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Articles from the February 10, 2022 edition


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  • County spends relief funds on emergency response needs

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 10, 2022

    The county commissioners selected two projects to benefit from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding last week: an E-911 system for the Sheriff’s Office and a communications tower to boost the signal to the radios used by emergency responders. Time was set aside on the monthly agenda to discuss dispersing the county’s ARPA funds now that the final rules are available, which dictate exactly how the money can be spent. The funds were issued in response to COVID-19, which means the allowable uses all relate in some way to the issues caused by th...

  • Down for the count

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 10, 2022

    Despite efforts from city staff to dispute the results of the 2020 national census, it seems that Sundance is stuck with a population count that officials don't believe is correct. "I don't think we're going to get the change," said Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz. The U.S. Census Bureau announced last year that Sundance had seen a significant reduction from 1182 to 1032 citizens between the years of 2010 and 2019 – a decline of 150 people, or 12.7%. "It's very disheartening that they think we h...

  • Moving up

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 10, 2022

    Honorable Matthew F.G. Castano, familiar to the community already as Circuit Court Judge for the Sixth Judicial District, has been appointed to serve as District Court Judge for Crook, Weston and Campbell counties. Castano will step into the role left by Judge Thomas W. Rumpke upon his retirement. As a Crook County resident – in fact, the first District Court judge in a while to reside in this county – he says he has no plans to relocate. "This is our home and this will remain our home," he says...

  • County plans stricter stance with special districts

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 10, 2022

    Monitoring the many special districts that are active within the county is becoming an increasing burden, according to County Clerk Linda Fritz. On Wednesday, she asked the county commission to become more forceful in requesting that every district meets its deadlines and submits all relevant documentation. “They need to follow the law,” explained Fritz as she told the commissioners that her office tries to monitor the districts and provide them with the information they need about the deadlines that apply to them. “But even though we send...

  • City launches recycling campaign

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 10, 2022

    Updated requirements at the facility to which Sundance takes its recyclables has once again led to changes in how citizens are asked to separate their trash. Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz told the Sundance Council last week that city staff have launched a campaign to help people understand what can and can’t be put in their recycling bags, “And it’s already making a difference.” It’s the “same recycling battle” that the city seems to experience every couple of years, said Public Works Director Mac Erickson. The requirements change often, which...

  • Bonnie Wenande

    Feb 10, 2022

    Mass of Christian Burial for Bonnie Wenande, 94, of Gillette, Wyoming, formerly of Oshoto, Wyoming, will be held 2 p.m., Friday, February 11, 2022 at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, with Father Bryce Lungren officiating. Rite of Committal will follow in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Gillette Memorial Chapel, with a vigil prayer service starting at 6 p.m. Bonnie passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2022 in Gillette. Jean Marie Wenande, known t... Full story

  • Richard R. Johnson

    Feb 10, 2022

    A public visitation for Richard R. Johnson, 70, of rural Jackson, Minnesota, will be from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Sherburn, Minnesota. There will also be a celebration of life in Hulett, Wyoming, June 11, 2022, after the parade. Richard died suddenly on Tuesday morning, January 25, 2022 at Merrill, Iowa. Messages of Sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com Richard "Dick" Robert Johnson was born on July 27, 1951, to... Full story

  • Catherine Pickett

    Feb 10, 2022

    Catherine Pickett joined her grandsons, brothers and parents in heaven on January 29, 2022, at the age of 97 of natural causes. A private service has been held in Utah and there will be a tribute in Navajoland in June. Inspiration came in a small bundle to Nelson "Shorty" and Opal (Sheldon) Pickett on July 17, 1924, in Upton, Wyoming. Catherine was the eldest of eleven children and was born legally blind. She had numerous eye surgeries as a child and in adulthood, eventually losing complete... Full story

