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Articles from the May 14, 2020 edition


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  • Signs of life

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 14, 2020

    Across Wyoming, signs of life are plentiful on city streets as the state takes steps to ease the restrictions that have kept citizens at home and businesses operating on a limited basis since COVID-19 arrived. In Crook County, a variance has been approved by the state for restaurants and bars to re-open table service. Businesses must follow certain restrictions on social distancing and hygiene that are intended to protect patrons and staff from potentially contracting the virus. A countywide effort involving town halls, police departments and...

  • Red flags raised over timber sustainability

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 14, 2020

    The debt has come due across the Black Hills National Forest. Work is underway to figure out how best to manage the U.S. Forest Service’s commercial timber program in a forest that has seen serious negative impacts from wildfire and the mountain pine beetle epidemic. A collaborative working group was established in 2016 to gather data about the current standing forest inventory because concerns had been raised about conditions across the Black Hills. “Trends in data that we collect about the...

  • High-flying salute

    May 14, 2020

    Cast your eyes to the skies on Friday, when the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing will pass over during an aerial salute to healthcare professionals on the frontlines in the COVID-19 pandemic. A two-ship C-130 flyover will cross the skies above every hospital in the state, beginning in Niobrara County and ending in Cheyenne. Crook County Memorial Hospital is the third stop along the route; the planes are expected to come in from the direction of Newcastle and arrive here at 10:05 a.m. From Crook County, the C-130s will head for C...

  • Students return in small numbers

    May 14, 2020

    Baillee Heaster is trimming her quilt top after quilting it with the long arm machine in the FACS room for her textiles class. Wearing a mask, following health regulations and social distancing guidelines, a few students have returned to school to finish projects and get help with schoolwork....

  • Community invited to help celebrate Graduation Day

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 14, 2020

    Graduation Day for this year’s Sundance seniors will be taking place this Sunday, May 17 at 4 p.m. and the whole community will have the chance to tune in to KYDT 103.1 or head to the Sundance High School Facebook page to watch or listen live as graduates receive their honors. The community is also encouraged to line the streets following the ceremony to take part in the graduation parade. The ceremony itself is reserved for students and their families. The stage will be set up in the parking lot and each family will have two designated parking...

  • Lindholm announces re-election run

    May 14, 2020

    Citing the importance of Crook and Weston County having experienced leadership in Cheyenne to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout it has caused, Wyoming State Representative Tyler Lindholm has announced he will seek re-election to the Wyoming House of Representatives last week. “Representing the people of Crook and Weston County and working on their behalf over the past five years has been a tremendous honor,” said Lindholm. “During that time, I’ve been proud to work with ou...

  • Patsy Jo Bunney

    May 14, 2020

    Patsy Jo Bunney passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at the Close to Home Hospice House in Gillette, Wyoming, at the age of 79, following a courageous battle with cancer. As Patsy entered into eternal rest, she was surrounded by her dear family. Patsy was the oldest of four children born to Floyd and Fern Tanner on July 10, 1940, in Miles City, Montana. As a young girl, Patsy lived in Montana on the Ranch Creek Cattle Ranch; also known as the Johnson Place. During her school years, Patsy...

  • JoAnn Klocker Leaf

    May 14, 2020

    JoAnn Klocker Leaf passed away suddenly Saturday afternoon April 25, 2020, at her home near Merino, Colorado. JoAnn was born July 9, 1942, to Jessie (Stafford) and Leonard Medlock in Haigler, Nebraska. Her mom married the man she called Dad (Charles Pettit) in August 1946. She was raised in the Parker, Colorado, area graduating from Castle Rock High School in 1961. JoAnn married Denis Klocker on September 9, 1961, in Denver, Colorado. JoAnn and Denis spent time working on registered Angus...

  • Reva Augusta King

    May 14, 2020

    Reva Augusta King, 88, of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Reva was born a few miles west of Hulett on June 4, 1932. Her parents were John C. and Myrtle (Lawrence) Wood. Reva grew up in the Hulett-Sundance area and attended grade school in Hulett and the Government Canyon School in Moskee. The family moved to Spearfish in 1948 so the kids could attend Spearfish High School and Reva graduated from there in 1952. In 1953, Reva married...

