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  • First COVID-19 case identified in Crook County

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 9, 2020

    As case numbers continue to rise both across the state and worldwide, Crook County announced its first confirmed COVID-19 patient at the end of last week. Wyoming is now experiencing a deeper level of self-isolation, with stricter rules placed on businesses and arrivals to the state now asked to self-quarantine for two weeks. “Crook County has identified its first positive case of coronavirus,” said a press release issued on Saturday by Crook County Public Health, which is monitoring the pat... Full story

  • Wyoming records second coronavirus death

    Compiled from Wyoming News Exchange newspapers|Apr 9, 2020

    Wyoming reported its second death attributed to coronavirus on Wednesday. The state Department of Health, in a news release, announced that the victim was an older Laramie County man who had been hospitalized for the treatment of coronavirus. “Unfortunately, we have seen this disease touch another Wyoming family in the worst way,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, the state health officer. The state’s first death blamed on coronavirus occurred last week in Johnson County. That case also involved an older man. “While anyone can get sick and has a chanc... Full story

  • Spring, summer events canceled in face of continuing restrictions

    Compiled from Wyoming News Exchange newspapers|Apr 9, 2020

    Spring and summer events and activities around Wyoming are being canceled as the state works to deal with the restrictions on personal movement imposed by the coronavirus. The Wyoming High School Activities Association announced Tuesday it canceled all spring high school sports because of the uncertainty created by COVID-19. “Due to the continuing influence of COVID-19, we are not able to predict when it will be safe to resume spring sports, nor are we able to assure if any of our communities would be able to host any of our events,” the WHS... Full story

  • County response continues to evolve

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 9, 2020

    At a special meeting on Thursday, the county’s elected officials gathered to consider new actions related to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wyoming and across the world. With the courthouse already locked down except by appointment and employees maintaining separation through telework, attention turned to financial needs both personal and county-related. The first item of business was to propose a budget amendment to transfer $100,000 from unanticipated revenues to the federal grant budget to fund expenses related to the outbreak. The money is f... Full story

  • Sew glad to help

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 9, 2020

    When residents of Green Mountain Estates told Tracy Wilson they were concerned about exposure to COVID-19, she got to work immediately. Wilson has now sewn protective masks for every resident – and she’s not planning to stop there. “I didn’t even know how to make any of these masks, but then I had friends sending me patterns and so I decided it was time to start helping out a little bit,” says Wilson, owner of Impressions Embroidery in Sundance. “At Green Mountain Estates, none of them had any m...

  • No Easter eggs? No problem

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 9, 2020

    Easter is hopping into view and, at Crook County Senior Services (CCSS), the staff believe the hunt must go on. This weekend, the organization will be presenting an outbreak-safe way to enjoy an Easter adventure. The Easter Driving Scavenger Hunt will be taking place all round the county as a way to help the littler members of the community enjoy the holiday. “I think it’ll keep the big ones entertained too,” laughs Mary Joslyn, senior services representative from Moorcroft. The hunt will be taking place from April 10 to 13 in Sundance, Hulet... Full story

  • Edith Trickel

    Apr 9, 2020

    Edith Trickel, 88, of Sundance, Wyoming, died Friday, April 3, 2020. Edith was born on October 9, 1931, in Cylinder, Iowa, to Claus and Mabel (Gustin). She lived in Sundance almost 40 years. She was well known years ago as the children’s librarian. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern and her son, Tom. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at w... Full story

  • Peek at the Past

    Apr 9, 2020

    1 Years Ago The Times April 7, 1920 Good Friday has come and gone, and Judge Ashdown neither planted potatoes nor set a hen on that day, thereby shattering a record of many years. Storm on Easter, storm for seven consecutive Sundays thereafter, according to an old sign, saying or superstition. The Upton stage road required some work near the Lamb place south of town to make it safe for passage Monday and O.G. Lawell did the work to put it in passable condition. Ed Hahsey, formerly employed at the Sundance Garage, is in the city today....

  • This Week at Your Library

    Apr 9, 2020

    Due to concerns over COVID-19 and for the safety and well-being of our communities, the Crook County commissioners have closed county facilities until further notice. Even though the doors are closed at the county libraries, library staff will still be working. Services still available include: • Curbside delivery of books, magazines, DVDs, CD audio books and tax forms (please call 283-1006 and staff will gather items requested and bring to you in the parking lot). • Overdue fines are suspended for the duration and due dates are extended to...

