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Articles from the April 4, 2024 edition


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  • Hopping to it

    Apr 4, 2024

    Despite the snowy and foggy conditions, a large group of enthusiastic youngsters came out to celebrate the return of the Easter Egg hunt in Sundance, sponsored by the American Legion. After meeting with the Bunny, kids eagerly searched for the 3000 candy-filled treasures, with special prizes for those who found golden eggs....

  • Horse evaluators

    Apr 4, 2024

    Recently, the Bear Lodge/Sundance FFA Chapter took two horse evaluation teams to the Central Wyoming College horse judging contest in Riverton. The team consisting of Tessa Sanderson, Cienna McGuckin, Avery Marchant and Taylor Dailey placed second overall, while the team consisting of Riley Banker, Holden Ayer, Savanna Peterson and Tayten Krystoff placed eighth overall. Additionally, Tessa Sanderson placed first overall for FFA senior individual and first overall for the whole contest, which...

  • Great performance for Bulldogs at Buffalo

    Rebecca Maupin|Apr 4, 2024

    The Sundance track team was on the road to Buffalo last week as they competed in the Jerry Campbell Invitational on Friday. It was a great meet for the Bulldog track and field team as multiple athletes placed in the top seven of their events. Senior Keaton Mills was a dual event winner for his second straight week, taking top honors in the high jump and discus. Ryder Downey came in 2nd in the 400 meter with a time of 54.59. In the field events, Parker Skeens also found himself a second place fin...

  • CCMSD appoints new trustee

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 4, 2024

    Bob Richey resigned his position as the Hulett trustee for Crook County Medical Services District last week and was immediately replaced with the appointment of Robin Hibbard. “I have his resignation with me today,” said Trustee Sandy Neiman, who told the board that Richey has stepped down due to personal circumstances. In the letter he submitted to the board, read by Neiman, Richey said, “It has been my honor and privilege to serve on the board but, due to unforeseen circumstances, I will no longer be able to meet my duties as treasurer and t...

  • Vetoes stand

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 4, 2024

    Governor Mark Gordon’s recent bill signings have included several vetoes, which last week prompted a vote in both chambers on whether to schedule a special legislative session that would offer the chance to override them. Bills that got a thumbs down include one to reduce property tax by slashing 25% of the first $2 million of a home’s assessed value, an overturn of all gun-free zones and further regulation of abortions. A closed vote that required a simple majority in both chambers to pass saw the Senate vote in support of a special ses...

  • Beulah gets its water district

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 4, 2024

    Beulah’s new water district has been given the go-ahead. The county commissioners approved a resolution on Tuesday morning that officially forms the Beulah Improvement and Service District and sets forth the next steps for its formation. Efforts to form the district began earlier this year, after the water company that serves 32 customers in the area applied for a significant increase to its monthly rates. The change would have increased the amount each customer of Beulah Land Water LLC pays by just under $200 per month – a 380% hike on the cur...

  • County asks for seat at table on old-growth forest plan

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 4, 2024

    The Crook County Commissioners have officially requested the status of cooperating agency in the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) process of changing how it manages old growth forests. Earlier this year, the commissioners called for a rethink of the USFS’s plans to amend every national forest land management in the nation to create one overall strategy. The county criticized the one-size-fits-all approach and failure to include local governments in the process. The new rules are expected to affect all National Forests in Wyoming, including the Blac...

  • CCMSD changes lane on mental health care plans

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 4, 2024

    The Board of Trustees for Crook County Services District (CCMSD) will not at this time be introducing the Senior Life Solutions program to provide mental health care for residents aged 65 and above. Instead, the board has opted to fill a nurse practitioner vacancy with a candidate who has a dual specialty that includes mental health. The board heard a presentation at its last meeting from Kirby Johnson of Senior Life Solutions, a program offered by Psychiatric Medical Care of Tennessee. The program offers intensive outpatient group therapy...

  • Edward William Gantz Jr.

