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Articles from the November 3, 2022 edition

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  • GOP responds to candidate dispute

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 3, 2022

    The central committee for the Crook County Republican Party is unable to support Ogden Driskill in his bid to retain his Senate District #1 seat due to his voting record, according to a statement from Sherri Davis, Precinct Committeewoman. This voting record has been determined through two websites, and, and according to Davis it shows that Driskill supports the Republican Party’s platform only 50% of the time. According to Davis, the party’s 2022 bylaws state that a candidate must “substantially uphold” the Wyoming Repu...

  • Project impacts snow trails

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 3, 2022

    A portion of the trails in the Bearlodge that are popularly used by recreationists during the snowy months of the year will be closed this winter due to a timber stand improvement project. The U.S. Forest Service has announced that certain trails north and west of Warren Peak will be closed to snowmobiles to make way for the Woods Timber Stand Improvement project, which will involve thinning of certain pine stands to improve the growth of the remaining trees, diversify habitat and reduce fire...

  • Towns turned down for ARPA funding

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 3, 2022

    Between the municipalities of Crook County, a total of six requests for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Water and Sewer Program funding were presented to the State Lands and Investments Board (SLIB) on Friday. None of the projects made the final list. Four of the requests came from the City of Sundance, while the remaining two came from the Towns of Hulett and Pine Haven. SLIB received a total of 113 applications for the program, with a grand total of $225,481,868 in requested funding between...

  • Chamber launches Christmas Basket program

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 3, 2022

    Help everyone in your community have the merry holiday season they deserve through the annual Sundance Christmas Basket program, an effort through the Sundance Chamber of Commerce to make sure that every family is warm, fed and ready for Santa to arrive. The chamber is asking the community to consider making a donation to the program, which has been running now for more than a quarter of a century. The funds will be used to provide warm clothing for local kids, as well as food for the family and...

  • Veterans Day program honors vet who inspired song

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 3, 2022

    Sundance High School music teacher Teresa Preisner met with Niles Harris last week in Deadwood, prior to a very special Veterans Day Program this November. Harris was the inspiration for "8th of November", a song recorded by country music duo Big & Rich in 2006 to honor veterans of the Vietnam War. The song is about the famous battle referred to by the same name, which took place in 1965 during Operation Hump in War Zone D. The 173rd Airborne Brigade was ambushed by more than one thousand Viet...

  • Bob Gerkin

    Nov 3, 2022

    Bob Gerkin, age 71 of Nisland, South Dakota, went home to heaven on Friday, October 28, 2022 at his home, with his loving wife by his side, following a sudden cardiac event. The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2022 at St. James Lutheran Church, with Pastor Tom Martin officiating. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Interment will take place at the Green Mountain Cemetery, in Sundance, Wyoming. Memorials are preferred. Bob's... Full story

  • Geraldine "Gerry" Agnes Lang

    Nov 3, 2022

    Geraldine "Gerry" Agnes Lang passed away October 21, 2022, in Sheridan, Wyoming. Gerry was born on March 10, 1929, to Ellen Ann (Rauner) and Herbert Louis Hruska in Gilead, Nebraska. She was the oldest of eight children, growing up on the family farm outside of Sidney, Nebraska. Gerry attended St. Patrick's Academy in Sidney through high school, graduating in 1947, and she was a student at Loretto Heights College for two years. Gerry married John Bernard Lang in 1949 and moved to Pine Bluffs, Wyoming in 1950. She was a homemaker and mother of 1... Full story

  • Service recognition

    Nov 3, 2022

    Morgan Ellsbury was recently presented with a certificate of appreciation for his 15 years of service to Crook County by Crook County Commissioner Kelly Dennis....

  • Peek at the Past

    Nov 3, 2022

    1 Years Ago November 2, 1922 A fire alarm was sounded early Monday evening and the brave fire laddies repaired to the Frank home, where it was found that a wobbly stove leg caused a faint emanation of smoke to cause dire apprehension. The gallant fire fighters administered to the wiggly leg and all was serene. The Tom Joy sale last Saturday drew a good crowd of stockmen from over the county. Yearling steers sold at $30, heifers $26 and two-year-old steers at $45, cows $38. Mrs. Lidy and son Roy have moved to the George Steward place in the...

