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Articles from the March 21, 2024 edition


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  • Spring fling

    Mar 21, 2024

    A gander displays his courtship skills at Sundance Pond on the first day of spring....

  • Everything must go

    Mar 21, 2024

    Shoppers flock to the Family Dollar/Dollar Tree in Sundance Tuesday morning to take advantage of the store-wide sale before the already discounted items disappear forever. Like many other branches, Sundance's store will soon be closing, although no firm date for its departure is currently set. The chain is reported to be closing almost 1000 locations across the nation, with the first 600 shuttering in 2024....

  • Bank donates for Vore Scholars Program

    Mar 21, 2024

    The Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation received a donation of $2500 from Sundance State Bank to assist with funding for the Vore Scholars Program. Each semester for the past five years, the VBJF has provided stipends for two University of Wyoming undergraduates who work with staff at the University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository to properly store and do research on the artifacts removed from the Vore Site. The Vore Site was used as a bison trap by Native American hunters from about 1550 to...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2024

    My column this week is a cry for help. I've spent more than a decade trying to make one of my favorite dishes work this far above sea level and I've finally run out of ideas. I've come to know that this community boasts a few world class bakers, so now I'm hoping for a miracle. In exchange for your assistance, I humbly offer a recipe that is widely regarded to be the best thing Britain has ever invented: the Yorkshire pudding. Of course, to use this recipe, you'll need to first be able to tell...

  • Band masters

    Mar 21, 2024

    Piano and vocal students of Janet Cole Lake participated in the South Dakota Bandmasters Music Contest in Spearfish on March 9 with dozens of other students in Grades 3-8. They performed piano and vocal solos before a judge and received ratings of I-Superior and II-Excellent. The vocalists were accompanied on piano by Joyce Harmsen. Audrey Crawford, I- piano and I vocal; Bridger Query, I- piano and I vocal; Grady Bifulco, I- piano and I vocal; Archer Query, II piano; Alexa Hutchinson, I piano...

  • Sundance seventh graders win Poppy Poster prizes

    Mar 21, 2024

    For many years, Sundance art teacher Tobi Miller has had all of her seventh grade students (33 this year) participate in the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 80 (Hulett and Sundance) poppy poster contest. The ALA poppy poster co-chairs are Tracy Bush, Hulett, and Janet Cole Lake, Sundance. This year's Sundance winners are Benny Wilen, first; Carsyn Kolbach, second; and Augustus Wood, third. Each winner received a cash prize, and their posters go on for further competition. All the posters...

  • Marchant wins Carey Award

    Mar 21, 2024

    Lexi Marchant, pictured with her mom and dad, Brian and Jerlyn Marchant, of Sundance High School was the 2024 winner of the Bob Carey Award given annually to one girls' basketball player from a 1A/2A school. The Carey Award was instituted in 1996 in honor of long-time Lander High School Coach Bob Carey. Coach Carey was the only coach in Wyoming to have won both a boys' and girls' State Championship in basketball. He was also instrumental in starting girls' basketball in the state of Wyoming. Bob Carey believed in excellence and in equality for...

  • Sheriff warns against fireworks

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2024

    Sheriff Jeff Hodge reminds the community that fire restrictions have been put in place for the county – and that this decision was made for a reason. The county fire warden has determined that the dry conditions have created high fire hazards. Despite these conditions, individuals in recent days are known to have been setting off fireworks within the limits of the City of Sundance. This, says Hodge, is not against the county’s fire restrictions, but it is a breach of city ordinances. Specifically, it violates municipal ordinance 7, section 8:...

  • Fourth judge for district court

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2024

    The Sixth Judicial District is adding a fourth judge to its ranks thanks to legislation that was signed into law last week. The Sixth Judicial District covers Crook County, as well as Campbell and Weston counties. The bill increased the number of judges in the district from three to four and appropriated $1.24 million to fund the additional judge for the first two years, beginning on July 1. It also authorized three full-time positions for the personnel necessary to staff and support the new judge. SF-53 sailed through the legislature with...

  • Davis appointed chief of staff

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2024

    Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) has announced the appointment of Wesley Davis, DNP, as its Chief of Staff. Davis is already a familiar face to those who patronize the hospital in Sundance, where he has served in the emergency department and adult inpatient services since joining the district in 2018. Davis is board-certified in emergency, family and adult-gerontology acute care. He is also an assistant professor and emergency nurse practitioner specialty coordinator at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing and...

