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Articles from the March 14, 2024 edition


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  • Fire fights continue

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 14, 2024

    Once again busier than would normally be expected at this time of year, the county's firefighters were called to two significant blazes over the last week. The first claimed a home near Sundance, while the second spread to over 200 acres near Barlow Canyon, north of Devils Tower. The 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...

  • All star basketball

    Mar 14, 2024

    Four Sundance High School cagers were selected among the best basketball players in the state this year. Earning post-season honors were (left to right): Savana Williams (all-conference), Keaton Mills (all-conference and all-state), Jaylin Mills (all-conference and second consecutive year all-state) and Lexie Marchant (all-conference)....

  • Burn ban now in effect

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 14, 2024

    With fire season already underway, Crook County is now under burn restrictions. Fire Warden Charlie Harrison requested the restrictions be put in place last week, telling the county commissioners that more Wyoming acres burned in February than in the entirety of 2023. While the county has had a little moisture recently, in some places there was "barely any", he said, and temperatures are still above average. "There's no good news in the forecast," he said. While the restrictions have been put...

  • Girls State

    Mar 14, 2024

    Ellie Jay, Hulett, and Shannon Gilmartin, Sundance, have been selected as the 2024 Girls State delegates by the Hulett Roy Montgomery Unit 80 of the American Legion Auxiliary. Janet Cole Lake, Sundance, is the Girls State chair for the local unit. The Wyoming Girls State program is a week-long session of learning about our government – on the city, county and state levels. It is a practical application of Americanism and good citizenship. It was developed from the idea that our youth should b...

  • Plow push

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 14, 2024

    Why is the county willing to plow a 6.3-mile dead end that leads to a single family, but won’t consider doing the same for a quarter-mile stretch that serves 17 homes? County resident Eric Akola posed this question last week as he fulfilled his promise to keep appearing on the commissioners’ agenda until the issue is resolved. While the commission’s decision not to change its mind regarding adding more miles to the road maintenance roster was no great surprise, a new wrench appeared in the works at the revelation that Akola’s opinion does no...

  • CCMSD looks at senior mental health

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 14, 2024

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) is gearing up to introduce mental health services for seniors through a program that would see all its costs reimbursed through Medicare. As this means the program would not cost the district to run, it’s possible that the revenue could in the future be used to fund an additional mental health service for younger age groups. Senior Solution The Board of Trustees heard a presentation last week from Kirby Johnson of Senior Life Solutions, a program offered by Psychiatric Medical Care of Tennessee. T...

  • Betty Wilson

    Mar 14, 2024

    Betty Wilson, 91 of Hulett, Wyoming passed away on March 5, 2024 at Crook County Hospital, surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty was born on May 29, 1932, in Atwood Indiana to Wesley and Ethel Orcutt. She grew up on a farm outside of Atwood, Indiana with her sisters, Helen and Genevieve and her brothers, Bob and Albert. Betty was the baby of the family and had many stories of life on the farm, especially of Albert and her adventures with him. When her sister, Helen, married Jerry Jervis, a Baptist Minister, t... Full story

  • Albert A. Pickerd

    Mar 14, 2024

    Albert A. Pickerd, age 78, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away on March 7, 2024, surrounded by loved ones after a short battle with cancer. He was born in Spearfish, South Dakota, on March 4, 1946, the son of Orville G. Pickerd and Fletta Hathaway. Albert was a devoted husband, stepfather, and, most importantly, grandpa/great grandpa. He grew up living between South Dakota and Wyoming. He graduated from Sundance High School, where he received recognition for being Student of the Month from Representative Teno Roncalio and placed fourth at state... Full story

  • Joyce Elaine Lincoln

    Mar 14, 2024

    Joyce Elaine (Kline) Lincoln passed away peacefully on February 25, 2024, at Weston County Manor. She was the fifth child in a family of six children. Joyce was born on September 29, 1931, in Juanita, Nebraska to Orville and Myrtle (Pinkerton) Kline. While still a small child, the family moved to a homestead south of Newcastle, Wyoming. Joyce attended school in Newcastle, graduating in 1949. While attending high school and in the summer, she worked as a telephone operator in Newcastle. Joyce met Marvin at a dance in the old Newcastle Armory in... Full story