  • Flu season expected to be active

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 3, 2022

    The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is warning that this year’s flu season could be an active one. After a couple of years of much less flu than usual, the contagious virus is expected to be back in full circulation this winter. “Largely due to widespread personal precautions related to COVID-19, reported flu activity was unusually low over the past two flu seasons in Wyoming and across the country. There are indications that may not be the case again,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer. “Unfortunately, we may be back to normal...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Nov 3, 2022

    Oct. 24 – Eight VIN checks. Traffic stop. Traffic accident with damage. Two business checks. Medical page. Motorist assist. Paper service. Fingerprints. Project Lifesaver. Patient transfer. Oct. 25 – Six VIN checks. Paper service. Three traffic stops. Alarm call. Business check. Public relations. Sex offense. Suspicious person/circumstance. Found property. Motorist assist. Oct. 26 – Three VIN checks. Five traffic stops. Assist another agency. Minor in possession. Protection order violation. Patient transfer. Medical page. Traffic control call....

  • Circuit Court

    Nov 3, 2022

    Speeding – David Wagner, Grandview, IA, 88/80, $101; Bradley Hargrave, Jerseyville, IL, 86/80, $97; Kyle Halter, Belgrade, MT, 79/65, $188; (minor), Gillette, WY, 100/80, $170; Sedrak Galajyan, Los Angeles, CA, 55/45, $105; Jacob Zieman, Darwin, MN, 84/70, $130; Lucas Sonsel, Hockley, TX, 79/70, $103; Rena M. Maller, Upton, WY, 79/70, $103; Arthur Wise, Denver, CO, 90/80, $105; Tobea Miller Ayer, Beulah, 55/45, $105; Andrew Kissell, Oostburg, WI, 90/75, $135; Keeton Rosales, Belle Fourche, SD, 79/70, $103; Douglas Lameyer, Wayland, MI, 92/80, $...

  • Moorcroft woman accepts plea deal on child abuse charges

    Sarah Pridgeon|Nov 3, 2022

    Karey Hedlund of Moorcroft has accepted a plea deal related to the 16 separate counts of child abuse and one of aggravated assault and battery with which she was originally charged. Hedlund’s alleged victims accuse her of years of mental and physical abuse. According to reports from a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy, an investigation was launched at the beginning of June, 2021 in response to a report of “abusive and neglectful behavior”. The victims reported numerous incidents of cruel and physical abuse at Hedlund’s hands. At change of...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Nov 3, 2022

    Dear Editor, Once upon a time the Crook County Republican Party reflected the custom and culture of the citizens it represented. The Central Committee was made up of people with strong personalities, and the precinct people who represented their neighbors in their voting district knew where they stood. I sat at the Republican tent for a few days during the fair this year. There was a bin full of campaign materials from various candidates for us to put out for people to take. As I sat down, I was concerned that only certain candidates’ p...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie RIley|Nov 3, 2022

    We do in-town deliveries for people who are unable to make it into the library and we do curbside delivery for those who would prefer not to come inside. Just give us a call and we will get your books ready. Come check out the numerous magazines we have available for a two-week checkout. Since its founding in 1923, TIME Magazine has been one of the most authoritative and informative guides to what is happening in current affairs, politics, business, health, science and entertainment. Every week over 20 million subscribers worldwide turn to...

  • EHD outbreak prompts a reduction in leftover license sales

    Nov 3, 2022

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has discontinued sales of Type 7 licenses in Deer Hunt Areas 1, 2 and 3 in the northern Black Hills. These hunt areas in northeastern Wyoming have experienced a second consecutive year of an epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus outbreak, resulting in higher-than-expected deer mortality. Despite the die-off last year, there were still many parts of the Black Hills with high concentrations of deer on private lands, which is why Game and Fish continued to issue these licenses. However, given this current...

  • Volleyball season comes to a close

    Rebecca Maupin|Nov 3, 2022

    The 2022 volleyball season came to a close for the Sundance Lady Bulldogs at the Regional Tournament this past weekend in Burns. Coming in as the number three seed from the north, the Lady Bulldogs opened tournament play against the number two seed from the south, Lingle Fort Laramie. This was a tight matchup throughout all four sets. Sundance was able to squeeze out the first win in set one, taking a narrow 25-22 victory. The next three, unfortunately, went to the Doggers and the Lady Bulldogs were knocked out of the championship bracket....

