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Searching for a snack

Bald eagles often migrate during winter in search of better sources of food. This particular local resident, pictured near Rupe Hill during the cold snap, may be wishing he’d gone a little further...

 

Smith wins appeal

The Wyoming Supreme Court has overturned the jury’s guilty verdict in Marty Smith’s conviction as an accomplice to the death of local man Doug Haar. Smith was sentenced to up to 18 years in jail on felony counts of accessory before the fact to in...

 

Wood shop burns in early morning fire

A wood shop near the center of Sundance caught fire in the early hours of Friday morning, leading to a total loss of the structure but no injuries to people or damage to surrounding buildings. The...

 

Cold snap breaks local records

The bitterly cold air that settled across this region for around ten days has led to a number of new record low temperatures, according to statistics released by the National Weather Service. This...

 

Legislature signals support for rare earths

As support grows for rare earth minerals on the national level, so too has the Wyoming Legislature signaled its desire to see the industry grow in this state. A bill signed into law last week aims to support efforts to expand rare earth mining in...

 

Mary Ellen Osloond

On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Mary Ellen Osloond, 90, passed away at her home with her husband and son at her side. Mary Ellen was born on March 3, 1930, in Deadwood, South Dakota, to parents Hiland and Mable (Daniels) Davis. She married her...

 

William "Bill" Lee Willey

William “Bill” Lee Willey, 78, of Coalville, Utah, formerly of Hulett, Wyoming and Belle Fourche, South Dakota, gained his heavenly wings at Intermountain Healthcare in Murray, Utah, on February 4, 2021, with his loving family holding his hands...

 

Florence Singleton

Florence Singleton, 67 of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away on February 10, 2021 at Monument Health in Rapid City, South Dakota. Florence Ann Margret Martinez Singleton was born on Jan 10, 1954, to Abenicio (Benny) Martinez and Alivra (Vira) Juanita...

 

Giving spirit continues at the library

Electronic Reader Libraries were recently purchased for the Sundance Library by the Vondriska Memorial. Each of the libraries has a selection of books accompanied by a MeReader, which reads each book...

 

Resident royalty

Recently crowned Sundance Assisted Care resident queen Louise Griffin and king Ronnie Smith....

 

An overview of Wyoming's growing deficit – 2021 General Session

By Senators Cheri Steinmetz and Ogden Driskill; Representatives Hans Hunt, Shelly Duncan and Chip Neiman Wyoming is facing historic revenue shortfalls. Declining energy production and prices, which...  Website

 

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Congratulations to Liz Cheney for putting the country before politics. I admire her for doing so, when knowing she would be ridiculed for taking this action. I wish more politicians would do this for the sake of our country’s best...

 

My Wyoming

Using both tight budgets and a pandemic as excuses, the dumb idea of limiting printed public notices in Wyoming newspapers has reared its ugly head again in the Legislature in Cheyenne.  Wyoming citizens should be both outraged at this proposal...

 

This Side of the Pond

There is scandal afoot in my homeland. For reasons best known to their mutual marketing teams, two British purveyors of breakfast foods are trying to promote a disastrous combination of flavors. Befor...

 

Health orders ease

Thanks to the improving situation across Wyoming, public health order changes that took effect this week have eased restrictions in several ways. This includes a loosening of pandemic-related rules for restaurants, gyms, indoor and outdoor events...

 
 By Kim Heaster    News    February 18, 2021

This Week at Your Library

The library doors are open. We will still be doing curbside delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. In compliance with the statewide mask order, MASKS ARE REQUIRED to enter the library. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided....

 

Woman sentenced on possession charges

Sarah Lenchner of Illinois has been given a suspended sentence for a felony count of possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense after being arrested in the Moorcroft rest area in association with a stolen vehicle. On April 7,...

 

Suspended sentence for Gillette man charged with possession

Gage Vauthier of Gillette has been given a suspended sentence on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance after meth and marijuana were allegedly found in his vehicle after it crashed on the highway in Crook County. On May 4, 2020, a...

 

Deferred judgement for Denver man caught with marijuana

Ayub Kouri of Denver has been given a deferred judgement and order of probation on one felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. On September 7, a Sheriff’s Office deputy was patrolling Highway 585 when he recorded a vehicle traveling...

 

Circuit Court

Speeding – Bradley Aukon, SD, 81/70, $115; Matthew S. Reabold, Sheridan, 94/80, $140; Ryan Jones, SD, 92/80, $120; Jasmine Eason, CO, 103/75, $200; John Plocher, MT, 79/70, $103; David Piekarczyk, WA, 77/70, $99; Michael D. Coronato, Hulett,...

 

Emergency rental assistance program to roll out soon

The Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) has been instructed to make preparations for administering a new federal program that has distributed $25 billion throughout the nation for households unable to pay rent and utilities due to the pandemi...

 

County under severe drought conditions

Despite the recent influx of snow, drought conditions have been worsening across Crook County over the last month. The U.S. Drought Monitor has now placed the entire county under severe drought conditions. At the D2 level of the classification...

 

Devils Tower seeks public input on improving employee housing

The National Park Service (NPS) seeks feedback on a project to upgrade substandard employee housing in the monument. The existing six-unit, single-story building was built in 1961 as part of the NPS...

 

Lawmakers tackle forest health

CASPER — Every year, the Wyoming state forester is statutorily required to update the Legislature on the health of Wyoming’s forests.  In a typical year for members of the Joint Committee on...

 

Tribal hunting rights case returns to court

SHERIDAN — Attorneys for Crow tribal member Clayvin Herrera argued in a written filing in 4th Judicial District Court that the latest ruling on the case surrounding tribal hunting rights by Sheridan County Circuit Court should be reversed and...

 

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