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Articles from the November 2, 2023 edition


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  • Frosty morn

    Nov 2, 2023

    Frost-covered trees brings a touch of beauty to a cold and foggy day on East Main Street Friday morning, after the first snow of the season....

  • Chamber seeking events for holiday kick-off

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 2, 2023

    The Sundance Chamber of Commerce is seeking information from businesses and organizations who are interested in joining in with the Christmas kick-off this year on December 1. The beginning of December brings the annual Festival of Lights to town, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. Crook County Senior Services will be holding a Christmas bazaar on the same day, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Chamber would like to spread the word of other activities occurring on the same day to help businesses share the news with their customers and...

  • Idler changes plea in child abuse case

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 2, 2023

    Josh Idler of Sundance has changed his plea to guilty on two felony counts of child abuse and one of aggravated assault and battery. Idler has also admitted to breaking the terms of his probation on a previous case in which he was adjudicated guilty of counts including reckless endangerment, child abuse and domestic abuse. In a hearing before Judge James Michael Causey on Thursday, Idler agreed to plead guilty to the three felonies and probation violation in exchange for the state dropping the additional five charges against him. Idler...

  • Gratitude for sacrifice

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 2, 2023

    At precisely 11 a.m. on November 11, the courthouse lawn will reverberate with the sound of rifle volleys and the revered bugle call that signals both “lights out” for a military day and respect and honor for military ceremonies. Members of the public are invited to join American Legion Post 45 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4311 in marking Veterans Day this year with a service at the war memorial in Sundance. This will be followed by a lunch and social time at the Sundance Senior Center. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. “The three...

  • CCMSD continues investigating loan for new hospital

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 2, 2023

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) continues to pursue the necessary steps to find out if it qualifies for a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan that will be used to either build a new hospital or renovate the current one. CEO Micki Lyons reported that a certificate of incumbency was recently sent to the USDA – a document that lists the names of current leadership. The next stage involves additional information from CCMSD, Lyons said. “In order to begin processing the loan, they will need rate and term sheets for three oth...

  • Keeping to the theme

    Nov 2, 2023

    The courthouse staff seldom disappoint on Halloween, this year dressing to the theme of video game Pac-Man....

  • Carter Nielson Stephens

    Nov 2, 2023

    Carter Nielson Stephens, or "Niel" as he was known to most, passed away on October 22, 2023, at Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming at the age of 88. Niel was born on November 9, 1934 in Spearfish, South Dakota to L.D. and AnnaBelle (Nielsen) Stephens. He was raised with his younger brother, Pete, in Alva, Wyoming. Their mother taught at various rural schools, so that is where Niel got his early education. He went on to graduate from Hulett High School. In 1957, he was drafted in... Full story

  • Don Wilbur

    Nov 2, 2023

    Don Wilbur, age 42 of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, died Thursday, October 26, 2023 from injuries sustained in a tragic single vehicle accident near Sundance, Wyoming. The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2023 at St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche, with Kim Bachman officiating. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Inurnment will take place 10 a.m. Monday, November 6, at Pine Slope Cemetery... Full story

  • Loren Christensen

    Nov 2, 2023

    Loren Christensen, 75 of Spearfish, South Dakota, was born on December 27, 1947, in Deadwood, South Dakota and passed away on October 25, 2023. He attended grade school in Buffalo and White River, South Dakota. His sophomore year, his family moved to Spearfish to take over the family ranch. While in high school he was active in choir, football, basketball and plays. On December 28, 1967, he married Claudia Conklin, his high school sweetheart and love of his life. They were married 56 years and b... Full story

  • Fall back

    Nov 2, 2023

    Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. Remember to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night before going to bed....

  • Davis elected president of Wyoming Federation of Republican Women

    Nov 2, 2023

    Sherri Davis of Sundance has been elected the president of the new executive committee for the Wyoming Federation of Republican Women. "I am grateful to work with the many Republican women who are part of Crook County Republican Women," Davis says. "We meet every third Thursday of the month for a business lunch. We rotate between Sundance, Hulett and Pine Haven. I would love to include Moorcroft in our rotation as well. I'd be glad to visit with anyone concerning Republican Women and can be...

  • Card of Thanks

    Nov 2, 2023

    Our Thanks On October 8, the Crook County FFA chapters along with Newcastle, were invited to Grossenburg Implement in Sundance to learn about mechanics and receive a generous donation for each chapter. This money will allow the Bearlodge Sundance FFA chapter to travel to more contests, while providing the students with more opportunities to learn about agriculture. The Bearlodge Sundance FFA chapter would like to thank the people at Grossenburg Implement for their support. Bearlodge Sundance FFA... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Nov 2, 2023

    1 Years Ago November 1, 1923 With the increasing snow since last week, the Upton stage has reverted to the old standby and left with a team Monday. Roads are fast becoming unnavigable for motors in this section. It is stated that the Smead hotel at Lead City will be wrecked and torn down to make way for operations of the mine. It was built only twenty years ago, but open cut operations of the mine have encroached on the hotel site. A large portion of the city of Lead is really directly over...

