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Articles from the January 25, 2024 edition


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  • Charges refiled in cattle marking incident

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 25, 2024

    Charges have been refiled for the case in which two ranchers are accused of using bleach to paint markings, including drawings of penises, on a total of 189 cows and six bulls belonging to their neighbor. Father-son duo Sean and Tucker Carroll claimed their actions were intended to bring their neighbor's attention to the problem of broken fences that weren't being fixed quickly enough. The markings led to an estimated loss in value for the cattle of $141,750. The original case was filed last...

  • County wraps up input sessions for zoning

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 25, 2024

    The last in a series of public meetings aimed to gauge the community's opinion of zoning was held in Sundance on Wednesday evening. The commissioners have been examining the potential need for zoning in the light of more than usual development taking place around the county. However, before taking any steps towards developing a zoning plan, they were keen to gather input from county residents. As she had done at meetings in the three other municipalities, Community Planning and Zoning Consultant...

  • Idler jailed for child abuse, assault

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 25, 2024

    Josh Idler of Sundance has been jailed on charges of child abuse and aggravated assault and battery. Judge James Michael Causey weighed arguments from either side before finding that the sentence that was recommended in Idler's plea agreement should be imposed. In that agreement, Idler admitted to two felony charges of child abuse and one of aggravated assault and battery. The first two involved pushing minors under the age of 18 into a bathtub, causing injury, and the latter charge involved...

  • Times wins slew of state awards

    Jan 25, 2024

    The Sundance Times was the proud recipient of eight individual merit "Pacemaker" awards at the 2023 annual convention of the Wyoming Press Association. Sarah Pridgeon won first place for her column "This Side of the Pond", which judges called "well written and witty". She also won first place for Business and Energy Reporting for a package of stories about Neiman Sawmills receiving logs from a U.S. Forest Service fire prevention program in California; local concern over a planned bentonite mine...

  • Frozen solid

    Jan 25, 2024

    A passer-by clearly felt sorry for the Sundance Kid over the weekend as he endured the winter weather in nothing but a light jacket. In his new scarf, though, it looks like he should be good until spring....

  • Winifred "Winnie" Darlene Bush

    Jan 25, 2024

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our sweet mother, Winifred “Winnie” Darlene Bush. She passed peacefully on the morning of January 16, 2024. She was 90 years old and lived in the Hulett area most of her life. She left behind a huge family and many friends. We will have a celebration of her life on June 15, 2024, at the Hulett Civic Center. We hope you will be able to be there.... Full story

  • John Andrew Reed

    Jan 25, 2024

    John Andrew Reed,79, of Sundance, Wyoming, beloved husband and sweet Johnny Angel, Dad and Grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, plumber, electrician, mechanic, gardener, babysitter, sage advisor, taste-tester extraordinaire, Kenworth/Ford Mustang/Harley/John Deere Tractor driver and 4-wheeler/ e-bicycle rider, passed away suddenly Sunday evening, January 14, while Camp Hosting for the winter at the Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs. He was just short of his 80th birthday and 60th wedding anniversary. John was born on March... Full story

  • Veterans' assistance available

    Jan 25, 2024

    A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout February. Sandy McFarland is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims or VA healthcare. McFarland can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims, or request healthcare. Her office is located at 551 Running West Dr., Ste. 100, in Gillette, and she will be available at t...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Jan 25, 2024

    Thank You Thank you to everyone that sent cards, called and attended my birthday party! Lots of wonderful friends. It was a great day! Minnie Williams Our Thanks We would like to thank the Sundance Volunteer Fire Department for coming to our rescue, in the -44-degree, harsh weather, and fighting the fire at our home on Friday night, January 12. They did not have to come out and subject themselves to the cold and the back spray that froze on their gear and bodies; but they chose to come out anyway, and we are forever grateful. Because of their... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Jan 25, 2024

    1 Years Ago January 24, 1924 L. C. Good has been putting up an ice crop on Medicine Lake the past few days and has the job nearly finished. All the ice houses around Sundance are now filled with a good quality of summer comfort The carpenters finished up completely on schoolhouse work last week and the painters are due to close their job in a few days. It is expected that the high school pupils will be moved into the new building within ten days. No more need Sundancers guess as to whether...

  • Legislature meets soon for budget session

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 25, 2024

    The Wyoming State Legislature meets for its 67th session soon and there are numerous ways for the public to participate or listen in. This year is a budget session, which means it will last approximately 20 legislative days. The other factor that sets it apart from a general session is that, aside from the budget bill, all other bills will require a two-thirds vote in the Senate or House in order to be introduced. The session begins on February 12 and a wide range of bills have already been assi...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Jan 25, 2024

    Jan. 15 – house watch. Two motorist assist. Three business checks. Stabbing. Domestic. Citizen dispute. EMS page. Jan. 16 – Three VIN checks. Paper service. Civil standby. House watch. Accident. Jan. 17 – Three VIN checks. Fingerprints. Three traffic stops. Business check Jan. 18 – Two VIN Checks. Paper Service. Two Traffic Stops. Accident. Animal Complaint. Citizen Assist. Two Business Checks. Theft. Jan. 19 – Nine VIN Checks. Paper service. Traffic hazard. Project life saver. Two business checks. Welfare check. EMS page. Jan. 20 – Vin che...

  • Circuit Court

    Jan 25, 2024

    Speeding – Michael Maloney, Black Hawk, SD, 90/80, $105; Shawn Opitz, Sundance, WY, 82/70, $120; Salvador Morales Espinosa, Box Elder, SD, 93/80, $125; Brooke A. Carroll, Gillette, WY, 90/75, $135; Antelmo Medina Juarez, Gillette, WY, 84/70, $130 No Valid Driver’s License – Brad Lee Therriault, Billings, MT, $150 Open Container of Alcohol in Moving Vehicle – Wesley L. Malli, Spearfish, SD, $150 Violate Legal Weight (4001-6000) – Austin Grauberger, Cheyenne, WY, $185 Fail to Abide by Posted Closure Signs – Christopher G. Kegler, Bar Nunn, WY, $...