  • Ed C. Helmer

    Feb 10, 2022

    Ed C. Helmer, age 87, of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, died Thursday, February 3, 2022, at his home in Spearfish, South Dakota, with his loving wife by his side. The funeral service will be held 1p.m. Thursday, February 10, 2022, at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche. Visitation will take place 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Interment will be held in Pine Slope Cemetery. Ed's funeral service will be broadcasted live online, on... Full story

  • City expecting tougher audit next year

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 10, 2022

    This year’s audit for the City of Sundance was both clear of red flags and “quieter” than usual, said Paul Stille of Leo Riley & Associates, who also warned the city council that, “That’s going to change next year.” With the currently-in-progress project to replace the Sundance Kid water tank making use of Abandoned Mine Lands funding, the city will tip over the limit of $750,000 in federal money spent. Said Stille, that will mean the city has to change approach next year to, “Primarily auditing that project for the federal government.” This is...

  • Route change for road near Sundance Mountain

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 10, 2022

    The county commissioners kick-started the process last week of altering a public road near Sundance. South Mountain Road 281 lies towards Sundance Mountain, said County Attorney Joe Baron, and the affected landowners have already expressed their consent to change its route. “This is not a county road, it is a public road, and there is a petition that Mr. [Trey] Hendrickson has filed, and the other landowners have signed off and consented to, to alter that,” Baron told the county commissioners. Baron explained that it has been discovered tha...

  • City preps project list for release of ARPA funds

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 10, 2022

    With the Wyoming Legislature just about to convene and the subject of how to spend American Relief Plan funding nudging the top of the agenda, the City of Sundance is poised to make the most of the coming opportunity. Though it is not yet known exactly how the funding earmarked for infrastructure will be allotted, the Sundance City Council wanted to be ready to leap into action the moment decisions were made. For that reason, City Engineers Trihydro, the Public Works Department and City Hall have been working on a list of possible projects....

  • Letter to the Editor

    Feb 10, 2022

    Dear Editor, Hello, we’re newer residents and are blessed to be living here. It’s been a welcoming experience all around! However, we’ve noticed a concerning trend among some young men that we assume are residents here also that needs to be addressed as it can become a serious issue. More than a couple of times now, we’ve experienced two local teenage boys in two different vehicles rolling down the windows and making lewd or inappropriate comments/gestures outside of town and abroad. In both instances, they were the driver with a passeng...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Feb 10, 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. DISCOVER MAGAZINE reports captivating developments in science, medicine, technology and the world around us. Spectacular photography and refreshingly understandable stories on complex subjects connect everyday people with the greatest ideas and minds in science. Displays: If you have a collection you would like to share with Sundance,...

  • Peek at the Past

    Feb 10, 2022

    1 Years Ago Feb. 9, 1922 In the American Legion boxing bout at Gillette Saturday night, Stonewall Jackson lost his second contest with Kid Stanley of the Burlington. Jackson was truck driver for the highway department at Sundance last summer. Guy Huckins is busy these days harvesting a fine ice crop from Medicine Lake. It is of extra quality and the various ice houses around town are being prepared for a hot summer. At the meeting of the Council Monday evening Mayor Roberts tendered his resign...

  • Runoff election push returns after setback

    Victoria Eavis, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 10, 2022

    CASPER —The effort to bring runoff elections to Wyoming’s primaries has been revived. Last year, a legislative committee failed to advance legislation that would institute runoff elections if no one candidate received more than 50% of the vote. On Monday, Rep. Chip Neiman, R-Hulett, filed his own bill and constitutional amendment that would do just that. If successful, the representative’s runoff election bill would go into effect in 2023 — in time for the 2024 statewide elections. The runoff bill would apply to statewide elected officials, sta...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 10, 2022

    Two deaths linked to Fentanyl GILLETTE (WNE) — Fentanyl played a part in two overdose deaths within ten days of each other in December and January. On Dec. 30, 2021, Dustin Patten, 38 was found by a family member in his apartment in the 700 block of Express Drive, said Campbell County Coroner Paul Wallem. After an autopsy and a toxicology report, the probable cause of death was determined to be an overdose with a mixture of drugs, including fentanyl and meth, Wallem said. Less than two weeks later, on Jan. 8, Brady Herdt, 30, was found u...

