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  • Winterfest cancelled

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 3, 2022

    Due to an overall lack of snow, the Sundance Chamber of Commerce has made the difficult decision to cancel its annual Winterfest celebrations. The Sundance Winter Festival had been scheduled for February 12 but, with less than two weeks to go, the city is conspicuously free of the piles of plowed snow that are usually visible at this time of year. The winter has been mild so far, with few significant days of snowfall. This is the second cancellation in a row for Sundance's popular winter event....

  • School district plans for relief funding

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 3, 2022

    Federal funding through the American Relief Plan includes $122 billion to help educators keep schools open safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and address the impact that pandemic conditions have had on the nation’s students. Crook County School District (CCSD) has completed its implementation plan for the $3.1 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds it expects to receive. According to Superintendent Mark Broderson, it was compiled using survey results from staff, students, parents and stakeholders that specifi...

  • Hospital tightens visitation policy

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 3, 2022

    In light of the continued spread of the Omicron variant, visitation rules are changing for patients within the Crook County Memorial Hospital. “COVID-19 is continuing to be a problem for every county in the state,” said CEO Micki Lyons on Friday, as she outlined the change in policy for the board of trustees. “Vaccination rates haven’t moved much despite the change in ages for boosters.” On Friday, Crook County’s hospital was treating a total of three patients with COVID-19, the highest amount at one time since the end of November. That number...

  • CCMSD enforces vaccine mandate

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 3, 2022

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has implemented a new policy that says all staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19. The board of trustees approved the document on Friday. As explained by the board’s attorney, Kara Ellsbury, the district now has no choice but to implement the new policy. The United States Supreme Court upheld the mandate for private healthcare facilities, she said, “So now we have to comply with it.” Pursuant to the federal requirements set forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), all CCMSD...

  • Legislative session begins soon

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 3, 2022

    The 2022 Budget Session convenes in just over a week for 40 days of lawmaking that will focus largely on the state's finances. A number of issues are expected to compete for the Wyoming State Legislature's attention – particularly the plan for spending federal pandemic funding and the increasingly complicated question of redistricting. However, the nature of a budget session means that any other bill put forward will need a two-thirds vote from the Senate or House in order to be introduced. T...

  • Mike D. Carlson

    Feb 3, 2022

    Mike D. Carlson, 57, of Sundance, Wyoming, died January 21, 2022, in Sundance. Michael Donn Carlson was born in Cando, North Dakota, on February 16, 1964, to Donn and Dorothy (Bish) Carlson. He graduated from Kearney High School in 1982, where he ran track and cross country. He attended Dickinson State College in North Dakota running on the track and cross country teams. As a college athlete he broke records, was named All American and he earned a spot in the university's hall of fame. Following college, he spent majority of his life working... Full story

  • Cards of Thanks

    Feb 3, 2022

    Our Thanks There are no words adequate enough to extend our gratitude to everyone that offered to help, brought food, came for a visit, sent cards, contributed to the memorial fund, sent beautiful flowers and came from near and far to celebrate Chuck and support us all at this sad time. You know who you are and we will never forget. We love you all. Chuck Larsen’s family – Linda, Lisa, Scott, Chris and Beth Thank You Once again, the Crook County Council of County Services is overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Crook County. This pas...

  • Peek at the Past

    Feb 3, 2022

    1 Years Ago Feb. 2, 1922 While coasting down the north slope of Sundance mountain Sunday, Glen Hartman had the misfortune to collide with a good-sized tree. The resulting shock bruised him up quite badly, although nothing serious. Due to a terrific wind last Monday when the wind attained a speed of over 113 miles an hour, the telephone and telegraph line between Osage and Newcastle was demolished. But thanks to the untiring effort of the district manager and his splendid crew of men who worked incessantly, service was restored. Last Saturday...

  • Assessor's Office announces full accreditation

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 3, 2022

    The Crook County Assessor's Office has announced that, once again this year, every member of staff has been certified by the Wyoming Department of Revenue. As well as Assessor Theresa Curren herself, Todd Fritz has permanent certification. Daniel Thomas and Tracey Jundt have meanwhile achieved temporary certification for the year of 2022. Curren was first able to achieve full certification for her employees in 2016 after making it one of her goals to ensure the office can function effectively....