    Apr 4, 2024

    Edward William Gantz Jr., 84, of Alva, Wyoming, passed away peacefully with his family beside him on March 31, 2024. Ed was born on October 22, 1939, to Edward Gantz Sr. and Margaret (Sipe) Gantz. He grew up on the family ranch where he lived until the time of his death. He attended his primary school years at Belle Country School that was located on the family ranch. Later he attended school in Hulett, graduating in 1957. In the summer of 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Donna Stinson. Together they raised six children. He spent... Full story

  • Rolland "Butch" Helkenn

    Apr 4, 2024

    Rolland “Butch” Helkenn, 86, of Sundance, Wyoming entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior on March 27, 2024. Butch was born on January 14, 1938, in Clark, South Dakota to Edward and LaVerne (Kruthoff) Helkenn. He grew up with four brothers, one sister and one uncle on the home place located in Fordham Township. He attended Fordham Elementary and Logan High School, where he met his wife, Betty Marie Carter. They married on October 11, 1956 and shortly thereafter moved to their own family farm located one mile east and one mile sou... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Apr 4, 2024

    1 Years Ago April 3, 1924 Mine stripping with a steam shovel will begin at the Peerless mine of the Kirby Mutual Coal Company within a short time, according to a statement made last week by general manager at Gillette. A two and a half ton drag line shovel with 75 foot boom will be used. The overburden will be moved and a hole sunk for the steam shovel. A drag line shovel is anticipated by the company. Testing out of a half a square mile of acreage south of the railroad tracks, reveals the...

  • Black Hills Snow Course Readings

    Sherry Burr, NRCS|Apr 4, 2024

    Site Name Elevation (ft) Current Snow Depth (in) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in) 30-yr Median SWE (in) Last Year’s SWE (in) Current Percent of 30 Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 2.6 0.4 1.1 4.8 36 Blind Park Snotel 6870 0.0 0.0 7.0 8.7 0 Cole Canyon Snotel 5870 10.0 2.3 5.2 8.1 44 Ditch Creek 6880 1.5 0.4 3.6 6.0 11 Little Bear Run 6240 0.0 0.0 2.5 5.2 0 Mallo 6420 0.0 0.0 5.9 9.5 0 Mount Tom 5560 0.0 0.0 2.9 5.8 0 North Rapid Creek Snotel 6250 13.0 4.9 6.6 7.6 74 Reuter Canyon 6280 0.8 0.1 7.0 10.1 1 Upper Spearfish 6500 5.0 1.2 5...

  • Washington man charged with possession

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 4, 2024

    A Washington man faces a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine after being pulled over because his vehicle’s validation sticker was covered in tape. On March 25 at around 4:10 p.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper observed a vehicle traveling west on I-90 near milepost 152 with an obscured validation sticker. The year tab, he reported, appeared to be torn and flapping in the wind. The trooper caught up with the vehicle and was still unable to read the year tab sticker as it seemed to be covered with something. The trooper stopped t...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Apr 4, 2024

    Mar. 25 – Three VIN checks. Traffic stops. Animal complaint. Assist other agency. Paper service. Citizen assist. Three business checks. Two EMS pages. Mar. 26 – Two VIN checks. Fingerprints. Three business checks. Citizen assist. Two traffic stops. Citizen dispute. Assist other agency. Two house watches. Animal complaint. Two EMS pages. Mar. 27 – Two VIN checks. Welfare check. Assault. Motorist assist. Prisoner transport. Coroner call. Information. Accident. Fire page. Three EMS pages Mar. 28 – Two VIN checks. Two fingerprints. Traffic stops....

  • Circuit Court

    Apr 4, 2024

    Speeding – Malcolm Delong, Chattaroy, WA, 92/75, $145; Belynn R. Johner, Spearfish, SD, 79/70, $103; Cheye Ann M. Statton, Upton, WY, 79/70, $103; Viktor Yevtushok, Everett, WA, 90/75, $135; Joshua Jordan, Stockbridge, GA, 96/75, $165; Darian Harris, Edwardsville, IL, 102/75, $195 Child Safety Restraint System Violation – Brandan J. Fish, Rapid City, SD, $80 No Valid Title, Registration and License Plates – Joan Wagner, Sundance, WY, $140 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked – Gregory Christian Gallagher, Upton, WY, $450 Fail to...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Apr 4, 2024

    Dear Editor, I read the letter in the March 28 Sundance Times today from Mr. Akola. He’s whining about not getting his road plowed at taxpayer expense. Everyone buying property in Crook County needs to do their homework before buying, just like all other aspects of buying a home. Does the property have water and sewer service, does it have electricity to the property, does it have natural gas, does it have cable, does it have Internet service and, lastly, is the access road to the property plowed by the county? All of these will affect the v...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Apr 4, 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., May 9 at 1 p.m. in Moorcroft. Crook County Library Foundation meeting Wed., April. 17 at 1 p.m. in Sundance. Sundance Friends of the Library meeting Tue., May 7 at 1:30 p.m. PROGRAMMING: Moorcroft Cattle Trail Program Fri., Apr. 12 at 7 p.m. Lunch Bunch Book...

