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  • Vaccine program rolls along

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 28, 2021

    With restrictions on timing, dose numbers, eligible candidates and more, it’s quite the logistical challenge to roll out a COVID-19 vaccination program. That’s why it’s not yet possible to host walk-in clinics, says Public Health Nurse Carol Stutzman. For the time being, Crook County Public Health has devised a strategy to vaccinate citizens according to level of priority and available doses. “Because of the priority phases and the restriction of having to use all ten doses in the vial within...

  • RER gets funding boost

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 28, 2021

    An announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has increased the likelihood that Crook County will one day host its own rare earth mine in the Bearlodge Mountains. Rare Element Resources has been awarded half the funding needed to construct the demonstration-scale plant that represents the next step forward in developing the project. “Rare Element Resources (RER) and its partners, General Atomics and its affiliates, subject to continuing negotiations, were selected to receive an award of $21,989,530 to construct a d...

  • Special deliveries

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 28, 2021

    Piles of parcels have become the new norm for post offices during the holidays, but this season has seen even more deliveries than usual. Partly due to COVID-19 and partly due to bottlenecks in the system, the record for the number of parcels arriving to the Sundance branch in a single day has been well and truly smashed, according to Postmistress Heather Miller. Actually, she says, the record has been broken twice in the last few weeks. The first time, almost inevitably, fell just before Christmas, when the Sundance branch received 676...

  • Freeze Your Fanny goes virtual

    Jan 28, 2021

    The Freeze Your Fanny Virtual Fun run/walk registration is now open. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s four-mile run and walk will be held virtually. Participants can complete the race on their own time, but the goal is to complete Freeze Your Fanny by Super Bowl Sunday on February 7. The registration cost includes a long-sleeve t-shirt. All proceeds will benefit the SHS Cross Country team. Freeze Your Fanny shirts will be mailed after the race is completed on February 7. Participants are encouraged to share selfies, scenic pictures a...

  • CCSS takes delivery of new vehicle

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 28, 2021

    Crook County Senior Services (CCSS) has taken delivery of a new four-wheel drive SUV that will allow easier access to seniors who live in less accessible parts of the county. The vehicle was obtained through CARES Act funding, says Jenna Ellsbury, Director, and was a much-needed upgrade that had not been possible through alternative funding means. “Covid-19 changed how seniors go out into the public. Seniors do not want to go to grocery stores, libraries, stores, restaurants,” says Ell...

  • Anderson receives congressional medal

    Jan 28, 2021

    FaithHoney Anderson of Devils Tower was one of 478 youth across the nation to receive the Congressional Award Gold Medal in 2020. To earn this award, she completed over 400 volunteer public service hours, over 200 hours for personal development, over 200 hours of physical fitness and planned a five-day expedition. Wyoming had 92 youth earn bronze, silver or gold medals with 38 gold medalists. These youth represented more than 19 communities across the state. The Congressional Award was established in 1979 to “recognize initiative, service a...

  • New Arrival

    Jan 28, 2021

    Will and Joni Ellsbury are proud parents of a baby boy, Ryker Henry Ellsbury, born January 4, 2021 at 2:12 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Debbie and Larry Ellsbury of Sundance and Bill and Marilyn Lunney of Newcastle....

  • Cards of Thanks

    Jan 28, 2021

    Our Thanks We would like to thank Powder River Energy and the CCSSC for the generous donation of free meals for seniors for December. Would also like to thank the cooks and people at CCSSC for all their extra work for this month. It has all been truly delicious and appreciated. Again, thank you and Blessing to all, P and J Boone Our Thanks The family of Glen Wyatt extends sincere thanks to those who reached out to us after we lost our husband, father, grandfather, and friend. We are very grateful for the calls, cards, visits, food, and...

