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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 14, 2021 

First phase of vaccine program now complete

Crook County Public Health completed the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations at the end of last week and will be moving on to the next tier of candidates on the state’s priority list. The phase 1a...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 14, 2021 

Commissioners reluctant to form solid waste district

The commissioners intend to decide in February what should be done about the imminent closure of the last remaining landfill in Crook County. According to Mayor Dick Claar of Moorcroft, the formation of a solid waste district is the only way to...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 14, 2021 

Law enforcement contract begins

To mark the transition between the dissolution of the Sundance Police Department and the beginning of a contract with the Crook County Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement coverage for the...

 

Two fatal crashes reported on I-90

Wyoming Highway Patrol has announced that two fatal crashes took place on the interstate on January 8, leading to the deaths of 60-year-old Eric J. Carbaugh of Beulah and 27-year-old Keelie A. Garvin...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 14, 2021 

New council gets to work

The year began for the Sundance City Council with a ceremony to swear in Randy Stevenson as a new member of the council and Joe Wilson as a returning councilman. Mayor Paul Brooks thanked outgoing... Full story

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 14, 2021 

Changes expected for Winterfest

A fixture of winter for downtown visitors, the Sundance Winter Festival has been a popular event since 2015. The loss of its volunteer organizers, however, could spell the end of the festivities in their original form. Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz...

 

Michael Pat Mackey

Michael Pat Mackey was born January 27, 1953 and passed away January 3, 2021, in Rapid City, South Dakota. A memorial service was held January 9, 2021, at Kirk Funeral Home. A burial of cremated remains will take place in the spring in Hillview Cemet... Full story

 

Ruth Marie Gurkowski

Ruth Marie Gurkowski passed away peacefully in Cheyenne, WY on December 22, 2020 at the age of 90. She was born to Clyde and Nettie Roadifer on May 19, 1930 in Sundance, WY. Until recent years, she lived in Sundance her entire life. She attended loca... Full story

 

Rita Joyce Smithburg

Rita Joyce Smithburg passed away at home in Sundance, Wyoming on the morning of January 4th, at the age of 76.  Rita was born on August 21, 1944 in El Centro, CA to Wilmar and Joyce (Lingscheit) Ernst. When Wilmar was discharged from the marines... Full story

 

George "Durand" Grenier

George “Durand” Grenier passed away January 4, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 14, 1925, in Hulett, Wyoming, to George and Elizabeth (Freeborn) Grenier. When he was three months old, the family moved to Devils... Full story

 

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Holy crap, who knew! There really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I discovered this after attending the January 6 Crook County Commissioners meeting, at which they held a hearing concerning the request to establish a county w...

 

This Side of the Pond

It’s common for newspapers to publish a “review of the year” each December or January – you may have seen exactly such a thing a couple of weeks ago in your very own Sundance Times. I was...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 14, 2021 

Kid gets new owner

The City of Sundance has agreed to take ownership of the statue of the Sundance Kid that originally sat outside the courthouse and has now been moved to the park under construction next to Old Stoney. The process of moving the statue required a new c...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 14, 2021 

Investigation complete for highway crash

Wyoming Highway Patrol has completed an investigation into a traffic accident that took place on December 30 on Highway 24 in the vicinity of milepost 18. “The cause of the crash was not maintaining a lane of travel,” says Lieutenant Tim...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    January 14, 2021 

Memorial trees touted for new park

The Sundance City Council has agreed to look into potential ways to incorporate memorial trees into the new park under construction next to Old Stoney. Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz reported last week that she has been approached by people who have...

 

Timber sale aims to improve forest health near Sundance

The Bearlodge Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest is working with Wyoming State Forestry Division to treat insect- and disease-infected trees, reduce hazardous fuels and restore or improve forest, watershed or rangeland conditions and...

 
 By Nick Reynolds    News    January 14, 2021 

Lummis says she wanted to 'shine light' on election irregularities

CASPER — Breaking with a vast majority of her colleagues in the Senate, Sen. Cynthia Lummis voted to overturn election results in Pennsylvania, one of two states being contested by conservative members of Congress early Thursday morning. Lummis...

 

Wyoming News Briefs

Wyoming wolf-hunting season comes to close PINEDALE (WNE) — The 2020 wolf-hunting season in Wyoming’s trophy game management area closed as the New Year began last week, with only 31 gray wolves taken from a limit of 51.  Last year, Wyoming...

 
 By Rebecca Maupin    Sports    January 14, 2021 

Bulldogs get back on the hardwood, notch three wins

SHS Boys After a long winter break the Sundance boys basketball team was back on the floor with a busy weekend. Adding three more victories to their record, the Bulldogs were able to overcome the...

 

Fourth and fifth grade students invited to participate in Arbor Day poster contest

Wyoming State Forestry Division and Wyoming Project Learning Tree (WY PLT) are teaming up again this year to hold the annual Wyoming State Arbor Day poster contest. This year Wyoming will celebrate its 133rd Arbor Day. The contest is open to all...

 

CSC Honor Rolls

Chadron State College has announced the names of 328 students who qualified for the institution’s Fall 2020 President’s List with a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Crook County students on the list include Devin Hodges of Hulett and...

 

Crook County Sheriff's Office

Jan. 4 – Two VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Three assists to DFS. Two fingerprints. Threat call. Coroner call. Theft report. Assisted motorist. Business checks. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Business checks. Jan. 5 – Two VIN checks. Traffic...

 

Circuit Court

Speeding – Mark C. Peters, SD, 90/75, $135; Carla Jobgen, SD, 87/75, $120; Joshua Young, WA, 89/80, $103; Kase P. Gustafson, Moorcroft, 86/75, $115; Michael Greene, UT, 100/75, $185; Sergei O’Sullivan, MT, 94/70, $180; Connor Crane, SD, 85/75,...

 
 By Kim Heaster    News    January 14, 2021 

This Week at Your Library

The library will be closed Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The library doors are open. We are still doing curbside and in town home delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. In compliance with the statewide mask order,...

 

Peek at the Past

100 Years Ago Jan. 13, 1921 On a recent visit to Sundance W. D. Fisher mentioned to the Times that the present snowfall on the Upton road constitutes the one blockade which at present ties up 600 miles of highway – from Mitchell, S.D. to Billings,...

 

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