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Articles from the March 30, 2023 edition

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  • Hulett designated Purple Heart Community

    Mar 30, 2023

    In a heartfelt ceremony, veterans were honored in a Welcome Home ceremony last Saturday in Hulett. Gov. Mark Gordon (above), Maj. Gen. Greg Porter and Veterans Commission Chairman Jake Jacobs all spoke at the importance of welcoming home all of our veterans. Master of Ceremonies, NEC Keith Davidson, also spoke about welcoming home all veterans and remembered LeLand Wolf. In conjunction with this ceremony, Mayor Ted Parsons read a proclamation not only declaring the Welcome Home Veterans Day,...

  • Robert Lee Geis

    Mar 30, 2023

    Robert "Bob" Lee Geis, age 66, of Spearfish, South Dakota, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on March 21, 2023, at Monument Hospice House in Rapid City, South Dakota. Bob was born November 12, 1956, in Fukuoka, Japan, at USAF Hospital to Sherry and Wini Geis. Growing up he lived in many states as his father was in the United States Air Force. After moving to Belle Fourche, South Dakota, in fifth grade he completed his schooling there and graduated in 1975. Bob worked at the... Full story

  • Agencies come together to compile services list

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 30, 2023

    Did you know that you can check out a blood pressure monitor at the county library? That you can get help from senior services to clip your toenails if you are unable to reach your feet? That there are thousands of sandbags available through the emergency management department to protect your home in the event of a flood? Crook County’s various agencies and institutions have these health and human needs services available and many more besides. But do members of the public know they exist, or where and how to access them? This question was t...

  • SHS plans active shooter training

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 30, 2023

    Active shooter trainings are common, but not usually to the extent that will be seen in Sundance this May. Sundance High School is about to play host to what might be the first large-scale training scenario to be held in Wyoming while school is actually in session. It’s a “stress test”, explains Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Robinson. The idea is to provide an opportunity for everyone who might be involved in responding to a real event to experience exactly what would happen if the call went out that a shooter had set foot on campu...

  • Bringing the wings

    Bringing the wings|Mar 30, 2023

    Keyhole State Park is one of six Wyoming destinations to be taking part in the "Wings Over Wyoming" project to install pollinator gardens this coming spring and summer – and volunteers are needed to make it happen. Wyoming State Parks (WSP) announced last fall that it had been selected as a recipient of the 2022 "Hearts of STIHL" Program, receiving $20,000 towards pollinator projects for the coming summer. Sponsors STIHL Inc. selected projects to represent the six state park regions, with the a...

  • CCMSD plans loan app for new hospital

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 30, 2023

    After an in-depth conversation with a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), funding for a new county hospital is looking more possible than ever. Lorraine Werner, Special Projects Coordinator for the USDA’s Rural Development program, was invited to attend last week’s meeting of the Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees at the suggestion of Trustee Brent Fowler. While the board is not yet sure what kind of debt load the district can take on, Fowler suggested during February’s meeting that...

  • Charlotte Joan Stover

    Mar 30, 2023

    Charlotte Joan Stover, 96, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2023. She was born on October 17, 1926, in Humboldt County, Iowa, Weaver Township. She and her parents, Walter R. and Viona (Rowe) Green moved to the Black Forest near Colorado Springs, Colorado, when she was three years old. However, she had memories of their home in Iowa, telling her mother what the furniture arrangement used to be. While in Colorado, her "Daddy" drove the bus where she went to elementary school. Living in Colorado... Full story

  • Stanton Thomas Dodson

    Mar 30, 2023

    Stanton Thomas Dodson of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away quietly March 21, 2023, at Fort Meade VA Medical Hospital. He was born on June 26, 1935, in Sparta, Tennessee, to Fred and Mary Dodson. Stan joined the US Air Force in 1956 and served for four years. He then went to work as a Colorado State Patrolman and also worked in a California winery before rejoining the Air Force in 1966 and serving an additional 20 years. After retiring from the Air Force, Stan worked as a safety inspector with OSHA... Full story

