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Articles from the April 6, 2023 edition

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  • Prom night royalty

    Apr 6, 2023

    Sundance High School seniors Jerel Nehl and Sheridan Schubarth were crowned this year's Prom King and Queen at the 2023 Prom held on Saturday....

  • Hoax puts schools into lockdown

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 6, 2023

    A hoax caller claimed there was an active shooter inside Sundance High School on Monday morning, prompting a lockdown and a call to action for Crook County Sheriff’s Office. But as deputies responded, the Sheriff’s Office was already aware that the threat was unlikely to be real. “As my office notified me of a threatening call to the Sundance High school, I had just read messages to me from multiple sheriffs across the state that they had received similar calls and had already classified them as swatting,” says Sheriff Jeff Hodge. Swattin...

  • Sundance students compete in academic contest

    Apr 6, 2023

    Six students from Sundance took part in the International Academic Competitions (IAC) in Big Horn on Saturday, April 1, with four of them qualifying to go on to the national and international events. IAC is a network of academic competitions for both primary and secondary students in subjects ranging from history and geography to science and the humanities. The organization is based in Vermont, but oversees events in 50 countries all across the world. Before the contest on Saturday, the six...

  • Crook County among fastest-growing in Wyoming

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 6, 2023

    Crook County’s recent population growth is considerably higher than the state and national averages, according to new data released by the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information’s Economic Analysis Division. Between July of 2021 and 2022, Crook County saw a 1.8% increase in its population – as compared to a 0.4% increase nationwide and 0.3% in Wyoming. While 16 of Wyoming’s counties saw population increases during that time, Crook County’s rate was beaten only by Lincoln County’s 2.4% (and was matched by 1.8% in Big Horn County)....

  • Black Hills wildlife fared better than in much of Wyoming this winter

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 6, 2023

    The Black Hills region appears to have escaped the more severe levels of wildlife mortality that have affected much of Wyoming this winter. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department has announced that active monitoring of the big game across the state has shown increased mortality due to the increased snowfall and extreme temperatures over the last few months. "Wyoming is used to tough winters, but it has been a while since we have had a winter where severe conditions were so widespread across the...

  • Peek at the Past

    Apr 6, 2023

    1 Years Ago April 12, 1923 A pleasant surprise party was tendered Miss Grace Zimmerschied Friday evening, it being her birthday. Forty-three of her schoolmates were present and the surprise was a complete success. Workmen started Tuesday to remove the fence surrounding the courthouse. The fence has served its time and with a city stock ordinance, it is no longer needed. The result is a great improvement in the appearance of the grounds. The expected carload of machinery for the Belle Fourche...

  • Show us your mussels

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 6, 2023

    As boating enthusiasts gear up for the summer, so too do the Wyoming Game & Fish Department’s ongoing efforts to make sure that zebra mussels do not find their way into Wyoming waters. Game & Fish is now offering training for the public on how to perform inspections for these and other aquatic invasive species (AIS), offering the necessary skills to inspect your own and other watercraft. “Aquatic invasive species can have far-reaching impacts on Wyoming water resources for agriculture, municipalities and wildlife. Many of these invasive spe...

  • Bats now officially classified as endangered species

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 6, 2023

    The northern long-eared bat is now officially listed as “endangered”. The implementation of this upgrade to the bat’s status was originally set to take place on January 30. However, this was delayed until the end of March to address concerns over the impact that the listing might have on infrastructure projects across the bat’s territory. The delay, according to an announcement from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in the Federal Register, “Is necessary for the Service to finalize conservation tools and guidance documents to avoid con...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Carrie Riley|Apr 6, 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: Tea Cups by Josie Pearson and the Library Staff. Library Programming: CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD meeting Thurs., May 4, at 1 p.m. in...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Apr 6, 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....

  • Circuit Court

    Apr 6, 2023

    Speeding – Cass Sutton, Billings, MT, 94/80, $130; Tina Fitzpatrick, Gillette, WY, 100/80, $160; John C. Abraham, Gillette, WY, 90/80, $105; Lee Savage, Hayward, WI, 89/80, $103; Kayti L. Burt, Casper, WY, 88/75, $110; C. Levi, Andover, NJ, 81/70, $115 Drive While License Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked – Kayti L. Burt, Casper, WY, $425 Fail to Provide Proof of Liability Insurance – Lee Savage, Hayward, WI, 89/80, $560 Follow Too Closely – Mark Lynn Eischeid, Gillette, WY, $90 Fail to Drive Vehicle Within Single Lane – Walter Lopez, Denver, C...

  • Black Hills Snow Course Readings

    Sherry Burr, NRCS|Apr 6, 2023

    Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-Year Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30-Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 14.5 4.8 1.1 0 436 Blind Park Snotel 6870 31 8.7 7 1 124 Cole Canyon Snotel 5870 28 8.1 5.2 2.6 156 Ditch Creek 6880 29.1 6 3.6 1 167 Little Bear Run 6240 25.8 5.2 2.5 0 208 Mallo 6420 35.3 9.5 5.9 0.6 161 Mount Tom 5560 24 5.8 2.9 0 200 North Rapid Creek Snotel 6250 27 7.6 6.6 4.2 115 Reuter Canyon 6280 34.3 10.1 7 1.1 144 Upper Spearfish 6500 32.5 9.8 5.8 1.1 1...

