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Articles from the April 14, 2022 edition


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  • Law enforcement facing three new worrying trends

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 14, 2022

    Law enforcement in Crook County is facing three new – and very concerning – trends. According to Sheriff Jeff Hodge, there have been local increases in the use of fentanyl, suicide threats among the youth and the need to employ force during arrests. “Some of the trends I think people are not aware of – and, if they’re not, they should be,” he said last week. Fentanyl Fentanyl, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is a synthetic opioid up to 100 times stronger than morphine. It was developed for pain management...

  • Elected officials request pay increase

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 14, 2022

    County level elected officials have requested that the Crook County Commissioners consider granting them a pay increase for the next four-year period. County Attorney Joe Baron spoke to the issue, citing issues including competition with private industry, retention and cost of living as arguments for making the increase. “Every four years, the board of commissioners has to set salaries for elected officials,” he said. This process cannot happen once an elected official is instituted; it mus...

  • County clerk to leave

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 14, 2022

    County Clerk Linda Fritz has handed in her resignation, citing plans to move out of the area to be closer to family. Fritz presented her letter of resignation to the county commissioners last week, but will continue to act as clerk until her official last day of May 31. "My husband, Todd, and I have chosen to move back to Iowa to be with family. Most of our family resides there and quality time with my father has no rival," she said in the letter. "We have lived in Wyoming for 37 years and will...

  • City projects coming back online

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 14, 2022

    After going dormant for the winter, the project to replace the Sundance Kid water tank will be coming back online in the next couple of weeks and hopefully complete by the summer. Meanwhile, the council has authorized its first infrastructure project of the year: an overhaul of the chlorination facility near the Cole tank. Karla Greaser of city engineers Trihydro told the Sundance City Council last week that she is currently working with the contractor on a revised schedule for the Sundance Kid...

  • Healthy poke

    Apr 14, 2022

    Kim Jones prepares to draw blood from Robin Seeley Tuesday at Powder River Energy as part of the Crook County Medical Services District's annual Health Fair. Blood draws are scheduled for locations around the county through the end of April. Hulett will host a second draw on April 19 (7-10 a.m.) at the the senior center, Moorcroft follows on April 21 at the clinic (7-9 a.m.), followed by Colony (7-9 a.m.) on April 26 at the community center. Sundance will have one more draw on April 30 at the...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Apr 14, 2022

    Dear Editor, It is with a degree of dismay that I read Rod Knudson’s recent letter to the editor in your newspaper. Why a citizen of these United States would cast fear mongering aspersions on the proposed rare element mine and processing plant and help keep the United States beholden to our potential enemy, China, is beyond me. Mr. Knudson purports to be somewhat of an authority on the chemistry and mechanics of producing rare elements yet this is dispelled by his erroneous claim that the proposed mine will occupy 9,000 acres when the a...

  • Dear NP

    Dr. Wesley Davis, DNP|Apr 14, 2022

    Dear NP, My teenager has a history of seizures and takes medication to control them. How will this affect his ability to drive? Dear Reader, There are many different types of seizures, and they affect people in various ways. Some seizures cause people to lose control of their bodies entirely. If this were to happen while driving, it could cause a loss of vehicle control and be very dangerous. Fortunately, not all seizures cause this degree of symptoms, and medical therapy can control or...

  • Council hears several tidbits of positive financial news

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 14, 2022

    At last week’s meeting, the Sundance City Council heard several positive pieces of financial news – beginning with the possibility that the Old Stoney renovation could be fully finished in the near future. The rejuvenation project for the historic school building was planned in two phases, the first of which is now complete. The basement and museum floor are both open for business, but the top floor – including the theater – is still unfinished. Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lenz shared with the council that there is a possibility for the Crook C...

  • County approves compensation policy

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 14, 2022

    A new compensation policy has been adopted by the county to guide elected officials and department heads when setting salaries for new employees or offering raises to current staff. “This is the policy that has been drawn up and proposed to aid the compensation and salary committee that you have appointed,” said Clerk of District Court Tina Wood, who is one of five members of the county’s compensation committee. “We took Campbell County’s and pared it down to ten pages versus 30 pages.” A salary matrix that helps place employees in the correct...