  • Man arrested near Sundance for possession of marijuana

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 9, 2020

    Codey Lang of Minnesota has been arrested for possession of a controlled substance after being stopped on Hwy 585 for speeding and admitting to law enforcement that he was traveling with $1000 of marijuana he had bought in Colorado. On March 26, an officer from Sundance Police Department was on regular patrol on Hwy 585 when he observed a vehicle that appeared to be speeding at 58 in a 55 mph zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop and approached the driver. According to court documents, the driver rolled his window down only about two...

  • Crook County Sheriff

    Apr 9, 2020

    Mar. 30 – Two VIN checks. Search and rescue. Courtesy ride. Four civil assist calls. Traffic hazard removed from roadway. Animal complaint. Business check. Mar. 31 – Four paper services. Assisted Devils Tower ranger. Abandoned vehicle reported. Suspicious circumstances call. Business check. Apr. 1 – Two paper services. Civil assist. EMS request. Apr. 2 – Paper service. Two EMS requests. Fire department request. Apr. 3 – Four paper services. Apr. 4 – Two traffic stops. Two paper services. Three welfare checks. Domestic violence call. Suspi...

  • Sundance Municipal Court

    Apr 9, 2020

    Speeding – Bradley Miller, ND, 42/30; Holly Hepker, Newcastle, 71/40; Tanner Adler, SD, 73/55...

  • Circuit Court

    Apr 9, 2020

    Speeding – Shane N. Hammond, Gillette, 91/75, $125; Kory James Massie, WA, 61/45, $125; Nathaniel D. McGilliuray, SD, 89/80, $88; Jeffery R. Singer, Gillette, 84/75, $88; Jason B. Fouch, Newcastle, 87/80, $84; Nicholas A. Lease, SD, 87/80, $84; Jowanna J. Keil, Gillette, 89/75, $115; Mayra V. Rosales, IA, 82/75, $105 No Seat Belt (driver) – Timothy D. Ruolo, NY, $25; (passenger) – Tracey L. Ruolo, NY, $10 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Larry T. Steele, Sundance, $125 Tail Light Violation – Johnathan A. McCauley,...

  • High-speed pursuit ends with crash

    Black Hills Pioneer Staff|Apr 9, 2020

    A high-speed pursuit that began in Wyoming Monday afternoon ended in a rollover crash in Spearfish. Tony Mangan, a spokesman for the South Dakota Highway Patrol said the pursuit began around 3:20 by Crook County, Wyo., sheriff deputy initiated a pursuit. The driver, Christopher Elman, 32, of Spearfish fled east on Interstate 90 in the westbound lane in a 2006 GMC Canyon. Elman drove up the westbound on-ramp at Exit 14, the wrong way, drove over the bridge and south along 27th Street. He drove...

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 9, 2020

    Gas prices drop almost 10 cents statewide in a week GILLETTE (WNE) - Wyoming gas prices have fallen 9.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.06 a gallon Monday. Prices have fallen below $2 a gallon in two counties, Albany at $1.762 and Natrona at $1.812, according to GasBuddy. Campbell County’s prices remain in the middle of the pack in the 23 counties at $2.072. But two stations — Exxon and Flying J — have dropped below the $2 mark to $1.99. The highest prices were in Weston County with an average of $2.216 a gallon, and Laram...

  • Our View

    Apr 9, 2020

    While some may criticize Governor Mark Gordon for not issuing a stay-at-home order, we applaud him. By sticking with sensible statewide orders, he has kept bureaucracy to a minimum and confusion at bay while ensuring our law enforcement agencies can continue to serve and protect instead of being tasked with policing our behavior. Even more importantly, what our governor has done, at the end of the day, is entrust we, the people, with guardianship of our own future. Let’s not screw this up. If you caught Governor Mead’s press conference on Fri...

  • This Side of the Pond

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 9, 2020

    A couple of months ago, none of us were dreaming up ways to stay entertained while stuck indoors (except during snowstorms), but that’s our new reality. Little did I know, back when the outside was still a place we were allowed to go, that someone very small had already solved this conundrum for me. It is hard to be bored, you see, when you are adjusting to a tiny tornado. We have unexpectedly come into possession of a puppy. This saga actually began about six weeks ago, when Oglala Pet P...

