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Articles from the January 11, 2024 edition

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  • No more miles

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 11, 2024

    The answer is still no, the commissioners told two local residents last week. The county will not be adding any more miles of road to the 600 already maintained, they said, because it cannot afford to do so. Scott Pomerenke and Eric Akola approached the commissioners to ask them to reconsider adding a quarter mile of Old Sundance Road in the area where it meets Beaver Creek Road to the route of the county's snowplows. This request was originally made in August, on the basis that snow tends to...

  • In the neigh-borhood

    Jan 11, 2024

    Two unusual guests lit up the faces of long-term care residents last week when Sarah Barton brought Gumdrop and Catalyst to visit. Assisted by her kids, Colt and Zinnia, Barton introduced the ponies to each resident in turn, prompting surprise, joy and happy memories of favorite animals. This was the second visit for some of the residents, but it was looking unlikely that there could be a repeat of the outdoor experience during the winter months. However, the support of the community for a...

  • In with a bite

    Jan 11, 2024

    Winter took its time coming this year, but the snow made itself felt as the week began, ushering in frigid temps that promise to continue for the next few days....

  • Winterfest will return this year

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 11, 2024

    As long as the weather plays nice, Sundance is set to once again welcome ski joring to the downtown area this year. Organizer Tony Barton confirmed last week that plans are underway for the Sundance Winter Festival, which will be hosted on Main Street as usual. At time of speaking, this area had not exactly been blessed with an abundance of the material needed to build the course. With that in mind, Barton said he was looking into the possibility of establishing the county fairgrounds as a...

  • Council grants variance for ATV sales

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 11, 2024

    The corner lot on which higbee's café once sat is soon to become a sales lot for recreational vehicles. The Sundance City Council has granted a one-year variance that will allow the land, which is zoned as downtown business, to be used for this purpose. Owners Darlene and Jason Coder have said they intend to display ATVs, motorcycles and seasonal equipment, promoting the Black Hills as a recreational destination in the process. The next door lot, which was until recently a real estate office,...

  • Celerity broadband project set to begin

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 11, 2024

    A project to bring fiber broadband internet to more than 400 homes in the eastern portion of Crook County is expected to begin imminently. Jesse DuPont of Celerity Networks visited the Crook County Commissioners last week to introduce the project and provide information about the work, which will span the "greater Aladdin and Beulah area", as he termed it, and will be made possible through a federal grant. One of two county projects to successfully bid for the broadband infrastructure funds, it...

  • Card of Thanks

    Jan 11, 2024

    Our Thanks A shout out to Pam Thompson to thank you for all your years of dedication to the preservation of Old Stoney and service on the museum district board. Enjoy retirement! Your friends whom have appreciated you... Full story

  • Diane Ruth Gerhart

    Jan 11, 2024

    Diane Ruth Gerhart, age 65, went to be with the Lord on December 2, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Diane was born on June 6, 1958, in Spearfish, South Dakota to Eugene and Ruth Gerhart. She graduated from Sundance High School and went on to earn her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming. Diane continued to live in Laramie and worked at First Interstate Bank in the accounting department for several years. Upon leaving there, she began her 25-year career at the University of Wyoming working in several departments including... Full story

  • Dianne Marie Wenande

    Jan 11, 2024

    Beloved wife, mother and cowgirl. Dianne was born in Gillette, Wyoming on June 28, 1952 to Bob and Bonnie Wenande. She was raised on the family ranch north of Gillette. She attended country school and graduated from Campbell County High School in 1970. Her love of rodeo began at the Little Levi rodeos and continued into the NRCA Rodeo Association. She loved her horses and enjoyed her time training them. She and her husband, Ron enjoyed splitting their time between their homes in Sundance,... Full story

  • Lummis staff to hold remote office hours in Crook County

    Jan 11, 2024

    Staff for U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming will hold remote office hours in Moorcroft, Hulett and Sundance on Wed., Jan. 31. Field Representative Ally Garner will be available to meet with residents and hear ideas, comments and concerns about what is happening in the U.S. Senate, and to help anyone having trouble working with a federal agency. Of the remote office hours, Sen. Lummis said: "My team and I are working every day to make sure the federal government works for the people of...

  • Axelbee Gang program postponed

    Jan 11, 2024

    The Axelbee Gang program by Charles M. "Mike" Madler originally scheduled for Fri., Jan. 12 has been postponed until Fri., Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. This program is free and open to the public....

  • Circuit Court

    Jan 11, 2024

    Speeding – Brandon Deschamps, Loma, CO, 106/80, $190; Joanna McCarty, Gillette, WY, 90/80, $105; Nicholas Erpelding, Minnetonka, MN, 79/65, $130; Jordan Rodger, Ste Ann, MB, Canada, 84/70, $130; Hannah Cooley, Sturgis, SD, 95/80, $135; Bion Hank, Casper, WY, 90/80, $105; Rick Collins, Gillette, WY, 93/75, $150; Georgi Martov, Arlington Heights, IL, 83/65, $160 Stop Sign Violation – Joe Clyde Bolen, Springdale, AR, $150; Houston Thelmo Aars III, Moorcroft, WY, $140 Fail to Drive Vehicle Wit...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office Blotter