  • City to require water well permits

    Sarah Pridgeon|Apr 14, 2022

    At the suggestion of Mayor Paul Brooks, the Sundance City Council is moving forward with a new ordinance that will require residents to obtain a city permit before digging a new water well on their property. “We’re trying to pay for a water system and I think exempting people from it is bad business,” he said. The mayor said his suggestion was in response to land currently changing hands within the city for which the potential new owners have discussed subdividing. His concern, he said, is the possibility of a high number of new wells in town....

  • Wyoming News Briefs

    From Wyoming News Exchange Newspapers|Apr 14, 2022

    Man pleads not guilty to exposure allegations GILLETTE (WNE) — A 40-year-old Gillette man has pleaded not guilty to five criminal counts against him alleging that he exposed himself to several people in Walmart and performed a sex act near a 5-year-old boy. Chad M. Hoskey faces a felony charge of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor and four misdemeanor counts of public indecency. His next court appearance is scheduled in June. The investigation began Feb. 27 when police were called to Walmart around 7 p.m. about a man exposing and touching h...

  • Circuit Court

    Apr 14, 2022

    Speeding – Jesse Green, Doylestown, PA, 101/75, $190; Hugo Jimenez Vielmas, Bar Nunn, WY, 93/75, $150; Christian Worth, Minot, ND, 97/70, $195; Whitney Ray, Gillette, WY, 100/80, $160; Colby Mitchell, Jaffrey, NH, 42/30, $184; Jennifer Garcia Uribe, Gillette, 93/80, $125; Dennis Artemenko, Minnetonka, MN, 84/75, $103; John Paul Przykucki, Detroit, MI, 88/75, $125; ; Dylan Roberts, Spearfish, SD, 92/80, $120; Francisco Hernandez, Black Hawk, SD, 94/75, $155; Aaron D. Broderson, Spearfish, SD, 83/70, $125; Joel Duignam, Gillette, WY, 92/75, $...

  • Busy weekend for track

    Rebecca Maupin|Apr 14, 2022

    The winter weather held off for the track and field teams last week as the Bulldog participated in meets at Upton and Spearfish. Traveling to Upton on Thursday, the Bulldogs competed in the Mick Tonkel Classic. The Classic was a smaller meet and many of the Bulldog athletes were able to take the top spots in their events. Jake Schommer took top honors in the 110 M hurdles as teammate Decklan Gill did the same in the 300 M Hurdles. On the girls’ side Bailey and Brook Hofland took first and second place in both the shot put and discus events. O...

  • Golf team hits the course

    Rebecca Maupin|Apr 14, 2022

    The Sundance golf team opened their spring season in Upton last Friday competing against golfers from Upton, Glenrock, Lusk, Wright and Moorcroft. Although Sundance did not have enough to compete as a team, individually, the Bulldogs were able finish the meet in great position. On the boys’ side, Spencer Lubken finished in third for the day with a score of 95 and teammate Braydon Sanders took tenth. For the Lady Bulldogs it was Ella Bifulco taking sixth place with a score of 116, followed closely by teammate Savanah Peterson who finished in e...

  • Headed to a fire

    Apr 14, 2022

    Crook County's latest five-ton fire truck was rolled out last week as final preparations were made before heading to Hulett where it will be ready for use as fire season gets into full swing. The military surplus chassis was recently returned from Wyoming State Forestry, almost road-worthy and with a fresh coat of paint. While the chassis was being worked over in Cheyenne, the bed of the truck had been removed and was being outfitted with water tanks, pump and related equipment over the winter i...

  • Hazardous conditions

    Apr 14, 2022

    A crew works to retrieve a truck that slid off I-90 at the 185 mile post, just west of Sundance on Tuesday morning. A fresh coat of snow and ice developed with an incoming spring storm, making area roadways treacherous overnight. The condition of the driver was not available by press time....

