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Articles from the January 20, 2022 edition

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  • Fit for Main Street

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 20, 2022

    Is winter getting in the way of your fitness goals? Do you need physical therapy that's tailored to your specific needs or diagnosis? The newest business to join Main Street might just have your answer to both these questions. One half of Rehab Solutions is dedicated to advanced physical therapy. The other is a fully equipped gym that's open to members 24 hours per day. "Rehab Solutions has been in business for 13 years in Gillette. We've been noticing a lot of patients from this region of the...

  • Clinic makeover begins

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 20, 2022

    Work is set to soon begin on a refurbishment of Hulett Hometown Clinic, the newly renamed facility belonging to Crook County Medical Services District. After it became clear that the district would not be leaving the building to occupy the Red Bluffs Clinic built by the Crook County Medical Foundation, the board of trustees decided it was time for a facelift on a facility that has served the district for almost four decades. CEO Micki Lyons told the board last week that she met with provider...

  • Hospital foundation plans move forward

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 20, 2022

    The Board of Trustees took their first look at the legal documentation needed to form a fundraising foundation for Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) last week. The draft was presented by Kara Ellsbury, board attorney, who had been directed at the latter end of 2021 to begin the process of forming a new foundation as an internal arm of the district. “As you’ll see, there are a number of things you’ll need to make decisions on,” said Ellsbury as she presented the document to board members. For example, she said, trustees will ne...

  • Balow steps down as State Superintendent

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 20, 2022

    One-time Hulett teacher Jillian Balow announced on Thursday that she is stepping down from her role as State Superintendent of Public Instruction to take on a matching role in Virginia. “I am honored, and deeply humbled, to announce that Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin has asked me to serve as Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. With a focused drive to lead on the front lines of educational transformation in this country, I have accepted,” she said in a statement. “Therefore, I announce my resignation from the office...

  • Nominees announced for new District Court Judge

    Jan 20, 2022

    Upon the retirement of Judge Thomas W. Rumpke, the Judicial Nominating Commission has put forth three names to potentially take on his position of District Court Judge in the Sixth Judicial District. The commission considered all who expressed interest in the position and submitted three nominees: Honorable Matthew F.G. Castano, Honorable Paul S. Phillips and Ronald E. Wirthwein, Jr. These names have been submitted to Governor Mark Gordon for his consideration. The governor will appoint one of the three to serve as the new District Court...

  • Willis A. "Bill" Hughes

    Jan 20, 2022

    Willis A. "Bill" Hughes, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, died January 12, 2022, at the age of 100, at The Legacy Living & Rehabilitation Center, Gillette, Wyoming. Born at his family home in Moorcroft, he is survived by his son, Douglas Bryan Hughes; daughter-in-law, Virginia "Lee" Hughes; grandsons, Dr. Kyle (Heidi) Hughes of Arvada, Colorado, Dr. Jordan (Holly) Hughes of Lafayette, Colorado, Dr. Shelby Hughes, Laramie, Wyoming; great-granddaughter, Lily and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of... Full story

  • Verna Haagensen

    Jan 20, 2022

    Verna Haagensen, 79, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022, at Crook County Memorial Hospital. Verna was born in Wadestown, West Virginia, to Howard White and Mildred Plough on October 16, 1942. Shortly after, her family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where she graduated from Poudre Valley High. In 1965, She married the love of her life Keith Haagensen. She began her career working in many of the diners in Colorado, where eventually she found her calling working in... Full story

  • Helen Irene Brengle

    Jan 20, 2022

    On January 5, 2022, Helen Irene Brengle passed away peacefully in her sleep at home. A celebration of her life will be held during the summer when the weather is warmer and all her loved ones can be there. Helen was born to Roy and Blanch Smith on March 2, 1940, in Lodgepole, South Dakota, where she was raised on the family farm. She attended school in Bison, South Dakota, before meeting the love of her life, Gary Allen Brengle. On February 28, 1955, at 15 years of age, she was united in... Full story

  • Kyra Joy Talbot Crago

    Jan 20, 2022

    Kyra Joy Talbot (Hearsey) Crago 94, of Spearfish, South Dakota, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish. Kyra was born on June 14, 1927, in Palmerston North, New Zealand, the daughter of William Wran and Ethel Mary (Youngman) Hearsey. She was the youngest of six children. Phyllis, Irma, Raymond, Ivan and Neville were her older brothers and sisters. It was an active family with each of the children participating in various sports and activities. Kyra studied ballet, tap and toe dancing... Full story