  • Wyoming residents continue to help neighbors through outbreak

    Compiled from Wyoming News Exchange newspapers|Apr 9, 2020

    From free ice cream and sack lunches to parades and scavenger hunts, Wyoming residents made the best of their self-isolation in the last week by helping others. Here are just a few stories from around the state: Cheyenne realtor spreads smiles with free ice cream CHEYENNE – With the circumstances surrounding coronavirus in Wyoming, local Realtor Asha Bean wanted to do something to help spark joy in the community. Even in the midst of everything that’s going on, “Everybody loves ice cream,” Bean said. With the help of her employer, Century... Full story

  • Legislature weighs options for special session

    Kristen Czaban, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 9, 2020

    SHERIDAN — Legislative leadership has indicated a special session of the Wyoming Legislature may take place in the “very near future” as industries across the state feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to the members of the 65th Legislature, Senate President Drew Perkins, R-Casper, and Speaker of the House Steve Harshman, R-Casper, indicated that ongoing discussions regarding the public health crisis have prompted the need for additional work from legislators. The Legislature’s Management Council will meet remotely April 1... Full story

  • Busting the virus myths, round two

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 9, 2020

    The global pandemic is unprecedented in living memory and, as with most new things, has caused plenty of misunderstandings and myths. This week, County Health Officer Dr. James Larsen, is here to separate the facts from the fiction. Myth: “I should wear a mask when I go out in public.” True: The current advice is to wear a cloth mask for the protection of people around you. Though you should not leave your house if you are sick, carriers of COVID-19 do not necessarily show symptoms. “Centers for Disease Control is now recommending using a clo... Full story

  • What is the emergency operation's center?

    Melanie Wilmer|Apr 9, 2020

    You may be wondering what goes on in the emergency operations center (EOC) during a pandemic. Think of it as the nerve center for the incident. Response and the cost are planned. Decisions are made. Information is gathered and sent out to the media and public. Resources are found, tracked and allocated. Many meetings are held (virtually) with county officials and other partners. There are laughs, frustrations and tears. There are long hours. There are successes and joys. We are following the National Incident Command System (NIMS) during this p... Full story

  • Block Grant Application

    Apr 9, 2020

    Public Notice Please take note that Goshen HELP a 501(C)3 is providing public notice regarding the Draft FFY 2021 Community Service Block Grant Application for the following counties: Carbon, Crook, Goshen, Niobrara, Washakie, and Weston. The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) will provide funds to assist low-income individuals and/or families through FFY 2021 (October 1st, 2020 – September 30, 2021). The Draft FFY 2021 CSBG Application is available for public inspection at https://www.goshenhelp.com/csbg-2021.html. Goshen HELP welcomes a...

  • Commissioners

    Apr 9, 2020

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:03 o’clock p.m. Present for the special meeting were Chairman Kelly B. Dennis (per conference call), Vice-Chairwoman Jeanne A. Whalen (per conference call), Member Fred M. Devish (per conference call) and County Clerk Linda Fritz. Also present for the meeting were Theresa Curren, Mary Kuhl and Cindi Baudhuin. Present by conference call were Sara Fleenor, Larry Schommer, Chip Neiman, Jeff Hodge, Ed Robinson, Becky T...

  • Application Hearing

    Apr 9, 2020

    NOTICE OF HEARING UPON APPLICATION FOR BRIDGER PIPELINE LICENSES and ACCESS PERMITS Be advised that the Board of County Commissioners in and for Crook County, Wyoming is holding a public hearing on April 21, 2020 at the hour of 10:00 A.M. at the County Commissioners Room in the Crook County Courthouse, Sundance, Wyoming, so all interested parties may present written or oral comments on the following Application: Bridger Pipeline LLC will apply for Commercial Pipeline Licenses and Access Permits for the Bridger Pipeline across and to County...

  • Probate

    Apr 9, 2020

    STATE OF WYOMING COUNTY OF CROOK IN THE DISTRICT COURT SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Probate No. 5795 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: BRIDGETTE E. REECE, Deceased. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR DECREE OF DISTRIBUTION TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN SAID ESTATE: You are hereby notified that, pursuant to W.S. §2-1-205, John Green, Forrest Oliver Reece Green, Kallie Ellen Reece Green and Carson Ryley Reece Green have filed a sworn Application for Decree of Distribution with the Clerk of the above-entitled court wherein they pray that the following-described...

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