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Articles from the March 16, 2023 edition


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  • Commission hears two exemption requests from large-acre rules

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 16, 2023

    Two very different requests came before the Crook County Commissioners last week from landowners hoping to sidestep the new regulations for large-acre subdivisions. While the first was for a single chunk from a personal property that the owner would like to sell, the second was a subdivision containing more than 30 individual tracts that was completed by a developer around the time the new rules came into being. In the first instance, the request was for a 36.7-acre parcel south of Pine Haven. C...

  • Bulldogs rake in sports honors

    Mar 16, 2023

    As the high school basketball seasons wrapped up, a number of Sundance High School athletes were recognized for their outstanding performances. Above, left to right: Jaylin Mills (All-Conference, All-State and 2A Northeast Player of the Year), Jacob Schommer (All-Conference), Zoe Skeens (All-Conference) Lexi Marchant (All-Conference and All-State), Savannah Williams (All-Conference) and Jim O'Connor, 2A Northeast Coach of the Year....

  • Public safety addressed for café demolition

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 16, 2023

    Taking down the supports that are keeping what remains of higbee’s in place is a prospect that worries owners Darlene and Jason Coder. While they understand the concern that the braces themselves are a potential safety hazard, the Coders told the Sundance Council last week that removing them could be more hazardous still. This prompted Council Member Randy Stevenson to suggest enlisting the help of experts from the Campbell County Fire Department, who are knowledgeable about the kind of support that would be needed to keep the building s...

  • City gets ARPA grant for water project

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 16, 2023

    The City of Sundance has been awarded just over $1.3 million to fix a major water leak during the second round of applications for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding designated for local government projects. Unfortunately, due to a hiccup with the fire department’s email, the city was not successful in securing finding to refurbish the fire hall. The city fell just shy of the final shortlist for the first round of ARPA funding late last year, when the State Loans and Investments Board (SLIB) received 113 applications with a grand t...

  • Old Stoney gets final funding

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 16, 2023

    Rule changes within the Wyoming Business Council (WBC) looked set to dash any hope of finishing out Old Stoney – until the state senate stepped in. Last week, Mayor Paul Brooks told the story of how the historic building managed to secure the last funding bump needed to finally finish the renovation project. “Wyoming Business Council has changed all the rules again,” he began. Now, in order to qualify for grant funding, it’s necessary to prove and quantify the exact economic impact that a project will have – something Brooks said is a signifi...

  • City granted year-round deer permit

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 16, 2023

    A permit has been approved to allow the City of Sundance to cull double the number of deer this year with no restrictions on season timing. The city is implementing a year-round cull in response to evidence that chronic wasting disease (CWD) may be more prevalent than previously thought. Game Warden Nate Holst attended last week's meeting of the city council to confirm that Wyoming Game & Fish has now approved the license. This will allow Sundance to take up to 100 deer between now and the end o...

  • Cards of Thanks

    Mar 16, 2023

    Our Thanks We would like to “shout” a big “Thank You” to our family and friends for the calls, wonderful cards, beautiful flowers, scrapbook and celebration for our 60th wedding anniversary. There was lots of visiting, laughter, good food and cake. We feel fortunate to have friends near and far with such thoughtfulness. Thank you again with our love, Gerald and Jacquie McInerney Our Thanks We would like to extend the sincerest gratitude for the outpouring of love and support during this extremely difficult time of losing our Thomas. A heartfe... Full story

  • Glenn Groves

    Mar 16, 2023

    Glenn Groves, 91, of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away on March 7, 2023 at Legacy Living Rehabilitation Center in Gillette, Wyoming. Glenn was born on August 8, 1931 in the Gillette Hospital to Howard and Cecilia (Schlautmann) Groves. He attended and graduated from Campbell County High School. He married Frances Shaw on December 13, 1952. He changed from a ranch hand to cutting hair then a car salesman, freight manager at Wolff Auto Parts. All the time still a rancher and built two houses, one in... Full story

  • Elizabeth Janice Schelldorf

    Mar 16, 2023

    Elizabeth Janice Schelldorf, 90, of Sundance, Wyoming, died Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at Crook County Nursing Home in Sundance. Memorial services will be held on Friday, April 21, 2023, at 2 p.m. at the Sundance United Methodist Church. Janice was born on April 26, 1932, to Clyde D. "Scotchie" and Frances (Barr) Roberts in Sundance. She attended grade school in Sundance and graduated from Sundance High School in 1949, after completing high school in just three years. Janice went to Stephens Co... Full story

  • Veterans Welcome Home celebration next week

    Mar 16, 2023

    Please join Gov. Mark Gordon, Major General Greg Porter and Wyoming Veterans Commission Chairman Jake Jacobs as they welcome home Crook County veterans of all eras, their surviving spouses and family members. Everyone is welcome. This event will be Saturday, March 25 from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at the Greater Hulett Community Center. The Crook County celebration will be one of four Welcome Home Wyoming Veterans ceremonies that day, with the first being in Saratoga, the second in Cody, the third in Powell and the fourth in Hulett. If you cannot...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Mar 16, 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: March is National Craft Month, on display are various crafts created by the librarians. Some of the items were made at classes offered...

  • Peek at the Past

    Mar 16, 2023

    1 Years Ago March 22, 1923 Fred Menzer and George Ruggless have received the supplies for their roofing contract on the courthouse. They expected to break in on the job this week but are held up pending a settlement of blizzardy weather conditions. Word from Washington Monday was to the effect that Senator Francis E. Warren has nominated William H. Hawken and Elmer D. Smith as candidate and alternate respectively for examination to enter the United States naval academy at Annapolis. Both...