  • Pick up your pumpkins, says Game & Fish

    Nov 2, 2023

    Wyoming Game and Fish is asking residents to properly dispose of pumpkins instead of leaving them out for wildlife to eat. While it may seem harmless to leave pumpkins out, it is quite the opposite, especially for mule deer whose digestive system cannot process unnatural foods. This often leads to sick animals. Additionally, pumpkins left outside can attract scavenging animals, from raccoons to bears. “This time of year we get many calls about sickly deer fawns and much of this can be attributed to these deer eating foods that offer little nutr...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Nov 2, 2023

    Did you know your library card gives you access to a wide range of online databases at your fingertips? You can find everything from auto repair to genealogy, from health and medicine to practice tests and skill preparation. There is a little something for everyone at gowyld.net. What will you find? MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., Nov. 9 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., Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. PROGRAMMING: USS Wyoming...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Nov 2, 2023

    Dear Editor, I am writing this letter in response to the letter to the editor that James Geis wrote in the October 26th edition of the Sundance Times. I guess I am a little confused. The rules from DEQ for land application for septic systems waste were adopted by Crook County in 2018, so for almost six years, how has the waste that has been pumped been disposed of if it was not legally land applied on the landowner’s property, and if it was not hauled to a legal disposal site? If the rules for land application for septic system waste have b...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 2, 2023

    We don’t need to worry about warm weather any more, so my thoughts have turned to the kind of comforting meal that cheers up a gray day – and what better option than soup? While creams of chicken and tomato, noodle-based soups and the various potato-based delights we all love are shared between our nations, this made me wonder if my homeland has chosen any of our offerings as a national soup, which I could then offer up to you as something new to try. The answer turned out to be “sort of”....

  • Bills would add voter requirements, expand campaign donor reporting

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 2, 2023

    CHEYENNE — Will potential voters be required to live in Wyoming for at least 30 days in order to vote? Do people need to register as a PAC if they spend more than $1000 in an election? After some heavy deliberation Thursday, members of the Legislature’s Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee advanced bill drafts that could create significant changes to existing Wyoming election laws. 30-day residency requirement Legislators forwarded a bill to next year’s budget session that, as written, would add a 30-day resid...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Nov 2, 2023

    Hightman drops Supreme Court appeal GILLETTE (WNE) — A Gillette man serving prison time for stealing from his fiancée – who remains missing – in the days and weeks after she was last seen, has backed out of his appeal filed with the Wyoming Supreme Court. Nathan J. Hightman, 40, filed his intent to appeal less than two weeks after receiving a three- to six-year prison sentence — along with fines, restitution and probation — in June. The motion to waive his appeal was filed last week, as Hightman decided not to move forward after weighing his op...

  • Endangered Species Act protections for wolverines likely imminent

    Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com|Nov 2, 2023

    An analysis of wolverines in Wyoming and the rest of their Lower 48 range paints a grim picture of a low-density species that’s losing its habitat and facing an uncertain future. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a 100-page “species status assessment” for North American wolverines in late September. That document presages a final determination that federal wildlife managers must make by late November to satisfy a May 2022 federal court order. The assessment’s closing paragra...

  • UW Extension

    Vicki Hayman, Community Vitality and Health Educator|Nov 2, 2023

    Gumbo isn’t that just Jambalaya? Gumbo is not the same as Jambalaya, the main difference is the use of rice in each dish. Gumbo is a soup or stew over rice while Jambalaya is cooked with the rice in the dish. Gumbo should be less rice than liquid and Jambalaya should not be mushy or liquid. Gumbo is a Cajun and Creole specialty throughout the state of Louisiana. Gumbo is a stew made from seafood, meat or vegetables that is served over hot rice. It can be made thicker with okra, filé or a roux. The best part about Gumbo is that it can be ma...

  • LIQUOR LICENSE

    Nov 2, 2023

    NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSE FOR 2023-2024 Notice is hereby given that the following submitted applications for the 1 available Retail Liquor License APPLICANT ADDRESS OF PREMISES DATE FILED Kara Creek Ranches LLC dba Kara Creek Ranches LLC 20 Ridge View Drive Sundance, WY 82729 9/8/2023 Patrick L. Donahue dba Triple P Partners LLC 18137 US HWY 14 Sundance, WY 82729 10/12/2023 Protests, if there be any, against the issuance of this license, will be heard at 2:30 o’clock p.m. on November 7, 2023, in the Commissioner’s Roo... Full story

  • BIDS

    Nov 2, 2023

    REQUEST FOR BIDS City of Sundance The City of Sundance, Wyoming, is accepting bids for janitorial service. It will be a one year contract that may be renewed yearly, starting November 13, 2023 and ending October 31, 2024. The service will include a once-a-week cleaning of the council chambers, main business office, public works office, crew break room and two restrooms. The work will include dusting, vacuuming carpets, cleaning rugs, mopping bare floors, disposing of garbage, cleaning windows monthly, and scrubbing carpets semi-annually. This... Full story

  • Probate

    Nov 2, 2023

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF GUY ELMO COOK, also known as GUY E. COOK also known as GUY COOK, Deceased. Civil No. 8974 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on the 29th day of September, 2023, the estate of the above-named decedent was admitted to probate by the above-named Court, and that Tony Edward Cook and Michael Floyd Cook were appointed Co-Administrators thereof. Notice is further given that all... Full story

  • FORECLOSURE

    Nov 2, 2023

    FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE WHEREAS, default in the payment of principal and interest has occurred under the terms of a Promissory Note (the “Note”) dated January 10, 2022, executed and delivered by Odom Group LLC (“Mortgagors”) to Home Savers, Inc., and a real estate Mortgage (the “Mortgage”) of the same date securing the Note, which Mortgage was executed and delivered by said Mortgagors, to said Mortgagee, and which Mortgage was recorded on January 18, 2022, at Reception No. 675610, in Book 637, at Page 574 in the public records in the office... Full story

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