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  • Kuhl sentenced

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 10, 2022

    Mary Kuhl was given a deferred sentence on Friday for crimes related to misconduct during her time as county treasurer. She will serve two years of supervised probation as part of a plea agreement, after which the charges will be expunged from her record. Kuhl originally pled “not guilty” to one felony charge of unauthorized use of monies, as well as to one misdemeanor count of official misconduct and two misdemeanor counts of issuing false certificate. The allegations against her included that she listed a customer’s license plate tabs as lost...

  • Supporting a cause

    Mar 10, 2022

    Part of the trucker convoy that has made its way across the nation to protest COVID-19 mandates and restrictions passed through Crook County on Thursday. As the trucks made their way down I-90 towards South Dakota, local supporters lined the road and overpasses to shout their support and wave the flag....

  • Garbage still an issue in Sundance

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 10, 2022

    Trash disposal is still causing headaches for the City of Sundance – and now, according to one concerned resident, it’s having a financial impact on businesses. Amy Goodson, owner of Cowgirl Pizza and Laundromat, made an appeal to Sundance City Council members on Tuesday that they remain open-minded about finding a better way to tackle the issue. “Help us find a way to make this affordable and fair, because in my professional opinion, right now, it is not,” she said, asking council members to keep an open mind. “I think there’s a solution th...

  • Plans revealed for possible new hospital

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 10, 2022

    Could the county play host to a brand new hospital in the near future? After six months working on a master plan for Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD), architect Curtis Hendershott of Treanor HL presented the board of trustees with four options to make that dream a reality. “As with many hospitals in the nation…your facility is really reaching the end of its life cycle,” said Hendershott as he began his presentation, which included four options that ranged from an overhaul of the existing hospital to an entirely new building in a n...

  • Audit flags serious issues with Weed & Pest financials

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 10, 2022

    This article has been corrected for clarification. This year's county audit flagged a serious issue within the Crook County Weed & Pest District that led to a "near complete breakdown in the accounting process". The list of errors presented included failures to pay bills or file reports and "general disorder" within the administrator's office and accounting system. Paul Stille of Leo Riley & Associates presented his annual findings to the county commissioners last week, commenting that, "Weed &...

  • Edith LaVerne Shepherd

    Mar 10, 2022

    Edith LaVerne (Wham) Shepherd passed away early Sunday, February 27, 2022, at her home. Born July 25, 1931, to James D and Marguerite (Peg West) Wham, Edith was a miracle baby considering the fact that during the pregnancy a uterine tumor was removed prior to her full-term birth. She attended school in a one-room country school and then lived at a boarding house in Sundance during high school so she could attend classes. Often she was pulled from her classes to "substitute teach" any of the... Full story

  • Leslie Saari

    Mar 10, 2022

    Leslie Saari, 77 of Beulah, Wyoming, passed away on March 5, 2022. Arrangements are pending.... Full story

  • New Arrival

    Mar 10, 2022

    Greg and Shelly (Fox) Elwood are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Freya Clarice Elwood. Freya was born January 30, 2022, at 1:01 p.m. at Monument Health in Spearfish, South Dakota. She weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 18 inches long. Freya was welcomed home by her big brother, Erik and older sister, Olivia. Maternal grandparents are Emery and Sybil Fox of Harrison, Nebraska. Paternal grandparents are Lori and Rusty Riggs of Crawford, Nebraska....

  • Card of Thanks

    Mar 10, 2022

    We would like to send a very special Thank You to all our family and special friends who sent 70th Anniversary cards and phone calls. All the messages were special and meant so much to us. We so enjoyed having family join us here in Arizona to help celebrate our anniversary and Jim’s 92nd birthday. Jim and Sally Ann Neiman... Full story

  • City to seek continuation of fifth cent tax

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 10, 2022

    At Tuesday’s meeting, the Sundance City Council passed its first reading of an ordinance for the “fifth cent” general purpose tax to continue for another four years. The one percent tax sales and use tax was approved by the electorate in 1990 and has been continued by the city, towns and county every four years since that time in accordance with Wyoming statute. Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz reminded the council of the process, which involves the city passing the ordinance and then taking it to the county commissioners. The fifth cent tax does...