  • Black Hills Snow Course Readings

    Feb 10, 2022

    Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-Year Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 20-Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 2.2 .4 1.8 .6 22 Blind Park Snotel 6870 11 2.6 4.7 2.9 55 Cole Canyon Snotel 5870 11 2 3.2 2 63 Ditch Creek 6880 10.7 1.4 2.4 1.8 58 Little Bear Run 6240 8.3 1.3 2.7 1.2 48 Mallo 6420 13.5 1.8 4.7 1.3 38 Mount Tom 5560 9.5 1.5 3.3 .8 45 North Rapid Creek Snotel 6250 10 3 4.7 3.7 64 Reuter Canyon 6280 14.5 2.9 6 2.4 48 Upper Spearfish 6500 10.2 1.8 4 2 45 S...

  • COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

    Feb 10, 2022

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, February 1, 2022 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Vice-Chairwoman Jeanne A. Whalen, Member Fred M. Devish and County Clerk Linda Fritz. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Fred moved to approve the minutes from January 4 & 5, 2022. Jeanne seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Jeanne moved to approve the following resolution: RESOLUTION NO. 2022-6 FISCAL YEAR 2022 BUDGET AMENDMENT WHEREAS Crook County... Full story

  • Abandoned Vehicle

    Feb 10, 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

  • ARPA Hearing

    Feb 10, 2022

    PUBLIC NOTICE The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on April 5, 2022 at 4:00 P.M. in the Crook County Commissioners Room in the Courthouse in Sundance, WY to consider the publics written or oral comments upon adopting the proposed application forms and requirements to request and award funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. The proposed application forms and requirements can be viewed at www.crookcounty.wy.gov under the Public Notice tab, or obtained from the County Clerk’s Office. The proposal may be adopted in w... Full story

  • Board

    Feb 10, 2022

    Board Meeting The Crook County Tourism Promotion Board will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. at the community center in Hulett, Wyoming. The public is welcome to attend. Learn more about the group at DevilsTowerCountry.com. Publish: February 10, 2022... Full story

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Feb 10, 2022

    Jan. 31 – Business checks. House watches. Four EMS pages. Paper services. Two sets fingerprints. Suspicious person. Theft report. Three traffic stops. Ten VIN checks. Feb. 1 – Business checks. EMS page. Found property. Four traffic stops. Five VIN checks. Feb. 2 – VIN check. Traffic stop. Abandoned vehicle complaint. Animal welfare complaint. Business check. Assist to DFS. EMS page. Feb. 3 – Two paper services. Eight traffic stops. Suspicious vehicle complaint. Suspicious person complaint. Assist to Wyoming Highway Patrol. House watches...

  • Circuit Court

    Feb 10, 2022

    Speeding – Haydon Denny Mullinax, Sheridan, 85/75, $105; Hayden Maurice Erdman, Gillette, 96/80, $150; William Broyles, TN, 90/80, $105; Drew Meacham, Buffalo, 86/75, $115; Andrew Taverna, SD, 88/75, $125; Paul Lehman, SD, 87/70, $145; Teagan D. Sieler, Gillette, 88/75, $125; Mathew Karch, Sheridan, 36/30, $112; Venislav Traykov, MD, 89/80, $103; Lisa Stanley, AZ, 82/70, $120; Mihail Satalovici, IL, 90/75, $135 Vehicle Off Road – Lonnie Ray Lveck, Gillette, $250 No Seat Belt (driver) – Bridger Thomas Bennett, Sundance, $25 Child Safety Restr...

  • SDSU Dean's List

    Feb 10, 2022

    The following students have been named to the Dean’s List for academic excellence after the fall 2021 semester at South Dakota State University. To earn Dean’s List distinctions in SDSU’s colleges, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Crook County students on the list are: Alyssa Jaden Merchen of Pine Haven and Shelby Carolyn Garoutte (4.0) of Sundance....

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