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 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 18, 2021

Ramsey rescues child at Iditarod checkpoint

When Sundance man Doug Ramsey began volunteering at the world-famous Iditarod seven years ago, he did so because it was an important item on his bucket list. Last week at the Skwentna checkpoint, he...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 18, 2021

Pandemic hits one-year anniversary

A year ago this week, an emergency operations center (EOC) was activated in Crook County to handle the impending arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. This marked the beginning of an era in which toilet paper was more precious than gold and shaking... Full story

 

Sundance completes ambulance fleet

Crook County Medical Services District has taken delivery of a second ambulance to complete its Sundance fleet. Almost identical to the first vehicle in both appearance and design, the 2020 Dodge Ram...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 18, 2021

National delegation weighs in on timber sustainability

Wyoming’s national delegation has responded to pleas for help in clarifying the future of commercial timber sales in the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF). Along with their South Dakota...

 

Vanda Kay Steele

Vanda Kay Steele, 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at the Crook County Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. Vanda was born January 15, 1954, in Newcastle, Wyoming, to Mary Wondercheck (McLeod) and Frank Sipe Sr. She attended el... Full story

 

John E. "Jack" Pridgeon

John E. “Jack” Pridgeon of Beulah, Wyoming, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s, the evening of March 5, 2021, at his home in Red Canyon surrounded by his family.  Jack Pridgeon was born on May 16, 1933, in Newcastle, Wyoming, to Henry I.... Full story

 

Library program focuses on drought and pestilence

Crook County Library is hosting the program “Frozen and Boiled: The Weather Extremes of 1936” by Tim Velder on Friday, April 9 at the library meeting room in Sundance. The program will begin at 7...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 18, 2021

Repairs begin for Beulah schoolhouse

A year after the people of Beulah asked for permission to save the old schoolhouse that serves as their community building, Keith Haiar of the Beulah Civic Committee gave the Crook County Commission an update on progress so far. The building’s...

 

Turkey Shoot returns

After a year’s hiatus, the Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot (OWITS) will resume for its 11th year! This year’s event will take place April 28 to May 1 at the Greater Hulett Community Center in Hulett. Hunters from all over the country will...

 

Frolander wins Spur Award

Pat Frolander, local writer and Wyoming’s fifth poet laureate, has been honored with an award from the Western Writers of America. The Spur Awards honor the best in Western literature and are selected by a panel of judges from material that was...

 

VA Black Hills Health Care System reschedules mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

Due to winter weather conditions, the mobile vaccine clinics have been rescheduled for Fri., Mar. 19 in Sundance and Newcastle. Veterans with appointments simply need to come at their previously schedule appointment time, now on Friday. Additional... Full story

 
 By Kim Heaster    News    March 18, 2021

This Week at Your Library

We are still doing curbside and delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. The statewide mask mandate has ended, but if you want to wear a mask in the library, we have masks available. Children under 13 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Two...

 
 By Ken Paulson    Opinion    March 18, 2021

Open government is key to honest government

When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for office again. No one wants to be held directly responsible for letting...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am responding to Dick Claar’s letter to the editor. Our county commissioners are elected by the people to represent the people of Crook County. Please read that, picturing the entire county. I resent that he is so critical of the...

 
 By Joe Sandrini    Opinion    March 18, 2021

Black Hills elk management and proposed season changes

In 1992, when I worked my first fall hunting season in the Black Hills, there were some elk around and the lucky folks who had tags could fill them with a little work. That has changed radically...

 

This Side of the Pond

When you think of Britain, the image that likely pops into your head includes our iconic red telephone boxes. Bright, cheerful and emblazoned with a golden crown, in 2015 these iconic kiosks were...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 18, 2021

Sundance man accused of child molestation

Travis Price of Sundance stands accused of 13 individual felony charges related to sexual abuse of a minor after two victims identified him as having molested them over the course of several years. According to court reports, a Crook County...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 18, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program coming to an end

Businesses have just under two weeks left to apply for a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a pandemic-related relief option that has recently undergone some program changes to make the system more equitable. The program closes on Ma...

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    News    March 18, 2021

Jail sentence for man who pulled knife on police officer

Phillip Cotney of Sundance has been sentenced to between four and seven years in jail after allegedly pulling a knife on a police officer who had approached him outside a local bar. While on regular patrol on July 24, 2020, a Sundance Police Officer...

 

Circuit Court

Speeding – Hunter P. Skeens, Sundance, 94/80, $130; Steven Cape, Gillette, 85/75, $105; Kimberly Erbacher, MT, 88/75, $125; Jordan Moore, Sundance, 82/75, $130; Sandra Donahue, SD, 80/70, $105; Robert Dewhurst, CO, 74/65, $103; Chester De Villa,...

 

Crook County Sheriff's Office

Mar. 1 – Eight VIN checks. Two paper services. Eight traffic stops. Civil assist. Subject booked into jail. Business checks. Mar. 2 – Five VIN checks. Two traffic stops. Civil assist. Theft report. Threat report. Fire page. Business checks. Mar....

 

First FERTA easement nears completion

For a number of years, Crook County and the U.S. Forest Service have been working to create a map of the area that identifies ownership of particular roads and the entity responsible for their maintenance, a project that will ensure the public...

 

Wyoming News Briefs

Wyoming to receive $1B from latest relief package CASPER (WNE) — Wyoming will receive over $1 billion in state aid soon, thanks to the latest stimulus package signed into law Thursday by President Joe Biden.  The federal government passed a $1.9...

 

Flapper hits the stage this weekend – along with a raffle

The young thespians of Sundance High School would like to remind the community that the first full-scale musical in 25 years will be hitting the auditorium this coming weekend. There’s also still time to show your support for the kids in the form...

 

Basketball all stars

SHS basketball players earning All Conference or All State honors, left to right: Baillee Heaster (2A NE All Conference Girls), Aftyn Marchant (2A NE All Conference Girls), Lane Gill (2A NE All...

 

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