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Articles from the March 21, 2019 edition


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  • Janice F. Douglas

    Mar 21, 2019

    Janice F. Douglas, aged 76, passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday March 10, 2019, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Jan was born in Chamberlain, South Dakota, on March 18, 1942, along with her identical twin sister, Janet Bouma. Raymond and Arlene (Scott) Goodroad, their adoptive parents, welcomed the twins into their home with excitement. Jan was raised in Edgemont, South Dakota, where she met her husband, Melvin Douglas in the summer of 1958. They were married in Edgemont in 1959 and,...

  • Bruce W. Gose

    Mar 21, 2019

    Bruce W. Gose, 90 of Upton, Wyoming, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Goose Landing in Upton. A family inurnment will be at a later date. Cremation arrangements were under the care of Fidler-Roberts &Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance and Isburg Crematory of Spearfish. A full obituary was previously printed....

  • Charles R. Rankin

    Mar 21, 2019

    Celebration of Life for Charles R. Rankin was held Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Upton Elementary Auditorium. Charles R. Rankin was born on January 6, 1925, to Robert and Louella Rankin on the Rankin Ranch south of Upton, Wyoming. He joined a sister, Ada May Whitten, and brother, Harold Rankin. Another sister, Mary Clyde, joined the family a short while later. Charles spent his life at the family ranch. No stranger to hard work, Charles quit school in the 11th grade to assist in working the ranch...

  • Kristine Jo Darlington

    Mar 21, 2019

    Kristine Jo Darlington, 75, of Upton, Wyoming, went to rest with the Lord on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Kristine (or Nanny as we all know her) was born on August 30, 1943 in Casper, Wyoming, to Adolph and Mignon Thorson. She attended Osage School and then beauty school in Rapid City. Kris was united in marriage to the love of her life, Glen Darlington, on August 18, 1965, during the wagon train on the Darlington Ranch, each bringing children to the union, Clint, Toni...

  • Johnson trial could see change of venue

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2019

    Through “an abundance of caution”, defense attorney Don Fuller plans to file a motion for a change of venue in the trial of the State of Wyoming vs. Jessie Johnson. Fuller stated his intention during a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday afternoon after concerns were heard over the low population in Crook County with which to form a jury “untainted” by involvement in the Marty Smith trial. District Court has been experiencing a higher than average number of trials recently, said Clerk of District Court Tina Wood, and Wyoming law states that a person...

  • Taking the (icy) plunge

    Grace Moore|Mar 21, 2019

    Twenty seven hardy souls participated in the second annual Jackalope Jump on Saturday afternoon. With a strong supporting cast and jubilant fans cheering them on, the jumpers made their way to the dock. Dusty Downey and daughters Melibe and Avenlee were on hand with life preservers for anyone who may have experienced difficulties plunging into the cold water. Crook County School district #1 Special Education director Sandra Neiman and her staff started the festivities off dressed as ducks as...

  • Weathering the 'bomb cyclone'

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2019

    A storm believed to have had the largest span in at least a decade rolled through Crook County on Wednesday, disrupting ordinary business and sending residents scurrying for home until the snow gave way to high winds and blowing drifts on Thursday morning. According to the Wyoming News Exchange (WNE), the blizzard stretched all the way from Denver to the Dakotas and was thought to be the largest in almost 40 years. "I've been told that we have not seen a storm of this nature since the...

  • Mobile pantry to visit Hulett

    Mar 21, 2019

    Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies and Farm Credit Services will hold a mobile pantry food distribution in Hulett, Wyoming, on Wednesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. WFBR is planning to have enough food for 25 families. If you are in need or want to volunteer, join us at Hulett’s Town Hall; parking is available alongside the tennis courts. WFBR will distribute approximately 3000 pounds of food, the equivalent of 2500 meals, to Crook County families in need. For more information about this mobile pantry, please contact Katy Daves at 2...