  • County adopts socioeconomic supplement

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 10, 2022

    The county commissioners have officially approved a new socioeconomic supplement for Crook County. The supplement will be attached to the recently adopted Natural Resource Management Plan with a focus on the impact of natural resources on the health of Crook County. “We’re ready to put it to use,” said Commissioner Jeanne Whalen as a motion was passed to adopt the supplement last week. Connie McCune and Rachel Powers of DJ&A of Missoula, the company responsible for preparing the plan, were present at the meeting to answer any last-minute quest...

  • Aladdin Park bridge to see repairs

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 10, 2022

    At the request of the Aladdin Homemakers, the bridge at the Aladdin Park will be getting some safety maintenance in the near future. Sheila Burgraff and Janice Hell visited the county commissioners last week to express their concern over the current condition of the bridge. The duo described the bridge as a walking hazard. The park sees use in the summer months, they said, including by kids looking to play on the swings; Commissioner Jeanne Whalen noted that it is also used as a crossing for lawnmowers. As they weren’t sure where the r...

  • Legislative Update

    Ogden Driskill, Senator, HD1|Mar 10, 2022

    As we near the finish line of the 2022 Legislative Budget Session, there is still plenty of work to do as we head into the last week. The legislative session is always busy, particularly in a budget year, but this year we had a few additional topics to work through, including redistricting and allocating the one-time American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars. There were also a slate of committee and individual bills to address the most pressing issues. This week the Senate passed the redistricting...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 10, 2022

    I’m distraught this week to hear that Australian soap opera “Neighbours” has been cancelled after 40 years of baffling storylines written by people who have zero regard for logic or continuity. What upsets me the most is that you guys will now never have the chance to enjoy the silliness. Neighbours has been airing on British television since I was a kid – my grandmother watched it religiously at precisely 1:38 p.m. every day. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long when it was added to the sched...

  • Circuit Court

    Mar 10, 2022

    Speeding – Kelsey Hart, CO, 91/75, $140; Beau Carter Garcia, SD, 79/70, $103; William Lawrence Pollard, WA, 88/75, $130; Ridge Stewart, La Barge, 90/75, $135; Branden Bruns, SD, 85/70, $135; Camille Lawrence, MT, 95/80, $135; Dillon Barch, Gillette, 94/75, $165 No Valid Driver’s License – Paulo Mata Reyes, NC, $140 Speed Too Fast for Conditions – David Wold, MN, $100 No Seat Belt (driver) – Dillon Barch, Gillette, $25 Follow Too Closely – Ilya Androshchuk, WA, $90 Fail to Drive Vehicle Within Single Lane – Gabriel Holl, WA, $90 No Registrati...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Mar 10, 2022

    Feb. 28 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Three traffic stops. Assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol. Business checks. EMS page. Mar. 1 – Five VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Two welfare checks. Report of trespassing. Report of suspicious person. Motorist assist. Business check. Citizen assist. Animal complaint. EMS page. Mar. 2 – Three VIN checks. Paper service. Traffic stop. Two business checks. Escorted girls’ basketball team. Prisoner transport. Assisted another agency. Two EMS pages. Mar. 3 – Five VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Burglar alarm. Mo...

  • COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

    Mar 10, 2022

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, March 1, 2022 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Vice-Chairwoman Jeanne A. Whalen, Member Fred M. Devish and County Clerk Linda Fritz. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Fred moved to approve the minutes from February 1, 2 & 10, 2022. Jeanne seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Jeanne moved to approve the following resolution: RESOLUTION NO. 2022-8 FISCAL YEAR 2022 BUDGET AMENDMENT WHEREAS Crook C... Full story

  • School Warrants

    Mar 10, 2022

    Crook County School District #1 Notice is hereby given that the Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees issued warrants for the following bills exceeding $500.00 at the regular meeting of the board held on FEBRUARY 21, 2022, at HULETT, WYOMING. To Whom Paid Purpose of Expenditure Amount General Fund A & B Welding Welding Supplies $ 1,006.60 A & J Screening Personalization $ 698.44 AirPro, Inc. Dust Collection Expansion $ 755.73 All Around Hardware Supplies $ 2,190.03 Amazon.com Credit Card Plan Teaching Materials & Supplies $... Full story