  • Crawford granted AVMA honor roll status

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 28, 2021

    Warren Crawford of Crook County Veterinary Services is among 900 members of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to have been granted honor roll status for 2021. The induction recognizes individuals who have maintained membership for 40 years or more and have reached the age of 70, or who have reached the age of 72 and maintained continuous membership since graduation. Honor roll members continue to receive the full benefits and privileges of membership in the AVMA while being exempt from dues. Crawford was one of three...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Jan 28, 2021

    The library will be closed Monday, February 15, for Presidents’ 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, masks are now required to enter the library. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. Children under 13 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Two computers are available for adults. Teen and Children’s computers are not available. Displays: This month on display, Paul and Violet Smith’s hats. Library Progr...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, CEN|Jan 28, 2021

    Dear NP, I was recently diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency. What risks are associated with this diagnosis? What is the best way to increase my vitamin D level? Dear Reader, Vitamin D deficiency can cause a host of unpleasant symptoms. These can include fatigue, depression, slow wound healing and many more symptoms. Most people are diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency after experiencing one or more of these symptoms, so the fact that you’ve been diagnosed means you’re already on the right tra...

  • The Forestry Corner

    Jan 28, 2021

    By Ed Mignery, Wyoming Tree Farm Committee, Chairman and Jeremy Dedic, Wyoming State Forestry Division, Assistant District Forester, District #1 We all have seen aspen, growing on a hillside, with their lighter shade of green than the surrounding pine. Perhaps in autumn when patches of gold show up on a hillside and we say, “The aspen are changing color.” But have you noticed an aspen forest when you walk into it? I remember years back, when I had been spending my days working in a pine forest. Day after day dark green forest. Then one afternoo...

  • Online petitions serve no real purpose

    Karla Pomeroy, Editor, Northern Wyoming News|Jan 28, 2021

    Online petitions are a joke. There I said it. If you have signed one recently, I apologize if I have offended you but I am only being honest and realistic. I say they are a joke only because I believe online petitions serve no real purpose. There is a place and time for petitions but they have to be run properly and in accordance with the law. Currently there is a petition to “Recall Liz Cheney” on change.org. First, Wyoming does not allow for a recall so the petition will not invoke any real change. As of Tuesday there were nearly 35,000 sig...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 28, 2021

    The United States is notorious for the pride it takes in the Constitution – and rightfully so. It’s held up for good reason as the sacred document that protects this nation from tyranny and keeps the great machines of government working as intended. All the recent talk about this hallowed piece of writing got me wondering. Why doesn’t my own country have a written constitution? It turns out there are many reasons the UK constitution remains an ephemeral thing, never captured in the confi...

  • Ask the question(s)

    Pastor Dave Jagemann, Chapel of Faith|Jan 28, 2021

    He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Matt. 16:15 So many questions and so much time. We tend, bend and spend towards little purposeful living, with tremendous expectations of our just rewards. Shorting the questions and demanding an abundance in answers with little regard to our needs. God desires to be known and is best found through our coming to Him with a mind that is willing and able to accept Him on His terms. Jesus asked the disciples “who do you say that I am?” as He knew th...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Jan 28, 2021

    Florida congressman to protest Cheney in Cheyenne CHEYENNE (WNE) — A couple weeks after Congresswoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, one of Trump’s strongest supporters in Congress is set to visit the Wyoming State Capitol later this week in reaction to Cheney’s vote, which has drawn some GOP pushback at home and in Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, who has repeatedly criticized Cheney since her impeachment vote, plans to visit Cheyenne on Thursday for a rally at the Capitol. Tentatively s...

  • Winning weekend for basketball teams

    Rebecca Maupin|Jan 28, 2021

    SHS Girls After a week off from competition, the Sundance Lady Bulldogs grabbed two wins over conference rivals the Wright Panthers and the Big Horn Rams this past weekend. Starting fresh on Friday, the Lady Bulldogs opened up play in an aggressive full court press against the Wright Panthers. The Lady Bulldogs forced four turnovers that quickly materialized into points right out of the gate as they jumped out to an 8-2 lead. A quick timeout called by the Panthers hoped to give them a strategy...