  • Peek at the Past

    Mar 21, 2019

    1 Years Ago The Times March 26, 1919 The expenditure of six million dollars in the state of Wyoming from road construction will have a great effect upon business conditions. It will be putting money into the pockets of men returning from military service and at the same time will be giving us highways that will cheapen the marketing of all kinds of products and make businesses between communities more diversified and easier in every way. Paul Yeoman of the Hulett Globe is a new U.S. commissioner of the Sundance land district, which should be...

  • Card of Thanks

    Mar 21, 2019

    Our Thanks The Crook County Special Olympics Team would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated, jumped and/or supported our team during the annual Jackalope Jump fundraiser! Special thanks to Croell, Powder River Energy, Sundance State Bank, Turf Bar, Longhorn Saloon & Grill, Sinclair and Fisher Sand & Gravel! With the support of our communities, our team was able to raise $7800! Thank you, Crook County Coyotes...

  • 20 years

    Mar 21, 2019

    Sheriff Jeff Hodge presents April Gill with a certificate for her 20 years of dedicated service to Crook County....

  • CenturyLink officially deregulated in rural zones

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2019

    The County Commissioners have received official confirmation from the Public Service Commission that CenturyLink will be deregulated in rural zones of Wyoming. It was not unexpected, says County Attorney Joe Baron, although it was not the result the county had been looking for. However, Crook County’s rural customers will have the opportunity to find some relief from their ongoing service issues in the form of a subsidy for an alternative phone service. The PSC determined in findings issued o...

  • Annual young Author's Contest underway

    Mar 21, 2019

    The Crook County Library Foundation is sponsoring the Mary Hadley Memorial Young Author’s Contest again this spring. All Crook County youth are invited to participate by contributing ONE of the following: cowboy poetry, fiction story about a Crook County landmark or nonfiction story about your family. Entries may be completed as part of a class project if desired by any teacher, or may be completed individually at home. Homeschoolers are also welcome to submit entries. Prizes will be awarded in the following divisions: Preschool – Kindergarten...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Mar 21, 2019

    THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED FOR SPRING CLEANING Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5. We will still have our Geri-Fit classes, Friends of the Library meeting, storytime, Nick from the Hearing Aid Center and our Cowboy Carnegie program that week. NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK: April 8 through April 12. Come in and check out YOUR library and all we offer! Please join us for the free Friends’ Spring Luncheon on Friday, April 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Library Programming: STORYTIME: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. March’s themes: “Pirates”, “Food Fun”, “Go...

  • Our View

    Mar 21, 2019

    Solving a complex problem is impossible without all the parts laid out on the table, in plain view. Considering we’ve all been under the impression that the bad times are coming to an end for the state’s rainy day fund, we’ve heard a surprising amount of fiscal discussion over the past couple of weeks. Consider, for example, Representative Tyler Lindholm’s words. We have been successful in shoring up the state budget using capital gains, he said in the March 7 issue, but what this actually boils down to is relying on a new unstable income...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2019

    In case it escaped your notice, the internet turned 30 years old last week, an anniversary for which I should obviously take some credit on the basis that the man who invented it lives in my home town. He wasn’t living there when the World Wide Web was born, but it’s where he cut his teeth. In fact, his home of choice both before and after his biggest achievement is just down the road from my mum and dad. They claim they’ve never met him, though my mum had no idea who he was until yeste...

  • Feds proposing removing wolves from endangered list

    Mark Davis, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 21, 2019

    POWELL — On Friday, President Donald Trump’s administration published its intent to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states. That triggered a 60-day review by a team of scientists and opening the proposal to public comment in the Federal Register. “We propose this action because the best available scientific and commercial information indicates that the currently listed entities do not meet the definitions of a threatened species or endangered species under the [Endangered Species] Act due to recov...

  • State gears up for hemp

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2019

    By Sarah Pridgeon Changes to Wyoming law have introduced a potential new crop to Wyoming. Producers will legally be able to grow industrial hemp, which is believed to have thousands of uses, once the Wyoming Department of Agriculture has finalized the regulations and licensing procedure. Often confused with its psychoactive sibling, marijuana, industrial hemp is a different product used for fabric, food products and more. So soon after the law change, however, there is work to be done to figure out how exactly what will be needed to become an...