  • Town Council

    Mar 10, 2022

    March 1, 2022 The Town Council met this day in regular session at 7:00 p.m. with Acting Mayor Brad Marchant presiding. Roll call was taken by Acting Mayor Brad Marchant with Council Members Joe Wilson, Callie Hilty, present. Randy Stevenson, present by phone and Mayor Brooks present by phone. COUNCIL MEMBER WILSON MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER HILTY SECONDED a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Ayes, MOTION CARRIED. AT&T WATER-MISC, GARBAGE-TELEPHONE, MAYOR-MISC $177.14; BRAD FRAZIER-HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT, TRAVEL & TRAINING-$801.05; CASELLE INC.... Full story

  • BALLOT

    Mar 10, 2022

    BALLOT OFFICIAL SPECIAL DISTRICT ELECTION BALLOT ALADDIN WATER DISTRICT IN THE COUNTY OF CROOK AND STATE OF WYOMING FOR ELECTION OF DISTRICT DIRECTORS TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2022 INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTER: 1) TO VOTE YOU MUST PLACE A CHECK MARK NEXT TO THE NAME OF THE CANDIDATE FOR WHOM YOU WISH OT VOTE. 2) TO WRITE IN A NAME, YOU MUST PLACE A CHECK MARK NEXT TO THE LINE PROVIDED AND WRITE THE COMPLETE NAME ON THE SPACE PROVIDED FOR THAT PURPOSE. VOTE FOR 5 [] RANDY STRADER-4 YEAR TERM [] TRENT TOPE- 4 YEAR TERM [] WILMA TOPE- 2 YEAR TERM [] DARYLE... Full story

  • Bids

    Mar 10, 2022

    Legal Notice Invitation to Bid Crook County Road & Bridge is seeking bids for supplying and delivery of Magnesium Chloride for the CMAQ Dust Mitigation Project. The bids are due by March 31, 2022 at 3:00pm. Please visit the Road & Bridge office; call 283-1441; or download the full bid package at crookcounty.wy.gov. Bring your complete bid packets to the Road & Bridge office or mail to PO Box 995, Sundance, WY 82729. Bid opening will be at the County Road & Bridge Office on March 31, 2022 at 3:00pm. Bids received after this time will be... Full story

  • Settlement

    Mar 10, 2022

    WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CHEYENNE, WYOMING NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE OF AND FINAL SETTLEMENT FOR HIGHWAY WORK Notice is hereby given that the State Transportation Commission of Wyoming has accepted as completed according to plans, specifications and rules governing the same work performed under that certain contract between the State of Wyoming, acting through said Commission, and Keyhole Technologies, LLC, The Contractor, on Highway Project Number B214020 in Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan & Weston Counties, consisting of installing... Full story

  • Hearing

    Mar 10, 2022

    NOTICE OF HEARING TO ALTER A PORTION OF A PUBLIC ROAD NO. 281, KNOWN AS THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN ROAD TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The Board of County Commissioners of Crook County, Wyoming has resolved in Resolution No. 2022 - 7 pursuant to Wyoming Statute 24-3-101 et seq. and W.S. 34-12-106 through 111, to alter a portion of a public road known as the South Mountain Road File No. 281 on the Map of Survey recorded at Instrument No. 518315 located at Rod 22 Map 1220 (formerly File 311 Map 1220 located on the following described property, to-wit: T51N,... Full story

  • Election

    Mar 10, 2022

    Candidates for Election for Vista West Improvement District On March 22, 2022, 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, 2022, and run through March 2026. Qualified elector residing within the Vista West Improvement District filing an application for this position is: Max Kelley. Publish: March 10 and 17, 2022... Full story

  • PROBATE

    Mar 10, 2022

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT, SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COUNTY OF CROOK, STATE OF WYOMING In Probate Docket No. 5881 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF TAMMY BETH NEEDHAM, Deceased TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on the 23 day of February, 2022, the Estate of the decedent was admitted to probate by the above-named court, and Garrett Needham and Eric Needham were appointed Administrators thereof. Any action to set aside the Application shall be filed in the Court within three months from the date of the first publicatio... Full story

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