  • Charlotte Betts

    Mar 14, 2024

    Charlotte Betts, 79, passed away on March 6, 2024, at Rolling Hills Healthcare in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. She was born on December 28, 1944, to Cecil and Louise Dandridge in Seattle, Washington. She spent her childhood in Lead, South Dakota, and then Spearfish Canyon. She graduated from Lead High School as a very proud member of the class of 1962. She moved to California, where she lived the next four years, briefly marrying Bob Bender and giving birth to her first child, Cherie, in San Francisco. She grew homesick and returned to the... Full story

  • Charles Paul

    Mar 14, 2024

    Charles "Chuck" Paul was born on June 21, 1941, in Nelson County, North Dakota to Russell and Alyce Paul. Chuck died at the Crook County Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming, on March 6, 2024, where Jesus welcomed him into heaven and he was reunited with the love of his life, Joann, his grandson, Ward, and great-grandson Logan. Chuck grew up on the family farm in North Dakota and graduated from Lead High School in 1959. Chuck and Joann were married on July 8, 1960, and had three children. David and Lorraine were born in Deadwood, and in 1963 they... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Mar 14, 2024

    1 Years Ago March 13, 1924 It has been announced that Fort Meade at Sturgis will be reopened, and that by May 1 there will be five hundred cavalrymen there. An inspection of the fort was made recently, and it is now being put in readiness to receive the soldiers. Contingent on the construction by the government of a road from Elmore to Savoy, a distance of four miles, Lawrence County will build a 16 foot grade from Cheyenne crossing to EImore, a mile and a half. If this construction work is...

  • Making the most of America Saves Week 2024

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Mar 14, 2024

    America Saves Week, which runs from April 8 to 12 this year, is an excellent opportunity for organizations to promote good financial habits and for people to assess their own saving status. This year’s theme is “Saving for What Matters Most.” Planning and saving are key to a successful retirement. The earlier you start saving for retirement, the better off you will be. People with a plan are twice as likely to save successfully. Set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically. During America Saves Week, we encourage you to pledge to start...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Mar 14, 2024

    Mar. 4 – Two VIN checks. Paper service. Traffic stops. Fall. Three house watches. Life Flight. Citizen dispute. Two business checks. Assist other agency. Three EMS pages. Fire. Mar. 5 – Seven VIN checks. Five business checks. Three traffic stops. Two house watches. Welfare check. Suspicious circumstance. Fraud. Traffic complaint. Broken bone. Fall. Five EMS pages. Mar. 6 – Three VIN checks. Two paper services. Three traffic stops. Welfare check. Four business checks. Two EMS pages. Fire page. Mar. 7 – VIN checks. Two fingerprints. Four traffic...

  • Circuit Court

    Mar 14, 2024

    Speeding – Michael Young, Gillette, WY, 89/75, $130; Phillip Brace, Wright, WY, 90/80, $105; Sidni Ferguson, Dupree, SD, 89/75, $130; Cole W. Tinnin, Moorcroft, WY, 90/80, $105; Jesus Cabada, Chicago, IL, 89/75, $130; Lars Robert Jolma, Mason, WI, 109/75, $230 Child Safety Restraint System Violation – Ryan Fultz, Pine Haven, WY, $80 Violate Legal Weight (2001-4000) – Cody Lee Calonge, Billings, MT, $135; (6001-8000) – Austin Nichols, Casper, WY, $210 Take Mountain Lion Without License – Kelly D. Jones, Marbelton, WY, $820 Leave Scene of Accide...

