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Articles from the April 11, 2024 edition

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  • That spring feeling

    Apr 11, 2024

    Spring took a back seat at the weekend, interrupting the plans of the local wildlife, although the storm didn't amount to as much as was predicted. According to the National Weather Service, Aladdin saw seven inches of snow during the three-day event, while Sundance escaped with just 2.2 inches and Moorcroft only received a half-inch dusting....

  • Sunshine on a cloudy day

    Apr 11, 2024

    Paying witness to the solar eclipse was not easy in Sundance, where cloud cover from the tail end of the weekend storm kept the sun out of view for most of the event. The skies visibly began to darken just after 11:30 a.m. on April 8, despite Wyoming not being in the path of totality and witnessing only a partial eclipse. In fact, maximum blockage in Sundance was just 63.1%. This was the last eclipse that will be visible from the contiguous United States until 2044, according to...

  • Library Week

    Apr 11, 2024

    The City of Sundance and Crook County both proclaimed April 7-13 as National Library Week....

  • Hole-in-one!

    Apr 11, 2024

    Owen Watt got a hole-in-one at the Sundance Country Club on Thursday, April 4 using a 6 iron on hole #3. This is his first...and the first time Coach Dutton has had a high school golfer get a hole-in-one!...

  • Track team takes on Queen City Classic

    Rebecca Maupin|Apr 11, 2024

    The Sundance track team crossed state lines last week as they competed in the Queen City Classic in Spearfish on Friday. The Queen City Classic is a meet that attracts many schools and the Bulldogs were up against some stiff competition. "These kids are doing an awesome job of working at practice and it's showing at the meets!" head coach Julie Cross stated. Although not all Bulldogs placed in the top eight, many set their own personal or season records throughout the day at the Classic. With...

  • SPOT tax to appear on this year's ballot

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    Voters will be asked this year to again approve the Specific Purpose Sales and Use Tax (SPOT), which raises money that goes directly to the four municipalities and the county and is used for infrastructure needs that are often difficult to fund elsewhere. This time, at the suggestion of Pine Haven Mayor Karla Brandenburg, the amount to be raised for each entity may be increased from $1.5 million to $3 million. This doesn’t change the amount of the tax itself – it’s still just a penny, she said, and it’s a penny that is already in place,...

  • County to update land use plan

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    As the county moves to update its land use plan, the commission must make certain decisions about the process and its outcome. Key to these decisions will be the involvement of the public, and also the municipalities – especially, said Community Planning and Zoning Consultant Jayna Watson, if the commission still wants to encourage development towards the county’s population centers. A refresh of the comprehensive land use plan is a potential first step towards zoning, which the county has been considering as a way to provide more control over...

  • Commission at end of patience with plow request

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    A scuffle over road maintenance on a quarter-mile stretch of Old Sundance Rd may have reached its conclusion for now, it seems, after the county commissioners said they would not add it to the agenda again for at least another year. The commission’s answer has not changed since Eric Akola first attended a meeting to request that this portion of road be plowed in the winter. “We are going to maintain the county roads that we maintain now,” stated Commissioner Fred Devish, later adding, “I don’t know how we can make it any plainer that an unmain...

  • No need for speed

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    Speed limits can be a tricky thing on a gravel road: driving at the posted limit doesn’t always mean you’re driving safely. This concern has led a county resident to request that the county reduce the speed limit on Barlow Canyon Rd to 30 mph, which passes right through the middle of his land. With new neighbors moving into the area and construction taking place nearby, Dave Wolfskill says the number of people traveling more quickly than he feels is safe has increased. He told the commission last week that this has led him to fear that har...

  • City considers new ordinances

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    The City of Sundance is preparing to modernize its ordinances to tackle new challenges such as solar panels and tiny houses. Trevor Keyworth of the Land Use Planning Committee spoke with the council last week to confirm that examples of such ordinances have been sourced from other Wyoming municipalities for review. He asked council members to look them over to see whether they would like to adopt something similar and how they should or could be adapted for Sundance’s needs. Some of the issues u...

  • Crook County Sheriff's Office

    Apr 11, 2024

    April 1 – VIN check. Three paper services. Three traffic stops. Four fingerprints. Welfare check. Suspicious circumstance. Three business checks. Two EMS pages. April 2 – Four VIN checks. Three citizen assists. Traffic stops. Civil standby. Lift assist. Business check. Assist other agency. Three EMS pages. April 3 – Eight VIN checks. Four paper services. Traffic stops. Prisoner transport. Motorist assist. House watch. Business check. Assist other agency. Protection order. Fire page. EMS page. April 4 – Three VIN checks. Four paper service...

  • Circuit Court

    Apr 11, 2024

    Speeding – Julie Chick, Gillette, WY, 85/75, $105; Brennan Michael Aga, Spearfish, SD, 89/75, $130; Alan P. Jeanpierre, San Antonio, TX, 82/70, $105 No Seat Belt (driver) – Chase White, Thermopolis, WY, $25; Kenny Craig, Elkmont, AL, $25; Sheldon Hayter, Gillette, WY, $25; Brooke Sanders, Gillette, WY, $25 Expired Temporary License Permit/Improper Registration – Chase White, Thermopolis, WY, $150...

  • Entries open for Rodeo Royalty Contest

    Apr 11, 2024

    Entries are now open for this year’s Crook County Rodeo Royalty Contest! Contestants must attend a Crook County School, or parent(s) must reside in Crook County. Contestant age requirements are 7-22 by January 1, 2024. Deadline for applications to be received is May 31 at 5 p.m. Please contact Amber Burch at (307) 467-5678 or message our Facebook page to receive an application. Contest will be held in Moorcroft with horsemanship on the evening of July 8, and an evening banquet on July 9....

