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Articles from the March 9, 2023 edition


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  • Local timber industry to benefit from wildfire program

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 9, 2023

    A wildfire prevention program in California is set to bolster the timber supply here in Crook County, according to an announcement made by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) last week. Through this program, Neiman Sawmills is expected to receive surplus fire salvage logs from areas with too much wood and not enough of a market for it. “We’re honored to be a partner with the Forest Service and NWTF on this pilot project,” said Jim Neiman, President of the family-owned forest management company with operations across the west. “Collectively, we’re h...

  • Bulldogs place third at State

    Mar 9, 2023

    The Sundance High School girls wrapped up their basketball season with a third place finish at the state tourney last week in Casper. After notching a win against Kemmerer and a narrow loss to Burns, the Bulldogs emerged from a thrilling game against Tongue River in the consolation match. For more about the state tournament, see page 13....

  • Crossover voting bill becomes law

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 9, 2023

    Swapping your party affiliation from Republican to Democrat or vice versa on the day of an election will no longer be possible in Wyoming. HB 103 took effect last week without the signature of Governor Mark Gordon, who felt the legislation may cause confusion for voters but was not sufficiently flawed to merit a veto. Voters looking to register with a party, whether for the first time or to change their affiliation, will now need to do so before nominations open for the next primary election. Requesting a major party ballot constitutes a declar...

  • Season of struggle

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 9, 2023

    The toughest winter in a while might have been easier on Crook County's ranchers if it hadn't come on the heels of several years of drought. "Cold and snow is a problematic thing, whether you're talking for calving or just wintering cattle and yearlings," says Wade Crawford of Crook County Veterinary Service. "You end up having to feed more hay, which was in limited supply last year." Two to three years of dry weather meant that nobody had much extra feed for their animals, he says. "What we...

  • Terrence King

    Mar 9, 2023

    Terrence King, 85, of Aladdin, Wyoming, passed away March 3, 2023 at the Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pat and Rose King; sister and brother-in-law, Diane and George Bean. He is survived by his brothers, Dennis King and Michael King both of Aladdin; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives. His request was cremation and no funeral service will be honored. Arrangements are under the care of Kline Funeral Chapel of Belle Fourche.... Full story

  • Kenneth Howard

    Mar 9, 2023

    Kenneth "Ken" Howard, 73 of Aladdin, Wyoming, passed away at his home on February 27, 2023 surrounded by his wife and children. Ken was born on March 23, 1949 to Kenneth Howard and Anna Maddox in Hamilton, Ohio. He was the youngest of three children. After graduating from Lakota High School in 1967 he continued to farm on his family farm. In 1970, Ken married Sandra Arnold at Bethany Church. Ken and Sandra went on to have three children. Nicole, Stephanie and Brad. In 2003, Ken married Angelika... Full story

  • Lorraine Loh

    Mar 9, 2023

    Funeral Mass for Lorraine Loh, 94, of Dickinson, North Dakota was Friday, March 3, 2023 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Msgr. Thomas Richter as celebrant. Burial followed at St. Henry's cemetery in Regent. Lorraine passed away February 27, 2023 surrounded by family at St. Luke's Home in Dickinson. Lorraine Maria Loh was born December 10, 1928 to Frank and Marion (Kilzer) Gion. Life was not easy for the four Gion children due to the death of their mother when Lorraine was only seven years... Full story

  • Shirley Jean Frasier

    Mar 9, 2023

    Shirley Jean (Larive) Frasier enjoyed her last day on this earth on March 3, 2023. Shirley was born on May 1, 1937, the youngest of 13 children to Arthur and Tillie (Lloyd) Larive. She attended schools in Sundance, Wyoming, Rapid City, South Dakota, Deadwood, South Dakota and graduated from Spearfish High School in 1955. She married Duane George Frasier on May 24, 1956 at St Joseph Catholic Church in Spearfish, South Dakota. They moved to San Diego, California then to Napa, Idaho, where they... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Mar 9, 2023

    1 Years Ago March 15, 1923 Marshall Engineering company, Deadwood, $40,600. A.W. Ostlund, Gillette, $7,188. These are the successful bidders for the Crook County High School job, which will be pushed to a finish this summer. The Marshall company, through E.R. Leaverton, presented the lowest bid for construction and material for the building. Mr. Ostlund takes the job of plumbing and putting in the heating plant. Mr. Link, of the firm of Link & Haire of Billings, who drew the plans for the building, has been retained as supervising architect....