  • R-CALF USA Board of Directors elect new officers, seat new director

    Feb 3, 2022

    During their January meeting, the Board of Directors of R-CALF USA elected Region III Director Brett Kenzy as their new President of the Board and Region VII Director Eric Nelson as the Board’s new Vice President. Under R-CALF USA’s governance, the President and Vice-President of the Board are selected by the Board from among their ranks. The two officers then serve two-year terms. Outgoing President of the Board, Region II Director and cow/calf rancher Gerald Schreiber from Woodrow, CO served the maximum of two three-year terms and served as...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Feb 3, 2022

    The library will be closed Mon., Feb. 21, for Presidents’ Day. 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. COWBOYS & INDIANS MAGAZINE focuses on Western and Native American lifestyles. This extraordinary magazine combines a celebration of the luxury Western lifestyle with the latest in Western and American Indian art, interiors, fashion and jewelry. Displays: If you have a collection you would like to share with Sundance, please let us k...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sraah Pridgeon|Feb 3, 2022

    I’m here this week with the refreshing news that Britain’s prime minister is just as dodgy as we’ve always suspected he might be. Floppy haired and charming he may appear, but Boris Johnson is once again facing the ire of a nation. This is hardly the first time he’s irritated the public. He stretched the truth about bendy bananas during the Brexit fiasco (I wish I was joking that the shape of fruit dictated the future of a nation); he tried to close down Parliament to stop them making decisions before they made one he didn’t like. He literally...

  • Gillette woman charged with possession after crash

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 3, 2022

    A Gillette woman has been bound over to District Court on a felony charge of possession after methamphetamine was found in her vehicle when she crashed on the interstate near Sundance. On May 8, 2021, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper was notified of a single-vehicle crash on I-90 at milepost 178. He arrived on scene to find a vehicle with heavy front end damage pinned against the guardrail. According to the trooper’s report, the driver was injured and seated in the passenger seat and was being rendered first aid by a passing motorist. The t...

  • California man gets suspended sentence for possession

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 3, 2022

    The second of two California men who faced felony charges after a wide range of controlled substances were discovered scattered throughout their vehicle has been given a suspended sentence. On July 10, 2021, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper was patrolling I-90 near mile marker 187 when a white van approached at a speed radar recorded as 96 mph. The trooper conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Thomas Vandort. While looking around the interior of the van, the trooper reports observing a vape pen with a cartridge he recognized as...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Feb 3, 2022

    Jan. 24 – Welfare check. Paper service. Five VIN checks. Traffic hazard. Traffic stop. Fingerprints. Three EMS pages. Two prisoner transports. Suspicious circumstances. Booked in two subjects. House watches. Business checks. Jan. 25 – Four VIN checks. Fingerprints. Five traffic stops. Three motorist assists. Alarm. Paper service. Vehicle crash. Wanted person. Citizen dispute. Two welfare checks. Business checks. Jan. 26 – Eight VIN checks. Five traffic stops. Fingerprints for outside employment. Civil standby. Theft report. Assisted anoth...

  • Circuit Court

    Feb 3, 2022

    Speeding – Kyle Scharkopf, SD, 95/80, $135; Ben Hogan, AR, 86/75, $115; Chris Liggett, IL, 106/70, $240; Emily Ford, AZ, 90/80, $105; Daniel Batchelor, SD, 89/80, $103; Charles Niggles, NY, 87/80, $99; Benjamin Meuer, TX, 95/75, $160; Marcia Nelson, CO, 85/70, $135; Anne Ashcraft, SD, 88/80, $101; Quinten Koble, ND, 89/80, $103; Monica Gladson, Rozet, 91/75, $140; Dustin Devlin, MT, 87/70, $145; Kenley Day, SD, 87/75, $120; Omar Mendoza Molina, ND, 87/80, $99; Mason Rue, IL, 88/80, $101 Operate Vehicle With Altered, Mutilated or Obscured L...

