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  • Sheriffs in stand-off over Second Amendment bill

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 4, 2021

    All 23 of Wyoming’s sheriffs have registered alarm at the damage a bill under consideration by the Legislature could do to policing in this state. Though the Second Amendment Preservation Act (House Bill 124/Senate File 81) is intended to be pro-Second Amendment, says Sheriff Jeff Hodge, its implications are strongly anti-law enforcement. “It’s not intended to be anti-law enforcement, but it is,” he says. “The intention was good but they need to talk to peace officers and prosecuto...

  • Budget crisis heads for the classroom

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 4, 2021

    Making cuts to the budgets of Wyoming’s schools is no longer optional – it’s happening, says Representative Chip Neiman, whether we like it or not. District #1’s new state rep organized a listening session with the Crook County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees and staff members last week to share the depth of the budget crisis faced by the State of Wyoming and to ask for ideas and input as the Wyoming State Legislature goes about trying to solve it. “We are kind of in a difficult...

  • Vaccine phase opens to more candidates

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 4, 2021

    The current phase of COVID-19 vaccinations has been opened further to now include people with certain serious health conditions that place them at higher risk from the virus. “As the pandemic has continued, we have seen that people with certain health challenges are clearly more likely to become severely ill when they are infected with COVID-19,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer, in a press release announcing the change. “These vaccines can help protect these individuals.” The health conditions listed by the Wyoming Departm...

  • Timber sustainability in question

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 4, 2021

    The impacts of wildfire and the mountain pine beetle have had serious negative impacts on the Black Hills National Forest, prompting an ongoing discussion about the best way to manage the forest’s health and sustainability into the future. An advisory board formed to gather data about the standing forest inventory and provide advice to the U.S. National Forest Service believes the best way to manage the problem is to maintain commercial timber programs at their current levels. However, a draft report from the U.S. National Forest Service i...

  • Charles Mitts

    Mar 4, 2021

    Charles Mitts, age 73, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2021 in Sundance, Wyoming. Charles was born on June 17, 1947 in Sundance to Frank and Bessie Mitts, the ninth of ten children. He graduated from Sundance High School in 1965 and served in the 7th Cavalry in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. Charles was a member of the VFW. After serving in the Army he settled in Horse Creek, Wyoming, working in the underground limestone mine. Charles married Shirley Tugman Clarke on June 26, 1971 and became a step-dad to Candy and Dana Clarke. In July 1973... Full story

  • Ben Morris

    Mar 4, 2021

    Ben Morris, one of the last real cowboys, passed away in his sleep at the Weston County Manor on February 12, 2021, after a long battle with dementia. He was 80 years old. Benjamin A. and Edna F. Morris welcomed Benjamin Edward Morris into their family on September 16, 1940. Ben was born at home on the ranch on Mush Creek in Weston County. He was a hard worker from the start and at a young age helped feed the family of ten by hunting small game and trapping for animal hides to sell. Hunting and trapping became a lifelong passion, and Ben even... Full story

  • County seniors to be featured in Rising Star of the West Contest

    Mar 4, 2021

    Wyoming Virtual Academy senior FaithHoney Anderson from Devils Tower will be featured as part of KEVN Black Hills FOX’s Rising Star of the West scholarship contest Thurs., Mar. 11 on The SIX and on Black Hills FOX News at 9 p.m. Anderson qualified for the contest by submitting a short video of herself to KEVN Black Hills FOX. Sundance High School senior Gavin Robinson will be featured as part of KEVN Black Hills FOX’s Rising Star of the West scholarship contest Fri., Mar, 12 on The SIX and on...

  • Frolander wins Western Heritage Award

    Mar 4, 2021

    Pat Frolander has been honored with a Western Heritage Award for her poetry book, “Second Wind,” published by High Plains Press. The awards recognize talent in film, literature, television and music and will be presented during the 60th anniversary ceremony, scheduled for September 17 and 18, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The event has been expanded to honor individuals from both 2020 and 2021. Individuals in the literature and music categories will be recognized during a special awards luncheon on Fri...