  • Card of Thanks

    Mar 9, 2023

    Thank You I would like to thank the community for all their support as we held the 2A East Regional Basketball Tournament here in Sundance. The amount of help that it took for us to run the tournament was immense. Couple that with the amount of extra time and effort the local businesses put in to make teams and families feel welcome when they had to come in a couple days early because of the weather was truly appreciated by the fans that traveled. I would also like to thank Moorcroft High School for the use of their facility on Thursday night,... Full story

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Mar 9, 2023

    We do in-town deliveries for people who are unable to make it into the library and we do curbside delivery for those who would prefer not to come inside. Just give us a call and we will get your books ready. Have you tried the Libby app to access digital content using your library card? You can get eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines right on your smart phones or tablets. Stop in today to find out more. Displays: Bronze Sculptures by Gary Shoop Library Programming: CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD meeting Thurs., Apr. 6, at 1 p.m. in Sundance. CROOK...

  • Librarians meet

    Mar 9, 2023

    The Hulett Branch Library hosted the all-staff meeting last week at the GHCC. Librarians from Moorcroft, Sundance and Hulett gathered to discuss what's going on in their libraries, to have lunch and to do a fun craft....

  • Library to host "The Tea Party Controversy"

    Mar 9, 2023

    Crook County Library will host the program “The Tea Party Controversy: Investigating the Origins of Wyoming Woman Suffrage” by Kylie McCormick on Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room in Sundance. The program is free and open to the public. The origins of woman suffrage in Wyoming has long been shrouded in debate: should Esther Hobart Morris be given the name “mother of woman suffrage” or is she someone who has received “more credit than she deserves”? Diving into the details of the tea party controversy, this presentatio...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 9, 2023

    Honestly, leave it to a man to decide that, if a woman has done great and wonderful things, it must be because she’s secretly not a woman at all. I came across an old conspiracy theory this week involving my second favorite queen – a tall tale that was originally spread by none other than Bram Stoker. This latter fact is not too surprising. The man who invented Dracula was likely blessed in the imagination stakes (see what I did there?). It’s also not shocking that Queen Elizabeth I has attra...

  • Op-ed: The 67th General Session positions tomorrow's Wyoming leaders for success

    Ogden Driskill and Albert Sommers, Senate President and Speaker of House|Mar 9, 2023

    On March 3, the Wyoming Legislature gaveled out the end of the 67th General Session. The work your elected officials achieved was remarkable. As the leaders of the House and Senate chambers, it is our privilege to report out the accomplishments of this body’s work, which are strengthening the future of Wyoming, starting with strong investments in education. Educating Wyoming’s children is perhaps the single greatest investment our state can make. Public education is the crucible of democracy and the very foundation of our system of government....

  • From the Desk of House Majority Floor Leader Chip Neiman

    Chip Neiman, Marjority Floor Leader|Mar 9, 2023

    With the 67th General Session of the Wyoming Legislature complete, I am encouraged by the good work that has been done for the people of Wyoming and am especially heartened at the prospect of being home and seeing my family, friends and neighbors after a 40-day Legislative session. Thank you, for this honor to serve you. I would like to highlight a few notable bills and new laws that I followed closely throughout the session: HB0152 has been an important a priority of mine the entire session....

  • Lindholm selected for Girls State

    Mar 9, 2023

    Willow Lindholm has been selected as the Sundance delegate to Wyoming Girls State, to be held June 4-10 at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne. Sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 80 (Hulett and Sundance, Janet Cole Lake, Girls State co-chair), Willow’s experience will be a week-long session of learning about government on the city, county and state levels. Delegates attending the Wyoming Girls State program become citizens in cities and campaign for city offices. They r...

  • Seventh grades take part in poppy poster contest

    Mar 9, 2023

    Tobi Miller, Sundance art teacher, for many years has had all of her seventh grade students (32 this year) participate in the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 80 (Hulett and Sundance) poppy poster contest. The ALA poppy poster co-chairs are Tracy Bush, Hulett, and Janet Lake, Sundance. This year's Sundance winners are MacKenna Olson, first; Nash Downey, second; and Jude Crago, third. Each winner received a cash prize, and their posters go on for further competition. All poppy posters will...