  • Circuit Court

    Mar 21, 2019

    Speeding – Emily A. Sarason, Gillette, 92/80, $105; Trevor R. O’Brien, CO, 88/80, $86; Justin R. Millner, FL, 95/75, $215; Richard J. Norton, CO, 85/70, $120; Jason W. Thorne, Gillette, 85/70, $120; Penny L. Bousquet, NE, 87/80, $84 No Valid Driver’s License – Arturo Lua Zamora, WA, $125 Operate Snowmobile Within Hwy Right of Way – Blake Hanzlik, Gillette, $85 Throw Burning Substance From Vehicle – Ryan Jeffrey Williams, Newcastle, $305 Fail to Provide Life Jackets – Curtis A. Bujorski, Upton, $135...

  • Sundance Police Report

    Mar 21, 2019

    Mar. 9 – Business and house checks. Three bar checks. Three traffic stops. Mar. 10 – Business and house checks. Three traffic stops. Officer responded to unknown alarm; smoke alarm had been set off by cooking. Mar. 11 – Business and house checks. Traffic stop. Mar. 12 – Business and house checks. Officer responded to civil dispute between two business owners. Officer investigated two-vehicle crash in 400 block of E. Cleveland. Mar. 13 – Business and house checks. Three bar checks. Three traffic stops. Mar. 14 – Business and house checks. Thr...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Mar 21, 2019

    Mar. 11 – Six VIN checks. Traffic stop. Detention deputy did multiple fingerprints for outside employment. Deputy did welfare check. Deputy investigated civil disturbance. Mar. 12 – Three VIN checks. Five traffic stops. Paper service. Detention deputy did fingerprints for outside employment. Mar. 13 – Two VIN checks. Deputy assisted motorist. Deputy did business check. Mar. 14 – Traffic stop. Two paper services. Deputy assisted two separate motorists. Deputy assisted Hulett EMS with call. Deputy did welfare check. Mar. 15 – Seven VIN checks. T...

  • Washington woman sentenced for intent to deliver

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2019

    A Washington woman has been given a deferred sentence on a charge of possession with intent to deliver after being pulled over for speeding near Colony last May with more than 50 pounds of marijuana hidden in her vehicle. According to court reports, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper was parked on the shoulder of Hwy 212 at around 6:30 p.m. on May 31 when he observed a vehicle bearing Texas plates traveling above the posted 45 mph speed limit at an estimated 55 mph. The trooper conducted a traffic...

  • Gordon vetoes two bills, declines to sign several others

    Ramsey Scott, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 21, 2019

    CHEYENNE – Gov. Mark Gordon on Friday used his veto pen on two bills, one of which would have authorized the Legislature to sue to allow Wyoming’s coal to be exported through Washington State. Gordon also declined to sign several more bills he saw as problematic, including a bill to prevent county commissioners from creating special zoning regulations for private schools. While Gordon agreed Wyoming should sue Washington over the refusal to allow Wyoming coal to be shipped overseas out of the state’s ports, he vetoed House Bill 251 to preve...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Mar 21, 2019

    ‘Wyoming Promise’ continues drive despite death of bill SHERIDAN (WNE) — Despite the Free and Fair Elections Resolution failing in the Senate Corporations Committee on a 3-2 vote, Wyoming Promise volunteers are encouraged by their success so far. “The successful effort to date is due to over 300 volunteers who donated time and money, collected voter signatures, contacted legislators, attended and testified at the legislature, distributed educational materials, hosted informative presentations, and networked with counties across the state,” Sher...

  • SHS musicians showcase skills this week

    Mar 21, 2019

    Twelve students from Sundance high school performed at the University of Wyoming Jazz festival March 14-15. Will Inghram participated and he also made All State Choir three of his four years at SHS. Tyson Bjornestad and Will Tinsley were first alternates for All State Jazz Band. This band is especially select as there is only one bass player and drummer chosen, making first alternate quite an accomplishment. Because the Sundance Jazz Combo performed, they still got show off their skills....

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