  • Junkin' weekend open to vendors

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2024

    Crook County Junkin’ Weekend is coming back this year and vendor sign-ups are now open. Once again, the countywide yard sale will run for three days across numerous locations, each one offering unique items for treasure hunters. This year’s event has been scheduled for June 7 to 9, running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first two days and until noon on the Sunday. Vendors are welcome to offer their wares throughout the event, but you can also select custom times if you are unable to be available for part of the weekend. While you can use you...

  • Caryolyn Frances Farnum

    Mar 21, 2024

    Caryolyn (Marlowe) Farnum, 92, passed peacefully into God's arms on March 8, 2024, at Wyoming Assisted Living in Sundance, Wyoming. In 1931, she was born in Belmont, New York, in a five generational home, still occupied by our family. She had a full nursing career as a geriatric nurse. Carolyn retired from the Crook County Long Term Care, being the senior to many of her residents. She lived in and traveled the entirety of the United States. Carolyn called Florida, Louisiana, New York and Wyoming home. Carolyn also made a career out of her... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Mar 21, 2024

    1 Years Ago March 6, 1924 George M. Smith came up from Osage last week for a brief visit with his family in Sundance. Mr. Smith suffered an attack of snow-blindness recently which was sufficient to bar him from active work, although he is recovering. The St. Patrick’s program Monday night proved to be a success financially as well as being entertaining. It was laugh-provoking from the Grand Opening by a Male Quartet, whom no one had ever heard before and probably never will hear again, to the last selection by Mrs. O’Flarity’s Band. 75 Years...

  • Sundance man charged with DUI child endangerment

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2024

    A Sundance man faces a felony charge of driving under the influence with a child passenger, second offense. According to court reports, at 5:15 p.m. on March 11, a Crook County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report that Tyrell Burrows had come to pick up one of his children and got into an altercation with a teacher. Burrows had allegedly left the campus with a child in his pickup. The deputy reports that he was aware of Burrows from previous incidents and knew his home address, so he and a second deputy headed there. As they arrived, they a...

  • Spring may see showers, but no end to drought

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2024

    After the warmest winter on record for the United States, there are indications that Wyoming may still get its fair share of spring showers. Predictions for the next couple of weeks suggest above average precipitation and cooler-than-normal temperatures in this area, with the temperatures then rising but the possibility of extra moisture lasting through until at least the middle of April. This is a marked change from a winter that has now been reported as the warmest on record – an estimated 5.4 degrees above average for the United States as a...

  • Scammers target local businesses

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 21, 2024

    If you receive a call from an Illinois-based number claiming to offer advertising or be associated with a local organization, the Sundance Chamber of Commerce wishes to make it known that this is not a company with whom they are working. The call is likely a scam, says Jamie Jessen. At least one person is known to have paid the caller when contacted. The caller will claim to be from a company currently offering local ads, but, says Jessen, it may not be made entirely clear what these ads are supposedly for. If you have received a call of this...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Mar 21, 2024

    Have you heard about the Libby app? With your library card you can unlock a wide range of ebooks, audiobooks and magazines right to your smart devices. Just download the app and sign in to enjoy all your favorites. LIBRARY HAPPENINGS: MEETINGS: Crook County Library Board meeting Thur., Apr. 4 at 1 p.m. in Hulett. Crook County Library Foundation meeting Wed., April. 17 at 1 p.m. in Sundance. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., Apr. 2 at 1:30 p.m. PROGRAMMING: Lunch Bunch Book Club Thur., Mar. 28 at 11:30 a.m. Storytime: Easter, Wed.,...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Mar 21, 2024

    Mar. 11 – Three VIN checks. Domestic. Four traffic stops. Business checks. House watch. Chest pain. Three motorist assists. Suspicious circumstance. REDDI report. Animal complaint. Five EMS pages. Mar. 12 – VIN checks. Business checks. Assist other agency. Suspicious circumstance. Animal complaint. Motorist assist. Three house watches. Alarm. Coroner call. Two EMS pages. Mar. 13 – Two VIN checks. Fingerprints. Traffic stops. Citizen assist. Two suspicious circumstance. Hit and run accident. Mar. 14 – Four VIN checks. Escort. Five traffic...

