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  • Forger arrested after high speed chase

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 24, 2022

    A South Dakota man faces a barrage of felony and misdemeanor charges after a high-speed chase near Moorcroft on Thursday, which led to the alleged discovery of controlled substances and forgery devices in his vehicle. On February 17 at around 8 a.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper responded to a vehicle pursuit near milepost 118 on I-90 eastbound. The trooper was in Moorcroft at the time the pursuit began and headed west to reach the location, looking for a bridge deck where he could set spikes for the fleeing vehicle. Before he found one,...

  • Svoboda bound over on murder charges

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 24, 2022

    County resident Edward Svoboda has been bound over to District Court on charges related to the death of his wife of 53 years last September. Svoboda appeared in Circuit Court on February 7 for a review of the competency evaluation performed in January at the Wyoming State Hospital. Judge Matthew F.G. Castano found there to be probable cause to believe an offense – or several offenses – had been committed by Svoboda. He bound the case over to District Court for arraignment and further proceedings. Svoboda has been charged with murder in the fir...

  • State bound

    Feb 24, 2022

    Sundance will be sending seven wrestlers to the State tournament this weekend after a successful showing during Regionals. Above, SHS freshman Jayden Keller goes for the pin against Moorcroft's Tucker Cook during Friday's 2A regional wrestling tourney. For a full run down of the event results, see page 14....

  • Legislature drops most hot issues, pushes ahead with redistricting

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 24, 2022

    As the Wyoming State Legislature nears the halfway mark of its 20-day budget session, a number of big-ticket items have progressed, including redistricting and work on the biennial budget. Some of the more controversial topics, however, have fallen by the wayside for the time being. All bills to be considered during the session had to be introduced by Friday’s deadline. Redistricting After several months spent in a quandary, with no obvious solution to the constitutionally required redistricting process that will see Wyoming’s voting dis...

  • Roadmap paints picture of future growth

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 24, 2022

    What's next for the City of Sundance? The best routes are usually the ones that were planned ahead, which is why the various groups responsible for thinking about the city's future accepted the opportunity to create a roadmap. Developed by Ben Levenger of Downtown Redevelopment, the "Revitalization Roadmap" was funded through a Wyoming Business Council grant. "This is a document that will drive action from the economic development group, City of Sundance and possibly other stakeholders, such as...

  • Lynn Fisher

    Feb 24, 2022

    Lynn Fisher, 82 of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed peacefully on January 26, 2022. Lynn T. Fisher lived and worked in San Francisco. She married Robert Fisher and relocated to Wyoming, where they shared a love of the outdoors and adventures with old and new friends. Their mutual love of animals brought many a beloved pet to their home. When she wasn't busy in her garden and appreciating the accompanying fauna, she enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She is survived by sister, Faye Hammock of California; and three grandchildren, Jennifer McNeil of... Full story

  • Bradford Glenn Hofland

    Feb 24, 2022

    Bradford Glenn Hofland, 80, Piedmont, South Dakota, passed away peacefully Friday, February 12, 2022, at his home in Piedmont. Brad was born in Bowman, North Dakota, April 5, 1941 to parents Glenn Hofland and Dorothy (Rose) Hofland. Brad lived on a farm outside of Reeder, North Dakota and attended Reeder High School, graduating in 1959. He served six years (six months active duty) with the Army National Guard of North Dakota as a combat engineer. Brad was united in marriage to Linda Lee Bachman on September 30, 1967; with this union they had... Full story

  • Veterans assistance in Campbell, Crook and Weston counties

    Feb 24, 2022

    A state of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout March. Sandy McFarland is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans’ benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims, or VA healthcare. McFarland can also help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request healthcare. Her office is located at 551 Running West Dr., Ste. 100, in Gillette, and she will be available at the f...

  • Dry run continues

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 24, 2022

    Seasons change even when they never quite seemed to arrive, and so the next few weeks will undoubtedly bring the first hints of spring. Unless the Climate Prediction Center changes its current outlook, flooding is unlikely to play a major part in the season ahead of us. According to predictions released by the National Weather Service (NWS), drought conditions are expected to persist this spring and there is a below average potential for flooding in this region. The U.S. Drought Monitor is likewise expecting abnormally dry to extreme drought...

  • Seriously?!,.

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|Feb 24, 2022

    I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life, that both you and your descendants may live. Dt. 30:19 It is interesting how words and statements significantly convey greater meaning and importance by adding a simple ending to them. Be it a question mark, exclamation point, comma or a plain period. Things are either in question, emphasized, paused or simply ended. The way we reason, speak and act can take on a whole new meaning and provide completely different consequences. Moses’ statement in Dt. 30:19 is s...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Feb 24, 2022

    Britain has never been great at winter sports. When you lack much in the way of serviceable snow, it’s hard to pilot a luge in much of a hurry. So it was no surprise to hear that we’d made it almost two weeks into the Olympics without a single Brit popping up on the winner’s podium. We have some excellent athletes, but they start with a disadvantage. The UK is many things, but a wonderland of snow-capped mountains and frozen ponds is not one of them. Apparently, we set ourself a goal this year...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Feb 24, 2022

    Bus driver arrested for DUI while driving kids CHEYENNE (WNE) — A bus driver for Laramie County School District 1 was arrested Wednesday evening – with high school kids aboard – for allegedly driving under the influence during a field trip, according to local and state officials. The incident took place on a highway in Goshen County as the driver transported East and South high schools’ students on a trip out of state, according to the authorities. After receiving a call that the bus driver wasn’t staying in his lane of travel, a Wyoming H...

