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Articles from the March 7, 2024 edition


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  • Winter woes

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 7, 2024

    There's not much chance of flooding this spring, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The county continues to slide into drought conditions after a winter that brought little snow. The flood outlook summary for this spring is below average across all of northeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota. This is the time of year for ice cover on streams, rivers and lakes to melt and for ice-jam flooding to potentially occur. Flooding from snowmelt on the plains typically takes place betwe...

  • Fire destroys family residence

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 7, 2024

    A structure fire on Tuesday night claimed a single family residence on Cow Camp Road, northwest of Sundance, but no injuries were reported to the residents or the firefighters who responded. The fire is believed to have begun at around 2:35 a.m. on March 6. At this time, the cause is unknown and under investigation. Sundance Fire Department responded along with a county fire unit. Upon arrival, crews found that the structure was burned to the foundation. Work began to extinguish the fire that...

  • Boat check stations open back up

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 7, 2024

    Wyoming is still fighting the good fight to keep invasive mussels from its waters. With boating season underway, Wyoming Game & Fish has opened its check stations for the season. “Wyoming is one of the few states left in the nation that hasn’t detected the invasive zebra or quagga mussels in our waters,” said Josh Leonard, AIS coordinator in a press release. “Game & Fish is dedicated to keeping these destructive invasive species out of our state’s waters. That’s why it’s crucial that out-of-state boaters and residents who have taken their b...

  • Governor signs first new laws

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 7, 2024

    Bills have fallen by the wayside at a steady pace throughout this year’s legislative session, but the first new laws have made it to the governor’s desk. As a budget session, the focus on non-financial matters has been necessarily limited. The budget bills spent the beginning of the week the Joint Conference Committee, which was tasked with finding a way to reconcile a $1.1 billion gap between the proposals put forth by the House and Senate. The two chambers went in different directions while examining the budget. While the House added addition...

  • The bunny is back

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 7, 2024

    After six dormant years, Sundance's American Legion post is proudly bringing its Easter egg hunt back to the community this March. Once again, little ones will get their chance to root out the goodies left behind by the bunny and fill their baskets to brimming just as quickly as they can. This will be Legion Post #45's first community-focused event since it re-formed about a year ago. Since that time, under the leadership of Phil Colozzi, Commander, the group has been working hard to establish...

  • New Arrival

    Mar 7, 2024

    Trevor and Mandi Keyworth of Sundance, WY are the proud parents of a baby boy born at 5 p.m. on February 22, 2024 at Monument Health in Spearfish, SD. He weighed six pounds five ounces and measured 19 inches long at birth. He has been named Asa Miles Keyworth and joins sister Brooklyn Arlene. Maternal grandparents are Steve and Beth Decker of Frankfort, SD. Paternal grandparents are Dave and Sherry Burr of Spearfish and Jim Keyworth of Rapid City, SD. Great-grandparents are Bob and Barb...

  • Road repair season gearing up

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 7, 2024

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation is getting ready for road repair season, starting with a project expected to be visible on I-90 throughout most of the year and will involve eight individual bridges. Also confirmed for the season is a striping project on U.S. Hwy 212. The bridge structure project will be completed by contractors S&S Builders and, weather permitting, began on March 4. It is scheduled for completion on November 30. The eight bridge structures to be repaired during the project are located between mile markers 152.96 and...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Mar 7, 2024

    Have you heard about the Libby app? With your library card you can unlock a wide range of ebooks, audiobooks and magazines right to your smart devices. Just download the app and sign in to enjoy all your favorites. LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., Apr. 4 at 1 p.m. in Hulett. Crook County Library Foundation meeting Wed., April. 17 at 1 p.m. in Sundance. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Apr. 2 at 1:30 p.m. PROGRAMMING: Storytime: Lucky Leprechaun, Wed., Mar. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Storytime: Easter,...