  • Circuit Court

    Mar 21, 2024

    Speeding – John Beiler, New Holland, PA, 93/75, $150; Maria Luciano Medina, Yakima, WA, 87/75, $120; Casen Willson, Sheridan, WY, 89/75, $130; Carson David Rosenlund, Gillette, WY, 91/80, $115; John Gardner, Rapid City, SD, 97/80, $145; Pedron Villalobos, Spearfish, SD, 80/70, $105; Alex Byron Zaharias, Yutan, NE, 100/75, $185; Quinn Vande Hoef, Lyden, WA, 97/80, $145; Todd Seeley, Sundance, WY, 67/45, $170 Weight Over Permit Limits (0-2000) – Glenn Bintliff, Hill City, SD, $85 Violate Legal Weight (4001-6000) – Thomas Wood, Box Elder, SD, $...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Mar 21, 2024

    Dear Editor, I’ve become frustrated with no help from our county commissioners. A lot of vehicles drive extremely fast by our houses on Barlow Canyon Road. I’ve asked the Commissioners (through Fred Devish) for a solution for quite some time. All I get is a transfer of responsibility to the Sheriff’s Dept or ignored. The speed limit without any further restrictions is 55 m.p.h. We have pets, livestock and our grandchildren that walk or cross this road on a regular basis. Dave Wolfskill...

  • National Ag Week

    Ken Hamilton, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President|Mar 21, 2024

    “Growing a Climate for Tomorrow” can mean different things to different people. For farmers and ranchers, it means growing food to feed their families, people in the urban areas as well as those in other countries. Many of the farmers and ranchers growing food are doing so on land that has been in their family for several generations. When you’ve worked the land for decades, you have to learn a lot about your piece of ground. This is particularly true here in Wyoming. Climate and weather conditions can vary a lot from one part of your ranch...

  • School Salaries

    Mar 21, 2024

    CROOK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT N0. ONE PUBLICATION OF ANNUAL GROSS SALARIES* Superintendent $144,585.00 subtotal $144,585.00 Coordinator / Director $7,400.00 $47,923.00 $51,667.00 $52,915.00 $76,650.00 $85,838.00 $90,825.00 subtotal $428,018.00 Principal, High School $93,713.00 $97,650.00 $100,013.00 subtotal $291,376.00 Principal, Elementary $86,625.00 $94,500.00 subtotal $181,125.00 Assistant Principal, Elem/Sec $85,050.00 subtotal $85,050.00 Instructional Facilitator $5,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,000.00... Full story

  • Distribution

    Mar 21, 2024

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF WYOMING IN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY Docket No. 2024-CV-0009004 In the Matter of the Estate of CHARLES CLARENBACH, CHARLES C. CLARENBACH, AKA CHARLES CRAIG CLARENBACH, Deceased. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR SUMMARY DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION OF REAL PROPERTY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a sworn application has been made for a decree in the Sixth Judicial District Court in and for Crook County, State of Wyoming, establishing in John Clarenbach and Janet Blanks, aka Dr. Jan Blanks, aka Dr.... Full story

  • Probate

    Mar 21, 2024

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Case No. 2024-CV-0009002 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE ROBERT EDWARD FREEMAN, Deceased. NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on the 26th day of February 2024, a Verified Application Pursuant to W.S. § 2-1-205 for Decree of Summary Distribution for the Estate of Robert Edward Freeman, deceased, was filed in the Sixth Judicial District Court of Crook County, Wyoming by Petitioner Melanie Powell, individually. The... Full story

  • SUBDIVISION HEARING

    Mar 21, 2024

    NOTICE OF FINAL SUBDIVISION HEARING Be advised that Steven & Holly Waliezer, 8 Granite Drive, Moorcroft, WY 82721 is hereby giving notice of a final subdivision hearing for a minor subdivision application. The proposed Inyan Kara Creek Minor Subdivision lies in the W1/2SW1/4 of Section 13, E1/2SE1/4 Section 14, NE1/4NE1/4 Section 23, NW1/4NW1/4 Section 24, T50N, R65W, of the 6th P.M., Crook County, Wyoming. The Board of Crook County Commissioners will hold a final hearing to approve, conditionally approve or deny the application and plat of... Full story

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