    Jan 11, 2024

    Dec. 25 – Three traffic stops. Three accidents. Theft. Welfare check. Business checks. Four EMS pages. Dec. 26 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Traffic stop. Welfare check. Two sets fingerprints. Accident. Business checks. Two suspicious vehicles. Motorist assist. House watch. Dec. 27 – Three VIN checks. Fraud. Traffic stop. Welfare check. Alarm – fire. Assist other agency. Suspicious circumstances. Theft. Business check. Trespassing. Dead body. Dec. 28 – Six VIN checks. Two motorist assists. Tr...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jan 11, 2024

    1 Years Ago January 10, 1924 The Sundance Rifle Club held a trial shoot Sunday morning, it being the first favorable day since the target was placed. Unfamiliar with the guns, the contestants made erratic scores along with some good ones, but the result is a determination to bring in a better score card at the next meeting, which will be next Sunday morning. The score last Sunday was tabulated as follows: Reed 30, Ticknor 37, Banks 24, Hurtt 60, Schloredt 60, Ball 85, McGuckin 47, Rounds...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jan 11, 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., Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. PROGRAMMING: Lunch Bunch Book Club Thur.,...

  • Corner-crossing hunters: Cattle King era is over

    Angus M. Thuermer Jr.,|Jan 11, 2024

    Four Missouri hunters argued in court papers filed Friday that the owner of Elk Mountain Ranch perpetuated Wild West history by illegally trying to block others from thousands of acres of public land so he can use it exclusively. In documents submitted to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the hunters defended a federal Wyoming judge's decision that they did not trespass when they crossed through the airspace above Fred Eshelman's property to hunt public land in Carbon County. The...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jan 11, 2024

    Gillette airport ends 2023 on strong note GILLETTE (WNE) - The Northeast Wyoming Regional Airport ended 2023 on a high note with its busiest month in nearly a year and a half. December had 5185 passengers, making it the strongest month the airport has had in terms of passenger traffic since July 2021. It also was the first time the airport crossed the 5000-passenger mark since August 2021. November was the second strongest month of the year, with 4984 passengers. That month, the airport went...

  • 2024 Legislative Preview

    Albert Sommers and Ogden Driskill, House Speaker and Senate President|Jan 11, 2024

    As the Wyoming Legislature readies for 20 days of discussion and debate ahead of the 2024 Legislative Budget Session, we prepare for this work as servants to the people of our communities. Over the past eight months, legislative committees have held 62 standing committee meetings around the state. At these meetings, committees gathered public input and industry perspectives to draft common sense conservative solutions to the problems we face together. As the presiding officers of our respective...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jan 11, 2024

    Dear Editor, Since Ernie Reinhold named me personally in his false narrative of this ballot initiative, allow me to retort. There are three important parts in communication: facts, opinions, and opinions on facts. What is missing from your letter is the facts. First. The United States of America is not a democracy. It is a republic, which by definition is a representative form of government that is ruled according to a charter, or constitution. A democracy is a government that is ruled...

  • Fire dept. aiming to lower ISO rating this year

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 11, 2024

    The Sundance Volunteer Fire Department has set itself the goal of improving the city's ISO rating this year. With the recent improvements to Sundance's water system, said Fire Chief Gari Gill, it might just be time to hit that achievement. ISO, which stands for Insurance Services Office, is a score assigned to a fire department based on how it matches up to the standards used by the organization to determine property insurance costs. It's scored in four areas, including emergency communication...

  • Council starts year with reports on deer cull, water agreement

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 11, 2024

    While the majority of January's regular meeting was focused on the administration required at the beginning of the year, a few timely issues were brought before the Sundance City Council on Tuesday. This year's deer cull has now come to an end with the expiration of the latest Wyoming Game & Fish permit. The council heard that 22 deer have been taken and the meat is being distributed to residents upon request. However, each of the culled deer is to be tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) and...

  • Large-acre subdivision gets go-ahead to organize service district

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 11, 2024

    The developer of one of the county's newer large-acre subdivisions has received approval from the county commission for its petition to form an improvement and service district for the 46 parcels contained within. A public hearing took place for the proposed Yellowstone L&R Ranch Improvement and Service District. The developer is Yellowstone L&R Ranch, a South Carolina limited liability company. The purpose of the district is to repair and maintain the roads within the subdivision, though it wil...

  • County approves ambulance funding resolution

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 11, 2024

    The Crook County Commission has passed a resolution that will increase the amount of reimbursement Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) receives for ambulance services, with the intention of ensuring these services remain affordable to keep providing in the future. A public hearing for the resolution was set for January's regular meeting of the county commissioners, after a 45-day notice period is complete. At that hearing, the commission heard that County Attorney Joe Baron had...

  • Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites hosts record First Day Hikes

    Jan 11, 2024

    On New Year's Day, Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites hosted a record number of participants during their annual First Day Hikes with 1132 attendees hiking more than 2000 miles. This reflects a 206% increase in participation from 2023. Locally, Keyhole State Park welcomed 48 hikers to the event. "Each year, our agency strives to enhance this annual event in ways that will continue to encourage both returning and first-time guests to join us outdoors for this special occasion, and we were,...

  • Council

    Jan 11, 2024

    City of Sundance, Wyoming January 2, 2024 The Town Council met this day in regular session at 7:00 p.m. in Sundance Council Chambers with Mayor Paul Brooks presiding. Roll call was taken by Mayor Paul Brooks with Council Members, Callie Hilty, Joe Wilson and Brad Marchant present and Randy Stevenson appeared by phone. CONSENT AGENDA COUNCIL MEMBER MARCHANT MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER WILSON SECONDED a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Ayes, MOTION CARRIED. Boylan, Jordan- Utility Deposit... Full story

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