  • New laws include property tax relief increase, crossover voting ban

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 9, 2023

    As the 67th General Session of the Wyoming Legislature comes to an end, having gaveled out on Friday afternoon, the successful bills from among the 497 filed continue to make their way to the desk of Governor Mark Gordon. As one of its highest priorities during this session, the legislature considered numerous bills that addressed rising property tax costs. Property Tax Though many of the bills put forward failed, HB 99 was signed into law late last week. This amends the qualifications for the existing Property Tax Refund Program and the county...

  • Highway Patrol trains fentanyl detection dogs

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 9, 2023

    As overdose deaths connected to fentanyl continue to rise both in Wyoming and across the nation, Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) has taken proactive steps to detect the illicit substance. On Thursday, WHP announced that a total of ten canine teams across the state have now been trained and certified to detect fentanyl, a manmade opioid that is used in prescription form to treat patients with severe pain. The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) sounded the alarm about the growing number of overdose...

  • Aladdin man arrested for aggravated assault

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 9, 2023

    An Aladdin man has been arrested for aggravated assault and property destruction. Patrick Michael King faces two felony charges after allegedly using his four wheeler to ram a man on a bicycle who was attempting to get past a group of cattle being moved through the area. On February 11 just after 2:30 p.m., a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to Beulah for an incident involving a bicyclist and a four wheeler. As the deputy arrived, he was advised by Dispatch that the four w...

  • Pandemic rules ending for Wyoming Medicaid enrollment

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 9, 2023

    For about three years, the state stopped reviewing whether Wyomingites enrolled on the Medicaid program were still eligible – but things are about to change. As the Wyoming Department of Health prepares to resume the practice of reviewing people’s eligibility for Medicaid coverage, it is urging citizens to make sure their contact details are up to date. “We just started sending renewal notices by mail to clients. We’ll be reviewing eligibility in the same manner as we did before the pandemic so it’s not something new,” said Lee Grossman, s...

  • Black Hills Snow Course Readings

    Sherry Burr, NRCS|Mar 9, 2023

    Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30 Year Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30 Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 17.2 4.8 2.1 1 229 Blind Park Snotel 6870 34 7.5 6.6 4 114 Cole Canyon Snotel 5870 33 7.4 4.7 3.7 157 Ditch Creek 6880 21.5 3.8 3.5 2.4 109 Little Bear Run 6240 21.6 4 3.6 2.1 111 Mallo 6420 33.4 6.1 6.5 3.3 94 Mount Tom 5560 25.4 4.9 4.3 2 114 North Rapid Creek Snotel 6250 30 6.5 5.8 4.7 112 Reuter Canyon 6280 36.8 9.1 8.2 3.6 111 Upper Spearfish 6500 30.6 8.4 6...

  • Circuit Court

    Mar 9, 2023

    Speeding – Jorge Rivera Garcia, Gillette, WY, 95/75, $160; Jessica Lorenz, Newcastle, WY, 85/70, $135 Expire Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Jason Darnell, Amado, AZ, $140; Joshua G. Pfeifle, Gillette, WY, $140 No Valid Driver’s License – Elizabeth Wiley, Tallahassee, FL, $140 Fail to Back Safely and Without Interfering With Traffic – James Tetrault, Camp Crook, SD, $90 Leave Scene of Accident with Damage to Attended Vehicle or Property – James Tetrault, Camp Crook, SD, $240 Weight Over Permit Limits (0-2000) – Matthew Carls...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Mar 9, 2023

    Feb. 27 – Seven VIN checks. Two Fraud reports. Threats complaint. Suspicious circumstance. Two sets fingerprints. Assist to Campbell County. Domestic. Assist to Moorcroft Police. Fire page. Four EMS pages. Feb. 28 – Five VIN checks. Welfare check. Fingerprints. Threats complaint. Warrant arrest. Disturbance complaint. Assist to DCI. Assist to Wyoming Highway Patrol. Business check. Mar. 1 – Five VIN checks. Traffic stop. Assist Wyoming Highway Patrol. House watches. Traffic hazard. Fingerprints. Recovered property. Suspicious circu... Full story

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