  • Jeanette Betterton

    Jan 20, 2022

    Jeanette Betterton, 90, former longtime Guymon, Oklahoma, resident passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022, in Amarillo, Texas, where she has lived for the past few years. The daughter of Donald Nathaniel and Gladys Leora (Storm) Griffis, Jeanette Lee was born September 19, 1931, in Crook County, Wyoming. Jeanette and Ernest C. Betterton were united in marriage on March 31, 1957, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The family moved to Guymon from Belle Fourche, South Dakota, in 1967. Jeanette was a loving... Full story

  • Card of Thanks

    Jan 20, 2022

    Our Thanks Thank you to our family, friends and neighbors for all your support during this difficult time of loss. The calls, visits, cards, flowers and memorial donations have truly been appreciated. We would also like to send a special thank you to Kenny and Jason on the ambulance crew for the professionalism, kindness and compassion you showed us. The family of Joe Unruh...

  • Peek at the Past

    Jan 20, 2022

    1 Years Ago Jan, 1922 No paper available. 75 Years Ago Jan. 15, 1947 The Jake Chaffin ranch home, located about five miles west of Sundance, was completely razed by fire Sunday night while Jake was in town. The home and all its contents and all personal articles as well as valuable papers were destroyed in the fire, which according to Chaffin was caused by the high winds of that evening which apparently blew down the chimney so hard that it blew live coals out of the wood stove on to the floor. John Lindsey was named president of the...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Jan 20, 2022

    We are still doing curbside and in-town delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. We have numerous magazines available for a two-week checkout. COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE focuses on food, home renovation, home decor, DIY, and lifestyle. Whether you live in a cozy cottage or a spacious farmhouse, COUNTRY LIVING has all the design inspiration you need to refresh your home! Displays: If you have a collection you would like to share with Sundance, please let us know! We have two locking cases that we would love to put your collection in for a...

  • State officials react to mandate ruling

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 20, 2022

    The Supreme Court has blocked a mandate issued through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that would have required employees of large businesses to get a COVID-19 vaccine or test on a regular basis. “We are delighted that the Supreme Court ruled favorably on our petition regarding OSHA’s authority. This is a victory for Wyoming businesses and their workers,” responded Governor Mark Gordon. “The court rightfully recognized this action by the Biden Administration for what it was: a blatant example of federal overreach.” Sena...

  • Visitation not impacted by Omicron increase

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 20, 2022

    As Omicron continues its rapid spread across the world, case rates are once again on the rise in Crook County. However, those looking to visit loved ones in the hospital or long-term care unit will not be affected by this increase. Local transmission of the virus is “back to a high, we’re in the red again,” according to CEO Micki Lyons of Crook County Medical Services District. At this time, the rate of tests coming back with a positive result is back above 20%. The hospital, she says, is still receiving COVID-19 inpatients. “Just when we thin...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP|Jan 20, 2022

    Dear NP, My father had a complicated history of prostate cancer. My doctor told me that having my blood PSA level checked is useless. What health screenings are recommended for prostate cancer, and how often? Dear Reader, It’s normal to be concerned about your prostate health when you’ve seen a loved one deal with prostate cancer. The prostate is a small gland in men that produces sperm and semen. Prostate cancer rarely has any symptoms in the early stages. But in later stages, you may have som...

  • To form a more perfect union…

    Cynthia Lummis, US Senator|Jan 20, 2022

    You have likely heard the term “filibuster” thrown around a lot over the last couple of weeks. It is a word that isn’t used much outside of D.C., but it is important to you as the resident of a small, rural state. The filibuster is a procedural tool used in the Senate to pump the brakes on a piece of legislation or a nominee that the minority party finds concerning. It raises the threshold for passage of a bill to 60 votes as opposed to a simple majority of 50 votes. Use of the filibuster forces senators from both parties to reach a compr...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 20, 2022

    When a story from the UK made it across the pond last week, I couldn’t figure out what the fuss was about. Why was everyone so excited about a Roman ruin? In case you didn’t happen across the news, archaeologists found the remains of a Roman settlement in Northamptonshire while digging along the route that will one day be a high-speed railway. It might seem strange to hire archaeologists for the dirt work, but it’s actually a pretty cool preservation project. The rail link will span 150 miles...