  • Property tax and the 2024 legislative session 

    Ogden Driskill and Albert Sommers|Jan 25, 2024

    During and shortly after the Pandemic, much of Wyoming saw significant in-migration of people from other states. This movement of people into Wyoming was a result of our scenic beauty, rural nature, freedoms, and a general sense of restlessness in the nation. The influx of people created a hot real estate market and higher home prices, which resulted in higher residential property taxes, as assessed values skyrocketed in select areas. The increases in assessed value and property taxes, however,...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Jan 25, 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: Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., Feb. 8 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., Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. PROGRAMMING: Lunch Bunch Book Club...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jan 25, 2024

    Gordon urges BLM to listen to Wyoming on Rock Springs RMP CHEYENNE (WNE) — Gov. Mark Gordon is urging the Bureau of Land Management to “reconsider its restriction-heavy preferred alternative and deliver a reasonable plan incorporating more of Wyoming’s compromise approach to managing the Rock Springs area,” the governor’s office said in a news release. Gordon submitted his comment letter, along with those from numerous state agencies, on the BLM draft Resource Management Plan this week. “No other National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documen...

  • WYDOT reminds communities to avoid pushing snow into state highways 

    Jan 25, 2024

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation is issuing a reminder that it is a violation of state law to push snow on state roadways. WYDOT has received many reports this month across northeast Wyoming of people pushing snow into the traffic lanes of state highways. State statute 35-10-401 (b) stipulates whoever, in any manner, wrongfully obstructs any public highway, or injures any bridge, culvert, or embankment, or injures any material used in the construction of any such road, shall be fined in any sum not more than one hundred dollars...

  • Bid

    Jan 25, 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

  • Probate

    Jan 25, 2024

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF WYOMING IN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY Docket No. 2024-CV-0008996 In the Matter of the Estate of NELS JENSEN SMITH, aka NELS J. SMITH, aka NELS SMITH, Deceased. NOTICE OF PROBATE OF ESTATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on the 10th day of January, 2024, the Last Will and Testament of Nels J. Smith was admitted to probate by the above-named Court, and that Thomas F. Giblock was appointed Personal Representative thereof. Any action to set aside... Full story

  • Report

    Jan 25, 2024

    NOTICE OF COUNTY PLANNING CONSULTANT TO GIVE A REPORT OF THE PUBLIC INPUT MEETINGS TO CROOK COUNTY COMMISIONERS Be advised that at 11:15 a.m. on February 7, 2024, in the Commissioner’s Room at the Courthouse in Sundance, WY, in regular session, the Board of Crook County Commissioners will receive the report from Jayna Watson, AICP, Planning Consultant concerning the results of the four public input meetings held January 9th, Hulett, January 11th, Moorcroft, January 15th, Pine Haven and January 17th, Sundance. Dated this 19th day of January 2... Full story

  • Name Change

    Jan 25, 2024

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT 6th JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN THE MATTER OF THE CHANGE OF NAME OF Roseann S Driskill, Petitioner Civil Action Case No. 8990 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION You are hereby notified that a Petition For Change of Name, Civic Action No. 8990 has been filed on behalf of Roseann S Driskill in the Wyoming District Court for the 6th Judicial District, whose address is 309 E. Cleveland Street, Box 406, Sundance, WY 82729, the object and prayer of which is to change the name of the above-named person from Roseann... Full story

  • Pasture Bids

    Jan 25, 2024

    ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS FOR HORSE PASTURE The City of Sundance has available four separate parcels of land for pasture lease for the period March 15, 2024 to February 28, 2025. These four parcels will be let to bid by separate parcels. These pastures are for horses only. No cows can be placed in these pastures at any time. The successful bidders cannot sublease these pastures to others and no haying of any of these pastures will be allowed. The Lessee, to the satisfaction of the City, will maintain fences and structures. No other fencing or... Full story

  • DEQ - Air

    Jan 25, 2024

    Public Notice Notice is hereby given that the State of Wyoming, Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality, proposes to issue a modified Wyoming Air Quality Standards and Regulations (WAQSR) Chapter 6, Section 3 operating permit to the following applicant for the Colony Plant in Crook County, Wyoming: Bentonite Performance Minerals, LLC 554 US Hwy 212 Belle Fourche, SD 57717 The Colony Plant is located in Section 11, Township 56 North, Range 61 West, Crook County, Wyoming (approximately 20 miles west of Belle Fourche, South... Full story

  • SUBDIVISION

    Jan 25, 2024

    NOTICE OF FINAL SUBDIVISION HEARING Be advised that Collin Massie, P.O. Box 1063, Moorcroft, WY 82721 is hereby giving notice of a final subdivision hearing for a minor subdivision application. The proposed Massie Estates Minor Subdivision lies in the NE¼SE¼ of Section 17, T50N, R66W, of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Crook County, Wyoming. The Board of Crook County Commissioners will hold a final hearing to approve, conditionally approve or deny the application and plat of the Massie Estate Minor Subdivision on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at 2... Full story

  • Meeting

    Jan 25, 2024

    Meeting Rescheduled The Crook County Museum District is seeking a board member. Send questions and/or a letter of interest to [email protected]. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the next board meeting at 5:30 p.m. on January 29, 2024 in Crook County Library Meeting Room in Sundance. This meeting was rescheduled from January 22. Publish: January 25, 2024... Full story

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