  • Input needed for hazard mitigation plan

    Mar 16, 2023

    Northeast Wyoming is in the process of updating the plan used to protect this area against natural hazard and is seeking input from the public to assist in identifying both risks and the best way to reduce their potential hazards. The Wyoming Region 1 Hazard Mitigation Plan encompasses Campbell, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston counties, as well as Crook County. Its purpose, says Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Robinson, is to analyze the region’s vulnerabilities to natural and human-caused hazards and identify mitigation actions that j...

  • Weed & Pest back on track

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 16, 2023

    When Paul Stille of Leo Riley & Associates presented this year’s county audit, it once again included reference to an issue within the Weed & Pest department that suggested operational difficulties severe enough to have caused a “near complete breakdown in the accounting process”. However, he was quick to note that the issue has now been solved and only appeared in the audit because the timeline spilled over into the fiscal year of 2021-22. “This will be gone this year,” he said. “Last year I came and met with you about the problems th...

  • Circuit Court

    Mar 16, 2023

    Speeding – Lexi Dettman, Box Elder, SD, 85/75, $105; Laison Rosenlund, Sheridan, WY, 86/75, $115 Fail Duty Upon Colliding With Unattended Vehicle or Property – Robert Joseph Anderson, Moorcroft, WY, $250 Use Electronic Handheld Device to Read, Write or Send Text While Driving – Delaina L. Grieves, Upton, WY, $95 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Douglas Grudniewski, Rapid City, SD, $140 No Valid Driver’s License – Mariah Flowers, Lusk, WY, $140 Operate CMV Without CDL – Tisten J. McKillop, Gillette, WY, $190 No Drive...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Mar 16, 2023

    Mar. 6 – Three VIN checks. House watches. Business check Mar. 7 – Eight VIN checks. Four traffic stops. Civil assist. Commercial alarm. Citizen assist. Protection order violation. Suspicious circumstance. Business checks. Assist to Wyoming Highway Patrol. EMS page. Mar. 8 – Three VIN checks. Domestic disturbance. Arrested subject with warrant. Welfare check. Business checks. Suspicious circumstance. Mar. 9 – Four VIN checks. Paper service. Four traffic stops. Crash with injuries. Motorist assist. Welfare check. Search warrant. Traffic hazard....

  • New laws include tourism fund, election security

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 16, 2023

    New bills continue to arrive on Governor Mark Gordon’s desk following this year’s legislative session, each one awaiting his decision on whether to sign, veto or allow it to go into law without his signature. Over the past week, though, the governor has chosen to sign all of the bills presented to him. Gordon touted in particular HB 74, which creates the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Trust Fund. Its intent is to strengthen the state’s outdoor recreation economy and help fund recreation infrastructure projects. The fund has been granted...

  • Commissioners

    Mar 16, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, March 7, 2023 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, Vice-Chairman Kelly B. Dennis and County Clerk Melissa Jones. Member Bob Latham was absent. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Kelly moved to approve the minutes from February 7 & 8, 2023. Fred vacated the chair and seconded, Kelly voted aye, Fred vacated the chair and voted aye, motion carried. Kelly moved to approve the following resolution: R... Full story

  • Bids

    Mar 16, 2023

    Public Notice Crook County Weed and Pest Control District is giving notice that the district will begin receiving applicator bids for 2023 noxious weed control program. If you are interested in bidding for the noxious weed program bids will be either mailed to the District at P.O. Box 7, Sundance, WY 82729 or hand delivered to the District office at 802 11th Street South. Bids must be presented to the Office Manager no later than 6:00 p.m. April 12, 2023. Bids can be found at the local Weed and Pest Office or online at WWW.Crookcountyweeds.com... Full story

  • Council

    Mar 16, 2023

    City of Sundance, Wyoming March 7, 2023 The Town Council met this day in regular session at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor Paul Brooks presiding. Roll call was taken by Mayor Paul Brooks with Council Members Joe Wilson, Callie Hilty and Randy Stevenson present. Council Member Brad Marchant was excused. COUNCIL MEMBER WILSON MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER STEVENSON SECONDED a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Ayes, MOTION CARRIED. Brendon Lundstrom-Customer Deposit Payable $52.43; Jessica Haglund-Customers Deposit Payable $22.89; Russell Cash-Customers... Full story

  • DEQ

    Mar 16, 2023

    Public Notice CHAPTER 6, SECTION 2 CONSRUCTION/MODIFICATION PERMIT HEARING - The State of Wyoming, Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality, proposes to approve a request by Black Hills Bentonite LLC to establish the Keyhole State Project, a 317 acre mine, which will include exposed acreage, stockpiling and haul roads located in the E½ NW¼,W½ NW¼ NE¼, NW¼ SW¼ NE¼, S½ SW¼ NE¼, S½ SE¼ NE¼ and SE¼ of Section 16, T50N, R66W, approximately nine (9) miles east-northeast of Moorcroft, in Crook County, Wyoming. No blasting, hot... Full story

  • Fifth graders hold paper football tourney

    Tatum Marchant|Mar 16, 2023

    As everyone was getting ready for the big game on Sunday, the Sundance Elementary fifth graders were getting ready for their own. On Thurs., Feb. 9, Addy Adams became the latest addition to the Paper Football Hall of Fame. But before we get into that, let's hear a word from our sponsors – or previous winners. Mr. Olson introduced all of the past winners, spanning back to 2015. Let's start with last year's winner, Zander Stover, who reported an exceptional hairline. Next was 2021's champion, M...