  • Philip Andrew Kudlock 

    Mar 30, 2023

    Philip Andrew Kudlock, age 85, passed away March 14, 2023 at Weston County Manor in Newcastle, Wyoming. Phil was born December 20, 1937 in Newcastle to Peter and Edith (Gage) Kudlock. He was the second born son, joining his older brother Keith (1935). Phil became a big brother to Art (1938) and Nancy (1941). He spent his childhood playing with his siblings and helping on the family ranch. Beginning around 12 years of age, Phil spent his summers helping neighbors hay and thrash while still... Full story

  • Engagement

    Mar 30, 2023

    Pamela Lawrence and Jon Davis are engaged to be married at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Clarenbach Memorial Park, 109 South Third Street in Sundance. All family and friends are invited. Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket. A potluck reception will follow the ceremony. Please RSVP by April 23 at

  • Peek at the Past

    Mar 30, 2023

    1 Years Ago April 5, 1923 Dr. C.K. Stewart of Moorcroft received, thru the government forestry department, 100 Chinese elm trees. The stock came from the propagating station at Bellingham, Wash. and is about 3 feet high and fine looking stock. Dr. Stewart took the trees out to his KF ranch 1 ½ miles north of Moorcroft where he has been successfully growing trees for five years. The doctor has about 50 apple trees on his place just coming into bearing, and will set out for further...

  • Easter Services

    Mar 30, 2023

    Chapel of Faith Good Friday Services – April 7, 6 p.m. Easter Sunday Breakfast – April 9, 8:30 p.m. Easter Sunday Service – April 9, 10 a.m. Pine Ridge Ministries Easter Sunrise Service – April 9, 7 a.m. Potluck Breakfast and Egg Hunt – Following service Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Good Friday Service – April 7, noon Easter Worship – April 9, 9:30 a.m. Church of Christ Bible Class – April 9, 10 a.m. Worship Service – April 9, 11 a.m....

  • USDA offers aid for producers impacted by winter weather

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 30, 2023

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering recovery assistance for livestock losses in Wyoming due to the storms and frigid weather of winter. Assistance on offer includes both technical and financial, with the goal of helping farmers and livestock producers to recover from the impacts of adverse weather events. “These recent winter storms have taken their toll on livestock producers in Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, leaving producers with snow removal costs as well as increased feed expenses,” said Rob...

  • Circuit Court

    Mar 30, 2023

    Speeding – Warren Nielsen, Sundance, WY, 113/80, $225; Dillan L. Jordan, Moorcroft, WY, 100/70, $210; Daniel Peterson, Billings, MT, 87/80, $99 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Charles Glenn Allen, Sundance, WY, $140; Daniel Peterson, Billings, MT, $140 No Valid Title, Registration and License Plates/Temp Permit Required – Anthony Nelson, Gillette, WY, $140 No Valid Driver’s License – James A. Fox, Rathdrum, ID, $150; Jorge R. Meza, Spearfish, SD, $140 Child Safety Restraint System Violation – Ryan Fultz, Pine Haven,...

  • Beware of Medicaid coverage scam, says WDH

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 30, 2023

    If you receive a text message threatening that your Medicaid coverage will be cancelled unless you make a payment of $500, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) says you are likely the victim of a scam and should ignore the demand. According to WDH, reports have been made of both fake text messages and bogus phone calls that target clients of the Wyoming Medicaid program. The scam cropped up just as the WDH began sending renewal notices to clients – a usually annual event that was paused during the pandemic because the federal government p...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Mar 30, 2023

    Mar. 20 – Five VIN checks. Traffic stop. Assault. Business checks. Gun call. Fingerprints outside employment. Property damage/vandalism. Suspicious person. Theft. Trespassing. Welfare check. EMS page. Mar. 21 – VIN check. Paper service. Business check. House watch. Fingerprints for outside employment. Patient transfer. Traffic hazard removed. Suspicious person. EMS page. Mar. 22 – Two VIN checks. Traffic stop. Business checks. House watch. Missing person. Motorist assist. Fingerprints for conceal carry. Suspicious person/circumstances. Mar....

