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Articles from the February 1, 2024 edition


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  • Bank warns of counterfeit bills

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 1, 2024

    With an unknown number counterfeit hundred-dollar bills believed to now be in circulation after an incident in Billings, MT, last week, Andy Miller, President of Sundance State Bank, is warning businesses and citizens that some could make it through to Crook County. “I don’t know how much trickle will make it through to our area, but there’s certainly potential,” he says. “Be aware when you take a $100 bill from somebody to make sure it feels right, make sure it looks right, make sure the security features are there and just be cautious because...

  • No-mobiling

    Feb 1, 2024

    The Bear Lodge trail system sits unusable Tuesday as the area continues to experience unseasonably warm and dry conditions. Grooming, which is usually in full swing by the end of December, has not commenced this season due to the lack of snow. Crook County is currently once again listed as abnormally dry by the U.S. Drought Monitor, with significantly less precipitation than usual predicted for the next month....

  • County graduation rates higher than average

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 1, 2024

    Once again, the students of Crook County have outdone the state average with a graduation rate for the 2022-2023 school year of 89%. This places Crook County School District among the top 15 in the state, which has 48 school districts. "We appreciate that our graduation rate is above the state average but, to be honest, our goal is always going to be 100%," says Superintendent Mark Broderson. "Graduation rates include many factors that are out of a school's control but we want all students to wa...

  • Have you checked for unclaimed property?

    Feb 1, 2024

    Citizens around the state are collectively owed more than $110 million in unclaimed property that has been turned over to the Wyoming State Treasurer’s Office. Governor Mark Gordon has proclaimed February 1 to be “Unclaimed Property Day” in an effort to get the word out and encourage all residents to check whether they are entitled to any of this money. To do so, visit mycash.wyo.gov and search the website using your last name or business name, or by entering a property ID number. Properties are generally money but can also include stock and mu...

  • Daycare announces grant award

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 1, 2024

    Kid Prints Inc. announced last week that it is thrilled to have received a grant of $10,000 from the Wyoming Community Foundation. It's an award that the daycare has not pursued in recent years, says Executive Director Shari Gose, and has never received in such a high amount. The grant is earmarked for general operating expenses, says Gose, and as such will be used for needs such as maintaining staff wages, purchasing supplies for the daycare and running the business. "It's going to good use and...

  • CCSD fares well on state report card

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 1, 2024

    Crook County School District (CCSD) fared well on the annual state report card, but Superintendent Mark Broderson says the district won't be resting on its laurels. The report card, published by the Wyoming Department of Education, shows that CCSD's most recent scores are above the state average for proficiency at all levels in English language and math. In English language, proficiency at the elementary and middle school levels was 58%, above the 54% Wyoming average. At the high school level,...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 1, 2024

    Half a century after Robert Redford proved he's a real-life outlaw when he grabbed our name and rode right out of town, the real Sundance has finally been represented at the festival he used it for. A brief recap if you missed my last column: I was accidentally invited to the NFP Inspire Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival – the kind of VIP area that's supposed to be for movie stars, producers and celebrity press. I did my best to explain that I wasn't who they thought I was, but it didn't s...

  • Bruce Charles Hooper

    Feb 1, 2024

    Bruce Charles Hooper set down his fly rod, his putter and his hammer for the last time on Sunday, January 21, 2024, in Laramie, Wyoming. Born on July 28, 1948, in Spearfish, South Dakota to Richard and Redell (East) Hooper, Bruce was the "middle child" of seven siblings. Bruce was a 1966 graduate of Sundance High School and a proud University of Wyoming graduate in 1970 with a degree in Statistics. Following his graduation from UW he took employment there in various departments from 1970 to his final post of Director of Risk Management/Insuranc... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    Feb 1, 2024

    Our Thanks The Hulett Blessings in a Backpack program would like to thank the entire Crook County community for everything they do to support our program. Support came in the form of monetary donations, food, toys and gift cards. The 27 kids in Hulett and their families were able to enjoy these gifts during the holiday season this year. Thank you to PREC Foundation, Sundance State Bank, Pinnacle Bank, Summit National Bank, Neiman Enterprises, the Hulett Lions Club, the Governor’s Residence Foundation supporting the Shop with a Cop program a... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Feb 1, 2024

    1 Years Ago January 31, 1924 Ben Weaver was butchering a beef last Sunday. There will be lots of nice canned beef in the neighborhood for use next summer. We believe the people of the Farrall community come about as near supplying their meats both cured and canned for the year as any neighborhood we know of. Coasters on the hill facing West Avenue Friday evening met with an accident when a toboggan ren over a pile of telephone poles. Misses Jessie Vines and Flora McWethy were badly injured and shocked, the latter sustaining a severely torn...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 1, 2024

    Man stuck in the snow gets federal prison on drug and gun charges GILLETTE (WNE) — A Campbell County man who was arrested after driving his truck into a snowbank last spring has been sentenced to more than 13 years in federal prison on drug and gun charges. Jesse Walthers, 40, appeared before U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne on Jan. 12. Johnson gave Walthers a 100-month sentence for possession with intent to distribute meth and a 60-month sentence for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, set to r...