  • Circuit Court

    Mar 4, 2021

    Speeding – Chauncey G. Jenerou, Sundance, 79/70, $98; Khristian Proffit, Gillette, 81/70, $115; Bradley J. Limbo, SD, 87/75, $120; Robert Thiel, MO, 84/75, $103; Darla Michelson, SD, 90/80, $105; Jason Pierce, SD, 85/75, $105; Rhea Sellner, MN, 88/80, $101; Randy C. Ballman, MN, 86/80, $97; Andrea Wood, Moorcroft, 75/65, $105; Elijah Steffen, MN, 94/80, $130; Jason Aanonson, Gillette, 88/80, $101; Mathew Coleman, WA, 76/65, $115; Caden Stangohr, SD, 83/70, $125; Arthur Shepard, ND, 90/80, $105; Cameron D. Lee, OR, 83/75, $105; Sharon Pryce, Can...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC, CEN|Mar 4, 2021

    Dear NP, Can you talk about the COVID-19 antibody test? Specifically, who should get the test, what does it mean if I have a positive or negative test, and how long do antibodies last? Dear Reader, Now that the COVID-19 pandemic shows signs of resolution, at least locally, COVID-19 antibody bloods tests are becoming more readily available. When it comes to COVID-19 testing, you’ll find two main options: diagnostic tests and antibody tests. A diagnostic test will show if you have an active C...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 4, 2021

    The United States once had its very own tea, made from the only caffeinated plant that’s native within these borders. Unfortunately, legend has it that this tasty beverage was hounded into obscurity by the devious plan of none other than the British. But I’m not prepared to apologize quite yet for the loss of yaupon tea. Like many of the myths that circulate this world, it’s possible the accepted version is either a misunderstanding or a blatant mistruth. Of course, I would say that. You guys...

  • Veterans assistance available

    Mar 4, 2021

    A State of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services around Wyoming cities throughout February. 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 W. Dr., Gillette, Suite 100 and she will be available at the f...

  • Voter ID bill wins initial House approval

    Camille Erickson, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 4, 2021

    CASPER — A bill requiring citizens to present specific forms of photo identification when casting their ballots in elections passed its first vote in the Wyoming House of Representatives on Monday. House Bill 75 requires voters to show specific kinds of photo identification before being able to vote in person. Under the bill, voters would need to present one of the following forms of identification: Wyoming driver’s license or identification card, tribal identification card, valid U.S. passport, U.S. military card, or Medicare insurance car...

  • Man faces felonies after three alleged car thefts

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 4, 2021

    CODY — Three stolen vehicles, two near-miss collisions, a deployed spike strip, and one black eye later, Garret Bailey is now in custody at the Park County Detention Center. Bailey, 27, led authorities from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Park County Sheriff’s Office and Cody Police Department on a high speed chase reaching speeds of 125 MPH on WYO 120 South late last Tuesday night. He is now facing felony charges for two counts theft of property valued at more than $1,000 and property destruction of $1,000 or more, charges carrying up to 30 yea...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Mar 4, 2021

    Three UW students killed in accident LARAMIE (WNE) — Three University of Wyoming students were killed in a two-car collision that took place on Saturday, Feb. 27, on the Colorado side of Highway 287. According to Colorado Trooper Josh Lewis, the collision occurred at about 4:38 p.m., at mile marker 377, in Colorado. A total of five people were involved; four are believed to be UW students. According to Lewis, the driver of a 2005 Subaru Forester, a male, age 21, who was the only occupant, appeared to have lost control of his vehicle and the F...

  • Applications available for town kids' fair projects

    Mar 4, 2021

    The Crook County Extension Learning lab is now accepting applications for the 2021 livestock show season. The program is designed to give youth that live in town or simply don’t have facilities, the opportunity to participate in market animal projects through 4-H or FFA. Swine, sheep and goat projects will be housed at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Sundance through county fair. Applications are available until June 1. Interested youth that need help finding animals for this project can also contact the Extension Office or speak to the B...

