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Articles from the January 18, 2024 edition


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  • Baby it's cold outside

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 18, 2024

    Over a weekend of life-threatening cold that saw weather warnings issued across most of the lower 48, local records were broken as the temperature kept right on dropping. The bitter temperatures were caused by Arctic air migrating down from Canada. Wind chills were low enough at times for frostbite to affect exposed skin within five to ten minutes. The lowest wind chills in Crook County were recorded on Saturday morning, just after 5 a.m., when Sundance and the area east of Pine Haven saw...

  • Weather hampers fire response

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 18, 2024

    Firefighters were able to contain a blaze in the attic of a home over the weekend, despite the best efforts of the weather. "Everything that could go wrong, did," says Fire Chief Gari Gill. The report came in late on Friday evening that a fire had started at a home on Canyon Springs Rd, south of Sundance, and smoke was visible in the eaves. The cause is thought to have been a separated chimney. However, says Gill, at this time a full investigation is pending until the cold clears up a little....

  • County weighs in on BLM plan

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 18, 2024

    The county commissioners convened in a special meeting on Tuesday morning to approve a letter of comment on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (RMP). The document has been controversial across Wyoming and, by approving the letter, the commission joined with the efforts of the Wyoming County Commissioners Association to push back against it. "It is clear that the draft Rock Springs RMP is critical for the economy and...

  • Driskill: property tax will be a focus during budget session

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 18, 2024

    All eyes are on the question of increasing property taxes – with the 2024 Budget Session coming up, especially those of Wyoming's legislators. The ideas are already flowing, says Senate President Ogden Driskill, who hopes a solution can be found that assists this state's citizens while maintaining the proper function of its governments. Finding that solution will be no simple task. Follow the Money The most obvious hurdle to reforming property tax is simple cause and effect: cutting taxes r...

  • Juniors join National Honor Society

    Jan 18, 2024

    Four juniors have been inducted into the Sundance High School chapter of the National Honor Society this year: Angel Villegas, Holden Ayer, Savanah Peterson and Jake Schommer. Membership is open to students in grades 10 through 12 who meet the qualifications based on the four pillars of the society. "These four are amazing examples of character, leadership and service at our school," says teacher Chelsey Blasczyk. The four join current members Lexie Marchant, Keaton Mills, Aspen Jones, Deklan...

  • Dick William Graham

    Jan 18, 2024

    Dick William Graham went to be with his Lord and Savior, on January 9, 2024, after a courageous fight against AML. Dick was born April 4, 1948, or as he would say 4-4-48, to Joe and Eunice (Prell) Graham and welcomed home to the ranch by his big brother, Joe, known by everyone else as Dave. He attended country school until the sixth grade and then he continued his education in Moorcroft, Wyoming. Dick was an athlete competing in football, basketball and track. During his time as an athlete, he received many awards and accomplishments. He was... Full story

  • Up to date

    Jan 18, 2024

    Crook County Assessor Dan Thomas announced last week that his office staff have completed the required coursework and exams in order to be fully certified by the Wyoming Department of Revenue as Property Tax Appraisers. Pictured from left to right: Thomas Bush, Dan Thomas, Tracey Jundt and Blake Homola....

  • 25 years

    Jan 18, 2024

    At the annual Sundance State Bank employee dinner, Andy Miller presented Liz Taylor with an anniversary plaque from the Wyoming Bankers Association in honor of her 25 years of dedication and loyalty to banking in Wyoming. This plaque is presented to those who have achieved success in their careers and who have served their customers and communities for such a long period of time. "Sundance State Bank would like to congratulate Liz Taylor on her years of dedicated service to the bank and our customers," commended Andy Miller, SSB President. Liz...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jan 18, 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: Special Crook County Board Meeting Mon., Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. in Sundance. Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. PROGRAMMING: Lunch Bunch Book Club Thur., Jan. 25 at 11:30 a.m. Axel Bee Gang Program by Mike...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jan 18, 2024

    1 Years Ago January 17, 1924 All stages out of Sundance reverted to sleds Friday. There was nearly a foot of snow which had drifted badly. The weather cleared up Sunday morning and roads are open again. School News: Contests were given by algebra class. Lillian Stanton won in the girls' contest and Mandron Sterns and Fred Vines won in the boys' contest. The freshman algebra class was defeated by the sophomore class (last year's algebra class) 25-20. The general science class is making...