  • Prescribed fire planned at Devils Tower National Monument

    Apr 14, 2022

    "The staff at Devils Tower National Monument are planning to conduct a prescribed burn to restore the natural process of fire to the ecosystem and reduce the build-up of dead and dried fuels," announced Superintendent Amnesty Kochanowski. The fire is planned for later this month or in May. Depending on conditions, approximately 165 acres will be burned in the West Side Unit which is along the western boundary of the park. The National Park Service's Northern Great Plains Fire Management Team...

  • This Week at Your Library

    Kim Heaster|Apr 14, 2022

    We are still doing curbside and in-town delivery if you would prefer not to come inside. We have numerous magazines available for a two week checkout. HORSE&RIDER MAGAZINE encompasses everything today’s active, Western rider craves to live his or her best horse life by providing expert western horse training tips, trail-riding insights, horse-care advice, and inspiration to live today’s western horse life. Thanks to the generosity of numerous locals and their families, we have some very special book collections: Barry Floyd’s Fly Fishing Colle...

  • Peek at the Past

    Apr 14, 2022

    1 Years Ago April 13, 1922 Verne Taylor and Mr. Deckleman were down from Alva, Saturday. Mr. Deckleman says they received a much heavier snow in his locality last week, there being about ten inches, and it was full of moisture. After seeing so many of our citizens contract the flu, Dr. Clarenbach decided it must be a good thing and he tied into it himself this week. The doctor has not been able to answer calls for several days past. Clifford Buckley moved out to the Henderson ranch on the...

  • Correction

    Apr 14, 2022

    In last week’s article concerning the nominees for Circuit Judge, we accidentally omitted a county from the list of those covered by the Sixth Judicial District. The district covers Campbell County as well as Weston and Crook counties....

  • Grizzly managers worried about 399 and cubs

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 14, 2022

    JACKSON — Hilary Cooley is worried about the season ahead for Grizzly 399 and her cubs, who have yet to emerge from hibernation. “The future’s not so bright for these guys,” she said during a meeting of state and federal wildlife and land managers Wednesday in Jackson. “They’ve been in a lot of trouble.” Cooley is the grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who was called into Jackson Hole last fall to manage 399’s foray into the southern reaches of the valley. In a separate Wednesday evening press conferenc...

  • Local advocates for more black bear support, research

    Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 14, 2022

    CODY — Black bears have been a source of passion for Joe Kondelis Jr. ever since he started hunting the species. “The species drove me to want to know more,” he said. “I didn’t know a lot about it and I found it really interesting; no one taught a lot about bear hunting and biology.” Kondelis is president and one of the founders of the Western Bear Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit officially started in 2010, dedicated to the protection and development of bears, bear habitat and bear hunting in the United States. He said their goal is to...

  • Liquor Renewals

    Apr 14, 2022

    RETAIL , BAR AND GRILL, GOLF CLUB AND RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSES FOR THE CITY OF SUNDANCE, 2022/2023 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 Sundance 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...

  • Council

    Apr 14, 2022

    April 5, 2022 The Town Council met this day in regular session at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor Paul Brooks presiding. Roll call was taken by Mayor Brooks with Council Members Joe Wilson, Callie Hilty, Bradley Marchant and Randy Stevenson present. Proclamations: Mayor Brooks signed two proclamations recognizing NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK and CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH COUNCIL MEMBER MARCHANT MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER WILSON SECONDED a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. All Ayes, MOTION CARRIED. M & M Cabinet Making-Customer Deposits...

  • FORECLOSURE

    Apr 14, 2022

    FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE WHEREAS, default due to lack of occupancy in the property has occurred under the terms of a Promissory Note (the “Note”) dated December 21, 2012, executed and delivered by Suzanne Harris and Ted A. Harris (“Mortgagors”) to One Reverse Mortgage, LLC, and a real estate Mortgage (the “Mortgage”) of the same date securing the Note, which Mortgage was executed and delivered by said Mortgagors, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Mortgagee, as nominee for One Reverse Mortgage, LLC, its successors and assigns...

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