  • Probate

    Feb 24, 2022

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE NO. 5874 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JUDITH ANNE HENKEL Deceased. NOTICE OF PROBATE OF ESTATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on the 3rd day of February, 2022 the estate of the above-named decedent was admitted to probate by the above-named court, and that William Holme and E. Jeannée Nunn were appointed Co-Personal Representatives thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to said decedent or to... Full story

  • SUBDIVISION

    Feb 24, 2022

    NOTICE OF FINAL SUBDIVISION HEARING Be advised that Heritage Properties, LLC, PO Box 812, Moorcroft, WY 82721 is hereby giving notice of the final public hearing before the Board of Crook County Commissioners for the Lofty Ridge Estates Major Subdivision. The proposed Lofty Ridge Estates lies in the S1/2 of Section 30, T50N, R67W, 6th P.M. Crook County, Wyoming. This public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Crook County Courthouse, 309 Cleveland Street, Sundance, Wyoming. Dated t... Full story

  • Circuit Court

    Feb 24, 2022

    Speeding – Julian R. Quiriarte, Gillette, 93/75, $150; Matthew James Muffie, Rozet, 63/45, $160; Craedon Ellery Harris, SD, 95/75, $160; Tymmrie Rainbolt-Souder, Gillette, 87/75, $130; Karey Thomas, UT, 97/80, $145; Ella Gustafson, Sundance, 86/75, $115; Bryan Fisher, AZ, 84/70, $130; Alejandro Rodriguezgonzalezmez, CA, 87/70, $145; Jared Medhurst, ND, 77/70, $99; Allison Clemetson, SD, 89/80, $103; Danny Callahan, SD, 90/80, $105; Christopher Lane Cermak, Gillette, 95/70, $185; Peter Haggerty, MN, 89/75, $130; Ryan Eaton, SD, 89/80, $103 No S...

  • Boys finish regular season with two more wins

    Rebecca Maupin|Feb 24, 2022

    The Sundance boys' basketball team added two more wins to their record as the regular season drew to a close this past weekend. The Sundance team traveled to Moorcroft on Friday for their final conference matchup. The Bulldogs set the pace for the night jumping out to a 20-14 lead in the first half of play. The Wolves stayed close in the second half but were unable to overtake the Bulldogs. Gunner McLaughlin led the Bulldogs with a double double for the night, putting up 22 points and securing...

  • Seventh annual Paper Football Championship

    Tatum Marchant, SES sixth grade student|Feb 24, 2022

    On Thurs., Feb. 10, you might have been preparing for the 56th Super Bowl, but something greater had happened at Sundance Elementary. It was the 7th annual Paper Football Championship of the World, and the stakes were high. We've interviewed our coaches/referees, Mr. Olson and Mr. Dobesh, pre-game: Q: Who do you think is going to win? Olson: My guess would be someone in here (you can stay in during recess to practice). Someone who works hard, bet on those odds. Dobesh: A girl is going to win....

  • Great showing for Bulldog wrestlers at Regionals

    Todd Klopp|Feb 24, 2022

    The Sundance Bulldogs wrestling team competed in the ten-team Eastern Regional tournament hosted here in Sundance. The all-day Friday event featured Lingle, Lusk, Saratoga, Hanna Elk Mountain, Wright, Tongue River, Moorcroft, Hulett, Glenrock and Sundance. The wrestlers battled hard but for the first time this season did not quite achieve the results that they were looking for. The top eight at each weight class qualify for the State wrestling tournament to be held this Friday and Saturday in...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Feb 24, 2022

    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. FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE, America’s premiere genealogy magazine, helps you discover, preserve and celebrate family history. Learn how to build your family tree with genealogy tips, free charts and forms, what to do with DNA tests, family history projects and more! Displays: If you have a collection you would like to share with Sundance, please let us know! We have two locking cases that we would love...

  • Peek at the Past

    Feb 24, 2022

    1 Years Ago Feb. 23, 1922 Dr. Clarenbach reports the arrival of a son at the Mat Whalen home in Aladdin, Sunday. Alferd Thurman, who has conducted a general store at Alva, has sold his stock to B.P. Colin and John Bothwell. Wilford Miller and Horace Williamson were in town Saturday with a load of wood. They said they only tipped over four times before reaching there. Looks like there might have been too much sunshine along the road. How about it boys? In all probability Sundance will soon be the home of a very rich man. John Grice is the...

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