  • Latest redistricting plan: add 3 more lawmakers

    Carrie Haderlie, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 3, 2022

    CHEYENNE — Lawmakers are considering increasing the size of the Legislature to 62 representatives and 31 senators after discussion during a months-long redistricting process has often resulted in gridlock. For many years, the Wyoming Legislature has been made up of 30 senators and 60 representatives. But Sen. Tara Nethercott, R-Cheyenne, said during Thursday’s Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee meeting that a change in size would be neither new nor profound. “Historically, the Legislature has had even...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 3, 2022

    Medical seizures lead to seizure of cocaine, LSD, weed, meth and mushrooms GILLETTE (WNE) — A 42-year-old man was arrested on multiple drug-related charges after officers arrived at his home on a medical emergency call Friday. His wife, a 36-year-old woman, reported the man was having a seizure Friday night in the 3400 block of Quacker Avenue. When officers arrived, the woman who reported her husband’s seizure began having a seizure herself and was taken to the hospital for treatment, said Police Sgt. Dean Welch. At that point, the man reg...

  • Pasture Bids

    Feb 3, 2022

    ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS FOR HORSE PASTURE The City of Sundance has available three separate parcels of land for pasture lease for the period March 15, 2022 to February 28, 2023. These three 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 3, 2022

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Probate No. 5878 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: IRIS E. KUSMA, Deceased. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that Leslie E. Harrison has filed an Application for Decree of Distribution with the Clerk of the above-entitled court wherein she prays that the following-described property interest be set over and distributed to Delbert Wayne Harrison, Denny Ross Harrison, Leslie Eline... Full story

  • Subdivision

    Feb 3, 2022

    NOTICE OF SUBDIVISION FINAL PLAT REVIEW HEARING Be advised that Heritage Properties, LLC, PO Box 812, Moorcroft, WY 82721 is hereby giving notice of a major subdivision final plat review hearing before the Crook County Land Use Planning and Zoning Commission. The proposed Lofty Ridge Estates subdivision lies in the S1/2 of Section 30, T50N, R67W, 6th P.M. Crook County, Wyoming. This public review hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 7, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. in the Crook County Courthouse Commissioner’s Room, 309 Cleveland Street, Sundance, W... Full story

  • Election

    Feb 3, 2022


  • Abandoned Vehicle

    Feb 3, 2022

    NOTICE OF SALE OF ABANDONED VEHICLE The following vehicle will be sold at 9 a.m. on Feb. 22, 2022 at 72 Thorn Divide Rd, Carlile, Crook County, Wyoming, to wit: A 1966 Chevy C10, VIN# C1546B140423, titled in the name of Lee Katsenberg. The seller claims $900 for expense of removal, preservation, custody, storage and sale. The vehicle shall be sold to the highest bidder who pays in a form acceptable to the seller. Seller: Robert J. Thole 72 Thorn Divide Rd Carlile, WY 82721 307-756-2737 Publish: February 3 and 10, 2022... Full story

  • School Warrants

    Feb 3, 2022

    Crook County School District #1 Notice is hereby given that the Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees issued warrants for the following bills exceeding $500.00 at the regular meeting of the board held on JANUARY 17, 2022, at MOORCROFT, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund A & J Screening Personalization $ 600.00 Allerdings, Scot Officiating & Mileage $ 525.00 All Around Hardware Supplies $ 917.17 Credit Card Plan Teaching Materials & Supplies $ 10,227.17 Architectural Specialties LLC... Full story

  • Grapplers take on Belle Fourche

    Todd Klopp|Feb 3, 2022

    The Sundance Wrestling team was busy over the weekend wrestling Friday and Saturday at the 20-team Belle Fourche Invitational. The grapplers finished with two place winners as senior Andrew Davis and senior Leo Lyons each finished with a 3-2 record and a fourth-place finish. Other wrestlers included Zac Duvall 0-2 at 108 lbs., Liam Holt 0-2 at 152 lbs., Gavin Mollenbrink 0-2 at 195 lbs. and Dawson Flahaven 1-2 at Heavyweight. The tournament fielded the top South Dakota teams from Rapid City...

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