  • Ag laws explained for newcomers

    Sara Fleenor, UW Extension Educator|Apr 11, 2024

    Westward expansion is not a new concept and the movement is trending again. As implants move in and set up residence here in Crook County, it is important to have knowledge about Wyoming agriculture laws and regulations that can be causes of upset and strife. After several sensational cases involving misunderstandings surrounding landowner rights and responsibilities, here are some common issues and ways to avoid trouble. Good fences make good neighbors. This is a saying that is very common in Wyoming, but what does that mean? Wyoming is a...

  • Peek at the Past

    Apr 11, 2024

    1 Years Ago April 11, 1924 Secretary Banks of the Sundance commercial club received a wire from Senator Kendrick last week stating that favorable action had been taken to include the bridge at Devils Tower in the appropriations for national parks this year. This is welcome news to all Crook County and will make the Tower a favorite resort for tourists. Although a sharp rise in the river Tuesday forced several citizens to move out, at Hulett, a drop of six inches was reported Wednesday and it is hoped that the crest has passed. The main...

  • Card of Thanks

    Apr 11, 2024

    Sundance Friends of the Library invites you to their National Library Week Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, March 11 from 11:30-1 p.m. at the library. This is a FREE THANK YOU event for all who have supported our fundraisers throughout the year. Your generous contributions to our Valentine’s Bake Sale, Summer Camping Basket Raffle, Book Sale and Holiday Basket Raffle fund our support of the library. With your help we have provided the library with a multi-functional utility cart, a four-foot safety step ladder, foyer display bookcase, s... Full story

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 11, 2024

    Minor killed at Casper mall CASPER (WNE) — A minor is dead following a stabbing just before noon Sunday outside Eastridge Mall in Casper. “The two people most directly involved are in custody,” police lieutenant Scott Jones said, adding that additional individuals who may have been involved have been identified, questioned and may face “further action.” The victim, who is under the age of 16, will not be publicly identified until after an autopsy is performed Tuesday by the Natrona County Coroner. He died shortly after law enforceme...

  • City to issue free landfill day coupons

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    City of Sundance residents will once again receive a coupon this year for a free landfill day. This coupon grants every resident the opportunity to bring their trash to the city’s transfer station completely free of charge on a day of their choosing. For the last few years, the City of Sundance has issued a free trash coupon to each of its utility customers. Originally, the city hosted a single “free landfill day” each year. This process was changed several years ago when the landfill closed and the city transitioned to using a transfer stati...

  • Phantom door gets a fix

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 11, 2024

    With a fix in mind for the phantom door, the City of Sundance is ready to move forward with renewing its contract with the Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) for ambulance space in the fire hall. The council told EMS Coordinator Anthony Vopat last month that two issues needed to be solved before this could happen. According to Mayor Paul Brooks, the bay door was being left open and the thermostat was being turned up to 70 degrees. Both these things are costly, said the mayor. Vopat, however, had no knowledge of who had been...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Apr 11, 2024

    Dear Editor, I returned to Crook County to my grandfather’s place on Rifle Pit Road in 1975. At that time there wasn’t a single light in the night sky visible from my home. I could make out trucks and cars on Interstate 90 during the day, but at night there was almost no traffic. Now, there are clusters of light to my north, east and west and the freeway is a constant stream of vehicles. Surely, I liked it better 49 years ago, but with global population on its way to nine billion, and the worsening effects of the damage eight billion peo...

  • Social Security supports small businesses

    Josh Weller, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Denver, Colorado|Apr 11, 2024

    Running a small business can be a 24-7 endeavor. Managing employees, inventory, scheduling, services, and marketing can be challenging. If you’re a small business owner, or you work for one, our online suite of services can help make your life easier. Our online business services at will save you valuable time when you file electronic W-2s and W-2Cs and verify employee names and Social Security numbers. Small business owners can also take advantage of our Business Services Online at You m...

  • Council

    Apr 11, 2024

    City of Sundance, Wyoming April 2, 2024 The Town Council met this day in regular session at 7:00 p.m. in Sundance Council Chambers. City Clerk Theresa Curren brought the meeting to order and asked for nominations for Mayor Pro Tem. COUNCIL MEMBER STEVENSON MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER HILTY SECONDED a motion to nominate Council Person Joe Wilson as Mayor Pro Tem. All Ayes, MOTION CARRIED. Roll call was taken by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson with Council Members, Callie Hilty and Randy Stevenson present. Brad Marchant appearing by phone. CONSENT AGENDA COUNCIL... Full story

  • Commissioners

    Apr 11, 2024

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE COURTHOUSE IN SUNDANCE, CROOK COUNTY, WYOMING Tuesday, April 2, 2024 8:30 o’clock a.m. Present were Chairman Fred M. Devish, Vice-Chairman Kelly B. Dennis, Member Bob Latham and County Clerk Melissa Jones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited to the Flag. Kelly moved to approve and ratify the minutes from March 5 & 6, 2024. Bob seconded, all ayes, motion carried. Bob moved to approve the health insurance proposal with WEBT. There will be no changes from last year, with the County paying 1... Full story

  • Bid

    Apr 11, 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 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

  • Meeting

    Apr 11, 2024

    April 25, 2024, CCMSD Regular Board of Trustees Meeting The Crook County Medical Services District (CCMSD) Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on April 25, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sundance State Bank conference room. You are invited to attend in-person or via Teams webinar. Joint the meeting at the link below: Publish: April 11, 2024... Full story

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