  • First musical in 25 years comes to SHS

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 4, 2021

    Sundance High School was all set to present its first full-scale musical in 25 years just as the pandemic hit last year. Though it’s a little later than originally planned, “Flapper” will finally be coming to a theater very near you this March and the students invite the whole community to come enjoy the caper. A comedy tribute to the 1920s, Flapper tells the tale of Polly Pepper (Rhianna Heaster), a young flapper who is about to turn 18 and inherit a diamond necklace called the ‘Ice Garden’. Trouble is brewing as mobsters are planning...

  • Bulldog grapplers wrap up season

    Todd Klopp, SHS Wrestling Coach|Mar 4, 2021

    This past Thursday was the completion of the 2020-21 wrestling season for the Sundance Bulldogs. Sundance had one medalist as Josh Pridgeon at 195 lbs. repeated his sixth place finish from last year. The Bulldogs qualified five grapplers from the regional tournament to the state tournament. Results were: 113 lbs. Zac Fowler 1-2 (with 1 pin) 195 lbs. Josh Pridgeon 3-3 (with 2 pins) 195 lbs. Leo Lyons 0-2 220 lbs. Roman Hrek 1-2 220 lbs. Gavin Mollenbrink (non-qualifier) 285 lbs. Dawson Flahaven 2-2 (with 2 pins) Sundance graduates two seniors...

  • SHS Trap Team registration

    Mar 4, 2021

    A registration and information meeting for the Sundance High School Trap Team will be held on Thurs., Mar. 4 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Sundance State Bank Meeting Room on the north side of the post office. The trap shooting team is open to all students in grades 6-12. Hunter safety certification is required. The team teaches gun safety, sportsmanship and fun. For more information contact one of the coaches: Kyndell Flint, 290-2040; Trevor Keyworth, 290-1010 or Rhonda Dick, 290-2753....

  • Hunter Education Class

    Mar 4, 2021

    A Wyoming Game and Fish Department authorized and approved Hunter Education Class is scheduled in Sundance just in time for prospective new hunters to get certified before the spring wild turkey season in the Black Hills. Even if you never hunt, the class provides students of all ages valuable information about firearm and archery safety, wildlife management, habitat conservation, outdoor survival, law and regulations, respect and responsibility to wildlife, property owners and hunting companions and much more. Wyoming law requires virtually...

  • BHSU Dean's List

    Mar 4, 2021

    Black Hills State University has released the Dean’s List for the fall 2020 semester. A total of 712 students maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours. Students include: Kaylei Petz (BSED Elementary Education) and Heather Ver Burg (BSED English Education) of Moorcroft and Molly Amann (BSED Elementary Education) or Sundance....

  • Bulldogs claim conference title, will open state tourney against Greybull

    Rebecca Maupin|Mar 4, 2021

    SHS Boys It was a busy post-season weekend for the Sundance boys’ basketball team as they competed in the 2A Northeast District Tournament and the 2A Regional Seeding tournament. Making the short trip to Moorcroft on Thursday, the Bulldogs opened up the tournament competing against the Moorcroft Wolves. Taking a 46-29 victory, the Bulldogs secured a place in the state tournament. The second game of the evening placed the Bulldogs against the number three seeded Big Horn Rams. Coming off of an ov...

  • Peek at the Past

    Mar 4, 2021

    1 Years Ago March 3, 1921 C.O. Griffin has completed the book case for the Red Cross library and it has been installed in the commercial club rooms. The case is a fine piece of cabinet work and is an ornament to the new county library. Several hundred new volumes have been received and the Delphian society has about finished the work of classifying and listing. The building program of the Wyoming University at Laramie is now in shape to be prosecuted vigorously. As a result of the work of the sixteenth state legislature, adequate funds will b...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Mar 4, 2021

    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. Children under 13 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Two computers are available for adults. Teen and Children’s computers are not available. The FCCLA chapter at Sundance High School has put a box in the library for collecting gently used clean shoes. On March 25 all the shoes will be taken to Casper. T...