  • Kathy Janell Daves

    May 14, 2020

    Kathy Janell Daves (Parker) was born July 15, 1951 in Edmond, Oklahoma and adopted four days later to Howard A. and Anna Mae (Stevens) Parker. She passed away peacefully Saturday evening May 9, 2020, at the Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming, after a short battle with bone cancer. Kathy grew up near Edmond and graduated from Deer Creek High School. Kathy proudly received her college degree upon graduating from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, with a...

  • Letter to the Editor

    May 14, 2020

    Dear Editor, There is a lot of discussion in regards to the possibility of a new hospital in Sundance and clinic in Hulett with also a few words about a clinic in Upton. What I have been hearing so far is this would be funded with the money that was allocated for COVID-19 relief thru the CARES act. While a new hospital in Sundance, possible clinic in Hulett and Upton would be an improvement, I am wondering has any consideration been given to after the project is complete? What will be the cost to operate and from where will those funds be gathe...

  • Letter to the Editor

    May 14, 2020

    Dear Editor, I would like to address some of the questions I have received over the last several days regarding the constitutionality and enforcement of restriction orders. I did address the topic of attending religious services in the Sundance Times April 30, 2020 publication. The Crook County Sheriff’s Office will not be citing, arresting or enforcing any such restrictions that would inhibit the public from attending religious services. With that said, there have not been any orders restricting such activity. The confusion lies with the inter...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 14, 2020

    There are two topics I love to read about in the news: the kindness we humans are capable of showing one another, and stories that link my side of the ocean with yours. I’ve come across another tale that combined these two things and I confess it brought a tear to my eye. It starts with a monument in Midleton, Ireland, with tall, stainless steel feathers that curve in at the top towards the center of the circle. Called Kindred Spirits, it was unveiled and dedicated in 2017 to commemorate s...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, CEN|May 14, 2020

    Dear NP, Now that spring has made it, I am spending a lot of time working on my lawn and garden. Every year around this time, I suffer from seasonal allergies. What advice do you have to help control seasonal allergies? B.B. Dear B. B., Whether you are working in the garden, running to keep in shape, or hiking through the Black Hills, seasonal allergies are a yearly struggle. With spring comes pollen, and with pollen comes seasonal allergies. The official name for seasonal allergies is hay...

  • County agencies report on progress

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 14, 2020

    Though not present at the regular meeting of the Crook County Commissioners due to social distancing requirements, boards, districts, employees and local agencies submitted reports to detail the work that has been taking place across the county this month. Highlights included: WYDOT According to a report from Preston Beckstead, Resident Engineer in Sundance, construction continues on the new bridge over the Belle Fourche River near Hulett. Once the deck has been poured, it must cure for one week before it can be used for transportation, after w...

  • City expecting to open building once construction is complete

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 14, 2020

    As the Sundance City Council convened for a second online version of its regular meeting, Mayor Paul Brooks stated that the decision has been made to not yet re-open the office to customers due to construction on the façade of City Hall. When the front is back on the building, however, the doors will likely be unlocked, although Brooks said the city will defer to the advice of the governor and state officials. During the meeting, the mayor requested permission to draft three resolutions, the first of which would thank the medical team at the...

  • Water project may see an increase in scope

    May 14, 2020

    A city project utilizing Abandoned Mine Lands funds may see an increase in scope to address an issue with an old and failing water line. The project originally involved replacing both the Sundance Kid and underground tanks and installing new ten-inch lines to serve them. “The two tanks along 1-90, those are two of the original tanks for the city. They are dated, they have numerous deficiencies and really they have outlived their lifespan, so they are due to be replaced,” said Dan Mummert of city engineers Trihydro, addressing the Sundance Cit...