  • CCMSD purchases staff housing

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 14, 2024

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) is purchasing a 12-unit property in Sundance to house employees, a decision made in response to the lack of housing currently available in this area. The local housing crisis has made it difficult to hire new employees, explains Trustee Mark Erickson, because they would need to commute from outside the community. The intent is to entice good candidates to accept roles within the district if they would otherwise be reluctant for this reason, he says. Now, says Erickson, the member of staff and...

  • Open or shut

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 14, 2024

    A small issue with a phantom door needs to be resolved before the City of Sundance renews the contract with Crook County Medical Services District to house its ambulances in the fire hall. “Your folks like to leave the door open,” Mayor Paul Brooks told Anthony Vopat, EMS Coordinator. “We’re having some problems with this and the public sees it.” With the bay door open, it costs too much to keep the building heated, the mayor said, especially as someone had been turning the thermostat up to 70 degrees. However, according to Vopat, the open...

  • City opens tap on water policy

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 14, 2024

    Now that the City of Sundance has a policy in place for providing utilities to out-of-town residences, the request that originally sparked its creation has finally been granted. Ron Anhorn first asked for approval to tie into the city’s water system from his 35-acre property on Wild Bunch Trail in May, 2023, but was told that the council could not really offer an answer until it had developed a firm policy and some time would be needed to consider and research the question. At that time, Public Works Director Mac Erickson listed several p...

  • Legislature passes conservative budget, largest property tax reform package in state's history

    Albert Sommers and Ogden Driskill|Mar 14, 2024

    On Friday evening, we gaveled a close to the 67th Budget Session in the Wyoming Senate and House. It was a tumultuous budget year. Yet, despite political differences and policy disagreements, the Legislature passed a conservative, balanced budget that addresses our state's needs and invests in the future. Those investments include funding for nursing homes, preschool for developmentally disabled children and home services for senior centers. The budget supports mental health efforts and funds...

  • From the Desk of House Majority Floor Leader Chip Neiman

    Chip Neiman, Representative|Mar 14, 2024

    The gavel has come down on the 67th Budget Session for the final time. So much of what I spent my energy on this legislative session involves safeguarding Wyoming conservative principles. I happily take this fight to the state Capitol because it means better lives for Wyoming families, strengthening our economy and preserving the unique way of life that makes Wyoming so exceptional. Much of that comes down to holding the line on the growth of government and spending. It seems the Legislature is...

  • Commissioners

    Mar 14, 2024

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, March 5, 2024 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, Vice-Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Member Bob Latham and County Clerk Melissa Jones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Kelly moved to ratify & approve the minutes from February 6 & 7, 2024. Bob seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Kelly moved to approve the following resolution: RESOLUTION NO. 2024-7 AMENDING AND UPDATING RESOLUTION NO. 1-2004 IMPOSING A 9... Full story

  • Council

    Mar 14, 2024

    City of Sundance March 5, 2024 The Town Council met this day in regular session at 7:00 p.m. in Sundance Council Chambers with Mayor Paul Brooks presiding. Roll call was taken by Mayor Paul Brooks with Council Members, Joe Wilson and Brad Marchant and Callie Hilty present. Randy Stevenson appearing by phone. CONSENT AGENDA COUNCIL MEMBER MARCHANT MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER WILSON SECONDED a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Ayes, MOTION CARRIED. AT & T-Water Misc $55.42; BN DOORS LLC-Water Misc $521.00; Campbell County Public Works – Garbage... Full story

  • Bids

    Mar 14, 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 14, 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

  • Probate

    Mar 14, 2024

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF WYOMING IN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY Docket No. 2024-CV-0009003 In the Matter of the Estate of JEANETTE RAE SMITH, aka JEANETTE R. SMITH, aka JEANETTE SMITH, Deceased. NOTICE OF PROBATE OF ESTATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on the 5th day of March, 2024, the estate of Jeanette Rae Smith was admitted to probate by the above-named Court, and that Douglas W. Smith, Garrett J. Smith and Mason Smith were appointed Co-Administrators thereof.... Full story

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