  • CCMSD launches new records system

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 7, 2024

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) is about to flip the switch on a new electronic medical records system (EMR) – a project more than a year in the making. Please forgive any hiccups in service while the new system is implemented, says a press release from the district announcing the launch. “At CCMSD, our mission is ‘Proudly providing high quality care, putting patients first’ and partnering with a new EMR will do just that,” states the press release. “Taking our software into the future to maximize efficiency and patient car...

  • Daylight Saving

    Mar 7, 2024

    Daylight Saving Time begins Sun., Mar. 10. Remember to set your clocks one hour forward prior to going to bed Saturday night....

  • 25 years

    Mar 7, 2024

    April Gill was recently recognized for her 25 years of service to Crook County. April is shown with Commissioner Fred Devish and Sheriff Jeff Hodge....

  • Peek at the Past

    Mar 7, 2024

    1 Years Ago March 6, 1924 Wyoming crude oil will hereafter be pumped through a giant pipeline from the state to the Mississippi valley. The great pipeline of the Sinclair company is now completed and tested from Teapot Dome to Freeman, Mo., a distance of 714.52 miles. Within the next few days oil will start circulating thru this great artery, according to present intentions of the company. The condition of Emil Reuter, aged prospector in the Bear Lodge, excited some apprehension last week...

  • UW Extension offers free online class on electric pressure cookers

    Mar 7, 2024

    The University of Wyoming Extension has released a free online course on how to use electric pressure cookers to prepare healthy, inexpensive meals. "Today, food costs are more expensive and everyone's budgets are tighter," says Kali McCrackin Goodenough, manager of UW Extension's Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP). "Using an electric pressure cooker can decrease the amount of active time to cook dinner, which may mean cooking from scratch more often. It can also be less expensive than buying fas...

  • More broadband funding heading this way

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 7, 2024

    Another chest of federal funding for broadband access is soon to go live in Wyoming, this time through the “Internet for All” initiative. The federal government’s “Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program” (BEAD) aims to make sure that all unserved locations in the state – at a minimum, with “underserved” locations to also be targeted if possible – will be connected to the internet by the time the funds have been spent. According to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is part of the U.S. Departme...

  • UW Extension

    Vicki Hayman, Community Vitality and Health Educator|Mar 7, 2024

    It is important to pay attention to heart health all year long, and with February being Heart Health Month, now is a good time to establish a healthy eating plan. The leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. Following a heart-healthy diet is the best way to care for your heart. These guidelines are not just for those with heart disease or a history in their family, they are for everyone. The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages the public to make heart-healthy decisions with their diet. The guidelines emphasize...

  • From the desk of House Majority Floor Leader Chip Neiman

    Chip Neiman, Representative|Mar 7, 2024

    The Wyoming Legislature is heading into the fourth and final week of the Budget Session. The biggest lift is still ahead: reaching a budget agreement between the House and Senate. After both chambers finalized our respective budgets at the end of week two, it became clear that there are big differences between the two bills – both in dollar value and priorities. The House and Senate bills are separated by about $1.1 billion, the largest divide that I have seen during my time in the L...

  • Circuit Court

    Mar 7, 2024

    Speeding – Oddette L. Lambert, Upton, WY, 94/70, $180; James Milburn, Enning, SD, 85/75, $105; Megan Koens, Faulkton, SD, 93/80, $125; Cameron L. Blakeman, Watford City, ND, 104/75, $205; Nathaniel Carlson, Milaca, MN, 75/65, $105; Jeffrey Cooney, Jackson, GA, 77/65, $120; Trevor Brownback, Newcastle, WY, 110/70, $270 Lane Violation – Jasdeep Gill, Surrey, BC, Canada, $90 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Kannon Lee Parks, Johnstown, CO, $150 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked – Amanda Nicole Barton,...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Mar 7, 2024

    Feb. 26 – Four VIN checks. Trespassing complaint. Animal complaint. Suspicious circumstance. Fingerprints. two EMS pages. Fire page. Feb. 27 – Three VIN checks. Three Paper services. Business checks. Suspicious circumstance. Harassment complaint. Fingerprints. Theft report. EMS page. Feb. 28 – VIN check. Four paper services. Two Traffic stops. Business check. Attempt warrant arrest. Fingerprints. Suspicious circumstance. EMS page. Feb. 29 – Eight VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Dog bite report. Assist to Keyhole Park Police. Trespassing complain...