  • Spat between Weed & Pest board members brought before commission

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 14, 2020

    The county commissioners have been asked to pass judgment on a conflict of opinions between members of the Crook County Weed & Pest Board. The issue was brought forth by board member Wade Dennis, who feels there has been a “serious breakdown in the chain of command between the board and the supervisor”. Dennis explained that he feels board members have chosen to act as the Weed & Pest supervisor themselves, directly violating the contract with that supervisor. He listed perceived transgressions such as individual board members calling to dic...

  • Filing dates open for this year's election candidates

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 14, 2020

    For those looking to perform their civic duty by serving at the various levels of Wyoming’s government, filing dates open this week for this year’s elections. Over the next two weeks, citizens are invited to put forth their names for seats ranging from the U.S. Legislature to city council. File your application for federal and state offices, including the Wyoming State Legislature, with the Office of the Secretary of State. This year, Crook County’s state representative seat (currently held by Tyler Lindholm) will be elected for a two-y...

  • City opens new debris pit

    Sarah Pridgeon|May 14, 2020

    It’s been a long time in the works, but Public Works Director Mac Erickson was able to announce last week that the City of Sundance has opened its new construction and debris pit. Almost 18 months have passed since city engineers Trihydro completed the permit application for the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). This was deemed necessary after the council discovered it was costing more than the city would like to haul debris to the Gillette landfill because it was difficult to properly fill the containers. At that time, in December 2...

  • Pine Grove Cemetery cleanup day

    May 14, 2020

    Clean-up day at the Pine Grove Cemetery will be May 25. Please practice social distancing. Bring your own trash bags and take your trash with you. Due to the coronavirus, there will be no pot luck lunch at noon or business meeting, nor will the American Legion be there for their ceremony. If you have any questions call 307-391-1364 or 307-467-5847....

  • Circuit Court

    May 14, 2020

    Speeding – Howard Allen Carl III, Gillette, 82/75, $84; Mohammad V. Tariq, Gillette, 93/75, $135; Louis H. Vergara, AZ, 55/30, $280; Tyannah R. Swenson, Cheyenne, 86/70, $125; Daniel R. Jojola, SD, 88/75, $110 Stop Sign Violation – Roger S. Petersen, Moorcroft, $125 No Seat Belt (driver) – Morgan W. Harper, Buffalo, $25; Tanner D. Rasmussen, MT, $25 Unauthorized Use of Vehicle – Brandon L. Wells, Moorcroft, $305, 180 days jail/176 days suspended, supervised probation through Apr. 28, 2021 Under 21 Possess Alcohol – Gaven K. Rowell, Sundance,...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    May 14, 2020

    May 4 – Six VIN checks. Three paper services. May 5 – Five VIN checks. One traffic stop. Search and rescue conducted. Coroner notified. Welfare check. Motorist assist. Call regarding hearing gun shots. Three EMS pages. Two fire pages. May 6 – Three VIN checks. Three paper services. One traffic stops. Motorist assist. Animal carcass removal. May 7 – Two VIN checks. Traffic control. Finger printing. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol two times. Motorist assist. EMS paged. Two fire pages. May 8 – Four VIN checks. Paper service. Traffic complaint...

  • This Week at Your Library

    May 14, 2020

    Due to concerns over COVID-19 and for the safety and well-being of our communities, the Crook County commissioners have closed county facilities until further notice. Even though the doors are closed at the county libraries, library staff will still be working. Services still available include: • Curbside delivery of books, magazines, DVDs, CD audio books and tax forms (please call 283-1006 and staff will gather items requested and bring to you in the parking lot) • Overdue fines are suspended for the duration and due dates are extended to JUN...

  • Peek at the Past

    May 14, 2020

    1 Years Ago The Times May 12, 1920 Contractor Steinkamp states that the Sundance-Downing mail line is to be discontinued the last of this month and that there is a proposition likely to carry establishing a star route from Sundance to Carlile via Miller creek. There are many people between this city and Cabin Creek who would be benefited by a mail line through their country. Allen Toomey is here this week looking after the machinery and equipment of the flour mill. He states it is the intention to operate the mill this fall in case there is...

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