WY 82720 January 11, 2024, at... Full story

  • FORECLOSURE

    Jan 4, 2024

    FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE WHEREAS, default in the payment of principal and interest has occurred under the terms of a Promissory Note (the “Note”) dated September 13, 2019, executed and delivered by Robert S. Myles (“Mortgagor”) to Bay Equity LLC, and a real estate Mortgage (the “Mortgage”) of the same date securing the Note, which Mortgage was executed and delivered by said Mortgagor, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Mortgagee, as nominee for Bay Equity LLC, its successors and assigns, as Mortgagee, and which Mortgage wa... Full story

  • Permit Application

    Jan 4, 2024

    PUBLIC NOTICE In accordance with the provisions of the Wyoming Environmental Quality Act and Chapter 1 of the Solid Waste Rules, Giant Rubber Water Tanks has submitted a Chapter 6 Mobile Treatment renewal permit application. Giant Rubber Water Tanks operates a mobile tire cutting unit that cuts large scrap tires into water tanks and feeders for livestock. The facility and is responsible for ensuring any waste generated is properly managed. The service area for solid waste management activities conducted by Giant Rubber Water Tanks includes the... Full story

  • Lots of lights

    Jan 4, 2024

    Each year at Christmastime, Wes Butts spends a great deal of time decorating his mother Lila's fences with lights in what is always an impressive display....

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