  • UW Extension to offer private pesticide applicator programming in northeast Wyoming

    Jan 18, 2024

    The University of Wyoming Extension will offer eight private pesticide applicator education programs at various locations in northeast Wyoming Jan. 25 through March 14, 2024. Private applicator licenses are required for anyone who applies or supervises the application of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs). The four-hour private applicator education programs provide an overview of certification requirements, pertinent regulations, pesticide safety and handling, proper disposal practices and more....

  • UW Extension

    Vicki Hayman, Community Vitality and Health Educator|Jan 18, 2024

    A meal of chicken and dumplings creates a sense of coziness. Chicken and dumplings combine cooked chicken simmered with dumplings in a flavorful, creamy broth. Additional vegetables, like carrots, onion, and celery, are also routinely part of the recipe, adding savoriness. Herbs and seasonings are also often added to brighten the flavor. Avoid flavorless chicken and doughy dumplings. With these top tips, you can ensure your chicken and dumplings are a phenomenal meal. Chicken – Rather than using...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jan 18, 2024

    Dear Editor, I just received a letter stating Kenda Huseby NP will be leaving the Crook County Medical Services District clinic in February. Ms. Huseby has given her patients, according to my experience, exceptional care. I am more than disappointed to lose her as my provider. She has always been thorough and made me feel she had a vested interest in my well-being. Others have expressed the same opinion about her to me. Ms. Huseby has strong familial ties to this area and has practiced here for...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Jan 18, 2024

    Let me tell you about the time I nearly went to the Sundance festival. No, not the winter one that’s coming up in a few weeks. I’m talking about the star-studded movie extravaganza that stole our name. For a little while there, I was on the master guest list alongside some of Hollywood’s finest superstars. You’re probably wondering how that could possibly have happened, so let me assure you that I am still asking myself the same. The insanity began a week ago when a message turned up in my inbox from a PR firm, inviting me to be a VIP guest t...

  • Circuit Court

    Jan 18, 2024

    Speeding – Elbert Perez-Garcia, Denison, IA, 93/75, $150; William Murray, Grand Forks, ND, 80/70, $105; Joseph Donarski, Spearfish, SD, 85/65, $230; (truck) – Dilshod Tilaboev, Brooklyn, NY, 72/45, $490 Yield Sign Violation – Whitney L. Stull, Sundance, WY, $140 Stop Sign Violation – Tudor Gurulea, Gillette, WY, $140; Scott W. Brown, Newcastle, WY, $140 Drive Vehicle Within Single Lane – Liubov Fedorova, Box Elder, SD, $90 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Thomas Hart...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jan 18, 2024

    Jan. 8 – Five VIN checks. Four business checks. Traffic stops. Two citizen assists. House watch. Welfare check. Fire page. Jan. 9 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Two traffic stops. Two citizen assists. Welfare check. Wanted person. Business check. Animal complaint. Two EMS pages. Jan. 10 – Four VIN checks. Paper service. Traffic stop. Prisoner transport. Parking problem. Five house watches. Three business checks. Drugs. EMS page. Jan. 11 – Two VIN checks. Two paper services. Traffic stop. C...

  • Gillette real estate agent faces forgery, identity theft accusations

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 18, 2024

    GILLETTE - A Gillette Realtor and owner of 1st Class Realty has been accused of forging signatures of three local real estate agents and using their identities to close deals without their knowledge, allegedly gaining her higher shares of higher commission rates. Tami L. Hinson, 57, waived her preliminary hearing Tuesday, binding her over to District Court on six felonies: three counts of unauthorized use of personal identifying information and three counts of forgery, according to court...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jan 18, 2024

    Salt River Range avalanche kills former Jackson resident JACKSON (WNE) - David Rice, 41, was caught and killed in an avalanche Sunday in the mountains east of Star Valley Ranch. Rice, an avid musician, lived in Jackson for years and owned Jackson Hole Music, the only music store in town, before closing the shop last year. Until June 2021, he also owned a guitar store in Boulder, Colorado. Rice was killed after a week of sustained snowfall dropped over three feet of snow in the Tetons. That snow...