  • Successful weekend for wrestlers

    Rebecca Maupin|Jan 28, 2021

    The Sundance wrestling team had a successful weekend as they travelled to Tongue River to participate in the Eagles’ first ever home dual. Going up against wrestlers from Tongue River and Glenrock, three of the four Bulldog grapplers walked away with a pin for the day. Josh Pridgeon and Roman Hrek each pinned their opponents from Glenrock while Gavin Mollenbrink was able to pin his opponent from Tongue River. Leo Lyons also participated but was pinned by his opponent in the 195 weight class. “Our kids wrestled the best they have this yea...

  • SDSU Graduate

    Jan 28, 2021

    Jessica Elizabeth Ryan of Aladdin earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Nursing and graduated Magna Cum Laude after the summer and fall 2020 semesters at South Dakota State University. Students completed all requirements for a degree and/or certificate program and those requirements have been verified by the appropriate college. Overall, students from 32 states, the District of Columbia and 19 nations graduated in the summer and fall 2020 semesters....

  • Health orders loosen again

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 28, 2021

    The health orders affecting Wyomingites have been eased again this week to reflect an improvement in the COVID-19 situation since they were tightened in early December. The new orders increase the number of people who may attend indoor and outdoor gatherings. As of January 26, indoor gatherings that incorporate social distancing and face coverings are permitted for up to 25% of capacity or 250 persons, and outdoor gatherings may include up to 500 attendees. “Wyoming is making progress and coming closer to safely returning to more normal l...

  • Crook County Sheriff

    Jan 28, 2021

    Jan. 18 – Paper service. Fire page. Three EMS pages. Welfare check. Business check. Jan. 19 – Three VIN checks. Traffic stop. Two EMS pages. Fingerprints. Assisted Moorcroft Police. Two house watches. Business checks. Jan. 20 – Four VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Two EMS pages. Fire page. Animal complaint. Two fingerprints. Investigated crash. House watch. Business checks Jan. 21 – Four VIN checks. Three traffic stops. Two paper services. Two NCIC checks. Business checks. Motorist assist. Jan. 22 – Six VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Checked s...

  • Circuit Court

    Jan 28, 2021

    Speeding – (minor), SD, 88/75, $125; John A. Roscoe, Alva, 90/65, $185; Rebecca McLenithan, WA, 90/80, $105; Skylar Armendariz, SD, 79/70, $103; Jonathan Guy, SC, 80/70, $105; Carson Trumpold, CO, 87/70, $145; Victoria Collins, MN, 80/70, $105; Heidi Johnson, ID, 92/80, $120; Manuel Uribe, IL, 84/70, $130; Colt Lewis, Mills, 50/45, $15; Paris Schook, MN, 90/80, $105; Brent Skelton, Gillette, 90/80, $105; Joseph D. Parson, Gillette, 79/65, $140 No Seat Belt (driver) – Joseph D. Parson, Gillette, $25; (passenger) – Robert Knowles, SD, $10 Prohibi...

  • Sundance resident faces child abuse charges

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 28, 2021

    Sundance resident Chauncey Jenerou faces a child abuse charge after an alleged altercation with a juvenile in mid-December. On December 18, a Sheriff’s Office Deputy was asked to investigate reports of a juvenile who claimed Jenerou had physically assaulted them. When the deputy and a Sundance Police Officer attended his residence to interview him, Jenerou allegedly denied the allegations and claimed he had been messing around with the alleged victim. Jenerou has been charged with one felony count of child abuse, carrying a maximum penalty o...

  • North Dakota man arrested for possession

    Sarah Pridgeon|Jan 28, 2021

    A North Dakota man faces possession charges after he was pulled over for speeding on the highway and marijuana products were found in his vehicle. According to court reports, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper noticed a black vehicle traveling above the speed limit near mile marker 20 of Highway 585 on January 2 at around 4:38 p.m. The trooper’s radar clocked the vehicle at 79 mph in a 70 mph zone. The trooper reports he performed a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Paul Uskevicz, and his female passenger. Uskevicz a...

  • Junior High Basketball

    Jan 28, 2021

    The junior high basketball teams took on Twin Spruce last week, splitting their games against the Gillette teams with the 7th grade team taking a 31-23 victory, while the 8th grade team had a close 40-59 defeat....

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