  • Pinochle Marathon

    Gail Kaiser|Apr 6, 2023

    These are Pinochle final average scores for individuals as of March 31, 2023: Lyle Brunson 3945 Jacquie McInerney 3881 Terry Wilkerson 3774 Vivian Brunson 3705 Carol Jordan 3703 Tracy Santistevan 3635 Jennifer Adams 3626 Larry Byrne 3585 Gail Kaiser 3500 Jean Adams 3349 Barbara Byrne 3299 Mary Jayne Jordan 3229 Alan Loken 3108 Joann Salyer 3093 Karol Santistevan 3036 Richard Wilkerson 2415 Dave Daniels 2304 Marla Loken 2098 These are Pinochle final average scores for couples as of March 31, 2023: Lyle and Vivian Brunson 7650 Jacquie McInerney...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 6, 2023

    I was explaining to a friend the other day that being English in these parts has turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. The curse comes with the fact that, even now, I find myself using the wrong words or going about things in an unconventional manner and this can sometimes cause confusion that takes a while to properly unravel. I’ll still ask a grocery store attendant to put my bags in the boot of my car before my brain has a chance to do the translation, for example, and I still won’t o...

  • Weary

    Dave Jagemann, Pastor, Chapel of Faith|Apr 6, 2023

    And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 We all have been tired and exhausted or soon will be. Weariness is a state of being that although is not uncommon, is never intended to be a set position in life. This condition goes much deeper than just being physical. It is that which has the capability to steal hope and gut the soul. This leads to weakness and produces vulnerability. The Apostle Paul encourages a continuing in doing good with the realization that in Jesus Chris...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 6, 2023

    Trial for Cody couple delayed to August for possible plea agreement CODY (WNE) – The jury trials for the Cody couple charged with abusing their 15-year-old child by putting her in cruel confinement have been delayed until Aug. 7 due to possible plea agreements. Jacob Wayne Guyer, 38, and Christine Philbrook, 48, were charged separately in 2021, each with one count of child abuse after they allegedly locked the child in a room for several hours a day, under poor living conditions and with little food. Both Guyer, the child’s father, and Phi...

  • Utility moves away from coal

    Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 6, 2023

    CASPER – Wyoming’s largest utility doesn’t see much coal in its future. By 2030, only two of Rocky Mountain Power’s 11 Wyoming coal-burning units will remain, according to the biennial Integrated Resource Plan it filed Friday with state regulators. It plans to convert a handful of others to run on natural gas — and keep those gas units open until some combination of renewables, storage and advanced nuclear becomes established enough to take their place. The utility has opted to preserve coal use at one Glenrock unit for an extra 12 years, bu...

  • Abandoned Vehicles

    Apr 6, 2023

    NOTICE OF SALE OF ABANDONED VEHICLES The following vehicles will be sold at 9 a.m. on April 23, 2023 at 3 Limestone Pit Rd, Sundance, Crook County, Wyoming, to-wit: A 2010 Mazda Mazda3, TX license plate number PVW8054, VIN# JM1BL1SF6A1171399, titled in the name of: NCP Finance. The seller claims $17720.00 for expense of removal, preservation, custody, storage and sale. A 2010 Mazda Mazda3, TX license plate number PVW8054, VIN# JM1BL1SF6A1171399, titled in the name of: Titlemax Of Texas INC. The seller claims $17720.00 for expense of removal,... Full story

  • Complaint

    Apr 6, 2023


  • Meeting

    Apr 6, 2023

    MEETING NOTICE OF DIRECTORS MEETING KARA CIRCLE AND WINDY WAY IMPROVEMENT & SERVICE DISTRICT A public meeting will be held at the Sundance State Bank Meeting Room, 207 N. 2nd Street (North end of the Post Office Building), Sundance, Wyoming on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. General business will be discussed and acted on as necessary. To contact the District for questions, call Nancy Brown at 307-281-0470. Publish: April 6, 2023... Full story

  • Name Change

    Apr 6, 2023

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT 6TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Civil Action Case No. 8922 IN RE NAME CHANGE OF Christopher Patrick Delong Minor Child, By Next Friend Amber Renee Boardman PUBLIC NOTICE BY PUBLICATION In accordance with Wyoming Statutes 1-25-103, notice is hereby given that a Petition for Name Change of Minor Child, Civil Action No. CV 8944 has been filed in the Wyoming District Court for the 6th Judicial District, whose address is 309 Cleveland St., PO Box 406, Sundance, WY 82729, seeking to change the name of the... Full story

  • Settlement

    Apr 6, 2023

    WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CHEYENNE, WYOMING NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE OF AND FINAL SETTLEMENT FOR HIGHWAY WORK Notice is hereby given that the Wyoming Department of Transportation has accepted as completed according to plans, specifications and rules governing the same work performed under that certain contract between the State of Wyoming and, S & L Industrial, LLC, The Contractor, on Highway Project Number B214022 in Campbell, Crook, Johnson and Weston Counties, consisting of pennant signing, and the Contractor is entitled to final... Full story

  • Bid

    Apr 6, 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

  • Meeting

    Apr 6, 2023

    Meeting Notice The Crook County Tourism Promotion Board will meet on Wednesday, April 19th at 5 p.m. in Hulett, Wyoming at the Golf Course. Publish: April 6, 2023... Full story

  • Prom comes to LTC

    Apr 6, 2023

    A group of SHS Prom-goers organized by junior Willow Lindholm visited Crook County Long Term Care prior to Prom to give the residents a preview of the Grand March. Left to right are: Sophie Louderback, Jameson Fleenor, Jordan Mouat, Chaz Dewey, Keaton Mills, Lexie Marchant, Lily Lindholm, Willow Lindholm and Wyatt Cook....

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