  • Laramie, Albany counties in 'chaos' after redistricting move

    Joel Funk,|Jan 20, 2022

    Power struggles between lawmakers reverted at least a quarter of Wyoming’s legislative redistricting map back to square one during a contentious meeting Wednesday in Casper. With time ticking down before the 2022 budget session convenes in Cheyenne in February, members of the Legislature’s Joint Corporations, Elections, and Political Subdivisions Committee narrowly voted to adopt a plan involving significant changes for communities along the Interstate 80 corridor in southern Wyoming. While some lawmakers called it a compromise, others cal...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jan 20, 2022

    DCI investigating Gillette shooting GILLETTE (WNE) — The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating an incident from Sunday morning in which two police officers shot and killed a 22-year-old man, Ismael Trinidad Montes, who was allegedly resisting arrest and charged officers with a “large edged weapon.” The incident began when officers received a call at about 7 a.m. Sunday from an unidentified person requesting an unwanted person be removed from their home in the 500 block of Church Avenue. When officers arrived, Montes was a...

  • Newcastle man arrested for intent to deliver controlled substances

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 20, 2022

    A Newcastle man faces felony charges related to meth and marijuana after both substances were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop. On the morning of January 3, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper noticed a vehicle traveling over the posted speed limit on Highway 16. Radar recorded a reading of 77 mph in a 70 mph zone. The trooper reports activating his lights to initiate a traffic stop and the vehicle slowed, but did not immediately pull over. After around half a mile, the vehicle pulled over; the trooper recognized it from previous...

  • Wisconsin men charged with THC possession

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 20, 2022

    Three Wisconsin men have been charged with felony counts of possession of THC after numerous products containing the controlled substance were allegedly located in their vehicle during a traffic stop on the interstate. On January 6 at around 4:15 p.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper was patrolling near mile marker 197 on I-90 when he observed a passenger vehicle traveling in excess of the posted speed limit. Radar recorded the vehicle’s speed as 89 mph in an 80 mph zone. The trooper reports initiating a traffic stop and making contact with t...

  • New laws go into effect

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 20, 2022

    The next round of state lawmaking is coming up soon, but Wyoming is not quite done introducing the new laws that were placed on the books during the 2021 Legislative Session. Several changes came into effect as the year began, with others due to become law later in the 2022. Enrolled Act 67 provides an exemption on property tax for de minimis business property. If a person owns $2400 or less of business property in one county, it is to be considered exempt. The act also creates a civil fee of $5 per day (up to $250) for failing to report that...

  • Circuit Court

    Jan 20, 2022

    Speeding – Rainy Jamee Kerwin, CA, 93/75, $150; Stanley Rothfuss, WA, 90/80, $105; Carlos McFarlane, Gillette, 90/80, $105; Merrich Liam Marttinen, Moorcroft, 31/20, $125; Shane Holien, SD, 100/80, $160; Hunter Edens, Gillette, 93/80, $125; (minor), Newcastle, 95/70, $185; Jiaqi Zhou, NC, 93/65, $200; Cheyenne McTaggart, SD, 82/70, $120; Emily Teiken, MN, 95/80, $135; Kimball Rippy, WA, 103/80, $175; John Alexander, MN, 88/80, $101 No Seat Belt (driver) – Brandon Vanhorn, Sundance, $25 Restricted License Violation – (minor), Gillette, $150...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jan 20, 2022

    Jan. 3 – Six VIN checks. Four paper services. Two traffic stops. K-9 sniff assist to Wyoming Highway Patrol. Two subjects booked into jail. Protection order violation. Crash report. Business checks. Two fire pages. Three EMS pages. Jan. 4 – Two VIN checks. Paper services. Traffic stops. Business checks. Motorist assist. Three assists to Wyoming Highway Patrol. Civil assist. Two EMS pages. Fire page. Jan. 5 – Two VIN checks. Two paper services. Motorist assist. Trespassing complaint. Assist to DFS. Commercial burglar alarm. Business check...

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