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Mar 30, 2023

    Are you planning any pranks this weekend? Of course you are, it’s mandatory to convince at least one person that their shoelaces are untied on April Fool’s Day. If you’re in need of ideas that don’t involve footwear, perhaps I could direct your attention to the origins of this holiday, which I feel is the oddest of them all. I mean, don’t you think it’s a bizarre thing to add to a calendar? When you really sit down and think about it, what on earth where we thinking when we set aside a day...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Mar 30, 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: Josie Pearson Tea Cups. Library Programming: CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD meeting Thurs., Apr. 6, at 1 p.m. in Sundance. CROOK COUNTY LIBR...

  • Feds, Wyo. split over Hageman's bill to delist grizzlies

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 30, 2023

    JACKSON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opposes Wyoming congresswoman Harriet Hageman’s legislative push to remove Endangered Species Act protections from Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears. But the Wyoming Game and Fish Department backs delisting “by whatever means is necessary.” Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik told Hageman, a first-term Republican, and other members of the United States House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries as much Thursday morning. He described Yellowstone area grizzli...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Mar 30, 2023

    Mountain lion shot and killed in Slater GUERNSEY (WNE) – As local ranchers Jeb and Lalonda Baker were sipping an early morning cup of coffee and looking out toward the horizon, they wondered why their dog was out agitating the cattle. When the dog came walking in between them, they knew something else was out near the calf pen. As Baker grabbed a pair of binoculars and took a closer look, all he could say was, “it’s a lion,” before heading for the gun cabinet. This mountain lion was a 130-pound male that was on the prowl close to Normand...

  • Public hearing scheduled for new bentonite mine

    Grace Moore|Mar 30, 2023

    The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) plans to move forward with the permitting process for a new bentonite mine a couple of miles outside of Pine Haven with a public hearing to consider objections from citizens regarding its potential impact on air quality. This meeting was set to take place in February but, due to inclement weather, was rescheduled. The 317-acre operation, named the Keyhole State Project, is under the auspices of parent company Black Hills Bentonite LLC, which is, in turn, leasing said site from the State of...

  • Abortion critics navigate courts

    Maya Shimizu Harris, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 30, 2023

    CASPER – Anti-abortion lawmakers in Wyoming celebrated a historic win following the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade over the summer, vowing to further restrict the procedure by next deleting the rape and incest exemptions in the trigger abortion ban that the Legislature had passed months earlier. But more than half a year and two lawsuits later, that initial jubilation has quieted as anti-abortion lawmakers in the Equality State face the realities of a complex post-Roe landscape. On Wednesday, a Teton County judge temporarily blo...

  • Liquor Licenses

    Mar 30, 2023

    RETAIL, BAR AND GRILL, GOLF CLUB AND RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSES FOR THE CITY OF SUNDANCE, 2023/2024 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the applicants whose names are set forth below have filed applications for renewal of their Retail Liquor Licenses, Golf Club Liquor License, Bar and Grill and Restaurant Liquor Licenses, in the Office of the City Clerk, City of Sundance, County of Crook, Wyoming. The names of said applicants and the description of the place and premise which the applicants desire to use as the place of sale are set forth as follows:... Full story

  • School Salaries

    Mar 30, 2023

    CROOK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. ONE PUBLICATION OF ANNUAL GROSS SALARIES* Superintendent $138,700.00 subtotal $138,700.00 Coordinator / Director $7,000.00 $45,574.00 $49,318.00 $50,566.00 $74,000.00 $79,000.00 $87,500.00 subtotal $406,958.00 Principal, High School $89,500.00 $90,750.00 $94,750.00 subtotal $275,000.00 Principal, Elementary $90,250.00 $91,000.00 subtotal $181,250.00 Assistant Principal, Elem/Sec $84,250.00 subtotal $84,250.00 Instructional Facilitator $5,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,000.00 $46,025.00 $70,075.00... Full story

  • BIds

    Mar 30, 2023

    Invitation to Bid Crook County Road & Bridge is seeking bids for supplying and delivery of Magnesium Chloride for the CMAQ Dust Mitigation Project. The bids are due by April 13th at 11 am. Please visit the Road & Bridge office; call 283-1441; or download the full bid package at Bring your complete bid packets to the Road & Bridge office or mail to PO Box 995, Sundance, WY 82729. Bid opening will be at the County Road & Bridge Office on April 13th at 11:00 am. Bids received after this time will be rejected. Publish: March... Full story

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