  • Social Security celebrates Women's History Month

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Mar 7, 2024

    March is Women’s History Month — a time to focus not just on the past, but also on the challenges women continue to face in the 21st century. At Social Security, we provide vital benefits and financial protection for women. Nearly 55% of people receiving Social Security benefits are women. Today, more women work, pay Social Security taxes and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. Women have longer average life expectancies and tend to live more years in retirement than men. This means women...

  • Community honors, celebrates life of Sgt. Nevada Krinkee

    Caroline Elik, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 7, 2024

    SHERIDAN — Sheridan County residents, law enforcement officers and supporters from all walks of life gathered Friday in Sheridan to honor the life of fallen Sheridan Police Department Sgt. Nevada Krinkee. Krinkee was shot and killed Feb. 13 while attempting to serve a trespass warning on William Lowery. He leaves behind his wife, Karla Krinkee, and their infant daughter. Hundreds of people of all ages lined Main Street and Coffeen Avenue Friday to show support as a procession of family and first responder vehicles traveled to the Sheridan C...

  • Second act for CBM

    Alex Hargrave, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 7, 2024

    BUFFALO — If its methanogenesis technology is successful, a new company could bring a second life to some of the Powder River Basin’s tens of thousands of coalbed methane wells. The Denver-based clean energy and climate tech company Cowboy Clean Fuels was recently awarded $7.8 million in state funding to pursue commercial scale development of a technology that will produce so-called renewable natural gas and capture carbon emissions using existing coalbed methane infrastructure, though not everyone is as optimistic as the company and its fun...

  • Probate

    Mar 7, 2024

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Lance Cook, Deceased. Probate No. 2024-CV-8998 NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on the 16th day of January, 2024, the estate of the above-named decedent was admitted to probate by the above-named Court, and that Christopher Lance Cook was appointed as Personal Representatives thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the decedent or to her estate... Full story

  • Trust

    Mar 7, 2024

    NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADMINISTER TRUST You are hereby notified on January 10, 2024, Harry Edward Weaver a/k/a Harry Weaver a/k/a Skip Weaver died in the City of Newcastle, Weston County, Wyoming. Harry Edward Weaver a/k/a Harry Weaver a/k/a Skip Weaver was the Grantor of the Harry E Weaver Revocable Trust dated June 26, 2023. The Trust became irrevocable as of Harry Edward Weaver’s death. Harry Edward Weaver was a resident of Crook County, Wyoming on the date of his death. Notice is hereby given that Diane Marie Weaver the named Successor T... Full story

  • Bids

    Mar 7, 2024

    WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BID The Wyoming Department of Transportation will receive bids uploaded to the Public Purchase website, until 11:00 A.M., Mountain Time on March 27, 2024, at which time they will be publicly opened and read for FURNISHING MAINTENANCE JANITORIAL AND GROUNDS MAINTENANCE AT THE NORTHEAST WELCOME CENTER. A MANDATORY Pre-Bid Inspection will be held at 1:00 P.M., Mountain Time on Monday, March 18, 2024 at the Northeast Welcome Center located at MP 199.31 on I-90 (Aladdin Interchange) eas... Full story

  • Election

    Mar 7, 2024

    Proclamation of Election for Vista West Improvement District On March 19, 2024, there shall be an election held for one (1) Board Seat of the Vista West Improvement District by mail ballot for a four-year term. The term date will commence April 1, 2024, and run through March 2028. Qualified elector residing within the Vista West Improvement District filing an application for this position is: Jim Keller Publish: March 7 and 14, 2024... Full story

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