  • Accident causes injury at local gas station

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 1, 2024

    An accident at the Sundance Travel Center on Thursday caused injuries to a 44-year-old male victim that required he be airlifted for medical attention. The accident took place when a 70-year-old- woman from Tennessee mistook the purpose of the orange cones that had been placed to establish a work area. According to a report from the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was called to the premises at around 11:30 a.m. on January 25 for a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle. When the deputy...

  • Pesticide program rescheduled for March

    Feb 1, 2024

    The private pesticide program that was postponed earlier this month has now been rescheduled for March. Micah Most, the University of Wyoming Extension Office’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, will now be hosting a program in Sundance on March 2 from noon to 4 p.m. in the community room of the courthouse. Programs will also take place at the same times the day before at the Weston County Fairgrounds and on February 29 in Gillette at the Campbell County Extension Office. To receive your private pesticide applicator license, you m...

  • Circuit Court

    Feb 1, 2024

    Speeding – Manuel Encinas Andrade, Gillette, WY, 107/75, $220; Joseph Gardner, Gillette, WY, 93/75, $150; Elijah Zenkov, Chandler, AZ, 90/80, $105; Kaidan Hopson, Sturgis, SD, 89/80, $103; Holly Vrana, Upton, WY, 82/70, $120; Matthew Smith, Saint Michael, MN, 89/75, $130; Casey Crew, Dickinson, ND, 92/70, $170 No Valid Driver’s License – Clayton F. Westover, Moorcroft, WY, $125; Roger D. Vega, Java, SD, $140; Kaylynn M. Myers, Rozet, WY, $150 No Seat Belt (driver) – Avliekhuzha Gapirov, Seattle, WA, $25 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Feb 1, 2024

    Jan. 22 – Two VIN checks. Motorist assist. Five traffic stops. Suspicious circumstance. House watch. Fire page. Jan. 23 – Seven VIN checks. Prisoner transport. Four traffic stops. Theft. Information. Three business checks. Two suspicious circumstances. Abandoned vehicle. Medical. Jan. 24 – Five VIN checks. Property damage. Two traffic stops. House watch. Trespassing. Business check. Jan. 25 – Five VIN checks. Public relations. Three traffic stops. Two accidents. House watch. Life flight. Civil standby. Trespassing. Motorist assist. Assist...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Feb 1, 2024

    Dear Editor, The citizens of Crook County have all had a chance to attend the “meetings” on the proposed zoning of the county. If you are not familiar with the Delphi technique that was used at these meetings, please google and study up on it. The Delphi technique used to “facilitate” the meetings was developed by RAND Corp for the U.S. Department of Defense in the 1950s for use as a psychological weapon. But it was soon recognized to be very valuable in manipulating any meeting toward a pre-determined conclusion. The first clue that you are...

  • Navigating a changing political landscape in Wyoming: A call for voter discernment

    Ogden Driskill and Albert Sommers|Feb 1, 2024

    A new phenomenon is taking root here in Wyoming, where our rural nature and an independent spirit have long defined our political identity. The unmistakable influence of Washington DC-style political messaging has permeated real and virtual spaces, creating a sense of urgency for Wyoming voters to decipher the truth from the lies and half-truths. Now, more than ever, the most crucial task for voters lies in our ability to discern the truth, a skill that hinges on scrutinizing the source. The grassroots integrity of Wyoming’s politics, once b...

  • BID

    Feb 1, 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

    Feb 1, 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

  • Meeting

    Feb 1, 2024

    Meeting Notice There will be no February meeting of the Crook County Senior Citizens Service District (“Mill Levy”) Board. The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 20. Publish: February 1, 2024... Full story

  • Name Change

    Feb 1, 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

  • Report

    Feb 1, 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

  • Pasture Bids

    Feb 1, 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

  • Probate

    Feb 1, 2024

    IN THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RODERICK RAYMOND THORNTON, Deceased. CIVIL CASE NO. 2024-CV-8995 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on January 12, 2024, the Last Will and Testament of Roderick Raymond Thornton dated August 10, 2001 (“Will”) was admitted to probate by the above-named Court, and that Cindy Elizabeth Bren and Richard Thornton were appointed Co-Personal Representatives thereof. Any action to set aside the Will shall be... Full story

  • PETITION

    Feb 1, 2024

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF WYOMING IN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY Docket No. 2024-CV-0008999 In the Matter of the Appointment of GARRETT J. SMITH as the Wrongful Death Representative for NELS JENSEN SMITH, aka NELS J. SMITH, aka NELS SMITH, Deceased. NOTICE OF FILING OF PETITION Please take notice that, on the 19th day of January, 2024, Garrett J. Smith instituted an action in the District Court of the Sixth Judicial District of the State of Wyoming in and for Crook County, in the above-captioned case,... Full story

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