  • Oil continued to rise, natural gas continued decline in 2023, state report finds

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 18, 2024

    GILLETTE - While coal is still king in Campbell County, oil and gas are still the second and third largest contributors to the county's economy, as far as taxable value goes. Across the state, natural gas production has been on a steady decline since 2009, while oil production has been more up and down. According to a report put out by the Wyoming State Geological Survey this month, the state's oil production has not yet surpassed its 2019 high, while nationwide oil production has surpassed...

  • State report: Wyoming uranium industry primed for success

    Jonathan Gallardo, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 18, 2024

    GILLETTE – Uranium production looks to be back on the upswing after years of dormancy. A report recently completed by the Wyoming State Geological Survey found that Wyoming is primed to take advantage of the expected expansion of the domestic uranium industry. And Campbell County should be right in the thick of things. Wyoming leads the country in uranium mining and has the largest economic uranium ore reserves in the U.S. which are located across the Powder River Basin, Great Divide Basin, S...

  • Latest forecast: $13.3M less available for state spending

    Hannah Shields, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 18, 2024

    CHEYENNE - In advance of the upcoming budget session, the Wyoming Legislature's wallet to appropriate funds for budget requests is expected to shrink by $13.3 million. An updated Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG) report informed members of the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee they had $37.3 million in discretionary funds to spend this year. The CREG report is a forecast of the state's total revenue and assets. It includes estimates of Wyoming's mineral prices and production,...

  • BID

    Jan 18, 2024

    WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BID The Wyoming Department of Transportation will receive bids uploaded to the Public Purchase website, until 11:00 A.M., Mountain Time on February 15, 2024, at which time they will be publicly opened and read for FURNISHING MAINTENANCE JANITORIAL AND GROUNDS MAINTENANCE AT THE NORTHEAST WELCOME CENTER. A MANDATORY Pre-Bid Inspection will be held at 10:00 A.M., Mountain Time on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at the Northeast Welcome Center located at MP 199.31 on I-90 (Aladdin... Full story

  • Improvement and Service District

    Jan 18, 2024

    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE BEULAH IMPROVEMENT AND SERVICE DISTRICT BEFORE THE BOARD OF CROOK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with W.S. §22-29-109 that a hearing is to be held on behalf of those petitioning for a service and improvement district before the County Commissioners as follows: 1. The name of the proposed district shall be the "Beulah Improvement and Service District." 3. The proposed district is located within Crook County, Wyoming,... Full story

  • Road Hearing

    Jan 18, 2024

    NOTICE OF HEARING TO ALTER A PORTION OF A PUBLIC ROAD NO. 282 KNOWN AS THE REED ROAD TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The Board of County Commissioners of Crook County, Wyoming has resolved in Resolution No. 2023 – 21 pursuant to Wyoming Statute 24-3-101 et seq. and W.S. 34-12-106 through 111, to commence proceedings to alter a portion of a public road known as the Reed Road located following described property, and more particularly described on the maps attached to the Petition, to-wit: T.50N., R.62W. OF THE 6TH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, CROOK COUNTY, W... Full story

  • Election

    Jan 18, 2024

    PROCLAMATION OF ELECTION FOR DIRECTOR OF THE SUNDANCE CANYON RANCH IMPROVEMENT AND SERVICE DISTRICT DATE OF ELECTION: The election shall take place by mail ballot on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. PURPOSE: To vote for two (2) Directors in the Sundance Canyon Ranch improvement and Service District for four (4) year terms. FILING OFFICER: Bridget Helms 4 Colt Trl Sundance WY 82729 307-941-1248 [email protected] FILING PERIOD: February 7, 2024 through February 26, 2024. All individuals wishing their name to appear on the ballot must file an... Full story

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