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Nov 3, 2022

    Campaign finance complaint against Vogelheim dismissed JACKSON (WNE) — The Wyoming Democratic Party’s campaign finance complaint against Republican legislative candidate Paul Vogelheim has been dismissed, according to Jennifer Martinez, the office’s assistant elections director in the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office. Martinez said on Monday that she was not able to elaborate on why or provide documentation of the dismissal before press time. Vogelheim is running against Democrat Liz Storer to represent House District 23 in the Wyoming...

  • Trout rescues start off with sweets and end with smiles

    Mark Davis, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 3, 2022

    POWELL — Electrically stunned trout rolled to the top of the water, revealing their white underbellies, while volunteers hoping to save Wyoming’s prized game fish sloshed through the muddy, receding pools of the Cody Canal to scoop them up as fast as possible. The volunteers, who face a wet and sometimes bone-chilling task, were fueled by the sugary sweetness of donuts and black coffee as the rescue mission continued just after sunrise Friday. It was obvious there were a lot of fish to be saved along the ditch near the South Fork of the Shoshon...

  • Ballot proposition

    Nov 3, 2022

    NOTICE OF CROOK COUNTY BALLOT PROPOSITION TO BE ON THE NOVEMBER 8, 2022 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT “Shall Crook County be authorized to renew a lodging tax at a rate of two percent (2%) upon the sales price paid for sleeping accommodations for guests in hotels, motels, tourist courts, trailer parks, campgrounds, dude ranches, short-term condominiums, and similar establishments, in accordance with Wyoming Statute 39-15-204(a)(ii)” Publish: October 20, 27 and November 3, 2022... Full story

  • Bids

    Nov 3, 2022

    Crook County Weed and Pest have the following Items posted for sale: Approximately 30 sheets of Tin 4-Wheeler Tracks. Miscellaneous Office Supplies Sealed bids are due in the Weed and Pest office on or by November 9, 2022 at 6 p.m. The Crook County Weed and Pest reserves the right to deny any/all bids. Feel free to make an appointment at the office to see the items for sale! Publish: October 27 and November 3, 2022... Full story

  • Constitutional Amendment B would retire judges at age 75

    Dave Bonner, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 3, 2022

    POWELL — Wyoming voters will be asked to weigh in on raising the mandatory retirement age of Supreme Court and District Court judges as they vote on proposed Amendment B in the Nov. 8 general election. Amendment B would raise the compulsory retirement age for the judges from 70 to 75. Adoption of constitutional amendments requires approval by a majority of all voters casting ballots at the election. Raising the mandatory retirement age of Supreme Court and District Court judges reached the general election ballot after receiving two thirds m...

  • Probate

    Nov 3, 2022

    NOTICE OF PROBATE STATE OF WYOMING IN THE DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF CROOK SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Probate No. 5910 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: RICHARD HERBERT WHITE, Deceased. TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID PROBATE: You are hereby notified that on the 18th day of October, 2022, the Last Will and Testament of the above-named decedent was admitted to probate by the above-named court, and that John J. White was appointed Personal Representative thereof. Any action to set aside the Will shall be filed in the court within three (3) months... Full story


    Nov 3, 2022

    FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE (For Publication) WHEREAS NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that a default in the payment under the terms of a secured and perfected Note has occurred. The Note is secured by a Mortgage dated December 23, 2015 and recorded on January 8, 2016 at REC # 641524 Book 560, Page 325 in the records of Crook County, Wyoming from Jarrod Gose, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation for the amount of $187,609.00. The Mortgage having been assigned to and now in possession of... Full story


    Nov 3, 2022

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF PHYLLIS D. QUEEN Deceased. Probate No. 5908 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified on the 10TH day of October, 2022, the Last Will and Testament of the decedent was admitted to probate by the above Court and Thomas E. Queen and Dee Ann Queen were appointed Co-Personal Representatives. Any action to set aside the Will shall be filed with the Court within three (3) months... Full story

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