  • Pinochle Marathon

    Gail Kaiser|Apr 4, 2024

    These are Pinochle final average scores for individuals as of March 25, 2024: Tracy Santistevan 3889 Mary Jayne Jordan 3886 Jennifer Adams 3811 Karol Santistevan 3703 Carol Jordan 3674 Vivian Brunson 3624 Lyle Brunson 3544 Judi Sipe 3451 Terry Wilkerson 3404 Gail Kaiser 3271 Barbara Byrne 3241 Larry Byrne 3241 Joann Salyer 3227 Jacquie McInerney 3193 Richard Wilkerson 3167 Jean Adams 3159 These are Pinochle final average scores for couples as of March 25, 2024: Tracy and Karol Santistevan 7592 Carol Jordan and Mary Jayne Jordan 7560 Lyle and...

  • Public comments sought for fuel management program

    Apr 4, 2024

    The U.S. Forest Service is planning a fuel management program for 8000 acres near Beulah and is seeking public comment. The Black Hills National Forest is proposing to reduce fire hazard, increase growing space for pine trees, restore openings and low-density forest on south-facing slopes and diversify species composition at the north end of the Wyoming Black Hills in Crook County. The Forest Service is proposing to treat National Forest land four miles south of Beulah, 13 miles east of Sundance and nine miles west of Spearfish through mechanic...

  • Distribution

    Apr 4, 2024

    IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WITHIN AND FOR CROOK COUNTY, STATE OF WYOMING IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: ELSIE R. HELMER Deceased. Civil No. 2024-CV-0009009 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR SUMMARY DISTRIBUTION OF REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that an Application for Summary Distribution of Real and Personal Property has been filed in the District Court, Sixth Judicial District, Crook County, Wyoming, by Rodney Helmer pursuant to Wyoming Statute §2-1-205, seeking to establish the right and title to the fol... Full story

  • Probate

    Apr 4, 2024

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Probate No. 2024-CV-0008997 In the Matter of the Estate of PATRICIA A. HALL, Deceased. NOTICE OF PROBATE TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that on March 13, 2024, the estate of the above named decedent was admitted to probate by the above named Court, and that Carol Stutzman was appointed administrator thereof. Notice is further given that all persons indebted to the decedent or to his Estate are required to make immediate payment to the P... Full story

  • Bids

    Apr 4, 2024

    Legal Notice 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 22nd at 11 am. Please visit the Road & Bridge office; call 283-1441; or download the full bid package at crookcounty.wy.gov. 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 Monday April 22th at 11:00 am. Bids received after this time will be... Full story

  • Adoption

    Apr 4, 2024

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK ss. IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Civil Action No. AD 4096 IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF E.T.G. NOTICE OF PUBLICATION FOR MINOR ADOPTION IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK Case No. AD 4096 Lisa Godwin, Petitioner Vs. Sarah Beth Anderson, Respondent. NOTICE TO: Sara Beth Anderson, Respondent LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 124 Locust Street, Buffalo, NY 14204 You are notified that a Petition for Minor Adoption, Case No. AD 4096, has been filed in Wyoming... Full story

  • Among first states to ban red flag laws, Wyoming tests its prohibition's constitutionality

    Madelyn Beck, WyoFile.com|Apr 4, 2024

    Wyoming became one of the first states in the nation to ban red flag gun laws when Gov. Mark Gordon signed new legislation into law last week. Senate File 109 – Prohibit Red Flag Gun Seizure Act says no local government, agency or police department can implement or enforce any rule that keeps a Wyoming resident from firearms or ammunition unless that gun owner meets certain criteria. It also bans using funds from Wyoming or the federal government to implement red-flag gun seizures. “What we’re doing is we’re prohibiting law-abiding citizen...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 4, 2024

    Cheyenne police investigating fatal shooting late Saturday CHEYENNE (WNE) — A man was found dead Saturday night, an “apparent victim of multiple gunshot wounds,” the Cheyenne Police Department announced on Facebook Sunday morning. The identities of the victim and the suspect have yet to be released; however, in a news release sent out Monday morning, the decedent was identified as a 38-year-old male. “The preliminary investigation shows that a loud physical and verbal disturbance occurred between the 38-year-old man and a woman at the apartme...

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